What causes teeth sensitivity?
Gum recession is a common cause of teeth sensitivity. As gum tissue recedes, more sensitive parts of the tooth are exposed to food and drink, often causing teeth sensitivity. There are a variety of methods available to manage teeth sensitivity, including special toothpastes, mouthwashes, and treatment products. Please visit with our team to learn how we can help you alleviate your teeth sensitivity.
How can I prevent gum disease?
The most effective safeguard against gum disease involves proper daily dental care at home and biannual visits to our dental office for check-ups and cleanings. Flossing each day and gently but thoroughly brushing twice each day can prevent the development of bacterial infections that promote gum disease. Ask our caring dentist in Madison, New Jersey, how you can effectively protect your smile from gum disease.
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis literally means “inflammation of the gum tissue” and is often accompanied by gum sensitivity and soreness, redness, and bleeding gums. This painful inflammation is caused by bacteria that are allowed to accumulate on the gumline and infect your gum tissue. Daily flossing and brushing at least twice each day can help prevent against the development of these bacterial infections.
What is periodontal disease?
When gum disease progresses to gingivitis and is left untreated, it can progress further to a condition known as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can dramatically impact your smile’s health with a variety of symptoms, including:
- Bad breath
- Gum recession
- Gum sensitivity
- Tooth pain
- Tooth loss
How is periodontal disease treated?
If you or someone you love suffers from periodontal disease, we encourage you to contact us immediately to begin treatment. The most common treatments for periodontal disease include root planing and scaling, laser therapy, and antibiotic regimens. These treatments are designed to control inflammation, clean bacteria regularly from the gum tissue, and alleviate pain. Oral surgery may be required for serious cases.
What is the difference between composite fillings and amalgam fillings?
Amalgam fillings, also known as silver fillings, have been around longer than composite, or tooth-colored fillings. Amalgam fillings are made from metal alloys and were the best restorations for fillings for many years. The filling expands and contracts with heat and cold with the rest of your mouth, providing a durable, protective restoration.
Composite fillings, or tooth-colored fillings, are made of synthetic materials such as glass or plastic polymers. Composite fillings are preferred by many patients because these fillings look, feel, and function just like your normal teeth and blend in with the surrounding teeth.
How can I make my smile more beautiful?
Some of the most popular methods of enhancing your smile’s appearance include:
- Teeth whitening
- Dental bonding
- Dental veneers (typically made of porcelain)
- Dental crowns
Dr. Monila Reheman is pleased to be your resource for quality cosmetic dentistry. Please contact our office to learn more about our services and how we can make your smile more attractive!
How can I whiten my smile?
Teeth whitening consists of a variety of services aimed at brightening your smile and removing stains and discoloration. These services typically involve bleaching products, lasers, or other equipment to improve your smile’s appearance. Dental fluoride is often added to bleaching products to strengthen your teeth and prevent sensitivity or discomfort. Avoid excessively consuming foods such as wine, coffee, cola, and acidic foods and tobacco products to keep your smile whiter.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic or restorative treatment that can reshape and improve the appearance of a single tooth or multiple teeth. A composite resin is applied to the tooth, shaped, and then hardened using a special light. Excess material is then trimmed, shaped, and polished, resulting in a beautiful new appearance for the tooth. Bonding is a quick, effective service that can dramatically improve your smile’s appearance and restore damaged or misshapen teeth.
What are dental veneers?
Veneers consist of small porcelain coverings that are applied over the top of teeth to improve your smile’s aesthetics. Veneers typically require at least two visits to the dentist’s office as impressions are taken of your teeth and your veneers are created. Veneers last for many years and can give you the bright, beautiful smile you have always wanted. Learn more about dental veneers by contacting our friendly team at Family Dentistry!
What are dental crowns?
Crowns, also known as “caps,” are dental restorations designed to fit over the top of a tooth. Crowns protect and strengthen your natural tooth while improving its cosmetics. Dental crowns are often used to restore a tooth following a root canal treatment.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a permanent restoration for missing teeth that consists of three parts. The implant part is a titanium screw that is inserted into the tooth socket and anchored to the jaw bone. Atop the implant, an abutment is placed to cover the screw. A natural-looking dental crown is then placed on the abutment. Because of our modern techniques and technology, the treatment is generally completed with minimal patient discomfort. Dental implants feel, function, and look just like natural teeth.
With the right care, dental implants can last a lifetime. They are frequently used to anchor dentures, partial dentures, or other dental restorations in place.
Am I a candidate for a dental implant?
Modern dental technology allows most patients to be candidates for dental implants. Patients with chronic disease such as heart disease may need to visit with our dentist to determine if they are eligible. Call our team today!
What is involved in the dental implant procedure?
Dental implants typically require three or four visits to the dentist’s office. During the first visit, the mouth is x-rayed and analyzed. Impressions of the area may be required.
During the second visit, the implant is placed. The dentist applies localized anesthesia and other sedation is not typically required.
Over the next three months, the implant becomes bonded to the jawbone, creating a sturdy foundation for the restoration. After approximately three months, the crown is applied over the top of the abutment to complete the procedure.
Are dental implants costly?
During your free implant consultation, we will discuss implant fees, which tend to vary from dentist to dentist.
How durable are dental implants?
Dental implants are designed to last for a lifetime and, with the right care, a patient can enjoy an implant for many years to come.
What financing options are available at your dental office?
We invite you to call our team today to learn about our financial options and how we can help you reach the goals you have for your smile!