All About Scaling and Root Planing

Do you have chronic periodontitis? If so, the first treatment your periodontist is likely to offer you is scaling and root planing. According to the Journal of Evidenced-Based Dental Practice, this procedure is the “gold standard” for patients with periodontitis and is the most effective. But what is it, exactly? Two components of gum disease… Read more »

What is Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is a branch of dentistry that your dentist, Dr. Rafla, proudly provides. It involves the diagnosis and treatment of oral conditions, problems, and diseases. It focuses on restoring the health and function of decayed, chipped, cracked, and missing teeth. There are many restorative dental treatments that fall under the restorative dentistry umbrella. Some… Read more »

Understanding Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is a disease affecting the gums and connective tissues. When plaque and tartar build on the teeth for too long, the bacteria in them slide to and along the gums, leading to major soreness and perhaps tooth loss. Gum disease comes in a couple of severities: gingivitis and periodontitis…. Read more »

Are You Informed about Dangerous Foods You Should Avoid?

Never forget the significance your diet has on your smile. Even though brushing and cleaning daily is important to prevent plaque buildup, you can protect your teeth at an earlier stage by lowering your risk for dental damage with the foods and drinks you devour. Poor diet results in poor oral hygiene, so guard your… Read more »

The Facts of Oral Hygiene: Dental Implants

Are you interested in replacing a missing tooth with dental implants? Even though dental implants are artificial, they often last much longer than standard teeth and in many cases, will last a lifetime of heavy wear and tear. Dental implants work by attaching themselves directly into your jawbone. Due to this process, all patients are… Read more »

What is Nitrous Oxide?

If you are not aware of what nitrous oxide is, it is fairly common in dental offices around the country for sedative purposes to help relax patients. For more information about nitrous oxide, consider the following: -Nitrous oxide wears off very quickly after the gas mask has been removed. -The blend of nitrous oxide and… Read more »

Cavities Aren’t Just for Kids

Some adults believe cavities only attack children’s teeth. Although this seems more common, it’s not true. Adult smiles can also have cavities. In fact, adult smiles have cavities quite often. However, this doesn’t have to be the case for you. You can avoid tooth decay and other dental issues if you take good care of… Read more »

Laser Dentistry Can Be Used to Treat Gum Disease

If your gums bleed easily or are tender or red, you may have gum disease. In the case of advanced gum disease, Dr. Akram E. Rafla may utilize laser dentistry in Worcester and Marlborough, Massachusetts. The use of lasers in gum treatments allows more comfort for the patient and more efficient, precise work for our… Read more »

Feel at Ease With Sedation Dentistry

If you often become anxious before dental treatment, we encourage you to ask Dr. Akram E. Rafla about sedation dentistry in Worcester and Marlborough, Massachusetts. Our periodontist and team are committed to helping you feel calm and relaxed in the dental chair. Sedation dentistry is also used for complex treatments including our oral surgery services…. Read more »

A Bone Graft Might Be Needed to Restore Enough Structure for a Dental Implant

Sometimes when a tooth is lost or extracted as part of a preventative treatment measure, it also takes some of the underlying bone structure with it. When this happens, there might not be enough healthy bone material remaining in the socket to safely anchor a dental implant. To ensure the success of a future dental… Read more »