WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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specifically engineered to cut bone but not soft tissues, such as nerves and blood vessels. "The power of advanced technology can save lives," says Dr. Ameli. "For early detection of oral cancer, an evolutionary autofluorescence- based imaging system (VELscope™) is used to detect oral potentially malignant disorders and benign growth. [Another example is] 3D- radiographs [that] can show the anatomy of the airway and detect abnormalities that cause obstructive sleep apnea. "Twenty years ago, and with the use of CT scans, we realized people who grind their front teeth have a narrow airway that can collapse when they sleep," says Dr. Ameli. "This reduces oxygen flow. We can direct a physician to surgically implant a device called Inspire® that stimulates muscles to open, making breathing easier." Dr. Ameli, who specializes in prosthodontics and implantology, is on the faculty at Harvard's School of Dental Medicine. From his office in Wellesley, he teaches courses over the Internet to students in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Guatemala City; Munich, Germany; Boston; and Shanghai. His colleague, Dr. Tannaz Shapurian, specializes in periodontics and implan- tology and teaches on the faculty of Tufts School of Dental Medicine. Both are Board Certified. Drs. Ejaz and Zarah Ali single out several additional digital tools used in their practice for cosmetic dentistry and special health considerations. "CariVu™ is a device that allows us to see through the enamel to identify what's happening underneath," says Dr. Ejaz Ali. "It's wonderful when a patient's preferences or health issues limit the use of more radia- tion, such as following cancer treatment or when a woman is pregnant." For people who avoid visiting dentists for years at a stretch, technol- ogy can ease their fear or guilt, says Dr. Zarah Ali. "This is a judgment- free zone. Patients who had bad experiences with dentistry in the past or are anxious about the unknown can choose to have nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral conscious sedation, which helps them relax while awake. Or they can choose to wear noise-cancelling headphones to listen to music, or watch movies with Zeiss Cinemizer goggles that are worn like sunglasses while the dentist works." "Eventually," says Dr. Wang, "every office will be paperless and invest in new technology." M E D I A B A K E R Y 142 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7 fitness & health "airy treatment rooms"

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