Getting Ready For A Dental Implant?

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This post from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City concentrates on the preparation required for a dental implant.

What is a dental implant?

Simply stated, a dental implant is a titanium post inserted into the jawbone. The bone and the post grow together and become a solid foundation for one or more artificial teeth. This foundation is so strong that implant-supported teeth  function like natural teeth; most patients have normal biting and chewing power.

Who can benefit from dental implants?

Ideal candidates for a dental implant include patients with missing teeth, dentures, or bridges who have healthy oral tissue, ample bone structure, and are in good overall health. For most patients who have lost teeth, dental implants are a good option.

What preparation is needed?

Dental implants take multiple visits and the process varies from patient to patient. If we determine that you don’t have enough bone mass at the implant site, bone grafting can promote new bone growth.

The dental implant process can take up to a year, start-to-finish. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we have placed them in patients from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay. People also come to our practice for our complete general dentistry services. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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Is Your Smile Holding You Back?

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In this post from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we begin with something we’d classify as Murphy’s Law.

You leave the house on a pressing errand, looking completely disheveled. Inevitably, you bump into someone you know. How do you feel in your ill-fitting sweatpants and stained T-shirt?

Attractive clothing, well-groomed hair, and a fit body boost morale for most people. But do you know what others notice first? Your face. Specifically, your smile and eyes. Study after study has shown that sensational teeth and eyes always capture attention.

Now, it’s difficult to change your eyes unless you get colored contacts. But beautiful smiles are within reach, because at name of practice we can work miracles with cosmetic dentistry. We can turn ordinary smiles into stunning first-impressions.

Cosmetic Dentistry Options

Available cosmetic dentistry procedures include:

  • Teeth whitening. We can transform your smile from dull to dazzling.
  • Porcelain veneers. Cover chips, cracks, and other tooth imperfections.
  • Dental implants. Replace missing teeth with state-of-the-art implants that look and function like natural teeth.

If you are not satisfied with your smile, cosmetic dentistry from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City can help. Patients from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay also come to us for complete general dentistry services. Call to find out what we can do for your smile!

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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Helping Daly City Love Dental Visits

Helping Daly City Love Dental Visits

No one really enjoys going to the dentist, and at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we understand that. But we want all our patients to have a positive experience when they come in for an appointment, and we’re always willing to go the extra mile for their comfort.

We want to be transparent in all treatment. If you have any questions at all about what we’re doing, or the state of your dental health, do not hesitate to ask! Of course, it isn’t easy to ask a question if there’s a tool in your mouth. We can establish a simple signal, like raising your hand, as we begin. There’s no such thing as a bad question.

Above all, we want you to be comfortable. Our dental chairs tend to be relaxing, but if you want a pillow or blanket, just ask. We need that bright light above the chair, so if we forget to offer you sunglasses or other protective eyeware, just remind us.

A typical cleaning and checkup takes about an hour. Some procedures can take even longer. That’s a long time to sit still with your mouth propped open. Feel free to suggest taking a break along the way: for the bathroom, or just to stretch. We’re happy to oblige.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we want to create a positive environment, and for you to have a positive experience. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay come to our office for general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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6 Ways To Prepare For Your Dental Procedure

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Nervous about an upcoming procedure? Let Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City offer 6 ways to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically before your big dental day.

First, remember Dr. Kenneth Hovden is trained to provide the best care and comfort possible.

Second, take some time to relax and discover what you are anxious about. Take deep breaths and slowly let them out as you weigh the reasons for and against taking these steps to a better you. Remember that many men and women have been in your shoes and everything worked out fine.

Third, know your medical history. You may be asked to complete a medical history and medications form, so be sure you know what medications and supplements you are currently taking and review past hospitalizations and illnesses.

Fourth, have a dental plan. Come in for a thorough consultation. If we know all the dental work or cosmetic dentistry you want to get done, then we’ll know if combining any of it can save you time and money. We offer restorative dentistry, sleep apnea and snoring, TMJ treatment, Invisalign, and Lumineers to name just a few.

Fifth, trust the outstanding staff at Kenneth Hovden DDS to guide you through the before, during and after the process. We’ve been doing this since 1981.

Sixth, our final vital suggestion! Ask all the questions that you want to be answered before you have dental tools and gloved hands in your mouth!

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we offer complete general dentistry. Patients from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay also come to us for dental implants and more. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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Lighten Up!

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Do you think your teeth are too stained for teeth whitening to have any effect? Think again. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we whiten smiles for our patients every day.

There are two basic types of teeth stains: extrinstic, and intrinsic.

  • Extrinsic stains are on the surfaces of your teeth: discolorations caused by dark colored foods and drinks, smoking, and normal aging.
  • Intrinsic stains form on the inside but can be seen from the outside. Tetracycline, excessive fluoride, trauma, and aging can cause intrinsic staining. Though these stains are harder to remove, many patients with intrinsic staining can whiten their teeth with take-home whitening kits.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we lighten up smiles with teeth whitening every day. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay come to us for whitening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures. Call our office to find out what we can  do for your smile!

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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Beautiful Teeth Without Breaking The Bank

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At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, our smile makeover patients believe that life-changing cosmetic dentistry is a valuable investment. Indeed, for most people, the value of a healthy, attractive smile cannot be measured in dollars. We agree, however, that cosmetic dentistry is not cheap.

Do you have to spend thousands of dollars to improve your smile? Actually, no. This blog post focuses on the most affordable cosmetic dental procedures.

Dental Bonding
In many cases, dental bonding can be used to repair a tooth that has been chipped.

Bonding involves a pliable resin material that is applied to the tooth to repair chips or cracks, or in some cases fill a cavity.

Teeth Whitening
Most Daly City people are aware that there are several different tooth whitening protocols. We recommend scheduling a tooth whitening consultation to discuss your options. Even inexpensive OTC tooth bleaching systems can be misused and lead to tooth sensitivity, damage to tooth enamel, and irregular coloration.

Regarding the cost of teeth whitening: if you select an at-home system from a drugstore, you may have to buy several packages to achieve even slight whitening. In-office whitening or a take home system from our office may be more cost-effective in the long run.

Cosmetic dentistry from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City can transform any smile. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay also come to us for sleep apnea treatment. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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Soda Spells Double Trouble

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Soft drinks, soda, pop. No matter what you call it, it seems to currently be the dietary villain of choice. In this post from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we give you yet another reason to avoid this ubiquitous drink.

For dental health, soda delivers a double punch of damage with two of its ingredients: sugar and phosphoric acid.

Sugar is dangerous to your teeth primarily because it softens enamel and makes the teeth more prone to decay. This is especially harmful to children because their enamel is not fully developed.

Some people think that they can avoid problems because they choose diet soda. Unfortunately, the acids found in diet soda have basically the same detrimental softening effect on enamel. Soda consumption can also lead to teeth staining.

Our recommendation is simple: stop drinking soda or significantly reduce your soda consumption to improve your dental health. Also, keep your children away from soda as much as possible so that their teeth have the chance to mature healthily.

Can’t kick the habit? Try to drink water shortly after you have soda and brush more (but wait a half hour so the enamel isn’t brushed while it is soft).

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we want all our patients to enjoy a lifetime of good dental health. We offer complete general dentistry. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay also come to us for sleep apnea treatment. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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Let Your Smile Show Who You Really Are

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A smile communicates your emotions better than words ever can. The absence of a smile also sends a clear message. What if you want to smile but the issues with your teeth prevent you? Cosmetic dentistry from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City can help.

You may have a warm and engaging personality, but no one can observe that personality without a smile. If you are usually too embarrassed about your teeth to smile, this post is for you.

Cosmetic dentistry procedures include:

  • Porcelain veneers. Thin shells of medical-grade ceramic are affixed to the fronts of your teeth. They cover chips and cracks, and gaps between teeth.
  • Teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening surpasses any commercially available products you’ll find at the store.
  • Clear braces. Straighten your teeth subtly but effectively, without metal.
  • Dental implants. Missing a tooth? A dental implant is inserted in your jaw, and an artificial tooth is mounted on top.

Cosmetic dentistry from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City can give you a whole new smile, and one you’ll love! People from xxx also come to us for complete general dentistry. Call us for an appointment today!

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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It’s Better To Prevent A Cavity Than Fill One

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We fill a lot of cavities at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. Tooth decay is a serious problem, with somewhere in the area of nine of every ten American adults having at least one cavity in their teeth.

It doesn’t have to be that way. We really stress preventative dentistry as the key to good dental health. Here are five tips for maintaining healthy teeth and gums:

  • Brush Your Teeth. This is one is easy and basic, but critical. Brush twice a day for at least two minutes, and use a toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Don’t Forget Your Tongue. This important part of brushing is easy to overlook, but there’s bacteria on the tongue you’ll want to remove.
  • Floss. This goes hand-in-hand with brushing. Flossing lets you get the gunk that builds up between teeth. Before or after you brush? Either one. Just be sure to do it!
  • Eat a Balanced Diet. Food choice is more important than you might think. Teeth need nutrients, just like the rest of your body. Avoid sugar as much as possible, and drink plenty of water.
  • Have Regular Check-Ups. Cleanings and checkups allow us to catch small problems before they get big, and give you peace of mind.

By following these five simple tips you can avoid serious dental issues down the road.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we want all our patients to have healthy teeth and gums. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay come to us for comprehensive general dentistry, and specialties like sleep apnea treatment. Call us to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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Avoid Sports Injuries: Protect Those Teeth!

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Did you know that as many as five million teeth get knocked out of peoples’ mouths every single year? Not surprisingly, a lot of those accidents happens on the playing field. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we want to remind everyone how important it is to always wear a protective mouthguard when participating in sports.

That includes so-called non-contact sports like basketball. Even in a friendly game among weekend warriors, it only takes an accidental elbow to the mouth to knock out a tooth.

Needless to say, no one wants to experience that. A knocked out tooth is a serious dental emergency. If it’s treated immediately there is a good chance the tooth can be reinserted. Otherwise, you’re facing expensive dental work.

No parent would send their child onto the playing field without protective gear, like shin pads or a helmet. That gear will vary from sport to sport. What should be there no matter what is a mouthguard.

You can pick up an inexpensive mouthguard online, or at any sporting goods store. They can be ready to use in minutes, and make all the difference if an accident happens.

There are also higher-end, custom mouthguards available. Ask us about them at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay come to us for general dentistry, and specialties like dental implants. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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