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By Dr. Charles Bohle
November 26, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
SpiceUpYourTeeth

As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”


Do You Need Dental Implants? We’ve Got Choices For You!

Do you need dental implants? Well we have them for you!

Dental implants are known to be the most ethical and strongest when it comes to tooth replacement options or stabilizing dentures. Dental implants replace the tooth root making for great structural support. Dental implants have one of  the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.

Implant material, which is made of titanium, is extremely lightweight, but strong and biocompatible and the bone treats the implant just as if it was made out of bone. The bone cells attach themselves to the implant in a process called osseointegration. After an initial healing period, during which the implant(s) is left undisturbed underneath the gum tissue, it is then uncovered and connected to a small post that serves as the foundation for the tooth or teeth that the implant will be supporting.

Bohle Family Dentistry offers multiple types of dental implants:dental imlant choices

  • Implant Crowns- Do you have or need a tooth or multiple teeth extracted? We have implants that can be placed to fit crowns and bridges. You can replace your missing tooth or teeth without having a partial as your replacement option.  These are permanent and do not come in and out.

 

  • Denture Implants-Do you have dentures? And even after everything you have done, from denture adhesive to a reline, your denture still dental implant choiceswon't stay in your mouth? We have the answer for you! We offer dental implants that attach to your denture, to keep your dentures in place and secure.  There is the kind that snaps in and out or the one shown here that is screwed in and is not removed. Ask about the Hybrid Denture Bridge.

Do you need more information about dental implants? Click here!  See our current special offer for 1/2 price for the first implant.

There are a few cases which if you suffer from bone loss, you may not be eligible for dental implants. Our doctors will need to have a consult with you to decide on whether or not you are a candidate. We also use a  CT Scaner that gives us a 3D image of your mouth which give precise measurements of your jaw bones, nasal sinus and nerves. Are you ready to see if you are a candidate for dental implants?

Visit us here or call (270) 442-0256, today, to get scheduled for your free implant consult!

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By Dr. Charles Bohle
November 19, 2014
Category: Life Advice

Don't Let Your Insurance Benefits Be Lost!

 

It is the time of the year when our phones start to ring and people we have not seen all year want an appointment.  When you call now we can dental insurancework those things out.  The hard part comes when someone calls us the last week of December and insists on getting in and all the needed work completed before the end of the year because their insurance benefits rollover.  This person will sadly waste their insurance for 2014.  The wise person who calls in November has a much greater chance of maximizing their benefit.  I apologize in advance to those people who call us late in December that we are not able to accomodate.  Know the person who called us in November is the one who already has their appointment leaving no room for you.

One really good and completely legal trick we do this time of year is this.  When you have a large treatment plan this trick works great.  Let's say you have a $1500 insurance benefit that rolls over on January 1.  We provide half of your needed care in November/December then the second half in January/February.  This allows us to give you a large amount of dental work in a short time and maximize your insurance benefit.  You will use $1500 the last of one year and $1500 the beginning of the next year.  Consider this strategy if you need a lot of work to do.dental insurance benefits

If you know you have needed dental work to be done go ahead and give us a call.  It will save you time and money and leave more of your insurance benefit available for anything needed in 2015.  Remember, the insurance company wins everytime you leave benefits on the table when you could of or needed to use them.  All that celebrating you see on New Years Eve is mostly the insurance industry saying, "We Won, We Won!"

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By Dr. Charles Bohle
November 17, 2014
Category: Oral Health

Stress affects your oral health!

Whether you it be with work, school, or financially, stress is something that we know all too well. Too much stress can take a toll on many differentstress and oral healthparts of your body, but did you know that stress affects your oral health?

The potential impact on your oral health includes:

  • Eating a bad diet
  • Gum (periodontal) disease or worsening of existing periodontal disease
  • Bad habits such as chewing on pens, pencils, ice, or your nails
  • Not taking proper care of your teeth
  • Clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Mouth sores, such as canker or cold sores

Although your sources of stress may not be changed or prevented, you can prevent and treat these oral health problems if you know what to do.

Mouth Sores:

Canker sores are small ulcers with a white or grayish base bordered in red. Stress can increase your risk of getting them. If you get a canker stress and oral healthsore, it is important to begin treatment as soon as you notice the sore appearing and to avoid spicy and acidic foods that may cause irritation.

Teeth Grinding:

Stress can make you clench and grind your teeth– either during the day, at night, or subconsciously. Grinding your teeth can lead to problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Your dentist may recommend you wear a night guard, worn in your sleep, or another device to minimize this action.

Poor Oral Hygiene:

Being under stress may affect your mood and cause you to skip brushing or flossing. If you don’t care for your teeth properly everyday, the risk of gum disease and cavities increases significantly. Also, stress can affect your diet. Most people tend to go for sweet and sodas, which can lead to tooth decay and other problems.

Gum Disease:

Even short term stress can mean more dental plaque. Long term stress can begin to cause bleeding gums and gingivitis which can lead to gum disease. Remember to keep a healthy diet, see your dentist regularly, and maintain good oral hygiene.

It is extremely important to visit your dentist regularly for routine checkups, especially if you are constantly under stress. Stress can increase the risk of oral health issues. Your dentist may be able to give you some helpful tips to prevent these issues before they become serious. Call Bohle Family Dentistry today at 270-442-0256 to schedule an appointmentor visit our website to learn more about our services and the importance of good oral hygiene.

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By Bohle Family Dentistry
November 11, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: porcelain veneers  
PorcelainVeneersCouldChangeYourAppearancefortheBetter

We now have an amazing repertoire in dentistry to restore the look and function of damaged or missing teeth. From tooth-colored crowns to life-like dental implants, we can turn an embarrassing smile into one you’re confident to show the world.

But what if your teeth are visually unappealing but structurally sound? Perhaps they’re slightly irregular or discolored — do you still need the “heavy artillery” in our arsenal of restoration options?

Not at all — dental veneers that provide amazing aesthetic results with minimal tooth preparation may be an appropriate restoration choice for you. As the name implies, veneers are a thin layer of dental material (usually porcelain) that’s permanently bonded to the outside of a tooth. Veneers can be shaped to resemble natural teeth — especially effective for changing the appearance of small or slightly misshapen teeth — and can be customized to match an individual patient’s tooth color.

Veneered teeth require very little preparation compared to other restorations; still, most veneer applications do require some permanent enamel removal so that the applied veneers appear natural. In recent years, however, changes in veneer design and materials have made it possible for some patients to receive veneers without some tooth prep.

If taken care of properly, veneers can last anywhere from seven to twenty years (in some cases, more). While their material composition and the bonding process can withstand normal biting forces, wearers need to keep in mind porcelain is a form of glass — excessive twisting or pressures from excessive grinding habits could cause them to shatter.

And because veneers are made of an inert, non-living material, they can’t adapt to any changes that may occur biologically to your teeth and gums and may need to be updated at some point in the future. The good news is that a loosened veneer can often be repaired.

If you’d like to know if you’re a good candidate for this cost-effective, minimally invasive option, visit us for an examination. Balancing all the factors, porcelain veneers just may be your answer to achieving a better smile.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”