If you have dental insurance, then it places you at a great advantage. That’s because it provides a way to maintain superb oral health and receive any treatment you may need. There’s a caveat, though; dental insurance is only helpful if it’s utilized. With the end of the year just around the corner, it’s of the utmost importance that you get in to visit your dentist in Harrisburg. As you continue reading, you’ll discover why!
Klein Family Dental Blog
October 5, 2019
September 20, 2019
You’re carefully taking out your dentures one night, and uh-oh! You dropped them on the floor and now they’re broken. While this is a pretty obvious sign that your dentures in Harrisburg need to be replaced, some signals aren’t as crystal-clear. Read more below to learn more signs that you need new dentures, and a way to make your dentures last even longer.
August 30, 2019
Not many people like going to the dentist. In fact, between 9 and 20 percent of Americans regularly avoid it due to fear or anxiety. Although it might not seem like it, not keeping your biannual appointments can be detrimental to your health and even your wallet. What good can come from seeing your dentist in Harrisburg twice a year? Read on to learn 3 benefits of doing so.
July 16, 2019
You’ve decided to replace your missing teeth with dental implants. They will fill up the gaps in your smile, and they look close enough to regular teeth. But will other people be able to tell that they are not the teeth you were born with? Let’s look more closely at whether others can tell that you have dental implants in Harrisburg, PA.
May 17, 2019
Vacuuming, cleaning your ceiling fans, washing your baseboards, polishing the wood floors, clearing out the garage. This is only a small portion of your spring cleaning list, but there’s something missing… your mouth! The first place you should start when decluttering and organizing your life is with yourself. Feeling good about your overall well-being will give you the energy-boost and confidence you need to tackle cleaning your home. Kick spring cleaning season off by scheduling your semi-annual checkup and cleaning with your dentist in Harrisburg. Learn about the importance of routine visits, and what to expect below. (more…)
April 9, 2019
Dental implants have become one of the most popular replacement options for their longevity, appearance, and unique health benefits. Their success rate is around 95%, making them a reliable solution for missing teeth. However, there are some factors that can make some dental implant cases more complex than others. Keep reading to learn more about these variables and whether or not you’re a good candidate for dental implants.
March 21, 2019
Fluoride is a good thing for your child’s teeth. But you know what they say about too much of a good thing—it can hurt you. In this case, too much fluoride can negatively impact the appearance of your child’s teeth in a condition called fluorosis, in which permanent teeth appear discolored. Fluorosis is often caused by children swallowing too much toothpaste. Here is a video to a local news story that our own dentist in Harrisburg—Dr. Gary Klein—contributed to about this very topic. (more…)
February 26, 2019
Most of us know we should brush and floss daily, eat a sensible diet, and see our dentist in Harrisburg for regular visits. But it’s also important to know how to do these things with an eye towards effectiveness. Otherwise we might miss out on benefits we could otherwise enjoy. With that in mind, here are some tips for fine-tuning these essential habits. Use them to give yourself the winning edge when it comes to your teeth and gums.
January 28, 2019
Dental implants in Harrisburg are the modern way to replace missing teeth. Implants avoid the shortcomings of other treatment options such as traditional dentures. Without implants, even a single missing tooth can put you at risk of bacterial infections, bone loss, and further tooth loss. The time to learn more about implants is now, before these conditions turn into serious issues.
What Happens When a Tooth Goes Missing
Have you ever wondered why most dentists avoid extracting a tooth whenever possible? It’s because missing teeth expose the patient to ongoing oral health problems like these:
- Heightened risk of infection. Decay-causing bacteria are sneaky. They love to hide in corners and other out-of-the-way spots in your mouth. The cavity created by a missing tooth creates the perfect gathering spot for these harmful microorganisms.
- TMJ symptoms. TMJ disorder is a common health condition that affects millions of Americans. It can lead to headaches, back and neck pain, and problems opening and closing your jaw. People with missing teeth often must shift their bite to another side of their mouth in order to chew their food, increasing their risk of developing TMJ.
- Bone loss. The bones in your jaw are like the muscles in your body. They get weaker when they go unused. Even a single missing tooth can deprive these bones of the stimulation they need. This is what creates the “sunken” look you may have seen in people with advanced tooth loss.
- More missing teeth. Your teeth are designed to work as a single unit. When one is missing, those around it are subjected to unhealthy and unnatural stress. This is why you rarely see people with only one missing tooth. In time the others fall as well, like a set of dominoes in a row.
Traditional Dentures Are Not the Best Option for Many Patients
Dentists have been designing replacements for missing teeth for hundreds of years. The oldest and most commonly used option is traditional dentures. But, while dentures are better than nothing, for many people they’re not the ideal solution. Here’s why:
- Traditional dentures cannot stop the process of bone loss discussed above. That’s because they’re not connected to the bones under your gum line, unlike your natural teeth.
- Traditional dentures rely on cream adhesives to stay in place. This means they can fail with no notice, causing embarrassment.
- Traditional dentures must be redesigned every few years as the patient’s face continues to change. They can’t offer the kind of long-term benefits today’s dental patients need
Implants offer a better solution. Because they draw their strength from the jaw itself, they can stop the process of facial bone loss in its tracks. They require no messy creams to stay in place, they allow the patient to live a normal lifestyle, and they require no special maintenance.
Implant dentures are a hybrid approach to tooth restoration, one that’s gaining in popularity as its benefits become better known. This option combines the advantages of implants with the convenience of dentures. The implants in the patient’s jaw not only prevent bone loss, they ensure that the restoration itself will never accidentally come loose.
Talk to your dentist in Harrisburg soon about implants and other restoration options. After all, you’re much too important to let missing teeth ruin your smile.
About the Author
Dr. Gary M Klein earned his DDS degree from the NYU College of Dentistry before completing his one-year residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown. His broad-based training and experience enables them to treat a wide range of dental problems. You can reach his office online or by calling (717) 652-6644.
December 26, 2018
The holidays are an exciting time of the year as you gather with friends and loved ones. While you shop for the perfect gifts and prepare tasty meals, the last thing you expect is a toothache to interrupt your plans. Although you never thought it would happen to you, it is more common than you might think. In fact, it is estimated 55% of adults report to have had at least one toothache during the past 6 months. Often, it results from an untreated cavity. No matter the underlying problem, you need an emergency dentist in Harrisburg. Unfortunately, your dental office may be closed because of the holidays. Do not worry. There are several things you can do at home to help manage your discomfort until your appointment.