Putting off a visit to the dentist? You should never put off visiting a dentist to get the dental care you need. The American Dental Association recommends regular dental visits, at intervals determined by your family dentist. Personal Choice Dental, which has offices in Old Bridge, NJ, and Parlin, NJ, offers a complete range of dental services. Here are five reasons to visit the dentist every six months.
1. Diagnosis of Decay
Tooth decay is the destruction of tooth enamel that occurs when bacteria in the mouth make acids that eat away the enamel. A cavity is the result of the decay process that happens over time. Your Old Bridge and Parlin, NJ, family dentist can detect tooth decay by, examining your teeth, probing your teeth with dental instruments, and looking at x-rays, which can show the extent of tooth decay and dental cavities.
2. Clean Your Teeth
A professional teeth cleaning is a procedure for the removal of plaque and tartar that forms on our teeth. Regular dental cleanings can help you prevent cavities, avoid tooth loss, freshen your breath, and brighten your smile. Regular dental cleanings may also help lower your risk for some diseases, like stroke and heart disease.
3. Diagnosis of Diseases
Regular dental visits allow your dentist to watch for developments that may point to other health issues. Dentists can identify a number of surprising conditions, including GERD, diabetes, anemia, Crohn's Disease, oral cancer, and diabetes. A routine dental exam may also reveal problems with your heart or bones because certain warning signs live inside your mouth.
4. Prevent Tooth Loss
Tooth loss is a process in which a tooth becomes loose and falls out, or is extracted. Tooth loss is undesirable and is the result of poor nutrition disease, injury, tooth decay, smoking, and gum disease. Good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist can help you keep your natural teeth as you get older.
5. Keep Your Body Healthy
You may be risking your health if you don’t see your family dentist regularly. Studies show that poor dental care can affect your overall health. Good oral health and oral hygiene reduce the risks of serious diseases such as heart attack, pneumonia, stroke, preterm labor, and cardiovascular disease.
Want to live your best life? Start with your smile. Call Personal Choice Dental at (732) 727-1211 today to schedule a dental appointment in Old Bridge, NJ. Call (732) 238-7272 today to schedule a dental appointment in Parlin, NJ. We believe that everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile!
A lost tooth can haunt your smile for years, causing not only an immediate, unattractive gap in your smile but also other dental issues like shifting teeth and bone atrophy. Traditional tooth replacement options can require extra steps in your daily dental routine. However, dental implants can replace your missing tooth and act as a natural looking and permanent replacement option, helping you avoid the nasty side effects of a missing tooth. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. Anthony Vitale and Dr. Jin Yoo at Personal Choice Dental with two locations in Old Bridge, NJ and another location in Parlin, NJ.
What can a dental implant do for me?
A dental implant is a versatile procedure, providing different results in different situations. In cases of a single missing tooth, one implant can replace one tooth. Sometimes, a patient has several missing teeth in a row. Two implants on either side of a dental bridge can replace all these teeth at once. If a patient has an entire arch of missing teeth, an implant-supported denture, using four or more implants throughout the arch to stay in place, replaces the teeth. Dental implants can also work together with other dental procedures to overhaul your smile.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
While dental implants can potentially help anyone with a missing tooth, not everyone is a good candidate. The best candidates are in good dental and general health. They should also have an adequate amount of bone volume left in the areas of their missing teeth. Some patients with severe bone atrophy may require a bone graft prior to their implant to rebuild the bone in that area. Ideally, an implant candidate is also free of teeth decay and gum disease and does not require treatment for these conditions.
Dental Implants in Old Bridge, NJ and Parlin, NJ
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Anthony Vitale and Dr. Jin Yoo at Personal Choice Dental with two locations in Old Bridge, NJ and another location in Parlin, NJ. Call (732) 727-1211 to schedule an appointment at either Old Bridge location or (732) 238-7272 to schedule an appointment in Parlin today!
These restorations can give you back that healthy smile. Find out how!
Having a healthy smile shouldn’t feel like an impossibility. Of course, if you are faced with damaged or missing teeth then you may be feeling like having beautiful teeth just isn’t in the cards for you. Our Old Bridge, NJ, family dentist, Dr. Anthony Vitale, and periodontist, Dr. Jin Yoo, are here to tell you how dental crowns and bridges might be able to turn this all around.
About Dental Crowns
Most people already know what a dental crown is. Perhaps you already have one or you know someone who has. These restorations are a popular one because they are pretty versatile and can protect a tooth from incurring further damage. A crown is a hollowed out cap that is designed to look like a natural tooth and is custom made to fit over a tooth to protect it.
When are crowns used?
If you have a weak tooth that is at risk for further damage
If you have a broken or fractured tooth
If your tooth has sustained injury
If decay is so extensive that a dental filling won’t be able to support the tooth
If you have a malformed or severely discolored tooth
If you need to support a traditional dental bridge
If you need to cover a dental implant
Dental crowns are also made from durable tooth-colored material so that they look just like natural teeth and are strong enough to last several years before needing to be replaced.
About Dental Bridges
Losing a tooth doesn’t have to be the end of the world. If you have an otherwise healthy smile but need to replace one or more teeth in a row then a dental bridge might just be the best way to fill that gap.
Dental bridges are also made from tooth-colored material so no one will be able to tell that you have a false tooth. Bridges are also designed to last several years before needing to be replaced. A dental bridge uses dental crowns to hold the structure in place. You won’t have to worry about removing it to clean it; just treat your new tooth like the rest of your natural smile.
Do you have questions about dental crowns and bridges? Think you might be the perfect candidate for this restorative dentistry? Then call Personal Choice Dental in Old Bridge, NJ, today to schedule your next appointment.
Like a general dentist, family dentists offer a range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry services from filling cavities to professional teeth whitening and dentures. While a general dentist may serve patients in a specific age range, family dentists treat patients of all ages, from your toddler to older members of the family. The dentists at Personal Choice Dental in Old Bridge, NJ, Dr. Anthony Vitale and Dr. Jin Yoo recommend yearly check ups and professional dental cleanings to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Family Dentistry in Old Bridge, NJ
Getting yourself to the dentist can be difficult enough. Having one dentist for the entire family helps to manage many of the challenges that you may face in getting all of your loved ones the dental care they need, the most common of which are conflicting and busy schedules, and different oral health needs. Some of the services offered by Personal Choice Dental include:
- Oral exams
- Professional dental cleaning
- Dental fillings
- Crowns and bridgework
- Cosmetic bonding
- Porcelain veneers
- Professional teeth whitening
- Root canal therapy
- Dental implants
- Scaling and root planing
Family dentists are like the equivalent of a primary care doctor. They offer both preventive care to keep your teeth and gums healthy and are equipped to treat patients of all ages, from toddlers to senior citizens. Even with advanced oral health care treatment and services, over 90% of American adults and 41% of children aged 2 - 11 have at least one cavity according to the American Dental Association (ADA). If left untreated, tooth decay can wreak havoc on your family's oral health. Getting everyone to the dentist at least once a year is an essential part of ensuring lifelong oral health and beautiful smiles.
Find a Family Dentist in Old Bridge, NJ
Family dentists offer a convenient and affordable solution for everyone's dental and oral health care needs. Contact Personal Choice Dental by calling (732) 727-1211 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Anthony Vitale or Dr. Jin Yoo today.
Did you know that 64.7 million Americans, 30 years old and up, have some degree of gum disease? This statistic from the American Academy of Periodontology is frightening considering what gum disease ultimately leads to--that is, tooth loss and systemic health issues. How healthy are your gums? Dr. Anthony Vitale and Dr. Jin Yoo of Personal Choice Dental want all their patients fully educated about gum disease in Old Bridge, NJ. Healthy gums are a sure way to strong teeth and a vibrant you.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
From milder gingivitis to more aggressive periodontitis, this inflammatory condition of the gums starts with the bacteria which live in biofilm. What's biofilm? it's the plaque and tartar which builds up at the gum line and in between teeth. If not removed with professional cleanings at Personal Choice Dental and with daily flossing and brushing, plaque and tartar degrade your gum tissue and underlying jaw bone.
From its mildest to its most advanced form, gum disease symptoms include:
- Bleeding when you brush and floss
- Bad breath
- Periodontal pockets (spaces between teeth and gums) deeper than three millimeters
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Changes in the fit of a denture or in dental bite
- Exposed tooth roots (a "long tooth" appearance)
Gum disease progresses more quickly than most people realize. Also, it leads to bigger health problems such as diabetes, stroke, heart attack, dementia, liver and kidney problems and more. That's why six-month cleanings and exams with your dentist in Old Bridge are so very important. Both Dr. Vitale and Dr. Yoo are vigilant about preventing and treating gum disease.
How to treat gum disease in Old Bridge
Even children can have gum disease, but frankly, adults who smoke, drink too much alcohol or don't keep up with their oral hygiene are at greatest risk. Plus while gum disease runs in families and is more common during pregnancy or when a patient is immunosuppressed, it can be treated and reversed if it has not progressed too far. Dr. Vitale and Dr. Yoo work hard with their patients to develop the habits that prevent gum disease:
- Brushing and flossing
- Staying hydrated
- Smoking cessation
- Limiting alcohol
- Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables
However, if gum disease takes hold, the dentists offer treatments which help people regain healthy gum tissue and to retain their teeth. At Personal Choice Dental, periodontal therapy includes:
- Scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar and to smooth the rough spots on roots
- Flap surgery which moves gums away from tooth roots so they can thoroughly be cleaned
- Installation of oral antibiotics to quell infection
Know the Basics
They could save your smile. If it's time for your regular oral exam and professional cleaning at Personal Choice Dental, please contact the office team today for an appointment. Call (732) 727-1211.
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