By Dr. Steven Abrams, DMD
January 13, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: General Dentistry  

Even the most common dental issues can also cause further complications for your smile. Learn how to protect your smile from cavities!

A cavity is the most common dental problem that affects children and adults of all ages. Whether your general dentist has told you that you have a cavity or you are just trying to learn more about them, turn to your Mount Olive, NJ dentist for the answers you need.Cavity

What is a cavity?

Often referred to as tooth decay, this problem causes holes to form in the enamel of your teeth. Cavities can range in sizes and can grow and become more severe if left untreated by your dentist.

What causes cavities?

A cavity forms when plaque forms on the teeth and isn’t properly removed through daily brushings. Sugar is the number-one culprit for causing cavities. Whenever you consume foods or drinks with sugar, the substance is converted into acid by the bacteria naturally growing in your mouth.

The acid is what eats away at healthy enamel. The more sugar you consume, the more acid attacks your beautiful smile undergoes. This will make you more susceptible to cavities.

What are the symptoms?

Unfortunately, not all cavities cause symptoms, so it can be difficult to know when there is a problem. That’s why it’s important to maintain those six-month visits to see your dentist, who can detect problems right away. Some signs that you may have a cavity include:

  • Dental pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • A black stain on your tooth
  • A hole in your tooth
 
What complications can arise if left untreated?

If you don’t visit your dentist for cavity treatment, this can cause serious issues for your smile in the long run. Some complications that can occur as a result of ignoring or leaving your cavity untreated include:

  • Chronic or severe dental pain
  • An abscess (an infected pus-like pocket that grows around the tooth)
  • Pain or problems chewing food
  • An increased risk for a cracked or broken tooth

If you don’t seek treatment right away, the cavity could cause damage to the point that the problem might not be reversible and the tooth will need to be removed and replaced with a dental restoration like an implant or dental bridge.

Cavities don’t have to be a serious problem. By coming in for those six-month dental exams, you can protect your teeth from common, but potentially serious dental issues like decay and gum disease. If you are overdue for your next cleaning and exam, then it’s time to call your preventive dentist today.

By Dr. Steven Abrams, DMD
December 19, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Are you worried that you might need a root canal? Know the warning signs.

A root canal is a commonly performed procedure that is designed to remove dental pulp (i.e. the structure that lies inside a tooth) after it has become infected or inflamed. Deeply rooted decay, traumatic injury to the tooth, and pervasive infection can all burrow through a tooth’s enamel to infect the pulp and root canals. Of course, your family dentist in Budd Lake, NJ, Dr. Steven Abrams, wants you to be able to tell when it’s time to receive treatment. Here are some of the telltale signs that you might need a root canal:

Toothache

Dental pain is probably the most common and classic sign that a patient may require root canal treatment. If your dental pain is severe or worsens when biting down, then you could be dealing with infected dental pulp. A toothache, no matter how minor or severe, should always be treated right away by our Budd Lake, NJ, dentist in order to save the tooth.

Tooth Sensitivity

Some people have varying degrees of tooth sensitivity so it’s important to recognize that not all tooth sensitivity means that you need a root canal; however, if you notice a zinging or zapping whenever you enjoy a scoop of ice cream or drink a steaming cup of coffee and the sensation lasts for more than 30 seconds then you may require a root canal. This is another symptom not to ignore.

Discolored Tooth

Has one of your teeth suddenly turned grey or black? While it’s normal for teeth to dull and yellow a bit as we age, teeth certainly don't change color quickly unless something is going on. Is this case, this type of sudden discoloration is a sign that there is severe tooth decay and that the tissue inside the tooth has begun to deteriorate.

Swollen, Red Gums

While inflamed gums are usually a sign of gum disease, if you notice that the gums are only puffy and inflamed around a single problem tooth, then this could be a sign of a dental infection. Furthermore, if you notice a pimple-like growth developing on the gums, this is known as an abscess, which is a telltale sign of infection.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

Are you dealing with a toothache? Experiencing any of the other symptoms above? If so, then it’s important that you seek professional treatment right away to prevent the problem from getting worse. Call our Budd Lake, NJ, dental office today at (973) 691-8200 for an immediate appointment with your family dentist, Dr. Steven Abrams.

By Dr. Steven Abrams, DMD
September 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Family Dentist  

A family dentist treats patients of all ages, from babies whose first teeth have just erupted, to senior citizens. There are a number of family-dentistryadvantages to having the entire family treated at the same dental practice. From saving time to preventive care and treatment for hereditary conditions, a good relationship with your dentist is the key to your family's long term oral health. Dr. Steven Abrams, a family dentist in Budd Lake, NJ, offers general and cosmetic dentistry services for patients of all ages.

 

Family Dentistry Services in Budd Lake, NJ

A family dentist offers the same services as a general dentist without age restrictions. For many families, getting everyone to the dentist for regular check ups and dental cleanings, which the American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends should be done every six months, can be a challenge. Busy and conflicting schedules and needs can make it difficult if not impossible to shuttle family members around to different dentists.

 

There are several advantages to seeing a family dentist:

Lower or eliminate anxiety/fear of the dentist - establishing an ongoing relationship with a trusted dentist can help to mitigate fears and anxieties associated with dental care, especially for young children

Comprehensive treatment and services - whether you need a dental cleaning, a filling, or a cosmetic treatment like teeth whitening or veneers, a family dentist is your one stop shop for dedicated and effective dental treatment

They know your family history - like other health problems, oral health conditions like gum disease can be genetic and run in families, so working with a dentist that knows your personal risk and predisposition to certain diseases, as well as your families, can make all the difference in the care you receive

Your family's oral health care needs may be somewhat unpredictable, but you can save time and money by scheduling the family's routine and preventive care appointments at the same time.

 

Family Dentist Budd Lake, NJ

For more information about the benefits and advantages of seeing a family dentist, contact our office today by calling (973) 691-8200 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Abrams.

By Dr. Steven Abrams, DMD
July 03, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Have missing teeth? If so, you will most certainly benefit from dental implants from Dr. Steven Abrams in Budd Lake, NJ. After all, these dental-implantsrestorations look, feel, and fit into your smile just like natural teeth do, and they can last a lifetime with proper oral care and maintenance. Additionally, unlike some other dental restorations, implants also stimulate bone growth to prevent jawbone loss and facial sagging.

Read on to see what these restorations from our Budd Lake office can do for you!

 

Benefits of Rebuilding Your Smile with Dental Implants

  • Upgrade smile aesthetics
  • Improved speech and enunciation.
  • The ability for your restorations to last a lifetime
  • Enhanced confidence and self-esteem
  • Protected facial bone structure

 

Different Types of Dental Implants

  • Endosteal: Typically inserted in the jawbone and made of titanium, these implants are shaped like small screws and are considered the most common type of implant.
  • Subperiosteal: Often placed on, above, or in the jawbone, these implants are frequently used for patients who don't have a healthy enough jawbone to undergo the procedure.

The planning process of placing a dental implant requires a thorough evaluation, X-ray screening, and tooth modeling at our Budd Lake office in order to ensure patient comfort. Additionally, prior to surgery, Dr. Abrams will discuss anesthetic options with you in order to determine what will work best for you during the operation. However, regardless of the adminstration route, you can expect to be fully sedated, and therefore you will need a friend or family member to drive you home following treatment.

 

Interested? Give us a call

Dental implants can restore your oral health and enhance your smile as well as your self-esteem. If you are interested in dental implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. Steven Abrams in Budd Lake, NJ. You may request an appointment on our website or call us at (973) 691-8200 with questions or concerns.

By Dr. Steven Abrams, DMD
March 19, 2019
Category: Family Dentistry
Tags: Dental Services  

Welcome to the Blog of Dr. Steven Abrams, DMD!

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for an experienced, specialized dentist in the Budd Lake, NJ area, we’re excited you are here.

 

With the industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in the dental practice.

 

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote dental awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle.

Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in the field’s technology and treatments, practical oral health advice and updates from our practice.

 

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best oral/facial health.

 

As always, feel free to contact our office with any dental questions or concerns.

-- Dr. Steven Abrams, DMD





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