Before your smile makeover begins, it is important for us to assess your particular situation to ensure the function and health, as well as the beauty, of your smile.
For that reason, each of our patients receives a comprehensive treatment-planning exam, which includes a dental exam, diagnostic x-rays and photos, oral cancer screening, periodontal health evaluation, treatment consultation, and blood pressure screening. We will also take the time to educate you about the best treatment choices for you, listen to your concerns, and answer your questions.
Please browse through our treatment choices to see what we can do for you. From creating a more luminous smile with whitening procedures to replacing lost teeth with implants, our knowledge, training and caring make our office the place to come for your smile makeover.
5 year Guarantee
We also provide a guarantee on all of our restorations (fillings, crowns) for a period of five years, providing you maintain your preventive care visits in our office at least every six months.
Your well being always comes first. If you are experiencing an emergency, please do not hesitate to call our office at 908-852-8858 and speak with a member of our team. Of course, emergencies do not always happen during office hours. We have excellent coverage for dental emergencies after hours and on weekends. Please call our office, and follow the directions on our answering machine.
The most important thing you can do to keep your smile healthy is preventive care. Our goal is to keep you from needing extensive treatment, and to preserve the function and health of your whole mouth, as well as your smile. At our office, we know that each patient’s situation is unique; therefore, we customize a plan that is designed to meet your individual needs. Of course, educating our patients is always a part of that plan. We want you to know exactly how to care for your smile for years to come.
A strong regimen of cleaning is your first line of defense. Regular brushing and flossing is imperative, but it may not be enough. Plaque, the sticky, bacteria-filled film that constantly forms on the teeth and below the gum line, can harden and become tartar. Plaque and tartar cause periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to a host of problems, including tooth loss. Periodontal disease has also recently been linked to heart disease and stroke. To prevent periodontal disease, regular, professional cleanings are essential. At our office, we can remove the plaque and tartar above and below the gum line. With regular maintenance, you will be on your way to a cleaner, healthier smile!
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Periodontal (gum) diseases are infections of the gums and bone that support the teeth. The mildest form of periodontal disease is gingivitis, and it is fairly common. With gingivitis, there are rarely any warning signs. However, gingivitis can progress into more severe periodontal disease, and puts the life of your teeth in peril.
When plaque is left on the teeth, bacteria begin to destroy the attachment fibers of the gums, as well as the underlying bone. There is rarely any pain, except in very severe cases, but warning signs may include red, swollen, and bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, teeth pulling away from the gums, and loose or shifting teeth. Without intervention, teeth will eventually be lost. Smoking, stress, poor nutrition, and health problems can also contribute to periodontal disease.
While there is no cure for periodontal disease, it can be treated. We take a conservative, non-surgical approach to treating many forms of periodontal disease. In conjunction with regular, professional cleanings, our soft-tissue management program can help control your periodontal disease before it leads to tooth loss and other serious health problems, such as heart disease and stroke. Our customized program will be designed to treat your specific problems and address your needs. As always, our first goal is to ensure your oral health and prevent new problems from arising. The sooner you take control of your periodontal disease, the better our chances are to maximize the beauty and health of your smile.
Root Canal Treatment
While there have been many innovative advances in tooth replacement technology in recent years, such as the advent of dental implants, saving your natural teeth is always first priority. When the nerve of a tooth suffers a severe infection or abscess, root canal treatment is the only way to save the tooth.
When a tooth is very painful, has severe swelling in the gum around it, or has suffered a major injury, the nerve inside the tooth may be infected and root canal treatment may be necessary. At this point, the nerve of the tooth is degenerating, making it very difficult to fight off the bacteria within the tooth. A root canal consists of removing the infection from the tooth, thoroughly cleaning and treating the infected area. Once the area is bacteria-free, a filling material is placed in the void where the infected nerve had been in order to minimize the possibility of any bacteria growing within the tooth. The tooth is then sealed to keep out any bacteria or debris that may re-infect the tooth.
Root canals have a reputation of being painful, but advances in patient comfort make the procedure far more comfortable than in the past. In our office, your comfort is of the utmost importance to us, and we take every measure to ensure that your treatment is as pleasant an experience as possible.
Natural Colored Fillings
We understand that patients may be reluctant to have cavities filled when they believe it will result in a visible, silver spot in their smile. But this reluctance will only cause more problems by allowing decay to spread, and can compromise your oral health. That’s why we offer natural-looking, tooth colored fillings that can be used, in most cases, instead of unsightly silver.
Natural colored fillings are made from microscopic bits of ceramic in a composite resin, and are bonded to the tooth using advanced bonding techniques. Because the filling is bonded, it can be molded and shaped to fit the natural contours of the tooth. Bonding also means that the filling creates a seal, which prevents the leakage that sometimes occurs with silver fillings.
Colored fillings come in a wide range of shades to closely match the natural color of your smile. With natural colored fillings, you can smile confidently, and no one will ever know you had a cavity.
When a tooth has been lost or can no longer be saved, many patients worry about the impact on their smile. No one wants to smile when there are spaces and gaps that attract negative attention. But with dental implants, the only attention you will attract is from those who are amazed at your healthy, radiant smile.
Dental implants are the fusion of function and beauty. Hailed as the single most remarkable advancement in dentistry, dental implants are the most natural-looking, most comfortable, and most satisfying solution to replace missing teeth. Best of all, implants give you the freedom to do all of the things you love—eating favorite foods, playing sports, laughing aloud—without worry or embarrassment. Experience the difference that implants can make in your life and in your confidence.
When a tooth is lost, the underlying bone structure that held the root and supported the tooth is no longer necessary. It can begin to soften, increasing the risk that neighboring teeth will become loose or damaged. An implant—a special, surgical grade titanium post—is surgically inserted directly into the underlying bone. The implant grafts to the bone, restoring its original function and keeping it healthy and strong. A complete, natural-looking tooth, called a restoration, is then attached to the post and is held firmly in place. Because the post bonds directly to the bone, there is no need to disturb healthy, neighboring teeth to hold the implant in place or any extraneous appliances in the mouth to disturb normal function or cause discomfort. And implants are so natural looking, no one but you will ever know that you lost a tooth. You can eat, laugh, and play again just as you did with your natural teeth. Isn’t that a reason to smile?
Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even a full set. Unlike dentures, they are non-removable, and they feel and function just like your natural teeth. Implants can also serve as permanent support to keep dentures in place and maximize comfort, eliminating the need for messy creams and pastes. Worrying about embarrassing denture slippage will become a distant memory.
The longevity, beauty and function of implants are the closest you can get to growing a new set of teeth. Of course, diligent oral care is just as important with implants as it is for your natural teeth. With proper care, your new, healthy-looking smile can last a lifetime.
At Dr. Vander Vliet’s office, our team of knowledgeable, caring professionals can restore your healthy-looking, beautiful smile from start to finish. In almost all cases, we do everything from the initial surgery to setting the restoration. Our years of experience in performing successful implants, our commitment to continuing education in aesthetics and implant technology, and our sheer joy at seeing you smile again make our office the only place for your smile makeover. We take great pride in taking every step with you, getting to know you and your needs, and seeing the difference a healthy new smile can make in your life.
If you have been living with the embarrassment of missing teeth, or the discomfort of ill-fitting dentures, please do not hesitate to call our office to set up your consultation or to find out more about dental implants. Experience the difference of a Vander Vliet smile makeover!
Crowns and Bridges
If you hide your smile due to cracked, broken, discolored, or worn-down teeth, crowns can help restore natural-looking beauty to your smile. A crown is a restoration that “caps” the existing tooth to restore the normal shape and size. Crowns help to strengthen weak teeth and improve the appearance of a tooth, giving you a complete, healthy looking smile.
In most cases, a non-metal, all-ceramic crown can be used to give the appearance of a natural looking tooth. Crowns are used to help give support when there isn’t enough of the natural tooth remaining, to restore fractured teeth, to cover badly shaped or discolored teeth, or to cover an implant.
If an embarrassing space from one or more lost teeth is diminishing your self-confidence, a bridge may be an option for you. A bridge is a complete false tooth that is attached to the two adjacent teeth to hold it in place. The adjacent teeth are crowned to provide support and to protect them from damage.
Experience the difference a crown or bridge can make to your smile!
Porcelain Laminates (Veneers)
If your smile is less than radiant because of discolored, stained, damaged, or uneven teeth, porcelain laminates may be the answer. Also known as veneers, porcelain laminates are thin shells of natural looking porcelain that are bonded directly to the teeth, producing a whiter, brighter, healthy-looking smile.
The procedure for porcelain laminates is similar to having a fake nail applied. The tooth is smoothed to prepare it for bonding, and an impression is made of the tooth. The veneer is custom made, matching the precise color desired and the shape of the tooth, then fitted, attached, and polished, resulting in a new beautiful smile!
Porcelain laminates can also offer extra protection to damaged teeth. Some types of damage can make teeth prone to loss, and the durable, long-lasting veneer can provide a protective cover to the teeth, making them less susceptible to further damage or infection.
Best of all, porcelain laminates can usually be completed in only a few appointments. Call today, and you will soon be flashing a bright, healthy-looking new smile!
Why settle for metal restorations when today’s technology can create a natural-looking, pearly white finish? Our new CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) means we can quickly and effectively restore damaged teeth with a durable ceramic material that matches your teeth’s natural color.
Using an exact optical impression of your damaged tooth, the CEREC creates an extremely precise restoration from a solid block of high-grade, anti-abrasive, plaque-resistant ceramic material. The newly formed restoration is then bonded to the tooth, resulting in a new, natural-looking tooth in far less time than a traditional, unsightly metal restoration. Since one appointment is usually all that is necessary, the CEREC makes it even more convenient to care for your smile.
The CEREC is so precise that it allows us to save more of your natural tooth, and can be used on partial and full crowns, veneers, and all other single-tooth restorations. There’s no longer any reason to add metal to your mouth—let your smile sparkle from CEREC’s natural-looking restorations instead!
A new generation of orthodontics is here! Invisalign orthodontic appliances straighten the teeth over time, but unlike traditional braces, they are virtually invisible and removable. You can still brush and floss normally, and still eat what you want while perfecting your smile! Best of all, straighter teeth can lead to:
– Healthier gums
– Easier cleanings
– Improved chewing and speech
– Decreased risk of dental trauma and abnormal wear
– A beautiful, natural-looking smile!
Invisalign orthodontic appliances are custom made of a clear plastic that won’t attract undue attention to your smile, and eliminates the need for the painful or annoying wires and brackets used with traditional braces. With Invisalign, you can remove the appliances anytime you need to!
Invisalign works with many different types of orthodontic problems and may be the solution to your smile makeover needs. Contact our office today to find out if Invisalign can help give you the straighter, healthier smile you’ve always wanted!
OralID uses a proven, optically based technology called, “fluorescence technology.” OralID’s fluorescence technology uses a blue light (435–460 nm) that allows a clinician to identify oral cancer, pre-cancer and other abnormal lesions at an earlier stage, thus saving lives. The medical applications of fluorescence technology includes diagnosis of the GI tract, cervix, lung, skin and oral mucosa.
Dr. Gary Vander Vliet
Preventive, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry
Hastings Commons, Building 2B;
486 Schooley’s Mountain Road;
Hackettstown, New Jersey 07840