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By Hoffmaster Dental
February 22, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentist   Teeth Cleaning  

When was the last time you paid Dr. Robert Hoffmaster a visit? If you're like many people, chances are it was more than six months ago. We hear the reasons why people neglect regular dental visits all the time: lack of money or quality dental insurance, busy schedules, and fear. However, your twice-yearly checkups are so important for your dental health and your overall health as well.

You may brush your teeth twice a day and even floss, and your teeth may feel fine, but regular dental checkups with Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, aren’t about addressing problems and reacting — they are about cavity prevention. No matter how much you brush and floss, there is still a chance that food or other debris can get lodged between your teeth, and there is also a chance that food and beverages can wear down your tooth enamel in between visits, making your teeth vulnerable to decay.

In addition to thorough teeth cleaning and polishing, these regular visits help us detect and prevent the onset of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. During your visit, we’ll check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. We’ll also check old fillings and restorations, as these can wear away over time from constant chewing, grinding, or clenching.

It's important to know that the majority of dental problems do not become visible or painful until they are highly advanced. And, unfortunately, serious oral issues are painful and expensive to treat. A deep cleaning twice a year by Dr. Robert Hoffmaster is the best way to hit all the spots you may have missed with brushing and flossing and prevent any problems that may have gone unseen.

Make sure your teeth get the professional attention they deserve! If you’re overdue for your next cleaning, please give us a call to schedule an appointment at Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA! Call 717-846-9428.

By Hoffmaster Dental
November 22, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Today, there are many options for patients in need of tooth restoration. Implants are a great option for those dealing with missing, damaged, or decayed teeth. If you are considering dental implants in York, PA, you likely have questions concerning the procedure and if implants are appropriate for your age group. Dr. Robert Hoffmaster at Hoffmaster Dental can help you better understand this dental procedure. Keep reading to learn more. 

What Are Implants?

Implants are a type of restorative dental procedure used to replace missing, damaged, or decayed teeth. Implants can be considered permanent false teeth. A rod is surgically inserted into the jaw bone and the new tooth is added to the top of the rod. This tooth is shaped and colored to match your existing teeth. Implants give patients the opportunity to restore their smiles permanently. 

What Is The Best Age For Implants?

Dental implants in York, PA can be a great option for many patients. However, it is recommended that a patient be over 18 years old before considering this procedure. The reason for this is that there can still be much jawbone growth in older children and teens. In fact, some patients should wait even into their 20s before considering this option. If you are under 25, your dentist will evaluate the growth of your particular face and jawbone to determine whether or not this will be a good choice for you. Depending on your face shape, jawbone growth can continue into the mid-20s age range for some people.

Implants are not recommended until all jawbone growth is complete because implants are inserted into the jawbone. This could cause complications later on if done too soon. 

If you would like to learn more about our services, or if you are interested in dental implants in York, PA, please contact Dr. Hoffmaster at Hoffmaster Dental by calling 717-846-9428.

By Hoffmaster Dental
September 27, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental cleaning  

Would you like to reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease? Professional teeth cleaning provided by your York, PA, dentist, Dr. Robert Hoffmaster of Hoffmaster Dental, is an excellent way to protect your smile.

Professional cleaning offers important benefits for your smile

Scheduling a professional cleaning every six months helps you improve or maintain your oral health. During a professional cleaning at the York, PA, dental office, your dental hygienist will:

  • Remove Plaque: Plaque, a sticky, transparent film, constantly coats your teeth. Bacteria in the film interact with sugars in foods to create strong acids that attack your tooth enamel and cause cavities. Cookies, cakes, candy, and soft drinks aren't the foods that contain sugars. Carbohydrates in white bread, potato chips and crackers, and other foods are broken down into sugars when you chew. Brushing and flossing are excellent ways to remove plaque, but the substance can build up in hard-to-reach places. Fortunately, it's easy to get rid of every speck of plaque during a dental cleaning.
  • Get Rid of Tartar: Brownish tartar not only looks unattractive but can increase your risk of gum disease. Plaque hardens into tartar after it's on your teeth for about 10 days. It's impossible to get rid of tartar at home, but it can be easily removed during a cleaning appointment at the dental office. Tartar typically forms at the base of the teeth, where it can irritate and inflame your gums. Once plaque and tartar are removed, you'll probably notice that your breath smells a little fresher too.
  • Polish Your Teeth: Polishing, the final step in the cleaning process, removes surface stains. After those stains are gone, your teeth will sparkle. (Although cleaning can remove minor stains, you may want to consider teeth whitening if your smile has become dull.)

Your visit will also include a visit with the dentist. He'll review your X-rays, check out your teeth and gums, and perform an oral cancer screening. If he notices any problems with your teeth or gums, he'll recommend appropriate treatments.

Are you ready to schedule professional teeth cleaning? Call your dentist in York, PA, Dr. Hoffmaster of Hoffmaster Dental, at (717) 846-9428 to make your appointment.

By Hoffmaster Dental
November 16, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you ready to replace your missing teeth? Dental implants offered by your York, PA, dentist, Dr. Robert Hoffmaster, provide several benefits that make implants an excellent choice.

5 reasons to choose dental implants

Dental implants can:

  • Improve Your Appearance: Do you feel as if there's nothing left to smile about since you've lost one or more teeth? Dental implants replace your lost teeth, restoring your sparkling smile. Implants consist of titanium posts implanted in your jawbone during minor oral surgery in York. Implants bond to your jawbone and replace your tooth roots. As soon as the implants bond to your bone, they're topped with dental crowns, synthetic restorations that replace the tops of teeth.
  • Make Eating Easier: Tooth restoration options that only restore the visible parts of teeth may cause your biting power to decrease. Since dental replace the crowns and roots of your teeth, they provide the strength you need to bite, chew and grind soft, hard, tough and chewy foods easily.
  • Keep Your Jaw Strong: Your jawbone may begin to shrink after tooth loss, particularly if you've lost multiple teeth. The problem occurs due to a loss of stimulation from the tooth roots. Eventually, the muscles in the lower half of your face may begin to sag or your teeth may become loose. Dental implants constantly stimulate your jawbone, preventing it from shrinking or weakening.
  • Offer an Alternative to Traditional Dentures: Dental implants are a good option no matter how many teeth you've lost. They can even be used with dentures. As few as four implants can be used to attach an implant-supported upper or lower denture. Dentures may be attached directly to dental implants or to a metal framework that is attached to the implants.
  • Provide a Comfortable Restoration Option: Strong roots not only make it possible to eat a variety of foods but also make dental implants a comfortable option. In fact, your new tooth will probably feel very much like your natural teeth. Since your crown is connected directly to the implant, you won't have to worry about uncomfortable gum irritation either.

Fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants. Call your dentist in York, PA, Dr. Robert Hoffmaster, at (717) 846-9428 to schedule your appointment.

By Hoffmaster Dental
March 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Do you want a smile that makes you feel more confident? Veneers are the solution.

Who doesn’t want a smile they can be proud of? Unfortunately, most people are dealing with discolorations, chips, or crooked teeth that keep them from having the best possible smiles. If this sounds like you, our York, PA, dentist Dr. Robert Hoffmaster can provide you with dental veneers. These are customized porcelain shells that bond directly to the front of teeth to completely alter and enhance your smile for life. Ask the staff at Hoffmaster Dental about these services today!

When you have veneers, your entire outlook on life changes!

Here are just a few examples:

  • You feel more confident in your appearance.
  • You'll smile more often.
  • A vastly improved quality of life.
  • An improvement in your social life.
  • A stronger and more durable smile.
  • The reduction or elimination of tooth sensitivity caused by excessively worn teeth.
  • A stain-resistant, natural-looking smile that is also easy to care for and maintain.

Wondering whether dental veneers could be right for you?

Most healthy adults who are dealing with imperfections that affect the overall appearance of their smiles can benefit from turning to our York, PA, cosmetic dentist for veneers. Veneers are right for you if you are looking to mask these common dental flaws:

  • Discolorations and deep, internal stains.
  • Chipped and cracked teeth.
  • Spaces or gaps between teeth.
  • Slightly misaligned or crooked teeth.
  • Slight crowding or overlapping of teeth.
  • Excessively worn-down teeth.
  • Teeth that are too short, oddly shaped or malformed.

By bonding veneers directly to your teeth, we can instantly hide these problems. Our York, PA, dentist gives you a smile that is brighter, symmetrical, and straighter. Before getting dental veneers, we will need to examine your teeth to make sure that they are healthy enough to support veneers. Once teeth are prepped and impressions are taken, a dental lab will get to work creating your very own set of veneers. You will then come into the office so we can check the fit before bonding them permanently to your teeth. In a matter of weeks, you could finally have the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you are ready to get a new and improved smile with the help of dental veneers, you’ll need a cosmetic dentist dedicated to providing you with the individualized care you’re looking for in York, PA. Call Hoffmaster Dental today at (717) 846-9428 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Robert Hoffmaster.