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By Barbara Preussner, DMD
August 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Find out how dental crowns protect and preserve your natural teeth.

Having a healthy smile is something that everyone strives for; however, everything from a sports injury to decay can weaken and damage teeth. Luckily, when these issues arise our

Holliston, MA, dentist Dr. Barbara Preussner can treat and restore the tooth with a dental crown, a tooth-shaped cap that fits over the crown of a natural tooth to provide a natural-looking protective barrier.

You could benefit from getting a dental crown if you have,

  • A severely decayed tooth that a dental filling can’t completely support
  • Experienced a traumatic injury to a tooth that has caused it to fracture, break or crack
  • A severely disfigured or discolored tooth
  • A weak tooth that is prone to crumbling or cracking
  • A tooth that needs to undergo root canal therapy
  • One or more missing teeth and you are getting a dental implant or dental bridge

If our Holliston, MA, restorative dentist has told you that you need a dental crown here are some of the benefits of getting this dental cap,

Improved appearance: No matter whether a tooth is severely discolored, misshapen or damaged, the fact of the matter is that the tooth sticks out and affects the overall appearance of your smile. Luckily, dental crowns are made from material that looks like a real tooth, which means that the crown can instantly improve the color, shape and size of a tooth once it’s cemented into place.

Confidence in chewing: You don’t realize just how important your teeth are for eating until you have broken or damaged tooth. Not being able to use all of your teeth can make eating certain foods challenging or even impossible. Unfortunately, untreated dental problems are more likely to cause digestive issues and nutritional deficits. To prevent these problems a dental crown can be placed over a weak or damaged tooth to almost fully restore strength and functionality back into it so you can eat what you want again.

Preserve your smile: The best thing you can do for your oral health is to maintain your own natural teeth. This means placing a dental crown over a cracked, damaged or infected tooth after it’s been treated. While some of the tooth will be filed down to make room for the crown, this is preferable to having a tooth extracted.

Have questions about dental crowns or any of the restorative, cosmetic or preventive dental care that we offer here in Holliston, MA? If so, call our office today. We would be happy to answer your questions and schedule your next cleaning or consultation.

By Barbara Preussner, DMD
August 07, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Do you want to feel more confident in your smile? Here’s how veneers can help.


Perhaps you’ve heard about dental veneers before, particularly from a celebrity or someone whose smile you love. Of course, you don’t veneershave to be walking down the red carpet or starring in a TV show to consider dental veneers. Any healthy individual can get the smile they want when they turn to our Holliston MA dentist Dr. Barbara Preussner for porcelain veneers.


What are Holliston porcelain veneers?

Veneers are thin, durable coverings that bond directly to the front of your teeth to hide a multitude of cosmetic imperfections. Veneers are fully customized based on the size of your teeth and the results you’re looking to achieve. Common problems that porcelain veneers can hide include:


  • Misshapen or oddly shaped teeth
  • Size issues (teeth that are too short or uneven)
  • Discolorations and widespread stains
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Gummy smiles
  • Slightly crooked or misaligned teeth


What are the benefits of getting porcelain veneers?

As anyone who has gotten Holliston Porcelain Veneers will be able to tell you, these simple restorations can go a long way to dramatically improving the overall appearance of your smile. Some of the benefits of porcelain veneers include:


  • A quick and easy way to enhance and improve your smile
  • Long-lasting results
  • A stain-resistant smile
  • A stronger and more resilient smile
  • Restorations that can last to 15 years before needing to be replaced
  • A straighter smile without having to get braces
  • Taking years off your appearance and making you look younger
  • Boosting your self-esteem and confidence
  • Smiling more, which is always great for your health and wellbeing


Am I a good candidate for dental veneers?

If you are an adult with a healthy smile but wish that your teeth were whiter, straighter, or more even then chances are good that you could be an ideal candidate for veneers. Whether you want to improve the appearance of one, three, or all teeth that are visible when you smile, our dental team can make this possible with the help of Holliston Porcelain Veneers.


Whether you have questions about porcelain veneers or you want to find out if you’re an ideal candidate, don’t hesitate to call our Holliston MA dental practice today at (508) 429-7125 to schedule your no-risk consultation with Dr. Barbara Preussner.

By Barbara Preussner, DMD
October 16, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

For the most ingenious and discreet orthodontic treatment, explore the possibilities Invisalign clear aligners deliver. Offered by your dentistInvisalign in Holliston, Dr. Barbara Preussner, the Invisalign system straightens teeth comfortably, efficiently and quickly. Here's what Invisalign could do for your smile.


FAQs about Invisalign

What are Invisalign aligners made of? FDA-approved in 1997, Invisalign aligners are custom- made from biocompatible acrylic. Super-thin and shaped to shift your teeth into healthier and better-looking positions, the appliances look like teeth whitening trays. However, when you insert an Invisalign aligner, only you and your dentist can tell you're wearing it.

What can Invisalign aligners correct? Dr. Preussner recommends Invisalign to older teen and adult patients who have mild to moderate smile alignment and bite issues. Tooth rotation, overbite, protruding front teeth and more respond well to the 18 to 30 aligners in a typical treatment plan. Some problems, however, are too complex for Invisalign and require more conventional orthodontic appliances.

Does treatment take long? Average treatment time is about one year, much shorter than metal, lingual or ceramic braces take.

I hear the appliances are removable. Is that true? Yes, patients remove their aligners to eat, brush their teeth, and floss. As long as they have them in 20 to 22 hours a day, the care plan should move along on schedule. Dr. Preussner asks her patients to check into the office every month or so for a progress update and to receive the next aligner pairs in the prescribed sequence.

Will treatment hurt? Most Invisalign patients report feeling pressure on their teeth as they wear their aligners. So, no, there is no true pain, and best of all, there are none of the soft tissue irritations people may experience with wires, brackets and ligatures. Also, Invisalign treatment does not restrict your food choices in any way.

At my age, I feel embarrassed to see a dentist about any kind of braces, including aligners. Good dental alignment spells healthier tooth enamel and gum tissue and a vibrant, long-lasting smile. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists offers this surprising statistic: one out of every five dental patients receiving orthodontic treatment in the United States is an adult over the age of 18.


More questions?

Surely, you have some; so why not bring them to a consultation with Dr. Barbara Preussner? She enjoys talking with her patients and strives to help them make excellent oral health decisions. Call the office for an appointment at (508) 429-7125.

By Barbara Preussner, DMD
August 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how a dental filling provides both restorative and cosmetic benefits to your smile.

Dealing with a cavity? It happens to most people at some point during their lifetime. If you are dealing with this issue, our Holliston, MA, General-Big-Smiledentist Dr. Barbara Preussner, will need to place a dental filling in order to restore the tooth once the decay has been removed. So, how do dental fillings work and why are they necessary? Let’s find out!


What is a dental filling?

Once the decayed portions of enamel have been drilled away, we obviously can’t leave your tooth with noticeable holes. Not only is that unsightly but also over time this can weaken the tooth, leading to cracks and other issues. So, the best way to restore teeth that are dealing with minor-to-moderate decay is with a dental filling.

A filling is a special material that is designed to fill a cavity to restore a tooth. While fillings can be made from a variety of materials our Holliston, MA, general dentist uses tooth-colored material such as composite resin that will blend right in with the tooth once it’s placed.


What are the benefits of tooth-colored fillings?

The most obvious benefit is that this type of filling is designed to blend right in with a tooth so you won’t even notice it. This is very different from the metal amalgam fillings you probably remember. Tooth-colored fillings are designed to mimic the look of real tooth enamel. The resin is even matched to the shade of the tooth before it’s applied.

Composite resin is also extremely durable and once the tooth-colored filling is placed this filling can almost fully restore the tooth back to its original strength and durability prior to the cavity. Plus, with the proper care a dental filling can last anywhere from 10-15 years (or more). The resin can also withstand chewing forces, making it comfortable and safe to bite down and eat all your favorite foods once the filling has been placed.

Dental decay is one of the most common chronic dental disorders. No matter whether you suspect that you might have a cavity or you need to schedule a six-month cleaning to make sure your teeth are healthy, call our Holliston, MA, dental practice today to schedule your next visit.

By Barbara Preussner, DMD
April 30, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

If you are dealing with a toothache, it often feels like everything around you has been put on hold because of that nagging, stabbing pain in root canalyour mouth. So, what’s going on exactly? Dr. Barbara Preussner in Holliston, MA can shed some light on why a toothache might mean the presence of decay, and how early treatment may prevent you from needing root canal treatment.

Signs You May Need a Root Canal

Dentists generally use root canals to treat teeth damaged from advanced tooth decay. Catching decay early means that your dentist may be able to use a simple dental filling to treat your condition. Some signs of decay include:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Sensitivity or pain while biting or chewing
  • A toothache
  • A dark discoloration on the tooth
  • A hole in the tooth

What Can I Expect from a Root Canal Procedure?

By coming in for your regular exams we can catch these issues early on before root canal therapy is necessary. If the decay is too far advanced and the dental pulp is affected, you may need a root canal. A root canal begins with your dentist administering a local anesthetic to numb the area and remove the soft tissues and nerves found within the inner pulp chamber of the affected tooth. After removing the bacterial tissue, your dentist will fill the tooth with a sterile material to prevent reinfection. In most cases, a dental crown is placed over the tooth to protect it.

If you don’t get a root canal when you need one, you risk a jaw infection or losing the tooth altogether. Seeing your dentist regularly for preventative care or noticing the signs of teeth decay early can allow your dentist to take care of your cavity early.

For more information on root canals or to determine whether or not this treatment can help your smile, please contact Dr. Barbara Preussner in Holliston, MA. Call (508) 429-7125 today.

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