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Comprehensive Dental Services in Hackensack, NJ

High-Quality Care for a Beautiful Smile

State Street Smiles is dedicated to providing our patients with comprehensive care to address a variety of needs. We offer preventative care as well as cosmetic and restorative services so that you can have a healthy, confident, and beautiful smile. 

Discover what our team can do for your smile below.

General Dentistry

We offer preventative dental measures to make sure that your smile is always at peak performance. Dr. Jackson recommends in addition to a strong at-home oral care routine, scheduling biannual visits to our Hackensack office. Maintaining a healthy home routine is your responsibility while supporting, treating, and catching problems before they occur is ours. We’re dedicated to providing you with optimal dental care with our general dental services. 

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Pro Tip
Pro Tip

My breath smells bad, should I make an appointment?

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.

Standard Appointment
Standard Appointment

The first step in ensuring the longevity of your smile is a thorough exam and cleaning. During your appointment, Dr. Jackson will examine your teeth for any issues including performing an oral cancer screening, checking for periodontal disease, or any other issues that the untrained eye would not be able to see.

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Pediatric Dentistry
Pediatric Dentistry

It’s never too early to establish healthy oral hygiene habits and we strongly encourage parents to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jackson. Children have a different set of potential oral health problems and treating them early can lead to lifelong healthy smiles. 

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Periodontal Care
Periodontal Care

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
  • Changes in tooth position

With treatment, it’s possible for your oral health to be restored. We’ll perform a deep cleaning, scaling, and root planning, to remove all the bacteria and make them less likely to return. But there are some cases of gum disease that have progressed beyond this point and require surgery or extractions.

Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy

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, 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 tooth 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.

Tooth Extractions
Tooth Extractions

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 anything else we can do about it. 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.

Sealants
Sealants

Dental sealants are a common way to prevent cavities in children’s teeth and teeth with fine grooves or pits that are easily infected. Sealants are a safe plastic material that’s brushed onto the tooth to fill these problem areas and prevent bacteria from getting in.

Mouthguards & Nightguards
Mouthguards & Nightguards

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 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.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Having a smile you can be confident in is a priority here at State Street Smiles. If you find your smile is a little lackluster due to discoloration, chips, cracks, or a missing tooth, you no longer have to worry. We offer a variety of cosmetic dental procedures to ensure you achieve the smile of your dreams. 

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Pro Tip
Pro Tip

What is the difference between a crown and a cap? 

There is no difference. Dentists typically use the word “crown” while patients often use the word “cap”. These are intended to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and all decay. The crown can be made out of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel. The newest materials look beautiful, just like a natural tooth.

Teeth Whitening
Teeth Whitening

If you find your smile isn’t as bright as it once was, teeth whitening can be just the boost you need. Even with diligent brushing and flossing, sometimes our teeth become stained. Dr. Jackson recommends coming in for a professional teeth whitening if you’re looking for a whiter smile. 

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Veneers
Veneers

Do you wish you could have a perfect smile? Many celebrities entrust their smile to veneers for a beautiful yet natural appearance. 

These thin, tooth-shaped porcelain shells are attached to the fronts of your natural teeth, so you’ll still maintain the integrity of your tooth strength. We’ll usually only place veneers on the parts of your mouth that are visible when you’re talking or smiling.

Dental Bonding
Dental Bonding

If your teeth have small chips, cracks, discoloration, or dents, dental bonding can improve the appearance of your smile. We can use a tooth-colored filling material to make it look like your tooth is as good as new so you can smile confidently.

We can also use this material for cavity treatment, rather than silver-toned amalgam fillings. Our patients often prefer this because their smile can maintain a natural appearance. This is especially useful if you have a cavity near the front of your smile.

Orthodontic Services
Orthodontic Services

If you suffer from ill-positioned teeth, State Street Smile offers orthodontic services to correct the positioning of your teeth and give you a straighter smile. During your consultation, Dr. Jackson will determine if ClearCorrect or Fastbraces are right for you. 

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Restorative Dentistry

Sometimes, things happen that are out of your control. If your smile has been damaged or is subject to decay, we’re here to help. We provide convenient and beautiful solutions to cavities, gum disease, and more.

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Pro Tip
Pro Tip

What’s the difference between general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry?

General dentistry includes procedures that help prevent oral diseases and protect your oral health. This category includes cleanings and examinations, extractions, dental crowns, root canal therapy, and more. The main goal of general dentistry is to protect and repair your teeth and improve your oral health. 

Generally speaking, cosmetic dentistry includes procedures that improve the look of the patient’s smile. This category includes things like teeth whitening, orthodontics, and veneer placements. The main goal of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance of the smile and increase the patient’s self-image. 

Restorative dentistry includes procedures used to treat and correct dental problems that have resulted from disease, age, or poor dental hygiene. This category includes dental implants, fillings, and dentures. The goal of restorative dentistry is to restore the patient’s smile to a functional and healthy state.

Dental Fillings
Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are used to restore teeth back to their normal appearance and function after they’re damaged. If you have a cavity, we’ll clean it out to remove the infection, then seal it up for protection. Some of the materials we have available for fillings include amalgam (silver), composite, or porcelain.

Crowns & Onlays
Crowns & Onlays

Dental crowns and onlays protect teeth that have been damaged, or they can be used to replace missing teeth. They can be made to look exactly like a natural tooth, so they’ll blend in with the rest of your smile and can dramatically improve its appearance.

Crowns or onlays may be used to:

  • Replace a large filling when there’s little tooth structure remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a tooth that’s broken
  • Attach a dental bridge
  • Complete a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
Dental Bridges
Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is one method for replacing a tooth. A bridge is made up of one or more artificial teeth that are kept in place with the support of your natural teeth on either side of the gap. The bridge can be created to blend in with the rest of your teeth for a natural-looking smile.

While natural-looking bridge options are popular, we do provide a variety of materials for bridges. Your choice may depend on the strength, wear, and aesthetics you’ll need from your bridge.

Dentures
Dentures

Dentures can restore your smile and its function if you’ve lost many or all of your teeth. Your dentures will be custom-created for you to resemble a natural smile. They’re completely removable and can be adjusted to create a comfortable fit.

Partial dentures are also removable and are made to fit in with your natural teeth. We can also place a fixed partial denture by using a dental bridge or dental implants, so they won’t need to be removed for cleaning.

Laser Dentistry

We’re dedicated to integrating the latest technology in the dental field within our practice. We believe in an innovative approach to dental care so we include laser dentistry in our practice. This ensures that our patients are receiving personalized care during treatments.

TMJ Treatment

Your TMJ, or temporomandibular joints, are located on either side of your head and they help your jaw to act as a hinge. If you notice that your jaw pops, clicks, or hurts when you open your mouth, that’s a sign of an issue in these areas.

We can fix TMJ issues in a variety of ways, including adjusting your bite to fix misalignment issues and issuing a mouthpiece you can use to prevent clenching or grinding.

Sedation Dentistry

State Street Smiles aims to provide care that is not only comprehensive but also comfortable as we never want our patients to experience while receiving treatment. We offer sedation options to make your experience more comfortable while we treat you.

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CONTACT US FOR ELEVATED DENTAL CARE

State Street Smiles is here to provide high-quality dental care and an experience you won’t dread. We’ll make sure you’re comfortable and you love your smile.

To learn more, contact us by calling (201) 487-7030 or by filling out the online contact form available on this page. We can’t wait to hear from you.

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