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By Craft Dentistry
February 24, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Find out how dental implants could give you confidence in your smile again after tooth loss.

Are you missing one, several, or all of your teeth? Here at the Manhattan, KS, office of your dentist, Dr. David Craft, we understand the importance of having a tooth replacement option that will not only give you a full smile back, but also provide natural-feeling functionality. This is why we offer dental implants—read on to learn more!

Most People are Good Candidates for Implants

Are you an adult who is missing at least one permanent tooth? If so, then chances are very good that dental implants can help you. If you are a healthy person who takes good care of their teeth and gums, then there is a high probability that you will be right for implants. With the proper care, implants can last a lifetime, offering a success rate of up to 98 percent.

Implants Replace Tooth Roots

While a dental implant is made up of three different parts, the implant itself refers to a metal post or screw that serves as an artificial tooth root. After being placed into the jaw by your Manhattan, KS, cosmetic dentist, this artificial tooth root will naturally fuse together with the bone to become a permanent tooth replacement. This also ensures that the implant stays in place, providing an extremely durable and stable foundation from which to support your false tooth or teeth.

Implants Don’t Just Replace a Single Tooth

Some people are under the misconception that a dental implant is only designed to replace a single missing tooth; however, this is absolutely not true. In fact, a dental implant can be used to replace an entire row of missing teeth. How? Our dentist will strategically place up to four implants along the arches of your jawbone. Once the implant and bone have fused together, dentures or a bridge can be attached to the top of the implant.

Need Dental Work? Give Us a Call

Ready to find out if your smile could benefit from dental implants? If so, we are happy to help you on your journey to a new and improved smile. Call Craft Dentistry in Manhattan, KS, today by dialing (785) 370-4662.

By Craft Dentistry
December 18, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Find out why every member of your family should visit their dentist twice a year for cleanings.

Have you been keeping up with your biannual dental visits? Even if you aren’t noticing any problems with your smile, there are many issues that can cause permanent damage to your smile without you even noticing. That’s why visiting our Manhattan, KS, dentist, Dr. David Craft, every six months is the smartest decision that you can make for maintaining a healthy smile—read on to learn more.

Prevent Cavities

Plaque that builds up on your teeth and along the gum line is responsible for cavities. This plaque continues to wear away tooth enamel until you brush and floss. Of course, it can be challenging to reach all areas of your smile so there may be spots that you miss. That’s where a regular dental cleaning can ensure that all plaque and tartar buildup is removed to reduce your risk for decay.

Preserve Your Natural Teeth

Nothing is more important to being able to maintain your own natural teeth. Even with all the advancements in technology, nothing will feel and function as perfectly as real teeth. Therefore, the goal should be to provide them with the proper care they need so you can hold on to them for the rest of your life.

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and with around half of American adults dealing with some degree of gum disease (most of whom do not even know that they have it), seeing your Manhattan, KS, general dentist twice a year will not only reduce your risk for gum disease, but also catch the problem early on before it causes tooth loss.

Prevent Injuries or Tooth Loss

From teeth grinding to playing sports, there are many factors that can cause damage or excessive wear to your teeth. Thankfully, your dentist can help, For instance, if you grind your teeth at night, we can create specialized nightguards that you can wear while you sleep to reduce general wear-and-tear on your teeth. Furthermore, we can provide athletes with custom mouthguards that protect against injuries.

Detect Oral Cancer Early

Another aspect of your six-month checkup includes performing a simple oral cancer screening in which our dentist will examine the tongue, cheeks, and other soft tissue of the mouth to look for lesions, growths, lumps, or other changes that could be early warning signs of oral cancer. This screening only takes a minute and is completely non-invasive.

Need Dental Care? Give Us a Call

Time to schedule your next cleaning? Call Craft Dentistry in Manhattan, KS, today at (785) 370-4662.

Whiter teeth not only improve your smile, but enhance your overall appearance, as well. Here at Craft Dentistry in Manhattan, KS, your cosmetic dentist, Dr. David Craft, offers take-home whitening kits to brighten up patient's smiles—read on to learn more!

Take-home kits are easy to use

Precision is important when whitening your teeth, for if you use trays that don't properly fit your mouth, you will likely experience uneven results. Additionally, properly fitted trays also ensure that the whitening agent doesn't touch your gums or roots (sensitivity or irritation can occur if whiteners come in contact with roots or gums.)

Your Manhattan cosmetic dentist will mold upper and lower trays that cover your teeth, and only your teeth, providing safe, consistent results. He'll also give you a supply of whitening gel, which you will add to the trays before placing them over your smile. Trays are usually used several times a week for one hour at a time.

Teeth whitening targets the source of stains

Every time you consume food or drink that contains dark or bright pigments, some of these pigments inevitably seep into the microscopic pores in your tooth enamel. Eventually, this collection of pigments can make your teeth look dull and yellow. While brushing certainly improves the appearance and health of your teeth, brushing alone won't change the look of an already dull and stained smile.

Fortunately, the whitening gel that you will use to whiten at home contains hydrogen peroxide, a natural bleaching agent. The hydrogen peroxide gently breaks apart the stain-causing pigment, leaving your teeth whiter and brighter.

Enjoy the benefits of at-home whitening

Take-home whitening offers several advantages, including:

  • Convenience: You whiten when it's most convenient for you, whether that's while you're watching your favorite TV show at night, or in the morning before you go to work.
  • Improved Confidence: It's difficult to feel confident if your smile is dull—whitening can give you a much-needed confidence boost.
  • Effectiveness: Most people notice a three-to eight-shade improvement in the color of their teeth after whitening.

Interested? Give us a call!

Revitalize your smile with teeth whitening! Call your Manhattan, KS, cosmetic dentist, Dr. David Craft, at (785) 370-4662 to schedule your appointment.

By Craft Dentistry
June 18, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Porcelain Veneers  

A slightly crooked tooth, a gap, a chip--they're not big smile detractors, or are they? To the person with dental flaws, everything looms dental-veneerslarge, and he or she wants the best possible correction. At Craft Dentistry in Manhattan, Dr. David Craft offers cosmetic dentistry solutions which fine tune smile aesthetics or even accomplish a complete makeover. Porcelain veneers are one of Dr. Craft's most popular smile rejuvenation treatments.

 

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are also called dental laminates. They are ultra-thin pieces of translucent ceramic, colored and shaped to fit over the front of teeth marred by:

  • Ugly stains
  • Chips
  • Hairline cracks
  • Pits
  • Fissures
  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Poor shape and size

Permanently glued in place, veneers improve front teeth which show when you smile. Also, they strengthen overall tooth structure.

 

Is the treatment difficult?

No, it is not difficult or painful, but it does take some planning and time. When you come to Dr. Craft's Manhattan office to discuss your cosmetic dentistry goals, he will examine your teeth, gums and bone structure, taking X-rays and oral impressions as needed.

If you both agree on porcelain veneers, he'll send specific instructions to an area dental lab where a ceramist will create a three-dimensional model of your teeth. He or she will craft the veneers one by one with just the right color and shape to beautify your smile and allow it to function properly.

Additionally, Dr. Craft will remove some enamel from each tooth receiving a veneer. This gentle resurfacing creates the exact substrate your veneers need for perfect adherence and bite. When your veneers are ready (you'll wear temporary veneers when you wait for your permanent ones), Dr. Craft bonds them in place with a tooth-colored cement hardened by a UV light.

 

Living with porcelain veneers

Brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Floss everyday with your favorite strand floss or inter-proximal brushes as your hygienist advises. See your dentist semi-annually for a thorough cleaning and examination, including an inspection of your porcelain veneers.

Be careful what you eat. Stay away from super-hard foods, such as peanut brittle, as they can crack or dislodge your laminates. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that with consistent at-home and in-office care, your veneers will last about ten years.

 

Come in for a consultation

At Craft Dentistry, Dr. David Craft and his team love to see you smile. For more information on porcelain veneers and other state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry services, call the office in Manhattan, KS, for an in-person consultation: (785) 370-4662.

CrazyLittleThingCalledHyperdontia

The movie Bohemian Rhapsody celebrates the iconic rock band Queen and its legendary lead vocalist, Freddie Mercury. But when we see pictures of the flamboyant singer, many fans both old and new may wonder—what made Freddie’s toothy smile look the way it did? Here’s the answer: The singer was born with four extra teeth at the back of his mouth, which caused his front teeth to be pushed forward, giving him a noticeable overbite.

The presence of extra teeth—more than 20 primary (baby) teeth or 32 adult teeth—is a relatively rare condition called hyperdontia. Sometimes this condition causes no trouble, and an extra tooth (or two) isn’t even recognized until the person has an oral examination. In other situations, hyperdontia can create problems in the mouth such as crowding, malocclusion (bad bite) and periodontal disease. That’s when treatment may be recommended.

Exactly what kind of treatment is needed? There’s a different answer for each individual, but in many cases the problem can be successfully resolved with tooth extraction (removal) and orthodontic treatment (such as braces).┬áSome people may be concerned about having teeth removed, whether it’s for this problem or another issue. But in skilled hands, this procedure is routine and relatively painless.

Teeth aren’t set rigidly in the jawbone like posts in cement—they are actually held in place dynamically by a fibrous membrane called the periodontal ligament. With careful manipulation of the tooth, these fibers can be dislodged and the tooth can be easily extracted. Of course, you won’t feel this happening because extraction is done under anesthesia (often via a numbing shot). In addition, you may be given a sedative or anti-anxiety medication to help you relax during the procedure.

After extraction, some bone grafting material may be placed in the tooth socket and gauze may be applied to control bleeding; sutures (stitches) are sometimes used as well. You’ll receive instructions on medication and post-extraction care before you go home. While you will probably feel discomfort in the area right after the procedure, in a week or so the healing process will be well underway.

Sometimes, dental problems like hyperdontia need immediate treatment because they can negatively affect your overall health; at other times, the issue may be mainly cosmetic. Freddie Mercury declined treatment because he was afraid dental work might interfere with his vocal range. But the decision to change the way your smile looks is up to you; after an examination, we can help you determine what treatment options are appropriate for your own situation.

If you have questions about tooth extraction or orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Simple Tooth Extraction” and “The Magic of Orthodontics.”





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