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Posts for: July, 2016

By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
July 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

How dental implants from Port Orchard can enhance your smile

When you think of dental restorations, chances are you think about the unsightly, bulky metal restorations of conventional dentistry. dental implantsDentistry has changed dramatically and have become state-of-the-art, especially when it comes to tooth replacement. Rather than having an ugly metal filling placed in your mouth, you now have a choice of restoration or tooth replacement that enhances your smile, looks totally natural and totally beautiful. Dr. Ronald L. Schoepflin of Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, Washington wants you to know what dental implants can do for your smile.

Your cosmetic dentist in Port Orchard wants you to consider the many reasons why people choose dental implants rather than conventional dental restorations. With proper care and maintenance, dental implants from Port Orchard will provide you with a lifetime of:

  • Stable tooth replacement that doesn’t move around, giving you great chewing function
  • Dazzling smiles, because dental implants repel stains and never decay
  • Naturally beautiful tooth replacement that looks just like your natural teeth
  • Increased convenience because you clean dental implants just like your natural teeth
  • Greater satisfaction because you can eat whatever you want without worry

Dental implants like those from your Port Orchard dentist have a very high success rate of over 95 percent, the highest of any surgical implant. They are also a conservative method of replacing teeth and restoring your smile. That’s because your cosmetic dentist in Port Orchard doesn’t have to prepare the teeth around the implant, as is the case with dental bridgework.

Restorative and cosmetic dentistry are linked together with dental implants, the long-term, high-tech solution to providing you with a beautiful smile and great chewing function. Don’t settle for patching things together with unsightly fillings or appliances that don’t fit well. Choose dental implants and smile with confidence.

It’s time for you to look your best and now you can with dental implants. Your new dental implants are an investment in your smile and in your life, so don’t visit just anyone. You need the skills of a great cosmetic dentist. That’s why you need to call Dr. Ronald L. Schoepflin of Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, Washington. Call today and look forward to enhancing your smile!

By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
July 19, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”

By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
July 04, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you’re considering a dental implant as a replacement for a lost tooth, you’re looking at a restoration method with an amazing 95% success rate after ten years. But that being said there’s still a risk, albeit quite low, the implant might fail.

And if you smoke, the risk is slightly higher. In a recent study of implant patients, twice as many of the failures occurred in smokers compared to non-smokers. If you’re a smoker, you can increase your chances of a successful outcome if you quit the habit.

Nicotine, a chemical within tobacco, is the primary cause for this higher risk. Besides its effect on the pleasure centers of the brain, nicotine also restricts smaller blood vessels that are abundant in the mouth and skin, causing less blood flow. As a result, the mouth doesn’t have as many antibodies and other substances available to fight infection and help traumatized tissues heal.

Because of this, as well as reduced saliva flow due to the habit, smokers have an increased risk of dental disease and are slower to respond to treatment. This can be especially problematic if the gum tissues around an implant become infected, which could lead to a catastrophic failure. Slower healing also impacts the post-surgery period when bone cells in the jaw are growing and adhering to the implant surface, forming a stronger bond.

To avoid these potential risks you should stop smoking before you undergo implant surgery. If you can’t completely kick the habit, you should at least stop a week before surgery and for two weeks after. It’s also critical that you practice good oral hygiene — both brushing and flossing — to minimize the occurrence of dental disease and see us for regular checkups and maintenance appointments.

Taking these steps will greatly increase your chances of being in the vast majority of people who continue to enjoy success with their implants for many years.

If you would like more information on the impact of smoking on dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants & Smoking.”