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Posts for: November, 2016

By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
November 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

How crowns and bridges from Port Orchard can help your smile

If you don’t like your smile because of damaged, decayed or missing teeth, you can restore your smile to greatness. The answer is dental crownsdental crowns and bridges. Dental crowns and bridges have been the treatment-of-choice for decades to give you a strong, beautiful smile. Dr. Ronald Schoepflin at Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, WA wants to help you discover how dental crowns and bridges can help your smile.

Dental crowns can restore the function of teeth that are:

  • Badly damaged or broken
  • Severely decayed or infected
  • Weakened and discolored from root canal treatment

Dental crowns can also restore the beauty of teeth that are:

  • Deeply discolored, stained or unsightly
  • Poorly aligned or slightly rotated
  • Badly restored with huge, ugly metal fillings

When you choose a dental crown you can count on a naturally-beautiful smile. That’s because dental crowns are usually created from pure porcelain. Porcelain is translucent and reflects light, just like your natural teeth. A porcelain crown provides a cosmetically superior look that can’t be matched by metal crowns.

Dental crowns also provide strength unmatched by dental fillings. That’s because a dental crown covers the visible part of your tooth entirely, shielding your tooth from excessive biting forces. In contrast, a dental filling separates your tooth into sections, actually weakening it and making it more prone to breakage when you bite down.

A dental bridge may be needed if you are missing one or more teeth. Modern dental bridgework looks natural and completes your smile. Dental bridges restore your ability to eat the foods you love without worry and allow you to smile with renewed confidence. Dental bridges are permanently cemented, so you don’t have the inconvenience of removing them, unlike partial dentures.

To see amazing before and after photos of Port Orchard patients, please visit the Smile Gallery on Dr. Schoepflin’s website at

If you need dental crowns or bridges, or just want to find out more about how they can improve your smile, it’s time to seek out the experts. Call Dr. Schoepflin at Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, WA. Call today and restore your smile!

By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
November 24, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental care  

You might see your teeth and gums as separate parts of your mouth. But we dentists see them as a unified biological system, each of them contributing to your mouth's various functions: eating, speaking and, of course, smiling.

The teeth-gum-mouth relationship is also a factor when things aren't going well. Tooth decay, for example, doesn't suddenly appear — conditions have to be present in the mouth to cause it. The same can be said for periodontal (gum) disease or bite problems.

So the best approach in dental care is to consider the whole — to first learn all we can about your mouth. We need to understand not only your current problems but also your health history and the unique features of your mouth. With this deeper understanding we can formulate a long-term plan that addresses all your individual needs.

We specifically want to identify your individual oral health risks, from your genetic makeup to any past problems with dental disease or the bite. We then want to assess your current state of health: do you have any presence of dental disease? Is any past dental work failing or in need of updating? Are there any biomechanical issues with the bite or bone loss that need to be addressed?

With this more complete picture, we can then prioritize your care and treatment. Some things like gum disease require immediate attention. Other areas such as bite problems or cosmetic issues may require planning and time to fully address. Our aim, though, is to eventually bring you to as high a level of health as your individual situation will permit.

Once we've achieved an acceptable level of health, our aim is to then maintain that level. This includes monitoring for changes in your oral health and intervening when necessary.

As you can see, establishing a care strategy is only the beginning — and care will always be ongoing. In fact, we'll need to modify your care as new issues arise or you experience the effects of aging. Our end goal, however, always remains the same — to help you achieve and keep the most healthy and attractive mouth possible.

If you would like more information on getting the most from your dental care, 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 “Successful Dental Treatment: Getting the Best Possible Results.”

By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
November 09, 2016
Category: Oral Health

For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.

Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.

If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.

When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.

When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment. Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.

And as for Noah Galloway:  In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!

If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”