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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cleaning, fillings that are failing, or cracks in teeth. It helps the patient to understand the problems they have and opens the door for a better level of understanding. It educates them about their mouth, and they can see why we recommend a certain treatment. These photographs also help to document a patient's mouth so that we can compare another picture at a later date. Many patients are impressed by this technology. Millennials already expect us to have it." Remember those bulky squares the hygienist positioned in your mouth to take x-rays? Gone. "We now use a sensor and special software to take digital x-rays," says Dr. Wang. "They are quick to read, emit less radiation, and are very 'green.' Also new is the digital scanner that enables us to take digital impressions that are more precise and faster than the old method of using gooey material. And there's no gagging. Instead, it scans the prepared tooth and sends the image to a lab where a crown can be milled." Like Premier, Wellesley Dental Group is a multi-specialty practice for children and adults. Dr. Ejaz Ali and his colleagues there use a procedure called CERECĀ® that employs CAD/CAM technology. CEREC enables den- tists to restore damaged teeth without the need for a temporary crown. Photographs of the tooth are taken with a 3D camera. The photos guide the use of diamond burs to perfectly shape ceramic so it can be precisely bonded to the tooth. CEREC procedures give the dentist full control in designing the crown, says Dr. Ali, and having a lab in the office enables them to complete the procedure start-to-finish in one visit. Not everything is new, of course. Dr. Wang is proud to say six of her staff have been with her for a total of 100 years. Their familiar faces make patients feel comfortable. At Wellesley Dental Group, Dr. Femina Ali considers theirs a family practice not only because she works beside her husband, Ejaz, and their daughter, Dr. Zarah Ali, ("a product of the Wellesley schools") but also because "everyone here is like our family. We're committed to the community. 140 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

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