Getting Your Crown Overseas

April 9th, 2015


Since the snow has taken longer than usual to start melting, it might come as a surprise that summer is almost upon us! Summer brings a variety of activities; you can finally plan that trip to the Cape, maybe go camping and of course, you finally have time for that six-month dental appointment. You might even be considering jumping on the bandwagon for a quickly rising trend called “dental tourism.” Dental tourism is the act of going abroad to find a cheap dental appointment, and getting a quick vacation in at the same time. Seems like a great idea, right? For the 500,000 Americans in 2013 who participated in the trend, it surely did.

According the the International Medical Travel Journal, “Teeth whitening in the U.S. can cost $2,300, but only $450 in Turkey, $350 in Mexico, $300 in Thailand, $250 in Costa Rica, and $100 in India. Patients can pay $2,000 for a dental crown in the U.S. and $1,000 in the UK, but only $400 in Mexico, $350 in Venezuela and Thailand, $300 in Turkey and India and $100 in Philippines.” From these numbers, it’s easy to see why someone might be inclined to get a dental appointment in with their summer excursions abroad. However, it’s essential to take into account the other costs and potential long-term effects. First comes the obvious issue of travel expenses. For the most part, after you buy a plane ticket to any of these countries, you’ll have already gone above and beyond the cost of the procedure at your own dentist. Then you have the issue of dealing with your dental insurance. Chances are, your insurance does not cover international procedures or appointments and this could cause your trip to be much more costly than it’s worth.

Aside from the risk of lower quality of care and communication issues, you must also take into account that you will probably need follow-up appointments. These multiple appointments could force you to stay at your travel destination for much longer than you’d planned. If you still decide to go abroad for your appointment, take a look at these tips to make the most out of your trip:

  • Make sure to research reviews from other dental tourists who visited this dentist. Did they have a good experience? How has their procedure fared since their appointment?
  • Never visit a dentist (at home or abroad) with poor sterilization and cleanliness! This could pose a true safety issue and an exponential amount of follow-up care costs.
  • Make sure you bring a friend. It is possible that you’ll find yourself needing a buddy in the waiting room in the instance that you’ve had any anesthetics.
  • Prepare yourself for the potential to stay abroad longer than you’d planned. Keep your hotel reservations as open-ended as possible.
  • Make your at-home dentist aware of your plans and do your best to connect her/him with your dentist abroad.

There are always risks in going abroad for dentistry or even switching dentists at home. Just follow these tips and make sure to stay safe if you decide this new trend is for you!

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 questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.


Health Benefits of Dental Implants

August 26th, 2014


Did you know that the average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more decayed or missing teeth? The reasons can vary - sports-related injuries, cavities & infection, periodontal disease, etc. Although replacing a missing tooth is often considered a purely aesthetic need, filling a hole in your mouth has multiple health benefits.

Your teeth were designed to last a lifetime, but sometimes they don't! Replacing missing teeth is important to your general health and to the health of your other teeth. Not only do you lose chewing ability when a tooth is lost, but unreplaced teeth can cause other teeth to be lost, tipped or crowded and create subsequent problems.

Also, there are the obvious problems of poor appearance and loss of self-esteem caused by one or more missing teeth. Replacement of lost teeth with dental implants has been used for treating missing teeth for more than 50 years and is recognized as an effective treatment choice. Treatment is considered more predictable than bridgework, resin bonded bridges and endodontic treatment. To learn in detail what a dental implant is and how the procedure of inserting one is done, please read here. For our excellent implantologist, Dr. Ghazi's credentials, go here. If you are concerned with the financial side of the matter, whether your insurance will be able to cover it, now is a great time to plan your treatment, before the insurance benefits run out at the end of the year. Wellesley Dental Group office offers financing, CareCredit and is happy to guide you through the process (call 781-237-9071 with questions).

Am I a candidate for implants? Implants may be the right choice for anyone missing one or more teeth. Your dentist can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and medical history.

Do I have enough bone? It is important for a patient to have enough bone to support the implant. If you don't, there are many safe and effective ways to correct bone deficiency. Your dentist will assess this and advise you if additional bone material is needed.

How long does the process take? Treatment time can vary greatly depending on your needs. Each situation needs a separate evaluation; your dentist will be able to give you an approximate timetable.

Whom should I consult for my implant treatment? Your general dentist is your first resource. The key is the implant dentist's training, experience and credentials. AAID credentialed dentists Include general dentists, periodontists, prosthodontists and oral surgeons who perform the surgical and/or restorative procedures. See here for our excellent implantologist, Dr. Ghazi's credentials


1. Functions and looks like a natural tooth. Improving biting/chewing, the look and feel of the tooth that was lost.

2. Preserving the integrity of facial structures. The implants is preventing the bone resorption, that can otherwise occur - the jawbone can deteriorate, losing its strength and firmness. Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves and stimulates natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.

3. Confidence boost, quality of life improvement. With implant supported replacement teeth, the appearance of the smile is more natural and the teeth function more like natural teeth. The result is increased comfort and confidence when smiling, speaking, and eating your favorite foods. Long term esthetics are usually much better with an implant supported replacement tooth than with a traditional tooth supported bridge.

4. Long-lasting solution. Traditional, tooth-supported dental bridges only last five to seven years, and with proper care often more than 10 years, but at some point they may need to be replaced. While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for over time. It is considered an orthodontic treatment with one of the most reliable and predictable results in the industry. 

5. Improved appearance. Since implants preserve bone, preventing deterioration of the facial structures, appearance is improved. Collapse of the lower one-third of the face caused by complete tooth loss can be visually corrected and the remaining bone preserved. The appearance of wrinkles around the mouth caused by posterior bite collapse, or complete facial structure collapse is virtually eliminated.

6. Adjacent teeth are not compromised to replace missing teeth. Sometimes, patients prefer choosing a traditional tooth-supported bridge that requires grinding down the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth, so that the bridge can be cemented onto them. This tooth structure can never be replaced and the long-term health of these teeth is compromised. Partial dentures have clasps that hook onto adjacent teeth, putting pressure on them as the partial rocks back and forth. Eventually these teeth can loosen and come out as a result of this pressure. Replacing missing teeth with implant supported crowns/bridges does not involve the adjacent natural teeth, so they are not compromised, or damaged.

7. Convenient oral hygiene. It is much easier to care for an implant supported crown, which can be cleaned like a natural tooth. In comparison, a tooth supported bridge requires the use of a floss threader for proper cleaning. It is also more convenient to clean a full set of implant supported replacement teeth than a traditional denture. Also, there is no more worrying that your dentures might slip or fall out.

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 questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.PradhanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions, dental implants or any other oral surgery set up an appointment with Dr. Ghazi.


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Teeth Tattoos

June 3rd, 2014

Tired of boring, conventional tattoos?  One of the hottest "fashion" trends to hit the dental world recently are tattoos for your teeth.  Some have opted to get red heart drawings inked onto their teeth while others have shown football team loyalties by having their favorite team mascot tattooed.

Just like any ink tattoo on any other part of your body, teeth tattoos are completely permanent and can only be removed by abrasion and grinding with dental tools.  These images are meant to last on your teeth for extended periods of time no matter what crunchy foods you eat.

The process of getting an image onto the tooth is relatively simple.  A specialist hand paints a desired image onto a porcelain crown, bakes the painted crown in a kiln, and finally the crown is applied to the tooth.  Also known as "tatteeth", this trend began at the Suburban Dental Laboratory based in Bloomfield, Connecticut.

“We had a request in 1995; that was our first,” says Steven Canter, president of Suburban Dental Laboratory. “Somebody was looking for something specific and asked ‘Can you do that?’ I said, ‘I don’t see why we can’t.’ We started experimenting and figured it out—it took a a while, but we got it—and we’ve been rocking ever since.” 

A tatteeth costs approximately between $75 and $200 and is not any more painful than a routine crown insertion.  The tattoos do not cause any damage, have no side effects, and can be left in your mouth for years just like any other crown.

So, if you're looking for a creative way to show off your pearly whites, this new trend might be right for you!

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 questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071or to set up an appointment and consultation.


Ouch, I Just Chipped My Tooth!

May 2nd, 2013

You finally get some time to yourself and decide to have a quick snack. You make a grab for your favorite mixed nut bar and take a big bite. All of a sudden, something doesn't feel right in your mouth. You realize those almonds that you just munched left you with a chipped tooth.

Even though the enamel that covers teeth is considered the hardest, most mineralized tissue in the body, it may not be able to hold up against a blow to the face or even a hard bite, which can easily cause a broken or chipped tooth. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t panic! There are many ways your dentist can help out!

  • Once a broken or chipped tooth is broken, be sure to make an appointment with your dentist before the tooth is damaged further or becomes infected. Before the appointment, here are some tips to ease the pain:
  • If the tooth is painful, take acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, or other over-the-counter pain relievers. Rinsing with salt water can keep you less susceptible to infection.
  • If the chipped area is sharp or jagged, stick a piece of wax or sugarless gum to keep from cutting the tongue or other areas inside the mouth.
  • Be sure to eat soft foods and avoid using the chipped or broken tooth.

Once it comes time to treating the tooth, it will depend on the severity of the damage. If only a small piece of enamel is broken off, the dentist may be able to fix it within one visit. The tooth may only need a filling or bonding, which is a procedure in which the dentist will shape a tooth-colored resin to look like a natural tooth.

If it is badly broken, the tooth can be covered with a crown, which is a tooth shaped cap made to protect the tooth and improve its appearance. Permanent crowns can either be made from metal, porcelain fused to metal, all resin, or all ceramic, each with their own pluses. Metal crowns are known to be the strongest, however, porcelain and resin crowns are more aesthetically pleasing and can be made to look more like the original tooth.

When a front tooth is broken, dentists can insert a dental veneer, which is a thin shell of tooth-colored porcelain or resin composite material. The veneer will make teeth look brand new, whole and healthy again. However, if a tooth chip is large enough to expose the center of the tooth, also know as the pulp, bacteria can easily infect this area. Root Canal therapy may be necessary, which involves taking out the dead pulp, cleaning the root canal, and then finally sealing it.

If you find you have a cracked tooth, it would be a good idea to chat with your dentist about Cracked Tooth Syndrome, which is when one has cracks either under the gum, or cracks too small to see on x-rays. Generally, symptoms are heat/cold sensitivity, pain that comes and goes (unlike a cavity), and occasionally, pus under the gum.

If you believe that you have chipped or broken your tooth, Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions about ways to go about fixing the tooth. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or to set up an appointment and consultation.






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 to set up an appointment and consultation.



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Lasers In Dentistry

July 26th, 2012

It's true that many people fear the unknown, especially when it comes to dentistry. However, did you know that there is technology available that makes getting your teeth fixed a comfortable experience?

Dr. Ejaz Ali explains,

“Most of our patients don’t even know this exists, but we are always looking for ways to improve the comfort and clinical care of our patients, and thus we have invested in this advanced technology."

This revolutionary system called Waterlase MD™, from BIOLASE Technology, Inc., is a unique dental tool that pairs laser energy and water to perform numerous dental procedures less invasively. It is approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for use in filling cavities, prepping teeth for crowns and root canals, inserting implants, and more.

To learn more about this cutting edge technology or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 781-237-9071 or!

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!

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