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By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
March 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
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What's so special about dental implants — and why should you consider one to replace a missing tooth?

Although they've only been widely available for thirty years, dental implants have climbed to the top of tooth replacement choices as the premier restorative option. Since their debut in the 1980s, dentists have placed over 3 million implants.

There's one overriding reason for this popularity: in structure and form, dental implants are the closest replacement we have to a natural tooth. In fact, more than anything else an implant is a root replacement, the part of the tooth you don't see.

The artificial root is a titanium post surgically imbedded into the jaw bone. Later we can attach a porcelain crown to it that looks just like a visible tooth. This breakthrough design enables implants to handle the normal biting forces generated in the mouth for many years.

There's also an advantage in using titanium dental implants. Because bone cells have a special affinity to the metal, they will grow and attach to the implant over time. Not only does this strengthen the implant's hold within the jaw, the added growth also helps deter bone loss, a common problem with missing teeth.

It's this blend of strength and durability that gives implants the highest success rate for any tooth replacement option. Over 95% of implants placed attain the 10-year mark, and most will last for decades.

Dental implant treatment, however, may not be possible in every situation, particularly where significant bone loss has occurred. They're also relatively expensive, although more cost-effective than other options over the long term.

Even so, implants can play an effective and varied role in a dental restoration. While single implants with attached crowns are the most common type of replacement, they can also play a supporting role with other restorative options. As few as two strategically placed implants can provide a more secure connection for removable dentures or fixed bridges.

You'll need to first undergo a thorough dental examination to see if implants could work for you. From there, we'll be happy to discuss your options for using this "best of the best" restoration to achieve a new, beautiful smile.

If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 101.”


By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
March 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Smile problems? Dentists have a wide array of tools at their disposal for improving the appearance of your smile. Dr. Ronald Schoepflin Smile problems? Dentists have a wide array of tools at their disposal for improving the appearance of your smile. Dr. Ronald Schoepflin at Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, WA, offers a full range of dental services. Here are four different dental treatments you should consider if you want a great smile.  Dental Braces  There are four different kinds of braces people can choose from to improve their smile: metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces, and invisible braces. Braces offer more than just a beautiful smile, they also improve quality of life. Not correcting an abnormal bite could result in further oral health problems, including affected chewing and speech. Orthodontic treatment will improve your ability to chew, speak, and bite correctly.  Dental Crowns  Dental crowns are "caps" that are placed over the teeth -- to restore their size and shape, strength and improve their appearance. When a crown is cemented into place, it fully encases the visible portion of the tooth. Dental crowns are used to restore weakened, badly decayed, damaged, chipped and cracked teeth. All-porcelain dental crowns look great and they match the color of natural teeth exceptionally well.  Dental Bridges  A dental bridge closes the gap created by one or more lost teeth. A bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining a false tooth permanently to surrounding teeth or implants. With a fixed dental bridge, not only can you fill the gap in your smile, you can improve the color and shape of the tooth that you are crowning.  Dental Implants  Dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement. An implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone that allows your Port Orchard dentist to mount false teeth or a bridge into that area. Missing teeth can cause a cascade of oral health problems, including shifting of adjacent teeth and bone loss. With dental implants, you will avoid developing these problems.  Get your dream smile today. Call Schoepflin Dental Excellence at 360-871-2959 to schedule a dental consultation in Port Orchard, WA. We have helped millions of individuals improve their smiles, giving them more confidence and improving the overall quality of their lives. And we can do the same for you.at Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, WA, offers a full range of dental services. Here are four different dental treatments you should consider if you want a great smile.

Dental Braces

There are four different kinds of braces people can choose from to improve their smile: metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces, and invisible braces. Braces offer more than just a beautiful smile, they also improve quality of life. Not correcting an abnormal bite could result in further oral health problems, including affected chewing and speech. Orthodontic treatment will improve your ability to chew, speak, and bite correctly.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are "caps" that are placed over the teeth -- to restore their size and shape, strength and improve their appearance. When a crown is cemented into place, it fully encases the visible portion of the tooth. Dental crowns are used to restore weakened, badly decayed, damaged, chipped and cracked teeth. All-porcelain dental crowns look great and they match the color of natural teeth exceptionally well.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge closes the gap created by one or more lost teeth. A bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining a false tooth permanently to surrounding teeth or implants. With a fixed dental bridge, not only can you fill the gap in your smile, you can improve the color and shape of the tooth that you are crowning.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement. An implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone that allows your Port Orchard dentist to mount false teeth or a bridge into that area. Missing teeth can cause a cascade of oral health problems, including shifting of adjacent teeth and bone loss. With dental implants, you will avoid developing these problems.

Get your dream smile today. Call Schoepflin Dental Excellence at 360-871-2959 to schedule a dental consultation in Port Orchard, WA. We have helped millions of individuals improve their smiles, giving them more confidence and improving the overall quality of their lives. And we can do the same for you.


By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
March 02, 2017
Category: Oral Health
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As is the case with most celebs today, Beyonce is no stranger to sharing on social media… but she really got our attention with a video she recently posted on instagram. The clip shows the superstar songstress — along with her adorable three-year old daughter Blue Ivy — flossing their teeth! In the background, a vocalist (sounding remarkably like her husband Jay-Z) repeats the phrase “flossin’…flossin’…” as mom and daughter appear to take care of their dental hygiene in time with the beat: https://instagram.com/p/073CF1vw07/?taken-by=beyonce

We’re happy that this clip highlights the importance of helping kids get an early start on good oral hygiene. And, according to authorities like the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, age 3 is about the right time for kids to begin getting involved in the care of their own teeth.

Of course, parents should start paying attention to their kids’ oral hygiene long before age three. In fact, as soon as baby’s tiny teeth make their first appearance, the teeth and gums can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Around age 3, kids will develop the ability to spit out toothpaste. That’s when you can increase the amount of toothpaste a little, and start explaining to them how you clean all around the teeth on the top and bottom of the mouth. Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves.

Ready to help your kids take the first steps to a lifetime of good dental checkups? Place a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush, and gently guide them as they clean in front, in back, on all surfaces of each tooth. At first, it’s a good idea to take turns brushing. That way, you can be sure they’re learning the right techniques and keeping their teeth plaque-free, while making the experience challenging and fun.

Most kids will need parental supervision and help with brushing until around age 6. As they develop better hand-eye coordination and the ability to follow through with the cleaning regimen, they can be left on their own more. But even the best may need some “brushing up” on their tooth-cleaning techniques from time to time.

What about flossing? While it’s an essential part of good oral hygiene, it does take a little more dexterity to do it properly. Flossing the gaps between teeth should be started when the teeth begin growing close to one another. Depending on how a child’s teeth are spaced, perhaps only the back ones will need to be flossed at first. Even after they learn to brush, kids may still need help flossing — but a floss holder (like the one Beyonce is using in the clip) can make the job a lot easier.

If you would like more information about maintaining your children’s oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”