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By Mark J. Gleckner, D.M.D.
August 04, 2020
Category: Oral Health
WhatYoucandotoEasethatBurningSensationinYourMouth

Have you ever felt a hot, burning sensation in your mouth—like it had been scalded—but you didn't eat or drink anything that could have caused it?

While you may think you’re hallucinating, there’s another possibility: Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS). This condition, which can last for years, produces sensations in the mouth of not only scalding or burning, but also tingling, numbness and a decline in your ability to taste. Patients may feel it throughout their mouth or only in localized areas like the lips, tongue or inside the cheeks.

The exact cause of BMS is also something of a mystery. It’s been theoretically linked to diabetes, vitamin or mineral deficiencies and psychological problems. Because it’s most common among women of menopausal age hormonal changes have been proposed as a factor, although hormone replacement therapy often doesn’t produce any symptomatic relief for BMS.

To complicate matters, other conditions often share the condition’s effects, which need to be ruled out first to arrive at a BMS diagnosis. A feeling of scalding could be the result of mouth dryness, caused by medications or systemic conditions that inhibit saliva flow. Some denture wearers may display some of the symptoms of BMS due to an allergic reaction to denture materials; others may have a similar reaction to the foaming agent sodium lauryl sulfate found in some toothpaste that can irritate the skin inside the mouth.

If these other possibilities can be ruled out, then you may have BMS. While unfortunately there’s no cure for the condition, there are ways to lessen its impact. There’s even the possibility that it will resolve itself over time.

Until then, keep your mouth moist by drinking lots of water or using saliva-stimulating products, limiting alcohol, caffeinated drinks or spicy foods and refraining from smoking. If you’re taking medications that could cause dry mouth, speak with your physician about changing to an alternative. And try to reduce stress in your life through exercise, mindfulness practices or support groups.

While BMS isn’t considered harmful to your physical health it can make life less enjoyable. Careful symptom management may help improve your quality of life.

If you would like more information on Burning Mouth Syndrome, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Burning Mouth Syndrome: A Painful Puzzle.”

By Mark J. Gleckner, D.M.D.
August 03, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

A beautiful smile is difficult to achieve if you have crooked and misaligned teeth. Luckily, this dilemma is something that can be corrected with help from Dr. Mark Gleckner. Here at Smiles By Dr. Mark in Florham Park NJ, one of the most recommended ways to fix teeth misalignment is Invisalign. Let’s take a look at the essential benefits Invisalign can offer you.

Improve Your Dental Health

Invisalign Florham Park treatment is not just about aesthetics. Its use of proprietary clear aligner trays will also help improve your dental health. With treatment, you reduce your chances of getting gum disease and tooth decay. How is this possible?

Left unresolved, the misalignment of the upper and lower teeth will lead to a variety of oral health issues. This includes cavities, tooth loss, erosion of the enamel, and gum infection among others. The Invisalign treatment corrects these problems to restore your oral health. It also addresses problems like discomfort while eating or speaking brought about by the misalignment of your teeth.

Nearly Invisible

Unlike other treatments that have wires and brackets, the clear tray aligners used by Invisalign Florham Park makes the treatment virtually invisible. This means that people no longer have to contend with the unappealing look of traditional orthodontic treatment or the common stigma that goes with it.

Safe and Comfortable

Because Invisalign trays are removable, they offer a unique benefit for those who are into sports or other activities that require unobstructed access to their mouth. The removable feature of Invisalign likewise allows patients to take it out and use a mouth guard to protect their teeth when playing sports. Additionally, this removability factor allows you to clean your teeth better, eat your favorite foods, and enjoy your daily life while on the treatment.

Convenient Treatment

Traditional orthodontic procedures take substantial time before any noticeable improvement can be gained. With Invisalign Florham Park, it is possible to see some improvements even with your first set of aligners. This saves you time on your treatment, allowing you to focus on other essential activities in your life.

Further, while under the Invisalign treatment, you would normally have to visit your dentist in Florham Park NJ only every six weeks to get your replacement aligners.

Beautiful Smile

With the results from your Invisalign treatment, you will now become the proud owner of a beautiful and straight smile. You will no longer be shy to flash your teeth for everyone to see. So it’s not surprising that patients who undergo the Invisalign treatment find renewed self-confidence and better social life from their results.

Want to Experience The Benefits of Invisalign For Yourself? Contact Us

Dial (973) 377-1174 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Gleckner here at Smiles By Dr. Mark in Florham Park NJ.

By Mark J. Gleckner, D.M.D.
August 03, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

There are negative consequences to losing a tooth, more so when you lose multiple teeth. Not only will it affect the way you look, but your oral and overall health as well. One of the more damaging things that you have to be on the lookout for is the potential jawbone loss due to the death of the tooth roots. With this, even the integrity of the adjacent teeth and gums begin to suffer. Fortunately, dental implants can help avert this potential dental hazard.

To find out if you qualify for dental implants, you can consult with Dr. Mark Gleckner of Smiles By Dr. Mark in Florham Park NJ. Until then, learn how you can benefit from implants below.

Permanent Tooth Replacement

Designed to fuse with your jawbone, implants are the closest thing to a permanent replacement of your natural teeth and roots. They also help prevent the deterioration of the jawbone and stimulate its growth once they have successfully fused with the jawbone.

Restored Speech

Unlike removable teeth restorations that could slip out of your mouth any time, particularly if they don’t fit well or have seen better days, dental implants are anchored to your jawbone. This means you no longer have to slur words and you benefit from improved diction and enunciation, making every word you say easier to understand. It's why your Dental Implants Florham Park is highly recommended.

Increased Comfort

Since implants become a part of you, you won’t need to perform special cleaning procedures and worry about proper fitting. You’ll need to care for your dental implants as you would your real teeth, which involves diligently practicing a daily oral care regimen and going to routine visits to your dentist in Florham Park NJ.

Eat Without Worries

Because implants are made from immensely durable materials, you can consume virtually anything you like without having difficulty chewing. Not only are the dental implants in Florham Park natural-looking, but they also restore the biting force required to eat with ease that’s comparable to your real teeth.

Better Oral Health

Dental implants improve the state of your oral health by helping you avert potential oral diseases. By preserving the adjacent teeth, implants also help to ensure the integrity of the rest of your natural teeth.

Long-Lasting

How long will implants last? Quite possibly, for the rest of your life. This is, of course, provided that you continue to observe excellent oral hygiene habits and a sensible lifestyle.

Find Out How Dental Implants Can Help You, Talk to Us

Arrange an evaluation here at Smiles By Dr. Mark in Florham Park NJ with your dentist, Dr. Mark Gleckner, by calling (973) 377-1174.

By Mark J. Gleckner, D.M.D.
July 25, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
ZacEfronsSmileTransformationCouldHappentoYou

Actor Zac Efron has one of the top smiles in a business known for beautiful smiles. Bursting on the scene in 2006 at age 18 in High School Musical, Efron has steadily increased his range of acting roles. He recently starred as Ted Bundy on Netflix, wearing prosthetics to match the notorious serial killer's crooked teeth.

With his growing fame, Efron's attractive smile has become one of his more memorable attributes. But it wasn't always so. Before Hollywood, Efron's smile was less than perfect with small, uneven teeth and a gap between his top front teeth. Before and after pictures, though, make it quite apparent that the actor has undergone a significant smile makeover.

While fans are abuzz on the 411 regarding his dental work, Efron himself has been hush-hush about his smile transformation. We won't join the speculation: Instead, here are a few possible ways you can get a more attractive smile like Zac Efron.

Teeth whitening. A single-visit, non-invasive teeth whitening procedure can transform your dull, stained teeth into a brighter, more attractive smile. Although the effect isn't permanent, it could last a few years with a professional whitening and good oral practices. Having it done professionally also gives you more control over the level of shading you prefer—from soft natural white to dazzling Hollywood bright.

Orthodontics. Like Efron, if your teeth aren't quite in proper alignment, straightening them can make a big difference in your appearance (and your oral health as well). Braces are the tried and true method for moving teeth, but you may also be able to choose clear aligner trays, which are much less noticeable than braces. And don't worry about your age: Anyone with reasonably good dental health can undergo orthodontics.

Bonding. We may be able to correct chips and other slight tooth flaws with durable composite resins. After preparing your tooth and matching the material to your particular color, we apply it directly to your tooth in successive layers. After hardening, the unsightly defect is no more—and your smile is more attractive.

Veneers. Dental veneers are the next step up for more advanced defects. We bond these thin, custom-made layers of dental porcelain to the front of teeth to mask chips, heavy staining and slight tooth gaps. Although we often need to permanently remove a small amount of tooth enamel, veneers are still less invasive than some other restorations. And your before and after could be just as amazing as Zac Efron's.

Improving one's smile isn't reserved for stars like Zac Efron. There are ways to correct just about any dental defect, many of which don't require an A-lister's bank account. With a little dental “magic,” you could transform your smile.

If you would like more information about how to give your smile a boost, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Porcelain Veneers.”

By Mark J. Gleckner, D.M.D.
July 15, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: air abrasion  
AirAbrasionCouldbeaMorePleasantAlternativetotheDentalDrill

While it may not be one of your favorite features in the dental office, the dental drill is nevertheless necessary for treating problem teeth. It’s used primarily for removing decayed or damaged structure and preparing a tooth for fillings or other restorations.

Dental drills have been used for decades and are quite effective — but they have their drawbacks. Their rotating burrs often remove portions of healthy tooth structure along with decayed material. Friction from the drill action can cause discomfort, so local anesthesia is usually needed. Drills can also emit a high-pitched machine noise that’s unsettling to many patients.

There’s a growing alternative to the drill, known as air abrasion. Although the technology has been around since the 1950s, the development of new suction pumps that capture the resulting dust from its use has made it more palatable as an option to the traditional drill.

Also known as particle abrasion, the technique uses a pressurized stream of fine particles (usually aluminum oxide, an abrasive powder) directed at teeth to wear away (abrade) the tooth’s structural surface. We can be quite precise in the amount of surface material removed, so it’s useful for diminishing stains or roughing the surface for bonding materials like composite resin. We’re also able to remove decayed material with very little impact on surrounding healthy structure, and you may not need anesthesia during the procedure.

While this quiet alternative to the noisier drill is quite versatile, it does have its limitations. It’s not that efficient for preparing larger cavities for restoration or for removing older amalgam fillings. The teeth to be treated must be carefully isolated to prevent the fine particle dust produced from being swallowed by the patient or spread into the air. High-volume suction equipment is a must or the procedure will create a “sandstorm” of particles in the room.

Still, for situations suited to it and with proper isolation measures, air abrasion can be effective and comfortable. If the technology continues to improve, the dental drill may soon become a relic of the past.

If you would like more information on procedures using air abrasion, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Air Abrasion Technology.”





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