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By Hoffmaster Dental
March 31, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants   Dentist  

You might be surprised to learn that dentists have been using dental implants to replace lost teeth for more than four decades. Implants are so versatile that they can be used to replace one tooth or a whole set of teeth. Perhaps you’re interested in dental implants, but are they right for you? Dr. Robert Hoffmaster at Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, specializes in dental implants.

Why Are Dental Implants So Popular?

Dental implants are not only popular with York, PA, dental patients, but also with dental patients throughout the United States and Europe. Dental implants are durable and if you take care of them, they can last a lifetime. They are also the closest replacement you can get to your natural teeth in terms of functionality, comfort, convenience, and appearance.

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

Dental implants are not for everyone, but if you are interested in them as an option for your missing teeth, talk to Dr. Hoffmaster and he will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate for dental implants. To help you figure this out, here are some things you should discuss:

  • Your medical history: This is important because if you have a history of bone disease, liver disease, periodontal disease, or you have recently had radiation or chemotherapy, you may not be a candidate for dental implants.
  • Your bone quality: Bone density differs from person to person. The condition of your bones will depend on your overall health, your age, your history of gum disease, and lost teeth. Generally, the denser your jawbones are, the more stable your implants will be. If you do have signs of bone erosion, you may be able to have a bone graft prior to dental implants.

If you are a suitable candidate for dental implants, Dr. Hoffmaster will explain the procedure and the timeline. How long it will take for the full treatment to be complete will depend on the number of dental implants you are having and the condition of your jawbone.

If you are a York, PA, resident and you would like to find out more about dental implants, you can call Dr. Hoffmaster on 717-846-9428 to request a consultation.

By Hoffmaster Dental
November 20, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

You don't have to choose between a smile that is beautiful and one that is healthy. A cosmetic dentist bridges the gap between preventive care and a smile you're proud to show off. To find out how it can help your specific case contact Dr. Robert Hoffmaster of Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA.

Whitening

Perhaps what's most commonly associated with cosmetic dentistry is professional tooth whitening. Your dentist will achieve better faster results in an office visit than you can with over the counter products.

Chips, Cracks, and Cavities

Your cosmetic dentist may employ a composite resin bonding to sculpt your teeth back to their natural look. This is also useful in fillings for the same reason, avoiding that traditional silver appearance.

Deeper cavities can also be repaired through the use of inlays and onlays, a treatment for restoring the tooth with lab-made materials. They fill in the gap between regular fillings and complete crowns.

Full Smile Makeovers

Full smile makeovers can be achieved with cosmetic dentistry through the use of veneers. These bonded onto your teeth in a similar way to crowns, but these are thinner caps that don't require as much of your tooth to be reshaped.

But the result is a complete smile makeover. Perfect if you have a smile with a few imperfections.

Tooth Replacement

Dental implants can replace an entire tooth, or a full denture, in a very permanent way. By fusing titanium posts onto the bone of your jaw, your dentist can attach a crown that will act and look, and feel, just like your natural teeth.

Your cosmetic dentist can help you with all those smile imperfections through a variety of treatments. Call today to find out which is best for you. Contact Dr. Hoffmaster of Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, by dialing (717) 846-9428.

By Hoffmaster Dental
May 26, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

Tooth pain can change your life. You can't eat, sleep, or focus on work. At Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, your dentist, Dr. Robert Hoffmaster, asks all his patients to contact him right away when teeth hurt. After all, the faster you receive treatment, the better your results will be.

Causes of tooth pain

It could be minor, or it could be serious—realize that a toothache is not normal. Possible causes include:

  • Oral trauma resulting in a cracked, chipped, displaced, or knocked-out tooth
  • Tooth decay
  • Dental abscess, or infection
  • Thinned tooth enamel, resulting in tooth sensitivity to heat, cold, sugar, or pressure
  • Recessed gum tissue and exposed tooth roots
  • Defective filling or crown
  • Broken orthodontic appliance
  • Teeth clenching or grinding, resulting in thin and cracked enamel
  • Poor dental bite
  • TMJ, or jaw joint dysfunction
  • Impacted wisdom teeth

Getting the help you need

Never hesitate to contact your dentist in his York, PA, office. Dr. Hoffmaster will examine your mouth to determine why you have dental pain. During this time, he will also take X-rays and ask you about your symptoms.

As warranted, he might then offer some of the following solutions:

  • White fillings to restore decay
  • Root canal therapy to remove the diseased interior pulp, seal the tooth, and crown it to preserve its appearance, strength, and function
  • Porcelain crowns and veneers to repair damaged tooth enamel
  • Tooth replacement with fixed bridgework, a partial denture or state of the art dental implant

Also, Dr. Hoffmaster and his team are always available for emergency situations, such as a knocked-out tooth, oral lacerations, lost fillings, broken archwire, foreign material caught between teeth and crowns, or other needs that cannot wait.

Immediate first aid for dental pain includes:

  • A cold cloth to the jaw
  • Over-the-counter analgesic medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • A saltwater rinse in the case of dental drainage

Medical News Today reports that most tooth pain worsens at night simply because people are lying in bed with increased circulation to the head and face. Try raising your head on pillows to find some relief.

Your dental pain is important to us

At Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, your dentist, Dr. Robert Hoffmaster, and his team continue emergency dental care in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact us (717) 846-9428 for a quick response and appointment as needed.

By Hoffmaster Dental
April 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Good oral hygiene habits are important for the health of your teeth, your gums, and even for your overall health. As well as brushing and flossing daily, you also need to visit a dentist every six months for a check-up. If you live in York, PA Dr. Robert Hoffmaster of Hoffmaster Dental can provide all of your family dentistry needs.

Brushing Your Teeth

Everyone knows that brushing is important, but not everyone takes the time to do it correctly. To make the most out of your brushing routine, you should hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and brush each tooth with small circular motions. Also, don’t forget to cover the inside, outside, and biting surfaces. This will help to remove plaque and reduce your risk of tooth decay. The whole process should take around two minutes, and it is worth it.

Floss Each Day

Flossing should be a normal part of your daily oral hygiene routine. If you have difficulty using spool floss, you can try flossing picks or a water flosser instead. Flossing is important because it removes particles of food that have become trapped between your teeth and it helps reduce plaque build-up.

Rinsing with Mouthwash

Mouthwash is intended to boost your other oral hygiene habits. It not only freshens your breath, but it also helps reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth and controls gingivitis. If you’re not sure which type of mouthwash to use, talk to Dr. Hoffmaster, he will be happy to recommend one for you.

Remember to change to a new toothbrush every three months and visit your dentist for a check-up and professional cleaning twice each year.
 

Our York Dentist is Here For You

If you’re looking for a dentist or you want to learn more about dental hygiene, call Dr. Hoffmaster's York, PA, office at 717-846-9428.

By Hoffmaster Dental
December 30, 2019
Category: Oral Health

Over 53,000 Americans received an oral cancer diagnosis in 2019, and when it comes to this condition, early detection is necessary to catch it when it's the most treatable. If you have concerns about oral cancer or notice anything in your mouth that is out of the ordinary, visit your dentist, Dr. Robert D. Hoffmaster, DMD, of Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA. Here, Dr. Hoffmaster can address these problems during a consultation and discuss the importance of oral cancer screening.

Detecting Oral Cancer

You should never neglect symptoms of oral cancer as they may be the sign of something dangerous. Oral cancer is only treatable when your dentist detects it at an early stage. Contact our office in York, PA, if you have:

  • A persistent sore throat
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • A lump or thickening in the cheek
  • Frequent mouth sores that don't heal
  • A white or red patch inside or outside the mouth

Why Oral Cancer Screenings Are Important

Oral cancer can develop in the lips, tongue, cheek, throat, and tonsils. Some genetic mutations can raise a person's risk for developing oral cancer, but common causes include immoderate alcohol consumption, smoking tobacco, or excessive sun exposure. At Hoffmaster Dental, oral cancer screenings are an essential part of your dental exam because having one can potentially save your life and increase the survival rate up to 80%.

What Happens During an Oral Cancer Screening?

During an oral cancer screening, Dr. Hoffmaster performs a thorough visual inspection of the inside of your mouth and around your neck. The doctor will be looking for unusual sores, red/white patches, and other things that seem out of the ordinary, such as lumps or swelling. If these abnormalities don't disappear within two weeks of the first exam, they may require a biopsy.

Interested? Give Us a Call

To learn more about the significance of oral cancer screening or other services we provide, visit our website. To schedule an appointment with your dentist, please contact our office in York, PA, by dialing (717) 846-9428.