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 »
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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.
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.
Despite popular belief, not every cosmetic dental procedure has to be a long, drawn-out process. In fact, it is easier than ever to have fast, quality dental work done thanks to recent technology and dental training.
I’m Dr. Robert Kennedy, a general dentist in Bedford Massachusetts, and I see a lot of patients who want to correct minor cosmetic flaws in their smiles. I generally recommend cosmetic bonding for a quick, natural-looking way to fix these flaws.
I am Dr. Robert Kennedy of Kennedy Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, and I have a solution for you. I am a family dentist. This means that I can care for you, your kids, your husband, and pretty much anyone except the family dog at my office. My team and I are trained to provide dental care for anyone and everyone, at any age and developmental stage, from pregnancy, to pre-school, to more mature patients. This means that Kennedy Family and Cosmetic Dentistry can be your one-stop shop for a healthy mouth.
Gum disease affects 80% of Americans, and it has been linked to increased risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes complications, and low-weight births. Expecting moms can be more susceptible to gum disease because of hormone changes. It’s important that you attend your six-month checkup and cleaning while you’re with child. At this visit, we can evaluate your gum tissue to see if you need any special help. If you do have gum disease, a deep dental cleaning can reduce your potential for having an underweight baby.