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By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
February 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: periodontics  

Find out more about the services we offer and how we can improve your oral health.periodontics

Why visit our Lawrenceville, NJ, periodontists, Dr. John Lu and Dr. Raul Figueroa, over a regular dentist? This question gets asked a lot. Unlike a general dentist, a periodontist specializes in preventing, diagnosing and managing your gum disease. We also can provide tooth loss patients with dental implants to replace their missing teeth. With a number of people suffering from gum disease and tooth loss, here are the many ways we can better your oral health:

Treating Gum Disease

Regardless of whether you suffer from a mild or more severe form of gum disease, our experts offer a variety of treatment options to cater to your needs. Root planing and scaling is a great non-surgical way to clean tartar from the teeth, gums and even tooth roots. This procedure is highly effective in managing mild to moderate forms of gum disease.

Those with more advanced forms of gum disease will most likely need to consider flap surgery, which can reduce and even eliminate the infected pockets that have formed within the gum tissue.

Dental Implants

If you are suffering from tooth loss but you are otherwise in picture-perfect health, then dental implants could be a great way to replace one or more missing teeth. Implants are metal structures that take the place of tooth roots. They are surgically placed into the jawbone where the biocompatible metal post fuses together with bone and tissue over time. An implant can hold a dental crown in place, or several implants can be placed into the jawbone to support partial or full dentures.

Cosmetic Gum Surgery

While a healthy smile might mean beautiful teeth, it also means healthy, shapely gums. You would be surprised how much the appearance of your gums plays a role in the attractiveness of your smile. Whether gums are receding or you are dealing with a gummy-looking smile, our Lawrenceville gum specialists can reshape and even remove excess tissue to give you a more even smile.

Tooth Extractions

While preserving natural teeth is important, there are some situations in which the healthiest option is to actually remove a tooth altogether. From impacted wisdom teeth to severely decayed or broken teeth, there are a few scenarios in which we will recommend having the tooth removed. Decayed or damaged teeth can often be saved with less invasive methods, but, if you don’t seek treatment right away, then the tooth may no longer be viable when you do seek care.

Whether you are looking to get gum disease treatment or dental implants in Lawrenceville, NJ, we are happy to take time with you to determine which dental treatments will improve your health. Call Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics today at (609) 896-0700.


By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
February 13, 2017
Category: Oral Health
BeyonceMakesFlossingaFamilyAffair

As is the case with most celebs today, Beyonce is no stranger to sharing on social media… but she really got our attention with a video she recently posted on instagram. The clip shows the superstar songstress — along with her adorable three-year old daughter Blue Ivy — flossing their teeth! In the background, a vocalist (sounding remarkably like her husband Jay-Z) repeats the phrase “flossin’…flossin’…” as mom and daughter appear to take care of their dental hygiene in time with the beat: https://instagram.com/p/073CF1vw07/?taken-by=beyonce

We’re happy that this clip highlights the importance of helping kids get an early start on good oral hygiene. And, according to authorities like the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, age 3 is about the right time for kids to begin getting involved in the care of their own teeth.

Of course, parents should start paying attention to their kids’ oral hygiene long before age three. In fact, as soon as baby’s tiny teeth make their first appearance, the teeth and gums can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Around age 3, kids will develop the ability to spit out toothpaste. That’s when you can increase the amount of toothpaste a little, and start explaining to them how you clean all around the teeth on the top and bottom of the mouth. Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves.

Ready to help your kids take the first steps to a lifetime of good dental checkups? Place a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush, and gently guide them as they clean in front, in back, on all surfaces of each tooth. At first, it’s a good idea to take turns brushing. That way, you can be sure they’re learning the right techniques and keeping their teeth plaque-free, while making the experience challenging and fun.

Most kids will need parental supervision and help with brushing until around age 6. As they develop better hand-eye coordination and the ability to follow through with the cleaning regimen, they can be left on their own more. But even the best may need some “brushing up” on their tooth-cleaning techniques from time to time.

What about flossing? While it’s an essential part of good oral hygiene, it does take a little more dexterity to do it properly. Flossing the gaps between teeth should be started when the teeth begin growing close to one another. Depending on how a child’s teeth are spaced, perhaps only the back ones will need to be flossed at first. Even after they learn to brush, kids may still need help flossing — but a floss holder (like the one Beyonce is using in the clip) can make the job a lot easier.

If you would like more information about maintaining your children’s oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”


By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
February 05, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: loose teeth  
DontLetYourLooseToothBecomeaLostTooth

Discovering a loose tooth can be exciting — if you're six, that is, and anticipating a windfall from the tooth fairy. If you're an adult, a loose tooth is a different story. You're in real danger of it becoming a lost tooth, and there won't be another one coming in to replace it.

Fortunately, that result isn't inevitable, but we have to take quick action if we're going to save your tooth. The first step is to find out why it's loose.

Tooth looseness occurs primarily because the gum and bone structures that hold teeth in place have been damaged in some way. Otherwise healthy teeth and gums can be injured in an accident or with dental habits like teeth grinding or clenching that increase the biting forces against teeth. The latter could require some intervention like a night guard to prevent teeth from grinding to reduce the abnormal biting force.

But disease is often the root cause for tooth looseness. Periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection triggered by bacterial plaque, can inflame and weaken gum tissues, eventually causing bone loss followed by the gum tissue detaching from the teeth. In this weakened condition even normal biting forces could loosen a tooth.

If gum disease is the primary culprit, our treatment starts there. By aggressively removing plaque and calculus (tartar) from the tooth surfaces, including deep below the gum line around the root, the gum tissues become less inflamed and begin to heal. This in turn can strengthen their attachment to a loose tooth. In more advanced cases, we may need to surgically graft lost bone and gum tissue to rebuild the attachment.

We may also need to stabilize a loose tooth while we're performing these other treatments. The most common way is to join or splint a loose tooth to nearby stable teeth. There are varieties of splints: one type involves rigid dental material bonded across the enamel of the loose tooth and its neighbors. In another, we cut a small channel in the involved teeth, and then insert a metal splint, bonding it within the channel.

Whatever needs to be done, we need to do it promptly — if you notice a loose tooth, contact us as soon as possible. The earlier we begin treatment the more likely we'll save your loose tooth.

If you would like more information on treating loose 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 “Treatment for Loose Teeth.”




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