Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
The most popular method is using a take-home teeth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth. Teeth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up may be needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
Treatment for the take-home whitening system usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear, plastic, trays. At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit. The trays are worn with special whitening gel either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
For patients who grind or clench their teeth and are exhibiting signs of wear on their teeth,
a custom fitted night guard is typically recommended. It can be worn day or night to protect teeth from excessive wear and damage to the enamel and dentin.
A tooth-colored (composite) filling, is used to restore a tooth that is affected by dental decay, cracks, fracture, etc. After the decayed or affected portion of the tooth is removed, the composite filling replaces the lost tooth structure and restores the natural shape of the tooth. The strength and longevity of a composite filling depends on how large the filling is and its location in the mouth.
A bridge is a fixed prosthesis that replaces one or more missing teeth. It consists of two or more crowns that go over anchoring teeth on either side of the gap (abutment teeth) and an artificial tooth/teeth (pontics) in between. Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years; however, they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Most people have some form of periodontal (“gum”) disease and are unaware of it because it is painless in early stages. Our practice emphasizes the importance of diagnosing, preventing, and treating gum disease. If undetected or left untreated, the support for the teeth in the jaw bone will gradually become destroyed. At later stages this causes the teeth to become loose or painful. In addition, gum disease can cause bad breath and change the appearance of your smile.
In the early stages of gingivitis, where no irreversible damage has been done, regular cleanings every 6 months is recommended, along with improving daily oral hygiene habits.
When periodontal disease has progressed to more advanced stages (irreversible bone loss and deep periodontal pockets), scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) is recommended. In this procedure, tartar and bacteria are removed from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on root surfaces are made smooth (planing). Deep cleaning helps gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink. Maintenance (a cleaning every 3-4 months) is also important following a deep cleaning.
If the pockets do not heal after deep cleaning, a referral to a periodontist will be recommended to assess the need for periodontal surgery to reduce pocket depths,
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A routine dental cleaning is recommended every 6 months to prevent excessive plaque and tartar build up, which can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatment to help protect the teeth from dental decay. A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the deep grooves of your back teeth. This coating creates a smooth, easy to clean surface to prevent plaque and bacteria from accumulating in the grooves and causing cavities. Topical fluoride application promote the remineralization of tooth enamel, thereby strengthening the tooth and reducing the risk of cavities.
At Family Dentistry of South Brunswick, we provide the full range of preventive, restorative and cosmetic services for your entire family. From a child’s first dental visit, to the specific needs of our geriatric patients, we truly encompass the dental needs for a lifetime.
The innermost part of the tooth has canal(s) that run down to the root tip. The nerves and blood vessels contained within the canals are called the pulp. Extensive decay or trauma to a tooth can infect or injure the pulp, causing pain and/or dental abscess. The root canal therapy is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be extracted. With this procedure, the infected pulp is removed, and the canal(s) is cleaned and sealed with a plastic filling material. Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving 1-2 visits.
A crown is a restoration that permanently covers over the entire tooth, fitting like a “cap.” It is necessary when a tooth is badly broken down, and after a tooth has had root canal therapy. Crowns completely protect the tooth to prevent further fracturing and breakdown of the remaining tooth structure.
Ling Yang, DMD
Monmouth Junction Dentist - Cosmetic Dentistry in South Brunswick Township
A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has compromised restorability, excessive periodontal disease, or to make space for orthodontic treatment. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are referred to an oral surgeon for evaluation and treatment.
Dental implants offer a natural looking and long lasting replacement for adult teeth. They also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures by creating excellent support and stability. Over the years, implants have become the standard of choice when it comes to replacing missing teeth.
Dental implants are artificial titanium posts which are surgically placed below the gums where the teeth are missing. They will fuse to the jawbone and serve as the base for replacement teeth, bridges or a denture. Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant.
Bonding is a common solution for:
Bonding is achieved by applying a composite material to a tooth. It is a quick process and removes little, if any, of the original tooth. However, it is not as strong or long lasting as veneers or crowns.
Invisalign® is an alternative to traditional dental braces to align straighten teeth for adults and teens. The prospect of wearing unattractice metal braces for long periods of time can be discouraging. Invisalign® consists of a series of custom-made aligning trays that are almost invisible and can be removed at will. These trays are changed every several weeks to facilitate the gradual movement of teeth.
If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign®, click on the link
www.Invisalign.com. To schedule a free consultation to see if Invisalign® is right for
you, please contact our office.
A veneer is a thin covering that is placed over the front part of a tooth to restore uneven, discolored, or poorly shaped teeth. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer: composite and porcelain. A composite veneer can be directly placed onto the tooth in 1 appointment. Porcelain veneers must be fabricated by a dental laboratory, and later bonded to the teeth. The results of porcelain veneers are more esthetic, stronger, and longer lasting than composite veneers.
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A denture is a removable dental appliance and a replacement for missing teeth. There are two types of dentures: partial and complete. Partial dentures replace multiple missing teeth and are held in place by clasps that are supported by the remaining natural teeth. When all the natural teeth in an arch are missing, a complete denture is made. It may take some time to adjust to a newly made denture. Speaking and eating may feel different at first, but these functions will resume normally once the patients become accustomed to their dentures.