3-Tooth Solution For A 1-Tooth Problem?

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If you have a missing tooth and want to restore that gap in your smile, a dental implant from Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas may be a solution for you.

Dental implants have quickly become the tooth replacement option of choice for millions of people. Dental bridges are another option, but are an older technology with some drawbacks:

  • They are a 3-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem—the adjacent teeth must be prepped and crowned to hold the replacement (floating) tooth.
  • It is hard to properly clean the small areas under the bridge.
  • A dental bridge does not guard against bone recession at the extraction site.

How are dental implants better than bridges?

  • It is a 1-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem.
  • It is usually stronger.
  • Will cut down the risk of bone recession (as compared to a bridge) because it replaces the tooth root.
  • It is usually easier to keep clean which results in a lower risk of decay.
  • They last longer.
  • Dental implants can also support a denture or partial denture.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas we have restored many smiles with dental implants. Richardson, Plano, and Prestonwood have received them, and also come to us for complete general dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

 

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4 Oral Ailments To Discuss With Your Dentist

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This article is about some of the most frequent conditions that should be discussed with us, at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas.

There is a solution for each one of these issues.

  • Tooth Decay. This is easily the most common dental problem. Tooth decay, or cavities, occur when plaque combines with the sugars and/or starches in food to produce acids that attack tooth enamel. We can always do a drill-and-fill, but prevention via regular brushing and flossing is best.
  • Dry Mouth. Also known as xerostomia, this lack of saliva is very bothersome and can predispose you to a host of dilemmas such as decay and gum disease. It’s a common side effect of prescription medications, so make sure to bring a list of current prescriptions with you to your appointment.
  • Jaw Issues. If you suffer from jaw pain or notice a clicking sound, be sure to schedule an appointment with us immediately. These symptoms can be signs of a condition called temporomandibular disorder, or TMD.
  • Teeth Grinding. If you’ve been stressed out and find that you’ve been grinding your teeth, discuss it with us. An oral appliance can make all the difference.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, the dental health of our patients is always our top priority. Patients from Richardson, Plano, and Prestonwood come to our office for general and restorative dentistry, and much more. Please call to schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today!

Contact Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

 

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The 411 on TMJ

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Do you have unexplained pain or clicking sounds in your jaw? They can be signs of a TMJ disorder, which is treatable at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas.

Some conditions with the jaw and the muscles that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). But it’s also commonly called TMJ, because that’s the acronym for the name of the joint. Technically, that’s not correct.

“Temp-or-o-man-di-what?!

Let’s consider what this means. The word temporomandibular (pronounced ‘temp-ur-o-man-di-bye-ler) is defined as ‘of, relating to, being, or affecting the joint that connects the temporal bone and the mandible.’

(We are not betting people, but if we were, we would bet that you did not foresee an anatomy lesson from your dentist.) The temporal bones are present at the sides and base of your skull, and incorporate five parts, the squama, the petrous, mastoid, tympanic parts, and styloid process. The mandible is the lower jaw, and, anatomically speaking, holds your whole face together.

What are the signs of TMD?

If you have jaw problems, either due to a crash, arthritis, misalignment of teeth or jaw, teeth grinding and clenching, poor posture, or chewing gum, you may experience:

  • tooth grinding or clicking
  • jaw pain
  • earaches
  • popping sounds in your ears
  • headaches
  • stiff or sore jaw muscles
  • locking of the jaw joint
  • pain in the temple area

Quite often, TMJ symptoms will go away on their own. Some people who experience TMD notice flare-ups when they are under a lot of stress.

TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition because facial pain can result from so many things. A correct diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.

If you think you might have TMJ/TMD, give us a call at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas. We’ve treated patients in Richardson, Plano, and Prestonwood, who also come to us for complete general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

 

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Dental Implant Success: The Odds Are In Your Favor

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People thinking about replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant from Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas usually want to know about the implant success rate.

In case you are unfamiliar with dental implants, we’ll describe them:

A dental implant is a metal post that acts as a replacement tooth root. The implant is inserted into the jaw and within a few months, fuses with the bone. Implants provide a solid foundation for an artificial tooth, bridge, or dental arch.

Dental implants:

  • Are strong and immovable
  • Blend perfectly with your natural teeth
  • Help you speak and eat normally
  • Prevent bone loss that can arise when a tooth is extracted
  • Prevent issues associated with dentures

Evaluating Dental Implant Success Rates

One of the remarkable things about dental implants is their success rate, which is greater than ninety percent.

Implants are usually made from titanium, which is very compatible with the human body. Cases of rejection are rare. As good as their success rate is, researchers predict that in the future it will be even higher.

No wonder dental implants have been hailed as one of the greatest advances in dentistry!

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, dental implants have restored countless smiles. People from Richardson, Plano, and Prestonwood come to us for implants and other restorative dentistry procedures. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

 

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Discover Why Patients Trust Their Smile To Dr. Howard Kessner

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At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas we know there are a lot of other dentists out there. That’s just one reason why we work so hard to provide excellent dental care and build patient trust.

We may provide the dentistry, but it’s not about us, it’s about you. From the dentist to the hygienist to the folks at the front desk, we make it a point to address your needs and concerns.

When you’re settled into the chair in our examination room, communication is key. We’ll explain everything that is going on: during an appointment, and with any necessary procedures.

Dentistry can be a little jargony, and if an explanation of a diagnosis isn’t clear, we encourage you to ask questions. We always want you to be aware of the time and the costs that are involved.

We always see each patient as an individual. We’ve heard about other practices that rush patients through their office, like a car through a car wash. No one wants to be treated like that! To us you’re a person, not just another set of teeth.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas we want you to leave our office with a smile on your face – a beautiful, healthy smile! Find out why patients from Richardson, Plano, and Prestonwood trust us with their smiles. Our services include general and restorative dentistry, and much more. Please call our office to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

 

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Posted in Dental checkups, Dental health, General dentistry

Swollen Gums?

If Your Gums Are Swollen And Sore, Call Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

If you are worried about swollen gums or an aching tooth, you’re are not alone. You should have your symptoms checked out right away, because they could be a sign of gum disease, a serious but treatable condition at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas.

Gum disease is progressive. Before it reaches the advanced stage it is called gingivitis, which is inflammation in the gums. An early sign of gingivitis is bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth.

Gingivitis develops when plaque is not adequately removed from your teeth. You remove it by brushing and flossing. The good news is that gingivitis is easily reversible. If you’re diagnosed with it, you need to step up your brushing and flossing, and get a professional cleaning by a dental hygienist.

Advanced gum disease develops when gingivitis is not treated. Toxins build up in the plaque on your teeth and invade gum tissue. Not only that, it gets into the bone and ligaments that support the teeth. The teeth can actually become loose.

Severe cases may require surgery, but first is a non-surgical treatment called scaling and root planing, or SRP. We scrape plaque and tartar off the surfaces of your teeth and root surfaces. From there, any roughness on the roots is smoothed to prevent bacteria from accumulating there.

It usually takes more than one appointment to complete SRP. But once it’s over, the gums will heal and reattach to the teeth. After a few weeks we’ll evaluate the procedure to determine whether additional treatment is necessary.

Gum disease can be avoided with proper dental care. Like we always say, brush and floss twice a day to maintain good dental health. Patients from Richardson, Plano, and Prestonwood have sought gum disease treatment at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas. We also offer complete general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

 

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When It’s Better Not To Brush

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Though thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body and has the critical job of preserving teeth from constant use and the continual assault of chemicals in food and drink. Enamel also safeguards tooth nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. In this post from Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas we discuss tooth enamel, and how you can protect it.

Cuts heal. Bruises fade. Broken bones mend. The body’s ability to heal itself is truly incredible. But tooth enamel is different. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

It may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes it is better NOT to brush immediately after eating. Specifically, after eating acidic items. The acid weakens the enamel which can be further weakened by brushing. Waiting 60 minutes will allow the acid to dilute. Rinsing immediately after eating acidic foods is useful, however, because it washes away some food particles and speeds up the dilution of the acid.

Some people don’t realize that dry mouth can cause or exacerbate enamel erosion. The calcium and phosphate in saliva guards your enamel. When there is little saliva, the enamel is left unprotected. Chewing stimulates saliva production but constant snacking is not the solution for dry mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum and sipping water periodically can stimulate saliva production between meals without increasing the risk of or upping your calorie intake.

Moreover, tooth grinding wears enamel away. If you are one of the many Dallas residents who grinds their teeth at night, it’s important to get a mouthguard ASAP.

If you sip soda, tea, or coffee all day, we suggest you switch to water to halt any enamel erosion that has already occurred. It may be a hard change to make – but if you are successful – your teeth will thank you for it.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we want all our patients to protect their tooth enamel. Patients from Richardson, Plano, and Prestonwood come to our office for general and restorative dentistry, and much more. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

 

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Posted in Dental checkups, Dental health, General dentistry

Smile Perfection

North Dallas low cost teeth whiteningAt Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas we are dedicated to smile perfection. We use cosmetic dentistry to transform ordinary smiles into smile masterpieces.

Here are some of the procedures we use in smile makeovers.

Implant Dentistry
Dental implants are the ultimate tooth restoration. A dental implant is a metal post that is inserted into your jawbone. The post replaces the root of the missing tooth.

After a few months, it fuses with your jawbone to provide a solid base. One implant can support one artificial tooth, while several can support a dental bridge, or even a full denture arch.

Dental Crowns
A mainstay of dentistry, dental crowns are better than ever. New fabrication technologies and materials have improved their aesthetics and stability.

Veneers
A veneer is a more conservative treatment than a full crown. This is a good choice for people whose teeth are structurally sound but have unsightly issues such as discoloration, chips, cracks, or imperfect shape.

Inlays/Onlays
Inlays and onlays (indirect fillings) are designed and created using dental CAD/CAM software. These fillings are strong, attractive, and precisely fitted to the cavity.

Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is the crowning touch for a dazzling smile. We offer Opalescence whitening, a professional-strength system available for in-office or take-home treatment.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we improve smiles with cosmetic dentistry every day. Patients also come to our office from Richardson, Plano, and Prestonwood for our full range of restorative dentistry services. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

 

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Treatment For Sensitive Teeth

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There are lots of people out there who feel pain when they sip coffee or eat ice cream, or take a bite out of something hard. If sensitive teeth are a problem for you, talk to us about it at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas.

In many cases, sensitive teeth respond to something as simple as changing toothpaste. Most major toothpaste brands have a sensitive teeth version of their products. They can be very effective; many patients say they’ve helped within a week or so of use.

A possible cause of sensitivity is receding gums, which exposes microscopic holes in the teeth. When that happens, food and drinks that are hot or cold reach nerve cells that cause pain. We can evaluate the state of your gums, and whether something like the way you brush your teeth is a contributing factor.

There could also be a worn filling or new cavity. Treatment for that is as simple as replacing a worn one or filling the new cavity.

The important thing is to let us know what’s going on. At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas our patients come from Richardson, Plano, and Prestonwood for restorative dentistry, free second opinions, and much more. Call our office to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

 

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Posted in Dental checkups, Dental health, General dentistry

Bridging The Gap

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Do you have a missing tooth that is detracting from your otherwise pleasant smile? At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we can fill the gap with a dental bridge.

A bridge includes two or more crowns on either side of the gap created by your missing tooth. These two anchoring teeth permit a false tooth to be held in place where the missing tooth should be.

The false tooth that is placed in the gap is called a pontic. Bridges can contain one or more pontics. A pontic can be matched to the surrounding teeth if you choose a porcelain material. If you’d like, a pontic can also be fabricated using gold or an alloy.

Patients from Richardson, Plano, and Prestonwood come to Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas for bridges, complete general dentistry, and other services. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

 

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