On a scale from 1 to 10, how good is your current at-home oral care routine?
Is your daily dental routine enough to protect your smile from cavities and gum disease? Are you brushing properly and flossing enough? If you aren’t entirely sure what your everyday dental routine should entail, our Piscataway, NJ, dentists, Dr. Nainesh Desai and Dr. Warren Lorch, can help you enhance and bolster your current practices with these simple habits:
Brush Twice a Day
If you want to make sure that you are removing plaque buildup and food particles that accumulate throughout the day, it’s important that you are brushing your teeth once in the morning and again at night before going to bed. Don’t skip out on either of these brushing sessions, as they are important for reducing your risk for cavities. Also, make sure that you are brushing for a minimum of two minutes each time you brush.
Use Fluoride Toothpaste
Wondering what kind of toothpaste to use? There are so many on the market that it can be a bit confusing. If you want to keep your smile stain-free and vibrant, a whitening toothpaste may be the best option. If you have sensitive teeth, there are also toothpastes designed for oral desensitization. Of course, no matter which type of toothpaste you choose, it’s important that it contains fluoride. Fluoride strengthens and remineralizes tooth enamel and can even reverse the early stages of decay.
Floss Every Day
Along with brushing your teeth twice a day, you also want to make sure that you are flossing daily. Flossing is the easiest and most effective tool that we all have at our disposal to remove food, plaque, and bacteria from between teeth in a way that brushing just can’t. Even if you brush twice a day, you will still need to floss every day if you want to make sure that you are doing everything you can to keep your teeth and gums clean and problem-free.
Limit Sugar and Starches
While we know how challenging it can be to ignore sugary temptations, it’s important that you at least minimize how much sugar and starches that your teeth and gums are exposed to every day. A little sugar won’t have too much of an effect if you offset it with proper oral hygiene and a healthy diet; however, a diet rich in sodas, fruit juices, sports drinks, and desserts will wreak havoc on your smile. Our Piscataway, NJ, general dentist wants to be able to give you a clean bill of health at every routine dental checkup, and one of the best ways to do this is to limit sugar and starches.
Prioritize Your Oral Health
Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our patients. While Central Jersey Dental Arts is currently closed for all routine dentistry and care during the pandemic, our Piscataway, NJ, family dentists are still providing care for emergency situations. If you are dealing with a true dental emergency, please call us at (732) 981-1040.
Several options exist for replacing lost teeth. Dental implants are an excellent choice for patients interested in a long term tooth replacement option. With the proper care, dental implants could last indefinitely. At Central Jersey Dental Arts in Piscataway, our experienced dentists, Dr. Nainesh Desai and Dr. Warren Lorch, can determine if you might be a candidate for dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants replace missing teeth and their roots. A dental implant consists of a metal implant, an abutment, and a crown. The metal implant looks similar to a screw and is placed in the jaw bone. The abutment is used to connect the crown to the implant. Once all components are in place, only the crown will be visible since everything else sits below the gum line. The crown is the replacement tooth, while the metal implant functions similarly to a tooth root.
One of the reasons dental implants are able to replace teeth long term, and possibly permanently, is due to placement in the jaw bone. Over time, the metal implant and bone become fused together through a natural process called osseointegration. Fusion of the two materials enables the dental implant to remain anchored in place indefinitely. The implant is then also able to securely hold replacement teeth in place.
Since dental implants are placed directly in the jaw bone, patients need to have enough bone to support placement of the implant. Bone can wear away when teeth have been missing for a while. At our office in Piscataway, our dentists can determine if you have enough bone for placing dental implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Several benefits accompany dental implants, include being both a secure and long term tooth replacement option. Another benefit of dental implants is that they are versatile. As mentioned, a crown can be placed on top when replacing a single missing tooth. However, it is also possible to replace multiple teeth simultaneously by using several dental implants to anchor either bridgework or an implant-supported denture in place.
An additional benefit of dental implants is that they can reduce or eliminate many of the unwanted side effects that accompany tooth loss. When teeth are missing, the face can sag and droop without enough teeth to support the facial muscles. Speech can also be affected by the gaps in your smile. Also, any remaining natural teeth are likely to endure excess strain as they compensate for the missing teeth. By restoring your full smile with dental implants, many of these problems diminish or disappear.
Dental implants are an excellent long term tooth replacement option. At Central Jersey Dental Arts in Piscataway, our skilled dentists can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. To schedule an appointment with either Dr. Desai or Dr. Lorch, call the office at (732) 981-1040.
Root canal therapy is probably the most misunderstood dental treatment. It's usually associated with pain and trauma, but the truth is that it's not painful, and actually really similar to getting a dental filling. It's also an invaluable tool for saving a badly damaged or decayed tooth from possible extraction and long term damage to your oral health. Our dentists Dr. Nainesh Desai, Dr. Warren Lorch, and the dental team at Central Jersey Dental Arts offer cosmetic and general dentistry services in Piscataway, NJ.
Root Canal Therapy in Piscataway, NJ
When bacteria gets inside a tooth it can cause inflammation and infection to the pulp tissue, the network of nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissue in every tooth. A root canal procedure cleans the inside of the tooth and removes damaged nerve tissue to restore the tooth back to health.
You'll receive a local anesthetic to numb your gums and keep you comfortable during the procedure. The dentist will clean out the root canal to get rid of any traces of bacteria and infection, and remove the damaged tissue before sealing the tooth.
When is a Root Canal Necessary?
You can't tell just by looking at a tooth that it needs a root canal. The most common sign that a tooth is infected and needs immediate attention is pain. If you have a toothache that lasts more than a few days, schedule an appointment for a dental exam as soon as possible. Other signs that you might need a root canal are swelling, extreme sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks, and dark stains on the tooth.
Find a Dentist in Piscataway, NJ
If you're feeling nervous or worried about root canal therapy, we can help. For more information, contact Central Jersey Dental Arts today by calling (732) 981-1040 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Desai or Dr. Lorch.
Invisalign clear aligner trays have revolutionized orthodontic treatment for teenagers and adults. Once upon a time, braces and conspicuous orthodontic appliances were just about the only option available to straighten crooked teeth and repair common bite and alignment problems. While getting braces might be something of a rite of passage for younger children, many older teenagers and adults are understandably reluctant to get braces for a number of personal and professional reasons, even if they eventually result in straighter teeth. However, thanks to Invisalign, an effective, minimally invasive, discreet, and convenient method is now available! Dr. Nainesh Desai and Dr. Warren Lorch, the dentists at Central Jersey Dental Arts in Piscataway, NJ, offer Invisalign for adult and teenage patients looking for a way to get straighter teeth, without traditional braces.
Straighter Teeth with Invisalign
The first step in determining if Invisalign is right for you is to schedule an appointment at our Piscataway office for a comprehensive dental exam. Every case is different, but Invisalign is typically a good option for people with the following types of malocclusions (bite issues):
- Cross bite
- Open bite
- Excessive spacing
- Crooked teeth
Although Invisalign is generally a good option for most mild to moderate bite issues, there are some instances where traditional orthodontics will be the more effective option.
Benefits of Invisalign
The main draw of Invisalign is the fact that they are virtually undetectable once in place. And because the trays are removable for up to two hours per day, you can continue practicing your normal oral health routine and eating the foods you enjoy without the dietary restrictions necessary with braces. In some cases, the treatment period for Invisalign is also shorter.
Interested? Give Us a Call!
Straighter teeth and a healthier, more attractive smile are just a phone call away! For more information about Invisalign clear aligner trays and to find out if they are the right option for you, contact our office by calling (732) 981-1040 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Desai or Dr. Lorch today.
Give Your Damaged Tooth the “Crowning” and Protective Touch It Needs.
Have our Piscataway, NJ, dentists Dr. Nainesh Desai and Dr. Warren Lorch told you that you need a dental crown? Dealing with dental issues and wondering whether a dental crown could help? Whatever step of the restorative dentistry process that you’re in, we know that understanding more about a dental treatment is necessary for any patient who could benefit from the procedure. Read below to discover more about dental crowns and how they restore smiles.
Dental crowns have been around for a very long time, so chances are good that even if you’ve never had to get one you still know what they are. The custom-made, tooth-shaped restoration is completely hollow, which allows our Piscataway, NJ, restorative dentists to place the crown completely over the visible portion of the tooth.
Once the crown is cemented into place, it’s designed to fully cover and enclose the natural crown of the tooth above the gum line to protect and strengthen it.
Do I Need a Dental Crown?
There are many people who can benefit from getting a dental crown. This might be the right restoration for you if you are dealing with one of these issues,
- You have a weak tooth
- You have a severely decayed tooth that a filling can’t support
- You have a fractured or cracked tooth
- You have a disfigured or severely discolored tooth
- You need a dental bridge (crowns are placed to stabilize the bridge)
- You need a dental implant (a crown will cover the top of the implant)
Even though the main purpose of a crown is to restore and improve the tooth’s function while also preventing further damage to the original tooth’s structure, in some instances a crown can also improve the appearance and look of a tooth to cosmetically enhance your smile.
Here at Central Jersey Dental Arts in Piscataway, NJ, our goal is to make you smile. If you are dealing with a smile that makes you feel embarrassed due to imperfections such as cracks, chips or fractures then it’s time to turn to us to restore your smile. Call us at (732) 981-1040 today!
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