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There are several tooth replacement options for restoring your smile. Three popular choices include dental implants, crowns and bridgework, and dentures. A dentist can help you decide which option is right for you. Dr. Chithra Durgam at Aesthetic Dental in North Bergen, NJ, can discuss dental implants and other tooth replacement options with you.
Dental implants are a long-term and secure option for replacing lost teeth. When replacing just one tooth, a metal implant, an abutment, and a dental crown are needed. The metal implant is placed below the gum line in the jaw area. The implant is placed directly in bone and will become permanently fused with the bone over time, which helps the implant hold an artificial tooth firmly in place. An abutment is used to attach a dental crown to the implant. The crown looks and functions just like a regular tooth and is all that is visible since the implant sits below the gum line.
Dental implants can also be used to replace multiple teeth all at once. When doing so, several metal implants are placed in the jaw bone. depending on the number of teeth are being replaced and their positioning, either a dental bridge or an implant-supported overdenture will be placed on top of the dental crowns. One of our experienced dentists at Aesthetic Dental in North Bergen, NJ, can help you decide if dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you.
Crowns and Bridgework
Another option for replacing lost teeth is bridgework held in place by dental crowns. The crowns fit over existing teeth, while the bridge fills in the gaps where teeth are missing in between. Alternatively, the crowns can be attached to dental implants if it is not possible to place them over natural teeth. Either way, the crowns perform the function of securely holding bridgework in place. The artificial teeth along the bridge are called pontics. Both the pontics and crowns look and function the same as natural teeth.
Removable dentures are another excellent method for replacing lost teeth. Dentures can be used to replace just a few teeth or all of them. Partial dentures are worn when just a few teeth need replacement, while full or complete dentures are worn when a full row or arch of teeth is being replaced. Several types of removable full or partial dentures exist and our dentists can recommend a suitable option for you. Types of dentures meant to be worn long-term include removable partial dentures, conventional full dentures, and implant-supported overdentures.
You have several tooth replacement options and our knowledgeable dentist can help you choose the one that best suits your needs. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Durgam to discuss your options, including dental implants, call Aesthetic Dental in North Bergen, NJ, at (201) 869-3033.
For most people, the cosmetic effects of tooth loss can be devastating. Missing teeth can have an impact on everything from self-esteem and confidence to personal and professional prospects. But tooth loss can also negatively impact your oral and even general health. Implants are the only dental restoration that replaces missing teeth from root to crown, which helps to prevent bone loss, one of the main side effects of tooth loss. Dr. Chithra Durgam and Dr. Leah Friedman, the dentists at Aesthetic Dental in North Bergen, NJ, recommend implants for adult patients suffering from partial or full tooth loss.
Improve Your Smile with Dental Implants in North Bergen, NJ
When a tooth falls out or gets extracted, the bone tissue in the gums begins to erode. Over time, this can lead to complications and increase your risk of periodontitis (gum disease). Bone loss can also cause your teeth to shift and even become loose over time. Implants help to prevent bone loss, and encourage the growth of healthy new bone tissue.
How Dental Implants Work
In order to qualify for dental implants, you must have enough bone density in your jawbone to support the implant. Once the dentist has performed a comprehensive exam and determined that you are a good candidate for implants, the implant will be surgically placed in the socket of the missing tooth. After the implant has healed and fused with the surrounding bone tissue, the cosmetic crown is attached in a separate procedure.
With good oral hygiene and follow up dental care, implants have a very high success rate and provide a long term, permanent solution to tooth loss.
Find a Dentist in North Bergen, NJ
For more information about the benefits of dental implants and to find out if you are a good candidate, contact Aesthetic Dental today by calling (201) 869-3033 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Durgam or Dr. Friedman.
Getting your teeth whitened professionally can be a life-changing experience. Whiter teeth are associated with youth, health, vitality and even your level of professionalism in the workplace. Your North Bergen, NJ dentist has the ability to improve the appearance of your teeth by up to eight shades in one short visit. Explore the following FAQs about teeth whitening so that you can decide if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.
Why is Professional Teeth Whitening the Best Option?
Over the counter whitening products are convenient but problematic for a number of reasons. For one, they take a long time to show results (sometimes weeks or months), if they ever do. Whitening kits that come with trays are ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. When you have your teeth whitened professionally, the treatment is finished within one day, in one appointment. There’s no need to disrupt your schedule by wearing a tray every day and little to no concerns about irritation of the gums since the procedure will be handled by a skilled dentist.
Who Is a Candidate?
Any patient with generally good dental health may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Keep in mind that some patients aren’t eligible for this treatment because they have stains that can’t be cleared with whitening gels. This is the case when the stain is “intrinsic,” which means the discoloration is at the inner layer of the tooth. Your North Bergen, NJ dentist can tell you if your teeth can be successfully whitened at your initial consultation.
What Will Happen at the Whitening Appointment?
Set aside at least an hour of your time for your teeth whitening appointment. You’ll sit back in your chair as the dentist inserts a device to keep your lips separate from your teeth then applies the gel. You’ll wait for anywhere between 60-90 minutes until the whitening effect has set in. Many patients choose to have this treatment performed on a lunch hour.
How Long Will the Teeth Stay White?
You can expect to enjoy your new whiter smile for about one to two years or longer. The length of time your smile will last depends on you and your dental habits. If you go back to eating the same foods and drinking the same beverages that stained your teeth in the past, the problem is likely to return more quickly. Use a straw, brush regularly and see your dentist for cleanings twice per year.
Contact Your North Bergen, NJ Dentist
You will be happy with the way that your smile looks after going to your North Bergen, NJ dentist for a teeth whitening treatment. If you have more questions, call Aesthetic Dental at (201) 869-3033 for an appointment today.
You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:Â He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.
“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”
Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?
In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.
There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.Â Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.
If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
It’s likely you depend on your regular dentist for the lion’s share of your dental care. But in cases of advanced disease or trauma, you may need the services of a dental specialist.
This could be the case with periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection triggered by a thin biofilm on tooth surfaces called dental plaque that isn’t adequately removed through daily oral hygiene practices. While your regular dentist can effectively treat many forms of gum disease, there are times when you should see a periodontist who specializes in the gum, supporting bone and connective tissues.
So, when should you see a periodontist for gum disease treatment? Here are 3 situations that may call for this important dental specialist.
If your dentist refers you. Your dentist may be quite proficient in treating gum disease, mainly by removing the dental plaque and tartar sustaining the infection. But if the infection has advanced deep within the gum tissues especially around the roots and bone, you may need more advanced measures, including surgery, performed by a periodontist.
If you’d like a second opinion. Of course, you don’t need a referral to see a periodontist. You can make an appointment with one for another opinion about your diagnosis and recommended treatment plan. If you choose to see a periodontist, make sure they have access to all your dental and medical records, as well as your past health history.
If you have other health issues. Gum disease often doesn’t occur in a vacuum – it may exist and even influence (or be influenced by) other inflammatory medical conditions. If you have such a condition like diabetes or cardiovascular disease, you may opt to see a periodontist first for a more comprehensive evaluation.
In the meantime, keep an eye out for the first signs of disease including red, swollen or bleeding gums (if you smoke, be aware smoking hides these signs of disease). And practice daily brushing and flossing as well as obtaining regular dental cleanings to keep plaque accumulation to minimum. Preventing gum disease and getting treatment as early as possible may help you avoid more invasive treatments later.
If you would like more information on treating gum disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “When to See a Periodontist.”