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Millions of American adults are living with full or partial tooth loss. Even the loss of a single tooth can have an effect on your self esteem, nutrition, and your personal and professional life as well. Dental crowns and bridges are one of the least invasive and effective options available to restore missing teeth, restore tooth surface lost to trauma or decay, or improve the cosmetic appearance of damaged teeth. Dr. Nainesh Desai, a prosthodontist in East Brunswick, NJ, offers a range of general and cosmetic dentistry services for a healthier, more attractive smile.
Get a New and Improved Smile and Better Oral Health with Crowns and Bridges in East Brunswick, NJ
Q: What are crowns and bridges and how do they work?
A: Crowns are custom designed restorations that cover a broken, fractured, or severely decayed tooth to restore function and aesthetics. Dental crowns can also replace missing teeth with a bridge, which consists of abutment crowns on either side to anchor it in place.
Q: How does the procedure work?
A: The dentist will take an impression which is used to design the crown for a custom fit. Most crowns are made of porcelain and a combination of materials like ceramic, composite resin, and in some cases metal.
Q: Will I have to take time off of school or work while my crowns are being made?
A: No. The process will require a few short appointments to take the impression and prepare the tooth for the crown, but the procedure is minimally invasive and the dentist can place a temporary crown until the permanent crown is ready.
Q: How long do crowns and bridges last?
A: It varies, but the average life span of a dental crown ranges from five to ten years, but often longer. Practicing good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist (the American Dental Association recommends every six months for most people) is very important.
Find a Dentist in East Brunswick, NJ
For more information about crowns and bridges or other restorative and cosmetic dentistry options for you, contact Central New Jersey Prosthodontics today by calling (732) 254-2550 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Desai.
Isn’t it time that you felt more confident smiling again?
If you are a coffee lover like so many of us out there then it might not come as much of a surprise that your teeth are probably not as white as they once were. If your yellowing and dull smile has you feeling a little embarrassed, don’t worry; our East Brunswick, NJ, prosthodontist Dr. Nainesh Desai has the solution that will have you smiling again in no time.
When it comes to whitening your smile you have several options:
- Over-the-counter whitening products and kits
- Professional in-office teeth whitening
- Professional at-home whitening
The kind of teeth whitening that is right for you will depend on several factors including:
- The type of dental stains
- The severity of the stains
- Your budget
- Your time commitment
- How quickly you want results
These are all things to consider before sitting down with our prosthodontist in East Brunswick, NJ. During your consultation, we will discuss your goals, as well as these factors to determine which kind of teeth whitening is the best option.
In most cases, if you are looking to get fast, visible results, in-office teeth whitening is the best option, as we can easily get smiles up to seven shades whiter (or more) in just a single one-hour treatment.
Patients dealing with yellow stains caused by the foods and drinks they consume every day, as well as smoking and the natural effects of aging, will see the most visible results from in-office teeth whitening. Those with more severe stains may require more than one treatment session, which we can discuss during your consultation.
If you do decide to get professional in-office teeth whitening you can sit back and relax in our dental chair while we apply the whitening gel on your teeth. Since the gel contains an extremely high percentage of the active whitening ingredient (either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide) it means that we don’t have to leave the whitening gel on your teeth nearly as long as you do with at-home whitening in order to see results. We may also direct a dental light over the teeth to activate and speed up the effects of the whitening gel.
Our at-home whitening system can also be a great option for patients who want the convenience of whitening from home while still knowing that the whitening product they are using is going to be effective. Most patients see results after a week or two of continued use.
Central New Jersey Prosthodontics in East Brunswick, NJ, wants to help you get a more dazzling smile. If you are interested in getting teeth whitening give our office a call today and let’s schedule a consultation.
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
Porcelain veneers are positive proof that unattractive teeth don't always require an intensive restoration to regain their beauty. These thin layers of translucent porcelain — custom-designed and color-matched to blend with your other teeth — are permanently bonded to the visible side of your front teeth.
Although they can't remedy every tooth defect, they're well suited for mild to moderate disfigurements like chipping, staining or gaps. There are now two types of porcelain veneers: the traditional veneer and the “no-prep” veneer.
The standard veneers require some tooth structure removal, referred to as “tooth preparation.” This is because although they're a millimeter or less in thickness, they can still appear bulky if bonded to an unprepared tooth. To accommodate their width, it's necessary to remove some of the tooth enamel. This permanently alters the tooth so that it will need some form of restoration from that time on.
In recent years, however, other veneer options have emerged that reduces — or even eliminates — this tooth alteration. No-prep veneers are so thin they can be applied to a tooth with virtually no preparation. A more common option, minimal-prep, requires only a minor reshaping with an abrasive tool to ensure the fitted veneer looks as natural as possible. Because of their thinness, these veneers also don't have to fit under the gum line like standard veneers.
To obtain no- or minimal-prep veneers, your tooth enamel needs to be in good, healthy shape. They're also best suited for people with small or worn teeth, narrow smiles (the side teeth can't be seen from the front), or slightly stained or misshapen teeth.
Because there's little invasiveness, these low preparation veneers won't typically create tooth sensitivity and they can often be applied without any form of anesthesia. And because tooth structure isn't removed, they can be “uninstalled” to return to your natural look. Of course, that's not always an easy process since the bonding between veneer and the enamel is quite strong, although today's lasers can be used to detach the veneer quite easily.
If you'd like to consider these minimally invasive veneers, talk with your dentist. If you're a good candidate, you may be able to gain a new smile without much change to your natural teeth.
If you would like more information on how veneers can change your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”
The arrival of spring often serves as inspiration to clean house and create an environment that’s bright and fresh. Here at the dental office, we can do the same for your mouth as well! Having clean teeth, healthy gums and fresh breath helps you look and feel your best. Here are some ways we can help you freshen up your smile:
Dental Exam. The best place to start is with a dental exam. Finding and treating tooth decay in its earliest stages will help you avoid more costly and invasive dental treatments later on. It could even save a tooth that might otherwise be lost! Plus, oral cancer screenings are important for everyone—even young, non-smokers. Regular dental exams also give you a chance to bring up any issues you may be concerned about, and to ask for pointers on hygiene.
Professional Cleaning. Having a good oral hygiene routine at home goes a long way towards keeping your mouth healthy. But routine professional cleanings are still very important. Your dental hygienist uses specially designed tools to reach into places where your brush and floss can’t, and remove disease-causing dental plaque and tartar. A polishing provides the finishing touch for a squeaky-clean feeling.
Teeth Whitening. Teeth tend to get duller with age; that’s why teeth whitening treatments can give you a more youthful appearance. Bleaching your teeth is safest when supervised by a dental professional. We recommend two methods: either a professional treatment at the dental office, or a take-home kit we can provide, which includes custom-fitted bleaching trays. The first way will give you the fastest results, while the second is more economical.
Smile Makeover. Sometimes whitening alone is not enough to fix what’s keeping you from flashing a big, bright smile. For example, maybe your teeth aren’t straight, or they have been worn down over the years. Perhaps a tooth is chipped or is missing entirely. Or maybe there are multiple cosmetic issues. If this is the case, we can help you figure out what’s really bothering you about your teeth and how you can achieve the smile of your dreams.