Is There a Student in your Life? Here’s How to Protect their Teeth! | Succasunna, NJ

Is There a Student in your Life? Here’s How to Protect their Teeth!

Is There a Student in your Life? Here’s How to Protect their Teeth! | Succasunna, NJThe back-to-school time of year presents some exciting opportunities, and it also comes with unique challenges. Overwhelm may quickly set in as you drive from one store to the next, one try-out or practice to the next. So much to do in such a short period! All the while, there is the issue of oral health. Students have a particular risk for oral injuries as they get into the groove of a new school year, and one of the biggest factors to affect them is the busy-ness that surrounds this time.

Our experienced dental team offers friendly care to families in Succasunna and surrounding areas. This includes personal service, as well as information that supports oral care in between dental visits.

3 Easy Ways to Protect Students’ Teeth

  • Schedule dental care. Yes, the first few weeks of the school year may be the busiest. An ideal time to see the dentist is during summer vacation. If your schedule did not permit a summertime visit, contact us to arrange a convenient appointment time as soon as possible. Then, think ahead to the next break during the school year and schedule a checkup and cleaning for that time. Consistency with checkups and cleanings is one of the best ways to avoid dental problems.
  • Plan for sports. Students who engage in extracurricular sports activities are at risk for broken and dislodged teeth, as well as other injuries. Required sports gear often involves a mouth guard, but the type of guard that is used matters. The more customized a mouth guard is, the better-protected teeth are. Talk with your dentist about a custom-fit mouth guard for your student.
  • Follow up. Kids of all ages can easily forget their habits when they become engaged in a new school year. Parents play a pivotal role in helping students avoid unexpected dental injury. Every child is unique and will need a specific degree of follow-up from parents to remember to brush and floss. Teens who wear braces may benefit from being supplied with a travel toothbrush for lunchtime use.

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Professional dental care compliments routine habits to achieve long-term oral health. To schedule family dental care, call 973-328-1225.

Porcelain Veneers | Succasunna NJ

Veneers: Covering the Bases

Porcelain Veneers | Succasunna NJ There’s something exciting about loving the smile. When our teeth do not meet our ideal – they are not harmonious in size and proportions, or they are drastically discolored – we may struggle with a general sense of dissatisfaction. If you are in this boat, it’s time to jump ship! The team at Morris County Dental Associates has a solution. Teeth that do not reflect your inner beauty can be covered with porcelain veneers. This permanent solution to cosmetic imperfections has paved the way for many of our patients to feel great about their smiles.

If you’ve done any research on veneer treatment, you may have come across two common types of veneers. All indirect veneers are similar in their form. Where they differ is in their makeup. We use porcelain veneers to transform smiles. The other option commonly offered is composite veneers. Here, we will compare the two.

Composite Veneers

A composite material is one that is a mixture of two or more compounds. This type of veneer is made of “composite resin,” which includes plastic and glass. The plastic gives the composite resin a degree of durability, while the glass provides sheen to mimic natural enamel. Most composite veneers are “made” chairside. Essentially, the resin is applied directly to the tooth or teeth. It is shaped and then cured, or hardened. Finally, the composite is polished to look natural.

What you need to know: composite veneers are porous, just like natural teeth. Because there are numerous tiny pores in composite resin, it’s possible that veneers will stain over time. Also, while durable, composite resin does not hold up as well as porcelain. On the other hand, this type of veneer is lower in cost, which may make replacement more affordable.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are indirect. This means the fixtures that are adhered to the front of teeth are made in a dental lab. To have porcelain veneers applied requires slight tooth reduction. This means the tooth or teeth will need to be covered permanently. If a veneer chips or breaks, it will need to be replaced. The primary benefits of porcelain veneers are that they look most like natural teeth. Porcelain is translucent, and it is more reflective than composite, so the smile shines nicely.

What you need to know: Porcelain veneer treatment involves two visits. During the second visit, sheaths of porcelain adhere with a bonding material. This process fosters long-term durability that can withstand biting and chewing. Porcelain is also naturally resistant to chips, and also to stains. This type of veneer can last up to 15 years with good care.

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Contact our Succasunna office at 973-328-1225 to learn more about porcelain veneers.

Cosmetic Dentistry Succasunna, NJ

Get a New Smile in a Snap

Cosmetic Dentistry Succasunna, NJIf you have certain aspects of your smile that you just don’t love, you’re less likely to smile with confidence – or at all. Smiling is good for you, so you want to flash those pearly whites whenever the urge strikes. We understand how cosmetic concerns can diminish a person’s ability to do this, which is why we are proud to offer Snap-On Smile for a quick, affordable makeover.

What is Snap-On Smile?

Snap-On Smile is a cosmetic process that requires no long-term commitment or steep monetary investment. Do we have your attention yet? It gets even better. The process is painless and convenient. The custom-made prosthesis looks like beautiful, natural teeth, and yet, you can remove it every night before bed. A Snap-On Smile may be used as a temporary resting place before permanent cosmetic procedures such as veneers. However, some consider this fixture permanent enough for continual use.

Benefits of Snap-On Smile

The value of cosmetic dentistry is indicated by the extent of its benefits. With Snap-On Smile, patients enjoy:

  • Straighter, brighter teeth.
  • Fully functional chewing and drinking while wearing the fixture.
  • Ease of use, and easy to clean appliance.
  • Natural-looking results and durability that lasts.
  • Affordable care to improve the appearance of the smile.
  • Quick turnaround, only two visits to a new smile!
  • Active involvement in the design phase of their new look.
  • Conservative treatment does not alter natural tooth structure in any way.

The process is simple, involving a consultation and examination to confirm that Snap-On Smile will fulfill the desired objective. Next, we work with the patient to choose the shade and style of new “teeth.” An impression is made of natural teeth. This guides the creation of the new fixture, which will fit over the arch. After an initial fitting, adjustments may be made to refine the fixture. The patient is instructed on how to insert and remove their appliance for care and cleaning.

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Snap-On Smile fits over natural teeth. The fixture should be removed at night, and cleaned with appropriate cleaning solution. Post-meal rinsing is also beneficial. Teeth should be brushed and flossed every day, twice a day, to inhibit plaque from accumulating around the gums or in between teeth.

You can have a smile you love! Contact our Succasunna office for more information about Snap-On Smile at 978-328-1225.

Family Dentistry Succasunna, NJ

Bad Breath Doesn’t Belong in a Beautiful Smile

Family Dentistry Succasunna, NJMore people are taking care of the cosmetic aspects of their smile today. This may include using whitening toothpaste or visiting the dentist for some cosmetic treatment. The popularity of cosmetic dentistry demonstrates the strong desire we have to make a good first impression. The appearance of the smile is, in fact, one of the primary aspects of a good impression. When we smile and speak to others, we don’t want that great first impression to run straight into a wall of bad breath.

Do you ever feel concerned about bad breath? Is this a problem that you face more frequently lately? There are a few common explanations for chronic bad breath. Let’s take a look at them here.

Bacteria

One of the primary causes of halitosis, or chronic bad breath, is an accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. This can happen relatively quickly even if you brush your teeth every morning and every night. The sticky biofilm of saliva, food debris, and bacteria that we call plaque begins to adhere to the gums and teeth over a few short hours after brushing. This is why there are specific guidelines for oral care, including:

  • A full two-minute brushing routine every morning and every night before bed.
  • Flossing before bed inhibits bacterial activity overnight.
  • Antibacterial mouthwash freshens the breath and helps maintain a healthy mouth.
  • Tongue-scraping is crucial to the fight against odor since bacteria like to accumulate on the back of the tongue. Brushing does not substitute for scraping with an appropriate instrument.

Infection

If routine hygiene improvements do not resolve odorous breath, there may be a need for restorative dental treatment. Any form of infection in the mouth, including a cavity or gingivitis, can manifest as bad breath. Early dental treatment may do wonders for the breath, and also save you from a potentially painful or ongoing dental issue.

Dentures

Men and women who wear dentures have an increased risk for chronic bad breath. This happens for two reasons. One is that the fit of dentures changes progressively over time as bone resorption occurs. Any amount of looseness between the denture and the gums and bacteria can accumulate on the underside of fixtures. Keep dentures in good condition with daily cleaning and routine relining. Further, improve the fit of dentures by securing them onto dental implants.

We would love to see you and help you maintain fresh breath and a healthy smile. Call 973-328-1225.

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.