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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!
Do you need a root canal?
Root canals are essential to oral health care and, unlike people think, they're not that painful. On the contrary, root canals relieve pain. Modern technology has come a long way, allowing your Piscataway, NJ, dentists, Drs. Nainesh Desai and Warren Lorch, to treat your tooth pain.
More About Root Canals
When a cavity is deep enough to infiltrate enamel and dentin and reach the pulp, this results in pain. Your Piscataway dentist removes the pulp and disinfects the canal. Your doctor then seals the canal to prevent any more bacteria from entering.
Reason for Root Canal
One of the main reasons people end up needing a root canal is because of poor oral hygiene. If you don't brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once, then plaque and tartar build up on teeth. Plaque produces bacteria that eat into teeth, producing cavities.
Root Canal Procedure
A tooth consists of four layers. The outermost layer is enamel, white part of tooth that's also the strongest. The second layer, under the enamel, is called dentin and it is soft yellow and softer. The third layer is the pulp. It consists of blood vessels and nerves. The last layer is the cementum, which anchors the whole tooth to the jawbone.
How to Prevent Root Canals
- Getting professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque that's accumulated on teeth and around gums over time
- Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, at least, while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas
- Receiving fluoride treatment and using fluoride-containing products like toothpaste and mouthwash, or drinking fluoride-containing water, to prevent issues like gum disease and tooth decay and help repair teeth
- Flossing at least once before bed will remove food debris
- Avoiding tobacco, smoking, and drinking too much coffee and tea
If you have any questions, or concerns about root canals, don't hesitate to call your dentists, Drs. Nainesh Desai and Warren Lorch, in Piscataway, NJ. You can also schedule an appointment at this number: (732) 981-1040.
The month of May has been designated “Better Speech & Hearing Month” by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Why would this be of interest to dental professionals? Because teeth are vital for good speech, and missing teeth can make it very hard to speak properly.
Speech is all about sounds, and forming sounds correctly requires proper positioning of oral structures such as the lips, tongue and teeth. For example, there are some words that are almost impossible to pronounce correctly without touching your tongue to your teeth. In fact, one of the hardest words to say without teeth…is teeth!
Missing teeth can affect speech indirectly as well, by reducing self-confidence. People who are missing front teeth often develop the habit of talking behind their hand or mumbling to avoid revealing the gap in their smile. Not being able to speak clearly and confidently can affect not only your appearance, but also your job prospects and social life. So what can you do about missing teeth?
Dental implants are today’s preferred tooth-replacement method. Implants are small titanium posts that are inserted in the jaw bone beneath your gums. They serve as “roots” to hold realistic-looking prosthetic (artificial) teeth in place. Implants can be used to replace one tooth, a group of teeth, or an entire row of teeth (upper or lower). Sometimes a dental implant can be placed the same day a failing tooth is removed so that you won’t need a second surgical procedure.
The healthy natural teeth on either side of the gap can also be used to support one or more replacement teeth. This method, called bridgework, can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth in a row. Another option is removable dentures, which do not stay in the mouth all the time.
Each of these options has its benefits and risks. We’d be happy to discuss all of them in detail and help you decide which would be best in your own situation. To learn more about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can also read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “New Teeth in One Day.”
There are a variety of methods for treating periodontal (gum) disease depending on its severity — from routine office cleanings to periodontal surgery. But the goal behind all of them remains the same: remove bacterial plaque and calculus (tartar), the root cause for gum disease, from all tooth and gum surfaces.
The traditional method for doing this is called scaling in which we use special hand instruments (scalers) to mechanically remove plaque and calculus. Scaling and a similar procedure called root planing (the root surfaces are “planed” smooth of plaque to aid tissue reattachment) require quite a bit of skill and experience. They're also time-consuming: full treatment can take several sessions, depending on how extensive the infection has spread.
In recent years, we've also seen a new method emerge for removing plaque: lasers. Commonly used in other aspects of healthcare, lasers utilize a focused beam of light to destroy and remove diseased or unhealthy tissue while, according to studies and firsthand accounts, minimizing healthy tissue destruction to a better degree than traditional techniques. Procedure and healing times are likewise reduced.
Because of these beneficial characteristics, we are seeing their use in gum disease treatment, especially for removing diseased and inflamed tissues below the gum line and decreasing sub-gingival (“below the gums”) bacteria.
Dentists who have used lasers in this way do report less tissue damage, bleeding and post-treatment discomfort than traditional treatments. But because research is just beginning, there's not enough evidence to say laser treatment is preferably better than conventional treatment for gum disease.
At this point, lasers can be an effective addition to conventional gum disease treatment for certain people, especially those in the early stages of the disease. As we continue to study this technology, though, the day may come when lasers are the preferred way to stop gum disease from ruining your dental health.
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 “Lasers Versus Traditional Cleanings for Treating Gum Disease.”