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By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
April 20, 2020
Category: Oral Health
WhatYouCanDoAboutBadBreathUnlessYoureaFamousActressPrankingYourCo-Star

Hollywood superstar Jennifer Lawrence is a highly paid actress, Oscar winner, successful producer and…merry prankster. She's the latter, at least with co-star Liam Hemsworth: It seems Lawrence deliberately ate tuna fish, garlic or other malodorous foods right before their kissing scenes while filming The Hunger Games.

It was all in good fun, of course—and her punked co-star seemed to take it in good humor. In most situations, though, our mouth breath isn't something we take lightly. It can definitely be an unpleasant experience being on the receiving end of halitosis (bad breath). And when we're worried about our own breath, it can cause us to be timid and self-conscious around others.

So, here's what you can do if you're concerned about bad breath (unless you're trying to prank your co-star!).

Brush and floss daily. Bad breath often stems from leftover food particles that form a film on teeth called dental plaque. Add in bacteria, which thrive in plaque, and you have the makings for smelly breath. Thorough brushing and flossing can clear away plaque and the potential breath smell. You should also clean your dentures daily if you wear them to avoid similar breath issues.

Scrape your tongue. Some people can build up a bacterial coating on the back surface of the tongue. This coating may then emit volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) that give breath that distinct rotten egg smell. You can remove this coating by brushing the tongue surface with your toothbrush or using a tongue scraper (we can show you how).

See your dentist. Some cases of chronic bad breath could be related to oral problems like tooth decay, gum disease or broken dental work. Treating these could help curb your bad breath, as can removing the third molars (wisdom teeth) that are prone to trapped food debris. It's also possible for bad breath to be a symptom of a systemic condition like diabetes that may require medical treatment.

Quit smoking. Tobacco can leave your breath smelly all on its own. But a smoking habit could also dry your mouth, creating the optimum conditions for bacteria to multiply. Besides increasing your disease risk, this can also contribute to chronic bad breath. Better breath is just one of the many benefits of quitting the habit.

We didn't mention mouthrinses, mints or other popular ways to freshen breath. While these can help out in a pinch, they may cover up the real causes of halitosis. Following the above suggestions, especially dental visits to uncover and treat dental problems, could solve your breath problem for good.

If you would like more information about ways to treat bad breath, please contact us or schedule an appointment. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bad Breath: More Than Just Embarrassing.”


By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
April 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Bone Grafting  

Bone grafting helps patients who have lost volume and density in their jaws receive dental implants. At Lawrence Dental Implant Center and Periodontics in Lawrenceville, NJ, your periodontists rebuild bone with excellent surgical skill and various grafting materials. Dr. John Lu, Dr. Raúl Figueroa or Dr. Kevin Marawski can tell you the details on your bone graft procedure.

When bone is lost...

Typically, there are several facial changes, most notably skin sagging, wrinkles and lines and receded facial contours. As middle age approaches, so does naturally-occurring bone shrinkage.

However, a bigger problem is tooth loss. Extraction or avulsion of even one tooth causes rapid bone resorption around the empty socket--a full 25 percent in just one year. It also explains that periodontal disease leads to deterioration in the alveolar ridge of the jaw.

Fortunately, if your periodontist begins a dental implant procedure as soon as possible in his Lawrenceville, NJ, office, bone recession halts. The titanium implant helps rebuild bone and to reinforce its volume and strength indefinitely.

However, sometimes patients do not have enough bone in their jaws to support dental implants. In those situations, bone grafts may create a scaffold for the body's own bone cells to rebuild and strengthen the jaw.

Kinds of bone grafts

Through careful oral examination, detailing your medical history and doing X-ray imaging, your periodontist will determine if you need a bone graft and what kind it should be. These grafts installed through a simple, in-office surgery at Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics:

Grafting materials work extremely well and are biocompatible. Given sufficient healing time, the graft strengthens, the material recedes and the natural bone increases in size and density. Your periodontist will determine when the graft site is ready to accept a dental implant.

Bone grafting is a wonderful innovation

Why? It's because it works. Bone grafts allow for strong, natural-looking and well-functioning smiles for people with damaged jaw bones and missing teeth. If you wish to know more, please contact Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics for an appointment with Dr. Lu, Dr. Figueroa or Dr. Murawski. Call (609) 896-0700.


By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
April 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root resorption  
CatchRootResorptionEarlyforBestChancesofSavingYourTooth

As your dental provider, we're always alert for signs of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease, the two leading causes of tooth loss. But we're also watching for less common conditions that could be just as devastating.

Root resorption falls into this latter category: it occurs when a tooth's root structure begins to break down and dissolve (or resorb).  It's a normal process in primary ("baby") teeth to allow them to loosen and give way when permanent teeth are ready to erupt.

It's not normal, though, for permanent teeth. Something internally or—more commonly—externally causes the root structure to break down. External resorption usually occurs at the neck-like or cervical area of a tooth around the gum line. Known as external cervical resorption (ECR), it can first appear as small, pinkish spots on the enamel. These spots contain abnormal cells that cause the actual damage to the root.

We don't fully understand how root resorption occurs, but we have identified certain factors that favor its development. For example, it may develop if a person has experienced too much force against the teeth during orthodontic treatment. Injury to the periodontal ligaments, teeth-grinding habits or some dental procedures like internal bleaching may also contribute to later root resorption.

Early diagnosis is a major part of effective treatment for root resorption. Because it's usually painless and easily overlooked, resorption is often too difficult to detect in its early stages without x-rays—a good reason for regular dental exams. Beginning spots or lesions are usually small enough to surgically remove the tissue cells causing the damage and then filled with a tooth-colored filling material. If it has advanced further, we may also need to perform a root canal treatment.

At some point, the damage from root resorption can be too great, in which case it might be best to remove the tooth and replace it with a dental implant or similar restoration. That's why catching root resorption early through regular dental exams can give you the edge for saving your tooth.

If you would like more information on diagnosing and treating root resorption, 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 “Root Resorption: An Unusual Phenomenon.”




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