April 15, 2019
April is National Facial Protection Month and that means it’s time to schedule an appointment for you and your family for a custom made mouthguard.
Custom-made mouthguards are just as essential as a helmet and kneepads, especially if you want to keep you and your family out of the emergency room on a Saturday afternoon.
Aren’t All Mouthguards the Same?
Not all mouthguards are the same. According to Dr. David Schaefer, a custom-made mouth protector may cost more than the other two types of mouthguards, but is much more affordable than an unscheduled trip to the hospital in an ambulance.
There are three types of mouthguards available. Conventional, which is available at your pharmacy or local sports store, boil and bite, also available over the counter and custom made mouth protectors, only available from your dentist in Independence.
Conventional mouthguards provide a one size fits all solution to people who participate in sports. Unfortunately, everyone’s mouth is different. That means you will not get the same fit that you would from a custom made mouth guard. On top of that, conventional one size fits all mouth protectors are often left in the gym bag because they are so uncomfortable. People complain that these types of mouth protectors make it hard to talk and even breathe.
Boil and Bite Mouthguards
Boil and bite mouthguards are placed in hot water to make them pliable. Once warm you put it in your mouth and bite down making an impression of your teeth. A bit better than conventional mouthguards because they are slightly molded to your teeth, they still don’t provide the best protection against mouth injuries as once again, athletes find boil and bit mouthguards just as uncomfortable as conventional mouth protectors.
Custom Made Mouthguards
The best of the three, custom made mouthguards are made to fit your teeth because a mold is made. Once the mold is finished your new mouthguard will be ready for play. Made out of dental plastic, custom-made mouth protectors are comfortable, allow you to talk and even breathe.
This Facial Protection Month, don’t take any chances and schedule an appointment for your entire family for custom-made mouthguards in Independence.
March 15, 2019
Cosmetic dentistry is amazing. Not only can it restore your smile, but it can also boost your confidence.
Porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental crowns, clear braces, and dental bonding can alter the appearance of your smile. However, according to your dentist in Independence, you must have healthy teeth and gums before you proceed with any type of cosmetic dentistry procedure.
Why Do I Need Healthy Teeth and Gums?
Some people think they can get away with cavities and gum disease as they are having cosmetic procedures done anyway. According to Dr. David Schaefer, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Just like a house, you need a solid foundation before you build. If you have gum disease, your Independence dentist will take care of that first before recommending any sort of cosmetic dental procedure.
If you are having cosmetic dental bonding and have a cavity, Dr. Schaefer can take care of both problems at the same time. In most cases, tooth restorations can be done simultaneously with cosmetic dental procedures, however, if you have gum disease, it will need to be addressed first.
My Teeth and Gums are Healthy Am I a Candidate?
Anyone with healthy teeth and gums is a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry. However, not all procedures are suitable for every patient. For example, if you are considering Invisalign® clear braces and have severely rotated or crooked teeth or an extreme over or under bite, Dr. Schaefer may recommend conventional wires and brackets.
If you are reluctant about any type of permanent alteration to your teeth, cosmetic dental bonding would be a better fit than porcelain veneers as cosmetic porcelain veneers are permanent.
If you would like a checkup to see if your teeth and gums are healthy enough for cosmetic dentistry, call or click and schedule a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. David Schaefer today.
February 15, 2019
If you have always wanted porcelain veneers, but simply can’t afford them, there is an alternative. According to Dr. David Schaefer, cosmetic dental bonding is the affordable way to give you a beautiful smile that is more affordable than porcelain veneers.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding Has Changed
Although dental bonding has been around for decades, the materials used have changed. Thanks to technology dental bonding, materials are stronger and more natural looking. Cosmetic bonding materials come in more colors as well. This allows your dentist to match your natural teeth to your restored teeth perfectly. No one will know you have had cosmetic dental bonding except you and Dr. Schaefer.
Dental Bonding Used to Look Unnatural
If you remember your best friends dental bonding job back in the late 80s as being very unnatural looking, you can rest assured that won’t happen with today’s cosmetic dental bonding. With materials that sparkle and shine just like your natural teeth, and just like porcelain veneers, you’ll have the smile that you have always dreamed of.
The Advantages of Dental Bonding
Because dental bonding isn’t permanent, you won’t have to worry about old porcelain veneers. Think about it this way, if you have old porcelain veneers and you need a touch up but don’t have the insurance or the cash for it, what can you do?
Because dental bonding is reversible and more affordable, you can have it touched up when needed should it stain, chip, or crack. Although dental bonding stains more easily than porcelain veneers, good oral hygiene can prevent that from happening.
There really is an affordable porcelain veneers alternative. Cosmetic dental bonding looks and feels like your natural teeth and is more durable than it used to be. Call Dr. Schaefer for a no obligation cosmetic dental bonding consultation. It could be just what your frown needs. Call today.
January 15, 2019
You may think your old silver amalgam fillings are just fine because your aren’t in fine and they still look okay. However, according to your dentist in Independence, old silver amalgam fillings are great at hiding tooth decay.
I Have a Filling How Can I Get More Cavities?
Tooth decay happens anywhere. From decayed teeth to old fillings. Because the tooth that was filled is still healthy in some places, it can become decayed. Because silver amalgam fillings can leak, crack or chip, bacteria can make its way under the restoration. This will eventually cause additional dental caries.
Can Decay Be Detected Under Dental Fillings?
Dr. David Schaefer will check your x-rays looking for edges that have formed around your silver amalgam fillings. Bacteria love to creep into the edges of restorations. Unfortunately, because there is a cap over the tooth, new tooth decay will thrive. If the filling is cracked or chipped, the problem becomes worse. All dental fillings must be smooth to prevent bacteria from seeping in.
Your dentist in Missouri will inspect your x-rays, looking for any dark areas below your filling while checking the sides of the fillings for broken pieces as well. Dr. Schaefer will also check for bone loss. Any sign of bone loss is a sign of periodontal disease that can lead to tooth loss.
Can I Prevent Further Decay?
The only way to prevent further decay in your old dental restorations is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Schaefer. By examining your teeth and gums, there will be a clearer picture of what steps need to be taken including removing your old silver amalgam fillings.
If you have old dental restorations, call or click and schedule an appointment with your dentist in Independence. It really is the only way to keep your mouth safe from decay and gum disease.
Call for a dental appointment today.
December 15, 2018
Sometimes all you need is professional tooth whitening to give you the smile you deserve for the holidays. Professional tooth whitening can lighten your teeth up to ten shades, and best of all, you’ve got just enough time to get it done before the New Year.
What is Professional Tooth Whitening?
Unlike those over the counter strips, pastes, rinses, one size fits all trays and tooth whitening gels; professional tooth whitening is much stronger. When used as directed by Dr. David Schaefer, your teeth will look brighter and be much healthier.
If you are a good candidate for professional tooth whitening, you must be free from tooth decay and gum disease, an impression will be taken of your teeth. When the impression is made, clear plastic custom made whitening trays will be manufactured. When your trays are ready, your dentist in Independence will prescribe you a tooth whitening gel that you will use as per his instructions.
Worn every night, or thirty minutes during the days, the professional whitening products from your Independence dentist are safe and work. You will not be tempted to use too much product with professional tooth whitening from your Missouri dentist.
Why Is Professional Tooth Whitening Better?
Although tooth-whitening products purchased from your local pharmacy may be cheaper, they will not be if you do not follow instructions to the letter. If you overuse those products, you will be rewarded with sensitive teeth. Some people who overuse whitening products have permanently damaged their teeth. That permanent damage will need to be repaired costing you much more than that box of tooth whitening strips.
The Problem with Over the Counter Tooth Whitening Products
Over use causes sensitive teeth, which usually subsides after you stop whitening your teeth. However, avoiding hot and cold food and drinks isn’t the only side effect from over whitening. See through, chalky teeth and permanent enamel damage have also been reported. Your best bet for a brighter safer smile is professional tooth whitening.
A new smile is just a click or call away. Make that call and schedule your professional tooth whitening appointment with Dr. David Schaefer today.
November 15, 2018
Cosmetic dental bonding or porcelain veneers. Most cosmetic dentists hear that question when talking with a patient about a new smile.
Cosmetic dental bonding and porcelain veneers are two cosmetic dentistry procedures that will brighten your smile. Chips, cracks, stained or misshapen teeth, gappy teeth, crooked teeth, and teeth that are too long or too short can be beautiful with cosmetic dental bonding or porcelain veneers.
What is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?
Cosmetic dental bonding takes place in your dentist’s office and is a non permanent way to fix your grin. Dental bonding can be completed in a single dental appointment and looks just like your natural teeth.
If Dr. David Schaefer determines that you are a good candidate for bonding, a color will be matched to the rest of your natural teeth and the tooth that is being bonding. After color selection, your tooth or teeth will be etched with a solution so that the bonding material adheres to your tooth.
After coating each tooth, a dental resign will be applied and molded to the desired shape. Once satisfied with the results, your dentist in Independence will use a light or laser to cure the resin. After the resin has hardened, your new restoration will be polished to match the rest of your natural teeth.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Just like cosmetic dental bonding, porcelain veneers can fix a multitude of problems including badly stained, chipped, or cracked teeth. Porcelain veneers can also fill in the gap between your front teeth and make your teeth longer or shorter.
If you are a good fit for porcelain veneers, a small portion of enamel is removed to make way for the thin sheet of porcelain. Because of this, porcelain veneers are permanent. After enamel, removal a mold or impression is made that will be sent to a dental lab. Temporary veneers may be needed for unsightly teeth.
When your new veneers are ready, Dr. Schaefer will place on the fronts of your teeth checking for fit. Once happy, your new veneers will be permanently bonded into place. After bonding, your new smile will be buffed, polished, and ready for the world.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding or Porcelain Veneers?
Your dentist in Missouri will be able to help you decide between veneers and bonding. Call or click for a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Schaefer today.
October 15, 2018
Invisalign® is a system of clear aligners that slowly move your teeth into place. The clear braces system is not for everyone, but could be what you have been looking for if you are not happy with your grin.
Having a smile that you are self-conscious about doesn’t do much for your self-esteem. Covering your mouth when you talk or when attempting a half smile is a dead giveaway that you are not happy with your reflection.
According to your dentist in Independence, a healthy, beautiful smile does wonders for your confidence and your overall health.
If you follow Dr. Schaefer’s Blog, you will know that research has indicated a link between gum and tooth health and overall health. You may think that a straight smile is purely cosmetic, but it really is much more than that.
A healthy straight smile prevents food particles from lodging between cracks and crevices that would not be there with a straight smile. Invisalign® is the answer if you have been considering clear braces.
What Does Invisalign® Work For?
- Correcting overbites, crossbites and underbites
- Closing gaps
- Evening out teeth that are crowded
Are Clear Braces Better than Wires and Brackets?
Although both have advantages and disadvantages, Invisalign® is better at preventing cavities as the aligners are removed when you eat, brush, and floss.
You also have to be careful of the foods you eat or risk a broken bracket or wire. Anyone who has or is wearing conventional braces understands the embarrassment of giving a presentation with something stuck in the wires and brackets.
Less Time with Invisalign®
With invisible braces, you will enjoy fewer visits with your cosmetic dentist in Independence. You will only have to see Dr. Schaefer every six weeks to make sure your treatment is working to plan.
If a straighter smile is on your bucket list, do it now and schedule complimentary Invisalign® consultation with Dr. Schaefer. Your Independence dentist is a preferred Invisalign® provider and can help you like your reflection again.
September 15, 2018
Your teeth and gums play a huge roll in overall health. In fact, your oral health could mean the difference between life and death.
Teeth and Gums and Overall Health
According to Dr. David Schaefer, gum disease, especially the more serious periodontitis, can cause heart disease and heart failure.
Like the rest of your body, your mouth is loaded with bacteria, and while most is harmless, the bad bacteria could take over resulting in tooth decay and gum disease. Without proper oral hygiene, it’s impossible to keep those bacteria levels under control.
Bacteria and Periodontal Disease
Studies indicate that inflammation caused by oral bacteria could play a role in HIV/AIDS, and diabetes as gum disease lowers the body’s defenses against infection. This makes oral health issues more severe.
Some of the Conditions Linked to Teeth and Gums Include:
Endocarditis-This infection of the lining of your heart, or the endocardium, occurs when bacteria is spread to other parts of your body. Mouth bacteria enter your bloodstream through pockets caused by gum disease. Plaque and tartar will erode the gum line making it easy to spread dangerous bacteria.
Cardiovascular Disease-Some studies indicate that clogged arteries, stroke, and heart disease could be linked to infection and inflammation.
Pregnancy and Healthy Teeth and Gums-Periodontal disease has been linked to low birth weight and premature birth.
Other Conditions that Could Affect Oral Health Include:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Neck Cancer
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Head Cancer
- Sjorgren’s Syndrome
According to your Dentist in Missouri, you can protect your oral health by:
- Brushing Twice Each Day
- Flossing Once Each Day
- Eating Healthy
- Avoiding Tobacco Products
- Scheduling Regular Dental Checkups
Your teeth and gums really do play a part in overall health. Contact Dr. Schaefer, if you haven’t seen a dentist in some time.
If you are suffering from tooth decay or gum disease, your health could at risk. Call for a dental checkup today.
August 15, 2018
Your teeth and gums could pay the price if you are constantly searching for the perfect weight loss treatment.
Trying every new fad diet may be doing wonders for your waistline, but it isn’t helping your teeth and gums any.
According to Dr. David Schaefer, constant dieting can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Even so-called healthy diets can be an issue for your oral health.
Below are some diets to watch out for if you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Eating diets that are low in fat will interfere with fat-soluble vitamin absorption. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are extremely important for teeth, gums, and overall health. Vitamin D helps your body absorb much needed calcium for strong bones and teeth. If you aren’t getting enough Vitamin D, the enamel on your teeth and your jawbone will begin to break down.
Dr. Schaefer explains that diets that include a healthy amount of fat also produce dopamine. The chemical neurotransmitter improves mood. If you lack Omega-3 fatty acids, stress and anxiety levels will increase as well. This can lead to TMD or tooth grinding. Low fat products are also high in sugar increasing your risk of cavities.
Although there hasn’t been any evidence that the Keto diet causes tooth decay or gum disease, it will cause chronic bad breath. If you or someone you know has breath that smells like old fruit or fingernail polish remover with acetone, they are in ketosis. When the body is in ketosis, it is burning fat, not carbohydrates.
You can rid your mouth of halitosis by chewing on fresh mint. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to include a small amount of carbs in your diet, as this will sweeten your breath. High ketone levels can also cause high acidic blood levels, which could damage your heart, cause fatigue, or make you burn muscle and not fat.
Low Calorie Diets
Cutting calories is a great way to trim your waistline, but if you are reducing your food intake depleting your body of much needed nutrients your teeth and gums will pay the price. Because a low calorie diet depletes the body of vitamins and minerals, malnutrition could be an issue. According to your dentist in Missouri, malnutrition can cause a weak jawbone leading to tooth loss. Soft enamel and a vulnerability to gum disease can also occur from a diet lacking in vitamins and minerals.
Other diets to be aware of include the Fruit Detox diet, which can cause malnutrition and enamel damage thanks to the high acidic and sugar levels in most fruits. Diet pills are also risky as they can cause dry mouth. If your salivary glands cannot produce, you will be more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.
Before you start another diet, contact your doctor and don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your dentist in Independence. It really will make a difference to your overall health.
July 15, 2018
You may brag about your 25-year old dental restorations, but are they really worth boasting about? Your silver amalgam fillings and crowns have been with you for decades, but are they really good for your teeth? According to Dr. David Schaefer, no, they are not.
Why Old Dental Restorations are Bad for You
Your old fillings, dental crowns, and even root canals can harbor tooth decay. What’s worse is that even digital pictures and x-rays can’t pick up the dental caries. Those black lines around the rim of your x-rays could mean decay.
Decay is loaded with bad bacteria that will eat away at the gum line causing gingivitis or the more serious periodontal disease. Any dental restoration that is five years or older should be checked by your dentist in Missouri on a regular basis.
Does Decay Under Old Dental Restorations Cause Pain?
In most cases, there will not be discomfort. You may experience some sensitivity at best. If you are in pain, it is imperative that you schedule an appointment with your dentist in Missouri. Leaving decay to its own devices can affect your overall health.
If you notice any pain at all, even if it isn’t at the restoration site, tooth decay could still be present. The only way to determine if you have decay is to schedule an appointment with Schaefer Dental.
How To Tell if You Have Decay
If you have old fillings, crowns or root canals the best way to check for decay is to look for dark spots in and around the tooth. If you notice darkening in the middle of your root canal, it could be an issue.
A dentist should check any visible chips or cracks. Using modern dental technology, Dr. Schaefer can determine if your old dental restorations need to be replaced.
Stop boasting about your old dental restorations and call for a dental checkup today.