There was a time when the common demographic for oral cancer was male smokers over the age of 55. Today that demographic has changed. Oral cancer now occurs more frequently in people under the age of 40, regardless of whether they smoke or not. Oral cancer is a subset of all head and neck cancers and comprises about 85 percent of those types of cancers. Recent data has proven that oral cancer no longer just affects older men.
You may think that dentistry is just about your teeth, but a smile makeover can go beyond making your just your teeth more attractive. It’s true that people notice your smile first, but your lips and surrounding facial features are also a big part of your smile. If you have especially thin or wrinkly lips, deep frown lines, or marionette lines, they can make your smile look less attractive. Botox and dermal fillers can help erase those lines for a complete and esthetically pleasing smile makeover.
If you are looking to change the way your teeth look, whether you want them longer, differently shaped or are correcting more than one minor imperfection, you may wonder whether to choose dental bonding or veneer treatment, and what both entail. Both can help improve your smile, but each has its own advantages and disadvantages which should be weighed by you and your dentist before deciding upon a treatment.
Your periodontal tissue and ligaments help stabilize and hold your teeth in your jawbone. They are also part of your smile. If your gums are too long, thick, and overgrown you probably have a gummy smile. Your gums should only take up about one-third of your tooth and if they are longer or asymmetrical they will affect the attractiveness of your smile and therefore your self-confidence. Don’t worry. If all you see is gums, we can help!
It may be the middle of winter but we are used to such weather around here. If you love the outdoors and you love animals, have we got an idea for you! The Mass Audubon Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary is hosting the following activities: Fun with Animal Footprints and Signs and Animal Tracking. If you enjoy the community events that we recommend, post it on our Facebook page. We would love to hear about it here at Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury.
Are you unhappy with minor imperfections in your dentition that you think you can do nothing about? Sometimes there are one or two (or more) small things that you may feel mar your smile such as pits, grooves, teeth that are uneven, too pointed, or have rough or scalloped edges, and more. Sometimes small changes in your dentition can make a big difference, and we all should be able to smile and feel good about our teeth. So, if you are unhappy with small things about your smile, teeth contouring may be an option for you.
Dental bonding is a fast and easy way to make minor changes to your dentition. Bonding can be used to fill spaces between your teeth; to whiten teeth; to add length, width, or both; to cover craze lines and other minor imperfections; to repair chipped, broken, or fractured teeth; and more. Dental bonding is also economical and painless, and several teeth can undergo bonding treatment at the same time, eliminating extra visits; and because the bonding material blends into your surrounding dentition, no one will ever be the wiser.
If your teeth seem drab and unexciting, an easy dental pick-me-up can change that in less than an hour: teeth whitening! Here at Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury we offer Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed which can brighten your teeth up to eight shades in just 45 minutes. Teeth whitening is the most effective against extrinsic stains which are stains that cumulatively develop on the enamel of your teeth due to what you eat and drink. Foods and beverages such as coffee, wine, red sauce, colas, and more, as well as smoking or chewing tobacco, can stain your teeth over time. So, if you are interested in whitening your teeth, we will be happy to oblige!
Shrewsbury, MA, is located a mere 45-minutes from Concord, a town in Middlesex County, MA. The population of Concord is about 18,000 people and the town is located where the Assabet and Sudbury Rivers form the Concord River. We mention Concord today because, here at Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury, we enjoy encouraging our patients to learn about and enjoy the area they live in. There is a lot of history in Massachusetts. In the mid-nineteenth century, Concord became a literary center featuring the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bronson Alcott, Louisa May Alcott, and Henry David Thoreau, all of whose homes remain preserved. And to top it all off, the Concord grape was developed there!
Have you ever heard of Maxillofacial Prosthetics? It’s a subspecialty of Prosthodontics and involves the rehabilitation of patients suffering from disabilities or defects due to trauma or disease, or that were present at birth. In such cases, a prosthesis may be required for cosmetic and/or psychosocial reasons. For more serious cases, a prosthesis may be needed to restore natural oral functions–such as chewing, swallowing, and talking–as well as areas of missing tissue or bone. Not all dentists provide this specialty, so if you or someone you know needs a prosthesis, you’ve come to the right place.