Karpovich Dental Discussion
Would you like a whiter smile in just 45 minutes? Zoom teeth whitening, available in Dr. Paul Karpovich's Timonium, MD, dental office, offers impressive results. Dr. Karpovich explains how Zoom works.
How is Zoom different from other teeth whitening methods?
Hydrogen peroxide, a very effective stain remover, is the active ingredient in teeth whitening kits that you can buy at the drug store. Because the kits contain a relatively low level of hydrogen peroxide, you may need to use the product for weeks or months before you see results. Some products can be a little difficult to apply, which can result in uneven results or tooth sensitivity.
The Zoom system offers better results, thanks to the combination of a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide and UV light. After the hydrogen gel is applied to your teeth, they're exposed to the light for up to three 15-minute intervals. The UV light makes it easier for the gel to penetrate your tooth enamel and also help break down the stains.
If you prefer to whiten your teeth at home, you can choose at at-home Zoom whitening kit. Kits containing whitening gel and trays custom-made to fit your teeth.
Is Zoom whitening painful?
During your whitening treatment, your mouth may feel a little warm and you may notice a little tingling. Teeth whitening can be a little painful for people who have sensitive teeth. If you're concerned about sensitivity, Dr. Karpovich can adjust the intensity and desensitizer settings when you undergo the treatment in his Timonium office. At the end of your Zoom treatment, your teeth will also be coated with a special fluoride gel that reduces sensitivity.
What kind of results can I expect?
People who take advantage of Zoom whitening can expect to see up to an eight-shade difference in their teeth. Results can last several years, as long as you avoid or limit the foods and beverages that can stain teeth, such as coffee, tea, wine, soda and berries.
Brighten your smile with Zoom teeth whitening. Call Timonium, MD, dentist, Dr. Karpovich, at (410) 628-6070 to schedule your appointment.
The most common side effects of tooth loss are well known - it will ruin your smile and affect the ability to eat many of your favorite foods. In many cases it also leads to sagging around the jaw, and can generally make a person look older. But in addition to the cosmetic and psychological impact, tooth loss can also affect oral health, even after a damaged tooth has been removed or fallen out. The roots of our teeth are surrounded by bone tissue in the gums, which begins to erode when a tooth is extracted or lost through an injury, tooth decay or gum disease. If left untreated, bone loss can lead to oral health problems that will ultimately affect your entire smile and oral health. Dr. Paul Karpovich, a dentist in Timonium, MD, recommends dental implants for healthy adults missing anywhere from one to all teeth.
Dental Implants in Timonium, MD
Implants are the only dental restoration that replaces the root of the tooth. In addition to securing the cosmetic crown in place so that it looks and functions just like a natural tooth, without the need for a bridge or adhesives, the implant fuses with the bone tissue in the gums, preventing further erosion and jumpstarting the growth of healthy new bone tissue. Adults in good overall health, with enough remaining bone density in the gums to support the implant, are typically good candidates.
How Implants Work
The first stage consists of placing the implant, made of a small titanium screw, under the gums. Once the implant has healed, your dentist will attach the cosmetic crown to finish the restoration. Once in place, implants require the same care as natural teeth to avoid the risk of infections and gum disease. A good oral hygiene routine at home, and regular check-ups and dental cleanings (approximately every six months, according to the American Dental Association) are essential to keep your implants, remaining teeth and gums healthy.
An implant can replace a single tooth or a full set of dentures with just a few implants.
Find a Dentist in Timonium, MD
For more information on how implants can help to restore your smile and oral health, and to find out if you qualify, contact Dr. Karpovich by calling (410) 628-6070 to schedule an appointment today.
Dental emergencies are common for patients who are involved in sports or who have had past dental problems. Some patients think that the best course of action is to go to an emergency room, but actually the best option is going to an emergency dentistry. Dr. Paul Karpovich is a dentist located in Timonium, MD who provides his patients with urgent, quality care for traumatic dental injuries. Learn more about what you should do in a dental emergency.
What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is a case that simply can't wait. While some patients can wait a couple of weeks before seeing a dentist, an emergency case should ideally be treated by a dentist within a couple of days. Here are a few examples of dental emergencies:
- knocked out or loosened tooth
- fillings fall out
- chipped or cracked tooth
- unbearable toothache that makes it difficult to eat or talk
- swollen cheeks or jaw
- soft tissue damage in the mouth
What to Do
When there's a dental emergency, the first thing you should do is call Dr. Karpovich's Timonium dentist office to set up an urgent visit. Next, take these steps in advance of the appointment:
- Try to (carefully) reinsert any knocked out tooth.
- Put any tooth matter in a cup of milk and bring it to your appointment.
- Use ice or a cold compress to calm swelling on the cheeks.
- Use gauze or a cool tea bag to stop any bleeding around the gumline.
Preventing Future Emergencies
Some dental emergencies can be avoided by taking precautions. Consider these tips for the future:
- Wear protective gear, including a mouth guard and face mask, when playing contact sports.
- Take care of your smile (regular brushing and flossing) to reduce the chance of toothaches, infections and missing fillings.
- See your dentist at the very first sign of pain or discomfort before it turns into a more serious matter.
Have an Emergency Dentist on Call
It's best to have the number for a qualified emergency dentistry handy in case of an issue. You can call on Karpovich Dental in Timonium, MD—the number is (410) 628-6070.
How Invisalign treatment from your Timonium dentist can give you a straighter smile on your terms
Traditional metal braces used to be the only option for straightening your teeth. Although metal braces will improve your smile, many people don't like their appearance while wearing braces. Thanks to Invisalign, you can achieve a straighter smile on your own terms and without others noticing. Dr. Paul Karpovich is a Timonium, MD dentist who offers Invisalign treatment to his patients.
Invisalign aligners are invisible.
Invisalign is the nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth without the restrictions that come with traditional metal braces. Rather than metal brackets and archwires, the Invisalign system uses a series of clear aligners that have been made for your teeth.
Invisalign is safer than metal braces.
Invisalign braces prevent damage to gums and teeth. Invisalign aligners are smooth, comfortable, and safe. Traditional metal braces contain archwires that can scratch and puncture the inside of the mouth. Invisalign braces are custom made for your smile so you know they will fit comfortably. Every two weeks you will wear a new aligner as your smile is gradually improved.
You can eat with Invisalign.
With Invisalign aligners, you are free to eat whatever you want. With conventional metal braces, you have to avoid eating certain foods such as candy, chewing gum, and popcorn because they can become stuck in your braces.
Invisalign aligners are removable.
Conventional metal braces make it difficult to floss and brush properly. Since Invisalign aligners can be removed whenever you want, you can continue to take good care of your teeth and gums.
If you want to achieve a straighter smile on your own terms, call Dr. Karpovich in Timonium, MD at 410-628-6070 right now to schedule an appointment. We will help you achieve the gorgeous smile you have dreamed of.
Find out how dental veneers could transform your smile.
Chips and cracks can leave so much to be desired when it comes to your smile. While minor imperfections don’t usually affect the overall health or integrity of the tooth it can certainly make your smile look less than ideal. If you have been looking for a cosmetic procedure that could change all that, then it’s time you asked our Timonium, MD dentist Dr. Paul Karpovich about dental veneers.
Problems that Dental Veneers Can Solve
At our practice in Timonium, we value offering convenient and safe cosmetic dentistry that you can trust. Because of this, many patients turn to dental veneers to achieve the look they’ve always wanted. Dental veneers, which are made out of tooth-colored porcelain, are placed over the front portion of a tooth to cover up minor imperfections such as:
- Stains and discolorations
- Misshapen teeth
- Worn teeth
Dental veneers can also address gaps between teeth by covering up these spaces, and it can even be placed over misaligned or crooked teeth to get a straighter smile without needing to sport braces.
What Makes Dental Veneers so Great
There are so many benefits that you will enjoy when you get dental veneers. First of all, you’ll enjoy an even, whiter, straighter and all-around more perfect smile. These restorations are designed to look just like natural teeth, so no one will know that your beautiful smile is actually the result of porcelain veneers.
Plus, the porcelain is stain-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about your smile becoming yellow or stained over time. And, unlike other restorations, the tooth preparation required for dental veneers is minimal and can usually be performed painlessly without the need for anesthesia.
Turn to your dental expert in Timonium, MD Dr. Paul Karpovich for all of your general, cosmetic and restorative needs. Isn’t it time you had a smile you could be proud of?
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