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Posts for: May, 2017

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
May 25, 2017
Category: Oral Hygiene
Tags: Preventative Care   Brushing   Flossing  

Are you doing everything you can to keep your smile looking and feeling its best?Preventative Care

If you want your teeth and gums to remain healthy then you’ll have to put in some effort to make sure they are getting the care they need. Luckily, caring for your smile isn’t that difficult. Our Bergen County dentists in Hawthorn, NJ, offer up some easy ways to make sure that your oral health is on par.

Don’t Ignore Preventive Care

It may seem easy to just not visit your Bergen County general dentist in Hawthorn every six months if your smile is looking and feeling great; however, these routine cleanings aren’t just for people who don’t brush and floss regularly, or for those who’ve had problems in the past. Even healthy smiles require deep cleanings from time-to-time. Plus, these visits are a great way to catch issues before they cause long-term damage to your smile.

Brushing and Flossing are Key

As you may have already guessed, your smile wouldn’t be able to remain healthy without brushing and flossing. These are two easy steps that you should take every day to ensure that you are doing your part for your smile. These are simple habits that you should already have in your daily routine. Remember, you should be brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day.

Know When to Seek Care

While you should schedule your cleanings for every six months, it’s also important to know what other situations warrant a trip to our office. If you are experiencing a dental emergency such as a cracked tooth, toothache or broken restoration, then you also need to drop what you’re doing and come in for treatment.

Eat Healthy for Your Smile

Just like the rest of your body, your teeth, gums and jawbone also require certain nutrients to remain healthy and strong. By making sure that you eat a healthy, balanced diet that contains generous helpings of fruits and vegetables, lean sources of protein and whole grains, you can maintain good oral health for years to come. Remember to avoid sugar and junk food as much as possible, as these things can increase your risk for decay.

Do you have questions about oral hygiene? Need to schedule your routine cleaning? Then call Gentle Dentistry in Hawthorn, Bergen County, NJ, anytime. We can schedule your next appointment or answer any questions you may have.


ConsiderBoneHealthWhenDecidingBetweenImplantsandDentures

Losing permanent teeth is never good — unlike primary teeth, no natural replacements wait in the wings. But the good news is you have a number of options for replacing them with life-like prosthetic (false) teeth.

Today's premier choice is dental implants, preferred by dentists and patients alike for their durability and life-likeness. But because of their cost when replacing multiple teeth, many people opt for traditional dentures. And now dentures are easier to wear and maintain thanks to new, advanced materials and designs.

Still, there's one major area where implants have the definite edge over dentures — long-term bone health. Older bone cells die and dissolve (resorb), replaced then by newly formed cells. Teeth help perpetuate this cycle through the forces generated when we chew that travel through the roots to stimulate the formation of new bone.

But because this stimulation through a tooth ends when it's lost, new bone beneath the empty socket may not keep up with the resorption rate of older bone. As a result, you could lose as much as a quarter of normal bone width in just the first year after losing a tooth.

This bone loss will continue to accumulate even if you wear dentures, which can't replicate the bone growth stimulation of natural teeth. What's more, the constant pressure on the bony ridge of the gums can accelerate bone loss. Eventually, the firm, comfortable fit you first had with your dentures will become looser and less comfortable with the shrinking bone volume.

Implants, on the other hand, can stop bone loss and may even reverse it. This is because the titanium metal of an implant has a special affinity with bone cells that readily grow and adhere to it. This creates the anchorage responsible for the implant's durability, but it's also healthy for the bone.

Of course, this doesn't have to be a binary choice between the two restorations thanks to a new hybrid advancement that combines implants with dentures. We can install as few as two implants to support a removable denture. You'll enjoy greater stability, fit and durability with your dentures, while also improving bone health through the implants.

So before you decide on a dental restoration, be sure to discuss with us your implant options. Your oral health and appearance could benefit immensely.

If you would like more information on dental restoration, 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 “The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth.”


By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
May 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
NewFrontTeethforaTeenagedDavidDuchovny

In real life he was a hard-charging basketball player through high school and college. In TV and the movies, he has gone head-to-head with serial killers, assorted bad guys… even mysterious paranormal forces. So would you believe that David Duchovny, who played Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files and starred in countless other large and small-screen productions, lost his front teeth… in an elevator accident?

“I was running for the elevator at my high school when the door shut on my arm,” he explained. “The next thing I knew, I was waking up in the hospital. I had fainted, fallen on my face, and knocked out my two front teeth.” Looking at Duchovny now, you’d never know his front teeth weren’t natural. But that’s not “movie magic” — it’s the art and science of modern dentistry.

How do dentists go about replacing lost teeth with natural-looking prosthetics? Today, there are two widely used tooth replacement procedures: dental implants and bridgework. When a natural tooth can’t be saved — due to advanced decay, periodontal disease, or an accident like Duchovny’s — these methods offer good looking, fully functional replacements. So what’s the difference between the two? Essentially, it’s a matter of how the replacement teeth are supported.

With state-of-the-art dental implants, support for the replacement tooth (or teeth) comes from small titanium inserts, which are implanted directly into the bone of the jaw. In time these become fused with the bone itself, providing a solid anchorage. What’s more, they actually help prevent the bone loss that naturally occurs after tooth loss. The crowns — lifelike replacements for the visible part of the tooth — are securely attached to the implants via special connectors called abutments.

In traditional bridgework, the existing natural teeth on either side of a gap are used to support the replacement crowns that “bridge” the gap. Here’s how it works: A one-piece unit is custom-fabricated, consisting of prosthetic crowns to replace missing teeth, plus caps to cover the adjacent (abutment) teeth on each side. Those abutment teeth must be shaped so the caps can fit over them; this is done by carefully removing some of the outer tooth material. Then the whole bridge unit is securely cemented in place.

While both systems have been used successfully for decades, bridgework is now being gradually supplanted by implants. That’s because dental implants don’t have any negative impact on nearby healthy teeth, while bridgework requires that abutment teeth be shaped for crowns, and puts additional stresses on them. Dental implants also generally last far longer than bridges — the rest of your life, if given proper care. However, they are initially more expensive (though they may prove more economical in the long run), and not everyone is a candidate for the minor surgery they require.

Which method is best for you? Don’t try using paranormal powers to find out: Come in and talk to us. If you would like more information about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework,” and “Dental Implants.”