Choose a Dental Crown for Your Smile

What is a dental crown?
If one of your teeth is damaged or decayed, our dentists may recommend a dental crown in Quincy, Massachusetts. A dental crown, which is tooth shaped, is placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. When cemented in place, the dental crown will cover and protect the entire visible part of the tooth.

When might our dentists recommend a dental crown?

– To keep a weak tooth from breaking
– To hold together a cracked tooth
– To restore a tooth that is broken or badly worn
– To support a tooth with a large dental filling
– To anchor a dental bridge
– To cover misshaped or badly stained teeth
– To cover a dental implant
– To improve the appearance of a tooth

How long will my dental crown last?
Dental crowns usually last from 5 to 15 years. How long your dental crown lasts will depend on how much wear and tear the crown is exposed to as well as how well you practice dental hygiene. Your mouth-related habits can negatively affect your dental crown. Avoid the following habits:

– Grinding your teeth
– Clenching your teeth
– Chewing ice
– Biting fingernails
– Opening packages with your teeth

How do I care for a tooth with a dental crown?
A tooth with a dental crown does not require any special care. However, a tooth that is covered with a dental crown is not protected from decay or gum disease. Continue to practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day, taking extra care around the dental crown where the gum meets the tooth. Also, rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash at least once every day.

We encourage you to contact Quincy Center Dental Associates at 617-934-4914 today to learn more and to schedule your next visit.

Enhance Your Smile with Zoom! Whitening Treatments

Did you know that there is a product on the market that can actively dive into teeth and reach and bleach deep stains and discolorations? In addition, it is perfectly safe for your teeth and gums.

Enhance your smile with Zoom! whitening. To learn more about Zoom! whitening, please read the following:

– Many teeth stains take place deep within a tooth, but Zoom! whitening uses gels that can go deep within a tooth to securely bleach away stains and discolorations.
– It is important to remember that although Zoom! whitening is very effective at removing stains, it cannot prevent future stains from occurring.
– Zoom! whitening kits for at-home use are obtainable from your dentists if you would like to touch up blemishes and discolorations on your own time.
– Most drinks and some foods are proficient at staining and discoloring teeth, but Zoom! whitening can remove them.
– Zoom! whitening treatments can be positioned and used in our office in about an hour, giving you a whiter smile from your very first visit.

Our team at Quincy Center Dental Associates focuses on a variety of tooth restoration treatments to suit all your needs. If you would like a Zoom! whitening treatment or are in need of an oral exam from Dr. Chan, Dr. Rowan, Dr. Angra, and Dr. Hur, please book an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Quincy, Massachusetts. We can be reached at 617-934-4914. The wait is over, come get your perfect smile today!

The Hidden Advantages of Lasers

The hidden advantages of lasers are not easily known, but the truth is that lasers have been commonly accepted in a wide variety of dental procedures for over 2 decades now. With each passing decade, we are finding new and better ways to impellent lasers into dentistry to improve the precision of our treatments. Listed below are some of the common modern-day uses of lasers in dentistry:

– If you wish to improve your oral health with the use of dental fillings to correct cavities, lasers can be of assistance to prepare the tooth by cleaning the area beforehand.
– Lasers can make teeth whiter and brighter when being used as a light source to activate gels used in teeth whitening procedures.
– Canker sores and lesions can safely and effectively be removed from your mouth with the help of advanced laser therapies.
– Lasers are highly effective at removing the right amount of tissue required to treat periodontal disease or recontour the gum line.

If you would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Nathaniel Chan at our dentist office in Quincy, Massachusetts, please call us at 617-934-4914. Our team at Quincy Center Dental Associates looks forward to improving your oral health care with laser dentistry.

A Regular Dental Checkup Is an Important Part of Maintaining Good Oral Health

Your daily oral hygiene routine should include brushing twice and flossing once each day. This is an effective first step at preventing cavities and gum disease. Yet maintaining your oral health in the long term also calls for a routine dental checkup at Quincy Center Dental Associates.

This basic appointment starts with one of our professional dental hygienists performing a thorough dental cleaning. They will use special tools and techniques to remove all traces of hardened tartar from your teeth. They will then polish each tooth to remove minor surface stains.

Throughout the cleaning, your hygienist will keep an eye out for any signs of cavities, gum disease, or other oral health issues. If something is giving your trouble, be sure to let them know so they can pay extra attention to the area.

Dr. Nathaniel Chan will then perform a thorough examination of your mouth to detect any signs of tooth decay and periodontal disease. If Dr. Nathaniel Chan detects a problem, he will discuss your treatment options. This might also include preventative measures like fluoride treatment or dental sealants.

At the end of the appointment, Dr. Nathaniel Chan will perform a cursory oral cancer screening. This will involve an examination of your tongue, neck, cheek, and throat to look for any early signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer.

If you live in the Quincy, Massachusetts, area and you’re due for your next dental checkup, you should call 617-934-4914 to schedule an appointment at Quincy Center Dental Associates. Let our dental professionals help take care of your oral health today.

Dentures 101

If you found yourself in need of teeth, you are not alone. Thousands of people across the world find themselves struggling with foods and speech in their everyday life because of their lack of teeth. That is why, our team here at Quincy Center Dental Associates in Quincy, Massachusetts, is proud to offer dentures as a form of smile restoration and give you some basic information on dentures and how they can improve the quality of your life.

There are many explanations why a person may lose their teeth, such as gum disease, injury, or even tooth decay. Whatever reason you find yourself with too many missing teeth, it will be good to know that dentures can restore your teeth for you. At first, it may take a little bit of time getting used to the feel of dentures, but because they can closely resemble your natural teeth, they are hard to be noticed or seen by other people.

Without your teeth, everyday tasks like chewing and talking could become difficult and oftentimes be embarrassing to attempt. The muscles in your face can begin to sag giving an age to your appearance. This is another reason many people turn to dentures, so their face is filled out and their smile completely restored.

If you would like to find out if dentures are the best option for you, or still have questions about dentures, then call our office today at 617-934-4914 to set up a consultation with Dr. Nathaniel Chan. Our dental team stands ready and is happy to take care of your smile and address any questions or concerns you may have pertaining to your oral care.

A Loose Crown Can Cause Serious Complications

Each dental crown restoration performed at Quincy Center Dental Associates uses a strong dental-grade adhesive that bonds it to the anchoring abutment within. While this is intended to hold your crown in place for many years, it is possible for a dental trauma or chronic gum disease to affect this bond.

You shouldn’t procrastinate seeking care from Dr. Nathaniel Chan if your crown feels loose. The more you delay treatment, the more likely you are to suffer damage to the abutment or other complications.

While you await your appointment, there are a few things to keep in mind to reduce your chances of suffering undue complications.

It’s important to minimize any movement or manipulation to the loose crown. If you wiggle or even try to clean the loose crown, it could damage the abutment.

If an accident or some form of dental trauma has left blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm saltwater. Any other cleaning measures should be left to Dr. Nathaniel Chan’s professional tools and techniques.

If the anchoring abutment inside the crown is healthy and whole, Dr. Nathaniel Chan might be able to clean it and re-cement the crown in place. If the abutment has been damaged, Dr. Nathaniel Chan might need to perform a root canal to restore the abutment.

If you live in Quincy, Massachusetts, and you have a problem with a dental crown, you should call 617-934-4914 to seek professional care at Quincy Center Dental Associates.

Dental Veneers Will Brighten Your Smile For Years to Come

Did you know, dental veneers can brighten your smile for years to come? Thanks to the amazing results cosmetic dentistry have to offer, dental veneers have never been easier to have, with a stunning smile to go with it. That is why, Dr. Nathaniel Chan and our team here at Quincy Center Dental Associates in Quincy, Massachusetts, is happy to talk to you about your dental veneers and how it can enhance your smile for years to come!

When learning about dental veneers, it’s best to start with the basics. To begin, dental veneers are basically very thin, custom-made shells, shaped and bonded to the front of your teeth. Because they are bonded to the front of each tooth, you can hide imperfections in your teeth.

These imperfections include:

-Cracked teeth

-Chipped teeth

-Stained or discolored teeth

-Slightly misaligned teeth

-Slightly gapped teeth

-And so much more!

Since dental veneers are ultra thin, they are nearly impossible to notice they are not your natural tooth! As a result, you get a natural-looking smile you always dreamed of. Luckily, dental veneers are also made to last, making it so with proper care, they can last up to 10 years!

With that being said, remember that even though your dental veneers are not subject to tooth decay, you will still need to keep up with your brushing and flossing for the natural tooth behind the dental veneer. This daily brushing habit can also help keep your dental veneers bright for years to come!

If you would like to learn more about the possibilities dental veneers can have for your smile, please call us today at 617-934-4914 to set up an appointment. Our friendly and professional team is always happy to help give you the smile you always wanted.

How a Dental Bridge Can Help Your Pearly Whites

Have you lost one or more teeth? Would you like to have your smile restored, both visually and functionally? Look no further! Ask Dr. Nathaniel Chan about a dental bridge in Quincy, Massachusetts. A dental bridge can close a space in your smile by replacing a missing tooth or teeth.

What are the advantages of dental bridges?
Dental bridges have many benefits. A dental bridge can properly distribute your bite by replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Having a dental bridge placed can restore the appearance and function of your smile. A dental bridge can restore your ability to speak and chew properly.

How do I take care of a dental bridge?
Maintain a solid, healthy foundation for your bridge by upholding your oral health. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and keep your regular cleaning appointments at Quincy Center Dental Associates.

Will eating with a dental bridge be difficult?
Having a dental bridge should make eating easier since the bridge replaces the lost tooth or teeth. Keep in mind that while you are adjusting to your new bridge, you should eat soft foods that are cut into small pieces.

How long will my dental bridge last?
Depending on how well you practice oral hygiene and keep your regular dental appointments, your bridge can last from 5 to 15 years, or even longer.

Feel free to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule a visit with our dentist.

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Did you know that roughly 42,000 people in the United States every year are diagnosed with oral cancer? Given how prevalent it is, you should make the time to have a yearly screening to test for oral cancer. If you notice any irregularities in your mouth, speak with our dentist about scheduling an oral exam as soon as you can.

Our practice uses VELscope® oral cancer screening, an advanced device utilizing specific wavelengths of light to bring possible cancerous anomalies in the tissues of your mouth to our attention. We want to help make sure your gums and teeth remain in excellent health. So what are some signs to look out for?

One typical symptom of oral cancer is irregularities with your gums. If your mouth is excessively swollen or bleeding over an extended period of time, you should get checked for oral cancer. Look for red, speckled or white spots along your mouth and gums and crusts or rough spots that tend to stay for a long period of time or continue to return.

If you have a loss of feeling or numbness in your mouth, face, or neck, oral cancer could be the cause. Ear pain can also be a symptom, as well as an unusual change in the alignment of your teeth and a change in your ability to open and close your mouth effectively. Also, check for an unusual feeling in your throat or difficulties with speaking or eating.

To discuss your screening options with Dr. Nathaniel Chan and the rest of our team at Quincy Center Dental Associates, we encourage you to schedule an appointment in Quincy, Massachusetts by calling 617-934-4914. We are here to assist you with all of your oral health needs!

Dealing With TMJ Pain? Here’s How We Can Help

Temporomandibular pain or temporomandibular disorder (aka TMJ pain/TMJ disorder) is a painful inflammation in the area where the head meets the neck. It is often accompanied by a popping sound as well as immobility that can make everyday activities such as eating or talking extremely painful.

TMJ pain is contracted when the temporomandibular joint becomes inflamed due to overexertion. Things such as poor posture in the neck can strain the neck muscle and also the jaw, leading to the condition. The joint is also overworked by habits such as jaw clenching and teeth grinding. If you have TMJ pain, don’t worry, there are treatments available.

The necessary treatment for TMJ pain is dependent on Dr. Chan and Dr. Barrett knowing how you developed it. There are also things you can do at home to help with the TMJ pain. Regular exercise and practice of relaxation techniques will help if the issue is due to body posture or stress. In addition, a custom splint can be prescribed by your dentists for you to wear at night to deal with the pain.

Some instances of TMJ pain is due to the alignment of your teeth. In these cases, you will require an orthodontic treatment such as braces. In rare instances, surgery will be necessary for treatment for TMJ disorder.

If you have any questions about TMJ disorder or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Quincy Center Dental Associates in Quincy, Massachusetts, today.