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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

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

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

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

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

Advantages of White Fillings

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Amalgam (silver) fillings have been used for years in dentistry. But today, Somerville families have a better option: white fillings that are made out of modern materials. Sure, silver fillings are an effective way for treating large cavities. But choosing a white restoration has big benefits when it comes to the overall results. Here are a few reasons why our Somerville dentists recommend mercury-free white restorations instead of conventional metal ones: They Match Your Teeth Composite fillings come in a variety of different colours. Our Somerville dentists can match your restoration so that it blends in with the shade of … Continue reading

Non-Traditional TMJ Treatments

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Do you struggle with TMJ pain or frequent headaches? Even if you don’t have diagnosed TMJ disorder (TMD) you can benefit from non-invasive solutions to help with the constant soreness or associated migraines. While bite splints tend to be a common TMJ treatment for Somerville families, there’s another option worth considering: cosmetic injectables. How Injectables Help with TMJ Pain  Although generally considered a cosmetic procedure, injectables can pull double-duty when it comes to managing muscle pain around the jaw and face. Since they’re a natural muscle relaxer, injectables ease the tension that causes pain and fatigue. When applied, the muscles … Continue reading

Professional vs. Commercial Whitening Kits

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If you want a brighter smile, teeth whitening is convenient and affordable. But the type of whitening method you choose can affect your outcome and experience. When it comes to over-the-counter whitening products, how do they compare to what’s offered in our Somerville dentist office? Is there any difference? Strength As with any type of product, an over-the-counter material is going to be weaker than the professional version. That’s because concentrated whitening gels aren’t safe to use if you have active tooth decay or gum disease. Seeing our Somerville dentist for whitening will give you better, faster results than anything … Continue reading

What is Gum Recontouring?

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When it comes to cosmetic dentistry and smile makeovers, some of the things most people are familiar with are treatments like teeth whitening, dental veneers, or bonding. But one procedure that can make a big impact on your smile’s appearance doesn’t have anything to do with your teeth…but rather your gums. Since your gums “frame” your smile, an irregular shape and contour can make healthy teeth look short or lopsided. As a solution, we can adjust your gumlines to reveal fuller teeth and a healthier looking smile. We call the process gum recontouring.   Significant Results in One Visit During … Continue reading