Regular dental visits are essential to make sure oral health problems — from tooth decay to oral cancer — are detected and treated in a timely manner. At our office, your oral health is our paramount concern. We want to make sure your teeth stay healthy, function well and look great! From regular cleanings and exams to advanced restorative treatments, all of your routine dental needs can be met right here.
“Eco-friendly” Cleanings and Exams
Regular dental cleanings and exams are an opportunity to contribute not only to your oral health – but in our view to your overall health. At your appointment, we monitor your oral health, and make appropriate recommendations consistent with biological dental philosophy.
We use biodegradable floss and reusable patient bibs that are sterilized after each use. Every attempt is made to use either biodegradable or eco-friendly dental materials to minimize impact on the environment.
Feel free at the end of your appointment to ask about the eco-friendly materials used and how much dental waste has been potentially saved.
Restorative: We are a Mercury-Safe Dental Office
Fillings can prevent further decay or tooth loss and minimize the progression of gum disease. We only use biocompatible materials including BPA-free composites and ceramics.
When new fillings are needed – or old ones need to be replaced – we use only tooth-colored materials to restore your teeth. We decided to use BPA-free composite resin, as opposed to mercury-containing amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings are often called “Silver Fillings” and contain up 50%-55% mercury. This metal is a serious pollutant of both the environment, and the human body. For this reason, at Green Wellesley Dental we do not place amalgam fillings.
Green Wellesley Dental is a Mercury Safe Dental Clinic, and should an amalgam filling need to be replaced, we have protocols in place to guard both you and us from mercury exposure.
At Green Wellesley Dental we use BPA-free composite or ceramic materials. These materials have several advantages.
Are bonded to the teeth for superior fit.
Result in stronger, intact teeth.
Wear like natural teeth.
Crown and Bridge
When decay or tooth damage is extensive, a filling might not be enough. A crown may be needed to restore the tooth’s look and function. A thorough evaluation, consistent with biological philosophy, is done before any recommendation for crown placement is given.
At Green Wellesley Dental, we are technology driven. Placing a crown is now a single-visit procedure that saves you time and discomfort from having to come back for multiple appointments.
At your appointment, Dr Shutts makes a digital scan of your teeth with the help of an intraoral scanner and records the way you bite. He then removes any decay and carefully prepares the tooth for the new crown. Once the tooth is prepared, Dr Shutts makes a new digital scan of your teeth and skillfully designs your crown. Within an hour your new crown is ready to be placed.
A bridge is a reliable way to correct for absent but necessary teeth. At Green Wellesley Dental, we believe that a missing tooth if uncorrected can lead not only to a shift in surrounding teeth but also can negatively affect your overall health. A thorough evaluation, consistent with biological philosophy, is done before any recommendation for bridge placement is given.
Bridge placement requires two visits. At first appointment, Dr. Shutts prepares the tooth on either side of the gap, which will anchor the bridge.
Then, Dr Shutts uses a digital scanner to create an image of your teeth, from which to build your Bridge. This scan will be sent to a locally owned lab for fabrication.
Dr Shutts will then fit a temporary resin bridge over the prepared teeth. The final fixed bridge will then be cemented at your second visit.
If you have lost some or all of your natural teeth, dentures can be used to replace them. Upon a thorough evaluation of your situation, we will fabricate partial or full dentures that are designed to look and feel like natural teeth. Here at Green Wellesley Dental, we utilize latest technology in dental imaging to make a scanned image of your teeth to create your Partial or Full Denture. Advanced dental materials make it possible to create dentures that are more comfortable, durable and better fitting than those worn by past generations. We also offer implant-supported dentures that “snap” on to dental implants for improved security and function.
Sometimes surgical intervention is necessary to preserve your health. We at Green Wellesley Dental are pleased to offer these services to our patients.
Dental Implants are an excellent, stand-alone way to replace missing teeth. They are permanent, protective, and unlike bridges, they don’t require any drilling into neighboring teeth for support. Although they do require some special care, Dental Implants are the closest thing to natural teeth that you can get. Commonly, dental implants are made from titanium, which is sometimes treated with different elements to help it integrate better with your jawbone. With nearly a decades’ experience placing both Titanium and Zirconia Implants, the best implant option for your situation is available at Green Wellesley Dental. Once the implant is surgically placed, Dr Shutts will place an abutment on top – a kind of extension of the implant on which the final restoration will sit. Sometimes, this can be done at the same visit; other times, Dr Shutts will need to wait until the implant is better integrated with the bone. Once all the soft tissues have had time to heal, Dr Shutts will place the final restoration. All told, the process can take several months. Dental implants are long-lasting, reliable, and functionally superior to other methods of replacing teeth. By preserving dental function, your oral health is protected.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Your back molars, also known as wisdom teeth, are the last adult teeth to emerge in your mouth. Generally, two come in on the top and bottom of both sides, usually between the ages of 17 and 21. Many people don’t have enough room in their jaws to accommodate wisdom teeth without their other teeth shifting. This can lead to a variety of problems. If this happens to you, Dr Shutts will likely recommend surgery to remove them. Wisdom tooth removal is very common, and recovery can take up to a week, depending on your specific case. Recovery may take longer if your wisdom teeth are impacted. This means that they haven’t emerged from below the gums yet and aren’t visible.
An extraction means to have a tooth removed, usually because of disease, trauma or crowding. If you need an extraction, Dr Shutts will first numb the area to lessen any discomfort. After the extraction, Dr Shutts will advise you of what post extraction regimen to follow. In most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal. Your mouth will slowly fill in the bone where the tooth root used to be, and eventually feel quite normal.
X-rays let us look for decay between teeth or under fillings. They let us check for bone loss or infection around the roots of your teeth. They provide a reference for us when we need to provide treatment. At Green Wellesley Dental, we use only digital imaging. Most patients find them easier and more comfortable to have taken than conventional film x-rays. Not only does digital imaging give us better images to work with; it reduces your exposure to radiation by as much as 90%.
But sometimes, seeing a few teeth and their supporting gum and bone tissue isn’t enough, and we need a more comprehensive view. We need to see your teeth, jaws, and head in relationship with each other. For this, we use 3-D cone beam imaging. It captures a full craniofacial image – the full jaw and jaw joints, and all related structures in a single shot. Radiation exposure is extremely low, and the images are quick and easy for us to take, comfortable for you. And because the image is so complete, because Dr. Shutts has the full context of your mouth to evaluate, the quality and specificity of treatment is that much higher. Often, treatment time can be significantly reduced. 3D imaging is especially helpful when we’re placing implants and addressing TMJ issues, sleep-disordered breathing, or other issues in which seeing the “big picture” matters.
Sedation dentistry can help take the fear out of visiting the dentist. We understand that most people have some level of anxiety toward dental procedures. That’s why we offer options to help you relax, such as nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”). Despite its nickname, you might not actually laugh as you inhale this odorless gas through a nosepiece. You will feel quickly deeply relaxed. After your procedures are done, we administer straight oxygen for a few minutes, bringing you back to normal consciousness. There are no side effects, and you can safely drive yourself from your appointment afterward. If dental anxiety is an issue for you, talk with us about it before your appointment. Let us know what we can do to help calm your nerves and make your visit a relaxing and enjoyable experience