April 24, 2015
What are two words that, when said out loud, strike fear into the hearts of everyone within an earshot? Those words are “root canal.” This treatment is infamous for being extremely painful and uncomfortable. The true, however, is the exact opposite. With modern advancements in dental technology and trends, root canal therapy is painless and comfortable, so long as it is conducted with professional hands. Boston Smile Center & Implant Dentistry, an upper echelon practice, provides straightforward, professional root canal therapy for those who reside in Brookline, MA.
Professional Care from a Caring Team
We understand that root canals cause a lot of anxiety and stress. Who wouldn’t feel a tinge of fear after hearing they must undergo the procedure? Our doctors, a duo of seasoned professionals with decades of experience in the field, and their hand-selected team of crack dental experts are passionate about providing amazing, unmatched oral health and hygiene for every patient that enters our building. With an office equipped with advanced dental technology and a constant upkeep of the latest dental practices, our team can ensure that every procedure will restore your mouth to pristine form.
Comfortable Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is necessary whenever the inner section of the tooth – known as the pulp – becomes infected or inflamed, which can occur due to decay, tartar, poor hygiene, etc. When infected, abscesses can form and excruciating pain can take hold. During our root canal therapy, we will apply an anesthetic to numb the area surrounding the tooth and place a dam, preventing moisture from creeping in while we work. We will drill a small hole in the tooth and remove the infected pulp. After removal, we will clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth. The tooth is then filled with a biocompatible substance, and a crown is placed over the hole. After the procedure is complete, you can walk out of our office with a healthy smile stretched across your face.
Receive Our Incredible Therapy Today
Don’t let an infected tooth ruin your day. Boston Smile Center & Implant Dentistry can correct the issue and restore your tooth to a healthy state. Contact our office today and schedule your appointment to receive comfortable, pain-free therapy. Our services are available to those who live in Brookline, MA, Boston, Newton, Cambridge, and the neighboring communities.
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.
August 25, 2014
Oral cancer is an incredibly aggressive and deadly disease, affecting approximately 43,250 Americans every year. Only about half of these patients survive for past the five year mark following diagnosis, making early detection a pivotal component of successful treatment. At Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, Dr. Alan Sasson and his team are dedicated to providing our patients with state-of-the-art diagnostic exams, including oral cancer screening, during general dentistry checkups.
Signs of Oral Cancer
Oral cancer is most easily and successfully treated when the disease is detected and addressed in its earliest phases. If it is allowed to progress into advanced stages, the likelihood that treatment will succeed is substantially diminished. This is another reason that routine general dentistry exams and cleanings are so vital to overall oral health. Dr. Sasson will meticulously check every surface of your mouth, examining the gums, tongue, palates, and cheek linings for any sign of abnormalities or lesions.
Patient vigilance is also important, and if you notice anything unusual about any of the soft tissues of your mouth or your throat, it is important that you call us as soon as possible to schedule an exam. Some of the common symptoms associated with oral cancer include:
- Persistent cough or hoarseness
- White or red patches anywhere within the mouth
- Unexplained pain and/or bleeding that won’t subside
- A sore that does not go away
- Unusual sensations, including numbness and tingling
- Discomfort when moving the tongue or jaw
- Thickening of tissue anywhere in the oral cavity
- Difficulty chewing or speaking
Observing any of these symptoms does not necessarily indicate the presence of oral cancer, but each of them should be considered serious and should be evaluated by your dentist.
Defending Against Oral Cancer, One Screening at a Time
Has it been more than six months since your last general dentistry checkup with Dr. Sasson? If so, we encourage you to contact us today to reserve your appointment. We look forward to providing you with the high-tech, personalized oral healthcare services you want and deserve. Our conveniently located Brookline, MA dental practice proudly serves patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Chelsea, Newton, Cambridge, Somerville, Boston, and beyond.
August 6, 2014
Bad breath is something that we all must deal with from time to time, but that doesn’t make it any easier or any more pleasant when it occurs. Mints, flavored chewing gum, and mouth rinses may temporarily provide respite from malodorous breath, but these only serve to cover up the problem rather than addressing the root cause. At Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, Dr. Alan Sasson helps patients battling bad breath treat their condition in a way that actually works.
Bad Breath Treatment in Boston, MA
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, may be caused by a variety of factors, including dehydration, certain medications, diet, smoking, chronic health problems, and more. In the majority of cases, patients suffering with bad breath can find substantial relief using over-the-counter oral healthcare products and practicing proper oral hygiene at home. Keep the following in mind if you are dealing with mild to moderate halitosis:
- Avoid tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption
- Brush teeth at least twice per day, preferably after each meal
- Don’t skip the floss! Bacteria trapped between teeth can cause odors
- Clean your tongue using a tongue scraper. Most bad breath bacteria hide on the tongue
- Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash each time your brush and floss
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
If your bad breath woes still persist even with the above practices in place, the underlying problem may warrant specialized treatment from your dentist. We are always happy to provide you with the treatment you need to achieve fresh breath and a more confident smile.
Breathe Easily with Halitosis Treatment in Boston
Dr. Sasson and his team understand how embarrassing chronic bad breath can be, particularly when it begins to negatively impact your social life. Fortunately, there are ways to treat and finally overcome halitosis, and we want to help. Contact our office in Brookline, MA today to speak with our caring, compassionate staff and to schedule your consultation with Dr. Sasson. We look forward to working with you to develop a customized treatment plan that suits your lifestyle. Our practice warmly welcomes patients from throughout the Boston area and surrounding communities, including Newton, Somerville, Chelsea, Cambridge, and beyond.
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.
May 12, 2014
It is likely that you’ve heard a fair bit about fluoride, whether on the news or in commercials for popular toothpastes. With the wealth of information available online and on television, it’s often difficult to decipher the truth from the hype when it comes to something as controversial as fluoride. At Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, Dr. Alan Sasson and his team offer our patients proven, accurate information regarding all aspects of oral health, including the role that fluoride plays in the state of your teeth.
How Fluoride Fortifies Your Smile
Fluoride is derived from an element called fluorine that occurs naturally in sedimentary rock in our planet’s crust. When fluorine comes into contact with water, it ionizes into what we know as fluoride. It is present in the water we drink and the food that we eat, providing essential structural stability to our bones and teeth.
At your dentist’s office, topical fluoride is used to bolster the strength of your enamel, remineralizing your teeth and protecting them from decay. When the bacteria that comprise plaque produce acid, demineralization occurs. Without adequate fluoride, phosphate, calcium, and other minerals to remineralize the enamel, tooth decay becomes a very serious problem.
As with any of our cosmetic, restorative, or general dentistry services, we invite our patients to ask any questions they may have regarding fluoride and its role in dental health. Our top priority is keeping your teeth and gums healthy and strong for a lifetime of beautiful smiles.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Has it been more than six months since the last time your teeth and gums were examined and cleaned at your dentist’s office? If so, it is time to contact our office and schedule your next visit. At Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, Dr. Sasson and our caring, experienced team offers a comprehensive menu of general dentistry services, as well asrestorative, cosmetic, and implant dentistry procedures. From our conveniently located office in Brookline, we happily welcome patients from nearby communities in Newton, Chelsea, Somerville, Cambridge, and beyond.
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!
March 5, 2014
If you’ve ever been the victim of an embarrassing situation because of bad breath, don’t worry – you are most certainly not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from the social awkwardness and personal discomfort associated with chronic bad breath, but the good news is that you don’t have to put up with it any longer. At Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, Dr. Sasson and his team can work with you to find the halitosis treatment that best fits your unique case with comprehensive general dentistry services.
Fresh Breath Tips that Really Work
In the majority of cases, a noticeably foul odor when you speak or exhale is caused by particles of food that have not been completely removed from the mouth. Acids, starches and bacteria cling to your tongue, gums, the insides of your cheeks and the surfaces of your teeth. Sometimes, popping a breath mint or chewing a piece of gum seems to help, but the effects are typically temporary and not as effective as you’d like. This is because the underlying cause of the odor must be addressed rather than masked with artificial fresheners.
To combat bad breath at its source, Dr. Sasson and his team suggest keeping the following in mind:
- Consider your food. Certain foods are more likely to result in a less-than-fresh mouth than others. Fish, meat and dairy products – particularly milk and cheese – are among the most common offenders. If a toothbrush and mouthwash aren’t readily available, try rinsing your mouth with water after eating these types of food.
- Floss, floss, floss! Many people are perfectly good about brushing regularly, but tend to skimp on the flossing and mouthwash because they’re afterthoughts rather than vital steps in their routine. The fact is, though, that flossing and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash can help to remove debris and buildup that your toothbrush simply can’t reach.
- Stay hydrated. A dry mouth is an unhappy environment for the bacteria that reside there. When you drink plenty of fluids, the pH balance within your oral cavity stays sufficiently balanced, resulting in naturally fresher breath.
Of course, the best thing that you can do for your mouth and your breath is to visit Dr. Sasson for regular general dentistry checkups at least twice per year. This ensures that your teeth and gums are both clean and healthy, the two primary components of fresh-smelling breath. Contact our office in Brookline, MA today to schedule your appointment! We also warmly welcome families from throughout the surrounding areas, including Chelsea, Somerville, Boston, Newton, Cambridge, and beyond.