Dr. Richard Bernstein and his staff in Cherry Hill, NJ have been practicing general dentistry for many years and they can help you get and maintain a healthy smile. In order for that to happen, it is important that you schedule regular appointments for checkups and cleanings. Dr. Bernstein can identify dental problems in their early stages, before they have a chance to take hold and damage your oral health. With regular checkups and cleanings, the chances are very good that you can avoid expensive treatments later on.
Once your overall dental health is assured, we can discuss cosmetic treatments. If you are not happy with your smile, there are solutions, but they are only practical if you enjoy good dental health. So, keeping that in mind, we offer the following general, preventative and corrective treatments.
Regular dental examinations are the means by which your dentist identifies potential and existing problems and is your best defense against tooth decay. Using modern technology, Dr. Bernstein can identify decay before it is visible to the naked eye. He can also find cracks, chips and dental work that has reached the end of its usefulness. All of these issues, caught soon enough, can be corrected easily.
Even if you brush and floss regularly, you can still be vulnerable to tooth decay. Often, lifestyle choices and even genetics can play a role in your dental health. Once decay begins, it can spread very quickly to adjacent teeth, so we really cannot overestimate the importance of catching decay as quickly as possible.
During the course of your regular checkup, Dr. Bernstein will also look at your gums to determine whether you have early signs of gum disease or oral cancer. Keep in mind that you should never fear a cancer screening – finding oral cancer isn’t good, but not finding it is much worse. If discovered early on, oral cancer is another treatable condition.
When you visit Dr. Bernstein, you may require dental x-rays. Today’s x-rays are very different from those of the past, where you had to have a huge camera crammed into your mouth, wait an eternity to have the films developed and then, if they failed to show the image effectively, go through the whole process again. Dr. Bernstein uses the digital Schick system by Sirona. The camera is tiny and minimally invasive. You will even be able to see your x-ray on the overhead television.
With digital x-rays, Dr. Bernstein is able to get a full picture not just of your teeth, but of the underlying structures. Guesswork is eliminated, so he can recommend a course of treatment and you can be assured that nothing will be left to chance when it comes to your restorations. Digital x-rays are far more effective and also less expensive than the x-rays of the past.
Other than a warm piece of chocolate cake, we can think of nothing that makes a person feel better than a professional dental cleaning. Your mouth feels so fresh and looks great as well. Of course, dental cleanings offer much more than just a better appearance and a fresh feeling – they also help to prevent gum disease. No matter how often and how effectively you brush and floss at home, it simply is not possible for you to get rid of the plaque and tartar that will inevitably build up under the gum line.
If you have been putting off having a professional cleaning because you can’t stand the idea of someone digging under your gums with a sharp metal tool, you can stop worrying. Today, cleaning is done by means of an ultrasonic machine that delivers super-fast pulsations to remove plaque and tartar. If the deposits are very stubborn, a manual scaler may still be used, but not much. In order to safeguard your oral health, you should make sure to have a professional cleaning every six months.
Periodontics (Scaling and Root Planing)
If gum disease has been identified and has taken hold, you may need a deep cleaning. This is done using scaling and root planing. These procedures eliminate plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth and also get deep into the gum line where they can settle into pockets. The procedures are done using both ultrasonic instruments and manual tools. Brushing and flossing will simply not reach those pockets and will not eliminate the bacteria that can rapidly build up and multiply. Once gum disease takes hold, it can harm your teeth and also damage any restorations you have had done.
Usually, root planing and scaling are done over the course of two appointments and Dr. Bernstein may also want to see you for a follow-up appointment to make sure your gums are getting healthier. Following your treatment, you will of course have to brush and floss regularly and also have professional cleanings every six months.
Composite (Tooth Colored) Fillings
Dr. Richard Bernstein hasn’t placed an amalgam filling in a patient’s mouth in a long time. These fillings are made of a combination of metals, usually including silver and mercury. These are no longer options in modern dentistry. Not only can they pose a health hazard due to the mercury content, they are far more prone to cracking and loosening than modern, composite fillings.
Composite fillings are made from materials that look exactly like your natural teeth. They bond more effectively, need little in the way of preparation (with small cavities you may not even need a local anesthetic) and they are considerably more durable than amalgam fillings. If you are of a certain age, perhaps you still have metal fillings. If you do, Dr. Bernstein can remove them and replace them with tooth colored composite fillings. They look much better and you will not have to worry about potential health consequences due to mercury.
Root canals, contrary to popular belief, are not painful. They are done under local anesthetic and free you from the pain caused from tooth infections. Dr. Richard Bernstein uses rotary endodontics for root canals. The special electrical instruments work faster and more effectively than the old manual tools so you can have your treatment done in a single visit. You will go home with your tooth fully restored.
If you need a dentist, contact Dr. Richard Bernstein at 856-616-9191. His office is located at 1401 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ. He accepts new patients and can help you with all of your general and preventative dentistry needs.
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