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July 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Most people never experience an issue with their dental implants, but it's important to know what to do should your implant break. Glendental implants Ridge, NJ, dentist Dr. Paul Dionne of Glen Ridge Dental Arts, also serving the Montclair area, explains the steps you should take if you notice a problem with your dental implant and discusses implant restoration.

What causes broken implants?

Dental implants can break if too much pressure is applied to them before they have fully osseointegrated, or bonded, to your jawbone. Other parts of your new tooth can also break. Wear and tear can cause the abutment, the tiny piece that connects your implant to your crown, to break. If your implant doesn't feel quite right, the problem may also be due to a broken screw in the abutment.

The dental crown that's visible above your gum line must be replaced approximately every 10 to 15 years or longer. If you eat very hard foods, chew on ice or use your teeth to open packages, your crown may not last that long.

How are implants restored?

If the implant itself has broken, the only choice is to remove it and replace it with a new implant. Some people need bone grafts before they can receive a new dental implant. Bone grafts strengthen and deepen your jawbone, ensuring that it will be strong enough to support the implant. If you require a bone graft, you'll have to wait a few months until your implant can be placed in your mouth.

If an abutment or screw breaks, we'll only need to replace those parts of the implant, not the implant itself. When a crown cracks or breaks, we'll take an impression of your mouth in our Glen Ridge office. Impressions are used to create crowns that fit the space in your mouth and look perfectly natural.

How can I avoid broken implants?

If you received same-day implants, it's important not to put too much pressure on the teeth initially. Following the instructions you received after your procedure is very important. Grinding your teeth can stress your implants and your crown. Luckily, the problem can be addressed by wearing a night guard while you sleep.

Dental implants can last the rest of your life with proper care. If you do experience a problem with your implant or need implant restoration, call our Glen Ridge office in New Jersey. The office also provides care for those in the Montclair area.


A child's formative years have an immense impact on their physical, mental and emotional well-being. As a parent you want them to have every advantage possible.

That should include a healthy mouth — actions you take now could determine the long-term soundness of their teeth and gums. Here are 5 things you can do to ensure your child's present and future oral health.

Begin oral hygiene habits early. By early, we mean even before their first teeth appear. Wipe their gums after every feeding with a water-soaked cloth or gauze pad; when teeth appear switch to brushing with just a smear of toothpaste on the end of the brush.

Start dental visits around their first birthday. Early dental visits increase the chances of detecting and treating developing problems before they become worse. And starting may also help your child become comfortable with visiting the dentist — waiting until later increases the chances of anxiety and an aversion to dental visits that might carry over into adulthood.

Adopt dental-friendly home and lifestyle habits.  Don't allow your child to sleep with a pacifier or bottle filled with sugary fluids, including breast milk or formula: fill them with water instead. Limit their sugar consumption to small amounts and only at meal times. And be sure to “childproof” your home against hazards, especially sharp-edged furniture that could damage teeth if they make hard contact with it.

Teach them to care for their own teeth. Although you'll need to brush their teeth for them in the beginning, be sure you eventually teach them to perform this vital habit for themselves. To ease the transition try modeling the behavior or make it into an activity you can do together.

Partner with your family dentist. Your dental office can do more than prevent or treat dental disease — they're an important resource in helping you manage your child's dental needs at home. They can coach you on brushing and flossing techniques, and provide information to set your mind at ease about concerns like teething or thumb sucking.

If you would like more information on complete oral care for your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children” and “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”

By Glen Ridge Dental Arts
July 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.