TMJ Disorder!

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Temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your jawbone to your skull. They are located at either sides of the head, near the ears. These joints are essential in speaking, eating and the making of facial expression. TMJ disorder occurs when there is a disruption in the proper function of these joints.

In some cases, the causes of TMJ disorder can be clear. A blow or other impact to the joint can result in dislocation of the TMJ. Another cause is arthiritis which can cause inflammation of the joints, and also swelling of the surrounding tissues. Having a misaligned bite make everyday jaw movements, like chewing, take a toll on the TMJ. This can eventually cause a strain on the surrounding muscles. Many people habitually clench and grind their teeth.This places extreme pressure on the joints , sometimes to the point where there can be a dislocation of the joint. 

The symptoms of TMJ disorders will vary from person to person, depending on the cause of their TMJ disorder. For many, jaw joint pain is the most common. Many experience a popping, clicking sound when they yawn or chew. Many experience an aching pain in and around the ear because the TMJ is located near the ear. Headaches tend to occur when the muscles around the TMJ get strained. With the people who ususally clench and grind their teeth, there is usually tooth aches and pain in the cheeks.

Your Millburn Dentist can pinpoint the source of your pain and provide relief using the very latest in gentle, non-surgical treatments. Call us or come in to see us today and together we will find the best treatment  for you.





Sedation Dentistry

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For millions of people, the thought of going to the dentist and undergoing any dental procedure is a harrowing one. Some had  traumatic experiences as children, others may have suffered  painful procedures as adults. Whatever their experience may have been, these people are now risking their dental care, and overall health, by refusing to go to the dentist. That’s where sedation dentistry comes in. 

Sedation dentistry eliminate the pains and anxieties associated with most dental procedures by putting the patient at ease with the use a various methods of sedation. The sedation dentists are trained in these methods of administering medicine to calm their patients.

There are two main types of sedation that are used today- oral conscious sedation, and inhalant sedation. 

With oral sedation, the patients are administered oral medications from the group of drugs which have a sedative, and sometimes, amnesic, affect on most people. These are known as Benzodiazapines. These are usually easy to swallow and administer and tend to work well for most people.

Inhalant sedation involves the use of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen, and this method is actually the most frequent used method of sedation. This method has a more rapid onset of sedation and there are very few side effects. It also have a faster recovery time, unlike the oral medication. 

The method of sedation chosen could of course depend on the patient’s anxiety level, the type of procedure to be done, and the method used by whatever sedation dentist you chose to go to. In the office of Dr. Scott Krosser oral sedation is used and our main goal main goal is to provide a comfortable, anxiety free experience for our clients. We will work with the patient to achieve the best results.


Dental Procedures During Pregnancy

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There are many people who believe that all dental procedures should be avoided during pregnancy. This is, in fact,  a dental myth. Not only is it not true, but, it is recommended that during pregnancy, preventative dental and regular exams not be put off.

It was very important for pregnant women to take care of their dental health during pregnancy. As a result of the hormonal changes taking place in a woman during this time, there is an increased risk for developing gum disease, which has been been known to affect the health of the developing baby. Ideally, it would be in a woman’s best interest to visit her dentist and have her gum tissue carefully examined, and have any oral health problems treated before pregnancy. However dental care during pregnancy is not forbidden.

It is recommended that any necessary dental procedures during pregnancy be avoided during the first trimester and the second half of the third trimester. These periods are critical times in the development of the baby’s growth and development. However, routine dental care is encouraged during the second trimester. Dental exams should not be skipped during pregnancy. During this time, more than ever, it will be very important to ensure that your have good dental health, especially your gums. Dental work such as fillings and crowns should be treated to reduce the chance of infection. Elective dental procedures, like teeth whitening and other cosmetic procedures, should be postponed until after the pregnancy. Also, dental x-rays during pregnancy should be avoided, unless it is a dental emergency.

Maintaining healthy oral health is absolutely necessary during pregnancy. Continuing a healthy oral regime during your pregnancy will help in reducing the risk for any dental problems.


ViziLite Plus - Oral Cancer Screening Exam

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Oral cancer can be a devastating, and even deadly, disease. It can go unnoticed until it has progresses to the later stages. However, if it is caught early, oral cancer is one of the most curable diseases, if detected and diagnosed early. That is why the ViziLite Plus exam was developed. It uses technology that has been proven successful in identifying soft tissue abnormalities in other areas of the body. This is the leading oral cancer screening system which helps in the identification, evaluation and monitoring of abnormal oral lesions which may be suspicious of being precancerous, or cancer.


An annual Vizilite Plus exam, in combination with the regular visual examination, provides a comprehensive oral screening procedure for patients at increased risk for cancer. It is a fast and painless exam performed immediately following the yearly visual examinations.


The key to reducing the impact of ral cancer on patients and their families is earl detection. Annual oral screening is recommended for patients who are at increased risk fr oral cancer, patients aged 18 and older, and tobacco users of aany age.

With ViziLite Plus,  Dr. Krosser can detect early stages of cancer more easily. Please call, email or come into the office to schedule your appointment.


The Importance of Oral Hygiene

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In this video, Dr. Oz and Dr. Mike look inside your mouth and offer tips on keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

At the office of Millburn Dentist, Dr. Scott Krosser, we believe regular checkups and oral cancer screenings are vital to your health. Visit our website today to schedule a free consultation in Millburn, NJ with our experienced dental team who can help you achieve the smile you have always dreamed of.

Dr. Scott A Krosser has trained with some of the world's most prominent cosmetic dental specialists. He has also served patients in the community for over 20 years, and is rapidly becoming known as Millburn area's leading dentist for people who want cosmetic dentistry.

Eating Your Way To Healthier Gums

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As children growing up, we were always warned about the perils of eating sugary foods, especially candy. However, many of us, then, and even now, were not told about the foods that we should be eating, in addition to daily brushing and flossing, in order to promote and maintain healthier gums, and also teeth. Here at Birchwood Family Dentistry, we are dedicated to educating our patients in Overland Park, KS about the foods that we eat and the vitamins that they contain which are essential for the growth of healthy bones and teeth.

Foods rich in Vitamin A:

Vitamin A is necessary for the maintenance of the the normal structure of the tissues found in the oral cavity. These tissues serve as protective barriers against the microorganisms that cause diseases. Vitamin A , can be found in eggs, liver, salmon, cheese and beef. We can also get Vitamin A from orange-colored vegetables, like carrots and pumpkins, and dark leafy vegetables, like spinach.

Foods rich in Vitamin C:

Vitamin C helps prevent tissue damage and is vital in the promotion of healthier gums by preventing the gums from breaking down. Vitamin C can be found in all kinds of fresh fruits including citrus fruits, strawberries, apples and mangoes. It can also be found in onions, broccoli and radishes.

Foods rich in Vitamin D:

Vitamin D is essential in preventing the inflammation of gums which can lead to bleeding gums, and eventually periodontal disease. While plenty of sunlight aids in the body's production of Vitamin D, you can get additional Vitamin D from fortified milk, salmon and sardines.

There are many reasons for eating healthy foods. As far as oral health goes, eating healthier is a sure way to get on the right track to promoting and maintaining healthier gums. Yes, the sugars are sweet, but having a beautiful healthy smile is sweeter.







Root Canal

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The words "root canal" are usually associated with pain and discomfort. Even though we know why a root canal is needed, and the benefits of having the procedure done, as a result of the horror stories told, and until we have a first hand experience, it will always be a dreaded procedure. So what exactly do we have to look forward to during a root canal?

Usually when the tooth has a small cavity, a filling may be all that is needed to restore the funtionality of the tooth. However, there are times when the tooth is so badly decayed or infected, that the nerve of the tooth, and the pulp, which is in the center of the tooth also becomes infected and/or damaged. This is when a root canal becomes necessary.

During the root canal, the pulp and the nerve are removed, and the inside of the tooth is then sealed and cleaned. Usually a crown is put on to protect the underlying tooth. Having a damaged nerve in the tooth alone doeas not suggest that a root canal is necessary. The nerve's only function is sensory - determining hot or cold. However, when the pulp and the nerve tissue become damaged, it breaks down and this causes bacteria to form in the pulp chamber. This can lead to one getting an abscessed tooth, and can eventually lead to swelling around the face and neck and sever toothache.

At the office of Dr. Scott Krosser, we are dedicated to doing everything we can to make this procedure as painless as possible. We know that people have geniune fears and we are here to provide you with as much information as possible to help ease those fears. Please feel free to come in and talk with Dr. Krosser about the best options available for you.




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The biggest hindrance to many people getting the dental care they need is the financial obligation involved. Many  do not have insurance to cover most dental procedures and are faced with out of pocket expenses that are just too much for them.

CareCredit may be the answer to their problems. It is a personal line of credit to be used solely for healthcare services. CareCredit various monthly plans where the user will have a certain length of time to pay for their procedure. instead of having to come up with the full payment at the time of treatment.

However, CareCredit is not for everyone. It is a credit card, and is approval is based on past credit history from the  applicant(s). Many doctors offer CareCredit to their patients because they want to continue to offer the best care necessary. Your Millburn Cosmetic Dentist offers CareCredit as one of their finance options as they are very sensitive to the fact that in today's changing economy, many people have different financial obligations and being unable to pay for treatment in full will deter many from getting the necessary care required.



Whoopi Speaks on Periodontal Disease

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