Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By Dr. Steven Abrams, DMD
November 03, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Are missing teeth affecting your confidence and preventing you from smiling? Missing teeth affect the look and function of your smile. Dr. Steven Abrams offers dental implants in Budd Lake, NJ, also serving Mt. Olive Township, NJ, to give you a complete and beautiful smile.

Dental implants are an option when you need to replace a single tooth or when you are missing several teeth in different areas of your mouth. This treatment involves surgically placing a titanium post into your jaw bone. A replacement tooth is then attached to the post creating a complete tooth. Implants can be topped with dental crowns, implant-supported bridges, or implant-supported dentures, making them very versatile.

What Are the Main Advantages of Dental Implants?

If you have lost a tooth, the jawbone is no longer stimulated, which signals to the body that the bone should be reabsorbed. A major benefit of dental implants is that they preserve bone because they act just like your missing tooth roots. Their placement in the bone also ensures that they are very strong and will not move around while you eat or speak.

Your teeth support your facial muscles, and this is compromised if you have gaps in your smile. Dental implants make sure that your muscles are supported, which prevents sunken cheeks that can make you look older prematurely. Dental implants also prevent your teeth from shifting into the gaps in your smile, which would affect your tooth alignment.

Are You A Candidate for Dental Implants?

Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. Missing teeth come with other side effects like bone loss. If you don’t have enough bone density to support an implant, you will have to look into getting a bone graft first. Smoking will interfere with the healing process, so you should quit before getting implants. Another thing to consider is your oral health. Any problems with your gums or cavities in your teeth need to be addressed before you get dental implants in Budd Lake, NJ, also serving Mt. Olive Township, NJ.

To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants in Budd Lake, NJ, contact Dr. Abrams, also serving Mt. Olive Township, NJ. Call 973-691-8200 to book your consultation.

By Dr. Steven Abrams, DMD
September 10, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Floss  

Brushing your teeth is a crucial part of your oral health routine and the first line of defense against cavities and decay. However, your toothbrush can't reach the tiny spaces between your teeth, leaving these crevices susceptible to bacterial growth. Adding in flossing brings an extra layer of dental health maintenance and decay prevention.

If you haven't been flossing regularly -- or at all -- it's time to start, and family dentist Dr. Steven Abrams in Mt. Olive Township, NJ, can give you tips for proper flossing for your healthiest, prettiest smile.

Why is flossing so important?

Brushing alone can't reach particles stuck between the teeth, leaving them to turn to bacteria and ultimately tartar and decay. These small spaces require a tiny tool to loosen debris so it can be rinsed away. Floss is the perfect solution, as it is flexible, thin, and gentle on the gums while still effective.

Flossing can also help keep your teeth whiter, by preventing staining on the sides of your teeth.

How often should I floss?

You should floss twice a day, or as recommended by your family dentist at our Mt. Olive Township, NJ, office. Flossing can be done before or after brushing. Make sure to rinse with water afterward to flush away the particles.

What is the proper flossing technique?

It's important to find the flossing implement that works best for you so you are more likely to keep up with the habit. Pick style flossers, waxed floss, unwaxed floss, or tiny bristle brushes are all options. Move the floss up and down between each tooth, including the back ones, reaching to the gum line. Slide the floss gently back and forth to remove particles between the teeth. If using a floss strand, move down the thread to access a clean portion after each tooth. Rinse your pick style flosser as debris collects.

Make flossing a habit, and don't forget to keep up with your professional cleanings and exams with your family dentist. Call our Mt. Olive, NJ, office today at 973-691-8200.

 

By Dr. Steven Abrams, DMD
June 18, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you concerned about a tooth issue? Whether you've got a damaged, missing, or unattractive tooth, cosmetic dentistry treatments offered by your Budd Lake, NJ, family dentist, Dr. Steven Abrams, can help you renew your smile.

Could one of these cosmetic treatments be the perfect option for you?

Cosmetic dentistry treatments and services are designed to improve the way your teeth look and work. These are a few of the most popular treatments we offer:

  • Teeth whitening: When your teeth are dull and yellow, you may not feel that you have much to smile about. Teeth whitening can brighten your smile and help you change your outlook. Professional-strength whitening gel applied in the Budd Lake, NJ, dental office bleaches away stains in just about an hour.
  • Invisalign: Invisalign offers a subtle way to straighten your smile. Removable aligner trays exert constant, gentle pressure on your teeth, gradually realigning them. The trays are clear to allow them to blend in with your smile. Aligner trays are worn for 20 to 22 hours per day are replaced with the next set in the series every two weeks.
  • Veneers: Veneers offer a simple way to hide tooth flaws. The thin porcelain shells are cemented onto the fronts of teeth to keep imperfections out of sight. Veneers can help you whiten your entire smile, hide uneven surfaces, keep chips and cracks hidden, close slight gaps, conceal discolorations, and even change the shape and length of teeth.
  • Crowns: Also called caps, crowns slide over the top of teeth, strengthening and protecting them. Your dentist may recommend a crown to restore a broken tooth or protect a fragile tooth. They can also be used to hide discolorations and flaws, improve the appearance of an oddly shaped tooth, or lengthen a short tooth.
  • Bridges, dentures, and dental Implants: Replacing missing teeth improves your appearance, biting ability and, stress on your remaining teeth. A bridge may be a good option if you've lost one or two teeth. The restoration is anchored by crowns on either end that support the synthetic teeth in the middle. Full or partial removable dentures fill the gaps in your smile if you've lost some or all of your teeth. Dental implants bond to your jawbone, replacing your tooth roots. They're connected to dental crowns to completely restore your teeth. Implants offer excellent biting power and will last your entire life with proper care.

Upgrade your smile with a cosmetic dentistry treatment! Call Dr. Abrams, your family dentist in Budd Lake, NJ, at 973-691-8200 to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Steven Abrams, DMD
August 07, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Are you wondering what amazing features dental implants could offer your smile?

Dealing with tooth loss as an adult can be frustrating; however, you’ll be relieved to hear that there are so many incredible ways to replace missing teeth and to give you a beautiful smile. Many adults are turning to our Budd Lake, NJ, dentist Dr. Steven Abrams to get dental implants because they are permanent, lifelong tooth replacements that are as close to the real thing as you can get. As you might imagine, dental implants offer some pretty cool and unique benefits including,

They Can Last a Lifetime

Once your implant fuses with the jawbone you don’t ever need to worry about needing to replace it in the future. It’s now part of your mouth for the rest of your life (as long as you maintain good oral hygiene). While the dental crown, which is placed over the implant, may need to be replaced every decade or so, the metal post itself will probably never need to be replaced. This means that once your implant treatment is complete, you’ll have your new tooth for life.

They Act Like Real Teeth

Who doesn’t want a restoration that mimics the look, feel and function of a real tooth? This is why so many people come to our Budd Lake, NJ, office requesting dental implants. Our team understands that the top priority of most of our adult patients dealing with tooth loss is to find a restoration that is as close to a real tooth as possible. If you want a tooth that no one will be able to tell isn’t yours then you want to consider dental implants.

You Don’t Have to Worry About Bone Loss

One of the biggest downfalls of tooth loss is bone loss. If tooth loss isn’t properly treated this can lead to significant bone loss, which is why it’s important to treat tooth loss as soon as possible. Even waiting a year to treat the problem could lead to significant jawbone damage. The good news is that an implant replaces the missing tooth roots, providing the jawbone with the stimulation it needs to stay healthy and strong.

Maintain a Healthier Smile

Another benefit of dental implants is that this artificial structure cannot develop decay, which means that you don’t ever have to worry that it might develop a cavity. However, this doesn’t mean that you can neglect the health of your implant. You will still need to brush and floss it regularly, just like you do the rest of your smile, but implants certainly make it easy to practice good oral hygiene.

If you are interested in getting dental implants here in Budd Lake, NJ, the next step is to find out if you are a candidate for this treatment. To find out, schedule a consultation with Dr. Abrams by simply calling (973) 691-8200. Let us know that you are interested in getting dental implants and we will help you take the next steps to regain a healthy smile.

By Dr. Steven Abrams, DMD
July 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   Bridge  

One of the main goals of dentistry is to preserve natural teeth. Thanks to current dental technology and oral hygiene practices, people can keep their teeth longer than ever before. Crowns and bridges are two very popular forms of dental restoration. They can help to protect weakened teeth, fill in the gaps left by lost teeth, and brighten your whole smile. Dr. Steven Abrams provides crowns and bridges in Budd Lake and New Jersy NJ.

What Are Crowns and Bridges Budd Lake?

A crown is a porcelain, resin, or metal cap that is placed over a damaged to weakened tooth. If you need a crown on a molar, where much chewing is done, a metal crown may be preferable. Whereas, if you need one at the front of your mouth where it will be visible, then a porcelain crown that matches your natural teeth may be preferable. Crowns are versatile restorations that can be used for Budd Lake dental patients to:

  • Stabilize a cracked tooth
  • Strengthen a tooth with a large filling
  • Protect a tooth after a root canal
  • Add to an implant to replace a lost tooth
  • Improve the shape or color of a tooth
  • Restore the biting surface or a worn tooth

A bridge is another form of restoration that is used to:

  • Fill in a gap between two healthy teeth
  • Provide a temporary or permanent tooth

Typically, a bridge is comprised of a prosthetic that is attached by metal clasps to adjoining teeth. The claps anchor the tooth in place above the gum line.

If you live in Budd Lake and you would like to find out more about crown and bridges, call Dr. Steven Abrams at (973) 691-8200. He will be happy to schedule a consultation with you to discuss your restoration options. Learn more by talking to your Crowns and Bridges Budd Lake expert today.