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By Personal Choice Dental
March 25, 2020
Category: Oral Care
Tags: gum disease  

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is a serious infection that damages the soft tissue around your teeth. If you don't receive treatment, it can lead to loose teeth. It can also destroy the bone that surrounds your teeth. Don't ignore the signs of gum disease. Visit Personal Choice Dental in Old Bridge where Dr. Anthony Vitale, Dr. Jeffrey Band, and Dr. Elliot Nash can help you prevent and treat gum disease as well as other dental issues. Here are some gum disease symptoms that you should never ignore:

  • Your gums bleed when you brush your teeth or after you brush your teeth
  • Your teeth are receding. In other words, your teeth appear longer than they used to be.
  • You have constant bad breath or a nasty taste in your mouth
  • Your teeth are loose or they're shifting in your mouth
  • Your upper and lower teeth don't fit together the way they used to
  • Your partial dentures don't fit anymore
  • Your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold beverages

Gum Disease Treatment

Once you are diagnosed with gum disease, your dentist will establish a treatment plan. The goal is to help your gums return to health so they can reattach to the teeth. Treatment varies according to each patient's unique situation. Our dentists will decide if you require nonsurgical or surgical treatment.

Nonsurgical treatment involves dental cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar that's attached to your teeth. The dentist may also treat you with scaling and root planing. During this nonsurgical procedure, the dentist uses tools to scrape away plaque and tartar away from your teeth and gums. The dentist will also use tools to smooth the rough spots on your teeth. Those rough spots provide a sanctuary for bacteria. Once they are smoothed away, your gums can reattach themselves to clean teeth.

Surgical treatments from our Old Bridge office include soft tissue grafts, bone grafts, bone surgery, and guided tissue regeneration. When the tissue surrounding the teeth is unhealthy, surgical treatments may be necessary.

Prevent or Treat Gum Disease

Gum disease is a serious dental issue that should be treated right away. If you think that you may have gum disease and you live in Old Bridge, visit us at Personal Choice Dental. Our dentists can develop a treatment plan to help you prevent gum disease. If you are already showing the signs of gum disease, they can also provide the treatment you need to get your teeth back to health. Call us today at (732) 727-1211.

By Personal Choice Dental
March 25, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Crowns  

How crowns can help you smile

If you have a cracked, chipped, worn-down or cavity-stricken tooth, a dental crown may help you smile again. Dental crowns literally put a cap on your tooth’s problem areas. In fact, they can be designed to look like your original tooth and even to blend in naturally with surrounding teeth. At Personal Choice Dental in Old Bridge, N.J., a family dentist can help you decide whether a dental crown is the best restoration choice for you.

Family Dentists Choose the Perfect Crown for You

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that replace decaying or weak teeth above the gum line. They can restore the most worn down and decayed tooth to its original shape, size, appearance and, even, strength. The family dentists at Personal Choice Dental’s Old Bridge office want to create a crown that both looks and feels good in your mouth. They have the knowledge to choose the material that works best for each patient’s situation.

Your Tooth Will Look and Feel Good Again

Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including metal alloys, porcelain, ceramics, composite resin or combinations of these materials. When a patient has front teeth in need of being capped, Personal Choice Dental’s family dentists can choose the material that will blend best with the shade and shape of existing teeth so that nobody will even notice the cap. Moreover, patients with new crowns don’t have to worry about replacing them anytime soon because they tend to last longer than other cosmetic dental restorations.

Crowns Cover a Variety of Problems

Dental crowns can address a variety of issues that may be causing your teeth and your smile to be less vibrant. Sometimes they are used to strengthen and cover a tooth consumed by fillings, especially when there isn’t enough of the natural tooth left to hold the filling. They also provide a solution for a discolored or misshapen tooth, covering up trouble spots with a shiny new replacement. In addition, crowns are used to attach bridges, prevent weak teeth from cracking, rebuild already-broken teeth and conceal dental implants.

For more information about the benefits of dental crowns or any of your other family dentistry needs in Old Bridge, contact Personal Choice Dental at 732-727-1211, and you will be smiling again in no time.

By Personal Choice Dental
January 24, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Crowns and Bridges  

Decay manifests for many reasons, including lack of dental treatment, poor oral care habits, or an injury that was ignored. When it does, our professionals at Personal Choice Dental recommend a crown to restore one or multiple teeth to a healthy state or a bridge if empty spaces are present. If you are feeling self-conscious about your smile, our Old Bridge office provide quality and convenient care that you can trust. Schedule a consultation and read on to learn how these powerful restorations can improve your smile.

How Crowns and Bridges Work Together

These types of restorations collaborate to protect natural teeth from further damage while filling empty spaces from ones that are missing. A crown resembles a permanent tooth and entirely covers the surface to rebuild strength and improve overall function. A bridge bonds existing teeth or implants to close the gaps. As with crowns, you'll have different choices when it comes to selecting materials for your bridges. Both are an excellent choice for virtually visible results.

Benefits of Crowns and Bridges

These popular restorations offer many advantages, such as:

  • Reinforcing your ability to chew.
  • Eliminating slurred speech.
  • Preserving the facial structures.
  • Preventing remaining teeth from shifting.

Caring for Your Dental Restorations

When you visit Personal Choice Dental to restore the shape, size, durability, and aesthetic, you'll receive home care instructions to practice immediately. In between routine checkups at our Old Bridge office, you should care for your restorations as you would your natural teeth. You may also be informed to avoid hot foods and beverages because they can stick to the crowns and cause cavities. Steps for adequate oral hygiene include maintaining a healthy diet, brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and flossing carefully after every meal.

If you have a weak bite, enamel damage, or are embarrassed by gaps and spaces between the teeth, consult with one our of dentists at Personal Choice Dental. They’ll help you decide if these restorations are a suitable solution for you. For more information about crowns and bridges, as well as services provided, visit our website at https://www.personalchoicedental.com/. To schedule an appointment in our Old Bridge, NJ, office, please call (732) 727-1211.

By Personal Choice Dental
October 23, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: invisalign  

If you're considering orthodontic correction, consider what Invisalign clear aligners can do for you. Correcting millions of smiles since 1997, this FDA-approved orthodontic system works wonders discreetly and comfortably. At Personal Choice Dental in Old Bridge our five dentists have the training and experience to straighten your smile with Invisalign.

Why get orthodontic correction?

Teeth look better, oral health improves and self-confidence soars when we have healthy, well-aligned teeth. Research proves it, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

However, patients in their teens or adult years hesitate to wear metal braces with their obvious appearance, intricate hygiene routines, and dietary restrictions. That's why Personal Choice Dental offers Invisalign, the discreet, thin, and removable alternative to conventional braces.

How Invisalign works

Come to Personal Choice Dental for an Invisalign evaluation. Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums and take a special three-dimensional scan. This information tells them if these thin acrylic aligners would correct your smile problems.

Invisalign treats a variety of orthodontic issues such as:

  • Overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite
  • Misplaced midline
  • Tooth rotation and tipping
  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Protruding front teeth

As you wear your custom-made series of 18 to 30 aligners, your teeth move into healthier, more attractive positions. No one notices you're wearing them, and you enjoy easy aligner maintenance and simple progress checks periodically at the dental office.

In all, most Invisalign treatment plans take nine to 18 months. That's all--about half the time of conventional braces.

A note to parents

If you worry your teen won't wear the aligners for the required 20 to 22 hours a day, consider this: the aligners may be equipped with compliance tabs. These colored inserts show you and the dentist if the treatment plan is on track or not.

Learn more about Invisalign

Join us at Personal Choice Dental for a friendly Invisalign consultation. You'll be able to make an informed decision about orthodontic care and your new smile. Phone us in Old Bridge at (732) 727-1211.

By Personal Choice Dental
August 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

When you're missing even just one tooth, your appearance and ability to bite/chew can be enormously affected in a negative way. Dental-ImplantFortunately, long-lasting dental implants offer an excellent solution to this issue. Here at Personal Choice Dental in Old Bridge our dentists can help you keep your smile bright and full with dental implants and other services and treatments—read on to learn more!

 

How do dental implants work?

Roots are a crucial, though often underappreciated, part of your teeth. After all, without strong, stable roots, it's impossible to bite into hard, tough, or sticky foods. For those experiencing tooth loss, most tooth restorations, unfortunately, are not able to replace these important tooth parts. However, dental implants can effectively mimic the role of roots due to both their placement in the jaw and how their titanium makeup naturally fuses with bone.

The first step of the implant process requires minor oral surgery to place the implants in the jawbone and cover them with gum tissue. During the few months following the procedure, the implants will osseointegrate (i.e. bond) to your jawbone, creating synthetic roots that are just as secure as your natural ones. Once osseointegration occurs, a dental crown will be attached to the top of the implant, creating a brand new tooth.

 

I've lost more than one tooth, can I still get dental implants?

Implants aren't limited in replacing single teeth. In fact, they can be attached to a bridge to replace several missing teeth at a time. Implants are even an option if you've lost all of your teeth! In this last case, implant-supported dentures offer excellent biting power and can be attached to as few as four dental implants.

 

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants may be a good choice for you if:

  • Your oral and general health is good.
  • Good oral hygiene is a priority for you.
  • You have good jawbone depth (if depth is a problem, a bone graft may be recommended)
  • You don't smoke or plan to give it up (smoking interferes with healing)
  • You don't have a disease or condition that affects your immune system or don't take medications that suppress the immune system.

Although your Old Bridge dentist will need to perform an examination and take a few X-rays to determine if you're a good candidate, dental implants remain an excellent choice for most people who seek treatment.

 

Interested? Give us a call

Restore your smile with dental implants! Schedule an appointment with the dentists at Personal Choice Dental by calling (732) 727-1211 for the Old Bridge, NJ, office.





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