Living with tooth loss can affect everything from your oral and general health to your self esteem and quality of life. In addition to the cosmetic issues, missing even one or just a few teeth can make it more difficult to eat, affect speech, and lead to bone loss in the gums. Dental restorations like crowns and dentures replace the visible portion of the tooth and help with aesthetics and basic functions like chewing food. A dental implant is the only restoration that restores the entire tooth (crown and root). The dentists at Riley Dental Associates, L.L.C. in Boston, MA, recommend dental implants for healthy adults missing anywhere from one to all of their natural teeth.
Fix Your Smile and Oral Health with Dental Implants in Boston, MA
A dental implant consists of a small titanium screw designed to replace the root of the missing tooth, which helps to maintain healthy bone tissue and securely anchor the cosmetic crown in place for a more stable and secure fit. Because the implant is biocompatible, dental implants have a very high success rate. Once the implant has been surgically placed in the gum socket, it begins to fuse with the surrounding bone tissue through a process known as osseointegration. After a short healing period, the dentist attaches the cosmetic crown to the implant and restoration is completed.
Who Should Get a Dental Implant?
Implants can replace single teeth or even be used to support an entire set of dentures (with just a few implants). If you are an adult in good health and there is enough bone tissue in your gums to support the implant, you may be a good candidate for implants. In order to maintain your oral health, implants require a commitment to good oral hygiene habits at home, and regular follow up dental care.
Find an Implant Dentist in Boston, MA
Don't wait to restore your smile and oral health. To find out if dental implants are right for you, contact Riley Dental Associates, L.L.C. by calling (617) 723-4032 to schedule an appointment today.
Do you have missing or damaged teeth? You may benefit from crowns and bridges. Boston, MA, dentists Drs. Edwin Riley, III; Edwin Riley, IV; and Rita Han explain how crowns and bridges can restore your smile.
What are crowns and bridges?
Crowns are hollow restorations made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal or ceramic. They're created from an impression of your mouth made in our Boston office and slide over the top of teeth after they've been prepared. Bridges are also made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal or ceramic and are used to replace missing teeth. Crowns on either end of the bridge support one or more artificial teeth in the middle.
When are crowns recommended?
Crowns are often used to:
- Strengthen Weak Teeth: Teeth can weaken as you age, or weak or brittle teeth may be something you've inherited. Your teeth can also become fragile if you've had a dental procedure, such as a large filling or a root canal, or have developed a crack. Crowns strengthen your weak teeth and prevent them from fracturing.
- Restore Damaged Teeth: Damaged or broken teeth can cause lacerations in your mouth, make eating difficult and affect your appearance. Adding a crown to a broken or chipped tooth restores its normal shape and width, as well as its function.
- Improve the Appearance of a Tooth: Crowns provide an excellent solution if you're concerned about the appearance of one of your teeth. They can conceal discolorations or even change the shape of a tooth. If you have one or two teeth that are crooked or twisted, there's no need for braces if your bite isn't affected. Adding crowns to the teeth is a simple way to improve your smile. Crowns also add length to teeth that are naturally short or have eroded due to grinding.
Why should I consider a bridge?
Filling the gap in your smile offers several important benefits, including:
- Improved appearance
- Better chewing and biting ability
- No drifting of surrounding teeth
Would you like to find out if you can benefit from crowns and bridges? Call Boston, MA, dentists Drs. Edwin Riley, III; Edwin Riley, IV; and Rita Han at (617) 723-4032 to schedule your appointment.
Are you interested in straightening your teeth with Invisalign but have a few questions about the process? Boston, MA, dentists Drs. Edwin Riley III, Edwin Riley IV and Rita Han explain how Invisalign works and share a few benefits of this innovative orthodontic treatment.
Straightening your teeth without wires
Twenty years ago, the only way to straighten teeth involved threading wires through brackets cemented on to the fronts or backs of teeth. Periodic adjustments to the wire tension gradually realigned teeth. The system was, and is, very effective, but it isn't the most attractive option.
Back in the 1990s, Stanford University student Zia Chishti had just had his braces removed and had been fitted with retainers to prevent his teeth from shifting. He theorized that it might be possible to use retainer-like trays to not only prevent shifting after orthodontic treatment but to actually move the teeth.
In 1997, his company introduced Invisalign, the first clear, removable brace system. Your dentist designs a series of aligner trays created to address your particular orthodontic issues. Trays exert gentle, continual pressure on the teeth, gradually changing their position. Each set of trays is designed to accomplish a specific straightening goal and is worn for two weeks.
Invisalign offers many benefits
The appearance of metal braces makes many people hesitate to straighten their teeth. Because Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic, they're virtually unnoticeable when you wear them. Invisalign offers other important benefits, including:
- Simple Oral Hygiene: You won't have to buy any special flossing tools or spend 10 minutes cleaning your teeth when you wear Invisalign aligner trays. In fact, you'll remove your trays, then brush and floss your teeth the same way you always have.
All the Apples You Want:
- Wires can break when you eat hard foods, like raw apples and carrots. Invisalign trays are also removed when you eat, making the food restrictions common with metal braces unnecessary.
- Remove Your Aligners When Needed: No matter how unobtrusive your Invisalign trays, they can still get in the way sometimes. If you need to wear a mouthguard while playing sports or want to enjoy a special event in Boston without your trays, you can leave your aligners at home. Although it's fine to occasionally remove your trays, you'll normally wear them 20 to 22 hours per day.
Invisalign can transform your smile. Call Boston, MA, dentists Drs. Edwin Riley III, Edwin Riley IV and Rita Han at (617) 723-4032 to schedule an appointment to discuss Invisalign treatment.
It has never been easier and more affordable to fix the dental problems that can damage your smile, or put your oral health at risk. Whether your teeth have become stained and discolored from too much coffee or red wine, chipped or cracked from an accident, or you have old metallic fillings that could use an upgrade, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure designed to both strengthen and make your teeth look better than ever. Riley Dental Associates in Boston, MA, offers a number of cosmetic dentistry and aesthetics treatments designed to give you a smile you will love.
Bonding, Veneers and Aesthetics in Boston, MA
Chances are that many (if not most!) of the people you know with seemingly perfect teeth have aesthetic dental treatments like cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers to thank. Bonding and veneers are used to reshape and resize teeth to fix the most common cosmetic issues, including:
- Chips and cracks
- Minor spacing issues
- Stains and discolorations
- Sizing issues
Veneers are one of the most versatile dental treatments available and are also used to restore and strengthen a tooth after treatment like root canal therapy. Made of a razor thin layer of porcelain, the veneers are bonded directly onto your teeth for a natural looking and lasting restoration. Every case is different, but with proper dental care and maintenance, the average veneer can last up to a decade or longer. Bonding is similar to veneers but provides more of a short term fix. If you have intrinsic dental stains, which are caused by damage to the dentin layer from trauma or as a side effect of certain medications, porcelain veneers are your best option for whitening your smile and minimizing the risk of further staining from external factors (extrinsic stains) from food, drinks, and the normal aging process.
Find a Cosmetic Dentist in Boston, MA
A new and improved smile can be yours in as little as a single dental appointment. For more information on the aesthetic dental procedure that is best for you, contact Riley Dental Associates by calling 617-723-4032 to schedule an appointment today.
Periodontal disease, which is also referred to as gum disease, is an infection of the structures around the teeth. Riley Dental Associates in Boston, MA, offers a variety of gum disease treatments to their patients. Here are the warning signs of gum disease.
#1- Red Gums
Gum disease results from infection that causes inflammation. This inflammation process causes gum discoloration. Healthy gums should appear pink and firm. Periodontal disease causes the gums to become bright red or purple.
#2- Bleeding Gums
If your gums are bleeding when you clean your teeth, you may have periodontal disease. Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease. In gingivitis, the can bleed easily. The best way to find out what is causing your gums to bleed is to see your dentist.
#3- Bad Breath
Persistent bad breath may be a warning sign of periodontal disease. If you have chronic bad breath, see your Boston dentist as soon as possible. Finding out what's causing your bad breath puts you a step closer to getting rid of it. If gum disease is the culprit, breath mints won't help -- they're just temporarily covering up the problem.
#4- Gum Recession
Gum recession is a condition in which the roots of the teeth become exposed. Periodontal disease is the main cause of gum recession. The disease destroys gum tissue and bone that hold your teeth in place.
#5- Swollen Gums
In gingivitis, the gums become puffy and swollen. For many people with gingivitis, this inflammation is not painful. If the cause of your gum swelling is periodontal disease, good oral hygiene is the first step to recovery.
Gum disease can destroy your gums, erode your jawbone, and lead to tooth loss. If you want a healthy smile, call Riley Dental Associates at (617) 723-4032 today to schedule an appointment in Boston, MA. Get your life back on track by receiving the best treatment available.
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