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By H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care
March 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Woman With Dental ImplantsAre you thinking of getting dental implants?

There are many restorative procedures that can help strengthen and rejuvenate your smile, but dental implants are the best. If you're interested, doctors at H.F. Wehbe can provide dental implants in West Roxbury, MA.

More on Dental Implants in West Roxbury:

Dental implants are one of many restorative procedures, like dentures and bridges. Dental implants consist of several parts:

  • There's a titanium post that's inserted into the jawbone
  • A screw that secures an abutment over the titanium post
  • A crown matching the rest of your teeth is placed above the abutment

The titanium post is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace missing tooth root. It provides stability and strength, and prevents weakening and shrinkage of the jawbone. After placing the titanium post, the dentist will seal your gums and after waiting 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to occur, which is the process of the post fusing to the rest of your jawbone. Afterwards, your dentist re-opens the area above the titanium post, inserts a screw, places an abutment above the screw and secure a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.

Taking Care of Your Implants:

  • Like the rest of your teeth, make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss every day, at least once before bed.
  • A change in diet is beneficial. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoid sugary foods to prevent the accumulation of plaque.

Advantages of Dental Implants:

  • They restore bite and chewing function.
  • They fill gaps to give you a full smile.
  • They restore cracks, chips, or fractures one tooth, a few teeth or all of your teeth.
  • Dental implants don't move while you're eating or speaking.
  • Dental implants can last a lifetime.

If you have more questions or concerns about dental implants, call your dentists in West Roxbury, MA, by calling them at (617) 323-5000

By H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care
January 11, 2019
Tags: dental implants  

How dental implants from your dentists in West Roxbury, Massachusetts can rebuild your smile

If you are missing teeth, or if you are wearing an ill-fitting denture that does nothing for your appearance, have you thought about dental implants? If you want a stronger, more natural-looking smile, it’s time to think about dental implants! The dentists at H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. Family Dental Care in West Roxbury, Massachusetts can provide dental implants that will rebuild your smile.

Dental implants can provide natural good looks and enhance your appearance in ways dental bridges or dental appliances can’t match. They provide natural-looking tooth replacement that helps to conserve bone. More bone means a firmer jawline and more youthful facial contours, enhancing your appearance. When you choose dental implants, you will enjoy these important benefits:

  • Stability, because dental implants are firmly embedded in bone, so they will not move around
  • Natural beauty, because dental implant crowns are made of porcelain, which reflects light and looks just like tooth enamel
  • Great oral health, because you brush and floss your implants along with your natural teeth, to keep your smile healthy and beautiful
  • Permanence, because dental implant materials resist staining, and you never have to worry about decay, so your smile will stay beautiful for years
  • Dental implants are made of biocompatible materials, so your body won’t reject them. In fact, dental implants are the most successful surgical implant. They have a success rate of over 95% according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Dental implants are placed in a simple procedure, done right in the office. The jaw bone will grow to fuse with the dental implant, securing it firmly in place. After the area has healed, your dental implants will be capped with sparkling dental implant crowns.

You can replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. You can also use dental implants to supply a strong foundation for a denture, which is snapped in place over the implants.

To find out more about the benefits of dental implants and how they can improve your smile, call the dentists at H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. Family Dental Care in West Roxbury, Massachusetts today!

By H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care
October 29, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Dental ImplantsA 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.

By H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care
August 28, 2018
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: braces   Invisible Braces  

Invisible Braces PatientAs 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.

By H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care
July 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

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 root canalsomething? 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

Learn more

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.

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