Dental Implants Succasunna, NJ

How to Improve the Success Rate of Dental Implants

Dental Implants Succasunna, NJMany of us can remember our grandparents – and their dentures. Instances of tooth loss used to be far more common than they are today, affecting as much as 50% of adults by middle age. Times are different now than they were in the early 1900s. More of us are keeping more of our teeth longer, right? Yes, to a degree. According to statistics:

  • Tooth loss is still prevalent among 35 to 44-year-olds, affecting almost 70% of this age group.
  • More than 75% of 74-year-olds will face complete tooth replacement.

Tooth loss is not something we want to happen. That means we need to talk about it. The more we talk, and the more we learn, the better we can preserve the natural structure of the mouth. Hygiene is a vital aspect to maintaining teeth for life, but it is not a given. Part of the conversation about tooth preservation also needs to address what to do in the event of tooth loss.

One of the most common ways to replace teeth today is with dental implants. The tiny posts used to replace the root foundation are appropriate for all degrees of tooth loss, from a single tooth to all teeth. Implants are popular largely because of their track record for success (over 95%), a success rate that is maximized by smart choices such as:

  1. Moving quickly. Tooth loss is only the first event. After the initial loss of tooth and root structure comes bone loss, and this can be more difficult to manage. The faster that implants are inserted into the place of missing roots, the better bone tissue can be safeguarded.
  2. Moving carefully. While it is advantageous to have implant treatment sooner rather than later, there is no value at all in rushing into treatment without knowing some important information. Implant care is best performed by an implant dentist who has obtained more than the necessary training. Succassuna dentist Dr. Goldberg studied at The Dawson Center for Comprehensive Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of The American Board of Oral Implantology. His additional Fellowships and associations demonstrate high standards for implant care.
  3. Moving consistently. After implant treatment, patients increase the longevity of their oral structure by taking optimal care of their new teeth. Bacteria never go away and, as such, they threaten gum health. This, in turn, threatens the stability of implants. Maintaining a healthy mouth means maintaining strong, function implants.

We would be happy to consult with you about dental implant treatment. Contact our office for a convenient appointment time.

 

Family Dentistry Succasunna, NJ

Summertime Smile Tips

Family Dentistry Succasunna, NJThe months of warm weather and no school are a prime time for travel. Families may pile in the car and hit the open road to visit Grandma and Grandpa, or Mickey Mouse. Road trips, rail trips, and plane rides often lead to lasting memories of that special summer vacation. These treks away from home can also lead to small frustrations. With a little planning, those that pertain to the mouth can be managed. Here’s how . . .

  1. Remember to feed your teeth. Food choices may seem limited when you’re away from home; it’s so easy to stop at that vending machine or grab soda and chips on a long car ride. These choices may be convenient, but they could lead to numerous issues in your mouth. Packing apples, celery, and other crunchy foods mean that your teeth get a good cleaning while your taste buds are treated to the goodness of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  2. Drink it up. Water that is. Most other beverages are either acidic or sugary or both. Drink choices like soda and even sports drinks wash over enamel and deposit acidic substance on teeth. As this sits in place, the surface of teeth is being eroded. Water hydrates, but it also encourages saliva flow and reduces oral acidity when it is sipped throughout the day.
  3. Fight dirty mouth the right way. You may have heard the term “dirty mouth” on a television commercial for a certain chewing gum product. This term describes that feeling. You know it. The one of an obvious “fuzziness” on teeth and the tongue; the one that makes you want to keep your mouth closed for fear of chasing someone off with your breath. Dirty mouth indicates bacteria and dryness. This can be handled easily, as long as you have packed a travel-sized antibacterial mouthwash in your bag or glove box of your car. While you’re at it, throw in a small roll of floss and a travel toothbrush.

You know what else is good to do during the summer months? See your dentist! Call 973-328-1225 to schedule that routine checkup and cleaning.

Sedation Dentistry Succasunna, NJ

Take your Dental Anxiety into your Capable Hands

Sedation Dentistry Succasunna, NJMost people recognize that routine dental care is valuable to health and wellness. Still, it is estimated that approximately 40 million Americans avoid seeing their dentist due to unsettling feelings of anxiety. Are you one of them?

If you would describe dental visits as generally unpleasant, or you find that you put off those exams and cleanings, you’re not alone. Also, you may have the good reason for feeling the way you do. At Morris County Dental Associates, it is important that patients feel understood. We do not turn a blind eye to the fact that a large percentage of people are fearful when it comes to dental care. Instead, we do what we can to empower each of our patients with the tools they need to manage dental anxiety, and thus, their oral health and wellness.

A few steps you may take to make your next dental visit more pleasant include:

  • Have a sit-down. Talk to your dentist about your attitude toward care. We promise not to take this personally! Having a conversation with your dentist about anxiety and fear need not be involved or lengthy, but it does need to be straightforward. The chat that you have could make an enormous difference in the care you receive, and how you feel about it.
  • Develop a plan. One of the common aspects of dental care that can create discomfort is the sense that you cannot communicate with your dentist during exams or treatments. You can. Hand gestures can alert us that you are feeling anxious or uncomfortable, and let us know to back off for a moment. Sometimes, a little break is all it takes to reset the tone of the appointment.
  • Anxiety is a physiological response in which a perception of fear creates certain physical reactions. Shallow breathing or even holding the breath is one of them. Breathing is what oxygenates the brain, and this oxygenation is vital to an optimally functional nervous system. So, take deep breaths as needed to reduce fear.
  • Tune in. Music can be one of the best therapies for fear and anxiety. In the dental setting, music is especially useful for drowning out the sounds that may heighten nervous responsiveness.

Patients of our Succasunna dental office may also benefit from our sedation dentistry services. Learn more about how we can help you manage dental anxiety when you call 973-328-1225.

 

Are you Misinformed about Dental Care?

dental care Succasunna, NJ | Dr. GoldbergIf we have learned anything from the widespread use of the internet, it’s that the ease of finding information could be overshadowed by the difficulty of sorting through all of it. Just because you read something on the web does not make it true. In fact, there are numerous myths spread across the world, found with the click of a button. There is danger in the transmission of information that may be more fiction than fact, even when it comes to how you care for your teeth. Here, we will set the record straight on a few fallacies.

  1. Cavities? Sugar is to blame! The idea that sugar is the “bad guy” in the game of tooth decay originated long before the worldwide web became the newest sensation. This theory was first developed many, many moons ago when patients who consumed sugar presented with more tooth decay than those who did not. Over time, research uncovered the true, direct culprit to decay: acid. Sugar is only the fuel which drives oral bacteria to deposit acid byproduct throughout the mouth.
  2. Baby teeth are not important. Baby teeth or primary teeth will, in fact, fall out. Until they do, they serve a crucial purpose: to hold space for the teeth that are developing within the jaw. Baby teeth support biting, chewing, speech, and jaw development. Loss or extraction could mean misalignment down the line.
  3. Apply an aspirin on a toothache for fast relief. We know how much patients would like to resolve tooth pain quickly, and often on their own. Pain indicates that there is a problem somewhere inside the tooth. This means you need to see the dentist, not apply an aspirin. That won’t work, anyway. For temporary pain relief, take an over-the-counter pain reliever by mouth, as directed, then call our office.
  4. A crown will prevent a cavity. This is a concerning bit of misinformation that must be put to rest. It is possible for a cavity to develop underneath a crown. This restoration extends over the tooth to the gum line. That does not equate to full coverage. If plaque forms around the base of the crown, there is a chance for decay.

For personal care that manages your oral health, call Morris County Dental Associates at 973-328-1225.

 

 

Erosion Affects the Landscape of your Mouth

tooth care Succasunna, NJ | Dr. GoldbergThe enamel that covers the outermost layer of each tooth is the strongest substance in the body. It is intended to defend the softer dentin, tubules, vessels, and nerves that lie beneath the surface. Because we bite and chew all sorts of hard and chewy foods throughout our lifetime, we quickly develop the sense that our teeth are, for the most part, pretty indestructible. More and more, dentists and their patients are realizing there are more hazards to tooth structure than had been imagined. Today, one of the prevalent problems facing children and adults is erosion.

Research has discovered that enamel can be eroded, worn away, by acid, much in the same way that the natural landscape can disintegrate beneath the force of the wind, rain, and other elements. Where does this acid come from, and what can be done to safeguard tooth enamel? We’re about to take a look . . .

How Diet can Erode Teeth

Humans have progressively moved toward a more processed diet. Even our healthy foods, like salads, are covered in dressings that are loaded with acidic ingredients. Perhaps the biggest culprits of tooth erosion, though, are carbonated beverages like soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks. These beverages have been measured for acidity, and fall in line just a few points short of battery acid.

The Sad Truth

One of the most unfortunate aspects of tooth erosion is that a large percentage of the patients who are troubled by this condition are children. The cause is often fruit juice and sports drinks that are offered to children and teens as an alternative to the sugary soda that causes cavities. Parents, in trying to do the right thing, actually fall into the pit of misinformation.

Mitigating Risks

Erosion, like cavities, is a problem that can be prevented with awareness and good habits. It may not be necessary to completely change your dietary habits, but there are certain modifications that can preserve the life of your teeth.

  • Drink more water! For flavor, add lemon, a citrus that is more alkaline than acidic.
  • Rinse with water after drinking or eating anything acidic. Rinse only! Brushing enamel that has been softened by acidic ingredients can hasten erosion rather than combat it.
  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste that has the ADA seal of approval.
  • Consume calcium-rich dairy and vegetables, or take a calcium supplement to encourage strong bones and teeth.
  • See your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.

For a visit with your friendly family dentist in Succasunna, call 973-328-1225.

 

Dental Implant Succasunna, NJ

Your Story May Not Be Serving you

Dental Implant Succasunna, NJMost adults can remember just how much they loved stories when they were young. Even in adulthood, the story surrounds us. It could be the latest novel that peaks your interest or that action film that just made it to theaters. We all also have personal stories, tales that we tell ourselves. These can dictate the many decisions we make from day to day, including the care we give to ourselves. We even see how dental care may be impacted by certain stories. Here, we will look at how some people let stories about dental implant treatment get between them and their best smile.

Tooth replacement is not necessary

Unless you are facing total tooth failure or loss, you could fall victim to this common story. A lost tooth is a lost tooth, and that small gap in the mouth isn’t visible in the smile, so it doesn’t matter. We’re here to tell you that it matters. Tooth loss results in much more than an altered appearance. It also affects how you chew. Teeth that carry the stress of chewing are now at risk of overuse, excessive wear, and damage.

Dental implants are for younger people

How easily we take ourselves out of just about any game by believing we are too old for one thing or another. Dental implant treatment does not have an age requirement. What is more important is that you are in good general health and that your jaw bone is, as well. Habits like smoking and oral care are important because they dictate the future success of your implants far more directly than your age.

I can just get some other treatment

Patients who say this are saying that they do not believe they deserve to get dental implants. This most often revolves around spending money to restore the smile. If you are tempted to tell yourself this story, remember that you didn’t have to earn the natural teeth that have filled out your smile for your lifetime. Likewise, there is nothing you need to do to deserve a healthy, restored smile.

Would you like to explore your options for tooth replacement, including dental implants? Call your Succasunna dentist at (973) 328-1225.

Teeth Whitening Succasunna, NJ

Various Ways To A Brighter Smile

Teeth Whitening Succasunna, NJA radiant smile exudes confidence, health, and vitality. We may not recognize this on an immediate conscious level every time we see someone else’s smile – or our own. However, the positive reactions that humans have to nice, bright teeth are no secret. It has been demonstrated in numerous studies over the years. We don’t argue the fact that many people could benefit from having their teeth whitened. If your time has come, the question you want to ask is how to go about getting the results you want?

There are several ways that stains could be removed from teeth. The thing is, they are not all the same. Some (commercial products) are too weak to handle anything more than slight surface stains. Some (laser whitening) are an expensive way to get the job done faster. Here, we will break down some of the valuable treatments that our patients may choose to enliven their smiles.

Bleaching Trays

Because professional teeth whitening has been around for so long, it is well-known that a safe but powerful peroxide solution is the best way to lift debris from the pores of enamel. Where patients may question efficacy is when it comes to choosing in-office whitening versus home whitening. We offer home-whitening to patients of our Succasunna office for one good reason: sensitivity.

The bleaching process, just as it is, can dehydrate enamel for a short time. When the process is accelerated with the use of light, there is no mitigating this risk of sensitivity. We used to offer in-office whitening but stopped doing so when we realized how uncomfortable this treatment could be.

Home-whitening with the KOR Whitening System provides outstanding results with minimal, if any, sensitivity. Also, when you see your smile change day by day, you have the best idea of when to stop; when you have reached your ideal level of white. Remember, a snow-white smile doesn’t necessarily look beautiful against every complexion!

Porcelain Veneers

There is a lot that can be achieved, especially with dentist-formulated KOR whitening gel. However, there may be some situations that are better suited to porcelain veneers. This two-visit treatment can disguise tough stains caused by direct injury to a tooth, or by fluorosis or tetracycline. Because veneers can also perfect the shape and size of teeth, there may be a double-win to this process.

Schedule a consultation

We enjoy helping our patients fall back in love with their smiles. Call 973-328-1225 to schedule care with our friendly team.

Maximize your Teeth Whitening Treatment with these Tips

Teeth WhiteningIn case you haven’t noticed yet, the foods and beverages you have been consuming are doing a number on your smile. Discoloration is a common problem among adults of all ages for the very fact that it is extremely difficult to avoid foods that stain. The culprits go far beyond coffee and red wine. That curry you love? It has compounds that will stain your teeth. So do berries, and so does soda.

As you can see, discoloration is all but impossible to avoid, even if you take really good care of your teeth. That is why professional teeth whitening was something sought by humans across the centuries. The process used today took hundreds of years to perfect, and we are fortunate enough to benefit from all those years of trial and error. Now let’s talk about how you can make the most of your whitening treatment.

Do this . . .

  • Do it right the first time. Translation: have your dentist whiten your teeth. We offer a few different options using the KOR Whitening System, including a home whitening treatment.
  • Although KOR has been formulated specifically to get the best results with minimal sensitivity, some patients like to prepare for their treatment by using toothpaste for sensitive teeth, or mineralizing toothpaste.
  • Teeth lose minerals when we chew, and mineral content is important for strong, bright enamel. Mineral content is restored with saliva. So encouraging saliva flow is a good measure for remineralization. You can do this by chewing sugarless gum and drinking plenty of water. If you have chronic dry mouth, talk to us about how to manage this condition.

Avoid this . . .

  • Protect tooth enamel after whitening by avoiding foods that are highly acidic. This includes coffee (sorry!) and salad dressings with a vinegar base.
  • Foods that cause stains. Ok, we know you cannot spend the rest of your days eating only “light-colored” foods. But for a few days, while you are whitening your teeth, this is a great way to maximize your results.

The team at Morris County Dental Associates, LLC is here to help you add radiance to your smile. Call 973-328-1225 to learn more about our teeth whitening options.

 

Morris County Dental Associates Succasunna, NJ

DENTAL DIGEST

DENTAL DIGEST

Dental Implants, Insurance, and Payment

 


Morris County Dental Associates Succasunna, NJRarely do patients come to me in need of dental implants without questions about costs, insurance, and payments. This issue of Dental Digest will hopefully shed some light on these issues.

INSURANCE:

  • Dental insurance does not behave like medical insurance. Dental insurance has a maximum, meaning once your insurance company pays out that amount, they will not pay any more for that benefit period, typically a calendar year. Therefore, if your plan’s maximum is $1,500 and your expected treatment is $5,000, your responsibility will be $3,500.
  • Implant coverage: We are finding more and more policies cover dental implants, but this is a very broad and general statement. When someone undergoes dental implant treatment, there are multiple services that are performed. Coverage for each service is what you need to know. Examples of these services may include: the implant itself, an abutment, a crown, extractions, and grafting. Also, remember the point made above: once the maximum is reached, the insurance company will not pay out any additional funds.
  • Pre-determinations: When you ask your dentist to find out what your plan covers, you are asking for a pre- determination. However, these documents serve very little purpose, except to find out if a procedure is covered under your plan. IT IS NOT A GUARANTEE OF PAYMENT! Just because the document states it is a covered procedure does not mean that it will be paid. There are MANY limitations and exclusions that apply. BEWARE!

INVESTMENT:

  • Dental implants should be thought of as an investment, not an expense. You are investing your time and financial resources into your health. Understanding this concept will help you get away from the restrictive nature of insurance and guide you towards other methods of affording dental implants.

PAYMENT:

In my practice, we perform many dental implant procedures for our patients and the patients of other dentists. We recognize the financial needs of people, and we offer many opportunities for people to be able to afford the treatments they need and desire:

  • Cash & Check Discounts: Many people have the funds for the services they are requesting, but like all smart consumers, they look for discounts. We will offer those discounts for payments made my cash & check.
  • Home Equity Lines Of Credit: If you own your own home, and with interest rates so low, this is the cheapest money you can borrow. You pay yourself back as you see fit, with no (to little) penalties.
  • Healthcare Financing Companies: There are multiple companies that will lend money for your healthcare needs. Some examples are CareCredit, Lending Club, and Health Credit Services. Plans offered by these companies range from interest-free loans to extended loans at higher interest rates.

In summary, whether your needs are a single implant or complex care such as All-On- Four®, insurance, financing, and your thought process are all important considerations. We help our patients every day with these considerations here at Morris County Dental Associates.

Schedule a consultation

For a consultation, including a free 3-D scan (if necessary), please call the office at (973) 328-1225.

A Good Case for Sedation Dentistry

Sedation DentistryAt Morris County Dental Associates, we maintain a high priority on patient comfort. We want you to not only get the results you want from personal dental care but also to enjoy your visits to the dentist. If you struggle with dental anxiety to any degree, the idea of actually being fond of those exams and cleanings may sound absurd. We understand. That is why Dr. Goldberg has put a lot of time and effort into his DOCS training, which enables him to provide sedation dentistry in our Succasunna area patients. If you are not familiar with oral conscious sedation, you may not even realize that you are a perfect candidate for this service!

Oral conscious sedation is a form of sedation dentistry that involves an oral sedative medication. The custom-dosage leads patients into a few relaxing hours of dental work. The sedation method is ideal for:

  • Patients who feel really, really nervous at the dentist. The safe, effective sedative that is provided to our patients works directly on the nervous system to cause noticeable calm. Sedation dentistry has also been referred to as sleep dentistry, simply because some patients do become relaxed enough to doze off. This is not a guarantee, but you can rest assured your anxiety will be lifted and will not stand in the way of your treatment.
  • Expedited care. There are two ways in which sedation facilitates faster, more efficient care. One is that we can perform more treatment in a single visit. When you are sedated, you don’t notice how long you are in the chair. Also, the physical relaxation that results from sedation maximizes the performance of each treatment.
  • Physical and mental relaxation. There are certain conditions that can make it difficult for a patient to undergo dental treatment. Sedation can ease tensed muscles to create a more comfortable experience, and can also calm the mind of a patient with a cognitive disability.

There are several reasons we could give for choosing to incorporate some form of sedation into a dental visit. In addition to oral conscious sedation, our patients may explore options such as nitrous oxide and IV sedation.

Call 973-328-1225 to learn more about sedation dentistry in our Succasunna office.