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 »

Poor Oral Hygiene Can Cause Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, needlessly afflicts the oral health of millions of people each year. It starts when your daily oral hygiene routine fails to adequately remove food residue and plaque buildup from your teeth and along the gumline. In time, this bacterial matter can harden into tartar. This early stage of… Read more »

Complications from a Missing Tooth Can Often Be Prevented with a Dental Implant

Having a tooth knocked out, lost to untreated tooth decay or extracted can cause any number of complications. Beyond the obvious impairments to your oral function, a missing tooth in your smile can also cause you to slur your speech and it can affect your outward appearance. As time goes on, the teeth neighboring the… Read more »

Protect Your Teeth from Damage and Decay

Protect your teeth from damage and decay. Due to the often-overwhelming amount of risks to our teeth and gums, you must take extra care to protect your teeth whenever possible. This includes wearing safety equipment when applicable, eating the right foods, and stopping or quitting all bad habits that increase your risk for oral ailments…. Read more »

Bone Graft Restorations Might Be Needed in Preparation for Dental Restorations

A dental restoration is a course of treatment designed to replace the presence and function of a decayed, damaged, or missing tooth. Unfortunately, in most cases of tooth loss, the underlying bone structure is also compromised. This is even more likely to be an issue if you’ve struggled with chronic periodontal disease in the past…. Read more »