Fix the Tooth Damage Caused By Grinding

Posted: September 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

Most people are totally unaware that they grind their teeth, either during the day or at night. Some dentists believe that this is an issue for 75% of patients. Beyond causing headaches, TMJ problems and neck aches, grinding can have an aging effect on the smile by wearing the biting edges of the teeth (especially the front), which not only alter their appearance, but interfere with their function, as well.
 
According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, teeth grinding can also affect the look of the face by contributing to facial collapse. The distance between the nose and the chin can decrease, causing deep wrinkles making you look older.  Dr. Johnson states, “I have seen countless people over the years that have spent thousands on cosmetic surgery or Botox only to learn that it was their dental issues that were at fault”.

A drastic smile makeover isn’t your only option. Just as with plastic surgery, smaller procedures can give you the smile of your dreams. Slight reshaping of the teeth with cosmetic contouring can improve the appearance of your smile, as can ongoing whitening at home.

To restore the length of your teeth associated with youth, bonding or veneers on the tips of the front teeth is an option too.

For a consultation on how to fix your damaged teeth, contact Dr. Johnson at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.org.   Remember…See a Specialist, the Difference will Make You Smile”.

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For a Smile Worthy of a Job Interview, See a Prosthodontist

Posted: September 20th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

The current economy has created more competition in the marketplace than seen in recent history.  Whether you are trying to maintain your competitive edge or if you are one of those in the workforce looking for a new position, first impressions are critical.

Your smile is a fundamental aspect of your interview; more than your wardrobe, more than your accessories, more than your handshake.  The quality of one’s smile often sends a message of success.

Some people are lucky and they have great smiles. Others are predisposed to teeth that are easily broken, damaged or stained.  Sometimes genes and lifestyles can cause these problems but often an ugly smile just ‘happens over time’.  Stained teeth, dark fillings, missing teeth or bad dentistry can be unsightlyCosmetic dental procedures can create the white, natural smile that you’ll need to make the right first impression.
 
According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, who is regarded as one of the Boston Area’s most trusted and respected dentists, cosmetic dentistry can be an easy way improve your image. Cosmetic dentistry includes procedures like dental veneers, ceramic fillings, full mouth reconstruction, teeth whitening and dental implants.

“Quality dentistry should project naturally-radiant beauty and should NOT look like dentistry”, says Dr. Johnson.   “Many accept less-than ideal work because they don’t realize what can be done in the hands of a talented prosthodontist”.

For information or a consultation on how Dr. Johnson and his team at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners can improve your smile, visit NewtonWellesleyDentalPartners.org and remember, “See a Specialist, the Difference will make you Smile”.


Teeth Whitening Options

Posted: September 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

Teeth whitening is the most common cosmetic dentistry procedure performed today. As Americans we are obsessed with white teeth. There are several options available to you for teeth whitening, and it is important that you educate yourself on your options.

There are a number of bleaching products:

Teeth whitening toothpastes- approved toothpaste can help lighten your teeth. They do not bleach the teeth. They are aimed at removing surface staining. Hence they are comparatively less effective than other bleaching methods. Therefore, it takes a lot of time for these toothpastes to show results. Opt for this method if you have a lot of patience.

Over the counter whitening strips – not effective for all patients or all teeth. These strips only whiten the front of the tooth rather than the entire tooth. This makes the process less effective and it does not last as long. Also, whitening strips do not work on implants, crowns or dentures. You may also find various kits in the stores as well which are not dentist approved.

In office dental bleaching- this process from Newton Wellesley Dental Partners gives patients a jump start on their quest for whiter teeth. You start with an in office visit and then continue the at home component.   Dr Johnson’s in house visit jump starts the process with a chemical bleaching session.  He then sends you home with several “trays” so you can do the less concentrated touch ups in the privacy of your own home without having to make several trips to the dentist

To find out if teeth whitening is the perfect solution for you, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners. Remember “See a Specialist, the Difference will Make You Smile”.


What Germs Live in Your Mouth?

Posted: September 4th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

The adult mouth contains loads of bacteria. Those who take care of their teeth and see a dentist regularly have a relatively clean mouth. They have 1,000 to 100,000 bacteria living on each tooth surface. But, people who do not have the best oral habits can have between 100 million and 1 billion bacteria on each tooth.

Every day more bacteria grow in your mouth. Though bacteria in your mouth can be beneficial to your health, it can also cause problems. Many diseases, from bad breath to heart disease, are related to oral bacteria. Proper oral care and regular dental visits can protect against harmful bacteria.

It is important to maintain a good oral care routine. Good dental health starts with brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day and should always include regular dental visits.

Some facts about the germs in your mouth will shock you. How much do you know? Click here to take a quiz about the germs in your mouth.

Regular dental visits are preventative. It is recommended that you visit your dentist once every six months to ensure proper oral hygiene.  General dentistry includes many procedures such as cleanings, fillings, dentures, crowns, bridges, gum disease, and root canals. Visit NewtonWellesleyDentalPartners.org for more information or to make your appointment.


Newton Wellesley Dental Partners is the Preferred Dentist for Seniors

Posted: August 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

Advancing age puts many seniors at risk for a number of oral health problems. Newton Wellesley Dental Partners has partnered with MySeniorPortal.com, an online space where seniors can search for all types of services in addition to health and wellness providers.  Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of NWDP has been catering to the ‘senior’ population since 1986.

Seniors are at risk of dental problems including:

  • Stained teeth . This is caused in part by changes in dentin as well as a lifetime of stain-causing foods and beverages.
  • Dry mouth. Dry mouth is caused by reduced saliva flow, which can be a result of the side effects of medication.
  • Root decay . This is caused by exposure of the tooth root to decay-causing acids. The tooth roots become exposed as gum tissue recedes from the tooth.
  • Brittle teeth.  Many seniors notice tooth fractures leading to ‘crumbling teeth’.
  • Gum disease. Caused by plaque and made worse by food left in teeth, use of tobacco products, poor-fitting bridges and dentures, poor diets, and certain diseases. Often this is a problem for older adults.
  • Tooth loss. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss.
  • Uneven jawbone is caused by tooth loss and can lead to a premature ‘aging’ of facial support.
  • Ill-fitting dentures, poor dental hygiene, or a buildup of fungus can cause this condition, which is inflammation of the tissue underlying a denture.
  • Thrush . Diseases or drugs that affect the immune system can trigger the overgrowth of a fungus in the mouth.
Healthy aging can keep you happier, more involved and enhance your way of life. Peruse MySeniorPortal.com for any type of service or visit Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.org   for more information.  Contact us at 617.965.1225 for dental issues as a result of aging.