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When you floss (you do floss, right?), you probably notice a sticky, yellowish substance called plaque stuck to the thread. This thin film of tiny food particles and bacteria is the reason you floss and brush in the first place: Because it's the main trigger for tooth decay and gum disease, removing it decreases your risk for disease.
But this isn't the only form of plaque you should be concerned about. That same sticky substance can also interact with your saliva and harden into what's commonly known as tartar. Dentists, however, have a different term: They refer to these calcified deposits as calculus. And it's just as much a source of disease as its softer counterpart.
You might have noticed that this form of plaque has the same name as an advanced type of mathematics. Although dental calculus has little in common with algebra's cousin, both terms trace their origins back to the same linguistic source. The word “calculus” in Latin means “small stone;” it became associated with math because stone pebbles were once used by merchants long ago to calculate sales and trades.
The term became associated with the substance on your teeth because the hardened plaque deposits resemble tiny stones or minerals—and they can be “as hard as a rock” to remove. In fact, because they adhere so firmly it's virtually impossible to remove calculus deposits with brushing or flossing alone. To effectively eliminate calculus from tooth surfaces (including under the gum line) requires the skills and special dental tools of dentists or dental hygienists.
That's why we recommend a minimum of two dental cleanings a year to remove any calculus buildup, as well as any pre-calcified plaque you might have missed with daily hygiene. Reducing both plaque and calculus on your teeth fully minimizes your risk of dental disease. What's more, removing the yellowish substance may also brighten your smile.
That's not to say daily brushing and flossing aren't important. By removing the bulk of plaque buildup, you reduce the amount that eventually becomes calculus. In other words, it takes both a daily oral hygiene practice and regular dental visits to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful.
Cosmetic dentistry includes a wide range of services to help you improve the appearance of your smile. Procedures are available for repairing chipped or cracked teeth, whitening stained teeth, correcting a gummy smile, and addressing many other cosmetic concerns. Dr. Toan Bui, the experienced dentist at Transcendental, LLC in Clifton, NJ can recommend specific cosmetic dentistry services to help you achieve the smile you desire.
Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
One of the most exciting benefits of cosmetic dentistry is that you can enjoy a complete smile makeover. Different procedures are available for correcting or addressing a wide range of cosmetic issues. Examples of perceived problems or flaws that can be improved through cosmetic dentistry include:
- Crooked or crowded teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Excess spacing between teeth
- Oddly-shaped teeth
- A gummy smile
In addition to completely transforming your smile, another benefit of cosmetic dentistry for many patients is a boost in confidence. Patients who feel more confident with their new look have also expressed a desire to smile more often. Cosmetic dentistry could do the same for you.
Cosmetic Dentistry Services
We offer several types of cosmetic dentistry services to meet your needs. The skilled dentist at our office in Clifton can recommend specific procedures to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Examples of some of the services we offer include:
- Cosmetic Bonding — A procedure for repairing teeth with chipped or cracked areas.
- Porcelain Veneers — Thin tooth-like laminate covers that conceal imperfections, such as cracks or discolorations, and give teeth a flawless appearance.
- Teeth Whitening — A treatment for lifting away stains and discolorations, brightening a dull smile, and whitening teeth by several shades.
- Tooth-Colored Fillings — Discrete white dental fillings that restore teeth affected by decay while also blending in with the natural teeth.
- Contouring and Reshaping — A procedure for reshaping teeth that are oddly shaped to give them a more pleasing appearance.
- Procedures to Correct Gummy Smiles — Several options are available for exposing more tooth structure when too much of the gums are showing.
Whatever your smile concerns might be, cosmetic dentistry can help. Dr. Bui can discuss treatment options for helping you obtain the smile you desire. To schedule an appointment with our highly trained dentist, call Transcendental, LLC in Clifton, NJ at (973) 458-9899.
Each year millions of people endure repeated episodes of congestion, coughing and headaches, all the miseries that come with a sinus infection. Although it seems like all the action is occurring around the nose and upper face, the actual cause could be emanating from somewhere else—your teeth.
It can all begin with decay forming a small cavity in one of the upper back teeth. If it isn't caught and treated early, the decay can spread into the tooth pulp and root canals, tiny passageways to the root and bone. This may or may not cause a severe toothache or sensitivity as the tooth's nerves respond to the infection. These nerves, though, most often eventually die and the pain, if present, will subside—but not the infection.
Left untreated, the infection may then advance into the bone around the root tip, breaking it down and giving bacteria an entryway into the floor of the maxillary sinus that rests just above the upper jaw. Here bacteria can take up residence, occasionally flaring into a sinus infection. This chronic infection could go on for years with allergies mistakenly taking the blame.
If you have frequent bouts of sinusitis, a possible dental connection may be worth investigating. And in the dental profession, there may be no better “detective” for this than an endodontist. Specializing in interior tooth problems and treatments, an endodontist has the diagnostic equipment like CT or 3-D cone beam scanning to accurately image the teeth and upper jaw. With their advanced diagnostics, they're in the best position to uncover hidden tooth decay contributing to sinus problems.
Endodontists are also skilled in treating advanced tooth decay. The main procedure is known as root canal treatment, in which the dentist drills into the tooth's interior to remove infected tissue from the pulp and root canals. They then fill these empty spaces, seal and then crown the tooth for added protection.
After treatment and following up with your physician, you may find your sinus infections are less frequent. And by promptly seeking treatment at the first sign of tooth pain or sensitivity, you might prevent chronic sinusitis from even developing.
If you would like more information on how dental disease can affect overall health, 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 “Sinusitis and Tooth Infections.”
Even in the 21st Century, losing most or all of your teeth is still an unfortunate possibility. Many in this circumstance turn to dentures, as their great-grandparents did, to restore their teeth. But today's dentures are much different from those of past generations—and dental implants are a big reason why.
The basic denture is made of a gum-colored, acrylic base with artificial teeth attached. The base is precisely made to fit snugly and comfortably on the patient's individual gum and jaw structure, as the bony ridges of the gums provide the overall support for the denture.
Implants improve on this through two possible approaches. A removable denture can be fitted with a metal frame that firmly connects with implants embedded in the jaw. Alternatively, a denture can be permanently attached to implants with screws. Each way has its pros and cons, but both have two decided advantages over traditional dentures.
First, because implants rather than the gums provide their main support, implant-denture hybrids are often more secure and comfortable than traditional dentures. As a result, patients may enjoy greater confidence while eating or speaking wearing an implant-based denture.
They may also improve bone health rather than diminish it like standard dentures. This is because the forces generated when chewing and eating travel from the teeth to the jawbone and stimulate new bone cell growth to replace older cells. We lose this stimulation when we lose teeth, leading to slower bone cell replacement and eventually less overall bone volume.
Traditional dentures not only don't restore this stimulation, they can also accelerate bone loss as they rub against the bony ridges of the gums. Implants, on the other hand, can help slow or stop bone loss. The titanium in the imbedded post attracts bone cells, which then grow and adhere to the implant surface. Over time, this can increase the amount of bone attachment and help stymie any further loss.
An implant-supported denture is more expensive than a standard denture, but far less than replacing each individual tooth with an implant. If you want the affordability of dentures with the added benefits of implants, this option may be worth your consideration.
If you would like more information on implant-supported restorations, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”
How Dental Crowns Help Your Smile
A dental crown is one of the most versatile tooth restorations currently available. It can be used to strengthen a cracked took, cover a chipped, broken tooth, or misshapen tooth, and to hide severe stains. Dr. Toan Bui is a dentist at Transcendental, LLC in Clifton, NJ. He offers natural-looking crowns that can enhance the beauty of your smile.
How you Can Benefit from a Transcendental Smile?
Clifton residents who wish to improve the look and function of damaged teeth can enjoy the following benefits from dental crowns:
- Aesthetic improvement: porcelain crowns make your smile look better and improve your self-confidence.
- Natural-looking teeth: dental crowns are custom made so that they are the same shape, size, and color as your natural teeth, so no one will know you’ve had a restoration.
- Stronger teeth: because dental crowns can be used to cover damaged or weakened teeth, this gives them strength and prevents further damage.
- Improved function: by strengthening the teeth, crowns make biting and chewing less difficult.
Dental Crown FAQ
How do I take care of a temporary crown?
You should avoid chewy, sticky, or hard foods and try to minimize the use of that side of your mouth as much as possible. Floss gentle and slide the floss out.
Can crowns develop problems?
It is not common, but a crown may chip or become displaced. If this happens you should see your dentist as soon as possible.
How long do dental crowns last?
This will generally depend on the type of material they are made from, with metal crowns lasting longest. A dental crown may last for years.
If you are looking for a Clifton dentist who can advise you on dental crowns, call Dr. Bui today on (973) 458-9899 to request a consultation.