A dentist can use dentures to fill in smile gaps after tooth loss, but if you want a solution that will stand the test of time, consider dental implants instead. A simple exam will allow your West Roxbury, MA, dentist to find out if you’re a good candidate for this procedure. The sooner you make the decision to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, the higher the probability that you’ll be eligible for this treatment and that it will be successful.
How Dental Implants Restore Your Smile
Each of your teeth serves an important purpose, whether it is to grind food into tiny bits or to tear it into bite-sized pieces. Your front teeth are important for pronunciation and for presenting your smile to the world. Losing even a single tooth can make the simplest and most natural dental functions difficult. A dental implant is designed to restore the entire tooth to its full function. It is a screw-shaped post that’s constructed of biocompatible titanium material. When it fuses with healthy bone tissue, it will hold its position in your jaw for decades. The porcelain dental crown is added to restore your tooth above the gum line.
Qualifying for Dental Implants
As it is with other restorative treatments, your West Roxbury, MA, dentist must confirm the status of your overall dental health before proceeding with dental implantation surgery. To qualify you must have a significant amount of dense bone tissue, which will show up on an X-ray. You should also be in general good health with a strong immune system to ensure fast healing after the procedure.
Dental Implants: Aftercare Tips
The success rate for dental implants is very high according to a study published by the Journal of Dental Research. The long-term stability of the device will mostly depend on how well you care for your smile. Follow these important tips:
- Commit to regular and thorough flossing to avoid gum disease.
- Brush consistently to preserve the strength and health of not only your implant, but also your other natural teeth.
- Cover your teeth with a protective night guard if you believe that you may have a problem with stress-related tooth grinding.
Get the Smile You Want
When you replace missing teeth with dental implants, you can count on long-term results. Call (617) 323-5000 today to schedule an appointment with a dentist at H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. Family Dental Care in West Roxbury, MA.
As effective as metal braces may be at moving the teeth, they are highly visible. They can also be irritating to the soft tissues inside of your mouth. If you need orthodontic treatment but don't like the idea of wearing metal braces, talk to a dentist at H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care in West Roxbury, MA to see if invisible braces could help you.
What Are Invisible Braces?
An invisible brace is a plastic tray that serves as a substitute for a metal bracket and wire appliance. The trays are so light that they have a “barely there” appearance and feel. They fit closely over the grooves and contours of your teeth. You are required to wear your invisible braces, also called aligners, at least 20-22 hours per day so that the teeth will adjust according to your dentist's orthodontic plan. You must see your dentist every few weeks to retrieve your new set of invisible aligners.
Could These Braces Help You?
For invisible braces to work, the orthodontic problem must be a minor to moderate case. Your Roxbury, MA dentist may have to treat a more advanced case with standard metal or ceramic braces. Invisible braces might help you if any of the following apply:
- Tiny spaces are between the teeth or there's a gap between your two front teeth.
- The teeth are crowding together.
- A tooth is located higher on the gumline than the others.
- You have a bite abnormality (overbite, underbite, crossbite).
Benefits of Invisible Braces
With invisible braces, you can start on the road to a straighter smile without compromising your looks during the treatment. You have the option to keep your invisible trays on when you’re communicating with others, or remove it for comfort. Many patients who have metal braces complain that they make eating a less pleasant experience. That is not a problem when you have invisible braces—just take them off to enjoy your meal, then put them back on after flossing.
A Beautiful, Straighter Smile
Consider how much better your smile can look if your teeth are straighter. Consult your dentist at H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care in West Roxbury, MA about invisible braces. Call (617) 323-5000 today to schedule an appointment.
It's abnormal for a tooth to hurt or to be super-sensitive to heat or cold. You have a molar that behaves that way. Should you do something? At H.F. Wehbe, DDS, DMD, Family Dental Care in West Roxbury, MA, your dentist will evaluate that problematic tooth to see what's wrong and how to treat it--perhaps with root canal therapy. Learn here what shows the doctor you need a root canal.
What is root canal therapy?
Also called endodontics, a root canal removes inflamed, damaged pulp from a tooth's interior chamber and up to four narrow root canals. This inner structure contains blood vessels, supportive tissue and other elements essential to the tooth's development. As the tooth ages into adulthood, it can function without these soft elements which are prone to infection and inflammation from oral injury and decay.
That's where root canal therapy is so beneficial. Accomplished in just two visits to H.F. Wehbe, DDS, DMD, Family Dental Care, a root canal treatment removes diseased pulp, disinfects and seals the tooth and crowns it to strengthen and beautify the area above the gums.
To determine if a root canal would help, your dentist in West Roxbury, MA, inspects the tooth and its surrounding tissues. Also, the doctor asks about symptoms and takes digital X-rays to evaluate the jaw bone and roots. With a diagnosis of abscess, extensive decay or other problem confirmed, your dentist numbs the tooth and accesses the interior chamber through small holes created with a handheld drill.
Through these holes, he or she inserts tiny metal files of increasing size. The files remove the pulp and smooth the canal walls. Each canal receives antibiotic medication and a natural elastic substance called gutta-percha. Gutta-percha strengthens and seals the tooth, allowing the dentist to place a temporary filling or cap.
After the tooth heals, you'll return to the office for placement of a customized porcelain crown. This crown is realistic in form and function and will allow your tooth to bite and chew and to blend in with your smile.
The American Association of Endodontists, experts in root canal therapy, states that these procedures are up to 97 percent successful, preserving injured teeth indefinitely. At H.F. Wehbe, DDS, DMD, Family Dental Care, Dr. Scott Young is our staff endodontist.
When a tooth is in danger
Mostly, you'll know when a tooth has a problem, but sometimes, worrisome symptoms are not obvious. That's why preventive care--exams, X-rays and hygienic cleanings--are critical to oral health. The dentist's professional eyes spot signs of danger you may not notice.
However, typical signs you need root canal therapy usually show as:
- Throbbing pain
- Swelling and redness of the gums
- A pimple on the gums
- Dental sensitivity to heat, cold and sugar
- Tooth discoloration
- Bad-tasting drainage
- A crack or large chip
If you're in between check-ups and notice unusual dental symptoms, don't wait. Please contact H.F. Wehbe, DDS, DMD, Family Dental Care for a consultation. You may need root canal therapy. Call (617) 323-5000.
Dental implants have become increasingly popular with people looking for a long-lasting way to restore lost teeth. The West Roxbury, MA, dentists at H.F. Wehbe, DDS, DMD, Family Dental Care share a few benefits you'll want to consider if you're contemplating replacing missing teeth with implants.
A more comfortable restoration option
Comfort is an important consideration when you're thinking about replacing missing teeth. If your replacement teeth slide or your gums hurt when you eat, it's hard to enjoy meals. Unlike bridges and dentures, restoration options that only replace teeth above the gum line, dental implants restore your entire tooth.
Your new implant serves as a synthetic replacement root. It's placed in your jaw during a minor surgical procedure in our West Roxbury office and soon begins to osseointegrate, or bond, to your jawbone. Osseointegration ensures that your new root is securely anchored to your jaw and can support the crown that will be attached to it.
When you chew or bite with a dental implant, your new tooth won't shift or slide. In fact, eating will be just as comfortable as it was before you lost your tooth.
Implants require no changes to nearby teeth
Bridges offer an effective way to replace one or missing teeth, but the restorations require modifications to the teeth that will support the bridge. Bridges consist of artificial teeth attached to hollow crowns on either side. In order to ensure a proper fit, the teeth that support the bridge must be reduced in size. No changes to other teeth are needed when you choose dental implants.
Dental implants last much longer than bridges or dentures
Bridges and dentures generally need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, which can be expensive. Because your implant becomes a permanent part of your jawbone, it will never need to be replaced, in most cases. You will need to replace your crown periodically, but crown replacement costs are much less than bridge or denture replacement costs.
Implant-supported dentures don't decrease biting power
A dramatic decrease in biting power is one of the biggest drawbacks when you wear removable full dentures. After you receive your dentures, you probably won't be able to bite hard or tough foods, which can affect your diet and your enjoyment of foods. Thanks to implant-supported dentures, you don't have face significant changes in your biting power just because you've lost your teeth.
Fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants! Call the West Roxbury, MA, dentists, at H.F. Wehbe, DDS, DMD, Family Dental Care, at (617) 323-5000 to schedule an appointment.
Dental stains and discolorations can ruin an otherwise healthy and attractive smile. Even if you practice good oral hygiene habits like brushing after each meal and flossing every day, your teeth are still vulnerable to a number of factors that cause stains and discolorations, or slowly dull your teeth over time. The most common culprits are food and drinks like coffee, tea, red wine and sauces, but other factors like taking certain medications or the natural aging process can affect the whiteness of your teeth. But you don't have to settle for a dull, stained and less than perfect smile. The dentists at H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care in West Roxbury, MA, recommend professional teeth whitening treatments to remove old stains and get your teeth looking whiter and brighter than ever.
Get a Brighter Smile with Professional Teeth Whitening in West Roxbury, MA
You may already use over the counter products like a whitening toothpaste or products like whitening strips or gels, which can help to some degree, but they are not as effective as professional teeth whitening treatments from a dentist. A professional treatment can whiten your smile by up to eight shades, in as little as a single hour-long appointment. Over the counter products may also contain abrasive elements that harm the enamel layer, actually making your teeth more susceptible to staining over time.
If you prefer to gradually whiten your teeth on your own schedule in the comfort of your own home, our dentists also offer a take-home teeth whitening treatment that delivers the same professional grade results.
Find a Dentist in West Roxbury, MA
Whiter teeth can transform your entire smile in as little as an hour. For more information about professional teeth whitening and other services to improve your smile and oral health, contact our office by calling (617) 323-5000 to schedule an appointment today.
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