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.
June 15, 2018
Porcelain veneers are more affordable than ever before. Dr. David Schaefer recommends porcelain veneers if you have teeth that are chipped, cracked or worn. If you have a space between your teeth or teeth that are tipped or rotated, porcelain veneers could be a good fit for you, your smile, and your confidence.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that are bonded to the fronts of your teeth. Because a small amount of enamel needs to be removed for natural fitting veneers, the cosmetic dental procedure is permanent.
Cosmetic veneers are made from dental grade porcelain and mimic light just as your natural teeth do.
Porcelain Veneers Placement
If Dr. Schaefer believes that you are a good fit for porcelain veneers, you will need three dental appointments.
During your first porcelain veneers appointment, a portion of the enamel will be removed. Once removed, a mold or impression will be sent to the lab for manufacture. If your teeth are not ready for public consumption, a temporary set of veneers may be fitted until your permanent cosmetic veneers are ready.
After a couple of weeks, you will return to Dr. Schaefer’s office for permanent placement. The veneers will be checked for fit and color, and once your dentist is satisfied, will be bonded into place. After placement, the bonding will be cured with a laser or light.
Once the veneers have been bonded, they will be polished to perfection.
Dr. Schaefer recommends a third dental appointment to check your new veneers for placement and bite.
Cosmetic dentistry can change your life. A beautiful smile not only gives you more confidence, but can also improve your overall health.
If you would like more information regarding porcelain veneers, or any other type of cosmetic dentistry procedure, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer today.
May 15, 2018
Professional teeth whitening could be just what you need if your dull smile is making you self-conscious. Your cosmetic dentist in Independence can give you a beautiful new grin with the most popular cosmetic dental treatment in the world, teeth whitening.
If you have healthy teeth that have not been restored, you could be the perfect candidate for teeth whitening. People with porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental bonding, or dental implants will not see results with professional teeth whitening. If you have interior staining, tooth whitening is not a good option. If you have restored teeth and intrinsic staining, ask Dr. Schaefer about cosmetic dental bonding or porcelain veneers.
What Causes Teeth Staining
There are several reasons that you may be dealing with brown, yellow, or stained teeth. If you smoke, drink coffee or enjoy a glass or two of red wine your teeth will stain. Certain medications, such as tetracycline can also cause teeth staining. If you overused fluoride products as a child, you may also have interior staining.
If Dr. Schaefer believes you are a good candidate for professional tooth whitening, you will be fitted with custom-made teeth whitening trays. You will also be given a prescription gel to use with your new tooth whitening trays. You will wear your trays for about thirty minutes every day for two weeks. The gel, unlike what you find at your local pharmacy is stronger than other over the counter pastes, gels, and mouth rinses. You will see amazing results with professional teeth whitening from your dentist in Independence.
Often times Dr. Schaefer will combine professional teeth whitening with other cosmetic dentistry procedures in order to match your newly whitened smile. Ask your Independence cosmetic dentist what other treatments are available.
If you have been considering a change this, summer call or click and schedule a professional teeth whitening appointment with your dentist in Missouri. Dr. Schaefer can give you a new smile in as little as two weeks.
April 15, 2018
Women’s oral health changes throughout life thanks to pregnancy, menstruation, menopause, and puberty. Unlike men, women have oral health requirements that are special during hormonal level changes. During these times, women’s oral health and oral hygiene needs to be thorough when you brush and floss. It is important to eat a healthy diet and schedule regular appointments with Dr. David Schaefer who can keep your teeth and gums strong during women’s oral health changes.
Other Information You Should Know about Women’s Oral Health changes:
Menstruation-During that time of the month some women experience swelling and bleeding gums just before their period, while other women may experience oral women’s oral health changes such as canker and cold sores. These symptoms usually disappear after your period has started.
Oral Contraceptives-Inflamed and swollen gums are at the top of the list when it comes to oral contraceptive side effects. If you take oral contraceptives, you must brush twice and floss once each day to prevent bleeding and swollen gums, which could lead to gingivitis, or the more serious periodontal disease.
Pregnancy-Studies indicate that women who are expecting may suffer from pregnancy gingivitis because of plaque and tartar buildup that irritate gum tissue. Symptoms include bleeding, red, or swollen gums.
Menopause-Women’s oral health changes dramatically during menopause. These include dry mouth, altered taste, burning sensations, discomfort, oral pain, or inflamed gums.
Osteoporosis-According to Dr. Schaefer, recent studies indicate a connection between jawbone loss and osteoporosis. Loss of bone density and support could lead to tooth loss as the bone that supports the tooth or teeth are deteriorating. When combined with gingivitis or periodontal disease, osteoporosis could speed up the process of jawbone loss.
If you would like more information concerning women’s oral health issues, or would like to make an appointment for a comprehensive dental checkup, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer today.