It is imperative during this time of a global pandemic that we all take the proper measures socially and professionally to protect our loved ones and colleagues. At Schroeder Dentistry, we have gone above and beyond the recommendations set forth by the CDC and the KBD. In an effort to prepare our patients for the new COVID protocols, this blog post will be posted at the top of our blog page to make it easily accessible to our patients.
New COVID Protocols
New COVID protocols on top of our already existing disinfectant/sterilization procedures:
- Patients are screened prior to and at their appointments. These set of questions ensure we have ruled out patients that have been travelling to heavily infected areas or participating in behavior that may increase their exposure or risk of transmission.
- Patients are called in from the parking lot individually and temperature screened before entering the office. Try to avoid sitting in a hot car or spending a lot of time outside right before coming in to avoid having an inaccurate temperature scan.
- Patients are asked to disinfect hands and wear a mask on their walk to the dental chair.
- A pre-operative mouthwash is swished for 30 seconds then expectorated into the same cup. This mouthwash 1% Hydrogen Peroxide and is excellent at reducing viral load in the mouth.
- Dental procedures are being performed with decreased aerosol production and increased suction/air filtration protocols to remove any potential airborne contaminants from becoming part of the air moving around the office.
- Patients are escorted out after their procedure thru a different doorway to avoid coming in contact with other patients or team members.
- Professional cleaning company coming in to disinfect every surface.
If you have any questions about these improved new COVID protocols or your risk of COVID transmission in a dental setting, feel free to give our dentists a call. Have a wonderful week!
Considered using a DIY company to help you with aligning or straightening your teeth? If your teeth are crowded or have too much space between them, you may have heard about options on the internet including being Candid about getting a Smile Direct from a dental lab. Below are a few reasons not to trust your dental care to a dental lab without a supervising dentist:
- Undiagnosed disease before or during treatment – If decay is not removed prior to wearing clear aligners, capturing food and debris under aligners can accelerate dental cavities further towards the pulp of the tooth. Once the decay reaches the pulp of the tooth, a root canal or tooth removal (extraction) must be considered. In addition, the attachment of bone to tooth may be affected without proper cleanings or if the teeth being moved in the trays are causing bone loss, the teeth may become mobile. Tooth mobility is a significant symptom and many times leads to tooth loss. All of the ailments and potential diseases need to be cleared by a physical, licensed, local dentist before, during and after any clear aligner treatment is pursued.
- Inaccurate treatment information – Inaccurate impressions not approved by dentists, hot shipping trucks causing deformed clear aligner trays and lack of tooth or tray observation by a dentist are just a few reasons why these services will have more and more issues in the future. Reckless is an understatement when it comes to the quality of care patients receive from an online clear aligner company.
- National company with impunity – These large companies are backed by millions and millions of dollars in an effort to bring clear aligners direct to patients. The only problem is, they are practicing dentistry without a license when scanning teeth and are not evaluating for underlying disease. In addition, their communication with patients is not acceptable as seen on many Facebook posts and articles. Incomplete treatment and wrecking the occlusion (bite) are commonplace in the online clear aligner therapy world. Find an article below about this very same subject from a national news organization:
As listed above, think twice before pursuing online clear aligner therapy or DIY orthodontics. Here at Schroeder Dentistry, our team is seeing more and more poor results of DIY orthodontics and hope this call to action reaches listening ears. If we may ever answer questions or help you and your family in any way, please pick up the phone and give us a call. Have a great day!
Looking for a dentist online? Whom do you trust? Find below a list of factors to consider when searching for a dentist.
4 Things to Consider When Searching For a Dentist Online
1. Location, Location, Location
When dental emergencies happen for you or a young family member, it is much easier to access dental care if the office is in close proximity. Sometimes it is helpful to search about driving time instead of mileage just to see how much time you’ll spend going to the dentist for cleanings and routine care as well.
Dental reviews have become so common that many dentists highlight their rating. Make sure the reviews look legitimate in length and depth of storytelling. Short reviews with little or no context do not provide you an idea about patient experience.
3. Services offered
Review the doctors website that has good reviews and make sure they offer the services you are interested in. Don’t want to be on hold or give out your information? Don’t hesitate to send a message or email to the office asking specifics. This provides you free information without becoming too connected.
Many times, dentists offer free consultations to meet potential new patients and help them get to know the practice. Becoming more comfortable can be difficult for some anxious patients but it can be done with proper introductions and sedation options.
We hope this list helps you find the perfect dentist for you in Lexington, KY. If you’d like to schedule a free consultation or would like to know more about the services we offer, feel free to reach out at the call now button below!
Is it time to rehab your smile? Our patients want to smile with confidence so discussing options regarding their smile is our focus with them. If the tooth or teeth shade, shape or contour is not pleasing to the eye, we can come up with options! What are smile rehab options? Well first, we have to evaluate the gums and alignment of the teeth.
If a dental cleaning needs to happen first because of gingivitis or bone loss, we can do that right here in Lexington, Kentucky at Schroeder Cosmetic and Family Dentistry! Next, we evaluate the alignment of the teeth to see if beautiful results can be accomplished without Invisalign. If we need to utilize Invisalign trays to improve the alignment, we can do that here in our office! After these first two criteria are met, we can evaluate for smile rehabilitation:
- Initial whitening to improve color if needed.
- This step is needed to evaluate the current shade and make sure the team understands the expectations of the final smile rehab.
- Also, it is important for everyone to understand that once any fillings, crowns or veneers are completed, they can not be whitened. Thus, a goal shade must be chosen at the initial visit.
- We provide Sapphire and Boost whitening options for our patients and love the results!
- Dental Crowns, Dental Veneers or white bonding are all options to reshape and give new shade, shape and color to the teeth.
- Depending on treatment needed, this step is the biggest investment but returns the most drastic change to the smile.
- Dental Veneers are cemented to the front of the teeth with minimal enamel removal while Dental Crowns are cemented completely over the tooth after enamel removal on all surfaces of the tooth. Dr. Thad or Dr. Fred can explain the differences and reasoning behind which one is best for your smile! Either way, the tooth is restored to a more pleasing shape and shade to meet the expectations of the patient and the doctor.
- Dental bonding is white filling material used to close small spaces or replace missing parts of tooth from dental decay and cavities. Dental bonding is a more temporary fix in comparison to dental crowns or dental veneers.
- Protect any smile rehab investment with a Biteguard so chipping and fracturing does not occur to your new beautiful smile!
Following the steps above will get the smile rehab you desire! Each step is necessary along the path towards oral health and creating beautiful smiles here in Lexington Kentucky!
Hello and welcome back to the Schroeder Cosmetic and Family Dentistry blog where we’ll be discussing dental implants today! We’d like to give you some information about replacing missing teeth with dental implants, the pieces of a dental implant and limitations/concerns associated with dental implants.
Do you have a missing space in your smile? A tooth that never formed? Maybe even need some help stabilizing a denture? Dental implants have become promising technology for the restoration of your smile and/or ability to chew.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are usually titanium screws that are similar in size and shape to the tooth that they are replacing. They are placed surgically into healthy bone of the upper or lower jaw. After their placement, approximately 2-6 months must go by before they are ready to be restored. When the bone has healed appropriately around the implant, the abutment will be screwed onto the implant and an impression is taken for a crown to be made. This will restore the area and provide ample space for chewing and improving the aesthetics of the smile.
Many dental implants are used to restore loose dentures as well. The healing time is similar but the abutment is different. The abutment placed can attach to the denture many different ways and provides stability and retention. Implants also provide an option to remove the palate of an upper denture.
Do you or a loved one have a missing tooth? Many people are tired of removable teeth like partials or dentures. If you don’t have a back tooth, a dental bridge may not be an option. Thus, to fill space and give you more teeth, dental implants are a wonderful option. After a tooth is removed carefully and without destroying the surrounding bone, a dental implant may be placed. Implant placement is less uncomfortable than tooth extraction and requires about one hour. Your body will grow bone around the implant over the course of 4-6 painless months. When the implant is stable, an abutment and crown can be custom made for your bite! As you’ll see below, there are 3 pieces to a dental implant.
A dental implant has the implant body (screw or man-made root), an abutment and a crown. The implant body goes in the bone, will the abutment is screwed into the implant body. Lastly a crown is cemented or secured with a screw into the abutment or implant body. Recent research has shown it is preferable to attach the crown to the implant with a screw rather than cementing but both ways of attachment are acceptable.
Can you find the dental implant in the photo? This patient had a front tooth replaced with a dental implant. We were proud to make her smile beautiful again!
Although dental implants sound like a wonderful option, they are not perfect for every patient. Also, patients with a history of smoking, diabetes or bone loss may not be the best candidates due to their bone health. This is something we would be happy to speak with you about in a free consultation at our office. Ready to learn more about your dental treatment options? Give your dentist in Lexington KY a call at (859)276-5496!
How do celebrities get their teeth straight, white and camera ready in the fastest way possible? First, they consult with a cosmetic dentist, like Schroeder Dentistry, about their priorities. Most have strict time schedules so traditional orthodontics (braces) are out of the question.
If alignment issues must be addressed due to crowding, clear aligners are a simple option. Most clear aligner treatments take 6-18 months but cannot be see due to their transparent shade.
After alignment, the shade and color of the teeth is addressed. Whitening all the teeth is important before cosmetic procedures so the final dental work will match to the whitest shade possible with the teeth. Sometimes, the clear aligner trays (Invisalign, ClearCorrect, etc.) may be used to hold whitening gel against the teeth for at-home whitening purposes.
Next, veneers and crowns are discussed depending on the celebrities bite and any history of clenching or grinding. Veneers require very minimal reshaping of the teeth but may pop off or become dislodged if the celebrity constantly grinds their teeth or has an extremely hard diet. Find below an image depicting the difference between crowns and veneers. For all intents and purposes, dental crowns completely cap the tooth like a hat and veneers cover the front surface like a mask.
Before and after photos below show the changes in the smiles of celebrities and how important it was for them to change their smile. It is important to many of our patients as well to create the custom smile they deserve alongside the guidance of Dr. Fred Schroeder and Dr. Thad Schroeder at Schroeder Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. Our office provides Invisalign, Boost and Sapphire Whitening and many veneer and crowns options to create the smile that is just right for you.
A toothache can be caused by multiple factors affecting the tooth. The most common we see include, but are not limited to:
A fractured tooth is caused by heavy trauma to the remaining tooth structure from opposing teeth or hard foreign items like food. Usually, the tooth goes thru a series of changes including microfractures that leave small lines in the remaining enamel of the tooth. After changes in temperature and increased trauma, the enamel or remaining tooth structure will chip or fracture. Depending upon the size, bonding may be completed or if too deep, the area may need surgical intervention.
Decay or Cavitated Tooth
Decayed teeth come from sugar and acid allowing bacteria to degrade the tooth structure. Usually, these areas are diagnosed by the dentist by feeling the remaining soft tooth structure with an explorer. These areas may be slightly sensitive and most likely discolored. They may range in color from green, to brown or even black. These areas are fixed with simple bonding unless the cavity has reached the pulp, in which case the options for treatment become root canal or some other surgical option.
Infection in the Tooth
Infection in the tooth is present when bacteria have had the chance to access the pulp or blood supply of the tooth. This allows the bacteria a highway into the tooth and to make the tooth build up pressure inside the pulp canal. This pressure is translated to the patient as pain or discomfort. In this situation, a root canal or surgical intervention are the only treatments available.
Infection in the Bone
Infection in the bone happens after a long time of allowing an infection in the tooth to grow. This infection may cause swelling of the surrounding tissues and extreme throbbing. Infection in the bone is often referenced as an abscess and may have drainage of poor tasting infection into the mouth. It is extremely important to get dental emergency care as soon as possible. Dental emergency care can be seeing a dentist for evaluation or visiting a local hospital for drainage of large infections. Allowing days or weeks to pass with an abscess may lead to sepsis or a blood infection that has dire consequences.
If you have a toothache or other dental emergency, call your dentist in Lexington KY at Schroeder Dentistry now for your appointment.
Schroeder Cosmetic and Family Dentistry is honored to receive its 11th Herald Leader Readers’ Choice award! Thanks to our generous voters and patients from the Lexington and surrounding areas, we are honored to accept yet another Readers’ Choice Award!
Our office focuses on maintaining a comfortable environment that is centered around our patients. Our team members and doctors take the time to listen and communicate with each patient to understand their needs and concerns. In addition – we offer Saturday appointments, sedation options, and affordable dentistry that separates us from many other local businesses. With over 45 years of experience between our two doctors, our office provides a wide array of treatments in a relaxed setting. This Reader’s Choice award will join our other awards that include the “Three Best Rated” Award of Excellence from April of this year.
We cannot put into words how excited and grateful we are to be voted your favorite local dentist office! Thank you very much for taking the time and energy to vote for us! We will see you soon!
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a dental crown and dental veneer? Or maybe even when they would be used or which would look better on you?
Dental Crown vs Veneer
Dental veneers are used for cosmetic improvement to the front surface of a tooth. Commonly, light or minimal drilling is done to the unsightly tooth and an impression is taken to record the remaining tooth structure. When the final veneer is placed, it is commonly lighter in shade and more appealing to the eye with its shape, size and contour than the original tooth. This is just a “blanket” for a tooth and would not survive on patients with bad clinching/grinding habits or abnormal bite patterns. It would not survive because veneers may be popped off due to lack of retention or excessive force since they have minimal retention.
Dental crowns not only serve as a cosmetic restoration but also completely cover the tooth. Crowns are similar to having a new “hat” for the tooth as it is used on fractured teeth, unsightly teeth and much more to improve appearance and function of the entire top of the tooth. Check out the photo of these incredible crowns below done right here at Schroeder Cosmetic and Family Dentistry!
Have questions? We have answers! Give your dentist in Lexington KY a call at 859-276-5496 to learn more about dental crown vs veneer, and how we can serve you!
What are implant dentures?
Implant dentures are dentures that are supported by dental implants are a modern way of restoring the terminal dentition. Implant dentures use implants to anchor the denture securely. The dentures do not move during speaking, chewing or swallowing. When teeth are too far decayed/infected to be restored, an implant denture is a wonderful way to get your smile back. Although time goes by and we experience pain and even embarrassment with our smile or ability to chew, we are here to help our patients work thru the big decision of how to restore their smile. There are two different types of implant dentures that are most commonly presented as options:
- Implant supported dentures– These dentures are fully supported by implants and may lightly lay on the gums after the teeth are removed. These provide great stability and natural mouthfeel but may be more expensive.
- Implant retained dentures– These dentures require fewer implants and may require the gums to take some pressure during chewing. This may be a more affordable option but do not provide the same esthetics and mouthfeel as implant supported dentures. These are commonly called “locator dentures” because the denture snaps into locators that act as caps to snap into.
Many patients find traditional dentures uncomfortable and lacking retention. The days and times of small denture teeth and clicking/clacking of dentures is gone now with implant denture options at Schroeder Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Lexington, KY.
How is an implant denture made?
First, the man-made root or implant is placed by the dentist where there is an adequate bone to stabilize it. After three to four months, depending on overall systemic health, the implants are uncovered after they have fused with the bone. The denture process begins by anchoring teeth in wax to the implants to test drive the bite, smile, and size of teeth. Next, after patient approval, the dentists fabricate the final prosthesis.
How long does an implant denture last?
Implant dentures are like cars. With routine maintenance and proper care, they can last multiple decades. If they are placed and ignored with zero maintenance, they will last much less time.
How much does an implant denture cost?
Implant dentures can be an affordable, long-term solution when they are done correctly. For example, poor materials and poor craftsmanship will lead to failing implants and broken dentures. In this day and age, you get what you pay for. In this instance, we provide financing options so that if the patient looks at the fee as “cost per year” of having comfortable, stable implant dentures, it is well worth its value.
How do I get a consultation with the doctors?
You can call Schroeder Cosmetic and Family Dentistry or enter your information below into our submission form. We will review your information and call to set up an appointment. We look forward to meeting you to talk about how we can provide comfortable, stable implant dentures for you or a family member in a patient-friendly environment.