Posts for: May, 2017

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Dental implants are considered the best tooth replacement option available. An implant replaces the root of a tooth and allows for the replacement of the crown via attachments or abutments. They not only look like a real tooth, they function like one too.

Implants, though, for some are a significant investment and may be well beyond a person's financial means if they've experienced a sudden tooth loss. For that reason, many opt for a less expensive tooth replacement option like a removable partial denture.

Later when they can afford it, a person might consider an implant. But this could pose a complication. When a tooth is missing for some time, the underlying bone doesn't rejuvenate normally because it no longer receives stimulation from the tooth. Over time, the amount of bone may diminish. Restorations like dentures can't stop this bone loss and actually aggravates it.

For proper positioning, an implant requires a certain amount of bone volume. So, it's quite possible when the time comes to replace the old restoration with an implant that there may not be enough bone available.

We may be able to overcome this bone loss with bone grafting and regeneration. A specialist such as a periodontist or oral surgeon accesses the area surgically and inserts bone graft material, usually processed material that's completely safe. Properly placed, the bone graft serves as a scaffold that, along with growth stimulators, encourages bone cells to grow.

When the bone grafting has healed enough, we're then able to place the implant. Once imbedded in the bone, one of the implant's unique qualities comes into play. The imbedded post is made of the metal titanium, which is not only bio-compatible with body tissues, it also has an affinity with bone. Bone cells will easily grow and adhere to the implant surface. This further boosts bone growth in the area and strengthens the implant's hold.

These extra procedures to build back lost bone do add to the cost and time for installing an implant. But if you're ready for a more permanent restoration for a missing tooth — not to mention better bone health — the extra time and money will be well worth it.

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


By Kevin M Brown, DMD, PC
May 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  

Crooked teeth don't just detract from a person's appearance; they can also trap food in hard-to-reach places, leading to decay. That's braceswhy Dr. Kevin Brown, Dr. Erin Deedy-Lee and Dr. Mahshid Bahadoran, your dentists in Ayer, MA, recommend braces to any patient who is dealing with alignment issues. That's right... braces aren't just for teenagers anymore! Read on to discover why braces can make a difference in your smile regardless of your age.

Kids

The American Academy of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that parents have their children's teeth evaluated for alignment issues no later than 7 years old. That's not to say that your child will immediately have braces put on; permanent teeth are still growing in at this time. However, your Ayer dentist can evaluate the growth patterns of your child's teeth and determine if it's necessary to start preparing for braces. Children with severe crowding of the teeth or overbites, for example, need to have tooth extractions or expanders to start correcting these problems before they become difficult to treat.

Teens

According to dental industry experts at Oral-B, the optimal time to have braces put on is between the ages of 10 and 14 years old. That's because most if not all of the permanent teeth are typically grown in, but their placement can still be easily manipulated into the right position with orthodontic devices. They're also old enough to handle the dietary restrictions and mild discomfort associated with adjusting the braces.

Adults

It's a surprising statistic, but nonetheless true: The AAO has found that one in five patients who are wearing braces is an adult. The options for treating dental alignment problems has grown to include clear or white braces and removable aligners, all of which your Ayer dentist offers as a way to straighten your teeth without sacrificing your appearance.

To learn more about how braces can improve dental health, contact Kevin M. Brown DMD & Associates inAyer, MA, to schedule a consultation for yourself or your child today!


By Kevin M Brown, DMD, PC
May 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
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Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.

He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”

Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.

There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.

The Science Behind the Magic

There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.

The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.

How’s that for a disappearing act?!

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”