3 Problems Which May Require A Root Canal

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This post from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City is about root canal procedures. Root canals are often feared, but they allow you to keep a tooth that would otherwise have to be extracted.

It is important that dental patients know what is happening during this anxiety-inducing, though routine, procedure.

At the center of each tooth is tissue called the pulp. The tissue can be compromised by any of the following:

  • An injury to the tooth
  • A very deep cavity
  • A crack in the tooth

If this tissue becomes damaged or infected, it can build up at the root tip inside the jawbone and form an abscess. Left untreated, it can actually destroy the bone around the tooth and cause serious discomfort.

When we perform a root canal, the dead or diseased pulp is taken out first. The space that is left is cleaned and then shaped and filled. This eliminates the need for the tooth to be pulled.

Root canals have a bad reputation, but remember: they don’t cause pain, they relieve it.

Root canals are among our services at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. We also offer a full range of general dentistry, and can treat sleep apnea. Call us 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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Smile Perfection

San Francisco low cost teeth whiteningAt Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we create perfect smiles for our smile makeover patients.
Here are some of the cosmetic dental procedures we use in smile makeovers.

Implant Dentistry
Dental implants are the ultimate tooth restoration. A dental implant consists of a metal post that is inserted into your jawbone. The post replaces the root of the missing tooth.

After a few months, it fuses with your jawbone to provide a stable foundation for an artificial tooth. For most patients it is the preferred restoration. Implants can also be used to attach dentures and partial dentures for innovative no-slip implant/denture combos.

Dental Crowns
A mainstay of cosmetic dentistry, dental crowns are more beautiful than ever. New fabrication technologies and materials have improved the aesthetics and durability of this restorative option.

Veneers
A veneer is a more conservative treatment than a full crown. This is a good choice for men and women whose teeth are structurally sound but have unsightly issues such as discoloration, chips, cracks, or imperfect shape.

Inlays/Onlays
Inlays and onlays (indirect fillings) are designed and developed using dental CAD/CAM software. These fillings are strong, attractive, and precisely fitted to the cavity.

Tooth Whitening
Teeth whitening is the crowning touch for a sensational smile. (It’s the only thing you need if you are fortunate enough to have perfectly-shaped and aligned teeth.)

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry. 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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Do I Floss My New Tooth Implant?

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Dental implants are one of the great steps forward in dentistry. A typical implant consists of a titanium post inserted in the jaw, and an artificial tooth that goes on top of it. They’re available from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

Caring for a dental implant is not much different than caring for your natural teeth:  they require brushing and flossing as well. Like natural teeth, food debris can form plaque, so they must be cleaned regularly. The flossing technique is a little different.

Criss-Cross Shoe Shine

Insert the floss behind the implant and bring both ends through to the front. Cross the strings, and trade hands so your hands aren’t crossed. Now move in a shoe-shine motion to clean all around the implant.

Some people prefer the tape style floss over the traditional type.

Gentle and Thorough

When brushing, use a soft toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste. Aggressive brushing can damage the soft tissues in your mouth and bring about gum recession.

Manual, Electric, or Sonic Brush?

You can use a manual brush, electric, or sonic type. If it is tough for you to brush with a manual brush, try an electric or sonic style.

Some patients are advised to use an interproximal brush to clean around the implant area.

You may also be prescribed an antimicrobial mouth rinse. This is an measure of protection if you have diminished mobility or are susceptible to inflammation.

Dental implants from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City can be life-changing. We also offer 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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Should I Get An Implant Immediately After A Tooth Extraction?

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Do you have a tooth that is beyond saving? Considering a dental implant? There are advantages to combining the extraction and implant into one procedure. In  this post from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we talk about the benefits of same-day extraction and implant placement.

1. You save healthy bone

As soon as a tooth is removed, the bone begins to recede. A dental implant is the only tooth replacement procedure that prevents or greatly reduces bone deterioration. The post that is inserted into your jawbone makes all the difference. It quickly meshes with your existing bone. This is called osseointegration.

2. You have the natural tooth as a model for the crown

There is nothing like the real thing when taking an impression for a crown. If the tooth you are extracting is broken or misshapen, we will fix all those issues with your new crown. But we’ll start with an impression or 3-D model of the original. This helps the lab techs create a perfect restoration.

3. One surgery vs. two

One incision. One healing period. One dental appointment. Need we say more?

Not everyone is a candidate for immediate placement. But if you are planning to get a permanent dental implant after you have a tooth extracted, it may make sense to do both procedures together.

Dental implants are one of our specialties at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. We also offer general dentistry. Call 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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Implant Dentures: Fixed Or Removable?

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Denture wearers have better options than ever before. Implant-retained or implant-stabilized dentures from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City provide numerous advantages over conventional dentures.

  • Secure in the mouth—no slipping
  • Provides up to 100% natural chewing function
  • Upper denture doesn’t cover as much of the palate
  • Comfortable
  • Little or no gum irritation
  • Doesn’t impair speaking ability
  • Strong and durable
  • Implants prevent bone loss and “sunken face”
  • Allows user to eat any type of food—even steak
  • No adhesive required
  • Minimally invasive oral surgery for implant placement

What Are The Differences Between Fixed and Removable?

Fixed implant-retained dentures (sometimes called screw-in) require more implants than the removable type. They can restore 100% chewing function.

Removable implant dentures (sometimes called snap-in) may require just 4 implants to stabilize the upper arch and just 2 for the lower denture. Removable implant-stabilized dentures can restore up to 90% of chewing ability.

Bone Condition

All implants require sufficient healthy bone structure. The condition of your jaw bone affects whether it can support implants and where the posts can be inserted.

To determine which type of implant-supported dentures are right for you, please call us at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. We offer a wide range of restorative dentistry. Call 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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Implants Prevent Denture-Related Health Problems

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25% of adults over 65 have no remaining teeth. Many people with missing no teeth choose dentures. But dentures are not without issues, and there is a state-of-the-art alternative, at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

13 Problems With Dentures

1. Dentures usually fit properly at first, but the mouth changes as you age. Normal wear and tear take their toll. Eventually, the dentures will need to be relined or replaced. But even quality dentures which fit properly cause issues, both physical and mental.

2. The human body is designed to have teeth that are fixed in the jaw. But dentures move around in the mouth.

3. Ill-fitting dentures can aggravate gums and cause inflammation. Inflammation can result in additional health conditions.

4. Dentures can change a person’s bite which impacts the temporomandibular (jaw) joint. This, in turn, can result in pain in the face, neck, and head.

5. Dentures trap bits of food. This can result in gum disease. Partial dentures can increase the risk of decay in remaining teeth.

6. Dentures can make food taste different or mask the taste entirely. This can result in deficient nutrition.

7. Some people with dentures start eating smaller meals which can lead to weight loss.

8. Dentures can take the pleasure out of eating. This can influence emotional health. (Enjoying a meal is often the best part of the day, don’t you agree?)

9. Inadequate calorie consumption lowers energy levels. This affects the capacity to work, travel, and participate in hobbies and recreational activities.

10. Dentures stymie chewing capacity. Many denture wearers stop eating nuts, high-fiber foods, and raw vegetables. All of these are part of a healthy diet.

11. Reduced chewing power can cause the denture wearer to swallow bigger chunks of food. This can result in digestive problems. It also increases the risk of choking.

12. Dentures can interfere with speaking. When speaking ability is limited, some individuals avoid social situations and are at a greater risk for depression.

13. Missing teeth eventually result in bone loss. When the jaw no longer has tooth roots, it shrinks and recedes.

Dental Implants Prevent These Problems

Dental implants enable you to avoid these health issues.

Dental implants are titanium posts inserted into your jaw. Once it fuses with the bone, it provides a solid base of support, much like a natural tooth root. One implant can support one artificial tooth, and several can support dentures.

Dental implants from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City may be the best investment you make. Please call our office to schedule an appointment. We also offer a full range of general dentistry services. Call 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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How Tooth Brushing Prevents Gum Disease

Daly City Teeth BleachingWhy should everyone brush at least twice a day? Those of us at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City will use this post to discuss why it is so important.

Brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent decay.

Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and carefully flossing removes the food from our teeth and impedes the build-up of plaque.

If we let food stay on our teeth, the starches in it will mix with the plaque. This mixture forms an acid that immediately starts drilling into the enamel to form cavities. Brushing can’t get all the spaces between your teeth, so you’ve got to floss also.

Brushing and flossing keeps gums and bone healthy.

If you let gum disease go untreated, you can lose teeth that are cavity-free!

The progression of gum disease goes like this:

  1. Plaque build-up irritates gums.
  2. Irritated gums loosen from the tooth.
  3. Bacteria multiply in the spaces between the gum and tooth.
  4. The bone holding the tooth is eaten by the bacteria.
  5. Say goodbye to the tooth.

The good news is that gum disease can be reversed most easily in its earliest stages.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we offere a full range of general dentistry services, as well as dental implants and other procedures. Call our office 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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Don’t Let A Simple Problem Become Serious

canker sore treatment San FranciscoIn this blog post from  Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we are going to discuss those small irritations in the mouth that have the potential to become big problems.

Injuries, sores, or inflammation in the mouth can be very uncomfortable. These non-specific irritations, called stomatitis, have many different causes.

They may be caused by cold sores, gum disease, teeth grinding, or biting the inside of your mouth. They may also be linked to broken teeth or braces.

In fact, any inflammation of the membranes in the mouth can be classified as stomatitis. Stomatitis can impact a person’s ability to speak, eat, and even to fall asleep at night.

The good news is that most of these irritations clear up on their own in less than two weeks. However, there is a possibility that a viral or bacterial infection can occur. It’s important to let us know about these sores if they don’t clear up after several weeks. Even if there are no complications, we can help you treat the symptoms of stomatitis.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we want our patients to have the best dental health possible. We offer a full range of services, including dental implants and porcelain veneers. Schedule your next checkup 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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What Is General Dentistry?

If you explored our website before landing on this blog, you have may noticed the term “general dentistry” on the menu, along with other services. “General dentistry” may sound bland, but it isn’t. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, it’s your assurance that we can diagnose and treat your most essential issues, and ensure your overall dental health.

One of our watchwords is prevention. That’s why we start each of your appointments with an exam by one of our dental hygienists, who cleans and inspects your teeth and gums. Then it’s the dentist’s turn. In this way we make sure that your teeth, and the soft tissues of your mouth, are free of decay or disease.

A Wide Range of Services

If we find any issues, we are equipped to deal with most of them. If there is something beyond the scope of general dentistry we’ll give you an excellent referral. Examples of what we can do include:

  • Repair damaged teeth
  • Dental crowns
  • Root canals
  • Dental implants
  • Oral cancer screenings

Your dental health is closely linked to your overall health. In fact, research has established links between common oral infections and conditions such as cardiovascular disease. That’s one of the best reasons to see us for regular checkups.

Too often, people put off going to the dentist. Some even wait until they suspect there is a problem. Needless to say, we do not recommend this approach. Prevention really is the best medicine.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we want to see each of our patients for a cleaning and checkup every six months. Remember, your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and with our general dentistry, they can. Our services also include dental implants. Schedule your next 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

 


Titanium: The Bone-Loving Metal

The key to a successful dental implant is osseointegration: the fusing of the implant with the patient’s jawbone. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we have performed many dental implants, and are proud that they have a success rate greater than ninety percent.

Some patients think of dental implants as replacement teeth. But strictly speaking, a dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw, where it replaces the missing tooth root. One or more of these posts can support an artificial crown, bridgework, or even a set of dentures.

The entire procedure hinges on the implant attaching to the bone. And this is the real beauty of it: dental implants are made from titanium, a strong but light metal with the ability to fuse, or join, with bone. There’s actually a word for this: osteophilic, which means “bone loving.” This unique property has made titanium the material of choice in dental implants.

High Success Rate

Across the board, dental implants have a remarkably high success rate: over ninety percent. The biggest threat to an implant is infection. That makes it critical to keep a dental implant clean – as important as with natural teeth. Plaque collects on and around implant crowns the same way it does on teeth, so it is up to the patient to remove it every day. And that, of course, means brushing and flossing.

Like all technology, dental implants are constantly advancing. In the near future, dental implants are expected to have features that eliminate bacteria. That could mean an even higher success rate.

But it all begins with the titanium post, and osseointegration. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we offer dental implants. Other services include general dentistry. 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