Posts for tag: restorative dentistry

By Kevin M Brown, DMD, PC
May 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you considering replacing a missing tooth or teeth with dental implants? Our Ayer, MA, dentists--Dr. Kevin Brown, Dr. Erin Deedy-Lee, dental implantsand Dr. Kevin Guze--can tell you the benefits of this unique tooth restoration method.

Complete tooth restoration

No other restoration method allows you to replace both your roots and your crown (the part of the tooth visible above the gum line). Artificial crowns are attached to dental implants, screw-like posts placed in your jawbone during minor oral surgery. Implants serve as synthetic roots and provide a stable foundation for your crowns. Because dental implants are made of titanium, a lightweight metal that gradually bonds to bone, your new roots actually become a permanent part of your jawbone.

No impact on healthy teeth

Bridges, another common tooth restoration option, anchor artificial teeth between two crowns. Although bridges do offer an effective way to fill the gap in your smile, the teeth that will be covered with the crowns must be reduced in size to ensure a proper fit. When you choose dental implants, your other teeth won't be touched.

Your other teeth may tend to shift and overlap once you've lost a tooth. The problem can affect your appearance and make it difficult to remove plaque completely when you floss. Dental implants help prevent these issues by supporting adjoining teeth and preventing drifting.

A more comfortable choice

No matter how well your bridges or dentures fit, they may still feel a little out of place in your mouth. You may notice that it's more difficult to bite and chew harder foods in some cases, or you may suffer from painful irritation on your gums if your dentures slip. Dental implants eliminate these issues. They don't feel any different than your natural teeth and enable you to eat a variety of foods easily.

Easy care

Although no tooth restoration is completely maintenance free, dental implants require very little care, making them an ideal choice for people who have busy lives. Caring for them is a simple as brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing carefully around the base of your crown, and visiting our Ayer office for regular checkups.

Would you like to find out if dental implants can restore your smile? Call our Ayer, MA, dentists at (978) 772-3747 to schedule an appointment.

By Kevin M Brown, DMD, PC
October 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How dental implants from your dentists in Ayer can improve your smiledental implant

Do you want to make your smile whole again? You may think it’s difficult because you are missing several teeth. The large gaps created by missing teeth are keeping you from smiling. It’s time to make your smile whole again with dental implants! Your dentists at Kevin M. Brown, DMD, and Associates in Ayer, MA want to share how dental implants can improve your smile.

Dental implant placement is easier than you think. It starts with the placement of the dental implant screw, during a simple in-office procedure. Dental implant screws are made of titanium, a unique, biocompatible material that allows your bone to fuse with the dental implant.

After the dental implant screw is fully embedded in bone and stable, a sparkling dental implant crown is placed on top of the implant screw, and you have a new tooth! You can replace a single missing tooth, or multiple missing teeth. You can even use dental implants to provide stability for a denture.

When you choose dental implants, you have chosen a highly successful method of tooth replacement, with over a 95 percent success rate, according to the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. The high success rate isn’t the only reason people choose dental implants. There are many other benefits including:

  • Permanent, stable tooth replacement; with proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime, and they won’t move around like partials or dentures because dental implants are fully embedded in bone.
  • Natural-looking, cosmetically beautiful tooth replacement; dental implants look just like your natural teeth, and the implant crown is made of light-reflective materials that will sparkle when you smile.
  • Healthy, worry-free tooth replacement; you brush and floss your dental implants just like natural teeth and your implants will never stain or decay.

It’s time to make your smile whole with dental implants! Discover for yourself how dental implants can help you and your smile by calling your dentists at Kevin M. Brown, DMD, and Associates in Ayer, MA. Get started on your healthy, beautiful smile by calling today!

By Kevin M. Brown, DMD and Associates
January 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn some helpful tips for how to keep both your smile and your braces healthy.braces

Did you just recently get braces? While the process may feel a little overwhelming at first we know that you will settle right into a routine. Of course, the first step is to create a routine when it comes to caring for your smile with braces. If you have traditional bracket-and-wire braces you may have questions about how to care for them. Our Ayer, MA, dentists have some tips for properly maintaining a healthy smile with braces.

How to Brush and Floss

As you may already know, brushing and flossing your teeth when you have braces is certainly much different, and making sure you care for your teeth and gums is now even more important when wearing braces. You’ll need to take a bit more time with your oral routine to make sure you are cleaning your mouth effectively. Of course, it’s important to be gentle and careful around your braces so you don’t damage or break them.

It’s also imperative that you brush after every meal since food can easily get trapped in your braces, which can increase how much plaque builds up on your teeth and gums. Flossing between meals is also another wonderful way to remove food that might be stuck between teeth or in the wiring of your braces. Opt for floss that is safe for orthodontics and easy to snake through braces. You never want to floss too aggressively, as this can also damage your orthodontic treatment.

Take a Look at Your Diet

Our Ayer general dentists will provide you with a list of foods that you will need to stay away from while wearing braces. In essence, you’ll want to avoid any foods that are hard, crunchy, sticky or chewy. Foods like gummy bears, hard breads, corn on the cob, hard pretzels and taffy could pull at braces or break them off. Chewing gum is also to be avoided during your treatment.

Protect Your Braces

If you play on a sports team you can still play while wearing braces but you’ll want to wear a mouth guard to protect it from damage. Not only are mouth guards recommended for protecting teeth from being cracked, dislodged or knocked out but they can serve to protect your orthodontic investment, as well.

Do you have questions about braces? Are you curious to find out if orthodontics is right for you? Then call our Ayer, MA, dental office today to schedule an appointment and get your questions answered.