American Dental Center
1441 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083

FAQs

Q. What causes tooth loss?

A. Tooth decay and periodontal disease are the most common causes of tooth loss. Tooth decay takes place when most of the tooth’s mineral makeup has been dissolved away and a hole (cavity) has formed. While tooth decay primarily affects children, periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects mostly adults. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque, and its earliest stage is known as gingivitis.

 

Q. How many times a day should I brush my teeth?

A. Most dental professionals recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing after every meal (and flossing at least once a day) is also a good way to maintain dental health

 

Q. When should a child have his/her first dental appointment?

A. A child should have his first dental appointment no later than his third birthday. Many dentists recommend a child have his first appointment when the first tooth comes in.

 

Q. Is it important to floss your teeth?

A. Yes. flossing once a day prevents the buildup of plaque and deters the onset of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

 

Q. What is cosmetic dentistry?

A. Also known as “aesthetic dentistry” cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that implements many different procedures to improve the beauty of your smile.

 

Q. What is a root canal?

A. Root canal is necessary when the nerve or blood supply of the tooth (also known as the pulp) is infected due to injury or decay. Root canal treatment involves removal of the diseased pulp, followed by the cleaning and sealing of the pulp chamber and root canal.

 

Q. What are dentures and who needs them?

A. Dentures are a partial or complete set of artificial teeth used to occupy the upper or lower jaw, usually attached to a plate. Simply put, dentures are a set of false teeth. If you have lost most or all of your teeth, you are a perfect candidate for complete dentures. If you still have some natural teeth remaining, a partial denture is recommended to help improve chewing ability, speech, and support for facial muscles.

 

Q. What causes oral cancer and what are some of the warning signs?

A. Tobacco (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff) is the most common cause of oral cancer. Combining tobacco use with heavy drinking can also foster the development of oral cancer. Bad hygiene, prolonged irritation of the oral cavity, and extended exposure to strong sunlight on the lips are among other causes of the disease. Many dentists believe vitamins A and E can help prevent the acquisition of oral cancer. Early symptoms of oral cancer include: a sore on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat that does not heal; a lump on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat; a red or white patch found anywhere in the mouth; unusual pain or bleeding in the mouth; swelling of the mouth; and any difficulty or discomfort felt in chewing or swallowing.

 

Q. What are the treatments for periodontal disease?

A. If periodontal disease is caught at an early stage (when it has not progressed beyond the point of gingivitis), it can be treated with scaling and root-planing (removing plaque around the tooth and smoothing the roots’ surfaces). If the disease progresses to a later stage, the patient may need surgical treatment, which involves cutting the gums, eliminating the hardened plaque build-up, and repairing the damaged bone.

 

Q. What causes oral cancer and what are some of the warning signs?

A. Tobacco (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff) is the most common cause of oral cancer. Combining tobacco use with heavy drinking can also foster the development of oral cancer. Bad hygiene, prolonged irritation of the oral cavity, and extended exposure to strong sunlight on the lips are among other causes of the disease. Many dentists believe vitamins A and E can help prevent the acquisition of oral cancer. Early symptoms of oral cancer include: a sore on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat that does not heal; a lump on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat; a red or white patch found anywhere in the mouth; unusual pain or bleeding in the mouth; swelling of the mouth; and any difficulty or discomfort felt in chewing or swallowing.

 

Q. What is gingivitis?

A. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums around the roots of the teeth. It marks the early stage of periodontal disease and it is characterized by red, swollen gums.

 

Q. Who needs to have their wisdom teeth extracted?

A. Anyone who is in danger of developing impacted wisdom teeth (third molars that only partially erupt or get trapped or stuck in the jaw) should have them removed so that they do not damage adjacent molars and cause other oral problems. In addition, anyone who is getting dentures should have their wisdom teeth removed.

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Extremely friendly staff!!
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I was beyond Nervous… After being talked to explaining what was getting done.. The dentist assist helped me calm down & the experience wasn’t as bad as I thought.. AMAZING STAFF ! Thanks..
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As usual, I received expert, compassionate care during my last visit to Am Dental Center. Special thanks to Karen, the ExRay specialist, and the Doctor and assistant who fixed my chipped tooth. […]
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i have been going here for 20 yrs or more .Everyone is friendly and makes you feel,welcomed as soon as you walk into the door . I love everyone here and never once did I have a bad experience . I […]
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Excellent as always
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Been coming here for years my whole family and loves the staff and they make us feel welcome everytime. They have payment plans and everything. When my son’s insurence wouldn’t cover the work […]
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Great place. Especially not being a fan of the dentist, great staff and great environment!!!
Yancey E.
Dr. Ponquinette was amazing!!! I was terrified about getting my tooth extracted and was worried that it would be painful. But with his caring and humorous personality, he made the whole process quick […]
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Great experience!
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Great dentist, remind you of you appointments. barely any wait. All staff are super nice
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I’ve been coming to American Dental since I was a kid. Great staff. Excellent service. I would highly recommend.
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Always like coming to this office because they always put the comfort of the patient first.
Terry Q.
Great hygenist and X-ray tech
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My husband and I had appointments for 9:00 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. on August 30th, 2017. As soon as we walked in the Patient Administrator was very cordial and personable and confirmed the reason for our […]
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Very friendly, professional, clean office, professional receptionist, and overall all a nice experience. Dr. Lobaton-Palacios and Dr. Goldstein was the best! Explained all the procedures, didn’t […]
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I’ve been seeing Karen for the past few years. She is great!
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Usually I don’t like going to the dentist (who does). However, the staff here is very friendly and they are very quick too. I had a cleaning and x rays in under an hour. For years I dreaded the […]
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Over 10 years as a patient, Me and my family have enjoyed exceptional consistent professional services from America dental center. Orthodontist (Dr. Ram) and his team and rest of the other dentistry […]
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Tue. – 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wed. – 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thu. – 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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