Protect Your Natural Smile
Maintaining the health, integrity, and longevity of your natural smile can seem like a big endeavor. Thankfully, the experts at State Street Smiles are here to serve as your support team. With our general dental services, we can help maintain your smile while treating various dental issues before becoming serious. In addition to a consistent at-home oral care routine, scheduling biannual visits to our Hackensack office can make all the difference in your oral wellness.
Read on to learn about the general dentistry services offered at State Street Smiles.
The first step in ensuring the longevity of your smile is a thorough exam and cleaning. During your initial appointment, Dr. Jackson will examine your teeth for any issues, including performing an oral cancer screening, checking for periodontal (gum) disease, or any other issues that non-professionals would not be able to see.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, can wreak havoc on your smile by destroying the very foundation of your teeth. This disease occurs when bacteria get below your gum line and eventually infect the tooth roots and bone. Signs of gum disease include:
- Gums that are red and bleed easily
- Persistent bad breath
- Gums that easily pull away from the teeth
- Loose teeth
- Teeth shifting out of place
With treatment, it’s possible to restore your oral health. We’ll perform a deep cleaning, scaling, and root planing, to remove all the bacteria and make them less likely to return. While there are some cases of gum disease that have progressed beyond the point of surgery or extractions, Dr. Jackson offers a variety of restorative treatments to complete your smile.
Though root canal therapy may have a bad reputation, it’s usually painless and it can save your natural tooth. Root canal therapy is necessary when a cavity goes untreated for too long, allowing the harmful bacteria to make their way into the very center of your tooth.
Root canal treatment can eliminate the need for tooth extraction and a replacement by keeping your natural tooth structure intact. This procedure consists of removing all the infected tissues and sealing the tooth so it won’t become infected again. Then, we place a dental crown over the tooth for additional protection.
At State Street Smiles, we do everything we can to save your tooth before considering extraction. But sometimes, a tooth needs to be removed for the sake of your safety. Some reasons why an extraction may be necessary include:
- Severe decay
- Infection or abscess
- Orthodontic correction
- Malpositioned teeth
- Fractured teeth or roots
- Impacted teeth
Before suggesting an extraction, we’ll thoroughly examine your tooth to make sure there isn’t any alternative treatment we can perform. After your extraction, we can provide beautiful-looking tooth replacement options.
We commonly remove wisdom teeth due to their tendency to grow impacted. Many people’s jaws are too small to accommodate this third set of molars, so they can end up causing severe issues if not treated immediately.
Dental sealants are a common preventive dental procedures designed to prevent cavities in children’s teeth and teeth with fine grooves or pits that are easily infected. Sealants are made of a safe, plastic material that is brushed onto the tooth to fill these problem areas and prevent bacteria from getting in.
Cavities are hollow spaces that form in the teeth due to decay. The best way to treat them is with a dental filling. Dr. Jackson recommends them because they allow the space to be filled, preventing further decay from spreading, and reinforcing the strength of your natural tooth.
If you play sports, especially contact sports that may damage your teeth, we recommend a mouthguard to protect your jaw, tongue, cheek lining, and teeth. This can prevent serious injury or trauma to your smile.
Nightguards are commonly used to protect the teeth of people who clench or grind their teeth at night. Nighttime teeth grinding can lead to serious issues such as TMJ problems, causing jaw pain and an audible popping when you chew or speak.
Frequently Asked Questions
Even patients with impeccable dental habits like brushing, flossing, and rinsing can still benefit from a dental check-up. There are some parts of your mouth that can only be cleaned with the use of professional dental tools. During your appointment, we check for any signs of oral cancer and other dental issues, which can often go unnoticed by the untrained eye.
Going to your standard bi-annual appointment is a great way to stay on top of your health and allows us the opportunity to catch problems before they occur and intervene appropriately if issues do come up.
Yes! While everyone can have halitosis (bad breath) at some point, persistent bad breath can be a sign of a disorder. The most common cause of halitosis is bacteria.
Bad breath caused by bacteria can be easily treated by improving your oral hygiene practices, including daily brushing and flossing. Visiting our office for a comprehensive cleaning and exam every six months can also help ward off bad breath. The most common causes of bad breath are:
- Poor oral hygiene, which leaves food particles to decay in the mouth
- Infections in the mouth, such as periodontal (gum) disease
- Respiratory tract infections such as throat, sinus, or lung infections
- Eating food such as garlic, onions, and coffee.
- Tobacco use, including cigarettes and chewing tobacco
- Dry mouth caused by salivary gland problems, breathing through the mouth, or certain medications
- Systemic illnesses such as diabetes, acid-reflux disease, liver disease, kidney disease, lung disease, and sinus problems
To treat your halitosis, your dentist will physically examine your mouth to determine the cause. If you have a system issue, you may be referred to your family physician. In the case of a dental issue, we’ll suggest a treatment method that will alleviate the problem.
Comprehensive Dental Services With Dr. Jackson
When you’re trying to achieve a healthy, whole smile, having support from an experienced team can ensure the longevity of your dental wellness. At State Street Smiles, we offer comprehensive general services designed to prolong the longevity of your natural smile. If you’d like to learn more about services or you’re ready to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jackson at our Hackensack office, give us a call at (201) 487-7030 or fill out our contact form below.