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How dental implants from your dentist in Timonium, Maryland can bring back your smile
When you lose a tooth, it can be a traumatic experience. You may lose your ability to chew food efficiently, which can affect your digestion. You may also lose your beautiful, complete smile, which will affect your self-esteem. The truth is a lost tooth affects your whole smile!
Fortunately, you can bring back your smile, restoring full chewing function and self-esteem. The answer is dental implants! Dr. Paul Karpovich in Timonium, Maryland wants to share the facts about dental implants and what they can do for you and your smile.
Dental implants work differently than bridges and dental appliances. That’s because a dental implant looks, feels and functions just like a natural tooth. When you choose dental implants to replace missing teeth, you are choosing:
- A naturally-beautiful option, because the dental implant crown is made of light-reflective materials that mimic the look of tooth enamel
- A completely stable treatment, because dental implants are firmly embedded in bone.
- A healthy option, because you brush and floss dental implants just the same way you clean your natural teeth, so your smile will stay healthy
- A highly successful treatment, which boasts a success rate of over 95% according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Dental implants also resist staining even if you smoke or drink coffee. That means you will have a beautiful, white smile for years! They also help to conserve bone, which helps you keep the full contours of your face and your firm jawline. This means your face will resist sagging, so common to long-term denture wearers.
For more detailed information about dental implants, please visit the Implant Dentistry page on the website at https://www.karpovichdental.com/library/7782/ImplantDentistry.html
Dental implants are an excellent choice whether you want to replace one missing tooth, or several missing teeth, or if you just want more stability and support from your denture. You need to discover for yourself why a lost tooth isn’t the end of your smile. You need to discover dental implants! Just call Dr. Paul Karpovich in Timonium, Maryland today!
No one likes chipped, stained smiles. In fact, the opposite is true. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that your smile is what people notice most about your appearance, and they form positive--or not so positive--impressions based on it. If your smile is marred, Dr. Paul Karpovich in Timonium, MD, may have your answer: porcelain veneers. Bonded to the front of flawed teeth, beautiful, realistic veneers improve smile aesthetics and the impression you convey to those around you.
What are porcelain veneers?
They are custom-fabricated shells of premiere quality ceramic. Realistically colored and shaped, these super-thin laminates bond securely to the front of healthy teeth which have:
- Deep stains from smoking, food, drinks, excessive fluoride exposure, and more
- Odd shape and size
- Defects such as chips and cracks
- Mild spacing problems such as gaps and crowding
Also, porcelain veneers actually strengthen tooth structure. They are permanently glued on, improving enamel resilience.
The veneer process
Typically, it takes a few visits with Dr. Karpovich at his Timonium office. The first step is a comprehensive oral examination whereby your dentist determines if your gums and teeth are healthy enough for veneers. Then, he assesses the cosmetic condition of your teeth and suggests ways to improve it. Veneers may be a stand-alone cosmetic treatment, or Dr. Karpovich may combine them with others--such as composite resin bonding--for more complete enhancement.
An important part of your treatment plan is realistic input from you, the patient. You should suggest changes you'd like to see. Together, you and Dr. Karpovich will finalize your care plan.
If it includes porcelain veneers, Dr. Karpovich will take oral impressions and remove a small portion of enamel from each tooth receiving a veneer. This minimal resurfacing allows the finished veneers to fit and bite together properly. After resurfacing, Dr. Karpovich will place temporary veneers over your teeth.
After your new veneers return from the dental lab, Dr. Karpovich will take off the temporary ones, carefully position the new ones on your teeth, and bond them in place using a tooth-colored cement. Dr. Karpovich can vary the color of the cement to achieve a very natural look.
Caring for veneers
Brush and floss just as you do your other teeth. See Dr. Karpovich and his team every six months for exams and cleanings and any time you are concerned about a veneer.
Usually, veneers last ten years or longer, but it is wise to be gentle with them. Limit staining foods, and avoid chomping down on candy apples or opening plastic packaging with your teeth. You will love your veneers and want to keep them in the best possible condition.
If porcelain veneers sound like a great cosmetic treatment, find out more. Contact Dr. Karpovich's office staff for a cosmetic dentistry consultation in Timonium, MD. You'll learn about your options and the benefits of a renewed smile through porcelain veneers. Call today: (410) 628-6070.
Some dental emergencies happen suddenly (an injury or accident) while others are the fault of poor dental hygiene and avoiding dental visits for too long. No matter the reason, it’s important to know how to handle a dental emergency the right way. Take this advice and make an appointment at Dr. Paul Karpovich’s offering emergency dentistry in Timonium, MD.
Is It a Dental Emergency?
Not every dental issue is an emergency, but when it is you should take immediate action. One of the clearest signals is unbearable pain that stops you from eating, drinking, or talking normally. Here are a few common dental emergencies:
- Loss of natural tooth matter.
- Loosening or loss of a dental restoration, whether it is a crown, filling, or bridge.
- A knocked-out tooth, usually due to a sports injury and common in young people.
- A sharp foreign particle is stuck in soft tissue (gums or cheek).
- A broken or dislodged dental implant.
How to Handle a Dental Emergency
Firstly, try to stay calm in the case of a dental emergency. Next, retrieve any dental matter that is lost and put it in a safe place. If it’s a knocked-out tooth, clean it carefully and try to reinsert it. If that won’t work, keep it in a cup of milk until your appointment with Dr. Karpovich. Relieve any swelling by gently pressing an ice pack on the cheek. Stop bleeding by applying pressure with a gauze pad.
How Your Emergency Dentist Can Help
Call the dentist’s office immediately to set an urgent appointment. It’s always preferable to go to a skilled emergency dentist over visiting an ER for a dental problem. Your emergency dentist can restore dental devices and provide root canal therapy instead of immediately resorting to an emergency extraction.
Save Your Smile
Knowing how to handle a dental emergency properly could help save your smile. Call Dr. Karpovich providing emergency dentistry services in Timonium, MD, at (410) 628-6070 if you require an urgent visit.
Do you have missing teeth? Dental implants offer an excellent restoration option. Timonium, MD, dentist Dr. Paul Karpovich shares several advantages of implants.
A full smile
There's no easy way to hide the fact that you've lost a tooth. If you stop smiling, people will wonder if you're in a bad mood. If you hold your hand in front of your mouth when you speak, your friends will have trouble understanding you. When tooth loss causes you to feel less confident, dental implants provide a simple solution to the problem. Once your implants bond to your jawbone, they can be topped with dental crowns that will fill the gaps and improve your self-esteem.
An excellent choice no matter how many teeth you've lost
Dental implants are the only restoration option that can replace any number of missing teeth. Implants choices include:
- Single Tooth Implants: Implants are commonly used to fill the gap in your smile caused by the loss of one tooth.
- Implant-Supported Bridges: If you've lost several teeth in a row, implant-supported bridges are a good alternative to partial dentures. The fixed bridge can be supported by just a few implants.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: Both fixed and removable implant-supported dentures are available. In many cases, as few as four implants can support a denture. Implant-supported dentures are more comfortable than full or immediate dentures and make biting and chewing easier.
Better Oral Health
Your teeth are supported by their roots, gums and adjacent teeth. If one tooth is lost, other teeth begin to drift and overlap. In addition to changing your bite and appearance, overlapping teeth harbor plaque, which may increase your risk of cavities. Although regular cleanings in our Timonium office will reduce plaque buildup, it will still be a concern if you have overlapping teeth. Dental implants keep your teeth where they belong and help lower your tooth decay risk.
Implants also play an important role in the strength of your jawbone. When the bone isn't stimulated by tooth roots, it shrinks and weakens. In some cases, weakening of the jawbone may result in the loss of other teeth. Dental implants prevent this problem from occurring by exerting constant pressure on your jawbone.
Don't let gaps change your smile. Call Timonium, MD, dentist Dr. Paul Karpovich at (410) 628-6070 to schedule an appointment to discuss dental implants.
You'd love to have straight teeth. However, you've always shied away from orthodontic treatment with metal or even ceramic braces. They're just too obvious. What would people say? Well, there is a discreet way to get the beautiful smile you want without the "metal mouth" look you dislike. How? Well, no one will know you're wearing Invisalign clear aligners, the invisible way to a perfect smile. Ask your Timonium dentist, Dr. Paul Karpovich, how Invisalign treatment could create your healthy, functional and creating looking smile.
What Invisalign is
Invisalign clear aligners have straightened smiles all over the world for about 20 years. From correcting underbite and overbite to closing gaps and evening tooth length, Invisalign treats a vast array of mild to moderate orthodontic issues. The thin, acrylic appliances are customized according to oral impressions and three-dimensional imaging and come in 18 to 30 pairs. Worn 20 to 22 hours a day for about two weeks per pair, the aligners gradually and discreetly move teeth into favorable positions.
Advantages of Invisalign
Besides being virtually invisible, Invisalign aligners have several other advantages, such as:
- Wearers remove them for meals, oral hygiene and special occasions such as weddings and job interviews.
- They are thin, lightweight and easy to clean with water and toothpaste.
- Treatment takes just nine to 18 months (traditional orthodontics takes an average of two to two and a half years).
- The aligners are smooth, causing no irritation to gums and other soft oral tissues.
- Older teens and adults can wear them.
- Progress checks happen every four to six weeks, and there are no painful or complicated adjustments.
- Oral hygiene is very easy. Just remove the aligners, and floss and brush as usual.
Qualifying for Invisalign treatment in Timonium
Many people qualify. At Paul W. Karpovich Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums carefully, noting your dental bite and alignment. Digital X-rays and three-dimensional imaging tell him if Invisalign aligners could solve your smile issues.
If you proceed, expect your treatment to be straightforward. After completion, Dr. Karpovich will likely advise wearing a customized retainer to keep your new smile well-aligned.
Find out more
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that your smile gets noticed before anything else. Make sure it looks great even when it's under treatment. You can with discreet Invisalign aligners. Call Paul W. Karpovich Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Timonium, MD, at (410) 628-6070 for your personal consultation.
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