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The future of dentistry is digital!

July 10th, 2017

"The future of dentistry is digital" says Biomed Central of Oral Health. It is true, the future of dentistry is indeed digital.

Consider the last time you had an impression taken at the dentist's. That feeling of discomfort and the recurrence of the ultimate gag reflex made your dental experience, surely, less enjoyable and your dentist's experience more nerve-racking. In addition to that, the custom design of the trays, the materials used, and sending the impression to lab and getting the plaster model back is time consuming and expensive.

 

Therefore, recently the use of Intraoral Scanner (IOS) devices is becoming more and more popular. The technique is referred to as taking optical impressions. It works by projecting a beam of light that hits the surface of the teeth and a high-resolution camera captures the distortion that the beam undergoes. This device can collect the complete shape and size of the dental arch and then those pictures can be translated into a 3D model.

 

The application of this new technology is vast in the dental field. IOS is especially very helpful when used for dental implants, in the preparation of prosthesis to model and fabricate restorations, in surgical dentistry for guided surgery and in orthodontics to precisely make aligners, or other customized orthodontic devices.

 

In addition to the ease that comes for the dentist with the immediate results, it is also well tolerated by patients. In addition, the 3D models are obtained on the computer and can be stored with an easier access for a longer time than the collection of breakable plaster models.

 

Here at Wellesley Dental Group, we embrace the new cutting-edge technologies that are shaping the dental field. We have been using our 3D scanner with great success, and patients have reported that it is much easier than traditional impressions. Call us today at 781-237-9071 to find out more!

 

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com 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 periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

The Success of Dental Implants in Women with Osteoporosis

August 13th, 2015

Aging can be a beautiful process. Yet, with age, we can expect for gradual changes within the body to occur. For instance, post-menopausal women with osteoporosis often have a greater risk of losing their teeth. New research has found that dental implants can help improve the lives of women suffering from osteoporosis.Both osteoporosis and dental implants are more connected than you may think. Osteoporosis is a condition involving one's bones, where the bones become thinner and brittle due to a loss of calcium. As a result, the  bones become more prone to fractures. It is important to note that this condition does not only affect the spine and bones within the core of the body. It can also have an impact on bones within the jaw, and thus contribute to tooth loss. Bone loss in the jaw can lead to a change in the shape of a person's face and loss of function in keeping teeth secure.

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine studied over 200 women with osteoporosis. In addition, all of the women had at least two adjacent teeth missing. Some women had dental implants, fixed partial dentures, or removable dentures, while others had no restoration work done. The study titled, "Dental Implant Supported Restorations Improve the Quality of Life in Osteoporotic Women," was published in the Journal of International DentistryEach participant was given a survey which questioned their satisfaction with replacement teeth and how it impacted their lives socially and emotionally. Participants who had dental implants reported the highest overall satisfaction with the quality of their lives, followed by individuals with fixed dentures, false teeth, and no dental restoration work, respectively. This study may indicate that dental implants provide individuals with the highest satisfaction after losing teeth.

Along the same lines, a different study observed over 600 dental implants in approximately 200 patients over the age of 50. The study found that dental implants had a 94% success rate. The success rate was also high for individuals taking osteoporosis medications. If you have osteoporosis, it's important to let your dentist know what medications you are taking and how long that you've been taking them to ensure the success of dental implants.

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 smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com 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.

References:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/06/150611131517.htm

http://downtowndentalsc.com/the-connection-between-dental-implants-and-osteoporosis-a-quick-look/

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Cosmetic Dentistry: Something to Smile About

April 23rd, 2015

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What comes to mind when you hear cosmetic dentistry? Chances are, you thought of teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is a great option for a brighter and dazzling smile. However, there are so many additional ways that cosmetic dentistry can benefit your smile. Some of these include dental veneers, dental bonding and dental implants. In this article, we’ll take a look at each of these and their benefits. Remember to always consult with your dentist about what forms of cosmetic dentistry would be best for you.

Dental veneers are generally extremely thin porcelain shells that fit the front of your teeth. During the procedure, the front of the teeth are buffed down about half a millimeter to allow room for the veneer. Your teeth will then be cleansed with bonding chemicals to ensure the cement is successful. Afterward, your veneers will be cemented to the front of your teeth. Veneers are a great alternative to fillings when unfortunate drilling must be done on the front of your teeth. Fillings don’t always match the color of teeth and can look rather unpleasant in your smile. Dental veneers are also a more permanent alternative to teeth whitening. Veneers are also used to cover up gaps in the front teeth and to give you your ideal smile!

Dental bonding is a process in which a plastic resin material is shaped and hardened to bond to any part of your crown. Bonding is generally used to fix chipped teeth, close gaps or repair severe decay. The putty-like material is molded into shape for the desired effect and hardened with a special light. Dental bonds are tooth colored, so you don’t have to worry about having an obvious filling in your tooth. When teeth undergo decay, they can end up with holes and unwanted shaping. Fix this by asking your dentist about dental bonding!

Dental implants are the most complicated procedures of this trio. Implants are used when someone is missing a tooth or must have a tooth replaced. This involves a surgical procedure to fixture the root of the implants in your gums and jawbone. The implant will fuse over time through osteo-processes as if it was one of your very own teeth. It is vital that you consider this procedure with your dentist as the healing time can take anywhere between 2-6 months. This can be a truly positive  life-changing procedure!

Next time you think of cosmetic dentistry, think of endless possibilities for a superb smile! Smiling is so important and necessary for a healthy life. If you're not happy with your smile, cosmetic dentistry is the perfect place to start. Remember to consider your options wisely as these procedures are not always covered by insurance policies and all have varying healing times. Cosmetic dentistry can increase your self-esteem and give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of, so don’t be afraid to do further research.

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 smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com 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.

References:

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Does the Word "Diet" Make Soda Any Healthier?

April 2nd, 2015

You know what they all say, “Sip All Day, Get Decay!” It's not only a catchy phrase, it's the truth! There is a clear correlation between soda consumption and tooth decay, as well as to other health complications including diabetes, kidney problems, and obesity. We all are familiar with the fact that bacteria in the mouth convert sugars and carbohydrates from the foods and beverages you consume to acids, which decays tooth enamel. What's even scarier is that the acids can remain in the mouth for 20 minutes after snacking or drinking.

To avoid this reality, many turn to diet soda thinking that there will be no consequences for their teeth. You may have even been asked at one point or another, "Which is better, Diet Coke or regular Coke?" It turns out that their damaging effects on teeth are roughly the same!

What many individuals may not realize is that diet soda is still acidic, which negatively impact the health of your teeth.  Research from the Minnesota Dental Association, the Missouri Dental Association, and the University of Cincinnati Biology Department shows the pH of a regular Coke is around 2.6, which is highly acidic. On the other hand, the pH of diet coke is about 3.2. For comparison, the pH of battery acid is 1, which isn't too far off from the pH values of soda! While diet soda may not be as bad as regular soda, they do contain acids, which can cause serious damage to teeth. Phosphoric acid and citric acid is often present in many diet sodas to add flavor to the drink. These acids can demineralize and decalcify teeth. Sometimes the damage may require fillings, root canals, dental crowns, dental implantsdentures or other dental procedures.

Not to mention, many beverages use artificial flavorers and sweeteners in place of sugar for the purpose of maintaining the flavor. Although they may not contain sugar, they can make beverages acidic and can cause many problems for your teeth.

In addition to having negative oral health effects, diet soda can have a significant impact on your kidneys. According to an 11-year study at Harvard Medical School with 3,000 women participants, researchers discovered that diet cola is linked with a two-fold increased risk for kidney failure. Kidney function began to decline as women drank two or more sodas a day.

A consistent consumption of both regular and diet soda is one of the leading causes of tooth decay. Children and young adults are most prone to tooth decay because their tooth enamel is not yet fully developed. Unfortunately, many children and young adults in the United States  have decreased their intake of milk  and increased their intake of soda. In fact, according to research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, children are consuming it more than double the rate of the last 10 years. Soda consumption among adults has grown approximately 25 percent!

A healthy diet plays an important role in your overall health. It is essential to choose foods and beverages that provide vitamins and minerals for not only a healthy body, but also a healthy mouth. Avoid giving the label, "diet or sugar-free" the same meaning as, "healthy for teeth!" You can prevent tooth decay and other health problems by staying hydrated with water and implementing good oral health habits. If you are a soda-lover, make sure to drink in moderation. Also, limit your intake of carbonated beverages, including sports drinks and juice. Most importantly, make sure that you are not substituting acidic beverages for water.

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 smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com 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.

References:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/diet/Sugar-free-drinks-Are-they-safe-for-teeth/articleshow/46515368.cms

http://www.wda.org/your-oral-health/sip-all-day

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The "Tooth" of the Matter: Is It a Big Deal to Have Missing Teeth?

October 11th, 2014

As a child, losing teeth is often a right of passage. However, losing teeth as an adult can be unexpected and devastating.

If teeth are missing, especially towards the back of the mouth where you cannot see, does it really matter? The answer is: Yes, it definitely does! According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the average individual in America between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more decayed or missing teeth, and these teeth tend to be the back teeth (the molars). A common misconception is that there is no need to replace missing teeth, particularly if they are not noticeable.

Yet, the reality is that missing teeth can cause many oral health problems down the road. Replacing missing teeth is an investment that will save you from having to have additional dental treatments.

There are often social and emotional costs of missing teeth. For many individuals with missing teeth, gaps in a smile can be uncomfortable and may even lead them to smiling less and refraining from laughing. A smile can improve the quality of one’s life and is therefore important to keep full and healthy!

However, the detrimental effects of tooth loss aren’t just aesthetics; bone loss plays a major role in the health of your mouth. Even if you can't see the empty space where the tooth once was, the bone in your jaw is “aware” of its absence. When a tooth is lost, the area of the jawbone where the tooth is missing no longer receives nutrients or stimulation from the tooth roots, causing the bone to gradually deteriorate with time. Also, remaining teeth may shift and reposition in the mouth, which can negatively impact other teeth and your bite. As teeth drift, they create differences in the height and curves of the gum tissue that expose adjacent teeth to a greater risk of  periodontal disease and tooth decay from the accumulation of food and plaque in these hard-to-reach areas. The repositioning of teeth can even change the contours of the face and lips. Bone loss in the jaw causes the face to shrink, exaggerating the appearance of aging.

Furthermore, teeth are essential for eating and speaking. Missing teeth impairs your ability to enjoy foods important for a healthy diet, including crunchy fruits and vegetables. If missing teeth are not replaced, chewing can become challenging and painful.

No need to worry! Fortunately, dental implants can prevent these issues and keep tooth loss from becoming bone loss.?? Implants help keep bone strong and functional. It involves a titanium metal implant that is placed under the gum line, and a customized crown restoration, which is implanted in a minor surgical procedure. Since implants become bonded to the living bone, you can speak and eat comfortably without worrying about the tooth coming out of place. In addition to looking and feeling like your natural teeth, implants help stimulate your jawbone to help maintain the supporting bone structure that would otherwise start to deteriorate after losing teeth.

If you have lost a tooth, it is crucial to act sooner rather than later. A complete set of teeth, even if they aren’t your original teeth, typically coincides with good health and confidence. It is important to practice good oral health care habits and to visit the dentist for regular cleanings and checkups.

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 smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim. Dr. 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.

References:

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/m/missing-teeth

http://www.osseo.org/NEWtoothReplacement.html

http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/DentalCaries/DentalCariesAdults20to64.htm

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Can Depression Undermine Your Oral Health?

October 9th, 2014

Young Woman Biting Her Finger NailDid you know that tooth loss is linked to anxiety and depression? You heard correctly; that means that taking care of your teeth protects more than just your physical well-being, but also, your mental state.

These findings were concluded based on a study that was presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research, which occurred in March of this past year, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The American Association for Dental Research is a non-profit organization composed of nearly 3,500 members. Its mission is stated as, “to advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health, to support  and represent the oral health research community, and to facilitate the communication and application of research findings.”

In the study, researchers examined a potential association of tooth loss with depression and anxiety.The study was conducted using The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Survey, a complex, telephone survey the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments administer. Researchers focused on the 292 eligible participants, people who were 19 years old and up, who had answered questions pertaining to depression, anxiety, and tooth loss out of the overall 451,075 respondents who participated in the survey in 2010,

13.4 percent of of this eligible group of participants reported anxiety, 16.7 percent reported depression, and 5.7 percent reported tooth loss.

Demographics of the participants included the group being evenly split between males and females, with 68.7 percent of the participants being non-Hispanic whites, 12.7 percent were African American, 12.5 percent were Hispanics, and 6.8 percent reported being other. Further analysis of this selected group of participants confirmed initial thoughts that depression and/or anxiety were significantly related to tooth loss, when compared with participants who had not reported themselves as having depression or anxiety symptoms.

The study was overseen by Dr. R. Constant Weiner, a professor at West Virginia University. Her findings concluded that several biopsychosocial factors influenced a person’s dental health. What are “biopsychosocial factors”? This all-encompassing term is as an expression for all factors, embracing biological, psychological, and societal influences, that result in a scenario, such as tooth loss. Dr. R. Constance Wiener noted that prominent  biopsychosocial factors that resulted in tooth loss were the relative presence or lack of feelings of self worth and self-esteem, as well as a lack of access to dental care.

What are the reasons for this connection? People who suffer from anxiety may avoid dental care, and people who suffer from depression are often negligent in self-care, which includes dental care. It is a chicken-or-the-egg scenario to try and determine whether depression, and its related lack of self-care, leads to tooth loss, or whether tooth loss leads to a loss of self-esteem that results in depression and anxiety. Either/or, the relation between depression/anxiety and tooth loss is significant enough to garner attention.

If you’re suffering from tooth loss, there is help available. At Wellesley Dental Group, we offer dental implants, which are beautiful and fully functional. We offer a caring, non judgemental environment where our focus is on your health and happiness. No matter the current state of your teeth, there is a place for you at our office. Our Dr. Ali is a renowned cosmetic dentist who can help you have a smile you’ll be confident showing off. Rest assured, you’ll be happy with your results! If there is anything we can do at all to take care of your oral health, please call 781-237-9071 or email smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment for consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim. Dr. 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.

 

References:

http://psychcentral.com/news/2014/03/21/tooth-loss-linked-with-anxiety-and-depression/67417.html

http://www.aadronline.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3452

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/plaque-on-teeth

Images:

http://www.faverodental.com/2014/06/tooth-loss-linked-to-depression-and-anxiety/

Health Benefits of Dental Implants

August 26th, 2014

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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

Benefits:

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 smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com 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.

References: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/adults-40-60/

http://www.aaid-implant.org/about-dental-implants/what-are-the-benefits-of-dental-implants-over-other-treatments/

http://www.missingteeth.org/benefits.html

Image credit: Wellesley Dental Group

A Link Between Depression/Anxiety and Tooth Loss

March 29th, 2014

Grow TeethTooth loss is often a result of a variety of factors.  One may experience tooth loss as a result of periodontal disease or severe caries.  A new study led by R. Constance Wiener of West Virginia University has concluded that tooth loss is associated with complex, chronic conditions like anxiety or depression. 

The association is complicated and has to do with a lot of biopsychosocial factors.  For instance, a person suffering from depression is more likely to neglect their oral health.  Alternatively, a person with a lot of anxiety may avoid the dentist due to dental anxiety.

This study looked at surveys conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  These surveys also concluded that people in the 46 - 64 year age bracket, women, blacks, Hispanics, and those that are unemployed were more likely to meet the criteria for major depression.

Tooth loss can lead to a host of negative consequences including speech problems, stiff jaws, chewing problems, and the weakening of remaining teeth.  There are many tooth replacement options available from dental implants to fixed bridges -- all of which look like real teeth!  Dental implants are often the most expensive option, but are considered to be the most comfortable.  An implant consists of an artificial root inserted into the bone and is covered with a crown that mimics a real tooth.  A fixed bridge is made up of a group of crowns fixed together and use the neighboring, existing teeth to anchor it in place.

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 smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation. Dr. Ghazi is available for various oral surgery appointments and wisdom teeth extractions, while Dr. Emad is here to help with your orthodontic needs. 

Sources:

http://psychcentral.com/news/2014/03/21/tooth-loss-linked-with-anxiety-and-depression/67417.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140320111903.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fhealth_medicine%2Fdentistry+%28Dentistry+News+--+ScienceDaily%29
http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2014/03/23/study-tooth-loss-associated-with-depression/
http://www.studiodentaire.com/articles/en/causes-consequences-of-tooth-loss.php
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Is the Future of Dental Implants Found In Diamonds or Titanium?

October 25th, 2013

 

 

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It may be strange to think that a precious jewel can aid in the field of dentistry. Researchers at UCLA have been looking into diamonds and if they do have a place in creating better dental implants for patients. These researchers are focusing on nanodiamonds, which are made through conventional mining and refining operations and are definitely called “nano” for a reason; they come out to be approximately four to five nanometers in diameters, resembling miniature soccer balls. The UCLA researchers enlisted the help of the UCLA School of Dentistry, the UCLA Department of Bioengineering, Northwestern University, and even the NanoCarbon Research Institute in Japan to help come up with innovative ways to implement these nanodiamonds in dentistry. Their research has led them to believe that these nanodiamonds can improve bone growth and has the potential to counteract osteonecrosis, a disease marked by bone breakdown due to reduce blood flow.

 

Osteonecrosis can affect various parts of the body, but when this disease affects the joints in the jaw, it can keep people from eating and speaking properly, even restricting or impeding movement. What makes matters worse is that when osteonecrosis occurs near implants, including teeth or prosthetic joints, these implants loosen and can eventually fall out. These dental implant failures lead to additional procedures, which can not only be painful, but can also become very expensive.

 

These issues surrounding dental implants led the team at UCLA to conduct a study that would reveal whether nanodiamonds would be a viable solution. Conducted by Dr. Dean Ho, a professor of oral biology and medicine at the UCLA School of Dentistry, and his team used the nonadiamonds to deliver proteins responsible for bone growth. Their results indicated that nanodiamonds have the uncanny ability to bind rapidly the essential proteins and growth factors. The surface properties of these diamonds allow for a slower delivery of these proteins, which researchers believe contribute to a longer period of treatment of the affected area in the oral cavity. What’s more is that these nanodiamonds can be inserted in to patients in a non-invasive way, through either an injection or an oral rinsing.

 

Nanodiamonds are not only the technology that researchers are pursuing to improve. On the other side of the world, researchers in Japan and China have been revisiting the essential components of titanium, which contains alloys that are very commonly used in orthopedic implants. Because of its reliable mechanical and chemical properties, along with its biocompatible and corrosion resistant nature, titanium has been the go-to product to use in dental implant procedures. However, one of the drawbacks that titanium faces is its lack of ability to bond directly to living bone. Researchers have found that calcium phosphate (CaP) and collagen are main components of natural bone; these scientists believe that a composite of both of these components can be used to effectively coat titanium implants. The study they published in the journal of Science and Technology of Advanced Material showed that when titanium implants were coated with CaP gel and inserted into the thigh bone of rabbit, within four and eight weeks, the authors noticed that there was significantly more new bone on the surface of the titanium implants that had been covered with the CaP gel. These coated implants were also able to bond directly to the bone, without needing an intervening soft tissue layer. The researchers believe that this innovative CaP and collagen composite can play an important role in improving dental implants.

 

Both results found for nanodiamonds and titanium prove to be exciting news in field of Periodonistry and even in the medical world as a whole. These nanodiamonds may possibly revolutionize dental implants, allowing them to be longer lasting and effective, while this the new CaP and collagen coating and greatly improve the use of titanium. 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 smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130918102002.htm

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131003142214.htm

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/nanodiamond-encrusted-teeth-248066.aspx

http://news.sciencemag.org/health/2011/03/nanodiamonds-could-be-cancer-patients-best-friend

http://www.abcnetspace.com/2013/08/how-diamonds-are-shaping-technology.html to read more about Diamond Technology!

 

 

 

 

Dental Implants: a Great Alternative to Replacing Missing Teeth

May 7th, 2013

If you have missing teeth, dentures are just not comfortable enough, or if you want to keep tooth structure intact, dental implants may be the way to go.

Implants have been considered one of the biggest breakthroughs in dentistry within the past 40 years and have provided an innovative alternative when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are made from titanium and other materials that are very compatible with the human body. The titanium implant fuses with the jawbone and acts as a sturdy anchor for the replacement teeth. It is also shaped and colored to blend right in with the rest of your pearly whites.

When going through the process of receiving dental implants, there are three major phases one goes through.

1. The titanium implant is surgically placed into the patient’s jawbone. During this time, dentists recommend that patients should consume soft or cold foods and warm soup during the healing process following the surgery.

2. Next comes the period where the bond surrounding the implants begins the healing process, known as osseointegration. Eventually, the implant combines with the bond and forms a sturdy base for the replacement tooth. This integration usually takes several months to occur.

3. The final step is the placement of the new artificial tooth. For a single tooth, a dentist would customize a dental crown that will serve as the replacement. This crown is picked just so that its color, shape, and size will fit perfectly with the surrounding teeth. Because it takes some time to create this, the dentist will make a temporary crown, bridge or denture in the meantime; this will allow the patient to still be able to eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement tooth is ready.

If you believe that dental implants may be the right option for you, Drs. Ali & Ali and their team at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to discuss possible procedures that can be done. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up a consultation!

 

References:

MouthHealthy.org

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Stem Cell Therapy Could Help Dental Problems

August 8th, 2012

Researchers have recently discovered that regenerating craniofacial tissue (mostly bone) is possible using stem cell therapy. It is a much faster process and less invasive than regular bone regrowth methods.

The study examined 24 patients who needed reconstructive surgery after having teeth removed. Some of the patients were treated using stem cell therapy and others using the traditional method.

Darnell Kaigler, principal investigator and assistant professor at the U-M School of Dentistry, said "In patients with jawbone deficiencies who also have missing teeth, it is very difficult to replace the missing teeth so that they look and function naturally. This technology and approach could potentially be used to restore areas of bone loss so that missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants."

Using stem cells is a great alternative because it uses the patient's cells rather then foreign ingredients. The results of the study were positive. All of the patients received dental implants after 6 to 12 weeks, and the ones with stem cells were regenerating bone at a quicker rate. They also needed less bone grafting.

This technology is still quite a few years away from being approved for mass use, but it's an exciting option to look forward to.

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