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By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
December 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsDental implants can restore your full smile if you have any gaps due to missing teeth. In addition to the restoration of your smile, dental implants provide many more benefits. When dental implants are used to replace missing teeth, they help support facial muscles that tend to sag when teeth are missing. Additionally, dental implants can improve speech, which can be altered when teeth are missing. A dentist can determine if dental implants could work for you. In Haworth, NJ dental implants are available at Gentle Dentistry.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small metal posts made from hypoallergenic titanium that are placed into the jawbone for the purpose of holding artificial teeth in place, much like a tooth root. Placing the implants in the jawbone allows for a secure hold as the implant fuses with the bone over time so the metal and bone become bonded together. Once fully fused, dental implants can be capped with dental crowns to replace individual teeth or they can be topped with overdentures or bridgework to replace several teeth at a time.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Several side effects can occur when teeth are missing and there are gaps in your smile. When there are gaps in your smile, the cheeks can begin sagging and drooping because there are fewer teeth to support the muscles of the face. The natural contours of the face are altered, which can make a person appear older. Dental implants make it possible to fill in the gaps with artificial teeth that can provide support and restore the natural contours of the face. Your Haworth dental implants professional can tell you if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Dental implants can also help correct speech and reduce wear and tear on teeth. Speech is sometimes altered when there are gaps from missing teeth because the gaps affect the placement of the tongue when speaking. Using dental implants to fill in the gaps can correct speech. As far as wear and tear on teeth, without a full set of teeth to carry the workload of biting and chewing food, the remaining teeth end up taking on additional work to compensate for the missing teeth, which can lead to additional wear and tear. Dental implants can alleviate that problem.

Several benefits are possible with dental implants. Dental implants can restore your smile, improve appearance, correct speech, and alleviate extra strain on teeth. For dental implants in Haworth, NJ schedule an appointment with one of the dental professionals at Gentle Dentistry by calling the office at (201) 384-1611.

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
October 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
IfatAllPossiblePrimaryTeethareWorthSaving

Primary (baby) teeth might not last long, but their impact can last a lifetime. Their first set of teeth not only allows young children to eat solid foods, but also guide permanent teeth to form and erupt in the proper position.

Unfortunately, primary teeth aren't immune to tooth decay. If the decay is extensive, the tooth may not last as long as it should. Its absence will increase the chances the permanent teeth won't come in correctly, which could create a poor bite (malocclusion) that's costly to correct.

If a primary tooth is already missing, we can try to prevent a malocclusion by installing a “space appliance.” This keeps nearby teeth from drifting into the empty space intended for the permanent tooth. The best approach, though, is to try to save a primary tooth from premature loss.

We can often do this in much the same way as we would with a permanent tooth — by removing decayed material and filling the prepared space. We can also perform preventive applications like topical fluoride or sealants that strengthen or protect the tooth.

It becomes more complicated, though, if the pulp, the interior of the tooth, becomes decayed. The preferred treatment for this in a permanent adult tooth is a root canal treatment. But with a primary tooth we must also consider the permanent tooth forming below it in the jaw and its proximity to the primary tooth. We need to adapt our treatment for the least likely damage to the permanent tooth.

For example, it may be best to remove as much decayed structure as possible without entering the pulp and then apply an antibacterial agent to the area, a procedure known as an indirect pulp treatment. We might also remove only parts of the pulp, if we determine the rest of the pulp tissue appears healthy. We would then dress the wound and seal the tooth from further infection.

Whatever procedure we use will depend on the extent of decay. As we said before, our number one concern is the permanent tooth beneath the primary. By focusing on the health of both we can help make sure the permanent one comes in the right way.

If you would like more information on caring for children's primary teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Canal Treatment for Children's Teeth.”

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
October 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Missing teeth? For many years, the only options available for individuals with missing teeth were dentures and bridges. But, today, implants are available. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are inserted into the bone. Gentle Dentistry, which is located in Haworth, NJ, offers state-of-the-art dental implants to their patients. Read on to get answers to frequently asked questions about dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are inserted into the jawbone. They provide a strong foundation for artificial replacement teeth. After the bone has bonded to the dental implants, replacement teeth are secured to the top of the implants. Unlike dentures, which can be removed, implants are permanent. 

What are the benefits of implants?

Dental implants will close the gaps in your smile, improve your appearance, and make you look years younger. They will fill out a face that otherwise would look sunken because of lost teeth. Dental implants will also improve your clarity of speech and restore your ability to chew food. 

Are implants right for me?

Ideal candidates for dental implants are in good oral and general health. The best candidates for dental implants have healthy gum tissue that is free of gum disease. Adequate bone in your jaw is also needed to support the implant. Your dentist will determine if dental implants are suitable for you. 

How do I care for dental implants?

Dental implants are like your original teeth and will require regular dental visits and conscientious at-home oral care. In order to keep your new dental implants plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply. Good oral hygiene must take place before, during, and after placement of dental implants to keep them healthy. 

What will happen without treatment?

One or more missing teeth can have many negative effects on your oral health including changes in the jaw joint and shifting of teeth. Without treatment, your jawbone will begin to shrink and deteriorate. Tooth loss will also affect your appearance and change the shape of your face, causing you to look prematurely aged. 

If you want a beautiful, this is your chance! Start your journey today! Call Gentle Dentistry at 201-384-1611 today to schedule a dental consultation in Haworth, NJ. You will have a new quality of life with dental implants!

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
September 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces  
4TipsforAvoidingDentalDiseaseWhileWearingBraces

Wearing braces takes time, but if all goes well the changes to your smile will be well worth it. In the meantime, though, you’ll have to contend with one particular difficulty—keeping your teeth clean of disease-causing, bacterial plaque.

Don’t worry, though—while keeping dental disease at bay with braces can be challenging, it is doable. Here are 4 tips for minimizing your chances of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease during orthodontic treatment.

Eat less sugar. Like any living organism, bacteria must eat—and they’re especially amenable to sugar. The more they have access to this favorite food source, the more they multiply—and the greater your risk of tooth decay or gum disease. Eating fewer sugary foods and snacks and more dental-friendly ones helps restrict bacteria populations in your mouth.

Brush thoroughly. Brushing with braces can be difficult, especially in areas blocked by orthodontic hardware. You need to be sure you brush all tooth and gum surfaces around your braces, including above and below the wire running through the brackets. A soft multi-tufted microline bristle brush is a good choice for getting into these hard to reach places. Brushing around braces takes more time, but it’s essential for effective plaque removal.

Use flossing tools. Flossing is important for removing plaque from between teeth—but, unfortunately, it might be even more difficult to perform with braces than brushing. If using string floss proves too daunting consider using a floss threader or a similar device that might be easier to maneuver. You can also use a water irrigator, a hand-held device that sprays water under pressure to loosen and flush away between-teeth plaque.

Keep up regular dental visits. While you’re seeing your orthodontist regularly for adjustments, you should also see your general dentist at least every six months or more. Besides dental cleaning, your dentist also monitors for signs of disease and can prescribe preventive measures like antibacterial mouth rinses. Of course, if you see abnormalities, like white spots on your teeth or red, puffy or bleeding gums, contact your dentist as soon as possible. The sooner a problem can be addressed the less impact it may have on your orthodontic treatment and overall oral health.

If you would like more information on caring for teeth and gums while wearing braces, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
September 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  
NotallDentalCrownsSharetheSameQualityofLife-Likeness

Dental crowns are an essential means for restoring damaged or unattractive teeth. A well-crafted crown not only functions well, it looks and blends seamlessly with the rest of the natural teeth.

Crowns are artificial caps that cover an entire visible tooth, often used for heavily decayed or damaged teeth or as added protection after a root canal treatment. Most crowns are produced by a dental lab, but some dentists are now creating them in-office with computer-based milling equipment. On the whole, the various crowns now available function adequately as teeth—but they can vary in their appearance quality.

In the early to mid 20th Century the all-metal crown was the standard; but while durable, it could be less than eye-pleasing. Although more life-like dental porcelain existed at the time, it tended to be brittle and could easily shatter under chewing stress.

Dentists then developed a crown that combined the strength of metal with the attractiveness of porcelain: the porcelain fused to metal or PFM crown. The PFM crown had a hollow, metal substructure that was cemented over the tooth. To this metal base was fused an outer shell of porcelain that gave the crown an attractive finish.

The PFM reigned as the most widely used crown until the mid 2000s. By then improved forms of porcelain reinforced with stronger materials like Lucite had made possible an all-ceramic crown. They’re now the most common crown used today, beautifully life-like yet durable without the need for a metal base.

All-ceramics may be the most common type of crown installed today, but past favorites’ metal and PFM are still available and sometimes used. So depending on the type and location of the tooth and your own expectations, there’s a right crown for you.

However, not all crowns even among all-ceramic have the same level of aesthetic quality or cost—the more life-like, the more expensive. If you have dental insurance, your plan’s benefits might be based on a utilitarian but less attractive crown. You may have to pay more out of pocket for the crown you and your dentist believe is best for you.

Whatever you choose, though, your modern dental crown will do an admirable, functional job. And it can certainly improve your natural tooth’s appearance.

If you would like more information on dental restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.