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Posts for: February, 2018

Do you have misaligned or crooked teeth and wonder what you can do about it?  Have you considered veneers but determined they're not the right fit for you?  Have you considered braces but feel you’re too old for traditional orthodontic treatment or fear how they’ll alter your appearance or impact your daily life?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, Invisalign orthodontic treatment from Martins Dental Partners in Beverly, MA may be just what the doctor ordered.

Invisalign is a modern, invisible and painless approach to straightening your teeth. Using advanced digital orthodontics, a series of custom-made aligners created just for you gradually shift your teeth into the desired location leaving you with a beautiful, straight smile.

The Invisalign Process

The process starts with a free consultation.  The consultation is an opportunity for you to speak with one of the doctors at Martins Dental Partners to discuss your goals and the options available to you, including Invisalign.  If you determine Invisalign is the right choice for you, the dentist will take x-rays, photographs and impressions of your teeth.  Then, the dentist will create a 3D image and detailed treatment plan which helps you to understand the entire process, from start to finish.  Finally, the dentist will order the full set of custom-made, clear invisible trays specifically for you.  When the trays arrive you simply begin wearing each set of aligners, typically for two weeks at a time, and watch your teeth move gradually until they’ve straightened into final position.

A Convenient Approach to Straightening Your Teeth

Wearing Invisalign clear aligners, made from medical grade polyurethane won't hurt or result in sore gums the way traditional braces sometimes do.  Switching to a new tray rarely causes pain or headaches. And of course, your dentist will be with you every step of the way to ensure a comfortable process and successful outcome!

Because Invisalign aligners are removable, you can continue to enjoy your favorite foods without fearing that food will get stuck on your braces and brush & floss as you normally would. The best part?  Most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth!

Why Martins Dental Partners?

Martins Dental Partners is a multi-specialty General & Cosmetic Dental Practice located at 130 Cabot Street in beautiful Beverly, MA. Our mission is to perfect the Dental experience.  We believe a relaxing & enjoyable dental visit is possible and strive to exceed any expectations you have regarding a visit to the Dentist.  For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Valerie Martins or Dr. Sukhpreet Heer, please call (978) 288-1946 or request an appointment using our website.

Do you have a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth?  Do you have a tooth that needs extraction?  Are you wearing a removal prosthesis that makes you feel uncomfortable or insecure?  If so, you’re likely considering your long-term goals and options available to you.  A dental implant from Martins Dental Partners in Beverly, MA may be the perfect solution.

A dental implant is a fantastic, permanent solution that looks just like your natural tooth while restoring normal function and strength to your smile.  When a tooth is lost, forces become distributed on adjacent teeth, weakening healthy teeth and affecting their stability making them more vulnerable to attrition and heavy stresses where loosening and shifting can occur.  If you leave missing teeth unrestored, opposing teeth may over-erupt towards the edentulous space, affecting the periodontal health of the opposing teeth and affecting the stability of occlusion.  In addition, in most cases the adjacent teeth will eventually shift, trying to close the space created by the missing teeth, leading to malocclusion and spaces between adjacent teeth.

By choosing dental implants, you will save your occlusion stability, opposing teeth integrity, adjacent teeth alignment, and periodontal apparatus health.  Dental crowns, bridges, or dentures can be used in combination with a dental implant to replace multiple missing teeth.  Dental implantation surgery is completely painless and is performed under local anesthesia for your comfort.  If an implant cannot be placed immediately following an extraction, a temporary tooth will be placed in the space left by the missing tooth.  After the required healing has taken place, the implant will be topped with a custom-made crown matching your existing teeth.  The final treatment plan will be dependent upon a conversation with Dr. Martins regarding your long-term goals and a thorough review of all of your options.

If you’re missing a tooth you owe it to yourself to consider a dental implant. Implants are the longest-lasting option for tooth replacement because dental implants actually become part of your jawbone making them the only permanent solution to tooth loss.  Other methods of tooth replacement such as removable dentures and bridgework often need to be replaced over time while dental implants last a lifetime! 

If a dental implant sounds like an amazing way to replace your missing tooth, reach out to Dr. Valerie Martins of Martins Dental Partners in Beverly, MA to discuss your options.  Dr. Martins, a Board Certified Periodontist, has placed over 1,000 implants; helping countless patients achieve the healthy, beautiful smile of their dreams.  Call Martins Dental Partners at (978) 288-1946 or visit our website to schedule a complimentary consultation today!

It can be difficult to know exactly how healthy we are. We often receive healthy reports from our doctors & physicians, yet regularly experience upset stomachs, headaches and other issues that suggest something may be going wrong and our bodies are not in complete harmony.  Hidden allergies and Autoimmune disease can often be challenging to identify but can have a severe impact on ones day-to-day life.

Your mouth is a gateway to your body

One way to support your overall wellness is to take great care of your smile.  As you know, the body is an intricate, interconnected system. Poor oral health has been linked to inflammation, diabetes, Alzheimer's and even cancer.  Studies show the risk of fatal heart attacks is 8 to 10 times higher in patients with advanced gum disease.  It’s also believed that a high percentage of chronic degenerative diseases such as heart disease and arthritis may actually originate from oral diseases. 

The main part of teeth is called "dentin" and while it appears solid, it is actually made up of tiny "tubules" that, in healthy patients, transport fluids which nourish the tooth. However, tiny organisms hiding in the tubules can move into the interior of the tooth and multiply. Microorganisms shrink to fit small areas and they can survive on small amounts of food.  These organisms can become pathogenic and are able to produce serious disease due to their adaptation capabilities.

Risks of Poor Dental Health

Poor oral health’s connection to several body diseases has recently become clear. Germs and harmful bacteria from infections such as decaying teeth, roots, inflamed gum tissues, and tonsils, can metastasize to the heart, eyes, kidneys, lungs, or other organs and tissues. Low-birth weight in babies has also been also linked to gum disease.

One study compared brain samples from ten patients without dementia to ten patients with dementia. The research revealed that there was a link between dementia and chronic periodontal (gum) disease as well as Alzheimer's. 
All cancer patients are asked to have their dead teeth removed because there is compelling evidence of the link between dead teeth and cancer, due to the harmful toxins they release.

A Healthy Smile is an important factor in achieving Full-Body Wellness

Bacterial growth and infections in the mouth affect the entire body, traveling throughout it and causing serious health problems such diabetes, bacterial pneumonia and heart disease.  Poor dental health can even result in endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of your heart, when harmful bacteria from your mouth spread throughout your tubules, lymph nodes and bloodstream then attach themselves to damaged areas of your heart. 

The mouth is not an isolated system, but an integral part of the immune system. The mouth is closely connected to many parts of the body and a bacterial imbalance or gum disease in the mouth can create immune problems and inflammation in other parts of the body.

The lesson? Taking great care of your smile is an important factor in achieving Full-Body Wellness.

Martins Dental Partners' mission is to perfect the Dental experience.  We believe a relaxing & enjoyable dental visit is possible and strive to exceed any expectations you have regarding a visit to the Dentist.

Martins Dental Partners is a multi-specialty General & Cosmetic Dental Practice located at 130 Cabot Street in beautiful Beverly, MA.  For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Valerie Martins or Dr. Sukhpreet Heer, please call (978) 288-1946 or request an appointment using our website.