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Gentle Hands Dental Care
Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

It’s important to us that you feel comfortable enough to come to us with any oral health questions you have. Dr. Van Natta won't just tell you what you need—she will use technology to show you the problem, explain what treatment she recommends, and how it will benefit your long-term oral health. 

Our dental team always welcomes your questions because they help inform us about what matters to you and allow us to tailor your treatment according to your needs. Our Hamilton, NJ patients know they can always turn to us, so we encourage you to do the same.

We’ve shared some common questions we hear below, but if you have others, don’t hesitate to call Gentle Hands Dental Care so we can assist you.

Cosmetic Dentistry

As an experienced cosmetic dentist in Hamilton, NJ, Dr. Van Natta always enjoys the opportunity to help bring out the best in her patients’ smiles. While we do offer aesthetic dentistry, every treatment we perform is done with an eye for aesthetics. Even a tooth-colored filling that’s needed to fix a cavity will leave your smile looking better than when we started.

Cosmetic dentistry at our Gentle Hands Dental Care includes:

  • Dental bonding
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Porcelain dental veneers
  • Teeth whitening
  • Composite veneers
  • Gum contouring
  • All-porcelain dental crowns

If you envy the perfect smiles of your favorite celebrities, the chances are that they’ve had a little help from cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Van Natta customizes smile transformations for her Hamilton, NJ patients to resolve problems like chipped teeth, broken teeth, yellow teeth, and much more. We even offer Invisalign for teens and adults to achieve straight smiles without braces. She would love to work with you to help you get the beautiful smile you know you were born to have.

Call Gentle Hands Dental care today to get started. A helpful member of our team will be happy to help you schedule a cosmetic dentistry appointment at our Hamilton, NJ dental office to get started.

Dental Crowns & Bridges

Our practice is called Gentle Hands Dental Care for a reason; Dr. Van Natta's hand skills are extremely gentle and precise, and she strives to deliver comfortable, stress-free dental care.

Ensuring your comfort is our priority, and every dental treatment we provide is performed with your complete comfort in mind. Updated technology, combined with the support of our caring dental team, ensures that you never have to worry about experiencing discomfort during a dental appointment.

Keep in mind that the mouth is a very sensitive area with a dense blanket of nerve endings. It's the nature of dental treatment to have a little temporary discomfort near the time of the procedure. But at Gentle Hands Dental Care, we work to minimize any discomfort and educate our clients on how to reduce any pain during and after treatment.

With the support of a caring team, comforting amenities, and gentle sedation, if you need it, you can be confident that your appointments with us will be as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

The best way to learn what we offer is to experience it for yourself. Please call our Hamilton, NJ dental office, so we can show you how stress-free your dental care can be!

Emergency Dentistry

Our practice is called Gentle Hands Dental Care for a reason; Dr. Van Natta's hand skills are extremely gentle and precise, and she strives to deliver comfortable, stress-free dental care.

Ensuring your comfort is our priority, and every dental treatment we provide is performed with your complete comfort in mind. Updated technology, combined with the support of our caring dental team, ensures that you never have to worry about experiencing discomfort during a dental appointment.

Keep in mind that the mouth is a very sensitive area with a dense blanket of nerve endings. It's the nature of dental treatment to have a little temporary discomfort near the time of the procedure. But at Gentle Hands Dental Care, we work to minimize any discomfort and educate our clients on how to reduce any pain during and after treatment.

With the support of a caring team, comforting amenities, and gentle sedation, if you need it, you can be confident that your appointments with us will be as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

The best way to learn what we offer is to experience it for yourself. Please call our Hamilton, NJ dental office, so we can show you how stress-free your dental care can be!

The first thing to do when you experience something out of the ordinary with your dental health is to call your Hamilton, NJ emergency dentist.  We understand how upsetting an unexpected dental problem can be, and we want to make sure you get the prompt treatment and relief you need.

With more than ten years of experience, Dr. Rae Van Natta has the skills and expertise needed to handle a wide range of dental emergencies:

  • Broken teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Toothaches
  • Lost dental crowns
  • Lost tooth fillings
  • Bleeding gums
  • Infected or abscessed teeth
  • Food stuck between teeth
  • Knocked-out teeth

The first step is to call Gentle Hands Dental Care at (609) 452-7222 and let us know what you’re experiencing. We’ll ask about your symptoms and get you on our schedule for the next available appointment.

If you’re in pain and it’s during our regular business hours, we can probably see you the same day to provide the relief you need. After hours, call our main number, and Dr. Van Natta will get right back to you.

She will provide the emergency dental treatment at our Hamilton, NJ dental office that you need to get you back to feeling like yourself again. Please call us so we can help you!

General Dentistry

A root canal is a procedure that we need to perform to treat an infected or abscessed tooth to save it from extraction. Contrary to what you think you know, a gentle root canal performed by a skilled Hamilton, NJ dentist like Dr. Van Natta is comfortable and stress-free.

An infection develops when bacteria enter the innermost part of your tooth called the pulp chamber and is often accompanied by swelling, pain, and sensitivity. This can occur due to previous dental work, advanced tooth decay, or traumatic injury to the tooth. 

Just like an infection in any other part of your body, Dr. Van Natta needs to treat an infected tooth, and the solution is a root canal. The first step is an x-ray to determine the location and extent of the infection. We need to clear out all the infected pulp from inside your tooth, fill the hollowed-out space, and place a temporary filling on the tooth.

Dr. Van Natta will prescribe antibiotics if needed and leave the tooth to heal for about two weeks. In many cases, she will recommend placing a dental crown on the tooth to protect it and allow you to use the tooth.

If you have a toothache, it may be a root canal infection. Call our Hamilton, NJ dental office to schedule an appointment so we can provide the relief you need.

Invisalign Clear Braces

The time it takes to achieve a straighter smile with any orthodontic depends on the extent of the problem we need to correct, and that’s different for everyone. Invisalign doesn’t move your teeth faster than traditional braces, but the method it uses is typically more comfortable and convenient for teens and adults.

Straightening your teeth with Invisalign in Hamilton, NJ is convenient and has minimal impact on your daily life. Instead of brackets and wires attached to your teeth, Invisalign clear aligners fit snugly over your teeth like a mouthguard and won’t mar your smile. You’ll wear the aligners for 22 hours a day, but you can remove them for meals and to brush and floss your teeth.

Invisalign treatment is convenient and comfortable and also corrects many of the same problems that traditional orthodontics do. 

  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Overlapped teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Open bite

To see the fastest results in your case, wear your clear aligners precisely as instructed and remove them only for meals and oral hygiene. 

Dr. Van Natta is an experienced Invisalign dentist who has helped many patients who want a straighter smile without metal braces. She would be happy to meet with you to evaluate your needs and help you decide if Invisalign is appropriate for you

Please call our Hamilton, NJ dental office to schedule an Invisalign appointment.

Preventive Dentistry

The American Dental Association states that we all should have at least two dental exams and cleanings per year spaced six months apart. This is the general guideline for those with healthy teeth and gums; if you have gum disease or a history of dental problems, Dr. Van Natta will likely recommend more frequent visits.

If your teeth and gums are healthy, your six-month dental examinations give us an opportunity to check in with you to ensure that your healthy smile stays that way. Teeth cleanings with Dr. Van Natta at our Hamilton dental office remove every trace of plaque and tartar from your teeth and leave you with a fresh, clean smile. Even if you aren’t experiencing any problems now, these routine appointments allow us to look for any signs of decay or infection that might be developing without your knowledge.

Some of our patients have ongoing dental problems or a history of gum disease in the past that requires more frequent teeth cleanings and exams to monitor. Seeing you at shorter intervals allows our Hamilton, NJ dentist to stay on top of these problems before they take over your oral health and lead to costly and involved treatment to correct.

If you’re not sure at which end of the spectrum your oral health falls, call Gentle Hands Dental Care to schedule an appointment. Dr. Van Natta will perform a thorough dental exam and cleaning, and based on her findings, she’ll recommend a schedule that suits your needs.

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