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By Sudbury Family Dental Care
January 18, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Check-ups  

If you’re in need of dental care from a general dentist, the team of dental experts at Sudbury Family Dental Care in Sudbury, MA provides quality care for every patient they see.

What Happens During a Routine Checkup?

Routine dental checkups usually occur twice a year, but some people might require more frequent checkups if the dentist deems it necessary. These checkups include two parts: an exam and a cleaning.

Exam

Typically, the exam will begin with an x-ray of the mouth, which helps the dentist to see anything that might not be present to the naked eye. For instance, if there are cavities in between the teeth or problems in the jawbone, the x-rays will show this.

Your dentist will then check for any plaque or tartar build-up that needs to be removed. Additionally, your gums, throat, face, and neck will be examined to pick up on any signs of infection, cancer, and more.

Cleaning

During the cleaning, your teeth will go through a process called scaling, which simply means the tartar will be removed. They will then be polished to remove stains and flossed.

Benefits of Regular Checkups

The following are just three important benefits you can gain by keeping your regularly scheduled dental visits.

Keep Teeth Healthy and Shiny

Having a healthy smile is important to people’s self-esteem, regardless of their age. One great benefit of regular checkups is that they can help keep your pearly whites both pearly and white.

Addresses Gum Disease

Gum disease can be undetectable to the naked eye, so many people do not realize they have it in the beginning. Your dentist is trained to spot signs that the average person does not know to look for. As Dr. can help catch it early, it can be more easily treated.

Detection of Issues

There are many medical issues that are related to dental health – some caused by dental issues and others that can cause dental issues. While it’s not always the case, some of these medical problems can be deadly when left untreated.

Through routine checkups, your general dentist in Sudbury, MA can keep an eye out for any potential issues. If it can be treated through dental care, he can help make that happen. If it requires another specialist, such as a primary care physician or heart doctor, he can give you the information and referrals you need to address it.

If you have any dental issues or simply want to keep your smile beautiful, let the team at Sudbury Family Dental Care, your general dentist in Sudbury, MA, help. Make an appointment today by calling (978) 443-5193

RussellWilsonsFunnyVideoAsideRemovingWisdomTeethisNoLaughingMatter

There are plenty of hilarious videos of groggy patients coming out of wisdom teeth surgery to keep you occupied for hours. While many of these have turned everyday people into viral video stars, every now and then it really is someone famous. Recently, that someone was Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

The NFL star underwent oral surgery to remove all four of his third molars (aka wisdom teeth). His wife, performer and supermodel, Ciara, caught him on video as he was wheeled to recovery and later uploaded the clip to Instagram. As post-wisdom teeth videos go, Wilson didn't say anything too embarrassing other than, "My lips hurt."

Funny videos aside, though, removing wisdom teeth is a serious matter. Typically, the third molars are the last permanent teeth to erupt, and commonly arrive late onto a jaw already crowded with other teeth. This increases their chances of erupting out of alignment or not erupting at all, remaining completely or partially submerged within the gums.

This latter condition, impaction, can put pressure on the roots of adjacent teeth, can cause abnormal tooth movement resulting in a poor bite, or can increase the risk of dental disease. For that reason, it has been a common practice to remove wisdom teeth preemptively, even if they aren't showing any obvious signs of disease.

In recent years, though, dentists have become increasingly nuanced in making that decision. Many will now leave wisdom teeth be if they have erupted fully and are in proper alignment, and they don't appear to be diseased or causing problems for other teeth.

The best way to make the right decision is to closely monitor the development of wisdom teeth throughout childhood and adolescence. If signs of any problems begin to emerge, it may become prudent to remove them, usually between the ages of 16 and 25. Because of their location and root system, wisdom teeth are usually removed by an oral surgeon through one of the most common surgeries performed each year.

This underscores the need for children to see a dentist regularly, beginning no later than their first birthday. It's also a good idea for a child to undergo an orthodontic evaluation around age 6. Both of these types of exams can prove helpful in deciding on what to do about the wisdom teeth, depending on the individual case.

After careful monitoring throughout childhood and adolescence, the best decision might be to remove them.  If so, take it from Russell Wilson: It's worth becoming the star of a funny video to protect both current and future dental health.

If you would like more information about wisdom teeth removal, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Wisdom Teeth.”

By Sudbury Family Dental Care
December 08, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
AGTsSimonCowellUpdatesHisSmileWithVeneersandSoCanYou

It's been a rough year for all of us, but especially for Simon Cowell. The famous entrepreneur and brutally honest talent judge on American Idol and America's Got Talent underwent emergency back surgery in August after an accident on a new electric bike. But the good news is he's well on his way to recovery—and well enough in October to undergo another, less-stressful, procedure: a smile makeover with dental veneers.

This latest trip to the dentist wasn't Cowell's first experience with the popular restoration, wanting this time to update his smile to more closely resemble what he had when he was younger. He even brought along some older photos for reference.

Veneers aren't exclusive to celebrities like Simon Cowell, as thousands of people who get them every year can attest. These thin wafers of porcelain bonded to teeth can mask a wide range of defects, from chips, wear or discoloration to slight tooth gaps or misalignments. And every veneer is custom-made to match an individual patient's dental dimensions and coloring.

If you're thinking about a smile upgrade, here are a few reasons to consider dental veneers.

More bang for your buck. Compared to other transformative cosmetic options, veneers are relatively affordable, with the cost dependent largely on the extent of your dental needs. Still, dental veneers are an investment that can give long-lasting yields of a more attractive smile and even a completely new look.

Little to no tooth alteration. In most veneer cases, we need only remove a small amount of enamel so the veneers don't appear bulky (the alteration is permanent, though, so you'll need a veneer on the tooth from then on). It's also possible to get “no-prep” veneers requiring little to no alteration.

Durable and long-lasting. Continuing improvements in porcelain and other dental ceramics have led to stronger forms that can better withstand the biting forces your teeth encounter every day. Although you'll still need to be careful biting into hard items, your veneers can last for several years.

Easy to maintain. Veneer cleaning and maintenance is much the same as with natural teeth—daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental cleanings and checkups. Outside of that, you'll need to watch what you chomp down on: Veneers are strong, but not indestructible, and they can break.

As Simon Cowell knows, getting veneers isn't difficult. It starts with an initial visit so we can evaluate your dental health and needs. From there, we can present options on how to update your smile.

If you would like more information about dental veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”

By Sudbury Family Dental Care
November 18, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  
WhatYouNeedToKnowToChoosetheRightDentalCrown

In the realm of dental restorations, not all crowns are alike. And, one type isn't necessarily superior to the others. One type of crown may work better for a particular tooth, while a different crown is better suited to another.

Therefore, knowing your options can help you make a more informed choice with your dentist regarding the best crown for your needs. Here, then, is a quick primer on the main types of dental crowns used today.

Metal crowns. Early in the last century, crowns made of gold, silver or other metals were the go-to dental restoration. Because of their strength and durability, metal crowns are still used today, mainly in back teeth that encounter heavy biting forces. Their drawback: They're decidedly not the color of natural teeth and so can stand out if they're placed in the visible "smile zone."

PFM crowns. The first crowns made with dental porcelain solved the appearance problem, but couldn't adequately handle biting forces as well as metal. Out of this came the porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crown, which contains an inner core of metal overlaid with tooth-colored porcelain. Providing both strength and life-likeness, PFM crowns were immensely popular until the mid-2000s.

All-Ceramic crowns. The development of porcelains more durable than earlier versions eventually dethroned the PFM (although the latter is still used today). Sixty percent of the crowns installed in recent years are all-ceramic, many reinforced with a strength material known as Lucite. Many all-ceramic crowns reaching the 15-year mark are still in place and functioning.

All of these crowns continue to be viable options for dental patients. The biggest factor in choosing one particular crown over another is the type of tooth involved and its location. As mentioned before, metal or PFM crowns are usually better for back teeth where durability is a higher priority than aesthetics. All-ceramics work well in high-visibility front teeth that normally encounter lighter biting forces than back teeth.

Regardless of which kind eventually caps your tooth, any of today's modern crowns will function as intended. But the best crown for you will be the one that both protects your tooth and enhances your smile.

If you would like more information on dental crown restorations, 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 “Porcelain Dental Crowns.”

By Sudbury Family Dental Care
November 03, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental fear is not an uncommon problem. Every year, many dentists work with clients who struggle to stay calm in this environment. Thankfully, Sudbury Family Dental Care pain-free dentistry specialists in Sudbury, MA can help. Dr. Maria Elizondo Marinescu, Dr. Sorin Marinescu, and their associates can provide this care for those who need it. Here's what you need to know about this topic and how you can manage it.

The Causes of Dental Anxiety

People with dental fear may not fully understand where their anxiety develops. Sometimes, it's just a fear that comes and goes and affects them without warning. However, in other situations, it's a long-term problem that has a direct root. Just a few conditions that may cause dental anxiety include:

  • Bad past experiences with a dentist, including unnecessary painful treatments 
  • Intense fear of pain that goes beyond the reality of dental treatment 
  • A phobia of needles or dental equipment based on their look
  • Difficulties with the dentist or a dislike of their treatments
  • Trouble with loss of control or struggles with personal space 

This situation is often exacerbated by the individual struggling against the dentist or even reacting aggressively towards them. Unfortunately, this may result only in worsened dental fear and more difficulties during treatment. As a result, it is critical to consider pain-free dentistry in Sudbury, MA, as a way of managing this concern and avoiding long-term oral health issues.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry 

Sedation dentistry uses a solid sedative to put an individual to sleep during their dental treatment. This process helps to manage dental anxiety and fear in several ways. First, if individuals are not awake to develop anxiety, they can get through treatment without experiencing troubles. Beyond this benefit, sedation dentistry also helps to:

  • Reduce gag reflex during treatment (a problem that may worsen dental anxiety)
  • Minimize pain by letting an individual sleep through the surgery 
  • Provide faster dental care by cutting out any potential problems with the patient 

Sedation dentistry takes place in a controlled environment, with an anesthesiologist carefully managing the flow. They will watch each patient, ensure they stay asleep, and keep them from getting too much sedation. After treatment, a brief rest in a recovery area helps to improve recovery time and minimize confusion and agitation.

Do You Need This Care?

As you can see, Sudbury Family Dental Care pain-free dentistry in Sudbury, MA can help you. Dr. Maria Elizondo Marinescu, Dr. Sorin Marinescu, and their associates provide care that may work for your needs. If you're interested in this process, please don't hesitate to contact us at (978) 443-5193 to learn more about the other benefits it may provide you.