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By H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D.
January 11, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease   Tooth Loss  

Gum disease can develop when gum tissue is infected. Various symptoms can develop, including gum tenderness and swelling, as well as gums that bleed easily. Without treatment, the infection can spread to the bone and ultimately lead to tooth loss. Dr. Hazem Wehbe and Dr. Monika Kaceli, the skilled dentists at our office in West Roxbury, MA, utilize several methods for treating gum disease that can help prevent tooth loss.

Signs of Gum Disease

Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection that stems from the formation of plaque and tartar on the teeth. Plaque develops when saliva and food particles mix. It can usually be removed by brushing the teeth at least twice a day. However, when plaque lingers on the teeth too long it can harden into tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional. Tartar bonds to tooth enamel and cannot be brushed away.

When plaque or tartar build-up below the gum line, bacteria can travel to the gums and cause infection. Several symptoms are associated with gum disease, including:

  • Sensitive gums
  • Gums that have receded
  • Tender, red, or swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • An abscess in the gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose teeth

Tooth Loss

Tooth loss is one possible side effect of gum disease. It can occur when the infection that causes gum disease spreads to the bone. As bone tissue becomes weakened by the infection, it can no longer securely hold the teeth in place. Fortunately, seeking treatment early when you first notice the signs of gum disease can prevent tooth loss. The experienced dentists in our practice in West Roxbury, MA, can restore the health of your gums after gum disease and stop the spread of infection.

Losing teeth to gum disease can lead to several unwanted side effects, such as changes in speech, sagging cheeks, and excess wear and tear on the remaining teeth. Speech can be affected when there are fewer teeth to guide the placement of the tongue when speaking. Pronunciation of words can change as the tongue slips into the gaps where teeth are missing.

The teeth provide support for facial muscles, which can droop and sag following tooth loss. Additionally, when teeth are missing the remaining ones have to compensate and take on more of the biting and chewing functions, which puts more strain on them. Not only can seeking treatment for gum disease right away prevent tooth loss, but it can also help you avoid the side effects associated with it.

Gum disease can lead to other oral health problems, including tooth loss. Seeking treatment promptly upon the first signs of the disease helps stop the infection from spreading and can prevent the loss of teeth. If you have developed symptoms of gum disease, Dr. Wehbe or Dr. Kaceli can discuss treatment options with you. To schedule an appointment with a dentist in our West Roxbury, MA, office, call us at (617) 323-5000.

By H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D.
October 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Before the use of dental implants, there were only a few alternatives that dentists used to replace missing teeth or repair damaged ones. Most of the options like tooth-supported fixed bridges, resin-bonded teeth, and removable partial dentures attach to the healthy adjacent teeth, the gums, and the original bone ridge. Although these options can replace or repair one or more teeth, they are only partially successful in replicating the natural feel of your original teeth.

Currently, one of the most sought-after options for replacing missing teeth that our dentists Dr. Hazem Wehbe and Dr. Monika Kaceli, here at H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care in West Roxbury, MA, use are dental implants. So what are the benefits of dental implants that make it better than other tooth replacement options?

The Magic of Osseointegration

This is the process of bone growth and healing, which takes several months to complete. This helps dental implants preserve the jawbone by replacing the missing tooth root with a titanium post that is screwed directly into the bone. This likewise prevents the decay and diminishing of the jawbone, which supports the rest of your teeth, including your facial features.

With the dental implant taking the place of the tooth root, you now benefit from increased jawbone strength. This means that unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants can promote the growth of the jawbone. And as the titanium material completes the osseointegration process, it will continue to stimulate the jawbone growth around it for the rest of your life.

Restore Chewing Function

One of the basic functions of the mouth is chewing. It allows the breaking down of food for proper absorption of nutrients. Proper chewing is achieved with our teeth, which means that any misalignment or loss of teeth can affect this basic function.

How can dental implants restore this function? By ensuring that the titanium post sits firmly in your jawbone, the natural chewing ability as well as the force of the bite will be restored. The fusing of the implant with the jawbone makes this procedure a sturdier and stronger solution to missing or damaged teeth.

The procedure is further enhanced with the installation of a dental crown that is almost as strong as the enamel of your natural teeth. Unless you meet an accident, you rest assured that your dental implants will last for a lifetime with proper oral hygiene and routine visits to your dentist in West Roxbury, MA.

Preservation of Natural Teeth

As mentioned above, other teeth replacement alternatives use the adjacent teeth, gums, and original bone ridge. By doing so, this affects the healthy adjacent natural teeth. This is not the case with dental implants since the adjacent teeth do not have to be ground down or prepped to help stabilize the replacement tooth.

This means that dental implants do not stress the surrounding teeth, gums, and bone. It further strengthens the gums and bones by ensuring that the replacement tooth root continues to stimulate the jawbone.

Want to Find Out If Dental Implants Are The Best Option For You, Contact Us

Dial (617) 323-5000 to arrange a meeting with your dentist here at H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care in West Roxbury, MA, Dr. Hazem Wehbe, or Dr. Monika Kaceli, now.

By H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D.
October 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Professional whitening offers many advantages over the DIY products and kits that line your grocery store's shelves. Dr. Hazem F. Wehbe and Dr. Monika Kaceli, your dentists in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, offer teeth whitening to patients who want to improve the appearance of their teeth quickly and affordably. If you've been considering brightening your smile, read on to learn why professional whitening is the way to go.

How does whitening work?

Teeth whitening is a chemical process that introduces tiny, oxygenated bubbles into the invisible pits and grooves on the surface of the teeth. These little spaces trap food and drink particles that build up over time and change the color of the teeth. When the peroxide-based whitening solution is applied to the teeth, the peroxide interacts with the natural bacteria in the mouth and sends the bubbles into the tiny spaces, breaking the food particles into even smaller pieces and dislodging them. The result is a smile that is up to ten shades brighter than when you walked into your dentist's office.

Why should I choose professional whitening?

Having your teeth whitened at your West Roxbury family dentist's office is a comfortable and quick procedure, although having a professional apply the whitening solution ensures your safety and the best possible outcome. Your teeth are cleaned prior to your whitening treatment, and a barrier is applied to your gums and lips to keep the whitening gel from coming into contact with the sensitive skin. Dr. Wehbe and his staff use professional-grade products that have a much higher concentration than over-the-counter treatments, which translates into longer-lasting results that are immediately evident. In just an hour-long appointment, you can have a gleaming new smile that lasts a year or more.

To schedule a whitening appointment with Dr. Hazem Wehbe and Dr. Monika Kaceli, contact our family dentistry practice in West Roxbury, Massachusetts at (617) 323-5000.

By H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D.
May 26, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Are you considering straightening your teeth with Invisalign? This discreet orthodontic option offered by your West Roxbury, MA, dentists, Drs. Hazem Wehbe and Monika Kaceli, can transform your smile—read on to learn more.

5 Invisalign Benefits

If you've been looking for a simple, subtle way to improve your appearance, Invisalign may be the perfect treatment option for you. In fact, invisible braces offer these advantages:

  • An Improved Smile: Even a few crooked teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile. Invisible braces gradually improve the alignment of your teeth, boosting your self-esteem. The Invisalign system uses clear, removable aligner trays that straighten teeth discreetly.
  • No More Bite Problems: Bite problems can affect the appearance of your smile, but that's not always the case. Sometimes, the problems can occur even though your teeth look straight. Issues with your bite can affect chewing ability, damage your gums, cut your gum/ mouth, and cause excessive wear and tear on your teeth. Invisalign corrects mild-to-moderate bite problems, including overbites, crossbites, underbites, and open bites.
  • An Adjustment-Free Option: Invisible braces don't rely on adjustments to straighten teeth. The aligner trays you'll wear over your teeth exert constant pressure that slowly straightens crooked teeth, corrects bite problems, closes gaps, and eliminates crowding. Your West Roxbury dentist will give you a series of custom-made trays when you start Invisalign treatment. You'll wear each set of trays for about two weeks before swapping them for the next set in the series.
  • Convenience: You don't have to avoid certain foods when you straighten your teeth with invisible braces. Before you eat or drink, you'll remove your trays, and simply place them back in your mouth when you are done. You will also take your trays out before brushing and flossing.
  • An Excellent Solution for Adults: Depending on your straightening goals, you may only need to wear your aligner trays for six months to a year if you're an adult—children cannot use Invisalign, for their jaws are still developing.

Enhance your smile with invisible braces! Call your dentists in West Roxbury, MA, Drs. Wehbe and Kaceli, at (617) 323-5000 to schedule your appointment.

By H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D.
April 14, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

Give Your Tooth a Second Chance

Dental crowns have been made from metal for several decades. While metal crowns have helped people retain their teeth, thanks to new technologies, you can now protect damaged teeth with metal-free dental crowns. Dr. Hazem Wehbe and Dr. Monica Kaceli are dentists in West Roxbury, MA, who can save your teeth with metal-free dental crowns.

The Advantages of Metal-free Crowns

Typically, metal-free crowns are made from ceramic or zirconium. Because of this, they appear more natural than many metal-based crowns. This is because the newer materials can mimic the translucent quality of your natural teeth. Another benefit of metal-free crowns from your dentist in West Roxbury is that because they are close to the same length as your natural teeth, they keep your bite even. Metal-free crowns are also less expensive than their traditional counterparts.

How do Dental Crowns Work?

A dental crown is a cap that fits around your natural tooth to restore its strength, shape, and appearance. Once a metal-free crown has been fixed in place, it completely covers your natural tooth. You may benefit from a dental crown to:

  • Protect a tooth that is damaged or weakened
  • Cover a broken tooth
  • Restore a tooth that has become worn down
  • Cover a tooth with a large dental filling
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Secure a dental bridge in the correct place
  • Protect a tooth that has had a root canal

Taking Care of Your Dental Crowns

If you keep them in good condition, dental crowns can last for a long time. You should treat them just as you do your natural teeth. That means brushing and flossing twice each day and visiting your dentist for a checkup every six months. You can give them extra protection by wearing a mouthguard if you play sports and a nightguard if you tend to grind your teeth while you are sleeping.

If you’re looking for metal-free dental crowns in West Roxbury, MA, contact Dr. Wehbe and Dr. Kaceli today on West Roxbury (617) 323-5000.

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