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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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When it comes to your oral health, we expect you to have a lot of questions, and we are happy to answer them. We have compiled a few questions that we hear the most from patients and have provided answers here. If you don't find the answer you're looking for, please contact RT Dental for more information.

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At RT Dental, we work with many different dental insurance plans, and we are happy to submit claims to yours on your behalf. Keep in mind that even if RT Dental is not in your dental insurance’s network, it doesn’t mean that you can’t use your benefits here at our office. It simply means that coverage may be different with an out-of-network provider. If you have questions about your particular plan and what it covers, we encourage you to contact our office for more information.

Dental insurance is an excellent tool to help defray the cost of treatment; however, if you find yourself considering a more complex treatment plan, we also work with companies such as CareCredit that can help break the cost of treatment into affordable monthly payments. We can help you apply in-office or online at home.

We don’t ever want finances to be a factor in keeping our patients from getting the dental treatment they need. We are happy to answer your questions and work with you to find a financial option or payment arrangement that suits your budget so you can complete your treatment promptly. Contact your dentist in Nutley today for more information.

Dental Emergency RT Dental near Nutley

Dental emergencies can be painful, and they are definitely stressful. RT Dental is here for you when you need us most as we offer morning, evening, and Saturday appointments to accommodate our patients and handle emergencies.

Some common dental emergencies you should call your Nutley dentist for include:

  • A tooth that has been knocked out
  • A tooth that is causing severe discomfort or a toothache
  • Lost or broken restorations such as a dental filling or crown
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Soft tissue injuries

If you are unsure whether or not you are experiencing a dental emergency, please contact RT Dental anyway. We are happy to assess your situation over the phone to determine the best course of action. If you need immediate attention, we make every effort to see our emergency patients the same day, and we can provide treatment in many cases.

We do encourage patients to call our office first in a dental emergency rather than seeking treatment at a hospital or emergency room. Unfortunately, an emergency room is not equipped to handle most dental emergencies, and it is likely they will send you back to your Nutley dentist. So please save yourself the time and stress and contact our office first in the event of a dental emergency.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dental treatments are one of the easiest ways to spruce up your smile.

There are many different benefits of cosmetic dentistry, but the biggest is that cosmetic dentistry is completely customizable. When you want to upgrade your smile through cosmetic dental procedures, you are completely in control of how much or how little you change.

Simple treatments, such as our professional teeth whitening, can be done quickly and will provide instant results. Other, more involved services such as BOTOX or Invisalign will help create beautiful smiles over time.

Simply summarized, some of the best benefits of cosmetic dentistry are:

  • Whiter smiles
  • Straighter smiles
  • A wide range of treatments and services that can either stand alone or be combined with other services
  • Treatments to fit every budget
  • Customizable services that can be performed at your own pace

Dr. Richard Tom is proud to be a go-to cosmetic dentist in Nutley. If you have questions about any of the cosmetic dental services we offer, you can always contact our office!

We believe cosmetic dentistry is one of the easiest ways to improve your appearance. When you love your smile and are not afraid to show it, many other things tend to fall into place! Call us today to make RT Dental your dentist in Nutley, NJ!

Veneers are thin durable shells made of tooth colored materials that are bonded to the surface of a tooth to enhance its appearance.

What are the types of veneers?

Porcelain and composite bonding are the most common veneer materials. Composite veneers are made of a resin that is shaped and bonded to a tooth to enhance the appearance. Porcelain veneers are usually made in a lab and are more resistant to staining, compared to other materials. 

Should I choose composite bonding or porcelain veneers?

Ask your dentist which option is best for you.  If the needed changes are minor and the teeth function properly, cosmetic bonding is an appropriate choice.  If teeth are spaced, broken, dark, and/or the patient clenches or grinds their teeth, then porcelain veneers may be the preferred option.

Why do I need dental veneers?

Dental veneers are a great solution for people with discolored, worn down, chipped, misaligned, spaced, uneven or irregularly shaped front teeth.  

What is involved in getting a dental veneer?

Getting a porcelain veneer is usually a multi-step process. The first step is to get a consultation with a dentist. At this visit, you can outline your goals and concerns, and the dentist will explain how veneers will work for you. X-rays or impressions of your teeth may be needed. The second step is to prepare the tooth for the veneer. A small amount of tooth structure is removed and an impression is made. The dentist will then place temporary veneers. At the next appointment, temporaries are removed, and the final veneer is bonded to your tooth.  

In the case of veneers made from tooth colored filling material, or composite bonding, this is a one appointment process in which the dentist will remove a small amount of tooth structure and bond filling material to your teeth. This type of veneer is not as long lasting and doesn’t resist staining as well as a porcelain veneer.

What are the advantages of dental veneers?

The preparation of veneers preserve the most amount of tooth structure, as very little needs to be removed.  They can improve the appearance of your teeth, and gum tissues respond well to dental veneers.  The color can be custom selected, and in the case of porcelain veneers they are stain resistant.

What are the drawbacks of dental veneers?

Once you have had your tooth prepared for the veneer, the process is not reversible. In the case that a veneer cracks, it is difficult to repair without having to replace the entire veneer. It is important to not have habits like pen-chewing or nail-biting as these can crack the veneer. Veneers are not a good option for people with poor gum health. In addition, people who grind or clench their teeth are at risk for chipping or cracking their veneers. Lastly, veneers are still susceptible to decay so it is important that you maintain optimal oral health and visit your dentist regularly.

Who is a good candidate for porcelain veneers?

If you have stained or chipped teeth, you might be interested in veneers as they will cover up your existing teeth.They are also a popular treatment for smile makeovers or for individuals who want their dream smile.

If a tooth is avulsed, make sure it is a permanent tooth (baby teeth should not be replanted).

  • Keep the patient calm.
  • Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown (the white part). Avoid touching the root.  DO NOT REMOVE ANY TISSUE.
  • If the tooth is dirty, wash it briefly (10 seconds) under cold running water and reposition it. Try to encourage the patient / parent to replant the tooth. Bite on a handkerchief to hold it in position.
  • If this is not possible, place the tooth in a suitable storage medium, e.g. a glass of milk or a special storage media for avulsed teeth if available (e.g. Hanks balanced storage medium or saline). The tooth can also be transported in the mouth, keeping it between the molars and the inside of the cheek. If the patient is very young, he/she could swallow the tooth- therefore it is advisable to get the patient to spit in a container and place the tooth in it. Avoid storage in water!
  • Seek emergency dental treatment immediately.

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image of a patient who recently received a teeth whitening treatment nutley njAlthough there are many options for brightening your smile available at your local grocery store, there are a few facts about professional whitening with your dentist in Nutley to keep in mind.

  • Dr. Richard Tom has whitening gel that is much higher strength than what is available at the store. This means less time to achieve your desired results and more time smiling!
  • Over-the-counter products are not custom fit, which may mean you won't achieve the results you’re hoping for and could lead to problems with excess whitening gel reaching your soft tissues.
  • Whitening under the supervision of your dentist is always advisable in case you should encounter any concerns with sensitivity or other issues.

RT Dental offers two different options for whitening that will help you achieve your goals efficiently and safely. In-office whitening offers immediate results after only one visit to our office, while take-home whitening trays give you the freedom to whiten at your leisure and update your smile down the road whenever you like.

We would love to help you reach your goals for a healthy and beautiful smile. Contact our office today to learn more about your options for teeth whitening in Nutley, NJ.

Crowns and Bridges

Your tooth is decayed, and your dentist diagnosed a dental crown. In the past, a filling has been sufficient, so you wonder why you need a crown now?

A crown is the best choice when your tooth is decayed, broken, or cracked beyond what a filling is capable of repairing. A filling is designed to fix a small hole that is left by tooth decay. If the decay has compromised more than half of your tooth structure, a filling will no longer be able to support your tooth properly.

Dental crowns cover your tooth and restore the entire structure. They’re designed to closely mimic your tooth, so they provide all the function and aesthetics you had before while also protecting your natural root.

Crowns are also used as the restoration for a single implant, which replaces a missing tooth. A tooth that has been treated with root canal therapy will also need a dental crown to strengthen it. So there are many circumstances when Dr. Richard Tom may utilize a dental crown to restore your oral health.

If you have a tooth that needs a crown to restore the damage left by decay, it’s best not to delay your treatment as the decay can progress and result in a painful infection in your tooth.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a wonderful treatment option for many patients. Although dental implants are extremely reliable, sometimes even a well-placed implant will have problems or fail.

If you begin experiencing problems with a dental implant, you may need dental implant restoration. Dental implant restoration is simply a term used by dentists to refer to the process of restoring or otherwise mending a damaged dental implant.

Dental implants can become damaged for a variety of reasons. Often, only part of the implant, such as the crown, will crack or split. Other times, the actual titanium post will become loose or fail to fuse with the jawbone.

The level of restoration needed will vary with every dental implant. Sometimes, the restorative process could simply mean placing a new porcelain crown. Other times, unfortunately, an implant will need to be removed from the jawbone entirely. In these situations, we would work with you to schedule an appointment to place a new implant. 

Seek Treatment Immediately

If you suspect something is wrong with one of your dental implants in Nutley, it is important to call us right away. Do not wait to schedule an appointment, and do not try to fix the problem yourself. Never risk doing further damage to your implant or to the surrounding teeth. Dr. Richard Tom, our knowledgeable dentist in Nutley, NJ, will examine your implant and help you determine the best course of action.  

Living with a comprised or missing tooth is uncomfortable for many reasons, and RT Dental offers many different solutions that can restore both your smile and your confidence.

Dental implants are considered the gold standard for replacing one or more missing teeth because they restore both your tooth and your root. Implants protect your oral health against the deterioration that happens to your bone when you lose a tooth root and the shifting that occurs when you have a missing tooth.

A dental bridge can replace one or more adjacent missing teeth using prosthetic teeth connected to crowns that anchor to healthy teeth. Dental implants can act as anchors for a dental bridge as well.

Partial and full dentures are an excellent option for replacing multiple missing teeth. These removable appliances can restore your smile whether you are missing a few teeth or an entire arch. For an even more secure fit, dental implants can also be used to support dentures or partials.

Would you like to learn more about your options? Dr. Richard Tom would be happy to discuss it with you during a consultation. Give RT Dental a call today to schedule a convenient time to meet with Dr. Tom and learn more about tooth replacement.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are thin durable shells made of tooth colored materials that are bonded to the surface of a tooth to enhance its appearance.

What are the types of veneers?

Porcelain and composite bonding are the most common veneer materials. Composite veneers are made of a resin that is shaped and bonded to a tooth to enhance the appearance. Porcelain veneers are usually made in a lab and are more resistant to staining, compared to other materials. 

Should I choose composite bonding or porcelain veneers?

Ask your dentist which option is best for you.  If the needed changes are minor and the teeth function properly, cosmetic bonding is an appropriate choice.  If teeth are spaced, broken, dark, and/or the patient clenches or grinds their teeth, then porcelain veneers may be the preferred option.

Why do I need dental veneers?

Dental veneers are a great solution for people with discolored, worn down, chipped, misaligned, spaced, uneven or irregularly shaped front teeth.  

What is involved in getting a dental veneer?

Getting a porcelain veneer is usually a multi-step process. The first step is to get a consultation with a dentist. At this visit, you can outline your goals and concerns, and the dentist will explain how veneers will work for you. X-rays or impressions of your teeth may be needed. The second step is to prepare the tooth for the veneer. A small amount of tooth structure is removed and an impression is made. The dentist will then place temporary veneers. At the next appointment, temporaries are removed, and the final veneer is bonded to your tooth.  

In the case of veneers made from tooth colored filling material, or composite bonding, this is a one appointment process in which the dentist will remove a small amount of tooth structure and bond filling material to your teeth. This type of veneer is not as long lasting and doesn’t resist staining as well as a porcelain veneer.

What are the advantages of dental veneers?

The preparation of veneers preserve the most amount of tooth structure, as very little needs to be removed.  They can improve the appearance of your teeth, and gum tissues respond well to dental veneers.  The color can be custom selected, and in the case of porcelain veneers they are stain resistant.

What are the drawbacks of dental veneers?

Once you have had your tooth prepared for the veneer, the process is not reversible. In the case that a veneer cracks, it is difficult to repair without having to replace the entire veneer. It is important to not have habits like pen-chewing or nail-biting as these can crack the veneer. Veneers are not a good option for people with poor gum health. In addition, people who grind or clench their teeth are at risk for chipping or cracking their veneers. Lastly, veneers are still susceptible to decay so it is important that you maintain optimal oral health and visit your dentist regularly.

Who is a good candidate for porcelain veneers?

If you have stained or chipped teeth, you might be interested in veneers as they will cover up your existing teeth.They are also a popular treatment for smile makeovers or for individuals who want their dream smile.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Dentist Nutley NJ   

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes patients to quit breathing many times throughout the night. Believe it or not, this could actually be happening hundreds of times for those who suffer from severe sleep apnea. If you are suffering from sleep apnea, the condition can be debilitating, but the good news is there are solutions.

CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure therapy, offers patients clear breathing while they sleep by wearing a mask that delivers a constant stream of oxygen throughout the night. 

Many patients find the mask to be uncomfortable to wear at night, or the machine too loud, so it interferes with their sleep. Dr. Richard Tom offers an alternative solution for treating sleep apnea by using an oral appliance that slightly repositions your jaw to open your airways for clear breathing during the night. This can be combined with traditional CPAP therapy for more severe cases of sleep apnea, or sometimes it may replace CPAP therapy altogether.

If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea, or perhaps you have a CPAP appliance that you’re uncomfortable with, contact RT Dental today. Find out more about how Dr. Tom can help you successfully manage your condition more comfortably.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Veneers are thin durable shells made of tooth colored materials that are bonded to the surface of a tooth to enhance its appearance.

What are the types of veneers?

Porcelain and composite bonding are the most common veneer materials. Composite veneers are made of a resin that is shaped and bonded to a tooth to enhance the appearance. Porcelain veneers are usually made in a lab and are more resistant to staining, compared to other materials. 

Should I choose composite bonding or porcelain veneers?

Ask your dentist which option is best for you.  If the needed changes are minor and the teeth function properly, cosmetic bonding is an appropriate choice.  If teeth are spaced, broken, dark, and/or the patient clenches or grinds their teeth, then porcelain veneers may be the preferred option.

Why do I need dental veneers?

Dental veneers are a great solution for people with discolored, worn down, chipped, misaligned, spaced, uneven or irregularly shaped front teeth.  

What is involved in getting a dental veneer?

Getting a porcelain veneer is usually a multi-step process. The first step is to get a consultation with a dentist. At this visit, you can outline your goals and concerns, and the dentist will explain how veneers will work for you. X-rays or impressions of your teeth may be needed. The second step is to prepare the tooth for the veneer. A small amount of tooth structure is removed and an impression is made. The dentist will then place temporary veneers. At the next appointment, temporaries are removed, and the final veneer is bonded to your tooth.  

In the case of veneers made from tooth colored filling material, or composite bonding, this is a one appointment process in which the dentist will remove a small amount of tooth structure and bond filling material to your teeth. This type of veneer is not as long lasting and doesn’t resist staining as well as a porcelain veneer.

What are the advantages of dental veneers?

The preparation of veneers preserve the most amount of tooth structure, as very little needs to be removed.  They can improve the appearance of your teeth, and gum tissues respond well to dental veneers.  The color can be custom selected, and in the case of porcelain veneers they are stain resistant.

What are the drawbacks of dental veneers?

Once you have had your tooth prepared for the veneer, the process is not reversible. In the case that a veneer cracks, it is difficult to repair without having to replace the entire veneer. It is important to not have habits like pen-chewing or nail-biting as these can crack the veneer. Veneers are not a good option for people with poor gum health. In addition, people who grind or clench their teeth are at risk for chipping or cracking their veneers. Lastly, veneers are still susceptible to decay so it is important that you maintain optimal oral health and visit your dentist regularly.

Who is a good candidate for porcelain veneers?

If you have stained or chipped teeth, you might be interested in veneers as they will cover up your existing teeth.They are also a popular treatment for smile makeovers or for individuals who want their dream smile.

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