Posts for: February, 2016

By Jeffrey Mason, D.M.D.
February 24, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: bonding  

Over time, teeth can show the effects of wear and tear. When teeth become chipped or cracked along their edges, Dr. Jeffrey Mason, your cosmetic dentist in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, often suggests dental bonding to repair this damage. You'll learn more about how bonding can help your teeth in this article.Bonding

How do teeth get damaged?

Chipping and cracking can happen as a result of damage to the tooth enamel. Dr. Jeffrey Mason has seen plenty of chipped and cracked teeth during his tenure as a cosmetic dentist in Hasbrouck Heights. Sometimes it's because of a sports injury or a car accident. Other times it's due to bruxism (teeth grinding) at night. One of the most common reasons teeth are damaged is due to using them as a tool to open stubborn packages or other items. Many times, chipping and cracking causes no pain unless the damage is significant enough to expose nerves inside the tooth, but a sharp edge from a chip can be uncomfortable if the tongue frequently comes into contact with it.

What is dental bonding?

Bonding is a simple cosmetic dental procedure that your Hasbrouck Heights dentist can perform in his office. It involves using a resin material to fill in and smooth over the damage from chips and cracks in the teeth. A special light hardens the resin, making it remarkably strong.

What sets bonding apart from other cosmetic procedures?

Bonding from your Hasbrouck Heights dentist is an excellent way to fix minor problems with the teeth. It is quick, painless, does not require anesthesia, and very affordable. A patient who has more extensive damage may benefit from another cosmetic dental procedure. Your Hasbrouck Heights dentist will carefully evaluate your situation and make the best recommendation.

Don't hide your imperfect smile. Let Dr. Jeffrey Mason, your Hasbrouck Heights cosmetic dentist, fill in the chips and cracks in your teeth with dental bonding! Give our office a call today to set up an appointment.

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
February 18, 2016
Category: Oral Health

For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.

Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.

If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.

When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.

When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment. Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.

And as for Noah Galloway:  In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!

If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
February 03, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants   dentures  

If you’ve had the misfortune of losing all or most of your teeth (a condition called edentulism), you still have effective options for restoring lost form and function to your mouth. There is, of course, the traditional removable denture that’s been the mainstay for edentulism treatment for decades. If you haven’t experienced significant bone loss in the jaw, though, a fixed bridge supported by titanium implants could be a better choice.

But what if bone loss has ruled out an implant-supported fixed bridge? There’s still another option besides traditional dentures — a removable “overdenture” that fits “over” smaller diameter implants strategically placed in the jaw to support it.

A removable, implant-supported bridge offers a number of advantages for edentulism patients with significant bone loss.

Speech Enhancement. Any denture or bridge supported by implants will have a positive impact on speech ability, especially involving the upper jaw. But patients who’ve previously worn removable dentures may not see a dramatic difference but will still be able to benefit from the greater stability of the denture, particularly if the dentures were previously unstable.

Hygiene. A removable denture allows better access to implant sites for cleaning. Better hygiene reduces the risk of gum disease and further bone loss.

Long-Term Maintenance. Regardless of which type of implant supported restoration is used, it will eventually require some maintenance. A well-designed removable overdenture can make any future maintenance easier to perform.

Aesthetics. For personal satisfaction, this is often the ultimate test — how will I look? As a product of the evolving art of facial aesthetics, removable dentures supported by implants can replace lost tissues and restore balance to the face, and often produce a remarkable smile “makeover.”

To find out which restoration option is best for you, you should first undergo a thorough examination to determine the status of your facial and jaw structures, particularly the amount of bone mass still present. Ultimately, though, the decision should be the one that best fits your functional needs, while fulfilling your desires for your future smile.

If you would like more information on tooth restoration options, 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 “Fixed vs. Removable: Choosing Between a Removable Bridge and a Fixed Bridge.”