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.

Lost Teeth Will Ruin Your Smile, but Dental Implants Can Help

Has an oral accident or injury made your smile less than ideal for your well-being? Are you looking to preserve your smile with dental implants? If so, there are many different treatment options that can be used to preserve or protect your mouth from further harm, including dental implants.

Lost teeth will ruin your smile, but dental implants can help. Consider this:

What options are there for tooth replacement procedures?
– Quincy Center Dental Associates offers dental implants, dental bridges, and partial and complete sets of dentures to improve your smile and restore your missing teeth.

Why are dental implants necessary?
– Dental implants can be created and modified based on a variety of factors to give you the natural-looking artificial teeth you require. They are extremely durable, they can improve your oral health relative to missing gaps, they can fill out your facial structure, and with proper care, they can last a lifetime.

TRUE or FALSE: Dental implants, like dentures, can be effortlessly removed.
– Dental implants cannot be easily removed without the advanced help of a dentist. Because they are installed directly into the jawbone, there are no worries of them easily falling out or becoming dislodged.

Which disorders can dental implants fix?
– Dental implants can act as replacements for missing, lost, fully rotted teeth, or teeth so badly decayed they must be replaced.

If you have any missing teeth, or have recently undergone a tooth extraction, it is in your best interest to have them replaced as soon as possible. Dr. Nathaniel Chan and our team at Quincy Center Dental Associates will help you with your oral health care in any way we can. If you would like to schedule a visit to our dentist office in Quincy, Massachusetts, please call us at 617-934-4914. Let us get you started on the road to a brighter, whiter smile.

A Loose Crown Needs Timely Attention to Prevent Complications

Drs. Chan and Barrett use a strong dental cement to create a strong bond between a dental crown and the abutment anchoring it in your mouth. As strong as this connection is, there are sometimes when gum disease or an oral trauma can loosen a crown.

In a situation like this, you need to seek immediate treatment at Quincy Center Dental Associates. The longer you procrastinate seeking treatment, the more likely you are to suffer damage to the abutment or experience other complications.

While you are waiting for your appointment, there are a few things to keep in mind to reduce your chances of suffering additional problems.

It’s very important that you don’t wiggle or even try to clean the loose crown. Every little bit of movement has the potential to cause damage to the abutment.

If a fall or blow to the face has blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. Any other cleaning measures should be left to Drs. Chan and Barrett or the specialists at our clinic.

So long as the abutment inside the crown is undamaged, the chances are good that Drs. Chan and Barrett might be able to reseat the crown. If not, they can start the process of fitting you for a new crown. If the abutment has been damaged, our dentists might need to perform a root canal to restore the abutment.

If you have a problem with your dental crown in Quincy, Massachusetts, you should call 617-934-4914 to schedule an appointment at Quincy Center Dental Associates.

10 Toothbrush Facts

Proper dental hygiene is essential for your oral health. Your toothbrush takes a large role in your oral hygiene routine. Read on for some fun toothbrush facts:

Toothbrushes are 5,000 years old.
A “chew stick” was used in ancient civilizations to remove food from teeth. Chew sticks were thin twigs with a frayed end. Toothbrushes have evolved since then. The handles have been made from things like bone, wood, and ivory. The bristles have been made from hog or boar hair.

The first mass-produced toothbrush was invented in prison.
In 1770, William Addis was thrown in jail for starting a riot. He observed other prisoners using rags covered with salt or soot to clean their teeth. Addis saved an animal bone from his dinner and then bored tiny holes into it and inserted bristles. Glue was used to hold the bristles in place. After he was released, he modified the toothbrush and started a company to manufacture it.

Look for the ADA Seal.
A toothbrush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance has been evaluated by a team of scientists to ensure that the bristles won’t fall out with normal use, the handle will be strong, and the toothbrush will reduce risk of gum disease and cavities.

Manual vs. powered toothbrush?
Both manual and powered toothbrushes can both effectively clean your teeth. Choose whichever type of brush you prefer. Some find it difficult to use a manual toothbrush and think powered toothbrushes are more comfortable. Just make sure that you brush twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste.

It doesn’t matter if your brush or floss first.
As long as you do both, it doesn’t matter if you brush first or floss first.

Toothbrushes should be left out in the open.
To clean your toothbrush, rinse it to remove toothpaste and debris. Store your toothbrush upright and let it air dry. Make sure that your toothbrush does not touch any other toothbrushes to prevent cross contamination. Do not store your toothbrush in a closed container often, as this is conducive to the growth of bacteria.

Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3 to 4 months.
A worn toothbrush will not clean your teeth as well, so be sure to replace it every 3 to 4 months.

Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Firm or medium-strength bristles may cause damage to your gums and tooth enamel, so choose a soft-bristled brush.

Brush for 2 minutes, 2 times a day.
Make sure you brush for at least two minutes twice a day to keep your smile healthy.

Do not share your toothbrush.
Sharing toothbrushes means sharing germs and bacteria. This is especially bad if you or the other party is sick or if one of you has a compromised immune system.

We invite you to contact Quincy Center Dental Associates today to learn more and to schedule an appointment with our dentists in Quincy, Massachusetts. Dr. Chan, Dr. Barrett, and our team are eager to serve you!

Not All Toothbrushes are Equal

Did you know that using the wrong toothbrush is actually possible? While you may not make that connection immediately, it’s true. You need to use the right toothbrush if you want to clean your teeth as effectively as possible.

With that in mind, let’s see what Dr. Nathaniel Chan suggests you look for when choosing your next toothbrush.

Bristles are important

If you use a brush with bristles that are worn out and frayed, you’ll end up with a toothbrush that doesn’t really do its job. In fact, the worn-out bristles spread junk around in your mouth instead of cleaning it off.

When buying a new toothbrush, make sure the bristles are firm, but not too stiff, so they’ll last for a long time.

Smaller the better

The smaller brush you can use, the better. When you get a cleaning here at Quincy Center Dental Associates in Quincy, Massachusetts, the brush used by our staff is small and round. This enables the brush to better reach the nooks and crannies in your mouth, ensuring a more thorough cleaning.
If you can buy a brush with a small, round head, you’ll be rewarded with a much better cleaning.

To get more information on this topic, call us today at 617-934-4914.