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By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
May 22, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: medicine  
InformYourDentistifYoureTakingBloodThinners

Dental work isn’t performed in a vacuum — the state of your general health can have an impact on procedures and vice-versa. This is especially true if you’re taking certain medications like blood thinners.

Blood thinners such as Warfarin or Clopidogrel are used for a number of medical conditions as an anti-coagulant (inhibiting blood from clotting). They’re commonly part of a stroke or heart attack prevention strategy in patients with cardiovascular disease, or those with tendencies for thrombosis (blood clot formation within blood vessels) or pulmonary embolisms (blood clots within the lungs). They’re also used with patients with artificial heart valves or on a temporary basis with patients who’ve recently undergone knee replacement or similar surgical procedures.

In most cases, dental work won’t be affected by your use of a blood thinner. An issue might arise, however, if an invasive procedure has the potential to cause bleeding, like a tooth extraction or gum surgery. Because the blood doesn’t clot normally it may be difficult to stop the bleeding during such procedures.

To avoid undue complications, it’s always best to let your dentist or oral surgeon know what medications you’re taking, especially blood thinners (this includes low-dose aspirin, a common over-the-counter drug that’s often prescribed as a mild blood thinner). Depending on the procedure and your dosage, they may consult with your prescribing doctor to see if temporarily stopping the medication or reducing the dosage is an acceptable precautionary measure for your dental treatment. Your dentist may also take precautions during the procedure to help reduce bleeding such as using haemostatic agents around the wound site to help stabilize blood clotting, while carefully suturing the wound to avoid disrupting smaller blood vessels (capillaries) that easily bleed.

If your dosage has been temporarily stopped or reduced, you’ll usually be able to resume blood thinners immediately after the dental procedure. Working together, your dentist and doctor will help ensure that your health won’t be at risk and your dental procedure will occur without undue complications.

If you would like more information on dental work precautions with medications, 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 “Oral Surgery & Blood Thinners.”


By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
May 16, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

Caring for your teeth is probably something deeply ingrained into your daily routine. However, how often do you think about the health of gum diseaseyour gums? Maintaining the health of your gums helps balance the health of your teeth and keep your smile healthy and clean. Find out more about maintaining the health of your gums with Dr. John Lu and Dr. Raul Figueroa at Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics in Lawrenceville, NJ.

What should a daily oral health routine consist of? 
People of all ages and at all risk levels for dental issues like tooth decay or gum disease should follow the same basic oral health routine each day. Gently brush twice a day for at least two minutes using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Using vigorous brushing motions or a toothbrush with harder bristles can damage your oral tissues. Floss between each tooth at least once a day, being sure to reach all the way up the tooth and underneath the gum line. This removes bacteria and plaque from the areas of the mouth that your toothbrush cannot reach. You should also see your dentist twice yearly for regular examinations and cleanings.

How can I maintain the health of my gums? 
Unfortunately, only about 40% of American adults floss every day. The best thing you can do for your gums is to commit to a regular flossing routine alongside brushing and seeing your dentist regularly. By removing the bacteria and plaque from between the teeth and underneath the gum line, you stop tooth decay before it begins. If allowed to remain on the teeth, plaque hardens into tartar, which eats through the teeth as decay and irritates the gums to cause gum disease.

Gum Health in Lawrenceville, NJ
Keeping your gums and teeth healthy is easy with help from your dentist at Lawrenceville Dental implant Center and Periodontics. Seeing your dentist regularly alongside a strong daily oral care routine will drastically decrease the chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease. For more information on maintaining the health of your gums, please contact Dr. Lu and Dr. Figueroa at Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics in Lawrenceville, NJ. Call (609) 896-0700 to schedule your appointment with your periodontist today!


By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
May 14, 2017
Category: Oral Health
FifthHarmonysCamilaCabelloChipsaToothbutConcertStillWorthIt

Everyone loves a concert where there's plenty of audience participation… until it starts to get out of hand.├é┬áRecently, the platinum-selling band Fifth Harmony was playing to a packed house in Atlanta when things went awry for vocalist Camila Cabello. Fans were batting around a big plastic ball, and one unfortunate swing sent the ball hurtling toward the stage — and directly into Cabello's face. Pushing the microphone into her mouth, it left the “Worth It” singer with a chipped front tooth.

Ouch! Cabello finished the show nevertheless, and didn't seem too upset. “Atlanta… u wild… love u,” she tweeted later that night. “Gotta get it fixed now tho lol.” Fortunately, dentistry offers a number of ways to make that chipped tooth look as good as new.

A small chip at the edge of the tooth can sometimes be polished with dental instruments to remove the sharp edges. If it's a little bigger, a procedure called dental bonding may be recommended. Here, the missing part is filled in with a mixture of plastic resin and glass fillers, which are then cured (hardened) with a special light. The tooth-colored bonding material provides a tough, lifelike restoration that's hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. While bonding can be performed in just one office visit, the material can stain over time and may eventually need to be replaced.

Porcelain veneers are a more long-lasting solution. These wafer-thin coverings go over the entire front surface of the tooth, and can resolve a number of defects — including chips, discoloration, and even minor size or spacing irregularities. You can get a single veneer or have your whole smile redone, in shades ranging from a pearly luster to an ultra-bright white; that's why veneers are a favorite of Hollywood stars. Getting veneers is a procedure that takes several office visits, but the beautiful results can last for many years.

If a chip or crack extends into the inner part of a tooth, you'll probably need a crown (or cap) to restore the tooth's function and appearance. As long as the roots are healthy, the entire part of the tooth above the gum line can be replaced with a natural-looking restoration. You may also need a root canal to remove the damaged pulp material and prevent infection if the fracture went too far. While small chips or cracks aren't usually an emergency (unless accompanied by pain), damage to the tooth's pulp requires prompt attention.

If you have questions about smile restoration, please contact us and schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”




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