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By Milford Dental Group
May 26, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Whenever you experience a toothache, there is a good chance that there is a problem with your teeth. Does it automatically mean that you need a root canal procedure? Not necessarily so, which is your dentists here at Milford Dental Group in Milford, MA, Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raeisian, need to examine the situation.

Meanwhile, here are some clues to help you determine whether or not you need root canal therapy.

How Do I Know If I Need a Root Canal?

  • Persistent Tooth Pain. This may be on and off or continue for a certain period, but you usually feel it deep in the bone of your tooth, along with the adjacent teeth, your face, or your jaw.
     
  • Sensitivity to Temperature. There is a sharp pain or dull ache whenever you eat or drink something hot or cold. This might indicate an infection of the tooth nerves.
     
  • Tooth Discoloration. Discoloration can occur when the pulp becomes infected. Breakdown of the internal tissue will create a grayish-black tooth color.
     
  • Pain When Touching the Tooth. Severe tooth decay could make it painful to the touch. Likewise, the hypersensitive root tip could indicate a dying pulp.
     
  • Swollen Gums. Swelling is often attributed to the acidic waste produced by the dead tissues of the pulp. Gum boil, abscess, or parulis may likewise be present.
     
  • A Loose Tooth. An infected tooth would usually feel loose or wiggly since the dead nerves will soften the bone in the area of the dying tooth, causing it to move a bit.
     
  • A Cracked or Chipped Tooth. The damage on the tooth could allow bacteria to set in, which could cause infection and inflammation. Injury to the tooth can likewise result in the damage of the tooth nerves, making them painful and sensitive.

As soon as you experience any of the abovementioned signs, make sure that you visit our Milford office. Here, we can confirm whether you need a root canal or not.

To Learn More About Root Canal Therapy, Contact Us

Dial (508) 482-0028 to schedule an assessment with your dentists, Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raeisian here at Milford Dental Group.

By Milford Dental Group
April 29, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
3ThingsYouMightnotKnowAboutMovingTeeth

If you press your tongue against your teeth, unless something is badly wrong they won't budge. In fact, your teeth are subjected to a fair amount of pressure each day as you chew and eat, and yet they remain firmly in place.

But there's a deeper reality—your teeth do move! No, it's not a paradox—the gum and bone tissues that hold your teeth in place allow for slight, imperceptible changes in the teeth's position. Their natural ability to move is also the basis for orthodontics. Here are 3 more facts you may not know about your teeth's natural ability to move.

Teeth are always on the move. Teeth are held firmly within the jawbone by an elastic gum tissue called the periodontal ligament and a thin layer of bony-like material called cementum. In response to pressure changes, though, the bone dissolves on the side of the teeth in the direction of pressure and then rebuilds behind it, solidifying the teeth's new position, a process that happens quite slowly and incrementally. And it will happen for most of us—some studies indicate more than 70% of people will see significant changes in their bite as they age.

Orthodontics works with the process. Orthodontic appliances like braces or clear aligners apply targeted pressure in the direction the orthodontist intends the teeth to move—the natural movement process does the rest. In the case of braces, a thin metal wire is laced through brackets bonded to the front of the teeth and then anchored, typically to the back teeth. The orthodontist incrementally tightens the wire against its anchors over time, encouraging tooth movement in response to the pressure. Clear aligners are a series of removable trays worn in succession that gradually accomplish the same outcome.

Watch out for the rebound. That nice, straight smile you've gained through orthodontics might not stay that way. That's because the same mechanism for tooth movement could cause the teeth to move back to their former positions, especially right after treatment. To avoid this outcome, patients need to wear a retainer, an appliance that holds or "retains" the teeth in their new positions. Depending on their individual situations and age, patients may have to wear a retainer for a few months, years or from then on.

If you would like more information on orthodontic treatment, 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 “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.”

By Milford Dental Group
March 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Have you ever wondered what makes a smile beautiful? The answer may seem complex question, but it's actually quite the opposite. Drs. Peyman Beigi and Nina Raeisian of Milford Dental Group in Milford, MA, offer patients porcelain veneers to help them show off a brilliant smile.

What are Veneers?

Veneers provide patients with improved tooth color, shape, and alignment in just a few dental appointments. These wafer-thin oral appliances are similar to crowns in that they hide dental imperfections, but unlike crowns, veneers are purely cosmetic. They are cemented to the surface of teeth to hide issues like:

  • Stains and discoloration that occurs as a result of eating pigmented food, chewing tobacco, smoking, and aging
  • Chips, cracks, and fractures caused by injury or trauma
  • Minor gaps, dental crookedness, and misalignments

The porcelain veneers substitute natural enamel and have the advantage of being more translucent. This means they are more resistant to staining than natural enamel and can provide a brighter smile for a longer period of time.

Creating a New Smile with Porcelain Veneers

  1. You must first visit your dentist and explain what exactly you need.
  2. If you and your Milford dentist decide that veneers are the best option, you'll need to undergo a full dental exam so that any underlying issues can be dealt with.
  3. Your dentist makes a model of your teeth using wax to show you what you'd like with veneers.
  4. If you wish to proceed, your dentist prepares your teeth by removing a small amount of enamel so teeth aren't protruding when veneers are cemented on the surface.
  5. Next, molds of your teeth are sent to a lab where a lab technician creates your permanent veneers.
  6. Finally, permanent veneers are cemented onto your teeth.

Would You Like to Speak With Your Dentist About Veneers?

Drs. Peyman Beigi and Nina Raeisian of Milford Dental Group in Milford, MA, provide patients with veneers and if you want a smile makeover, you should give them a call at (508) 482-0028.

By Milford Dental Group
January 30, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
CrazyLittleThingCalledHyperdontia

The movie Bohemian Rhapsody celebrates the iconic rock band Queen and its legendary lead vocalist, Freddie Mercury. But when we see pictures of the flamboyant singer, many fans both old and new may wonder—what made Freddie’s toothy smile look the way it did? Here’s the answer: The singer was born with four extra teeth at the back of his mouth, which caused his front teeth to be pushed forward, giving him a noticeable overbite.

The presence of extra teeth—more than 20 primary (baby) teeth or 32 adult teeth—is a relatively rare condition called hyperdontia. Sometimes this condition causes no trouble, and an extra tooth (or two) isn’t even recognized until the person has an oral examination. In other situations, hyperdontia can create problems in the mouth such as crowding, malocclusion (bad bite) and periodontal disease. That’s when treatment may be recommended.

Exactly what kind of treatment is needed? There’s a different answer for each individual, but in many cases the problem can be successfully resolved with tooth extraction (removal) and orthodontic treatment (such as braces).┬áSome people may be concerned about having teeth removed, whether it’s for this problem or another issue. But in skilled hands, this procedure is routine and relatively painless.

Teeth aren’t set rigidly in the jawbone like posts in cement—they are actually held in place dynamically by a fibrous membrane called the periodontal ligament. With careful manipulation of the tooth, these fibers can be dislodged and the tooth can be easily extracted. Of course, you won’t feel this happening because extraction is done under anesthesia (often via a numbing shot). In addition, you may be given a sedative or anti-anxiety medication to help you relax during the procedure.

After extraction, some bone grafting material may be placed in the tooth socket and gauze may be applied to control bleeding; sutures (stitches) are sometimes used as well. You’ll receive instructions on medication and post-extraction care before you go home. While you will probably feel discomfort in the area right after the procedure, in a week or so the healing process will be well underway.

Sometimes, dental problems like hyperdontia need immediate treatment because they can negatively affect your overall health; at other times, the issue may be mainly cosmetic. Freddie Mercury declined treatment because he was afraid dental work might interfere with his vocal range. But the decision to change the way your smile looks is up to you; after an examination, we can help you determine what treatment options are appropriate for your own situation.

If you have questions about tooth extraction or orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Simple Tooth Extraction” and “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By Milford Dental Group
January 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
YouMayNeedOrthodonticsBeforeReplacingaMissingTooth

Sometimes you need only a single solution to improve your smile: teeth whitening to brighten stained teeth; porcelain veneers or crowns to mask dental flaws; or a life-like dental implant to replace a missing tooth. But not all dental situations are that simple and sometimes require a combination of treatments.

A case in point: restoring a missing tooth within a poor bite. The absent tooth itself may be the cause of the bite problem if it’s been missing for some time: The nearby teeth tend to move or “drift” into the empty space, leaving no room for implant placement.

When this happens, you’ll first need orthodontic treatment to correct the bite problem. Not only will this open the space for the implant, it also comes with its own benefits. It obviously improves your smile appearance—but straighter teeth are also easier to keep clean of bacterial plaque, which reduces your disease risk. You may also experience better digestion after your teeth are properly aligned and able to function as they should during eating.

The traditional way to improve a bite is through metal braces. But there are some downsides: For one, braces can make it difficult to keep teeth adequately clean, making wearers more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. Braces are also quite visible and can detract from a person’s appearance (even more so if a missing tooth is involved).

Unless your situation requires braces, you can choose clear aligners as an alternative. These clear, computer-generated plastic trays are worn in sequence to gradually move teeth to their desired positions. Unlike braces, you can remove aligners for eating, cleaning or rare special occasions. And, they’re barely noticeable to others.

If you also have a missing tooth, you can have a temporary prosthetic (“false”) tooth built into your aligner trays. In this way you can still enhance your smile while undergoing aligner treatment.

Once your bite has been corrected, we can then proceed with restoring your missing tooth permanently with a dental implant. Although orthodontics adds to the time and expense of restoration, its often necessary to achieve the best result. Your future smile will be the better for it.

If you would like more information on dental solutions for improving your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.