Posts for category: Restorative Dentistry
Do you have a minute? Then you have time to get checked for oral cancer.
Oral cancer isn’t as often talked about as other forms of cancer; however, it is just as serious and life threatening. As with any type of cancer, early detection is key to a good prognosis; however, many warning signs of oral cancer aren’t apparent until later stages. This is why everyone, no matter their risk, should visit our Framingham, MA, dentists twice a year for dental checkups.
That’s right; you don’t have to schedule a separate visit to the dentist’s office and you don’t have to visit a dental lab or special clinic to get an oral cancer screening. Our Framingham, MA, general dentists can perform this simple screening during your next dental cleaning and checkup.
What is involved in an oral cancer screening?
There is nothing you have to do to prepare for an oral cancer screening. More than likely your screening will occur during your six-month dental appointment. During the exam itself, our dentist will look at the tongue and other soft tissue of the mouth for possible warning signs of oral cancer such as red or white patches, sores, ulcers, lumps or other irregularities. Patients who wear removable partial dentures or complete dentures will need to remove them prior to their screening.
The exam is painless and only takes a minute. If there are any sores or abnormalities then we may recommend a follow-up appointment in which we perform further testing. Sometimes a biopsy is necessary. During a biopsy, your dentist will remove a small tissue sample to have it tested.
What are the risk factors for oral cancer?
As we said before, since anyone can develop oral cancer this means that all patients will need to undergo this simple oral cancer screening when they visit their dentist every six months for checkups. After all, our dental team believes in the power of preventive dentistry, which can save you from needing expensive, time-consuming treatments.
Of course, there are certain factors that can increase your risk for developing oral cancer. These risk factors include,
- Tobacco use
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- A diagnosis of human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Extensive sun exposure (increases your risk of lip cancer)
- Poor nutrition
The dental team at Cinamon & Hubley wants to make sure that patients living in and around Framingham, MA get the proper dental care they need. Is it time to schedule a routine cleaning with us? Then call us today to schedule your next visit.
Dealing with a damaged or missing tooth? Crowns and bridges can help.
Perhaps you’ve heard about crowns and bridges before, after all they are the most commonly used oral prosthetics designed to restore your smile. If you or a loved one is dealing with a weak, damaged tooth or just lost a permanent tooth, then a crown or bridge might just be the answer you’ve been looking for. Our Framingham, MA, dentists Dr. James Cinamon, Dr. Martin Urban, Dr. Paul Hubley and Dr. Justine Kelley are here to explain.
Do I Need a Dental Crown?
While tooth enamel is extremely durable it isn’t impervious to damage. When an infection, decay or trauma sets in, sometimes the only way to repair and strengthen a tooth is to place a dental crown over it. While a filling can be used to restore a tooth after decay, if decay has taken over a significant amount of the tooth then a filling may not be ample enough to support the tooth. When this happens a crown will need to be placed.
If our Framingham, MA, general dentists have told you that you need root canal treatment, most of the time a dental crown is placed over the treated tooth to prevent further damage. After all, a tooth that is damaged in any way is weaker, which makes it more susceptible to chips, cracks and fractures; however, “crowning” a tooth ensures that it is fully protected and preserved.
Do I Need a Dental Bridge?
If you are missing one tooth or even two teeth in a row but the rest of your smile is healthy then a dental bridge might just be the best option for you. A dental bridge is made up of a metal framework that contains two dental crowns on both ends of the restoration and the false tooth or teeth in the middle. Dental crowns are cemented into place over the two natural teeth that lie next to the gap and secure the false teeth in place. Just like a dental crown, a dental bridge is also custom-made.
Here at Cinamon & Hubley, we believe that every patient in Framingham, MA, should get the proper dental care they need for a healthy smile. No matter whether you just need to schedule a routine cleaning or you want to discuss restorative dentistry options like crowns and bridges, schedule your appointment with us today.
You've likely heard of dental crowns and bridges, as they've been used by dentists for many decades. However, you may not be familiar with how these implements work together to restore the way your teeth look and function. Dr. Paul Hubley and Dr. James Cinamon, your dentists in Framingham, MA, are here to explain how the two parts of crowns and bridges work together to form one comfortable, attractive, and low-maintenance dental restoration.
What are crowns?
A crown looks like the visible portion of a tooth from most angles, but the bottom and inside of it is hollowed out in order to cover up a natural tooth. These teeth have usually encountered trauma from an accident or more decay than a filling can fix. Crowns repair structural flaws of a tooth by protecting them from further damage. When used with bridges crafted by your Framingham dentist, they help to keep the restoration stable by bolstering the teeth on either side of the gap. Most crowns are made of porcelain for cosmetic reasons; this versatile, naturally white ceramic is painted and polished to match the rest of your teeth.
What are bridges?
As you know, a bridge spans across an area such as a body of water or a deep valley that would otherwise be impassable. When it comes to dental restorations, bridges have a similar purpose: they fill in a gap left by a missing tooth, making it easier for you to eat, smile, and talk. The middle portion of the bridge is known as the pontic, and it looks very similar to a crown except it's solid instead of hollow in the middle. Your Framingham dentist uses bonding cement to attach the bridge to the crowned teeth on both sides. Once the restoration is complete, it's often simply called a bridge.
If you think crowns and bridges might help improve your smile, we want to hear from you! Contact the dental office of Dr. Hubley and Dr. Cinamon in Framingham, MA, to set up your consultation today!
Find out the many ways in which our Framingham dentists can restore your smile for the better.
Has years of crunching on ice left you with cracks or chips in your teeth? Are you faced with sudden tooth loss? These issues can be stressful, particularly if you’ve never faced restorative dentistry before. Luckily, our Framingham, MA, dentists, Dr. James Cinamon and Dr. Paul Hubley, are here to provide the proper care you need to get your smile back on track. Here are just some of the popular restorative treatments we offer.
Are you dealing with any of these issues?
- A tooth that requires root canal therapy
- A tooth that is fractured, cracked or severely chipped
- A tooth that is discolored, misshapen or unattractive
- Tooth loss
If you said “yes” to any of the problems above then dental crowns could benefit you. A crown is a restoration (often made from a tooth-colored material) that is custom-made to fit over a tooth to restore full function and strength, as well as improve its appearance. A crown can also be used to cover a dental implant or to hold a dental bridge in place.
As we just mentioned, crowns can be used to support a dental bridge, a restoration that is designed to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. A dental bridge will fill this gap with false teeth. Of course, in order to do this, we need something that will support the teeth and hold them in place. This is where crowns come in. Crowns are made and placed over healthy teeth that surround the gap on both sides. Once the crowns are cemented into place, the false teeth can be attached to the crowns to fill the gap and restore your smile.
While dental bridges and dentures can be great options for some, if you want a restoration that mimics the function and look of a real tooth then you’ll want to consider implants. In order to get implants, you will have to undergo surgery and it can take up to one year to complete this treatment; however, what you will be left with is a restoration that will last you several decades, as long as you continue to practice good oral hygiene.
Call our Framingham, MA, dental office today if you want to learn more about the restorative dentistry that is right for you. We would be happy to schedule a one-on-one with one of our dentists.