Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. Implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. There are generally three phases to getting an implant. First, the dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone. Next, the bone around the implant heals. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. Finally, it's time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth. For a single tooth implant, your dentist will customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. For replacing multiple teeth your dentist can attach partial or complete dentures to several implants.
Getting your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist every six months is one of the foundations of good dental health. Cleaning appointments take just under one hour and are usually painless. Hygienists use special instruments to remove plaque and tartar that can't be removed by brushing or flossing at home. Regular cleanings by your hygienist accompanied by good home care will help prevent cavities, gingivitis and gum (periodontal) disease. Depending on your dental health, your dentist will normally give you a quick exam at every regular cleaning appointment. Dr. Michael Korn takes your busy schedule into consideration by offering cleaning appointments both early and late in the day.
If you are diagnosed with gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, you may need a more aggressive approach to getting your teeth cleaned. Some patients require a one-time non-surgical gum treatment (scaling & root planing) followed by maintenance cleanings (perio maintenance therapy) 3 or 4 times a year. Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth and is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Warning signs include: gums that bleed easily; red, swollen or tender gums; gums that have pulled away from the teeth; persistent bad breath or bad taste.
If you're missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking. Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth and literally "bridges" the gap where one or more teeth used to be. Bridges are attached to surrounding teeth for support. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist. An implant bridge attaches artificial teeth directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue. Depending on which type of bridge your dentist recommends, its success depends on the foundation, so it's very important to keep remaining teeth healthy and strong.
Dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. Your doctor may use this technology to produce three dimensional (3-D) images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan. Perhaps because of the increased access to such technology, CBCT scanners are now finding many uses in dentistry, such as in the fields of oral surgery, endodontics and orthodontics. Cone beam CT provides detailed images of the bone and is performed to evaluate diseases of the jaw, dentition, bony structures of the face, nasal cavity and sinuses. It does not provide the full diagnostic information available with conventional CT, particularly in evaluation of soft tissue structures such as muscles, lymph nodes, glands and nerves. However, cone beam CT has the advantage of lower radiation exposure compared to conventional CT. Images obtained with cone beam CT allow for more precise treatment planning.
Dr. Michael Korn offers both in-office and take-home whitening. For in-office whitening, we use a gel to protect your gums and then we apply a whitening agent to the teeth. In-office whitening usually requires a one-hour appointment. Call us for pricing and appointment times. For take-home whitening, we fit you with a custom trays and give you whitening gel to use at home. If you like the results, you can buy a one-year supply of whitening gel for future home applications. In-office whitening definitely yields better results, but both procedures will lead to a brighter and whiter smile.
Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases. Depending on your needs, your dentist will design a partial for you. A partial may have a metal framework and clasps that connect to your teeth or they can have other connectors that are more natural looking. In some cases, a partial is made to attach to your natural teeth with devices called precision attachments which are generally better looking than clasps. Crowns on your natural teeth are sometimes needed to improve the fit of a partial. Partials with precision attachments generally cost more than those with clasps. Your dentist will help you figure out which type is right for you.
Full Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you've lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. That's because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth - things that people often take for granted. When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance only changes for the better. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile.
If you have a dental emergency, we can help. We can usually see emergency patients the same day. If you don't have insurance, don't worry ... an exam, x-ray and diagnosis for uninsured dental emergency patients is only $49. Call now to schedule an appointment with our highly skilled dentist.
Our practice offers sedation dentistry (also called sleep dentistry) and it can help you get through any dental procedure without discomfort, anxiety or pain. The techniques we use in our Seattle office will put you in a deep state of relaxation; you may not even realize that dental work is being performed until after the procedure is completed. Here are the forms of sedation Dr. Korn offers:
Intravenous (IV) Sedation Dentistry
Thousands of people put off seeing their dentist because of dental anxiety and by doing so, they put their teeth and gums’ health at risk. Fortunately, with sedation dentistry, you can get the treatment you need without fear or pain. Here in our office in Tukwila, WA we understand that some of our patients are afraid of sitting in the dentist’s chair or undergoing any procedure, and that is why we offer intravenous sedation dentistry which will put you in a tranquil state without any memory of the treatment. Dr. Korn is certified by the Washington State Dental Board to administer IV sedation.
Dr. Korn maintains current certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and CPR and you will be monitored carefully throughout the entire procedure.
Don’t let your dental anxiety prevent you from having a beautiful and healthy smile. Find out more about our comfortable and painless approach to dental care. Contact us with questions or to schedule your anxiety-free consultation with Dr. Michael Korn today!
Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry
With Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry, you will be given a pill which you will take one hour prior to your arrival to our office. It’s important to have someone drive you to our office and to your home because the pill will make you drowsy.
By the time your treatment starts, you will feel completely relaxed and one of our team members will monitor your vital signs throughout the process. Many of our patients reported that they don’t remember anything while undergoing treatment. Effects of this type of sedation lasts anywhere from 2-6 hours.
Nitrous Oxide (N2O) Sedation
Nitrous Oxide, also called laughing gas, is available for kiddos, adults and everyone in between. With N20 sedation, a mask will be placed over your nose and it will release the gaseous substance to induce a state of relaxation. In just a few moments, your mind and body will start to relax.
N20 Sedation is a safe and effective way to relieve anxiety during a dental procedure and it won’t put you to sleep at all. You will remain fully aware of everything that’s going on around you and you’ll be able to respond to questions or instructions given by your dentist.
Once the procedure is complete, your mask will be removed and the effects of N20 will go away just as quickly. In 3-5 minutes you will feel normal again.
One survey showed that nearly half of all Americans have some form of dental anxiety. But this should not stop you from receiving crucial treatments and preventive care. With Sleep Dentistry, we can alleviate your fears and provide you with a safe and pleasant way to receive necessary dental care so you can have healthy teeth and gums.
To learn more, please call our office for a complimentary stress-free consultation.
Some patients may need a crown to cover a tooth to help restore it to its normal shape and size. A crown can make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance. A crown can help strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining to hold the filling. Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that's already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. It's also used to cover a dental implant. If your dentist recommends a crown, it is probably to correct one of these conditions. Your dentist's primary concern, like yours, is helping you keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright.
Tooth-colored fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size cavities that need to withstand moderate pressure from the stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth and are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural - in a society focused on a white, bright smile, people tend to want fillings that blend with the natural color of their teeth. Ultimately, prevention is the best medicine. You can dramatically decrease your risk of cavities and other dental diseases simply by brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, eating a balanced diet and visiting the dentist regularly.
Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (the soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels and nerves) becomes inflamed or diseased. Causes of an infected pulp could include a deep cavity, a cracked/broken tooth or injury to the tooth. During root canal treatment, we remove the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result and your tooth may have to be removed. Most of the time, a root canal is a simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving a single visit. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile.