When gaps in your smile are an issue, dental implants offer an effective way to restore your smile. Findlay, OH, dentists Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner discuss the benefits of dental implants.
Dental implants offer a new way to restore missing teeth
If you happened to lose a tooth in the past, you were limited to three restoration options: bridges or full or partial dentures. Although these methods closed the gap in your smile, they completely ignored your roots. Roots not only support teeth but keep them firmly anchored in your mouth.
Comfort can be an issue when you choose restoration options that only focus only on the visible parts of teeth. Dentures can slip and slide, irritating your gums with every bite you take. Both dentures and bridges may reduce your biting power.
Dental implants prevent these problems because they act as replacements for your natural roots. Implants are small titanium posts that a dentist places in your mouth during minor oral surgery. Over the next three to six months, the implant begins to bond to your jawbone. At the end of bonding period, a dental crown is attached to the top of the implant in our Findlay office, which creates a complete new tooth.
Implants provide unique advantages
In addition to offering a more comfortable alternative to traditional restoration methods, dental implants also protect your jaw. Jaw resorption, a common problem after tooth loss, may affect the strength of your jaw. As your jaw recedes, it can't adequately support your facial muscles. Unfortunately, sagging facial muscles can make you look older than you actually are. Tooth loss, another potential consequence of jaw resorption, can occur if you experience a significant change in the strength or depth of your jawbone.
Implants are the only restoration method that can be used no matter how many teeth you've lost. If you've lost one tooth, your crown will be connected directly to your implant. Implant-supported dentures may be attached to a metal framework that's supported by as few as four implants.
Would you like to find out if you're a good candidate for dental implants? Call Findlay, OH, dentists Drs. Bill Anderson and Austin Hoffner at (419) 424-5850 to schedule an appointment.
What your dentists in Findlay want you to know
If you have a painful tooth, your first thought may be to take the tooth out, but that might be a mistake. Once a tooth is removed, you are faced with reduced ability to chew your food, and a smile with an unsightly gap. If you want to replace the tooth, choices can be expensive. Why not try to save the tooth with root canal treatment? Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, OH want to share how a root canal can help relieve your dental pain.
You might need a root canal because a tooth has been traumatized by an accident or injury. You might also need a root canal because of untreated dental decay which has penetrated into the inside of your tooth. Whatever the cause, your tooth can become inflamed, producing pressure and pain.
A root canal treatment relieves pain by removing the diseased and dying tissue from inside of your tooth, eliminating infection and inflammation. Treatment starts with your dentist creating a small opening at the top of your tooth. He inserts small instruments called files into the opening and draws out the diseased tissue through the opening. A sedative material is placed inside your tooth and the opening is temporarily sealed.
The sedative material reduces inflammation and pressure, helping your tooth to calm down. After your pain is gone, the tooth is reopened and a permanent inert material is placed inside your tooth. The opening is sealed permanently with a small metal filling.
It is highly recommended to have a crown placed on a tooth that has had a root canal. That’s because teeth can become brittle and more prone to fracture after having a root canal. Your tooth will need more protection from strong biting and chewing forces.
If you have a painful tooth, before you decide to have the tooth extracted, think about saving the tooth with root canal treatment. For more information about root canals and other restorative and cosmetic treatments, call Dr. Anderson and Dr. Hoffner at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, OH. Get rid of your dental pain by calling today!
In recent years, cosmetic dentistry has come far, implementing tooth-colored restorations and teeth whitening procedures to make your smile look great and function well. If you have considered cosmetic dentistry, it may seem difficult to pinpoint the best cosmetic treatment for you. Find out about some common cosmetic dentistry procedures and how you can determine which one is best for you with Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, OH.
Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
- Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is a surefire way to brighten and whiten your smile. This quick procedure usually takes about an hour, allowing you to add a boost to your look without requiring too much of your time. The process can subtly tweak your smile or lift the color of your teeth up to ten shades, depending on your preference.
- Veneers: Dental veneers cover the surface of your tooth to mask its imperfections. This permanent dental restoration can restore the look of cracked, chipped, yellowed, or severely stained teeth. Veneers can also change the shape of a tooth, evening out the smile.
- Bridges: Dental bridges replace a missing tooth above the gumline. This procedure is ideal for patients who do not have enough remaining bone volume to support dental implants.
- Crowns: A dental crown fits over the top of a tooth to cover it above the gumline, protecting it from future damage and stabilizing the tooth after damage, injury, decay, or a large filling.
- Dental Implants: Dental implants replace a missing tooth both above and below the gumline. Dentists surgically place the implant’s fixture, a small, screw-like titanium post, into the jawbone. The bone grows around the fixture to make it a permanent part of the smile and a sturdy foundation on which a replacement tooth can sit.
Often, cosmetic dentistry procedures can work together to overhaul your smile. The best way to determine the best treatments for you is to sit down with your dentist during a consultation visit. For more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, OH. Call (419) 424-5850 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Anderson today!
Family dentists offer quality care for your entire clan. Findlay, OH, family dentists Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner, share a few reasons that you may want to consider making the switch to a family dentist.
More time for you
You'll need to take more time away from work or your usual activities when you and your kids visit different dentists. If you're like most people, your paid time off is precious. Why waste it on several trips to dentists when one group visit will take care of your family's dental needs?
Unlike dentists who specialize in one age group or one specialty, family dentists see patients of all ages and treat many types of dental issues. They have the skills and expertise needed to provide a variety of dental services, including:
- Fillings to restore decayed teeth
- Sealants to prevent cavities in children's molars and pre-molars
- Gum disease treatment
- Crowns and bridges to strengthen, repair and replace teeth or improve the way they look
- Veneers to conceal imperfections in tooth enamel
- Dentures and dental implants to replace missing teeth
- Invisalign to straighten crooked teeth and correct bite problems
- Bonding to repair teeth or improve their appearance
- Root canal therapy
- Teeth whitening
When the whole family visits the same dentist, you'll never have to find a new dentist for your child once he or she reaches adulthood. Regular visits to a family dentist help children become more comfortable with the idea of dental visits and treatments.The entire staff at our Findlay office is committed to making dental visits a positive, pleasant experience for young children.
Isn't it about time you made the switch to a family dentist? If you would like to schedule your family's next appointments, call Findlay, OH, family dentists Drs. Bill Anderson and Austin Hoffner at (419) 424-5850.
When a tooth is cracked, infected (abscessed) or deeply decayed, an individual may consider getting it extracted. However, tooth extraction causes problems of its own: gum and bone recession, an unattractive smile gap, and compromised biting and chewing to name a few. If you are suffering from an ailing tooth, do you have a way to salvage it? A root canal from your Findlay, OH, dentist, Dr. Bill Anderson or Dr. Austin Hoffner, may be the right restorative treatment for you.
What is a root canal?
What people call a root canal is more properly termed root canal therapy or endodontics. This precise restorative treatment removes the soft pulp from the vertical chambers, or root canals, which make up the inside of each tooth. Root canals contain connective tissue, blood vessels and nerves which help a tooth develop. However, as a person matures, the tooth can function well without it.
Symptoms that you may need root canal treatment are:
- Dental pain or sensitivity when biting, chewing or consuming hot or cold menu choices
- Throbbing toothache
- Foul-tasting drainage
- Bad breath
- Serious fracture of tooth enamel
- Multiple and deep fillings
- Congenital malformation of a tooth
Your dentist in Findlay will determine if a root canal is right for you by visually examining the tooth and taking digital X-rays to visualize the roots and surrounding bone.
Contrary to what people think about root canal therapy, the procedure takes just two visits to Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center. Straightforward and relatively quick, this restorative treatment does more to relieve pain and discomfort than it does to cause it.
In fact, root canal therapy usually requires nothing more than a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. Plus, at-home recovery is quick with over the counter analgesics as needed and a soft diet for a day or two.
What happens during the procedure?
After determining you are a candidate for root canal treatment, your dentist will numb the tooth and drill a very small hole into the root canal. There are as many as four chambers inside a tooth. Through the hole, he inserts metal files of increasing size to remove the diseased tooth pulp and smooth the canal sides.
The next step is filling the chamber with a natural putty called gutta-percha. It seals and protects the chamber. After treating all the canals as needed, the dentist places a temporary filling or dental crown to protect and cover the tooth.
After a week or so, you return to Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center for installation of a customized porcelain crown. This permanent restoration realistically rejuvenates the aesthetics and oral function of the tooth.
Teeth treated with root canal therapy can last as long as your other teeth, says the American Association of Endodontists. Simply brush and floss as you normally would, and see Dr. Anderson or Dr. Hoffner semi-annually for routine exams and cleanings.
Save that tooth
And relieve your discomfort, too. Please contact Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findley, OH, today for an appointment: (419) 424-5850.
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