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Posts for: October, 2017

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
October 27, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease   pregnancy  
WhyDentalCareisEvenMoreImportantWhenYourePregnant

Learning you’re pregnant can be a joyous moment. But it also means life is about to change as you focus on protecting you and your child from anything that endangers your health.

Because of these new concerns you might even hesitate about receiving dental care, especially involving anesthesia. But several medical organizations representing doctors, OB-GYN physicians and dentists wholeheartedly recommend continuing regular dental visits during pregnancy.

In fact, you should continue them because you’re pregnant: physical and hormonal changes during pregnancy could increase your risk of dental disease.

For, example, your consumption of carbohydrates (like sugar) could increase, which in turn increases your risk of tooth decay. You’ll also need to be more concerned about dental plaque, a thin bacterial film on your teeth that can cause disease. Hormonal changes during pregnancy may make you more sensitive to plaque, and thus more susceptible to disease — especially periodontal (gum) disease.

In fact, a specific form of gum disease called pregnancy gingivitis affects around 40% of expectant women at some point in their pregnancy. And if you already have gum disease, pregnancy could worsen it. Left untreated the disease could develop into more severe periodontitis, which may significantly damage your teeth’s support structures far below the gum line, leading to bone loss, which could result in the eventual loss of your teeth. Daily brushing and flossing, regular cleanings and checkups and, if your dentist prescribes it, antibacterial mouth rinses can help you stay ahead of it.

But what about other procedures while you’re pregnant? It may be best to wait on elective treatments for cosmetic purposes until after the baby is born. But some situations like deep tooth decay that could require a root canal treatment may become too serious to postpone.

Fortunately, several studies have shown it’s safe for pregnant women to undergo many dental procedures including tooth fillings or extractions. And receiving local anesthesia doesn’t appear to pose a danger either.

The important thing is to remain diligent with your own personal hygiene — brushing and flossing — and making other healthy choices like eating a nutritious diet. And be sure to let your dentist know about your pregnancy to help guide your dental treatment over the next few months.

If you would like more information on taking care of your teeth and gums during pregnancy, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
October 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth loss can be unsightly, but dental implants can turn your smile around.dental implants

We know that those who are dealing with tooth loss often feel like they are dealing with an uphill battle. Some people just want to ignore the issue because they feel embarrassed, but that certainly won’t fix the problem. What if our Lawrenceville, NJ, periodontists, Dr. John Lu and Dr. Raul Figueroa, told you that you can get a restoration that both looks and functions like a natural tooth? Find out how dental implants can restore your smile.

When you have a tooth extracted the dentist doesn’t just remove the part that lies above the gums, but also has to remove the entire tooth structure (this includes the tooth’s roots). If you want a long-term tooth replacement then dentures and bridges may not be the best option for you. In this case, implants are the only restoration that could last the rest of your life.

What is a dental implant?

An implant is different from other tooth replacement options because the implant itself is a thin, small post made of metal that is placed into the jawbone in the same location as your missing tooth. The implant is designed to take over the role of your tooth’s roots and the biocompatible material from which it is made ensures that it isn’t rejected by the tissue and bone.

In fact, once our very own Lawrenceville dentists have surgically positioned the implant into the jawbone, the metal post, bone and tissue will begin to fuse together naturally over the course of several months. No other restoration becomes a permanent structure in the mouth like an implant does.

Who should consider dental implants?

Many adults who are battling tooth loss could end up being perfect candidates for implants. Of course, a full evaluation accompanied by X-rays is the only way to determine if you are right for this procedure. Since getting implants can take several months it’s important that you are not only healthy enough but also dedicated to the process.

Whether you want to find out what tooth replacement options are available to you in Lawrenceville, NJ, or you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants, turn to the experts at Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics today.


By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
October 12, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   plaque  
TacklingDentalPlaque

The American Dental Hygiene Association has designated October as National Dental Hygiene Month. Good dental hygiene is the best weapon against your mouth’s number one enemy: dental plaque.

Plaque, a sticky biofilm that forms on your teeth, is an accumulation of bacteria, other microorganisms, food debris, and other unpleasant components. It can make your teeth feel fuzzy or slimy. And worse, the bacteria in plaque can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

The best way to keep plaque at bay is by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. But even though you can remove much of the plaque in your mouth with a toothbrush and dental floss, there are nooks and crannies that are hard to access with these basic oral hygiene tools.

Staying on top of dental plaque is an ongoing challenge. Immediately after teeth are cleaned, plaque starts to form again. And the longer plaque stays on teeth, the thicker it grows. Minerals in saliva become incorporated into the biofilm. As plaque takes on more minerals, it becomes calcified. This is when it hardens into calculus, or tartar. At this stage, tooth-brushing and flossing cannot disrupt the hardened layer of buildup, sometimes visible as yellow or brown deposits around the gum line.

This is why it’s important to schedule regular professional dental cleanings. At the dental office, we have special tools to remove tartar and get at those hard-to-reach places that your toothbrush and floss may have missed. If you have questions about dental hygiene, plaque control or another oral health issue, we are happy to talk with you. We are your partners in fighting plaque for a bright, healthy smile!

Read more about the topic in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Plaque Disclosing Agents.”




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