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Posts for: September, 2014

By Advanced Dental Concepts
September 24, 2014
Category: Oral Health

Perhaps you've seen Nate Berkus on The Oprah Winfrey Show or watched his television program, The Nate Berkus Show. You may even have read his best-selling book, Home Rules: Transform the Place You Live Into a Place You'll Love. Regardless of where or how you discovered Berkus, you will surely have noticed his dazzling smile.

Berkus recently opened up about the facts behind his trademark smile during an interview with Dear Doctor magazine. First off, his smile is totally natural, as he never wore braces or had any cosmetic work, including porcelain veneers. However, Berkus does give credit to his childhood dentist for the preventative healthcare he received as a young boy. “I'm grateful for having been given fluoride treatments and sealants as a child,” he said. Nate also shared the important flossing advice he learned from his dentist that he still follows today: “Floss the ones you want to keep.” Berkus went on to say that he feels, “healthy habits should start at a young age.”

And we totally agree! For this reason we have put together the following list of facts and oral hygiene tips:

  • Over 50% of plaque accumulation occurs in the protected areas between teeth — a place that may be difficult or even impossible to reach with a toothbrush.
  • A thorough brushing may take up to two minutes at first, and it may feel awkward as you reach some places in your mouth.
  • Remember, more is NOT always better! Brushing or flossing too hard can be damaging to your teeth and gums. And never saw back and forth with your floss.

To learn more about oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing techniques, you can continue reading the Dear Doctor article “Oral Hygiene Behavior - Dental Health For Life.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination, review your brushing and flossing techniques, and discuss any questions you have as well as treatment options. As needed, we will work with you to teach you the proper brushing and flossing techniques so that you feel confident before you leave our office. And to read the entire interview with Nate Berkus, please see the Dear Doctor article “Nate Berkus.”

By Advanced Dental Concepts
September 15, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Get a Glowing Smile with GLO Whitening System
Many of our patients desire a pearly white smile, but don’t know where to begin. New procedures in dental care allow Andover patients to finally get that smile they’ve always wanted. There are many daily rituals that you are doing that continue to make your teeth dull and unappealing. Drinks like coffee, tea and red wine are known to stain your teeth over time. In fact, over time teeth can become more absorbent and vulnerable to staining from certain foods and drinks. Using tobacco has also been proven to cause unwanted stains, which is all the more reason to stop using tobacco products.
A whitening treatment in Andover is able to effectively restore stained, dull or discolored teeth. At our office, we offer the GLO teeth whitening system. GLO whitening has proven to be a successful teeth-whitening system that can be done at home, or we can do it in the office.
What is GLO Whitening?
GLO whitening combines the professional elements of heat and light built into a closed-system mouthpiece that accelerates the whitening process. It does this by preventing the whitening oxygen from escaping the tooth surface, attacking the stains left behind by foods and drinks, and makes your whitening process more effective and more efficient.
GLO is used with a whitening gel that contains a minty fresh formula that stays put and adheres to your teeth without getting on gums or other soft tissue. This allows for the whitening experience to be comfortable and easy.
When you use the GLO whitening system, here is what you can expect:

    Patented Mouthpiece: The GLO mouthpiece is made from flexible plastic and contains the activating light and heat elements that accelerate the whitening gel. GLO whitens the full surface of your bottom and top teeth all at once.
    G-Vial Delivery System: Our alcohol- and carbamide peroxide-free formula adheres to your teeth and doesn’t run onto your gums, eliminating sensitivity.
    Control: The GLO controller features a hands-free design and pre-timed eight minute session intervals. It comes with a recharging dock that connects to a wall outlet or a USB port on your computer for easy use during travel.
    Lip Care: A soothing lip treatment, made with shea butter, is included for everyday use and during your treatments for whitening teeth in Andover.

If GLO whitening sounds great to you, or to learn more about it, contact our office today by calling (978) 475-2431. Or ask at your next appointment!

By Advanced Dental Concepts
September 09, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

At Advanced Dental, we believe that our Andover patients should understand the importance of when to have a root canal and how it is done. Most of our patients come to us with the worry that root canals are one of the most painful dental procedures, and that is absolutely false. A root canal is used to treat your pain, and by knowing the facts involved with the process may help to calm your nerves before the procedure.

Treatment for a root canal is used to address a serious problem, which involves the pulp of the tooth that has become infected. The tooth pulp is a system of blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues that are inside the tooth and it helps the tooth maintain its audacity. It also contains the root canal, which is a series of minute passageways that interconnect with your body's nervous system.

The tooth pulp can become infected by:

    Tooth Decay
    Gum Disease
    Traumatic Tooth Damage
    Repetitive Dental Procedures

If the pulp becomes irreversibly damaged, it must be completely removed from the tooth and the root canals are then filled and sealed so the tooth can be saved.

The Procedure

Understanding the procedure before you go in for your visit is highly recommended. The procedure begins by the dentist numbing the affected tooth and surrounding tissues with local anesthesia. A "dental dam" will be placed over the root canal area to isolate the tooth and to prevent the risk of spreading infection to other oral tissues. Our dentist will then drill a small hole in the top of the tooth in order to get to the pulp chamber by using special instruments to remove the infected or dead pulp tissue through the access hole. The pulp chamber and root canal will then be washed and cleansed with an antiseptic and antibacterial solution.

The root canal and pulp chamber will then be filled with a rubber-like substance called gutta-percha that is specifically designed of the root canal treatment. The access point will then be sealed with a temporary filling until a permanent crown can be molded and put in place. Patients may experience some mild discomfort after the procedure, but can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medicine.

Now that you know the procedure of the root canal, you can alleviate those nerves and rest assured that it's easy and very successful for eliminating your tooth pain. If you would like to learn more information about root canal treatment, call our office today. Also do not hesitate to call if you have a tooth that is causing you pain, we are here to help!

By Advanced Dental Concepts
September 09, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

While dental implants are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement, removable dentures are still a viable choice, especially for patients with edentulism (complete tooth loss). Removable dentures have also undergone considerable advancement to improve their function, appearance and longevity.

But even with these advancements, dentures still require a fair amount of skill, experience and — of utmost importance — a sense of art. If you’re considering this option, long-term success depends on a careful process of construction, fit adjustment and regular checkups to maintain that fit.

Our first step is to determine exact tooth placement on each denture. Using facial features (or photos before tooth loss) we establish placement landmarks so that corresponding upper and lower teeth align properly. We also consider tooth size, their orientation in relation to the lip, and the needed space to leave between the upper and lower teeth when they are at rest. We make these determinations based on accepted standards of beauty, but also taking into account your particular comfort level with any features that might alter your appearance.

The denture’s gums must also look realistic when you smile, especially if your upper lip rises above the teeth to expose more gum tissue. We also want to match the color and texture of your natural gums, as well as incorporate palatal rugae, the little ridges behind the upper front teeth that aid with speech and chewing food.

When we first place the new dentures in your mouth, we may need to adjust them for balance between the upper and lower sets when they come together. An imbalanced fit could have an adverse effect on your ability to bite, chew and speak normally.

Your dentures should have a good, comfortable fit. Over time, however, you will encounter some degree of bone loss because you no longer have your natural teeth to stimulate bone growth and absorb the forces created during function when your teeth contact. This and other factors may cause your dentures to become loose and uncomfortable to wear. For that reason, it's important for you to visit us regularly to maintain that good fit and check the health of underlying tissues and bone.

Careful planning and denture construction help ensure your new dentures successfully restore form and function to your mouth. Regular monitoring will also ensure they continue to serve you well for as long as possible.

If you would like more information on removable dentures, 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 “Removable Full Dentures.”