Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Five Important Things You Should Know About New Teeth Implants

If you have lost one or more of your original pearly whites, here are five important facts you should know about dental implants and why it is they are regarded by many as the best the dental industry has to offer!

New Teeth Implants # 1 New teeth implants are the only dental devices that replace the crowns AND the roots of the missing tooth or teeth. Both tooth-supported bridges, partials and removable dentures only replace the visible portion of the missing teeth and this can be problematic in the long run.

“The roots of your teeth play a fundamental role in keeping the underlying bone tissue stimulated and healthy. So when this functional stimulation is taken away, the jawbone can begin to atrophy and waste away, which can have terrible consequences for a person’s overall oral health, facial appearance and candidacy for implants,” explains a dental implants surgeon in Rutherford. “This is one of many reasons we encourage patients to consider implants.”

# 2 New teeth implants are often regarded as being prohibitively expensive, when in fact, if you compared the cost of this once-time procedure to the accumulative expenses associated with wearing removable dentures, maintaining them and undergoing periodic re-fittings (as is necessary with dentures), then you’d end up with pretty much the same amount of money!

“Patients who wear removable dentures often need to invest in products such as anesthetic creams for sore gums, adhesives to prevent their teeth from slipping and soaking solutions to store their dentures in overnight,” explains a dental implants surgeon in Rutherford. “Add these repeat expenses to the need to have ill-fitting dentures redone every few years and you’re looking at a teeth replacement technology that is deceptively expensive and frankly, poor value for money.”

# 3 New teeth implants are regarded as the best option available for most people who need one, several or even all of their teeth replaced, but they cannot rival the function and longevity of your biological technology: your own natural teeth. This is why your dentist always stresses the importance of good oral hygiene, a healthy diet and regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings.

Teeth Replacement Technologies# 4 Dental implants are made from titanium metal, which is the same stuff space crafts are made out of! Professional sports equipment and fighter jets are also made out of titanium, which is so useful because of its exceptional strength, durability, lightweight, non-corrodibility and non-toxicity. Additionally – and perhaps most importantly – titanium is bio-compatible, which means that the body does not typically reject it. It’s this property that allows the jawbone to heal around the new tooth implant, fixing it in place so that it functions like a natural tooth root.

# 5 If placed by an experienced oral surgeon and cared for properly by the patient – who is presumably in good general and oral health – new teeth implants have the potential to last several decades without any trouble. In fact, they have the potential to last a lifetime!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Save Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars On The Cost Of New Teeth With All-on-4 Dental Implants

This article explains why the All-on-4 is substantially less expensive than traditional dental implant techniques and how this can save patients tens of thousands of dollars.

Dental implants are typically the number one recommendation of dentists when it comes to addressing the need for new teeth. Not only do they look, function and feel more natural than other teeth replacement technologies, they also tend to last far longer and actively promote the health of the underlying jawbone. In spite of this, many New Jersey residents still opt for conventional devices, such as tooth-supported removable bridges or removable dentures. The reason for this is primarily a concern over the cost of new teeth. Dental implants are, unfortunately, more costly albeit for good reason.

This was especially the case with the traditional dental implant techniques used to treat patients who had lost most or even all of their natural teeth, or who had been diagnosed with a “failing” or “terminal” dentition as a result of gum disease. That was until the innovation of the All-on-4 dental implant technique, the key benefit of which is the much reduced new teeth implant cost! Let’s take a look at how this “breakthrough” technique is able to reduce of cost of new teeth by tens of thousands of dollars...

All-on-4 Dental Implants 1. The All-on-4, as the name suggests, only requires four dental implants to provide New Jersey residents with a complete set of replacement teeth. Traditional techniques could require six, eight or even ten implants per jaw in order to give patients new teeth again! Half the number of implants translates into half the cost of new teeth.

2. The All-on-4 typically only requires a single surgery, whereas traditional techniques could see a patient coming in for multiple procedures over the course of 18 months. With typically only one procedure necessary, New Jersey residents are spared the multiple treatment sessions, X-rays, follow-up appointments and bills associated with multiple surgeries.

3. The All-on-4 typically avoids the need for bone grafting surgery, which is often needed by patients who have been living without teeth and/or with removable dentures for many years. As a result of this, they've lost a lot of bone volume in the jaw to atrophy and therefore require bone grafting so that their jawbones can actually accommodate dental implants. With the All-on-4, the strategic array of implants almost always avoids the need for bone grafting, thereby eliminating the expenses (often tens of thousands of dollars) associated with this invasive procedure.

Cost of New Teeth 4. With only one surgery and one day out of commission, the All-on-4 also allows for indirect savings on the cost of new teeth implants. Patients spend much less time in recovery, which means that they can spend more time being productive and at work.

A Final Note on the Cost of New Teeth

Thanks to the innovation of the All-on-4 dental implant technique, the cost of new teeth implants has become substantially lower and therefore more accessible to a wider audience. For those who need it, most dentists and dental implant facilities in New Jersey offer the support of medical financing companies, so be sure to enquire about that. 

Friday, 21 March 2014

Want To Get New Teeth? Cosmetic Dentistry Could Save You The Trouble! PART 2

Welcome to the second half of this article series on the various steps one can take to drastically improving the quality of their smile, short of getting new teeth! In Part 1, a New Jersey dental implants surgeon explained the incredible benefits good oral hygiene, a professional teeth cleaning and frequent visits to the dentist can have upon the appearance of your smile. Good oral health is first and foremost what keeps your teeth and gums looking beautiful!

The next step for those who are essentially in good oral health but who still have discolored teeth would be a professional teeth whitening treatment, which can be done in-office or in the comfort of your own home. Now, in Part 2, we shall look at some of the restorative dental options for people who are simply not happy with their smiles.

Camouflage Imperfection with Dental Veneers

Cosmetic Dentistry"Dental veneers are wonderful cosmetic restorations that can make it look like you have new teeth," says the New Jersey dental implants surgeon. "The concept is the same as covering a battered, stained table with a beautiful table cloth. Veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic material that are custom-made to fit over the outer surface of a tooth. The tooth surface is typically prepared by being slightly ground down or reduced, so that there is space to accommodate the thickness of the veneer. The veneer is then cemented in place, effectively covering up the appearance of surface and deep stains and any imperfections in the actual tooth structure, including chips, cracks, and erosion."

"Veneers not only improve the appearance of a worn and/or stained tooth, making it look new, they also reinforce the strength of a tooth that has been damaged. By covering up cracks, chips and areas of erosion, the tooth structure is effectively protected against infiltration by oral bacteria, thereby rendering it stronger and more likely to withstand decay. For this reason, veneers aren't only cosmetic in benefit."

Completely Restore With Dental Crowns

New Teeth"The last measure that can be taken to restore a damaged and/or decayed tooth is a dental crown, with or without root canal therapy depending upon the recommendations of your dentist," says the dental implants surgeon in New Jersey. "Dental crowns are used to replace the visible portion of teeth that have become so damaged or decayed that a significant portion of it needs to be removed. The crown is custom made to fit the remaining tooth and resume its appearance and function."

A Final Note

"Many celebrities with gorgeous smiles have had many, most or even all of their teeth capped with crowns. Yet in spite of the benefits of these and all of the cosmetic treatments discussed really - aside from teeth whitening - the very best approach to maintaining a beautiful and healthy smile is a good standard of oral hygiene and frequent visits to the dentist and oral hygienist. Nothing can rival the strength, beauty, resilience and comfort of your own biological technology, so make sure you take all the necessary measures to keep it in fantastic lifelong condition. Do this and you won’t be likely to face the need for new teeth!"

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Want To Get New Teeth? Cosmetic Dentistry Could Save You The Trouble! PART 1

This two-part article series takes a look at the various cosmetic procedures available for people who feel that their smiles could do with some improvement.

How do you feel when you look in the mirror? Are your eyes automatically drawn to your teeth? Do you find yourself comparing their color to that of your yellow wood dressing table? More importantly, does your concern over the appearance of your teeth have you hiding your smile behind your lips and feeling terribly self-conscious in company?

Dental ProblemSmiling is a fundamental tool for human communication, so if your teeth are preventing you from doing it with confidence, it’s time to learn about what can be done to improve your situation. You don’t necessarily need to get new teeth! Here’s what a Rutherford dental implants surgeon has to say about getting back a confident smile!

When Last Did You Get Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned?

“The very best way to keep your teeth looking beautiful is to keep them healthy,” explains the surgeon. “Nothing can really rival the strength and appearance of healthy teeth, not even dental implants, which are often regarded as the best solution to missing teeth. So, if you are unhappy with the quality of your smile – if your teeth are looking a little yellow and unattractive, the best thing you can do is book an appointment with your dentist and oral hygienist.”

“A thorough teeth cleaning can lift years off your smile by removing deposits of plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) that have accumulated on them. Since plaque - which is essentially legions of oral bacteria, dead cells and other debris - irritates the gums, the removal of it allows them to heal and become nice and pink again. Improving your own efforts at home prevents bacteria from destroying your teeth, thereby keeping them beautiful and pearly white. It’s the easiest way to avoid ever needing to get new teeth!”

Teeth Whitening Treatments

Cosmetic Dentistry“If your teeth are essentially healthy, but still appear an unattractive yellow it’s most likely that they have become stained or discolored through repeated exposure to the tannins and dyes in the foods and beverages you consume. Coffee, tea, dark berries, sodas or anything with dark pigmentation can cause your teeth to become permanently stained,” explains the Rutherford dental implants surgeon.

“If this is the case, then a teeth whitening treatment is the quickest, simplest and cheapest way to get your teeth dazzlingly white again. Most dentists sell professional teeth whitening kits, which you can take home with you and do yourself. These kits typically require that you wear a mouth tray containing a special bleaching gel for an hour or two per day, every day for one or two weeks (or as prescribed by your dentist).”

The Important Thing To Remember Is

An unattractive smile doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to get new teeth. Sometimes, a little cosmetic improvement can make the world of difference! Your first and most beneficial step is to book an appointment with your dentist and find out what they recommend.

Stay Tuned for Part 2

Dental veneers and crowns can also be used to drastically improve the appearance of one’s smile, so stay tuned for the next installment of this two-part article series to find out how!

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

The Dentist in New Jersey Asks: Could a Mouth Guard Save Your Teeth From Early Demise?

With our questionable diets, habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol, general wear-and-tear and less than perfect oral hygiene, it’s no surprise that most people lose at least one of their natural teeth before reaching late adulthood. Full-blown edentulism (not having any teeth at all) is a far more common state for those entering into their golden years. But there is another factor that can lead to the loss of more teeth than any other: accidental trauma received to the face and/or mouth.

Damaged Teeth"Perhaps second only to gum disease, an oral surgeon’s most common patients are those who have sustained trauma to the face and mouth,” say dental implants surgeons in Rutherford. “Contact sports, extreme sports and recreational activities, such as bicycling and skateboarding, are frequently the cause of facial injuries that can lead to the irreparable damage of teeth.”

Thankfully, there are protective measures you can take to prevent a fall or blow to the body from leaving anything more than a bruise. Elbow pads, shin guards, helmets... But what about your teeth? That’s where mouth guards come in!

What Are Mouth Guards?

“It’s all in the name really,” says a dentist in New Jersey. “A mouth guard is a covering that is worn over the teeth. Professional sportsmen and women wear them and so should you if you engage in any contact or extreme sports. Even if you play social football or hockey once a week, you should invest in a mouth guard. It only takes one unfortunate blow to the face or a stray hockey puck to the teeth to see you in a dental implant surgeon’s office. Rather spend a few dollars on a mouth guard than a few thousand on replacing shattered teeth!”

Different Kinds of Mouth Guards

There are three different kinds of mouth guards: 

1. Stock mouth protectors, which are mass-produced, preformed guards that you can pick up at any sports or department store. They tend to be uncomfortable, bulky and make it difficult to talk or even breathe. “If you’re serious about keeping your teeth in good nick, we don’t really recommend stock mouth protectors because they don’t provide much protection at all,” say dentists in New Jersey. 

2. “Boil and bite” mouth protectors are far better because they can be softened in hot water and then shaped around the teeth using pressure from the tongue and fingers. This provides a far more comfortable custom fit and one that offers greater protection. Boil and bite mouth guards are available from most sports stores.

Use Mouth Guards While Skating 3. Custom-fitted mouth guards are the best yet. They are custom made in a dentist’s office from molds or impressions that have been taken of your teeth. “Custom mouth guards may be more costly than store-bought protectors, but they offer superior protection and are far more comfortable,” say dental implants surgeons in Rutherford. “Most professional sports players invest in these.”

Whatever option you go for, you should be on the lookout for the following: An effective mouth protector should resist tears, be comfortable, durable, and easy to clean and it shouldn't make talking, breathing or swallowing difficult.

A Final Note...

So, whether you’re a child, teenager or adult and whether your passion is football, hockey, cricket, gymnastics, mountain biking or skateboarding… if there is any risk that you might receive a blow to the mouth, getting a mouth guard fitted is a fantastic idea and one that might prevent you from being rushed to the New Jersey dentist’s office for a dental emergency!

Monday, 24 February 2014

Teeth Implants Surgeons in New Jersey Reveal The Whole “Tooth” Behind Extractions, PART 3

This three-part article series explains why tooth extractions are sometimes necessary and what patients can expect from this straightforward surgical procedure.

Welcome the final installment of our three-part article series on tooth extractions, why they’re sometimes necessary and what New Jersey residents can expect from the experience. In our previous two article posts, we spoke to a panel of teeth implants surgeons in New Jersey about why teeth extractions are sometimes recommended and what the procedure entails. It was thankfully explained that this procedure, although typically very simple and straightforward, is usually performed under the effects of a local and/or general anesthetic, thus preventing patients from experiencing any pain.

We have just a couple of questions left for our dental implant experts before we allow them to return to their surgeries, so let’s get cracking…

What should and shouldn’t I do after I’ve had a tooth pulled?

Tooth Extraction Tools“The length of recovery and the degree to which it is recommended that you keep your feet up depends heavily upon the nature of the procedure you’ve just undergone,” explain the NJ dental implants surgeons. “For example, if your child has had a decayed primary or baby tooth removed, typically recovery is quick and with minimal discomfort, save perhaps for a little treat to reward them for their bravery. If you’ve had an adult decayed tooth extracted, you may want to avoid certain strenuous activities and tough foods for 24 to 48 hours to prevent bleeding.”

“Then, if you’ve had all of your teeth removed – because you’ve got gum disease and have been diagnosed with a ‘failing dentition’ – you should take a few days off from work and spend a week relaxing. Your recovery will be longer and slightly more complex than it is for those who have only had one or two teeth pulled.”

Can you give us a list of things patients should avoid or shouldn’t do right after having a tooth extracted?

1) Avoid smoking,
2) Don’t eat any hard, crunchy foods,
3) Avoid strenuous activities or exercise,
4) Try not to poke, explore or rub the area with your tongue,
5) Don’t lie with your head flat against the mattress when sleeping… try to keep it elevated by propping it up with pillows. This will help stop the bleeding.
6) Avoid alcohol. It thins the blood and may prolong bleeding.
7) Avoid any strong sucking motions or vigorous gargling as this may rupture the surgical site, causing it to bleed again.

Sounds fairly straightforward, and what about things patients SHOULD do?

1) Take your painkillers as recommended by your teeth implants surgeon in New Jersey. Even if you don’t immediately experience any pain, you should stay one step ahead of it by following the dosage instructions.

2) “After the 24-hour mark, gently rinse with warm salty water every couple of hours. This will reduce the risk of infection, while also reducing infection and relieving pain,” advise NJ dental implants surgeons.

3) Stick to a diet of softer foods, such as soup, gelatin and pudding. As you heal, you can introduce more solid foods.
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4) Do continue to brush and floss your teeth. Just do so carefully and softly at first.

5) If you’ve been prescribed anti-biotics to help prevent post-operative infection, make sure you finish the course.

A Final Note on Tooth Extractions

“It might sound scary, but having a tooth pulled is really nothing to be terrified about,” say teeth implants surgeons in New Jersey. “Your dentist will make sure that you don’t feel anything and, in any case, it’s typically over within a few minutes. Remember, having a decayed tooth removed can prevent more serious problems further down the line. There’s nothing like an excruciating oral abscess to make you regret a lack of earlier action!”

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

NJ Dental Implants Surgeons Reveal The Whole “Tooth” Behind Extractions, PART 2

This three-part article series explains why tooth extractions are sometimes necessary and what patients can expect from this straightforward surgical procedure.

Welcome to the second installment of our three-part article series on tooth extractions, why they’re sometimes necessary and what New Jersey residents can anticipate for the experience. In our previous article post, we spoke to a panel of dental implants surgeons in Rutherford about why teeth extractions are sometimes recommended. The reasons discussed ranged from tooth decay and gum disease to orthodontic problems and problematic wisdom teeth. What was consistent was the preventative nature of such a procedure.

“Extracting teeth is done to prevent more complex oral and dental problems from developing; problems that are more painful and more expensive to fix further down the line,” explain the Rutherford dental implants surgeons. “Removing an impacted wisdom tooth prevents damage to the second molars and possible overcrowding of the dental arch if there isn’t enough space. Removing a decayed tooth can prevent painful abscesses from developing and it can prevent the spread of infection.”

Now, the question is... how are tooth extractions done?

Can you explain to us how you extract a problematic tooth? And what can you do to prevent a patient from feeling anything at all?

Suffering From Dental Problems“Before we even pick up a tool, we rub a topical anesthetic cream onto the gums where we intend to inject the numbing medication. The former prevents the latter from being painful and the latter prevents the procedure from being painful,” explains the dentist in New Jersey. “This way, patients typically have absolutely nothing to be afraid of… not even the needle used to administer anesthetic.”

“If you’re only having one or two teeth removed then we will begin the procedure from this point. If, however, you are having several or even all of your teeth removed – as is frequently the case with patients who present with advanced gum disease, then we may administer I.V. anesthesia to sedate you,” explain the dental implants surgeons in Rutherford. “This will make the patient ‘sleep’ and wake up when everything is already over. A general anesthetic may also be necessary for patients who have impacted wisdom teeth that haven’t, or aren’t able to erupt from the gums.”

Isn’t there a lot of blood? What do you do to calm the nerves of particularly anxious patients?

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“Pulling a problematic tooth often provides relief to patients who have been enduring the pain and sensitivity associated with a decayed tooth or impacted third (wisdom) molar for months. Oftentimes, all patients really need to know is that they’re doing the right thing by having a damaged/diseased tooth extracted and that they are going to feel a lot better once it’s done,” explains the dentist in New Jersey.

“As for bleeding, it may be moderate at first, but by applying pressure to the area via a moist gauze pad immediately after extraction, it can be slowed or even stopped within a few minutes to hours. In some cases, we may stitch up the tooth socket or, if the patient is having a tooth replaced, we may continue with the dental implant procedure. If patients continue to experience bleeding for more than 24 hours after surgery, we encourage them to contact us immediately.”

Stay Tuned for Part 3

Stay tuned for the third installment of this three-part article series on tooth extractions, why they’re sometimes necessary and what patients can expect from the experience.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

NJ Dental Implants Surgeons Reveal The Whole “Tooth” Behind Extractions, PART 1

This three-part article series explains why tooth extractions are sometimes necessary and what patients can expect from this straightforward surgical procedure.

“It’s like having a tooth pulled” is a common idiom that is used to illustrate how painful and uncomfortable certain situations or experiences have been. For example: “Having tea with my stepmother was like having a tooth pulled.”

Dental Implants What this idiom fails to elucidate is the fact that the modern procedures and techniques used to extract teeth nowadays are really no longer painful. In fact, dental extractions are in most cases one of the quickest, simplest and least painful of all the surgical procedures.

And so, we spoke to a panel of NJ dental implants surgeons about teeth extractions. We wanted to find out why it’s sometimes necessary, what the procedure entails and just how bad (or not) we can expect to feel afterwards. Here’s what they had to say!

First of all, what would a bunch of dental implants surgeons know about teeth extraction?

“A whole lot! Many of the patients we treat come to us with teeth that are so deteriorated and decayed that it’s only a matter of time before they fall out on their own,” explains a New Jersey dental implant dentist. “We save patients a lot of time, pain and further exposure to infection by removing these teeth. Once we’ve done our best to eliminate any diseased tissue, we can then replace the extracted tooth or teeth with dental implants.”

Oh, okay! Now tell us... under what circumstances would you recommend that a tooth be removed? How badly does it need to be damaged or decayed?

Tooth Extractions“No quality dentist would remove a patient’s natural tooth without first being certain that there is nothing else that can be done to save it. You see, while dental implants (and the restorations they support) offer New Jersey residents a very sophisticated, functional and aesthetic solution to missing teeth, nothing on the market can rival your own biological technology. 

“Your natural teeth, if cared for properly, have the potential to last you a lifetime and nothing can really match their functionality, aesthetics and durability,” explain the NJ dental implants surgeons. This is why we do everything we can to rescue a damaged or decayed tooth before considering extraction and replacement with new implant-supported teeth. 

“Having said this, there are of course circumstances under which tooth extraction becomes unavoidable and this is typically when the insides of a tooth – the pulp chamber and root canals - become exposed via a crack, fissure, cavity or chip in the enamel… or as a result of decay and disease. Should endodontic therapy fail to restore and protect the tooth from further decay, we may recommend an extraction.”

“Other reasons to remove teeth may be for orthodontic concerns: perhaps a patient has an overcrowded dental arch, or their wisdom teeth are emerging and there’s no space for them. Teeth extractions are done for preventative reasons… your dentist is trying to avoid problems that will be far more painful, expensive and complicated to fix further down the line,” explain the dental implants surgeons. “It may even prevent New Jersey residents from needing new teeth.”

Stay Tuned for Part 2

Stay tuned for the second installment of this three-part article series on tooth extractions, why they’re sometimes necessary and what patients can expect from the experience.

Friday, 31 January 2014

Modern NJ Dental Implants Procedures Far Less Expensive Than Traditional Protocols

This article explains how the more modern approaches to treating rampant tooth loss are able to undercut traditional dental implant techniques by tens of thousands of dollars.

Many New Jersey residents have avoided replacing missing teeth or have opted for more traditional technologies, such as partials or full removable dentures, because they are under the impression that dental implant treatment is simply prohibitively expensive. Well, with the innovation of newer, less expensive dental implant protocols, this simply isn’t the case any more! The cost of new teeth is not only inherently lower, but also with the help of the financing offered by most NJ dental implant practices, it’s affordable. Let’s take a look at how the “new kid on the block” – the “All-On-4®” dental implant technique – is changing smiles and bank balances.

The All-On-4 Compared with Traditional Dental Implant Protocols

You wouldn’t be incorrect in the assumption that having all of your teeth replaced with dental implants is incredibly expensive. It was. But in 1993, with the introduction of the more sophisticated All-On-4 technique for fixed oral rehabilitation, the cost of getting new teeth became substantially more affordable. Here’s how!

Fewer Implants Needed

Dental ImplantsTraditional dental implant procedures could require as many as 10 implants per jaw in order to give patients a full set of new teeth again. The All-On-4®, as the name suggests, only requires four (see image below).

Each implant represents an investment in the region of $2,000 to $3,000, so by cutting down on the number of implants required, the All-On-4® already affords patients massive savings on the cost of new teeth. But we’re only getting started...

Only One Surgery in Most Cases

In order to place as many as 10 implants per jaw (20 in total if you’re undergoing full mouth reconstruction), the dental implant surgeons who treat NJ patients would frequently recommend that they come in for a series of surgeries, rather than one very long and complex procedure. Primarily because most patients who need their teeth replaced no longer have enough bone to place 10, 8, or many times even 6 dental implants.  So many patients are told they need bone grafting before they can have their implants. This not only adds additional expense, discomfort and recovery periods, it also significantly delays the time until you can have new implanted supported teeth!

The All-On-4, however, only requires that four implants be placed, which can quite easily be done in a single surgical session, strategically utilizing the bone that is maintained. This saves patients a decent chunk of change on all the repeat bills that would be associated with multiple surgeries, including anesthesia, the surgeon’s time, hospital stay, surgical equipment and resources, etc. And the results are amazing!

Typically, No Bone Grafting

Cost of Oral RehabilitationWhere many thousands of dollars are saved, however, is by the All-On-4’s ability to avoid the need for bone grafting surgery, which is highly invasive, painful and expensive. As stated, older dental implant protocols would frequently require more implants (so they thought) and hence bone grafting was often performed before a dental implant professional could even begin oral rehabilitation for a NJ patient.

This is because tooth loss and the diseases that cause it, i.e. gum disease, leads to the atrophy and destruction of the bone tissue necessary to support dental implants. But through the strategic placement and precise angulation of implants, the All-On-4 is almost always able to bypass bone grafting, saving patients a lengthy recovery period and the bill for a most unpleasant surgery.

A Final Note

For all these reasons, the All-On-4 technique comes with a much lesser price tag than traditional dental implant procedures and, better still, can give patients new teeth in as little as a single day! The direct and indirect savings are incredible and the outcomes: priceless.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Want to Avoid the Need for New Teeth? New Jersey Specialists Explain the Perils of Periodontal Disease, PART 3

This three-part article series explains what gum disease is and the various signs and symptoms it comes hand-in-hand with. We also explore patients’ various treatment options.

Welcome to the final installment of this three-part article series on periodontal (gum) disease, its signs and symptoms and recommended treatments. So far, the specialists who place new teeth for New Jersey residents have explained that:

1. Gum disease is an advanced bacteria infection of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. 
2. It’s typically caused by a lack of preventative healthcare, poor oral hygiene and habits, such as tobacco-use.
3. As much as 80% of the American population suffers with some form or stage of gum disease.
4. There are many signs and symptoms, including swollen, inflamed gums, gums that bleed easily, oral sores or lesions, discolored teeth, teeth that feel loose and uncomfortable, persistent bad breath and eventually, tooth loss.

Now let’s take a look at the various treatment options available...

Gum Disease Treatment

Gum Disease TreatmentThere are many approaches dentists can take to treating gum disease before they will consider giving New Jersey residents new teeth. Often a combination is used depending upon the extent of the disease and the damage it has already done. The first phase of treatment would be a thorough oral health assessment, followed by the recommendation of one or more of the following:

1. Root scaling and planing: Deep cleaning.
2. Pocket reduction therapy: Eliminating the deep pockets that have formed around the tooth roots, effectively preventing bacteria from reinfecting the gums.
3. Anti-biotic medication: Applied topically during surgery and taken as a course of oral tablets.
4. Laser therapy: For the highly accurate elimination of diseased tissue.
5. A continued schedule of professional teeth cleanings, a much-improved home oral hygiene routine and possibly anti-bacterial mouthwash rinses.

The treatment schedule provided depends upon your specific case and may or may not involve surgery. To find out, it is imperative that you schedule an appointment with your dentist or a dental specialist, such as a periodontist.

“For those who are particularly nervous of treatment, don’t be,” urge All on 4® dental implant surgeons. “We go to every measure necessary to ensure that patients are kept comfortable and use a combination of local anesthetic and Intravenous (I.V.) sedation if recommended or desired. What’s important is that you are having your problem addressed and that you will be in much better oral and general health for having done it.”

Mitigation for Existing Damage: Tooth Loss

Tooth LossThankfully, if you have lost one or more of your teeth to gum disease, there is a suite of teeth replacement techniques available to help give you your smile back. Dental implants are typically the most highly recommended of these options because of their durability and better function and aesthetics.

Having said this, while you can get new teeth implants or even All on 4 dental implants – if you are losing or have already lost all of your teeth, Rutherford residents should know that prevention is always better than cure. No matter how advanced the field of dental implantology has become, nothing can really beat your own biological technology: natural healthy teeth. This is why patients are urged to come for treatment before gum disease has had the opportunity to completely wreck their natural dentition.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Want to Avoid the Need for New Teeth Implants? Rutherford Specialists Explain the Perils of Periodontal Disease, PART 2

This three-part article series explains what gum disease is and the various signs and symptoms it comes hand-in-hand with. We also explore patients’ various treatment options.

Welcome to Part 2 of this three-part article series on periodontal (gum) disease, it’s signs and symptoms and recommended treatments. In Part 1, we spoke to a dentist in New Jersey who explained that gum disease is an advanced bacteria infection of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. It’s typically caused by poor oral hygiene, a lack of preventative healthcare and certain habits, such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. In this article, we shall now examine the signs and symptoms Rutherford residents should be on the lookout for before discussing the various treatment options available.

Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

Symptoms of Periodontal DiseaseIn the beginning stages, gum disease is known as gingivitis and can present with one or more of the following symptoms:

1. Red and inflamed gums,
2. Swollen, sensitive gums,
3. Gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing,
4. Bad breath (halitosis): This can be difficult to diagnose, so it’s recommended that you ask a close friend or relative to tell you whether they’ve noticed your breath being persistently bad.
5. Discoloration of the teeth caused by the accumulation of plaque and tartar. The margins between the teeth can appear blurred.

In its advanced stages, gum disease is known as periodontitis and can present with one or more of the following symptoms:

1. Those listed above,
2. A persistent bad taste in the mouth that doesn't go away or comes back soon after brushing,
3. Brown mottling of the teeth and at the gum margins,
4. Recurring oral lesions or sores,
5. Loose teeth that are uncomfortable to eat with,
6. An exposure of the tooth roots as the gums recede from the crowns of the teeth,
7. Suppurating (pussy) gums and extremely painful oral abscesses,
8. Eventual tooth loss.

Doesn't sound very pleasant, does it? And yet, millions of Americans live with this condition every day and haven’t sought treatment. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as much as 80% of Americans are currently living with some stage of gum disease; be it gingivitis or periodontitis. So...

Why Do People Allow Gum Disease to Progress?

Gum Disease
“One of the biggest problems with gum disease is that it doesn’t typically cause much pain,” explain the dentists who place new teeth implants in Rutherford patients. “And since pain is what most frequently compels people to seek treatment, in its absence we find patients living with this condition for years without coming in for the necessary dental care. There is also a fear of what treatment might entail, but in all honesty living with gum disease and losing teeth is far more painful – to one’s self esteem and quality of life – than any treatment could ever be.”

“Gum disease is also linked with a host of other terrible and very dangerous health conditions, such as heart, respiratory, liver and kidney disease, as well as osteoporosis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The risks of living with gum disease are simply not worth it. You cannot justify avoiding treatment with “saving money” because the real cost could be your life.”

Stay Tuned for Part 3

To find out more about the various treatment options available for gum disease, stay tuned for the final installment of this three-part article series.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Want to Avoid the Need for Dental Implants? New Jersey Specialists Explain the Perils of Periodontal Disease, PART 1

This three-part article series explains what gum disease is and the various signs and symptoms it comes hand-in-hand with. We also explore patients’ various treatment options.

Periodontal disease – peri meaning “around” and dontal “the tooth” – is a pervasive oral disease that affects a staggering percentage of the American population. As much as 80% of New Jersey residents have some form or stage of this disease and it explains, in the majority of cases, just why the rate of tooth loss is so high in this country. Avoiding tooth loss and the need for dental implants, therefore, comes down to three important things:

1. Good oral hygiene and preventative care,
2. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of gum disease,
3. Seeking prompt treatment.

In this three-part article series, the New Jersey dental implants professionals will be helping us with point # 2 by explaining how periodontal disease frequently presents and what can be done to halt the progression of this very destructive condition.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal DiseasePeriodontal or gum disease is an advanced bacterial infection of the gums and the supporting structures of the teeth. It is caused by a lack of proper at-home and professional oral hygiene and comes hand-in-hand with risk factors such as: 

1. Tobacco-use
2. Certain diseases (diabetes), 
3. Periods of hormonal fluctuations (menopause and pregnancy),
4. Excessive alcohol intake,
5. A diet high in sugar,
6. Certain chronic medications.

Even your genetic heritage and gender can leave you at a greater risk of developing periodontal disease, especially without adequate preventative dental healthcare. While there are dental implant procedures designed to give patients who have lost most or all of their teeth (or who have been diagnosed with a “terminal” or “failing dentition”) new teeth in one day, prevention is always better and cheaper than cure. 

How Does Periodontal Disease Progress?

Gum disease begins as a well-known condition called “gingivitis,” which is characterized by an inflammation of the gums. 

Periodontal Disease Treatment
“Plaque, a sticky white substance consisting of bacteria, forms in the oral cavity throughout the day and this is essentially unavoidable,” say dental implant surgeons in New Jersey. “Without frequent and thorough brushing and flossing and without regular visits to the oral hygienist for a professional clean, plaque hardens to form tartar. Your gums don’t like this and they respond by becoming inflamed and swollen. At this stage, the disease is typically diagnosed as gingivitis.”

“Over time, without professional intervention and good home oral hygiene efforts, gingivitis is allowed to progress. Oral bacteria produce acidic by-products that erode away at the dental enamel forming cavities, which allow for further decay. This acid also destroys the ligaments attaching the gums to the teeth, which enables bacteria to migrate into the natural pockets surrounding the teeth, essentially deepening them. Eventually, deep pockets of bacteria collect around the tooth roots and it is at this stage that a person will likely be diagnosed with gum disease. 

“It is also at this stage that the disease is unlikely to be halted without professional help. Tooth loss is a typical consequence of untreated gum disease and while we can give those who have been determined candidates new teeth in one day, we won’t proceed with dental implant treatment until health has been restored to the oral cavity,” explain dental implant professionals in New Jersey.

Stay Tuned for Part 2

To find out more about the signs and symptoms of gum disease and the treatments for this condition, stay tuned for the second installment of this three-part article series.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

New Teeth Professionals in New Jersey Provide Top Tips for Preventing Tooth Loss, PART 2

This two-part article series provides important advice on preventing the oral diseases that lead to tooth loss and the need for new teeth.

Welcome to the second installment of this two-part article series on the top tips for preventing tooth loss. In Part 1, we spoke to a new teeth professional in New Jersey who provided the first two important recommendations:

1. Brush your teeth and tongue for two minutes at a time, twice (or even three times) a day, everyday.
2. Floss every day before you go to bed at night.

“A thorough home oral hygiene routine is fundamental in the battle against the oral diseases that ultimately lead to tooth loss,” says a dental implants professional in New York.

But, there is more to keeping all of your natural pearly whites beautiful and healthy for life and in this article, we shall be addressing the habits to break in order to achieve this.

Bad, Bad Habits to Break

Smoking and Tobacco UseTobacco use is one of the leading causes of gum disease and gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Smoking also compromises the ability of patients to fight off infection and heal after dental work is done, so your best chance of keeping all of your natural teeth is to kick the habit!

Unhealthy Eating

Unhealthy eating is also a habit that many people need to kick, according to a new teeth professional in New Jersey. A diet high in sugar, carbohydrates and acidic beverages, such as soda, fruit juice and energy drinks, can leave you at a much higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Bacteria thrive on sugar, so the more you expose your mouth to, the more conducive an environment it becomes for bacterial growth. People who eat badly usually don’t look after their teeth as well as they should either and the combination of the two is a sure-fire way to lose teeth!

Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Dental Abuse“Heavy drinking and drug abuse take as heavy a toll on the health of your teeth and gums as they do on your body,” explains a dental implants professional in New York. “Alcoholic beverages are almost always full of sugar and/or acid, which wears away at the dental enamel protecting your teeth. Alcohol also causes a condition known as ‘dry mouth’, which impedes the natural production of saliva. Saliva is a natural anti-bacterial, so people with frequent dry mouth tend to be more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. There are even some prescription medications that cause this condition so be sure to speak to your doctor about dosage or even a substitute if you experience this side effect.”

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching are common physical manifestations of stress. While they can be difficult to control, especially because people tend to do them at night when they are asleep, you can mitigate the damage done by having a protective mouth guard fitted.

“You’d be surprised at how many people do irreparable damage to their teeth by using them for tasks for which they were not intended,” says the new teeth professional in New Jersey. “Tearing open packaging, forcing open containers, chewing on popcorn and ice… these are all habits that can crack, chip and wear away your teeth at a rate that is not natural. Only use your teeth for eating regular foods. If you can’t open something, get up and go grab the scissors or bottle opener. I’ve seen too many patients who were trying to impress their friends with a party trick, only to end up in my office with a badly cracked tooth.”

A Final Note

By maintaining a good standard of home oral hygiene, coming for regularly scheduled dental appointments and cleanings and avoiding the damaging habits discussed in this article, there’s no reason you can’t keep your teeth in excellent condition for life!