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.
March 15, 2018
A custom made mouthguard is the best way to keep you and your family safe all year round, but especially now that spring is just around the corner. Once Mother Nature has decided to warm things up everyone wants to spend more time outside playing sports. Some play Little League while others ride with a mountain biking group once a month. Whatever you play, Dr. David Schaefer recommends a custom made mouth protector to keep you on the field and out of the hospital.
All sports, whether recreational or professional should include a custom made mouth protector with the rest of the uniform. A mouthguard is just as important as a helmet and kneepads whether you enjoy racquetball three times a week or can’t wait to hit the water on your wakeboard. Whatever sport you play, a custom made mouth protector is the only way to go if you want to protect your mouth against oral injuries.
There are three types of mouth protectors available:
2. Boil and Bite
3. Custom Made
Conventional or standard mouth protectors offer users a one size all approach to mouth protection. Because they are the same for everyone, they can be bulky and useless, especially when they are left in the locker. Conventional mouth protectors are uncomfortable and make it impossible to talk or even breathe making athletes less likely to wear it.
Boil and Bite mouthguards will give you a bit more protection than a conventional one, but not much. These are used by placing in hot water before putting in your mouth and biting down. Boil and Bite mouthguards can be just as uncomfortable as standard mouth protectors and unfortunately don’t give you the same protection as a custom made mouth protector from your Dentist in Independence.
Custom Made mouthguards are made to fit your teeth and no one else’s. Dr. Schaefer will make an impression of your teeth before making a mouth protector that will fit like a glove. Custom made mouthguards are comfortable, thin, and provide the best protection against mouth injuries.
This spring keep you and your family safe with a custom made mouthguard. You’ll be glad you did.
February 15, 2018
Cosmetic dental bonding could be just what you need if you have cracks, chips, or broken teeth. Bonding also works for teeth that are too long, too short, or teeth that cannot be lightened with traditional teeth whitening treatments. If you have a small gap between your teeth that has made you unhappy for years, cosmetic dental bonding can make you smile again by filling that space.
Dr. David Schaefer has been providing patients with 21st century cosmetic dentistry procedures for decades and can do the same for you.
When you schedule a no obligation cosmetic dental bonding consultation with Dr. Schaefer, your teeth and gums will be checked for tooth decay or gum disease. If you have either, those will need to be treated before any type of cosmetic dentistry treatment can take place.
Once your mouth has been given the heads up and is healthy enough for cosmetic dental bonding, a shade or resin will be chosen to match the rest of your teeth. The resin is a strong material that can be molded and shaped to give you a beautiful smile.
After Dr. Schaefer has chosen a shade, he will etch the surfaces of the tooth or teeth that are to be bonded. This helps the bond adhere to the tooth. After a solution or conditioning liquid is applied, Dr. Schaefer will work his magic by applying resin. After he is satisfied, the bonding material will be cured with a laser or light to harden the resin before final shaping and polishing.
Cosmetic dental bonding is much more affordable than cosmetic dental crowns or porcelain veneers. However, the procedure will not last as long as either of the above mentioned treatments and will need to be retouched from time to time. Cosmetic dental bonding is also more apt to staining.
Of course, you need to look after your restorations with regular brushing, flossing, and twice-yearly dental checkups.
If you would like more information regarding cosmetic dental bonding, call or click and schedule a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Schaefer today.
January 15, 2018
Bleeding gums is a sure sign that something is going on with your teeth and gums. Unfortunately, it isn’t a good sign. In fact, bleeding, red, and swollen gums could cause serious problems. If left untreated, bleeding gums could make your teeth fall out.
According to Dr. David Schaefer, ignoring bleeding gums can make the problems worse.
There are two types of gum disease, gingivitis, which is reversible and periodontal disease, which is not. Of course, you can control periodontitis, but the problem could have been avoided all together had you scheduled an appointment with Dr. Schaefer for a deep cleaning.
What is a Deep Cleaning?
Root planing and scaling is different to a regular cleaning. Regular dental cleanings focus on the surface of your teeth and in between your teeth just above your gum line. If you have bleeding gums, Dr. Schaefer may recommend root planing and scaling to remove plaque and tartar under your gum line. If allowed to remain, that bacteria and impossible to remove tartar will infect your gums causing pockets to form between the gum and your teeth.
When you have your teeth cleaned every six months you know that normal scaling is part of the process, however, if you are showing signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease, you may need a professional deep teeth cleaning, which involves both scaling and root planing.
Although some people have signs, gum disease can remain silent, as it can be painless. You may have gum disease if you experience any of these symptoms:
• Red, swollen, or tender gums
• Bleeding gums
• Receding gums
• Chronic bad breath
• A bad taste in the mouth
• Visible pus around your teeth and gums
Don’t wait until it is too late. Call or click and schedule a comprehensive dental examination with Dr. David Schaefer who can determine if your bleeding gums are something more serious.
December 15, 2017
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy during the holidays can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be. You can prevent an emergency dental visit if you follow these tips from Dr. David Schaefer.
Below are a few things you should stay away from during the holidays to keep your teeth and gums safe.
Stay away from Hard Candy
Keep the canes on the tree and the hard butterscotch candies on the shelf at the store. Hard candies are a double-edged sword as they are loaded with sugar, which erodes the enamel on your teeth, and they can break or crack a tooth if you bite down.
Gummy Bears and Sticky Candy
Gummy bears, licorice, saltwater taffy and any other sticky candy can pull out your fillings and wreck havoc for dental sealants. According to Dr. Schaefer, sticky candy is also hard to remove and can stay in the fissures and grooves at the back of your teeth.
Pies, Cookies and Cakes Oh My!
Your Great Aunt Martha’s pecan pie may be as delicious as your own sugar cookies, but those delicious treats can cause problems for your teeth and gums. If you must indulge rinse after as starchy foods can get caught in the grooves and fissure at the back of your teeth. Add sugar to the mix and your teeth will suffer for it.
That yummy dried fruit platter that arrives at your front door every year can cause issues with your teeth. Sticky figs, dates, and apricots are loaded with sugar, and just like gummy bears can stay on your teeth, even after brushing.
You don’t have to schedule an emergency dental visit with Dr. Schaefer if you watch what you eat and see your dentist twice a year.
November 15, 2017
Could invisible braces boost your self Esteem? Is your crooked smile making you self-conscious? Is your closed mouth smile preventing you from that promotion, if you are shaking your head up and down, maybe it’s time you scheduled an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer for invisible braces.
Conventional braces have changed with dentists and orthodontists fitting patients with colored and clear wires and brackets, but are they really that much different than they were before?
According to Dr. David Schaefer, there are a few things to remember if you are considering conventional braces:
Old school wires and brackets can cause tooth decay. With Invisalign®, you remove your clear plastic aligners when you enjoy a meal and before you brush and floss. It is impossible to remove braces when you brush and floss. This can cause bacteria and food particles to collect under the wires and brackets leading to tooth decay. People who wear braces are in the high-risk category when it comes to dental caries.
Because your dentist or orthodontist doesn’t have to push and pull your clear plastic aligners, you will be more comfortable during your Invisalign® treatment. Although the discomfort will wear off after a month or so, wires and brackets will cause more discomfort than clear braces. Invisible braces are the comfortable way to a beautiful smile.
Oral Appliance Problems
Just like any other appliance, things can go wrong with conventional braces. Some of things that you may experience include:
• Broken Wires
• Broken Braces
• Loose Braces
• Loose Bands
• Wires That Stick Out
Although a spacer may be able to be repaired on the spot, loose or broken wires, loose bands, or broken brackets will take some time to repair. Although your dentist may be able to reattach the brackets and wires or reposition the braces, they may need to be replaced.
With Invisalign®, you never have to worry about broken wires or brackets as the clear plastic aligners are pliable and resistant to wear and tear.
Conventional braces can take up to two years to do what they are supposed to do. Invisalign® patients can expect to see results in as little as 6 months with the average Invisalign® patient enjoying a straighter smile in 12 to 18 months.
Even if you choose clear brackets and clear wires your braces will show. Every time you smile people will see your conventional wires and brackets. Invisalign® uses a series of between 11 and 31 sets of clear plastic aligners that are almost invisible. Nobody will know you are wearing your invisible braces unless you tell them.
If you would like more information regarding clear braces, call or click and schedule a no obligation Invisalign® consultation with Dr. David Schaefer today.
Just think, this time next year you could have the smile of your dreams. Call or click now.
October 15, 2017
Teeth Whitening can lighten your teeth up to 10 shades, and if you are one of those people who would rather not smile, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer who can determine if tooth whitening is the best solution for your stained or yellowed smile.
According to Dr. Schaefer, not all people are good candidates for professional teeth whitening. If you have stained teeth that have been restored or severe intrinsic or interior staining, tooth whitening may not be your best option. If Dr. Schaefer doesn’t recommend teeth whitening there are other cosmetic dental solutions such as porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding or dental implants.
If you are a good candidate for tooth whitening, Dr. Schaefer will fit you with custom-made whitening trays that you will take home and use with a whitening gel that your dentist has prescribed. According to your teeth-whitening plan, you may wear your new whitening trays at night, or for thirty minutes each day. Because the trays are made to fit your teeth, the gel will penetrate into the tooth more deeply, unlike those pastes, strips, and gels that you find at your local pharmacy. If you are diligent about wearing your trays according to Dr. Schaefer’s instructions, you will see results in as little as two weeks.
Dr. Schaefer may recommend other cosmetic dental procedures, such as crowns or veneers. If the two of you agree, your teeth will be whitened first so that the new cosmetic dental restorations can match the rest of your smile.
It is important to remember that if you have dental restorations, such as dental implants, porcelain veneers, tooth colored fillings or cosmetic dental bonding, tooth whitening will not work.
If you would like more information regarding teeth whitening, or any other cosmetic dental treatment, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer today.