Dentists in Boston are ultra-friendly and pleasant people who make it our goal in life to improve everyone’s day when they first walk in here. Whether you are an adult, a child or a baby, we want you to leave here feeling like a million dollars, with a huge smile on your face showing off your beautiful pearly whites.
You are probably wondering why you would take a baby to the dentist – well, they need to get used to the chair, the equipment, as well as the machinery. Every time you go to the dentist, take your child with you so they start associating the dentist with a normal outing and not something to be terrified of. Believe me, it will save you lots of tears and tantrums later on when your child is able to smile and climb onto the chair without any drama. It is very important to us at this practice to make sure our future patients are healthy and well-cared for.
First and foremost, patients need to understand that oral care does not begin and end at the dentist. Your diet also plays a major role. You have to eat a variety of foods every day so that all your teeth work and chew properly – this is also enormously important for the digestion process to function properly. Oral care goes together with your general health care and needs equal attention.
The Dental Assistant
Every dentist has a Dental Assistant who stands or sits next to him while he works on your teeth. It is her job to make sure that you are relaxed and content while the dentist is busy with your teeth. The Assistant puts the little bib around your neck to protect your clothes, and makes sure all the dentist’s equipment is sterilized and ready for him to use. While the dentist in Boston, MA is working on your teeth, the Assistant will hand whatever instrument he needs and replace those he does not need. They also operate the suction machine that keeps the saliva in your mouth dry so that it does not cloud the dentist’s view of your teeth. If you need x-rays taken, the Dental Assistant will put the protective cover on you, take the x-rays and then process the results to give to the dentist. It is also her job to keep the patient’s dental records in an easily-accessible filing system, to make appointments, to accept payments and give out receipts. The Dental Assistant also plays an important role in instructing and reminding the patients of the consequences of bad Oral Hygiene.
The Dental Hygienist
The Dental Hygienist plays a pivotal role in educating people on their oral care, and in actually cleaning and polishing the patient’s teeth with specialized equipment. They work at the dentist’s practice, but have their own office and their own equipment. The Dental Hygienist at the dentist in Boston, MA also checks the patient’s teeth for any signs of oral gum disease, which is called gingivitis, and which can be treated if found early.
Often a patient will visit the Oral Hygienist first for a thorough check and professional clean of their teeth. She will then alert the dentist to any possible tooth decay, or other problems. The Dental Hygienist can give the patient advice on which tooth brush to use and how and when to use dental floss. At the end of the appointment, she will put some fluoride and sealants on your teeth for extra strength and protection.
The Cosmetic Dentist
There are lots of branches of cosmetic dentistry which the dentist in Boston, MA can do to help enhance your teeth, your look, your smile and generally make you feel like a completely new person. Of course, these treatments cost slightly more than a plain filling, but wow, for the high from those feel good hormones they probably are worth considering!
1. Veneers: these are a ‘cover’ for teeth that are discoloured, broken, too small or worn away. They are professionally made in a dental laboratory from a mold of your own actual tooth. Veneers can be used instead of crowns, and can completely reshape your smile;
2. Implants: these are in effect “artificial” teeth which can replace missing teeth or teeth that have fallen out or rotted and been removed. Instead of having a complete set of dentures (false teeth) you can have an implant or two and keep the rest of your teeth and still have a wonderful smile. Implants can also restore any speech imperfections that could have developed from the loss of a tooth or teeth;
3. Crowns: they function as a ‘cap’ for the whole tooth if a piece has broken off or been worn away from over-use or grinding your teeth. This helps to restore your tooth almost back to its original strength. They are normally used when a filling has broken, teeth that have had severe root canal treatment or simply for teeth that have decayed. Crowns can be made to fit any size, color or shape to matches your existing teeth;
4. Bridges: this is literally a bridge constructed between 2 teeth to link separated teeth together and to keep your smile even and attractive;
5. Teeth Whitening: Normally this involves bleaching the teeth that have turned yellow from tobacco or medical treatments back to their pristine white color. The results are quire dramatic and can make a huge difference in a patient’s life.
Your friendly dentist in Boston, MA is always available for any dental emergencies, and the patient can usually be seen on the same day. An emergency can be in the form of tooth ache, a tooth knocked out during a cricket game at school, a tooth broken in a fight or an accident or even a broken jaw from a car accident. Sometimes your braces could have been broken or the wiring pulled out by a bully – we are here to soothe and fix anything to make you feel 100% better again.
We want to ensure that our patients look forward to their visit and to their treatment by our professional staff. We do everything to make this possible for you, our patient. And we also give the full service to our future patients – your dentist in Boston, MA, looking towards the future while taking care of the present. Find other dentists around the Boston area.