By Page Family Dentistry
April 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Your take good care of your teeth, but how are your gums doing? At Page Family Dentistry in Providence, RI, Dr. Marc Page and Dr. Lawrence Page value your periodontal health. Your family dentist will show you ways to keep those soft oral tissues vibrant and infection-free.

What is gum disease?

Your oral health influences your overall health. Plus, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults.

Gum disease begins when plaque and tartar collect in between teeth and in the spaces between the gums and root surfaces. These gum pockets have a normal depth of one to three millimeters, but when infiltrated by leftover food residues, they deepen, causing:

  • Bleeding
  • Puffiness
  • Tenderness
  • Fistulas on the gums
  • Bad breath
  • Receded gum tissue
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Change in the fit of dentures and in dental bite
  • Loose and lost teeth

While patients do not notice gum disease symptoms right away, your family dentist can spot these issues during your regular dental visits. If you have mild gingivitis or even advanced periodontal disease, Dr. Page can help you return to full oral health.

Risk factors for gum disease

Some are unavoidable--heredity and age, as examples. However, other factors are within your control. Risk factors include:

  • Poor oral hygiene habits
  • Smoking and use of smokeless tobacco
  • Diet (high in sugar and low in fiber)
  • Teeth clenching and grinding
  • Some prescriptions, such as birth control pills and some heart medications
  • Some health conditions, such as obesity and diabetes, which impact the immune system

People over the age of 65 have a greater incidence of gum disease. So, age is a risk factor as well.

Preventing gum disease

At your routine check-up and cleaning at Page Family Dentistry in Providence, your dentist can recommend ways for you to keep your gums healthy. After all, prevention is the best cure for any health problem. Your tips may include:

1. Stop all tobacco usage.

2. Stay hydrated with several glasses of water daily.

3. Brush your teeth gently twice a day.

4. Floss daily to remove bacteria-filled plaque.

5. Consume a diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables.

6. Wear a bite guard if you have the habit of clenching and grinding your teeth.

7. Ask your hygienist for ways to improve your oral health routine.

8. Get professional cleanings and check-ups at least every six months.

If you do have gum problems, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) or other in-office interventions to remove diseased tissue and help your gums heal.

Learn all you can

Your smile depends on your gum health. So, keep it strong with the help of Dr. Marc Page and Dr. Lawrence Page at Providence's own Page Family Dentistry. Call the office team for your routine appointment: (401) 421-9350.

By Page Family Dentistry
March 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

How dental implants from your dentists in Providence, Rhode Island can rebuild your smile

If you are missing teeth, you are missing your smile! Fortunately, you can revive the smile you’ve lost, thanks to dental implants. Read on to learn how Drs. Lawrence and Marc Page of Page Family Dentistry in Providence, RI, offer dental implants to rebuild your smile—read on to learn more.

What dental implants can do for you

Dental implants are the closest tooth replacement to having natural teeth. The dental implant screw is implanted in your jaw during a simple in-office procedure. This screw will function as the “root” of your missing tooth. Following the implantation is a healing period, during which the bone will fill in around the implant screw, locking it in place. After the area has healed and your implant is fully embedded, it will be capped with a beautiful implant crown, giving you a new tooth!

There are many reasons why people prefer dental implants to rebuild their smiles. Consider that dental implants:

  • Look just like natural teeth, because the dental implant crown material is light reflective and is virtually indistinguishable from natural tooth enamel
  • Are completely stable, because they are embedded in the bone, making it so that they will never move around
  • Provide convenience, because they are a permanent part of your smile and you never have to take them out
  • Are easy to maintain, because you simply brush and floss them along with your natural teeth

Dental implants are also highly successful because they are made of biocompatible materials that your body won’t reject. In fact, they are the most successful surgical implant, boasting a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Need dental work? Give us a call

If you are missing teeth and want to rebuild your smile, dental implants allow you to replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth, or even an entire arch of teeth. To learn more about how dental implants can restore your smile, call Drs. Lawrence and Marc Page of Page Family Dentistry in Providence, RI, at (401) 421-9350. Call today!

By Page Family Dentistry
December 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Smile issues? Your cosmetic dentist can perform a variety of dental procedures to enhance your smile—from subtle changes to major repairs. Dentists have a wide array of techniques at their disposal for improving the appearance of your smile. Led by Drs. Marc & Lawrence Page, Page Family Dentistry in Providence, RI offers a full range of dental services to the patients they serve. The following information can help you decide which cosmetic dentistry option is right for you.

Dental Bonding - Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure in which tooth-colored material is applied to your teeth to improve your smile. Among the least expensive and easiest of cosmetic dental procedures, bonding can repair cracked or chipped teeth, change the shape of teeth, fix decayed teeth, make the teeth look longer, and close spaces between teeth. The bonding procedure takes about 45 minutes to complete.

Dental Crowns - Dental crowns can enhance the beauty of your smile. Dental crowns are restorations that completely cover the outside of the teeth. They're routinely used to restore teeth that are damaged, badly decayed, cracked, discolored, worn-down, or weakened. All-ceramic crowns can give you a naturally beautiful smile. All-ceramic crowns provide the best natural color match than other crown types.

Dental Implants - Dental implants are widely considered the best option for replacing lost teeth. An implant is a small metal post that is surgically placed in the jawbone to hold a fabricated tooth. Implants can be used to replace one or many lost teeth. There are many advantages to dental implants including improved appearance, durability, improved self-esteem, easier eating, improved comfort, and improved speech.

Dental Veneers - Porcelain veneers can make your smile more beautiful. Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin, porcelain shells that are cemented over the front of your teeth to improve your look. Porcelain veneers are routinely used to restore teeth that are unevenly spaced, cracked, chipped, stained, oddly shaped, or crooked. The durability of porcelain veneers allows them to resist wear and tear and remain resilient lasting up to 20 years or more.

Teeth Whitening - Smile brighter! Our Providence dentist can give you the brilliant smile you desire. In some cases, professional teeth whitening is performed in the office, using a light source to speed up the bleaching process. Still, another popular procedure is one that you complete from your home.

Experience the confidence a star-worthy smile can give you! Call Page Family Dentistry at (401) 421-9350 to schedule a dental consultation in Providence, RI and get the smile you deserve.

By Page Family Dentistry
August 14, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Have all those years of drinking coffee left your teeth a little yellow? Perhaps you’ve noticed that your smile has begun to dull as you’ve gotten older? Whatever the reason for your discolored smile, our Providence, RI, cosmetic dentists, Drs. Marc & Lawrence Page, can turn your smile around with the help of professional whitening.

Professional in-office teeth whitening can get some smiles up to five shades brighter (or more) in under one hour, making it the fastest and most effective way to remove dental stains and develop a whiter smile. Here are the benefits of receiving professional teeth whitening treatment from our Providence office:

A Healthier-Looking Smile

If you find yourself hiding your smile in photos because coffee, soda, or red wine have given your teeth a yellow sheen over the years, then professional teeth whitening is exactly what you need to brighten your smile quickly. No need to put a special filter on your photos in order to mask your yellowing smile, our dentists can ensure that you get a beautiful, vibrant smile with #nofilter.

A Boost to Your Confidence

Not only will you find yourself smiling more, but you’ll also find that professional teeth whitening treatment can help restore confidence in your appearance. As a result, you may finally get back out into the dating pool or go for that new job promotion or simply feel more comfortable in your own skin. It’s amazing how much confidence you’ll feel with a whiter smile!

You May Become a Social Butterfly

With a renewed sense of confidence, you’ll feel less guarded about your appearance, meaning that you can enjoy talking with friends, colleagues, or that match you found on your dating app without having to worry about your smile. The more confident you feel in your smile, the less self-conscious you’ll be when you socialize!

Interested? Give Us a Call!

Ready to get a whiter smile? If you said “yes” then the next step is to call Page Family Dentistry's Providence, RI, office today by dialing (401) 421-9350. It’s amazing how much more confident you will feel with a whiter smile!

By Page Family Dentistry
June 12, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Veneers  

Do you want to feel proud of your smile, but have some obvious defects getting in the way? Here at Page Family Dentistry in Providence, veneersRI, Drs. Marc and Lawrence Page fix a number of aesthetic dental issues through the use of porcelain veneers. Read on to learn more about this popular treatment, and give our Providence office a call if you are interested in scheduling a consultation!

 

FAQs about porcelain veneers

What are they?

Porcelain veneers are thin, translucent wafers that are made of high-grade ceramic. Created to cover the fronts of teeth that have been flawed by stains, surface crazing, chips, and more, veneers are uniquely shaped and colored to beautify, strengthen, and reshape smiles. Your dentist cements them in place with a tooth-colored adhesive and high-intensity curing light.

 

Who can receive porcelain veneers?

Adults and older teens are both eligible for this treatment, which begins with Dr. Page examining your teeth and gums before recommending cosmetic treatments that meet your smile goals. While composite resin bonding and teeth whitening work well for ordinary stains and small flaws, veneers disguise more extensive problems on otherwise healthy teeth. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry maintains that this pre-treatment conference between dentist and patient is crucial to the success of any aesthetic dental service.

 

Is the process difficult?

No, it is not difficult, but it does take two visits to our office, each lasting one to two hours each. After your initial consultation, Dr. Page takes impressions of your teeth, resurfaces the enamel so that the veneers can fit properly, and places temporary laminates on your teeth to both protect them and normalize your appearance. He then sends instructions to a trusted dental laboratory where the ceramist creates each veneer with just the right shape, size, and color.

During your second visit to Page Family Dentistry, your doctor will remove the temporary veneers and try on the new ones with water or glycerin. This step determines the adhesive color and the proper veneer fit. Finally, he glues them in place and hardens the adhesive.

 

How long do veneers last?

Veneers last ten years or more. Just be gentle with them (don't chew ice or bite open packages with your teeth), brush twice a day, and floss daily to keep veneer margins free of plaque and tartar. Dental laminates are stain-and chip-resistant, but of course, they are not indestructible.

 

How will my mouth feel after veneer placement?

The bite and size of your teeth will feel a bit different at first, but people adjust relatively quickly to their veneers. Also, your gums and teeth may feel slightly sensitive for a while, but this, too, will normalize.

 

Time to explore more about veneers

If you are ready to experience a dramatic cosmetic change in your smile, please contact our Providence office at (401) 421-9350.





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