Dental Specialties - Endodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics Dentistry

 
 
 
Endodontics, Endodontics in Metuchen NJ
 

Endodontics - Root Canals save teeth.

Root Canal Therapy fixes, and saves teeth that are infected, or decomposing in the mouth. They can either be done by an Endodontist (a dental specialist who specializes in Root Canals), or a General Dentist.

The actual root canal process itself is quite simple. The inside of the tooth (the decaying nerve and pulp) is removed, cleaned, and capped to avoid further infection.

Although this dental treatment is infamous with “excruciating pain,” most patients come out finding it no more painful than getting a filling done.
 
 
 
 
 
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Our doctors provide a wide range of dental treatments. So, you don't have to find a different dental office for various dental treatments.

Periodontics

Deep-Cleaning / Scaling and Root-Planing stops Gum Disease

Deep-Cleaning is one of the best ways to cure the early stages of Gum Disease. The dental work itself is quite simple. It removes bacteria between the gums and teeth, all the way down to the roots. We usually use local anesthetic, so you don't feel anything.

Gum Surgery

It sounds terrifying. But, it is not that bad. Gum Surgery can save your teeth from unhealthy effects of gum recession, which is the decline of tissue around the teeth, exposing more and more of the tooth, and its root, harming the supporting bone. Gum recession, if not taken care of properly, can eventually cause tooth loss.

Gingivectomy - saves the good gum tissue.
 
Periodontitis—also known as Gum Disease—can be taken care of with Scaling & Root-Planing (Deep-Cleaning), or antibiotics. But sometimes, when the gum disease is too intense, Gingivectomy helps remove the excess, infected gum tissue. The doctor, obviously, numbs you with a local anesthetic. So, you won't feel it.

Gum Disease Treatment

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, essentially 1 out of every 2 American adults has Periodontal Disease.

Gum Disease is an infection of the gums.

Gum Disease (also known as Periodontitis, or Periodontal Disease) is the one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. The problem: It is usually painless, so unnoticeable. The sticky bacteria known as plaque, if not removed by brushing and flossing daily, collects and starts to infect the teeth and gums.

Gum Disease's early stage is Gingivitis. As this point in time, the disease is curable. When the gum disease is more intense, it is called Periodontitis. Periodontitis long term can cause tissue, bone, and tooth loss.

At Alternative Dental, we use a special type of antimicrobial medication to treat Gum Disease. Unlike other medications, this heals gums faster.


Teeth-Splinting makes loose teeth stable -

Over time, if bacteria is not cleaned by brushing and flossing daily, plaque builds up in the mouth. This eventually leads to Periodontal Disease, slowly weakening the supporting bone, and loosening perfectly healthy teeth.

Normally, splinting is the process of placing a small metal bar over a few loose teeth to stabilize them.

At Alternative Dental, we're a metal-free office. We use a fiber mesh to splint teeth, which is actually stronger.

Dental crowns cover an entire tooth

It brings back a tooth's form, size, strength, and look. It covers the whole tooth from the top of the tooth, to the bottom of the gum line.

While it can be used for cosmetic purposes (to hide stained or out-of-shape teeth, or cover up dental implants), dental crowns guard weak and cracked teeth from breaking, hold up teeth with large fillings, carry dental bridges, and fix broken teeth.

Crowns come in all different materials. From stainless steel, mixed metals, porcelain-fused-to metal, and Zirconia, to all-resin, and all-ceramic, dental crowns run the gamut.

At Alternative Dental, we give our patients crowns made out of the crystal Zirconia.

Digitally designed, Zirconia crowns are built to last. They camouflage among teeth, are more durable than traditional crowns, and are shatterproof.

Normally, when a dental crown is needed, patients walk out with a temporary crown, and come back for a permanent crown a few weeks later. With Zirconia crowns, they can be made and fitted the same day.
 
 
 
Prosthodontics, Prosthodontics in Metuchen NJ
 

Prosthodontics

Implant-Supported Restorations

Implants replace missing teeth. Dental implants take the spot of missing teeth, fill in the gap, and blend in with your other teeth. Made of titanium, these technology-advanced posts are a long-term solution to fixing your smile, with a strong foundation. Surgically placed dental implants also help support dental bridges, making chewing and eating easier, replace uncomfortable dentures, and improve oral health.
 
Dental crowns cover an entire tooth

It brings back a tooth's form, size, strength, and look. It covers the whole tooth from the top of the tooth, to the bottom of the gum line.

While it can be used for cosmetic purposes (to hide stained or out-of-shape teeth, or cover up dental implants), dental crowns guard weak and cracked teeth from breaking, hold up teeth with large fillings, carry dental bridges, and fix broken teeth.

Crowns come in all different materials. From stainless steel, mixed metals, porcelain-fused-to metal, and Zirconia, to all-resin, and all-ceramic, dental crowns run the gamut.

At Alternative Dental, we give our patients crowns made out of the crystal Zirconia.

Digitally designed, Zirconia crowns are built to last. They camouflage among teeth, are more durable than traditional crowns, and are shatterproof.

Normally, when a dental crown is needed, patients walk out with a temporary crown, and come back for a permanent crown a few weeks later. With Zirconia crowns, they can be made and fitted the same day.

Dental Bridges fill in the space made by missing teeth

Like an actual bridge itself, there are two or more crowns on the sides holding up the bridge (like pillars), with false teeth in the middle. The crowns on the sides can either rest on healthy teeth, or implants, while the false teeth in the middle fill in the tooth gap.

Traditional bridges are the most common. Usually made out of ceramics, or porcelain-fused-to-metal, dental bridges can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years.

Dentures, Partial Dentures, Overdentures, Denture Corrections
Dentures replace sections of missing teeth


There are three types of dentures: Complete Dentures, Partial Dentures, and Overdentures. In general, dentures help fix smiles, chewing, and biting.

Complete Dentures are used when all the teeth are completely missing. This type of denture can be “conventional,” or “immediate.”

Conventional Dentures are placed in the mouth once all the teeth are gone, and the gum tissue starts healing. This usually takes up to 8 to 12 weeks.

Immediate Dentures (made beforehand) are placed in the mouth immediately after all the teeth are taken out. While the patient can have teeth during the healing process, Immediate Dentures need to be fine-tuned more (especially because the mouth re-shapes as it heals). Therefore, Immediate Dentures are usually seen as a stand-in, until the Complete Dentures are ready.

Partial Dentures are used when parts, or sections, of the mouth are missing teeth. A detachable Partial Denture (or Dental Bridge) is normally made up of substitute teeth, and a plastic base that fills the gap of missing teeth.

Overdentures are placed over a fewer number of teeth. They are Dental Implants, but detachable.
 
 
 
Orthodontics, Orthodontics in Metuchen NJ
 

Orthodontics

Invisalign are “invisible” braces

Highly branded, these famous see-through braces help straighten teeth with customized aligner trays you wear on top of your teeth.

Unlike those notorious metal wires, Invisalign helps re-position your teeth: while letting you eat whatever you want, avoiding frequent office visits, and letting you take them out when you want.

Considered an orthodontic treatment, Invisalign helps repair annoying bites, chewing and speaking problems, tooth-enamel stress, and issues with the jaw.
 
 
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