CEREC

Revolutionizing Dentistry with Technology

May 24th, 2014

cerecbluecam1Got a broken tooth? No problem! Your well-trained dentist has a covered. But what exactly is the process of getting the tooth fixed? Traditionally, to repair the tooth, the dentist need to make a model of the tooth and the surrounding area using mold and an impression of your mouth would need to be taken down to a dental laboratory to make a crown. The dentist will make a temporary crown until the permanent crown comes in after a week or two. This is a pretty reliable procedure to go by, but what if technology says that we can do better?

In the last couple of years, there has been an increasing number of dentists that have looked into quicker means to get the job down. Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technologies have recently come into the picture, making the process of receiving a crown a one time visit. Dentists implement the intra-oral camera, which takes a digital scan of the mouth. Based on the position, size and shape of the tooth that is in need of affix, the computer software gives suggests of dimensions that would be ideal for the crown. The information that the computer gathers is sent to a machine that is then able to carve the crown out of a ceramic block. And get this: this entire process takes less than two hours. Other than crowns, dentists have been looking into using digital radiography or X-rays, which allows dentists to take clear images of the oral cavity with significantly less amounts of radiation. Fixing and adjusting dentures can also be a time sucker during appointments, but new computer design now offer the convenient of recording a permanent digital model of dentures which can be easily duplicated of the original denture has been accidentally thrown away with last night’s trash. At the Wellesley Dental Group, we use state-of-the-art technology to better cater to our patients. We use CEREC, which is a computer-aided restoration device that allows us to create crowns for you within a single visit. Along with the CEREC, Wellesley Dental Group also uses intraoral cameras to provide an in-depth visual of the oral cavity. Laser Dentistry has been a great way for us to go through a procedure without the pain and the pressure! This technology can cut through the hardest tissue in the human body without any contact. With this new technology, we hope to provide our patients with the best care possible.

If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questionsContact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

References: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/06/dentist-digital-crowns/6267717/ http://www.adajournal.com/content/137/suppl_1/7S.full.pdf http://wellesleydentalgroup.com/html/text_section.php?active_btn=5&sec_id=47&text_id=36&sub_type=drop-down

INVISALIGN® Special Event

January 15th, 2014

smile-familyLEARN HOW INVISALIGN CAN WORK FOR YOU

Thursday, January 23rd
3 - 6 pm

Drs. Ali & Ali will be providing FREE consultations to answer your questions about Invisalign treatment, the clear way to straighten teeth. If you have wondered if Invisalign is right for you, make an appointment for this special event.

Down payment matching with dollar value up to $500
Complimentary teeth whitening - a $550 value
Financing options available

Space is limited to the first 10 appointments.

If you would like to schedule or have any questions please don't hesitate to call
(781)237-9071 or email smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

Read more about Invisalign here!

How Can You Help Prevent Cavities?

December 18th, 2013

shutterstock_31383964Prevent Cavities with Fluoride Varnish

Growing up, children start to develop a sweet tooth and begin to dig in to various desserts and candies. While sweets may leave kids happy, their teeth may be battling the development of cavities. A great way to slow down or help cavities from getting bigger is to give a child fluoride varnish. Fluoride varnish is a protective coating that can be painted on a child’s teeth to keep cavities from forming. If a child already has cavities, no fear! Fluoride varnish can be painted over teeth with cavities to prevent them from worsening. This varnish can be painted on a child’s teeth one or two times per year. Researchers have deemed ...the application of fluoride varnish to be safe and accepted. While this resin-based varnish adheres to teeth, fluoride is ingested over a period of time as the varnish slowly comes off. While a fluoride varnish can help maintain good oral health, it is not a ticket out of visiting a dentist to receive routine check ups. When this varnish is applied, the child’s teeth may look yellow in color and be a bit sticky to the touch on the first day. No worries; the color and the stickiness will eventually disappear. After a coat of fluoride varnish is applied, children can drink water at any time. However, children should only eat soft foods for their next meal and they should try to avoid sticky foods for the remainder of the day. These foods can include chewing gum, gummy bears, toffee, etc. A fluoride varnish also allows children to have a free pass on brushing their teeth for the day; this is the only time children should not brush or clean their teeth until the following day.

 

Don't forget, fluoride varnishes are also recommended for adults!  If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

Also, check out this AGD fact sheet!

 

 

References:

 

http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/fluoride-varnish

http://www.astdd.org/docs/Sept2007FINALFlvarnishpaper.pdf

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12137653

http://www.ada.org/sections/newsAndEvents/pdfs/fluoridation_facts.pdf

2013 Holiday Party

December 16th, 2013

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Here at Wellesley Dental Group, we have built our team with a spirit of family and togetherness. Just this weekend, we joined together at the home of Drs. Ali and Ali and shared laughs, smiles and celebrations that come with the holidays. It is this warm sense of family that we have that we would like to share with you, our patients and our extended family. Through your support and trust, together, we have created the community that is Wellesley Dental Group!

We want to wish you all a very happy, warm, and beautiful Holiday Season!

 

From: The Caring Team at Wellesley Dental Group

 

CEREC: restoration in one visit!

April 16th, 2013

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With CEREC treatment, patients only need to make one trip to the dentist with a procedure that can be carried out within the hour. There is no need for impressions, cementations, and even time spent waiting for the crown to come back from the lab. Because a short period of time is needed, patients only need to go through one round of Novocain. CEREC also takes faster photographic images of the tooth needing the procedure, this greatly reduces the patient’s time exposed to harmful x-rays.

While it has been the standard to implement porcelain fused to metal crowns for posterior restoration that requires full-coverage, these crowns require an extensive loss of tooth structure, is proven to be an allergen for some, and also lacks in aesthetics. CEREC provides patients with beautiful porcelain moldings that bear an identical shade to that of the patient’s tooth enamel. Once these crowns are in the mouth, they are barely distinguishable from the rest of the teeth, giving a picture perfect smile. On top of that, porcelain has been shown to be completely safe and healthy in patients, and is also known to be more durable and comfortable.

If you believe a CEREC crown procedure is right for you, Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions about tooth restorations. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

 

Sources:

CEREC Online

Happy Holidays from WDG

December 13th, 2012

There's a nip in the air and soon enough, the snow will fall, leaving in its wake a quiet and reflective atmosphere. Most of all, it will be a warm sense of family that will keep the winter from feeling too cold.

We at Wellesley Dental Group have built our team through that sense of family. It was only this weekend that we joined together at the home of Drs. Ali and Ali and shared with each other the joy that comes with the holidays.

We want to extend that joy to you, our patients. Our family. Through your support and trust, together, we have created the community that is Wellesley Dental Group.

We want to wish you all a very happy, warm, and beautiful Holiday Season.

 

From the Caring Team at Wellesley Dental Group,

 

Happy Holidays!

 


Are You Sensitive?

December 11th, 2012

Over 40 million adults in the U.S. have experienced pain from sensitive teeth. So what causes this uncomfortable sensation that’s so widespread?

The underlying cause is that the dentin, which is under your enamel (the hard protective layer covering your teeth) is exposed. The dentin has tiny tubes full of fluid that trigger nerves found in the pulp of the tooth when the dentin is exposed to heat, cold, or acidity. When that trigger happens, you feel pain.

Why does the dentin get exposed in the first place? There numerous reasons, but the most common are:

  • Brushing too hard: you can wear down your enamel by brushing too hard. An easy way to see if you are brushing too hard is to take a look at your brush. If all the bristles are pointing different ways, you need to ease up. Using soft bristles is also a good idea to minimize enamel erosion.
  • Bruxism (grinding your teeth): your teeth flex when you grind your teeth, which increases enamel erosion.
  • Gingivitis (or gum disease): gum sensitivity can lead to increased tooth sensitivity because more underlying dentin root surface is exposed.
  • Tooth decay: especially painful when the pulp is exposed.
  • Certain whitening products: although there are more recent whitening options available, such as our Sinsational Whitening, that cause minimal to no sensitivity.
  • Acidic foods: these foods increase enamel erosion, which exposes more dentin.
  • Plaque build-up: especially when the build-up is near the root surface.
  • Recent dental procedures: however, this sensitivity should only last between four to six weeks.

Now that you understand some reasons why you may be experiencing sensitive teeth, you should visit your dentist. Drs. Ali & Ali will be more than happy to help, so be in touch by calling (781)-237-9071 or email them at smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

In the meantime, boost your oral health by reducing enamel erosion and take steps to:

1. Maintain good oral hygiene
2. Use a soft-bristled tooth brush
3. Use a desensitizing toothpaste
4. Be careful not to eat acidic food
5. Use fluoridated dental products
6. Get a mouthguard if you are grinding your teeth

Sensitive teeth is a treatable discomfort and with proper management, you have great chances of feeling better.

At Wellesley Dental Group, we can apply sealants, desensitizing agents, fluoride, as well as other specialized treatments for your discomfort. Come in for a consultation!

Sources:
Crest
Sensodyne
WebMD

The Silent Destroyer

December 3rd, 2012

Gingivitis. If you don’t know the signs, it’s easy to miss until it’s too late. Put simply, Gingivitis is gum inflammation and generally comes before full-blown periodontitis, or gum disease. Not all cases of gingivitis, however, lead to gum disease, so make sure to visit your dentist, to keep your gums healthy!

Usually starting painlessly, Gingivitis has few indicators, some of which may be:

• Gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing or upon flossing
• Red, swollen, or tender gums
• Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
• Receding gums
• Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
• Loose, shifting, or misaligned teeth
• Changes in the way teeth fit together upon biting down, or in the fit of partial dentures.

Even if you don’t have any of these symptoms, you may still have gum disease, so make sure you regularly visit your dentist.

It’s especially good to visit your dentist for a check up if you have been ill or have had hormonal changes. Even changing medication, especially to one that causes dry mouth, can increase your risk of gingivitis.

Bad habits, such as smoking and general bad oral health practices, such as not flossing, also increase your risk. Also, check your family history since gingivitis and periodontitis are more frequent in people whose family has dealt with gum disease. In fact, the American Academy of Periodontology says that up to 30% of Americans may be genetically susceptible to gum disease.

In the meantime, before you meet with your dentist about your gums, here are some things you can do to increase your oral health and decrease your chances of gum disease:

• Stop smoking. Smokers are seven times more likely to get gum disease than nonsmokers, and smoking can lower the chances of success of some treatments.
• Minimize stress. Stress may make it difficult for your body's immune system to fight off infection.

• Eat healthily. Eating foods with antioxidants can help your body get over an infection.
• If you clench or grind your teeth, get fitted for a mouth-guard. Grinding and clenching can put force on supporting teeth, which can increase gum damage.

And don’t forget to brush and floss your teeth! Removing plaque daily is one of the best ways to keep your gums and teeth happy and healthy.

Sources:
American Academy of Periodontology.
American Dental Association.
Web MD

Flex Spending | Are you ready for the New Year?

November 26th, 2012


The Holiday season is upon us and 2012 is in its last month. That means, time is running out to use up your flex spending before the New Year comes in! Use your dental insurance benefits and make an appointment now, before the Holidays come into full swing. Use it or lose it!

Wellesley Dental Group strives to provide our patients with the best possible care, and an important part of this process is informing patients of their dental needs. Many individuals who are paying for dental insurance do not realize that their plans provide coverage up to a certain dollar amount annually. It’s not too late to maximize your dental benefits! You still have time, so make the most of it, what are you waiting for?

There are many more options available to you so you can utilize your remaining flex spending. Remember to check your plan and take the necessary steps to make the most of you flex spending. Here are some available options:

• Invisalign
• Crowns
• Fillings
• Orthodontic Treatment
• Gum treatment and surgery
• Dental Implants
• Root canals
• Wisdom teeth extraction

Check with your insurance or dentist to find out exactly what is covered and how it fits with your current needs.

Remember, for most individuals, insurance benefits and flex spending do not carry over into the next year.

We would love to help you with your necessary treatments and find the best financial options for you. Take advantage of your tax-free dollars now before it’s too late by making an appointment now. Our office will be closed for the holidays from December 23rd -January 2nd, so be sure to get in early!

If you have already used up your flex spending for this year, it’s the perfect time to come in and start planning for 2013. It’s never too early to read up on new Healthcare Flex Spending account rules so you can start the New Year ahead of the game.

We highly recommend becoming familiar with both your dental benefits and needs. Planning for necessary and preventative treatment now will save you unnecessary risk, cost, and stress later. Drs. Ali & Ali and their team at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to answer your questions and advise you on how best to maximize your remaining dental benefits. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

Insurance and Flex Spending for 2012

October 3rd, 2012

As the season starts to grow cold, we are reminded that the year is now coming to an end. Before we all become wrapped up in all that this entails, now is the time to remember that time is running out for dental insurance benefits and flex spending for 2012.

Wellesley Dental Group strives to provide our patients with the best possible care, and an important part of this process is informing patients of their dental needs. Many individuals who are paying for dental insurance do not realize that their plans provide coverage up to a certain dollar amount annually. This means that it’s not too late to maximize your dental benefits! You still have time and you should make the most of it.

There are many options available to you for utilizing the remainder of your flex spending. Remember to check your plan and take the necessary steps to make the most of you flex spending. Here are some commonly available options:

  • Crowns
  • Fillings
  • Orthodontic Treatment
  • Gum treatment and surgery
  • Dental Implants
  • Root canals
  • Wisdom teeth extraction

There are many more available! Check with your insurance or dentist to find out exactly what is covered and how it fits with your current needs.

The New York Times offers some suggestions on ways to maximize this insurance benefit before it is too late.

It bears repeating that for most individuals, insurance benefits and flex spending do not carry over into the next year. In essence, what you do not use, you lose.

Studies show us that patients who postpone dental needs run a higher risk of emergency care in the future. Putting off dental treatment does not make the problem go away – it worsens it, which in turn increases the cost.

We highly recommend becoming familiar with both your dental benefits and needs. Planning for necessary and preventative treatment now will save you unnecessary risk, cost and stress later. Drs. Ali & Ali and their team as Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to answer your questions and advise you on how to best maximize you remaining dental benefits. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

CEREC System Is Beneficial To Both Dentists And Patients

August 8th, 2012

When it comes to restorative dentistry, most patients want to get it done as soon as possible. At Wellesley Dental Group, we are thrilled to have CEREC technology that enables us to do just that. Roddy MacLeod, Sirona's Vice President of CAD/CAM, sums it up perfectly:

“People are busy; they don’t like coming to the dental office more than once to get a tooth fixed or to have other issues remedied. Sirona’s CEREC® system capitalizes on patients’ desire to minimize their visits to the dental office by enabling restorative treatment to be completed in one appointment rather than two or more."

Because the CEREC system speeds up the process, Drs. Ali and Ali are able to help more patients. It allows the patient to receive an all-ceramic crown in just one appointment. They have beautiful aesthetic value as well.

CEREC crowns also allow Dr. Ali to cement the permanent crown in the same appointment as the tooth preparation. The risk for an infection is greatly reduced, which can happen with a loose or lost temporary crown.

Contact us today to learn more about CEREC crowns at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com. Drs. Ali and Ali are happy to explain how this innovative technology can benefit you!

Outstanding Yelp Review

August 8th, 2012

We recently received the below review on Yelp. We are truly speechless and touched by our patient's kind words and comments. Thank you so very much!

08/07/12

"After a negative experience at another local dentist, I followed my friends' advice and took my then 2.5 year old twins to see Dr. Femina Ali at Wellesley Dental Group.  Immediately, she put my children's minds at ease--even conducting my daughter's dental exam in a waiting room chair when she was too nervous to sit in the big dental chair.  Dr Ali's patience and natural ability with children has had such a positive impact on my children that they actually LOOK FORWARD to their semi-annual cleanings and visits.
Once we saw firsthand their high level of service and dedication at the Pediatric level and realized that they work with adults as well, my husband and I switched for our own dental visits as well.  Now we all go as a family, which I feel sets an especially good example for my kids.  They see that we're making our dental care a priority, so they are as well. My husband and I have both needed fillings in the past five years, and Dr. Ejaz Ali is an absolute perfectionist (which we love)!  Using cutting edge technology, he makes a mold to not only fill the tooth, but to make it a seamless match that will last a lifetime and look like it was always part of the tooth.  He did such a great job that I opted to have my previous fillings taken out and replaced with his handiwork.  My teeth look great and my smile is brighter and healthier than ever!

In addition to Drs. Femina and Ejaz Ali, I also have to mention their staff.  They employ a team of people who are warm, engaging, and passionate about dental health.  In the office and representing the practice around town, they make everyone feel welcome and take a genuine interest in each patient.  They even help entertain our kids while we're having our teeth cleaned!

Over the years, we have used their Oral Surgeon Dr. Ghazi to extract numerous teeth from both children.  He has the gentlest touch and always took great care to make it quick, easy, and painless for my children.  My children have also seen Dr. Emad--their orthodontist--to have their teeth evaluated for future orthodonture needs.  As a busy working mom, I am so grateful to have these services offered in-house, so I don't have to go elsewhere.  It makes it so much easier for me, especially knowing their high standard of care.

All in all, we can't say enough about the Wellesley Dental Group.  They are what every dental practice should be.  After six years as patients and friends of the Wellesley Dental Group -- we wouldn't trust our teeth and smiles to anyone else!!" - Joanna

 

Wellesley Dental Group on Pinterest

June 19th, 2012

Do you pin on Pinterest? If so, we want to pin with you!

Our Pinterest page is a great way for you to stay connected with what's going on in our office. It also features team photos and bios, services offered, office technology, and patient testimomials among other things.

Please visit our Pinterest page and pin with us today!

Natural looking tooth restorations

December 1st, 2010

Most Americans are familiar with silver fillings (also known as amalgams) as they have been used for years to fill cavities.

However, as new materials and technology has come to market, there are more options available to patients, and more dentists willing to provide these options.

Without getting too technical, silver fillings can expand and contract with hot and cold, and this movement can cause cracks along the border of the filling. What this means is that tiny gaps exist between the actual tooth and filling, leaving room for bacteria to make its way beneath the filling.

Decay is not too pleasant to look at.

Fortunately,  resin based composite fillings as well as porcelain inlays, onlays, and crowns look more like our own teeth and they can be designed at the dentist in one-visit.  Dr. Ali often uses the CEREC machine to custom design a porcelain restoration that will save as much of the healthy tooth structure as possible.

Here's another example:

Porcelain is a material that gets bonded to teeth so it provides a strength that metals do not offer.  The finished product is a natural looking tooth that has been restored to its function, shape, strength, and beauty.

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