Friendly Dental of Worcester is a high-quality dental practice in Worcester, Massachusetts.
At Friendly Dental of Worcester we we create plans for healthy smiles. We offer excellent customer service and care, along with the most recent dental technologies to make your visit convenient, painless and positive! Friendly Dental of Worcester welcomes new patients of all ages.
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On your first dental visit please plan to arrive approximately 15 minutes early to fill out any paperwork necessary and to give yourself time to relax.
Your first dental appointment will last about an hour. Your personalized oral health plan instructions will be outlined along with recommendations for proactive and preventative dental health. The first visit usually includes a full dental cleaning and complete evaluation outlining any dental problems or recommendations for treatment. New Patient Forms
Friendly Dental of Worcester is a full-service dental facility focusing on family and preventative dental health, along specialty procedures and advanced Dental Care.
Friendly Dental of Worcester exceeds standards for the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and CDC (Center for Disease Control). We are happy to serve your dental needs as part of our Friendly Dental of Worcester Family!. Our Office
Friendly Dental of Worcester accepts appointments by phone and by email request. We are here for your daily dental needs, emergencies and scheduled appointments, give us a call anytime during our business hours and thank you for contacting Friendly Dental of Worcester . Request an Appointment
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Friendly Dental of Worcester has flexible payment plans, accepts various insurance plans and payments and works with clients to help find the best financial situation to make your dental health a priority. If you have questions about financing please give us a call or make and appointment with our financial team to come up with the best financial plan for you and your family. More Information
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Friendly Dental of Worcester
347 Greenwood Street
Worcester, MA 01607
Our Worcester dental team has a combined set of specialties to provide you with the best quality dental care in the Worcester area! Our team specialties include general family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, periodontal care & orthodontics.
At Friendly Dental of Worcester, our patients have access to sedation dentistry, dentures, dental crowns, dental implants, root canal, dental bonding, and Invisalign braces. Friendly Dental of Worcester is located near Shrewsbury, MA, Auburn, MA, & Millbury, MA.
Snoring comes from air entering the nose, mouth or throat at an irregular pace and vibrating the soft tissue palates, the hard tissue palates or both. It affects millions of people, men women and boys and girls, and is both cosmetically unpleasant and can cause health problems like sleep interruption and strain on the heart.
A very loud snore may be a sign of apnea, which is a condition where air passages are blocked.
Snoring is usually caused by:
Bulky Throat Tissue
Long Soft Palate
Obstructed Nasal Airways
Poor Muscle Tone in Throat and Tongue
Oral appliance therapy is the most common treatment for severe snoring problems, where an alliance physically holds the airways open during sleep. Other treatment options include surgery, changes in sleeping patterns and lifestyle improvements.
Sedation Dentistry is the use of sedation to make a patient comfortable during a dental treatment. It is mostly used during extensive procedures such as fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, extractions, cosmetic procedures and periodontal treatments. It can also be used for patients with anxiety of dental procedures or who have trouble sitting still.
Sedation Dentistry is endorsed by the American Dental Association and is a hallmark of the technological transformations in the dental world that have given patients more comfort and ease.
Before using a sedative or anesthetic, it is important to tell your dentist about any medications or medical treatments you are receiving. Before administering any sedative or anesthetic, your dentist will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre- and post-sedation instructions.
Bonding is a popular method to fill in or cover up defects in teeth with a white composite resin. An adhesive gel is placed on the tooth and the resin is molded and sculpted over it, then hardened with UV light and polished.
Bonding can be used to fill teeth after the removal of cavities, or to cover stains, cracks, discolorations, chips, or gaps in teeth. It is a technological improvement over highly-visible silver amalgam fillings and applications usually lasts more than 10 years.
Dental bridges are a way to replace missing teeth by creating a segment that anchors to two existing teeth to “bridge” the gap between them.
Made from porcelain, gold, allows, or metal, bridges require the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth to be filed down into “abutments” that will hold the bridge in place, much like a pair of crowns with a third tooth joining them from the middle.
The bridge itself will be created in a specialized lab while a temporary bridge is put in its place. Once the final bridge is put in place, you will need to eat soft foods for a few days while the bridge settles, but after that it will function and feel normal.
If you are missing a tooth, please strongly consider having it replaced. Not only are there aesthetic disadvantage from the missing tooth, but that gap could also harm your mouth and jaw and make it difficult to eat or speak properly.
Sometimes teeth began to weaken, crack or visibly decay, but remain well-anchored and firmly in place. Bonding or filling may not be sufficient and in these cases a crown is often recommended.
With a crown, the original tooth will be filed down to the enamel and left in place and capped with a crown of porcelain, gold or porcelain fused with metal. The color is matched to the other teeth and the crown will appear to be a regular tooth in your smile.
Besides our prolific attention to the your teeth and keeping them clean and polished, we also take time to help our patients develop better oral hygiene habits at home. If we detect telltale signs of hygienic shortcomings we will recommend changes to your routine to improve your oral health. We can also suggest preventative measures like dental sealants or nightguards if you’re at risk of TMJ or bruxism.
Some gum diseases like gingivitis may need a root scaling or planing procedure to prevent long-term damage like bone loss or tooth loss.
Oral Cancer Screenings
During a dental exam your doctor will check your neck and oral tissues for lumps, colored patches, and sore spots to help detect oral cancer while it is easiest to treat. People who smoke and drink regularly are at the highest risk of developing oral cancel.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure where plaque and tartar are removed from below the gum line. Special slim tools clean the root surfaces of plaque and tartar and smooth down the surface. This prevents bacteria from getting a foothold in the gums.
Modern life offers a number of ways to stain our teeth, including coffee, wine, food and smoking. This can even happen to people who brush regularly. Teeth whitening restores the natural color to the teeth and can even be made whiter than normal.
We accomplish this by creating impressions of your teeth and using them to make a set of whitening trays. You can wear these trays for less than an hour a day for a few days and receive a dramatic increase in whiteness to your smile.
Please contact us to see if whitening is right for you.
Modern life offers a number of ways to stain our teeth, including coffee, wine, food and smoking. This can even happen to people who brush regularly. Teeth whitening restores the natural color to the teeth, and ZOOM! is one of the fastest ways to whiten teeth
ZOOM! is over and done with in about an hour. ZOOM! is a chairside whitening procedure that combines a whitening gel with low-intensity lights and can get your teeth 6 to 10 shades whiter in one sitting.
Veneers are thin ceramic shells that hug the existing tooth to correct the appearance of teeth that are stained, cracked, chipped, improperly spaced or misaligned.
First, the client comes in and has their teeth evaluated for the veneers. The traditional process takes up to two weeks to fabricate the veneers and they are placed in a follow up visit. Temporary veneers can be placed during that gap.
Ask your dentist for more information about veneers and to learn how they work.
Dental implants are simply an artificial tooth put in the place of a missing tooth. They are an alternative to a bridge, where the teeth on either side of the gap are removed and crowned.
To place a dental implant, a screwed is fashioned to the jaw bone for a sturdy foundation. The process requires making an incision in the gum and several dental implants can be placed at once if needed.
The implant will take 3-6 months to heal and have the jaw bone form around it. During this time a temporary crown can be placed before it is replaced with the final artificial tooth.
Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and can replace both full and partial sets of teeth.
For full sets, any remaining teeth are removed. There are two common approaches for full sets.
With Conventional Full Dentures, all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal. This typically takes several months and the patient is without teeth during that time. Once the healing is complete, the dentures are created.
With Immediate Full Dentures measurements are performed before the teeth are removed, and dentures are ready immediately afterwards. The gum tissue will change shape as it heals and the dentures will need to be tightened later.
The extraction of wisdom teeth is a fairly common procedure. In ancient times, humans would typically lose a few teeth and the remaining teeth would shift to fill in the gap. The wisdom teeth were located in the back of the jaw intended to be deployed in an opening.
Modern dentistry has prevented that tooth loss, so a new problem has come out: Mature wisdom teeth with no place to go start trying to breach the surface at an angle or under existing teeth. Wisdom teeth are also vulnerable to infection and may cause pain and swelling.
For extraction, an incision is made in the gum and the tooth is pulled out. In some cases the tooth may need to be cut into segments and removed in pieces.
Wisdom teeth can be removed individually or all four may be taken out at once. The patient can be placed completely out or have a local anesthetic. Either way, the patient will receive painkillers for after the procedure and will need a ride home.
Invisalign is a way to straighten teeth without the wires and brackets of traditional braces. Instead, it uses a series of clear “aligners” that are precisely created for your teeth.
Patients fit the aligners over their teeth, wearing them constantly for two weeks. The aligners need to be removed to eat or brush but are left in place the rest of the time while it slowly moves the teeth.
Patients will go typically go through 12 to 48 sets of aligners and the average process time is between 6 and 15 months.
The age of stainless steel braces is beyond us. While we offer transparent Invisalign teeth straighteners, some patients prefer or benefit more from modern bracket and wire braces.
The new generation of braces use ceramic brackets, not stainless steel, that blend in more naturally with the tooth color. Advances also allow the teeth to move faster, cutting down on the number of office visits needed to complete a treatment.
Root canal has a notorious reputation as a long, scary procedure. The Alfred Hitchcock of dentistry. Fortunately for the patient, medical technology has made this important procedure much quicker and less painful than it was in the past when it earned its dark reputation.
Endodontics are dental procedures that deal with the nerve endings in the root of teeth. Sometimes teeth become infected and those nerves need to be removed to prevent forming an abscess that could lead to loss of parts of the jaw bone.
In a root canal, a local anesthetic is applied and the dentist drills into the tooth, creating an opening that leads to the nerve. The dentist will use this opening to remove infected tissue and will typically replace the tooth with a crown. After the procedure some pain is normal, but can typically be treated with over the counter medicine.
Inlays and onlays are best thought of as partial crowns. Instead of reducing the tooth to a small foundation for an artificial tooth like a crown, decayed areas of the tooth are removed and a mold of the tooth is created and the piece is created in 2 to 3 weeks. Inlays and onlays look natural and work like natural teeth.
Sometimes tooth decay appears below the gumline, requiring the removal of some bone and gum tissue. With crown lengthening, part of the gum and bone are moved to allow the dentist to access the part of the tooth in need of help.
In addition, crown lengthening is sometimes done to improve the appearance of a “gummy” smile where the flesh hides part of the teeth, making them look short and stubby. By reshaping the gum and bone tissue the proper amount of the tooth can be made visible to improve the look.
A soft tissue graft moves gum tissue around or borrows tissue from the roof of the mouth to fix significant gum recessions.
When gums recede they may expose the root of a tooth, exposing it’s soft constitution to bacteria and plaque and pain from hot and cold food and drink. Slight gum recessions can be fixed with improved dental hygiene, but more severe gum recessions should be corrected before more serious problems develop.
Dental implants, where missing teeth are installed directly into the jaw, require a sturdy foundation in the jawline. For patients who lack a good bone foundation in the jaw to hold onto that dental implant, a bone graft can be used to build up a good foundation.
The bone pieces in the graft may be taken from another part of the patient’s mouth, or may use fragments from a bone bank. These donated fragments are both safe and effective.
Dental procedures have specific recovery rules to ensure your oral surgery heals properly and avoids needless complications. In all cases, you should wait at least two hours after any dental surgery before eating to let the anesthesia wear off. Otherwise, you may bite down on a soft tissue that you are unable to feel. The following are specific instructions for particular procedures. Your doctor or dental assistant will tell you the full details, but here are some of the key points
Root Canal Therapy
Expect a few days of soreness and avoid chewing on the side of the mouth where the procedure was performed to prevent irritating the area. Chewing also can displace the materials placed over the incision before they set properly. You will be given an antibiotic to fight any potential infections. If you notice escalating pain or tenderness, problems with the medication or damage to the restoration material call your dentist immediately.
Crowns and Bridges
While you have your temporary bridge or crown in place, take great care not to dislodge it when eating, brushing or flossing. Sticky or chewy foods or tugging on it could break it off
You may feel sensitivity or irritation immediately after the temporary or permanent piece is placed. This is a normal part of the healing process and you can try some over the counter ache relief or rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Expect the permanent crown or bridge to feel off for a few days while your mouth adjusts for it, but let your dentist knows if it persists.
Avoid hot or cold food and drinks for the next few days while the new bonding is sensitive. It will should feel normal after that.
Scaling and Root Planing
To help your gums heal rinse your mouth with warm salt water 2 or 3 times daily to relieve the pain and cleanse the area. Brush and floss as normal, but be gentle to avoid irritation. Swelling and stiffness can be relieved with a cold pack or pain medicine. Avoid hard, sticky and chewy foods for several days and contact your dentist if you experience pain or swelling after that.
While you have your temporary veneer in place, take great care not to dislodge it when eating, brushing or flossing. Sticky or chewy foods or tugging on it could break it off
You may feel sensitivity or irritation immediately after the temporary or permanent veneer is placed. This is a normal part of the healing process and you can try some over the counter ache relief or rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Expect the permanent veneer to feel off for a few days while your mouth adjusts for it, but let your dentist knows if it persists.
You will need a ride home after the procedure because of the anesthesia. Rest at home, but do not lie flat. Keep your head elevated higher than your heart. Expect the procedure site to bleed a little and use and replace gauze as needed. You will receive pain medication and can also use an ice pack for relief. The procedure site will need to be cleaned regularly while your body fills in the gap.
If bleeding continues for more than 24 hours or the site doesn’t appear to heal properly, call your dentist for help.
Your diet will be limited to soft foods for a few days. Common choices iclude ice cream, soup, pudding, yogurt, hummus, mashed potatoes, and gelatin.
Here at Friendly Dental of Worcester, we offer the most recent dental technologies to make your dental services as successful and painless as possible. Some of our newer dental technology includes same-day crowns, rotary endodontics, the intraoral camera, compudent the wand and digital X-rays. We are using some of the most sophisticated technologies used in dental offices in Massachusetts.
I am thoroughly pleased , have NEVER received such wonderful care at any other dental office. In fact, I had tried the Uxbridge location and had a terrible experience last year, which left me hesitant to try the Worcester location. I’m am very happy to say that the worcester location is nothing like the Uxbridge location and for that I am grateful!
Katherine S., Dental Patient, Uxbridge MA
I’ve been going to Friendly Dental of Worcester for many years and they have always provided excellent care for my teeth.
Jeffrey S., Dental Patient, Auburn MA
I thought it was a very nice place and my dentist was very kind. I’d love to come back soon
Cameron A., Dental Patient, Shrewsbury MA
I would like to thank Aimee for the incredible job she did of listening to my fears and reassuring me that no matter what things weren’t hopeless. I had no pain going home, which I felt was a miracle. I feel as though I’ve never had a more thorough visit from a dental practice. Thank you for all you do.