Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By Smiles By RK
March 24, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sealants  

Dental sealants from your family dentist in Hampstead, MD, can save your child’s teeth

If you’ve taught your child the importance of brushing twice daily and flossing every day, that’s excellent! Great oral hygiene is one of the cornerstones of preventing tooth decay. However, there is another step to help accomplish this—dental sealants!

Here at Smiles By RK in Hampstead, MD, your family dentist, Dr. Rudolph Klima Jr, offers comprehensive dental care for people of all ages, including providing dental sealants to protect your child’s smile. Read on to learn more!

What sealants can do for your child's smile

Tooth decay is caused by bacteria mixing with the sugars in the food or beverages your child eats or drinks. The sugary mixture forms an acid that is strong enough to eat through tough tooth enamel, causing a cavity. Brushing and flossing help eliminate the bacteria and sugar before it can become damaging bacterial acid.

The only problem is, brushing and flossing can’t get into the deep grooves and crevices on the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth: that’s where dental sealants come in. Dental sealants “seal up” the deep grooves and crevices so bacteria and food debris simply slide right off.

Parents and children love dental sealants because they are:

  • Effective; they dramatically reduce the incidence of cavities
  • Painless; they don’t require anesthetic
  • Beautiful; they are tooth-colored or clear
  • Quick; each tooth only requires a few minutes
  • Inexpensive; they cost only a fraction of restorative treatments

Dental sealants are recommended for the first permanent molars when your child is between the ages of 5 and 7, and for the second permanent molars when your child is between the ages of 11 and 14.

Call us

To learn more about the dental sealant process and how this treatment can benefit your child’s smile, call Dr. Rudolph Klima Jr, your family dentist at Smiles By RK in Hampstead, MD, at (410) 374-9066. Call now and protect your child’s smile!

By Smiles By RK
July 23, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns and Bridges  

Are you interested in bridges and crowns from your Hampstead, MD, dentist?

There are so many options to improving your smile and improving your dental care. Crowns and bridges restore teeth, aesthetically, and dental-crownsfunctionality.

 

What are bridges?

Bridges are dental appliances that are natural-looking and replace missing teeth. Custom-made bridges also restore the natural contour of teeth, bite, chewing function and the relationship between your upper and lower teeth.

Bridges are fixed partial dentures, semi-permanent, that are bonded to existing teeth or implants. There are other types of dentures --fixed dental bridges-- that maybe right for you, depending on your needs.

 

What are crowns?

Crowns are porcelain caps placed on the top of a tooth to reinforce teeth and hide imperfections. Your Hampstead dentist will need to carve the tooth to fit under the cap. If there's advanced decay, then large portions of the tooth are removed and filling material is used to buildup the tooth. Crowns are also used in other procedures, like bridges, dental implants and root canals.



How does one care for bridges and crowns?

You must maintain a healthy diet and oral regimen. If you like candy and sugary food, like popsicles, given the heat, and sodas, then you should reconsider. Sugars give way to acid-producing bacteria that break down the tooth's protective layer, enamel, which eventually leads to plaque and tartar buildup. Healthy foods like carrots and apples actually scrape food debris off teeth to keep teeth clean.

In addition to eating healthy, brush, and floss everyday. Spend two minutes brushing your teeth and while holding your brush at a 45-degree angle and floss before bed to preserve crowns and bridges, as well as natural teeth, of course!

 

If you're looking to restore your smile with the help of dental crowns and bridges, give us a call at (410) 374-9066 to schedule your consultation in Hampstead, MD.

Cosmetic dentistry can give you the smile you’ve been looking for. Whether you need to repair a chipped tooth or desire a whiter smile, there are many cosmetic dentistry procedures that can meet your needs. A dentist can recommend specific procedures to achieve the smile you desire. Dr. Rudolph Klima is your dentist for cosmetic dentistry in Hampstead, MD.

Bonding and Contouring

Bonding and contouring are cosmetic dentistry procedures for transforming the appearance of problem teeth. Bonding is often used to Healthy Smilerepair chips and cracks in teeth by applying a resin material to the damaged area. The resin becomes permanently bonded to the tooth as it dries. Once completely dry, the chip or crack will be repaired. Contouring involves the strategic removal of small amounts of enamel to reshape teeth that are oddly shaped. Contouring makes it possible to give misshaped teeth a brand new look.

Veneers

Veneers are another cosmetic dentistry option for achieving the smile you desire. Veneers are thin covers made from a porcelain or plastic material. The veneers are placed over the front surface of problem teeth to create a flawless appearance. Veneers can conceal stains and discolorations on teeth. They can also smooth out uneven tooth surfaces and close small spaces between teeth. Once in place, veneers look just like your natural teeth.

White Fillings

White fillings are another cosmetic dentistry option in Hampstead. White fillings are sometimes also referred to as tooth-colored fillings since they blend in with the natural teeth. This makes white filings an aesthetically pleasing alternative to some other types of dental fillings, such as silver amalgam fillings, that are readily noticeable to others when you speak or smile.

Teeth Whitening

In-office professional teeth whitening treatments are an effective way to quickly transform your smile. All it takes is one whitening treatment in the dentist’s office to achieve a brighter smile that is several shades whiter. It is not possible to achieve the same level of whitening with over-the-counter products. Additionally, the results of professional teeth whitening treatments performed in the dentist’s office can last for several years.

Cosmetic dentistry can give you the smile you’ve been looking for. Your dentist can recommend the right combination of cosmetic dentistry procedures to achieve the smile you desire. For cosmetic dentistry in Hampstead, MD, schedule an appointment with Dr. Klima by calling the dental office at (410) 374-9066.

By Smiles By RK
January 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Whitening your teeth provides a simple way to improve your appearance and boost your self-esteem. A teeth whitening session in the Hampstead, MD, dental office of Dr. Rudolph Klima only takes about an hour and offers impressive results. Read on to learn more!

 

How does teeth whitening work?

Your Hampstead dentist uses hydrogen peroxide gel to reach stains at their source. Once the gel oozes inside the microscopic pores in your tooth enamel, it breaks apart stain-causing pigments, leaving your smile brighter and whiter.

Although over-the-counter whitening products also contain hydrogen peroxide, the concentration is much weaker than the peroxide used in professional whitening agents. You may need to use drugstore whiteners for weeks or months before you see a difference in your smile. Professional whitening, on the other hand, offers results in just one visit to the dentist's office.

 

What happens during my visit?

Before your whitening session begins, your teeth must be cleaned thoroughly to remove plaque and tartar. This step is very important, as hydrogen peroxide can't penetrate either substance. If teeth aren't cleaned prior to whitening, they can appear speckled.

Do you have crowns or other dental restorations? Hydrogen peroxide won't change the color of bonding, cosmetic fillings, crowns, and bridges. If you want to ensure a consistently white smile after whitening, you may need to replace your restorations and fillings to match the new shade of your teeth.

Sensitivity can be an issue during whitening if the gel comes in contact with your roots or gums. Your dentist will apply a protective gel to your gums and roots and also use retractors to hold your gums and cheeks away from your teeth. After your roots and gums are protected, the whitening agent will be brushed on your teeth. Whitening results usually last several years, although you may be able to prolong your results by avoiding darkly colored foods and beverages like coffee, cola, tea, and berries.

Take-home whitening kits can also be used to whiten at home or for occasional touchups. The kits consist of trays custom molded to fit your teeth and a supply of hydrogen peroxide gel.

 

Give us a call!

Revitalize your smile with teeth whitening! Call your Hampstead, MD, dentist, Dr. Rudolph Klima, at (410) 374-9066 to schedule an appointment today.

By Smiles By RK
November 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns and Bridges  

How your dentist in Hampstead, Maryland can rebuild your smile

If your smile is weak because of damaged teeth, you need to rebuild it! You need to know the facts about dental crowns and bridges and what they can do for you and your smile. Dr. Rudolph Klima at Smiles by RK in Hampstead, Maryland can help you achieve a smile that is both strong and beautiful!

More about Crowns

As the years go by, it’s only natural for your teeth to experience wear-and-tear, chips, breaks, and other damage. If you don’t rebuild your damaged teeth, there is a good chance they will break even further, eventually leading to tooth loss.

Dental crowns can help strengthen and rebuild your teeth because they cover the entire visible surfaces of your teeth above the gumline. When you bite down and chew your food, your teeth are protected from additional damage.

Today’s crowns can make your teeth more beautiful too because they are made of lifelike materials like porcelain, which is light-reflective just like tooth enamel. Your porcelain crowns will look virtually identical to your natural teeth. You can also choose porcelain fused to a metal underlay (the metal adds strength, but it is not light reflective).

More about Bridges

If you have lost teeth, you should find out more about dental bridges. Dental bridges provide more tooth surface to chew your food more effectively. They also fill in the spaces created by the missing teeth, so your smile looks full and beautiful.

The teeth on both sides of the space are prepared and crowned. These teeth, called abutments, provide support for the bridge, which is cemented onto them. The bridge itself is made of lifelike, natural-looking materials including both prosthetic teeth, called pontics, and realistic-looking gum tissue. Once your new bridge is cemented in place, your full chewing ability and beautiful smile will be restored!

Interested? Call Today!

Dental crowns and bridges look natural and beautiful. They strengthen and rebuild your smile, so you can feel free to smile again! To learn more about dental crowns and bridges, contact Dr. Rudolph Klima at Smiles by RK in Hampstead, Maryland. Call (410) 374-9066 today!



SMILES BY RK-Rudolph Klima DDS, FAGD
Cosmetic and General Dentistry
4519 Lower Beckleysville Rd
Hampstead, MD 21074-2613
410-374-9066