wisdom teeth extraction

What Makes Us Unique: Regional Favorite Dental Office and Wellesley's #1 Choice

July 17th, 2019

At Wellesley Dental Group, our team is dedicated and proud to serve as “smile ambassadors” to our communities. One of our primary goals is to help you achieve a healthy and dazzling smile that will last a lifetime. Our caring team believes that your health, comfort, and satisfaction are top priorities. Through our full service, multi-specialty office, we provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that is tailored to your needs and desires so that your beautiful smile is a reflection of you!

Drs. Ejaz and Dr. Femina Ali, their daughter Dr. Zarah Ali, and their son-in-law, Dr. Hassan Barra, along with the rest of the family team at WDG work together to provide quality care, top-tier dental technology, and everything you need under one roof so that you receive the highest level of dental treatment. We have a passion for service and outreach to our communities, as well as our love for enhancing our knowledge and skills. With an emphasis on prevention, we aim to keep you informed about your health and relevant dental and medical news to help you maintain a healthy smile. Be sure to keep a lookout for informative blog postings about dental-related topics and activities happening in the community through our website and social media accounts: FacebookLinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter.

We are so proud of the reputation we’ve earned in the community we have served for over 20 years. Thanks to our patients, Wellesley Dental Group was voted Wicked Local Readers Choice Awards Regional Favorite Dental Office and Wellesley’s #1 Choice for 2019. We are also thrilled that we are recognized by Boston Magazine as Best of Boston Top Dentist for 2017 and 2018. We couldn't have done it without you!

 

We hope that you will become a part of our family here at Wellesley Dental Group.

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.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

Preventing Wisdom Teeth Growth

May 12th, 2014

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Wisdom teeth extraction is a complicated oral surgery procedure.  Many people fear the surgery and the time-consuming recovery process.  What if you could avoid the complicated process altogether by eliminating your wisdom teen as a child?

Researchers at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine have found that a significant number of children between the ages of 2 and 6 that received injections of local dental anesthesia never developed wisdom teeth.  Based on this epidemiological research, the researchers hypothesize that the local dental anesthesia is responsible for the interruption of lower wisdom teeth growth.

Dr. Anthony R. Silvestry, DMD who is a clinical professor of the Department of Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine said, “It is intriguing to think that something as routine as local anesthesia could stop wisdom teeth from developing.  This is the first study in humans showing an association between a routinely administered, minimally-invasive clinical procedure and arrested third molar growth.”

Third molars, also known as wisdom teeth, begin to grow as four small tooth buds during the time a child is between the ages of 2 and 6.  Specifically, on the lower jaw, the tooth buds are very close in proximity to the spot where dentists insert dental anesthesia injections.  The needle is capable of disrupting wisdom teeth growth by penetrating the growing tooth buds and ultimately, stop it from growing.

Although this hypothesized theory needs further study before it becomes practiced, these new studies shed light on a possible preventative approach when it comes to wisdom teeth rather than a technique strictly involving oral surgery.

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.

Sources:

http://now.tufts.edu/articles/nipping-wisdom-teeth-bud

http://now.tufts.edu/news-releases/dental-anesthesia-may-interrupt-development-w

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What to Eat After Wisdom Teeth Extraction

April 3rd, 2014

smoothiesWisdom teeth extraction is a common operation for many people.  Although the surgery itself is usually painless and quick, the recovery process can be quite exhausting.  One of the biggest concerns for people who have just gotten their wisdom teeth out is what to eat post-operation.  There is a lot of swelling and sensitivity for a few days after surgery and this can make eating problematic.

Initially after surgery, only liquids should be consumed.  Drink any liquids from a glass and never use straws.  The suction caused by straws can dislodge blood clots and interrupt proper healing.  Eating soft foods that are high in calorie count and protein will be crucial during the recovery period.  Regardless, your food intake will be very limited during the healing process so you should try to compensate this by staying hydrated at all times.

In general, you should eat soft foods and avoid hot foods.  Some dentists recommend eating cold foods to help with the swelling.

Here are some yummy things you can eat (other than boring Jello!)

  • Green smoothies - just throw in some kiwis, kale, coconut water, and a banana into a blender!
  • Greek yogurt with honey
  • Mashed potatoes with butter and gravy
  • Smooth hummus
  • Chocolate pudding pops
  • Milkshakes or ice cream
  • Homemade applesauce
  • Scrambled eggs with cheese

This is a great time to get creative with your diet!  Try throwing various delicious ingredients into a blender to make different kinds of smoothies.  Or, combine your favorite ice cream flavors with milk to make a unique milkshake.

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 happy to help with oral surgery needs and wisdom teeth extractions.

Sources:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/tashweenali/foods-to-eat-after-getting-your-wisdom-teeth-out
http://www.chow.com/galleries/265/what-to-eat-after-wisdom-tooth-surgery#!5607/chocolate-pudding-pops
http://www.omsanc.com/surgical-instructions/wisdom-tooth-removal.html
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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!

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

 

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

May 24th, 2012

Wisdom teeth extraction is a very common procedure performed in dental offices. Wisdom teeth, or your third set of molars, typically come in between the ages of 17 and 25. Some wisdom teeth may be aligned correctly, but most of the time they are not. If these teeth are not removed, a host of problems can occur. Some of which are:

• The teeth may be misaligned and come in at an angle.
• The jaw may not be large enough for these molars, and this can cause the wisdom teeth to be impacted, meaning they cannot break through the gums.
• Impacted teeth can lead to an increased likelihood of infection, as well as damage to other teeth and bones.

It may seem like a frightening procedure, but you can be sure our surgeon, Dr. Ghazi, will do whatever he can to make you comfortable. He will be happy to meet with you and go over any questions or concerns you may have.

Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to schedule an appointment!

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