Dental Bridges Randolph, NJ

Dental Bridges Provide Restorative Benefits

Outside of early childhood, there is pretty much zero excitement associated with tooth loss. Adults expect to keep their teeth for their lifetime. The loss of one or more teeth can feel devastating. It doesn’t have to. Modern dentistry provides outstanding solutions for tooth loss. Dr. Goldberg has achieved Diplomat status with the American Board of Oral Implantology / Implant Dentistry. Still, he recognizes the value of longstanding restorative solutions like the dental bridge.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is an oral prosthesis that replaces missing teeth by affixing a new structure atop what remains. A bridge looks like natural teeth and feels like them, too, because the entire fixture that includes two crowns and one or more artificial teeth fits over existing anatomy. With crowns affixed to natural teeth, false teeth in the bridge can sit securely over the gums. Bonding a bridge over natural teeth supports long-term stability and chewing function, not to mention personal confidence.

Why People Still Get Dental Bridges

In the past twenty years, we have seen a sharp turn toward dental implants as a successful method of tooth replacement. There are significant benefits to that particular process because dental implants reinstate the root structure that is necessary for lifelong bone regeneration in the jaw. However, people are still getting dental bridges. Here’s why:

Dental bridge treatment is an affordable method of replacing one or more teeth in a short period. The entire process is usually complete within two office visits, and patients can resume normal activities right away. With a bridge in place:

  • The bite is aligned
  • Teeth do not shift into empty space
  • There is no significant gap in the smile
  • The smile looks natural
  • You can chew a variety of foods
  • You feel good about your smile

A dental bridge can last 7 to 15 years or more with proper care. Your New Jersey dentist can provide you with the details you need to determine if a dental bridge will meet your long-term needs for function and natural appearance. Call Morris County Dental Associates at 973-328-1225 to learn more.

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You Have a Great Smile, but That Breath!

Many people express a desire to improve the appearance of their smile with cosmetic dental treatment. In our Succasunna office, we’ve got several techniques that can achieve the ideal shade, proportions, and condition of teeth. However, it must be said that bad breath can instantly downgrade a great smile. Discussion of bad breath is not ordinary dinner conversation, nor is it something most people like to talk about at all. In some cases, bad breath may occur without one’s awareness. Here, we want to point out a few of the reasons why bad breath may develop and what can be done to address this problem so your smile can sit center-stage.

Bad Breath May Come From

  • Foods and beverages. We don’t just mean onions and garlic; what we eat affects our body, including the condition of the mouth. For instance, foods and drinks that are acidic can promote bacterial activity, ultimately leading to bad breath. Acidity may also increase as a result of processed foods and the sugar residue they leave behind.
  • Poor hygiene. Brushing and flossing are the two best things you can do for your teeth and your breath. They should not be skipped. Brushing and flossing daily can promote fresh breath by removing the plaque and bacteria that deposit odorous sulfur-compounds. For additional effectiveness, add gentle tongue-scraping with an appropriate tool to your daily practice.
  • Dry mouth. Saliva flow is necessary to break apart foods, dilute sugar residue, and prevent excessive oral acidity. Dry mouth is a chronic condition that may stem from a health problem, medication, smoking, and even from snoring. The effects of dry mouth can be offset by sipping water frequently and chewing xylitol gum.

Fixing Bad Breath

Bad breath is not something you can cover up with mouthwash. In fact, if your mouthwash contains alcohol, which many do, the drying effects of that ingredient could be making the problem worse. To remedy bad breath, it is necessary to eliminate as much plaque and bacteria as possible. A great starting point to achieve this is in our office. A thorough dental cleaning removes buildup from around teeth and under the gums, eliminating the sulfuric waste deposited by bacteria.

We can help you create the healthy, attractive smile you deserve. Call 973-328-1225 to schedule your visit.

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What Modern Dentistry Has to Offer

Dentistry is such a common aspect of healthcare today that most people never stop to consider the humble beginnings of this practice. The earliest evidence of dental knowledge dates back to about 5000 BC when tooth decay was described as having “worms” in teeth. In ancient Greece, great minds like Hippocrates contemplated the inner workings of the mouth. Still, it wasn’t until the 1700s when knowledge regarding dental problems and their causes reached a stage at which we had any power against them. Formal dentistry didn’t emerge until the middle of the 19th Century. Boy, have we come a long way since then!

We are proud (and relieved!) to live in a time at which dentistry is not a challenge. Innovation has led to solutions that were once unimaginable. Examples include:

Dental Implants

The ancient Egyptians actually had their own version of dental implants: shells. We shudder to think about that procedure but have to applaud their courage and wisdom. The use of shells as replacement teeth indicated that humans recognized the need for stability. Today, we have a much more refined approach to tooth replacement. Dental implants, tiny posts made of surgical grade titanium, are commonly used to reinstate a functional root after tooth loss. This innovative technique has made it possible for patients to regain full chewing function and also to preserve facial structure through supported bone regeneration.

Sedation

Sedation techniques have also been tested throughout the ages. In most instances, sedation was considered a valuable aspect of surgical medicine. Today, we see the benefits that effective and mild sedation techniques provide to dental patients. In our office, patients can remedy dental anxiety with the use of nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, or with IV sedation for more complicated procedures.

Porcelain Veneers

Cosmetic dentistry as a whole is a relatively new area of dental care. However, veneer treatment was first performed more than 80 years ago. The first veneers, used by Hollywood dentist Dr. Charles Pincus, provided temporary improvement for actors during filming but didn’t last much longer than that. Today, we have durable dental porcelain and a proven bonding technique that allows patients to enjoy veneers for upwards of 15 years.

Obtain the care you need to love the smile you’re in. Call 973-328-1225 to schedule a consultation with us.

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How Dental Implants Compare to Natural Teeth

Having a full set of healthy, natural teeth is an expectation that most adults have. We don’t often look into the future and see ourselves needing tooth replacement. This is interesting, considering the evidence that suggests most people will need one or more teeth replaced at some point. In fact, the Academy of General Dentistry has stated that over 50% of men aged 74 and older have lost approximately 12 teeth.

As much as we’d love for all of our patients to keep all of their natural teeth for life, we know there are no guarantees. Because tooth loss may happen, we believe in being prepared with optimal treatment. Dental implants enable us to replace missing teeth in a way that nearly gives natural teeth a run for their money. Here, we discuss how the structure of titanium implant posts and ceramic teeth compares to natural roots and teeth.

Bye-bye Cavities

Natural teeth are susceptible to decay; there’s no way around that fact. As an implant dentist with years of clinical practice performing dental implant treatment, Dr. Goldberg has seen the correlation between widespread decay and the need for tooth replacement. Often, by the time patients visit the dentist to receive dental implants, they have suffered chronic oral pain for years. Understandably, then, their transition into full-arch tooth replacement with dental implants and lifelike crowns or bridges is a life-changing event.

The surgical-grade titanium from which implant posts are made is resistant to all types of corrosion, including cavities. Ceramic crowns and bridges look just like natural teeth, but they won’t get cavities either.  Implant patients do still need to take good care of their oral health, though; the risk of gum disease never goes away completely.

Implants can Last a Lifetime

Dental implants have been used for more than half a century now. As this technique has become more familiar, more dentists are performing the procedure. This has allowed scientists to study the long-term value of dental implants as a form of tooth replacement. At this point, we can see that dental implants can last 30+ years when oral care is sustained.

Nothing beats natural, unless natural is not functioning as it should. To restore comfort and confidence, contact our Succasunna office at (973) 328-1225 for your dental implant consultation.

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Teens are Not in the Clear When it comes to Oral Development

The early years of parenting are spent busily teaching this and that. Children are learning to walk and feed themselves. They rely on parents to show them boundaries and compassionate behavior like sharing. As they grow, children transition from needing Mom or Dad to brush their teeth form them to learning how to protect their own teeth from damage. Gradually, the reigns of self-care are handed over. Usually, by the time children become teenagers, the practical teachings of early childhood come to an end. According to studies, we may want to rethink this when it comes to certain aspects of health and wellness.

Teenagers today are far busier than the generations before them. They’ve got the rigors of school as well as jobs and other extracurricular activities. It isn’t hard to see why many teens reach for fast and convenient foods. One of the staples in many teens’ diets is soda. Where there’s not soda, there may be sports drinks or even the occasional energy drink. A report from the Academy of General Dentistry points to the standard teenage diet as a risk not only to oral health but also to bone health.

A Matter of Cause and Effect

We have discussed the dangers of soft drinks before. Here, we want to go beyond the fact that the average soda has at least a teaspoon of sugar combined with acidic ingredients. The combination can very quickly soften enamel to the point of erosion. But there’s more. When soda is consumed on a regular basis, the body is less capable of absorbing the calcium it needs to build healthy bones and teeth.

There is a perception that calcium is vital to young children and also to older women, but not necessarily for teens. In fact, research has stated that it is between the ages of 9 and 18 when the body is doing its most active bone development. So, when the body really needs calcium, it may actually be robbed of it due to the habit of drinking soda.

Should teens be prohibited from consuming soft drinks and sports drinks? Perhaps not. They can be supported by taking calcium on a daily basis and eating calcium-enriched foods. In our office, we assist patients of all ages by performing comprehensive dental checkups that assess the strength of enamel.

Is it time for your family’s checkups? Contact our office at 973-328-1225 to schedule a convenient appointment time.

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Maintaining Veneers for Extended Results

We love helping patients make improvements to the appearance of their smile. There are several ways we can do this, from whitening teeth to covering one or more teeth with porcelain veneers. These two treatments represent the immense value that there is to be found in cosmetic dentistry. When we perform veneer treatment, it is important to us that the value of results be extended as long as possible.

If you are considering porcelain veneer treatment, one of your biggest questions may be how long veneers will last. The basic answer is that veneers can last from 7 to 15 years. That’s the basics, though. The more direct answer is that what you do to maintain your veneers will also impact longevity.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

The veneering process does not have to be as involved as porcelain veneers are. Dr. Goldberg also has vast experience using composite resin and the direct veneer technique. One of the reasons that patients may choose the indirect veneer technique and porcelain material is because porcelain is so lifelike. The veneer made of porcelain can be customized to an exact replica of a natural tooth, only perfected to the ideal shape and size. Porcelain is translucent, to the edges of veneered teeth remain authentic in their appearance. Finally, porcelain is highly refractive so teeth that are veneered shine as one would expect.

Getting porcelain veneers takes time; at least two office visits. There is a need to have temporary veneers affixed for the interim between preparation and seating of final veneers. There is also a need for ongoing maintenance because, if a veneer chips or breaks, replacement is necessary. With that in mind, most patients immediately wonder what they have to do to keep their veneers in the best condition.

Caring for Porcelain Veneers

One of the important aspects of porcelain veneers that needs to be understood is that porcelain is no different than enamel when it comes to wear and tear. The fact is, porcelain can wear down over time. The degree of deterioration depends on how you use your teeth. If you bite on hard objects (including certain foods), your veneers will be more susceptible to damage.

The long-term success of porcelain veneers is also at the mercy of your general oral health. We encourage patients who are interested in veneers to develop mindful oral care practices that include consistency in brushing and flossing. Veneers have margins where their edges meet enamel. If flossing is not a consistent habit, debris and bacteria can collect along the margin line, increasing the risk of decay.

Porcelain veneers are resilient and can benefit your smile in many ways. For more information on our veneer treatment options, call our office at 973-328-1225.

Smile Makeover Succasunna, NJ

Does Your Smile Need a Makeover?

You brush your teeth every day, and that means there is a prime opportunity to take a peek at your smile. As you go about your day, you also have the chance to share your smile with those you work with, those you live with, those whom you encounter as you run errands. Do you do these things? Many people don’t. The reason isn’t that there is no cause to smile, but that smiling doesn’t feel good. If you aren’t happy with the appearance of your teeth, you know what we’re talking about.

The thing is, you don’t have to avoid looking at your smile. You don’t have to try and hide your teeth in moments you can’t help but laugh or smile. Cosmetic dentistry in our Succasunna office can be tailored just so to give you the smile makeover you deserve. We know what you may be thinking. First, you may imagine how great it would be to have teeth that you love to look at. Then, pretty quickly, the concept that cosmetic dentistry is expensive may stop you from fantasizing about a Hollywood smile. This is about as far as many people go. We hope to help you take the next step.

Is your Perception of a Smile Makeover Accurate?

Assuming that a smile makeover is a long, drawn-out process that will drain your bank account could be a huge mistake. The only way to know the overall cost of transforming your smile is to consult with your trusted dentist. Many people are surprised to discover that their smile needs very little to improve dramatically. Maybe your whole appearance would benefit from one or two porcelain veneers. Maybe teeth whitening would prove a sufficient treatment to make serious headway on your sense of confidence in your smile. The bottom line is this: a smile makeover is tailored to your needs, including your budget. With financing and proper planning, it is possible to bring out more beauty in your face.

About that Beauty

The ultimate purpose of a smile makeover isn’t to straighten teeth or cover gaps or remove stains. In the end, what a smile makeover does is reveal the true you. And when we do that, you go through life with a much greater sense of confidence.

Learn more about the cosmetic dentistry services at Morris County Dental Associates. Call our Succasunna office at (973) 328-1225.

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Has Dental Care Fallen by the Wayside? Let’s Talk about What You’ve Missed!

You may remember having to visit the dentist as a child. Many adults refer back to those early years of childhood when discussing the very reason why they tend to stop short of making routine dental appointments today. Obvious anxiety related to dental care is a common reason cited for avoiding services altogether. Another reason that is often given for missing dental appointments is that life is busy. Both reasons, and the many others we have heard, have merit. However, the benefits of routine dental care surpass any reasons to postpone it any longer.

At the bottom of most reasoning for missing dental care, we see some aversion to the processes of the dental office. We’d like to invite you to visit our Succasunna, NJ to see how dentistry has changed over the years, and how your visits can be more pleasant than you have ever imagined. Understanding that sitting in the dental chair is an unpleasant task for many people, Dr. Goldberg has established our practice to meet patient’s needs. His DOCS training in different forms of sedation make Dr. Goldberg a wonderful resource for patients with dental anxiety, as well as those who would simply like to sit back and relax during treatments.

Gaining from dentistry isn’t all about avoiding dental problems, either. This is the benefit that we most often hear, though. Because we assume you know that seeing the dentist every six months will improve your oral health, we’d like to discuss a few other things you miss out on when you don’t see the dentist.

Peace of Mind

If you look back to your early dental visits as a child, one of the most troubling aspects of seeing the dentist was probably fear of the unknown. This fear doesn’t go away, especially if dental visits are few and far between. We propose another idea: that when you see your dentist twice a year, there is very little left to the imagination. A six-month window is barely enough time for a cavity to form. So, once you see Dr. Goldberg, fear of the unknown can disappear. Along with it, stress related to dental visits also diminishes.

The Value of Modern Technology

Advances in dental technology have also made dentistry much more streamlined, pleasant, and efficient. Digital x-rays are one example of modern technology used in our practice. Digital x-rays are captured with much more ease than film imaging. Additionally, we can observe real-time views of teeth using intra-oral imaging that uses a small camera. Finally, cavity detection has also gone high-tech, enabling us to detect decay much more quickly than we would if we used manual cavity examination.

There is a lot to gain from routine dental care. To experience the lifelong benefits of a healthy mouth, schedule your consultation and exam at 973-328-1225.

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One Day to a Healthy New Smile?

Tooth 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.

How to Care for Snap on Smile

Many 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

Staining

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.

Cleaning

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.