March 2, 2016
Finding the right medical professional isn’t easy, especially with so many options here in our community. When it comes to choosing the right dentist for you and your loved ones, you may feel overwhelmed — but you shouldn’t be! We’ve got four simple steps for finding the best dentist in Brookline, MA. Keep reading to find out what they are, then begin your search today!
March 20, 2015
You do your best to maintain a healthy smile with your regular at-home hygiene routine that includes brushing twice every day and flossing at least once a day. And Dr. Alan Sasson and Dr. Ray Dempsey and the team at Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, do our best too, with the most comprehensive dental checkups. Nevertheless, there usually comes a time when we may need to repair tooth decay with a filling. For strength, durability and appearance, we use metal-free fillings to restore a tooth with a cavity.
Although the American Dental Association maintains that the mercury level in metal, or amalgam, fillings is safe, we’re not taking any chances with your health. So for fillings, we use composite resin and dental porcelain.
The Pros of Metal-free Fillings
The composite resin material that we use for fillings is matched to the color of your teeth. Amalgam fillings, on the other hand, are always dark and as such can mar the appearance of your teeth when you smile, laugh or talk. With a filling made of tooth-colored resin, you don’t need to worry about the filling showing at all.
Secondly, with a metal-free filling, our dentists can preserve more of the natural tooth structure. This is exactly the idea behind conservative dentistry—repair a tooth while preserving as much of the tooth as possible. Amalgam fillings necessitate reducing more of a tooth to accommodate the filling material. With composite resin material, a minimal amount of the tooth is removed.
Finally, for strength and protection, tooth-colored fillings made of composite resin can’t be beat. Composite fillings are bonded with adhesive to your tooth, protecting it against decay and also strengthening the tooth. Furthermore, composite fillings shield the tooth from bacteria, too. Once bonded, a composite filling won’t wear down or change shape, so bacteria and food particles cannot penetrate the tooth.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you’d like to learn more about metal-free fillings, call Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA. We also serve patients from Chelsea, Newton, Somerville, Boston and Cambridge.
December 23, 2014
Missing teeth are more than just a matter of appearance. Just one missing tooth can hamper your ability to speak and to chew. The consequences, therefore, may degrade your self-confidence and impair your ability to eat a nutritious diet. Dental implants replace missing teeth in the most natural way possible. The dentists at the Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, will give you dental implants that restore your smile, your confidence and your overall health.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant not only looks like a live tooth, but with a “root” it even mimics the function and structure of a natural tooth. This root is actually a titanium post that is surgically embedded into the bone beneath the space of the missing tooth. As the implant and bone tissue fuse, the implant provides the added advantage of helping to prevent bone loss and maintain your facial features. After the implant is securely anchored within the bone (a process called osseointegration that usually takes between three to six months), Dr. Alan Sasson or Dr. Ray Dempsey will then secure your custom made crown to the post.
Actually, implants are often the solution for when you have more than one missing tooth, in that they are used to secure bridges or partials for multiple tooth replacements and can even be used to secure full upper and lower dentures. Your doctor will be able to determine what the best course of treatment for you is. So, whether you are missing one tooth or more, dental implants may provide the most natural and the most comfortable solution.
Call Our Office Today
If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how they can restore your smile, your confidence and your wellbeing, schedule an appointment at Boston Smile Center. We conveniently serve patients in Brookline, MA, and the surrounding communities of Chelsea, Newton, Somerville, Boston and Cambridge.
November 23, 2014
Traditions run deep in Boston, and Boston Smile Center—your 02446 dentist—wants to be one of your family’s traditions. Conveniently located in Brookline, MA, Boston Smile Center can provide dental care for you and your entire family. Dr. Alan Sasson, an expert in cosmetic, restorative and implant dentistry with more than 25 years of experience, founded Boston Smile Center with the idea of taking care of his patients the same way he would want his family to be cared for—personally and professionally.
Your 02446 Dentist Provides Comprehensive Services
Whether you come to Boston Smile Center for a routine checkup—which includes cleaning and polishing your teeth, an oral cancer screening, examining for early signs of tooth decay and gum disease, and x-rays when necessary—or one of our specialized treatments, you can be sure your teeth are in good hands.
Dr. Sasson is a graduate of the Goldman School of Graduate Dentistry at Boston University and earned his certification in Oral Implantology from Brookdale Hospital in New York. He has taught at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, the Forsythe Institute, and the Medical Research Foundation of Boston. Dr. Sasson is a member of the American Dental Association, the Massachusetts Dental Society and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry among other well-respected professional organizations.
In an effort to be the dentist 02446 residents can count on, Dr. Sasson has built a team to provide all of the dental services you need in an environment of care and convenience. His colleague, Dr. Ray Dempsey is our periodontist. Dr. Dempsey is highly skilled and trained in restoring the health of your gums as well as the surgical aspect of replacing missing teeth with permanent dental implants.
The rest of the staff, from our dental hygienists to the front office, are dedicated to making sure your visit to Boston Smile Center is pleasurable. Patient care and exceptional customer service are our top priorities. Therefore, we offer a variety of payment options, including cash, check, MasterCard, Visa and American Express. We will also file your insurance claim to maximize your benefits. If you’d like to finance cosmetic or restorative treatments, then we can arrange a payment plan with CareCredit.
Schedule an Appointment Today with Your 02446 Dentist
If you are ready to receive the best in dental care for you and your family, then call Boston Smile Center today. We conveniently serve patients in Brookline, MA, as well as the surrounding communities of Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Newton and Somerville.
October 23, 2014
Root canal. Just the mention of this not-so-uncommon dental procedure can send shivers down the spine. Actually, however, you can save the shivers for the thought of losing a tooth because you didn’t have a root canal. At Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, Dr. Alan Sasson combines modern dental anesthetics with a gentle touch to perform a practically painless root canal that will save your tooth and eliminate the pain associated with a tooth root infection.
At the center of your tooth is a soft tissue layer known as dental pulp. If this pulp becomes traumatized because of extensive tooth decay, a severe chipped or cracked tooth, or perhaps a hard hit to the face, then the pulp may become infected. In most cases, this infection causes indescribable pain, because the pulp is filled with nerve fibers, blood vessels and lymph tissues. Other symptoms may include:
- Swollen gums around the tooth
- Tooth discoloration
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
Left untreated, such an infection can lead to an abscess at the tip of the tooth’s root or the infection may spread to the jaw and neck.
During a root canal, Dr. Sasson removes all of the infection and associated debris from inside your tooth and the root. The root is filled with medication and a biologically inert substance and is then sealed from further infection. Usually, this tooth will require a crown to protect the root canal. You’ll care for this tooth like your others, with at-home oral hygiene and regular check-ups.
Call Our Office Today
If you or someone your care for is having a toothache, please don’t delay having the tooth examined for whether or not a root canal is necessary. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Alan Sasson at Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA. Our office also serves patients from the surrounding communities of Chelsea, Newton, Somerville, Boston and Cambridge.
July 15, 2014
Have you ever seen a smile with one tooth that just doesn’t seem to fit? Perhaps your own smile is marred by multiple imperfections caused by decay or injury. At Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, Dr. Alan Sasson helps patients just like you rediscover healthy, beautiful smiles and improved function with a variety of restorative dentistry solutions, including all-porcelain crowns.
Why Choose All-Porcelain Crowns?
All-porcelain crowns effectively restore function, strength, and aesthetic appeal to teeth that have been compromised by injury, decay, or other damage. The crown covers the entire visible surface of the tooth, preserving it and protecting it from further harm. An all-porcelain crown is custom-crafted from a single block of durable dental porcelain to match the shape, size, and shade of your natural teeth. Unlike crowns that contain gold, silver, or other metallic alloys, all-porcelain crowns look more like your real teeth so that you can smile with confidence.
All-porcelain crowns serve a variety of purposes. Dr. Sasson may place a crown to cover a tooth that has been treated with root canal therapy or cracked due to injury. Teeth that are misshapen, fractured, or otherwise damaged can be repaired with all-porcelain crowns to promote a more uniform, attractive appearance. Talk to Dr. Sasson about your expectations, desires, and concerns during your restorative consultation and find out how the placement of all-porcelain crowns can help you.
Schedule Your Visit Today
Whether you currently have a crown that you would like to have replaced or you are in need of a completely new restoration, Dr. Sasson is here to help. Contact our office in Brookline, MA to schedule your appointment today and to learn more about our broad selection of smile-perfecting dentistry solutions. Boston Smile Center warmly welcomes patients from throughout the entire Boston area, including Somerville, Chelsea, Newton, Cambridge, and more. We can’t wait to show you what a difference our advanced technology, extensive experience, and caring touch can make in your next dental experience.
June 6, 2014
X-ray technology has been utilized for decades in the dental industry, allowing doctors to view the intricate internal structures of the mouth in order to diagnose and treat oral health problems more effectively. Today’s more advanced technology, including digital x-rays, gives doctors even more power and precision when it comes to diagnostic and preventive treatments. At Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, Dr. Alan Sasson and his team offer digital radiography as part of our extensive menu of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services.
Benefits of Digital Radiography
Unlike traditional x-rays that use film and must be developed using harsh chemicals, digital x-rays are captured quickly and displayed in mere minutes on a chairside screen so that you and Dr. Sasson can view them together. Patients who are able to actually see the images captured by the digital radiography machine are more likely to express an interest in their own oral health, asking more questions and learning about the ways they can better take care of their teeth and gums at home. Because everything is digital, there are no developing chemicals to dispose of, so it’s better for our environment as well.
Digital radiography is also superior to conventional film x-rays in that it exposes the patient to up to 90 percent less radiation per session. We always take your safety and comfort into consideration first, and we love that our choice to utilize digital x-rays offers this additional benefit.
Only the Best Technology for Our Patients
At Boston Smile Center, we believe that each and every patient that walks into our practice deserves the best treatment, the most compassionate care, and the most cutting-edge dental technology the industry can provide. That’s why we are constantly upgrading our facility with the most state-of-the-art equipment and technology, and passing the benefits along to you. Contact our office today to discover the advantages of digital radiography and our other patient-centric services, each customized to suit your individual needs and preferences. We proudly serve families from throughout Brookline, Somerville, Cambridge, Newton, and beyond.
April 28, 2014
Are you searching for the perfect Mother’s day gift for the special woman in your life? Why not give her a gift she can appreciate every time she looks in the mirror with Professional Strength Glo Whitening? Give your mom a beautiful white smile without spending hours in a dental office or worrying about the mess and sensitivity caused by some at-home treatments!
Dr. Sasson can perform Professional Strength Glo Whitening treatment in just thirty-two minutes in his state of the art dental office in Brookline, Massachusetts. If your mom is always on the go, Professional Strength Glo Whitening is also available in a portable format perfect for applying in the comfort of her own home!
Professional Strength Glo Whitening treatments use cutting-edge technology including patented guided light optic technology, a stay-put gel formula, and LED lighting to prevent sensitivity, work quickly, and create a beautiful smile. This technology is packed into a sleek, modern device that resembles an iPod. Groundbreaking Glo technology allows you to lighten your smile up to eight shades in just half an hour in the office or while relaxing, doing chores, or checking your e-mail at home!
Are you ready to give your mom a gift that she will appreciate every time she smiles? Contact our office today!
April 16, 2014
Amalgam fillings, also commonly known as silver or metal fillings, have been used for more than 150 years. As dental technology has advanced, however, these traditional fillings have gradually been eclipsed by a preferable alternative: metal-free composite fillings. At Boston Smile Center & Implant Dentistry in Brookline, MA, Dr. J. Alan Sasson and his team use tooth-colored composite fillings rather than those made of metal in order to provide our patients with the best dental care possible.
Why Choose Mercury-Free Fillings?
There are a variety of clear advantages to the patient when mercury-free fillings are used. The most obvious of these is the aesthetic appeal of tooth-colored fillings. Silver amalgam fillings are dark and unsightly, marring the natural beauty of your smile. With composite resin fillings, you can smile, laugh, and speak with complete confidence. The fillings we use are color-matched to blend seamlessly with the shade of your natural teeth.
Another benefit of tooth-colored, mercury-free fillings is the aspect of conservation. When silver and mercury fillings are placed, the tooth affected by decay or other damage must be altered in order to accept the filling. Composite filling placement requires the removal of far less enamel, preserving more of your natural tooth.
Though the American Dental Association, or ADA, states that there is no danger associated with fillings that contain mercury, many dentists and patients prefer composite fillings because there is absolutely no risk of exposure to potentially harmful substances. In addition, the use and disposal of composite materials presents no risk of harm to the environment, whereas mercury fillings may prove detrimental to delicate components of our ecosystem.
Schedule Your Appointment with Dr. Sasson Today
Whether you have old amalgam fillings you would like to have replaced or you are in need of a new tooth-colored filling, Dr. Sasson and his team are here to help. Contact our office in Brookline, MA today to schedule your appointment. We also happily welcome patients from the surrounding areas of Boston, Newton, Chelsea, Cambridge, Somerville, and beyond. We look forward to caring for your beautiful smile!
April 2, 2014
As dental technology continues to advance, we believe that our patients deserve to reap the benefits of faster, more effective, and more comfortable care. At Boston Smile Center & Implant Dentistry in Brookline, MA, Dr. J. Alan Sasson utilizes the power of a highly sophisticated, water/air laser called WaterLase to give his patients the advantage when it comes to performing a variety of services.
The Benefits of BIOLASE WaterLase Technology
The discomfort and pain many patients associate with a traditional dental drill are actually caused by the vibration, heat, and pressure of the machine as it removes a portion of the tooth. With WaterLase, a precision laser does all the work with none of the undesirable side effects. Both soft and hard tissue (gums and tooth enamel) are meticulously manipulated by the laser with less pain, less bleeding, and fewer shots!
In addition, the healing process following WaterLase treatment is substantially improved as compared to traditional methods. Dr. Sasson can efficiently remove only the tissues necessary to treat the problem, leaving more of the tooth structure and gum tissue intact. WaterLase offers unparalleled effectiveness in a variety of applications, including:
- Immediate treatment of cold sores
- Cosmetic gum contouring
- Treatment of periodontal disease in its early stages
- Preparing decayed teeth to be filled
- Relief from tooth and gum sensitivity
Discover the Difference for Yourself
If you’ve ever had a negative experience at the dentist’s office because of painful shots or uncomfortable drilling, you’re certainly not alone. These are common fears associated with even minor dental procedures. Thanks to Dr. Sasson and BIOLASE WaterLase technology, many of the services you receive at Boston Smile Center can be performed without the injections or drilling so many patients dread. Contact our office in Brookline, MA today to find out more about how our high-tech, high-touch approach can benefit you. We also proudly serve residents of the surrounding areas, including Boston, Chelsea, Newton, Somerville, Cambridge, and more. We can’t wait to show you how pleasant visiting the dentist can be!