Unhappy with your dull smile? Teeth whitening may be the solution. Jeffrey L. Holland, DMD, of Holland Dentistry, your dentist in Paducah, shares some important information about the tooth whitening process.
Who can benefit from teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening can help lighten your teeth if they've become stained, yellow or discolored. Whitening can help if aging or the use of tobacco or caffeine exposes the darker dentin under your enamel, making teeth look duller. It's also a good option if you have stains on the enamel of your teeth due to eating or drinking any of the following:
- Soy sauce
- Tea and Coffee
- Tomato sauce
What about drugstore options?
You'll find plenty of teeth whitening kits and toothpastes at the drugstore. While these products can lighten your teeth, they aren't as strong as the products available to your dentist and results won't be quite as impressive. Results from drugstore products may last weeks or months, depending on the product, while your teeth may looker whiter and brighter for six months to two years after you visit your dentist for teeth whitening services. Also, some whitening toothpastes are so abrasive that they may actually damage your enamel.
How does my dentist whiten my teeth?
Your dentist may recommend one of two options: in-office whitening or home whitening trays. If you choose the in-office method, your dentist will first apply a substance that will protect your roots and gums during the whitening process and then put a special teeth whitening product on your teeth. After an hour, the gel will be removed and your teeth will be whiter.
If you prefer to use the at-home method, your dentist will make impressions of your upper and lower teeth. These impressions will be used to create molds for trays, which you will use at home. Before you place the trays in your mouth, you'll fill them with a teeth whitening gel provided by your dentist. Although it may take a few weeks until you see full results, at-home teeth whitening is a good option if you want to brighten your smile.
Want to find out how you can turn your smile from dull to dazzling? Call Paducah dentist Jeffrey L. Holland of Holland Dentistry at (270) 534-4887 and schedule an appointment today.
Discover more about the inner workings of a dental implant and how they successfully treat tooth loss.
Dealing with tooth loss doesn’t have to be a prison sentence for your smile. Your Paducah dentist Dr. Jeffrey Holland offers several tooth replacement options to make sure you get your healthy smile back. If you are looking for a long-term solution to your tooth loss woes, then it might be time to consider getting dental implants. Learn more about this procedure and how it works.
The Anatomy of a Dental Implant
Let’s break down the structure of a dental implant to make it easier to understand. A dental implant consists of three specific parts, which all serve unique functions:
- The metal implant
- An abutment
- An artificial tooth
The Dental Implant
The implant itself looks like a small metal post. It’s usually made from titanium, as this metal allows the tissue and bone surrounding it to fuse with the implant during a phenomenon called osseointegration. In essence, this is what makes a dental implant so successful for replacing a missing tooth. The implant acts just like a tooth root.
The abutment is a piece that goes over the implant after it’s already been placed in the jawbone and given a few months to heal. An abutment can be made from a variety of different materials, including metal or ceramic. The main purpose of an abutment is to connect the dental crown to the dental implant.
The Artificial Tooth
Once the abutment is placed on top of the implant during your second procedure, we will then place the dental crown onto the abutment. The dental crown used for an implant is no different than one we would cement over a damaged tooth, particularly after root canal therapy. This crown is custom-made to fit your smile based on impressions that your Paducah dentist took during a prior visit.
Do dental implants sound like the dental treatment you’ve been looking for? Then look no further then your Paducah, KY dentist for the answer to your smile needs. Call Holland Dentistry today to schedule a consultation and let’s find out if implants are right for you.
Find out how your Paducah dentist can give you a more youthful appearance.
Dentists performing Botox? It might sound shocking, but your Paducah dentist is pleased to offer this aesthetic procedure the next time you step into our office. With Botox one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world, find out how your next trip to the dentist could also boost your appearance.
What is Botox?
Botox is an injectable treatment that uses a form of Botulinum toxin to block the nerve signals to the muscles to stop them from contracting. This in turn relaxes the wrinkles and fine lines in the face.
What does Botox treat?
Botox is most often used to treat crow’s feet, lines around the mouth and forehead wrinkles. It can also be used on to treat wrinkles on the chin and around the lips. Keep in mind though that Botox will not improve the appearance of wrinkles and lines that are caused by sun damage.
What are the benefits of Botox?
When you opt for Botox in Paducah you can expect these wonderful treatments advantages:
- Botox only takes a couple of minutes to administer
- Botox results can last up to six months
- Botox injections don’t require anesthesia and the discomfort is minimal
- Botox can also prevent new wrinkles from forming by slowing muscle contractions in the face
- You can continue to get subsequent Botox treatments in order to maintain your younger appearance
Why should I see my Paducah dentist for Botox?
While Botox and other dermal filler procedures are typically left to dermatologists, and aesthetic treatments might seem out of the realm of dentistry, it’s less surprising when you remember that your Paducah dentist has had extensive training in the oral and maxillofacial regions. Often, we receive more training in these areas than other doctors who perform Botox. We know how to properly deliver your Botox treatments to achieve the results you crave.
If you are interested in giving your appearance a boost, and reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles, then it’s time you turned to your Paducah dentist for Botox. Schedule your first appointment today with Dr. Jeffrey Holland at Holland Dental and give yourself a well-deserved makeover.
You may not know everything that your Paducah dentist can offer you when you come for your next visit.
While our oral health is just as important as our overall health, we often don’t put it first in our to-do-lists. In fact, one-quarter of adults admit that they haven’t seen the dentist in the last two years. This is despite the fact that seeing the dentist each year could actually reduce your risk of developing tooth decay by about 60 percent. However, there is more to general dentistry than meets the eye. The next time you go in to see your Paducah dentist, you may also reap these additional benefits:
Oral care instruction
While brushing and flossing might seem as habitual as brushing your hair you might be surprised to know that you could be doing it wrong. This daily task requires meticulous care in order to be most effective. And who would know better about how to care for your smile than your very own Paducah dentist?
Of course we are certainly here to clean your teeth and treat your dental problems; however, we can also sit down with you and talk about the best ways to brush and floss your teeth. There are no stupid questions when it comes to your oral care and we are happy to show you some helpful tips you can use at home.
Did you know that one in seven adults suffer from dental anxiety? This is often the reason that keeps people from seeing their dentist regularly; however, the next time you schedule your dental appointment ask your Paducah dentist about sedation dentistry. Through oral or inhalation sedation we can offer our patients a stress-free and relaxed setting no matter what dental procedure you are having done. If even the idea of a simple dental cleaning has you nervous, opt for sedation dentistry.
Treating sensitive teeth
Many people deal with some level of tooth sensitivity. If you are one of those people you may have ignored it or thought nothing could be done. But think again! While we can recommend certain types of toothpastes and mouth rinses to help combat this problem we also offer other treatment options (e.g., dental bonding or crowns) that may also be effective, depending on the cause of your sensitivity.
If you are one of the 25 percent who hasn’t seen their Paducah dentist as routinely as they should, it’s never too late to start. Call Dr. Jeffrey L. Holland, DMD at Holland Dental and treat your smile like the asset that it is.
Find out why you should wear a mouthguard the next time you step out onto the basketball court.
Did you know that over 5 million teeth are knocked out each year, and many are due to sports? This means that nearly $500 million is spent each year to replace teeth. Unfortunately sports get a bad rap in the dental world, particularly fast-paced games like basketball, which have the potential for increase facial traumas due to close contact. However, your Paducah dentist recommends that all basketball players don a mouthguard to protect their teeth and gums from damage while playing.
What is a mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a flexible protective appliance that is worn over your teeth to reduce the chance of injury. While mouthguards can be used for other conditions like bruxism (teeth grinding) or TMJ, mouthguards are a great way to protect your smile during contact sports.
What are the different types of mouthguards?
The standard mouthguard can be purchased at your local drug store or sporting good store. However, these already come pre-formed so they won’t be fitted to your smile (think of these mouthguards as a “one size fits most” device). They are less expensive than other mouth guards; however, they may not feel as comfortable or fit as well. These mouthguards are often made of rubber and can feel a bit bulky.
You can also find mouthguards at the drug store that you have to boil first and then place over your teeth to help mold it. These may conform to your smile a bit better, but again you may still feel like they are too bulky. Plus they won’t offer the same protection and comfort of a custom-made mouthguard.
Your Paducah dentist can custom design a mouthguard to offer you superior fit and protection. We will make an impression of your smile and then send these measurements to a lab for fabrication. While these are more expensive than your run-of-the-mill mouthguards, they will provide a level of protection that you just won’t find anywhere else.
Also, if you are interested in customized mouthguards then you should check out Fierce mouthguards. All of their products are custom fabricated and come in 27 fun designs. Choose from standard colors like pink or blue or opt for fun prints like Camo.
Don’t hit the court until you have a mouthguard to protect your smile. While it might seem like a hassle now, you’ll be glad you are wearing one when you don’t have to deal with painful dental treatments to correct a damaged tooth. To find out more about getting custom-made mouthguards, call our office today!
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