Preventive and Diagnostic
During an oral examination, the dentist will visually inspect your mouth, head, and neck area and provide a professional evaluation of your dental wellness. This preventative technique allows both you and your dentist to remain aware of your dental health status. Our dentists take the extra time to let the patient know their status because the key to staying healthy is awareness and early detection.
We are also dedicated to making adults aware of the silent symptoms of gingivitis and periodontal disease. With nearly 80 percent of Americans unaware that they have periodontal and/or gum disease, we are dedicated to raising awareness of the silent symptoms of gingivitis and periodontal disease. Increasing evidence has shown a link between gum disease and heart disease, which makes oral examinations very important.
During your examination, we may also use dental radiographs to reveal hidden things such as early cavities, problems in existing dental restorations, gum and bone recession, or other abnormal conditions within the mouth, head, and neck area. If any of these abnormalities are found, our dentists will work by your side to create a treatment plan that works for you. Dr. Lichter’s office continuously strives to offer the best and most reliable patient care available.
Dr. Joseph Lichter’s team of hygienists, Gladys, Lucy and Stacey perform cleanings Monday through Friday, providing a flexible timetable to fit our patients’ needs. During the cleaning, an ultrasonic device emits vibrations, while cooled water loosens large pieces of tartar. Next, trained hands manually remove smaller deposits and smooth the tooth surfaces. Once all the tooth surfaces have been cleaned of tartar and plaque, the teeth are polished to a shine. Our patients benefit from our dedication to them and their families, and you will too.
A generic, pre-formed, ready-to-wear mouth guard can be purchased cheaply at many sporting stores, but they vaguely encapsulate the teeth. This can be uncomfortable and leaves too much room, interfering with talking, breathing, and your safety. Sporting goods stores offer semi-custom mouth guards in which the plastic is heated and then the athlete bites on it while still warm to provide some level of custom fit. This is a step up from a ready-to-wear mouth guard but won’t compare to a mouth guard formed entirely from your own impressions.
Dr.Lichter’s office can make a specialized custom mouth guard by taking an impression of your teeth and then creating a mold fitted to your mouth for the best fit, ensuring comfort and originality. We will provide you with the necessary information for after-care as well. Just like you brush your teeth, you need to clean your mouth guard. Be sure to bring your mouth guard to each dental appointment so we can reevaluate the fit and give it a professional cleaning.
Dr.Lichter’s office continuously strives to offer the best and most reliable patient care available. At Joseph Lichter D.D.S., you’re in good hands with good people.
A composite filling or white filling is the latest in restorative dentistry. While many generations are familiar with the “silver teeth” or amalgam fillings that can often make the wearer feel insecure about smiling or even going out at all, composite fillings offer a new world. The first composite tooth mixture came out in the 60’s, and since then it has not stopped improving. Composite fillings are unique and technique-sensitive. It takes a thoroughly trained dentist to place a composite filling. A filling is needed when the bacteria in your teeth have decayed a small hole into your tooth that needs to be filled.
For multiple missing teeth, an implant may be used to anchor the bridge. Learn More About Implant Supported Bridges
Dental implants are very common, more than 5 million are done in the United States alone each year. Most adults under 50 have lost at least one of their teeth. A dental implant is a great choice for replacing a missing tooth. A dental implant is composed of 3 things. The bottom part is a titanium screw that provides support in the jawbone, acting as the tooth root. The middle part is an abutment to connect the foundation to the crown, which gives your teeth a natural look. This will be a strong and permanent solution allowing you to smile, eat, and speak confidently again. Dr.Lichter’s office continuously strives to offer the best and most reliable patient care available. At Joseph Lichter D.D.S., you’re in good hands with good people.
*All of the materials used in dental procedures at Dr.Lichter’s office are compatible with the body and safe for use.
What will happen at my appointment?
Initially the dentist will put the foundation in the jawbone to act as the root. Then, the dentist may want to wait for the next appointment to connect the tooth so that the bone has time to grow around this new foundation and create a very sturdy base for your new tooth. During the next appointment the abutment will be attached to the foundation and then the crown will be attached to the abutment. Your doctor will then discuss aftercare with you. But always make sure to brush and floss your teeth daily.
Dental implants can also be a good option for dentures. They can make the denture more comfortable and reliable. Ask your dentist about your options when it comes to dental implants.
Dentures are replacements for rows of teeth when there are some or none. It is not uncommon to be very surprised at how many people have dentures since dentures have come a long way. Denture technology has advanced very far making them quite comfortable, quality, and natural looking. There are three different types of dentures; complete, partial, and attached. Dr.Lichter’s office continuously strives to offer the best and most reliable patient care available. At Joseph Lichter D.D.S., you’re in good hands with good people.
Cosmetic bonding can whiten teeth, fix chipped teeth, lengthen teeth or close spaces or gaps in your teeth. Cosmetic bonding is among the least expensive procedures you can have done to improve you appearance and enhance your smile. Not only that, but once you’re done you will have a natural looking fix that functions and acts just like a natural tooth. A cosmetic bond is done when you want to synchronize the shape of your teeth. For example many people feel that their canine teeth or lateral incisors, look like fangs. This can be corrected very simply with just a little cosmetic bonding.
What is VelScope®?
VelScope® is the latest technology in dental cancer screening. But it should be known that it is a discovery device, not a diagnostic device. This means that VelScope® is looking for tissues and irregularities that can lead to cancer but are not immediately cancer upon discovery. You should ask your dentist to perform this on you and your family for their safety.
How does VelScope® work?
The VelScope® system uses fluorescence visualization to reveal abnormalities in your tissues that may be diagnosed as early head and neck cancer growth. This light-based system allows for a non-invasive screening that is safe and is able to be performed at Dr. Lichter’s dentists office in just two minutes.
Why should I have this exam?
VelScope® can find 40% more abnormalities in oral tissues as compared to plain white light. At Dr. Lichter’s office we are dedicated to offering the latest and best care in order to give our patients the most quality and effective care. This will save you time, money, and possibly your life.
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is often an effective treatment option for sleep apnea. With this approach, our office creates a custom-fitted oral appliance for patients to wear when they are sleeping. The appliance aids patients during sleep by positioning the lower jaw and tongue in a way that minimizes airway obstruction.