Why Aren’t You Smiling?

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It’s unfortunate, but true: a lot of people don’t smile because they are embarrassed by the state of their teeth. Cosmetic dentistry from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City can transform any smile into something truly memorable!

Cosmetic dentistry refers to a range of procedures that make positive changes to the appearance of your teeth. Even one small change can make a big difference. Several small changes be transformative!

There are many techniques we can use, depending on the state of your smile: we can correct teeth that are discolored, chipped, mis-shapen, and even missing.

  • Teeth whitening. No over-the-counter product can match the whitening power of professional teeth whitening. We offer Zoom! whitening, a light-activated process that can give you a brilliant white smile in just one office visit.
  • Porcelain Veneers. Veneers are thin shells of medical-grade porcelain that are affixed to the front of your teeth. They are used to cover chips, gaps, and other flaws, giving you a perfect smile.
  • Dental implants. Are you missing a tooth? A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into your jaw, where it forms a solid foundation for an artificial tooth. The new replacement looks and functions like the real thing.

These are just a few of the cosmetic dentistry procedures available at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. To get an idea of what we can do for your smile, please visit our smile gallery, and then call us 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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Bleeding Gums After Your 6-Month Cleaning?

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Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are important for prime dental health. However, some people worry because their gums tend to bleed after a thorough cleaning at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

Is this a problem? Well, it depends. If your gums bleed for a couple days after your dental cleaning, don’t worry about it. But if the bleeding and tenderness last longer, you really need to return to our office so we can check you for signs of gum disease.

Gum disease arises when plaque builds up along the gum line. You might also experience bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth.

Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, so it’s something we take very seriously. It responds best to treatment when it’s caught in the early stages.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, our services include general dentistry, and specialties like dental implants. 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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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 Long Do Dental Implants Last?

When they are properly cared for, dental implants from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City can last for twenty-five years or longer. That’s just one of the reasons why they have become the tooth replacement option of choice.

A dental implant, in case you haven’t heard, is a titanium post that is secured to your jaw bone. One dental implant can support a single artificial tooth. Several implants can support a dental bridge, or even a set of dentures.

Fusing to Bone

Dental implants become replacement tooth roots. What makes them so secure is a process called osseointegration. That means the titanium fuses with the jaw.

Once an artificial tooth, called a crown, is attached to the implant, it looks and functions like a natural tooth. Most patients say their biting and chewing ability is normal. Just as important, of course, is getting your smile back.

Long Lasting

As for their longevity, there are several factors involved. Cleaning a dental implant and crown is just as important as cleaning your natural teeth, and the process is about the same. You’ll need to brush away the filmy plaque that can build up on it, and floss between the implant and the neighboring teeth.

We also recommend that you avoid things like using your implant like a tool. In other words, don’t use it to open things. You should also avoid biting down on hard things like shelled nuts, and pen or pencil tips. Of course, you should never do any of those things with your natural teeth, either.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we’re happy to report that dental implants have a success rate of about ninety-five percent. If you are missing one or more of your teeth, an implant may be just what you need. We also offer cosmetic dentistry. 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

 


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

 


Look As Young As You Feel By Replacing Missing Teeth

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A wise person once said that everyone wants a long life, but no one wants to get old. Yet it happens. While some challenges that come with aging can’t be avoided, others can. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we help patients of all ages with their dental health issues.

Gaps In Your Smile?

Many dental problems common among retirees such as missing teeth, gum recession, tooth damage, and yellowed enamel, can be remedied.

Some people think losing their teeth as they age is inevitable. It isn’t. With a proper dental health routine at home and regular cleanings and checkups in our office (just like you’ve always done, we hope) your teeth can last a lifetime.

Changes

But the mouth does undergo changes as we age. The nerves in teeth may get smaller, to the point where teeth are not as sensitive to cavities and other issues. That means you may not feel as much tooth pain from a cavity as you once did. Regular checkups become that much more important.

If you do lose one or more of your teeth, dental implants may be right for you. Implants can:

  • Support a single artificial tooth
  • Support a set of dentures

To find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants, call Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City to schedule an appointment. We also treat conditions like sleep apnea. Call our office 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, a Long Term Option

At least three million Americans have replaced a missing tooth and restored their smiles with dental implants, and that number grows each year. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we are providers of these dental marvels.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into your jaw. An artificial tooth goes on top of the post.

One of the things that make dental implants so popular is that they blend in so easily with the patient’s remaining teeth. They look and function like natural teeth, and are therefore an excellent, long-term option.

Another benefit of dental implants is that they prevent bone recession, which is common in people who have lost teeth. The titanium post goes where the tooth root used to be, which strengthens the bone.

For patients missing all of their teeth, implants can be used to anchor dentures, providing a much firmer, more secure fit. Many patients report newfound confidence in  themselves, after years of embarrassment caused by missing teeth.

Dental implants are one of the most significant advances in dentistry. To find out more about implants from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, contact our office. We also provide porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry services. Make 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