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I'm Having a Dental Emergency! What Should I Do?

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Dental emergencies are inconvenient and can feel scary, especially if there is blood or a knocked out tooth involved. Your first instinct may be to panic, but you can rest assured that, with the right team on your side, dental emergencies in Duxbury, MA will be handled promptly with your comfort in mind.

When you know what to do in an emergency, it can also help to alleviate your stress. Here are some helpful tips for handling common dental emergencies until you can get to your dentist.

Contact Your Dentist First

While it may seem like a good idea to head to an emergency room, in the case of a dental emergency you ...

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3 Reasons Patients Choose to Utilize Sedation Dentistry

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Dental sedation offers patients options for helping them feel more relaxed during treatment procedures so they can get the dentistry they need in a timely and comfortable manner. Here are three reasons patients might choose sedation dentistry.

Fear or Anxiety

Dental fear or anxiety keeps many patients from visiting the dentist on a regular basis. The good news is that options such as nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, can help patients feel more at ease during most types of procedures. Better yet, it doesn’t interfere with your normal activities when you return home after your appointment.

Multiple Complex Procedures

Has your hectic schedule kept you from completing the dental treatment you need? Now you ...

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Case of the Week- New Dentures

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Our patient, Mr. S, was in need of some new dentures. His old dentures were severely worn down. They also did not fit properly, especially the lower denture. They both needed loads of denture adhesive to stay in place. Mr. S has also heard about dental implants to help secure his dentures. Here are steps he went through to get his new implant-retained dentures.

Here are his old dentures:

 

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A Brief History of Dentures

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Dentures are an excellent solution for replacing an entire arch of missing teeth. You might be surprised to find that they date back to around 700BC when Etruscans crafted them out of human or animal teeth.

Dentures were on the rise as sugar entered into our diets causing tooth decay and loss. In the 1700's dentures were made of ivory, and even George Washington was a denture wearer, although his were not actually made of wood contrary to popular belief. They were crafted from ivory, human teeth, and animal teeth.

Around the year 1774, the first set of porcelain dentures were made, although porcelain tended to chip so human teeth were still ...

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The Power of Dental Implants to Change Your Smile- Case of the Week

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This week I delivered two dental implant crowns to one of our patients and it made me think how great it is to have an option like dental implants available today. It truly is a life-altering procedure. This is especially the case with our patient, who I'll call Emily to protect her anonymity. 

Here is Emily when she first came to our office. She was missing both upper left bicuspids. I got her to smile for the photo, but this wasn't something she felt comfortable doing in public. She is getting married this year and wanted to be able to smile in her wedding photos.

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Mouthguards, Nightguards, Retainers and More! Now made in-office...

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Recently, our office purchased a fantastic new laboratory machine with the capability of producing custom fabricated athletic mouthguards, nightguards to prevent tooth grinding, and clear orthodontic retainers. It's called: the MiniSTAR.

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With the ability to fabricate these dental appliances in our office, we can deliver them to our patients faster and at a lower cost than sending them to a commercial dental laboratory. 

Our athletic mouthguards can be made in a variety of colors. Upon request, we can add custom logos and names. They are multi-layered, durable, and will help protect against fractured teeth and concussions. ...

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Dr. Joe's 6th Annual Golf Outing

On Friday, July 21, 2017, Dr. Joe Santelli hosted the 7th Annual Golf Outing at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston. It's a free golf event for friends of Dr. Santelli and open to patients of our practice. We had a record 60 golfers this year due to increased demand. The weather was perfect once again, 90 degrees and sunny. The BBQ was held indoors this year due to the heat.

The tournament is just for fun and the "best ball" format reflects that goal. Each foursome is a team. Every player tees off and the team chooses the best drive of the four. Then each player will hit a shot from ...

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