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22/Mar/2019

Whether you have one missing tooth or a row of teeth that need replacing, one of the methods of fixing those gaps is by having a dental implant installed. Many may be unsure of what a dental implant is and if it can help their situation. Others may be wary due to a few unwarranted myths that exist about dental implants.

These structures are permanent channels embedded into the jaw. Once implanted, dental crowns can be easily added in to fill the gap and provide the jaw with a healthy and beautiful smile. It’s a standard procedure that many Americans get. Yet, there are still a lot of myths surrounding the process. For individuals interested in getting rid of those gaps once and for all, consider some of these facts about dental implants.

How Bad is the Pain?

When most people consider dental surgery, they immediately assume that it is going to be painful. This is not the case with dental implants. It’s not quite an operation, so there’s no pain involved. While there may be some discomfort after the implants are in place, the sensation is dull. The process itself is easy and straightforward.

How Expensive are Dental Implants?

Many tend to think that dental implants are expensive. While they certainly do carry some expense, they’re less costly than dental bridges in the long-run. Bridges need replacing every few years. The same typically goes for any procedures that don’t utilize a permanent structure. Dental implants are there for life. One appointment and the implants are in for good. This one-time price is thus an excellent investment that lasts far longer than other procedures.

Implants Cause Headaches

Another myth that exists about implants is that those who receive them tend to have more headaches. This idea is untrue. No scientific evidence supports these claims. Once the implant has fully embedded itself within the jaw and gums, the individual shouldn’t feel any form of discomfort. More importantly, it is often the case that those with missing teeth are more likely to receive headaches because the lack of stability in the jaw can actually affect the posture of the head and thus create aches or pains.

New Jersey Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

The best way to clear up any myths is to visit an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon. These oral care professionals can take a look at your situation and recommend your best options. Your dental health is not something to wait on. Without dental implants, it’s hard to do simple actions, like eating, smiling, and talking. There are ways for you to get the dental help you need.

Union City Oral Surgery offers some of the best dental implant care in New Jersey. Dr. Nancy Herbst’s 25 years of oral surgery practice throughout New Jersey earned her the title of one of New Jersey’s top or surgeons in 2016. Her use of the most up-to-date instruments and technology available has created a new surgical experience for her patients. Contact Union City Oral Surgery today at (201) 601-9262 to schedule your appointment right away and get the care you deserve.


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22/Mar/2019

For many people, having their wisdom teeth removed is just part of growing up. The wisdom teeth are the third molars within the jaw that grow out as an individual reach’s adulthood. They’re typically unnecessary. They usually cause a lot more fuss than any actual use they provide, and as a result, dentists suggest having them removed at some point in your life.

In some cases, these wisdom teeth may start to present a few problems for the individual’s overall oral health. Here are a few reasons why it might be prudent to consider having your wisdom teeth removed.

Gum Pain

When the third molars begin to emerge, they must push their way through the gums. This process can cause some degree of discomfort. In particular, the gums that rest nearest to the jaw bone will feel a dull throbbing sensation. Sometimes, as the wisdom teeth push through, they can cause an infection to occur within the gums. Growing wisdom teeth makes those areas swollen and puffy and may result in some unwanted drainage. If the pain persists, it may be a wise idea to have those molars removed entirely.

Jaw Pain

During an infection, the entire area could become affected. An individual might develop a sore throat and the lymph glands located underneath the jaw may become swollen. Both developments could make the jaw feel uncomfortable or even painful. If the wisdom tooth itself is infected, then it can make the jaw ache. Sometimes, this pain can expand to the ear as well. If there’s an infection in the area and it isn’t treated correctly right away, the bacteria might spread into the jaw bone, which makes the situation even more severe.

Teeth/Mouth Pain

Teeth don’t always grow in straight or in the direction that is best for them to fit, which puts a lot of pressure on the surrounding teeth and can knock them out of alignment. This shift creates a considerate amount of pain. Also, swelling may occur when that pressure starts to impact the tooth nerves and surrounding bone tissue. The pain may become so severe that it impedes chewing and speaking.

Take Care of Your Molars

If any of these symptoms have occurred, schedule an appointment with a dentist to have those wisdom teeth removed. They’ll review your situation and recommend the most appropriate course of action. Your wisdom teeth might not bother you at all, and that’s great. For most people though, there comes the point where these extra molars cause enough pain and discomfort that it’s best to remove them. The process takes a few short hours, and with antibiotics and pain relievers, you’ll be ready to go back to eating your favorite food in no time.

Finding the Right Oral Surgeon

For over 25 years, Dr. Nancy Herbst has proudly served patients from all over the state of New Jersey. She is recognized by her peers as one of the top OMF surgeons in New Jersey. She always makes her patients a top priority by only using the most up to date technology in her office. This technology helps to speed up recovery time and minimize pain. Contact Union City Oral Surgery today at  (201) 601-9262 and learn more about the medical and cosmetic services provided by our office.


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22/Mar/2019

Many people get headaches and don’t exactly know why. About 10 percent of the U.S. population experiences this sensation, according to the Mayo Clinic. If you’re suffering pains or migraines that seem to pop-up without cause, it may be time to go to the dentist. A significant portion of people find that teeth grinding is actually at the root of their headaches, migraines, and neck problems.

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge-like structure that connects your jaw to your skull. Repeatedly clenching your teeth because of stress, or because of a nervous chewing habit, can strain the small muscles around this joint, causing your head or neck to hurt.

What Is Bruxism?

Grinding or clenching teeth is known as bruxism. It affects up to 80 percent of the population. While the cause of bruxism isn’t precisely known, doctors believe that stress plays a large part in this habit. These activities happen at night, typically when a person is sleeping, leaving them unaware of the damage that they are doing to their mouths and bodies as a whole. Grinding is a sub-conscious quirk, like nail-biting. Most people have no idea that this is happening to them while they sleep.

The Effects of Grinding

There are both short-term and long-term effects of bruxism. For the former, experiencing headaches and migraines is common. These may be felt immediately when you wake up or occur at any point in the day. They are typically present after an episode of clenching and grinding.

Facial myalgia may also develop, which is an aching jaw and pain in the facial muscles. You may also build tinnitus, experience earaches, and have pain in your sinuses. Other examples of short-term effects include:

  • Stiff neck and shoulders
  • Tooth wear
  • Fractured teeth
  • Teeth mobility
  • Limited opening of the mouth
  • Receding and inflamed gums
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Broken fillings
  • Tongue scalloping

Long-term effects can be even more painful and worrisome. For one, you may develop consistent and frequent migraines, excessive facial muscle tone, or your jaw may become so dysfunctional that you develop Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. You may also notice a clicking or popping of your jaw and see substantial tooth wear and loss.

Treatments for Bruxism

There are quite a few treatments available to help with teeth grinding and clenching. The most popular and common is to use a mouth guard when you sleep. This keeps the teeth separated while you sleep, so they are unable to clench together.

The best thing to do is to visit an experienced dentist. They’re fully equipped to help you, no matter how big or small your problem is. There are a lot of different ways to treat this situation, but only a medical professional can tell you what method is right for you.

Visit a Trusted Oral Surgeon

Get relief from the side effects of teeth grinding by consulting a reputable New Jersey oral surgeon. It’s important to learn more about the underlying cause and treatment options available for your condition. A good action plan not only treats your bruxism but also helps reduce further damage to your teeth.

If you are suffering side effects from grinding your teeth, contact Dr. Nancy Herbst of Union City Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as soon as possible. Her 25 years of practice throughout New Jersey has helped many patients of all ages with a variety of oral health problems. Her office uses only the latest cutting-edge dental technology available to ensure you have an excellent dental experience. Contact us today at (201) 601-9262 to schedule your appointment today!


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22/Mar/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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22/Mar/2019

You may have been told as a child to brush your teeth twice a day and to floss regularly. Whether you followed that advice or not is another story, but there are quite a few reasons as to why you should make your oral health a top priority. It’s as important as any other health issue. There have been many studies that show how oral well-being affects your body overall, from your posture to the daily aches and pains you experience.

Certain Bite Problems

There are many common bite problems that you may not think twice about that could be affecting the rest of your body, like:

  • Crooked teeth
  • An over or underbite
  • Dental bridges or crowns that don’t fit quite right
  • Missing teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth

What begins as a small problem quickly evolves into a much larger problem if left untreated. Any of the above issues can misalign your jaw, and since your jaw is right at the top of your body, any damage in that region causes a domino effect. Damage to the teeth or jaw-area causes headaches, earaches, and even lower back pain.

Missing Teeth Affect Your Posture

Missing teeth or teeth that are misaligned can cause the joint itself to become misaligned. When that occurs, the muscles and tissues that work together to make that jaw function are working overtime. This can place a great deal of stress on the jaw and surrounding muscles. In particular, the muscles of your neck can become strained.

From the missing or misaligned tooth, the jaw begins to have problems. The strain caused by the jaw also strains the muscles in your neck. Since the neck is so firmly attached to your head and back, you may start to experience frequent headaches. It may even cause cases of insomnia. A strained jaw and neck can also force your body to have bad posture. When your spine isn’t aligned correctly, it cuts down on the efficiency of blood circulation. Your body can no longer receive nutrients with ease, and you suddenly find your body in a considerable amount of pain.

All of this can stem from a simple misalignment of your teeth. Luckily, there are treatments available to keep your teeth in check, so the rest of your body doesn’t pay the price. A dentist might suggest implementing a procedure like orthodontics. For those who have developed TMD, there are plenty of treatments available to improve your jaw.

Getting Treatment for Your Bite

Many types of postural problems receive physical therapy as a treatment, but since your head, neck, and shoulders influence your bite, dental therapy should be included in your treatment. This makes it very important to find a reputable New Jersey oral and maxillofacial surgeon to evaluate, diagnose, and create a corrective plan for your bite.

Dr. Nancy Herbst of Union City Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has the expertise and works with the most up-to-date technology to help correct your bite. She has over 25 years of experience and dedicates herself to treating every patient with top priority. This earned her recognition as one of New Jersey’s top dentist’s of 2016. Contact her office today at (201) 601-9262 or request more information online. One of our helpful staff members can help you set up a consultation and get you on the path to a healthy mouth and life.


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22/Mar/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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22/Mar/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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22/Mar/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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22/Mar/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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22/Mar/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.


Union City Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, P.C.

Nancy Herbst, DDS

311 33rd Street
Union City, NJ 07087

Phone: 201-601-9262

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