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By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
August 28, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental Implants Fill in Missing TeethNeed a dental implant?

One of the dental implant's most important uses is replacing missing teeth. If you're interested, here at Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, Drs. John Lu and Raul Figueroa, can help provide you with what you need. All you need to do is pay them a visit at their office in Lawrenceville, NJ.

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Dental implants are made up of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace the missing tooth's root. They create stability, strength and prevent shrinkage and weakening of your jawbone.

The dentist then seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to occur, which is when the titanium post integrates with the rest of the jawbone.

Afterwards, your Lawrenceville dentist re-opens the area above the titanium post, inserts a screw, places an abutment above the screw and secures a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.

Taking care of your dental implants

  • Flossing at least once before bed
  • Getting professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque
  • Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, at least, while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas
  • Avoiding tobacco, smoking, and drinking too much coffee and tea

Advantages of dental implants

Dental implants provide the following advantages:

  • Restore one or more teeth roots
  • Dental implants are fixed in place so they don't fall out of place
  • They can last a lifetime if taken care of properly
  • They restore bite and chewing function

Dental implants are a restorative procedure that has come a long way in the last 40 years, according to the American Dental Association. If you have more questions about dental implants, call your dentists in Lawrenceville, NJ, at (609) 896-0700.

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
July 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have ever lost a tooth, you may be aware of the consequences of a gap in your smile. From cosmetic to functionality problems, a dental implantsmissing tooth can cause a variety of unpleasant side effects which can cause permanent damage to your teeth and the surrounding tissues. Find out more about the hidden consequences of missing teeth with Dr. John Lu and Dr. Raul Figueroa at Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics in Lawrenceville, NJ.

How does a missing tooth affect my smile? 
A missing tooth can cause several unpleasant situations to occur. Due to the gap, which may cause embarrassment or self-esteem issues, the surrounding teeth may shift since they have nothing holding them in place. This can cause gaps or other complications. Additionally, a missing tooth causes bone loss, a process called atrophy, which can lead to sagging facial skin, tooth loss, and other complications.

How can I prevent the effects of a missing tooth? 
Replacing a missing tooth can help avoid these issues, but preventing tooth loss in the first place can truly eliminate the effects of missing teeth. Be sure to brush at least twice a day and floss between each tooth at least once a day according to the American Dental Associations recommendations. Additionally, see your dentist at least twice a year for regular examinations and professional cleanings to help nip teeth decay and gum disease in the bud and prevent their negative effects from ever occurring. If you think you have a cavity, consult with your endodontist, who specializes in the tooth’s pulp, to ensure that your teeth remain in your mouth where they belong.

Teeth Replacement Options in Lawrenceville, NJ 
Replacing your missing teeth is possible with help from your dentist. Restorations like dental bridges can replace a missing tooth which lies between two healthy teeth. A bridge lies above the gumline to replace your missing tooth. A dental implant, which your dentist implants directly into the jawbone, replaces both a missing tooth and its root and is considered the gold standard of teeth replacement options.

For more information on missing teeth or tooth replacement options, 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 dentist today!

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
June 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
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Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?

Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?

Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.

Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.

But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?

In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.

Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.

What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.

If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”

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
November 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
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Losing a tooth from disease or accident can be traumatic. The good news, though, is that it can be replaced with a life-like replica that restores your smile. One of the most popular and durable solutions is a dental implant, which replaces not only the root of the tooth but the crown as well.

But there's a possible wrinkle with implants — for accurate placement there must be a sufficient amount of bone around it. This could be a problem if you've been missing the tooth for sometime: without the stimulus provided by a tooth as you chew, older bone cells aren't replaced at an adequate rate. The bone volume gradually diminishes, as up to 25% of its normal width can be lost during the first year after tooth loss. A traumatic injury can damage underlying bone to an even greater extent.

There is a possible solution, but it will require the services of other specialists, particularly a periodontist trained in gum and bone structure. The first step is a complete examination of the mouth to gauge the true extent of any bone loss. While x-rays play a crucial role, a CT scan in particular provides a three-dimensional view of the jaw and more detail on any bone loss.

With a more accurate bone loss picture, we can then set about actually creating new bone through grafting procedures. One such technique is called a ridge augmentation: after opening the gum tissues, we place the bone graft within a barrier membrane to protect it. Over time the bone will grow replacing both the grafting material and membrane structure.

Once we have enough regenerated bone, we can then perform dental implant surgery. There are two options: a “one-stage” procedure in which a temporary crown is placed on the implant immediately after surgery; or a “two-stage” in which we place the gum tissue over the implant to protect it as it heals and bone grows and attaches to it. In cases of pre-surgical bone grafting, it's usually best to go with the two-stage procedure for maximum protection while the bone strengthens around it.

Necessary preparation of the bone for a future dental implant takes time. But the extra effort will pay off with a new smile you'll be proud to display.

If you would like more information on special situations with dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.



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