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23/Jan/2019

If you’re embarrassed to show your teeth every time you take a picture, then you might believe you have a bite problem of some kind. However, you may not know exactly what type of bite problem or what corrective measures are available to fix it. The right dentist can typically diagnose the issue and repair your smile so you can start feeling confident again.

You should educate yourself on the most common issues before you see a dentist, so if you have any specific concerns, you can address them with your doctor right then and there. At the same time, dental problems are challenging to self-diagnose, so the only way you’ll know for sure is by visiting your local dental professional.

Crowding

As its name might suggest, crowding occurs when there are too many teeth in the space provided by the mouth. Many different factors result in a full smile, but it’s likely a genetic issue that you were born with. Most dentists catch this condition early on, during childhood. However, if you never received a remedy for this situation, you’ll be happy to know that it’s a common problem that many people are susceptible to. Luckily, treatment is more than possible.

Spacing

Similar to crowding, spacing occurs when the teeth are too small against the more extensive form of mouth or jaw. This situation can leave large gaps between the teeth that can leave you feeling insecure about your smile. Spacing can also occur when teeth are missing. Because teeth rely on one another, if a tooth is missing, then it increases the chance of other teeth falling out, so the spacing issue becomes prevalent.

Overjet

Commonly believed to be a result of a child who sucks their thumb too long or too often, an overjet bite occurs when the upper teeth stick out far over the bottom row of teeth. Thumbsucking isn’t the only culprit here though. It can also be a result of a jaw that is too large compared to the lower jaw.

Overbite

This bite problem exists when the front teeth sit just over the bottom front teeth. The issue arises when the bottom teeth cut into the gums of the upper teeth, causing difficulty chewing and biting into food. A dentist can usually fix an overbite issue with braces, but a severe problem may require surgery.

Treating Common Bite Problems

Although there are many types of common bite issues, Union City Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is here to help you get it treated. We offer a free consultation to assess what type of oral care services you need. Our more than 25 years of experience practicing surgery has given us a greater understanding of treatment options available to get your dental health where you want it to be. To learn more about the different procedures we offer and set up your consultation, please schedule online or call (201) 601-9262.


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23/Jan/2019

Whether it is genetic or just a bad habit of not brushing regularly, you may be facing oral and maxillofacial surgery. The best person to talk to is your dental professional. The surgeon’s office is happy to answer any questions you have, as their goal is to make sure you’re informed before you sit down for any medical procedure.

Just like any surgery, there will be a certain level of pain and discomfort. Your doctor will give you a strict regimen as you get ready to go under the knife. It’s vital to your health to follow your specialist’s advice. If you have any other health problems, you should let the medic know so that they can prepare you properly. Only your MD can tell you if you’ll need antibiotics before or after.

When is Oral Surgery Necessary?

Typically, it is given to treat specific diseases, injuries, and other defects in the oral region, including the mouth, head, neck, face, and jaw. In some cases, you may require maxillofacial surgery if your teeth are difficult to remove or extract. This condition could be a result of an injury to your face or jaw. In other cases, it may be for a cosmetic benefit, mainly if you’re looking to improve your cheek structure or are interested in a lip injection. One other reason you may seek oral and maxillofacial surgery is if your jaw is malfunctioning and causes conditions like sleep apnea or other problems.

The Choice of Antibiotics

Antibiotics serve to fight back against infection and bacteria that may be lurking in your mouth. After all, mouths are packed full of bacteria. While a significant number of these bacteria help the mouth break down food, some of them can become invasive and make your body ill. As a result, antibiotics are brought in to fight that infection and keep the bacteria from further causing harm to your body.

Regarding oral and maxillofacial surgery, the use of antibiotics is not always necessary. If you have certain health conditions, then your surgeon may suggest that you take a prescribed amount of antibiotics before the surgery. People who have heart conditions will likely have to take meds before going under the knife.

Talk With Your Surgeon

If you are a healthy individual, you might not need to take antibiotics. Taking medicine before your surgery may end up causing a bit more harm than good. Since bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics, the more you flood your body with antibiotics, the more likely it is the bacteria will become immune to it. By speaking with your surgeon, you can determine whether antibiotics will be necessary.

Union City Oral Surgery has over 25 years of experience performing oral surgery and can give you trustworthy care advice regarding your follow-up care and the use of antibiotics. Call our office today at (201) 601-9262 with your questions regarding oral surgery and aftercare requirements.

We are happy to discuss your dental health needs and set up an appointment for you with one of our experienced staff members. You can also get more information about our surgery group and conveniently make an appointment online here.


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23/Jan/2019

Tooth loss has a significant impact on oral health, appearance, and self-esteem. We know we need to brush and floss regularly, but we’re often less aware of other steps we should take to protect our teeth. If you’re concerned about tooth loss, avoid these four common causes that aren’t mentioned often.

1. Acidic Foods

Your mouth takes about an hour to return to a balanced acidity level after you eat. When you regularly snack on sweets, the acid levels in your mouth remain high and don’t have a chance to recalibrate, which dramatically raises the risk of tooth decay. If you do have a sweet snack, eat it in one sitting and brush and floss immediately afterward.

2. High-Impact Sports

If you play football, rugby, hockey, or another high-impact sport, you could quickly knock out a tooth if you don’t wear a properly-fitted mouthguard. If you do lose a tooth during a game, store it in milk and go straight to the dentist to potentially have it replaced.

3. Grinding Your Teeth

Those of us who grind or clench our teeth may not even be aware of this habit. Over time, this grinding motion can wear away the enamel of your teeth and damage the surrounding bone, tissue, and gum. Grinding can be related to anxiety or stress or could signify an underlying bite problem, so it’s important to be evaluated by your dentist.

4. Poor Oral Hygiene and Smoking

You’re more likely to develop gum disease if you smoke, which increases your risk of losing teeth. If you don’t brush and floss twice a day as recommended and you’re a smoker, you’re putting yourself in double jeopardy. Breaking these bad habits can make a positive impact on your overall oral health.

Tooth loss is more common among men and those older than age 35. Chronic illnesses, including arthritis, diabetes, and high blood pressure, are also risk factors.

Protect Your Teeth with Oral Surgery

If you do lose a tooth, help is available. Your dentist can determine whether you’re a candidate for a dental implant, which looks natural and has the same function as your real teeth. Dr. Nancy Herbst of Union City Oral Surgery strives to provide quality care for those needing dental implants, having more than 25 years of experience conducting such surgeries. Contact us at (201) 601-9262 or schedule an appointment on our web page.


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23/Jan/2019

If your dentist has recommended removal of a diseased or damaged tooth, you’re probably concerned about the impact of a missing tooth on your appearance. When your tooth gets removed, the procedure leaves a small hole in the gums and jawbone that can lead to oral health complications. Fortunately, you may be a candidate for an advanced socket preservation procedure that prevents recession of the jawbone and may facilitate the placement of a dental implant or traditional bridge.

Benefits of Socket Preservation

The roots of your teeth have multiple functions. In addition to holding your teeth in place, they signal your jawbone to produce new bone cells. If a root is infected, your jawbone and the bony ridge behind your gums will begin to deteriorate. Without treatment, this problem changes the structure of your face, alters the fit of your dental bridge, and may make it impossible for your dental surgeon to place implants.

How Socket Preservation Works

After clearing away your tooth, the surgeon will graft new bone onto your jawbone to immediately ward off damage. He or she will place a fibrin membrane into the bone, which includes platelets that stimulate the healing process. Next, natural or synthetic bone is put into the socket and possibly treated with a platelet-rich plasma to further stimulate healing. Small sutures may be added to hold everything in place once the gum tissue closes over the incision. This treatment not only helps restore the jawbone but also prevents a painful condition called dry socket that occurs when the nerve is exposed.

Recovering from Socket Preservation

The grafted bone tissue will gradually integrate with the surrounding jawbone over a few months. Once this process is complete, you may be a candidate for stable, durable dental implants. You need a healthy jawbone with enough tissue to support the implant for a successful implant procedure. When you follow your dentist’s post-procedure instructions carefully, you will likely recover from socket preservation without significant complications.

If you need to have a tooth removed and are concerned about your long-term dental health, visit a socket preservation specialist at Union City Oral Surgery as soon as possible. These surgeons can take the necessary steps to restore the health of your jawbone after an extraction. Call us at (201) 601-9262 or schedule an appointment today on our web page.


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23/Jan/2019

If you notice facial pain, soreness in the jaw, and headaches when waking up, a jaw disorder called TMJ (temporomandibular joint) could be the culprit.

Clenching the jaw during sleep can be a symptom of TMJ symptoms. The resulting pain can spread to the rest of the face and head and may get worse when yawning or chewing. If you’re clenching your jaw overnight because of stress, you should see a dental professional as soon as possible. Only a dentist can assess whether there’s been any damage to your teeth and jaw and advise you on how to fix it.

Symptoms of TMJ

While doctors can’t pinpoint the exact cause of TMJ, stress is a significant contributor. The body finds ways to express feelings of stress and anxiety in physical ways that a person doesn’t always notice or control. Nervousness often causes involuntary jaw grinding at night. Continually clenching like that can cause jaw spasms. Genetics, arthritis, and old facial injuries are also known to cause this jaw disorder.

Severe grinding can cause misalignment of the jaw, so it’s important to treat this syndrome quickly. You may also notice tension headaches, soreness, and tenderness that extend beyond the jaw area. Other symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Pain and tenderness in the jaw area
  • Discomfort of the temporomandibular joints
  • Aches and cramps around the ears
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Joint locking, such as popping or clicking noises when you move your jaw
  • Facial pain

Anyone experiencing these symptoms for a prolonged amount of time should speak to a specialist to receive a full estimate of the damage.

Treating TMJ

For many people, the symptoms of TMJ go away on their own. Continual problems are a cause for concern, but there are ways to stop grinding your teeth at night. Talk to a dental professional about your options. Often, muscular problems can be effectively treated with physical therapy, whereas surgery is only recommended for bone or structural defects.

An oral surgeon will examine your jaw, document your symptoms, and conduct imaging studies before operating. However, even if stress is not the underlying cause of your symptoms, it can make TMJ disorder worse. Even with medical treatment, it’s a good idea to apply some stress management measures, like meditation and other techniques. You may need to see a counselor to figure out how to effectively manage your anxiety. That way, once you treat your TMJ, the symptoms won’t come back.

If your issues are severe and suggested pain treatment has been ineffective, it may be time for you to consider surgery. Dr. Nancy Herbst at Union City Oral & Maxillofacial surgery has over 25 years of experience providing New Jersey patients with top-notch care during various procedures. Let us take care of you to ensure that you can get back to living a happy and pain-free life as soon as possible. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.


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23/Jan/2019

Dental implants are a revolution for those who have lost teeth, providing a convenient alternative to the removable bridges and dentures of yesteryear. The implant consists of an artificial root placed within the jawbone to hold an artificial tooth or teeth in place. Over time, the bone and tissue grow around the metal root, which becomes permanent.

If you want to do something about your missing teeth but have been reluctant to consider dentures, here are five things you need to know about dental implants.

Natural Utility and Appearance

Dental implants are indistinguishable from your natural teeth and are designed just for you and match the shape, color, and bite of your existing teeth. Since the implant eventually fuses with the jawbone, it feels no different than the rest of your mouth.

Easier Eating

While eating your favorite foods can be complicated with dentures, implants have the same utility as your natural teeth. You won’t have dietary limitations or need to take specific steps when eating to maintain the health of your implants. Dentures tend to move around in the mouth, causing friction and making it difficult to chew. Patients with dental implants also have a stronger bite than those with traditional dentures.

Jawbone Protection

The implant replaces both the root and crown of the tooth, so you aren’t at risk for jawbone deterioration. This situation occurs when only the top of the tooth is replaced, and no new tissue grows to replace the missing root. The implant, on the other hand, fosters the growth of new gums, with bone to hold it in place.

No Impact on Healthy Teeth

When you opt for a dental bridge, the dentist may need to remove all or part of the adjacent teeth to create the correct fit. With implants, only the damaged or missing tooth is affected; all surrounding teeth are left alone.

High Success Rate

According to 2014 research reported in the Huffington Post, more than 95 percent of dental implant procedures are successful. Complications are rare and are even less likely to occur when you choose a qualified implant specialist.

It should also comfort you knowing that if you live in the New Jersey area, a dental surgeon with over 25 years of experience can be the one performing the procedure. Dr. Nancy Herbst at Union City Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery was named one of New Jersey’s top oral surgeons in 2016 and she continues to provide catered treatment to individuals in the New Jersey and New York City area. Contact the office at (201) 601-9262 to schedule your appointment today.


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23/Jan/2019

A general dentist occasionally refers their patients to a dental specialist to complete more extensive procedures that a regular dentist’s office can’t do. For those individuals wondering which kind of dental professional treats what, here’s a general breakdown for you.

Periodontists

Periodontists care for the teeth and gums. Gums are sensitive tissues surrounding the teeth and without proper care, periodontal disease, or gum disease, is common. Periodontists treat:

  • Bone levels of the teeth
  • Gum health issues
  • Problems with tooth ligaments
  • Tooth loss
  • Root conditions

After a quick examination by the dentist, they’ll be able to tell if you’re having a problem with your tooth or some other part of your mouth. A periodontist specializes in treatment and prevention of gum disease, oral inflammation, and dental implants.

Endodontists

Endodontists treat the nerve and blood supply inside the teeth’s roots or the tooth “pulp.” If a tooth becomes infected or damaged, it may require a root canal, which is routinely done by this specialist.

Endodontists are known as tooth savers, and if you’re lucky enough that your dentist catches you before you need a root canal, they’ll send you to an endodontist who will help treat and heal that particular area around the tooth.

Pediatric Dentists

Pediatric dentists specialize in working with young people under the age of 18 years. Children have different needs and different teeth than adults, so they’ll need to see someone who specialized in pediatric dental care.

These important dentists help encourage kids to upkeep oral health by educating them and explaining how to take care of their teeth properly. These dentists also work with individuals who have special needs. A pediatric dentist may have decorations and tools that are user-friendly for the children they treat.

Orthodontists

Orthodontists treat jaw bone and tooth alignment issues to keep their patient’s teeth functioning correctly. They place braces, headgear, aligners, and retainers. A dentist should be able to identify structure issues off the bat and will often send you to an orthodontist to confirm their theories. A good orthodontist will make sure that your braces fit right, and your retainers aren’t hurting you.

Prosthodontists

Prosthodontists have a fascinating educational background and specialize in creating cosmetic prosthetics like:

  • Dental implants
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Dentures

Having a missing tooth is hard for individuals to deal with, and prosthodontists will help you put your smile back together. A new tooth can make a huge difference in your life, thanks to prosthodontists.

Oral and Maxillofacial Specialists

Oral and maxillofacial specialists diagnose, asses and create treatment plans for their patients that happen in the neck, face or mouth. Three types of specialists fall under the heading of oral and maxillofacial specialists.

  • Oral pathologist – A patient sees an oral pathologist when a potential patient discovers a bump or possible growth in their jaw or mouth. The oral pathologist is responsible for identifying the lump or growth and managing its treatment. This specialist may need to refer a patient whose lump is diagnosed as cancer to an oral cancer pathologist for further testing, too.
  • Oral radiologist – An oral radiologist specializes in interpreting x-rays of the head and neck. Oral radiologists usually use radiant energy and radiographs to take a closer look at suspected diseases in the neck and head regions.
  • Oral surgeons – General dentists routinely refer their patients to oral surgeons for specific procedures. Some of the methods an oral surgeon specializes in are tooth extractions, dental implants, and facial surgeries. This specialty requires extensive training after obtaining a DDS degree. Oral surgeons also create treatment plans and various types of prosthetic devices for their patients.

If you’re in pain and you’re not sure what the cause of it is, see your regular dentist first. They’ll be able to identify the source of your discomfort and then give you the name of a specialist who will do all they can to save your teeth.

In the case that you do end up needing treatment for an oral condition, it’s essential to find a specialist that is highly qualified. Dr. Nancy Herbst at Union City Oral Surgery has over 25 years of oral surgery experience and was named one of New Jersey’s top oral surgeons in 2016. She and her team can help diagnose your oral complication and get you the proper treatment. Contact the office at (201) 601-9262 to schedule your appointment today.


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23/Jan/2019

Teeth are very durable when properly cared for, but infections can still happen in the blink of an eye. When the interior pulp of a tooth becomes infected, a patient may notice a wide variety of symptoms ranging from severe pain to increased sensitivity. To prevent the infection from spreading, a root canal may be necessary.

Here is a closer look at how root canals are carried out and three of the most common signs of a tooth infection.

Lingering Tooth Pain

Chronic tooth pain is a serious oral health issue that you should not ignore. Sudden or sharp tooth pain is usually the result of damaged roots or infected pulp. Gingivitis or periodontal disease can also cause it. Depending on the severity of the infection, it might only hurt when eating or brushing one’s teeth.

Sensitivity

Sudden sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages generally occurs when the interior of a tooth becomes exposed. Some people have naturally sensitive teeth, and those individuals aren’t necessarily suffering from an infection. Patients who notice any unusual issues with their teeth should schedule an immediate dental checkup. Sensitivity can be caused by many different oral health problems that are treatable as long as they are in their earliest stages.

Inflamed Gums

Any germs that infect the interior of a tooth might also damage the nearby soft tissue. When left untreated, a tooth infection can result in sensitive and swollen gums. Infected gum tissue sometimes appears shiny or discolored as well. To treat those side effects, dentists often prescribe specialty mouthwash.

Understanding Root Canals

With advanced techniques and modern dental tools, most root canals can are done in under an hour. This procedure is typically carried out with a local anesthetic, but some patients prefer a general anesthetic that puts them entirely to sleep. After the anesthetic kicks in, the dentist will remove the damaged pulp and disinfect the interior of the tooth. The final step in this process is to fill and seal the tooth with a rubber-like material.

With an ignored infection, the damaged teeth often have to be removed entirely. That is why it is so crucial for patients to contact a dentist as soon as they notice any unusual issues with their teeth or gums.

It’s essential to find a reputable oral surgeon in your area to perform a root canal. Union City Oral Surgery has experience providing New Jersey patients with top-notch care during root canal procedures. We use only the latest and greatest in oral technologies and techniques to give our patients an efficient and effective experience. Contact our office at (201) 601-9262 to learn more about how we can help you today.


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23/Jan/2019

Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans throughout their lifetimes. Not only can sleep apnea interfere with you and your partner’s sleep, but it can be detrimental to your health as well. You may think that loud snoring is a part of life, but this isn’t true. Sleep apnea can be treated and even cured through various methods. If you suffer from sleep apnea and can’t seem to find relief, an oral surgeon may be able to help you.


Union City Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, P.C.

Nancy Herbst, DDS

311 33rd Street
Union City, NJ 07087

Phone: 201-601-9262

Service Areas

Nancy Herbst, DDS is easily accessible to Manhattan and serves the following New Jersey and New York communities:

●    Bayonne
●    Union City
●    Hoboken
●    Jersey City
●    Weehawken
●    Secaucus
●    Edgewater
●    North Bergen
●    West New York
●    Guttenberg
●    Manhattan

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