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General and family dentistry services
Our dentist and team are thrilled to provide dental care to patients of all ages.
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Each of our team members at Stephen Kwitnicki, DDS is dedicated to your oral health. We offer a wide variety of general and family dental services to protect you and your family’s smiles. Dr. Stephen Kwitnicki, our dentist, is eager to meet you and your family and help all of you have beautiful, healthy smiles. Explore our services below and please feel free to contact us today to learn more about general and family dentistry in Union, New Jersey!
General and family dentistry encompasses a number of dental treatments that are aimed at helping you achieve and maintain optimal oral health for a lifetime. Whether you are bringing your child for a simple dental checkup or you are in need of a more complex restorative procedure like root canal treatment, we are here to care for your family’s smiles. Our experienced dentist is pleased to provide comprehensive general and family dentistry to meet all of your dental needs and goals for a healthy, beautiful smile.
We encourage all of our patients to visit us at least once every six months. During these routine appointments, we will provide a thorough dental cleaning and exam to make sure that your smile is in good health. Depending on your individual dental needs, you may need to come to our office more often. If you notice any type of dental pain or damage, or if you experience a dental emergency, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible to receive the high-quality dental care you need. To learn more about our dental services and to schedule your family’s next visit to our friendly office, we welcome you to contact us today.
We are eager to care for you!
Our dentist may recommend a dental sealant to protect your teeth from decay. Dr. Stephen Kwitnicki and our team want to help your smile to last a lifetime, and we are happy to provide preventive treatments like dental sealants in Union, New Jersey, to protect your oral health. To learn more about our preventive dental services, call us at Stephen Kwitnicki, DDS today!
A sealant is a preventive dental treatment that our dentist may recommend to protect your teeth from decay. A dental sealant is made of a clear or tooth-colored resin material, which is painted onto the chewing surface of the tooth. By blocking out the bacteria and food debris that lead to tooth decay, the sealant prevents decay and cavities. The dental sealant forms a smooth surface over the natural pits and grooves of the tooth surface, which also makes it easier to effectively clean your teeth with normal brushing.
Dental sealants are most often recommended for children; our dentist frequently recommends sealants for the permanent molars as soon as they come in, which is usually between the ages of 6 and 12 years. We may also recommend dental sealants for adult patients whose teeth are prone to decay or for teeth that have not been restored or suffered from decay in the past. We can apply dental sealants in just one short, comfortable visit to our practice. Sealants can be a powerful tool in preventing decay and keeping your smile healthy. To learn more about dental sealants and how we can keep your smile in good health, we
welcome you to call or visit our office today.
White Dental fillings
Traditional metal fillings are reliable and durable, but they can leave unsightly outlines that distract from your smile. Dr. Stephen Kwitnicki is pleased to offer white composite fillings that blend in with the natural color of your teeth and preserve the beauty of your smile. To learn more about getting a white dental filling in Union, New Jersey, and to schedule an appointment with our dentist, please feel free to contact Stephen Kwitnicki, DDS today!
A dental filling is a restoration used to repair minor to moderate tooth damage. We may recommend a filling if your tooth has been damaged by tooth decay (for example, if your tooth has a cavity), or if your tooth suffers from minor fracturing or chipping. The dental filling is used to restore the tooth to its original structure and function and to return your smile to good health. There are two main types of dental fillings available: amalgam fillings and composite fillings.
The process for placing a filling requires just one comfortable visit to our office. Our dentist will first remove the decayed and damaged portion of your tooth, and then clean the tooth to remove all traces of decay. We then fill the tooth with the filling material and shape it to match your tooth’s shape. Finally, the filling is hardened for a lasting restoration.
If your tooth is decayed or damaged, a dental filling may be a great choice for restoring your oral health and function. We invite you to call or visit us today to learn more about dental fillings and to schedule your next appointment with our team.
We look forward to caring for your smile!
Dental inlays & Onlays
To restore a large amount of decay to the crown of your teeth, our dentist may recommend a dental inlay or onlay. We invite you to contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Stephen Kwitnicki to learn more about the benefits of getting a dental inlay or onlay in Union, New Jersey.
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are used to repair damage or decay. If the damage is not extensive enough to warrant the use of a dental crown but is too serious to be repaired with a filling, our experienced dentist may recommend a dental inlay or onlay. Also known as partial crowns, inlays and onlays are custom created from porcelain, composite resin material, or gold. Our dentist will ensure that your custom inlay or onlay perfectly fits your tooth to restore the health, function, and appearance of your smile. Once placed, they are virtually undetectable in the mouth and conserve much of your natural tooth structure.
Both inlays and onlays are used to restore damaged teeth. The difference between a dental inlay and a dental onlay is that an inlay is used when the damage does not reach the cusps of the tooth, while a dental onlay is used when the damage extends to one or more of the cusps. We will help you determine whether you need a dental inlay or onlay to restore your smile.
We welcome you to call or visit us today to learn more about dental inlays and onlays.
We are eager to restore your smile!
If your tooth has been severely damaged, our dentist, Dr. Stephen Kwitnicki, may recommend a dental crown to repair the damage. Crowns are versatile restorations that can effectively improve your oral health, function, and appearance. To learn more and to find out whether a dental crown in Union, New Jersey, is right for you, we invite you to contact us soon at Stephen Kwitnicki, DDS.
A dental crown, or cap, is a restoration that can be used for a number of purposes. One of the most common uses of a dental crown is to restore a tooth that is significantly damaged or decayed. The crown is custom made to fit over the entire tooth, starting at the gum line, in order to restore the tooth to its original shape and size. Dental crowns can be made of gold, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal; porcelain crowns are popular because they match the natural color and appearance of your teeth. Our dentist will help you determine which type of dental crown is right for your smile.
Your smile may benefit from a crown if a tooth is damaged or decayed to the point that a dental filling will not provide a successful restoration. Crowns can also be used for a number of other restorative and aesthetic purposes, including:
- To protect a tooth following root canal treatment
- To anchor and attach a dental bridge
- To cover and complete a dental implant
- To enhance the beauty of your smile
- To improve a misshapen tooth
- To strengthen a tooth that is fractured or weakened
- To support a large filling when little natural tooth structure remains
To find out whether a dental crown is right for you, we welcome you to contact us today!
root canal treatments
Dr. Stephen Kwitnicki is pleased to offer root canal treatment to improve your oral health if your tooth is infected or seriously decayed. Our dentist and team are dedicated to making your root canal treatment as relaxed and painless as possible. If you think you may need a root canal in Union, New Jersey, we invite you to contact us at Stephen Kwitnicki, DDS today.
Commonly called a root canal, root canal treatment is a type of endodontic therapy that is often recommended if the tooth pulp and nerves become infected or damaged. This may occur if injury or decay reaches deep into the tooth, past the outer enamel layer. When left untreated, this type of infection and disease may cause the tooth to die and necessitate tooth extraction. To restore the health of the tooth and avoid the need for extraction, our skilled dentist will remove the infected and injured tissues from within the tooth, clean the tooth, and fill it with a medicated material. We will then cap the tooth with a restoration, such as a dental crown, to return the tooth to its original shape and structure. In most cases, a root canal can be completed in only one or two comfortable visits to our office.
Root canal treatment has a reputation for being a painful treatment. In reality, however, root canal treatment can often be completed with minimal discomfort thanks to advanced techniques, tools, and anesthesia. Our dentist, along with our entire dental team, works hard to provide you with a pleasant, comfortable experience each time you visit our office. To learn more about root canal treatment, we welcome you to contact us today. We are committed to
restoring your smile’s health.
Dr. Stephen Kwitnicki will consult with you to find an effective, comfortable solution if you are missing one or more teeth. One treatment our dentist might recommend is a dental bridge, which spans the gap where one or more missing teeth have been removed. If you have questions about getting a dental bridge in Union, New Jersey, or if you would like to set up an appointment with our team, please contact us today.
If you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth in a row, we may recommend a dental bridge to restore your smile. A bridge is a fixed dental restoration, meaning it is non-removable. The dental bridge is anchored in place through the use of two dental crowns, which are custom made to fit your smile and are placed on the teeth or dental implants next to the space left by the missing tooth. These crowns hold the artificial tooth in place to restore your smile, ensuring that your restoration will not easily shift or come loose. It typically requires only two visits to our practice to complete the dental bridge. Dental bridges are designed to last for many years and to restore the function, beauty, and health of your smile.
Our dentist may recommend a dental bridge to improve your smile by:
- Restoring your ability to speak, eat, and chew as normal
- Alleviating excess stress on the bite
- Improving the shape and volume of your face
- Replacing an unwanted removable partial denture
- Preventing the remaining natural teeth from moving out of position
- Enhancing the appearance of your smile
We will help you determine whether a custom dental bridge is the right choice for restoring your smile after tooth loss. For more information,
please call or visit us today.
If you are missing several or even all of your teeth, we can restore your mouth to a full and radiant smile. Dr. Stephen Kwitnicki, our dentist, will fit you with a set of dentures that will give you a real reason to smile. Schedule an appointment at Stephen Kwitnicki, DDS today to see if dentures in Union, New Jersey, are right for restoring your smile!
Dentures are removable oral appliances used to replace multiple missing teeth. If you are missing several teeth or all of your teeth, dentures might be just what you need to restore the function, beauty, and health of your smile. There are two kinds of dentures: complete dentures and partial dentures.
- A complete denture is used to replace all of the teeth in a full dental arch. We may suggest a complete denture to replace all of the teeth in both arches or just one, depending on your individual needs. Our dentist may suggest using a denture adhesive for improved stability.
- A partial denture is used if you are missing multiple teeth but have remaining natural teeth. A partial denture often includes a thin framework or clasps that attach to the natural teeth for a secure fit.
Our dentist may recommend complete or partial dentures to restore your smile if you are missing multiple teeth; dentures can improve your ability to properly speak and eat, restore your natural facial volume, and enhance the overall beauty of your smile. Your dentures will be custom made to fit your smile comfortably, aesthetically, and securely. We invite you to call or visit us soon to learn more about how dentures
can improve your smile!
Temporomandibular joint pain can be an awful distraction and make many daily experiences very painful. When you come to Stephen Kwitnicki, DDS, our dentist can assist you in finding the right treatment to relieve your pain so you can live your life without the distraction of an aching jaw. If you have persistent jaw pain, please contact our office today to learn more about our treatments for the TMJ in Union, New Jersey, and to schedule your personalized visit with Dr. Stephen Kwitnicki.
The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, or the joint that connects the lower jaw to the rest of the head. The term “TMJ” is often used to refer to TMJ disorder, also called TMD, which occurs when the jaw joint becomes stressed, injured, or misaligned. TMJ disorder may result due to several different factors, such as stress, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), arthritis in the TMJ, or trauma and injury to the head, neck, or jaw.
You may suffer from TMD if you experience frequent jaw pain or facial pain. TMJ disorders may also cause:
- Grinding, clicking, or popping sounds in the jaw when you open and close your mouth
- Inability to open your mouth wide to speak, yawn, or chew
- A locked or stuck jaw
- Pain when chewing and biting
- Pain in the neck, shoulders, or ears
- Frequent headaches
Our dentist can help you determine the cause of your TMJ disorder and recommend the appropriate treatment. Treatment for the TMJ will depend on the cause and severity of your TMJ disorder. TMD treatment may include jaw and facial relaxation exercises, lifestyle changes, restorative dental treatments, a mouth guard or night guard, or jaw surgery. To learn more about TMJ treatment and to schedule your consultation with our dentist, we encourage you to
contact us today.
Sometimes a tooth is too damaged to repair, and the tooth must be removed. Our dentist, Dr. Stephen Kwitnicki, will help you feel comfortable and relaxed for the procedure. Our team at Stephen Kwitnicki, DDS is committed to keeping your mouth healthy and you comfortable during your treatment.
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth. While we strive to avoid the need to remove a tooth whenever possible, certain conditions may make tooth extraction the most effective option for returning your smile to good health and function. Following the tooth extraction, we are happy to provide you with one of our excellent tooth replacement treatments, if needed, to restore your smile to optimal health, beauty, and function.
Several conditions may necessitate tooth extraction. Among these are:
- Severe infection that has destroyed a significant portion of the tooth and supporting bone structure
- Serious decay that has damaged a tooth beyond repair, making a successful restoration impossible
- Crowding caused by too many teeth to properly fit in the mouth
Our dentist uses great care and skill when performing a tooth extraction to ensure that your dental experience is as comfortable and painless as possible. We will also provide you with detailed post-treatment care instructions so you can properly take care of your smile as it heals.
EXTRACTION SITE PRESERVATION
After an extraction, the bone that held the tooth in place may start to degrade or wear away. Our dentist, Dr. Stephen Kwitnicki, will help you preserve the bone and socket as part of his treatment plan with a procedure known as extraction site preservation.
Following tooth extraction, the bone at the extraction site begins to resorb (shrink). Bone resorption can make placing tooth replacements, such as dental implants, more difficult or even impossible. In addition, shrinkage in the bone can cause cosmetic consequences, such as a “sunken” appearance of the bone and gum tissue. To prevent these consequences, our skilled dentist may recommend extraction site preservation.
Extraction site preservation ensures that the bone is maintained to allow for successful placement of dental implants or other tooth replacements, as well as enhancing the appearance of your smile. We may recommend a bone graft to ensure that the bone does not resorb. In many cases, the extraction site preservation service can be performed at the same time as the tooth extraction to ensure optimal results. This also saves you time by allowing you to complete both treatments in just one visit to our office.
Our dentist will help you determine which type of bone graft or other extraction site preservation options are right for your individual dental needs. We welcome you to call or visit our dental office today to learn more about extraction site preservation and to schedule your next visit to our practice. We are dedicated to caring for your smile,
no matter your needs!
Nighttime can be a surprisingly rough time for your teeth. Tight jaw muscles can cause excess wear on your teeth from grinding and clenching while you sleep. Dr. Stephen Kwitnicki may recommend a night guard to protect your teeth from this wear. Contact us at Stephen Kwitnicki, DDS today to learn more about getting a night guard for teeth grinding in Union, New Jersey, and to schedule an appointment with our dentist.
A night guard is a special type of mouth guard that is used to treat bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching. If our dentist suspects that you suffer from bruxism, we may recommend a night guard to protect your teeth from damage and prevent teeth grinding while you sleep. Many people who suffer from bruxism are unaware of the condition because it occurs while they sleep. Common signs of nighttime teeth clenching and grinding include:
- Chronic jaw pain, facial pain, and ear pain
- Awakening with a tired or tight feeling in the jaw
- Frequent tension headaches and migraines
- Excessive tooth wear, leading to chipped, flattened, cracked, or very worn teeth
- Extremely worn tooth enamel, exposing the inner layers of the tooth
- Indentations on the side of the tongue
- Increased tooth sensitivity
If you notice the signs of bruxism, you may benefit from a custom night guard. This night guard will be custom made to fit your smile comfortably and effectively, allowing you to sleep peacefully while protecting your smile. We invite you to contact us today to learn more about night guards and how we can prevent teeth grinding. We are dedicated to providing the best possible care for your smile.