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By Hoffmaster Dental
July 09, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: porcelain veneers   veneers  

This popular restoration can enhance your smile for life.

Have you ever thought to yourself, “How do so many celebrities have such beautiful smiles?” Well, we’ll let you in on a little secret: A lot of them have dental veneers. They weren’t just born with the perfect set of teeth, a dentist helped them achieve this, and your York, PA, dentist Dr. Robert Hoffmaster can too. If you are interested in what cosmetic dentistry, particularly veneers can do for you, you've come to the right place! Here's what you should know about porcelain veneers:

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are extremely thin shells made from porcelain that our York, PA, cosmetic dentist will bond to the front of your teeth to hide dental imperfections. Dental veneers can do everything from covering up discolorations, cracks, and gaps between teeth to altering the shape, color, and overall size of one or more teeth.

are you dealing with dental problems that affect the look of your smile but not how your teeth function? If so, veneers may be the best approach for giving you a more beautiful set of teeth.

Who is a good candidate for dental veneers?

The ideal candidate will be someone who has healthy teeth and gums who wants to enhance and improve the appearance of their smile through cosmetic dentistry. If you are dealing with active decay or gum disease, these issues will need to be treated before you can get cosmetic dentistry.

It’s also important for our patients to understand what goes into getting dental veneers.  You will need to come in for a dental checkup and evaluation to make sure that your smile goals align with what veneers can offer you. After all, our goal is to make sure that you love your new smile.

Are dental veneers permanent?

Since we will need to shave off a very small amount of enamel from the front of the teeth, the dental veneer procedure is not reversible because enamel doesn’t grow back. Therefore, you should expect to have veneers for the rest of your life.

While the strongest restorations can’t last forever, with the proper care and maintenance your dental veneers could last up to 20 years or longer before needing to be replaced. If veneers show signs of cracks, chips, or damage, Dr. Hoffmaster can easily replace your old veneers with brand new ones.

If you are ready to turn to our York, PA, cosmetic dentistry team for veneers, the next step is to schedule a consultation so we can make sure that this restoration will provide you with the results that you want. Call Hoffmaster Dental today at (717) 846-9428 to schedule a cosmetic consultation with us.

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
March 18, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Bonding  

Dental bonding offers a fast and affordable solution if you are looking to correct a number of smile imperfections. This very versatile treatment can do a lot but for more severe concerns your dentist may recommend other cosmetic dentistry solutions. If you would like to learn more please contact your local York, PA, dentist Dr. Robert Hoffmaster of Hoffmaster Dental.

How It Works

The material used in dental bonding is referred to as a composite resin that combines glass or quartz with a resin medium to create the tooth-colored substance.

It is applied as a liquid over the area to be corrected and then a special light is used to harden the resin and to bind it to the tooth, which takes only seconds. Typically this procedure is done in layers, so after the first one is applied and hardened the next one follows, and it is built up until there is enough to address the problem. Once this is the case your dentist then shapes and polishes the material to match the natural appearance of your teeth.

What Dental Bonding Can Do for Your Smile

If you have teeth that have become damaged due to decay, cracked, are worn down, or misshapen for any other reason then dental bonding may be perfect for you. It can even be used to lengthen teeth that are too short.

Slight gaps in your smile can be similarly treated by building up adjacent teeth, and because of its tooth-colored appearance, the same composite resin is often used as a replacement for traditional amalgam fillings, for a nearly unnoticeable result.

Dental Bonding in York, PA

While dental bonding can accomplish a lot, it's important to keep in mind that more severe conditions may be best served by other dental treatments. Only your dentist can best advise you on the right approach. Make an appointment today with Dr. Hoffmaster of Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, by dialing (717) 846-9428.

By Hoffmaster Dental
December 31, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: crowns   dental crowns  

Discover the most common reasons for a dental crown.

Could your smile benefit from dental crowns? There are many reasons our York, PA, dentist Dr. Robert Hoffmaster might recommend one. After all, crowns are an incredible restoration with many different benefits. Wondering if a crown is in your future? It might be if you are dealing with,

An extremely worn tooth

Everything from acid reflux to teeth grinding can wear down tooth enamel. When this happens, this can affect not just the health of the tooth but also your bite. If your York, PA, the dentist has determined that you have extremely worn teeth, a crown can reinforce and protect your natural smile.

A large filling

If you have a lot of decay removed from a tooth you may have a rather large filling. Unfortunately, over time, this large filling can leave the rest of your tooth prone to cracking or fracturing. In order to prevent this problem from happening, our dental team may recommend removing the filling and simply placing a dental crown over the tooth.

A root canal

If you are dealing with sudden tooth pain and sensitivity you could be dealing with an inflamed or infected dental pulp. If this is the case, the only way to treat the problem is with root canal therapy. Once the pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is disinfected, we will need to preserve what’s left of the tooth’s natural structure by covering it with a porcelain crown.

A misshapen or discolored tooth

If you have a weak or damaged tooth that may also be oddly shaped or severely discolored, a dental crown can also improve the overall appearance of one or more teeth. Here at our dental practice, dental crowns are always customized to fit your smile. We will even help you choose the ideal shade of porcelain to use for the crown so that it blends seamlessly into your smile once it’s cemented permanently into place.

Do you have questions about getting dental crowns from our York, PA, dental office? If you want to discuss the restorative dentistry options we offer here at Hoffmaster Dental, call us at (717) 846-9428.

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.





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