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 »

Gum Disease Facts

Our team here in Worcestor and Marlboro, Massachusetts is happy to talk to you about the facts of gum disease. “Why?”, you might ask. Well, it will help you stay up-to-date with current knowledge about anything that could harm or threaten your beautiful smile. Gum disease can live in a smile for a while before… Read more »

Does Exercising Affect Your Teeth?

Have you ever thought about eating healthier or exercising more? Is your main goal simply losing a few pounds or getting in better shape? Of course, these are worthwhile goals with a number of benefits. However, did you know that exercising can actually help your oral health as well as your overall health? Periodontal disease—which… Read more »

Bone Grafts Restore Sufficient Structure for a Dental Implant

When a tooth is extracted or lost to decay or dental avulsion, it can also compromise the underlying bone structure. This could mean that there will not be sufficient bone tissues available for Dr. Rafla to anchor a dental implant. In a situation like this, he might recommend having a bone graft installed. This is… Read more »

What Can Laser Dentistry Do for You?

You probably know that you should visit our dentist every six months if you’re interested in protecting your oral health, but did you know that laser dentistry is an option you should consider. Even though laser dentistry has been in use for many years, lasers are actually being employed more and more often—whether because of… Read more »

Periodontal Disease Can Have Several Serious Complications

Periodontal disease is the inflammation or infection of the gum tissues. Often known as gum disease, the American Dental Association estimates that it afflicts nearly half of all adults over 30 years of age. It is primarily caused by hardened tartar at the gumline. However, habits like tobacco use and certain medical conditions can serve… Read more »