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By Personal Choice Dental
October 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

These restorations can give you back that healthy smile. Find out how!restorative dentistry

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.

By Personal Choice Dental
August 31, 2017
Category: Oral Care
Tags: family dentist  

Like a general dentist, family dentists offer a range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry services from filling cavities to professional teeth family dentistwhitening 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
  • Sealants
  • Invisalign
  • Dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Scaling and root planing
  • Extractions

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.

By Personal Choice Dental
June 30, 2017
Category: Oral Care

Did you know that 64.7 million Americans, 30 years old and up, have some degree of gum disease? This statistic from the American AcademyGum Disease 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
  • Soreness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • 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.

April 11, 2017
Category: Oral Appliance
Tags: Clear Braces  

You are never too old to get that beautifully straight smile. We can help!

You couldn’t imagine going into a room full of coworkers wearing metal brackets and wires on your teeth. Of course, you still dream of having a straight smile that you can’t wait to flash to coworkers, but you just don’t want to have to wear braces in order to achieve the results you want. Fortunately, our Old Bridge, NJ, family dentist, Dr. Anthony Vitale, and periodontist, Dr. Jin Yoo, are offering Invisalign so teens and adults can get the straighter smiles they want more discreetly.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign uses customized clear aligners that are made to fit over upper and/or lower teeth to fix common issues such as overbites, underbites, crooked teeth, spacing issues and even crowding. Our dentists in Old Bridge specially design each aligner to gradually shift certain teeth into the ideal position to give you the straighter smile you’ve always wanted.

Aligners are worn for about two weeks at a time, after which they are replaced with the next set of aligners in your treatment. As your treatment progresses, you will even be able to see the changes to your smile (which can be extremely rewarding). While aligners can be removed before meals and also before caring for your teeth, it’s up to you to be dedicated to wearing your aligners as much as possible to ensure that you get the results you want.

Who should consider getting Invisalign in Old Bridge, NJ?

Children are not ideal candidates for Invisalign, but teens and adults are. Invisalign can handle a variety of tooth movements but won’t be able to make serious changes or shift jaws into the proper position to correct a bite (traditional braces will be the best option for these cases). When you come in for a consultation we will be able to determine whether your smile could benefit from Invisalign.

Another factor to consider before deciding whether Invisalign is the best orthodontic treatment to fit your needs is your dedication to treatment. It can be tempting to leave these aligners off whenever you feel like it, but it’s important to wear them for at least 22 hours out of the day. A good rule of thumb is to wear these aligners whenever you aren’t brushing your teeth or eating something. The more often you wear them the more successful and efficient your Invisalign treatment will be.

Do you have questions about what it takes to get Invisalign in Old Bridge, NJ? Then call Personal Choice Dental today to schedule your no-risk consultation to find out if you are an ideal candidate.

By Personal Choice Dental
February 16, 2017
Category: Oral Health

As a parent, you have plenty to worry about when your child comes into this world. Between vaccinations, doctor’s appointments and oral hygienesimply watching your baby grow, it is easy to forget about one of the main pillars of your child’s health. Oral hygiene is important to children’s oral and general health and should begin before their teeth ever see the light of day. Learn more about pediatric oral hygiene with Dr. Anthony Vitale and Dr. Jin Yoo at Personal Choice Dental in Old Bridge, NJ.

When should my child see the dentist? 
Most dentists suggest that children see their dentists by the time they reach their first birthday or, if it occurs before their first birthday, by the time their first tooth erupts. This general rule of thumb works for most children, but those with special circumstances may need to see their dentist earlier or later. Sticking to a regular dental examination schedule will not only keep your child’s teeth healthy and clean, but help them build a good relationship with the and their office to help nip any dental anxiety issues in the bud.

How should I care for my child’s teeth? 
Caring for your child’s teeth will begin before their teeth erupt from underneath their gums. Wipe down your infant’s gums with a soft, damp cloth after feedings and before bedtime. When your child’s teeth begin erupting, brush them with a soft toothbrush twice a day. As soon as the teeth grow close enough together to touch, you should begin flossing them at least once a day. Stick to this very important routine to help your child develop a good oral care routine which will benefit them for the rest of their life.

Family Dentistry in Old Bridge, NJ
Family dentists see the whole family, from helping grandma with her dentures to introducing the new baby to dental check-ups at their first appointment. Family dentists help busy families stay organized with the ability to schedule appointments for family members the same day to save a trip. For more information on family dentistry or your child’s oral health, please contact Dr. Vitale and Dr. Yoo at Personal Choice Dental in Old Bridge, NJ. Call (732) 727-1211 to schedule your child’s appointment today!





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