Newark Dental Center

Services

     We provide care for patients of all ages, from 9 months to 99 years old.  We have been in Newark since 1966 and have helped generations of families with their dental needs. Our compassionate, professional staff is dedicated to providing the highest level of care for you and your family.

Preventive Care                                               
  • Comprehensive Exam                                      
  • Ultrasonic Cleaning                                       
  • Fluoride and Sealants                                  
  • Digital X-Rays

Cosmetic Dentistry                                         
  • Tooth Whitening                                                 
  • Composite Fillings                                              
  • Porcelain Veneers                                            
  • Invisalign

Restorative Dentistry
  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Root Canals

Periodontal Therapy
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Maintenance

Prosthetic Dentistry
  • Implants
  • Bridges
  • Dentures

Extra Services
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Oral Conscious Sedation
  • Extractions



      The picture above shows the 3 layers of the tooth: enamel, which is like granite, dentin, which is like wood, and pulp, which is where the nerve is.  Once decay breaks through the enamel, it spreads quickly and the tooth needs to be repaired.  Fillings are best placed when cavities are small to medium in size.  Dental fillings stop further decay and damage to your teeth.  The primary diagnostic tool to detect decay is an x-ray.  Don't wait until you feel pain before you come to the dentist.  It may be too late and the cavity may have already reached the nerve.

Silver Fillings

     In our office, we see a place for both silver fillings and white fillings.  Our preference is to use white fillings for middle and front teeth.  As with any procedure, we look at the risks, benefits, and alternatives and select the dental material based on  what would work best for you.

Advantages

  • Durable; long-lasting
  • Wears well; holds up well to the forces of biting
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Generally completed in one visit
  • Self-sealing; minimal-to-no shrinkage and resists leakage
  • Resistance to further decay is high, but can be difficult to find in early stages
  • Frequency of repair and replacement is low
Disadvantages
  • Gray colored, not tooth colored
  • May darken as it corrodes; may stain teeth over time
  • Requires removal of some healthy tooth
  • In larger amalgam fillings, the remaining tooth may weaken and fracture
  • May conduct hot and cold temperatures, causing temporary sensitivity to temperature
  • Contact with other metals may cause occasional brief electrical flow
White Fillings

      White fillings are the only choice for front teeth and the preferred choice for premolars and some first molars.  They look natural.  However, the main drawback with white fillings in molars is the presence of moisture.  To fight the moisture, it takes more time and more steps.  Following all the steps are necessary to maximize the lifespan of the fillings.

Implants
 

Corn or Creamed Corn

     Sometimes the decay or damage is so extensive that the tooth cannot be saved.  A good solution to replace missing teeth is dental implants.



     Think of the implant and the implant crown as having three components.  The first component is the implant, which replaces the root of a natural tooth.  The second part is the abutment, which connects the implant to the crown.  The last piece is the crown, which looks like a real tooth and sits on the abutment.

     Most of our implants are done in a staged approach.  In other words, the implant, abutment, and crown is placed in a methodical, ordered manner over the course of 6-12 months.  When the failing tooth is extracted, a bone graft is placed and the area is allowed to heal for 2-4 months.  Then the implant is placed and there is another waiting period of 3-6 months to allow the integration of the bone to the implant.  At the last stage an impression is taken of the implant and an abutment and crown is placed.  This staged approach takes time, but it offers a more healthy and predictable approach.

Implants and Dentures

     We often use implants to help support complete dentures or partial dentures.  In the old days, a person could spit out his dentures, or the denture could pop out from a sneeze.  With an implant-supported denture, the denture, in a sense, becomes attached to your jawbone for maximum retention.  You cannot push out your denture with your tongue, but need to use the strength of two hands to remove your denture.  The support and retention of the implants to the denture provides a significant upgrade in lifestyle.  The implants provide confidence while dining out or speaking with friends. 



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