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By Paul David Epstein, D.M.D. & Associates, P.C.
February 16, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

It's easy to become disheartened when the smile we see in the mirror is not the one we wished we had. But know that you can do something about it, your dentist has at their disposal a variety of treatments that can improve your smile. Such as dental veneers, which can radically transform it. For more information reach out to your Burlington, MA, dentist Dr. Paul Epstein.


What They Can Correct

Dental veneers are an excellent option for those looking to overcome a variety of smile imperfections. Such as slight gaps, teeth that are misshapen due to injury or wear, or are crooked. Veneers allow you to overcome these via a single treatment.

They are also a great choice for those with teeth that do not take to professional whitening.

While veneers can treat several conditions, for anything more severe your dentist may recommend alternate treatments. A visit with your dentist will help you explore everything available to you, taking into consideration your expectations and what may need to be corrected.


How They Work

Dental veneers are thin but very strong and durable caps that are securely bonded to your teeth similar to how a crown would be. But because they are thin not as much of your tooth has to be removed to perform the procedure. This means, among other things, that anesthesia may not be required during your visit. Veneers are however a permanent treatment since your teeth will need their protection going forward.

But the result is a full smile makeover as veneers are made to match, and often improve on, the appearance of your natural teeth.

You may still be advised against biting hard foods, such as ice, hard candy, corn kernels, among others, as these threaten to crack even your natural teeth. Veneers, however, can be repaired or even replaced by your dentist if damaged.


Dental Veneers in Burlington, MA

Come into the office and explore your options, find out if dental veneers are the best solution for you. Make an appointment with Dr. Epstein in Burlington, MA, by dialing (781) 273-1152.

By Paul David Epstein, D.M.D. & Associates, P.C.
November 25, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crowns  

A dental crown can remake a smile so you look your best and have a smile that is durable and functional. At Paul David Epstein DMD & Associates in Burlington, MA, your dentist creates and places realistic porcelain crowns. You'll be amazed at their beauty and versatility.

Why place a dental crown?

A dental crown is a restoration made from high-grade porcelain. Crafted to fit over a damaged tooth, a crown helps the patient who has:

  • A darkly stained tooth
  • A tooth which requires a remodel in shape and/or size
  • A large filling or substantial cracking or chips in a front or back tooth
  • Undergone root canal therapy
  • A dental implant which requires restoration

Getting a dental crown

It takes two appointments with Dr. Epstein in his Burlington, MA, office. Your dentist will inspect and X-ray the tooth in question to determine if a crown is a proper choice.

Then, he takes oral impressions for the dental lab to use in fabricating the crown. Also, Dr. Epstein will shape the healthy enamel for a proper crown fit. He may place a temporary crown over your tooth.

When you come back to the office, your dentist will take off the transitional restoration and replace it with your beautiful new crown. A durable cement will retain it for years as you brush and floss and get your routine prophylactic care at Paul David Epstein DMD & Associates.

Other uses for dental crowns

Dental crowns support fixed bridgework consisting of one or more teeth. The crowns attach to adjoining natural teeth on opposite ends of the smile gap. This kind of tooth replacement option has served patients for generations, providing good oral function and a complete, attractive smile. Additionally, Dr. Epstein employs porcelain crowns as the finishing touch on dental implants, the most effective and sought after tooth replacement available today.

Do the best thing for your smile

Dr. Epstein will tell you if a dental crown is your best restorative option. Call our office in Burlington, MA, for a helpful consultation with this experienced dentist. At Paul David Epstein DMD & Associates, we provide dentistry that goes beyond your expectations. Phone today: (781) 273-1152.

By Paul David Epstein, D.M.D. & Associates, P.C.
March 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants restore missing teeth and can last your entire life with proper care. Your Burlington, MA, dentist, Dr. Paul David Epstein, can help you fill the gaps in your smile with this innovative restoration method.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are combined with crowns to create brand new, fully functioning teeth. Implants look like tiny screws and serve as synthetic replacement roots. After they're placed in your jawbone during minor oral surgery, they begin to bond to the bone.

The bonding process usually takes about three to six months. When your implants are fully bonded, they're connected to dental crowns that will replace the visible parts of your teeth. No matter how many teeth you've lost, you can benefit from implants. Implant-supported bridges and dentures replace multiple missing teeth and offer excellent comfort and biting power.

Why is bonding so important?

Bonding, called osseointegration, ensures that your dental implants are securely attached to your jawbone, just like your natural tooth roots. Once bonding occurs, your implants become a permanent part of your jaw. In most cases, dental implants never need to be replaced and offer an excellent long-term restoration option. (The crowns attached to your implants will need to be replaced approximately every 10 to 15 years or as soon they begin to show signs of wear.)

Implants are one of the most cost-effective restoration methods when you consider lifetime costs.

Is it difficult to care for dental implants?

Brushing and flossing, two things you already do, keep your dental implants in good condition. If you're only an occasional flosser now, you'll need to commit to daily flossing. Flossing around the base of your crown helps you avoid infections that could loosen your new implant. Fortunately, infections are easy to avoid simply by following good oral hygiene practices and visiting your dentist every six months for checkups.

Restore your smile with dental implants. Call your dentist in Burlington, MA, Dr. Epstein, at (781) 273-1152 to schedule an appointment.

By Paul David Epstein, D.M.D. & Associates, P.C.
December 18, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

In some cases, a minor procedure like a professional teeth whitening treatment is all that it takes to drastically improve your smile. If you're unhappy with the look of your teeth, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. David Paul Epstein, offers teeth whitening and other general dentistry services at our office in Burlington, MA. Read on to learn more about what this treatment can do for you!

Professional Teeth Whitening from our Burlington Office

Even if you take great care of your teeth and practice solid oral hygiene, there are a number of factors that can stain and discolor your teeth over time. You probably know that common food/drinks such as coffee, tea, red wine, dark berries, and sauces can all stain your teeth. Additionally, if you smoke or use tobacco products, not only will it show up on your teeth in the form of yellow and brown stains, but your risk for oral and general health problems will be higher as well. Investing in a professional teeth whitening treatment can be a great incentive to finally quit smoking for good!

In fact, a professional whitening treatment can jump-start your oral hygiene and get you back on track with your routine dental care if it's been a while since you've been to the dentist. Professional teeth whitening treatments use a highly concentrated bleaching agent that isn't available over-the-counter, and it comes in two options: an in-office session (which delivers results right away) or an at-home treatment. The in-office option is performed in around an hour by our cosmetic dentist, while the at-home version allows you to apply the treatment on your own time using custom trays over the course of a few weeks.

Interested? Give Us a Call

For more information about professional teeth whitening and our services, contact our Burlington office today by calling (781) 273-1152 to schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Epstein.