Do I Floss My New Tooth Implant?

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After one of our patients gets a dental implant from Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, one of the first things we discuss is how to care for it. Most patients ask: is it any different than caring for natural teeth? Do I need to change my flossing technique?

The answer is: it’s similar, but not exactly the same. A dental implant requires brushing and flossing, not much different than the way you’ve always done it. The implant area is prone to plaque build-up and inflammation, if not cleaned every day.

The flossing method for an implant goes like this:

Criss-Cross Shoe Shine

Insert the floss behind the implant and bring both ends through to the front. Cross the strings, and swap hands so your hands aren’t crossed. Now move in a shoe-shine motion to clean all around the implant.

Some people find that dental tape is easier to work with, and does a better job, than standard string floss.

Gentle and Thorough

When brushing, use a soft toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste. We can give you a recommendation. Vigorous brushing can damage the soft tissues in your mouth and result in gum recession.

Manual, Electric, or Sonic Brush?

You can use a manual brush, but if using one is difficult, try an electric or sonic style.

Some patients are advised to use an interproximal brush to clean around the implant area.

You may also be prescribed an antimicrobial mouth rinse. This is an measure of protection if you have restricted mobility or are susceptible to inflammation.

If this sounds like extra effort, rest assured it is worth it. Dental implants are one of the most important advances in the history of dentistry, and they’re available at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas. We also offer general dentistry, and many other services. 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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Our Standard Of Excellence

At Dr Howard Kessner DDS General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we are dedicated to the dental health of each one of our patients. We want everyone who settles into one of our chairs to have a good experience. But just as important, we want our work to result in healthy teeth and gums that last a lifetime. That is our standard of excellence.

We offer comprehensive services to treat your dental issues, whatever they may be. We promote preventative dental care and education, and view them as the keys to good dental health. That is why we encourage all our patients to see us for a cleaning and checkup every six months.

Regular Checkups

Twice-yearly dental appointments allow us to keep track of the overall health of your teeth and gums. We’ll also do regular screenings for oral cancer, and in our younger patients, make sure their teeth are coming in as they should.

If the eyes are the window to the soul, your dental health is a window to your overall health. The link between dental and general health is by now well-established. Knowing your overall medical history helps us to be informed of your general health.

At Dr Howard Kessner DDS General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, our entire staff wants each one of our patients to have a positive experience in our office. We are all committed to the highest standard of excellence in dentistry. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. 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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Professional Teeth Whitening In Dallas

Professional Teeth Whitening at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

A great smile leaves a lasting impression. Teeth whitening from Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas can improve your appearance and give you a big boost in self-confidence.

It seems like everyone would like to have whiter teeth. That’s not much of a surprise, really: it’s very common for teeth to turn an unsightly yellow or gray as the years go by. This is in no small part ot the things we eat and drink every day.

Smoking, too, really does a number on the whiteness of teeth. It’s really bad for our lungs, of course, but all that smoke really discolors teeth, too. Certain medications also affect tooth color.

The good news is that whiter teeth has never been easier to achieve. Just take a look at all the whitening products in any grocery store and you’ll see what we mean. From whitening toothpastes to strips and other products, there is a lot on the market.

Most of these products do an adequate job of whitening teeth. But to really get great results, you need professional-strength whitening.

We have two options for our patients: the Zoom! in-office whitening system, and a take-home kit. Both do a great job, though one big difference is that the in-office treatment can be completed in just one appointment.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, teeth whitening is just one of the cosmetic dentistry treatments that can turn your smile into something memorable. Call our office to 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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Is Grandpa Smiling?

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How are Americans doing when it comes to the dental health of the 65+ population? Well, at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we’ve got some good news and bad news.

The Good News:

  • Tooth decay rates in older Americans has decreased in the past thirty years.

The Bad News:

  • 25% of people over sixty-five have no remaining teeth
  • Nearly 20% have untreated cavities
  • 10% of adults 65 and over have moderate to severe periodontal disease
  • There is evidence to suggest that advanced gum disease is linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and respiratory disease
  • Most older Americans don’t have dental insurance

Clearly, there is room for improvement. What elements will improve the oral health of older Americans? The National Institutes of Health cite three components:

  • Improved oral health education for the elderly
  • Seniors practicing effective daily oral hygiene
  • Increased access to dental care1

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we are committed to providing all of our patients with comprehensive oral health education and attentive care. Our services include a full range of general and restorative dentistry. Please call our office to 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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How Dental Implants Are Changing Dentures

How Dental Implants are Changing Dentures in DallasIf you are a denture wearer, you know that conventional dentures are not the ideal solution for missing teeth. Implant-supported dentures from Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas are changing the equation.

The problems with conventional dentures include slipping, gum irritation, trouble eating and talking, bone loss, and an inability to taste food. Clearly, dentures do not feel and function like natural teeth.

The good news? Modern dental implant technology offers a better tooth restoration solution. If you currently wear conventional dentures and are not happy with them, implant anchored dentures may dramatically change your life. Your chewing ability will be similar to that of natural teeth and you will be able to eat hard foods again.

Before you pay for another denture reline, ask us about the possibility of dental implants.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we have several types of implant-supported dentures. We offer a full range of dental services, including free second opinions. Call us to 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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Do I Need A Dental Cleaning If I Brush And Floss At Home?

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This post from Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas focuses on professional dental cleanings. You might wonder if you need a professional cleaning if you already brush and floss every day at home.

The answer is yes, you do. Both are vital, because they work together to maintain oral health.

You can maintain your dental health by:

  • Brushing
  • Flossing
  • Having a healthy diet – fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts
  • Regular dental cleanings
  • Regular checkups

Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of your daily care by removing the plaque and tarter that can accumulate in spite of your regular routine. In fact, when plaque hardens in tartar, it can only be removed with the special tools used by a hygienist.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas we want all of our patients to enjoy clean teeth and healthy gums. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call us to schedule your next cleaning and 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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Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in DallasDental crowns have been used in one form or another for over 2000 years. There is evidence that the Etruscans experimented with crowns on teeth using ivory and bone as early as 700 BCE. Those early crowns are, of course, a far cry from what we have today. Dental crowns from Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas are state-of-the-art.

Modern crowns are strong, comfortable and are made to match your surrounding teeth. Also called cap, they cover the entire visible portion of the tooth and are cemented in place.

Crowns are used to strengthen teeth that have been worn down or weakened by decay or injury. Crowns are also used to restore the original shape of a tooth or solely to improve the appearance of a tooth.

The most common types of crowns are:

  • All-porcelain (ceramic)
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal
  • Gold

To find out more about dental crowns and other restorative dentistry options, call us at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas to schedule an appointnent.

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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Into The Thick Of It, The Skinny On Toothpaste

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This post from Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Dallas answers some common questions about toothpaste.

Why does toothpaste seem gritty?

The abrasive characteristic of toothpaste is to help with removing dental plaque and food from the surface of the teeth. Forceful brushing becomes unnecessary when the abrasives in the toothpaste can snag the mouth’s lingering bits of food and polish the enamel at the same time.

What’s with the strong minty flavors?

Minty flavors are used to encourage continued use of the paste and to freshen breath. However, toothpaste alone is not designed to cure bad breath.

While unflavored toothpastes exist, the world has also seen such flavors as peanut butter, iced tea, and ginger.

What is Fluoride’s place in a toothpaste?

Fluoride occurs in small amounts in plants, animals, and some natural water sources. It is championed for preventing decay and controlling gingivitis. Fluoride is included in many toothpastes to help prevent tooth decay.

How are toothpaste and flossing related?

Brushing and flossing help you avoid bacterial growth, tooth decay, and plaque build-up by simply removing chunks of food or substances that could break down the tooth.

Finally, what about the relationship between toothpaste and mouthwash?

The use of mouthwash cannot replace regular brushing and flossing. Mouthwash (or fluoride rinse) simply adds yet another powerful layer of defense against bacterial growth in the mouth.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we want all our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. That means brushing and flossing twice a day! We offer general and cosmetic 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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What Is A Canted Midline?

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At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we consider many factors when designing a smile for one of our patients. One of the elements involved is the facial midline.

We consider the length and angle of the facial midline to properly position porcelain crowns, veneers, and dental implants. When front teeth restorations do not line up with the facial midline, it is called a canted midline. This is something that experience has taught us to avoid.

Many people do not realize the level of 3-D engineering required in cosmetic dentistry. In addition to the orientation in relation to the facial midline, there is also the angle and size of the teeth in relation to each other and in relation to the size and shape of the lips and gums.

If you are considering an extensive smile makeover, you certainly don’t want to entrust your smile to just any cosmetic dentist.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we use cosmetic dentistry to create beautiful new smiles for our patients, every day. Other services include restorative dentistry. Call us to 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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How Can You Improve Your Smile Quickly?

Porcelain VeneersWith porcelain veneers from Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, you can revamp your smile without significant restorative dental work.

Porcelain veneers are glass-like, wafer-thin covers that are attached to the front of your teeth. Porcelain has been used in dentistry for many years because it is such an excellent match for natural tooth enamel. Porcelain is translucent and can be matched to the color of any tooth. It is stronger than enamel and resists stains.

Dental ceramists who fabricate porcelain veneers are both artists and technicians. They create beautiful paper-thin wafers that adhere to teeth, correcting chips and stains. Porcelain veneers can also straighten crooked teeth for patients who don’t need orthodontic work.

Patients who receive porcelain veneers appreciate the less-invasive process of enhancing their smile. Newer techniques require no removal of healthy tooth enamel.

We would be happy to show you what veneers can do for your smile.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, porcelain veneers are among the cosmetic dentistry services we offer. We also offer 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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