Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
September 22, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Are you thinking you may need a smile upgrade?

If your teeth aren't up to par, smiling could be one of the most difficult things to do. This is why Dr. Jeffrey Mason of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, provides patients with several treatment options to improve your smile and restore certain functions.

How does cosmetic dentistry improve your smile?

Cosmetic dentistry improves people's appearance. It fixes issues like stained teeth caused by coffee, tea, smoking, and certain food and beverages. Cosmetic dentistry can also repair broken, chipped and missing teeth that may have resulted because of a sports accident, for example, or even teeth grinding while sleeping. Cosmetic dentistry can also fix problems like crookedness and spaces between teeth.

Before getting any work done, make sure you consult your Hasbrouck Heights dentist, Dr. Mason, about the best procedure for you.

Types of Cosmetic Procedures:

  1. Teeth Whitening is a teeth bleaching procedure that brightens and whitens discolored and stained teeth.
     
  2. Dental Veneers are custom-made thin porcelain shells cemented to the front side of tooth to conceal slight crookedness, discoloration, chipped teeth, and/or spaces between the teeth.
     
  3. Dental Implants mimic the appearance of real teeth to replace missing gaps using a titanium post. Although implants have functional advantages, they're a cosmetic procedure also designed to anchor other appliances, like crowns, bridges, and/or dentures.
     
  4. Dental Crowns are porcelain caps that fit over poorly shaped, badly decayed, broken, or chipped teeth to restore bite, speech and your smile.
     
  5. Cosmetic Tooth Bonding is when a tooth-colored material is adhered to teeth to repair or improve badly stained, broken, or chipped teeth.

Do you need a consultation?

If you'd like to learn more about what procedure works best for you, then call Dr. Jeffrey Mason of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, at (201) 288-4447 today.

WisdomTeethCanStillbeaProblemfortheWorldsYoungestBillionaire

According to Forbes Magazine, Kylie Jenner is the world's youngest billionaire at age 22. Daughter of Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner and Kris Jenner, Kylie is the founder and owner of the highly successful Kylie Cosmetics, and a rising celebrity in her own right. But even this busy CEO couldn't avoid an experience many young people her age go through each year: having her wisdom teeth removed.

At around 10 million removals each year, wisdom teeth extraction is the most common surgical procedure performed by oral surgeons. Also called the third molars, the wisdom teeth are in the back corners of the jaws, top and bottom. Most people have four of them, but some have more, some have fewer, and some never have any. They're typically the last permanent teeth to come in, usually between ages 17 and 25.

And therein lies the problem with wisdom teeth: Many times, they're coming in late on a jaw already crowded with teeth. Their eruption can cause these other teeth to move out of normal alignment, or the wisdom teeth themselves may not fully erupt and remain fully or partially within the gums (a condition called impaction). All of this can have a ripple effect, decreasing dental function and increasing disease risk.

As Kylie Jenner has just experienced, they're often removed when problems with bite or instances of diseases like tooth decay or gum disease begin to show. But not just when problems show: It's also been a common practice to remove them earlier in a kind of “preemptive strike” against dental dysfunction. But this practice of early wisdom teeth extraction has its critics. The main contention is that early extractions aren't really necessary from a medical or dental standpoint, and so patients are unduly exposed to surgical risks. Although negative outcomes are very rare, any surgical procedure carries some risk.

Over the last few years, a kind of middle ground consensus has developed among dentists on how to deal with wisdom teeth in younger patients. What has emerged is a “watch and wait” approach: Don't advise extraction unless there is clear evidence of developing problems. Instead, continue to monitor a young patient's dental development to see that it's progressing normally.

Taking this approach can lead to fewer early wisdom teeth extractions, which are postponed to a later time or even indefinitely. The key is to always do what's best for a patient's current development and future dental health.

Still, removing wisdom teeth remains a sound practice when necessary. Whether for a high school or college student or the CEO of a large company, wisdom teeth extraction can boost overall dental health and development.

If you would like more information about wisdom teeth and their impact on dental health, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Wisdom Teeth: To Be or Not to Be?

ImplantsMakeDenturesMoreSecureComfortableandBone-Friendly

Even in the 21st Century, losing most or all of your teeth is still an unfortunate possibility. Many in this circumstance turn to dentures, as their great-grandparents did, to restore their teeth. But today's dentures are much different from those of past generations—and dental implants are a big reason why.

The basic denture is made of a gum-colored, acrylic base with artificial teeth attached. The base is precisely made to fit snugly and comfortably on the patient's individual gum and jaw structure, as the bony ridges of the gums provide the overall support for the denture.

Implants improve on this through two possible approaches. A removable denture can be fitted with a metal frame that firmly connects with implants embedded in the jaw. Alternatively, a denture can be permanently attached to implants with screws. Each way has its pros and cons, but both have two decided advantages over traditional dentures.

First, because implants rather than the gums provide their main support, implant-denture hybrids are often more secure and comfortable than traditional dentures. As a result, patients may enjoy greater confidence while eating or speaking wearing an implant-based denture.

They may also improve bone health rather than diminish it like standard dentures. This is because the forces generated when chewing and eating travel from the teeth to the jawbone and stimulate new bone cell growth to replace older cells. We lose this stimulation when we lose teeth, leading to slower bone cell replacement and eventually less overall bone volume.

Traditional dentures not only don't restore this stimulation, they can also accelerate bone loss as they rub against the bony ridges of the gums. Implants, on the other hand, can help slow or stop bone loss. The titanium in the imbedded post attracts bone cells, which then grow and adhere to the implant surface. Over time, this can increase the amount of bone attachment and help stymie any further loss.

An implant-supported denture is more expensive than a standard denture, but far less than replacing each individual tooth with an implant. If you want the affordability of dentures with the added benefits of implants, this option may be worth your consideration.

If you would like more information on implant-supported restorations, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

TheseDigitalToolsIncreasetheSuccessRateofDentalImplants

Nothing beats the form and function of a real tooth—but dental implants come pretty close. That's why they're tops among both dentists and patients for replacing missing teeth.

Much of an implant's functionality and durability can be credited to its material construction, from the titanium metal post imbedded in the jawbone to the lifelike porcelain crown attached at its other end. But an implant's “nuts and bolts” isn't the only reason why this premier dental restoration is so popular: A good portion of their success comes from the adjunct support provided by digital technology.

Without this varied array of computer-based applications used in planning, designing and installing them, implants couldn't produce the level of satisfactory outcomes they currently do. Here then are a few of the high-tech tools dentists use to make sure your implants result in a winning smile.

CBCT scanning. Implant placement requires a high degree of precision often complicated by various anatomical structures like nerves, blood vessels and sinuses within the gums and jaws. Cone Beam Computer Tomography (CBCT) scanners rotate around a patient's head, taking hundreds of digital x-ray images that are then assembled into a 3-D model image. Dentists can view this model from various angles to identify obstacles and better pinpoint the best implant locations.

Digital impressions. Dentists can also create a 3-D digital impression model of the inside of a patient's mouth that can give them views of their current teeth and gums from any angle. This aids in determining the size and type of implant so that it blends seamlessly with remaining teeth. A digital impression can also provide both the dentist and patient a preview appearance of their future smile after treatment.

3-D printed surgical guides. To accurately drill the implant site during surgery, dentists often create a custom-made device called a surgical guide that fits into the patient's mouth during the procedure. Using results from scanning and digital impressions, highly accurate guides can be created with a 3-D printer. This further ensures that the implant will be in the exact best location for the most attractive and functional outcome.

Implantology is as much art as it is science in achieving a beautiful smile. These and other digital tools help make that desirable end a reality.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
April 13, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

If your smile isn't quite picture-perfect, you may benefit from veneer treatment. Offered by your Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Mason, these versatile restorations hide a multitude of flaws and provide you with a an amazing appearance—read on to learn more!

 

How veneers can upgrade your smile

Veneers may be no thicker than a contact lens, but they can still dramatically change your smile for the better. Most often made of porcelain, these tooth-shaped shells are attached to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement. Additionally, they don't require any extensive preparation or major changes to your teeth. In fact, only a small amount of tooth enamel may need to be removed to ensure a proper fit.

Veneers from our Hasbrouck Heights office may be a good choice if you are concerned about:

  • Minor Damage: Chips and shallow cracks may not alter the integrity of your teeth, but they can be unsightly. Veneers offer a simple solution that keeps damage out of sight.
  • Surface Issues: Tooth enamel isn't always perfectly smooth, as bumps, pits, and uneven surfaces can all draw unwanted attention to your smile. Fortunately, improving your tooth surface can be as easy as attaching a few veneers.
  • Discolored Teeth: Whether your discoloration occurred due to trauma, a dental issue or taking the antibiotic tetracycline as a child, veneers can improve the color of discolored teeth. Your veneers will be made to match the color of nearby teeth to ensure that the discoloration soon becomes a distant memory.
  • Irregularities: Veneers make crooked, twisted, pointed or oddly shaped teeth look perfectly uniform. They also offer a simple way to lengthen teeth that are a little too short.
  • Gaps: The restorations also make gaps between your teeth disappear. They're a good option if you have slight gaps. Larger gaps may require orthodontic treatment.
  • Stains: Would you like a whiter smile? Veneers can whiten your entire smile, are available in many shades of white and are stain-resistant.

 

Interested? Give us a call

Revitalize your smile with veneers and other cosmetic dentistry treatments! Call your dentist in Hasbrouck Heights, Dr. Mason, at (201) 288-4447 to schedule your appointment.