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NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS



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21/Nov/2018

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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21/Nov/2018

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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21/Nov/2018

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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21/Nov/2018

Correct jaw alignment makes a significant impact on someone’s health. Some people are born with a misaligned jaw, while others may have developed a misaligned jaw after an accident. Luckily, a great oral surgeon can help you regain your confidence and your health with corrective jaw surgery.

12 Signs You May Need Corrective Jaw Surgery

A realignment surgery can restore a person’s confidence. Most importantly, it allows individuals to regain their chewing capability. Some signs that determine whether an individual needs corrective jaw surgery include:

  • People who have difficulty in chewing or biting their food
  • People who could not swallow their food properly
  • Chronic pain felt within the jaw area, sometimes accompanied by an extreme headache
  • Breathing problems, excessive snoring when sleeping
  • Those who experience a fast wearing of the teeth
  • Chronic mouth breathing, resulting in dry mouth
  • There is a space located between the lower and the upper teeth when trying to close the mouth
  • Difficulty in making the lips meet
  • People who have protruding jaw and a receding chin
  • Major facial trauma and congenital disabilities
  • Those who have an unbalanced facial appearance

People who have these symptoms must work with oral and maxillofacial surgeons to determine how they can fix the jaw.

Is Corrective Jaw Surgery Dangerous?

Correcting any bones in your body sounds risky, but because of technological developments in the medical field, corrective jaw surgery has never been safer. New technology helps surgeons figure out how to proceed throughout the operation with amazing precision. With more accurate results and less pain experienced by clients, more oral surgeons are licensed to perform this type of medical care.

Although most patients do report a moderate amount of pain after this procedure, the results far outweigh any negatives. Recovery lasts about 12 weeks. After getting corrective jaw surgery, doctors usually stabilize the jaw with wires. Patients are able to talk, although it can be difficult. A doctor will take off the wires after two weeks, and after that, individuals can start to enjoy the benefits of corrective jaw surgery.

Find a Great Oral Surgeon in New Jersey

There are oral and maxillofacial surgeons who have passed the board located in leading clinics and hospitals all over the United States. If you live in New Jersey and have a misaligned jaw, you can visit the Union City Oral Surgery Group. Our experienced team will be more than happy to assist you with having your jaw corrected. Let us take care of you, so you can start a better, healthier, future! Contact our office at (210) 601-9262 to schedule your appointment today.


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21/Nov/2018

When a person has experienced a facial trauma, it may have caused significant damage to their appearance. Trauma can result from a car accident, assault, or accident involving fire. There are many different reasons why a person would need surgery. Facial reconstructive surgery could be an essential part of restoring a person’s appearance.

Healing And Bone Restoration

Once it’s established that there’s a benefit from facial reconstructive surgery, the first step is an assessment. An experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon will assess the type and level of damage to a person’s facial bones after a trauma.

It is possible for someone in this situation to require bone grafts. They could be made of a synthetic material or taken from an area on their body. It is possible to place these grafts could in a person’s jaw or any bone in their face requiring it. This procedure is also possible if a person’s facial trauma needs a screw or plate to anchor any of their fractured bones.

Replacing Missing Teeth

A person who has experienced a facial trauma could have lost some teeth. Or, teeth could also have been loosened because of an accident and need removal.

Teeth that are damaged and unable to be repaired can have dental implants put in their place. This type of facial reconstruction is done right after initial surgery. A person may have to wait until their jaw heals if it was damaged.

Facial Implants

A person may need to wait until their bones heal from surgery before knowing if facial implants will help. Once the initial facial swelling recedes, doctors will gauge the damage. At this time, a surgeon will know if a person will benefit from facial implants. If so, they will be able to determine the most useful size, shape, and location for each implant.

Reestablishing Shape

After facial surgery, it is possible for an individual’s face to appear flatter than before the injury. It’s important to realize this is normal. This effect is because of the loss of bone structure decreasing an individual’s facial volume.

If a person’s reconstructive surgery benefits from facial implants, a doctor will identify where to place those implants. A person’s cheek or chin is usually the most common.

Surgeons will shape a person’s face using hard silicone facial implants. During this procedure, small incisions are made on the inside of a person’s mouth. Facial implants are then inserted as necessary to reestablish facial shape.

When an individual experiences an injury resulting from facial trauma, reconstructive surgery can be a huge benefit. It has been able to free many people from severe emotional stress. It’s important only to have facial reconstructive surgery done by experienced professionals who appreciate how much this impacts a person’s life.

The team at Union City Oral Surgery uses high-quality technology and techniques to aid the reconstructive process and make surgery go smoothly. Dr. Nancy Herbst has over 25 years of experience and was named one of New Jersey’s top oral surgeons in 2016. We can help outline the best course of action to heal your facial trauma. Contact our office at (201) 601-9262 to learn more about how we can help you today.


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21/Nov/2018

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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21/Nov/2018

If your child has a damaged tooth that goes beyond just a cavity, a dentist may recommend getting a root canal. You may wonder why it’s necessary to get a procedure done for a baby tooth or think the problem will resolve itself. However, early damage to the teeth can result in further complications down the road and can affect the development of your child’s mouth. Learn about why children need root canals.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal procedure saves millions of teeth each year. Root canals can help relieve pain and eliminate harmful decay that has built up inside the tooth and gums. Oral surgeons can complete modern root canal treatments in just one to two visits and without any pain.

Root canals are typically needed when there is deep decay or infection in the tooth. Usually, bacteria infect the pulp inside the tooth, possibly due to an untreated cavity.  A tooth can also become infected due to an injury.

Your child may need a root canal if they show any of the following symptoms:

  • Toothaches
  • Sharp pain in the tooth or gum
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold food and beverage
  • Broken tooth with exposed nerves

Dental issues do not typically disappear on their own. In fact, the longer they are left untreated, the more damage is likely to occur. If you suspect that your son or daughter is experiencing mouth pain, set up an appointment with an oral surgeon or dentist.

Root Canal Treatment for Permanent Teeth

It is essential to protect the development and eruption of your child’s permanent teeth. Though you may think that your child’s mouth pain is from an adult tooth growing in, it could also be a sign of a more severe problem.

If your child needs a root canal in one of their adult teeth, treatment is necessary to ensure their oral hygiene in the future. If a tooth is not treated, your child can experience significant pain and end up with a much worse infection.

Root Canal Treatment for Primary Teeth

It may be easy to dismiss a root canal treatment in your child’s baby tooth because it is not permanent. However, an infection in the tooth can cause significant pain, and a root canal treatment is typically recommended unless the tooth is about to fall out.

If your child does not get a root canal to treat the tooth, they may have problems with the adult tooth moving in. If the tooth breaks or falls out due to decay, other teeth may shift into the space prematurely. This shift can cause issues when the permanent tooth underneath tries to grow in.

Does My Child Need a Root Canal?

If your child is showing signs of a toothache and pain, it’s wise to seek advice from an oral surgeon or dentist. Your child may need a root canal, but the sooner decay is detected, the easier the procedure.

It’s vital to seek the advice of a reputable oral surgeon that has experience working with children. Dr. Nancy Herbst of Union City Oral Surgery has over 25 years of experience in the dental industry. She was also named one of New Jersey’s top oral surgeons in 2016. Contact us today at (201) 601-9262 to schedule an appointment for your child.


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21/Nov/2018

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.


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21/Nov/2018

Thinking about dental procedures can often be confusing and intimidating. There are many myths and phobias regarding visits to the dentist and thinking of them can give butterflies to people of all ages. By taking the time to learn about the most common dental procedures, you can help alleviate your fears and know what to expect the next time you go in for a visit.


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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