How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

If you are missing one or more teeth, you are putting your oral health at risk. And this is why finding a natural-appearing tooth replacement, such as dental implants, is so important.  Of course, if you know anything about dental implants, then you are probably aware that they are a costly investment. So, are they worth it? How long do …

Can Invisalign Fix an Overbite?

Can Invisalign Fix an Overbite?

Overbites are more common than you’d imagine. In fact, they are one of the most prevalent dental issues among children, teens, and young adults. While slight overbites don’t often pose an issue, those that are quite noticeable may.  One such solution could be Invisalign. This treatment involving a set of clear aligners can allow you to fix your overbite while …

What to Look For When "Shopping" for Invisalign

What to Look For When “Shopping” for Invisalign

Having beautifully straight teeth is something many people long for so they can feel confident every time they expose their teeth, whether while speaking, eating, laughing, or smiling. To achieve this, though, many patients want to avoid the high visibility that comes with traditional braces. And this is what makes the effective and discreet Invisalign so popular.  If you have …

Advantage of Clear Aligners

Advantage of Clear Aligners

The advantage of clear aligners over traditional braces that require brackets are many. Let’s take a look at some of the main reasons patients requiring teeth straightening are choosing aligners over brackets. Clear Aligners are More Comfortable Far more comfortable than traditional metal braces, Invisalign works through a series of  clear plastic aligners that, over time, correctly position your teeth. …

Getting Great Dentistry at Reasonable Costs

Getting Great Dentistry at Reasonable Costs

Everyone deserves quality dental care, but not everyone feels they can afford it. Dental insurance is offered by some employers, but it isn’t always a standard part of employee benefits, and it often costs extra. Even with dental insurance, some procedures are not covered, or are only covered up to a certain amount or percentage. The financial burden is enough …

How to care for your Invisalign tray

How to care for your Invisalign tray

Invisalign is a comfortable choice instead of traditional metal braces, and is an excellent option for orthodontic treatment to align your teeth correctly. The Invisalign process of clear retainers and aligner trays repositions your teeth over time, allowing Invisalign’s modern aligner system to incrementally move teeth into straighter positions.  Each individual Invisalign aligner set is worn for approximately one to …

What You Need to Know About Pediatric Dental Care

What You Need to Know About Pediatric Dental Care

Seeing the dentist regularly from the time your child is very young is important for establishing a lifetime of good oral health. Sadly, most parents assume that dental care during the younger years is no big deal since those teeth will fall out anyways. But, that couldn’t be further from the truth.  Here’s everything you need to know about pediatric …

4 Benefits of Invisalign Over Traditional Braces

4 Benefits of Invisalign Over Traditional Braces

Getting braces, no matter which type, is a big decision. But giving yourself a healthy, beautiful smile can have long-term benefits that are genuinely priceless. Though it’s true that both Invisalign and traditional braces can correct misaligned teeth as well as help to boost your confidence, oral health and overall wellness, Invisalign can offer distinct advantages. If you’re in need …

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Exclusive Invisalign Day Event

National Align Your Teeth Day: August 11, 2022 It’s that time of year again! To celebrate National Align Your Teeth Day on August 11, Dental Associates of Lodi has a special event planned! From 9 am – 5 pm on Friday, August 11, 2022, we will be giving away a whole lot of valuable services. The reason? We hope to …

3 Signs You Need a Root Canal

For one reason or another, root canals have acquired a bad reputation over the years – though they are much more common and routine than you may think. See, when decay is left to make its way through the enamel and to the inside pulp-area of the tooth, a root canal is needed to rid it of the infection. And …

Natural Remedies for White Teeth

While professional teeth whitening from your dental office is a terrific, easy way to brighten your smile, there are a variety of natural remedies you can also employ to make and keep your smile looking its best. Most people will experience stains and yellowing of teeth over time, and teeth whitening is the best way to improve the look of …

Sports Mouthguards: What You Need to Know

Although playing sports is a fun activity, losing a tooth during the course of a game is not fun at all. In fact, it can lead to lasting problems. For that reason, many coaches and sports teams recommend the use of mouthguards for all players. While any mouthguard offers protection, over-the-counter products are simply not as protective and effective as …

What is the Typical Cost of a Dental Crown?

When a tooth has significant decay or damage that cannot be repaired with a filling, dental crowns are the most commonly used option for restoration. Getting a dental crown involves removing the damaged or decayed parts of the tooth, designing and fabricating a custom-made crown, and then bonding this crown to the prepared tooth. There are a number of variables …

My Dental Implant Feels Loose – What Should I Do?

Although designed to last a lifetime, dental implants can become loose on rare occasions—a potentially anxiety-inducing experience. Dental implants are inserted into the jaw to replace missing teeth. They include an artificial tooth, a metal fixture, and a screw anchor—usually delivered as one unit.  So, what happens if this metal screw anchor becomes loose? Or if something else occurs to …

What to Expect at a Pediatric Dental Appointment

A pediatric dental appointment is not all that different from your own appointments as an adult. As with all routine dental exams, these visits provide important preventive care that not only benefits your child’s oral health, but their overall wellness. Here’s what happens during a pediatric dental appointment. Dental Cleaning Depending on the age of your child, we may have …

Dental Implants vs Dentures: What You Should Know

A missing tooth, whether it’s just one or several, affects how well you can chew and how comfortable it is for you to bite down. At first, that empty space might not seem like a problem, but over time, you’ll feel the effects and wish you had done something about it earlier. Your choices for filling that space are usually …

Does It Pay to Go on a Dental Implant Vacation Overseas?

As Americans search for cheaper ways to get the dental work they need, so-called “dental vacations” have grown in popularity. Dental implants, in particular, are one of the most sought-after dental procedures abroad because of their expense and the fact that dental insurance rarely covers the full costs involved. Before you book a dental implant vacation for yourself, here’s what …

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How a Happy Visit Can Make Young Children More Comfortable

How do you feel when you learn you have to go to the DMV? Do you have positive or negative associations with the emergency room? We’re willing to bet you don’t feel enthused about either of these places because your experiences there weren’t positive. This is why many children don’t like going to the dentist if they don’t visit regularly …

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Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces: Which is Right for You?

Many of our patients wonder: when it comes to Invisalign vs. traditional braces, which is the better? The answer is different for everyone because you must decide what’s best for you—your preferences, lifestyle, and, of course, your orthodontic needs. At Dental Associates of Lodi, we offer Invisalign treatment, but if we feel it’s not a fit for you, we can …

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Dental Phobia: What You Need to Know

Dental anxiety and phobia are more common than most people think. One bad experience in the dentist’s chair may be enough to develop a lifelong aversion to going to the dentist. A fear of needles or medical procedures can also trigger anxiety while getting dental care.  Whatever the reason, it’s important to understand that you’re not alone: 36% of Americans …

Diabetes and Gum Disease: What You Should Know

Time and time again, research has shown how oral health and overall health are closely linked. We know that when there is disease in the mouth, it can impact your body—and that the reverse is true as well. One example of this in action is the connection between diabetes and gum disease. How Diabetes Sets the Stage for Gum Disease …

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 …

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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 …

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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, “What soft foods can I eat after oral surgery procedures?”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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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What’s the Cost of a Dental Implant for One Tooth?

We offer a variety of dental implant restorations, but one of the most common performed in our practice is the single tooth implant. This type of restoration involves three components: the dental implant itself, which is a small post or screw that is placed in the jawbone, the abutment that attaches to the implant, and a dental crown that is …

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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost in Bergen County, NJ?

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the benefits of dental implants. Unlike bridges and dentures, dental implants replace the root of the tooth. This prevents bone loss, resulting in a stronger bite and a more youthful appearance. Unfortunately, dental implants are also more expensive than the alternatives. Here’s what to consider when deciding if dental …

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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. What Are Dental Bridges?When it comes to …

Top 10 Wisdom Teeth Questions and Answers

Top 10 Wisdom Teeth Questions and Answers

Here at Dental Associates of Lodi, we get many questions about wisdom teeth from our patients. We’re always happy to meet with you in person to discuss your individual situation, but we’ve answered some of the most common questions below. 1. What Are Wisdom Teeth?Wisdom teeth are the very last set of molars that most people get. They’re the third …

Wisdom Teeth Extractions in Lodi, NJ

Wisdom Teeth Extractions in Lodi, NJ

Dental Associates of Lodi provides wisdom teeth extractions in Lodi, NJ. Call (862) 247-8030 to schedule your appointment. When you need to have wisdom teeth removed, it’s important to find a qualified oral surgery practice like Dental Associates of Lodi. Although wisdom teeth extractions are routine for most oral surgeons, there’s always a potential for complications. With Dr. Steven Liao’s …

Dental Implant vs Bridge Cost

Dental Implant vs Bridge Cost

The most common ways to replace a missing tooth are a dental implant and a dental bridge. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages, so you should take the time to fully understand each procedure. This will ensure that you make the decision that best meets your needs and goals. Cost ConsiderationsThe up front cost of a dental bridge is significantly lower …

Is Composite Bonding Right for You?

Is Composite Bonding Right for You?

Composite bonding is an alternative and inexpensive way to enhance your smile in just a single appointment. In this simple procedure, we use a putty-like resin to reshape teeth, cover discoloration, or fill in gaps or chips. Composite bonding is durable and aesthetic, and it has become extremely popular. Like any dental procedure, though, it is not right for everyone. …

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Boost Your Self Confidence

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Boost Your Self Confidence

If you hate your smile, it is possible that cosmetic dentistry can help. Using cosmetic dentistry best practices such as teeth whitening, dental implants, and other restorative dental procedures, many patients are able to enjoy a smile that they can be proud of. Here are some of the ways the cosmetic dentistry can boost your self confidence. Encourages SmilesIf your …

Dental Implant Alternatives

Dental Implant Alternatives: Know Your Options

Dental implants are the best choice to replace missing or failing teeth. Dentures can slip and pinch, while dental implants are anchored securely to the jawbone. With dental implants, you can eat, speak, and laugh with confidence, and you will avoid the progressive jawbone loss that is a hallmark of denture wearers. Yet there are many different dental implant options, …

Dental Implant Financing Options

Dental Implant Financing Options

Dental implants have rapidly replaced dentures and dental bridges as the gold standard for replacing missing or failing teeth. They halt and reverse jawbone loss, provide a stable and secure foundation for dental restorations, eliminate issues such as slipping and pinching, and restore nearly all the original bite strength. Yet there is no denying that dental implants are expensive. Here …