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

 


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

 


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

 


Amazing Dental Implants

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The best permanent tooth replacement treatment available to Daly City people who are missing teeth are cutting-edge dental implants, available from Kenneth Hovden DDS.

A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root. The crown and supporting structure are securely and permanently attached to the rod. Titanium is amazingly strong and extremely well tolerated by the human body.

Dental implants offer a long-term solution to tooth loss. Are you a good candidate?

Because the metal rod is anchored into the jaw bone, it is essential that you have enough healthy bone at the implant site. We can determine if you do. Age is rarely a factor. Dental implants have proven to be successful for people of all ages.

There are a few medical issues that may affect your eligibility for implants. These include diabetes, osteoporosis, radiation therapy for cancer, parathyroid disorders, bone disorders and leukemia. The presence of one or more of these conditions does not necessarily mean an implant cannot work for you; discuss any health problems with us during your implant consultation.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we provide dental implants, along with general dentistry. 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

 


Six 10-Second Healthy Tooth Helps

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In this blog post from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we remind you that it doesn’t have to take a lot of time to improve your oral hygiene. In fact, you can form a new habit to benefit your oral health in 10 seconds.

Find a better place for your toothbrush.
Look around. In 10 seconds you can probably find 5 places to set your toothbrush that will permit air drying and can curb the growth of microorganisms that a closed, moist environment would encourage.

Leave the floss on the counter.
If you want to build consistency, you need reminders. Deliberately setting out the floss will give you more commitment to use it. And if you see it, you’ll remember that commitment.

Swish.
If you’re in 20 seconds already, might as well grab the fluoride rinse and swish away bits of food after flossing and freshen your breath at the same time. 10 seconds is the minimum but 20 is twice as good.

Smile in the mirror.
Check out those chompers. Examine for 10 full seconds. Examine gums for bleeding or tenderness, missed fragments of food, staining, or other concerns.

Have a water chaser with dark beverages.
Rinse your mouth with a sip of water when drinking cola, tea, or coffee throughout the day. A mere 10 seconds that will curb discoloration.

Call Kenneth Hovden DDS.

10 digits, 10 seconds, a short conversation and you can secure yourself a consultation. We will examine your teeth for far more than 10 seconds and help keep your smile healthy and beautiful. Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City provides general and cosmetic dentistry, including dental implants and porcelain veneers. 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

 


Gum Disease And Tooth Loss

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Do you know that the most common cause of tooth loss among adults is gum disease? The good news is that we can treat gum disease at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, if it is detected in the early stages.

Regular check-ups are vital, but there are warning signs for gum disease that everyone should be looking for.

1. Gums that bleed often

2. Gums that are tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed

3. A bite that changes suddenly so that your teeth don’t seem to fit together correctly

4. Detached gums

5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath

6. Loose or separating teeth

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to us today. Since plaque causes gum disease, removing plaque through regular flossing is the key to healthy gums.

Kenneth Hovden DDS serves the Daly City and San Francisco area. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, including dental implants and porcelain veneers. 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

 


Smile Makeovers With Cosmetic Dentistry in Daly City

Daly City Smile Makeovers at Kenneth Hovden DDS Many of our dental patients at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City have experienced a boost in self-confidence, thanks to cosmetic dentistry. From teeth whitening to dental implants or porcelain veneers, we have procedures to correct just about any imperfection.

Teeth whitening is one of the most requested procedures we provide. Everyone seems ready to get the awesome smile that comes with white teeth. A simple stroll among the dental products at your grocery store gives you an idea of how many whitening products there are. But none of them can compare to the professional whitening you’ll get from the dentist.

We offer our patients Zoom! teeth whitening. It’s an in-office procedure that takes about an hour but produces dramatic results. With dental-grade hydrogen peroxide gels and LED lamps to activate them, it penetrates deeply into your teeth enamel to bleach out years of deep stains and discolorations.

Porcelain veneers are another option. They are thin shells that are custom-made for each patient, and attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. The result is immediate smile transformation, but veneers can also be used for slight orthodontic adjustments.

A dental implant is probably the most effective way to replacing a missing tooth. Unlike a bridge, the implant is attached directly to the patient’s jaw. It is a titanium post, upon which the tooth restoration sits. When the procedure is complete, it functions just like a natural tooth. And because they are implanted into the jaw, they prevent bone loss.

Cosmetic dentistry at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City offers other procedures, such as dental crowns. We also provide general dentistry. Contact our office to schedule a consultation or appointment.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 


Veneers in Daly City: Improve Your Smile!

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Hello, and welcome to the blog of Kenneth Hovden DDS. Today we are answering a common question of dental patients: What exactly are veneers, and how are they used in cosmetic dentistry?

Dental veneers are thin shells made from durable, translucent porcelain or composite resin. They are custom-made for each patient, and used to improve the appearance of teeth. Unlike a dental crown, which covers the entire visible portion of a tooth, a veneer covers only the front. They are generally used to correct teeth that have been chipped, stained, decayed, or that are slightly crooked.

If you visit your dentist for veneers, he or she will first make an impression of your teeth. Next, a dental technician will use the model to create the veneers, so you can be sure of a custom fit.

Since a tiny layer of tooth enamel has to be removed so the veneer can be placed, this  is usually irreversible.

Kenneth Hovden DDS has passionately pursued excellence since 1981. He offers his patients all the procedures they need to achieve an outstanding smile. Ask about teeth whitening, dental crowns, and dental implants.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015