Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

Oral Health – A Window Into Overall Health

 

It is said that eyes are the window into the soul but did you know that your oral health offers important clues into your overall well-being? Your oral health is more important than you may realize and problems in your mouth can, in turn, affect your entire body. An unhealthy mouth, especially in conjunction with gum disease, can increase risk of serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, poorly controlled diabetes and preterm labor. Likewise, keeping your mouth healthy may help to ward off future medical problems.

While dentists have long been aware that the mouth is connected to the rest of the body, there has been a recent swell of media exposure discussing the oral-systemic connection. The mouth is a good vantage point for detecting the early signs and symptoms of systemic disease – a disease that affects or pertains to the entire body, not just one of its parts. Systemic conditions such as HIV/AIDS or diabetes, for example, often first become apparent as mouth lesions or other oral problems. In fact, according to the American Academy of General Dentistry, more than 90% of a systemic diseases produce oral signs and symptoms.

If you didn’t already have enough reasons to take good care of your mouth, teeth and gums, the relationship between your oral health and your overall health provides even more. It’s important to keep in mind that a number of dietary habits and lifestyle factors contribute to your oral health, including:

  • Smoking – Dental professionals have long know that using tobacco products can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer.
  • Alcohol – Drinking alcohol can indirectly contribute to oral problems as alcohol dries out the mouth allowing bacteria growth.
  • Medication – Some antibiotics can stain teeth, as well as contribute to dry mouth which can, in turn, cause gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath.

To maintain your oral health – and overall good health – you should visit your dentist regularly to head off any problems early. Practicing good oral hygiene, regular brushing and flossing, is also necessary to prevent plaque from accumulating and causing problems. It is also important not to ignore any unusual growth (lump, spot, or sore) in the mouth.

Has it been awhile since your last dental visit? Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is a full service dental practice with two beautiful locations in Brookline, MA and on Boston’s South Shore. We offer a full array of services ranging from general dentistry to full smile makeovers. Visit Smileboston online for more information and to schedule an appointment.

4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Oral Health

WE’VE ALL HEARD that if we want healthy teeth, we should brush twice a day, floss once a day, and schedule regular dental cleaning appointments twice a year. Definitely keep doing those things, but if you want to step up your oral health game, here are a few easy ways to do that.

Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly

One of the simplest ways you can improve your dental health and hygiene is to replace your toothbrush on a regular basis. Vigorous brushing causes the bristles fray and reduce the brush’s cleaning ability. However, that’s not the only reason toothbrushes should be replaced regularly.

A lot of the bacteria we brush off our teeth stays on the bristles of our toothbrushes. Proper storage–meaning storing the toothbrush upright and letting it dry out between uses–can keep a toothbrush from getting smelly too fast. A good rule of thumb is to replace your toothbrush at least every 3-4 months.

Use A Tongue-Scraper

Brushing your teeth twice daily is a no-brainer, but don’t forget your tongue! The same bacteria that flourishes on teeth can hide on your tongue too. Using a tongue scraper or just running your toothbrush over your tongue will leave your mouth feeling much fresher than if you only focus on your teeth and gums.

Don’t Brush Too Hard

Sometimes it seems like we need to really work when we brush to get all of the food particles and plaque off our teeth. However, if we brush too hard, we risk scraping away at the tooth enamel, which is your teeth’s first line of defense against decay. Brush gently or use a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid damaging your teeth.

Eat Teeth-Friendly Foods

Many foods are bad for your teeth. Sugar and carbs feed the harmful bacteria living in your mouth and acidic drinks, like soda, can erode tooth enamel. Avoiding some of these foods will help but there are also plenty of foods you can eat that are actually good for your teeth.

Adding more cheese, yogurt, leafy greens, apples, carrots, celery, and almonds to your diet will make your teeth happy, whether by scrubbing them as you eat, fighting bad bacteria, treating gum disease, neutralizing your mouth’s pH, or remineralizing your enamel.

How Are Your Teeth Doing?

If it’s been a while since your last dental exam, we’d love to see how your teeth are doing. Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is a full service dental practice with two beautiful locations in Brookline, MA and on Boston’s South Shore. We offer a full array of services ranging from general dentistry to full smile makeovers. Visit Smileboston online for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Findly Certified to Perform Pinhole Surgical Technique

Patients suffering from receding gums are now able to improve their smile without undergoing invasive surgery with the innovative pinhole surgical technique. However, because the procedure is incredibly precise and requires extensive training, there are few dentists in New England are who are certified to perform the pinhole surgical technique.

Fortunately, Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, is proud to announce that two of our cosmetic dentists now provide this life-changing procedure to Boston area patients. In addition to Dr. Steven D. Spitz, Dr. Kyle Findly, was recently certified to perform the pinhole surgical technique, expanding treatment to Smileboston’s South Shore location.

Exploring the Pinhole Surgical Technique

How Does This Approach Fix Gum Recession?

The pinhole surgical technique is an effective dental procedure for reversing gum recession. When performing this minimally invasive procedure, Dr. Kyle Findly does not use sutures, scalpels, or incisions of any kind. Instead, he relies on gently maneuvering the mouth’s existing gum tissue and using it to lower the entire gum line.

What Are the Advantages of This Technique?

pinhole surgical techniqueThe pinhole surgical technique has several benefits not found with traditional procedures. For example, existing gum tissue is adjusted instead of using soft tissue grafts making the pinhole technique much less invasive and requiring shorter recovery time. As such, patients experience less discomfort both during and after treatment. Best of all, patients will enjoy beautiful, natural-looking results.

If you are interested in learning more about the pinhole surgical technique, please visit our website, or call (781) 826-7577 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Findly on the South Shore or (617) 277-4100 with Dr. Spitz in Brookline. Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is a full service dental practice with two beautiful locations in Brookline, MA and on Boston’s South Shore. We offer a full array of services ranging from general dentistry to full smile makeovers. Visit Smileboston online for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Spitz & Orenstein Named “Top Dentist”

Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry’s own Dr. Steven D. Spitz and Dr. Noah Orenstein were recently named “The Best Dentists in Boston” by Boston magazine. This was the magazine’s first annual list of top dentists—from generalists to specialists—in the city of Boston and beyond. The list of 381 dental experts were chosen and carefully vetted by an advisory board of their peers.

Drs. Spitz and Orenstein are Prosthodontists – dentists who specialize in the cosmetic restoration and replacement of teeth. Prosthodontists receive three to four years of additional training after dental school. Because they are experts in the placement of dental implants, Drs. Spitz and Orenstein can help repair the health, function and overall appearance of your smile.

Dr. Spitz founded Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in 1997 under the premise that patients can receive all their dental care from general dentistry to highly specialized cosmetic procedures in one office. Dr. Spitz was the first Prosthodontist in the country to place dental implants using dental lasers which resulted in a less invasive procedure and quicker healing time. Dr. Spitz was also the first Prothodontist in New England to offer the Pinhole Surgical Technique an innovative gum recession therapy.

With two beautiful offices in Brookline, MA and on Boston’s South Shore, Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is an industry leader in patient comfort, dental technology and innovation. Come see for yourself why Drs. Spitz and Orenstein were recently celebrated as top dentists! Visit Smileboston online for more information or click here to schedule your first appointment.

Letter to Patients Regarding Delta Dental

For the past 20 years at Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we have been a proud Delta Dental provider and have had the opportunity to treat many wonderful patients insured by Delta Dental. As Delta is making serious changes to their company, I think it is important for my team and patients to be aware of these changes and understand what is happening, as it happens. In the long run, it is important to have conversations with your human resources department, your dentist and your family to consider all the implications.

Last December, Delta sent out a letter to all providers under their plans, with an URGENT label and a return due date of December 31, 2016; it appeared to be a common re-credentialing letter that we receive every few years. However, this letter very subtly detailed major changes in their policies, and I believe they sent the letter this way to hide serious facts about major changes they had decided to impose for the future.

They let us know that Delta will be reorganizing their corporate structure, and that they are changing from a “not-for-profit organization” to a “for-profit” company. This is a major change and one that will have a great impact on your individual policy. This means they are not subjected to the rules of the insurance commission and can, by their own admission, create and change rules whenever they see the need. At this time, we do not know exactly how this will impact your plan, but we do know, as they have stated, these changes are intended to increase their profits regardless of how it affects patients, employers, or dentists. I am saddened by the way Delta has introduced this new company. In my opinion, Delta has not been transparent during this process and is using its marketplace dominance to intimidate dentists and employers.

As you may know, Delta Dental is the largest provider of dental benefits in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, representing 30–40% of employee benefits and individual dental insurance plans. Over the years, they have been a fantastic organization to work with, and have provided a reasonable benefit to our patients who have subscribed to their plans. We do not know specifically what all of these changes are, but we do expect that Delta Dental will attempt to dictate your healthcare based upon their profits.

As my patients know, I am not an alarmist. However, I am afraid that Delta Dental’s new PPO plan poses a serious threat to the quality of care delivered to patients.

One major change to the Delta Dental plan, is that in-network dentists will now only be able to refer patients to Delta’s in-network specialists. This means that dentists who remain on the plan, will not have the ability to send patients to the specialists of choice, who we believe provide the best care. Note that one-third of all Massachusetts dentists have not re-signed the new contract.

As dentists, in my office as well as my many colleagues, we want to spend quality time educating and building relationships with our patients. This has always been and will remain my priority, and is the foundation of all our providers and the Smileboston Experience. Dentistry is both an art and science and it cannot be manipulated without compromising the quality of care.

Rest assured, if you currently have Delta Dental insurance, your ability to see your dentist at Smileboston will not be affected. The dental community has banded together and is in communication with state representatives, the Department of Insurance and Delta Dental in working to come to an amicable resolution, and I will keep you apprised of the situation as it progresses. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact me, or a member of our front office team.

Smile Always,

Dr. Steven D. Spitz

Foods That Raise Tooth Repair Risks

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Candy is usually the first thing that comes to mind when people think of foods that are bad for teeth but candy is just the tip of the iceberg. Truth be told, there several foods and beverages that you should consume carefully to avoid the need for tooth repair down the road. As strong proponents of preventive dentistry, the team at Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry have listed a few of these harmful items that you may want to enjoy in moderation.

5 Foods That Increase Risk of Tooth Repair

1. Sugary Drinks

Juices, sport and energy drinks may seem healthy, but the sugar they contain can cause considerable damage to your teeth. Sugar, specifically, promotes bacteria that can eat away at the tooth’s enamel and cause tooth decay. Soda is even worse. It is not just sugary, but also highly acidic and can limit saliva production, which is your mouth’s natural cleaning response.

2. Dried Fruit

While fresh fruit is full of nutrients, dried fruit leaves sticky food residue that can easily get stuck between teeth, leaving sugar hanging around your mouth. As a result, bacteria production may increase, upping your risk for gum disease and cavities. Be sure to carefully brush and floss after enjoying dried fruits.

3. Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages may not always contain sugar but consuming them can cause dry mouth. Dehydration and the subsequent lessening of saliva production creates an environment that is ideal for bacterial growth.

4. Citrus

Citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, and limes, are delicious and refreshing but did you know that their high content of acid can cause tooth enamel to wear away? In order to avoid decay, it is best to enjoy citrus fruits in moderation.

5. Potato Chips & Crackers

Similar to sticky foods, potato chips and other starchy foods can get stuck between teeth. When these starchy carbohydrates sit in your mouth, teeth become more likely to experience plaque buildup and increased production of harmful bacteria.

While watching what you eat can help protect your dental health (and your waistline), the Smileboston team understands that the need for tooth repair is sometimes necessary. Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry offers dental services ranging from tooth repair and general dentistry to complete smile makeovers in two beautiful locations outside of Boston, MA. To schedule an appointment at our Brookline office, call (617) 277-4100 or at our South Shore location, call (781) 826-7577. For more information on our team and services, please visit Smileboston online.

Improve Your Smile in Time for Summer

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When you look in the mirror, we hope that you love your smile. If not, cosmetic dental care can help to improve your smile and boost your self-confidence. Smileboston Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry has a few suggestions to help freshen up your smile in time to enjoy the warm summer months.

  • Veneers: If you have damaged or discolored teeth, gaps or chips, veneers can cover the impairment and replace them with naturally white teeth. Porcelain or composite veneers are an easy and efficient way to accomplish the perfect smile makeover. Your cosmetic dentist will expertly craft veneers – thin layers that perfectly fit on top of your teeth – allowing your family and friends to notice your amazing, confident smile.
  • Crowns & Bridges: If you are missing a tooth or need to fix several teeth at once, porcelain crowns and bridges are a great option. A crown is an individual restoration that is placed over one tooth while a bridge can span the length of several teeth and anchor them in place.
  • Teeth Whitening: The easiest way to freshen up your look is by having a whiter and brighter smile; the perfect accessory for all your summer social obligations. From safe and effective in-office treatments to take home whitening trays, Smileboston has you covered.

Now is the perfect time to consider visiting Smileboston Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry. We have two beautiful locations in Brookline, MA (617) 277-4100 or on Boston’s South Shore (781) 826-7577. For more information, please visit Smileboston online. Our expert team is here to help and offers a full array of services ranging from general dentistry to a complete smile makeover.

3 Benefits of Computerized 3D Dental Impressions

cosmetic dentistryFor some patients, just the thought of visiting the dentist causes anxiety. Fortunately, the high-end experience offered at Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, patient appointments are convenient, comfortable, and deliver an incredible Smileboston experience.

With offices in Brookline, MA and on Boston’s beautiful South Shore, Smileboston offers innovative, high-tech solutions that make visits easier for patients. As leaders in cosmetic dentistry, Smileboston offers same-day crowns, painless laser dentistry, the revolutionary Pinhole Surgical Technique to treat gum recession, and full smile makeovers. Above all, patients value our computerized 3D dental impressions.

Our approach to cosmetic dentistry will dramatically improve your perception of dental care. Here are three advantages you’ll enjoy from a computerized 3D dental impression with our team:

  • Comfort: For some patients, the taking of dental impressions can be a lengthy and unpleasant experience—especially when a wet tray is inserted into your mouth. Smileboston’s computerized 3D dental impressions allow for the entire process to be completed with a remote scanner—so you’ll never have to deal with messy, uncomfortable trays again.
  • Speed: The oral scanner has 20 lenses, takes 20 pictures in one second and offers real-time images of your teeth. The computerized 3D dental impression procedure only takes a minute or two – drastically cutting down on the time you spend in the dentist chair.
  • High Performance: Thanks to the higher degree of accuracy from computerized 3D dental impressions, you can expect better results from your crowns, bridges, or veneers. Even a tiny imperfection can result in discomfort, so it pays to have access to such a powerful imaging machine.

The next time you need a dental impression, head to Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry for a precise and pleasant experience. You can discuss this or any other dental procedure with our friendly team by calling our Brookline office at (617) 277-4100 or our Pembroke location at (781) 826-7577. Visit Smileboston online to learn more about our full array of cosmetic dentistry services.

Pinhole Surgical Technique – A painless solution for gum recession

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Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue pulls back, eventually exposing the roots of the teeth. There are a variety of reasons why people might develop receding gums, and the most effective treatment options are typically surgical procedures. However, if you’re hesitant to schedule an invasive procedure for receding gums, the Pinhole Surgical Technique might be right for you.

Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry offers this minimally invasive treatment for gum recession at our two convenient locations in Brookline and Pembroke, MA. To find out if you’re a good candidate for the Pinhole Surgical Technique, read on.

Understanding the Pinhole Surgical Technique

What Is It?

The Pinhole Surgical Technique is an innovative solution for treating gum recession. Because it is minimally invasive, there is no swelling, bleeding, or pain during or after the procedure. The technique is extremely popular, as it provides immediate results –  a beautiful smile the moment the procedure ends.

How Does It Work?

During the procedure, Steven D. Spitz, DMD, a Prothodontist – a dentist specially trained in the repair and restoration of teeth –  will use precise tools to make a 0.1 inch opening to re-position the gum line. Unlike traditional surgery for gum recession, which only allows your dentist to treat two or three teeth at a time, the Pinhole Surgical Technique can repair the gum line across as many as 14 teeth in just a couple of hours.

What Are the Benefits of This Procedure?

This technique cuts the healing time for gum surgery from three weeks down to one day, while having the same success rate as more traditional gum recession treatments. The Pinhole Surgical Technique can heal the gums surrounding natural teeth, as well as artificial crowns and bridges for a complete smile makeover.

If you have receding gums and want to learn more about the Pinhole Surgical Technique, let the expert team at Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry help. Check out our website to learn more about the full array of dental services we provide or contact us to schedule an appointment.

A Prostho-what? What is a Prosthodontist?

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A Prosthodontist is an Americal Dental Assocation (ADA) specification for a dentist who specializes in the replacement and restoration of teeth, gums and jaw structures. This highly trained restorative and cosmetic dentist plays a crucial role in helping people achieve and enjoy a natural and healthy smile. Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, is fortunate to have two highly regarded Prosthodontists: Steven D. Spitz, DMD who received his Prosthodontic degree at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Noah Orenstein, DMD who received his degree at Penn State University. Our team believes that Prosthodontics play an integral part in achieving optimal oral health.

A Prosthodontist undergoes an additional three years of training after earning their dental degree, as well as at least one additional residency. This means they are well-equipped to work on crowns, dental implants, and other procedures related to the replacement or repair of teeth. As they are entirely focused on tooth repair and restoration, they are best able to identify which treatment methods work best for each unique situation.

A Prosthodontist can also deal with more complex tooth and jaw structure issues thanks to their advanced training and technological expertise. They design bridges, crowns, and other restorative items to fit perfectly in your mouth, or they can recommend other, more advanced procedures when needed.

By leveraging their years of training and cutting-edge procedures, a Prosthodontist will help eliminate any pain, chewing problems, and other issues associated with damaged or missing teeth. Best of all, their treatments will leave you with a healthy smile, making you feel confident.

From general dentistry and cosmetic procedures to full smile makeovers,  Smileboston’s Prothodontist’s will work with you to achieve your oral health goals. Visit Smileboston online to learn more. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call  (617) 277-4100 for our Brookline location or (781) 826-7577 for our South Shore location.