For patients with minor dental irregularities, “dental contouring” or “reshaping” provides a relatively easy remedy. This cosmetic procedure involves removing small amounts of enamel to minimize or alleviate imperfections. For instance, chipped or fractured areas can be smoothed out, and specific angles or edges can be rounded or squared. Tooth reshaping can also be undertaken to alter the shape, length, contour, or position of a tooth and its relationship to adjacent teeth to improve the look of a smile. The technique can also be used to reshape overlapped teeth, as well as to minimize the appearance of crowding. Dental contouring may even be used to correct developmental imperfections and abnormalities such as pitting and grooves in the enamel.
If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist, we would love to welcome you to our office as a new patient. We have over 40 years of general dentistry experience enhanced by an eye for cosmetic dentistry. Whether you need one tooth restored or a full smile makeover, we will make sure your teeth look beautiful and feel natural. To schedule an appointment, please call 9 W. MAIN DENTAL at 508-867-2777. We are located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield.
P.S. Tooth reshaping does not usually require an anesthetic and often provides instant results.
As effective as flossing is at removing plaque and food particles from between teeth, some people find floss difficult to handle. Others may have trouble reaching certain areas of their mouths with floss. Fortunately, there is an alternative to floss, which is just as effective and easier to use. Oral irrigation with a water-flossing device uses the pressure of a forceful stream of water to remove food from teeth and massage the gums. While oral irrigators of this sort are certainly more expensive than simple floss, they are a very good investment for those looking to maintain the health of their teeth and gums. These devices are particularly good at reaching areas of the mouth that may elude floss users.
Oral irrigators are ideal for people who wear braces because water gets in between the wires and brackets easily. Did you know that regular visits to the dentist today can save you time and money in the future? By receiving routine dental cleanings and exams, you can help prevent cavities as well as more significant and costly dental problems down the road. To schedule an appointment with 9 W. MAIN DENTAL, please call 508-867-2777. We are located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield.
P.S. Oral irrigators are perfect for orthodontic patients and those with permanent or temporary bridges.
Most mothers have told their children not to gobble down their food and eat it more slowly. As it turns out, this piece of advice is as wise as almost every other bit of guidance that mothers give their children. Chewing food completely (try ten times per bite) not only helps with digestion and nutrient absorption, but it may also help protect against infection. Researchers recently found that chewing food (known as “mastication”) can stimulate the release of “T helper 17” (Th17) cells in the mouth, which fight off harmful bacteria. However, too many Th17 cells can be counterproductive to the health of the gums. Researchers hope to find a healthy balance that might someday lead to reduced infection.
Your child’s first dental visit should take place after the first tooth appears, but no later than the first birthday. Why so early? As soon as your baby has teeth, he or she can get cavities. Being proactive about your child’s dental health today can help keep his or her smile healthy for life. To schedule an appointment, please call 9 W. MAIN DENTAL at 508-867-2777. We offer early morning and early evening appointments to serve your busy schedule. Our office is located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield.
P.S. Because it takes approximately 20-25 minutes for the hormones in your body to reach your brain to tell you that you are full, eating slowly helps prevent overeating.
Denture wearers primarily rely on their “alveolar ridges” (the bony crests in upper and lower jaws that contain the tooth sockets) to hold their lower dentures in place. In some cases, however, due to bone “resorption,” the alveolar ridge may shrink to the point where their lower dentures “float” and move while chewing. Increasingly, dental implants are providing those who have trouble retaining their dentures with a good alternative. Acting as substitutes for tooth roots, dental implants not only hold replacement teeth securely in place, but they also help stop bone resorption by stimulating bone growth. The jawbone actually forms a bond with the dental implants, creating a stable foundation for replacement teeth.
With proper homecare and regular maintenance from 9 W. MAIN DENTAL, your dental implants can last a lifetime, saving you both time and money in the long run! Please call our office at 508-867-2777 to make your appointment today. We are committed to taking steps to keep dental care affordable. A healthy mouth has tremendous value, and we work hard to make sure its cost stays reasonable. Our office is conveniently located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield.
P.S. If the alveolar ridge is too soft or thin to accept an implant, bone from another area of the body (or a special bone grafting material) may be used to supplement the jaw.
Regular dental checkups and conscientious oral care at home can pay big overall health dividends. The latest evidence of these benefits comes from a study’s finding that “acute coronary syndrome” (sudden blockage in the blood supply to the heart) is 2.7 times more likely among those with infections at the tip of a tooth root, even if there are no evident symptoms. Dental examinations of people suffering from acute coronary syndrome (with symptoms of shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, and nausea) revealed that over half (58 percent) suffered from inflammatory lesions at a tooth’s root tip, called “apical periodontitis.” An estimated one person in four suffers from at least one tooth infection, with cavities as the most common cause.
Regular healthy habits can lower your risk of both gum disease and heart disease. And, if you already have one or both of these conditions, these strategies can help reduce their impact. To schedule an appointment, please call 9 W. MAIN DENTAL at 508-867-2777. We are located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield. For your convenience, we offer a wide range of emergency services along with follow-up care to ensure you receive a long term solution to your dental problem.
P.S. Apical periodontitis is caused by bacterial invasion of the pulp of the tooth, which may be detected on dental x-rays.
Postmenopausal women may find that they are more vulnerable to gum disease and tooth loss as a consequence of falling estrogen levels during menopause. As declining hormone levels increase (post)menopausal women’s risk of developing the bone-thinning disease known as “osteoporosis,” decreasing bone density in the jaw bones gives rise to a higher likelihood of tooth loss. While regular dental treatments can help maintain the health of a woman’s teeth and gums, new research points to a way of addressing the underlying problem. According to a study of nearly 500 women between the ages of 50 and 87 years, estrogen therapy for a minimum of six months helped reduce their risk of severe periodontitis by 44 percent.
Your overall health is affected by the health of your gums. Gum disease not only leads to bone and tooth loss, but it has also been shown to worsen other systemic health issues like heart disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer. To schedule an appointment with 9 W. MAIN DENTAL, please call 508-867-2777. We provide a variety of gum disease treatments for your convenience. In some instances, patients may be referred to a specialist for more advanced cases. We are located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield.
P.S. All women at risk for osteoporosis should make it a point to schedule regular dental exams.
When chewing or tapping on a tooth causes it to feel tender, it may be a sign of “apical periodontitis,” inflammation at the root’s tip that is most often caused by tooth decay. To relieve the pain and treat the underlying infection, patients undergo “root canal” (or “endodontic”) treatment, during which the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected. It is then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material (gutta-percha). After that, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling. This treatment addresses the localized infection and inflammation, but new research reveals that it may also reduce the risk of coronary artery disease, thereby benefitting the heart as well.
Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings. These visits are important because the dentist also checks for early signs of gum disease, oral cancer, and other potentially serious problems that can only be detected during the visit. To schedule an appointment, please call 9 W. MAIN DENTAL at 508-867-2777.
We offer early morning and early evening appointments to serve your busy schedule. Our office is located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield
P.S. According to Finnish researchers, patients with untreated apical periodontitis were found to be 2.7 times more likely to have acute coronary syndrome than patients with no infection.
The future of dental implants may include those with a built-in reservoir that contains slow-release drugs, which will eliminate “bacterial biofilms” that may lead to infection. These implants, which are currently in the research phase, are made of porous composite material through which the drugs can gradually diffuse from the reservoir to the outside of the implant. Biofilms are aggregates of bacteria in a slime-enclosed mass, which are very difficult to treat. When bacterial biofilms become chronic, they are extremely resistant to antibiotics. Researchers have found that by filling the reservoirs in the medicated dental implants with chlorhexidine (a powerful antimicrobial found in mouthwashes), they were able to stop Streptococcus mutans and halt the formation of biofilms.
A number of studies link tooth loss with dementia. According to one of these studies involving people 75-98 years old, those with few teeth (zero to nine) had an increased risk of developing dementia during the study, compared with those who had 10 or more teeth. This finding may best be explained by the possibility that people with cognitive impairment take worse care of their teeth. However, it is also possible that dental disease often causes prolonged inflammation and infection in the mouth, which may alter some factors in the blood that might cause problems in the brain. In any case, it certainly could not hurt to see that elderly individuals receive proper dental care.
Did you know there’s a link between your oral health and the health of your body overall? Studies show that poor oral health is linked to heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications, dementia, and more. The good news is that, together with the team at 9 W. MAIN DENTAL, you can take great care of your oral health and possibly help prevent other health issues. Please call our office at 508-867-2777 to make your appointment today. Our office is conveniently located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield.
P.S. Tooth loss in the elderly can lead to nutritional deficiencies caused by an inability to chew and digest certain foods.
Receding gums, known as “gingival recession,” is a common condition that occurs when the gum tissue that normally surrounds the tooth pulls back and exposes the tooth root. If the recession goes untreated and becomes severe, there is increased risk that the exposed tooth root will become decayed and/or infected. If gum recession is caused by physical wear of the gums by vigorous brushing or the use of a toothbrush with hard bristles, the dentist will recommend a softer brush and better brushing technique. If gum disease is at the root of the problem, the dentist will work to remove built-up plaque and tartar accumulations. Tooth-colored composite resins may also be recommended to cover exposed root surfaces.
Taking care of your teeth and gums is vital to maintaining a beautiful smile and staying healthy for life. If you are only mildly affected by receding gums, that's good! If you catch it early, you may not require professional treatment to fix it. Your dentist will help you identify the cause and will instruct you in how to address it. You may have to re-evaluate your flossing habits, get a mouth guard and buy a different toothbrush. To schedule an appointment, please call 9 W. MAIN DENTAL at 508-867-2777. We are located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield.
P.S. Age is a leading risk factor for gum recession, with 88 percent of people over the age of 65 having receding gums in at least one tooth.