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Posts for: December, 2020

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
December 29, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bone Grafting  

Find out what’s involved in getting a dental bone graft.

Whether you are dealing with bone loss due to advanced gum disease or you are interested in getting a dental implant, there are a few reasons why our Lawrenceville, NJ, periodontists Dr. John Lu, Dr. Raul Figueroa and Dr. Kevin Murawski may recommend bone grafting. Bone loss as a result of tooth loss or gum disease can have an impact on the shape of your face, as well as the success rate of dental implants.

Here’s what bone grafting involves,

  • Our Lawrenceville, NJ, periodontists will remove bone from another part of the body or other area of the jaw
  • The bone is then grafted to the surgical site where new bone cells will help the area to heal
  • If you are planning to get a dental implant, we will need to wait several months in order for the bone grafting to be fully successful before placing the implant
  • The entire procedure usually takes no more than 1.5-2 hours and is performed right here in our office

Why do I need bone grafting?

One of the main reasons someone needs bone grafting is that they have lost one or more teeth and, as a result, the jawbone has lost a significant amount of density. When you have significant tooth loss or advanced gum disease this can have a serious impact on the strength and shape of the jawbone.

If left untreated the jawbone will shrink enough to alter the shape of the face, leading to sagging skin and premature lines and wrinkles. By getting a bone graft, we can restore the shape of the jawbone and improve the shape of the face. We can also increase the success rate and longevity of dental implants.

What do I do to prepare for my bone grafting procedure?

Our dental team will go through what to expect from the procedure as well as discuss sedation and anesthesia options with you. If you have any questions for us before undergoing bone grafting, please bring these questions with you to your evaluation. After your surgery, we will also provide you with after-surgery care instructions.

If you are dealing with significant bone loss, this doesn’t mean that you can’t still be a great candidate for implants. Our Lawrenceville, NJ, periodontal team would be happy to determine if bone grafting is right for you. Call Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics at (609) 896-0700 to schedule a consultation.


By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
December 26, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: gum recession  
4CommonCausesforGumRecession

Your gums play an important role in dental function and health. Not only do they help anchor teeth in the jaw, the gums also protect tooth roots from disease.

But you can lose that protective covering if your gums recede or shrink back from the teeth. An exposed tooth is more susceptible to decay, and more sensitive to temperature and pressure.

Here are 4 causes for gum recession and what you can do about them.

Gum disease. The most common cause for gum recession is a bacterial infection called periodontal (gum) disease that most often arises from plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles accumulating on teeth. Gum disease in turn weakens the gums causes them to recede. You can reduce your risk for a gum infection through daily brushing and flossing to remove disease-causing plaque.

Genetics. The thickness of your gum tissues is a genetic trait you inherit from your parents. People born with thinner gums tend to be more susceptible to recession through toothbrush abrasion, wear or injury. If you have thinner tissues, you’ll need to be diligent about oral hygiene and dental visits, and pay close attention to your gum health.

Tooth eruption. Teeth normally erupt from the center of a bony housing that protects the root. If a tooth erupts or moves outside of this housing, it can expose the root and cause little to no gum tissue around the tooth. Moving the tooth orthodontically to its proper position could help thicken gum tissue and make them more resistant to recession.

Aggressive hygiene. While hard scrubbing may work with other cleaning activities, it’s the wrong approach for cleaning teeth. Too much force applied while brushing can eventually result in gum damage that leads to recession and tooth wear. So, “Easy does it”: Let the gentle, mechanical action of the toothbrush bristles and toothpaste abrasives do the work of plaque removal.

While we can often repair gum recession through gum disease treatment or grafting surgery, it’s much better to prevent it from happening. So, be sure you practice daily brushing and flossing with the proper technique to remove disease-causing plaque. And see your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups to make sure your gums stay healthy.

If you would like more information on proper gum care, 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 “Gum Recession.”


By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
December 16, 2020
Category: Oral Health
WhatsThatonYourTeethNickJonasHowtoAvoidaSimilarSmileOops

Think no one is looking at your smile when you’re out in public? Nick Jonas’ recent experience might convince you otherwise. While the Jonas Brothers were performing during the 2020 Grammys, fans watching on television picked up on some dark matter between his teeth.

To say Twitter lit up is an understatement. For many, it was that thing you couldn’t unsee: Forget the performance, what was that between his teeth? Jonas later fessed up by tweeting, “…At least you all know I eat my greens.”

We’re sure Nick and his brothers take care of their teeth, as most any high-profile entertainer would. You can probably attribute his dental faux pas to trying to squeeze in some nourishment during a rushed performance schedule.

Still, the Grammy incident (Spinachgate?) shows that people do notice when your teeth aren’t as clean as they should be. To avoid that embarrassment, here are some handy tips for keeping your teeth looking their best while you’re on the go.

Start with a clean mouth. You’re more apt to collect food debris during the day if you have built-up plaque on your teeth. This sticky bacterial biofilm attracts new food particles like a magnet. Remove plaque by thoroughly brushing and flossing before you head out the door.

Rinse after eating. Although your saliva helps clear leftover food from your mouth, it may not adequately flush away all the debris. You can assist this process by swishing and rinsing with clean water after a meal.

Keep a little floss handy. Even after rinsing, stubborn bits of food can remain lodged between teeth. So just in case, keep a small bit of emergency floss (or a floss pick) in your purse or wallet to remove any debris you see or feel between your teeth.

Watch what you eat. Some foods—like popcorn, sticky snacks or fibrous vegetables—are notorious for sticking in teeth. Try to avoid eating these foods right before a public appearance where your smile may be critical.

And here’s an added bonus: Not only will these tips help keep your smile attractive on the go, they’ll also help keep it healthy. Rinsing with water, for example, helps lower your mouth’s acid level after eating, a prime factor in tooth decay. And flossing, both as a regular practice and for occasional stuck food, decreases plaque and subsequently your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Remember, a healthy mouth is the starting place for a beautiful smile. Keep it that way with dedicated hygiene habits at home or on the go.

If you would like more information on tips for better oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Daily Oral Hygiene.”


By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
December 11, 2020
Category: Oral Health

How can you prevent the number one cause of tooth loss? In case you don't know, periodontal disease leads millions of Americans to lose one or more teeth every year, according to the CDC. However, you can prevent this gum malady. At Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics in Lawrenceville, NJ, Dr. John Lu, Dr. Raúl Figueroa, and Dr. Kevin Murawski are the on-staff periodontists who show patients how to keep periodontitis away for good.

It's not rocket science...

But, it is good science. Oral bacteria destroys gum tissue. Hidden in plaque and tartar at and below the gum line, Strep germs infect gums, causing bad breath, loose teeth and ultimately, tooth loss.

The American Academy of Periodontology cites many other symptoms. While not all are obvious to you, they will be to your periodontist when he examines your mouth at Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics. Symptoms include:

  • Gum tenderness, swelling and redness
  • Changing dental bite
  • Receding gum tissue
  • Sores and abscesses on the gums
  • Dark gum tissue
  • Teeth which appear longer than they previously did
  • Bleeding when you brush or eat
  • Gum and dental sensitivity

Ignored or undetected, these symptoms escalate, causing tooth mobility, and impacting your overall health. For instance, the American Heart Association (AHA) cites research that indicates periodontal disease doubles a person's chances of having hardened arteries in the brain and a catastrophic stroke.

How to prevent gum disease

Your periodontists in Lawrenceville can show you ways to prevent gum disease. Strategies involve changes to your lifestyle and how to improve your oral hygiene habits.

Here's what you should do:

  1. Limit the amount of alcohol you consume.
  2. Increase the amount of fiber and fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet.
  3. Stay well hydrated.
  4. Stop smoking.
  5. Brush your teeth and gums gently twice a day for two minutes (as advised by the American Dental Association, or ADA).
  6. See your family dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and exam.
  7. Reduce stress. Psychology Today reports that stress and anxiety harm your immune system and your ability to resist periodontal issues.
  8. Take your risk seriously. If you're in your senior years or gum disease runs in your family, be extra vigilant.

We will support you

At Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics, Dr. John Lu, Dr. Raul Figueroa and Dr. Kevin Murawski encourage their patients in good gum habits. If you or your dentist are concerned about your periodontal health, please contact our office in Lawrenceville, NJ, for a helpful consultation and excellent care. Phone (609) 896-0700.


By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
December 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  
3ThingsThatCouldHelpYouAvoidAnotherRoundWithGumDisease

While periodontal (gum) disease could ruin your dental health, it doesn’t have to. Dentists and periodontists (specialists in gums and other supporting tooth structures) have effective methods for stopping it, especially if the infection is diagnosed and treated in its earliest stages. With effective treatment, those swollen, reddened and bleeding gums can return to a healthy shade of pink.

But even if we stop the infection, you’re not out of danger. If you’ve had at least one bout with gum disease, you’re at higher risk for another infection. We will need to maintain ongoing vigilance to prevent another infection.

If you’ve recently undergone treatment for gum disease, here are 3 things you should do to keep your now healthy gums continually healthy.

Practice daily oral hygiene. Gum disease arises most often from dental plaque, a thin biofilm of disease-causing bacteria that builds up on tooth surfaces. It’s important for everyone to remove this buildup with daily brushing and flossing, but it’s even more so if you’ve already experienced gum disease. Practicing effective oral hygiene every day will reduce the presence of bacteria that could ignite a new infection.

See the dentist more frequently. The general rule for routine dental cleanings and checkups is twice a year. But you may need more frequent visits, post-gum disease. Depending on the severity of your disease, we may recommend you make return visits at two- to three-month intervals of time. These visits may also include heightened screenings to ensure another infection hasn’t taken hold, as well as procedures to make it easier to clean certain tooth areas prone to plaque buildup.

Manage other health conditions. Gum disease’s severity is often caused by the inflammatory response your body initiates to fight the infection, which then becomes chronic. This is similar to other conditions like diabetes, heart disease or rheumatoid arthritis: There’s evidence inflammation elsewhere in the body could worsen a gum infection, and vice-versa. Managing other health conditions through medical care, medication and lifestyle changes could minimize the occurrence and severity of a future gum infection.

If you would like more information on remaining infection-free after gum disease, 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 Cleanings.”




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133 Franklin Corner Road
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(609) 896-0700
 

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