Why We Love Spring!

After this long winter, with its record setting low temps and more snow storms than we could handle, it’s safe to say that we are all ready for some warm weather.  For some of us, it’s not just the change in temperature that get us excited for spring, but the activities and life that comes with it. Some of the staff at Designs for Dental Health took a brief moment to share why we love spring. See our answers below!

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Dr. Nadler:

 “Spring is definitely my favorite season. Everything comes back to life, brown turns to green, flowers start to bloom and everyone comes out of their winter funk.  Spring also means that the golf season will soon be under way.  That REALLY makes me happy.  And, spring is when days are getting longer giving us more daylight to enjoy the outdoors and just be alive!  I love spring.”

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Liz:

“I love spring because it means the cold weather is almost gone. It’s great to see everything getting green again. And most of all it’s one step closer to Summer!”

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Maria:

 “I’m looking forward to spring because the weather is perfect.  It’s never too hot or too cold.  I can go on a bike ride with my family and spend more time being outside.”

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Remi:

“I Look forward to Spring every year! Especially after cold, long winters. But like all the seasons I find beauty in them all..(Fall is my favorite)

I love the colors that pop up everywhere you look, from the green grass to the leaf buds beginning to grow. I love how the air smells fresher almost cleaner, and you can’t help but enjoy the rebirth of almost forgotten flowers.

The poor confused crocus can finally come up and enjoy the sunshine! I don’t suffer from allergies (knock wood) and when I smell fresh cut grass it invigorates me! I love to watch the tulips that my daughter and I planted awaken from their long hiatus. And my daughter loves to pick me daffodils almost every other day. She tells me it’s because she loves me. I sometimes smile and reminisce of the first pedals/flower heads she used bring me when she was a toddler(the poor things). We are all grateful she is a more skilled gardener now. I love how even the department stores have all the vibrant colors on display!  And of course the Easter dresses and bonnets for the little ones. What is not to love about Spring?  And yes the “Golf” it’s a promise I made to myself…to get back on the course this year…with my husband.”

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 Allison:

“I love spring not only because the temperatures are near perfect, but because the warmer weather allows me to get outside and go for long runs, spend time horseback riding, and work on projects outside. I also look forward to watching the trees and flowers slowly come back to life.”

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Why do you love spring? Let us know in the comments section below!!!

All-on-4®, A Dental Miracle

All–on–4® is the name for a technique used in the total rehabilitation of patients who have lost or will soon lose all of their teeth in one or both arches. This system was developed in the 1990s through studies which were funded by Nobel Biocare which has been a corporate leader in the implant industry since the early 1980s.

The All-on-4® treatment concept is a miracle because patients arrive at their dentist’s office in the morning with either no teeth or teeth which cannot be saved in one or both arches.  At that appointment, the implant surgeon (usually a periodontist or oral surgeon), the prosthetic dentist (in this case, me) and a lab technician work collaboratively.  A few hours later the patient leaves the office with a complete set of teeth which are not removable, which function well and which look amazing.

In addition, no grafting is required before placing the implants with this system. Therefore, most patients who have been told that they are not good candidates for implants because of a lack of bone, or large sinuses, or other anatomical circumstances are perfect candidates for the All–on–4® procedure.

There is no grafting, and no lengthy healing time required. Four implants are placed in each treated jaw. This procedure takes advantage of the dense bone which is available in the front of both the top and bottom jaws and places two implants there. Two more implants are placed in the back of the jaws and at an angle to both avoid sensitive anatomic areas as well as to take advantage of available dense bone there. Permanently fixed bridges can then be secured to these four implants immediately because of the solid primary stability which is gained by these strategically placed implants.

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The full dental bridge which is attached to these implants is not removable, has no coverage of the palate, and can be used immediately to eat a complete diet without restriction. After four to six months, a final fixed prosthesis is placed over the implants once total healing is assured.

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The advantages of All–on–4® are many:

1. Get implants in one day with minimal surgery.

2. Entire procedure completed in one location and one day.

3. Avoid the expense and healing time of bone grafting.

4. Have fixed, not removable teeth.

5. Have a complete new set of teeth which look and feel natural – Smile Again!

6. Have the ability to again eat all the foods that you desire.

If you have any questions about the All–on–4® procedure or if you know someone who would benefit from it, please contact us at 908.359.6655 or via our website at www.designsfordentalhealth.com

Your Shimbashi Number And Your Bite

I am writing this article in honor of Dr. Henry “Hank” Shimbashi, a practicing dentist and researcher from Edmonton, Alberta who passed away this week. Dr. Shimbashi was a very influential friend of comprehensive restorative dentists and his research is used every day in offices like mine where problems with the bite and TMJ’s are treated.

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As a result of his research, the Shimbashi number was established to indicate an ideal relationship between the upper and lower jaws. When there is an optimal position of the lower jaw relative to the upper jaw, the muscles which are connected to them will also be at their optimal length and can function ideally.

If the relationship between the upper and lower jaws is altered, one or more of the many muscles of the head, neck and face may be overworked causing them to go into spasm — i.e., be painful. This can happen if the lower jaw is too close to or far from the upper jaw, too far forward or back, or shifted in any direction relative to the upper jaw.

Dr. Shimbashi’s research measured muscle activity in over 500 patients. He found that there was an ideal vertical dimension at which the jaw muscles functioned at their maximum potential. In addition, at this ideal position, patients had no symptoms of muscle pain. This vertical dimension was found to be universally applicable in all age groups and all races.

This simple number which we use is the measurement from the gum line of the upper front tooth to the gum line of the lower front tooth. Dr. Shimbashi found this ideal distance to be approximately 19 mm plus or minus one mm (about three quarters of an inch) when a patient bites.  In our office, we often see patients with bite problems whose Shimbashi number is significantly less than ideal  measuring as little as 10 mm or even less. In such patients, the lower front teeth are often nearly completely covered by the upper teeth. Such patients are much more likely to develop tooth and pain problems resulting from their bad bites.

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So what is your Shimbashi number?  If you have any questions about your bite as a result of this article, please feel free to call our office at 908.359.6655 or via our website at www.DesignsForDentalHealth.com

Designs For Dental Health VIP Plan

Starting this month, we will be offering our Designs For Dental Health VIP Plan!!
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The Designs For Dental Health VIP plan* offers new and existing patients more affordable dental care on the most common and necessary dental services. This discount plan will save patients 15% off treatment fees for most of our services at no extra cost to you! In addition, there is no yearly maximum coverage limit, no deductibles, or waiting periods

What’s included in the plan?

  • 15%* discount on fillings, periodontal deep cleanings, crowns, bridges, implant crowns, dentures, extractions and root canal therapy.
  • Two regular exams per year, regularly $122.
  • Two regular cleanings per year, regularly $230.
  • All x-rays included with your cleaning visits, regularly up to $153
  • Oral Cancer screenings
  • One Fluoride treatment per year (up to age 16), regularly $48        (15% courtesy does not apply only to in-office bleaching or bleaching products, Invisalign Orthodontics, SixMonthSmiles Orthodontics, All-on-4 procedure, TMJ therapy, Sleep Apnea appliances, Arestin treatment, and full-arch or full-mouth rehabilitation)

With Designs For Dental Health’s VIP Program there are NO worries!

  • No yearly maximum coverage limit
  • No deductibles
  • No waiting period
  • No pre-existing condition exclusions
  • No ID cards necessary
  • No Insurance consultants

What is the cost of membership?

Only $325 for one entire year beginning on your registration date. That’s an automatic savings of up to $180 on your regular exams, cleanings, and x-rays alone!

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Making high-quality dentistry even more affordable!

 Designs For Dental Health has many options to help you pay for quality dental care. We accept cash and checks. We even offer a 5% prepayment discount for all treatment prepaid in full with cash or check when scheduling a service, and when dental insurance isn’t being billed.  That means when you use the Designs For Dental Health VIP Plan and pay in full you can save 20% on treatment! 

We also honor Visa, Discover, MasterCard and American Express. And, we offer 0% financing (if paid in full over 12 months*) and flexible payment options through CareCredit and Springstone. For those with insurance, our team will file all your claims and work with you to receive the absolute maximum benefit from your dental insurance.

How do I sign up?

Come on into our office and we will be happy to sign you up ASAP! No appointment necessary, and new patients are always welcome. And if you have any questions about the Designs For Dental Health VIP Plan and would like to get more information, just ask us and we will be happy to help.

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Call us at 908-359-6655 or visit our website at www.DesignsForDentalHealth.com

*This plan is subject to change without notice

*Discounts cannot be combined with any other offers

*Fee discount is limited to 5% with any financing offer

What Are Loupes And Why Must Your Dentist Wear Them?

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Dental loupes are the magnifying glasses that dentists wear to enlarge everything that they see in the mouth. There are two basic reasons why these glasses are worn. First and foremost, vision is improved simply because everything in the field of view is so much bigger. Secondly, loupes are worn to allow dentists to have a more “physiologic” posture while working, and thereby minimize the slouching which dentists are historically known to develop.

 

Why is it important to have an enlarged view of the working area? The most obvious answer is that a better and enlarged view of the treatment site automatically results in more precise dental work. Dentists are better able to see the shapes that they are carving or preparing in the natural teeth as well as in the final restorations which they are providing for their patients. Perhaps even more importantly, dentists are better able to make more accurate and complete diagnoses of what is occurring in each patient’s mouth.

 

As an example, I was testing out a new product which was touted to assist in better diagnoses of oral cancer. This system required the wearing of colored lenses used in conjunction with a special light. Using this system, I would be unable to wear my loupes. I first examined a patient using this new system without magnification. And then, put on my loupes and re-examined the patient. There was no comparison between the two examinations. Without magnification, even with the special light effect, much more was visible and apparent with magnification.

 

I began wearing loupes back around 1990 while I was taking advanced classes at the L.D.  Pankey Institute in Florida. It was at this time when I truly feel that the quality of the treatment which our office provided moved to an entirely new and higher plateau. Not only was I learning some amazing skills, but also the use of the loupes alone allowed significant improvement in my ability to provide excellent treatment.  Since that time, the loupes that I use have gotten increasingly longer and provide more magnification. These glasses are simply addictive to any dentist who is serious about doing his or her absolute best work.

 

A few years after beginning to wear them, I decided to try a headlight mounted right on the  loupes. After the first patient to be seen with this light, and in spite of the discomfort of extra weight on my nose, there was no turning back. The benefits of the light are nearly as significant as those of the loupes themselves. As good as the overhead dental light is, there are still shadows as we lean in as well as from the lips and tongue, etc.  Whereas, wearing the loop-mounted headlight, the light shines exactly where I am looking.

 

I don’t see how any dentist can work without either magnification or head-mounted lights. I believe that dental schools should teach the use of this equipment as mandatory – at least in the final year of dental school. If you’ve ever seen the intraoral photographs that we take for our patients, you’ll know what it’s like to look through loupes with light. It’s just so easy to see!

 

If you have not had the opportunity to see an intraoral photo of your teeth, please ask us for a demonstration at your next appointment. It will only take a moment and can be quite eye opening. If you have any questions or concerns please visit us online at www.DesignsForDentalHealth.com or call us at 908-359-6655.

I Learned First Hand What Being a TMD Patient Feels Like! AND, It’s All About the Bite!

First, I believe that this is one of the most important articles that I’ll write.  For the past twenty plus years, the study of occlusion (how the teeth meet plus A LOT more) has been my passion.  It is very difficult to explain to patients how the bite can be responsible for so many dental issues.  And, it is even more difficult for patients to understand that fixing the bite does not generally mean just getting braces (orthodontics).

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Having just returned from a three-day advanced TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder or TMJ disorder) program, I learned updated techniques to assist in the establishing of proper bites for patients –  especially those who suffer form head, neck and facial pain.  We were able to see objectively with the help of computer analysis how getting the jaw position right results in muscles which RELAX, and, therefore, STOP HURTING!

 And that is the big paradigm shift that is difficult for patients to understand.  Occlusion involves a system which includes the teeth, the upper and lower jaws, muscles, ligaments, nerves, etc.  And, when this system is out of balance, there may be a variety of signs (what the dentist sees) and symptoms (what the patient experiences) which develop.

If a person’s occlusion is out of balance, he or she may develop loose teeth, sensitive or painful teeth, worn and broken teeth, headaches, neck and shoulder pain, facial pain, dizziness, clicking or popping jaw, ringing in the ears, tingling fingers, and much more.  Most people, if told that they have problems due to their bite, assume that the only way to fix it is by having orthodontics or braces on their teeth. 

Orthodontics is a dental specialty which addresses how to straighten teeth and how to make the upper and lower teeth fit together.  It does not address the position of the jaw nor the muscles and other “soft” tissues which support the jaw.  And it is the jaw position and the muscles which need treatment to solve most bite-related problems.   Picture the jaw just hanging from the skull by muscles and ligaments.  As we close our mouths, we bite to bring our teeth together as best we can.  If our ideal “physiologic” jaw position and the tooth biting position do not match, the jaw is forced into a ”bad” position requiring muscles to work overtime.  Muscles which are over-worked build up lactic acid and begin to hurt.  Most people experience such pain when they begin a new exercise program.   So, just straightening the teeth without regard for jaw position nor muscle relaxation will not solve most problems of occlusion.

 Please do not misunderstand the value of orthodontics.  Due to various hereditary and environmental conditions, children develop crooked teeth which require straightening.  Such “malocclusions” are best treated early and after a thorough analysis of how the problem developed.  Orthodontists provide an excellent service and help both children and adults to look great and function well.  Having dabbled in orthodontics, I have a real appreciation for the amazing work that they perform.

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But this article is intended for those who have true “occlusal” issues which tooth straightening alone will not resolve.  A thorough examination including a complete history, comprehensive examination, necessary xray evaluations, and diagnosis by a doctor or dentist who is well-versed with occlusal issues is the first step to successful  treatment.

 I am very excited about the wonderful advances that are being made in this field, and I welcome your comments and questions.  I plan to continue addressing this subject in upcoming blog articles.  Please let me know if you have specific questions which you will find interesting and pertinent.  You may contact me by calling the office at 908.359.6655 or through our website at www.DesignsForDentalHealth.com .

Dr. Nadler Lectures at SMC

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This past Thursday evening, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Diabetes Support Group at the Somerset Medical Center.  The title of the talk was “Diabetes in Dentistry –What You Need To Know.”  Two themes were emphasized during the hour-long lecture.

First, all systems and organs in the body are connected.  And, in this case, diabetics are at risk for more severe periodontal infections than the general population.  In addition, uncontrolled periodontal disease actually aggravates the diabetes as well as the reverse.

Second, it’s all about prevention.   Those with diabetes often have xerostomia or “dry mouth.“  So, not only do diabetics have a compromised ability to fight infections, butdry mouth also contributes to an increased risk of decay and gum disease.  As a result, cavities and gum disease can progress rather quickly in these patients.  And, by the time a person realizes that a problem exists, the issue is often quite advanced and requires more aggressive, costly and involved treatment to be addressed.  Prevention through regularly scheduled care  as well as proper home care is the best way to avoid such major problems. 

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The entire lecture as well as the questions and answers segment that followed was videotaped.  It will be on the hospital television channel as well as online at www.somervilletv.com under “Live TV.”

If you have any questions about diabetes and dentistry, it will be my pleasure to answer them.   I can be reached in the office @ 908.359.6655 or online at www.DesignsForDentalHealth.com  

 

Dr. Nadler is writing a BOOK! Put your “2 Cents” in!

Have you always wanted to put your “2 cents” in on a book that was being written?  Well, Dr. Nadler would love your help!

He is writing a book for dental patients with the working title of:

Transform Your Life With A Smile, The Book on Designing Life-Changing Smiles

Please use the comment space below to:

  • What topics you would you think would be of interest in such a book?
  • Are there any specific questions which you would like to see addressed?
  • And, Finally, how do you feel that a healthy and beautiful smile can impact your life?

To thank you for your invaluable input, Dr. Nadler will give each person who puts in their “2 Cents” with an autographed copy of the book!