painless dentistry

Appreciate the Relatively Unpainful Methods of Modern-Day Dentistry!

October 2nd, 2015

teethhGoing to the dentist’s may not be your favorite activity, but you might appreciate it a little more after reading Danny Gallagher’s article about how painless modern-day dentistry is compared to dental processes from around 14,000 years ago!

You’d think that there wouldn’t be time for practicing dental repair during the Paleolithic era. However, a recent study from University of Bologna in Italy  published by the journal “Scientific Reportsshows that people started to treat cavities a long time ago. Researchers disvovered dental evidence from an ancient molar found at a dig site in northern Italy in 1988.Tests dated the tooth to the Late Upper Paleolithic era, which was approximately 13,820 to 14,160 years ago. Although the tooth was found in 1988, it was not until 25 years later that researchers noticed the oldest piece of evidence throughout dentistry history, says paleoanthropologist Stefano Benazzi, co-author of this study from the University of Bologna.

There was considerable enamel chipping made in the tooth’s cavity before the specimen died at around 25 years. Researchers carried out an experiment which involved scratching at the enamel of the molar with tools made out of different materials (wood, bone, stone, etc.). They tested these different implements in order to attempt to recreate this 14,000 year old dental procedure. The results of this experiment demonstrated that the person who operated on the tooth probably used tools created from sharpened flint. Ouch! Think about how painful that would be!

The University of Bologna’s study is not the only proof that humans from ancient eras have tried to repair teeth with extremely painful methods. For instance, an article on LiveScience stated that there was evidence of the use of beeswax for filling a cracked, canine tooth from a human jaw that was discovered in a Slovenian cave more than a hundred years ago. Another New York Times article claims that human molars from 4,000-7,000 BC that were drilled with stone tools were found in western Pakistan.

Don’t you just want to hug the inventor of anesthetics?

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.cnet.com/news/14000-year-old-tooth-shows-oldest-and-probably-most-painful-form-of-dentistry/?ftag=YHRbd38a98

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/03376/teeth_3376286b.jpg

Filtered Yelp Reviews

September 12th, 2012

While perusing Yelp recently, we stumbled across a button labeled "filtered" reviews. We were surprised to see so many wonderful things written about our office. The doctors and staff thank you all so much for your kind words. It means to much that you trust us with your oral health.

"Dr and Dr Ali always make me feel welcome and comfortable. Our kids don't mind going to the dentist because it's a nice place and not a place of fear. Always on time and always with a smile." - Lisa

"Wellesley Dental Group is the best! I came from out of the area to go to school at Babson and needed a place out here for all my dental needs! It is in an incredibly convenient location and the whole process from check-in to follow-up is efficient and pleasant." - Jason

"I really love Wellesley Dental. A warm, friendly staff that makes dental visits enjoyable, thorough and satisfying. I know when i leave their office, I have had the best care and wouldn't trade that for anything." - Apple

"It was my first visit to dental office in America, and it was absolutely great! Drs. Ali and Ali are highly competent and smart people. I get excellent care here. The staff is very friendly and welcoming.  I never regretted that I chose Wellesley Dental Group!" - Nadia

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Waterlase MD™ Laser Dentistry Now Available

January 13th, 2012

It’s a truth as old as the human race: we fear the unknown. It’s also one of the main reasons many people are still afraid of going to the dentist. They simply don’t know how comfortable an experience having their teeth fixed can be. Yes, we said comfortable!

New laser dental technology is now allowing dentists like Dr. Ejaz & Femina Ali from Wellesley Dental Group to provide care in greater comfort than ever before. “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," says Dr. Ejaz Ali.

The laser system, called the Waterlase MD™, from BIOLASE Technology, Inc., is a revolutionary dental tool that uses a combination of laser energy and water to perform a variety of dental procedures with fewer shots and less anesthesia. It is approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for use in many kinds of dental work – from fixing cavities to preparing teeth for crowns and root canals, and even inserting implants.

Studies have shown that Waterlase Dentistry™ can be less traumatic than the drill. The combination of laser and water provides a quick and unique cutting action that is precise and gentle, so it preserves healthy tooth or gums around a cavity or diseased gums. “It’s an approach called minimally invasive dentistry”, says Dr. Femina Ali. “The idea is to fix the diseased part of your tooth, gums, or bone without damaging adjacent healthy tissue. Laser-assisted dentistry gives us a big advantage in providing excellent clinical care with maximum patient comfort.”

For those putting off dental work due to the fear of discomfort, visiting Wellesley Dental Group at 5 Seaward Road in Wellesley, MA may mean ending this fear of dentists. “Like they say, ‘Knowledge is power’, Dr. Ejaz explains, “and the more people know about how we’re using Waterlase Dentistry, the easier it is for them to conquer their fears and let us take care of the dental work they need.”

“When it comes to treating our patients,” Dr. Femina explains, “the Waterlase MD™ is limited only by our imaginations.”

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