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By David B. Rosen, DMD
June 11, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Anxiety  

Face Your Dental Fears Once and for All with Help from Sedation Dentistry.

We know that not everyone loves visiting the dentist and we certainly don’t take it personally. While the goal of our Lexington, MA, sedation-dentistryperiodontist, Dr. David Rosen, is to make sure that you always have a comfortable and smooth visit, we understand that a lot of people are still dealing with dental anxiety. If this sounds like you, sedation dentistry may just end up being your best friend. Dr. Rosen proudly serves residents of Lexington, Northwest Boston, and the surrounding areas.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way to get the proper care you need without dental anxiety. Patients of our periodontist Dr. Rosen are often coming in for restorative treatments and oral surgeries such as dental implants, and because of this, some patients may be a bit nervous. Luckily, Dr. Rosen offers a way to help you relax so that we can treat your smile and improve your oral health without stress.

What Are the Different Kinds of Sedation Dentistry?

The most common type of sedation dentistry is oral sedation, which comes in the form of prescription anti-anxiety medication such as Valium. You will come into the office to take this sedative about 30 minutes to one hour before your procedure.

The great thing about oral sedation is that we can choose the level of sedation you require based on the type of treatment you are receiving and your subsequent level of anxiety. While it will take the medication up to 45 minutes or so to fully kick in, the effects will last the length of your procedure. It’s common for patients to feel groggy after taking oral sedation, so it’s important that they are accompanied by a family member or friend who can transport you home.

Another type of sedation dentistry is inhalation sedation, during which we apply a gas mask over the nose. The mask provides a mix of oxygen and nitrous oxide, better known as “laughing gas”. Unlike oral sedation, which takes time to kick in, inhalation sedation will work immediately, allowing us to get to work right away. An additional benefit is that the effects wear off the minute the mask is removed.

What Procedures Can Be Performed Under Sedation Dentistry?

To help you feel more relaxed in the dentist’s chair, we can use sedation dentistry for just about any of the procedures we offer. This includes everything from dental implant placement to bone grafting to gum disease therapy. When scheduling your appointment, ask us if sedation dentistry could benefit you.

Contact Us Today!

Are you interested in getting sedation dentistry for your next procedure? Want to learn more about getting sedation dentistry? Our Lexington, MA dental team is here to answer all of your questions. Proudly serving residents of Lexington, Northwest Boston, and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (781) 862-4550 to learn more.

By David B. Rosen, DMD
November 14, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Grafting  

Gum recession is an issue that can be repaired using gum grafting techniques. This important procedure can help protect your teeth from the symptoms and complications of gum recession and improve the appearance of your smile. Find out more about gum grafting surgery and what it can mean for you with Dr. David Rosen in Lexington, MA, serving residents of Lexington, Northwest Boston, and the surrounding areas.

What is gum grafting? 
Gum grafting is a procedure which focuses on treating receding gums. This somewhat common condition causes the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets. The process advances slowly and many people do not realize they have receding gums until their condition is serious. The process exposes the tooth’s root which can cause sensitivity and look unsightly.

Do I need gum grafting surgery? 
Gum recession is normally not obvious until it is in its later stages. However, if you have gums which pull slightly up from the teeth, you could have gum recession. Some other, sometimes more subtle symptoms of gum recession include:

  • bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
  • unexplained bad breath
  • loosened teeth
  • red, swollen gums
  • painful gums
  • exposed tooth roots

What can I expect from gum grafting treatment? 
Before performing the procedure, your periodontist will numb the treatment area to ensure you do not feel any discomfort or pain. Depending on the type of graft, your dentist will remove a small piece of tissue from the roof of the mouth, the connective tissue from underneath the tissue on the roof of the mouth, or gum tissue directly next to your graft area. They then cover the exposed tooth root and secure the new tissue in place. The procedure usually takes about an hour and requires only a short recovery time. During the healing process, your dentist will recommend eating soft foods and use a special mouthwash. You should also avoid brushing or flossing in that area until you are cleared to do so by your dentist.

Gum Grafting Treatments in Lexington, MA
Leaving your gum recession untreated can lead to serious dental complications. For more information on gum grafting, please contact Dr. David Rosen in Lexington, MA. Call (781) 862-4550 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with Dr. Rosen today! He proudly serves residents of Lexington, Northwest Boston, and the surrounding areas.

By David B. Rosen, DMD
August 13, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sedation Dentistry  

Sedation DentistryHow sedation dentistry from your periodontist in Lexington can help you

If dental appointments make you uneasy, you are not alone. Many people suffer from a very real fear of dental appointments, but don’t be afraid! Sedation dentistry can help you have a virtually worry-free appointment. Dr. David Rosen in Lexington, MA, wants to share how sedation dentistry can help you. He proudly serves residents of Lexington, Northwest Boston, and the surrounding areas.

Dental anxiety and fear aren’t all in your head. In fact, dental fear produces some very real physical symptoms including a racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, sweating, and other symptoms. The truth is dental fear can make you procrastinate and not get necessary dental work completed, which can lead to problems with your smile and your general health.

When you choose sedation dentistry, you will enjoy important benefits like these:

  • A comfortable appointment
  • A relaxing experience
  • Getting more dental work completed in a shorter amount of time

Dr. Rosen offers several options, depending on the level of sedation you want to achieve. Consider:

  • Oral sedation taken as a pill; if you need to be mildly to moderately sedated, but are still able to respond to questions.
  • Intravenous sedation which is injected directly into a vein; the sedative effects of IV sedation are immediate and profound. You may not remember your appointment.

When you choose sedation dentistry, it is vitally important to bring someone with you who can drive you home after your appointment.

For more detailed information about sedation dentistry, please visit the Sedation Dentistry page on Dr. Rosen’s website at

Sedation dentistry from Dr. Rosen can relieve your dental fears for good. Discover how comfortable sedation dentistry can make you feel. Just pick up the phone and call Dr. Rosen, serving residents of Lexington, Northwest Boston, and surrounding areas. Don’t wait! Call today!

By David B. Rosen, DMD
May 09, 2018
Category: periodontics
Tags: Crown Lengthening  

Find out if this surgical procedure could restore your damaged lengthening

There are many cosmetic and restorative benefits that come with crown lengthening. If you are embarrassed by your gummy smile and wish your smile was more proportional then our periodontist in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas, Dr. David Rosen, can help with this procedure.

Besides improving the overall appearance and symmetry of your smile, our periodontal specialist here in Lexington, MA, might also recommend crown lengthening if there is a crack or fracture in a tooth that goes below the gum line or if there isn’t enough tooth to support a restoration like a dental crown or bridge. In these cases, crown lengthening can help reveal more of the tooth and to treat any damage immediately before the problem gets worse.

What goes into crown lengthening?

Before the procedure is performed we will take x-rays of your mouth and also discuss your detailed medical history. We will also need to perform a dental cleaning prior to your surgery.

The first thing that we will do is administer a local anesthesia to numb the area. The length of treatment will depend on how many teeth we need to treat. In some cases, only gum tissue is removed, but sometimes we have to remove both gum tissue and bone. We will make small incisions in the gums to pull them away from the teeth. By removing excess gum tissue we can often reveal as much of the tooth that’s needed either for cosmetic or restorative purposes. Once the gum tissue and/or bone have been removed, we will stitch up the gums.

We will provide you with thorough instructions on how to care for your smile while your mouth heals. In about a week to 10 days, you’ll come back into the office to have the stitches removed. During that time if you notice any of these signs of infection you must call us right away:

  • Bleeding that won’t stop
  • Severe or worsening pain that pain relievers can’t treat
  • Swelling or discharge from the gums
  • Swollen lymph nodes under the jaws

Call our periodontist in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas about whether crown lengthening surgery is right for you.

By David B. Rosen, DMD
April 23, 2018
Category: periodontics
Tags: gum disease  

Are your gums trying to tell you that something is wrong?gum disease

While we would all like to think that our teeth and gums are impervious to problems; unfortunately, this just isn’t true. In fact, the CDC reports that half of adults over the age of 30 have gum disease. Could you also have gum disease? Our periodontist in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas, Dr. David Rosen, is here to tell you more about this infection, its symptoms and why you should seek medical attention if you think you have it.

How does gum disease happen?

Our mouths contain bacteria that constantly create a thin, clear coating on teeth known as plaque. The easiest way to get rid of plaque is by brushing and flossing your teeth. Of course, if plaque isn’t removed it quickly turns into tartar, a hardened form of plaque. Once plaque hardens you won’t be able to remove it with your toothbrush. Only a dentist will be able to remove tartar buildup.

Of course, if you don’t brush regularly (or properly) and if you don’t get regular professional cleanings then plaque and tartar won’t be removed, which can lead to gum inflammation. There are two stages of gum disease: gingivitis (the earliest stage) and periodontitis. By visiting your periodontist regularly and practicing good oral hygiene you can reduce plaque and tartar buildup and protect against gum disease.

What are the symptoms?

Sometimes gum disease is present but the sufferer doesn’t even notice. Don’t assume that if you don’t have symptoms that everything is okay or that you don’t have to come in for routine checkups. Of course, it’s important to call our periodontist in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Gum swelling and inflammation
  • Gums that bleed easily (often when flossing or brushing)
  • Sore or tender gums
  • Receding gums (teeth may appear longer)
  • Loose teeth (or tooth loss)
  • Chronic bad breath

Is gum disease treatable?

If gum disease is caught in its earliest stage (gingivitis) then it can be eliminated with the proper care. We offer a variety of ways in which to help you get your symptoms under control and to prevent tooth loss and other complications from happening. Whether you require medication, scaling and root planing treatment or surgery, we are here to provide you with the care you need to treat your gum disease for the long run.

If you are concerned that you might be dealing with gum disease, it’s important that you schedule an appointment with our periodontic specialist in Lexington, MA, as soon as possible. Of course, we are also here to help serve your dental implant and sleep apnea needs in the Northwest Boston and surrounding areas. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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