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By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
March 17, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
JulianneHoughSharesaVideo-andaSong-AfterWisdomTeethComeOut

Once upon a time, celebrities tried hard to maintain the appearance of red-carpet glamour at all times. That meant keeping the more mundane aspects of their lives out of the spotlight: things like shopping, walking the dog and having oral surgery, for example.

That was then. Today, you can find plenty of celebs posting pictures from the dentist on social media. Take Julianne Hough, for example: In 2011 and 2013, she tweeted from the dental office. Then, not long ago, she shared a video taken after her wisdom teeth were removed in December 2016. In it, the 28-year-old actress and dancer cracked jokes and sang a loopy rendition of a Christmas carol, her mouth filled with gauze. Clearly, she was feeling relaxed and comfortable!

Lots of us enjoy seeing the human side of celebrities. But as dentists, we’re also glad when posts such as these help demystify a procedure that could be scary for some people.

Like having a root canal, the thought of extracting wisdom teeth (also called third molars) makes some folks shudder. Yet this routine procedure is performed more often than any other type of oral surgery. Why? Because wisdom teeth, which usually begin to erupt (emerge from beneath the gums) around age 17-25, have the potential to cause serious problems in the mouth. When these molars lack enough space to fully erupt in their normal positions, they are said to be “impacted.”

One potential problem with impacted wisdom teeth is crowding. Many people don’t have enough space in the jaw to accommodate another set of molars; when their wisdom teeth come in, other teeth can be damaged. Impacted wisdom teeth may also have an increased potential to cause periodontal disease, bacterial infection, and other issues.

Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed; after a complete examination, including x-rays and/or other diagnostic imaging, a recommendation will be made based on each individual’s situation. It may involve continued monitoring of the situation, orthodontics or extraction.

Wisdom tooth extraction is usually done right in the office, often with a type of anesthesia called “conscious sedation.”  Here, the patient is able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli (such as verbal directions), but remains free from pain. For people who are especially apprehensive about dental procedures, anti-anxiety mediation may also be given. After the procedure, prescription or over-the-counter pain medication may be used for a few days. If you feel like singing a few bars, as Julianne did, it’s up to you.

If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
March 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Woman With Healthy TeethCavities aren't the only threat to your teeth. Periodontal or gum disease can also lead to tooth loss if it isn't treated promptly. Fortunately, good periodontal care can help you avoid the painful disease. Your Lawrenceville, NJ, periodontists, Dr. John Lu and Dr. Raul Figueroa of Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics, offer treatments that can help improve the health of your gums.

Why is good periodontal health is important?

Your gums support your teeth and help hold them in place. If your gums become diseased, your teeth may become loose or even fall out. The bacterial infection that causes gum disease not only affects gum tissue, but attacks ligaments and bone that anchor your teeth. Periodontal disease may also increase inflammation throughout your body and could increase your risk of heart disease or stroke.

Luckily, it's possible to reduce your risk of periodontal disease by:

  • Brushing and Flossing Daily: Brushing and flossing remove plaque, a bacteria-laden substance that causes tooth decay. If plaque remains on your teeth for as little as 10 days, it may turn into a hard deposit called tartar. Tartar irritates the gums and is a factor in gum disease.
  • Scheduling Regular Dental Cleanings: Visiting your dentist every six months for a checkup and dental cleaning is an excellent way to protect your periodontal health. During your cleaning, both plaque and tartar will be removed.

Do you know the signs and symptoms of gum disease?

If you have gingivitis, the mildest form of periodontal disease, you may notice bad breath, receding gums, bleeding when you brush and floss, or red, swollen gums.

Luckily, gingivitis can often be reversed after a deep dental cleaning in your Lawrenceville, NJ, periodontist's office. The cleaning doesn't just remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from your teeth but also eliminates these substances below the gum line.

If you don't treat your gingivitis, you may develop periodontitis, a serious infection of your gums. If you have the infection, you may notice deep pockets or spaces between your gums and teeth. Loose teeth or dentures, pain when chewing, and pus around your teeth are other symptoms of the infection.

If you notice these symptoms, call your Lawrenceville, NJ, periodontist as soon as possible. He may recommend a procedure to close the pockets around your teeth and suggest gum or bone grafts to replace lost gum and bone tissue.

Are you worried that you may have gum disease? Call your Lawrenceville, NJ, periodontists, Dr. Lu and Dr. Figueroa of Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics at (609) 896-0700 to schedule an appointment today!

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
February 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   oral surgery  
ExposingandPreservingImpactedCanineTeeth

The final emergence of permanent teeth in late adolescence marks the end of a long process beginning in the womb with the formation of our primary or “baby” teeth. Permanent teeth form in a similar way as buds high in the jaw, continuing to grow until the primary teeth ahead of them fall away. The crowns of the new adult teeth eventually break through the gum tissue and emerge (erupt) into view.

At least, that’s normally what should happen; sometimes, though, a tooth may only erupt partially or not at all, a condition known as impaction. The crown remains partially or fully submerged below the gum line, causing the tooth to press against other teeth, potentially damaging them. It can also make periodontal (gum) tissues adjacent to the area more susceptible to disease. Wisdom teeth are especially prone to this kind of impaction, to the extent they’re often surgically removed (extracted) to avoid future problems to adjacent teeth or the bite.

Upper canines (the “eye teeth” normally located directly below the eyes) are also subject to impaction. But because of their highly visible position, extracting them could have an adverse impact on the patient’s smile. In this case, we often attempt instead to expose and ultimately save the tooth.

Before taking any action, however, an orthodontic examination is conducted first to pinpoint the exact position of the impacted tooth and determine how that position might affect moving teeth into a more desired alignment. If we find the impacted canine is in a workable position, the next step is to surgically uncover the tooth from the gum tissue (a minor procedure usually performed by an oral surgeon or periodontist). Once exposed, an orthodontic bracket with a small attached gold chain is bonded to the tooth. The gums are then sutured back into place with the chain exposed and allowed to heal.

At some future point an orthodontist will attach the chain to orthodontic hardware that will pull the impacted tooth into proper position over several months. As a result, the upper canine becomes “un-impacted”; the dangers to surrounding teeth and tissues are also reduced. And, just as important, we can preserve the tooth and with orthodontics achieve an attractive, normal smile.

If you would like more information on the effects and treatment of impacted teeth, 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 “Exposing Impacted Canines.”

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
January 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bone Grafting  

Want to know more about bone grafting from your Lawrenceville, NJ, Periodontist.

Bone grafting is a procedure that helps patients grow bone to hold a dental implant. This treatment provides individuals otherwise incapable of getting implants, candidates for the procedure. Doctors can grow bone so it's the proper length and width, to ensure functionality and aesthetic appearance.

Bone is constantly remodeling itself. When someone loses a tooth, their jawbone shrinks. Your jawbone's adaptability is important because it allows your Lawrenceville Periodontist to position teeth properly in case braces are needed.

In the maxillofacial region, the facial region, your doctor bone grafts using the inside of the mouth, the chin, or third molar area, for example.

The procedure consists of your doctor making an incision in gum tissue to access bone. Patients suffer from some soreness that can be managed by ice therapy, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication and/or pain relievers.

Bone Grafting Uses

Bone grafts are used for the following procedures:

  • Saving Teeth: To prevent tooth loss, bone around loose teeth are regenerated through grafting to increase support.
     
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants are state-of-the-art installations that are used to fix gaps in your smile. Your dentist places a biocompatible titanium post into the jawbone to replace the missing tooth root. The process takes about three to six months to complete, since the post needs to fuse to the rest of the bone.
     
  • Tooth Extractions: Depositing bone grafting material into a tooth socket after tooth extraction will help in case you need a dental implant in the future.

Types of Bone Grafts

  • Autograft
  • Allograft
  • Xenograft
  • Alloplast

If you have questions, or concerns about bone grafting, you should call your Lawrenceville, NJ, periodontists, Dr. John Lu and Dr. Raul Figueroa. You can reach Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics at (609) 896-0700.

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
January 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: periodontist  
3SituationsforSeeingaPeriodontist

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.”



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