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By Hoffmaster Dental
July 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you need crowns from your York, PA, dentist?dental crowns

Crowns are vital for restoring your dental health. Often confused with veneers, crowns are quite different. Veneers adhere to small areas, but crowns cover the whole tooth.

They improve your smile and protect your teeth. They are synthetic caps placed over teeth and usually made of porcelain. Crowns help reinforce weakened teeth and hide aesthetically unflattering teeth. Often referred to as caps, crowns are used to cover unappealing teeth after undergoing restorative procedures, like root canals and dental implants.

Unsightly teeth are also a result of:

  • Serious traumas that result in cracks, chips, fractures, or dents
  • Yellowed or stained teeth because of smoking, chewing tobacco, or aging
  • Poor dental hygiene leading to cavities and severe decay

Crown Procedure

Your York doctor prepares your tooth so that it may fit under your crown. An impression of your tooth is taken and sent to a lab where a custom-designed crown is manufactured. Your doctor can provide you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown arrives from the lab.

Crowns are also used for several procedures, such as:

  • attaching bridges
  • covering implants
  • protecting loose fillings

Caring for Crowns

There are several things you can do to maintain a healthy oral regiment and prolong your crowns, which may last up to eight years or longer.

  • Maintain a hygienic oral regimen to avoid plaque buildup and cavities will help crowns last. Make sure your regimen consists of brushing your teeth twice a day, and flossing at least once a day.
  • See your dentist twice a year for professional cleanings, eating healthy and using fluoride-containing products improve chances of your crowns lasting longer.
  • Wear a nightguard if you suffer from bruxism, teeth grinding, as well, so make sure you discuss this with your dentist.

For more information on dental crowns, call Dr. Robert Hoffmaster in York, PA, at (717) 846-9428 today!

By Hoffmaster Dental
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

When it comes to issues of smile aesthetics, there’s nothing quite as embarrassing as having to go through life with a missing tooth. It can dental implantschange the way you eat as well as how you interact in everyday social settings. Dr. Robert Hoffmaster, a dentist serving patients in York, PA, can replace missing teeth and restore your smile with dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

A tooth implant is a device that permanently replaces not only the outer tooth, but also the tooth root that’s hidden beneath the gumline. Through a natural process called osseointegration the bone tissue binds with the ridges of the implant, holding it firmly in the socket. After a few months, your York dentist will check to see if the implant is ready to receive an abutment (a connecting device) and crown.

Dental Implants—The Preferred Method

Dentures can slip, and bridges require the removal of dental enamel. After exploring the other options available for replacing missing teeth, patients usually opt for dental implants instead. Here are a few reasons why:

  • A dental implant can’t move out of place accidentally. It is firmly integrated into the tissue of your jaw bone.
  • A dental implant doesn’t require the support of other teeth, like bridges. Each implant stands on its own.
  • The dental crown that will be attached to your implant can be designed to look exactly like your other existing teeth.
  • Cleaning a dental implant is a simple matter of brushing and flossing.

A Smile Restored

A restored smile is whole and gives you the aesthetic appeal you’ve been desiring. Dental implants help restore your lost teeth so that you can carry on with your everyday activities with confidence. Treat your new implant with the same care and attention as your other teeth (daily brushing and flossing) to ensure it stays healthy and clean.

See if Dental Implants Are Right for You

Your dentist will need to do an exam and look at recent X-rays to find out if you have enough bone density for dental implants. Call (717) 846-9428 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hoffmaster at his office in York, PA.

By Hoffmaster Dental
April 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Crowns from Hoffmaster Dental give your teeth the "royal treatment"!dental crowns

A dental crown is something you've probably been hearing about for most of your life, but you may not understand exactly why they're used or how they're designed. Dr. Robert Hoffmaster, your dentist in York, PA, wants his patients to be educated about the procedures they might need to improve their dental health. Below is information about dental crowns, how they're made and when they're used.

What are dental crowns?

Crowns are a hollow dental restoration that fit snugly over the top of a natural tooth that has been prepared by your York dentist. They are made to look and function like a real tooth, although they can come in a variety of materials, including porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-metal. The type of crown you need will depend on your preference and which tooth needs to be crowned.

Why are crowns used?

Crowns are a very versatile restoration; your York dentist uses them in many different scenarios. Most often they are used to protect a damaged tooth from any further decay. This is especially important for teeth that have had root canal therapy or too much surface damage to support a regular filling. Crowns can also be used to bolster bridges, which are restorations that fill in gaps from missing or knocked-out teeth. The crowns on either side of the bridge provide the natural anchor teeth with extra support. Teeth that have discoloration that cannot be treated with a whitening procedure may also benefit from crowns. A solid porcelain crown is also the finishing touch on dental implants.

If you'd like to learn more about how Dr. Hoffmaster and his staff use crowns in their practice, contact our office in York, PA. We'd be happy to schedule an appointment for you.

By Bowser Dental Arts
March 21, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

After you lose a tooth, you might feel that you have less to smile about, particularly if the gap in your teeth is very obvious. Dental dental implantsimplants offer a permanent way to replace a missing tooth or teeth and improve your smile. Your York, PA, dentist, Dr. Michael W. Bowser, Jr., shares some important information about this innovative tooth replacement option.

Dental implants restore your ability to bite and chew

If you've lost one or more teeth, biting and chewing can become very challenging, especially if you've lost molars. Dental implants restore your chewing and biting capabilities, allowing you to once again eat the foods you enjoy.

Dental implants replace tooth roots

During the first phase of the implant process, your York dentist adds a tiny titanium implant that looks like a screw to your jaw. The implant takes the place of the roots of your tooth. Because titanium is a biocompatible material, it bonds easily to the surrounding jawbone. Once bonding occurs, your implant is as strong as natural tooth roots. Stability is very important because the implant serves as the foundation for a crown that will act as an artificial tooth.

Replacing lost tooth roots also helps your jaw stay strong by constantly stimulating the underlying bone. Without constant stimulation, the jawbone begins to shrink and weaken, which can eventually contribute to facial sagging.

Dental implants are a cost-effective solution

A bridge or partial or full dentures might seem like the better option for your wallet, but it's important to compare the long-term costs of each tooth replacement option. A dental implant involves a one-time cost while dentures or bridges will probably need to be replaced several times.

Implant care is easy

Caring for your dental implants is as simple as brushing and flossing. Plaque build-up on the gum line can lead to an infection that can threaten the health of your new implant. Establishing a good oral hygiene routine can help you ensure that your dental implant stays strong and healthy.

Interested in learning if a dental implant is the right tooth replacement option for you? Call Dr. Michael W. Bowser, Jr., your York, PA, dentist, at (717) 846-9428 and schedule an appointment. Restore your smile with a dental implant!