Posts for category: Dental Procedures

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:


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.