By Smiles By RK
April 05, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Dental crowns can help you protect your oral health and improve your appearance. Your Hampstead, MD, family dentist, Dr. Rudolph Klima, can help you decide if crowns are right for you.

Crowns offer a versatile way to improve many smile issues

Whether you call them crowns or caps, these restorations have many benefits for your smile. Hollow crowns fit over the top of your teeth, covering them completely on all four sides. The restorations are often made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, or ceramic. In addition to being durable, these materials also look just like tooth enamel.

A crown is added to a tooth after it's been reduced in size slightly. Reducing the size of the tooth is an essential step that ensures that the crown fits correctly. Your visit to the Hampstead dental office will also include an impression of your mouth, which will be used to create your permanent crown.

Your dentist may recommend a crown to address these common tooth issues:

  • Broken Teeth: Although your teeth are tough, they can break if you receive a blow to the mouth or bite into hard food or an object. Broken teeth can be painful and unsightly and make eating difficult. Crowns restore the normal appearance of your tooth and make it possible to chew and bite with the tooth once again.
  • Fragile Teeth: A fragile tooth is likely to become a broken tooth without a dental crown. Crowns strengthen weak teeth, preventing them from breaking. Your tooth may be fragile if it's cracked or weakened due to a large cavity, large filling, or root canal therapy.
  • Unattractive Teeth: Would your smile be perfect if it weren't for a crooked or discolored tooth? Crowns hide flaws and offer a simple way to upgrade your smile. They're an excellent option if you have an oddly shaped tooth or an imperfection in your tooth.
  • Short Teeth: Teeth can become short due to years of wear and tear or nightly grinding. Fortunately, crowns can restore the normal length of your teeth. If grinding is the reason your teeth are short, your dentist can provide you with a nightguard that will protect your new crowns and your teeth.

Enhance your smile with dental crowns! Call your family dentist in Hampstead, MD, Dr. Rudolph Klima, at (410) 374-9066 to schedule your appointment.

Take time to care for your smile now so you protect it for the future.

Even though cavities are the number one problem for both children and adults, the truth is, is that tooth decay is 100 percent preventable. Since our Hampstead, MD, family dentist Dr. Rudolph Klima, Jr. would love nothing more than to see all patients coming in with healthy, problem-free smiles it also means adopting smile-friendly habits that promote good oral health for life. Some of these habits include,

  • Brushing twice a day and flossing daily
  • Using fluoride toothpaste to reduce your risk for decay and to protect tooth enamel
  • Limiting sugar and starches
  • Eating a diet rich in vitamins and nutrients found in whole, unprocessed foods
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Quitting smoking

How is your current brushing and flossing routine? This is where a lot of people fall flat. You need to be brushing your teeth, at the very least, twice a day and flossing every day. This is the best way to remove plaque, food, and bacteria from your teeth, gums, and oral tissue. If you skip out on brushing or flossing, you greatly increase your risk for cavities and gum disease.

Visiting Your Dentist

While nothing is more important than practicing good oral hygiene it’s still important that you are taking time out every six months to visit your family dentist. Our Hampstead, MD, practice offers comprehensive preventive dentistry to patients from ages 1 to 100! These six-month dental checkups are important for keeping your teeth and gums clean and for detecting problems right away so that we can treat them before issues get worse.

Preventive dental care that we offer includes these biannual cleanings, checkups, oral cancer screenings, and x-rays that we perform once a year. X-rays can help us detect cavities between teeth and look for signs of infection, damage, and other problems that could impact the health of your teeth, gums, jawbone, or face.

We also provide dental sealants and fluoride treatment to children and teens to help protect against decay. Sealants are placed on the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth to seal out cavities. While many kids will get the fluoride they need through drinking water, if this isn’t the case we can provide fluoride treatment during their next dental cleaning to help keep enamel healthy and strong (fluoride protects against decay by remineralizing enamel).

If it’s been more than six months since your last dental cleaning, call Smiles by RK in Hampstead, MD, at (410) 374-9066 to schedule your next appointment. Invest in your smile by providing it with the care it needs.

By Smiles By RK
September 23, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Dental Procedures  

Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Hampstead, MD dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.Dental Implants

How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.

Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time. 

Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.

Contact your Hampstead, MD Dentist

Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Hampstead, MD dentist to schedule an appointment.

By Smiles by RK
June 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Crowns   Bridges  

If you have one or more teeth that are missing, broken, or chipped, or if you are generally unhappy with the shape, color, or size of your teeth, dental crowns and bridges may be a good restorative option for improving your smile. Dr. Rudolph Klima is a dentist at Smiles By RK in Hampstead, MD, that specializes in dental crowns and bridges—read on to learn what he can do for you.

What are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown, or cap, is a prosthetic that fits over a damaged tooth, restoring its normal appearance and functionality. Although crowns are most commonly made from porcelain, they can also be made from resin, ceramics, or gold.

What are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are used to close a gap left by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is comprised of two or more abutment crowns and one or more false teeth, all of which are created in one piece. As well as replacing missing teeth, they also help to maintain a healthy tooth structure.

Hampstead residents can rely on Dr. Klima to discuss their dental crown and bridge options for tooth restoration.

What Can Dental Crowns and Bridges be Used For?

Crowns and bridges are very popular options for dental restoration, mainly because they are so versatile. They can be used to solve the following dental problems:

  • Cracked or broken teeth: Because a crown fits securely over a damaged tooth, it strengthens the tooth and holds it together, preventing it from breaking any further and retaining the natural shape and functionality of the tooth.
  • Discolored teeth: A crown may be used to cover severely discolored teeth that have not responded to professional whitening. They can also be placed over a tooth that has been discolored by a root canal or a large metal filling.
  • Gaps between teeth: Crowns and bridges can be used to fill in the gaps caused by missing or failing teeth. When crowns and bridges are properly placed, this will prevent your natural teeth from moving into the gaps left by lost teeth.

If you live in the Hampstead area and would like to find out more about crowns and bridges, call Dr, Klima at 410-374-9066.

By Smiles By RK
April 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Habits  

When we teach kids the value of dental health, they bring it with them up to adulthood. However, teaching good dental habits is often not easy. While regular cleanings and checkups with your family dentist, Dr. Rudolph Klima Jr. of Smiles By RK in Hampstead, MD, will help keep dental diseases at bay, you still need to teach your children good dental habits. Here are some essential tips:

Implement a Rewards System

Remember the expression and excitement that your kid has every time he comes home from school with a star? You can use that same rewarding experience to promote good dental habits for your kid. Think of a reward for every dental habit that they accomplish on their own.

Get Your Kid Excited

Toothbrushing is a pillar of good oral health. How can you make it a habit for kids? One of the things that you can do is to allow them to pick out their toothbrush, flossers, and toothpaste.

Bring your child to a shop where they have toothbrushes with cartoon characters and pair this with a child-friendly fluoride toothpaste that has a flavor and color that they will enjoy. To teach your kids the proper brushing technique, you can turn it into a game like imitating what you do. Remember, proper technique is just as important as using the right toothbrush and toothpaste.

Create Routines That Will Encourage Good Dental Habits

Some ideas to try include:

  • Flossing will help remove food stuck between the teeth, especially hard candy.
  • Promote milk, cheese, and similar dairy products as treats. Dairy protects the teeth against oral bacteria-producing acids that cause tooth decay.
  • Teach your kids to drink water instead of sugary drinks that can cause cavities.

For More Oral Health Tips and Advice, Call Your Hampstead Family Dentist

Dial (410)-374-9066 to reach Smiles By RK here at Hampstead, MD, and schedule your consultation with our family dentist, Dr. Rudolph Klima Jr.

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