Dentist Blog

By Dentistry With A Smile, LLC
November 23, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants are the most advanced method for restoring smiles affected by tooth loss. Unlike other restoration methods that only replace missing teeth, dental implants also replace tooth roots. The many benefits of dental implants include being secure, long-lasting, and safe. We offer Dental Implants at Dentistry With a Smile in Fall River, MA, where Dr. Suhair Shamoon can help you restore your smile.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small metal posts that function similarly to roots by anchoring tooth restorations in place, including dental crowns, bridgework, and implant-supported dentures. Their versatility means patients with varying degrees of tooth loss can benefit from dental implants, whether replacing a single tooth or an entire arch.

A minor surgical procedure is performed to place dental implants directly in the jawbone, which is what makes them so secure. Dental implants are completely safe and are made from titanium, a metal that is both hypoallergenic and biocompatible. Titanium actually fuses with bone tissue gradually over time through a natural process called osseointegration. Within a few months of being placed in the jaw, the dental implants and bone tissue will be permanently fused together.

Candidates for Dental Implants

Not all patients dealing with tooth loss are candidates for dental implants. Candidates must have healthy gums with no signs of gum disease, a strong immune system, and plenty of bone tissue in the jaw. Dental implants cannot be successfully placed in the jaw if there is not enough bone to support them.

Unfortunately, the body naturally reabsorbs bone tissue that is not supporting teeth so bone loss is a common side effect of tooth loss. X-ray images can reveal whether or not there is sufficient bone tissue for placing dental implants. The skilled dentist at our practice in Fall River, MA, can determine if dental implants are an option for you.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are extensive benefits to restoring your smile with dental implants, the most advanced method for replacing teeth. In addition to restoring your smile, dental implants also reduce several negative side effects associated with tooth loss. One of the most exciting benefits is that dental implants stop bone loss in the jaw. The body will not reabsorb bone tissue that is supporting dental implants.

Dental implants also restore function by making biting and chewing different foods easier, which can be difficult when teeth are missing. They also improve functioning by reducing the excess strain existing teeth endure when compensating for missing ones. Another way dental implants helps is by reducing the facial sagging and drooping that often occurs when there are not enough teeth to support the muscles in the face.

Dental implants are a safe and secure option for replacing missing teeth. They’re also the longest-lasting tooth replacement method available today. For dental implants in Fall River, MA, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shamoon by calling Dentistry With a Smile at (508) 672-6471.

By Dentistry With A Smile, LLC
September 20, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you experiencing pain and swelling from decayed or injured teeth? You may have a very deep cavity and require a root canal. Dentistry With a Smile is your local source for root canal treatment in Fall River, MA. Dr. Suhair Shamoon is an experienced endodontist that will make your experience as comfortable as possible.

What Is a Root Canal?

This is a procedure that rids your tooth pulp and root of the infection. An endodontist such as Dr. Shamoon will carefully remove any infected or injured pulp inside your tooth. Once all infection is cleared, our staff will fill and seal the tooth. Depending on how much tooth structure remains, we may also put a cap on your tooth to further protect it.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

If your tooth pulp or root becomes injured or infected, it is time for a root canal in our office. Here are some common causes of a root canal:

  • Bad crown
  • Cracked tooth
  • Chipped tooth
  • Deep tooth decay/cavity
  • Injury

Benefits of a Root Canal

Root canals are often thought of as painful. However, our staff will provide comfortable and relaxing root canal treatment in Fall River, MA. If an injured or infected tooth is not properly treated, it may abscess and cause other problems. It will further decay and may need to be pulled. A root canal allows you to save your original teeth. Pulled teeth result in unsightly and inconvenient gaps.

A missing tooth will also cause other teeth to shift - this will create misalignment. Misaligned teeth will produce a crooked smile. Shifted teeth will also affect your bite. It is more cost-effective and convenient to save your natural teeth whenever possible.

If you are ready for root canal treatment in Fall River, MA, call our office at (508) 672-6471. Come to Dentistry With a Smile where Dr. Shamoon will perform this procedure with care and expertise.

By Dentistry With A Smile, LLC
September 16, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Cleanings  

Would you like to keep your smile bright and healthy? Schedule regular dental cleanings with your Fall River, MA, dentist, Dr. Suhair Shamoon of Dentistry With a Smile.

How You Benefit From Dental Cleanings

Dental cleanings are essential for good oral health and offer these benefits:

  • Lower Risk of Cavities: Cleanings remove plaque, the clear, sticky substance that forms a film over your teeth. Although brushing and flossing are excellent ways to clean plaque from your teeth, it may still remain in hard-to-reach places. The longer plaque remains on your teeth, the more likely you'll develop cavities. Fortunately, your dentist can get rid of every speck of plaque.
  • Less Chance of Gum Disease: Plaque \turns into tartar if it remains on your teeth too long. Unlike plaque, brownish tartar can't be removed by brushing or flossing. During your cleaning, your dentist will use a special tool called a scaler to safely remove tartar buildup. Since both plaque and tartar can be factors in gum disease, scheduling cleanings every six months offers a simple way to lower your gum disease risk.
  • Better Breath: Have you noticed that your breath seems a little stale lately? Removing plaque, tartar, and food debris between teeth can help you freshen your breath.
  • A Sparkling Smile: Polishing, the last part of your dental cleaning, removes surface stains that may make your teeth look a little dull.

During your visit to your Fall River, MA, dentist, we will also examine your teeth, gums, and mouth. If your dentist notices cavities or signs of common dental issues, such as gum disease, loose fillings, or cracked teeth, they can recommend treatment options.

Your appointment is also the perfect time to discuss any oral health concerns you may have and ask about cosmetic dentistry treatments that can enhance your appearance. Whether you're concerned about a chipped tooth, a crooked smile, or a missing tooth, your dentist can recommend treatment options that will help you improve your smile.

Is it time to make an appointment for a dental cleaning and checkup? Call your dentist in Fall River, MA, Dr. Shamoon of Dentistry With a Smile, at (508) 672-6471 to schedule your appointment.

By Dentistry With A Smile, LLC
August 19, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

As time goes on, your pearly whites can begin to appear dull. However, teeth whitening in Fall River, MA, from your dentist Dr. Suhair Shamoon of Dentistry With A Smile, LLC could save the day.

It Can Boost Your Confidence

If your teeth discolorations have forced you to stay tight-lipped, teeth whitening can give you a confidence boost. Teeth whitening can break down teeth stains caused by food, drinks, or cigarettes so that you can have your confidence back. You can smile brightly or give that speech without feeling self-conscious.

It Can Improve Your Appearance

Discolored teeth can look unappealing. Teeth whitening can get rid of your teeth stains so that you don't have to edit your teeth to appear brighter in photos anymore.

It's Quicker

If you've tried over-the-counter teeth whitening products, you'll probably find that it could take a while for you to see results. Also, you might not get dramatic results. On the other hand, teeth whitening with your Fall River, MA, dentist will give you better results. Professional teeth whitening gel contains a stronger bleaching agent that gets your teeth several shades brighter. In-office teeth whitening can also get your teeth brighter in about an hour.

It's Guaranteed

When your dentist determines that your teeth stains can benefit from professional teeth whitening, you can be assured of your results. You might find that generic teeth whitening products may give you uneven results or take a lot longer to work.

It's Safer

Trying to whiten your teeth at home without your dentist's guidance can be bad for your teeth and gums. At your dentist's office, she'll protect your gums and other soft tissue in your mouth from the teeth bleaching gel. By ensuring that the teeth bleaching agent stays on your teeth alone, your dentist protects other tissues from damage.

Customized Treatment

Teeth whitening from your dentist can get you the specific degree of whiteness you want and in the areas you need it. With your dentist, you can customize your teeth whitening treatment to suit your preferences.

Call (508) 672-6471 to schedule your dental appointment with your dentist, Dr. Shamoon of Dentistry With A Smile, LLC for teeth whitening in Fall River, MA.

By Dentistry With A Smile, LLC
April 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Braces  

Straight teeth are usually credited to a beautiful smile but there's more to straight teeth than a pretty smile. Crooked or mishappen teeth make it difficult for people to eat or speak properly and increase the risk of tooth decay. Dr. Suhair Shamoon of Dentistry With a Smile provides patients with preventative, restorative, and esthetic procedures, including braces, at her Fall River, MA, office.

About braces

Braces are used to straighten teeth. These orthodontic appliances apply slight pressure on the teeth, coaxing them into the right position over time.

There are two general types of braces:

Fixed Braces- The majority of patients wear fixed appliances. These metal braces are referred to as traditional metal braces and are very efficient in fixing serious or extreme problems, like large dental gaps. They are attached to teeth using metal bands or a special cement, but not everyone wants people to know they have braces on.

Other examples of fixed braces include:

  • Ceramic braces, which are an example of fixed braces that are less conspicuous. The brackets on the front side are tooth-colored so they blend in with natural teeth.
  • Lingual braces, that are truly invisible because they can be placed on the tongue side of teeth. They work the same way as traditional braces but are completely hidden.

Removable Braces- Older teens and adults in Fall River, MA, with less severe dental issues usually opt for removable braces. These removable clear aligners need to be worn approximately 22 hours per day. You can take them off while you eat and when you need to brush or floss your teeth. 

Would you like to speak with a dentist about braces?

To learn more about braces and which type works best for you, contact Dr. Shamoon of Dentistry With a Smile at her Fall River, MA, office. You can call her at (508) 672-6471 to schedule an appointment or to ask any questions.

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