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  • Choosing Dental Veneers

    Providing results that meet all of your cosmetic expectations, porcelain veneers can take years of damage and tooth staining off of your smile. Dental veneers  offer a total smile makeover with comfortable, durable and natural looking results.  Veneers can correct a single tooth, or be used to restore all of the “smile-zone” teeth.

    What is a Porcelian Veneer?

    Porcelian veneers are like a shell that covers the front and sides of the tooth. The shell is made from high quality dental porcelia. Your Apex dentist will custom design the veneer to match the shape, size and color of your adjacent teeth. Dr. Gauthier uses CEREC dental technology to allow patients to digitialy preview their result. This allows the patient to work with Dr. Gauthier to fine tune their dental veneer for optimal aesthetic results.

    The affected tooth will have enamel removed to make room for the veneer. Once the tooth or teeth are prepared, the veneers will be permanetly bonded to front of the tooth. Veneers are created to provide patients with a natural looking smile.

    Porcelain veneers are often used to improve :

    • Misshapen teeth
    • Chipped or cracked teeth
    • Close gaps
    • Cover stained or discolored teeth

    Cosmetic Dentistry, Northborough, MA

    Choosing a Cosmetic Dentist

    It’s important to choose an experienced and highly trained cosmetic dentist who understands the subtleties and needs of your individual cosmetic goals and desires. Northborough, MA cosmetic dentist Dr. Robert Gauthier will work with you to ensure you’re investing your time and money in the right procedure.

    Dr. Gauthier works one-on-one with patients to build their perfect smile. He will ensure an accurate fit in a timely manner, with the least inconvenience to you. In just two to three visits you can obtain your perfect smile.

    Apex Dental uses the industry’s leading materials to guarantee perfect color match and a permanent porcelain veneer restoration. With Dr. Gautheir’s experience and thorough use of advanced technology, Apex Dental offers the very best in porcelain veneers for cosmetic and overall dental health.

    Schedule A Consultation

    Imagine a radiant smile you feel proud to share.  Learn more about what cosmetic dentistry and porcelain veneers can do for you and your smile. Inquire today to find out more about Porcelain veneers, and how they can transform your smile! Call our Northborough dentist office or click here to request an appointment online.

    Posted in: Apex Dental, Dentist in Apex, Dentist in Worcester, Dentist office in Northbourough, Fix Crooked Teeth

  • Meds, Cavities & Dry Mouth

    Dry mouth can be uncomfortable and irritating, but did you know it can be caused by your prescription medications? Over 500 prescription medication report dry mouth as a common side effect. Prescribed medications for conditions such as allergies and anxiety may be the culprit for your dry mouth. Dry mouth can lead to plaque buildup and new cavity development in adult patients as well as persistent bad breath, or halitosis. See your local Northborough, MA dentists Dr. Robert Gauthier, Dr. Meaghan Murray, and Dr. Olga Krikunenko if you are suffering from dry mouth.

    Do Not Ignore The Signs

    Do not ignore the signs of dry mouth. Though it may seem mundane, dry mouth can lead to serious complex dental concerns that may require lengthy and expensive dental treatments. Dry mouth may also be a sign of other serious medical conditions. Always inform your dentist of any medications you are prescribed.
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    Common Signs of Dry Mouth

    • Burning Sensation
    • Trouble Swallowing, Tasting
    • Sticky and Dry Mouth & Throat
    • Cracked and Dry Lips
    • Tooth Decay
    • Frequent Mouth Sores

    What Is Dry Mouth?

    Dry Mouth is a condition in which saliva production is slowed or halted. Dry mouth can cause difficulty in speaking, swallowing and gum irritation. Saliva is your bodies natural defense against plaque build up. Saliva is used to wash away debris and neutralize acids, Saliva helps keep debris from settling into the crevices of your teeth where bacteria can build and cause tooth decay. Without natural production of saliva, you may experience an increase in cavity development.

    Alleviate Dry Mouth Symptoms

    There are some simple ways to help alleviate dry mouth and help to stimulate saliva production. Staying hydrated, and avoiding acidic beverages like coffee and alcohol will help dry mouth from becoming worse. Chewing sugar-free gum helps to stimulate saliva production that will help to clean out debris and bacteria. Some patients report using humidifiers at night aide in relief of dry mouth side effects. There are also over the counter mouthwashes and oral moisturizers designed to help moisten your mouth to decrease discomfort caused by dry mouth.

    Schedule An Appointment

    Always consult with your Apex dentist and your medical doctor before starting any new oral health care routine. Our dental care team is committed to restoring the aesthetics and function of your smile by treating the root of your dental health concerns. We offer a comprehensive approach to dentistry so patients receive an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plans. We provide dental fillings and other restorative dental procedures that can help you preserve your healthy teeth and restore your oral health.

    To learn more about dry mouth and how it can impact your oral health, contact your Apex Dental dentist or schedule an online appointment. Your Apex dentist will perform an extensive oral health exam and build you a personalized treatment plan all from the comfort of our Northborough, MA dentist office.

    Posted in: Northborough Dentists, Oral Health, oral health and diet, Preventative Dentistry, Preventative Services, preventive dental care

  • Seal Out Tooth Decay

    We know that starting our kids on a dental hygiene routine from an early age is critical for their life long oral health. Flossing and brushing are the best ways to keep out cavities and prevent tooth decay. But what if that is not enough? What else can we do to set our kids up for oral health success?

    Sealants are an effective, painless dental treatment that will help your kids from developing cavities. ADA studies show that sealants can help deter cavities up to 80% in those tricky to clean molars. Family dentist Dr.Robert J. Gauthier offers sealants for adults and children. We can apply sealants in one easy, pain-free visit to our Northborough, MA dentist office.

    Sealants are clear in color, discrete and virtually painless to get applied. There are no known side effects of sealants and they have proven to be safe and effective. Make sure you let your dentist know if you or your children have any known allergies, as you should before any medical procedure.

    How Soon Can My Child Get Sealants?

    Sealants are safe for children. Although sealants can be applied at any stage of life, they are best applied early. As soon as permanent molars begin to appear, around the age of 11, getting them sealed will help prevent tooth decay.  Keeping your kid’s teeth cavity free from the start will save money and headaches in the long run.

    What About the BPA?

    You may have heard that sealants have trace amounts of BPA in them. In a professional product review, the ADA proved that breathing air has about 100% more BPA than getting dental sealants! Sealants are safe, and will not hurt you, or your child. Sealants last for years and are a highly effective dental treatment.

    Schedule an Appointment

    To learn more and find out if sealants are right for you or your children, contact our Northborough, MA family dentist office or click here to schedule an appointment online.

    Posted in: Apex Dentist, Dentist in Apex, Dentist in Worcester, Dentist Office Northborough, Family Dentist, family dentist with evening hours

  • Summer Smile Tips

    During the summer months, it is easy to fall out of your regular routine. Kids are out of school and adventures are around every corner. With longer days that turn into long nights, brushing and flossing may not be at the top of your summer bucket list. Here at Apex Dental, we get it. We know you want to soak up the sun and enjoy the days with your children, but to avoid the post-summer oral hygiene blues, we offer some tips on how to keep everyone’s smiles bright all summer long.
    portrait of a group of children running on the beach

    Steer Clear Of Too Much Sugar

    Everyone should enjoy a tasty sweet ice pop or snow cone now and then, but be sure to limit your family’s sugar intake. When the weather is hot it is easy to guzzle down sports drinks, soda-pop and ice cream all in one day. All that sugar adds up and promotes tooth decay.

    Water, Water, Water!

    Be sure everyone drinks plenty of water. It is good for your teeth and helps you to stay hydrated. Most water is treated with fluoride which helps build strong tooth enamel and may prevent cavity development. Water also helps wash away any food particles that may build up in your teeth.

    Try Not To Graze

    Snacking is easy in the summer. Especially at BBQs and family parties when food is abundant and at arms reach. Enjoy the summer snacks, but try to limit your grazing. Grazing all day can reduce saliva production and may cause food to become stuck in between your teeth.

    Brush Your Teeth!

    Be sure you are brushing your teeth twice a day, if not more. Even if you and your kids hit the hay later than normal, it is important to brush for two minutes twice a day. Encourage your whole family to stay on track to avoid complex oral health concerns.

    Schedule A Back To School Exam

    Schedule your back to school exam early to avoid the rush. Contact our Northborough, MA dentist office or schedule your consultation online. Our family dentist can see you, your kids, and everyone else in your family to make visiting the dentist convenient and fun!

    Posted in: Apex Dental

  • Be Our Guest

    out of town dental care Dr. Robert Gauthier’s experience, skill, and our excellent patient experience draw patients from all over the world to our Northborough, MA dentist office. Conveniently located between two major cities, Boston and Worcester, Apex Dental invites any patient seeking high-quality smile makeovers or complex restorative dentistry to contact our office to learn more about our comprehensive concierge out of town guest services. Dr. Gauthier has developed a unique and comprehensive system to ensure results for our out of town patients. Using advanced technology Dr. Guathier is able to complete most cosmetic dental restorations in a single visit.

    Concierge Guest Services

    Our compassionate and highly trained staff offer our out of town guests personalized concierge services. Our team can help you find accommodations and can recommend the best local places in town to eat. Our dental care team is here for you every step of the way from your initial consultation through your procedure and all the way to your follow appointment. They will help handle payment, and insurance claims to maximize your benefits package. If you have any questions, be sure to ask one of our team members, they will be happy to spend time with you to ensure you are comfortable and well informed.

    Dental Technology for Same Day Dentistry

    • In-House Dental Lab: 
    • Apex Dental of Northborough, MA is equipped with a state of the art in-house dental lab. Our team is highly skilled in creating porcelain dental restorations that look and feel like natural teeth. In-house dental labs allow for more accurate and quicker restoration by eliminating a 3rd party lab.

    • CEREC Same Day Dentistry: 
    • CEREC CAD/CAM technology is an innovate machine that can design, fabricate and fit high quality dental restoration with more precise results in less time. CEREC allows for same day dental restorations.

    To coordinate out of town guests treatment, Dr. Gauthier spends extensive time planning the case. Depending on where the patient is based, consultations can happen either in our Northborough office or by phone. Dr. Gauthier is able to get a firm understanding of the patient’s health situation as well as their cosmetic concerns. The patient’s visit is scheduled to work conveniently in their schedule and allow Dr. Gauthier ample time to complete treatment.

    Restorative and Cosmetic Dental Procedures

    Contact Apex Dental For Smile Makeovers

    No matter where you live, near or far, Dr. Gauthier can help you restore the beauty, function, and health to your smile. To learn more about our out of town guest services, contact our Northborough, MA dentist office or request an appointment online.

    Posted in: Apex Dental

  • Smile Makeover For A Whole New You

    cosmetic dentist northborough maYour smile is the focal point of your appearance. The health and aesthetics of your teeth and gums can change the way you look and feel about yourself. A beautiful smile can improve the quality of your life, and cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve your smile goals. Northborough, MA dentist office Apex Dental provides comprehensive and personalized cosmetic dentistry for the smile of your dreams.

    Cosmetic Treatments Northborough, MA

    In order to meet your needs, budget and cosmetic goals, APEX Dental offers a full range of cosmetic dental treatments. Dr. Gauthier provides personalized treatment planning and will help outline your course of treatment and all the ways it will benefit your oral health and quality of life.

    It is important to keep in mind that many cosmetic concerns such as missing teeth or brooken or worn down teeth are actually more than just cosmetic. Many cosmetic concerns are, or can develop into orla health problems. If you have cosmetic issues with your smile, be sure to see Dr. Gauthier for a consultation to avoid the development of long term advance dental problems.

    CEREC for Cosmetic Dentistry

    Dr. Gauthier uses CEREC, a CAD/CAM technology that can design, fabricate and fit custom dental restorations often in just one visit to our Northborough dentist office. CEREC makes getting the smile of your dreams more convenient and assessable than ever before. CEREC uses the most modern dental materials to create natural, comfortable and highly durable restorations. Your restorations will also be color matched to blend seamlessly with your natural smile for beautiful results. CEREC eliminates the need for messy impression trays and third party dental labs. All of your restorations are designed and fabricated in-house using digital imaging and software.

    Choosing Dr. Robert Gauthier for Cosmetic Dentistry

    When looking for a cosmetic dentist you want to find a dentist who is not only highly trained but highly skilled with a natural eye for facial aesthetics. Dr. Gauthier has the artistic talent and advanced training in the most modern cosmetic dental technique and technology and provides patients with natural and balanced results. To learn more about how Dr. Guathier and our dental care team can help you get the smile makeover of your dreams, contact our Northborough, MA dentist office or schedule an appointment online.

    Posted in: cosmetic dentist northborough, Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Dental Implants for Natural Results

    ThinkstockPhotos-86532128Are you hiding your smile behind your hand or smiling with your mouth closed because you are embarrassed of your missing teeth? Missing teeth are more than just a cosmetic dental concern. Patients with missing teeth could suffer long term oral health consequences if they leave their missing teeth untreated. Apex Dental dentist Dr. Robert Gauthier offers the dental implant treatment in the comfort of his Northborough, MA dentist office.

    Why Replace Missing Teeth?

    Missing teeth, especially if they are in the “smile-zone” can be unsightly and embarrassing. Having missing teeth can diminish the quality of your life, or hold you back from living life to the fullest. But, missing teeth may also cause a whole spectrum of other concerns. Untreated, missing teeth can lead to bone deterioration, jaw recession, and increased chance of developing additional tooth loss and gum disease. Replacing your missing teeth is essential in maintaining your long term oral health. Many patients who do not replace their missing teeth may look prematurely aged and have a sunken in look to their face.

    Why Choose Dental Implants?

    Dental implants act as a prosthetic root structure. The small titanium post is implanted into the jaw bone and stimulates natural bone regeneration. Dental implants are over 98% successful and can last a lifetime with proper oral hygiene. Implants can be used to replace one missing tooth or all of your missing teeth. Dr. Gauthier will help you determine what implant style is best for your oral health. Your implant could be covered with a dental crown, bridge or full denture depending on your personal needs and cosmetic goals. Dental implants allow for almost full chewing function and look and feel comfortable and natural.

    Why Apex Dental for Dental Implants?

    Dr. Gauthier is able to perform most dental implant procedures from start to finish in his Northborough dentist office. This allows for consistency of care and reliable results. If needed, Dr. Gauthier works closely with a specialist and will refer to him if appropriate. Dr. Gauthier offers years of experience and advanced dental education. Our family friendly dentist office provides full-service dentistry for your convenience and comfort. Schedule a consultation with your Apex dentist or schedule a visit online to learn more about the dental procedures that can restore the aesthetics and health of your smile.

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  • Oral Health & Bad Breath

    Unbelievable news!Bad breath stinks. No one wants to have smelly breath, but did you know your chronic halitosis could be an indicator of a much more serious concern? Bad breath could be your body’s way of letting you know that there may be something more going on. Northborough, MA Apex Dental provides patients with comprehensive oral health care that can help get to the root of your bad breath.

    Everyone experiences unpleasant breath once in awhile, especially in the morning, or after eating potent smelling foods. This type of bad breath is normal and can be eradicated with good oral hygiene. Bad breath becomes a concern if it is persistent, and does not subside with proper brushing and flossing.

    What Could My Bad Breath Be Telling Me?

    Chronic halitosis may be an indicator of a health concern of the mouth, or of the body. If you are experiencing persistent bad breath, be sure to schedule a dental exam with your Apex dentist. Early diagnosis could allow for more effective and conservative treatment. Dr. Robert Gauthier, Dr. Olga Krikunenko, and Dr.Meaghan Murray provide comprehensive and personal dental treatment plans that will address the root of your halitosis and restore your smile.

    Oral Health Concerns & Halitosis

    • Tooth Decay: When sugar or food debris builds up and around your teeth, bacteria will begin to grow. The bacteria eats away at the enamel of your teeth and causes tooth decay. The bacteria has a smell to it and could be causing your halitosis. Apex dental can treat your tooth decay. Addressing your tooth decay as soon as possible can help prevent root canal or tooth extraction. Dr. Gauthier provides white fillings for aesthetically pleasing results.
    • Dentures: Your dentures need to be cleaned every day to prevent them from growing bacteria. BE sure to remove plaque and debris from your dentures to avoid infection of the gums or bad breath.
    • Dry Mouth: Dry mouth can be caused by medication, chemotherapy, salivary gland conditions, or mouth breathing. Dry mouth is a condition where your salivary glands are not producing enough saliva to keep your mouth moist and clean. Dr. Gauthier may recommend a hydrating oral rinse. You should also be sure to drink plenty of water and chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production.

    Schedule An Appoinment

    If your Northborough dentist determines that your bad breath is not caused by an oral health concern, they may recommend you visit your general physician. Bad breath may also be an indicator that you are experiencing diabetes, liver or kidney conditions or gastrointestinal disorders. If not an oral health concern, your chronic halitosis could also be a sign of a lung, sinus or throat infection. These are serious health concerns that should be addressed by a doctor. Schedule a consultation with your Apex dentist to find out the cause of your bad breath.

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  • Zoom® Teeth Whitening

    zoomAre you looking for a quick and effective way to rejuvenate your smile? Northborough, MA Apex Dental offers Zoom® whitening for the convenience of our patients. Zoom professional whitening is an innovative whitening system that combines bleaching gel with special light technology to whiten teeth in just one sitting.

    In just 4 easy steps completed in just 1 hour, your teeth can be up to 8 shades whiter. Zoom whitening offers immediate and stunning results. One of our Apex dentists will perform Zoom Whitening in the comfort of our Northborough dentist office.

    To receive optimal results our dental care team will recommend a thorough dental cleaning prior to using Zoom. After your dental cleaning, your mouth and gums will be covered for their protection. The whitening gel will then be applied to your teeth. Your Apex dentist will then apply the special Zoom light. The light is designed to interact with the whitening gel to break up stains. Treatment takes about 45 minutes for optimal results.

    Benefits of Zoom

    • Immediate results
    • Makes teeth up to 8 shades whiter
    • Reduces sensitivity
    • Quick treatment time
    • Long lasting results

    Patients will experience a visibly whiter smile immediately after their treatment. Whiter smiles can improve your confidence and quality of life. As you age, your teeth naturally appear stained, or more yellow. Zoom whitening can take years off your smile. Teeth whitening is an economical and convenient way to rejuvenate your smile.

    For patients who have bleach resistant stains, ask one of our cosmetic dentists about what cosmetic treatments are available to whiten your teeth. Apex Dental also offers take home whitening gel trays so you can whiten your teeth at your own pace. Gel trays offer gradual results for an affordable price.

    Schedule a Dental Exam Northborough, MA

    Schedule an appointment at our Northborough dental office. Dr. Robert Gauthier, Dr. Olga Krikunenko and Dr.Meaghan Murray offer comprehensive dental care for your optimal oral health. Regular check ups and dental cleanings can help your body fight off bacteria and keep your smile bright and healthy. Our Apex Dental dentists utilize state of the art technology and their years of experience and education to offer patients quality dental care in a supportive environment.

    Posted in: Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Make A Resolution for Better Oral Health

    stk66291corIt is a new year and that means we are setting new goals and breaking old habits. Dedicate a few of your new year’s resolutions this year for your oral hygiene. The health of your teeth and gums can affect the health of your entire body. Taking care of your smile can improve your health, and your confidence. Northborough MA dentists Dr. Robert Gauthier, Dr. Olga Krikunenko and Dr. Meaghan Murray know that proper at home oral hygiene is the foundation for a healthy and beautiful smile. Be sure to end your bad brushing habits in 2017 for your best oral health.

    Break Your Bad Oral Hygiene Habits

    Bad Habit: Brushing Immediately After Eating
    Why It Is Bad: Brushing immediately after you eat can actually cause damage to your teeth. The acids in the foods and beverages we consume can wear away tooth enamel. When you brush right after eating you may spread the acid around causing more damage to your enamel.
    How To Break It: We understand wanting to freshen your breath and remove food debris from your teeth. You should just wait 30 minutes before brushing. While you wait to brush, you can chew a piece of ADA approved sugar free gum or drink a large glass of water to help rinse out your mouth.

    Bad Habit: Tight Toothbrush Storage
    Why It Is Bad: You might think putting a cap on your toothbrush will keep airborne particles from making contact with your brush. The reality is that putting your damp toothbrush in a dark case can lead to bacteria growth. Your toothbrush needs air to dry in between uses.
    How To Break It: Store your toothbrushes at least 6 feet away from your toilet. Make sure you store your toothbrush with the bristle side up, and separate from other brushes. The air will dry out your brush in between uses which will keep bacteria and mold from growing in the bristles.

    Bad Habit: Keeping A Toothbrush Too Long
    Why It Is Bad: Bristles only last so long. If you keep your brush for too long the bristles weaken and can not clean your teeth as effectively.
    How To Break It: Replace your brush every 3-4 months or a soon as the bristles begin to wear. A good reminder to change your brush is the changing of seasons. Change your brush every time the seasons change to be sure you are getting your optimal clean.

    Schedule a Dental Exam Northborough, MA

    Schedule an appointment at our Northborough dental office. Regular check ups and dental cleanings can help your body fight off bacteria and keep your smile bright and healthy. Our Apex Dental dentists utilize state of the art technology and their years of experience and education to offer patients quality dental care in a supportive environment.

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