Dental Implants Succasunna, NJ

One Day to a Healthy New Smile?

Dental Implants Succasunna, NJTooth loss is a prevalent problem even in light of significant improvements in oral care. There are several reasons why teeth may fail, suffer disease, or fall out. As much as possible, we try to prevent this from happening by providing our patients a high level of ongoing dental care. At the same time, we realize that it is necessary to offer services that revolve around tooth replacement. More so, we recognize the value of long-term solutions like dental implants.

Dental implant treatment first made an appearance in the 1950s, when research revealed detailed information about the bone tissue beneath teeth. When a titanium post was inserted into the jawbone, bone cells would adhere to it. The process, referred to as osseointegration, took time but led to lasting results in tooth replacement. From that time on, we have seen the methods of dental implant technique become more and more refined. Today, we’ve got the ability to replace a full arch, or full mouth, of teeth in a single visit.

Too Good to be True

If there was ever a situation that seemed too good to be true, it might be this one. To visit your dentist with teeth that are diseased and painful and leave with a whole new smile? That even sounds impossible to us! Let’s look at how Teeth in a Day is an absolute possibility.

Teeth in a Day is one of several all-on-4 dental implant techniques. It was developed to accommodate the needs of patients with less bone density and also to facilitate comfortable healing and convenience for the patient. No one likes the idea of having no teeth while implants integrate into bone tissue. Wearing dentures during this time may be tolerable, but not ideal.

The way that this technique can work is by planning the process step-by-step. Before treatment day, when teeth are removed and implants placed, thorough prep-work is performed. The mouth is measured, impressions may be taken, x-rays may be used as guides for the placement of dental implants and fabrication of the new full-arch bridge. This preparation begins weeks before tooth extraction. Then, on the Big Day, we can transform the overall structure of the mouth with very little complexity. Teeth are removed; implants are situated, and a new bridge is attached. Because a small amount of swelling may occur and minor bone loss may occur, a follow-up is usually scheduled about six months after treatment to assess the fit of the new bridge. If necessary, adjustments may be made to support long-term stability.

Dr. Goldberg has obtained years of additional dental training with a focus on dental implants. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology and performs some unique implant techniques. To learn more, call our Succasunna office at (973) 328-1225.

Snap On Smile Succasunna, NJ

How to Care for Snap on Smile

Snap On Smile Succasunna, NJMany of the patients who visit our Succasunna office for cosmetic dentistry ask about the value of Snap on Smile. This innovative technique to makeover the smile in a snap is appealing because it overcomes the hurdles that prevent many people from getting the smile they want. This removable appliance is custom made to fit over existing teeth and does not require alterations that would require ongoing maintenance regarding repeat treatment. However convenient and affordable Snap on Smile may be, it is important that patients know how to care for their cosmetic fixture to maximize its lifespan.

Snap on Smile Maintenance Tips


Just like natural enamel, it is possible that the resin material used to create a Snap on Smile fixture can absorb tiny particles from foods and beverages. As much as possible, patients with this fixture should avoid cigarettes, red wine, tea, coffee, and other products that are known for causing stains on teeth.


Who can be expected to avoid such a wide variety of foods and beverages! We understand that there may be occasions when you want to enjoy a nice cup of coffee while wearing your Snap on Smile. Knowing the characteristics of resin, dental professionals suggest a strict cleaning protocol for this product.

The Snap on Smile fixture should be removed daily. When it is removed, it should be cleaned, as should your teeth. Because the fixture fits over natural teeth, oral care is vital to the prevention of cavities and other problems. The Snap on Smile can be cleaned in the same way a denture might be cleaned, with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste.

Daily Use

Before inserting Snap on Smile, it is important to brush thoroughly but gently. The removal of debris and bacteria before insertion is necessary for cavity and gum disease prevention.

Also, when inserting and removing Snap on Smile, it is important to use two hands, one on each side of the fixture. This eliminates imbalanced pressure that could cause fracture or bends.

We are pleased to offer Snap on Smile as an affordable and convenient way to makeover the smile. To learn more about this treatment, call 973-328-1225.

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Tips for Oral Care After Mid-Life

Family Dentist Succasunna NJMid-life is such a time, isn’t it? Adults in the age range of 45- to 65-years old often express fascination with how much wisdom they have gained about themselves and the world. They are enjoying the pride of being grandparents and of career success. The years of midlife and beyond involve quite a bit of transition, too, for both men and women. One of the changes that have been noted by researchers is important to us because it has to do with oral care later in life.

Studies have told us a lot about oral health and the benefits of dentistry. One has suggested that we need to pay extra close attention to how we perform oral care after the age of fifty because, around this age, it seems as though plaque becomes more difficult to remove. As we continue to age, additional challenges arise that could adversely affect the mouth. Here, we want to point out what those may be and what may be done to overcome them.

Dental Challenges for the Older Adult

One of the common ways in which the body changes as we age is that our joints may become stiff and achy. This may be due to arthritis or other conditions and, when stiffness and pain become more severe, we may lose our ability to brush and floss our teeth with ease.

We know that brushing and flossing are paramount to good oral health. For the adult with dexterity issues related to arthritis or any other condition, we may suggest strategies such as using an electric toothbrush and flossing tools. The vibrating head of an electric or sonic toothbrush cleans teeth without requiring much hand movement at all. Flossing tools such as a Water Pik or flossing stick clean hard to reach places without the need to hold a string of floss.

Dexterity is one of several challenges that older adults may face. Additional obstacles to lifelong oral health include proper denture care and dry mouth.

Our experienced dental team has insights that can help you manage the health of your smile at every age. Call our Succasunna office at 973-328-1225 to schedule your visit.

Here’s How Oral Conscious Sedation can make Your Dental Visits Better

Dental Implants | Randolph, NJWhen the time comes to see the dentist, a lot of people experience a little bit of nervousness. This is completely normal, and is also something that everyone experiences differently. For you, seeing the dentist may be extremely difficult. There is nothing abnormal nor wrong with this; it is your unique experience and is likely due to an event that occurred at some point in your life.

We are not interested in telling anyone that they shouldn’t feel anxious about seeing the dentist. What we are interested in doing is helping our patients find the comfort and peace of mind they deserve. This isn’t always achieved with a friendly, personal manner of care alone. Sometimes, we need to rely on sedation to create the right atmosphere for dental care to happen as needed. One popular method of sedation is oral conscious sedation.

What is oral conscious sedation?

Prior to dental treatment, your dentist will administer a sedation service. To call it “sedation” may give the wrong impression. Usually, the medication prescribed is in the anxiolytic family, a type of medication that diminishes the responsiveness of the central nervous system to external stimuli.

What does it feel like to be sedated?

With the central nervous system on relative shut-down mode, patients feel a pleasant sense of calm. Their heart rate slows to a normal, healthy rate (not beating out of their chest). Breathing is deep and moderate versus shallow and fast. Ultimately, the sedation eliminates anxiety but the patient typically does not become extraordinarily sleepy. There is a chance, though, that a patient may fall asleep during treatment.

Oral conscious sedation differs from IV sedation in that the depth of relaxation is lighter. This is not a form of sedation that keeps a patient from being able to communicate with our staff. Swallowing and breathing still occur without assistance. Another plus is that pain medication is even more effective, which diminishes the gag reflex.

If a patient ingests medication, the body must metabolize it.  As this occurs, the effects of the sedative wear off. This transition can take several hours, which is why patients need to arrange a safe ride home after their appointment.

We are happy to speak with you about sedation dentistry and how it can fit your needs. Contact us today or call our Succasunna office at 973-328-1225.

Teeth Whitening Succasunna, NJ

Why Teeth Whitening Should be Considered an Anti-Aging Treatment

Teeth Whitening Succasunna, NJAging is something that every person does differently these days. Some people follow the example of their ancestors and simply let the aging process occur naturally. Many, many people today get a little help along the way. Anti-aging treatments are now designed more for the “easing-in” of the various signs of aging rather than the complete elimination of them as if that were ever really possible. We use injectables to soften lines on the face, neck, and hands. Some people go the cosmetic surgery route. One great way to turn back the clock on facial aging is to look at the color of your teeth.

Humans have long assessed age by looking at particulars of appearance. Tooth color and shape were two ways of telling how old a person might be. There was an expectation that older people would have longer teeth and teeth that weren’t very white. Heck, there was an expectation that an older person was lucky if he had more than a few teeth left in his mouth. Things are far different today, except that inclination to assume that dull, discolored teeth mean more candles are on the birthday cake.

Let’s Talk Rejuvenation

If facial rejuvenation is something you’ve been considering, your smile is a great place to start. Professional teeth whitening has been refined, and refined again, to bring us systems that are capable of addressing a wider range of problems than was previously possible. Not all stains are the same, so options in teeth whitening shouldn’t be. In our Succasunna office, we can treat common stains, as well as those caused by fluorosis and even by tetracycline. Furthermore, there is an option for a super-convenient whitening treatment for patients on the go, and there are more comprehensive treatments that involve both in-office and home whitening to achieve the best possible results.

There are so many ways that we can manage appearance as we age. This is a fortunate thing. When you’re ready to restore radiance to your smile to reflect inner youthfulness, we’re ready to help you. Call Morris County Dental Associates at 973-328-1225.

Dental Bridges, Dentures, & Implants: What’s The Difference?

Ira Goldberg, DDS, FAGD, DICOI

Very often, people need to replace missing teeth or teeth that will be extracted shortly. Bridges, dentures,
and implants are the most common ways to accomplish this, but what are the differences? Dr. Goldberg will
help to shed some light.
The most common area of confusion lies between dentures and bridges. Dentures are removable: you take
them in-and- out of your mouth. Bridges are permanent: you do NOT take them in-and- out.
Dentures come in two versions: “Full” (also known as “Complete”), and “Partial.” A “Full” denture replaces all
of the teeth in your jaw (no teeth remain), and a “Partial” denture is made with one or more of your teeth
These dentures can be made from a number of different materials: acrylic (plastic), metal, a combination of
acrylic and metal, or a newer type of plastic called “thermoplastic.” The advantages of the acrylic include cost
and simplicity. They are the least expensive, and the easiest to fabricate and repair. The disadvantages
include thickness and stability: they require increased material thickness in order to provide strength, and they
will be the loosest, meaning they will have the greatest tendency to move around in your mouth. The
thickness can interfere with speech.
Metal dentures are thin, rigid, and fit tightly. The downsides include increased difficulty to repair (although
not terribly difficult) and cost (they are the most expensive).
Thermoplastic materials have the advantage of being flexible, which many patients find to be more
comfortable. However, repairs can be difficult to impossible, based upon the type of material utilized.
Clasps are “arms” that extend off of a denture that help to keep the denture in place. The clasps can be metal,
white to match teeth, or pink to match gums. No clasp is perfect, but they are a necessary component for
denture stability, but the downside is potential esthetic complications if they show in your smile. If a clasp
breaks off the denture, a repair is not always possible, and can render the denture fit unsatisfactory.
Unlike dentures that are removable, bridges are permanent. They are not removable. This is one reason why
bridges are more popular than dentures. Other advantages include increased biting / chewing power,
increased esthetics, and less fuss with them since they don’t have to be taken in and out. Downsides include
the “shaving down” of teeth on either side of spaces to keep them in place (called “abutment” teeth), and
potential cavity development or need for root canals on these abutments over time.
Dental implants provide a host of options. Most people think of an implant as a post that is placed into the
jawbone to hold a single tooth (crown). This is one use of an implant, but there are other functions. The
implant is actually the post: you can use it to secure a denture or a bridge, also! With respect to dentures, the
implant can help to eliminate or decrease the number of clasps, providing a more esthetic outcome and more
stable set of teeth. Bridges benefit from implants because now you cannot develop cavities around the
abutments and there is no need for root canals. Implant bridges also eliminate the need for drilling on other

A very common substitute or replacement for large partial dentures and full dentures is “All-On- Four®.” This
revolutionary technology provides the patient with permanent, non-removable teeth in just a few
appointments. Gone is the stigma and disappointment of removable teeth and poor chewing ability. Patients
instantly benefit from a strong bite, excellent smile, and freedom of re-gaining the roof of their mouths if they
had a denture that covered it previously. Many patients who have dentures or require removal of most teeth
present to Dr. Goldberg for this procedure specifically: he is a leading authority on this type of procedure in
the community.
The information provided above can be hard to understand without pictures. Please visit the Patient
Education Library on Dr. Goldberg’s website at From the homepage, click on
“Patient Info,” followed by “Patient Education.” You can view his information sheets and videos.
The office of Dr. Goldberg offers free consultations. If you’d like to speak with Dr. Goldberg personally and
determine the best course of action for your specific situation, please give the office a call.
Dr. Goldberg is a general dentist located in the Roxbury Mall in Succasunna, NJ. He provides general dentistry
for the entire family, including: cleanings, check-ups, whitening, veneers, crowns, root canals, dentures,
periodontal (gum) services, dental implants, and much more. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of
Implantology/Implant Dentistry, holds multiple degrees and is recognized as an expert in dental implants. You
can find additional information on his The office can be reached at:
(973) 328-1225 or via email: [email protected]

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Should an Electric Toothbrush be on your Shopping List?

Family Dentistry Succasunna, NJHeading into a new year, many of us are looking for ways to improve life in some form or fashion. Often, our resolutions revolve around looking and feeling better and supporting long-term health and wellness. In addition to simply resolving to achieve certain goals or make specific changes, we can do ourselves a favor by making it as easy as possible to do so. If one of your desires is to take better care of your teeth, consider starting the year off right – with an electric toothbrush.

Electric toothbrushes are more than high-tech gadgets for the bathroom. These instruments have been observed in research studies and have demonstrated performance that outdoes the basic manual toothbrush. This means less plaque, which means less chance of cavities and gum disease.

Electric Toothbrushes for Everyone!

Every person could benefit from an electric toothbrush because of the performance we just mentioned. However, there are certain groups who have even more to gain than the average person. These include:

  • Let’s be honest, brushing needs to be fun to motivate a child. A personally-selected electric brush makes brushing feel like a treat.
  • Teens and adults with braces. A manual toothbrush may not maneuver around brackets and wires as easily as an electric toothbrush.
  • Busy people. Who isn’t busy enough to find tooth-brushing a chore? Pretty much any adult who is somewhat indifferent to brushing can get better results from an electric toothbrush.
  • Individuals with mobility issues. Health conditions like arthritis create an obstacle to efficient oral hygiene. Any person with stiffness in the hands and fingers should treat themselves to an electric toothbrush.

Types of Electric Toothbrushes

Several categories of electric toothbrush products exist:

  • Your basic rotary electric toothbrush may oscillate as well as stroke in alternate directions.
  • A side-to-side movement strokes up to 10-times faster than the average rotary toothbrush.
  • The vibrations of this type of electric toothbrush are efficient at dislodging plaque.
  • Rather than removing debris with rotation, this toothbrush emits a low-level electrical current to separate plaque from tooth surfaces.

The Bottom Line

For oral care to be successful in preventing dental problems, it needs to be efficient and consistent. While slightly costlier to purchase and maintain (new heads every few months), electric toothbrushes reach more tooth surfaces during the two minutes you spend at the sink. This can translate into less money spent at the dentist.

Regardless of your selected type of brush, routine dental care remains vital to long-term health and wellness. We would love to see you soon in our Succasunna office for a professional exam and cleaning.

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This is What You Get from Dental Implants

Dental Implants Randolph NJTooth loss isn’t something that most people think much about. Early in life, we get excited about the prospect of our teeth falling out, even if the first time is a little frightening. It isn’t until much later in life when the possibility of a tooth or teeth failing recurs. With proper care and a little luck, we may never have to go through such an event at all. Teeth and gums that are maintained well over the years should last a lifetime; that is what nature intended. In the event of injury or poor oral health, though, what is needed is a method of restoration that meets all of our needs.

Successful Tooth Replacement: This is What it Looks Like

Historically, full tooth replacement has been a rather simplistic process. Failing teeth may have been extracted. They could then be replaced with a full denture, a fixture molded to the gums. Viola! New smile for life! The problem with this simple methodology is that it does not meet the full needs we have for eating and speech. Full success in tooth replacement means stability, and this is achievable with dental implants.

Dental implants lead to:

  • Teeth are not intended only for an attractive smile. We have teeth so we can chew, and so we can make certain sounds of speech. If teeth do not stay put when we bite and chew, or when we laugh to speak with other people, then they are not very efficient. Many people who wear dentures choose to leave their “teeth” out more often than not due to the discomfort caused by instability. Dental implants are the stabilizers that support an efficient mouth.
  • We want our smile to endure for life. We want our teeth also to endure so we can continue eating the foods we love. If natural teeth fail, our next best option is to replace them with the most durable and lasting fixtures. The dental implant posts that are introduced into empty root sockets become permanent anchors for replacement teeth by inviting one tissue to grow around them. The integration of these posts provides both stability and permanence.
  • Implant-retained artificial teeth do not need to be removed for cleaning. For proper care, patients are advised to brush and floss or rinse around implants with a water irrigator to inhibit bacterial activity.

We enjoy assisting our Succasunna patients with their oral health. To schedule your visit with us, call (973) 328-1225.

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Could Water Revamp your Oral Hygiene Routine?

Family Dentist Succasunna NJOral care is, fortunately, an uncomplicated matter that we must attend to every day. We brush, we floss, we eat well, we repeat. Seems simple, right? When we look at the ease with which we should be able to take care of our teeth and gums, it may seem alarming to hear that more than three-quarters of the population will develop gum disease. How would you feel if you were to imagine losing all of your teeth sometime in your seventies? Most of us don’t like to think about such things, but we really should.

To know the value of flossing as a part of a healthy oral care regimen is one thing. To do it – daily – is another. A high percentage of people report that they don’t floss on a routine basis. There are varied reasons why this may be. For some, flossing may be physically difficult due to arthritis, poor hand grip, TMJ pain, or other reasons. In quite some instances, people admit to just forgetting, or not liking the task of flossing. We suggest that a little water may change all that.

How Water-Flossing May Support Oral Health

Water-flossing is something that may be achieved with a device such as a Waterpik. This home-unit is a small version of the oral irrigation used in dental offices. The mechanism is similar, though. To clean debris from the mouth during dental treatments, a stream of water is used (then suctioned). At home, this same concept can be used to complete oral care. Pressurized water from the reservoir of the machine travels through a small tip that can be aimed at any part of the mouth. The points that should be touched by water include the gum line around every tooth and the space in between every set of teeth.

What to know about Water-Flossing

Studies have shown the clear advantage to a good flossing routine. If a tool like a Waterpik is the way to ensure flossing is done every day, then that’s a win in our book. Consistency is key. Depending on current oral health, there may be a need for closer follow up in the dental office. Some people who use an oral irrigator instead of floss also add an antibacterial solution to the water used to cleanse hard-to-reach places.

Our priority is helping our patients find an oral care program that meets their needs and is simple enough to perform consistently. For friendly dental care catered to you, call 973-328-1225.

Beauty Never Goes out of Style

Cosmetic Dentistry Succasunna NJTo observe an object of beauty, any object of beauty brings joy to the heart. Humans are innately drawn in by exquisiteness, so why not go with it? There is ample evidence that, since the dawn of time, humans have sought ways to enhance physical attributes to appear more attractive. At least for some time. What we mean is, beauty is often prioritized by men and women in younger age groups. While we have seen the age-range expand in recent years, thanks to the refinement of beauty treatments like BOTOX and dermal fillers, there is still an area where older adults may forget their potential.

Cosmetic dentistry holds a great deal of value for adults of all ages, not only for twenty- and thirty-somethings. Here are a few reasons why . . .

To grow old in this day and age looks very different than it did for many of our grandparents and parents. We had all but lost the idea of there being a set retirement age. If a man or woman does retire from an original professional around the age of 65, we often see that individual go on to perform a different type of work for several more years. Older adults may be interviewing for jobs alongside younger college-graduates. They may be volunteering in an area that brings them great satisfaction. We also see more socializing, dating, and marrying among the Baby Boomer generation than we have seen among previous generations. Whatever they are doing, adults who choose to keep working after retirement age want to bring their A-game, and the way they might do this is with a radiant, healthy smile.

Smile Maintenance is a Breeze

Cosmetic dentistry can sound complicated and expensive. That need not be the case. Patients of our Succasunna office are encouraged to speak with us about their dental concerns. Even something as simple as teeth whitening can do a lot to bring out the best in the appearance of the face. Additionally, we perform restorative treatments such as crowns, bridges, dental implants, and more with the intent of long-term function and beauty.

Learn more about how we can help you maintain your best smile. Call 973-328-1225.