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Preventive and Diagnostic

Preventive and Diagnostic
At Joseph Lichter D.D.S., we understand that the daily lives of our clients are very busy, so we are strive to provide thorough oral examinations that allow our patients to leave their appointment feeling confident in their doctor.

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.

The office of Joseph Lichter D.D.S has been a family friendly environment for many years. Our doctors offer careful and gentle care to ensure that children and young adults will be comfortable when visiting our office. During an oral examination, the dentist will visually inspect the mouth, head, and neck area in a friendly and inviting manor to ensure your child’s comfort. We may also use a radiograph for a more complete examination and to identify potential dental concerns. These evaluations are an opportunity for the early introduction of dental health and care into the lives of young children and to also familiarize them with the importance of flossing and teeth brushing. Additionally, it will prepare them for their future biannual dental appointments and will also make sure their teeth grow in strong. After their appointment children receive toothbrushes, toothpaste, and prizes!

Dental cleaning is a vital part of your body’s health. Dr. Lichter’s hygienists are professionally trained in Oral Prophylaxis, or cleaning teeth. Our practice knows the best sterile and most up-to-date technology and instruments to gently remove deposits of plaque and tartar, prevent and sometimes reverse the development of gum disease. If you develop gum disease, your body’s response will be to fight back, inflaming your gums and making your teeth sensitive. This is destructive to your bones and tissues, leading to future problems. Once gum disease is in its late stages, the damage can be irreversible. The best way to avoid this is to always have your dental “check up,” consisting of a cleaning and an oral examination.

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.

Sports are a great way to stay active and keep your body healthy, as long as you’re safe. A custom fitting mouth guard is vital to your safety and can do a lot more than you think. Approximately 200,000 injuries could be prevented each year if the individual were wearing a mouth guard. Contact sports often require a mouth guard, It will cover your teeth and gums to protect your teeth, gums, lips, jaw, arches, and braces. A well fit mouth guard can prevent tooth gaps, chipping, breaking, and fractures by providing a cushioned barrier much stronger than your lips. The mouth can only do so much on its own, making you prone to biting through your tongue, cheeks, or even lips! The mouth guard also makes a difference in big impact accidents that involve concussion, lessening the pressure from the mandible on the skull during impact. Finally, if you have braces, they can not only suffer costly damage, but can injure you as well.

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.

What is a Composite Filling?

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.

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An inlay is similar to a crown and a filling because it provides support and replaces the hole in the tooth. This will be chosen instead of a filling if a filling does not have enough surface. An inlay or onlay is needed when one of your back teeth partially decays to help complete the tooth, allowing the dentist to conserve more of the original tooth structure. Inlays and onlays can survive for 30 years, strengthen teeth and extend the life of your tooth. Both Inlays and Onlays grasps the cusps or edges of your tooth, the only difference being that an inlay is attached to the center of the tooth while an onlay is attached to the cusps. The material used at Joseph Lichter D.D.S. is the highest quality available.

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A crown covers the entire tooth, giving a new supportive and full outer layer to the tooth’s structure. Crowns can be used for broken or missing teeth, or they may complete or enhance your smile. The crown will cap the tooth with a natural shape and function. You may need a crown if you have a cavity that is too large for a filling, as a restoration for a dental implant, to protect a cracked tooth, following root canal treatment or to cover a misshapen or discolored tooth. Your dentist will work with you directly to determine which type of cap would be best for you. The crowns can be made out of many materials such as composite resin, metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, or a combination.

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A bridge is, at minimum, three conjoined crowns. If you have a space where you no longer have a tooth, the teeth on either side of this tooth will act as posts to hold a row of teeth. Many people do not know that if they do not get a bridge and they leave the space, the surrounding teeth will attempt to fill the space. Teeth are made to work as a team, therefore they move out of alignment. This can make chewing very painful and puts you at higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease because it makes teeth hard to clean. This also changes the way that your jawbone supports your lips and cheeks making your face look older overtime. The bridge will be made from metal, porcelain, or a combination of the two. 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.

For multiple missing teeth, an implant may be used to anchor the bridge. Learn More About Implant Supported Bridges

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What is a Dental Implant?

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.

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What are Dentures?

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.

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ZOOM!® Whitening has been used by over 10 million customers, making it the trusted and preferred method for whitening at Joseph Lichter D.D.S.. ZOOM!® focuses on lightening the enamel and the dentin in your teeth for a longer lasting, whiter and brighter smile! You’ll have new found confidence after ZOOM!®. In one study performed by ZOOM!®, patients found that their teeth were 8 shades whiter in just 45 minutes. As with all whitening, some limitations do exist such as genetics and habits. The whitening will last a full year, but Joseph Lichter D.D.S and ZOOM!® Whitening understand that every now and then you just need some chocolate and a glass of red wine! That’s why we suggest using ZOOM!® Whitening Pen and Philips® Sonicare DiamondClean to help maintain your results.

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75% of people choose to straighten their teeth for a variety of reasons, from aesthetics to function. Teeth can often be too crowded, too far apart or even need to be rotated to face forward. No one is born perfect, Invisalign® helps you achieve the smile and healthy alignment that you deserve. With over 4 million people in the US are wearing braces at any given time, Invisalign® offers the best of both worlds with teeth straightening that allows you to feel confident during and after wearing them. This is very important because teeth are the second highest cause of insecurity. In addition, dental health is directly related to overall health. Issues like crooked teeth affect physical and mental health and can make it very difficult to live a simple, easy and painless life. Invisalign® works to bring the future you to the surface and helps prepare you to accomplish your goals. 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.

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Veneers are needed when someone has cracked, chipped, significantly yellowed, or misshapen teeth. Yellowing can come from coffee or tea, citrus or acidic food, sweets, soda, berries or wine. Cracking and chipping of teeth is a common occurrence for many people as well. This is often due to practices that may seem harmless but ultimately weaken and eventually break teeth. Some ways to crack or chip your teeth are chewing ice, not wearing a mouth guard during athletic sports, using teeth as tools to rip tags or cut tape and grinding teeth unknowingly while sleeping. Dr. Lichter’s office is familiar with these occurrences and recommends dental veneers for cracked or chipped teeth.

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What is Cosmetic bonding?

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.

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Additional Services

Additional Services
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. During the scaling process, specialized dental instruments are used to remove dental plaque and calculus from beneath the gums. Planing is the procedure used to smooth the tooth roots after the scaling process. Root planing helps the gums heal and reattach themselves to a cleaner and smoother root surface.
Every hour someone dies from an oral oropharyngeal cancer. Nearly 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed this year alone, with only half surviving past the next 5 years. Oral cancers are very dangerous to ignore, because symptoms can be nearly impossible to recognize without screening. After diagnosis, you are 20 times more likely to develop a second cancer in the next 5-10 years. This makes early diagnosis key in keeping your family safe and out of harm’s way. Approximately 70% of people diagnosed with oral cancer would consider themselves heavy drinkers. Oral cancer is often common among smokers and users of chewing tobacco.

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.

Root canals are most often necessary when decay has reached the nerve of the tooth or the tooth has become infected.  When root canal therapy is performed, infected or inflamed pulp is removed from the tooth chamber. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned and disinfected before being filled and sealed to limit the possibility of future infection.  Soon after the root canal is performed, the tooth is restored with a dental crown or filling to protect the tooth and restore normal tooth function.
A tooth that can not be saved with restorative materials may need to be removed. Before removal of the tooth, the area will be numbed with anesthesia. The tooth is loosened from the jawbone and surrounding ligaments and tissues with a gentle rocking motion. Once it is loose, it is gently removed. Stitches may be necessary after the removal of a tooth.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is similar to a sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorders can cause pain in the jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.

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Sleep apnea is a disorder in which one experiences one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Sleep apnea can be treated with lifestyle changes, Oral Appliance Therapy, breathing devices, and/or surgery.

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.

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Nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” is an effective and safe sedation agent that is inhaled through a mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. Mixed with oxygen, Nitrous oxide allows you to breathe normally through your nose and begins to take effect within just a few minutes. You may feel light-headed or experience a tingling in your arms and legs. Some patients comment that their legs and arms feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel comfortable and calm. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly after the small mask is removed. Ask us about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you.

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CAD/CAM is an acronym that stands for computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing. CAD/CAM technology is used to help the dental team fabricate precise shapes and sizes for dental restorations including inlays, onlays, crowns, and bridges.

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Laser is an acronym that means Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, also known as energy in the form of light. Laser Dentistry is a fast, effective, noiseless and versatile method of performing dental procedures. Laser Dentistry initially gained ground in 2008. Today, Laser Dentistry is a standard practice that the most up-to-date, modern, and skilled professionals use in their dental work. Joseph Lichter D.D.S. is among those dentists who practice at the highest level of efficiency and safety.

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