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By Milford Dental Group
May 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

How dental implants from your dentists in Milford, MA, can give you back your smile

Are you missing teeth or need a denture replacement? If so, you need to learn about dental implants! The truth is, dental implants are the dental implantclosest replacement to your natural teeth, in both feel and functionality. Here at Milford Dental Group in Milford, MA, Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raeisian offer dental implants to give you back your smile.

 

More about implants

So, what’s so special about dental implants? Well, they offer many benefits that can’t be matched by dental bridges, partials, or full dentures. Consider these important advantages that dental implants provide:

  • A naturally beautiful look, because dental implant crowns are made of materials that look just like natural tooth enamel, so your dental implants will be virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth
  • Complete stability, because dental implants are fully embedded and surrounded by bone, so they will never move around
  • Great oral health, because you brush and floss dental implants just like natural teeth, so it’s easy to keep your smile healthy
  • Outstanding convenience, because you never have to remove dental implants, they are a permanent part of your smile
  • Long-term beauty, because the dental implant crown material resists staining, meaning that your new dental implants will stay beautiful for years

Dental implants also help maintain bone, because your body grows more bone to fuse with the dental implant and lock it in place. More bone means you will have less facial sagging and a firmer jawline.

Implants can also replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, with the latter being achieved through how implants are able to support dentures.

 

Give us a call!

Find out how dental implants can give you an outstanding smile by calling Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raeisian at Milford Dental Group in Milford, MA. Dial (508) 966-7923 now!

By Milford Dental Group
April 17, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Get the smile you’ve always dreamed about thanks to dental veneers.

Do you wish you felt more confident in your appearance but your smile is holding you back? Are you dealing with dental imperfections that veneersmake you embarrassed by your smile? If so, our Milford, MA, dentists Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raeisian offer porcelain veneers to hide these imperfections and to give you a smile that you feel more confident showing off.

Veneers are a fast and easy approach to getting a more beautiful and perfect smile. These customized porcelain shells are designed to mimic the look of real tooth enamel. They are then bonded to the front surface of your teeth to alter the appearance of your smile. Each veneer is precisely shaped to fit your teeth.

What cosmetic dentist issues can veneers improve?

There is a wide range of dental issues that could greatly benefit from getting veneers. You may want to consider getting dental veneers if you are dealing with:

  • Discolorations (particularly severe stains and ones resistant to teeth whitening)
  • Chips and cracks
  • Worn or uneven teeth
  • Malformed teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crooked or overlapping teeth

Veneers can be a simpler and faster treatment option than dental crowns or orthodontic treatment for improving your smile. For one, dental crowns require a significant amount of tooth enamel to be removed prior to placing the crown. With veneers, a very small amount of enamel is shaved off of the front of your teeth before veneers can be placed.

Furthermore, veneers have the ability to give you a straighter smile, which can be wonderful news for those dealing with minor misalignments such as gaps between teeth, crowding or minor overlapping. This means that instead of wearing braces for up to a year or more, you could fix your misaligned smile in as little as 2 or 3 visits with dental veneers.

Milford Dental Group is dedicated to providing comprehensive dental care to patients in Milford, MA. If you want to discuss getting porcelain veneers with us then call our office today at (508) 966-7923 to schedule an evaluation.

CrownLengtheningCouldHelpwithTreatingHardtoReachCavities

There is a primary principle dentists follow regarding tooth decay—treat it as soon as you find it. Something as simple and routine as filling a cavity could prevent future tooth loss.

But treating a cavity at or below the gum line could be anything but simple and routine. Older adults who may also be dealing with gum recession are more likely to have these kinds of cavities where the gums block clear access to it.

But there is a way to access gum-covered cavities with a minor surgical procedure known as crown lengthening. Crown lengthening is commonly used in cosmetic dentistry to expose more of the visible teeth when there's an overabundance of gum tissue or if the teeth are disproportionately small. We can use it in this instance to surgically relocate the blocking gum tissue out of the way of the cavity.

After numbing the area with local anesthesia, tiny incisions will be made in the gums to create a tissue flap. After reshaping the underlying bone to recreate normal anatomy but at a different level, this flap is then moved and sutured to a new position. This exposes enough tooth structure so that the cavity can be repaired after gum healing.

As with any minor surgery, there's a very slight risk of bleeding and/or infection with crown lengthening. If you undergo this procedure, you'll receive post-care instructions for the first few days afterward including avoiding strenuous activities, eating only soft foods and using an ice pack the day of surgery to help control swelling.

This versatile procedure can help save a tooth that might otherwise be lost due to decay. And, it might even improve your appearance.

If you would like more information on treatment options for tooth decay, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crown Lengthening: This Common Surgical Procedure Restores Function and Improves Appearance.”

By Milford Dental Group
April 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  
DentureswithImplantsCouldHelpYouAvoidBoneLoss

Even with modern prevention and treatment advances, losing teeth in later life is still a sad but common part of human experience. Just as generations have before, many today rely on dentures to regain their lost dental function and smile.

But although effective, dentures have their weaknesses. The most serious: they can't prevent jawbone deterioration, a common problem associated with tooth loss.

Bone health depends on chewing forces applied to the teeth to stimulate replacement growth for older bone cells. When teeth are gone, so is this stimulation. Dentures can't replicate the stimulus and may even accelerate bone loss because they can irritate the bone under the gums as they rest upon them for support.

But there's a recent advance in denture technology that may help slow or even stop potential bone loss. The advance incorporates implants with dentures to create two hybrid alternatives that may be more secure and healthier for the supporting bone.

The first is known as an overdenture, a removable appliance similar to a traditional denture. But instead of deriving its support from the gums alone, the overdenture attaches to three to four implants (or only two, if on the lower jaw) that have been permanently set into the jawbone. This not only increases stability, but the implants made of bone-friendly titanium attract and foster increased bone growth around them. This can help slow or even stop the cycle of bone loss with missing teeth.

The second type is a fixed denture. In this version, four to six implants are implanted around the jaw arch. The denture is then secured in place to these implants with screws. It's a little more secure than the overdenture, but it's also more expensive and requires good quality bone at the implant sites.

If you've already experienced significant bone loss you may first need bone grafting to build up the implant sites for these options, or choose traditional dentures instead. But if you're a good candidate for an implant-supported denture, you may find it provides better support and less risk of continuing bone loss than traditional dentures.

If you would like more information on implant-supported dental restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

By Milford Dental Group
March 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
YourAgeDoesntHavetoKeepYoufromaStraighterSmile

Bite problems are quite common—as many as 75% of adults may have some form of orthodontic issue. Unfortunately, there's also something else just as common: that many people believe they're too old to correct it.

This belief is a myth—while there are factors that could prevent orthodontic treatment, age isn't necessarily one of them. If your teeth, gums and bone are sound and you're in reasonably good general health, you most likely can have a bite problem corrected even beyond middle age.

Why worry about it, though, if you've lived this long with misaligned teeth? For one thing, straightening teeth with braces or clear aligners can boost your dental health. Teeth that are in normal alignment are easier to keep clean of disease-causing bacterial plaque. You'll also find it easier to chew than if your bite is out of line.

A more attractive, straighter smile can also impact your social and professional life. Having a smile you're not embarrassed to show can boost your self-confidence and image. Research on people who've undergone orthodontic treatment in adulthood have found improvements in social connection and even expanded career opportunities.

Orthodontic treatment can make a difference with your health and life, no matter your age. But while the number of years you've lived won't necessarily make a difference, what those years have brought could rule it out.

If, for example, you've lost significant bone structure due to diseases like periodontal (gum) disease, your teeth may not be able to sustain the new position created by braces or aligners without a form of permanent fixation. If you have systemic conditions like severe cardiovascular disease, bleeding problems, leukemia or uncontrolled diabetes, orthodontic treatment could worsen those conditions. And certain prescription drugs may pose similar problems as well.

That's why you'll need to undergo a thorough dental exam, as well as provide a complete medical history to your orthodontist. If nothing prevents you from treatment, though, you may be able to regain a new smile, better health and a new confidence in life.

If you would like more information on adult orthodontics, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”