Smile Times – February 2015

Smile Times – February 2015

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February 2015

Pembroke Team
It’s Only One Tooth…
Are Dental Implants Right for You?

When a tooth is missing, patients have been known to utter the words “I have missing tooth but it’s in the back of my mouth, does it really matter?” We would like you to know that, YES, it really does!

Like other dental problems, missing teeth can eventually cause serious complications if the tooth is not replaced. These complications include increased difficulty chewing food and risk of periodontal (gum) disease in the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth.

In addition, imagine your jaw being similar to a bookshelf. When a tooth is missing, the remaining teeth in the jaw will actually tip over in an attempt to fill in the gap – just like books on a bookshelf would. And it’s not just the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth that can be affected. In the case of a missing upper tooth, for example, the lower tooth that opposes the missing tooth will actually overgrow in an attempt to fill in the gap. The end result can be that there is enough tipping of the teeth that tooth replacement cannot be accomplished without orthodontics. In extreme cases, tipping of teeth can cause an overall weakening of the structure of the mouth leading to additional tooth loss or even facial collapse.

The longer the tooth is missing, the more likely the bone underneath will deteriorate. When the bone deteriorates, it is impossible for an implant to hold without the added expense of a bone graft. If you are considering having a tooth replaced, please keep in mind that the longer you wait, the more likely the chance of bone loss making implant tooth replacement more complicated, much more costly, and sometimes not even possible.

Dental Implants ( can benefit anyone looking to replace a missing tooth and have become one of the most widespread procedures offered for long-term tooth replacement due to their sustainability and durability. Dental implants are small titanium roots that are surgically ‘implanted’ into your jawbone and topped with natural-looking replacement teeth – crown, bridge or denture. Dental implants provide the strongest of foundations and can last a lifetime with the proper oral care. In fact, the technique is so effective that many patients report their replacement teeth are indistinguishable in both appearance and function from their natural teeth.

If you are missing one or more teeth and your gums are generally in good health, you are most likely a good candidate for dental implants. Click here ( to learn more about dental implants or contact us ( with any questions and schedule a consultation.
Team Profile:
Jessica Bhalla, Brookline Office Manager

You might recognize Jessica as the friendly face managing Smileboston’s Brookline office but did you know that she has been working in the field of dentistry since the age of 14? Jessica started out working in her father’s practice while she was just a teenager. In fact, growing up in the dental industry made such an impression on her (pun intended) that she even married a dentist!

Jessica joined the Smileboston team last year when she and her husband moved to Boston after living in New York City for eight years. This winter has been rough on us all, but Jessica has been enjoying life in New England. When she’s not making sure things are running smoothly on Beacon Street, Jessica likes spending time with family, cooking, horseback riding and exploring her adopted city.

While there are hundreds of languages spoken around the world, a simple smile spans them all. Jessica’s passion is to make those around her smile and she goes the extra mile to do so!
What’s the Best Toothbrush?
If the increased amount of space taken up on store shelves is any indication, electric toothbrushes are growing in popularity. But how do electric toothbrushes compare to their manual counterparts and which does a better job at cleaning teeth and removing plaque? According to the American Dental Association, key to preventing tooth decay lies in the way a toothbrush – electric or otherwise – is used.

Because electric toothbrushes can be expensive, it’s good to know that a manual toothbrush will do a great job cleaning your teeth. In addition to their low cost, manual toothbrushes are easy to use and readily available. Case in point, Smileboston patients receive a new toothbrush at every hygiene visit!

There are some situations, however, where using an electric toothbrush is advantageous. Electric toothbrushes are recommended for patients with limited ability to move their shoulders, arms and hands. We also recommend an electric toothbrush to patients who have recently had cosmetic procedures as the bristle movement may help remove more plaque and promote gum health.

Although almost any toothbrush will do a good job, research suggests that electric toothbrushes with bristles rotating together in one direction, and then rotating in the opposite direction — rotating-oscillating — appear to be better at removing plaque and preventing gum disease than manual brushes and electric brushes that spin in one direction. If you do opt for an electronic toothbrush, a model with rotating-oscillating bristles is best. Sonicare electric brushes are available for purchase at both Smileboston locations.

Regardless of whether you choose a manual or electric toothbrush, pick a brush with soft bristles. Be sure to change your toothbrush every three to four months, when the bristles become frayed and after illness. And remember, along with brushing and flossing, regular dental hygiene visits are key to optimal oral health!
Word of Mouth
Our very own Dr. Jay Morgenstern is retiring in May. Help us show how much he’ll be missed by sharing a favorite memory or a message ( on Dr. M’s tribute page.
Your pet’s need dental care too! February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Click here ( to learn more about ways you can improve your pet’s oral hygiene.
Last month our patients received $1,400 in account credits just by referring their family and friends to Smileboston. You can earn a $100 account credit for each new patient you send our way!


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