Full Arch Dental Implants: Which Is Best? | Tyngsboro Dentist

We all hope that our teeth will last a lifetime, but sometimes things happen, and we are left with some missing teeth. Because having missing teeth can cause additional issues, your Tyngsboro dentist will likely suggest getting dental implants. A permanent option than having to wear dentures, full arch dental implants are a great way to achieve a natural looking smile.

There are a number of options when it comes to dental implants – removable and non-removable – and both have their own advantages.

Semi-removable prosthetics means that the prosthesis (the teeth) are non-removable by the patient but can be removed by the dentist if necessary, making this variation a great option for many patients because it is so no muss, no fuss. Another advantage are the various materials that can be used. Some options include an acrylic denture with acrylic teeth, or mental reinforced porcelain gums with porcelain teeth. The semi removable option is often used when there is a lot of bone loss and extensive areas of the gums are replaced in addition to the teeth.

Full dental arch implants that are non-removable are the ultimate permanent replacement option. Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for this version because there needs to be enough bone and there needs to be enough implants to support the prosthetics. Usually each replaced tooth has an implant and crown. Bridges can also be done where some teeth are attached to the adjacent implant teeth and therefore fewer implants are required. There are many factors that influence a successful result, including bone quality and quantity, bite, opposing dentition and habits such as bruxism.

Call Tyngsboro dentist Dr. James Yankowskas for a consultation at 978-649-7773. Also, visit our website at tyngsborocosmeticdentist.com.

Dr. Yankowskas proudly accepts patients from Tyngsboro, Lowell, Nashua, Dracut, Chelmsford, Dunstable and all surrounding areas.

Teeth Whitening Can Transform your Smile

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Are you tired of having yellow, stained teeth, despite your strict daily dental hygiene? You are not alone. Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth.  The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically.

So if you brush, floss and visit your dentist regularly then why are your teeth still discolored? This happens because the outer layers of your teeth get stained over the years by consumption of beverages with caffeine, soda, wine and smoking.

When these outside sources of staining are left to sit on the teeth all day until your next brushing, the dentin on your teeth becomes yellowish or darkened. The best way to help your stained discolored teeth is with one of the easiest cosmetic dentistry procedures, professional teeth whitening.

Contributing factors to yellowing, stained teeth:

  • Tetracycline based antibiotics used before the age of 8 years old
  • Excessive exposure to fluoride as a child
  • Internal  bleeding due to trauma
  • Discoloration due to a health condition
  • Natural aging- as time goes by enamel gets thinner and thinner and will get a yellowish hue
  • Soda
  • Wine
  • Smoking
  • Caffeine

One of the best ways to whiten your teeth is to visit your dentist for professional whitening. Tyngsboro Cosmetic Dentistry offers a professional in office or take home whitening system.

Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc.  Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly brightened teeth.

For more information on teeth whiening, contact Dr. James Yankowskas and make an appointmentat (978) 649-7773 or visit our website.

Dr. James Yankowskas also proudly serves Lowell, Nashua, Dracut, Chelmsford, Dunstable, and surrounding areas.

 

Fixing a Broken or Chipped Tooth with Bonding

Do you have a broken or chipped tooth that’s making you feel conscious about your smile? Well, worry no more! Your dentist can easily fix these small imperfections and much more using dental bonding.

What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is an in-office procedure where dentists use and apply a tooth-colored resin material to the teeth to repair small imperfections. The dentist molds the material directly onto the tooth and uses adhesives and then a high intensity curing light to harden the resin and turn it into a durable extension of your damaged teeth. The cosmetic procedure typically lasts only for a few minutes but may take longer depending on the complexity and size of the problem area. Although the procedure very rarely, if at all, takes more than one visit to complete.

What To Expect During The Visit

The treatment starts by removing some of the surface enamel so the dentist can shape the composite resin properly to your tooth. Then, the dentist applies a bonding agent before adding the composite resin. The dentist then uses a special light to cure the composite resin to make sure that it’s properly bonded to your teeth. The dentist then finishes things off by polishing your teeth, which helps make the bonded tooth look better and more natural.

To ensure the best quality of service, make sure that you work with a dentist who actually specializes in cosmetic dentistry and has had extensive experience regarding the procedure.

Is Bonding For Everyone?

Bonding is for most people, but not exactly for everyone. Case in point, dental bonding is a very effective procedure for repairing small chips and cracks, as well as misshapen and discolored teeth. Bonding can also be used to help improve the length, width or shape and small overlaps or gaps in your smile. However, bonding is primarily only for those who want to improve the appearance of otherwise healthy teeth. This means that bonding can’t help treat or fix more extensive problems, such as crooked teeth that are the result of an over or under bite.

Aftercare Tips

The best thing about dental bonding is that it is durable and can last for as long as 10 years without requiring any visits to the dentist for upkeep and maintenance. However, this is only possible if you take proper care of your teeth. In particular, after dental bonding, you’ll want to avoid eating or chewing anything hard, such as hard candy and ice cubes. Remember, as durable as they are, the bonding material is not nearly as strong as your natural enamel, and chewing on anything hard, especially on a regular basis, can and will crack the material. Speaking of cracks, do talk to your dentist about getting a night guard if you grind your teeth when you sleep.

Say goodbye to cracked, chipped and discolored teeth! Dental bonding is a great and affordable option if you’re interested in improving the way you look when you smile. However, don’t forget to take care of your teeth and gums first so your natural smile is as healthy as it is on the inside as it is beautiful on the outside.

Call today for an appointment to fix your broken or chipped tooth at 978-649-7773. Visit the website to learn more about the practice at www.tyngsborocosmeticdentist.com.

What Is A Smile Makeover? | Tyngsboro Cosmetic Dentist

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Simply put, a smile makeover is a process that involves improving the appearance of one’s smile through one or more procedures, including but not limited to teeth whitening, tooth implants and dental veneers.

The process requires careful planning, taking into consideration a patient’s facial appearance, skin tone, as well as the color, width, length and shape of their teeth, gum tissue and lips, all in an effort to develop the idea smile.

As any two person’s facial structure is never exactly the same, smile makeovers are personally customized and tailored according to a person’s needs and unique considerations. This means that you’ll be working closely with a cosmetic dentist and his/her team all throughout the smile makeover process, all in an effort to improve whatever aspect of your smile you don’t like.

What Procedures Are Involved?

A smile makeover is a combination of a number of procedures that are mostly cosmetic in nature.

This typically includes the following:

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Invisalign Braces
  • Dental Implants
  • Dental Bridges
  • Dentures
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Composite bonding
  • Laser Gum Contouring
  • Replacing metal fillings with natural-looking, teeth colored restorations

Although mostly cosmetic in nature, smile makeovers can also have functional benefits. Case in point, using dental implants to replace lost teeth can not only make a smile much better looking. The mere fact that the missing teeth have been replaced helps prevent the effects of the teeth shifting, while also making the mouth less susceptible to decay and periodontal disease. Not only that, but dental implants can also help restore the natural function of a patient’s bite.

Still, the main purpose of the process remains, and that is, to improve the aesthetics of a patient’s smile.

Are Smile Makeovers The Same As Full Mouth Rehabilitations?

Not at all. It’s true that both processes involve making extensive changes to one’s smile. However, smile makeovers and full mouth rehabilitations aren’t necessarily the same. The main difference between the two is that a smile makeover is something you choose to have performed, and usually only for aesthetic purposes. Meanwhile, full mouth rehabilitations are necessary and often done to help fix dental problems such as gum disease and misaligned teeth and jaws, among many others, that would otherwise interfere with oral and overall health, as well as affect one’s quality of life.

While a full mouth rehabilitation is also a combination of procedures, the purpose is to create a healthy mouth, and not just make teeth beautiful. Still, despite its more “functional” nature, a full mouth rehabilitation can still have a number of cosmetic benefits. After all, much like with a smile makeover, the process involves working closely with a dentist to design a new smile. This means that your dentist won’t just be working towards making your teeth, mouth and gums healthier, but also to make your smile more attractive.

Get Your Smile Evaluated Today

It’s impossible to know whether you’re a candidate for a smile makeover or a full mouth rehabilitation unless you have your teeth checked by a dentist. Even if you “think” that you only have unsightly smile that needs minor improvement, there may be other underlying problems that may need to be fixed as well.

Make sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Yankowskas today to know if you’re a good candidate for a smile makeover or a full mouth rehabilitation. Call today at 978-649-7773 or visit the website at www.tyngsborocosmeticdentist.com.

 

Dental Implants Vs Dental Bridge

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When you’re missing a tooth, you can either opt for a dental implant or bridgework. Although dentures are technically an option, the removable appliance is reserved for those who’re missing more than just a few teeth.

Having said that, if you know or someone you know is deciding whether to get a dental implant or a dental bridge, below are a few factors to consider that may help.

The Difference Between Implants and Bridgework

With dental implants, dentists first place a small titanium cylinder in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. Over a few months, the cylinder bonds with the bone tissue, creating an artificial root. An abutment is then placed on top, and later on, the artificial tooth.

With dental bridges, crowns are first installed onto the natural teeth on either side of the gap. The said crowns are then used to create a bridge – hence the name – that will help hold the artificial tooth in place. While the procedure involves covering the gap, it’s worth taking note that the artificial tooth is not actually fixed to the jaw.

The Argument For Dental Implants

The best thing about dental implants is that the procedure allows the jaw bones to remain strong and healthy. This has a huge positive impact on both your oral health and the shape of your face. Aesthetically, dental implants are also considered a lot better looking and they’re able to mimic the feel and function of real teeth much better. Lastly, dental implants are made to last, having an average lifespan of 25 years.

The Case For Dental Bridgesimplant-diagram

Lots of people choose dental bridges because the procedure is relatively easy and safe. Although most cases require two visits, it’s not unusual for dentists to finish installing bridgework in a single visit. That’s a whole lot less compared to the three or more visits required for dental implants. Lastly, dental bridges are a lot cheaper compared to dental implants.

So, Which Is Which?

At first glance, dental implants certainly look like the more appealing option. But, it’s important to remember that they’re also much more expensive. Plus, the process requires multi-stage surgery and can sometimes cause complications. Healing takes much longer as well, which only increases the risk for further complications.

Meanwhile, bridgework can lead to the re-positioning of the bone tissue below the crown, creating instability and severely shortening its lifespan. As a result, most crowns need to be replaced after 7 to 10 years. Some are replaced even earlier. The process has also been shown to weaken the adjacent teeth, making them more vulnerable to tooth decay.

So, which one of the two procedures is better? It’s hard to say. Truth be told, it mainly depends on what your dentist recommends. Cost alone isn’t really that big of a deciding factor as well. Although, it’s worth mentioning that dental implants could end up being cheaper in the long run since they’re more durable and do not need replacement as often. Plus, most dentists offer flexible payment plans for implant treatment, making it easier for patients to shoulder the cost.

Regardless, it’s best that you discuss extensively with Dr. James Yankowskas the different pros and cons of each procedure to help you make a decision. Do it as soon as you can though, as leaving a missing tooth untreated for a long time can cause even worse damage to your teeth and gums.

Call Dr. Yankowskas in Tyngsboro, MA today at 978-649-7773 or visit his website at www.tyngsborocosmeticdentist.com.

 

Even Smiles Need Makeovers | Tyngsboro Dentist

186932212Are you thinking of a smile makeover? Why not let Dr. Yankowskas help you turn back the hands of time with a new smile? Dr. Yankowskas can help you determine if you’re a candidate for a smile makeover and will put together a plan to best correct your teeth.

A smile makeover is a cosmetic procedure – it’s meant to treat a wide range of visual imperfections to bring you a smile that will make you proud. Dr. Yankowskas will address a number of different issues that you may dislike about your current smile, such as color, alignment, and missing teeth.

A smile makeover is designed to address each individual aspect of your smile piece by piece. Discolored teeth may be whitened, and visible fillings can be replaced with natural looking composite fillings that match your natural tooth color. Crooked, overlapping teeth can be straightened, and gaps can be narrowed as your overall alignment is adjusted to form a more perfect smile. In some cases, bonding may be used to conceal imperfections, adding layers of synthetic material to hide chips.

Teeth that were lost or damaged can be restored with a variety of dental procedures, such as crowns, implants, bridges, or partial dentures. Depending on the state of the tooth, the doctor may recommend covering the front of your teeth with a thin shell of porcelain or synthetic veneers, or placing a crown over the entire tooth to improve shape, size, and strength. Dental implants and bridges may be an option for patients that have lost an entire tooth to injury or periodontal disease.

A smile makeover can erase years from your appearance, boost your confidence, increase your self-esteem and improve your overall dental health. A full-mouth makeover can also fix a vast number of dental issues like, bad breath, decay, missing teeth, discolored teeth and more. To find out if you’re a candidate for a smile makeover, make an appointment with Dr. Yankowskas today.

For further information regarding your smile makeoverand/or make an appointment, contact Dr. Yankowskas at 978-649-7773 or www.tyngsborocosmeticdentist.com.

Dr. Yankowskas proudly serves Tyngsboro, Lowell, Nashua, Dracut, Chelmsford, Dunstable and all surrounding areas.

Whitening Your Teeth the Natural Way | Tyngsboro Dentist

close up smile red lipstickLet’s face it. We all love a white set of teeth. They just make a smile go from pretty to incredible. Unfortunately, much of our diet includes foods and drinks that don’t help in keeping our teeth a brilliant white, but stains them into a dingy shade of white. Having your dentist whiten your teeth is fantastic, but can become pricey. Even over-the-counter whitening products do a fairly good job, but aren’t exactly good for our teeth with all the chemicals. So what’s a person to do to get back the pearl back in our pearly whites? That’s when we have to turn our attention to Mother Nature. The following is a list of foods that are not only nutritious, but will also help whiten our teeth at the same time.

Let’s start with the obvious. The fruit. Apples have been notorious in playing a huge role in our good health, so are we really surprised they also help whiten up our teeth too? The crispiness of the apple is what is doing most of the work here by helping to strengthen your gums. The juiciness of the apple produces saliva, which clears out all of that bacteria that gives us cavities. Another handheld fruit that does similar work while also neutralizing odor-causing, staining bacteria for your teeth is the pear. Another juicy treat that gives your teeth a good shine is the orange. Not only is the vitamin C good for you, the citric acid also scours your teeth. Just be careful, any type of acidic foods will slowly wear down your teeth’s enamel, leaving them more prone to stains and cavities. Everything in moderation. One fruit that may surprise you as a whitening agent is the strawberry. Yep, those delicious berries with the seeds that always get stuck in your teeth are actually helping them at the same time! The malic acid is the strawberry’s secret ingredient. So throw some fruit into your next salad. Not only will you have a yummy lunch, but you’ll have a set of pearly whites in no time.

When it comes to vegetables, it’s pretty obvious that they’re good for us but I never correlate an onion as a dental secret, unless that secret is how to scare away a bad date. But it’s true. This colorless veggie won’t stain your teeth and their natural alliums are actually good for you. And let’s face it, if you eat anything oniony, you’re much more apt to brush your teeth afterwards. Secret agent indeed. Broccoli is another veggie you wouldn’t exactly guess, but broccoli is probably Mother Nature’s most blatant toothbrush. Munching on these little “brushes” will not only supply your body with iron, but will give your teeth a quick scrub while it’s at it. Carrots and celery are the next in this line of veggies. All great vitamins packed inside, and the high water content is great for saliva production. And if you think about it, celery is kind of like nature’s floss so eat up!

Dairy is a superfood that works from the inside out. Chockful of calcium, foods like milk, yogurt and cheese strengthen your teeth and gums. The stronger your teeth enamel is, the white & healthy they become. Drinking your milk as a kid wasn’t just some ploy mom was pulling to torture you. She actually knows best.

What Is CEREC and Is It Right for Me? | Tyngsboro Dentist

multiple smilesCEREC®, allows our doctors to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings, saving patients time and inconvenience. CEREC® is the world’s only system for the fabrication of all ceramic dental restorations in one office visit. With CEREC® you can be in and out in a single visit with a permanent, all-ceramic crown, onlay, or veneer! For the patient this means fewer injections, less drilling, and less time out of your hectic schedule for dental care.

What does this innovation mean for a patient? A tooth-colored restoration means no more silver fillings or discoloring smiles. The filling is natural-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive, and plaque-resistant. We no longer need to create temporaries or take impressions and send them to a lab. Because of this, the traditional second visit has been eliminated.

How does it work? The tooth that requires a CEREC® restoration is prepared and a 3D photograph is taken of the prepared tooth. From there, we use computer-aided design CAD software to create the restoration digitally. Using a single block of porcelain that is color-matched to your current tooth shade, the digitally designed restoration is sent to a milling machine where your restoration is cut. The milling process usually takes about 15 minutes per restoration.

Once the restoration is finished being milled, it is fitted onto the prepared tooth and adjusted until the bite is accurate. This procedure is great for crowns, veneers and the replacement of old fillings to give you the longest-lasting, best-looking restorations.

Make an appointment today for this revolutionary new procedure. Contact Dr. Yankowskas with Tyngsboro Cosmetic Dentistry at 978-649-7773 or www.tyngsborocosmeticdentist.com.

Tyngsboro Cosmetic Dentistry proudly serves Tyngsboro, Lowell, Nashua, Dracut, Chelmsford, Dustable and all surrounding areas.

How Chewing Gum Helps Whitened Tooth Sensitivity | Tyngsboro Dentist

177406608Have you ever noticed that our teeth seem to feel extra sensitive after we get our teeth whitened? Sure, they look great but at what cost? We know there are chemicals involved, but what about the tooth whitening process makes our mouths feel this way and how can we get it to stop? The remedy to this tooth sensitivity is as simple as popping a piece of chewing gum into your mouth.

Before getting into the evidence to support this theory, let’s take a quick look at what constitutes sensitive teeth. A tooth can become sensitive for a different reasons. First, there is the breakdown of your teeth’s enamel and when we get our teeth whitened, we are polishing up said enamel. As the enamel wears down, your teeth become increasingly prone to pain when drinking or eating certain foods. Receding gums can also play a major role in causing your teeth to become sensitive and there are lots of reasons gums can recede. Dentin exposure can cause your teeth (and their roots) to no longer have all of the protection our gums and tooth enamel provide. It is this that causes the pain we feel.

Now that we know a little bit more about what could cause the sensitivity, let’s get back into what can help relieve it. A study was published in the British Dental Journal stating 88 patients were broken into three groups prior to receiving an in-office teeth whitening. The groups were as follows: patients without chewing gum, patients with sugar-free gum, and patients with sugar-free gum that also included Recaldent, a product that helps strengthen tooth enamel by adding calcium & phosphate to its list of ingredients. After the procedure, those patients with gum were asked to begin chewing. Surprisingly enough, those that chewed on a piece of chewing gum had significantly less pain than the group that went without.

But why? Why did the gum-chewing patients feel so much more relief than those that didn’t? Scientists aren’t exactly sure. They have theorized that perhaps the increased saliva production gave the patient some type of relief. Or perhaps, the act of chewing gum made the patient forget about the pain altogether. What they did find is that the version of chewing gum that helped to remineralize teeth did not make a difference in the experiment whatsoever. If the patient had gum, the patient felt some relief, despite its ingredients.

So make sure to pick up a pack of sugar-free gum on the way to your next teeth whitening appointment. Not only will it help prevent cavities, tooth decay and bad breath, but it will also help relieve any sensitivity the whitening procedure may cause.

If you would like to schedule a teeth whitening procedure or professional cleaning for your child, contact Dr. James Yankowskas at  DDS with Tyngsboro Cosmetic Dentistry at 987-649-7773 to schedule a appointment today or visit www.tyngsborocosmeticdentist.com for additional information regarding cavity prevention for children.

Tyngsboro Cosmetic Dentistry proudly serves Tyngsboro, Lowell, Nashua, Dracut, Chelmsford, Dunstable and all surrounding areas.

Why Do I Need a Crown After a Root Canal?

crownsDentists often apply crowns to teeth after a root canal procedure to help seal and strengthen it. However, it’s not always that dentists use crowns. In fact, the teeth found at the front of the mouth are often strong enough to not need a dental crown. The same goes for other teeth whose structures weren’t severely weakened by infection or injury and remain reasonably strong after a root canal.

Such cases are rare, though, and even if root canals are meant to save teeth from decay, the procedure can also weaken teeth. This is because infected teeth are treated by removing the pulp and applying filling to replace it. Usually, dentists have to drill through the tooth to remove the infected pulp, which ends up weakening the teeth. This is why crowns are necessary ON TOP of fillings, especially in teeth with large cavities.

When Are Crowns Not Necessary? 

Of course, as mentioned earlier, crowns are not always necessary.

For example, if the incisor and canine teeth are relatively intact, a root canal without crown replacement is okay. This is because the front teeth are not primarily used for chewing, which means they are not as physically stressed as compared to the premolars and molars. Although if the incurs or canines are extensively excavated during the procedure, the dentist may opt to crown the affected tooth to restore its strength.

There are also cases where the premolars and molars are suitable for root canals with no crown replacement. Although, it is only usually possible if the said teeth are at low risk of fracture, such as when cavities aren’t large enough to require extensive excavation during the root canal. In such cases, silver or composite fillings alone are strong enough to seal the chewing surface of the premolars and molars.

Crowns Are Very Important 

Because of how root canals work, though, dentists often recommend placing crowns on top of applying permanent fillings. This is so as to provide proper protection to affected teeth, while at the same time, restoring its strength and appearance as well. Remember, treated teeth without crowns are at a much higher risk of fracture than those with crowns.

Of course, whether or not you have your teeth covered by crowns or not, it’s important that you continue to take proper care of your teeth. Remember, your teeth are still vulnerable to tooth decay. Make sure that you protect your natural and treated teeth properly by brushing twice a day, flossing and visiting the dentist regularly.

Speaking of the dentist, these oral health care providers can help you choose the best option to restore your tooth after a root canal procedure.

Just keep in mind, even though the front teeth does not always need a crown for strength, its appearance can greatly benefit from a crown. Also, even if the treated molars or premolars are not at a high risk of fracturing, a filling-only restoration just doesn’t provide the necessary protection and improved appearance that a crown does.