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Bonding

Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth to restore or improve a person’s smile.

For What Conditions Is Dental Bonding Considered?

Dental Bonding Is An Option That Can Be Considered:

  • As a Cosmetic Alternative to Amalgam Fillings
  • To Change the Shape of Teeth
  • To Close Spaces Between Teeth
  • To Improve the Appearance of Discolored Teeth
  • To Make Teeth Look Longer
  • To Protect a Portion of the Tooth’s Root That Has Been Exposed When Gums Recede
  • To Repair Chipped or Cracked Teeth
  • To Repair Decayed Teeth (Composite Resins Are Used to Fill Cavities)

What’s the Procedure for Having a Tooth Bonded?

  • Preparation: Little advance preparation is needed for dental bonding. Anesthesia is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. Your dentist will use a shade guide to select a composite resin color that will closely match the color of your tooth.
  • The Bonding Process: Next, the surface of the tooth will be roughened, and a conditioning liquid applied. These procedures help the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The tooth-colored, putty-like resin is then applied, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape. An ultraviolet light or laser is then used to harden the material. After the material is hardened, your dentist will further trim and shape it, and polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
  • Time-to-Completion: Dental bonding takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete.

Cleaning and Prevention

Family Eco DentalOur ultimate goal is to secure the safety, health, and beauty of your teeth for a lifetime, so you can always smile with confidence. The very best way to achieve this is through an individually tailored prevention program designed through the cooperative effort of the patient, the dentist, and our dental staff.

With the practice of good oral hygiene at home combined with a balanced diet and regular dental visits, we can effectively preserve the natural dentition of your teeth and their supporting structures for years to come. This is the very best way to minimize or eliminate the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions that can result in serious and costly dental problems. Let us help you maintain a healthy, confident, and beautiful smile.

Composite Fillings

What are composite fillings?
Mouth fillings are the most popular method of restoring teeth. There are many types of materials that can be used for fillings such as amalgam and gold. Composites fillings are a popular choice because they match the color of teeth and look natural. Composites are not only used to restore decayed teeth, but they may also be used for crack or broken teeth, stained teeth, and teeth that have been worn down.

How are fillings placed?
Fillings are very common and can be done in one visit to the dentist. Once anesthesia is applied, the dentist will begin removing decay from the tooth using a dental drill and clean out the decay area. When all the decay is removed, the dentist will prepare and shape the area so that the filling material, such as composite, can be placed. Once the filling has been placed, the filling will be shaped, and the tooth will be polished, so it can look as natural as possible.

After first receiving a filling, many patients become temporarily sensitive to hot and cold foods. When the tooth becomes used to having the filling, the sensitivity will subside.

Consultation

Family Eco DentalOur ultimate goal is to secure the safety, health, and beauty of your teeth for a lifetime, so you can always smile with confidence. The very best way to achieve this is through an individually tailored prevention program designed through the cooperative effort of the patient, the dentist, and our dental staff.

With the practice of good oral hygiene at home combined with a balanced diet and regular dental visits, we can effectively preserve the natural dentition of your teeth and their supporting structures for years to come. This is the very best way to minimize or eliminate the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions that can result in serious and costly dental problems. Let us help you maintain a healthy, confident, and beautiful smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Over the past decade, interest in improving and maintaining an attractive smile has risen dramatically. Modern cosmetic dentistry has developed numerous quick, painless, and surprisingly affordable ways to address the wide variety of problems that can arise in the appearance and dental structure of teeth. These treatments help to build and protect bright and healthy smiles that can enhance appearance and often improve self-confidence. 

Here Is a List of What Modern Cosmetic Dental Treatments Can Accomplish:

  • Change the Size, Shape, and Alignment of Individual Teeth
  • Fill in Unattractive Spaces Between Teeth
  • Improve or Correct Bite Positions
  • Lighten or Brighten Tooth Color
  • Repair Decayed, Broken, Cracked, or Chipped Teeth
  • Replace Missing Teeth
  • Replace Old, Unattractive Dental Treatments

Custom Smile Design

Over the past decade, interest in improving and maintaining an attractive smile has risen dramatically. Modern cosmetic dentistry has developed numerous quick, painless, and surprisingly affordable ways to address the wide variety of problems that can arise in the appearance and dental structure of teeth. These treatments help to build and protect bright and healthy smiles that can enhance appearance and often improve self-confidence. 

Here Is a List of What Modern Cosmetic Dental Treatments Can Accomplish:

  • Change the Size, Shape, and Alignment of Individual Teeth
  • Fill in Unattractive Spaces Between Teeth
  • Improve or Correct Bite Positions
  • Lighten or Brighten Tooth Color
  • Repair Decayed, Broken, Cracked, or Chipped Teeth
  • Replace Missing Teeth
  • Replace Old, Unattractive Dental Treatments

 Dental Cleanings

Over the past decade, interest in improving and maintaining an attractive smile has risen dramatically. Modern cosmetic dentistry has developed numerous quick, painless, and surprisingly affordable ways to address the wide variety of problems that can arise in the appearance and dental structure of teeth. These treatments help to build and protect bright and healthy smiles that can enhance appearance and often improve self-confidence. 

Here Is a List of What Modern Cosmetic Dental Treatments Can Accomplish:

  • Change the Size, Shape, and Alignment of Individual Teeth
  • Fill in Unattractive Spaces Between Teeth
  • Improve or Correct Bite Positions
  • Lighten or Brighten Tooth Color
  • Repair Decayed, Broken, Cracked, or Chipped Teeth
  • Replace Missing Teeth
  • Replace Old, Unattractive Dental Treatments

 Dental Exams

On your first visit, the dentist will perform a comprehensive dental exam to assess the current condition of your teeth and their supporting dental structures. You will then be asked to return for regular check-up exams to help implement and maintain your individualized dental health plan. 

Regular Check-up Exams Cover Three Primary Areas:

  • Professional Dental Cleanings.
  • Screenings for General Dental Health
  • Periodic X-Rays and Regular Diagnostic Evaluations of X-Rays

Dental Implants

What are dental implants?
Dental implants are recommended for those seeking a permanent solution to missing teeth. They are designed to look natural while also giving you the ability to have stable function of natural teeth. Dental implants are surgically placed into the mouth by inserting a titanium anchor into your jaw. After the anchor is placed, the bone will heal (about 6 months) around the titanium and hold it into place. When your dentist thinks you are ready, they will place your custom made artificial tooth into the anchor.

Dental implants are not recommended for everyone. In order to be eligible to receive implants, you must have enough bone structure to support the implant, free of chronic illnesses and must ensure that you will maintain proper oral hygiene to care for a new implant.

Dentures and Partial Dentures

What are dentures and partial dentures?
Dentures and partial dentures are removable dental appliances that are used to replace teeth that are missing. Full dentures offer artificial teeth to those that have lost all of their teeth on either the upper or lower arch of their mouth. Obtaining a denture will restore function and appearance to those who have lost all of their teeth. Dentures allow many patients to eat, speak and improve the appearance of their mouth. Partial dentures are recommended for those who have not lost all of their teeth and have some teeth remaining. The partial denture will consist of artificial teeth that will replace missing teeth and metal clasps that clip on to remaining teeth to help hold it in place.

The process of obtaining dentures and partial dentures:
When you and your dentist have decided what option is best for you, your dentist can help you get started. If complete dentures are the option for you, the dentures are created once your teeth have been removed and your gums have healed. Due to this reason, this process can take several months. During the healing process, a set of immediate dentures may be given to you, so you do not have to be without teeth. In both complete denture and partial denture treatments, several impressions will be taken so that dental laboratories can get a sense of the shape of your mouth, so they can create custom dentures for you. Several appointments will be made for you to come back to your dentist to try on the dentures in order to ensure that your dentures are made to fit you properly. During your final appointment, you will receive your final finished denture, so you can get your beautiful smile back.

After receiving your final dentures, your dentist will provide you with special instructions on how to maintain proper hygiene and also how to clean your dentures.

Digital X-Rays

Dental x-rays, known as radiographs, are essential diagnostic tools for the prevention of serious dental diseases and complications. They provide the dentist with valuable information not available through a regular dental exam. Identifying such problems early saves you time, money, and necessary pain.

Dental X-Rays Can Reveal:

  • Bone Loss
  • Decay Between Teeth
  • Developmental Abnormalities
  • Poor Tooth and Root Positions
  • Problems Inside a Tooth and Below the Gum Line
  • Tooth Abscesses or Cysts
  • Tumors, Both Cancerous and Non-Cancerous

Patients often wonder if dental x-rays are safe. While x-rays do use low-level radiation to capture images, the amount of radiation exposure a patient receives from a full mouth series of dental x-rays is equal to what a person normally receives in a single day from natural sources present in our everyday lives. With precautions in place, x-rays are perfectly safe.

Dental x-rays are not taken on every check-up visit. The dentist regularly reviews each patient’s unique situation and requests the x-rays only when necessary based on medical and dental history, regular screenings, age considerations, and risk for disease. A full mouth series is recommended for new patients and is generally good for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are generally recommended once or twice a year.

Extractions

A tooth that is severely damaged may need to be removed. A surgeon who specializes in surgeries of the mouth (oral and maxillofacial surgeon) or your dentist can remove a tooth.

Before removing your tooth, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. A stronger, general anesthetic may be used, especially if several or all of your teeth need to be removed. General anesthetic prevents pain in the whole body and will make you sleep through the procedure.

After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. You can gently bite down on a cotton gauze pad placed over the wound to help stop the bleeding. The removed tooth can be replaced with an implant, a denture, or a bridge. A bridge is a replacement for one or more (but not all) of the teeth and may be permanent or removable.

What to Expect After Surgery?

In Most Cases, the Recovery Period Lasts Only a Few Days. The Following Will Help Speed Recovery:

  • Take painkillers as prescribed by your dentist or oral surgeon.
  • After 24 hours, rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Make your own salt water by mixing 1 tsp (5 g) of salt in a medium-sized glass [8 FL oz. (237 mL)] of warm water.
  • Change gauze pads before they become soaked with blood.
  • Relax after surgery. Physical activity may increase bleeding.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Eat soft foods, such as gelatin, pudding, or a thin soup. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as healing progresses.
  • Do not lie flat. This may prolong bleeding. Prop up your head with pillows.
  • Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue.
  • Continue to carefully brush your teeth and tongue.
  • After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. Some stitches dissolve over time, and some have to be removed after a few days. Your dentist will tell you whether your stitches need to be removed.

Family Eco DentalWhy it is done?
Removing a tooth is necessary when decay or an abscessed tooth is so severe that no other treatment will cure the infection.

Gum Disease

What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a very serious dental disease that affects many people. It is caused by bacteria from plaque formations on the teeth. In the mouth, there are constant plaque formations on the teeth, but when the plaque formations become severe, the body’s immune system will try to fight the bacteria from plaque. This causes inflammation in the gums that results in swelling and bleeding, which are early signs of periodontal disease called gingivitis. In severe forms of periodontal disease, the bacteria will go under the gums are beginning to damage the bone that supports the teeth and cause the teeth to become loose.

Other Health Risks of Periodontal Disease
There have now been studies that have shown a connection between periodontal disease and other health concerns.

These Include:

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Increase Risk of Stroke
  • Premature Births in Pregnant Women
  • Respiratory Problems

What can you do?
If you suspect that you may have early signs of periodontal disease such as gum disease due to inflammation and bleeding gums, many an appointment to consult with your dentist. At early stages, the process of the disease can be reversed through a cleaning or deep cleaning and proper oral hygiene maintenance. Maintaining good oral hygiene through brushing and flossing and regular visits to the dentist can help periodontal disease from occurring.

Home Care

There are many things that you can do away from the dental office to help control bacteria and plaque to keep your mouth healthy. Brushing, flossing, mouth rinses and maintaining good nutrition can help keep your mouth healthy in between dental visits.

Brushing
Brushing your teeth is something that you should do every day! Using a soft-bristled brush can help remove food particles, plaque and other debris from your teeth. If you choose not to use a soft-bristled brush, electric toothbrushes have become an option for many. Choosing a proper toothbrush will help you brush those hard to reach places. It is important to brush twice a day, once in the morning and once before you go to bed for two minutes each time.

To properly brush, use about a pea size amount of toothpaste. There are many types of toothpaste and choosing the right one for you is important. Toothpaste varieties range from those designed for sensitivity to those used for tartar protection. Begin by placing the toothbrush at a 45-degree angles to the gums. Use small and gentle circular motions so you are cleaning the surface of the teeth and gently massaging your gums. Proper brushing takes two minutes, so set a timer, stopwatch or even sing a song to ensure that you are brushing for a long enough time. For hard to reach areas in the back and inside surfaces of the teeth, use the tip of the toothbrush. Brushing your tongue can also help remove bacteria and leave your breath smelling fresher.

Replacement of your toothbrush should occur every 2-3 months or when your toothbrush bristles start showing signs of wear. Toothbrushes should also be replaced after illness to prevent from re-infecting yourself.

Flossing
Brushing alone does not reach all areas of the mouth. The areas in between teeth cannot be accessed with a toothbrush and therefore flossing is needed. Flossing helps clean and prevent the formation of plaque in between teeth and underneath the gum line.

To properly floss, use about 15 inches of floss and wrap it around your middle finger and leave about 2 inches of floss to work with. Use your thumbs and index fingers to help guide the floss in between the teeth and slide it between the gum and teeth, forming a V motion. The floss should clean underneath the gum line, but avoid forcing it down further, which causes damage to the gum tissue.

Mouth Rinses
Mouth Rinses are another way to keep your teeth healthy and your breath fresh. Though it does not replace brushing and flossing, rinsing can help after meals when a toothbrush is not readily available.

Inlays/Onlays

What are porcelain inlays and onlays?
Porcelain Inlays and Onlays are restorative fillings that are made using different materials such as porcelain, gold or composite. Porcelain is often the most popular because it mimics natural tooth color. The porcelain is custom created to fit into the prepared tooth cavity and cemented in. Porcelain on its own can be very brittle, but when porcelain is bonded to tooth structure, it becomes very strong and durable.

Due to the durability of porcelain inlays and onlays, they may be recommended for patients who have more severe decay that cannot be repaired by a traditional filling. Generally, teeth that are broken, have severe decay or have fractured fillings are recommended to receive a porcelain inlay or onlay.

What is the difference between inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are both made at dental laboratories. Therefore, the process generally takes two visits to complete. Porcelain inlays are used in place on traditional silver or composite fillings. They are placed into the prepared tooth where a filling would be placed. Onlays are also known as “partial crowns” and they are caps that help protect the chewing surface of the tooth that has been damaged. Both inlays and onlays last for a very long time and provide patients with beautiful results, but they may eventually need to be replaced.

Orthodontics

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in treating patients with improper positioning of teeth when the mouth is closed (malocclusion), which results in an improper bite. Orthodontics also includes treating and controlling various aspects of facial growth (dentofacial orthopedics) and the shape and development of the jaw. An orthodontics specialist is called an orthodontist.

Orthodontics used to be called orthodontia – the word comes from the Greek orthos, meaning “straight, perfect or proper”, and dontos, which means “teeth”.

Orthodontics also includes cosmetic dentistry; when the patient’s aim is to improve his/her appearance.

An Orthodontist Uses a Range of Medical Dental Devices, Including Headgears, Plates, Braces, etc. to Help in:

  • Closing Wide Gaps Between the Teeth
  • Making Sure the Tips of the Teeth Are Aligned
  • Straightening Crooked Teeth
  • To Improve Speech or Eating (Oral Function)
  • To Improve the Long-Term Health of Gums and Teeth
  • To Prevent Long-Term Excessive Wear or Trauma (of the Teeth)
  • Treating an Improper Biteodontics


Contact Us

Serenity Home Care Family Eco Dental
407 39th Street, Suite 401, Union City, NJ 07087
Phone: 201-330-2837201-330-2837 | Fax: 201-330-2838 | Email: team@familyecodental.com

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