As you know by now, because your overall health and safety is our utmost priority, we are closely following every safety and infection control procedure recommended by the ADA and CDC. However, going way beyond these recommendations, in July we installed 2 Jade Surgically Clean Air Filtration Systems. Our office size would require only one Jade unit to kill viruses and bacteria 6 times an hour, but we are so committed to you that we have installed 2 units, one in front of each dental chair. You can be assured that our air is always the safest because we leave the systems on 24/7.

The Jade is patented and industry-leading and is the only air purification system that incorporates 6 different technologies which include, Hydroxl, UV and electronic cell catalytics, and Hepa-RX. The Jade is measured and peer-reviewed to eliminate viruses less than 0.1 microns (the corona virus is measured at .125 microns) and is tested globally with over 70,000 units installed worldwide.

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Did You Know That Your New Crown Could Give You Gum Disease for Life?

Submitted by Michael R. Cortese, D.M.D. on Tue 07/11/2017 - 09:00

If you have been told you need a dental crown, Princeton, NJ prosthodontist Dr. Michael Cortese believes you should understand all of the benefits and potential risks. Having the right information about this popular dental restoration can help you make an educated decision about your care.

Something you should consider before having a dental crown placed is that the restoration designed to save your tooth could potentially give you gum disease.

How Does a Crown Lead to Gum Disease?

An open margin is a space or a gap between the natural tooth and the dental restoration. If there are open margins around a crown, bacteria can get into the space and cause decay around and under the restoration. Bacteria can also irritate and infect the gum tissue, leading to gum disease.

In its early stages, gum disease causes swollen, bleeding gums and tooth pain. As it progresses, it can cause the gums to recede. Empty spaces may form beneath the teeth and the edges of the dental crowns may start to show.

In its most advanced form, gum disease destroys the structures and bone supporting the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can cause the natural teeth to loosen and fall out or need extraction.

Gum disease is also a threat to overall health. Studies show a link between gum disease and dementia/Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, pregnancy complications, bone problems and respiratory infections. Avoiding gum disease is good for oral health and overall health.

Reduce Your Risk of Developing Gum Disease from Crowns

There are steps that you can take to reduce your risk of gum disease:

Keep yourself safe by selecting the right dental specialist. After dental school, prosthodontists complete three more years of university and hospital post-doctoral training to specialize in all oral restorations, especially crowns, bridges, dentures and implants. Prosthodontists are very aware of open margins around dental restorations, and pay close attention to detail as they work. They meticulously seal restorations around the tooth structure to avoid open margins. Prosthodontists can also identify and fix open margins on crowns you may already have to prevent future problems.

Practice great oral hygiene. Excellent brushing and flossing technique is critical to removing food particles, bacteria and plaque from the nooks and crannies between the teeth (or crowns) and the gum line, where they like to hide. Your prosthodontist may also recommend a special mouthwash or a tool like a water flosser for extra protection against plaque and gum disease.

Contact Dr. Michael Cortese

For more information about preventing or treating gum disease, Princeton prosthodontist Michael Cortese welcomes you to contact our practice today.

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Dr. Michael Cortese is a leading and highly sought-after Maxillofacial Prosthodontist. He one of only 350 accredited Maxillofacial Prosthodontists worldwide. Having completed his education at the University of Notre Dame and Farleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry, he received his Certificate in Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Dental Oncology from the University of Texas Health Science Center M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute. He has over three and a half decades of experience and constantly focuses on ensuring that patients have a healthy and beautiful smile. Dr. Cortese takes pride in providing his patients with customized treatments using modern equipment and techniques. He sincerely believes in thoroughly understanding your concerns and requirements to ensure your comfort and satisfaction throughout the course of any treatment or procedure.