April 7, 2018
Many patients don’t realize that regular visits to their dentist can mean the difference between being healthy and having a deadly disease. For dentists, one of the deadliest diseases they can discover early is oral cancer. Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, your dentist is taking additional steps to help patients protect themselves in between exams.
Even though your dentist in Framingham performs an oral cancer screening every time you visit, you’ll also need to remain diligent on your own. To stay two steps ahead of oral cancer, keep these signs, symptoms, and risk factors in mind.
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March 4, 2018
Everyone loves to see a bright, healthy smile. Strong teeth and disease-free gums help you enjoy your favorite foods, greet others with confidence, and look and feel your best. Conversely, if your smile is suffering, you might shy away from meeting new people, dread the thought of eating certain foods, and suffer the social stigma of bad breath. But did you know that oral health problems are also linked to overall health problems? Your dentist in Framingham talks more about this fascinating connection.
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February 13, 2018
It’s early in the year, so you feel motivated and confident that you can still make the changes necessary to improve your oral health. This is why you’ve taken the huge step of scheduling an initial visit to your dentist in Framingham. But you have some reservations, simply because you don’t know what will happen. Thankfully, your local professional will weigh in with a rundown of what to expect when you attend your first appointment for preventive dentistry.
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January 5, 2018
Bad habits can really get the best of us, can’t they? Without even noticing, we make sacrifices to our oral health just to satisfy a few cravings. Whether you smoke cigarettes daily, chew nervously on your pen, or eat a sugary snack instead of a healthy fruit, there’s a potential to cause long-term damage to your teeth. If you want to avoid damaging your tooth’s enamel and cause more serious problems down the line, you’ll want to listen up.
But you don’t have to worry; your dentist in Framingham says you’re not facing your habits alone. Many of these are very common, so your dentist is ready to offer solutions to five poor habits for teeth.
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December 15, 2017
Are you searching for a reliable, friendly, and skilled dentist in Framingham? We know there are several practices in the area that you can choose from, and many of them have amazing people who have your best interests at heart. But we want to be in the running as well! We’re a family friendly practice that is dedicated to making our patients feel great about their smiles and their experience in our office. Here are a few things we would like you to know about us.
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April 21, 2013
My last blog started to talk about CEREC crowns and restorations. In this blog I would like to get deeper into the subject and let you know why we at Framingham Family Dental Care are so excited about this wonderful technology.
Traditional “porcelain-to-metal” crowns use a build-up process. The laboratory technicians first create a thin covering of gold or metal to tightly cover the tooth. Then layer upon layer of porcelain is baked on top of the metal to create the correct shape of the tooth. This technique has many problems:
1. You can see a black line at the gum.
2 .The dentist needs to go under the gum to try to hide this black line.
3. The dentist has to attempt to mask the metal from showing through the porcelain. However, even the best crowns usually have a vague yellow tinge to them.
4 .Because the crown is built in layers, the porcelain can fracture over time.
5. Adjustments to the crown for comfort and to correct bite issues can weaken and thin the porcelain. This also increases the possibility of fractures.
CEREC technology overcomes all of these issues. The CEREC process uses pre-manufactured and baked solid porcelain blocks. No metal is used with CEREC. This means that your crown is true to color and reflects light just like a natural tooth! Because it is built from a solid block of porcelain, there are no layers to weaken o traditional r fracture over time. The porcelain is formulated to wear like your natural tooth structure. Some dentists actually believe this material is stronger than gold or metal. It is certainly stronger than the porcelain in traditional crowns!
Stay tuned for more information on CEREC in my next Blog! CEREC is a wonderful technology, and the more you learn about it, the more you will understand why we are so excited to be able to offer it to our patients!!
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February 18, 2013
CEREC ‘Same Day Crowns’ have been available at Framingham Family Dental Care for over a year. While this technology has been in development for at least 20 years, I was attracted to this ‘new’ technique by the vast improvements CEREC has made recently to their product, particularly in the wide range of new materials that the CEREC system has available to create beautiful, strong, and natural looking dental restorations.
So, why choose CEREC over traditional crowns? In the past, crowns were either made from porcelain baked onto metal or were made entirely of metal. To understand the benefits of CEREC, we need to know a little about these older crown techniques. Dentists have long talked about the ‘Gold Standard’. For centuries gold restorations were universally acknowledged to be the best for strength and longevity. The gold was cast in one piece so it never broke and was mixed with other metals to have the same attrition (wear) rate as natural tooth structure. However, while a few cultural groups have linked gold with wealth, most affluent societies wanted white, natural looking teeth. Hence, in the past fifty years or so, dentists started using all porcelain or porcelain over metal for crowns. Unfortunately, all porcelain usually proved to be too fragile, and porcelain over metal often creates an unappealing black line at the base of the crown.
Enter CEREC and the materials it uses. CEREC uses pre-manufactured blocks of ceramic that are formulated for durability and wear so they are as strong as metal and look and feel like your own teeth. And the CEREC technique has the ability to color-match the ceramic to create the most attractive and natural looking teeth imaginable.
CEREC crowns and restorations provide a huge improvement over previous techniques! But that is not all! I will get into “Why CEREC?” more in the next blog. Stay tuned!
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January 9, 2013
When you come to the dentist’s office, one of the first things we ask you to
do is to fill out a Medical History Form. Why is this important? There are
many conditions and medications that can affect your dental care. While
they might not seem significant or relevant to you, it is essential that you
advise us of any health issues you might have or medication you are taking.
The dentist is a key member of your personal medical team. We ask that you
be open about your health history so that we can give you the best, safest,
and most effective dental treatment for your personal needs!
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September 8, 2012
I consider myself to be a ‘cosmetic dentist’. For that matter, many of my colleagues actually advertise that they are ‘cosmetic dentists’. But what does that mean?
To quote Wikipedia: “Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite. Many dentists refer to themselves as ‘cosmetic dentists’ regardless of their specific education, specialty, training, and experience in this field. This has been considered unethical with a predominant objective of marketing to patients. The American Dental Association does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a formal specialty area of dentistry.
While Wikipedia may not be the ultimate source for accuracy on all subjects, the fact remains that cosmetic dentistry is NOT a specialty. Any dentist who pays the least attention to the appearance of your mouth and smile is practicing cosmetic dentistry.
Having said all this, I consider Framingham Family Dental Care to be a practice that offers a cosmetic approach to dentistry for all its patients. While our primary goal is to ensure the dental health of our patients, my staff and I are dedicated to various procedures that enhance the beauty of your smile! Some of these include veneers, crowns, tooth-colored fillings, teeth whitening, and other smile enhancement procedures.
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August 16, 2012
Most families understand the need for Sport Mouth Guards when their children are participating in contact sports. Few patients, however, understand the need for Mouth Guards when they grind or clench their teeth or have TMJ.
Studies have shown that up to 38% of the adult population in this country has abnormal wear to their teeth. A simple appliance worn at bedtime prevents this damage from occurring when you are asleep and least aware of clenching or grinding. Failure to stop this wearing down of the teeth causes many problems. Teeth become flattened, exposed dentin creates sensitivity, and a “collapsed” bite changes your appearance, often making you look older. Repairing the damage once it has been done can be quite costly and complicated. Often full-mouth rehabilitation is necessary which could result in literally thousands of dollars of treatment.
Talk to me and my staff about whether or not a Mouth Guard might be appropriate for you. Our goal is to preserve your dental health in the simplest, most efficient, and least costly way possible.
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