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Posts for: November, 2017

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
November 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Get all of your burning questions regarding this tooth replacement answered!dental implants

Are you an adult dealing with tooth loss? Have you been weighing your tooth replacement options? Are you considering dental implants? Our Haworth, NJ, dentists understand how important it is to get the restoration that best fits your needs, which is why we are here to answer the most popular questions regarding dental implants.

Q. What are dental implants?

A. Implants are metal posts that are designed to replace your missing tooth’s roots. Implants are very small but durable and are often made from titanium since this metal is biocompatible, which means that it can safely handle the oral elements and the body won’t reject the restoration.

Q. How do implants work?

A. Since implants act like artificial tooth roots it’s necessary for them to be placed within the jawbone, where they will meld together with bone and tissue over several months. This naturally occurring process is called osseointegration and it’s the reason implants boast such a long life.

Q. Who is a good candidate for implants?

A. If you are an adult who is dealing with tooth loss then you could very well be a good candidate for implants but it’s important for our Haworth general dentists to perform a thorough evaluation to make sure that you are healthy enough for treatment.

Besides having a strong, healthy jawbone and a smile that is cavity and gum-disease free you should also have good general health. We will go through your medical history to ensure that you don’t have an uncontrolled or serious health problems that could impede your treatment or healing process.

Q. How long does the treatment process take?

A. How long it takes to get your entire implant will depend on several factors including how many implants are being replaced and what teeth they are replacing. Once implants are placed it can take up to 6 months for the metal post to completely fuse together with bone and tissue. It can take anywhere from 9 months to over one year to complete this process.

Q. How long do dental implants last?

A. A dental implant is the only tooth replacement that is strong enough to last the rest of your life, if you care for your restoration and your oral health properly. Maintaining good oral hygiene and visiting us for routine exams every six months ensures that your implant lasts several decades.

If you are interested in finding out if dental implants are perfect for you then it’s time to schedule your implant consultation with us. Call Gentle Dentistry in Haworth, NJ, today.


Everyone loves a concert where there's plenty of audience participation… until it starts to get out of hand. Recently, the platinum-selling band Fifth Harmony was playing to a packed house in Atlanta when things went awry for vocalist Camila Cabello. Fans were batting around a big plastic ball, and one unfortunate swing sent the ball hurtling toward the stage — and directly into Cabello's face. Pushing the microphone into her mouth, it left the “Worth It” singer with a chipped front tooth.

Ouch! Cabello finished the show nevertheless, and didn't seem too upset. “Atlanta… u wild… love u,” she tweeted later that night. “Gotta get it fixed now tho lol.” Fortunately, dentistry offers a number of ways to make that chipped tooth look as good as new.

A small chip at the edge of the tooth can sometimes be polished with dental instruments to remove the sharp edges. If it's a little bigger, a procedure called dental bonding may be recommended. Here, the missing part is filled in with a mixture of plastic resin and glass fillers, which are then cured (hardened) with a special light. The tooth-colored bonding material provides a tough, lifelike restoration that's hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. While bonding can be performed in just one office visit, the material can stain over time and may eventually need to be replaced.

Porcelain veneers are a more long-lasting solution. These wafer-thin coverings go over the entire front surface of the tooth, and can resolve a number of defects — including chips, discoloration, and even minor size or spacing irregularities. You can get a single veneer or have your whole smile redone, in shades ranging from a pearly luster to an ultra-bright white; that's why veneers are a favorite of Hollywood stars. Getting veneers is a procedure that takes several office visits, but the beautiful results can last for many years.

If a chip or crack extends into the inner part of a tooth, you'll probably need a crown (or cap) to restore the tooth's function and appearance. As long as the roots are healthy, the entire part of the tooth above the gum line can be replaced with a natural-looking restoration. You may also need a root canal to remove the damaged pulp material and prevent infection if the fracture went too far. While small chips or cracks aren't usually an emergency (unless accompanied by pain), damage to the tooth's pulp requires prompt attention.

If you have questions about smile restoration, please contact us and schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
November 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental visits  

Facing extensive dental treatment can be stressful—and even more so when you realize what it will cost. It’s a hard fact of life, but some dental work can be expensive.

The good news, though, is that it’s possible to keep your costs at a manageable level, even with limited finances. And your best first step is to become proactive with dental care now, before problems appear or get worse.

There are good reasons for making room in your budget for regular dental cleanings and checkups: for one, dental cleanings coupled with your own daily hygiene help keep bacterial plaque, the main cause of dental disease, from causing gum disease or damage to the tooth surfaces. And seeing us regularly makes it more likely we’ll detect a problem before it inflicts too much harm.

Regular visits are also important for establishing a relationship with us. As we become more familiar with you and your own individual risk factors for dental problems, we can then develop a treatment strategy to minimize those risks or take action to decrease their impact.

The latter point has direct bearing on the financial side of your care. It’s tempting to postpone a recommended treatment for a mild to moderate issue because of the expense. But receiving treatment now could save you from major expense later.

Perhaps, though, you’re actually facing that major expense now and the full weight of what it will cost is bearing down. Even in this situation, you may actually find there are less expensive ways to deal with the problem, at least temporarily until you can afford a more permanent solution.

For example, if you’ve lost a tooth or have had it extracted, you may be able to opt for a partial denture or similar less costly restoration—at least for the time being. Eventually, when you’re prepared financially, you can replace it with a dental implant or another permanent restoration. In the meantime, you’re able to regain a reasonable level of dental health.

The key is to invest in your teeth and gums now whatever their state of health. The efforts you make today could save you from a greater health and financial burden tomorrow.

If you would like more information on managing your dental care and its costs, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.