Who’s Afraid Of The Big, Bad…Dentist?

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People that suffer from dental phobia (Dentophobia) may take comfort in the fact that it is a fairly common diagnosable mental condition. At least they know they are not alone and that the medical community takes it seriously.

Phobias like Pteromerhanophobia: (the fear of flying) and Acrophobibia (the fear of heights) can be challenging, but a person can live a perfectly healthy life without getting on a plane or riding an elevator to the top of the Chrysler Building.

A person who suffers from dental phobia or dental anxiety is at risk of entering a vicious cycle of declining oral health.

Fear causes the person to forego dental checkups for years. When a minor dental issue (like a tiny cavity) advances until it hits a nerve and results in pain, the patient is forced to visit the dentist.

At this point, the necessary therapy is an involved procedure (possibly an extraction followed by a dental implant). The service reinforces the dental phobia and, once again, the patient stays away from the dentist’s office. That’s how some people end up losing teeth at a relatively young age.

Experts believe that the frequency of dental phobia may be as high as one in four people. Are you one of them?

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we want to help uneasy patients successfully overcome or at least manage their anxiety so they can tolerate twice-yearly checkups and cleanings. Preventive dentistry is the best way to protect teeth and gums.

If you haven’t had a dental checkup in a while, please schedule a consultation. You can communicate with Doctor Kessner about the many options available including behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, and conscious sedation (sleep dentistry).

If you are afraid of going to the dentist, there is hope. At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we have successfully treated many patients just like you. We invite you to request a consultation 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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Keeping Dental Patients Calm Since 1973

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Are you or a family member apprehensive about going to the dentist? Has a past experience with pain or discomfort caused you to start panicking when you think about having your teeth worked on? Have you neglected going to the dentist and fear the amount of work that might need to be completed?

If your past or current situation is causing a lot of anxiety, there are options available to alleviate your fear and reduce (or completely eliminate) your pain with the necessary care. Oral sedation (sometimes called sleep dentistry) has helped countless North Dallas dental patients calmly undergo dental treatment. It is not an experimental procedure but has been used safely in various forms since the 1800s.

To discuss sleep dentistry, call Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry at 972-248-8525 to schedule a no-pressure consultation. Doctor Kessner will explain your sedation options and answer any questions. If you select sedation, Doctor Kessner will refer you to a specialist if necessary (depending on the type of sedation used).

It is important to understand the difference between topical analgesics and sedation which are used both alone and simultaneously. Analgesics help numb the gums and nerves connected with your teeth so you don’t feel the pain. Sedation medications affect the nervous system and deliver a feeling of peace and relaxation. You may choose to be minimally sedated, where you are relaxed but still awake, or choose general anesthesia which renders you completely unconscious. Together, these two solutions dramatically improve the treatment experience for patients suffering from dental anxiety, a very common condition.

Regardless of the type and level of sedation you decide to use, Doctor Kessner will proceed with patience and understanding. Oral sedation assists with making your dental visit relaxed so you can treat all of your dental dilemmas and restore your health. Taking care of cavities, infections, and other pressing problems brings peace of mind and reduces the risk of further damage including tooth loss.

Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas is passionate about oral health and complete patient satisfaction from the first visit through completion of treatment. We offer trusted dental care including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and general dentistry.

 

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 You Eat a Smile-Healthy Diet?

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Today’s post explains how specific foods and eating practices affect our teeth.

The Sugar Problem

Sugars get converted by bacteria in the mouth to acids. It is the acids that begin to assault enamel and initiate decay for men and women of all ages. Fruits have high water content which can dilute the effects of the sugars they contain and get the saliva flowing so they aren’t really forbidden. It’s the chocolate bars, hard candies, cookies, cakes, and pies that are.

Acidic Food Coupling

Oranges, tomatoes, lemons and the like should be eaten as part of a meal to decrease the acidic effects. It is wise to eat a variety of healthy foods such as cheeses, chicken, other meats, nuts, and milk. The calcium and phosphorus will boost tooth remineralization.

Timing of Meals

The more often you eat the more frequently your teeth are subject to the decay process. This can be tempered by selecting healthy snacks. And keep in mind, the later at night you eat the more likely you are to not only eat unhealthy foods, but to skip oral hygiene altogether.

I’m Howard Kessner, DDS at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry. If cosmetic dentistry, including the cost of veneers, the cost of implants, teeth whitening, and the like interest you, call 972-248-8525 to set up a consultation. We can discuss anything from none to Second opinions that lead to more cosmetic and implant restorations. Our consistent staff is ready to make you comfortable.

 

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 You Eat A Tooth-Healthy Diet?

Healthy Teeth and Your North Dallas Diet Maintaining healthy teeth is an important concern for our local North Dallas dental patients. As your Doctor, I’m committed to helping you care for your teeth and keep them healthy. Everyone in the North Dallas knows that maintaining healthy teeth requires thorough daily brushing and flossing. Regular visits to your local North Dallas dental practice is also necessary for preventing cavities and maintaining proper dental hygiene.

We generally forget that maintaining a healthy diet can also be beneficial to your teeth. A diet that includes foods that help your muscles and bones will also help you develop healthy gums and healthy teeth. Examples of local North Dallas foods to include in your diet include foods rich in vitamin B such as breads and cereals. Foods rich in vitamin C, usually fruits and vegetables, help improve the health of your gums. Zinc and magnesium are also good for the health of your teeth and are found in foods like lean beef, fish, and poultry.

Saliva is important to healthy teeth because it helps with maintaining the pH balance in your mouth. Foods high in fiber also encourage saliva production as does the chewing of sugar-free gum. Gum, however, can damage unhealthy teeth or pull out dental fillings, so always use caution when deciding whether to chew gum.

Just as certain diet choices in the North Dallas area can be beneficial to the health of your teeth, others can be detrimental. Foods and drinks that are high in sugars – especially soda and energy drinks – are more likely to form the acids that attack your teeth and result in decay. And while table sugar is often associated with the formation of cavities, other sugars such as glucose, fructose, and maltose are also causes and are often found in juices and sodas. Limiting the consumption of sugars to mealtimes lessens the amount of time your healthy teeth are exposed.

Making good diet choices and limiting between-meal sugar consumption can improve the health of your teeth and gums. If you would like to learn how to better care for your healthy teeth in the Dallas area, contact Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry at 972-248-8525. We would love to hear from you.

-Dr. Howard Kessner

 

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 Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

As I stand over my sink and meditate the frayed bristles of my number one toothbrush, I speculate whether I should replace it.

It’s a good question. We all brush our teeth on a daily basis. Like a good pair of jeans, it seems the more we use a toothbrush, the more comfortable it gets.

As it turns out, that’s not a good thing when it comes to brushing your teeth.

The angle of the bristles on your toothbrush are an important part of cleaning. Straight bristles scrub your teeth and flex your gums. A light circular motion is enough to clean your teeth without causing damage.

Flat or frayed bristles are less successful and can even cause you to work harder. Pressing harder on your teeth can cause damage.

So how often should you change your toothbrush?

Anyone who has worried about changing the oil in their car has learned this basic rule of thumb; change your oil every three months. It’s the same with your toothbrush.

Most dental professionals recommend a new toothbrush every three months. Your local Dallas Texas dental professionals at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry do, too.

The American Dental Association suggests replacing your toothbrush “every three to four months.”

The reasons to replace your toothbrush includes worn bristles and bacteria. Worn bristles, as we have discussed, are less effective.

Bacteria can also built up in the small gaps of your toothbrush and may contribute to decay and bad breath. Make sure you keep your toothbrush in a sanitary location. Allow for good drying to help extend its life.

Regardless of how long it’s been, if the bristles on your toothbrush look like they’re trying to get away from each other, it’s time. Otherwise, change your toothbrush at the start of every new Texas season to keep it fresh and effective.

 

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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Avoid Bone Deterioration Following Extraction

Dallas Jaw Bone Deterioration Hello friends of Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry! In today’s post, we will discuss jaw bone health.

Those tooth roots are important!

To remain healthy and dense, your jaw bone needs to be continuously stimulated by the pressure of chewing, biting, and talking. Each tooth has a root structure the extends into the surrounding bone material. As each tooth absorbs the forces of everyday mouth function, it stimulates blood flow in the bone surrounding the root.

Have you had a tooth extracted?

In some cases, tooth extraction is the only possible dental procedure for people with tooth damage beyond repair. However, we make every effort to save the root structure. When a tooth is extracted, the jaw bone that surrounded the former root structure begins to recede.

A dental implant replaces both the root and the crown of an extracted tooth

Fortunately, tooth implants provide a new, artificial root which helps to keep the surrounding bone healthy and strong. A dental implant is comprised of a strong titanium post which replaces the natural root and eventually integrates into the surrounding bone.

After the implant has been placed and the surrounding bone has healed and integrated with the implant, a post is placed into the implant. The new artificial tooth, or crown, is then attached to the post. Implant restoration is a safe and effective treatment for tooth loss.

Are dental implants a good option for you?

For more specifics about dental implants, call Doctor Howard Kessner at 972-248-8525. The consistent team at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry provide world-class dental treatment for patients in Dallas and the surrounding areas.

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972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

 

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Is Perfect Possible?

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Are you considering a smile makeover? Are you skeptical of promises of a “perfect smile” or a “celebrity smile?” Let’s discuss the most popular cosmetic dental procedures and the results that can be expected.

Composite Veneers

The application of porcelain veneers at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry can remedy many aesthetic dental problems and is generally a better answer than dental bonding.

Veneers can correct chips, cracks, minor tooth misalignment, tooth discoloration, unattractive tooth shape, and disproportionate tooth size. Can a porcelain veneer create a perfect tooth? While a veneer cannot correct a decayed tooth, it can turn an unappealing tooth into an aesthetically perfect tooth.

Tooth Bleaching

Tooth whitening is a non-invasive cosmetic dental treatment that dramatically improves a smile. However, some tooth whitening dentists will guarantee fantastic results for any patient that craves a whiter smile.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we only recommend tooth bleaching for patients that are good candidates for the process. If you have several crowns in the front of your mouth, or gums that have receded, conventional tooth-whitening may not whiten your smile.

Call 972-248-8525 to schedule a tooth-whitening consultation.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Would you like to turn back the clock to your pre-filling smile? It is possible with white fillings at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry. To get an idea of how the inside of your mouth would look without unappealing metal amalgam fillings, have someone without any fillings open their mouth. Do you remember when your mouth looked like that?

These are just a few of the cosmetic dental solutions that create dazzling smiles for our patients. Call 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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Modern Dental Technology Makes Treatment Less Scary

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Many Dallas residents are afraid to go to the dentist. For some individuals with dental anxiety, it’s because they had a painful experience at the dentist when they were young. Others fear needles or a perceived lack of control. Another oft-cited reason individuals are scared of the dentist is the dreaded dental drill.

If you need dental treatment and are putting it off, we have remarkable news. It may not require a dental drill!

Drill-less Dentistry

Drill-less dentistry is frequently called air abrasion or microabrasion. Air abrasion can be used for all types of dental care such as removing tooth decay or preparing tooth surfaces for sealants, bonding or a crown. An air abrasion instrument works like a little sandblaster. It propels a fine stream of particles at the area that would oftentimes be drilled. After the stream of particles strikes and removes the cavities, the materials are suctioned out of the mouth.

What Are the Advantages of Air Abrasion?

Compared with the standard drilling method, the advantages of air abrasion include:

  • Air abrasion produces no heat, pressure, or vibration.
  • Air abrasion may reduce the need for anesthesia, particularly if the cavity is shallow.
  • Air abrasion leaves more of the healthy tooth tissue behind.
  • Air abrasion reduces the risk of fracturing and chipping of the tooth, which some dentists believe can affect the life span of the filling. (WebMD)

Laser Dentistry

Another technology that helps make a dental visit more quickly and less painful is laser dentistry. Pinpoint-precise Diode lasers are typically easier on the patient and require shorter healing times.

Here are some of the ways dentists use lasers:

  1. Tooth decay. Lasers are used to eliminate tooth decay within a tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel for the filling.
  2. Gum disease. Lasers are used to reshape gums and clear away bacteria during root canal procedures.
  3. Biopsy. Lasers can remove a small piece of tissue (called a biopsy) so that it can be examined for cancer.
  4. Lesion Removal. Lasers are also used to remove lesions in the mouth and relieve the pain of canker sores.
  5. Teeth Whitening. Lasers are used to speed up in-office teeth whitening procedures. A peroxide bleaching solution, applied to the tooth surface, is ”activated” by laser energy, which speeds up of the whitening process. (American Dental Association)

Sleep Dentistry

Still not convinced? How about. If advanced technology and equipment don’t ease your mind, consider sleeping through your treatment. At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry we provide several levels of sedation for even the most terrified patients.

Dental problems don’t go away. They get worse. (And that’s the scariest thing of all.)

A compassionate, understanding dental team is just as important as the latest dental technology. At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we understand how debilitating dental anxiety can be. Let us help you through your treatment and get you on the path toward optimum oral health.

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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Will a Dental Implant Cause a Problem With Airport Security?

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Airport security checks might be necessary, but they can be a major annoyance. Emptying your pockets. Pulling your laptop out of your carry-on. Taking your shoes off.

Some people considering whether to get a tooth implant may wonder if it will affect airport security.

Let’s answer the questions commonly asked about dental implants and airport security.

Will a dental implant show up on the metal screening?

Yes.

Will a TSA agent need to run a wand over my jaw?

Not likely. A permanent dental implant has a diameter between 3.4 and 5.5 mm. And the agent can see where it is located.

What about artificial hips and knees?

Prosthetics and metal joint replacements may trigger a secondary screening. We have never heard of an incident where a dental implant prompted a wand or intrusive body check.

A permanent dental implant is still the wisest option for restoring a lost tooth

The very slim chance that it could delay you at an airport screening checkpoint is no reason to avoid getting a dental implant.

A tooth implant is a permanent replacement for all parts of the tooth. It consists of three parts: the post (usually titanium), the abutment, and the restoration.

Tooth implants are used in a variety of applications for men and women of all ages. For instance, an implant can support a crown. Multiple implants can support bridges and dentures. But not everyone is an ideal candidate.

We answered the FAQs about implants and airport security. Here are some other critical questions.

  • Have you lost one or more natural teeth?
  • Do you want a permanent restoration?
  • Do you want a restoration that looks natural?
  • Do you want a restoration that retains natural chewing function?
  • Are you in reasonably good health?
  • Do you have healthy gums?
  • Do you have a healthy jawbone?

If you answered yes to these questions, give us a call today to schedule a consultation.

 

 

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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You May Have Gingivitis

Affordable Dallas Dentistry Every person’s mouth provides a cozy home for over 600 types of bacteria. If you are committed to oral hygiene and have healthy gums, these microbes usually don’t impact your health. However, if you have gum disease, bacteria can enter your bloodstream through your gums and cause problems.

The first sign of gingivitis is swollen, sore gums.

Gingivitis is the term for Stage 1 gum disease. At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we routinely discover gingivitis in patients who are not even aware that they have the condition.

It is important for people to understand that it is not normal for gums to bleed when they are brushed or flossed. Sore, swollen, or bleeding gums are an alert that something is out of order.

If you haven’t had an oral examination in a while and live in the North Dallas area, call Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry at 972-248-8525.

DoctorKessner will carry out an intensive examination of your teeth and gums and take time to discuss the results and recommendations with you.

Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is a full-service dental practice at 7522 Campbell Rd #120 in Dallas. We provide comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry for patients who live in Dallas and the nearby communities of Richardson, Plano and Prestonwood.

During your dental consultation, we can review any cosmetic or restorative care in which you are interested. Some of the procedures that we use to achieve remarkable smiles are porcelain veneers, orthodontics, dental implants, and tooth bleaching.

If you haven’t had your teeth cleaned in a while, we invite you to schedule an extensive cleaning. Our hygienists are skilled professionals who complete the ultimate in dental deep-cleanings.

Oral health and overall health go hand in hand. Schedule a dental consultation today by calling 972-248-8525.

 

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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