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Posts for: January, 2017

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
January 21, 2017
Category: Oral Health
ExpertAdviceVivicaAFoxonKissingandOralhealth

Is having good oral hygiene important to kissing? Who's better to answer that question than Vivica A. Fox? Among her other achievements, the versatile actress won the “Best Kiss” honor at the MTV Movie Awards, for a memorable scene with Will Smith in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. When Dear Doctor magazine asked her, Ms. Fox said that proper oral hygiene was indeed essential. Actually, she said:

"Ooooh, yes, yes, yes, Honey, 'cause Baby, if you kiss somebody with a dragon mouth, my God, it's the worst experience ever as an actor to try to act like you enjoy it!"

And even if you're not on stage, it's no fun to kiss someone whose oral hygiene isn't what it should be. So what's the best way to step up your game? Here's how Vivica does it:

“I visit my dentist every three months and get my teeth cleaned, I floss, I brush, I just spent two hundred bucks on an electronic toothbrush — I'm into dental hygiene for sure.”

Well, we might add that you don't need to spend tons of money on a toothbrush — after all, it's not the brush that keeps your mouth healthy, but the hand that holds it. And not everyone needs to come in as often every three months. But her tips are generally right on.

For proper at-home oral care, nothing beats brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing once a day. Brushing removes the sticky, bacteria-laden plaque that clings to your teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease — not to mention malodorous breath. Don't forget to brush your tongue as well — it can also harbor those bad-breath bacteria.

While brushing is effective, it can't reach the tiny spaces in between teeth and under gums where plaque bacteria can hide. But floss can: That's what makes it so important to getting your mouth really clean.

Finally, regular professional checkups and cleanings are an essential part of good oral hygiene. Why? Because even the most dutiful brushing and flossing can't remove the hardened coating called tartar that eventually forms on tooth surfaces. Only a trained health care provider with the right dental tools can! And when you come in for a routine office visit, you'll also get a thorough checkup that can detect tooth decay, gum disease, and other threats to your oral health.

Bad breath isn't just a turn-off for kissing — It can indicate a possible problem in your mouth. So listen to what award-winning kisser Vivica Fox says: Paying attention to your oral hygiene can really pay off! For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read the entire interview with Vivica A. Fox in Dear Doctor's latest issue.


By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
January 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
CosmeticGumSurgeryCanHelpRestoreLostTissuesAroundTeeth

Your gums can take a lot — they’re resilient and they endure a variety of abrasive foods over a lifetime. But resilience isn’t the same as invulnerability: your gums can be weakened by periodontal (gum) disease or by over-aggressive brushing that causes them to shrink away (recede) from the teeth they protect.

Unfortunately, it’s not a rare problem — millions suffer from some degree of gum recession, caused mainly by gum disease. This aggressive infection arises from bacteria in dental plaque, a thin film that builds up on tooth surfaces due to inadequate oral hygiene. Fortunately, gum disease can be effectively treated in its early stages by removing plaque above and below the gum line. Diseased gums will quickly rebound to their normal health.

Unfortunately, though, heavily recessed gums from advanced stages of gum disease (as well as those who’ve inherited thinner gum tissues and are more susceptible to recession) may not come back fully without help. This can affect the health and survival of affected teeth, as well as your appearance.

Plastic periodontal surgery can help restore these lost tissues. There are a number of procedures that can be used depending on the exact nature of the recession, and most involve some form of tissue grafting. A specimen of donated gum tissue (either from another portion of the patient’s gums or a thoroughly cleansed and properly processed donation from another person) is surgically attached to the gums at the recession site.

The graft can be completely freed from the harvest area or in some cases a part of it remains attached to receive blood supply while the rest is grafted to the site. These procedures, especially the latter, require meticulous skill and sophisticated microsurgical techniques to make an effective attachment. If the tooth root is involved, it must be thoroughly prepared beforehand through polishing and decontamination to ensure the new graft will take. The graft is sutured in place and sometimes covered with a moldable dressing for protection.

As the area heals, the tissues begin to grow around the graft, restoring better coverage for the tooth. Coupled with comprehensive gum disease treatment, this form of plastic surgery can restore new health to teeth and a transformed smile.

If you would like more information on treating gum recession with plastic surgery, 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 “Periodontal Plastic Surgery.”


By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
January 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extractions  

There are certainly instances where a tooth extraction can actually serve to improve your oral health.

As you can probably already imagine, maintaining your own natural teeth is always the best option. While we certainly have ways to tooth extractionreplace missing teeth they can never truly take the place of your real teeth; however, there are some instances in which our Lawrenceville, NJ periodontists, Dr. John Lu and Dr. Raul Figueroa, may recommend actually having a tooth extracted. Here are the situations that may warrant this procedure.

Severe Decay

If you keep up with your six-month cleanings and checkups then we will be able to catch decay before it becomes too serious; however, if you don’t come in to visit our Lawrenceville periodontists regularly then you may end up dealing with some pretty serious decay. Decay will continue to grow and get worse until it is treated. If the decay actually reaches the inside of the tooth and damages the dental pulp and overall integrity of the tooth and a root canal will no longer be able to save the tooth then we may recommend an extraction.

Before Getting Braces

If you are dealing with overcrowding and want to get braces there are some cases that warrant having one or two teeth removed prior to getting orthodontics. Why? Because the jawbone cannot continue to get larger to accommodate all the teeth that are in your mouth, which leads to crowding. By removing one or two teeth we can make more room in the mouth and make your treatment more efficient. This is usually only necessary for those with moderate to severe forms of overcrowding.

An Impacted Wisdom Tooth

If these third set of molars have only partially erupted through the gums or may cause crowding or other issues for the rest of your healthy teeth then it’s strongly encouraged that you have your wisdom teeth removed. It’s pretty unusual for wisdom teeth to come in completely healthy. If these third molars increase your chances for decay, infection and other issues then they will need to be removed.

Whether you have questions about an upcoming tooth extraction or you want to consider dental implants then it’s time to call Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics in Lawrenceville, NJ.




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