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Your smile is one of the first things people see, and keeping it strong, bright, and healthy is key to not only your appearance, but your overall health, as well. After all, your teeth are with you for life, so it's important to treat them well. Toan K. Bui, DMD of Transcendental LLC in Clifton, NJ, has easy, effective tips for caring for your smile—read on to learn some of them, and turn to his Clifton practice for cleanings and other essential preventative services.
What is preventative care?
Preventative dentistry means being proactive about the health of your teeth. Good dental habits should start as soon as teeth come in, meaning that your toddler and children must also be diligent in practicing proper oral hygiene, as well. Preventative care is crucial in keeping cavities, enamel wear, gingivitis, and periodontitis at bay.
How do I practice preventative care?
Achieving good oral health requires regular care on both your part and that of your Clifton, NJ, dentist. At home, make sure you and your family members are brushing twice daily or after meals, flossing every day, drinking plenty of water, avoiding sugary foods/beverages, and abstaining from smoking or using chewing tobacco. You should also be receiving deep cleanings twice a year or as recommended by your dentist, as well as receiving regular dental X-rays to check for cavities, tooth decay, bone loss, or impacted teeth.
These visits to our Clifton office are also important because they allow your dentist to discover any chips, cracks, or cavities in your teeth. Once these issues have been detected, they can be fixed through the use of crowns, sealants, or fillings.
Give us a call!
Entrust Toan K. Bui, DMD to help you practice preventative care and keep your teeth healthy for years to come. Call (973) 458-9899 today to schedule an appointment at our Clifton office!
Facing extensive dental treatment can be stressful—and even more so when you realize what it will cost. It’s a hard fact of life, but some dental work can be expensive.
The good news, though, is that it’s possible to keep your costs at a manageable level, even with limited finances. And your best first step is to become proactive with dental care now, before problems appear or get worse.
There are good reasons for making room in your budget for regular dental cleanings and checkups: for one, dental cleanings coupled with your own daily hygiene help keep bacterial plaque, the main cause of dental disease, from causing gum disease or damage to the tooth surfaces. And seeing us regularly makes it more likely we’ll detect a problem before it inflicts too much harm.
Regular visits are also important for establishing a relationship with us. As we become more familiar with you and your own individual risk factors for dental problems, we can then develop a treatment strategy to minimize those risks or take action to decrease their impact.
The latter point has direct bearing on the financial side of your care. It’s tempting to postpone a recommended treatment for a mild to moderate issue because of the expense. But receiving treatment now could save you from major expense later.
Perhaps, though, you’re actually facing that major expense now and the full weight of what it will cost is bearing down. Even in this situation, you may actually find there are less expensive ways to deal with the problem, at least temporarily until you can afford a more permanent solution.
For example, if you’ve lost a tooth or have had it extracted, you may be able to opt for a partial denture or similar less costly restoration—at least for the time being. Eventually, when you’re prepared financially, you can replace it with a dental implant or another permanent restoration. In the meantime, you’re able to regain a reasonable level of dental health.
The key is to invest in your teeth and gums now whatever their state of health. The efforts you make today could save you from a greater health and financial burden tomorrow.
The long-running hit show Dancing with the Stars has had its share of memorable moments, including a wedding proposal, a wardrobe malfunction, and lots of sharp dance moves. But just recently, one DWTS contestant had the bad luck of taking an elbow to the mouth on two separate occasions—one of which resulted in some serious dental damage.
Nationally syndicated radio personality Bobby Bones received the accidental blows while practicing with his partner, professional dancer Sharna Burgess. “I got hit really hard,” he said. “There was blood and a tooth. [My partner] was doing what she was supposed to do, and my face was not doing what it was supposed to do.”
Accidents like this can happen at any time—especially when people take part in activities where there’s a risk of dental trauma. Fortunately, dentists have many ways to treat oral injuries and restore damaged teeth. How do we do it?
It all depends on how much of the tooth is missing, whether the damage extends to the soft tissue in the tooth’s pulp, and whether the tooth’s roots are intact. If the roots are broken or seriously damaged, the tooth may need to be extracted (removed). It can then generally be replaced with a dental bridge or a state-of-the-art dental implant.
If the roots are healthy but the pulp is exposed, the tooth may become infected—a painful and potentially serious condition. A root canal is needed. In this procedure, the infected pulp tissue is removed and the “canals” (hollow spaces deep inside the tooth) are disinfected and sealed up. The tooth is then restored: A crown (cap) is generally used to replace the visible part above the gum line. A timely root canal procedure can often save a tooth that would otherwise be lost.
For moderate cracks and chips, dental veneers may be an option. Veneers are wafer-thin shells made of translucent material that go over the front surfaces of teeth. Custom-made from a model of your smile, veneers are securely cemented on to give you a restoration that looks natural and lasts for a long time.
It’s often possible to fix minor chips with dental bonding—and this type of restoration can frequently be done in just one office visit. In this procedure, layers of tooth-colored resin are applied to fill in the parts of the tooth that are missing, and then hardened by a special light. While it may not be as long-lasting as some other restoration methods, bonding is a relatively simple and inexpensive technique that can produce good results.
If you would like more information about emergency dental treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor articles “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries” and “Knocked Out Tooth.”
Wearing braces isn't just for teenagers — straightening teeth can be just as viable a need when you're an adult. For example, it may be necessary to first move teeth away from an empty tooth socket before you obtain a dental implant or other restoration.
But braces could have complications, especially if you have periodontal (gum) disease. These infections caused by plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles, inflame and weaken gum tissues and erode supporting bone. It can be treated and brought under control — but keeping it under control requires daily brushing and flossing, along with frequent office cleanings and checkups.
Braces can make this more difficult: it's harder to brush and floss effectively through the hardware of brackets and wires, which can give plaque a chance to build up. Patients susceptible to gum disease are more likely to have re-infections while wearing braces. The hardware can also cause enamel to come in prolonged contact with acid, which can dissolve its mineral content and open the door to tooth decay.
Clear aligners are an alternative to braces that can accomplish tooth movement while minimizing infection flare-ups for people with gum disease. Aligners are a series of customized clear plastic trays worn over the teeth, with each succeeding tray incrementally moving the teeth further than the preceding one. After wearing one tray for a specified time period, you then switch to the next tray. The teeth gradually move to the desired new position over the course of the aligner series.
This option is especially advantageous for gum disease patients because the trays can be removed temporarily for brushing and flossing. There are also other benefits: we can hide a missing tooth space with a temporary false tooth attached to the aligner; and, they're nearly invisible so it won't be obvious to others you're undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Not all orthodontic situations benefit from this alternative, while some cases may call for a combination approach between aligners and braces. But in the right setting, clear aligners are a good choice for not only obtaining better teeth position, but also helping you avoid a new encounter with dental disease.
Dental bridges make it possible to replace missing teeth and recreate a full smile! These restorations are traditionally made of artificial teeth (called pontics) that are attached to a metal or ceramic bridge. At each end of the bridge is a dental crown, which fits over an existing tooth to help hold the bridge in place. At Transcendental in Clifton, NJ, Dr. Toan Bui is your dentist for dental bridges—a consultation with him determine if this tooth replacement option is right for you!
Types of Dental Bridges
There is more than one type of dental bridge and a consultation with our Clifton dentist can determine which one is right for you! Whatever type of dental bridge you need, it will be custom made for a perfect fit. Some types of dental bridges include:
- Conventional dental bridge
- Cantilever dental bridge
- Resin-bonded dental bridge
Conventional or traditional dental bridges are held in place by dental crowns that fit over the natural teeth at each end of the bridge. A cantilever or resin-bonded dental bridge can be used when there are no natural teeth for a crown to fit over on one side of the dental bridge.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
A dental bridge offers several benefits. Some of these benefits are functional, such as providing additional teeth for biting and chewing food. Others are aesthetic, such as filling in the gaps in your smile where teeth are missing. The larger list of benefits includes:
- Restoring your smile
- Boosting your confidence
- Providing support for sagging facial muscles
- Preventing existing teeth from moving out of place
- Restoring normal biting and chewing functions
- Redistributing biting and chewing functions evenly across all teeth
- Alleviating extra strain on existing teeth that were compensating for missing ones
- Improving speech, which can be affected by gaps in your smile
Interested? Give our Clifton Office a Call!
If you are looking to rebuild your smile, schedule an appointment with our dentist by dialing (973) 458-9899!