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Laura Gramse, RDH, DMD
2194 Wilbraham Rd
Springfield, MA 01129
(413) 783-6907

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By Laura Gramse, R.D.H., D.M.D.
May 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth loss can have a serious impact on your oral health if you aren’t implants

Losing a tooth is stressful enough, but if you decide to wait to seek treatment you could be doing your oral health a great disservice. After losing a tooth it’s important that you talk to our Springfield, MA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Laura Gramse, about the restoration that will work best for your unique needs. If you decide not to replace your missing tooth or teeth, here’s what will eventually happen:

Bone Deterioration

One of the most common complications of tooth loss is jawbone damage. Since the roots of the tooth are no longer present, they can’t stimulate the jawbone. When this happens, the jawbone senses these changes and begins to lose density. The jawbone will also recede and shorten over time. If you don’t replace your missing teeth, jawbone loss can become so severe that you may require bone grafting surgery in order to correct the issue and preserve as much of your jawbone as possible.

Facial Changes

As you probably can imagine, if the shape of the jawbone has changed drastically then it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that it will affect the overall shape of your face as well. Skin will begin to sag and cheeks will cave in since the jawbone isn’t there to support some of the muscles of the face. The space between the nose and the mouth shortens and these changes can prematurely age you. This is a fact that worries many with tooth loss, but luckily dental implants and other tooth replacement options in Springfield, MA, can prevent this complication.

Shifting Teeth

Have you had braces in the past? Do you love that your smile is finally straight? Hate the idea of needing braces again? Well you may if you don’t treat your tooth loss. Whenever there is a gap in your smile, teeth will begin to shift into that open space. As a result, you may face a crooked or misaligned smile, which will require orthodontic treatment to correct.

Don’t let tooth loss have the final say. Take charge and restore your oral health for the long-term with dental implants. Call our Springfield, MA, cosmetic dental office to schedule your consultation.

By Laura Gramse, R.D.H., D.M.D.
March 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Discover what makes these cosmetic beauties tick.veneers

You want to have a smile that you just can’t wait to show off, but if discolorations and other small imperfections are keeping you from feeling confident in your appearance then it’s time our Springfield, MA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Laura Gramse, change all this with the help of dental veneers.

What can porcelain veneers do for my smile?

Just as artificial nails are a popular way to hide chipped, yellowing and unsightly fingernails, porcelain veneers do the same thing for your teeth. Dental veneers can mask a variety of tooth imperfections such as cracks, chips, small gaps between smiles, crowding, stains and other malformations. Veneers can instantly make your smile appear straighter without ever needing to wear braces.

How are veneers placed?

Before we can just put your dental veneers on we will need to prepare your teeth for your new restorations. Don’t worry; the preparation process is painless and straightforward. All we really need to do is file down some enamel from the front of your teeth. This will ensure that when the veneers are adhered they look natural and not bulky. Having such a small amount of enamel removed will not hurt and can often be done without the need for local anesthesia at all.

Once enamel has been filed away, our Springfield dentist will then need to take impressions of the teeth that will be getting veneers. These impressions will help a dental lab create custom veneers that offer a perfect fit just for you. While your veneers are being made we will determine whether we need to place temporary veneers over your teeth to protect them in the interim.

When you veneers are ready to be put on, you will come back into the office for a final visit. First, we will temporarily place them over your teeth so you’ll get an idea of how your new smile will look. This will also give you a chance to approve your new appearance before having the veneers permanently bonded to your teeth.

Porcelain veneers are an incredible and easy way to revamp and makeover your smile. If this sounds like the perfect cosmetic treatment for you then call our Springfield, MA, cosmetic dental office to book an appointment with us today.

By Laura Gramse, R.D.H., D.M.D.
January 18, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Mild to severe periodontal disease affects nearly half of Americans over the age of 30 according to the Centers for Disease Control and periodonticsPrevention. You shouldn't ignore the symptoms of periodontal disease because this oral condition could lead to tooth loss and other complications. If you recognize any of the signs, see Dr. Laura Gramse for a diagnosis and periodontal treatment at her Springfield, MA dentist office.

About Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is an oral disorder that damages the gums and teeth. It's caused by bad bacteria that rapidly degrades the bone tissue in the jaw. As periodontitis progresses the gums lose their hold on the roots of the teeth, eventually causing them to loosen. Without proper treatment, extraction maybe necessary to prevent the infection from spreading.

Signs of Periodontitis
Your Springfield dentist can officially diagnose periodontitis using X-rays and an examination of your gums. But there are indications of a potential problem that you can identify at home before visiting the dentist's office. Here are five signs of periodontal disease that you should not ignore:

  • Strange, foul coming from the gums.
  • Gums are red and bleeding when you're brushing.
  • Pockets forming around the gumline.
  • Pain and tenderness in the gums.
  • Loosening or moving teeth.

Getting Treatment for Symptoms
Aggressive periodontitis treatment can give your gums a chance to heal and regenerate new bone tissue. Here are the most common ways that your dentist will attempt to reverse the symptoms of periodontal disease:

  • Scaling and root planing to remove bad bacteria and plaque from under the gumline.
  • Medications to keep bad bacteria at bay.
  • Bone grafting to shore up existing bone tissue and promote the growth of new tissue.
  • Periodontal surgery in advanced cases.
  • Dental implants in serious cases where a tooth must be extracted and replaced.

A Periodontist Can Help
If you recognize any concerning signs of periodontitis, you should see Dr. Gramse for periodontal treatment as soon as possible. Call her office in Springfield, MA at (413) 783-6907 today.

By Laura Gramse, R.D.H., D.M.D.
November 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

If you feel as though your teeth could use a pick me up, you may benefit from cosmetic dentistry, which focuses on improving the appearance of your teeth and smile. However, determining the best procedure for you might not be so obvious. Learn more about cosmetic dentistry procedures and which could benefit you with Dr. Laura Gramse in Springfield, WA.

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

  • Veneers: Veneers improve the appearance of your teeth by covering them with a thin shell of porcelain. This procedure can benefit teeth with cracks, chips, discolorations, yellowing, or a slight misshapen. It can also improve sunder crowding or overcrowding issues.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants can replace one, a few, or all of your missing teeth and their roots. Thanks to their design, implants are versatile and can help you completely restore your smile. While not every patient is a good candidate for dental implants, your Springfield dentist can help you determine if this procedure is your best option for tooth replacement treatment.
  • Crowns/Bridges: Crowns help stabilize and protect a damaged or compromised tooth. The crown fits over a tooth and surrounds it on all sides. Crowns also hold a permanent dental bridge, which replaces a missing tooth above the gumline, in its correct place.
  • Teeth Whitening: If you are happy with the overall appearance of your teeth but wish they were bright, pearly whites, you could benefit from professional teeth whitening. This process involves an hour-long dental appointment which can lift the color of your teeth up to ten shades in a single sitting. Results are immediate and dramatic, giving your smile a boost overnight.
  • Contouring/Reshaping: During contouring and reshaping procedures, your dentist uses a dental drill with various bits to reshape the teeth. Dentists often use contouring and reshaping alongside other cosmetic procedures like veneers.
  • Orthodontics: Orthodontics benefit those who have misaligned teeth or an abnormal bite. In the past, orthodontic treatment meant permanently adhering noticeable metal brackets and wires to the teeth. However, tooth-colored brackets and wires and clear aligner trays like Invisalign are also available for those wishing for a more subtle treatment. Orthodontic treatment treats issues like misaligned teeth, overbite, underbite, cross bite, under crowding, overcrowding, and more.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. Gramse in Springfield, WA. Call (413) 783-6907 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Gramse today!

By Laura Gramse, R.D.H., D.M.D.
September 02, 2016
Category: None
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Getting your teeth whitened professionally can be a life-changing experience. Whiter teeth are associated with youth, health, vitality and even your level of professionalism in the workplace. Your Springfield dentist have the ability to improve the appearance of your teeth by up to eight shades in one short visit. Explore the following FAQs about teeth whitening so that you can decide if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.Teeth Whitening

Why is Professional Teeth Whitening the Best Option?
Over the counter whitening products are convenient but problematic for a number of reasons. For one, they take a long time to show results (sometimes weeks or months), if they ever do. Whitening kits that come with trays are ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. When you have your teeth whitened professionally, the treatment is finished within one day, in one appointment. There’s no need to disrupt your schedule by wearing a tray every day and little to no concerns about irritation of the gums since the procedure will be handled by a skilled dentist.

Who Is a Candidate?
Any patient with generally good dental health may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Keep in mind that some patients aren’t eligible for this treatment because they have stains that can’t be cleared with whitening gels. This is the case when the stain is “intrinsic,” which means the discoloration is at the inner layer of the tooth. You dentist can tell you if your teeth can be successfully whitened at your initial consultation.

What Will Happen at the Whitening Appointment?
Set aside at least an hour of your time for your teeth whitening appointment. You’ll sit back in your chair as the dentist inserts a device to keep your lips separate from your teeth then applies the gel. You’ll wait for anywhere between 60-90 minutes until the whitening effect has set in. Many patients choose to have this treatment performed on a lunch hour.

How Long Will the Teeth Stay White?
You can expect to enjoy your new whiter smile for about one to two years or longer. The length of time your smile will last depends on you and your dental habits. If you go back to eating the same foods and drinking the same beverages that stained your teeth in the past, the problem is likely to return more quickly. Use a straw, brush regularly and see your dentist for cleanings twice per year.

Contact your Springfield Dentist

You will be happy with the way that your smile looks after going to your Springfield dentist for a teeth whitening treatment. If you have more questions, call for an appointment today.

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