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
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!
here to visit our Invisalign webpage for more information
about your treatment options
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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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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
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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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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
- 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
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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.
It has been estimated
that three quarters of adults over age 35 have some degree
of gum disease. Called gingivitis in its early stages, the
warning signs are swollen and tender gums, bad breath, gums
that may bleed when you floss, and gums that are red, not
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.
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
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 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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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.
Check out exactly what the camera looks like by clicking
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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
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
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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
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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
- Unexplained headaches or neck
- 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
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How Would I Know?
- Teeth hurt upon biting, and pain disappears
- Cold or hot drinks cause sharp and immediate
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
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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
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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
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
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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
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
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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.
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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
Our new digital machine:
- Gives pictures of teeth, jaws and sinus
- Shows temperomandibular joints
- Provides early diagnosis of oral cancer
(most oral cancers are treated successfully if diagnosed
- Uses 90% less radiation than regular
- 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
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:
or go to Whitening For Life page for more information about
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You Don't Have to Be
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
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