Debunking Dental Myths

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In this post from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we focus on three common myths about dental health.

  • All Sugar Is Equally Bad For Teeth. Sugar increases the risk of tooth decay, but some types are worse than others. Foods that leave sugary residue on the teeth do more damage than those that are swallowed immediately. Sipping a soda or sucking on a mint can be worse than eating a candy bar all at once.
  • You Don’t Need To Worry About Baby Teeth Because They Will Fall Out Anyway. Baby teeth serve several important purposes. They allow kids to eat and speak properly, and retain proper spacing for the adult teeth to come. A healthy smile instills confidence and self-esteem. Healthy baby teeth eliminate the pain of decay which disrupts normal daily activity.
  • Pulling A Tooth Is Just As Good As A Root Canal. Here’s what the American Association of Endodontists says: “Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option … Endodontic treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant. Endodontic treatment also has a very high success rate.”

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we offer complete general dentistry. People throughout San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay also come to our practice for dental implants, and much more. Call to 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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What are Possible Dental Implant Complications?

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Dental implants from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City are state-of-the-art, with a success rate in the area of ninety-eight percent. That number is a testament to implant technology. But like any medical or dental procedure, there are risks. In this post, we will consider possible complications of a dental implant.

  • Infection. Any surgical procedure poses an infection risk. That’s why we often prescribe an antibiotic beforehand. Beginning the second day post-surgery, the implant site should also be rinsed with a salt water solution.
  • Slow healing. A patient is more likely to experience slow healing if they have another medical condition. Possible conditions include gum disease, diabetes, cancer, alcoholism, or poor circulation due to smoking. We take preexisting conditions into account.
  • Sinus problems. Upper implants are placed very close to the floor of the sinus. Because of this proximity, an implant can perforate the floor of the sinus cavity. This is rare, and patients never experience it.
  • Implant failure. If an implant fails to integrate with the surrounding bone, it is usually due to insufficient blood supply. Teeth grinding, smoking, and the medical conditions discussed previously can impair blood circulation.
  • Nerve damage. Nerve damage occurs in a very small percentage of implant procedures. Patients may have pain, tingling or numbness at the implant site.

An informed patient makes the best decisions, and at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we make sure every dental implant patient knows exactly what is involved. Patients from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay trust us with implants and other restorative dentistry procedures, and everything else pertaining to dental health. 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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What is the Recovery Time for a Dental Implant?

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Once one of our patients at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City decides to go ahead with a dental implant, one of the first things they want to know is: how long is the recovery time?

Our answer? Recovery is difficult to predict, because every case is different. There are various factors that go into the process, but not all of them apply to each case.

Some of the issues include:

  • Any failing teeth? In addition to the lost tooth the dental implant replaces, patients sometimes have unhealthy teeth that need to be removed before the implant goes ahead. That extends the entire process.
  • Bone grafting? If there has been significant bone recession, we’ll need to boost the patient’s bone mass. This is usually done with a graft, which promotes new bone growth.
  • Osseointegration. This is a big word that means, quite simply, the process of the implant post fusing with the bone. We usually allow for about two months, but sometimes it’s faster and sometimes slower. Once the post has fused, it is strong enough to support a replacement tooth.

These are the main variables. It may sound like a lot, and sometimes it is. But it’s worth it! A new dental implant looks and functions like a natural tooth, restoring not only your smile, but your ability to bite and chew.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City dental implants can replace a single tooth, or support a full dental arch. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay are enjoying the benefits of dental implants. 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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Extraction Is Not The End Game

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Have you had a tooth extracted? You may be left with a gap in your smile. Unsightly as that may be, there is  more than the issue of appearance. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we can address that with a state-of-the-art dental implant.

Problems With Extracted Teeth

After a tooth is extracted, the bone surrounding the extraction site shrinks and recedes. This happens because there is no longer a tooth root requiring a blood supply, and the bone reacts accordingly.

People who have had numerous teeth extracted from the upper palate eventually develop a sunken-in look because they lose a significant portion of their jawbone. Another issue is that the missing tooth may cause the surrounding teeth to shift.

The Best Solution

Fortunately, there is a procedure that will prevent these issues. A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw bone where the tooth root used to be. An artificial tooth goes on top of the implant.

The result is a permanent, natural-looking restoration that gives you back your smile while retaining the healthy bone and gum tissue at the tooth site.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we provide dental implants to restore extracted teeth while preventing additional dental problems. Patients from
San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay also come to our practice for general dentistry. 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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Dental Implants: Change Your Life In 4 Steps

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Healthy teeth that work as nature intended are vital for a high quality of life and overall health. That’s what makes dental implants, like those available at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, such a major step forward in dentistry.

Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw. The implant is, in effect, a replacement for a missing tooth root. One implant may be used to support one replacement tooth, and several strategically-placed implants can support a full dental arch, aka dentures.

Here is the process:

1. Examination and Assessment
During your first visit, we assess your mouth and the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. We look at the available options, and with your input, design a treatment plan.

2. Implant Placement
The next step is to insert the titanium implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how fast and easy the procedure is.

3. Integration
It take several months for the post to fully integrate with the jawbone. The process is known as osseointegration. Titanium is remarkably well-suited for this, and cases of rejection are rare.

4. Final Restoration
The last step is the restoration, or replacement teeth. For a single implant, a supporting piece called an abutment is fitted to the titanium post, and the crown, or tooth, goes on top of that. A dental arch usually has four connecting points, and there are several types of attachments.

Whether it’s a single implant or a full arch, dental implants can transform your life. They’re among our complete restorative dentistry services. Call us at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City today to schedule an appointment.

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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Dental Implants: Does Your Age Matter?

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Dental implants have rightly been called one of the greatest advances in dentistry: titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw to support one or more artificial teeth. Dental implants are available at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

A common concern for many patients is whether they are too old for a dental implant. We’ll give you the good news in one short word: no!

Age is seldom, if ever, a factor in whether someone is an appropriate candidate for an implant.

The most important factor is your overall health. Chronic conditions like diabetes or cancer can interfere with the healing process following an implant, so patients with these issues may not be good candidates.

Tobacco use may also rule someone out. Whether it’s smoked or chewed, tobacco can also hinder the healing process.

Bone Density

A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth. It fuses with the bone, and in addition to supporting a tooth, guards against bone recession. This leads to another factor: a patient has to have enough healthy bone to support it.

Even if you don’t, there are possible solutions. Bone grafting is a straightforward procedure that promotes the growth of new bone.

Healthy Gum Tissue

A final consideration: a patient must have healthy gum tissue. The best implant candidates should be committed to daily oral hygiene, including consistent dental visits.

If you’re concerned that you are too old to get a dental implant, rest assured: age is not an issue. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we specialize in replacing teeth with single and multiple dental implants. We also offer a full range of general dentistry services. 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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Innovative Implants For Confident Smiles

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Many people have experienced an improvement in self-confidence after dental implant treatment at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

How Do Missing Teeth Affect Your Life?

Missing teeth can impair your ability to speak and eat. Extensive tooth loss can make it difficult to eat a healthy diet. Dental implants can relieve pain, correct bite troubles, and improve function.

While conventional dentures are preferable to a completely toothless mouth, they can cause almost as many problems as they solve. Many denture wearers limit social activity because they are afraid their dentures will move around in their mouth. Dentures can also irritate gums and bring about painful sores. And they can make it hard to taste food.

Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw. They fuse with the bone to provide a solid support. One implant can support one replacement tooth, while several can support a dental bridge or full arch.

Dental implants from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City are state-of-the-art in tooth replacement, and are among our restorative dentistry options. 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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Tooth Replacement For The 21st Century

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Not everything was better back in the good old days. Take dentures, for instance. They’ve improved many lives, but there is a better option from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City: implant-supported dentures.

There are two types of implant anchored dentures: removable and permanent. No adhesive is required for either system.

With the permanent type, screw retentions are anchored in the jaw to serve as attachment points for the denture. Permanent implant-supported dentures are very stable.

Removable implant anchored dentures have a locator attachment that allows the wearer to snap the appliance in place. Some patients prefer this type, because they can remove them at night for cleaning.

Implant-supported dentures from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City are life-changing! We also offer complete general dentistry services. 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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Kenneth Hovden DDS: A Reason To Smile

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At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we continue to achieve fantastic results with our cosmetic dentistry smile makeovers.

There are a lot of folks out there who are not pleased with the appearance of their smiles. Their teeth may have grown a little dull over the years, or there may be gaps between some of them. There may be a chip from a long-ago accident.

The good news is that you don’t have to live with any of these imperfections if you don’t want to. Cosmetic dentistry offers a range of procedures that can improve any smile.

To name just a few:

  • Dental implants can replace missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function like the real thing. They are one of the wonders of modern dentistry.
  • Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade porcelain that are affixed to the front of your teeth. They are great for covering chips and cracks that detract from your smile.
  • Teeth Whitening can give you the brilliant smile you’ve always wanted. We use Zoom! whitening, a light-activated procedure that delivers spectacular results.

Cosmetic dentistry from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City can transform any smile! 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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Creating Memorable Smiles At Kenneth Hovden DDS

Creating Memorable Smiles at Kenneth Hovden DDSA smile takes but a moment, but the memory of it lasts forever. You can make your smile memorable and beautiful with a cosmetic dentistry smile makeover at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

Cosmetic dentistry is a broad term that specifies dentistry with an emphasis on aesthetics. Of course, we perform general dental procedures in addition to advanced cosmetic dental treatments.

When designing a smile makeover, the patient’s goals and expectations are discussed. We consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth. The patient’s age, health condition and lifestyle also influence the plan.

Procedures include:

  • Teeth whitening. We use Zoom! teeth whitening to get you the most dazzling smile possible.
  • Porcelain veneers. Veneers cover chips, gaps between teeth, and other flaws to leave you with a perfect smile.
  • Dental implants. Missing a tooth? Dental implants are replacements that look and function like the real thing.

A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City will transform your smile! 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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