Advance Dental Care Advance Dental Care

Mac Arthur-Ridge Plaza, 330 Ridge Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430(201) 818-4500

 

 


EVERYONE DESERVES A PERFECT SMILE!

Orthodontics is not just for kids anymore. If tooth color braces are not for you?…
We're very excited to introduce you to an alternative to braces: Invisalign®. It is a revolutionary orthodontic technique that has improved the smiles of thousands of patients; it uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth. The aligners are comfortable, and made with medical-grade plastic, they're virtually invisible. During treatment, Invisalign® offers the advantage of maintaining the aesthetics of your natural teeth, greater comfort, and less time spent having routine adjustments completed. Because the aligners are removable, daily brushing and flossing are not affected in any way, and you can eat anything you fancy!

In our society, an appealing smile is held in high regard. But in addition to a beautiful smile there are added oral health benefits to straightening your teeth. Well aligned teeth and jaws are easier to brush and floss, lowering the incidence of cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss, creating an environment for continual oral health care excellence.
We welcome you to arrange a complimentary consultation to discover how Invisalign® can keep you smiling while creating the perfect smile you know you deserve!

Click here to visit our Invisalign webpage for more information about your treatment options

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Cosmetic Dentistry:
Many of us think of cosmetic dentistry as a luxury reserved for big screen stars and runway models. The fact is, we've come a long way since celebrities put on their smiles with cumbersome plastic slip-on teeth known as "Hollywood Splints." Today's modern cosmetic dental techniques are fast, simple, affordable and, best of all, pain-free. There's no reason to put that radiant smile on hold.

The techniques used to disguise flaws like defects, severe stains, chips and fractures can be done in the dental office as part of a single regular appointment. The method is called bonding or veneering. We can build up a tooth that's too small and fill in spaces between teeth that are too far apart. We can even make fillings that are hard to detect because they are tooth-colored. You can choose to fix just one tooth or spruce up your whole smile - it's up to you.

We use three types of material: porcelain, acrylic (plastic), and composite. All of them are bonded to the tooth with a cement-like adhesive. Depending on how well you take care of your mouth, your new smile can last from five to ten years. That's a little less durable than traditional crowns and fillings, but the extra smile power is worth the trade-off. And there's one other really nice advantage - if a piece breaks off, the tooth can very easily be touched up.

Bonding materials are the closest thing we have to Mother Nature. They can be toned and sculpted to a shade and shape that closely matches your real teeth. The look and feel is so natural the only difference you'll be able to detect is that extra sparkle in your smile.

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VENEERS:
 

Porcelain veneers are ultra-modern porcelain shells that are bonded directly to your own teeth, to enhance your smile. They can be thinner than a contact lens, yet so strong. Cosmetic porcelain veneers can transform a crooked (crowded) and uneven smile into a glamorous one - that's completely natural looking! Veneers can also:

  • Lengthen teeth that are too short
  • Shorten teeth that are too long
  • Re-proportion your smile
  • Strengthen large restorations in front teeth
  • Close spaces between some teeth
  • Correct color of badly stained teeth
  • Restore chipped and cracked teeth
    and much more…

Sometimes, the ideal treatment is not as simple as bonding, Porcelain veneers may be a better choice. They are one solid piece instead of applied in layers - no chipping for large surfaces. They are stronger and longer lasting - less likely to discolor and completely natural looking.

Unnatural looking materials really are a thing of the past. Porcelain veneers allow light to shine through - just like natural tooth enamel. Discuss your cosmetic dentistry options with our Mahwah dentists. Top of the page

 

 

COMPOSITE (INVISIBLE) FILLINGS:
Only a few short years ago, silver amalgam fillings were the order of the day. Most of us still sport one or two of these durable but unsightly restorations. White composite fillings offer many benefits other than the absence of mercury: they are natural looking, and never discolor neighboring teeth. Recent years has improved the quality of the fillings so that they are durable, safe, valid and trustworthy option.

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IMPLANTS:

 


Teeth that are lost to gum disease, cavities, or trauma from an accident can be permanently replaced by dental implants. Interestingly, implants are considered by many dentists to be a more conservative intervention than traditional bridges or fixed partial dentures. It has two parts, a titanium root and a custom made crown which is attached to it - there is no need to harm adjacent teeth. Bone loss will always follow the loss of a tooth. And if bone is lost even from only one tooth, the surrounding teeth will shift. This can affect your appearance, speech, ability to enjoy food, and your self-esteem. Like any other cosmetic restoration, we'll take into account your health, where the implant is needed, the best implant design, and it suitability for your lifestyle.

How Can Implants Help?

  • Implants really do look and feel just like real teeth.
  • Implants help to keep gums looking healthy and young.
  • Placing dental implants soon after tooth loss can save bone, teeth, and the look of your smile.
  • For people with good overall health and healthy gums and bone, implants can be an attractive alternative to a denture or bridge.

Call us for a complimentary consultation with our Periodontist (gum specialist) right here in our office. For your convenience and comfort, we do your entire treatment from start to finish. You work directly with our team so that everyone knows exactly what stage you are in with your treatment. Our periodontist places the implant root while our Mahwah general dentist places the crown. With implants, your friends won't know how you're looking so good - but you'll feel so great, you might just want to tell them! Top of the page

Controlling Bad Breath:

People with high blood pressure often don't know about it. The same can be said of periodontal (gum) disease, a near-painless condition that has been linked to heart and stroke disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, cancer, pregnancy, and other health issues.


Bacteria and debris in the gum area will cause a buildup of plaque and tartar that can lead to inflammation and chronic infection if not removed by proper and regular cleaning and flossing. If allowed to spread and grow below the gumline, this buildup will create pockets of bacteria that can destroy your gums and the bones that support your teeth.

Bad breath or halitosis is something that most of us have experienced. For many people chronic bad breath is a problem that can be psychologically damaging, and even affect a personal relationship or job. This can happen despite a regular regimen of home oral care.

In our mouths, the decay of food debris and naturally occurring bacteria produces odor-causing molecules known as volatile sulphur compounds (VSCs). These have been shown to facilitate periodontal (gum) disease, which has in turn been linked to systemic diseases like heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Other causes of chronic bad breath include tobacco use, dry mouth, or certain medical disorders or infections.

Treating gum disease and BreathRx™.are excellent ways for controlling bad breath. BreathRx produces special brushes, tongue scrapers, toothpaste, antibacterial tongue gel, spray, and even mouthrinses that are specially formulated to combat bad breath. Each unique BreathRx product contains Zytex™, an exclusive ingredient containing zinc, eucalyptus oil, and thymol which neutralizes volatile sulfur compounds. The active ingredient, cetylpyridinium chloride, kills bacteria on contact. BreathRx mouthrinse is the only antibacterial mouth rinse that's 100% alcohol-free! The best prevention against periodontal disease is check up and cleanings and thorough daily brushing and flossing. We screen for periodontal disease every time you visit the office. You can stop infection before this silent disease has a chance to sneak up on your smile.
Reserve a complimentary consultation to find out more about treating gum disease. We will be happy to provide you with any extra information that you may require.

Click here to visit our periodontal webpage for more information

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  Arresting Gum Disease:


Gum disease, or periodontitis, is the most serious oral health problem our country faces. Over fifty million North Americans suffer from it.

Conventional treatment includes a combination of treatment here in our office, and a strict regimen of home oral care. We get rid of the bacteria-producing plaque on your teeth and gums with cleaning. You then follow up with brushing and flossing morning and night, and eating nutritiously.

Now there is a product called Arestin™, a tetracycline-derived antibiotic applied in powder form. Arestin is placed at the site of the infection to reduce the disease-causing bacteria over a period of about two weeks - painlessly. Clinical tests have shown a remarkable reduction in the pockets caused by tissue decay.

The antibiotic is usually used during or after deep cleaning treatment, but can also be applied at your routine cleaning appointment if needed. Its best use is in arresting or reversing moderate periodontal disease, before the problem gets to a critical stage. We can re-apply the antibiotic if necessary. Often the use of Arestin means we may be able to avoid more serious procedures such as periodontal surgery.

Periodontal disease is chronic and must be maintained with regular dental cleanings and good home care. Please come and see us about this new treatment if you have, or suspect you might have, periodontal disease. We have in-office and take home fluoride to reduce teeth sensitivity. With Pro-Select cleaning tool, we can burnish your teeth with anti-sensitivity medication in seconds.
For more information about gum disease, click here to visit our Periodontics Webpage.

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INTRAORAL PICTURES:

A tiny digital camera now makes it possible for you to see exactly what we see during your exam. A hand-held camera the size of a pen takes pictures of your teeth, problems such as a cavity or a fractured filling up close.


The color pictures are instantly displayed on a chair side TV monitor so you can see what's going on with your teeth and gums - magnified twenty or thirty times. You can even look at those hard-to-reach spots on the gum line where you may not be brushing or flossing enough. This high tech tool aids the Mahwah dentist in performing a comprehensive exam by not missing problems in hard to see areas.
It also helps patients to better communicate their concerns, questions and problems with their dentist. All of our five treatment rooms are equipped with the technology to take digital pictures and x-rays. No more waiting for x-rays to develop before an exam, coming back for another visit just to review x-rays by your doctor, or loss and damage to your records! We are all digital, with 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays. Performing ideal dentistry, your comfort, and safety are our highest priority.
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SEALANTS:
Protect your teeth and Prevent decay with sealants, which are approved dental materials that form a safe plastic-like coating on the grooves of the back teeth. These grooves on the chewing surfaces are too small to brush effectively and keep clean. They are the perfect hiding places for food particles, bacteria and plaque, which are the primary cause of tooth decay (cavities). After your cleaning, it only takes moments to apply the sealant material to protect your teeth. Remember sealants are not only for children, all of us can benefit from preventing cavities.

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CROWNS & BRIDGES:

A crown restoration covers or caps a single tooth to protect it from fracture and restore it to its normal shape and size while strengthening and improving the appearance of the tooth. Teeth that have had root canal therapy (RCT) or that have big cavities are weak and if they were to be filled there would not be enough tooth structure to protect it.


Therefore, after removing the infection (cavity) from the tooth and filling it, the tooth needs to be protected by a crown (commonly known as a cap).
At Advance Dental Care, we pride ourselves in using the best laboratories available in the nation. We also are able to match the porcelain crown's shade and form to your adjacent teeth to keep your smile natural. We also offer whitening treatments, so you could brighten all your teeth prior to getting your crown.

A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge spans the gap left by the missing tooth and is usually anchored to the two existing teeth on either side of the gap. Immediate replacement of missing teeth can be achieved by a bridge for patients, who have time concerns or who are not candidates for implant surgery.
Some of us will, unfortunately, lose a tooth to injury, decay, or gum disease. When that happens, the chewing forces in your mouth can be significantly altered, causing unwanted spaces and shifting. This makes crown, bridge, and implant treatment imperative to avoid changing the structure of your smile and facial balance. Top of the page

 

CROWN LENGTHENING:

When the crown of the tooth is short, we can expose more of the tooth to provide a secure anchor for either a crown or a crown and bridge together. This is called crown lengthening, a procedure that makes crown and bridge options possible for patients who would not otherwise be "ideal candidates."

Gums can affect our appearance in other ways. Some individuals may have a perfectly healthy mouth and attractively shaped teeth, but excessive gingival (gum) tissue can distort symmetry, making teeth look smaller, shorter, or squarer than they really are. Crown lengthening restores esthetic balance.Crown lengthening can improve both appearance and function … and reveal your best smile!

Click here to visit our Periodontics page

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Jaw Pain/TMD/Night Guard:

Constant teeth grinding and clenching during your sleep, as well as nail biting or pencil chewing, can contribute to Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD). This affects the jaw joints and groups of muscles that let us chew, swallow, speak, and yawn.

The symptoms of TMD include:

    • Tender or sore jaw muscles
    • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
    • Unexplained headaches or neck pain
    • A clicking or grinding noise when you chew or yawn
     

A complete examination can help us to find whether there is a dental cause for your TMD. We'll check for signs of worn, loose, or missing teeth, nighttime grinding, and even old fillings or restorations that don't fit properly. Quite often the solution is as simple as wearing a custom made soft night guard while you sleep to minimize any damage caused by grinding or clenching at night. It's as simple as taking a 1 minute mold.Top of the page

 

Cracked Teeth:

How Would I Know?

  • Teeth hurt upon biting, and pain disappears right away
  • Cold or hot drinks cause sharp and immediate pain

How Does It Happen?

  • Years of biting down on hard objects
  • Teeth clenching and grinding
  • Accident that affects the mouth
  • Stress on heavily filled teeth

How Are Cracked Teeth Treated?

  • Craze lines, the tiny cracks that affect only the outer tooth surface, cause no discomfort and require no treatment, but they can be hidden with cosmetic veneers. In addition, you can prevent them from happening further, if you wear a custom made night guard.
  • Deeply cracked teeth may require crowns to reinforce the tooth's structure, or root canal treatment if dental pulp is affected.

At the time of your comprehensive exam, Dr. Maz will evaluate your teeth, and help you plan the appropriate treatment for you. Top of the page

 

ORAL CANCER:

Most people will have tiny white or red spots in their mouth at one time or another.

Routing brushing of these common spots can prevent oral cancer years before it can even start.

Dentists are in a unique front-line position to diagnose oral cancer. Because early detection and prevention are the keys to fighting this lethal disease, we provide free, painless, oral cancer checkups during each of your regular examinations.

Call us immediately if you have any oral cancer symptoms which include a sore in the mouth that does not heal, a lump or thickening in the cheek, a painless white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth. Any persistent difficulty with chewing, swallowing, or numbness, especially if accompanied by weight loss, should be reported to your physician.

If you're a smoker and want to quit smoking, hang in there! And if someone you love wants to quit smoking … tell them to keep trying! The cessation of smoking combined with regular oral cancer screening will help beat the odds!Top of the page

VIZILITE:

ViziLite is a simple, painless, and non-invasive device that helps the Mahwah dentist and hygienist detect what they can't see with unaided eyes. With ViziLite, we can evaluate and monitor suspicious areas at their earliest stages before there is any progression toward life-threatening conditions.

Almost 70% of all oral cancer victims are diagnosed in the later stages, the five-year survival rate is only 50%. But the survival rate skyrockets to 90% for oral cancers discovered in its early stages. This is why we're very proud to introduce a state-of-the-art screening technology called ViziLite™ to our practice. An annual ViziLite examination, following our standard oral cancer examination, will provide our patients with the most comprehensive oral cancer screening possible.

Put simply, ViziLite is to oral cancer screening what mammograms, PAP smears, and the PSA test are to breast cancer, cervical cancer, and prostate cancer respectively. With this new test we're confident that we can provide our patients with the most thorough screening available.

And did you know that more than 25% of oral cancer victims have no lifestyle risk factors like tobacco, alcohol use, diabetes, or HIV? This is why we prefer to perform ViziLite exams annually ... on all our patients age 18 and older. You can schedule your yearly exam at any time by contacting our practice. Top of the page

 

ROOT CANALS:

Root canal is one of those dental terms that are often talked about, but less often understood. Many people think it's a painful and mysterious dental secret. The truth is that modern root canal treatment can be performed with little or no discomfort and can be credited with saving more teeth than almost any other treatment in our office.

The part of your tooth under the gumline is called the root. Inside each root there is a channel called the root canal that contains the nerves and blood vessels that bring nutrients to your teeth.

Sometimes gum disease, a fractured tooth or decay under very old fillings can cause these nerves and vessels to become painfully infected and die. If the bacteria from decay underneath old fillings, has already reached the nerve, even if we change the filling, the tooth may need root canal treatment in future. Therefore, it is extra important that you treat your cavities as soon as possible, to eliminate the possibility of needing a root canal. With the new advancement in dentistry and newest technology, we use root therapy to treat the infected canal and save the tooth, in only one visit for non-abscessed tooth. Years ago this condition often meant extracting the tooth.

We usually administer a local anesthetic to prevent any discomfort. Then we make a small opening in the tooth to clean and medicate the inflamed root canal. When the infection is gone, the canal space is filled. Your tooth will probably need a crown or filling to strengthen it. Successfully treated teeth last just as long and look just as good as normal teeth. Root canal treatment is a real smile maker! Top of the page

 

 

WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTIONS:

Sometimes wisdom teeth do not erupt correctly, and they become infected. The infection may affect adjacent teeth as well.

Our periodontist sees patients for complimentary consultations to evaluate the PAN x-ray and comment on the need to save or take out your wisdom teeth. It usually takes moments to do, and laughing gas could help you relax through the process.

We reserve extra time for you to be completely numb prior to starting any treatment, so you are never rushed in and out of Advance Dental Care. Dr. Maz is always available to answer any of your questions or concerns by phone or in office.

Click here to visit our Periodontics page

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PAN-CEPH MACHINE:

Our new digital machine takes a full digital "panoramic/cephlometric" x-ray of the mouth, with 300% more coverage than conventional x-rays, with greater comfort to you and less radiation. This x-ray machine is expanding our capabilities by adding yet another digital low radiation diagnostic tool for our team's use. No film is used in the mouth and the x-ray only takes seconds to do.

Our new digital machine:

  • Gives pictures of teeth, jaws and sinus projections
  • Shows temperomandibular joints
  • Provides early diagnosis of oral cancer (most oral cancers are treated successfully if diagnosed early)
  • Uses 90% less radiation than regular x-rays
  • Discovers cysts at an early age
  • Assists in diagnosing impactions


Also, a panoramic film of children will give a very clear picture of development, position and eruption of teeth and jaws.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. On your next visit, we suggest a panoramic x-ray for all of the above reasons, and to include as a part of your permanent dental record with us.

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ZOOM! Teeth Whitening:

Click here or go to Whitening For Life page for more information about this revolutionary 1 hour in-office laser teeth whitening system. Top of the page

SEDATION DENTISTRY:

You Don't Have to Be Afraid Anymore!

Dental treatment does not have to cause you anxiety any longer. Both Dr. Maz and Dr. G are State Certified to prescribe medication (pills) for your relaxation to take during your dental treatment in our office.
For more detailed information, please see our Sedation Dentistry section on this site and call us to schedule a complimentary consultation to answer any questions you may have.

Click here to visit our Sedation Dentistry page

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DENTAL CONTINUING EDUCATION:
We believe that continuing education is an essential ingredient in providing our patients with the very best quality of dental care. For one thing, at no time in our history has the science of dentistry been changing at such an unbelievable pace with new technologies and techniques being discovered almost daily. Our doctors go above and beyond to take as many continuing education classes possible to assure you the best and most innovative care.

Continuing professional education directly benefits our team of dental professionals. But it also provides even greater benefits to all our patients and their families. We're going to make certain that all our team is as up to date as possible in this exciting and rapidly changing world of dentistry - so you can be sure of receiving the best possible oral and dental care. Please see our doctor's credentials under the Meet our Team section of this website. Top of the page