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All on 4 Reconstruction

All on 4 Reconstructions An overdenture is any full arch prosthesis which is directly fixed to remaining tooth roots or implants. When all teeth in an arch have been lost, a common reconstruction is to place 4 well-spaced implants, which then support a full arch prosthesis. All on 4 is the common name for this […]

Invisalign costs, or dental implant costs getting you down? Try an insurance claim approval letter.

Invisalign, implant, or other dental costs getting you down? “My insurance doesn’t cover that?” Here at Greater Boston Dental in Watertown, Massachusetts, 02472, we are proud of the fact that every insurance denial is reviewed by a doctor, with the majority of denials reversed and approved. A little known and much underused tactic in dental […]

Which toothpaste is best for gum disease prevention? Stannous or Sodium Fluoride?

The quick answer: A stannous fluoride toothpaste, in addition to fighting cavities,  will have some effect versus the early stage of gum disease, and will delay the recurrence of gum disease after treatment by a dental professional. It has no effect versus advanced gum disease. The negative: Long term use of stannous fluoride is likely […]

Direct Veneers vs. Porcelain Veneers: Why Direct Veneers are Overwhelmingly the Best Choice

Modern dentistry uses two materials for covering unsightly teeth:  White putty-like resin which is applied directly, (hence the name direct veneers)  and porcelain. Think of a direct veneer like fingernail polish, and a porcelain veneer like a false fingernail. With the advent of modern 5th generation white resin materials, direct veneers are indistinguishable from porcelain and overwhelmingly the best […]

When did my Massachusetts community become fluoridated? What does fluoridated water do anyway?

Grand Rapids, Michigan was the first community in the United States to become fluoridated in 1945. Five years later, when the schoolchildren there exhibited significantly reduced tooth decay, the surrounding communities followed suit. However, fluoridating individual communities became a hotly contested political issue, and Massachusetts residents were wary – in 1967 only 8.2% of communities […]

Sodium Fluoride vs. Stannous Fluoride: Which is Best for Me?

Sodium Fluoride vs. Stannous Fluoride: Which is best for me? Sodium fluoride and stannous fluoride are the two major active ingredients in modern toothpastes, with sodium fluoride by far the most common.  Both prevent cavities. Stannous fluoride’s advantage is its  antimicrobial effect versus the bacteria which cause gum disease – but note that any toothpaste […]

Why “morning mouth”? Why not “afternoon mouth”?

Our golden rule for oral disease prevention and bad breath (halitosis) prevention: Brush and floss at bedtime, and no snacks afterwards.  The last thing that should touch your teeth at night is fluoride. The idea behind this is simple:  Bacteria are very hungry, let’s starve them. Please consider:  Why does everyone have “morning mouth”, that […]

Tooth decay and gum disease prevention: Going to your dentist is essential!

Excluding the common cold, tooth decay and gum disease are by far the most common diseases in mankind.  They are not completely preventable. Tooth decay and gum disease are virtually guaranteed in every individual – good oral hygiene and professional care can only limit the onset and degree of effect.  Thus, a few cavities by […]

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