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Can Dental Implants Save You Money in the Long Run?

September 17, 2020

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Are you missing one, a few, or an entire arch of teeth? Then you are not alone. In fact, 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Fortunately, thanks to advanced technology, high-quality materials, and the latest techniques, tooth replacement options today are safe and natural-looking – leaving you to just determine which alternative is best for your budget. However, it is crucial to remember that although the upfront dental implant cost is higher, they may save you money in the long run. Read on for four factors to consider when making your decision!

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3 Alternatives to Dental Implants

August 13, 2020

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Dentist talking to patient about implant alternatives

If you are missing one, a few, or an entire arch of teeth, dental implants in Revere can be a life-changing treatment option. In fact, many much-loved celebrity smiles are brought to you by restorative procedures like this (Demi Moore, George Clooney, and Tom Cruise to name a few!). However, if dental implants aren’t a good fit, it is important to know that innovations in dentistry and technology provide patients today with a number of solutions that are safe, effective, and virtually undetectable. Read on to find out what they are!

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Mini-Implants can Stabilize Your Dentures

August 6, 2020

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If you wear conventional dentures, you’ve undoubtedly had the experience of biting, chewing, sneezing, talking, or laughing and having your dentures slip out of place. This can be very frustrating and embarrassing to say the least.

Although dentures have come a long way over the years, they definitely aren’t perfect, even when they’re brand-new! These days at Brooks Dental, you can take advantage of advancements in dentistry that make your dentures more comfortable and more retentive than ever before.

More Problems with Traditional Dentures

People that are new to dentures have to get used to the denture covering the roof of their mouth. This can be a nuisance for several reasons. Your palate helps your mouth gauge the temperature of foods and drinks before you ingest them. It acts like a warning system so that you won’t swallow liquids that are too hot for your throat. When the palate is covered by a denture, you are more likely to damage sensitive throat tissues. The palate also helps you fully taste your food, so covering it up with a traditional denture can impact your ability to truly enjoy what you eat. An extra layer of material on the palate can also affect your speech when wearing dentures.

Mini Implants, Big Benefits

Fortunately, there’s a simple alternative — mini implants. Placing mini implants into the jaws is a non-invasive procedure. They are small in diameter, and they have ball bearings that are designed to snap right into your dentures, enabling you to eat corn on the cob, steak, and other foods you probably thought you had to give up. You won’t have to worry any longer about slipping and sliding around of your dentures. Mini implants also allow us to remove the material from the palate, which makes for more comfortable eating and speaking. Mini implants can be placed in both jaws to accommodate both upper and lower dentures.

Are you ready to discuss mini implants to enhance your traditional denture? Contact our team and schedule a consultation today! We can answer your questions, examine your smile, and see if you are a good candidate for this life-changing treatment.

July Birthdays

We also want to take this chance to celebrate our July birthdays! Mary, our clinical team leader, Kim, our business team leader, and Debby, our assistant and front desk receptionist, all had birthdays in July. We are so grateful to have these incredible people as part of our team!

Considering Dental Implants? Here Are 5 Things to Look for in an Implant Dentist

July 7, 2020

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Dentist explaining dental implants in Revere

For patients with tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental injuries, your dentist’s top priority is saving your tooth. However, if these issues are neglected or you are missing a tooth, then opting for a dental implant is the next best option. In fact, roughly 3 million patients in the U.S. have dental implants, and an additional 500,000 implants are placed each year. Plus, this popular restorative procedure increased by over 6% between 2019 and 2020 alone! If you have a missing tooth, poor bite, or impaired speech and are thinking of opting for dental implants in Revere, then priority number one is finding the right dentist. To prevent the process from becoming overwhelming, read on for five things to look for in an implant dentist.

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We Are Open!

June 26, 2020

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Hello everyone! As of June 8th, we are officially open! We are ready and excited to see you for dental cleanings, orthodontics, and all related dental care.

Your safety continues to be our top priority. Our team has implemented a number of new safety protocols, some of which include checking patient temperatures, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, limiting the number of patients in the waiting room, and increasing our personal protective equipment. If you had to miss your routine dental cleaning due to COVID-19, give us a call and we’d be happy to reschedule your visit.

Is My Dental Cleaning & Checkup Really That Important?

At first glance, compared to the threat of the Coronavirus, your dental hygiene appointment may not seem like a big deal to skip. However, this routine visit with our experienced dentists plays a critical role in supporting your overall well-being. If you were unable to come and see us during the last few months, we invite you to return to our office as soon as possible to take care of any dental work you may need.

Adult Orthodontics: It’s Never Too Late to Straighten Your Teeth

When you think of orthodontic treatment, you likely envision a child or teenager with metal brackets on their teeth. As an adult, perhaps you may think you’re “too old” to realign your teeth, but that’s simply not true. In fact, one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 18!

Orthodontic treatment can accomplish so much more than simply a good-looking smile:

✔ When teeth are moved into a favorable position, they accumulate less plaque and tartar and are thus easier to keep clean, reducing your risk of cavities and periodontal (gum) disease.

✔ Misaligned teeth can cause increased tooth wear and chipping if you happen to grind your teeth at night.

✔ Struggling with sleep apnea? Believe it or not, in some cases, orthodontics can improve one’s sleep by opening up the airway and creating more space for the tongue.

If you have your heart set on orthodontics but would prefer not to have metal brackets placed, our experts at Brooks Dental can offer an adult-friendly, metal-free treatment option—Invisalign clear aligners.

Have you always wanted to have straighter teeth? If you were to rate your smile on a scale of 1 to 10, would 9 or 10 be your honest answer? At Brooks Dental we can help you reach your perfect smile with Invisalign wireless metal free braces. The average treatment time is on average eight months, and your friends and co-workers will be unaware that you are straightening your teeth. They are comfortable, inconspicuous, and can be removed when brushing your teeth or eating at your favorite restaurant.

While straightening with Invisalign, you will also receive free at-home whitening treatment. This means that you can truly revitalize your smile and enjoy your newfound confidence.

Want to Hear Some Good News?

Amid the unfortunate events this year, we are so happy to be able to congratulate Dr. Doyle on her beautiful new baby, born this past April. Dr. Doyle is back from maternity leave and we are now scheduling orthodontic appointments, so give us a call today to start your orthodontic treatment!

Although many things in the world have changed, one thing remains the same—Brooks Dental always puts our patients first. We look forward to welcoming you back to our practice and hope to see you soon!

How to Practice Social Distancing at Your Dental Appointment

May 18, 2020

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Floor sign encouraging social distancing at your Winthrop dentist practice

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives, including our focus on infection control. If you need dental care after weeks in quarantine, you’ll probably be looking for a “safe dentist near me” specifically. Thankfully, your Winthrop dentist has implemented several additional safety measures to safeguard your health while you receive the dental treatment you need. Find out how they’re helping you practice social distancing when you come in for your appointment during COVID-19.

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Smile Healthy During Quarantine

April 25, 2020

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man smiling flossing his teeth

During the quarantine, you’re doing your best to practice social distancing and stay home. You’re working from home, ordering your groceries online, and avoiding direct contact with other people as much as possible. Now is not the time to take unnecessary risks, which is why many businesses, stores, and practices are temporarily closed. Although your emergency dentist in Winthrop is still available for urgent treatment, you want to avoid putting you or their staff at risk of infection. In this blog post, you’ll learn how you can prevent dental emergencies during the quarantine and keep your smile healthy until some normalcy returns.

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Listen to Our Podcast with Boston University!

March 27, 2020

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Do you enjoy listening to podcasts? Perhaps you listen to them as you do chores around the house, while you work out at the gym, or on your commute to work. Podcasts can be great resources for information and advice, entertainment, and motivation. We are excited to announce that all three generations of Brooks dentists recently participated in a podcast for Boston University, where both Dr. Howard and Dr. Stephanie attended dental school. During this podcast, they discuss running a family business, learning to adapt to the ever-evolving field of dentistry, and consistently delivering exceptional dental care to our patients. Before you listen to the podcast about your dentist in Boston, take a few minutes to learn more about each generation at Brooks Dental.

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To Our Brooks Dental Community,

March 16, 2020

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We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19/Coronavirus situation, and we want to let you know that we are taking all the proper precautions to maintain a sterile environment for our patients and staff. We are ensuring that in addition to all surfaces regularly cleaned and disinfected, all door handles, light switches, armrests, and any other surfaces handled by patients/staff are disinfected multiple times throughout each workday. We are also increasing the frequency of our professional cleaning service during this time.
Another very important precaution we are taking is educating our patients on steps they can take to minimize exposure. These steps include:

  • Avoid touching face, eyes, nose, mouth, etc.
  • Avoid handshaking (“no contact policy”)
  • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue or with inner arm
  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20
  • seconds
  • Stay home if sick or symptomatic
  • Avoid touching face, eyes, nose, mouth, etc.

If you have an upcoming appointment and you are experiencing symptoms (cough, fever, chills, aches), we will be happy to reschedule your appointment to a later date.

We will continue operating our normal hours, and we will post updates here as necessary. Maintaining a sanitized, sterile environment is something we do and have always done on a regular basis, so this protocol remains ongoing. 

Lastly, we are regularly monitoring developments regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and the American Dental Association (ADA) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for healthcare providers. Your health and wellbeing is our priority. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit the Center for Disease Control website.
Warm Regards, 
The Brooks Dental Team 

Hear Us on the “Proud to BU “Podcast

March 12, 2020

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We recently participated in a podcast with Boston University discussing the success and growth of our practice over three generations and how we continue to evolve with advancements in dentistry. We invite you to take some time to listen to this podcast and learn more about our expertise and dedication to exceeding our patients’ expectations!

Got a toothache?

Have you ever had severe tooth pain? What starts out as mild sensitivity can build until the discomfort becomes too much to bear. When you have a debilitating toothache, you just want the pain to go away as soon as possible. Well, did you know that in many of these kinds of cases, a root canal is the treatment of choice? Despite the negative myths about root canals, this pain-relieving, tooth-saving procedure is nothing to be afraid of.

Why We Need Root Canals

In the United States, it is estimated that about 15 percent of patients avoid seeking professional dental help out of fear; however, root canals have an unfair reputation. The truth is that rather than causing pain, root canals are performed to remove the source of pain from a deeply decayed or damaged tooth.

 Decay-causing bacteria can reach far into the tooth and cause destruction. A root canal halts the process of decay and removes the source of pain – the nerve tissue. A root canal treated tooth typically looks no different than any other tooth. The procedure is essentially a filling that is performed within the canals (on the inside) of the tooth roots. The purpose is to save the tooth and take the patient out of pain, as opposed to removing the whole tooth and leaving an empty space. In America, there are about 15 million root canals performed every year. That’s 15 million teeth that otherwise would have to be extracted completely!

When You Need A Root Canal

So how can you tell that you need a root canal? Other than having a severe toothache, you may also have a tooth that has suffered damage from an injury, such as biting on an olive pit, or grinding excessively at night. Sometimes, a root canal is necessary even if no pain exists at all. Anytime the nerve (also called the “pulp”) is exposed to harmful bacteria, a root canal is necessary to remove the bacteria and infected pulp.

How Brooks Dental Can Help

At Brooks Dental, we offer the complete package of root canal therapy in one location. Instead of being referred to an endodontist for the procedure, you can stay with the team you already trust and are familiar with. Our dentists have the clinical experience and training to handle your treatment entirely in-house. In fact, even if the tooth ultimately needs to be extracted, we can provide a dental implant, the gold standard of tooth replacement, right here in our Winthrop office.

Whether you’re coming in for a routine checkup or a root canal, our team will prove optimal care for our patients and their smiles.

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