The Health And Beauty Consequences Of Missing Teeth

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Our teeth have many important functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to shrink. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse. For people who have lost a tooth, it’s a serious issue, but dental implants from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City can address it.

Bone Metabolism

We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, below the seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes – kind of like a sponge. In the interior bone tissue, the bone is constantly regenerating itself. This essential process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movement of the teeth stimulate this process of rebuilding. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.

People with missing teeth not only have an unattractive gap in their smile, they begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging.  It is not simply an issue of attractiveness – it poses serious health dangers. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get adequate nutrition. Mental health can also be affected when a patient with missing teeth loses confidence in themself or withdraws from social situations because they are self-conscious about their smile.

Dental Implants Can Prevent Bone Recession

Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For patients missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with an implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.

What if your bone has shrunken so much that there is not enough to support an implant? You may be a candidate for bone augmentation or bone grafting. This procedure is routinely carried out with success.

If you are missing teeth, don’t resign yourself to dentures. Dental implants can provide a brilliant smile! Schedule a consultation with Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. We also offer porcelain veneers, and other cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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Are Dental Implants Worth It?

Are Daly City Dental Implants Worth It?A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement that looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth, and they’re available at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. Are they worth it? Absolutely!

The actual dental implant is a metal post, usually titanium. The post is surgically placed into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post meshes with the bone to provide a stable foundation. This is vital because the root replacement post helps prevent jaw bone deterioration that usually occurs after a tooth has been lost.

When the implant has integrated securely with the bone (it can take up to six months), a smaller post is attached. This post extends above the gum line. The artificial tooth (crown) is then attached. Same day implants are available for some patients that fit the criteria. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Hovden about your situation.

The dental implants available at Kenneth Hovden DDS are extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of configurations. One dental implant can replace one missing tooth. A series of implants can replace more than one tooth or anchor a dental bridge. Denture wearers should know that tooth implants can also work as a sturdy base for partial or full dentures.

When calculating the cost of dental implants, it’s essential to compare them to other restorative options such as a dental bridge.

Call us at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City to schedule a dental implant consultation. We also provide general dentistry.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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3 Reasons Not To Skip A Dental Checkup

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Life gets busy. Sometimes it seems impossible to keep up with everything you “gotta do”. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we understand that. But we urge you to think twice before you cancel or postpone a dentist appointment because you think it’s less important than the other twenty things on your to-do list.

Twice-yearly dental exams are essential for keeping your smile in great shape!

“But my teeth feel fine.”
Don’t lull yourself into a sense of false security. The fact is that no news isn’t necessarily good news. Dental issues can be progressing without you being aware of it.

1. Your Gums May Be Receding
Gum recession doesn’t happen all at once. Gum tissue can move back almost imperceptibly until teeth and bone are at risk.

2. Decay May Be Lurking
When the acids in plaque start drilling into a tooth, we usually don’t feel it until it has passed through the enamel and dentin and hits the nerve. Ouch! By that time, there is a crater in the tooth. Regular cleanings remove plaque before it can do any degeneration.

3. Prevent Oral Cancer
About 50,000 individuals will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. We will screen for oral cancer during your exam. As with all types of cancer, early diagnosis is crucial.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we are passionate about dental health. We provide general dentistry, and such cosmetic dentistry procedures as porcelain veneers and dental implants. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 


How Oral Inflammation Affects Your Health

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This post from your dentist in Daly City addresses oral inflammation.

Swollen and painful gums may be signs of periodontal disease, an inflammatory gum disease. Swelling occurs from an auto-immune response of the body reacting to an infection. Infections are noticeable through pain, redness, and warmth. If the infection is left untreated, it can affect the bone near the teeth. The body’s immune system wants to rid the bone of the detrimental material the bacteria is creating. Over time, bone loss will arise.

Inflammation in the gums also is associated with atherosclerosis, the occurrence of fatty deposits inside of the body’s arteries. Inflammation coincides with an increase of the blood protein CRP (C-reactive protein), produced by the liver. The more inflammation there is, the more the liver produces CRP. The more CRP present, the more likely cardiovascular disease is present, along with related troubles. CRP production is also related to arthritis, auto-immune disorders, and intestinal troubles.

Scientists are currently looking into the relationship between periodontal inflammation and CRP level and the effects outside of the oral cavity. Links have already been discovered between periodontal disease and pancreatic cancer, heart disease, and stroke.

If inflammation is left untreated, gums can develop pockets that provide the perfect breeding ground for infection. The longer the infection persists, the more likely bone loss will develop, eventually causing tooth loss.

It is essential to practice preventive dental care daily at home and have regular visits to Kenneth Hovden DDS, your dentist in Daly City. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 


Sleep Apnea Is A Serious Health Threat

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At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we often see patients who have been struggling with inadequate sleep for months or even years. Some of these individuals end up being diagnosed with sleep apnea or related conditions.

You Can’t Just “Tough It Out”

Sleep apnea is a condition in which someone stops breathing repeatedly through the night. The stoppage may only be a few seconds, or it could go on for a minute or more. It deprives the brain of oxygen, and that’s a serious matter.

Sleep apnea happens most often in overweight men in their forties, but anyone at any age might get it. One of its symptoms is snoring.

The reluctance to request professional help is lamentable, because it takes such a high toll on their health and reduces their quality of life. If they are keeping someone up at night, it makes life more difficult for that person, as well.

Protect Your Health

For some odd reason, many people don’t consider sleep apnea a pressing issue. Why the disconnect? We are talking about breathing, folks! There isn’t a biological activity more fundamental than that. And inadequate sleep can cause a host of serious health issues. It also affects performance in every area of life; work, leisure pursuits, and social settings.

There are several types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Cause: Throat muscles loosen and block the airway. This is the most prevalent type.

Central Sleep Apnea
Cause: The brain doesn’t send signals to the muscles that regulate breathing.

Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (Treatment-emergent Central Sleep Apnea)
This is a combination of both conditions described previously.

If you think you or a loved one has sleep apnea, call us at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. We can provide treatment. We also offer dental implants and other services. Make an appointment today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 


The Cure, Not the Cause: Root Canals in Daly City

Root canals have a bad reputation. Just hearing the words make a lot of people uneasy, because they’re associated with pain. But at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we stress that root canals do the opposite: they don’t cause pain, they relieve it.

A root canal usually becomes necessary when a tooth is infected or badly damaged. Formally known as endodontic treatment, root canals involve cleaning the inside of the tooth by removing bacteria, soft tissue (called pulp), decayed nerve tissue, and any debris. When that’s finished, the tooth is sealed and a crown is placed over it.

Root canals are done on teeth that are very sick, and if they aren’t performed, the tooth will probably die. Even more ominous are the blood-borne infections that spread through the body because of the infected tooth.

The tip-off that something is going on with one of your teeth may be as ordinary as a toothache. But that ache is telling you something, so if you have a toothache don’t ignore it. Schedule an appointment with us right away. Remember, root canals are nothing to fear.

In addition to root canals, Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City provides general and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 


Get On Top Of Your To-Do List by Calling Kenneth Hovden DDS

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Is it time to get your life back in order, Daly City? Call it Spring Cleaning, or a Hard Reset: getting to the things that are easy to put off, like changing your car’s oil, replacing a lightbulb. or seeing the dentist.

If you’ve been pushing dental work onto the back burner, maybe it’s time to just get it out of the way and move on to your other tasks. Once and for all determine your dental needs and create a uncomplicated, extraordinary, all-encompassing plan.

Here at Kenneth Hovden DDS we see patients for many issues, including the following:

We strive to provide extraordinary service to our patients. At your consultation feel free to ask about veneers, dental implants, and all things dental. We answer cosmetic dentistry questions all day long and know how to clearly explain the pros and cons related to various treatment plans.

Move through your to-do list today – change your oil, check. Replace that lightbulb, check. Make a dentist appointment, with Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, check. It feels great.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 


Fun Floss Facts

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You probably believe that the most critical aspect regarding flossing is simply to do it every day. Daly City dentist Kenneth Hovden DDS agrees. However, many people find that trying out a few different types of floss helps them to establish or solidify the habit and get the flossing comfort they desire.

Let’s discuss some of the most common types of dental floss.

Basic floss is either a monofilament floss, which is generally made of some kind of rubber or plastic, or multifilament, which is made of nylon or silk. Nylon floss is less costly, more common and is sold waxed or unwaxed.

Monofilament floss will not rip or tear, and because of this, many people find that it pulls in between the teeth easier. This type of floss is generally referred to as “glide” floss.

Both monofilament floss and multifilament floss are sold in differing thicknesses. It is beneficial to find the size that works best for you. Since you should not have to snap the floss between your teeth, find the thickness that allows you to gently floss.

Dental tape is nylon floss in the layout of a wide, flat ribbon. Many of our patients find that dental tape is the easiest floss to get between their teeth.

For those of you with braces or appliances, there are also flosses designed to be used with these devices. Make sure to communicate with your orthodontist about flossing because you don’t want to break this vital habit just because you’re having your teeth straightened!

A good person to give you advice about flossing is your dental hygienist. Our hygienists are prepared to answer any questions you have about flossing, brushing habits, and even cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth brightening and veneers.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and many specialties. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 


When It’s Better Not To Brush

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In this post from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we suggest to you that there are certain times when it is better for you not to brush your teeth. Coming from a dentist’s office, that must seem counter-intuitive. But it has to do with protecting enamel.

Though thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body and has the important job of protecting teeth from constant use and the continual assault of chemicals in food and drink. Enamel also guards tooth nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. That’s why enamel loss often causes tooth sensitivity.

Cuts heal. Bruises fade. Broken bones mend. The body’s ability to heal itself is truly incredible. But tooth enamel is different. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

The team at Kenneth Hovden DDS encourages our patients to protect their tooth enamel for a lifetime of dental health.

Sometimes it is better NOT to brush immediately after eating. Specifically, after eating acidic items. The acid weakens the enamel which can be further weakened by brushing. Waiting 60 minutes will allow the acid to dilute. Rinsing immediately after eating acidic foods is useful, however, because it washes away some food particles and speeds up the dilution of the acid.

Some people don’t realize that dry mouth can cause or exacerbate enamel erosion. The calcium and phosphate in saliva guards your enamel. When there is little saliva, the enamel is left unprotected. Chewing stimulates saliva production but constant snacking is not the solution for dry mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum and sipping water regularly can stimulate saliva production between meals without increasing the risk of or upping your calorie intake.

Furthermore, tooth grinding wears enamel away. If you are one of the many Daly City residents who grinds their teeth at night, it’s essential to get a mouthguard right away. People who grind their teeth are at a high risk for enamel erosion and the tooth decay that can follow. Athletes should also safeguard their teeth on the playing field with a mouthguard.

If you sip soda, tea, or coffee all day, we suggest you switch to water to halt any enamel erosion that has already occurred. It may be a hard change to make – but if you are successful – your teeth will thank you for it.

Using teeth as tools can damage enamel, as well. Take a moment to fetch scissors before tearing a package or ripping duct tape with your teeth. Do you really want to take a chance on chipping a tooth just to open a package of lunchmeat?

Chewing ice and hard candy can also impair enamel. If you simply must have sugar, soft candy is best as long as it is not left to sit on teeth for long period of time. If your molars are packed with gummy candy, it can bring about cavities which erode enamel just as capably as chipping it with hard candy. Many of the old-school hard candies we enjoyed as kids now come in soft versions. Enjoy them sparingly because constant sugar is bad for teeth. Period.

Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City provides general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 


Be Glad Dr. Hovden Has X-Ray Vision

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It’s not extremely enjoyable. You have to put on the heavy apron, hold an awkward piece of film in your mouth and sit really, really still while your dentist’s assistant takes x-rays. Is it really needed? Take it from the team at Kenneth Hovden DDS n Daly City: Absolutely! No question about it.

We can’t see everything that is going on with your teeth, bone, and surrounding tissue without x-rays.

What Hidden Problems Do Dental X-rays Detect?

  • Cavities below existing bridgework, crowns, or other restorations
  • Abscesses, cysts, and infections
  • Cavities between teeth just beneath where adjacent teeth touch (interproximal cavities)
  • The position of wisdom teeth

How Often Should X-rays Be Taken?
This depends on the dental patient. A patient with no history of tooth decay, no existing tooth decay, no braces, and no existing crowns, veneers, or bridgework is at low risk for cavities. A high-risk patient is in the opposite situation and may have one or more of the following: previous cavities, existing restorations, braces, weak enamel, chipped or cracked teeth. In addition, patients with an eating disorder or other medical condition may be considered high risk. People who haven’t had their wisdom teeth extracted also need to be monitored with x-rays more frequently.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015