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3Age-RelatedDentalProblemsandwhatyoucandoAboutThem

Like other aspects of our lives, aging can take a toll on our smile. Over a lifetime the effects of disease, teeth wearing and the foods we eat can cause our teeth and gums to look unattractive.

Here are 3 of the most common age-related dental problems and how we can help you "turn back the clock" on each one.

Discoloration. Teeth can dull and grow darker over time. And not just from what we eat or drink—age-related structural changes in the tooth can also cause discoloration. We can often alleviate external staining temporarily with teeth whitening. If the staining is heavy or it originates inside the tooth, then we can install life-like porcelain veneers or crowns to cover the discoloration. We can also use composite dental materials to alter the color of one darkened tooth so that it doesn't stand out from the rest of your teeth.

Wearing. Our teeth naturally wear down over time. If the wearing is excessive, though, teeth can look shorter and less youthful. Again, we can use veneers or crowns to change a tooth's outward appearance and make them look longer. We can also employ enamel contouring and reshaping that smoothes out sharper edges caused by wearing to give your teeth a softer, more youthful look.

Receding gums. On the other end of the spectrum, gums that have shrunk back or receded from the teeth can make them look much larger and unattractive. Our first step is to treat any gum disease present—the most common cause of recession—which often helps the tissues to regenerate. If your case is more advanced, though, you may also need grafting surgery to restore lost gum tissue. Using in-depth microsurgical techniques, surgeons attach grafted gum tissue at the recession site. Over time new tissue will grow, restoring adequate gum coverage.

You can also improve your appearance at any age with orthodontics. Besides a more attractive smile, properly aligned teeth tend to wear more slowly and evenly. This and proper daily oral hygiene and regular dental care can keep your teeth looking younger even in your later years.

If you would like more information on gaining a more youthful 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 “How Your Dentist can help you Look Younger.”

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
March 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

People notice your smile before any other physical attribute. Research from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry proves it. If youTeeth Whitening have a yellowed, dull, dingy smile and wish to improve it safely and quickly, professional teeth whitening could be your best option. At Mason Dental Associates in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, Dr. Jeffrey Mason and Dr. Seth Perlmutter often recommend in-office or at-home whitening processes to brighten teeth beautifully.

Your refreshed smile

Time combined with what you put in your mouth can rob you of your best smile aesthetics. Tobacco, dark beverages and foods, wear and tear, and the aging process dull and darken tooth enamel and can make people too ashamed to smile.

However, if your teeth are healthy, you likely are a great candidate for professional teeth whitening from Mason Dental Associates in Hasbrouck Heights. Performed in the office or at-home, teeth whitening treatments remove stubborn stains using a powerful hydrogen peroxide gel. Professionally supervised, this very popular treatment leaves teeth up to eight shades brighter, and your budget will find it very cost-sparing.

Here's how it works

Come to Mason Dental Associates for a personalized cosmetic dentistry consultation. Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums, and if you're healthy, you can begin right away.

The in-office treatment takes about an hour as your dentist carefully applies concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel. After the gel does its work, it is rinsed off, and you're ready to go! If you opt for the at-home version, your dentist will fit you with customized application trays. You'll use the trays daily to apply your gel. In about a week, you'll have similar, stunning results.

You can keep your smile white

While results vary a bit, whitened smiles stay bright indefinitely. Just brush twice daily and floss carefully. Get your six-month cleanings and exams with Dr. Mason or Dr. Perlmutter. If you need whitening touch-ups, you may get them from time to time, too.

Additionally, try to restrict tobacco use, and if you consume dark foods, such as coffee and curry, rinse your mouth with water, and brush when you can. Some people drink their coffee, tea and colas with a straw to keep staining liquids off their teeth.

A great look

It can be yours with professional teeth whitening done right. Call Mason Dental Associates in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, for a consultation. Phone (201) 288-4447, and speak to a team member.

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
June 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
StainsfromWithinaToothRequireProfessionalWhitening

Whether performed in a dental office or using a home kit, teeth whitening applications are quite effective for bleaching exterior (extrinsic) stains on enamel surfaces. But what if your discoloration comes from inside the tooth? In this case, extrinsic teeth whitening won’t work — you’ll need to undergo an “internal bleaching” method, which can only be performed in a dentist's office.

There are a number of causes for “intrinsic” staining, including too much fluoride exposure or tetracycline use during childhood. One of the more common causes, though, occurs from root canal treatments used to remove the remnants of the pulp tissue inside a tooth’s pulp chamber and root canals. Certain cements used during the procedure to help seal in the filling material and leftover blood pigments can cause the tooth to darken over time.

To alleviate this discoloration, we use a bleaching agent, usually sodium perborate mixed with a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide to achieve a safe, accelerated color change. After determining that the root canal filling is still intact and the bone is healthy, we create a small cavity in the back of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. The chamber is cleaned of any debris or stained material and then thoroughly irrigated. The original root canal filling is then sealed off to prevent leakage from the bleaching agent.

We then place the bleaching agent in the cleaned-out space with a cotton pellet and seal it in with a temporary adhesive. This step is repeated for several days until we achieve the desired shade of white. Once that occurs we then seal the dentin with a more permanent filling and then restore the cavity we created with a composite resin bonded to the enamel and dentin.

If we’re successful in achieving the desired color, intrinsic whitening could help you avoid more costly options like veneers or crowns for an otherwise healthy and attractive tooth. The end result would be the same — a beautiful smile without those unsightly stains.

If you would like more information on treating internal tooth stains, 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 “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”

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Home whitening kits are a popular way to turn a dull smile into a dazzling one. But these self-applied products only work for teeth with outer enamel stains — if the discoloration originates inside a tooth, you’ll need professional treatment.

Known as “intrinsic staining,” this type of discoloration most often occurs within a tooth’s pulp or dentin layers. There are a number of causes like tooth trauma or tetracycline use at an early age. A root canal treatment used to remove infection from deep within a tooth can also cause discoloration: sometimes blood pigments left after tissue removal or the filling materials themselves can stain a tooth’s interior.

Intrinsic staining can often be treated by placing a bleaching agent, usually sodium perborate, into the tooth’s pulp chamber. But before undertaking this procedure on a tooth that’s undergone a root canal treatment, we want to first ensure the filling is intact and still adequately sealing the tooth from infection. We also want to make sure the supporting bone is also healthy.

If all’s well, we access the pulp in the same way as the root canal treatment, and preferably through the same access hole. We then clean out the pulp chamber of any stained matter and then ensure the root canals remain filled and sealed off from the pulp chamber.

We can then place the bleaching agent into the pulp, a process that will need to be repeated every three or four days to achieve the desired level of brightness. After each session we place a cotton pellet over the opening and held in place with a temporary adhesive; we can easily remove and re-apply this covering during subsequent sessions. Once we’ve achieved the desired color change, we seal the tooth with a permanent filling and restore the access cavity with a tooth-colored composite resin material bonded to the enamel and dentin.

There are other options for an intrinsically stained tooth like veneers or crowns that outwardly cover the discoloration. Internal bleaching, however, is a more conservative approach that causes less alteration of the tooth. If successful, it can restore a stained tooth to a brighter, more attractive shade.

If you would like more information on internal bleaching, 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 “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
June 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Our teeth rarely stay as white as we would like them without the help of Dr. Jeffrey Mason in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. With his dental teeth whiteningexpertise, your teeth can be restored to their natural appearance. Teeth whitening is typically done in a professional dental setting is an effective and safe approach to brighten your smile. Teeth whitening is considered one of the most economical cosmetic dental procedure.

More about Teeth Whitening in Hasbrouck Heights

Professionally-supervised teeth whitening from Dr. Mason works faster than other options. It also protects the gums and tooth-root surfaces the best. Having an oral dental examination before any teeth whitening process is important as it can make sure that your tooth discoloration is not because of a dental condition that needs to be treated.

Perhaps the most popular professional teeth whitening method is in-office whitening. This offers the fastest results with powerful whitening solution applied to the teeth. The gums and tooth-root surfaces are covered first. Next, a retractor is placed in the mouth to hold the lips and cheeks away from the teeth as the hydrogen peroxide gel is applied. The gel is left on for about an hour’s time. When it is removed, results will be obviously almost immediately.

To make sure that your teeth whitening results remain as long as possible, maintain a regular oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing. Dental professionals recommend at least twice a day brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily. Avoid foods and beverages that are known to stain the teeth including wine, tea and coffee. A minor touch-up every so often will maintain your smile regularly.

To learn more about teeth whitening, schedule an informative appointment with our professional dentist, Dr. Mason, in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, today at (201) 288-4447.