How to Prevent Cavities: What You Should Know

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that’s certainly true when it comes to tooth decay. It’s much easier to take measures to prevent cavities from developing rather than treating cavities once they’ve occurred. Luckily, there are many ways to prevent tooth decay, and when you use a few of them, you can optimize your oral …

A Step-by-Step Guide to Dental Implants

Dental implants are considered the gold standard when it comes to replacing teeth because they address tooth loss both above and below the gum line. Unless you’re getting immediate-load dental implants, the process takes some time and patience, but when all is said and done, you’ll be left with a lifelong solution that functions, looks, and feels very much like …

4 Tips to Protect Your Teeth as You Get Older

We’re all familiar with the tell-tale signs of aging. We notice gray hairs and crow’s feet, our knees start cracking when we walk up the stairs and suddenly it’s a lot harder to get up after crouching down in the garden to pull weeds. Just like the rest of the body, our gums and teeth start to show signs of …

What Can I Eat After Dental Surgery?

A common question we hear at Dental Associates of Lodi is, The best foods to eat after a dental surgery (like wisdom teeth extraction or dental implants) need to have two characteristics: they should have a high nutrient value and be easy to eat to promote recovery. Some examples include: Cool soft/liquid food High nutrient value There are no major …

Dental Implant and Crown: Is This Combination Right for You?

When you need to replace a single missing tooth, your options are a dental bridge or a dental implant and crown. While bridges are a popular option for many patients, dental implants are becoming increasingly common because they are the only restoration that addresses the effects of tooth loss both above and below the gum line. Here’s what you need …

TMJ Treatment: What Are My Options?

On both sides of your jaw, a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts as a sliding hinge whenever you open or close your mouth. Without these joints and the jaw muscles and ligaments surrounding them, you wouldn’t be able to bite, chew, speak, or swallow. Despite their importance, most people don’t give much thought to their TMJs—unless they become painful. Here are …

What Is the Typical Cost of a Dental Bridge in Lodi, NJ?

If you’re missing one or more teeth, a dental bridge is a common solution. Although there are a few different types of dental bridges, they all have a basic structure in common—one or more pontics, or replacement teeth, are held in place with abutments. Below, we answer some frequent questions our patients have about dental bridges, starting with the cost. …

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4 Myths About Dental Implants

When you’re missing teeth, dental implants are the best option for replacing them. Unlike traditional bridges or dentures, dental implants replace the tooth both above and below the gum line. By replacing the root, dental implants can prevent and even reverse bone loss in the jaw, which protects against facial collapse and results in a stronger bite. Even with these …

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4 Reasons to Invest in Cosmetic Dentistry

As you can imagine, we see a lot of patients in our office who are unhappy with their smiles. They visit every six months for cleanings and exams and every time they say, “Someday, I’m going to fix that chipped tooth,” or, “I think next year, I’ll finally get my teeth whitened.” Sound familiar? Sometimes it’s about budgeting for the …

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The Pros and Cons of Dental Bridges

If you are missing one or more teeth, there are three main treatment options: dental bridges, dental implants, and dentures. In this article, we’re going to focus only on the pros and cons of dental bridges. Here’s what you need to know in order to decide if a bridge is right for you. When it comes to dental bridges, we …