Our team of highly qualified dentists and dental professionals provide quality dentistry with care, compassion and, Individual attention using state-of-the art technologies in all our dental procedures.
We serve South Jersey, with our offices at Voorhees (Voorhees Dental smiles) and Berlin (Cross Keys Dental).
Our close proximity to Cherry Hill, Berlin, Sicklerville, Atco, Marlton, Williamstown, and Gibbsboro gives us the privilege to serve broader areas of South Jersey.
We offer convenient appointments before and after work/school.
Bonding is a procedure to improve the look of your teeth. It is onsidered to repair decayed teeth or chipped or cracked teeth, improve the appearance of discolored teeth, close spaces between teeth, make teeth look longer, change its shape or as a cosmetic alternative to silver amalgam fillings. Bonding is also useful to fill small cavities or to protect the exposed root of a tooth when gums recede. Usually this procedure requires only one dental visit. Here a tooth-colored resin is applied to your tooth and hardened.
Dental bonding takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete. It is among least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. Typically, bonding material lasts from three to about 10 years before needing to be touched up or replaced.
Crowns fully encase or cover a misshapen or discolored tooth, protect a weak tooth, restore a broken or worn tooth, cover a tooth with a large filling, hold a dental bridge in place, cover a dental implant or cover a tooth that’s had a root canal procedure. Dental crowns can last between 5 to 15 years, depending good oral hygiene practices and habits.
Procedure to place a crown usually takes two dental visits. During the first visit, the tooth and surrounding gums and tissues are examined and prepared. The tooth is filed, space to place the crown is created, an impression of the tooth is taken to prepare the crown. A temporary crown is placed while the crown is being made. During the second visit, the temporary crown is removed and after checking the fit and color of the permanent crown, it is cemented in place.
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth with artificial teeth. Bridges can help to restore your smile, restore your ability to properly chew and speak, maintain the shape of your face, distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth and prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
There are three main types of dental bridges namely traditional bridges (creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth with a replacement tooth (Pontic) in between), cantilever bridges (when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth) and maryland bonded bridges (made of plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal framework).
Getting a dental bridge involves two visits to the dentist. The first visit involves recontouring the teeth, taking impressions for making the bridge and placement of a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth and gums. During the second visit, the temporary bridge is removed and a new permanent bridge is cemented into place after checking if it is a proper fit.
Bridges can be made of gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination.They can last for five to 15 years and even longer with good oral hygiene and regular checkups.
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Missing teeth can make you feel less confident while smiling and also make speaking and eating difficult. An answer to this problem could be the use of dentures. Dentures are custom made and they restore the appearance and oral functions that were lost. There are two types of dentures, complete dentures and partial dentures.
Complete dentures are used when all your teeth are missing. These can be conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are placed in mouth about 8-12 weeks after the teeth have been removed and gum tissues have begun to heal. While immediate dentures are made in advance and placed immediately after removal of teeth.
Partial Dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. These are removable. Partial dentures fill in the spaces created by missing teeth as well as prevents other teeth from changing position. The process of placing dentures takes a few weeks and several appointments.
New dentures can feel a little odd or loose for a few weeks until the muscles of your mouth get used to it and you get comfortable inserting and removing them. You might face some minor problems initially but eventually you will learn to speak and eat with your dentures. They are usually worn during the day and removed at night to allow the oral tissues time to relax. Dentures are made to closely resemble your natural teeth so it improves your smile and fill out your facial appearance.
Do you think that regular brushing and flossing is enough to maintain your oral health? Not necessarily. You may still develop plaque, tartar and stains around your teeth and gums. So professional dental cleaning is periodically needed and it plays a crucial role in maintaining good oral hygiene and reducing the likelihood of periodontal disease progressing. That is the reason why most dentists recommend professional cleaning of your teeth atleast once or twice a year.
You need not worry or fear dental cleaning procedures. They are usually painless. We use specialized and thoroughly sterilized instruments to gently remove the plaque and tartar deposit built up around your teeth and gums without causing harm to your teeth. An ultrasonic instrument is used to clean teeth. Usually the procedure lasts 30 minutes to an hour and is performed in lying position on a comfortable dental chair. Feel fresher and enjoy brighter teeth with our professional dental cleaning.
Tooth extractions are usually a nightmare for kids! However we provide a pleasing and less painful experience with tooth extractions.
Your kid might require a tooth extraction if his/her teeth that have become damaged or decayed, or they have a crowded mouth and there is a need to make room for teeth alignment or if there is infection or gum disease causing loosening of your teeth.
Before tooth extraction a local anesthetic is given to numb the area so your child will not feel the pain. For more difficult children, full sedation can be used. Then using forceps the impacted tooth is grasped and gently rocked back and forth to loosen it from the jaw bone and ligaments that hold it in place. After tooth extraction, a gauze pad is placed into the socket to bite down on it to help stop the bleeding. Sometimes a stitch might be needed to close the gum edges that are usually self-dissolving.
Our experts know how to calm down your anxious kids and explain them things in a way that the process gets easier for all.
Fillings help avoid worsening of tooth decay and in turn avoid its associated problems like abscess, pain and bone loss.
A material used to fill a cavity after the removal of a tooth decay is called a filling. Fillings can be made from many types of material like amalgam, composite resins, gold, ceramics, etc. Amalgam is the easiest to be used, fastest and least costly material that could be used for filling.
We first numb the area around the tooth to be filled with a local aesthetic. Then the decayed area is removed using a drill or laser or air abrasion as per your preference and the extent of decay. After removal of the decay, the space is prepared for filling by cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris. Finally the filling is placed and the area is finished and polished.
Do you anticipate a moderate-to-high risk of developing caries for yourself or your family members? A professional fluoride treatment can help. Usually fluoridated water, use of tooth pastes containing fluoride and nutritional fluoride supplements are the sources for fluoride for your teeth. Fluoride is helpful for teeth because it helps protect against tooth decay, repairs weak spots that could become cavities on the surface of the tooth and reduces pain and discomfort caused by tooth decay. Fluoride treatments are recommended every three, six or 12 months.
A fluoride treatment is a simple procedure taking only a few minutes and is usually done as the last step of a cleaning process. The fluoride preparation used in the dental office is a much stronger concentration than that in toothpastes or fluoride mouthrinses. Typically, a cotton swab or brush is used to apply it or sometimes it is used as a rinse or placed in a tray that is held in the mouth for several minutes. You should not eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes after the treatment, to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride and help repair microscopic carious areas.
Dental implants are long-term solutions for replacing missing teeth. They could be an alternative to bridges and dentures. The dental implants are in three parts; a titanium metal that fuses to the jawbone, an abutment which fits over the part of the implant that sticks out from the gums and a crown for a natural appearance.
Having implants requires several steps, including a comprehensive exam, X-rays, and consultation, surgical implantation of the titanium screws, taking impressions of the upper and lower jaws, making a model for the creation of the dentures or crowns, placement of the crown and follow-up exams.
Dental implants are natural-looking, can provide support for dentures, and do not affect the teeth bordering them. After having them, it stays in and there is no need to remove it for cleaning. However regular brushing and flossing is required.
Invisalign is an attractive alternative to traditional metal braces. It is a series of clear, custom-fit removable mouth trays that apply a controlled amount of force to your teeth, slowly straightening them. The system provides the same beautiful results as traditional braces, but they are virtually invisible. Because Invisalign trays are removable, they can be taken out while eating, drinking, brushing and flossing.
The Invisalign system begins with taking molds to design a patient’s trays. Patients switch trays every two weeks, slowly shifting the teeth. They system requires a visit to the office every six weeks so the treatment can be monitored. Once treatment is complete, a patient will likely be given a retainer to maintain the smile.
The cost of Invisalign varies according to the complexity of the case. However, Invisalign is generally more expensive than traditional braces. Insurance policies generally cover Invisalign to the same extent that they cover traditional braces.
INLAYS AND ONLAYS
Inlays and Onlays, also called indirect fillings are similar to traditional dental fillings and offer a well-fitting, stronger, longer-lasting reparative solution to tooth decay or similar damage. These are made in a dental laboratory and then fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth.These can be considered when not enough tooth structure remains to support a filling but the tooth is not so severely damaged that it needs a crown.
The procedure for inlays and onlays usually takes two dental visits. During the first visit, the decay or an old filling is removed, an impression of the tooth is sent to a dental laboratory to make the indirect filling. A temporary filling is placed to protect the tooth while your restoration is being made. During the second visit, the temporary filling is removed, the fit of the indirect filling is checked and permanently cemented into place. The procedure is done with use of a local anesthetic to minimize pain.
Inlays and onlays have several advantages like more durability than traditional fillings (last up to 30 years),superior fit, no discoloration and easy tooth cleaning.
Lasers are more advantageous in pediatric population. Laser procedures eliminate the vibratory effects of conventional high-speed handpiece, allowing tooth preparations to be comfortable and decreases anxiety for children and adolescents.
In dentistry, lasers act as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it comes in contact with. Lasers are used to remove the decay within a tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel for receipt of the filling, to strengthen the bond between the filling and the tooth, to reshape gums and remove bacteria during root canal procedures, for cancer screening through biopsy and to remove lesions, to speed up the teeth whitening process in dental office, etc.
Benefits of using Lasers are; less pain, reduced anxiety, minimal bleeding and swelling, selective and precise interaction with damaged tissues, less damage to adjacent tissues, no need for stitches, no need for anesthetic injections, rapid wound healing, etc. It also reduces the procedure time and minimizes the need for post-procedural antibiotics due to its bactericidal effects.
Our dentists are experts in harnessing the maximum potential of laser therapy.
Mouth guards are U-shaped coverings worn over teeth to protect the teeth and mouth from injury from teeth grinding and sports. They fit between the upper and lower teeth, protectively molding around the upper teeth. Use of mouth guard is recommended for your child if he/she is into sports especially those with a risk of dental injury like football, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, and boxing. A nocturnal bite plate or bite splint is made for children who grind their teeth at night.
Different types of mouth guards are available. Mouth guards don’t prevent gradual tooth movement. They are usually comfortable, resist tears, durable and easy to clean, and do not restrict your breathing or speech. Use of mouth guards during any kind of physical activity can help limit the risk of mouth-related injuries to your kid’s lips, tongue, and soft tissues of mouth. Mouth guards also help avoid chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth, or even tooth loss.
ORAL CANCER SCREENING
Would you prefer to get yourself screened for oral cancers just to remain safe or as a part of your routine dental visit? We offer a quick, simple and a high technology based solution for oral cancer screening – the VELscope.
The VELscope (Visually Enhanced Lesion Scope) is a hand-held device that exposes oral tissues to blueviolet light. The VELscope has been approved to be used as an adjunct to standard visual inspection to aid in the detection of cancer. It is also useful for surgeons to help in the assessment of biopsies and surgical resections. It has high sensitivity and specificity and is able to detect cancers not visible on conventional visual inspection.
Oral cancer screening can be performed during a routine dental visit. Ask your dentist if you want to identify and treat the cancer at early stages itself or for tips to reduce your risk of oral cancers.
A root canal treatment is used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. If not treated, the tissue surrounding the decayed will become infected and abscesses may form resulting in pain and tooth loss. We use modern technology like rotary endodontics which make the root canal treatment very easy and much less painful.
During a root canal procedure, first your gums and teeth are numbed. Then the nerve and pulp from the centre of a tooth are removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned and filled with root canal filing and then sealed. Finally if needed a tooth with a permanent crown is cemented into place.
A root canal treatment can also treat an infection that has developed into an abscessed tooth. It can also relieve toothache, stop infection, and promote healing.
Do you often struggle to clean the teeth at the back used for chewing (called molars)?. They are a favourite place for leftover food and cavity-causing bacteria.
But there is a solution to help keep those teeth clean with dental sealants. Dental sealant is a thin, plastic protective coating adhering to the chewing surface of your molars. They keep food particles and bacteria from sticking into the rough chewing surfaces of your molars and protect your teeth from plaque. Sealants can prevent cavities from forming and can stop early stage decays from progressing into cavities. Sealants reduce the risk of decays by 80% and are beneficial in both children and adults. Placing sealants as early as when molar come through can keep them cavity-free from the start and thus save time and money in the long run.
Its a simple and painless process. It can protect teeth from decay for up to 10 years.
SLEEP APNEA AND SNORING
Problems with sleep can quickly and negatively impact overall well-being. High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, brain damage, depression, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, weight gain and more – all of these can be caused by sleep apnea and snoring.
Solve your sleeping struggles at the dentist’s office? It’s definitely possible. Oral sleep appliance therapy can be a very effective treatment option for patients suffering from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. These custom-fit appliances shift the lower jaw forward and open the bite and airway.
Following are some common symptoms of sleep breathing disorders:
* Daytime drowsiness or fatigue
* Loud, recurring snoring
* Choking or gasping for air in your sleep
* A man with neck size greater than 17 inches
* A woman with neck size greater than 16 inches
* Stop breathing while asleep
* Unexplained weight gain/trouble losing weight
* High blood pressure
* Acid reflux
* History of stroke or heart attack
* Fall asleep during the day when activity is low
* Family history of sleep apnea
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, come into our office for a consultation. We will review the severity of your condition and discuss dental sleep treatment. It is always best to have had a sleep study conducted to determine the severity of your problem. However, this may not be necessary in treatment for simple snoring.
SCALING ROOT PLANING
Can you see your gums pulling away from your teeth? You might want to consider scaling and planing. It is a procedure to clean your with little or no discomfort. It is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it progresses. Use of specialised tools like ultrasonic tool for scaling and planning makes the procedure less uncomfortable than the use of standard scraping tool.
In this process, cleaning is done between the gums and the teeth down to the roots with a local anesthetic. Your dentist would remove and clean all the plaque and tartar. The dentist will then smoothen out your teeth roots and help your gums reattach to your teeth. Then to help speed healing and prevent infection your dentist may prescribe antibiotics. This procedure can take more than one dental visit.
TOOTH COLORED FILLINGS
Tooth Colored fillings, also called composite fillings are mainly used to look more natural and blend with the natural color of your teeth. It is also used to replace existing fillings that have been chipped, worn or cracked as it can withstand moderate pressure of constant chewing.
Tooth colored fillings take longer to place than a metal filling because the tooth is required to be kept clean and dry while the cavity is being filled. Now-a-days tooth-colored fillings are in use than amalgam or gold fillings because of their aesthetic appeal. They offer several other advantages also like chemical bonding to the tooth surface, versatility to be used for multiple purposes, tooth sparing preparation, etc.
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint and is used to describe dysfunction or disorders related to the joint. “Temporo,” refers to the temple area of the skull; “mandibular,” refers to the lower jaw; and “joint” is essentially where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a trauma, misalignment of the teeth, or excess muscle tension. The two bones that meet at the jaw are buffered by cartilage and five different muscles, so TMJ can cause a variety of troubles. Common TMJ symptoms are Headaches, Earaches, Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth, clicking or popping of the jaw, pain in the jaw muscles, soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face
Dental treatments can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps between teeth, and more. There is no one solution that is right for all cases. If TMJ is left untreated and reaches extremes, surgery may be required to repair the badly damaged joint.
Veneers are thin, custom made shells made from porcelain or resin composite to cover the front surface of your teeth. These change the color, shape, size or length of your teeth. Veneers are useful to improve the appearance of your teeth when you have spaces between them or your teeth have become chipped or worn, are permanently stained, are poorly shaped or are slightly crooked.
For this procedure an impression of your tooth is taken first, then the tooth is polished and finally the veneer is cemented in place. A beam of light helps harden the cement, which secures the veneer to your tooth. Veneers last longer, provide a superior appearance and most importantly are much less expensive than other cosmetic dental procedures.
Teeth whitening is a popular procedure to make your teeth whiter and brighter, and therefore more attractive. Bleaching can be used to whiten stained and discolored teeth, or simply to enhance a dull smile. Tooth whitening is a safe and relatively painless procedure for most patients. Our office offers two methods of whitening: in-office whitening and tray whitening.
ZOOM! is a common in-office whitening procedure and is ideal if you want immediate results. The whole process takes just about an hour. The result is dramatically whiter teeth that will last for years.
Tray whitening is a less-expensive and convenient at-home whitening treatment. The results are more gradual. Maximum whitening results and a dazzling smile are achieved at the end of the set treatment period. An occasional treatment can be used to maintain the new smile.