Cosmetic Dentist in Springfield, MA
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
January 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Periodontal disease can threaten the health of your teeth and gums. Fortunately, the disease can be effectively treated if you receive periodontal diseasetreatment as soon as you notice signs of a problem. Our Springfield, MA, dentist, Dr. Laura Gramse, discusses common signs of periodontal disease.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is more commonly called gum disease. If untreated, the disease can damage your gums, jawbone and the ligaments that help keep your teeth firmly in place. Failing to remove plaque, a sticky film that contains bacteria, from your teeth can cause gingivitis, the earliest phase of gum disease. The bacteria irritates sensitive gum tissues, causing a variety of uncomfortable symptoms.

Tartar, a hard deposit that form if you don't regularly remove plaque from your teeth, can worsen the disease. Because tartar can only be removed with special dental instruments, regular visits to our Springfield office offer an excellent way to reduce your periodontal disease risk.

How can I tell if I have periodontal disease?

Because the early symptoms of periodontal disease are mild, they're easy to overlook. If you notice any of these symptoms, it's important to schedule an appointment with our office:

  • Red, Painful Gums: Plaque and tartar are very irritating to the gums. If you don't brush and floss thoroughly, these substances can cause the gums to become red, swollen and painful. Bleeding is common when brushing your teeth if you have gingivitis. Pain may be particularly noticeable when you chew or brush or floss your teeth. If your infection is severe, you may notice pus on your gums.
  • Bad Breath: Bad breath may be a sign that you have gingivitis or a more severe form of periodontal disease. Although everyone has bad breath occasionally, gum disease may be the cause if brushing, flossing or using mouthwash doesn't improve your breath.
  • Loose Teeth: Damage to the ligaments, gums and jawbone can cause your teeth to loosen and fall out. Gum disease can also affect the fit of dentures.
  • Receding Gums and Pockets: Your gums may begin to recede, or you may develop pockets, deep spaces that form when your gums pull away from your teeth, if you have gum disease. Any changes to your gums should be evaluated as soon as possible.

The sooner you receive treatment for periodontal disease, the less likely you'll have to deal with the unpleasant consequences of the disease. Call our Springfield, MA, dentist, Dr. Gramse, at (413) 783-6907 to schedule an appointment if you notice any of these symptoms.

By Laura Gramse, R.D.H., D.M.D
December 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentist in Springfield, MA wants you to knowteeth whitening

There are countless over-the-counter products available at your local store. The problem is many of these treatments don’t whiten your teeth as much as you want, or the results may not last as long as you need them to. Many also contain harmful, abrasive chemicals which can make your teeth sensitive. It’s time to rethink teeth whitening and consider professional teeth whitening. Dr. Laura Gramse in Springfield, MA wants to help you discover teeth whitening techniques available for you.

Dr. Gramse offers two teeth whitening treatments each with its own benefits, depending on your needs. Professional teeth whitening treatments can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter. Unlike over-the-counter products, the results of professional teeth whitening can last up to 5 years. Consider:

  • An in-office teeth whitening treatment, the perfect choice for people with busy schedules or if you have a special event coming up; treatment takes about an hour and is performed in the office. Professional strength whitening gel is placed on the surfaces of your teeth and the gel is accelerated using a high-tech light system. The result is a dramatically whiter smile in a short period of time.

  • A take-home teeth whitening treatment is a great choice if you want to whiten your teeth at your own pace and at a time of your own choosing; you will receive a kit containing a set of custom trays which are made just for your smile, and a supply of professional teeth whitening solution. You just fill the trays with the solution and wear them for a designated period of time.

If you want to look better, younger and feel great about your smile, it’s time to think about professional teeth whitening. You deserve to show off your brilliant smile. A professional teeth whitening treatment is the easy, inexpensive way to improve your smile. To find out more, call Dr. Gramse in Springfield, MA. Don’t wait to get the smile you’ve been waiting for. Call today!

By Laura Gramse, R.D.H., D.M.D
September 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

The Columbia University College of Dental Medicine states that teeth whitening is a super popular cosmetic dental treatment. Like socosmetic dentistry many Americans, you may desire a brighter, whiter smile, or you wish to correct flaws such as large chips, gaps, pitting and other smile detractors. Dr. Laura Gramse, your Springfield, MA cosmetic dentist, loves to enhance the smiles of healthy teens and adults. Learn here about her most sought-after procedures: professional teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and composite resin bonding.

The cosmetic dentistry consultation

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) says that opinions vary as to what makes a smile beautiful. Is it perfect tooth alignment, bright white color, little to no exposed gum tissue or something else? Honestly, smile aesthetics are never objective, and so Dr. Gramse wants to understand your goals before starting any cosmetic treatment.

So your cosmetic dentist asks her patients to come to her Springfield office for a comprehensive exam and X-rays to make sure your mouth is healthy. If it is, you can discuss how you wish to enhance your teeth and gums. Often, patients start with just one cosmetic improvement and then may add others to complete their makeovers. However, a big point of this consultation is that doctor and patient fully agree on how a smile will look when the treatments are complete.

Common cosmetic procedures

Professional teeth whitening The most popular cosmetic dental service, according to the AACD, teeth whitening removes stains from foods and beverages, poor dental hygiene, prescription medications and smoking. Safer and more effective than strips, rinses and toothpastes purchased online or over the counter, in-office teeth whitening bleaches away discolorations in a single dental visit. Your cosmetic dentist makes sure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for whitening. She strongly recommends diligent brushing and flossing at home and six-month cleanings at her office to keep those pearly whites dazzling.

Porcelain veneers These tooth-shaped dental laminates disguise teeth that have cosmetic flaws such as chips, cracks, deep stains which cannot be whitened, gaps and even overcrowding. Bonded in place tooth by tooth, veneers permanently resurface teeth and even strengthen enamel. Lasting for ten years or more, veneers provide a great alternative to mild orthodontic correction and to dental crowns which require substantial reshaping of tooth structure.

Composite resin bonding Dr. Gramse recommends bonding for a myriad of small defects. Applied, sculpted and hardened with a curing light, bonded surfaces look very natural. Also, they are strong, being made of a mixture of color-matched acrylic and glass particles.

Make your smile outstanding

Dr. Gramse and her team would love to help you meet your smile goals. For more information about cosmetic dentistry options, contact the office to arrange your personal consultation in Springfield, MA. Call (413) 783-6907.

By Laura Gramse, R.D.H., D.M.D
July 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Find out why it’s necessary to replace missing teeth and why dental implants are a good option.Dental Implants

If you aren’t someone who keeps up with their oral hygiene the way they should then you may just find yourself dealing with some serious dental issues like tooth loss. From periodontal disease to cavities, there are many reasons why someone may lose a permanent tooth. If this has happened to you, don’t despair. Our Springfield, MA, restorative dentist, Dr. Laura Gramse, has the answer you’ve been looking for.

Implants are the only restoration that could potentially last you the rest of your life. They are made from titanium, so you’ll know that you are getting the most durable tooth replacement possible. When you look at an implant and see that it’s only a small metal post you may wonder how that is supposed to end up looking just like the rest of your natural teeth.

Remember, the implant itself is only meant to be a substitute for your missing tooth roots. It’s the implant that will provide a permanent foundation from which to support your replacement tooth or teeth.

Why should I consider dental implants?

While implants do require surgery and often have a longer length of treatment than other tooth replacement options, implants are the only restoration that will be able to provide the jawbone with the stimulation and support it needs to remain healthy and strong. Without all your tooth roots, the jawbone will begin to break down, which can lead to changes in your facial structure along with possible jaw problems.

By seeing our Springfield general dentist right away to get an implant you preserve as much of your jawbone as possible to prevent these complications from happening to you. Not even dentures or dental bridges will be able to provide the jawbone with the support it requires.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

You could be a good candidate for implants if:

  • You are an adult
  • You are a non-smoker
  • You aren’t currently pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant during your treatment
  • You are dedicated to maintaining good oral hygiene
  • You are dedicated to visiting us for routine checkups
  • You have good oral health that is free of gum disease, decay or other issues
  • You have good general health (if you have any chronic health conditions these must be properly managed through medications and other treatment options)

Have questions about getting dental implants in Springfield, MA? If so, then isn’t it time you called Dr. Gramse and scheduled an appointment? We can help you get a full, beautiful smile again!

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.

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