Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?

    Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you? Does brushing or flossing make you wince occasionally? If so, you may have sensitive teeth.

Possible causes include:

  • Tooth decay (cavities)
  • Fractured teeth
  • Worn fillings
  • Gum disease
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Exposed tooth root

    In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the crowns of your teeth—the part above the gum line. Under the gum line, a layer called cementum protects the tooth root. Underneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin.

    Dentin is less dense than enamel and cementum and contains microscopic tubules (small hollow tubes or canals). When dentin loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum these tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth. Dentin may also be exposed when gums recede. The result can be hypersensitivity. In addition clenching and grinding your teeth can cause gum recession that can result in increased sensitivity. Clenching and grinding can cause tremendous forces on your teeth which causes sensitivity.

Sensitive teeth can be treated. The type of treatment will depend on what is causing the sensitivity. Your dentist may suggest one of a variety of treatments:

  • Desensitizing toothpaste. This contains compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve, and usually requires several applications before the sensitivity is reduced.
  • Fluoride gel. An in-office technique which strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the transmission of sensations.
  • A crown, inlay or bonding. These may be used to correct a flaw or decay that results in sensitivity.
  • Surgical gum graft. If gum tissue has been lost from the root, this will protect the root and reduce sensitivity.
  • Root canal. If sensitivity is severe and persistent and cannot be treated by other means,         we may recommend this treatment to eliminate the problem.
  • Occlusal Guard.  The occlusal guard or night guard, will prevent the consequences of grinding and clenching and distribute forces more evenly and prevent enamel and dentin wear.

    Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain. Call Dr. Chanin at 908-838-0004, if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or concerns about tooth sensitivity. We have a solution for you that will make you SMILE.

Dr. Chanin is awarded the distinguished honor of Fellowship in Aesthetic Dentistry.

Dr. Chanin is awarded the distinguished honor of Fellowship in Aesthetic Dentistry.

The American Society for Dental Aesthetics was established more than forty years ago by Dr. Irwin Smigel,” the Father of Aesthetic Dentistry”. This was the first aesthetic dental society of its kind. Members of this organization, are committed to excellence in the field of aesthetic dentistry through continuing education. For decades the ASDA has facilitated exchange of best practices and innovations in cosmetic and restorative dentistry through engaging learning events.

Since its inception, the ASDA has been a catalyst for increasing national awareness of dental aesthetics and advancements in the field. ASDA provides the most up to date and comprehensive teaching programs on the art and science of cosmetic dentistry. It is also the goal to educate its members on cosmetic advancements that can be integrated into the traditional aspects of dental care.

In order to become a member, cases demonstrating cosmetic excellence must be submitted and accepted by the board of the ASDA. Dr. Chanin has been attending the ASDA conference since 1984. He is a member of the organization. During this year’s meeting, in Nashville on October 25, Dr. Chanin was awarded the highest honor the organization bestows on one of its members. Dr. Chanin has been awarded a Fellowship in the American Society for Dental Aesthetics. Three members of the organization, were awarded this honor at the national meeting last month. He is one of the few members that have been awarded the title of Fellow of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics in the country.

Diamond Dental Associates is proud to acknowledge Dr. Chanin for this outstanding achievement and congratulates him on this honor. In Addition, Dr. Chanin is also a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, a Fellow of the American Academy of Dento-Facial Esthetics and a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Chanin is excited to provide excellence in cosmetic dentistry at Diamond Dental Associates and continue “to Change Lives one Smile at a Time.”

How Can Dental Fluoride Help Protect Teeth From Decay?

How Can Dental Fluoride Help Protect Teeth From Decay?

Dental fluoride combines with the minerals in your teeth to form a stronger, more acid resistant enamel. When the acids produced by plaque on your teeth start to break down the minerals in your tooth enamel, a process called demineralization begins. Demineralization starts by weakening the enamel and leads to small cavities at first but can progress into large areas of decay and eventual tooth loss. The very early stage of demineralization can be reversed by re-mineralizing the enamel. This can occur by introducing dental fluoride into the enamel.

There are two ways that fluoride works to protect tooth enamel – systemically and topically.

Systemically, fluoride works when teeth are developing in babies and children – replacing some of the crystals in developing enamel with more decay resistant crystals containing fluoride. Systemic fluoride is ingested in fluoridated water, foods or supplements prescribed by a dentist or pediatrician. These systemic sources of fluoride help to assure that a child’s teeth come in strong and decay resistant.

Topical fluoride is contained in fluoride toothpaste and fluoride mouthwash and work from the outside of the tooth when you brush and rinse. Topical fluoride treatments can also be administered at your dental office, less frequently and in higher concentrations. When you use topical fluoride daily at home, in low concentrations, you can re-mineralize weakened enamel and strengthen the structure of your enamel. It’s important to brush thoroughly twice a day and rinse daily with fluoride containing products that have been clinically proven to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride toothpastes and mouthwashes should be used throughout your life. Talk to your child’s dentist about how to help them brush with very small amounts of fluoride toothpaste until they are old enough to spit rather than ingest the toothpaste.

Other Ways That Dental Fluoride Can Help Prevent Cavities

Saliva contains a very low level of fluoride as a result of drinking fluoridated water and using products with fluoride and can therefore help with remineralization as it bathes the teeth – in addition to acting as a natural method for cleansing the teeth.

Besides re-mineralizing teeth systemically and topically, fluoride also helps prevent cavities by affecting the bacteria in plaque, making it less able to produce the acids that cause decay.

We now know that fluoride is effective for adults also. Fluoride varnish helps re-mineralize the enamel and especially when you have enamel erosion from acid relux, recession, decalcification and defective enamel. Fluoride varnish applied at your examination and cleaning appointment is greatly effective in preventing decay.

If you have any questions please contact Dr Scott Chanin at Diamond Dental Associates. 908-838-0004. We will help your beautiful smile stay beautiful.

Creating a New Smile with a Smile Makeover or Smile Upgrade

Creating a New Smile with a Smile Makeover or Smile Upgrade

Transforming less-than-perfect teeth into a stunning, superstar smile is a source of immense gratification for the cosmetic dentist and the patient. Cosmetic and restorative dentistry restores and improves the health and integrity of the patient’s teeth and, just as importantly, can improve the patient’s self-image. Today, to be truly cosmetic, dentists must be clinicians, artists, and communicators. To achieve success in all of these areas, the dentist must pay close attention to every detail, from initial patient consultation through treatment planning, treatment, and follow-up care. Consider a smile makeover to change the entire appearance of your smile. A smile upgrade is a way to change some aspects of the smile to improve the appearance.

In the past, failures of cosmetic cases were frequently due to inadequately meeting the patient’s expectations. By utilizing new technology such as smile selection guides, cosmetic imaging, and temporization techniques — thus creating a “trial smile” or prototype smile, can reduce this problem and greatly increase patient satisfaction.

In both the esthetic and restorative aspects of dentistry. The dentist is responsible for the patient’s functional and appearance-related needs. However, successful treatment planning first involves listening to the patient’s desires and concerns as you evaluate his or her needs, be it color, shape, or tooth position. To move toward building a successful case, you must identify the patient’s expectations during your diagnosis and treatment planning.

A pleasing, attractive smile can be attributed to the harmony of color, contour, size, bite, incisal edges, and teeth midline with the patient’s facial features. Often, this harmony can be achieved by treating just the four incisors, the key players in the smile zone. By enhancing their length, width, shape, and alignment, many times you can create a dazzling smile from imperfect teeth. The key to treatment success is creating the smile that the patient wants. I have found that showing patients photographs of other patients smiles and the before and after result, tremendously helps patients understand and visualize what can be accomplished with cosmetic dentistry. This generates enthusiasm and excitement in obtaining a new smile, which increases case acceptance, and facilitates the communication necessary to build a successful case right from the start.

We would love to talk to you about a smile makeover or smile upgrade. Call Dr. Chanin at 908-838-0004 to discuss you concerns and hear how he can give you the superstar smile that you have always wanted.


Don’t Let Dry Mouth Ruin Your Beautiful Smile

Don’t Let Dry Mouth Ruin Your Beautiful Smile

We Can Help You Keep Your Mouth Healthy

People are living longer and healthier lives. We see this in their dental health. Long gone are the assumptions that people will lose teeth as they age. That simply doesn’t have to be true. What is true is that your overall health, including your teeth, need to be a focus. Eating healthy, exercising, and taking care of your body is important to help ward off the illnesses and conditions that are associated with (but not limited to) aging. Poor dental health may also be associated with serious medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pneumonia and other health problems common in older adults. While certain medications and health problems may affect your dental health by causing dry mouth, which may result in extensive decay.

Dry mouth is more common than you think. 3 out of 5 adult patients that we see in our office, suffer from dry mouth. Common causes of dry mouth are alcohol consumption, amphetamine use, chemotherapy, radiation to head and neck, HIV/AIDS, prescription medications, Mouth breathing, Pain medications, tobacco use and many more.

More than 500 medications cause dry mouth, from antibiotics, antidepressants, decongestants, diuretics, muscle relaxants, antipsychotic drugs, and blood pressure drugs.

We can help you treat dry mouth. There is a new treatment for dry mouth that is called SalivaMAX. It is a supersaturated calcium phosphate powder that when dissoved in water, creates a solution with a high concentration of electrolytes (ions) similar to that of natural saliva. SalivaMAX is an artificial saliva that is used to relieve acute and chronic forms of Dry mouth. It is clinically proven to reduce dry mouth due to medications, salivary disfunction, Sjogrens syndrome. SalivaMAX is intended to moisten, lubricate and clean the oral cavity including the tongue, mouth and throat.

If you have dry mouth, this is a great solution for you. Call our office and we can evaluate if SalivaMAX is indicated for your condition. SalivaMAX is a prescription medication that can help restore your oral health and prevent decay and further destruction of your beautiful smile. It is easy to use and is the first of a new generation of dry mouth solution. Call Dr. Chanin today to determine if SalivaMAX is right for you.