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Decades Past: How Implants Have Transformed

Dental Implants

The dental implants you see at our Somerville dentist office haven’t always looked like the toothlike replacements that they are today. In fact, just a few decades ago, implants were mounted on a larger framework that was set directly across the jaw and required extensive surgery (and recovery time.)   Fortunately, modern implants are minimally invasive and mimic the shape of natural teeth. Their design sets alongside of healthy teeth, similar to an anatomical tooth root. This streamlined design makes newer implants a gentler and more straightforward procedure, widening the requirements for the permanent tooth replacement treatment.   For the … Continue reading

How to Treat Bleeding Gums

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If your gums bleed when you brush and floss, you’re not alone. Depending on the underlying cause, bleeding gums can be a straightforward “fix” or require more professional care to reverse. Usually, the first sign of bleeding gums is because of gingivitis. Gingivitis is caused by plaque buildup accumulating along your gumlines and between teeth. If you’re not flossing daily, the gums start to get infected and bleed each time they’re stimulated. Fortunately, gentle brushing along the gumlines for a minimum of two minutes twice per day, as well as flossing around each tooth daily is the best way to … Continue reading

The Dental Veneers Process

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Getting a smile makeover? Dental veneers are one of the best cosmetic dentistry treatments in Somerville. With veneers you can dramatically transform everything about the appearance of your smile. And when you feel great about the way your teeth look, you’ll be more apt to want to show it off! If dental veneers are right for you, here’s what you can expect from the overall treatment process: The Consultation and Exam Your smile plan will give you an opportunity to dictate how you want your new smile to look. We’ll evaluate each tooth and determine which ones need veneers, then … Continue reading

Four Resolutions for a Healthier Smile

It’s never too late to get your smile’s oral health back on track. If you’re committed to having healthier and more attractive looking teeth, here are four simple new year’s resolutions that you can make with the help of our Somerville dentists. Floss. Every Day. It’s not possible to limit your risk of gum disease, tooth loss, and dental decay without cleaning between your teeth every day. Hate flossing? Opt for a water flosser instead! Water flossing can even reach deep gum pockets where traditional floss can’t. Stop Chewing on Things. Your fingernails, pencil, or whatever it is you do … Continue reading

What Your Mouth Says About Sleeping Disorders

Did you know that it might be possible for our Somerville dentist to screen for a sleeping disorder, simply by looking at the inside of your mouth? Depending on the type of sleep disordered breathing that you have, conditions like obstructive sleep apnoea (or “OSA”) have classic tell-tale signs that they leave in the people who suffer from them. Here’s a few of the things that we might notice: Flat, Worn Teeth When your brain is deprived of oxygen, your teeth and jaws tend to clench up. Over time, this leads to excessive wear on your teeth. Gradually, they’ll start … Continue reading

What Happens During a Scale and Clean?

When you schedule a checkup at Somersmiles Dental in Somerville, there’s a lot more going on than just having your teeth polished! A scale and clean appointment is an important part of preventing unwanted oral diseases and intercepting issues as early as possible (when they’re easier and more affordable to correct.) Aside from your hygienist removing the soft plaque and hard tartar buildup from your teeth, here are some other important activities that are going on when you’re laying back in the dental chair:   Measuring Your Gum and Bone Levels Your hard and soft tissues are what’s responsible for … Continue reading

Cosmetic Injectables for Dental Concerns

What do aesthetic products like injectables and dermal fillers have to do with dentistry? More than you might expect! As dentists, we deal with the muscles and soft tissue structures that surround your teeth, including your TMJ, cheeks, and lips. So when it comes to utilising therapeutic products like injectables, the two go hand in hand. Dental Uses for Injectables Managing Bruxism — If you have a stressful lifestyle, your jaw muscles may be overactive because of the tension building up in your body. Over several days and weeks, the clenching can cause muscle soreness, earaches, and worse – worn … Continue reading

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Do you get a little nervous when it’s time to schedule a dental appointment? Or do you even feel so anxious about seeing a dentist that you put the visit off altogether? What about when your tooth hurts, but you need treatment? Fortunately, there’s an option to help you overcome dental anxiety and get the care your smile deserves. Our Somerville sleep dentistry solutions give you different levels of relaxation to choose from, to help put your mind at ease. When you’re able to relax thanks to dental sedation, you can catch up on everything from a scale and clean … Continue reading

Types of Dental Mouthguards

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Brushing and flossing aren’t the only things to think about when it comes to protecting your teeth. There are times that, like other body parts, your teeth need to be covered too. Depending on what you’re trying to safeguard your smile against, there are a few different types of mouthguards that you can consider. Bite Splints People who tend to clench and grind their teeth — a condition we call “bruxism” — often experience TMJ problems, headaches, broken dental work, and chipped teeth. A bite splint creates a small amount of space between your upper and lower teeth, so that … Continue reading

Dental Bonding: Fast, Effective, Affordable

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Looking for a fast, affordable way to have a big impact on your smile’s overall appearance? Consider dental bonding! Bonding is a tooth-colored putty that our Somerville dentist shapes over your tooth, instantly hiding the aesthetic flaws of issues such as: Exposed root surfaces Small gaps between teeth Chipped or uneven enamel Misshaped or pitted surfaces Like white fillings, bonding fuses to your tooth and is cured with a bright light. But getting a tooth bonded for aesthetic purposes usually doesn’t require any numbing. All we’ll need to do is gently roughen the surface being bonded. Composite bonding is matched … Continue reading