I tell my patients constantly that their oral health has a huge impact on their overall health, but many of them don’t believe me until they experience it for themselves. My warning: Don’t let oral health problems escalate.
The best example of this is gum disease. Approximately 80 percent of American adults suffer from gum disease, and many don’t even know that they have it.
In addition to attacking your gum tissue and putting your oral health in danger, gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of developing diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart problems, certain cancers, and strokes.
As a family dentist, it’s my job to create healthy smiles for all of my patients, from toddlers to great grandparents. My team and I look forward to seeing you in my Bedford, Massachusetts, dental office every 6 months, but there are things you should be doing in between appointments to keep your smile in… Read more »
I believe in conservative dentistry, and I believe in doing everything I can to help you keep your natural teeth for as long as possible.
That’s why it’s a last resort when I recommend tooth extraction to my patients.
Sometimes, when a root canal won’t suffice, a damaged, dead, or infected tooth must be removed to ensure continued health for your entire mouth. In other cases, too many teeth in a small mouth can cause crowding, so a few teeth will be removed before orthodontic braces are applied. For patients needing dentures, removing a few teeth may be necessary for your new set of teeth to function and fit properly.
The great thing about dentistry is that there are so many ways to restore your smile. The goal of cosmetic and restorative dentistry is to give you a complete natural-looking smile, and Kennedy Family and Cosmetic Dentistry offers several ways to achieve that goal.
Often considered to be the happy medium between a dental filling and a dental crown, inlays and onlays are sometimes called partial crowns on ¾ crowns. Inlays and onlays offer a unique dental restorative option because they fit into your tooth like a puzzle piece, rather than just covering or fitting over the tooth.
If you want a “perfect,” red-carpet-worthy smile, you aren’t alone. Cosmetic dental procedures are becoming more and more popular, and porcelain veneers are at the top of the list.
Often referred to as the smile makeover procedure, porcelain veneers can correct several problems, such as gaps, stains, chips, and crooked or misshapen teeth, with just one cosmetic procedure. Veneers are thin, durable, shells made from quality porcelain. They adhere directly to the front surface of teeth that show when you smile.
Tooth decay, often seen as cavities and dental caries, and gum disease are caused by colonies of bacteria that constantly coat your teeth with a sticky film called plaque. If this plaque is not removed, these bacteria break down the sugars and starches in the foods you eat to produce acids that wear away your tooth enamel, leaving your teeth unprotected and vulnerable.
In addition to brushing, flossing, and having regular dental exams and cleanings, having a healthy diet can help to protect teeth against these oral health problems. A well-balanced diet provides the nutrients needed for healthy teeth and gums.
Many dental procedures come with a preconceived stigma. Root canals are one of these procedures. Most people think of severe pain and drilling when they think of a root canal, but I’m happy to tell you that modern root canal therapy is extremely different than it was in years past.
I’m Dr. Robert Kennedy, a general dentist in Bedford, Massachusetts, and I perform root canals on my patients in the most conservative way possible.
A root canal is an endodontic procedure. This means that it has to do with the internal structure of your tooth. You have a canal in each of your teeth. Your nerve, also known as pulp, is located in this canal and sustains the life of your tooth.