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Posts for: May, 2017

By Great Meadows Dental Group
May 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Studies have shown that a person's teeth are one of the first things people notice when they meet someone new. Even if your teeth are teeth whiteninggenerally healthy, cosmetic damage like chips or stains and discolorations can cause negative first impressions, and affect everything from professional opportunities to social interactions. Professional teeth whitening treatments make it easy and affordable to invest in a brighter, more vibrant smile. The dentists at Grand Meadows Dental Group in Bedford, MA offer in-office and take home professional treatments for your convenience.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Bedford, MA

Most people are familiar with the most common type of tooth stains, which result from diet and lifestyle factors like drinking coffee, tea and red wine, eating dark berries or foods with tomato or soy sauce, and smoking. Known as extrinsic stains, they can be removed with professional strength hydrogen peroxide gel and bleaching agents. Although over the counter whitening toothpastes and strips can help to a small degree, they will not deliver the same results as a professional dental whitening treatment.

Your teeth can also become stained from damage to the dentin layer, which lies deeper inside the tooth below the enamel. Known as intrinsic stains, they result from trauma, genetic defects, and as a side effect to certain types of medication. Intrinsic stains do not respond as well to surface whitening treatments, and can be covered with cosmetic dentistry treatments like cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers.

Is Professional Teeth Whitening Right for Me?

Even if you brush your teeth several times a day, they are still susceptible to stains from every day factors like your diet, and the normal aging process, which leads to a thinner enamel layer over time.

Find a Dentist in Bedford, MA

A professional teeth whitening treatment can give new life to your smile and brighten your entire look. For more information, contact Great Meadows Dental Group by calling (781) 275-7707 to schedule an appointment today.


By Great Meadows Dental Group
May 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  
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For centuries, people who've lost all their teeth have worn dentures. Although materials in today's dentures are more durable and attractive than those in past generations, the basic design remains the same — prosthetic (false) teeth set in a plastic or resin base made to resemble gum tissue.

If you're thinking of obtaining dentures, don't let their simplicity deceive you: a successful outcome depends on a high degree of planning and attention to detail customized to your mouth.

Our first step is to determine the best positioning for the prosthetic teeth. It's not an “eyeball” guess — we make a number of calculations based on the shape and size of your jaws and facial features to determine the best settings within the resin base. These calculations help us answer a few important questions for determining design: how large should the teeth be? How far forward or back from the lip? How much space between the upper and lower teeth when the jaws are at rest?

We also can't forget about the artificial gums created by the base. How much your gums show when you smile depends a lot on how much your upper lip rises. We must adjust the base size to accommodate your upper lip rise so that the most attractive amount of gum shows when you smile. We also want to match as close as possible the color and texture of your natural gum tissues.

There's one other important aspect to manage: how your upper and lower dentures function together when you eat or speak. This means we must also factor your bite into the overall denture design. This may even continue after your dentures arrive: we may still need to adjust them while in your mouth to improve function and comfort.

Ill-fitting, dysfunctional and unattractive dentures can be distressing and embarrassing. But with careful planning and customization, we can help ensure your new dentures are attractive and comfortable to wear now and for years to come.

If you would like more information on removable dentures for teeth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Removable Full Dentures.”


By Great Meadows Dental Group
May 02, 2017
Category: Oral Health
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For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.

Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.

If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.

When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.

When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment. Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.

And as for Noah Galloway:  In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!

If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”