General and Family Dentistry
Our team is pleased to offer comprehensive general and family dentistry. We are here to give you the best dental care possible to the community of Clark, New Jersey and we strive to do so by providing exceptional service. Although we also specialize in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, family dentistry is our favorite. We love to watch our patients grow up before our eyes. We offer several services to keep your family happy and healthy!
Dental exams are an important part of general and family dentistry for maintaining good oral health. You should be visiting us twice a year or every six months for a full exam. This exam includes a complete inspection of your mouth for any signs of cavities, tooth decay, periodontal disease, oral cancer or any other oral health problems. It also includes a cleaning and usually x-rays. It is important not to skip your appointment every six months to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy. Sticking to your twice a year dental exams is the most important step of preventative dentistry.
During your dental exam, Dr. Preziosi will also have dental x-rays taken to ensure that your teeth are as healthy as they appear. X-rays help Dr. Preziosi detect any damage, disease or decay that is hidden from his naked eye. In comparison with the past, x-ray technology has improved immensely after going completely digital. It is a fast procedure and your images appear on the computer instantly, saving you time in the dentist office. X-rays are a crucial part of your preventative dentistry routine.
During your exam, a hygienist will clean your teeth and remove any tartar or plaque that you are unable to brush off at home. Dental cleanings clean under the gum line, a spot you can not reach at home, which prevents bacteria from growing. If there is excess build up on your teeth, your hygienist will perform a deep cleaning (periodontics). Your cleaning will be finished off with floss and mouth wash and your smile will be clean and glowing. Do not put off dental cleanings, they are necessary for gum disease prevention. Your tooth brush at home is not capable of giving you the cleaning that a hygienist can give you at the dental office. For the best way of preventing gum disease, visit your dentist regularly for an extra clean mouth.
Dental hygiene is important to maintain a healthy smile and fresh breath! There is a reason it was embedded in our heads as children to brush our teeth twice a day and floss; it is essential to maintain your teeth. It is also imperative that you brush and floss your teeth correctly. If your mouth still feels dirty after you are done brushing your teeth, talk to our hygienist about how to improve your dental hygiene practice at home. Lack of dental hygiene can result in bad breath, tooth decay, cavities and other unpleasant side effects. Save yourself the pain and money and brush twice a day and continue to floss regularly.
Tooth Colored Fillings
After Dr. Joseph Preziosi performs a root canal or cleans out a cavity,
your tooth needs to be filled with a substance that keeps it looking nice, clean, and resistant to infection. A dental filling is often used to repair a damaged tooth and restore its health. In the past, fillings were made from amalgam and contained mercury. Due to health risks and unsightly appearances, tooth colored (composite) fillings are now used. If you have any unsightly amalgam fillings, Dr. Preziosi can remove them and replace them with tooth colored fillings. You no longer have to worry about hiding your mouth after getting a filling.
When a tooth becomes infected at the root and starts to decay, the only way to save it is with a root canal. The treatment can take the time of one or more visits. The procedure will begin with x-rays of the infected tooth for Dr. Preziosi to view the roots. After he examines your x-ray, he will place a rubber dam around your infected tooth to keep it dry and from there he will drill a hole, remove the infected pulp, decayed nerve tissue and related debris. He will finish with a deep cleaning of the tooth and seal it with a filling and possibly a crown, if necessary. You might feel a slight discomfort following the procedure, which is completely normal—take over the counter pain medicine as directed.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer is not just something smokers and drinkers experience, it can happen to anyone. During your dental exam, Dr. Preziosi will examine your mouth and if he detects any unusual marks or bumps in your mouth, he will order a biopsy. It is important for patients of all ages to get checked for oral cancer, because like all cancer, if it goes undetected, it can be fatal. Dr. Preziosi also checks for oral cancer using his VELscope. This advanced technology can detect precancerous cells underneath the surface. It is better to catch the cancer before it is grown. This is why it is important to visit your dentist twice a year, not only to maintain a healthy smile, but a healthy mouth!
We provide tooth extraction in Clark, New Jersey, to benefit those with a crowded mouth, serious infection, or advanced periodontal disease. Although we only recommend tooth extraction if it is completely necessary, there are a few reasons why a patient might need their tooth extracted. This includes: impacted wisdom teeth, baby teeth that never came out, teeth decayed beyond restoration or preparation for implants or dentures. With the exception of wisdom teeth, you might be able to go through life without needing an extraction if you maintain a healthy mouth.
Tooth extractions are a simple procedure. Dr. Preziosi will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area and possibly a sedative to relax you. After you are numb, he will cut away the bone tissue and gum that covers the tooth. He will then grasp the tooth with forceps and gently rock it to loosen it up. If your tooth is difficult to pull, he will remove it in pieces. Extraction of wisdom teeth is a similar procedure. If they are impacted, however, he will have to cut into the jaw as well as your gums and bone tissue to remove it. Dr. Preziosi always checks with the patient throughout the procedure to ensure that they are not in pain and are comfortable.
Mouth guards can be beneficial to many of our patients, especially children. Mouth guards can benefit people who clench or grind their teeth in their sleep or throughout the day. It is important to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching, otherwise you might end up with worn down, fractured, or flattened teeth. As a result can lead to dental problem. They are also beneficial to people who play contact sports—they can help protect your teeth from being broken, knocked out or chipped during intense sport play. This prevents you from spending time and money in the dentist office in the future.
Periodontics is the dental procedure that prevents, diagnoses and treats periodontal disease for patients of all ages, especially elderly patients. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss so it is crucial to keep your gums in perfect health. Symptoms of periodontal disease include: bleeding and swollen gums, tender gums, loose teeth and gum recession. Gum disease can cause many problems outside of just tooth loss including: heart disease, diabetes or pregnancy complications. Dr. Preziosi will examine your gums and determine which procedures will resolve your periodontal disease.
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