Dr. Richard Lewis' Blog
December 18, 2017
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for parties and presents and spending time with loved ones; however, it may not be so great for your teeth. With all of the foods and sugary treats around that you wouldn’t normally eat, it can take a toll on your teeth and oral health. The good news is that your dentist has some tips for keeping your teeth healthy and your smile beautiful during the holidays.
November 16, 2017
With the holidays upon us, it’s a busy time of year. It’s also the end of the year, which means that your dental insurance will be renewing soon. Have you had your two routine cleaning and checkup appointments this year? Do you have any outstanding treatment that needs to be done such as a dental filling or crown? Don’t let your dental insurance go to waste when your dentist can help you maximize your benefits and get the treatment you need!
October 20, 2017
Have you had your two cleaning and checkups with your dentist this year? It’s recommended that patients visit their dentist every six months for routine preventive care. Did you know that these appointments are typically covered by your dental insurance? That’s right! That means there’s no out of pocket cost to you for maintaining your oral health. Here’s more information on how to make the most of your dental benefits.
September 12, 2017
After years of living with a compromised smile, you’re ready to straighten your teeth! You’ve heard about clear plastic aligners that can give you a more beautiful smile with discretion. You’ve also heard about new companies that provide these aligners by mail. While the cost savings is interesting, you wonder if you should contact your dentist before deciding about this treatment? The answer is – yes, and here’s why.
August 17, 2017
Do you find yourself returning to the dentist often for dental fillings, crowns, or other restorative treatments? You’ve made an investment in your oral health by completing the procedures necessary to protect your teeth, and now you may benefit from fluoride treatments, which will protect your investment. Your dentist in Burlington discusses how fluoride can help you.
July 11, 2017
Enjoying a great day out and having ice cream with your family can rapidly turn into your worst day when you start to experience dental pain and sensitivity. Beware -this slight sensitivity to cold foods and beverages may seem like no big deal now, however if you ignore your symptoms it can progress into a bigger problem. When you experience this type of pain it’s an indicator that your tooth is decayed or fractured, and it may be affecting the root of your tooth. Dr. Richard Lewis and his team are here to discuss why you may need a root canal in Burlington.
November 18, 2016
It can start out with slight sensitivity to hot and cold, but it’s no big deal if it goes away quickly, right? Actually a situation like this can turn into a big deal rapidly if you’re not proactive. Sensitivity typically indicates that there may be decay or a fracture in your tooth. If it’s left untreated, you may find yourself in need of a crown, and if it progresses even further you could then be in need of a bridge. Your dentists in Burlington answer: What is a crown and bridge?
October 25, 2016
Your smile is a powerful tool that can take you to the next level in your career and personal life because it plays an important role in the impression you make when you first meet someone. What is your smile saying about you? Are there aspects of it you wish you could change? Cosmetic dentistry offers many solutions for enhancing your smile. Your dentist in Burlington explains the deeper benefits of cosmetic dentistry.
September 24, 2016
Across the country, dentists report they handle thousands of emergency procedures every year. From knocked out teeth to broken dentures to cracked crowns, your dentists in Burlington,
Dr. Richard Lewis and his associate dentists, are available for immediate advice and prompt treatment. Do you know what to do in a dental emergency?
March 31, 2016
Dental implants are the best thing, next to natural, healthy teeth. Dental implants are often the first choice and a standard of care compared to other options to restore missing or damaged teeth. Dental implants are strong, stable and long-lasting alternatives to dental bridges, which typically last less than 10 years and need to be replaced. Although dental implants may need periodic adjustments they are built to last a lifetime, when properly built by an experienced dentist, such as Dr. Richard S. Lewis and properly cared for with regular checkups, cleanings, brushing and flossing!
Dental implants are a very popular treatment to replace missing, broken, decayed, weak or unsalvageable teeth. To get a dental implant, all a patient needs is sufficient bone to support the dental implant root (fixture).
For those reading this blog that are new to the world of dental implants, a dental implant consists of 3 parts: the fixture (anchor, the implant supported crown, and an abutment piece that connects the crown to the root).
But what if there is not enough bone to support the implant fixture?
Good news – Dr. Richard Lewis & Associates can graft bone with minor surgery called “site preparation”. Site preparation requires bone grafting and bone regeneration materials placed at the dental implant site to allow new bone to form and generate enough volume to hold the dental implant root. To prepare the dental implant site, the dentist either takes bone cells from a donor site in your mouth (autograft) or special processed grafting materials from another source such as synthetic materials (allograft), which are processed and safe for human use.
The grafted bone cells form a scaffold at the dental implant site for building new bone on top of existing bone. Most often, the bone graft is covered by a membrane, which acts as a protective cover above the bone graft and below the gum that allows the graft to achieve its maximum volume. Once the graft is healed, the membrane either dissolves by itself or can be easily removed.
Grafting and membrane removal are regular, routine procedures in dental implant dentistry. These procedures are usually done with Novocain in addition to antibiotics and analgesics, as appropriate.
In our 01803 dental office, bone grafting, bone regeneration, and other gum procedures are performed by our associate Burlington Periodontist, Dr. Yumi Ogata.
If you are looking for dental implants in Burlington, Billerica, Lexington, Winchester, Woburn, Wilmington, or Bedford, call Richard Lewis DMD & Associates at (781) 272-5890. We are conveniently located at the Burlington Medical Center, 281 Cambridge St., Burlington, MA 01803.
Where your implant needs can be performed “all under one roof”.
We are your 01803 dentist.