General & Family Dentistry - Weymouth
Harry E. Tatoian, Jr., D.M.D.
908 Washington Street
Weymouth, MA 02189
(781) 337-8700

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By Harry E. Tatoian, Jr., D.M.D.
October 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: root canal  

Would you like to save a tooth that seems infected? To do just that, Dr. Harry Tatoian performs root canal therapy in his Weymouth office. Precise and almost as easy as a routine filling, a root canal treatment makes a failing tooth strong and healthy again. Read here about the many benefits of what dentists call endodontics!

Symptoms of a failing tooth

You know a tooth is in trouble if it:

  • Throbs
  • Has a large crack or chip
  • Has multiple fillings
  • Is surrounded by reddened, swollen gum tissue
  • Is deeply discolored

These signs of infection may be accompanied by drainage, bad breath, and/or a pimple on the gums. When abscesses advance, the infection may spread from the interior pulp through the tips of the roots and into the supporting gum and bone tissue. While extraction is sometimes necessary, many teeth may be salvaged and strengthened by root canal therapy.

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy in Weymouth is an in-office restorative treatment that accesses a tooth's interior canals, removes damaged soft pulp, and, finally, disinfects and seals the tooth. After a thorough examination involving X-rays and a review of patient symptoms, Dr. Tatoiam may recommend endodontic treatment rather than extraction. This avoids the smile gaps, impaired oral function, and the recession of gum and bone which happens after tooth loss.

Usually accomplished with the benefit of locally injected anesthetic, a root canal takes two appointments separated by some healing time in between. The first appointment leaves the root canals cleaned, medicated, and sealed with elastic gutta-percha. This appointment also involves the dentist protecting the tooth with a temporary crown or filling. At the next appointment (in a week or so), Dr. Tatoian removes the temporary restoration and places a beautiful crown over the tooth.

Benefits of root canal therapy

The perks of a root canal include:

  1. Keeping your natural tooth
  2. Possessing a strong, gap-free smile
  3. Healing all infection
  4. Covering surface defects
  5. Relieving pain, swelling, and other discomforts.

In other words, your tooth will be strong, healthy, and intact for, quite possibly, the rest of your life according to the American Association of Endodontists. Just brush and floss your restored tooth twice a day while maintaining your regiment of regular six-month exams and hygienic cleanings with Dr. Tatoian.

Don't wait

The sooner Dr. Tatoian sees a symptomatic tooth, the better the chances are that your root canal treatment will work. Please call our office at (781) 337-8700 for an appointment!

By Harry E. Tatoian, Jr., D.M.D.
July 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: root canal  

Root CanalFew dentistry treatments strike more fear and panic than a root canal. The most common myth about root canal therapy is that it is an extremely painful and traumatic procedure, but the fact is that it actually does not feel all that different from getting a dental filling in terms of pain and discomfort. Dr. Harry Tatoian, a general dentist in Weymouth, MA, offers a range of cosmetic and family dentistry services including root canal therapy to save a badly decayed or damaged tooth.

General Dentistry in Weymouth, MA

Bacteria buildup typically develops between the teeth and gums, which can lead to cavities and gum disease when left untreated. But in some cases, bacteria gets inside of a tooth and into the pulp, the soft tissue and nerves inside each tooth. An infection and inflammation of the pulp tissue is treated with a root canal, which is also known as endodontic treatment.

How a Root Canal Procedure Works

One of the most common signs that you may need a root canal is pain, throbbing, and signs of an infection on the gums around the damaged tooth. Ongoing tooth pain is generally considered a dental emergency and should be evaluated as soon as possible. If the dentist determines that a root canal is necessary, the procedure is fairly straightforward. First, a topical anesthetic will be applied to numb the area, so while you may feel mild pressure as the dentist works, most root canal patients report experiencing little to no significant pain. A small hole is drilled in the tooth, and the dentist will remove the nerve and any damaged tissue before cleaning out and sealing the tooth. Not only does a root canal actually eliminate the pain of an infected or inflamed tooth, it can also save the tooth from extraction in many cases.

Find a General Dentist in Weymouth, MA

For more information about root canal therapy and how to keep your teeth and gums healthy, contact our office by calling (781) 337-8700 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tatoian today.

By Harry E. Tatoian, Jr., D.M.D.
April 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Even the tiniest imperfection can affect the way you feel about your smile. In some cases, smile issues can even lead to lower self-cosmetic dentistryconfidence and self-esteem. Fortunately, most cosmetic issues can be corrected easily with a variety of dental treatments and restorations. Our Weymouth, MA, dentist, Dr. Harry Tatoian, explains how veneers and other cosmetic options can transform your smile.

Teeth whitening brightens your smile

Do you need a jolt of caffeine to start the day? Over time, your daily coffee or tea habit can stain your tooth enamel. Professional teeth whitening treatment breaks up and removes stubborn stains caused by coffee, tea, cola, berries, sports drinks, and smoking. Because dentists use stronger hydrogen peroxide formulations than those found in over-the-counter whiteners, the entire whitening process only takes about an hour. Custom-made at-home whitening trays are also available if you prefer.

Veneers offer whitening and other benefits

Teeth whitening can lighten your teeth by as much as eight shades, but that might not be enough if your teeth are naturally a little yellow. If whitening effects aren't as dramatic as you had hoped, veneers may be a better choice. The restorations are made of a very thin layer of porcelain that's designed to fit your teeth perfectly. Because veneers only cover the fronts of your teeth, very little preparation is needed. In fact, we'll only need to remove a small amount of tooth enamel to ensure a comfortable fit.

A dental laboratory creates your veneers using the impression of your mouth we make in our Weymouth office. Once your new restorations are attached with dental cement, you'll forget they're not a natural part of your mouth.

In addition to whitening teeth, veneers are also used to fill slight gaps between teeth, length short teeth, hide chips and cracks, and transform teeth that are crooked, twisted, or unattractive.

Cosmetic fillings blend in with your smile

Tooth-colored cosmetic fillings don't draw attention to your dental work. We use composite resin, a flexible glass- and powder-based material, to fill your teeth. Composite resin is tinted to match common tooth shades and actually improves tooth strength, unlike silver amalgam fillings which may increase the risk of a cracked tooth.

Are you ready to improve your smile with veneers or another cosmetic dentistry option? Call our Weymouth, MA, dentist, Dr. Tatoian, at (781) 337-8700 to schedule your appointment.

By Harry E. Tatoian, Jr., D.M.D.
October 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedure

If you have a dental implant, chances are you do not even notice its presence in your smile. This tooth replacement option is effective and implant restorationdurable, blending right in with your natural teeth and not requiring you to perform any annoying extra steps in your daily oral care routine. However, though the chances are slim, your dental implant can become damaged or broken. Do you know what to do in this situation? Find out the best course of action for a broken dental implant with Dr. Harry Tatoian, Jr. at his practice in Weymouth, MA.

Understanding Dental Implants 
Dental implants use your body’s natural healing abilities, quality materials, and the strength of the bone in which your teeth sit to provide a durable and effective answer to missing teeth. The implant has a fixture, which lies within the jawbone, a prosthetic tooth, which replaces the missing tooth above the gumline, and the abutment, which connects the prosthetic to the fixture. These three parts work together to replace your tooth and its root, stimulating the bone to keep it healthy and prevent issues like bone atrophy.

What should I do if my implant breaks? 
If your implant breaks, the first and most important thing you can do is contact your dentist and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Seeing your dentist to work together in coming up with a solution as soon as possible will greatly decrease the chance that your implant will take further damage or cause other issues. If the implant’s fixture breaks, your dentist will most likely suggest removing it, letting the area heal, then replacing the whole implant. If just the prosthetic or abutment breaks, your dentist may be able to simply replace them.

Dental Implants in Weymouth, MA 
You should care for your dental implant the same way you care for your natural teeth. Brush twice daily and floss at least once. See your dentist for regular dental examinations and professional cleanings at least twice a year.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Harry Tatoian, Jr. at his practice in Weymouth, MA. Call (781) 337-8700 to schedule our appointment with Dr. Tatoian today!

By Harry E. Tatoian, Jr., D.M.D.
May 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedure

Fillings are used in order to seal off small holes in a tooth that are caused by a cavity. Fillings help prevent this decay from spreading fillingsfurther, preventing the need for a root canal, extraction or crowns. Dr. Harry Tatoian, Jr. in Weymouth, Massachusetts can help prevent future dental issues with preventative dental care. He can examine each patient to decide whether or not tooth colored fillings will help restore their damaged teeth in a safe way.

More about Tooth Colored Fillings

Also known as cosmetic fillings, this filling type is undetectable and requires less drilling of the tooth. This makes the teeth at a lesser risk of cracking and is especially great for broken or already damaged teeth. General dentistry focuses on treating patients so that their self-esteem remains high despite any dental work or problems in the mouth. Tooth colored fillings look just like natural teeth, which is something that teenagers especially enjoy.

Some advantages of tooth colored fillings include:

  • They match the natural color of the teeth
  • They restore a high percentage of the strength of a tooth
  • They harden in seconds
  • They can be used on both front and back teeth
  • If they are damaged, they can be easily repaired.

When it comes to fillings, tooth colored ones or not, a patient may be more susceptible to hot or cold things for a period of time after receiving them. If you feel any pain after your fillings, it can be a problem with your bite, so schedule an appointment immediately with your dentist.

To learn more about cosmetic fillings and what you Weymouth, Massachusetts general dentist can do for your oral health, call a family dentist such as Dr. Tatoian Jr. today at 781-337-8700. He can help protect your oral health and remedy many issues today with tooth colored fillings.