By Carrie Polster, DMD
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

CEREC crowns offer an excellent alternative to traditional porcelain crowns. Your family dentist in Midland Park, NJ, Dr. Carrie Polster, dental crownsshares a few advantages that make the crowns a good choice for most people.

What are CEREC crowns?

Unlike porcelain crowns, CEREC crowns are actually made in our Midland Park office. We'll make a digital impression of your mouth and send it to our computer. In a matter of seconds, the impression will be transformed into a 3D image, thanks to CAD/CAM technology. The technology allows us to create a digital representation of your crown before sending it to our milling machine. The milling machine functions as a crown "printer" and shapes your crown by removing layers from a small block of resin or ceramic in an hour or less.

What advantages do CEREC crowns provide?

CEREC crowns offer a few benefits that make them a particularly attractive choice, including:

  • No Waiting for a Permanent Crown: Getting a crown used to require two dental appointments. The first appointment involved reducing the size of your tooth and making an impression of your mouth to be sent to a dental laboratory. About two weeks later, you returned to your family dentist in Midland Park and received your permanent crown. The CEREC process eliminates the need for the dental laboratory. At the end of your one and only visit, you'll leave with your brand new permanent crown.
  • Temporary Crowns Are Unnecessary: In the past, you wore a temporary crown while you waited for your second crown appointment. The crown protected your prepared tooth and also allowed you to chew normally, as long as you avoided tough or sticky foods. If you forgot and enjoyed a strip steak or took a bite of a caramel, your temporary crown could have loosened or broken. Thanks to the CEREC one-visit process, temporary crowns are no longer needed.
  • Uncomfortable Impressions Are a Thing of the Past: The CEREC system uses digital impressions, rather than putty-based impressions that can make you gag. The scanner passes over your mouth in seconds and produces a clear digital impression of your teeth.
  • Quick Do-Overs: Although your new crown will probably fit you perfectly, problems can occasionally occur with crowns, whether they're made from porcelain, ceramic or resin. If there is an issue, you won't have to wait another two weeks for a new crown. It can be produced in our office while you wait.

One-visit CEREC crowns offer the perfect solution for busy people. Call your family dentist in Midland Park, NJ, Dr. Polster, at (201) 444-5675 to schedule your appointment.

By Carrie Polster, DMD
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

It's no secret that gaps in your smile can affect your confidence, self-esteem, and quality of life. In fact, many people admit that damaged dental implantsor missing teeth prevent them from living life to the fullest. If you find yourself in the same situation, Dr. Carrie Polster in Midland Park, NJ, recommends dental implants to help restore your smile and improve your oral health.

Invest in a New and Improved Smile with Dental Implants in Midland Park, NJ

In addition to ruining your smile, tooth loss can also affect your oral health and lead to additional dental and general health complications in the future. Dental implants address both the cosmetic and oral health issues that develop as a result of tooth loss. Rather than just replacing the cosmetic and functional portion of a missing tooth (the crown), implants are surgically placed in the socket of the missing tooth to replace the root. The crown is attached to the implant, which looks, functions, and feels just like a natural tooth. Implants have a very high success rate and offer one of the most permanent solutions for tooth loss.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

In addition to helping to secure your new crown in place for a natural and comfortable fit, implants also help to preserve healthy bone tissue in your gums, which begins to erode as soon as a tooth falls out. Implants require diligent oral hygiene and follow up check ups and treatment with your dentist, and patients must be in good general health. But once in place, caring for your implants is just like caring for your natural teeth.

Find a Dentist in Midland Park, NJ

Your best smile yet may be just a phone call away. For more information on dental implants and to find out if they are the best solution for you, contact our office by calling 201-444-5675 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Polster today.

By Carrie Polster, DMD
December 28, 2017
Category: Oral Health

According to the American Dental Association, 47.2 percent of adults over the age of 30 have chronic periodontitis in the United States. periodontal diseasePeriodontal disease is also the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, which is why you need to make sure you visit your Midland Park, NJ, family dentist, Dr. Carrie Polster, for your bi-annual dental checkup.

Periodontal Disease:

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused by plaque. Dental plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria after someone consumes a sugar-containing meal. When teeth aren't thoroughly brushed, the buildup of plaque on teeth becomes hard tartar.

When tartar, or calculus, accumulates on your gums, you may notice swelling and your gums bleeding easily. If you start noticing these symptoms, this means you're experiencing gingivitis.

Here are some more symptoms to keep a lookout for:

  • Bad breath or bad taste that persists
  • Gums pulling away from teeth
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • Gums that are red, bleed easily or are swollen

Reasons for Gum Disease:

Besides plaque, which is a result of poor dental hygiene, there are other factors that contribute to the increased risk of periodontal disease:

  • Crooked teeth that can't be cleaned properly
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Medications
  • Genetics

Prevention:

You should have an oral and dental examination at your Midland Park family dentist's office every six months. In addition to visiting your doctor, maintaining a healthy oral habit is essential. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day; brush your teeth after you eat breakfast and before you go to bed with a soft-bristled toothbrush. In addition to brushing, flossing daily, before going to bed, will help remove food debris and reduce the buildup of plaque.

In addition to oral hygiene, avoid eating sugary foods, like sodas and candy. Resort to a healthier diet, like apples and carrots which help scrape off tartar from the surface of your teeth, and drinking water, which can wash away food particles.

If you want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carrie Polster for a bi-annual checkup or because you suspect you may be suffering from gum disease, call 201-444-5675. Her office is conveniently located in Midland Park, NJ, so don't hesitate to visit her as soon as possible.

By Carrie Polster, DMD
November 10, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Your child’s oral health begins with you!oral hygiene

The minute your child is born you have so much to think about. Of course, it’s a given that you want your child to grow up healthy and strong. Our Midland Park, NJ, family dentist Dr. Carrie Polster provides some tips on how to keep your little one’s smile healthy.

Your Child’s First Dental Visit

Knowing when your child should start visiting our Midland Park, NJ, dentist for routine cleanings is important. These checkups are often the only way to detect minor issues before they become serious problems. Establishing rapport with our family dentist as soon as possible will go a long way to promoting good oral health for the long term.

Other Ways to Promote a Healthy Smile

For the first six or seven years of your child’s life you will want to brush and floss their teeth for them until they are able to do so on their own. The amount of toothpaste you use will vary depending on your child’s age. This is also something we can discuss during your child’s first visit.

Another way to promote a cavity-free smile is to make sure your child has a healthy diet. Sure, the occasional sweet treat won’t hurt them but it’s important that they are eating a diet that has variety and balance. Moderation is key when it comes to foods that contain sugar, starches or bad fats (E.g. junk foods or desserts). If your child eats a diet rich in vegetables, whole grains, proteins, low-fat dairy products and fruits, this can go a long way to staving off gum disease and decay.

Also make sure your child is drinking enough water throughout the day, particularly if they are physical active. Water is a great way to wash food and debris from teeth particularly because it promotes salivary production, which is also important for neutralizing acid within the mouth to reduce enamel erosion.

We know that new parents will have questions along the way when it comes to caring for their child’s smile. Don’t hesitate to call our Midland Park, NJ, family dental office to schedule your child’s first visit or to turn to us for advice.

By Carrie Polster, DMD
August 29, 2017
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Though some people are okay with the imperfections in their teeth, most want to fix them. Having a Hollywood-quality smile can make youCosmetic Procedures feel more confident when smiling, laughing, and conversing with others. It’s an investment that offers numerous returns in terms of your social, professional, and personal life. You don’t have to settle for an imperfect smile—get the cosmetic help you need from Dr. Carrie Polster at her Midland Park, NJ, office.

Common Smile Imperfections
Any dental issue that causes one or more teeth to stand out from the rest of the smile can be considered an imperfection. Here are some of the most common smile imperfections that patients want to fix:

  • Broken or chipped teeth.
  • Crowded teeth.
  • One tooth that protrudes from the rest of the smile.
  • A large gap or space in the smile.
  • Yellowing or stained teeth.
  • Too-small teeth, or teeth that are too big.
  • Gummy smiles.

Getting Closer to Perfection
Advances in cosmetic dentistry have made it easier to achieve the perfect smile. These are the ways that a Midland Park, NJ, dentist can bring your smile closer to perfection:

  • Braces treatment to align the teeth and close gaps.
  • Professional tooth whitening (Zoom) to brighten your teeth several shades.
  • Dental bonding and contouring.
  • CEREC (same day) crowns and veneers.
  • Crown lengthening surgery and gum tissue replacement.

Maintaining Your New Smile
After your cosmetic treatment, here are a few tips for keeping your new and improved smile looking great:

  • Wear your customized mouthguard (or your retainer after a braces treatment) at night if you're prone to grinding and clenching, to protect your enamel and keep your teeth straight.
  • Make brushing and flossing a more regular habit (at least twice per day) to keep your gums, teeth, and dental devices healthy.
  • Commit to twice yearly professional cleanings and exams at the dentist’s office.

Find Out Which Cosmetic Treatments Are Right for You
You don't have to settle for a smile you're not happy with. Most imperfections can be resolved with the options available at Dr. Polster’s Midland Park, NJ, cosmetic dentistry. Call 201-444-5675 today to schedule a consultation.





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