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Posts for: October, 2016

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
October 23, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   dentures  

There's no doubt about it — dentures have changed your life. Now you can eat and speak normally, and smile again with confidence. But if you're going to continue to benefit from your dentures, you'll need to take care of them. One of the best things you can do is not sleep with them in.

There are a couple of important reasons why you should take your dentures out when you go to bed. First, dentures tend to compress the bony ridges of the gums that support them. This contributes to the loss of the underlying bone, an occurrence common with missing teeth. Wearing dentures around the clock can accelerate this bone loss, which eventually loosens your denture fit.

Constant denture wearing also contributes to mouth conditions conducive to dental disease. You're more likely to develop tongue and denture plaque (a thin film of bacteria and food particles) that can cause gum inflammation or yeast development. The presence of the latter could also trigger a chronic response from your immune system that might make you more susceptible to other diseases.

Good oral hygiene is just as important with dentures as with natural teeth. Besides removing them at night, you should also take them out and rinse them after eating and brush them at least once a day with a soft tooth brush. And be sure to use regular dish or hand soap (especially antibacterial) or denture cleanser — toothpaste is too abrasive for denture surfaces.

It's also a good habit to store your dentures in water or, better, an alkaline peroxide solution. This will help deter plaque and yeast development. And don't forget the rest of your mouth: brush your tongue and gums with a very soft toothbrush (different from your denture brush) or clean them off with a damp cloth.

Taking care of your dentures will ensure two things. You'll lower your risk for disease — and you'll also help extend your dentures' life and fit.

If you would like more information on caring for your dentures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
October 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.

In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.

For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.

Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.

It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.

That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”

We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
October 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth decay   root canals  

Unfortunately, root canal therapy has developed a nasty reputation as a painful, long procedure. This, however, is not at all true. Root root canalcanal treatment is your friend, preserving the tooth’s natural structure and saving it from extraction. Learn more about how root canal therapy can help you and your smile with your dentists at Gentle Dentistry in Haworth, NJ in Bergen County.

Does a root canal hurt? 
Before any kind of poking or prodding, your dentist will completely numb the area of the damaged tooth. While you may experience some pressure while your dentist works, you should not feel any pain at all. If you do, you should alert your dentist so they can administer more anesthetic. A root canal should never cause you any pain. In fact, a root canal repairs your damaged tooth to stop your toothache and rest re your biting surface.

Root Canal Therapy in Bergen County
Dentists recommend root canal therapy when a tooth becomes infected with decay. The decay begins on the outside of the tooth, then eats its way inside, layer by layer. When the decay reaches the tooth’s inner pulp chamber, the nerve becomes inflamed, causing a toothache. A toothache is often the first sign that your tooth requires a root canal. This procedure also becomes necessary if the tooth’s nerve is damaged due to trauma or a broken tooth. In many cases, a root canal results in a large filling, requiring the help of a dental crown to protect and stabilize the tooth after the treatment. The crown requires a separate dental appointment about two weeks later, allowing the dental laboratory plenty of time to design and create your restoration.

How does a root canal work? 
First, your dentist numbs the work area. Then, using a small access hole in the top of your tooth, your dentist will use special instruments to remove the decayed tissue inside of the tooth’s pulp chamber and roots. This tissue includes the tooth’s nerve, eliminating its ability to feel pain after the procedure. Then, the inside of the tooth and its roots is scrubbed clean, ensuring no decayed tissue remains behind. Your dentist then fills the tooth with a composite resin material to seal it from further infection.

For more information on root canals and what they can do for you, please contact Dr. Andrew Spector, Dr. Michael Migdal, Dr. Jennifer Hade, Dr. Aleksander Iofin and Dr. Adam Brisman at Gentle Dentistry in Haworth, NJ in Bergen County. Call (201) 384-1611 to schedule your appointment today!