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Posts for: April, 2020

By Frechtman Family Dental of Edison
April 27, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Do you have smile gaps? Are you concerned about your appearance and about your oral health? At Frechtman Family Dental of Edison, NJ, Dr. Saul Frechtman and Dr. David Frechtman use dental implants to bring smiles back to natural form and function. They could be the right tooth replacements for you.

Dental implants and their benefits

A dental implant is an artificial tooth. Made of a titanium screw, metal abutment post, and porcelain crown, a single implant replaces a missing tooth from roots to crown. The titanium fuses right to the jaw through a process known as osseointegration, making the bond between implant screw and bone virtually inseparable.

To qualify for dental implants, you must have enough quality bone in your jaw. A firm foundation, this bone literally wraps around the implant, enabling it to withstand the pressures posed by biting and chewing. Accordingly, dental implants avoid the bone degradation common to tooth loss.

Besides improving your bone, implants:

  • Look and feel absolutely real
  • Feature a high procedural success rate (up to 98 percent, according to the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness, or IDIA)
  • Hold remaining natural teeth in proper alignment
  • Last for many decades, according to the IDIA
  • Require no remodeling of adjoining teeth
  • May anchor full dentures or fixed bridgework
  • Support your facial structure
  • Are simply cared for with daily flossing, twice a day brushing and semi-annual cleanings and exams with Dr. Frechtman

Can you qualify?

Sure, you can if you are in good overall health and have sufficient quality bone in the alveolar ridge of your jaw bone. Dr. Frechtman will examine your teeth and gums, review your health history and take some three-dimensional scans of your jaw bone. If all looks well, you can have the dental implant surgery right at our Edison, NJ, dental office.
 

Find out more

A friendly dental implant consultation will give you all the details you need. Contact Dr. Saul Frechtman or Dr. David Frechtman at Frechtman Family Dental of Edison, NJ. We look forward to helping you achieve a wonderful smile. Call us at (732) 548-8600.


By Frechtman Family Dental of Edison
April 20, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  
FriendlyBacteriaCanHelpProtectOurMouthsFromDisease

If you know anything about dental disease, then you know bacteria ranks high on the Usual Suspects list. Tooth decay gets its start from acid produced by bacteria; periodontal (gum) disease is often triggered by bacteria that infect the gums.

But the particular strains of bacteria that can cause dental disease are a small percentage of the 10,000-plus species inhabiting your mouth. The rest, numbering in the millions, are fairly benign—and some, as recent research is now showing, play a sizeable role in protecting your teeth and gums against other malicious bacteria, fungi and viruses.

Dr. Aaron Weinberg, a dental researcher at Case Western Reserve University, has been investigating these protective bacteria for many years. His research began with a scientific conundrum: although the mouth has one of the highest densities of bacterial populations, wounds in the mouth tend to heal quickly.

The answer, he believes, originates with human beta defensins (hBDs), substances produced by cells in the lining of the mouth that are natural antibiotics against disease. He has found that certain bacteria actually help stimulate their production.

This isn't just an interesting fact about the body's defenses and immune system. During his research, Dr. Weinberg was able to identify the agent within the bacteria that triggered hBD production. This has opened up a new line of research: The possibility that harnessing this agent might help assist in our treatment of infection by boosting the body's defensive capabilities.

For example, researchers have proposed including a form of the agent in toothpaste. Over time, this might stimulate hBD production and guard the mouth against the development of dental diseases like gum disease.

These possibilities all come from our increasing knowledge and understanding of the microscopic world around us, especially in our mouths. Bacteria are much more complex than we may have realized—not all are our enemies, and some are definitely our friends. Learning more may open up new ways to keep our teeth and gums healthy.

If you would like more information on the mouth's healing abilities, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


Your cosmetic dentists in Edison, New Jersey can give you an outstanding smile

Having a beautiful smile is important. After all, your smile is your trademark. Fortunately, if you are living with a dull, yellow, uninteresting smile, Drs. Saul and David Frechtman of Frechtman Family Dental in Edison, NJ, offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry options to give you an amazing set of teeth.

Let’s consider just a few of the amazing cosmetic dentistry services available:

Professional teeth whitening: this is an excellent choice to brighten up a dull, aging smile and take years off of your appearance. That's because this treatment can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter with fantastic results that can last up to 5 years! It’s safe too, for all products and methods have been tested and approved by the American Dental Association. During a consultation, you can choose from a speedy in-office treatment that takes about an hour, or a convenient take-home kit that allows you to whiten your smile at your own pace.

Cosmetic bonding: this is the perfect solution to repair small chips, cracks, tooth wear, and other unsightly damage. Bonding uses composite, a material that can be matched to the color of your teeth, creating results that look completely natural.

Porcelain veneers: this treatment can take your smile from dull to dazzling in just a couple of appointments. Veneers are thin laminates of porcelain that are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth to hide both minor and major aesthetic issues like cracks, fractures, chips, tooth wear, and other problems. Porcelain reflects light, looks just like tooth enamel, and successfully resists stains. Accordingly, your porcelain veneers will look completely natural and stay both white and beautiful for years.

To view amazing before-and-after photos of Frechtman Family Dental patients, please visit the Smile Gallery page on the website at https://www.frechtmandental.com/gallery.html

It’s time to discover the magic of cosmetic dentistry and how it can improve your smile. To learn more, call Drs. Saul and David Frechtman of Frechtman Family Dental of Edison, NJ, at (732) 548-8600.


By Frechtman Family Dental of Edison
April 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
TheRealTruthBehindEdHelmsMissingToothinTheHangover

Ed Helms is best known for his role as the self-absorbed, Ivy League sales rep, Andy Bernard, on television's The Office. But to millions of fans he's also Stu, a member of a bachelor trip to Las Vegas in the 2009 movie The Hangover. In it, Stu and his friends wake up from a wild night on the Strip to find some things missing: the groom-to-be, their memories and, for Stu, a front tooth.

In reality, the missing tooth gag wasn't a Hollywood makeup or CGI (computer-generated imagery) trick—it was Ed Helm's actual missing tooth. According to Helms, the front tooth in question never developed and he had obtained a dental implant to replace it. He had the implant crown removed for the Hangover movie and then replaced after filming.

Helms' dental situation isn't that unusual. Although most of the 170 million-plus teeth missing from Americans' mouths are due to disease or trauma, a few happened because the teeth never formed. While most of these congenitally missing teeth are in the back of the mouth, a few, as in Helms' case, involve front teeth in the “smile zone,” which can profoundly affect appearance.

Fortunately, people missing undeveloped teeth have several good options to restore their smiles and dental function. The kind of tooth missing could help determine which option to use. For example, a bridge supported by the teeth on either side of the gap might work well if the teeth on either side are in need of crowns.

If the missing tooth happens to be one or both of the lateral incisors (on either side of the centermost teeth), it could be possible to move the canine teeth (the pointy ones, also called eye teeth) to fill the gap. This technique, known as canine substitution, may also require further modification—either by softening the canines' pointed tips, crowning them or applying veneers—to help the repositioned teeth look more natural.

The optimal solution, though, is to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant which then has a lifelike crown attached to it, as Ed Helms did to get his winning smile. Implant-supported replacement teeth are closest to natural teeth in terms of both appearance and function. Implants, though, shouldn't be placed until the jaw has fully developed, usually in early adulthood. A younger person may need a temporary restoration like a bonded bridge or a partial denture until they're ready for an implant.

Whatever the method, there's an effective way to restore missing teeth. Seeing us for an initial exam is the first step toward your own winning smile.

If you would like more information about restoring missing teeth, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants.”




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