Posts for category: Dental Procedures

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.

By Dr. Steven Abrams, DMD
February 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sealants  

Safeguard your child’s smile from decay with the help of dental sealants.

If you’ve ever wondered if there is a simple way to shield your child’s teeth from cavities, there is. Molars, or back teeth, are often the most challenging to clean, especially for kids. While nothing is as important as making sure that your child is brushing and flossing every day, our Budd Lake, NJ, family dentist Dr. Steven Abrams can also provide your child with dental sealants for additional protection against decay.

What is a dental sealant?

A dental sealant is a thin, transparent or tooth-colored plastic that is painted over the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars to protect the enamel from the harmful effects of plaque. The chewing surfaces have all these ridges and crevices, which make it much easier for food and bacteria to get trapped. Dental sealants can provide your child’s molars with a barrier to prevent decay.

How is a dental sealant placed?

As your family dentist, our goal is to provide your child with gentle, welcoming care every time you come into our dental practice in Budd Lake, NJ. You’ll be overjoyed to hear that placing dental sealants is a simple, non-invasive preventive treatment that can even be done at the same time as your child’s next routine cleaning.

Once teeth are cleaned, a solution is applied to the child’s back teeth to roughen the surface so the sealant sticks to the tooth. Then the solution is rinsed off and the tooth is dried. Then the sealant is painted on the chewing surfaces and hardened into the place with a dental light. The whole process takes a couple of minutes per tooth.

Should my child get dental sealants?

All children can benefit from dental sealants, especially because there are no drawbacks to getting sealants, only additional protection against cavities. Of course, there are some children that despite eating a healthy diet and brushing and flossing regularly are still prone to decay.

Children who are at high risk for decay should absolutely get dental sealants once their first set of molars erupts (usually around the ages of 7 or 8). You will also want to bring them back in for sealants once their second set of molars comes in (around 11 to 12 years old).

Our family dentist Dr. Abrams and his team are proud to provide compassionate dentistry to families living in and around Mount Olive Township and Budd Lake, NJ. If you want to discuss whether dental sealants are right for your child, call our office today at (973) 691-8200 to learn more.

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.