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Dental Treatment to Prevent Tooth Extraction

Suffering damage or trauma to a tooth can cause great anxiety and the fear that the only treatment option is extraction. Fortunately, depending on the extent of the damage or trauma, there are dental treatments can help save the tooth and avoid losing the tooth. Having a missing tooth or teeth can have a negative impact on a person’s confidence, chewing ability, teeth alignment and overall health, so it’s important to understand how to avoid tooth extraction whenever safely possible.

Root canals can save teeth

Having a root canal treatment is the top alternative to extracting a tooth. Also called endodontic treatment, a root canal treats the living pulp inside the tooth. Tooth pulp is the inner tissue consisting of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues that provide nourishment to the tooth as it develops. In a fully-developed tooth, removing the pulp via a root canal has little or no effect because the tooth receives nourishment from supporting tissues.

A root canal may become necessary when cracks, chips, decay, dental procedures, faulty crowns or trauma trigger inflammations and infections in the tooth pulp. Treating the damaged tooth prevents further pain and potential abscess. During a root canal, the dentist removes inflamed or infected tooth pulp and then cleans, disinfects, shapes, fills and seals the hollow to prevent future infections. Following the root canal with a dental crown or filling placement helps restore tooth structure and function, and there’s a high probability the tooth can remain healthy for a lifetime with proper care.

Benefits of root canal treatment

Having a root canal prevents tooth extraction while restoring and protecting the health of your damaged or injured tooth. The treatment is non-surgical, common and safe. Additional ways to save a damaged tooth and avoid extraction include treating an infection with antibiotics, but this may not be effective as a root canal and delaying the proper treatment may increase the likelihood of tooth extraction. Patients who take painkillers to dull the pain of tooth damage risk the infection or inflammation growing worse and can eventually lead to tooth loss. Treating issues within the tooth pulp early is the best way to save a tooth. If tooth extraction becomes necessary, there are several replacement options available, but dentists prefer to save the natural tooth whenever possible.

If you’re experiencing any tooth discomfort or pain, contact Creative Dental promptly so we can diagnose the problem and protect the health of your smile.

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Visit the dentist every 6 months

Six Month Checkups are More Important Than You Think

Although you may frequently read and hear how important it is to visit the dentist at least every six months, you may not entirely understand why it’s so important. Regular dental visits are just one part of taking care of your teeth and gums and work together with brushing and flossing regularly and eating well to improve your oral health. A healthy mouth is essential for a healthy body, especially where infection and inflammation are concerned, which proves that dental visits every 6 months do much more than just benefit your smile.

The necessity of dental cleanings

Even with the best at-home oral care including brushing and flossing daily, plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth that you can’t remove with normal brushing. A professional dental cleaning removes that plaque and tartar from your teeth and gives your teeth a nice polish to boost your smile. Plaque starts to form within 24 hours after consuming food and if two weeks pass without proper brushing, that plaque transforms into tartar under the gums. Brushing and flossing can’t touch that tartar and without professional cleaning, it can lead to gingivitis, decay and gum disease. Thankfully, with proper brushing and flossing, it takes much longer for tartar to develop but it still requires regular dental exams and cleaning to remove the plaque build-up and tartar before it becomes a problem.

Finding and treating tooth decay

Quite often, tooth decay and cavities present no visible signs so it’s vital that you visit the dentist for low radiation digital x-rays than can clearly show trouble spots. By finding the cavities early, the dentist can treat them right away and you avoid the need for more involved and costly treatments if the decay continues unchecked. Your dentist wants to help protect your smile and avoid the need for treatments such as crowns, root canals and tooth extractions as much as possible. A six-month checkup is an important form of prevention when it comes to tooth decay.

Alerting dentist to new developments

Your six-month checkup is the ideal time to inform your dental professional about any new developments that may affect your oral health. This includes pregnancy and other changes in your health. It also includes any bad habits you’ve developed such as grinding your teeth, brushing too hard and clenching your teeth. If you’re grinding your teeth at night, you may not even know it and the dentist can diagnose this issue and work on a treatment plan before it can cause damage. The dentist will also work with you to correct any other issues before they can lead to damage such as chipped or broken teeth.

When you visit the dentist regularly every 6 months, you improve the chances that all you’ll need is a routine cleaning. Even if it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist and you’re afraid you’ll need extensive treatments or have an overall fear of the dentist, at Creative Dental we’re dedicated to your comfort and want you to have a painless, stress-free experience. Contact us today to learn more about our services and to discover how we can protect and improve your smile.

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Stress and Oral Health

Reduce Holiday Stress for Better Oral and Overall Health

The holidays can be both joyful and stressful as people deal with entertaining, shopping and traveling. Stress has a negative impact on overall health, oral health and mood as it makes people feel depressed, anxious, tired and restless and can lead to indigestion, jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Dealing with stress effectively during the holidays and year-round can benefit your well-being, including the health of your teeth and gums.

Make time to relax

Some people feel so stressed out by the holidays, work, and school that they may unconsciously clench their jaw during the day or grind their teeth at night. A good way to deal with this type of stress is to make time to relax every single day. Something as small as relaxing one’s breathing, listening to favorite music and taking a soothing shower or bath before bed can help alleviate stress and avoid issues with jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Quieting the mind and relaxing the body benefits overall health and can improve your healthy smile.

Engage in physical activity

Even just 30 minutes a day can improve physical and mental health and reduce stress. Although the holidays make it feel like there’s even less time to accomplish tasks, when people fit some physical activity in their day, it can give them the endorphin boost they need to tackle their routine efficiently and stave off stress and anxiety. If 30 minutes is more than seems possible, even a short walk on lunch break or after work can help.

Prioritize personal health

It’s easy for people to become so caught up in the holiday hustle and bustle that they neglect their health by not eating or drinking the right foods, feeling overstressed and forgetting daily dental hygiene. Making personal health a priority isn’t selfish, it’s essential and can prevent becoming ill. Stress along with neglecting personal health can weaken the immune system and lead to sickness during a time of year when people would much rather be healthy and with loved ones. By eating healthy, drinking ample water, washing hands frequently, keeping up with oral hygiene and finding time to relax, people can improve their overall health and not miss a moment of the holidays.

Don’t let the holidays stress you out to the point where your overall and oral health suffers the consequences. Contact Creative Dental today for a professional cleaning, oral exam and even pamper yourself with a teeth whitening for those holiday parties.

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Sedation Dentistry NJ – Avoiding the Pain

Dental fear and anxiety are often caused from a bad experience at the dentist, usually during childhood or adolescence. Unpleasant experiences at the dentist can also occur as an adult, but no matter when they happen, they can make a person hesitant to visit the dentist regularly or at all. When a dental visit involves less than gentle treatment, insufficient Novocain or other improper procedure, this can make the patient believe that every future visit with the dentist will include pain and thus scares them away. However, discomfort and pain are not normal parts of dental visits or procedures, and it’s important that those with dental fear receive patient and considerate dental care to alleviate their anxiety and fear. Keep reading to learn how Creative Dental, the sedation dentistry NJ experts, take care of their patients.

Consequences of dental anxiety

For patients afraid of experiencing pain at the dentist, it’s easy for them to ignore any sensitivity or discomfort they feel in their mouth because they believe that visiting the dentist may make it worse. Unfortunately, avoiding dental care such as regular cleanings, x-rays, and exams, can lead to an eventual need for emergency dental care, which is costly and involved. It’s better for the patient when they feel safe visiting the dentist and have any minor problems addressed before they become major.

Consideration for dental anxiety

The professional, considerate staff at Creative Dental is dedicated to providing a positive, relaxing experience for every patient and pay particular consideration to those with dental anxiety. Patients are encouraged to visit the office for a conversation before any planned treatments, and this takes place in an office, not the dental chair. The patient and dentist discuss the dental fears and the options available to ensure the patient’s comfort and peace of mind. Oral sedation is a common way to handle dental anxiety today, and Creative Dental offers various options.

With sedation dentistry options ranging from oral sedation to IV sedation, patients with dental anxiety and fear can receive the necessary dental treatments while remaining calm, relaxed and pain-free. The dental staff knows how to keep patients comfortable and the dentist asks the patient questions throughout treatment to make sure they’re relaxed and not experiencing discomfort.

Expectations after sedation dentistry

Following sedation dentistry treatment, patients need someone to take them home, and when they fully recover, they have little or no memory of their treatment. So be sure to choose the dentists who offer the most passionate sedation dentistry NJ can provide. Many patients feel fully refreshed and able to resume normal activities by the next day. The goal of oral sedation is to help patients overcome their dental anxiety and fear, and ultimately, the hope is that the patient no longer requires sedation for dental care. With patience, time and understanding, it’s possible for patients to overcome their dental fear as they realize that they’re in control and that the dentist is there to help them.

Consider the Best Sedation Dentistry NJ has to Offer

If you suffer from dental anxiety and fear, there’s no need to delay proper dental care because Creative Dental is dedicated to providing the best and most comfortable care for our patients. Contact us today to learn more about our sedation dentistry options.

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Back to school dental tips

Back to School Dental Tips

Today’s kids miss over 51 million school hours due to dental issues but making routine dental exams and cleanings part of your back to school, and school-year routine can help prevent these issues. Seeing to yours and your children’s dental needs now can lead to fewer problems later that may take them out of school.

Encourage good oral hygiene

Even though teenagers might grumble about it, children of all ages benefit from practicing good oral hygiene, so it’s important to encourage kids to brush their teeth twice a day and floss daily. In younger children, you may need to help them and check to make sure they’ve thoroughly cleaned their teeth. In older children and teenagers, you can lead by example by practicing good oral hygiene yourself.

Regular dental exams

Just as you visit the dental office for regular exams, cleaning, and x-rays, your children need to do the same. By seeing the dentist at least every six months, your children’s teeth stay free of tartar and plaque buildup and the dentist can address any small problems before they become more severe, expensive and time-consuming to treat.

Mouth guard for sports

For children that play contact sports including football, hockey, lacrosse or wrestling, a custom mouth guard can help protect their teeth, lips, and jaw from injury. Being active is great for kids, but costly and scary emergency trips to the dentist office do not so keep them safe with a store bought mouth guard, or a custom made guard from a dental professional.

Recently removed braces

If you have a teenager who had their braces removed this summer, make sure they wear their retainers to prevent an orthodontic relapse. The retainers dentists give patients after the braces come off help maintain the position of the teeth and if teenagers don’t wear them as often as the dentist advises, teeth can start to shift out of alignment again.

Healthy eating

Encourage healthy eating in the home for overall and oral health. For kids that take their lunch, pack health food such as fruit and vegetables and avoid sugar-filled drinks or soda. Cheese can help protect teeth against cavities and makes a great protein-filled snack for energetic kids and teenagers.

At Creative Dental, we want everyone in your family to have a healthy, beautiful smile through the school year and beyond. Contact our offices to set up a regular appointment and ask about our variety of dental treatment options.

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Never be scared of going to the dentist again

Are you afraid of the dentist? You shouldn’t be. Here’s why.

For some adults, living with dental fear or dental phobia prevents them from receiving proper dental care. Even though they know that regular exams and cleanings are an essential part of good oral hygiene, their fears keep them out of the dental chair until a severe dental issue or dental emergency forces them into the dentist’s office. When the dental problems have become that great, treatments are often lengthy and complicated, and this, unfortunately, justifies the patient’s feelings of fear and anxiety. It’s a discouraging cycle, but possible to prevent with patience and understanding.

A common problem

Dental fear is a common problem with an estimated 75% of American adults experience some level of dental fear and anxiety. Of that 75%, approximately 5-10% have a dental phobia. Dental phobia fills patients with so much fear they don’t seek dental care unless an emergency need arises.

Dentistry measures that break the cycle

Helping patients avoid dental problems in the first place can shorten the time they need to spend in the chair, which can reduce their fear and anxiety. Dental anxiety can be difficult to control for many patients, and that’s why dental offices take measure to reduce treatment time and enhance comfort for their patients. To gain a comprehensive understanding of their patient’s fears, dentists encourage them to express their concerns before any dental procedure. A caring dentist explains what patients can expect and creates a treatment plan that keeps the patient comfortable throughout the process. Many dentists even perform initial consultations in an office setting instead of the dental chair to help their patients communicate in a less clinical setting.

Sedation dentistry

For those individuals who require more than communication and comfortable surroundings, many dental offices, including Creative Dental, offer different levels of sedation dentistry. When traditional numbing agents in the treatment area aren’t enough to alleviate fears, dentists may give patients oral sedatives before the procedure or enlist a qualified anesthetist to administer IV sedation. With sedation dentistry, patients often have no memory of the procedure, and this helps eliminate the fear of future appointments.

Don’t let past unpleasant dental experiences keep you from having a healthy, stunning smile any longer. Today’s dental offices have been designed with patient comfort in mind, and the best dentists have a commitment to helping formerly fearful patients experience relaxed, comfortable dental visits. Learn more about Creative Dental’s sedation dentistry options and ask how we can alleviate dental fear and anxiety by contacting our offices today.

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Digital Dental X-Rays

Why Dental X-Rays are Still Important

Regular visits to the dentist help with early detection of dental issues before they develop into something that requires extensive treatment. Although a physical exam of your mouth can reveal some signs of issues, there are oral diseases that are invisible to the naked eye. That’s why X-rays are still such an important part of preventative dental care. Dental X-rays take pictures of your teeth, bones and surrounding soft tissues and can help reveal issues with teeth, mouth, and jaw. X-rays detect even the slightest evidence of oral health issues in their early stages. The early detection provided by X-rays allows your dentist to develop an effective, prompt treatment plan.

Issues dental X-rays detect

Dental X-rays are an essential part of maintaining and protecting oral health for more than their ability to find issues such as tooth decay. Dental X-rays also help detect:

  • Oral infections
  • Gum disease
  • Broken tooth roots
  • Damage to bones supporting teeth
  • Impacted teeth
  • Teeth in the wrong location
  • Location of permanent teeth in children with baby teeth
  • Cysts, abscesses, and tumors

Along with detecting issues usually before any symptoms are present, the dentist also uses dental X-rays to plan treatments for orthodontics, repairing extensive cavities, placing dental implants, performing root canal surgery and planning difficult tooth extractions.

Frequency of dental x-rays

Your dentist only requires dental X-rays when they’re necessary for treatment and diagnosis of oral health issues. The frequency of dental x-rays depends on your health, age, signs of dental issues, and risk for oral disease. For someone without any current tooth decay and don’t have a high risk for cavities, age is a big factor in determining the frequency of X-rays. Adults should have bitewing X-rays every 2-3 years, teens every 1.5-3 years, and children every 1-2 years. If a patient has tooth decay or is at a higher risk for cavities, a dentist usually takes bitewings every six months to 1.5 years for adults and every 6-12 months for children and teens.

Concerns with dental x-rays

Although you may be concerned about the radiation exposure from dental X-rays, the amount of radiation used is quite low. With modern advances, the radiation levels used are minuscule, and the American Dental Association publishes recommendations for dental practices to ensure that there’s minimal radiation exposure. Your dentist takes several precautions to keep you safe during dental X-rays including having you wear a protective apron and collar and keeping the radiation exposure as brief as possible with digital X-rays and fast film speeds. The risk from dental X-rays is low compared to their potential benefits as they help uncover dental issues before they can develop into something severe. By finding problems early, dental X-rays save you from the expense, pain and time involved with treating damaging oral health issues.

Keep your smile healthy and beautiful by practicing great oral health care and continuing your regular dental visits with Creative Dental.

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Beat Dental Anxiety

4 Tips to Help Battle Dental Anxiety

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If you’re afraid to visit the dentist, you’re not alone. Studies show that dental phobia affects up to 24% of people around the world. For some, dental anxiety is a minor nuisance, but for others it can be disabling and prevent them from visiting a dentist regularly. While fear of the dentist is common, there are some things you can do to help overcome your fear and to ensure that you maintain good oral health with consistent dental visits.

Bring a headset

Bring your mp3 player with your favorite music, audiobooks or podcasts so you can listen while you’re in the waiting room and maintain a sense of calm and relaxation. It’s important to be on time to your appointment, but don’t arrive too early, as the longer you sit, the more likely it is that you’ll start to feel anxious about the visit. While listening to your mp3 player, practice relaxation breathing techniques and think about activities you enjoy.

Communicate

One of the most powerful tools to fight anxiety is knowledge, so communicate with your dentist about what he or she will be doing during the visit. The more you know about what’s going to happen, the better prepared for it you’ll be and the less nervous you’ll feel. Ask about having a familiar, pleasing scent in the treatment room, such as an aromatherapy device. If there’s a particular radio station you like and the dentist has music in their rooms, ask for that station so you can listen to something familiar.

Pleasing sights

Many dental offices have televisions in their treatment rooms now, which makes it easier to take your mind somewhere else during cleaning and treatments. Find a channel you like with a program that will last through the visit and you’ll find the appointment more enjoyable. If your dental office doesn’t have televisions in the rooms, they usually make an effort to hang images of pleasing scenery on the ceiling or within visual range of the chair.

Sedation dentistry

If all of the above suggestions aren’t enough to relax you during your dental treatment, consult with your dentist about sedation dentistry options. There are a variety of sedation levels depending on your particular level of anxiety and they’re a safe, effective way to alleviate your fears and ensure that you receive the best oral care possible.

We want you to feel comfortable, relaxed, and anxiety-free during your visits. Contact us today to discover how we can make your next appointment a rewarding experience.

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Fluoride Treatments for Adults

Fluoride Treatments for Adults

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Despite what you may think, fluoride treatments aren’t just for children. In fact, several studies show that topical fluoride treatments given to adults by dental professionals have a significant, positive impact on the oral health of adults at moderate to high risk for cavities. There are a growing number of reasons why adults should receive fluoride treatments. These include a rise in prescription medication use and an increase in restorative dental work.

Countering side effects

Many of the prescription medications given to adults have side effects such as dry mouth and reduced saliva production. Radiation treatments for cancer can also lead to reduced saliva production. Decreased saliva increases your risk for cavities as bacteria forms and enamel erodes. A fluoride treatment is an effective way of countering this problem and along with other oral health suggestions provided by your dentist, you can maintain a balance between a healthy mouth and a healthy body.

Maturing oral health

Gum recession is often an unfortunate result of aging. When the gums recede, the root surface of the teeth becomes exposed and these regions lack the hard enamel found at the top of the tooth, leaving them vulnerable to decay. Add into that the fact that many adults receive restorative work including bridges and crowns, and this means there are newly exposed tooth areas in need of protection. Fluoride helps protect surfaces suffering gum recession and the areas around new dental work. Fluoride treatments are also a great choice if you opt for braces because orthodontic appliances can make maintaining oral health a challenge, but the treatments keep teeth strong and cavity-free.

Cavity prevention and sensitivity issues

Nobody is perfect and if you’re someone who doesn’t always floss daily, as you should, fluoride treatments can help give your oral health a boost. Fluoride gets between your teeth where flossing usually reaches so a treatment can help prevent cavity development in that area. If you’re someone who suffers from sensitive teeth from gum recession, teeth whitening, or just genetics, fluoride treatments can restore minerals to tooth enamel and lower sensitivity.

How it works

With an in-office fluoride treatment, we dry off your teeth and mouth and then apply a special fluoride gel, paint or vanish either by brushing on or by using a mouth guard you wear for a designated amount of time. Following the treatment, you’re advised to avoid eating or drinking for at least 30 minutes and it’s best for your oral and overall health if you avoid tobacco use altogether.

Fluoride treatments help fight and prevent decay in patients of all ages and are especially beneficial if you live somewhere without a fluoridated water supply. Contact Creative Dental today to discuss the benefits of adding a fluoride treatment to your oral health routine.

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Dental Visit Tips

4 Tips to Maximize your Dental Appointments

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When you’re on a regular dental appointment schedule, you only see your dentist a few times a year so it’s vital that you make the most of each visit. There are questions you might have that you forget when you’re at the dentist office, so it’s helpful to plan ahead and come prepared to each appointment. With some preparation, you and your dentist receive the full benefit of your time together.

Write questions down

Whenever you think of a question you’d like to ask the dentist, write it down somewhere so you don’t forget it. The big questions like why your tooth aches are easy to remember at your appointment, but smaller ones like the best type of mouthwash to use can slip your mind. Try to write all the questions down in the same location like a whiteboard, notebook or app on your phone so you’re ready to go for your next appointment.

Keep notes

Chances are, your dentist and hygienist will have a lot to say about your oral health and how you can improve and maintain it. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to remember everything they say. To solve this problem, bring a small notebook to write their advice down or input it into your phone. If you’re not in a position to write it down as they say it (like when you’re reclined in the chair as they clean your teeth) then ask them to repeat the information later when you have access to your notebook or device. You can also ask if your dentist or hygienist could email you important information later so you can reference it later.

Be honest

It’s likely that during at least one point in your life, you’ve failed to brush and floss as much as you should and then felt guilty and perhaps fibbed when your dental professional asked you about it. While it’s common to feel a bit intimidated by your dentist, it’s important to remember that they want to help you and that by being honest, they can better assess your oral health. When you’re honest about your oral hygiene practices, your dental professional then knows exactly how to help solve any issues.

Provide dental history

If you’re switching dental offices or seeing a new dentist, make sure you have your dental records sent to the office before your first visit. By examining your dental history, your new dentist has a complete understanding of any past oral health issues you’ve had and what treatments you had done.

By making the most of each dental appointment, you and your dentist are able to work together to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. Contact or visit Creative Dental today and ask about our variety of general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services.

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