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A Perfect Smile Can Help You Land the Right Job After Graduation

Whether you’re graduating from Princeton or high school, you know that making a great first impression is critical when you’re job hunting. Most job interview tips emphasize attire or etiquette, but your smile is also a key part of your impression. Fortunately, at Prosthodontics of Princeton, we offer various dental services to help you put forward your most flawless smile.

A perfect smile can help you seem friendly, approachable, and professional. A beautiful smile also helps you look and feel confident, which can give you an edge during any interview. We specialize in prosthodontics and offer several options to make your teeth brighter, straighter, and healthier. With tooth whitening, fillings, veneers, or crowns, we can transform your smile.

If you want to show off your best smile at your next job interview, we can help. To schedule your consultation, use our contact form or call us at 609-924-1975.

Early Signs & Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

While Prosthodontics of Princeton offers a wide variety of general, cosmetic and restorative dental treatments, our priority is helping you maintain your optimal oral health without any intervention from our dentists. That’s why we have decided to provide an explanation and symptoms of one of the most common dental ailments afflicting people today: periodontal disease.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, begins as an inflammation of the gums surrounding your teeth. It is caused by the buildup of plaque created by the bacteria naturally occurring in your mouth. Periodontal disease begins as gingivitis, which causes the gums to be red, swollen and bleed easily. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to periodontal disease, which involves the gums pulling away from the teeth and forming spaces. As plaque moves below your gum line, the toxins created by bacteria cab break down the bone that holds your teeth in place. If this is left untreated, the loss of teeth will likely result.

Early Signs to Watch For

Gum disease can easily be treated if caught early, before the bone begins to be broken down. Some signs indicating the early form of periodontal disease (gingivitis) are:

  • Swollen gums
  • Red gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Sore gums

These symptoms can easily be reversed following proper brushing and flossing practices, as well as visiting your Princeton, NJ dentist for a professional cleaning. No permanent damage is likely to have occurred with the presentation of these symptoms, but if left untreated, it can progress to full periodontal disease. Some symptoms of periodontal disease are:

  • Gums pulling away from teeth
  • Bad breath (in conjunction with other symptoms)
  • Changes in bite
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Poorly fitting dentures

If you are experiencing any of these periodontal symptoms, it is imperative that you seek help from a dentist to ensure tooth loss does not occur.

Contact Your Princeton Dentists Today!

Dr. Steven Isaacson and Dr. Suzanne Reinhardt of Prosthodontics of Princeton have extensive experience treating all forms of gum disease. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, feel free to contact us today and one of our skilled staff will be happy to assist you with scheduling an appointment. Prosthodontics of Princeton also specializes in dental implants, so if you have already lost teeth to periodontal disease, we can help with that too. Thank you for reading our blog about gum disease. We hope you found it helpful and informative, and we hope to see you in our office soon!

 

Valentine’s Precautions For Your Teeth

Valentine's Day smile

Valentine’s Day – yet another time of the year where candy and chocolate sales shoot through the roof. All of us here at Prosthodontics of Princeton care about your beautiful smile and want to help you make smart choices this Valentine’s Day. We have gathered together a list of 8 tips to help you keep your teeth healthy during this tempting time of sweet indulgence.

1. Choose Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate is surprisingly a healthier option for you. It contains more antioxidants than any other chocolate, which helps protect your teeth from plaque. Take advantage of those dark chocolate sales!

2. Brush Before & After You Eat Sugar: Even after eating dark chocolate, it is important to brush your teeth before and after consuming sugar. The longer sugar is in contact with your teeth, the higher risk you are for getting cavities and tooth decay.

3. Floss After Meals: Make sure you take a couple of seconds out of your night to floss and clean all of those nooks and crannies in your mouth. Anything high in fiber or sugar can settle into small spaces.

4. Drink Water: Water is a great quick cleanser if you just can’t quite get to the restroom to brush right after a meal or dessert. Not only will staying hydrated benefit your oral health but also prevent dry mouth and bad breath.

5. Alcohol in Moderation: We encourage you to celebrate with some bubbly, however, be mindful of how much you consume. Alcoholic drinks are still high in sugar and can contribute to tooth decay. Drinking water along with your fine wine or celebratory cocktails will also help wash away some of that sugar.

6. Limit Sugary Drinks: Soda pop or even fruit juice can be harmful to your teeth. If you find yourself drinking sugary drinks often, make sure you are brushing your teeth after to clean the sugar away. Excessive amounts of sugary drinks are also harmful to your overall health.

7. Mouthwash For A Fresh Boost: Keep mouthwash handy for your romantic night to help clean your mouth. Mouthwash will not only give you fresh breath, but also help keep your teeth healthy with fluoride.

8. Increase Healthy Choices: Take your time browsing the dinner menu for healthy options or plan a healthy meal for your special night. Excessive amount of carbs are also key players in causing cavities and tooth decay. Fruits and veggies help clean your teeth and nourish your body with nutrients.

Happy Valentine’s Day From Prosthodontics of Princeton

You can still enjoy your Valentine’s Day without saying no to sweets, just as long as you are smart about the choices you make. Prosthodontics of Princeton hopes this list helps you have a successful celebration with your loved ones. If you have any questions or concerns about our services, please feel free to contact us. Any of our dentists or staff members would be delighted to help you. From everyone at Prosthodontics of Princeton, we wish Princeton NJ, A Happy Valentine’s Day!

5 Foods To Help Make Your Teeth Healthier

Prosthodontics of Princeton specializes in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. We want you to achieve that healthy and beautiful smile you deserve. That’s why all of us here want to share with you some tips on how to help make your teeth and gums healthier outside of your regularly scheduled dental appointments.

Healthy food for your teeth

1. Fruits

Fruits are full of vitamin C, which helps your gums stay healthy and reduces inflammation. Fruits help keep your teeth white and your gums healthy!

2. Vegetables

Vegetables are full of vitamin A, which helps to build tooth enamel. Raw vegetables help even more by helping clean your teeth and massage your gums.

3. Cheese

Cheese contains high amounts of calcium and phosphate. These two promote healthy teeth and help maintain the mouth’s pH levels. It does this by initiating more saliva production. More saliva = a cleaner mouth. Cheese helps destroy cavity and gum disease-causing bacteria and can rebuild tooth enamel.

4. Almonds

Almonds provide calcium to support healthy gum tissue. Just about 13 almonds can provide 50% of calcium to your body!

5. Onions

Onions consist of anti-bacterial sulphur mixtures. These compounds help kill harmful bacteria and prevent infection and other tooth decay problems.

Contact Prosthodontics of Princeton

Help restore your mouth to its youthful look. Schedule an appointment with us today to see one of our highly trained dentists. We want you to feel confident about your smile. If you are looking for a dentist in the Princeton, NJ area, please give us a call at (609) 924-1975. We look forward to seeing you in our office soon!

Increase Your Confidence With Enameloplasty

People with less than perfect teeth are often self-conscious about their smile. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry can help change the look of your teeth to improve your smile as well as increase your confidence. At Prosthodontics of Princeton, we understand that everyone has different concerns about their teeth, and we work hard to make sure everyone leaves happy and satisfied with the work that we do.

Enameloplasty for Appearance

Enameloplasty, or tooth contouring, is a treatment option in which part of an existing tooth’s surface is removed in order to change its shape and size. Enameloplasty is a good option for those who have teeth that are fractured, worn, or chipped, which can result from biting on fragile surfaces or teeth grinding. Enameloplasty on its own, by reshaping the contours of the teeth, can improve the appearance of your smile. The procedure can also be used as preparation for further treatment.

Tooth Contouring for Further Treatment

Often times, teeth are contoured in order to prepare them for another cosmetic treatment. Your tooth may be reshaped in order to fit a filling or a crown if your tooth is decayed, if it is cracked, or if the root is at risk.

To create a beautiful smile, a reconstructive dentist may choose to apply veneers. These porcelain laminates require only a small amount of tooth reshaping. The thin shells of veneers are designed to match the color of your teeth and are stain resistant. Veneers can be used to improve somewhat crooked, worn, or chipped teeth, and they can also close spaces between your teeth.

Achieve the Smile You’ve Dreamed of

How you feel about your smile can make all the difference in the world. If improving your teeth and smile is something you have been putting off, now is the time to consider reconstructive dentistry. Call our Princeton office at 609-924-1975 to schedule a consultation with one of our highly trained dentists. We look forward to hearing from you!

A Healthy Beautiful Smile Can Boost Your Self-Esteem

Cosmetic dentistry patients

Cosmetic Dentistry in Princeton, NJ

When you’re self-conscious about your smile because your teeth are not as white as you’d like or you have teeth missing, you may tend to hide your smile because you feel embarrassed or ashamed. The good news is that you don’t have to feel this way, as there is something you can do about it. At Prosthodontics of Princeton, our dentists offer a wide range of restorative and cosmetic dental services from teeth whitening to dental implants and veneers to help you achieve and maintain beautiful, attractive and healthy smile that boosts your self-esteem, and makes you proud to smile.

When you smile, you are creating an immediate visual impact on everyone around you. A healthy, radiant smile is perceived as a sign of youth, vitality, happiness and a high self-esteem. Research has shown that the better you feel about your appearance, the better you feel about yourself. When your teeth look good, you tend to feel more relaxed and confidence around others.

Smiling naturally and broadly automatically improves your mood and has a contagious effect. When you smile naturally, others are likely to smile back, making them more drawn to you and increasing your confidence and happiness even more. Whether you’re at a social event, in a job interview or simply spending time with people you care about, being proud of your smile will definitely work to your advantage.

People who are unhappy with their smiles don’t smile as often as they’d like. When someone avoids smiling, they typically do so because they are displeased with the appearance of their teeth. This tends to lead to smiling with a closed-lip grin which usually comes across as unnatural, awkward and not genuine.

Contact Prosthodontics of Princeton Today!

If you would like to reclaim your smile, contact our Princeton, NJ dental office as we have the perfect solution for you. We specialize in general, reconstructive and cosmetic dental care that allows us to help our patients achieve and maintain attractive, beautiful smiles and optimal oral health that lasts a lifetime.

TMD: Simple Remedies to Try at Home

At Prosthodontics of Princeton, your local prosthodontist and Princeton dentist’s office, we provide quality, comprehensive dental care to our patients in a safe and professional environment. We specialize in reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry and also treat patients with symptoms of TMD, or Temperomandibular Joint Disorder.

TMD

What is TMD?

TMD is also referred to as TMJ syndrome. This is a general term referring to acute or chronic pain in the muscles of the jaw and/or inflammation of the tempormandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the mandible to the skull. A person with TMD may have pain in the jaw in front of the ear. This pain can spread to the cheek, the ear itself and to the temple. It can be difficult to move the jaw due to pain or because of a tight feeling you may have. With TMD, sometimes clicking noises can be heard coming from the jaw joint when chewing or moving the mouth.

TMD Signs to Watch For

Some symptoms of TMD include:

  • Pain in the chewing muscles or jaw joint
  • Pain in the jaw, neck or face
  • Stiffness in the jaw muscles
  • A jaw that locks or has limited movement
  • Painful clicking, popping or grating of the jaw joint
  • Changes in how the upper teeth meet the lower teeth
  • Frequent headaches

Home Remedies for TMD

TMD can simply be a nuisance or it can be something which negatively affects your life. When it is less severe, biting down on hard food can result in pain through the jaw joint. But if the TMD is severe it can be debilitating as the jaw joint can slip out of position resulting in pain and not being able to open your mouth wide.

TMD affects millions of Americans. If you have jaw pain, stiffness in the jaw muscles or a jaw that locks or has limited movement, you know the discomfort of TMD. Here are a few home remedies you can try which may help you.

Give Your Mouth a Rest

Do not chew on tough foods or chewing gum. If you have a bad habit such as biting on pencils, break that habit.

Apply Cold and Heat

If you feel occasional sharp pain in the jaw joint, apply a cold pack. This will numb the nerves and dull the pain. Do not leave a cold pack on your jaw for longer than twenty minutes as doing so could result in frostbite. If you have dull, steady, aching pain rather than sharp pain, heat is better than cold. This will increase blood flow to the area and relax the jaw.

Massage the Area

Massaging the areas around your jaws can provide relief and improve blood flow. Several times a day, open your mouth and rub the muscles by the ears near your jaw joints. Put your finger on any sore area and swirl it around while pressing gently until the muscles relax. You can also massage the muscles on the sides of your neck as doing so can reduce tension that contributes to jaw pain.

Improve Your Eating Habits

Avoid eating extremely crunchy and chewy foods. Steer clear of foods like beef jerky, hard breads, apples and carrots. Do not take large bites but rather cut your food into small portions so that your jaw does not have to overwork.

Change Sleeping Position

If you sleep on your side or stomach, change to sleeping on your back. When you sleep on your side, you are more likely to grind your teeth and reinforce bad jaw, neck and shoulder alignment.

Learn to Relax

Relaxation is an effective treatment for TMD. It\’s important to get into a relaxed mode before bedtime. Instead of using this last part of the evening to do chores, instead read a good book, take a warm bath or practice meditative breathing. When you are relaxed before sleeping you will be less likely to grind your teeth or tense your jaw. This can result in you feeling less pain when waking up in the morning.

Contact Your Local Princeton, NJ Dentist

If you are still experiencing symptoms after trying these home remedies for a couple of weeks, contact our Princeton, NJ dentist office so that we can schedule an appointment for you. Dr. Steven C. Isaacson and Dr. Suzanne B. Reinhardt have the educational background and experience needed to properly diagnose and treat you in our state-of-the-art office environment.

 

 

Brighten Your Smile with Zoom Teeth Whitening

At Prosthodontics of Princeton, we specialize is general, reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry. We know how much a straight, white smile can do to enhance not only your oral health, but your self-esteem as well.

Woman with teeth whitened smile

We offer a full spectrum of restorative and cosmetic dental services including the innovative ZOOM! Tooth Whitening system. This revolutionary in-office procedure is safe, effective and fast. In just about two hour’s time, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. You don’t have to endure uncomfortable whitening trays or wait for your teeth to whiten gradually. ZOOM! Tooth Whitening offers a much more convenient way to brighten your smile.

How Teeth Become Discolored

There can be many reasons why your teeth might be discolored and not as white as you’d like them to be. Your teeth can become discolored by stains on the surfaces or by changes in the tooth material. The following drinks can contribute to yellower, stained teeth:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Colored soda

If you drink any of these often, try drinking out of a straw to avoid contact with your front teeth. Frequent cigarette smoking can also contribute to discolored teeth. In addition, stains and darkening teeth are products of the natural aging process.

How ZOOM! Tooth Whitening Works

ZOOM! is performed right here in our Princeton, NJ office. It consists of a light-activated whitening gel with an active ingredient of hydrogen peroxide being placed on your teeth. As the gel is exposed to the high intensity light, the hydrogen peroxide breaks down to allow oxygen to penetrate the enamel and dentine – bleaching away discoloration of the enamel and dentine while the structure of the tooth remains unchanged. The entire process takes no longer than two hours wherein you are sent home with some gel to apply for the next few days.

The results you obtain with ZOOM! will last for years and can be maintained easily with a touch up gel, should you notice discoloration. It should be noted that discoloration can reoccur with continued consumption of coffee, tea, red wine, cola and smoking.

Contact Your Princeton Teeth Whitening Specialists

If you would like to have your teeth whitened with ZOOM!, contact our Princeton, NJ office so that we can schedule a consultation. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the procedure. A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful and it can help you feel better about yourself and make a memorable impression wherever you go. Your smile is your greatest asset and ZOOM! can help you feel proud of it and more confident!

Welcome to Our Blog

Doctors Steven C. Isaacson and Suzanne B. Reinhardt along with their staff of professionals would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our blog! With over thirty five years of combined prosthodontics experience, we have been setting the standard for prosthodontics in the Princeton, New Jersey area. Our doctors and their team are fully trained to deliver outstanding cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry with precision and care.

Our Services

We offer a full spectrum of restorative and cosmetic dental services including dental implants, crowns, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and more in our friendly, professional office conveniently located at the Princeton Professional Park.

We know that a straight, white smile can enhance both your oral health and self-esteem. That is why we strive to provide each of our patients with the best possible dental care to help them achieve and maintain a beautiful smile and optimal oral health for life.

Meet Our Dentists

Dr. Steven C. Isaacson, DMD received his DMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Following dental school he did a one-year general practice residency at the University of Pennsylvania. He then went on to obtain specialty training in prosthodontics at Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia with an emphasis on reconstructive dentistry including implant and cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Isaacson is a member of of the American College of Prosthodontics, the American Dental Association and the Mercer Dental Society. He is a consultant for the Dental Division of Johnson & Johnson, Dental Division of Church & Dwight and the Dental Advisor. He also is on the New Jersey State Peer Review Board and is an attending at the Princeton Medical Center.

Dr. Suzanne B. Reinhardt is a prosthodontist and a member of dentistry’s National Honors Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Dr. Reinhardt received her DMD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where she was selected as both president and valedictorian of her graduating class. She did both her post graduate general practice residency and her advanced specialty training in prosthodontics at the Manhattan campus of the VA NY Harbor Health Care System.

Dr. Reinhardt is a member of the American College of Prosthodontics, the American Dental Association, the New Jersey Dental Association and the Mercer Dental Society.

Your Princeton Dentists

Thank you for visiting our blog! We plan on sharing office news and information with you here. We also will be posting interesting reading material here related to the exciting world of cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions!

We are currently accepting new patients. If you would like to schedule an appointment give us a call at (609) 924-1975. We look forward to hearing from you!