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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 and Parlin, NJ, 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, and in Parlin, call (732) 238-7272.

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 and Parlin, NJ, 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 or Parlin 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 or (732) 238-7272 for the Parlin, NJ, office.

By Personal Choice Dental
May 30, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

What's the best tooth replacement? Today, it's the dental implant, an artificial tooth from crown to root. It improves bone integrity, provides dental implantoutstanding oral function and closes unsightly smile gaps. At Personal Choice Dental in Parlin, NJ, your team of five dentists places dental implants in scores of patients annually. Could you be one of them?

Those awful smile gaps

They harm more than your personal appearance and self-image. Dear Doctor explains that your jaw loses a full 25 percent of bone width, height, and density within one year of dental extraction, and as time proceeds, so does bone recession. As a result, teeth next to the smile gap shift, your ability to bite and chew efficiently diminishes, and your faces ages--particularly if you lose multiple teeth.

Dental implants from your Parlin, NJ, dentist

The best solution is the dental implant because it imitates the look, function, and feel of a real tooth. Composed of a titanium screw inserted into the jaw bone, a metal alloy extension post, and porcelain crown, an implant actually improves bone density and confers stable oral function and excellent smile appearance.

Why are dental implants from your Parlin, NJ, dentist so superior to traditional bridgework or dentures? The answer lies in something called osseointegration. Human bone and titanium metal bond, or integrate, together. No other metal fuses with bone as well as titanium does.

After your dentist inserts the implant screw, he closes the site, and healing begins. While it takes many weeks, osseointegration secures the implant so it can receive its post and crown and subsequently bites, chews, and appears just like a real tooth.

For larger gaps, or for people who are fully edentulous, implants support prosthetics such as bridges and full or partial dentures. So, implants are amazingly versatile, and they last for 40 to 50 years, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness.

Keeping implant sites healthy

If you brush twice a day and floss around implants daily, you are well on your way to keeping your dental implants sites healthy and viable. You should avoid excessive wear and tear on your new teeth by wearing a bite guard if you grind your teeth (a habit known as bruxism) and avoiding super-hard dietary choices such as taffy and peanut brittle.

Of course, it's no surprise that tobacco usage impacts implant health and viability. Cigarette smoke, in particular, infects and degrades the bone and gum tissue around the implant screw. Long story short, if you wish to keep your implants for the rest of your life, cut out all tobacco.

Ready for an implant consultation?

So are we. Please contact Personal Choice Dental for details on closing up your smile gaps. Your dentist will review your health history, do a complete examination and determine if you have enough bone to receive implants. Most people do! So, call at (732) 727-1211 for our Old Bridge office and (732) 238-7272 for the location in Parlin, NJ.

By Personal Choice Dental
March 26, 2019
Category: Oral Care

Keep an eye on the health of your gums to safeguard yourself from gum disease.

Gum Disease SignsGum disease is one of the most common dental disorders that American adults deal with. In fact, according to the CDC as many as half of US Americans have some form of gum disease. This chronic inflammatory infection is also one of the leading causes of tooth loss. To protect against tooth loss and other serious oral health issues, it’s important to detect the early signs of gum disease so you know when to turn to our Old Bridge, NJ, dentists.

A Lack of Symptoms Doesn’t Necessarily Mean No Gum Disease

It’s important to realize that those with gum disease don’t often experience symptoms until the infection has become more advanced and serious. While this might sound rather frustrating, don’t worry; there are steps you can take to protect against gum disease and to detect the problem early on.

The number one thing you can do to protect the health of your gums is to visit our Old Bridge, NJ, general dentist every six months for checkups. During these checkups we have the ability to detect the early signs of gum disease, which can easily be treated or even reversed if caught soon enough. Not sure the last time you came into the office for a cleaning? Then it might be time that you did!

What to Look Out For

Of course, issues may arise between dental visits and it’s important to recognize when you may need to schedule an evaluation with us. If you are experiencing any of these warning signs or symptoms then it’s time to give us a call:

  • Red, puffy, or tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily, especially when brushing and flossing
  • Gums that recede or pull away from the teeth (as a result, teeth may appear longer than usual)
  • Loose teeth
  • Unexplained and persistent bad breath
  • A pimple-like growth on your gums (known as an abscess)
  • Changes in how your teeth fit together when biting

If you suspect that you might have gum disease, or if you just need to schedule your next upcoming dental cleaning then it’s time to call Personal Choice Dental in Old Bridge, NJ, today. It’s important to keep your gums healthy.

By Personal Choice Dental
October 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Crown and Bridges  

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, over 15 million dental patients have had crowns and bridges installed. Though they are similar dental treatments, crowns and bridges have distinctive uses in dentistry. If you’re having trouble with your smile, see if having one or the other placed by a dentist at Personal Choice Dental in Old Bridge and Parlin, NJ might be the best solution.

The Dental Crown Procedure
Getting a dental crown installed is one of the most straightforward cosmetic and restorative procedures performed in dentistry. Also called a cap, a crown replaces old, stained, worn-down enamel that has lost its luster and strength after many years. The crown material, commonly made of porcelain, is very tough and durable. It will stay in good condition for 10 or more years before it needs to be replaced. Before a crown can be placed, the outer layer of the tooth must be prepared by your dentist to make room for the device.

The Bridges Procedure
A dental bridge is composed of two crowns and one or more pontics (another word for false teeth). This is a traditional way to replace missing teeth without using a removable denture. A bridge gives the patient more confidence and security compared to a partial denture, which can slip out of place. The crowns serve as anchors. The adjacent teeth must be strong and healthy enough to support them. They will be prepared by your dentist so that crowns can be bonded to them. Using impressions, a dental technician will create a life-like crown-supported bridge, including pontics, to fit your smile.

Benefits of Crowns and Bridges
Though crowns and bridges use similar technology, they have separate benefits. One treatment helps fortify weakened teeth, while the other provides strength to the whole smile after tooth loss. Here are some of the benefits of these procedures that you can discuss in detail with your Old Bridge and Parlin, NJ dentist:

- Crowns and bridges will last for a decade or more.
- Crowns protect and secure the teeth.
- Crowns and bridges are easy to maintain—just brush, floss, and rinse.

Discuss These Restorative Treatments with Your Dentist
​Having your smile restored should be at the top of your list of things to do this year. Call (732) 727-1211 or (732) 238-7272 today to schedule a consultation regarding restorative crowns and bridges with Dr. Anthony Vitale or Dr. Jin Yoo at their office in Old Bridge or Parlin, NJ.





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