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
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.

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.

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