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By Holland Dentistry
November 30, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

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.Teeth Whitening

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:

  • Cherries
  • Soy sauce
  • Cola
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Tomato sauce
  • Popsicles
  • Candy

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.

By Holland Dentistry
August 04, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

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 Dental Implant Partstooth 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

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.

By Holland Dentistry
May 01, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Botox  

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 Botoxtime 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.

By Holland Dentistry
June 09, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   Paducah  
dental implantsSummer is a time for enjoying outdoor activities such as swimming, hikes and other recreational activities.  However, some popular summer sports – such as swimming and baseball – can put your teeth at risk for danger.  What happens when you knock out your tooth or multiple teeth while participating in your favorite summer activity? 
 
If you have lost a tooth, or multiple teeth, dental implants are an appropriate alternative to partial and full dentures or bridges.  A dental implant works like a tooth and offers more comfort and stability than dentures while restoring your ability to chew food.  Dental implants may also help to improve speech and facial appearance.  Take the right step this summer and replace missing teeth with dental implants in Paducah from our dentist for improved confidence. 
 

Implants: A Preferred Tooth Replacement Procedure

Dental implants are manufactured “anchors” that are used in both the upper and lower jaws.  Surgically inserted into the jawbone, implants become a stable base for artificial replacement teeth.  The implant acts as the root of the tooth, and when accompanied by a crown, bridge or denture, the implant will look and perform like the natural tooth that was lost.
 
Implant surgery is performed in your dentist’s office in a three step process.  First, our dentist in Paducah, KY will surgically place an implant directly into the jawbone, replicating a natural tooth root.  Following this is the initial surgery where the implant is typically left covered for three to six months to allow the bone to develop around the implant to help hold it in place.  This process is called osseointegration.  Without osseointegration taking place, the implant may fail. 
 
Once osseointegration takes place our Paducah dentist will uncover the implant and attach an extension, or post.  You will wait a couple more months for the gum tissue to heal around the post; with the final step taking place once healing is complete.  Once healing is completed, the implant will serve as a foundation for the new tooth.  Our dentist in Paducah will make a crown, or other artificial tooth replacement, and attach it to the implant post.  The entire process can take up to nine months to complete, depending on each patient. 
 

Wear Mouthguards to Prevent Tooth Loss

A mouthguard is a flexible appliance made out of plastic that is worn in athletic and recreational activities to protect your teeth from trauma.  You should wear a mouthguard to protect your mouth from injuries, such as losing a tooth or multiple teeth.  Anytime there is a strong chance for contact with other participants or hard surfaces, it is advisable to wear a mouthguard.  Players participating in basketball, softball, football, wrestling, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, in-line skating, martial arts as well as recreational sports such as skateboarding, and bicycling should wear mouthguards.  Take extra precautions in protecting your mouth from harmful injuries like tooth loss and wear a mouthguard.
 
Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, but with proper consultation with our dentist in Paducah, KY a proper solution can be made for replacing your missing tooth.  The best candidates for implants are in good general health with healthy gums and sufficient bone structure.  Success of the implant depends on regular visits along with a personal commitment to good oral hygiene.  Visit our office in Paducah to see if dental implants are the right choice for you.
By Holland Dentistry
April 15, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sedation Dentistry   Paducah  
Sedation Dentistry PaducahWith advancements in dentistry, pain is almost a thing of the past with sedation dentistry. Powerful pain-killing medications, known as anesthetics, not only help you avoid discomfort during a procedure, but post-operatively as well.  At Holland Dental Care, our dentists in Paducah will work with you to determine the best sedation modality for your procedure so you can rest easy. 
 

What is Sedation Dentistry?

 
Sedation is a process used to establish a relaxed, easy and calm state through the use of sedatives, which can be administered in a variety of ways. Over the years, sedation dentistry has evolved to be even more conducive to a relaxing experience.  Patients have alternatives to the traditional modalities of inhalation and IVs, such as those offering a “no needle” approach that many people find appealing. 
 
Although some forms of sedation may raise your threshold for pain, most dental treatments may still require a local anesthetic injected in the mouth, even when sedation dentistry techniques are performed.  Using a local anesthetic will temporarily block pain impulses from the affected teeth and gum tissue.  The injection of the anesthetic will be injected after you have already been sedated and comfortable, so you will most likely not be bothered by or remember the sensation of having the injection.
 
Contact us at Holland Dental Care to learn more about sedation dentistry and our dentists in Paducah. We will work with you to make sure you receive the best treatment available.