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By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
January 27, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

A missing or severely damaged tooth is a very visible dental issue, especially once you open your mouth to smile, speak, laugh, or eat. Not only can this be embarrassing, but it will also likely impact your confidence, overall health, and quality of life. Missing teeth can likewise compromise your appearance, speech, and eating habits, as well as cause bone loss in your jaw, various bite issues, and abnormal shifting of your other teeth.

Fortunately, dental implants can effectively replace your lost teeth and prevent these issues from occurring. During a consultation here at Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics, LLC, in Lawrenceville, NJ, our periodontists, Dr. John Lu, Dr. Raul Figueroa, and Dr. Kevin Murawski, will discuss your dental implant options to find out which one is most suitable for your needs.

How Dental Implants Work

Essentially, dental implants act as a substitute for your tooth roots. They will bond to your jawbone’s natural tissue to create a stable and strong foundation that will effectively hold the replacement teeth, helping them to function, feel, and appear just like your natural teeth. Implants likewise preserve your jawbone by giving it the stimulation that your real tooth roots once provided. This will also aid in maintaining the integrity of your facial structure.

Take note that bone loss will be more severe and occur faster if you have several missing teeth. In fact, for people who have lost all of their real teeth, the bone loss can become so severe that they might find it hard or impossible to wear removable restorations such as dentures or bridges since they won’t have sufficient bone to support them. This is why replacing tooth roots and not just the visible part of teeth is extremely crucial.

Ready to Take Your Smile Back?

Whether you’re missing just one, a couple, or even all of your natural teeth, the periodontists here at our Lawrenceville practice can provide you with the most appropriate dental implant treatment to give you a strong and healthy smile. Utilizing the most advanced tissue management, materials, and methods, we can help you restore the confidence that you lost because of tooth loss.

Need Dental Work? Give Us a Call

Contact Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC, at (609) 896-0700 to schedule an appointment with one of our periodontists today.

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
May 16, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Are you missing some teeth and looking for the best possible replacement? Dr. John Lu and Dr. Raúl Figueroa can have you covered! All youdental implants need to do is visit their office in Lawrenceville, NJ, and ask about dental implants!


More About Dental Implants

Dental implants consist of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace missing tooth roots. 3 to 6 months after placement, the natural process of osseointegration occurs (this is when the titanium post fuses with the jawbone).

After that time period is up, your Lawrenceville dentist will insert a screw atop the post before securing a crown on top of that which matches the rest of your teeth. You'll then walk out with a brand new smile!


Advantages of Dental Implants

There are many advantages when it comes to dental implants. Here are a few:

  • You don't have to worry about gaps in your smile
  • Implants create stability and strength in the jawbone, consequently preventing any bone shrinkage
  • A dental implant can restore one tooth, a few teeth, or all of your teeth
  • They can restore bite and chewing function
  • Unlike dentures, dental implants are fixed-in and don't fall out of place
  • Dental implants have a 95% success rate and can last a lifetime


Caring for Dental Implants

Follow these steps to properly take care of your implants:

  • Make sure you brush your teeth and floss every day to do away with tartar
  • Avoid sugary foods and eat plenty of fruits and vegetable (these foods help scrape plaque off teeth)
  • Drink plenty of water to wash away food debris
  • Use fluoride-containing products, like mouthwash and toothpaste
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups
  • Get teeth professionally cleaned to remove plaque buildup


If you have more questions about dental implants, call Dr. John Lu and Dr. Raúl Figueroa in Lawrenceville, NJ, at (609) 896-0700. Dental implants will restore your smile back to full health!

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.

More on Dental implants

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

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.”

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Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
133 Franklin Corner Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
(609) 896-0700

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