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Cosmetic Dentistry

Dentistry is the art and science of improving the appearance, function and health of the teeth and associated structures. Cosmetic dentistry is dental work that improves the appearance and function of a person’s teeth. The experts at Copley Dental Associates P.C., through cosmetic dentistry, improve the appearance of the teeth to create the beautiful smile you want.

Dr. Charles Badaoui is our general and cosmetic dental expert at Copley Dental Associates.

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Materials Used in General and Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

In the past, dental tooth fillings and other tooth restorations were made of gold, amalgam and other metals. Today, fillings and restorations can be made entirely of porcelain or composite materials that closely match the appearance of natural teeth, improving their cosmetic appearance. These tooth-colored materials are bonded to the underlying tooth structure with resin adhesives.

Treatments

Common Cosmetic Dental Treatments include:

  • Whitening, or “tooth bleaching” treatment, is the most common cosmetic dental procedure. While many teeth whitening options are available, dentist – supervised whitening treatments are recommended for lightening or whitening discolored teeth.
  • Enamel shaping removes parts of the contouring enamel, improving the appearance of the tooth. It may be used to correct a small tooth chip. It is also known as enameloplasty, odontoplasty, recontouring, reshaping, slenderizingand and stripping.
  • Bonding is an option for chipped or cracked teeth. An enamel-like dental composite material is applied to a tooth’s surface, sculpted into shape, hardened and then polished, giving you a beautiful smile.
  • Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made laminates affixed directly to the teeth. Veneer application is an increasingly popular procedure in dentistry. Veneers are used for closing gaps between teeth or disguising discolored teeth that did not respond to tooth-whitening procedures.

Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentistry is an age-defined specialty that provides both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic dental services for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special dental care needs.

When should parents begin to clean their baby’s teeth?

The sooner, the better! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (http://aapd.org) states that parents should begin dental cleaning at birth, by cleaning their child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush and water. Unless it is advised by your child’s pediatric dentist, fluoridated toothpaste is not recommended until 2 to 3 years of age.

When should children first visit a dentist?

Children should have their first visit by their first birthday. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry(http://aapd.org) children should first visit the dentist when they receive their first tooth or by their first birthday. Early dental care is important for dental prevention in the future. However, dental problems can begin early. A major dental concern for young children is early childhood caries, also known as baby bottle tooth decay or nursing caries.

How can I prevent tooth decay from a bottle or nursing?

To prevent tooth decay in young children, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry(http://aapd.org) recommends that children be encouraged to begin drinking from a cup as they approach their first birthday. At nap times or at night, children should not fall asleep with a bottle. It is recommended that nighttime breast-feeding be avoided after the first primary (baby) teeth begin to erupt. Drinking juice or other sugary drinks from a bottle should always be avoided. When such drinks are offered, they should be served in a cup.

General Anesthesia

Dr.Baloul is a pediatric dentist on staff at the Franciscan Hospital for Children.Patients requiring general anesthesia can been seen by him. Our facility is approved for general anesthesia (deep sleep) sedation. For more involved surgical procedures, we offer general anesthesia, which is administered by a certified anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist will stay throughout the procedure and until your child is completely awake afterwards.

Periodontics/Implants

Periodontics

Periodontics is the study of clinical aspects of the supporting structures of the teeth (i.e., the periodontium), which includes the gingiva (gums), alveolar bone (jaw), root cementum, and the periodontal ligament. The word comes from the Greek words peri, meaning “around” and odons, meaning “tooth”. Literally, it means the study of that which is around the tooth.

Periodontal diseases

Periodontal disease takes on many different forms but is usually the result of a bacterial infection of the gums.Untreated, it often leads to tooth loss and alveolar bone loss.

Our periodontic expert is Dr. Hidetada Moroi, D.M.D.

Basic Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that gets under the gums and into the bone around your teeth. This infectious material must be removed and the area given a chance to heal. There are two generally accepted treatments for this – depending upon the severity of your infection.

Upper Level Infection Removal

Bacterial infection in the upper levels of the pockets around your teeth can be removed using specialized instruments. This procedure is called tooth scaling and root planing. It is done under local anesthesia and is quite different from routine, or deep, cleaning which is traditionally done in the general dentist’s office.

Lower Level Infection Removal

If your infection has gotten into the bone that supports your teeth and is below the level that can be reached with specialized instruments, then a minor surgical procedure must be done to pull back the gums and remove the lower-level infectious bacteria.

Other Procedures

Crown Lengthening

When getting a crown, the general dentist must prepare your tooth to receive the crown. Sometimes there is not enough tooth surface above the gumline to accomplish this. Crown lengthening provides more tooth for your crown. This ensures a more stable crown with less gum irritation afterwards. Also, if you have a “gummy” smile or an uneven gum line, crown lengthening can help your teeth to look longer and more even. In this procedure the periodontist gives you a local anesthetic and gently removes excess gum and bone tissue to expose more of your natural teeth.

Bone Grafting

Your jawbone is what supports your teeth and gums. Unfortunately, periodontal disease can eat away at your jawbone, giving it a depressed or shrunken appearance in places. In many cases, this lost bone can be partially grown back using various bone-grafting techniques. In this procedure, the periodontist gives you a local anesthetic and gently opens the area, filling in the missing section with bone-grafting material.

Soft Tissue Grafting

Longer teeth or exposed tooth roots can look unsightly. They can also increase your sensitivity to heat, cold or sweets. In some cases, gum tissue can be placed in these areas. In this procedure, the periodontist gives you a local anesthetic and gently places a gum tissue graft over the area.

Antibiotic Treatment

Some oral antibiotics can enhance the periodontal treatment you have received. Antibiotic treatment can also be beneficial in certain other select situations. The procedure involves the prescription of oral antibiotics with frequent dental check-ups to monitor your progress.

Ridge Augmentation

Sometimes, after an extraction, there will be a sunken in spot in your gumline. This looks unsightly and can jeopardize the appearance of the bridge that will go over this area. Bone-grafting material can be inserted to fill out this depression. In this procedure, the periodontist gives you a local anesthetic and gently opens the area, filling the sunken area with bone-grafting material.

Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Quite simply, dental implants are artificial replacements for natural tooth roots. They attach firmly into the gum and jawbone, becoming quite solid. Your general dentist then places a crown onto this artificial tooth root, which looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth. Implants can also be used to anchor partial and full dentures.

When Are Dental Implants Appropriate?

Dental implants are one method of tooth replacement. Other methods are bridges, partial dentures and full dentures. Your general dentist is the judge of which method is most appropriate.

What Are Some of Advantages of Dental Implants?

  • More attractive appearance.
  • Speech improvement.
  • Greater comfort.
  • Greater ability to chew food naturally.

Why Is a Fixed Restoration Better?

Implants look and feel like natural teeth. As dental implants are fixed in the jaw, they present none of the problems that can be associated with removable appliances such as dentures and partial denture, including:

  • The slipping, irritation and pain that can accompany dentures.
  • The tedious removal for overnight soaking and cleaning.
  • Family members seeing you without teeth.
  • Reattachment with adhesives.

What Is the Success Rate of Implants?

The success rate of osseointegrated dental implants is between 94 and 98 percent. If you are a non-smoker with good oral hygiene habits, the success rate is closer to 100 percent.

How Long Do Implants Last?

Dental implants integrate into the jawbone. Implants have been in patients’ mouths for 25 years. With excellent oral hygiene and regular cleanings, your implant should last a lifetime.

How Are Implants Placed?

First, a detailed, clinical examination will be done to ensure that you are a good candidate for implants. If so, planning will be done in conjunction with your general dentist to ensure that your implant is placed safely and in the right location. Then, your dental implant will be placed by us during a routine office visit. The procedure can be done under a local anesthetic.

Are Dental Implants Expensive?

Dental implants do cost more than conventional dentures, but they will last longer than dentures.

How Predictable Is the Procedure?

The success rate of dental implants is between 94 and 98 percent. If patients practice good oral care and maintenance of their implants and receive periodic periodontal care if needed, dental implants can be their friends for life.

Am I a Candidate for Implants?

Implants begin with an evaluation by your general dentist, who will decide if you are a good candidate for the procedure. If your dentist feels implants might be possible, he or she will send you to us for a placement evaluation.

Dental Veneers

Porcelain dental veneers are one of the most effective and aesthetically gratifying remedies for teeth that are chipped, stained or even misaligned. Porcelain dental veneer application is the most common procedure in smile makeovers and can also be an option for patients who are simply looking to have a gorgeous smile. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Charles Badaoui can correct a range of dental issues with this popular treatment and achieve a natural-looking solution to common problems that can affect the appearance and function of your teeth.

Porcelain veneers are known to also have astounding aesthetic results for patients who have this treatment performed. Please contact Dr.Badaoui to schedule a smile makeover or porcelain dental veneer consultation.

DENTAL VENEERS PROCEDURE

Porcelain – dental veneers are thin, ceramic shells that are placed over damaged, misaligned, or stained teeth that are showing the effects of years of coffee or wine-drinking, tobacco use and other issues. Treatment with porcelain – dental veneers begins with an impression made from your teeth. This impression will allow porcelain veneers to be custom-made for the affected teeth, ensuring a comfortable fit. After the veneer is designed, it is color-tinted to match the surrounding teeth and attached to the teeth with a durable cement. The damaged teeth are now concealed with a healthy-looking porcelain veneer that can last decades.

Porcelain – dental veneers can be an excellent way of addressing common problems with your teeth and creating a beautiful new smile with results that look and feel natural. If you have more questions feel free to contact us or visit our dental veneers Frequently Asked Questions page

Treatments

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Lumineers

Lumineers by Cerinate are porcelain veneers that offer a painless way to a whiter and perfectly aligned smile. At Copley Dental, we can apply these contact-lens-thin “smile shapers” to teeth — in many cases, without any grinding or shaving — whitening and transforming teeth into a naturally beautiful smile.
Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers are contact-lens-thin and are placed over existing teeth without having to remove painful tooth structures, achieving a beautiful, whiter smile.
Lumineers are a painless, cosmetic solution for stained, chipped, discolored or misaligned teeth.

Copley Dental Associates P.C., Lumineers Experts in Boston

Copley Dental Associates provides quality teeth whitening treatments in Boston, including Lumineers, to make sure you get the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of.

Treatments

See Our Smile Make over Gallery:Cosmetic Dental Procedures, Teeth Whitening and More

Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry deals with the restoration or fixing of diseased, injured or abnormal teeth to normal function. It includes all aspects of endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics.

For your convenience, we have an expert in this field:

Dr. Grace Jotikabhukkana

Treatments

See Our Smile Make over Gallery:Cosmetic Dental Procedures, Teeth Whitening and More

Dental Implants

Implants

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Dental Implants

Implants

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Dental Implants

Implants

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Root Canal Therapy

Implants

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