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By Pleasant Dental Center
November 03, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

Cosmetic dentistry has many overlaps with other aspects of dentistry in general, but with an added focus on improving the appearance of our teeth. Employing a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments our Methuen, MA, dentist can renew our smile. We'll explore some below, but for more information turn to Dr. George Abou-Ezzi of Pleasant Dental Center.

A Brighter Whiter Smile

Our dentist will always recommend good dental health as a priority as brushing and flossing, and regular in-office dental cleanings can greatly improve our smile's appearance. But for those stubborn stains on unrestored teeth, professional whitening by our dentist can whiten our smile much better and faster than any over-the-counter product.

Repair Our Teeth

Dental fillings are as basic as it gets with dentistry, but the added benefit of cosmetic dentistry is the use of tooth-colored fillings. These perform just like traditional dental fillings but they can be made to match the color of our teeth so they practically vanish among them.

Using the same materials as with tooth-colored fillings our dentist can also repair our teeth if they have been chipped, and can also correct small gaps and even shape teeth that are too short or otherwise misshapen.

Restoring Our Smile

An alternative to correcting smile imperfections is dental veneers. These are thin but strong tooth-shaped shells that are bonded onto our teeth and are often used to radically transform smiles by using a number of them at once.

Veneers are an excellent choice when there is still a good amount of tooth structure present and typically are reserved for front teeth. So a dental crown is more appropriate for molars and also for teeth that have lost significant structure, as a crown will protect the tooth and return to it its appearance and its function.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Methuen, MA

If you are ready to explore the ways in which cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile then come in for a consultation with Dr. Abou-Ezzi of Pleasant Dental Center in Methuen, MA, by dialing 978-688-9200.

By Pleasant Dental Center
September 14, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Same Day Crowns  

Dental crowns are tooth restorations that strengthen damaged teeth and restore function. They also protect teeth from being further worn down or damaged. It typically takes a few weeks to fabricate and place traditional dental crowns, but CEREC technology makes it possible to have new crowns ready in one day. In Methuen, MA, CEREC same-day crowns are available at Pleasant Dental Center, where Dr. George Abou-Ezzi can restore a damaged tooth in one day.

CEREC Technology

Crowns are hollow tooth-like caps that are placed over weak or damaged teeth. Once in place, crowns give teeth a strong, new exterior so regular biting and chewing functions can be restored. Since teeth are completely encased inside, crowns also protect teeth from sustaining additional damage.

CEREC (chairside economical restorations of esthetic ceramics) is an advanced technology for creating custom dental restorations in a single office visit. With CEREC same-day crowns at our Methuen, MA, dental office, there is no waiting several weeks for custom crowns to be fabricated at an off-site dental lab, as is the case with traditional crowns. Dr. Ezzi can create and place your new custom crown right in the office.

CEREC utilizes two computer programs involving computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to create dental crowns on the spot. The role of the CAD program is to generate a digital 3D model of the teeth. In conjunction with a milling machine, the CAM program uses the 3D model of the teeth to fabricate custom ceramic dental crowns in a matter of minutes.

CEREC same-day crowns can be cemented in place as soon as they come out of the milling machine so you can enjoy your new smile immediately.

Advantages of CEREC Same-Day Crowns

There are several benefits and advantages to restoring damaged teeth with CEREC same-day crowns. One of the main benefits is that there is no waiting or returning to the dentist’s office for multiple visits. Damaged teeth can be strengthened and restored in just one visit.

Another advantage of CEREC technology is the use of a digital 3D model of the teeth rather than a physical mold or impression. There is no mess or discomfort with a digital model, whereas physical impressions rely on a messy material that can also cause discomfort for patients with a sensitive gag reflex. CEREC same-day crowns eliminate the mess and the discomfort.

The benefits of CEREC same-day crowns over other options are numerous. For CEREC same-day crowns in Methuen, MA, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ezzi by calling Pleasant Dental Center at (978) 688-9200.

By Pleasant Dental Center
March 31, 2021
Category: None
Tags: Untagged

Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Methuen, MA dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.Dental Implants

How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.

Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time. 

Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.

Contact your Methuen, MA Dentist

Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Methuen, MA dentist to schedule an appointment.

Forbes (3/17) contributor Robert Glatter, MD, states that "researchers in South Korea studied the relationship between chronic periodontitis and dementia over a 10 year period," finding those with "chronic periodontitis had a 6% higher risk for dementia compared to those without periodontitis," even "after controlling for behaviors such as smoking, consuming alcohol, and degree of physical exercise." Dr. Glatter says that although "the mechanism underlying this finding is unclear," and "it also may be a case of 'chicken vs egg,— the "research is important because it represents the first study to demonstrate that chronic periodontitis could be linked to a higher risk for dementia, even after taking lifestyle behaviors into account." The findings were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Meanwhile, CNN (3/14, Powell) stated on its website "that the rate of Americans who died from dementia has more than doubled from 30.5 deaths per 100,000 people in 2000 to 66.7 in 2017," according to a report from the National Center for Health Statistics. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (3/14, Pirani) reported that CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield said, "Early diagnosis is key to helping people and their families cope with loss of memory, navigate the health care system, and plan for their care in the future."

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