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By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
February 24, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   crowns  
DentalCrownsfortheKingofMagic

You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  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.  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.”


By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
February 22, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: periodontist  

Periodontists are dental specialists who treat problems of the gums, connective tissues and bones. John Lu, DMD, and Raul Figueroa, periodontistsDMD, your Lawrenceville, NJ, periodontists at Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics, LLC, explain what sets periodontists apart from general dentists.

Specialized Training

Periodontists are dentists who receive specialized training after dental school. These dentists spend an additional three years learning how to diagnose and treat periodontic problems and perform dental implant and surgical procedures.

Gum Disease Experts

Gum disease can quickly destroy your smile if you don't receive periodontic treatment. If your dentist notices that you have pockets around your teeth, he or she will refer you to a periodontist. Pockets occur when a bacterial infection causes your gums to pull away from your teeth. This infection is not only painful but can result in tooth loss if it progresses to your bone.

Periodontists treat gum disease with a procedure called planing and scaling. During planing and scaling, they remove plaque and tartar from teeth and smooth them to get rid of bacteria. Periodontists also perform bone and gum grafting surgery if damage from gum disease is severe. Grafts replace lost gum and bone tissue and help prevent tooth loss.

Implant Specialists

Thanks to their training, periodontists are skilled in performing dental implants. After tooth loss, an implant is placed in your jawbone to replace the roots of a missing tooth. Implants look like tiny screws and are made with titanium, a lightweight metal that is compatible with bone. Over the course of several months, the implant bonds with your jawbone. When the process is complete, a crown is added to the top of the implant, allowing you to chew, bite and speak normally. Implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss, unlike bridges and dentures.

Are you interested in replacing a missing tooth, or are you concerned about gum disease? Call Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics, LLC, at (609) 896-0700 and make an appointment today. Drs. Lu and Figueroa, your Lawrenceville, NJ, periodontists, are committed to helping you enjoy good dental health.


By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
February 09, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  
ASilentDiseaseGetsRecognition

Today, many people are taking positive steps to reduce the risks posed by major health problems like cancer, cardiopulmonary diseases, hypertension, and diabetes. But there’s one disease that makes the top-ten list of worldwide health conditions, and yet isn’t thought about as much as many of the others. That malady is severe periodontal (gum) disease — and according to a new study, it’s the sixth-most prevalent health condition in the world.

The study, released by the International and American Associations for Dental Research, reveals that some 743 million people around the world — about 11 percent of the global population — suffer from severe periodontal disease; that percentage hasn’t changed significantly since 1990. The study also shows that while an individual’s chance of developing this condition rises gradually with age, there is a steep increase in people between 30 and 40 years old, with a peak at age 38.

If severe periodontal disease is such a major concern, why isn’t it “on the radar”? A 2010 report from the U.S. Surgeon General, titled “Oral Health: The Silent Epidemic,” gives some clues. For one thing, diseases related to oral health don’t always produce dramatic symptoms: Even tooth loss, for example, is sometimes (wrongly) regarded as an inevitable consequence of aging, when it’s more often the result of disease or injury. For another, these conditions disproportionately affect people whose voices aren’t always heard: children, the elderly, and the disadvantaged.

Severe periodontal disease is clearly a challenge to the public health. But what can you do as an individual? Plenty! The good news about periodontal disease is that it is largely preventable, and very treatable. Prevention is chiefly a matter of maintaining good oral hygiene.

Have you flossed lately? Is your brushing technique up to snuff? Do you avoid sugary snacks and beverages (especially between meals), and visit your dentist for regular checkups? If so, you’ve taken some major steps toward preventing periodontal disease. But despite their best efforts, it is difficult for some people to control periodontal disease without extra assistance. That’s where a periodontist can help.

Periodontists are concerned with treating problems of the gums. We use a number of methods to combat periodontal disease — including removing plaque bacteria, restoring healthy tissue, and educating people about how to maintain better oral hygiene at home. Your general dentist may refer you to a periodontist if warning signs are noticed, but you don’t need a referral to come in for an exam. If you notice the symptoms of periodontal disease — redness or inflammation of the gums, a bad taste or odor in your mouth, or any amount of bleeding when you brush — then it may be time to have your gums checked.

If you would like more information about periodontal disease, call our office for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Warning Signs of Periodontal (Gum) Disease.”




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