Restoration Retention: How Long Do Fillings Last?

April 10, 2024

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If you’ve had a cavity in recent years, there’s a good chance your dentist repaired the damage with a tooth-colored filling. Unlike the amalgam metallic fillings of the past, this bio-compatible material bonds with your enamel to restore your tooth’s structure. That means your dentist doesn’t have to remove as much of your enamel to ensure that it remains in place. Plus, it can be customized to match your natural hue, so no one will notice it’s there.

It’s natural to wonder how long you can expect your restoration to last if you’ve learned that you need a filling. Continue reading to learn more about what kind of timeline to anticipate!

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Helpful or Pointless: Do Adults Need Fluoride Treatments?

February 15, 2024

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If you get dental care often, you likely know about fluoride treatments. These procedures apply a special varnish to a patient’s teeth. That said, you may wonder: do adults need fluoride treatments? Many people assume these sessions only work for kids. Well, you can rest easy – the fluoride varnish also helps grown-ups. Your local Framingham dentist is here to tell you why. So, read on to learn why an adult may need fluoride treatment.

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3 Procedures You May Need Before Getting Dental Implants

May 4, 2023

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For individuals with missing teeth, dental implants serve as an excellent solution. These titanium artificial tooth roots are surgically inserted into the jawbone to provide support for replacement teeth restorations, like dental crowns. Not only do dental implants offer a natural appearance, but they can also last for decades when properly maintained. However, in certain cases, patients may require preparatory procedures to ensure the successful placement of implants. keep reading to learn about three preliminary procedures that you may need prior to receiving dental implants.

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Why Dental Implants are the Pinnacle of Tooth Replacement

April 5, 2023

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If you’ve been looking into replacing missing teeth for any time at all, you’ve probably heard something about how incredible dental implants are. They’re one of the top methods of tooth restoration that dentists recommend, and one of the most celebrated among patients.

But are they really all that they’re cracked up to be? If you want to know why so many people call dental implants the pinnacle of tooth replacement, here are a few good reasons.

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5 Reasons You Should Replace a Missing Back Tooth

December 7, 2022

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It can often feel overwhelming when losing a permanent tooth, especially since you’ll typically have to consider your tooth-replacement options. While missing one of your front pearly whites may make you feel self-conscious about your smile, you might not find it a big deal if you’ve lost a molar. But is it necessary to replace a missing back tooth? Read on to learn five major reasons why you should consider getting restorative dentistry after losing a molar.

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How Long After a Tooth Extraction Can You Get a Dental Implant?

September 14, 2022

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Missing teeth can affect more than just your appearance – it can negatively impact your overall quality of life. Some people may have a gap as a result of a dental emergency, and others because they had a tooth extraction. Whatever the case is, you need to replace that missing tooth to prevent complications down the line. Are you thinking about getting dental implants after tooth extraction? Here’s everything you should know about the process.

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When Can I Return to Work After Dental Implant Surgery?

August 4, 2022

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You are probably wondering about the recovery process after surgery if you are considering getting dental implants. How long before you can go back to work? What factors affect your recovery? Keep reading to learn from your implant dentist in Framingham about what to expect during the days after dental implant surgery.

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4 Facts About Dental Implants You Might Not Have Heard

July 25, 2022

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If you’re interested in replacing your missing teeth, then you’ve probably heard of dental implants. Odds are you’re aware that they’re the closest thing to recreating your original teeth because they replace the tooth roots in the jawbone. However, if that’s basically the extent of your knowledge about dental implants, then you should continue reading to learn four surprising facts about this superior method of tooth replacement!

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Tongue microbiome research underscores importance of dental health

September 10, 2018

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Elderly individuals with fewer teeth, poor dental hygiene, and more cavities constantly ingest more dysbiotic microbiota, which could be harmful to their respiratory health, according to new research published in the journal mSphere. The findings come from a large, population-based study that identified variations in the tongue microbiota among community-dwelling elderly adults in Japan.

“Fewer teeth, poorer dental hygiene, and more dental caries (cavities) experience are closely related to dysbiotic shift in the tongue microbiota composition, which might be harmful to the respiratory health of elderly adults with swallowing problems,” said corresponding author Yoshihisa Yamashita, PhD, DDS, Section of Preventive and Public Health Dentistry, Division of Oral Health, Growth, and Development, Faculty of Dental Science, Kyushu University, Fukuoka.

Prior to this study, researchers knew that constant aspiration of saliva can lead to pneumonia, a major cause of death among elderly adults with swallowing impairments, and that tongue microbiota are a dominant source of oral microbial populations that are ingested with saliva. Previous research has also shown that in institutionalized frail elderly adults, the dysbiotic shift of indigenous tongue microbiota is associated with an increased risk of death from pneumonia.

In the new study, Dr. Yamashita and colleagues set out to understand the variations in tongue microbiota composition related to oral health conditions among community-dwelling elderly adults and to identify factors associated with the dysbiotic shift in the tongue microbiota. They investigated the tongue microbiota status and dental conditions of 506 adults aged 70 to 80 years living in the town of Hisayama, Japan who received a dental examination during a health examination of the town’s residents performed in 2016. The scientists collected the tongue microbiota from the center area of the tongue dorsum using a modified electric toothbrush as a sampling device, and used next-generation sequencing approaches to analyze the samples.

The researchers found that the total bacterial density was independent of the conditions of teeth surrounding the tongue, whereas the microbiota composition, especially the relative abundances of predominant commensals, showed an association with tooth conditions. “Commensal microbiota composition, especially the relative abundances of predominant commensals, showed an association with tooth conditions,” said Dr. Yamashita. “Two cohabiting groups of predominant commensals exist in the tongue microbiota; one of which was primarily composed of Prevotella histicola, Veillonella atypica, Streptococcus salivarius, and Streptococcus parasanguinis, which have been previously associated with an increased risk of mortality due to pneumonia in the frail elderly. This bacterial group was more predominant in the elderly with fewer teeth, a higher plaque index, and more dental caries-experienced teeth.”

The study highlights the importance of dental health. “Careful attention should be given to the tongue microbiota status in elderly adults with poorer dental conditions,” said Dr. Yamashita.

Can Tooth Loss Lead To Cardiovascular Disease?

April 29, 2018

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Losing just two teeth in middle age can lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions 2018.

In a collaborative effort between the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, researchers analyzed the impact of tooth loss in large studies of adults, who ranged in age from 45 to 69 years old. Participants reported on the numbers of natural teeth they had, and then in a follow-up questionnaire they reported any recent tooth loss. None of the adults had cardiovascular disease when the studies began.

The team of researchers prospectively studied the occurrence of tooth loss during an eight-year period. They found that, among adults with 25 to 32 natural teeth at the study’s start, those who lost two or more teeth had a 23 percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease, compared to those with no tooth loss. The researchers determined that the increased risk occurred regardless of reported diet, physical activity, body weight and other cardiovascular risk factors, like high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.

In addition, adults with less than 17 natural teeth at the study’s start were 25 percent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.

The team reported that there wasn’t a notable increase in cardiovascular disease risk among people who reported losing just one tooth during the study period.

“This study highlights an interesting trend that shows that dental issues actually do play a role in coronary heart disease,” says Dr. Vincent Bufalino, a cardiologist and director of the Advocate Heart Institute in Chicago. “We’ve been looking for this association for years.”’

Lu Qi, MD, Ph.D., study author and professor of epidemiology at Tulane University, explains that past research has shown that tooth loss in middle age is likely related to inflammation, but the connection hadn’t been made until now between middle-age tooth loss and cardiovascular disease risk.

The researchers noted that a limitation of the study was that participations self-reported their tooth loss, which could lead to some misclassification. Dr. Bufalino added that smoking is also a significant risk factor and something that should be taken into account. However, he says the study serves as a reminder for doctors to be paying more attention to oral health.

Tooth loss“A typical primary care doctor or cardiologist isn’t overly focused on a patient’s oral hygiene or their oral care or tooth loss,” he says. “I never ask that question. It does put a bit of a warning light out there to say we should be paying attention to this, and that folks who have had significant tooth loss, that may be contributing to their risk.”

Patient education is also key, Dr. Bufalino says, and if patients are reaching out to specialists with concerns or if they’re referred to a cardiologist by a dentist or their primary care doctor, then there’s a greater chance that heart disease can be fixed or controlled.

“First, it’s recognition for the public that if you’re having significant tooth loss that there could be other causes here,” Dr. Bufalino says. “Second, it’s another sign that good eating habits, controlling your blood sugar and cholesterol, stopping smoking, all of those are contributing risk factors to cardiovascular disease. So, if you have tooth loss plus those, you should recognize that you’re definitely at an increased risk and you should seek an evaluation.”

For more information on the study, visit the American Heart Association.

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