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February 13, 2018

The dreaded root canal is probably the one dental treatment most feared by Americans. However, with modern advances in dental technology and dentist skill, there is no real reason to fear a root canal. Nowadays, having a root canal procedure done can give you long-lasting results with minimal pain, and is usually the preferred option over extracting a tooth.

We've put together this list of root canal myths along with the truth about this procedure in order to put your mind at rest. We hope that you will feel comfortable with the idea of a root canal after learning more about it, and will understand why it's often the best choice for an infected tooth.Root canals can preserve the natural tooth root in Boston, MA

Myth 1: Root Canals Are Painful

This is a pervasive myth, but it is untrue. Modern root canal technique utilizes local anesthetic to make sure that you don't feel a thing during your procedure. We also offer the NuCalm system to help you fully relax while having a root canal done. With the proper tools, technique, and equipment, a root canal is just like having a filling done.

After your root canal, you may experience some discomfort or sensitivity around the affected tooth. We will prescribe you pain medications if needed, but most patients are fine with over the counter medicines.

Myth 2: Your Tooth Will Need To Be Extracted Anyway, So Why Bother?

Many people think that a root canal is only a temporary solution, and eventually their tooth will need to be extracted. They think a root canal is a waste of money for this reason. However, most root canals have a very high success rate, and you can keep your tooth for the rest of your life with proper maintenance and oral hygiene.

Even if you start to feel pain in the tooth again, that doesn't mean it needs to be extracted. A second root canal can be performed in order to remove any lingering traces of infection or decay, and you can still keep most of your natural tooth.

Myth 3: Tooth Extraction Is Less Expensive And A Better Alternative

A root canal will almost always be recommended over an extraction if it is still possible to save your natural tooth. Extractions take out the tooth root, which can only be replaced by a dental implant. Dental implants are much more expensive than root canals, and are not covered by insurance in many cases.

If you opt to not replace your missing tooth, you're leaving your exposed gum wide open to further infection, and your neighboring teeth may start to weaken and shift into the empty space. Plus, the lack of tooth root may eventually cause bone loss in the jaw.

Root canals can save your natural tooth root and prevent the problems that come along with tooth extraction.

Myth 4: You Don't Need a Root Canal If You Have No Pain

Since tooth infection typically goes hand in hand with significant pain, you may think that if you don't have any pain you don't need a root canal. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes, the nerves and pulp inside your tooth have already died, which means you won't have pain despite severe decay and infection.

Experienced dentists have ways of checking tooth health even if you are not feeling pain. If Dr. Clancy finds that your tooth has been severely compromised, he will likely recommend a root canal even in the absence of pain in that tooth.

Schedule Your Dental Appointment Today

If you have a toothache or notice anything unusual about your teeth or gums, please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Clancy at 781-350-4385 to schedule an appointment. In addition, be sure to visit us every six months so we can check on your oral hygiene and the health of your tooth and gums.

We serve patients in Winchester, Somerville, Cambridge, Medford, and Boston, Massachusetts.

February 02, 2018

Many patients want to know how exactly porcelain veneers and Lumineers differ. They seem to serve the same purpose, after all. However, there are significant differences between these two procedures. While on the surface they appear similar, they differ in terms of candidacy, what types of dental problems they can solve, durability, and more.

What is the difference between porcelain veneers and LumineersDr. Ryan Clancy has over a decade of experience in cosmetic dentistry, and has an eye for quality. Patient satisfaction is his top concern, and as such, he will honestly assess what type of treatment you need and work with you to create a custom treatment plan to get you the best results. If you are interested in porcelain veneers or Lumineers, call Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry today at 781-350-4385 to schedule your consultation.

What Is a Cosmetic Veneer?

Porcelain veneers and Lumineers are both thin sheets of dental porcelain placed on the front of a tooth in order to disguise imperfections and create a more beautiful smile. Veneers are a good choice for patients who have generally healthy teeth but want to correct concerns such as:

  • Severe discoloration
  • Chips or cracks
  • Mild to moderate crookedness or gapping
  • Uneven teeth

Porcelain veneers are thicker and more durable, and in some cases can restore strength and functionality to a tooth. Lumineers, on the other hand, are a little thinner. This provides a benefit in that they can be placed with minimal preparation of the tooth beforehand, but the trade-off is that they are not as durable and cannot correct as wide a range of concerns.

 In addition, while Lumineers are thin, they still take up space in the mouth and might feel bulky since less natural tooth enamel is removed. Porcelain veneers are custom-fit to your teeth for a seamless and comfortable feel.

Porcelain Veneers vs. Lumineers

In general, Dr. Clancy recommends porcelain veneers over Lumineers. The cost of both procedures is approximately the same, but Dr. Clancy prefers porcelain veneers because they:

  • Are more durable
  • Feel better in the mouth
  • Can be custom-fit
  • Look more natural
  • Are longer-lasting

While many patients have a positive experience with Lumineers, many also complain of their teeth looking much more prominent and an uncomfortable bulky feeling in the mouth. In addition, Lumineers are more prone to falling off or cracking. Plus, if you have a strong or heavy bite, Lumineers will likely not work for you.

Porcelain veneers and Lumineers are both completed over the course of multiple visits. Porcelain veneers do require some of your natural tooth enamel to be removed, while Lumineers do not always require this. However, unless you have naturally short teeth, it is likely that your natural teeth will need to be shortened for Lumineers.

In the end, when you are choosing between porcelain veneers or Lumineers, you should always make sure to visit an experienced and compassionate cosmetic dentist who will treat you as an individual and give you honest recommendations. Your dentist should also be willing to stick with you through the long run and address any concerns you may have.

Dr. Clancy understands that life happens, and he offers a 5-year guarantee on porcelain veneers. If your veneers are damaged through no fault of your own within 5 years, he will replace them for free.

Schedule Your Veneers Consultation

If you are interested in cosmetic veneers for a better smile, contact Dr. Clancy today at 781-350-4385 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Winchester, Somerville, Cambridge, Medford, and Boston.


January 08, 2018

Dr. Clancy has recently started offering New You dentures, which are custom made and of the highest quality. New You dentures are implant-supported, although there is also a solely adhesive model available. We highly recommend implant-supported dentures, though, because implants are the best way to prevent bone loss in the jaw and prevent future oral health issues.Custom fit implant supported dentures in Boston, MA

If you are interested in New You dentures to restore your smile, don't hesitate to contact Dr. Clancy at 781-350-4385 today to schedule your consultation.

What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?

Dental implants replace the natural tooth root of a tooth that has been extracted. Implants have a number of benefits over other types of tooth replacements, including:

  • Preventing bone loss and jaw reduction
  • Preventing surrounding teeth from weakening due to lack of support
  • No need to file down surrounding teeth in order to place a bridge
  • Implant-supported dentures are more stable and secure than glue-on dentures

Implant-supported dentures do not require an implant for every single missing tooth. The most common number of implants is 5, 4, or 2 in the top and bottom arches. Dr. Clancy offers each of these options, and will discuss with you how many implants would be most beneficial in your case.

New You dentures are custom-designed for each individual patient, allowing for maximum comfort and aesthetics. In addition, because of how well the dentures are secured onto the implants, chewing efficiency is greatly enhanced. Traditional glue-on dentures can be difficult to chew with, and there is always the embarrassing possibility of them falling out at inopportune moments. New You dentures are firmly secured, meaning that your dentures only come out when you want them to.

Why Choose New You Dentures?

New You dentures are made custom for each patient, taking into account your particular bite and allowing you to maintain optimal function and muscle relaxation. Dr. Clancy is LVI-trained in TMJ management and bite alignment, and understands how to correct and maintain his patients' bites so that they are as comfortable as possible with their dentures.

Traditional dentures are not custom-made, or only have a few customizable features. In addition, dentures that glue in and do not replace the tooth root will eventually lead to jaw collapse, making you look older and identifying you as a denture wearer. Implants combined with completely custom dentures allows the jaw to retain its structure and makes it so that no one can even tell you are wearing dentures.

Implant supported dentures are not for everyone, so make sure to schedule a consultation with Dr. Clancy to see if you are a candidate. If you are a smoker, there is a high chance of implant failure, so dental implants may not be a good choice for you.

Schedule Your New You Implant-Supported Dentures Consultation

If you are interested in a complete smile makeover that will replace your missing teeth and last for years or even decades, call Dr. Clancy today at 781-350-4385 to schedule your consultation. He will carefully examine you and help you to decide if implant-supported dentures are right for you. 

December 07, 2017

One of our most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments is porcelain veneers. Veneers can be a great investment into your smile, as they are extremely durable, stain-resistant, natural-looking, and can cover a wide variety of cosmetic issues with the teeth. Dr. Ryan Clancy can match your veneers to your natural teeth in color, shape, and translucency, and you will be able to see beforehand how your smile will look. 

Dr. Clancy also offers a 5-year guarantee on all of his porcelain veneers. This means that if your veneers are damaged in some way beyond your control within the first five years of placement, he will replace them free of charge. Ask for more detail about this guarantee during your consultation.

Schedule your porcelain veneers consultation today by calling Dr. Clancy at 781-350-4385. He will be happy to examine your teeth, listen to your concerns, and let you know if porcelain veneers are a good solution for you. 

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November 08, 2017

Although part of the reason porcelain veneers are so popular is because of their durability, they are not indestructible. Just like real teeth, they may chip or crack due toPorcelain Veneers 5-year Guarantee | Boston, MA trauma outside of a person's control. Dr. Ryan Clancy has years of experience placing porcelain veneers, and he knows that despite a patient's best efforts, sometimes they need to come in for an early replacement of a damaged veneer.

This is why Dr. Clancy offers a 5-year guarantee on porcelain veneers. If your porcelain veneers are damaged in any way that was beyond your control, he will replace the damaged veneers free of charge. Dr. Clancy stands by his work, and this guarantee is part of our promise to give you the best treatment and care possible.

Be aware, though, that this guarantee does not apply if your veneers were damaged through your own carelessness. Dr. Clancy will give you guidelines for caring for your new porcelain veneers, and if you neglect to follow these guidelines and your veneers are damaged because you didn't take good care of them, you will need to pay for a replacement.

How To Care For Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a great investment if you take proper care of them. They are stain-resistant, durable, and last for a long time. In addition, they look and function just like normal teeth, and you don't need to embark upon any special dietary restrictions or complicated hygiene routines.

That being said, just like regular teeth, porcelain veneers require care to remain in good condition. Here are some guidelines to care for your veneers:

  • Brush for two minutes twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Do not grind your teeth
  • Do not chew on non-food items (such as pens, pencils, fingernails)
  • Visit Dr. Clancy every six months for a cleaning and checkup
  • Avoid eating a lot of hard, sticky, or crunchy foods (such as hard candy, toffee, ice, etc)
  • Do not use your teeth as tools (for instance, to open packages)

Grinding your teeth is bad for regular teeth as well as porcelain veneers. If you have a problem with teeth grinding, also called bruxism, Dr. Clancy may be able to help fit you with a custom night guard to protect your teeth and relieve other symptoms that teeth grinding can cause, such as headaches and jaw pain. Teeth grinding and TMJ often go hand in hand, but Dr. Clancy is trained in TMJ diagnosis and treatment.

Schedule Your Porcelain Veneers Consultation

If you are interested in porcelain veneers to correct dental imperfections and achieve a beautiful smile, contact Dr. Clancy today at 781-350-4385 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in and around Winchester, Somerville, Cambridge, Medford, and Boston, Massachusetts.