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By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
July 17, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
ViggoMortensensRed-CarpetSmile

The Golden Globes ceremony is a night when Hollywood stars shine their brightest. At the recent red-carpet event, leading man Viggo Mortensen had plenty to smile about: Green Book, the movie in which he co-starred, picked up the award for Best Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy. But fans looking at the veteran actor's big smile today might not realize that it once looked very different. A few years ago, an accident during the filming of The Two Towers took a major chip out of Mortensen's front tooth!

That might be OK for some movies (think The Hangover or Dumb and Dumber)—but it's not so great for everyday life. Fortunately, Mortensen visited a dentist promptly, and now his smile is picture-perfect. How was that accomplished? He didn't say…but generally, the best treatment for a chipped tooth depends on how much of the tooth's structure is missing.

If the tooth has only a small chip or crack, it's often possible to restore it via cosmetic bonding. This procedure can be done right in the dental office, frequently in a single visit. Here's how it works: First the tooth is cleaned and prepared, and then a tooth-colored resin is applied to the area being restored. After it is cured (hardened) with a special light, additional layers may be applied to build up the missing structure. When properly cared for, a tooth restored this way can look good for several years.

For a longer-lasting restoration, veneers may be recommended. These are wafer-thin shells made of durable material (most often porcelain) that cover the front (visible) surfaces of teeth. Strong and lifelike, veneers can match the exact color of your natural teeth—or give you the bright, high-wattage smile you've always wanted. No wonder they're so popular in Hollywood! Because veneers are custom-made for you, getting them may require several office visits.

If a chip or crack extends to the inner pulp of the tooth, a root canal procedure will be needed to keep the tooth from becoming infected—a situation that could have serious consequences. But you shouldn't fear a root canal! The procedure generally causes no more discomfort than filling a cavity (though it takes a little longer), and it can help save teeth that would otherwise be lost. After a root canal, a crown (cap) is generally needed to restore the visible part of the tooth.

When a damaged tooth can't be restored, it needs to be extracted (removed) and replaced. Today's best option for tooth replacement is a dental implant—a small, screw-shaped post inserted into the bone of your jaw that anchors a lifelike, fully functional crown. Implants require very little special care and can look great for many years, making them a top choice for tooth replacement

If you have questions about chipped or damaged teeth, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin” and “Porcelain Veneers.”

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
July 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral surgery   cleft lip   cleft palate  
ACleftBirthDefectCanBeHeartbreaking-butThereIsHope

Every year, thousands of children are born with a cleft palate, cleft lip or a combination of both. The advocacy group AmeriFace promotes the month of July as National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month to call attention to this potentially disfiguring defect—and to highlight treatments offered by dentists that can change the destiny of a child with a cleft defect.

Simply put, a cleft is a gap or opening in the palate (roof of the mouth) and/or upper lip. Cleft lips and palates result when structures that are forming in an unborn baby’s mouth and face don’t fuse together as they should during pregnancy. They can occur on either one side or on both sides of the face, in partial form (with some connecting tissue present) or completely open.

Clefts can cause severe disfigurement in a child, which may lead to a diminished self-image and disruption in relationships with others. A cleft can also compromise other aspects of a child’s health and life, including dental health, nutrition, respiratory function and speech development.

Doctors don’t always know why a particular baby is born with a cleft lip or palate, but clefts are thought to result from a combination of factors. Genetics most certainly plays a role, but there appear to be other influencing factors during pregnancy like nutritional deficiencies and fetal exposure to alcohol, radiation or toxic chemicals. In addition, having poorly controlled diabetes or being obese during pregnancy may increase the risk of the baby being born with cleft lip or cleft palate.

Managing known health conditions as well as striving for better prenatal nutrition and protection from environmental hazards may reduce the risks for cleft formation, even so, clefts do form. When they do, we can often effectively correct them, thanks to surgical procedures first developed by a military surgeon stationed in Korea in 1950.

While analyzing photos of cleft patients, Dr. Ralph Millard realized the tissue needed to repair a cleft was already present, but in a distorted form. He then experimented with surgical techniques that released the tissue so that it could be moved and fashioned into a normal appearance.

Dr. Millard’s original techniques remain the basis for today’s advanced procedures. Correction of a cleft lip or palate typically requires a series of procedures which can span the child’s developmental years. The first surgery usually occurs around 3-6 months of age, followed by later procedures to refine the earlier work. This process usually requires a team of dental specialists that includes oral surgeons, orthodontists and general dentists.

The road to restoration from a cleft birth defect can be a long one for children and their families, but the treatment methods developed over the last several decades can truly give them the gift of a normal life.

If you would like more information about cleft repair and other oral surgical procedures, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate: Common Birth Defects That Can Be Repaired Beautifully by Skilled Surgeons.”

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
June 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

How a root canal from your dentists in Haworth, New Jersey can eliminate your tooth pain

If you feel nagging, aching tooth pain, you may need more than just a simple filling—a root canal may prove necessary. Fortunately, root Root_Canalcanal treatment is easier and quicker than you may think! Here at Gentle Dentistry in Haworth, NJ, our dentists eliminate your dental pain with the help of this tooth-saving procedure.

 

More about root canal treatment

Root canal treatment is performed when the innermost layer of your tooth (an area known as the pulp) is either bruised or damaged. Containing a tooth's nerves and blood supply, the pulp can cause acute pain if it has been damaged or been the victim of decay. It can also create fluid build-up and pressure inside of the tooth, an issue that can create immense issues if not taken care of.

You may need a root canal if you start noticing painful symptoms like these:

  • Acute, sharp pain when you bite down or chew
  • Chronic pain that doesn’t get better
  • Increasing pain when you consume hot or cold foods/beverages
  • Pain that continues even after a filling or crown is placed
  • Pain that radiates into other areas of your face, jaws, or head

You may also notice non-painful signs, such as:

  • A tooth becoming darker or grayer compared to the teeth next to it
  • A red or white bump on your gums next to a tooth root
  • Drainage including blood or pus coming from the bump on your gums

Root canals eliminate pain by removing the diseased, infected pulp from inside your tooth. The tissue is drawn out through a small opening created in the top of your tooth, and a sedative material is placed inside your tooth. The sedative reduces inflammation and eliminates your pain. After your tooth has calmed down, the sedative material is removed and replaced with an inert material. The opening is sealed with a small filling, and you are done!

 

Give us a call!

Don’t suffer with a painful tooth when help is just a phone call away. To find out more about root canal therapy, talk with the experts—call the dentists at Gentle Dentistry in Haworth, NJ, today at (201) 384-1611!

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
May 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: porcelain veneers  
YourTeenagersTeethMayNotBeMatureEnoughforVeneers

Teenagers and adults alike can improve their smile appearance with dental solutions like teeth whitening or orthodontics. But there are a few cosmetic solutions like porcelain veneers that are better suited for more mature teeth.

Veneers are composed of thin layers of dental porcelain that are bonded to the outside of teeth. They're kind of a tooth "mask" that hides blemishes like chips, discoloration or mild bite problems. They're often less involved and expensive than other types of dental restoration.

Even so, we usually need to remove some of the natural tooth's enamel before applying them. Veneers placed directly on unprepared teeth can appear bulky, so we remove some of the enamel to create a more natural look. And although usually only a slight amount, the alteration is permanent and will require the tooth to have some form of restoration from then on.

This usually doesn't pose a major issue for adults, but it could for a teenager's younger teeth. The nerve-filled dentin in a teenager's still developing tooth is thinner and closer to the pulp (nerve tissue) than in more mature teeth.

There's at least one situation, though, where veneers might be applied safely to a teenager's teeth without this concern. If the teen has abnormally small teeth and are receiving veneers to improve their appearance, they might not need alteration. Because the teeth are already thinner than normal, the "no-prep" veneers may not look bulky when directly bonded to them without preparation.

With most cases, though, it might be best to pursue other options that at the very least can make a cosmetic difference until their teeth are mature enough for veneers. For example, we might be able to repair chipped areas with composite resin material that we form and bond to the tooth to achieve a life-like appearance.

We can discuss these and other options for safely improving your teenager's smile. The important thing is to achieve a more confident appearance without endangering their future health.

If you would like more information on cosmetic treatments for teenagers, 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 “Veneers for Teenagers.”

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
May 22, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Want a better-looking smile? Professional teeth whitening represents the quickest and most cost-effective smile-enhancing opportunity for Teeth-Whiteningpatients today. Professional teeth whitening can help you achieve the results you've always wanted. Gentle Dentistry, which is located in Haworth, NJ, offers teeth whitening treatments to the patients they serve. Read on to learn about the teeth whitening options that are available today.


In-Office Teeth Whitening

One type of professional treatment is light-activated, in-office teeth whitening. In-office bleaching is a procedure designed to whiten your teeth using a combination of bleaching gel and a specially designed dental light. The gel and light are used in conjunction with each other to produce maximum whitening results in the shortest possible time. All it takes is 60 minutes in your dentist's office!


Benefits of In-Office Whitening

In-office whitening is safe, effective, and very fast. In about 60 minutes, your smile will become dramatically whiter. In-office teeth whitening is ideal for patients looking for immediate results. One in-office whitening session can make your teeth several shades lighter. The convenience of in-office bleaching in comparison to days of wearing dental trays makes it the perfect choice for busy individuals.


Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Professional take-home teeth whitening is a dentist-dispensed do-it-yourself kit to be applied to your teeth in the comfort of your own home. First, your dentist takes an impression of your teeth in the office. A customized dental tray is made for you to take home with your own kit of bleaching gel. Take-home whitening eliminates dental stains for whiter smiles in just one or two weeks.

Benefits of Take-Home Whitening

Take-home teeth whitening is an effective way to eliminate dental stains and achieve a naturally white smile. Professional take-home teeth whitening is also safe for your gums and teeth. You will enjoy exceptionally whiter teeth with little or no sensitivity with professional take-home teeth whitening.

Your smile should be white and bright! Call Gentle Dentistry at 201-384-1611 to schedule a teeth whitening appointment in Haworth, NJ. Having a confident, beautiful smile can transform your life!