March 21, 2018
If you’re considering a dental implant tooth replacement plan, you probably have some questions. While these restoration plans have become the gold standard for many dentists, most patients are still unfamiliar with dental implant treatment. In this post, we’ll talk about some of the things that patients should know about dental implant supported tooth replacement before starting their treatment.
November 16, 2017
Moving teeth requires the placement of pressure. That pressure shifts the root system of the tooth breaking down supportive alveolar bone tissue. Once the tooth reaches its new position, the bone and gum tissue reattach. No matter how you perform these movements, there will be some discomfort, but unlike other orthodontic solutions, Invisalign may be a much more comfortable solution that limits patient discomfort throughout the course of treatment, especially compared with traditional bracket and wire braces.
December 28, 2015
For thousands of years, people have relied upon removable dentures to restore smiles following tooth loss, but with the introduction of dental implants, patients are able to choose between removable and semi-permanent smile restoration. In many cases, the choice is clear, but some patients need a little extra help choosing between the two options. We encourage patients to schedule consultation appointments to allow our team to walk through the process, benefits, and drawbacks of each option before making a decision. To find out more before your appointment, visit our dental implant or dentures pages, keep reading, or feel free to give the friendly Boston Smile Center team a call.
November 24, 2015
Dental implants have become one of the most popular tooth replacement options because they are the only dental restoration that restores the root and crown (visible portion) of the tooth. Because dental implants replace the root structure, they are not reliant on surrounding teeth for support, and the implant posts provide necessary stimulus for bone and gum tissue retention. Innovations in dental implant techniques and technology have made them increasingly viable, and they now have a 98% success rate. When it comes to successful dental implant placement, your Boston Smile Center team works hard to provide the skill and quality materials necessary for a successful surgical procedure, but after the procedure, the success of implant placement is in your hands.
October 22, 2015
For many patients who struggle with crooked, gapped, or misaligned smiles, treatment often seems just as bad or worse than the current state of their smiles. A mouth full of metal, months with diet restrictions, extra time spent on oral hygiene, and hours in the orthodontist’s chair, may seem like more trouble than they’re worth. Lucky for our patients, Boston Smile Center offers a wide variety of orthodontic treatment options to avoid a mouth full of metal, hours spent in the office, and any other concerns patients may have with traditional orthodontic treatment.
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.
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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.
February 20, 2015
When you see your smile in the mirror or in a picture, are you pleased? Or are there a few characteristics about your smile that you’d like to change? Maybe you’d like a whiter smile, or a smile with teeth that are well-shaped and not misaligned. If this is the case, then you would do well to consider porcelain veneers. Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, has dramatically improved the smiles of many people with porcelain veneers and we can do the same for you!
Porcelain veneers are thin layers of dental porcelain designed to correct and conceal the imperfections on your front teeth that mar your smile. Using his patented Ceramel® technique, Dr. Alan Sasson custom designs veneers that mimic the translucency, color, and shape of beautiful, natural teeth.
When you come to Boston Smile Center, Dr. Sasson will meet with you to discuss your smile goals and assess your dental health in order to address any concerns before beginning the porcelain veneers process. In some instances, Dr. Sasson may recommend teeth whitening before veneers, so that your natural teeth will be as white as your new veneers.
Porcelain Veneers in Two Visits
At your first appointment for porcelain veneers from Boston Smile Center, we’ll need to prep your teeth. This requires removing a minor amount of enamel from your front teeth so the veneers adhere well and lay flush with your other teeth. Because the veneers are bonded to the surface of the tooth instead of encompassing the entire tooth as with a crown, only a small amount of enamel is buffed away prior to veneer placement. In cases where gaps need to be closed, no buffing may be necessary.
While your custom designed veneers are fabricated, you’ll wear temporaries for a short time. Then, you’ll return to our office where Dr. Sasson will bond your permanent veneers and artfully trim and polish them to a perfect finish.
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If you’d like to learn how porcelain veneers can give you a new smile, then call Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, to schedule a consultation. Our office also conveniently serves patients in the surrounding communities of Chelsea, Newton, Somerville, Boston and Cambridge.
January 20, 2015
If you’d like to have a smile with straight teeth, but don’t want to contend with traditional braces that require so much time, then Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, may have the solution for you. Six Month Smiles®, as the name implies, straightens teeth in about six months. Dr. Alan Sasson or Dr. Ray Dempsey would be happy to talk to you about your orthodontic options and whether or not Six Months Smiles is right for you.
The Six Month Smile Advantage
Obviously, having straight teeth in about six months is a clear advantage of Six Month Smiles. But there is another advantage that is equally clear. Actually, this advantage is literally clear. Six Month Smiles uses clear brackets and tooth-colored wires that are practically invisible. And because Six Months Smiles braces are designed to straighten the teeth that are just in your smile zone—smile in the mirror and you’ll see what we mean—they are much more comfortable and less irritating than traditional braces.
Six Month Smiles braces use less force than other braces, too, so you experience less discomfort, as well. These braces use standard orthodontic mechanics, but because the emphasis is on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth rather than the position of your bite, the force required to move teeth is reduced.
Caring for Your Smile after Six Month Smiles
To maintain your straight smile, our dentists will want you to wear a retainer. You can wear a removable retainer or one that is bonded into place behind your teeth. And of course, be sure to continue your at-home hygiene routine of brushing and floss at least twice every day so your new straight smile is healthy and white, too!
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If you would like to find out if Six Months Smiles is the right orthodontic option for you, schedule an appointment for a consultation with Boston Smile Center today. We serve patients in Brookline, MA, and the surrounding communities of 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.
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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.