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Dental Truths and Myths: Dental Implants Don’t Usually Work and Often Fail

Quite often Dr. Korenman hears the following and very common dental myth:11002620_861074030601651_865004048774769856_n

“Dental Implants don’t work; they usually fail.”

Here are the realities of dental implants:

  • They the best thing to happen in dentistry! The advancements in dental implants over the years are life changing. Simply stated, dental implants reconnect people with what they’ve lost. Youth. Self-esteem. Confidence. Function. Happiness. The joy of kissing!
  • Dental Implants are the most predictable dental procedure with a 95% – 98% success rate.  Because implants are made of completely biologically compatible ‘bone-friendly’ titanium material, they naturally heal and integrate with the surrounding tissues. In the few failures that do occur, replacement implants are 95% – 98% successful.

Occasionally, though, dental implant failure can result from dentists and/or patients seeking a cheaper or easier method or solution.

 

Taking “shortcuts” during the diagnostic phase.

Although a two-dimensional panographic x-ray can be sufficient in many types of oral surgery, it is not preferable for planning proper dental implant placement. When placing dental implants, many things that must be considered require a three-dimensional view.

That is why Dr. Korenman has invested in the NewTom VG3 Dental CAT-scan.dental-implant graphic

Benefits of this dental CAT scan include:

  • Anatomically accurate 3D image of your mouth.
  • It provides the most comprehensive and accurate information required to determine your bone quantity and quality for possible dental implants.
  • If teeth have been missing for some time he can see how much bone loss has occurred and determine what type of bone grafting may be needed.
  • With Dental CT scanning, implant procedures can be planned in detail before any surgery takes place.
  • This means virtually no surprises when Dr. Korenman performs surgery.

Not choosing an experienced dental implant specialist.

Only 12% of general dentists in the US place implants. 5% of those use the most updated form of technology. Dr. Korenman is one of these top dentists. Dr. Korenman’s more than 30 years of experience combined with his advanced training in implant and cosmetic dentistry are important factors in his ability to produce optimal results.

The best way to replace missing teeth permanently is with dental implants.

Dental implants look natural, produce a beautiful smile, and allow you to eat, speak and function as you did when your mouth was healthy.

For more information about dental implants, please call Loveable Smiles in Richardson at (972) 231-0585 and schedule a complimentary consultation.

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Dental Truths and Myths: Dental X-rays Are Unnecessary

Quite often Dr. Korenman hears the following and very common dental myth:vg3-side

“Dental X-Rays are unnecessary and even dangerous.”

There have been more technological advances in the field of dentistry than in any other branch of medicine.

This technology in the dental world is making everything easier to diagnose and to explain that diagnosis to the patient.  Additionally, this technology provides patients with the greatest comfort as well as a pain free dental experience.

Today’s Dental CAT scans have the least amount of radiation of any Cone-Beam Computed Tomography.

The dose from a single-jaw dental CT scan is about the same as the dose a patient might receive walking to their car on a sunny Texas day.

Technology for those “unseen” spaces

Dental X-Rays are so important because when we look into our mouths, only a small portion of the surface area of our teeth and gums is visible.newtom32

The unseen surface area of our teeth and the inside of our gum pockets may actually be greater than the visible surfaces, depending on how bad the pockets are. These pockets, or spaces between the gum and teeth can range from 1/16’’ deep to over ½’’ deep, all the way around the tooth. If we added up the surface area of the unseen germ world, it would be about the size of the palm of our hand. Imagine having an infected area that big for a lifetime and not doing anything about it! Yet most people don’t even realize this hidden germ world exists.

Dr. Korenman of Loveable Smiles has invested in the latest dental technology that allows him and his team to see things that normally go undetected. Using the NewTom VG3 Dental CAT-scan Dr. Korenman is able to obtain limitless, 3D views including between the teeth, under the gums, in the bones and even nerve canals and sinuses can be seen. This allows Dr. K to completely diagnose and provide full treatment options.

Patients are able to clearly see for themselves, visible, existing physical conditions.

We invite you to call Loveable Smiles for your dental CAT scan and Total Health Dental appointment at 972-231-0585

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Dental Truths and Myths: Silver fillings don’t need to be replaced.

Quite often Dr. Korenman hears the following and very common dental myth:dental-fillings-350x350

“Silver fillings don’t need to be replaced.”

One of the most hotly debated issues among dentists these days is whether or not old, silver amalgam fillings in the mouths of so many Americans are safe.

Silver fillings, also known as dental amalgam, are a mixture of liquid (elemental) mercury and a powdered alloy composed of silver, tin and copper. In fact, there is more mercury than any other metal so they should be called “mercury fillings” rather than “silver fillings” but who would allow mercury to be put into their body?

Primary Fears About Mercury

Many people claim mercury leeches out over time from these silver fillings – more if you drink hot liquids and chew gum or grind your teeth and they are concerned about dangerous levels of mercury vapors leading to mercury toxicity.

Some people claim that mercury has been linked to autoimmune diseases, neurological issues, chronic diseases and even mental disorders.

The FDA did a long-term study proving that amalgam is not dangerous when used as a filling in teeth. Science has proved that the mercury in fillings do not cause these diseases; however, amalgam does pose a huge problem in teeth.

The Real Danger with Silver Fillings

Teeth and fillings expand and contract at different rates.  Over many years of ingesting hot and then cold food and drink, the fillings experience expansion and contraction. The contraction creates openings between the tooth and the filling material. The expansion can contribute to the tooth cracking or worse, splitting. Dr. Korenman has even seen a large part of a tooth break off with the metal filling still completely intact.

Additionally, when you chew and your teeth come together there’s a lot of pressure and force at work, and the metal filling takes the brunt of that pressure…which can also lead to the tooth being fractured much like a log being split.

When the seal between the tooth and the filling breaks down, food particles and decay-causing bacteria work their way between the worn filling and the tooth. These bacteria cannot be removed with a toothbrush or by any other means, and decay may develop along the edge of the filling or underneath it.

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Broken filling.

The most frustrating part of all this is that it happens painlessly with very few signs of a problem. We use high magnification to detect these openings between the filling and the tooth structure and with the intraoral cameras we use, you can see this yourself on the photographs.

Technology for those “unseen” spaces

When we look into our mouths, only a small portion of the surface area of our teeth and gums is visible.

Dr. Korenman of Loveable Smiles has invested in the latest dental technology that allows him and his team to see things that normally go undetected. Using the NewTom VG3 Dental CAT-scan Dr. Korenman is able to obtain limitless, 3D views including between the teeth, under the gums, in the bones and even nerve canals and sinuses can be seen. This allows Dr. K to completely diagnose and provide full treatment options.

Additionally, Dr. Korenman has invested in CEREC Technology which uses ceramic materials to restore your teeth to their natural strength, beauty, and function. The best thing about CEREC, is that your teeth can be restored in one visit to the dentist. Your crown is designed and milled right here in our office!  A few years ago, you had to visit the dentist 3 or 4 or even more times in order to perform teeth restoration.  The technology saves a lot of time for our patients.

We invite you to call Loveable Smiles for your dental CAT scan and Total Health Dental appointment at 972-231-0585

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Dental Truths and Myths: I know my teeth; I would know if I have a problem

Quite often Dr. Korenman hears the following and very common dental myth:

“I’d know if my teeth had problems – I know my teeth.”cavity myth graphic

While there are occasional situations where patients have an immediate oral infection or injury that does hurt, the reality is pain is not a reliable indicator of dental problems.

A cavity can form, sometimes becoming quite advanced, with no symptoms at all. It can grow into an abscessed tooth without the person having any noticeable symptoms until it’s too late and it becomes infected and then there IS pain!

Here’s another startling statistic:

80% of people have Gum Disease and DO NOT KNOW IT! There is usually no pain involved for people until extremely late in the degeneration. Many gum problems will go unnoticed until they are diagnosed by a dentist and statistically 70% of dentists do not screen their patients on a yearly basis and even they will miss diagnosing this terrible problem.

 

Dr. Korenman encourages his patients to schedule their Total Health Dental appointment at regular intervals not only to have a healthy mouth, but a healthy body.  Many of these unknown oral issues can contribute to inflammation in your body and lead to a host of issues including heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. Learn more about the mouth body connection here. http://loveablesmiles.com/category/total-health-dental-care/

Technology for those “unseen” spacesnewtom32

When we look into our mouths, only a small portion of the surface area of our teeth and gums is visible. The unseen surface area of our teeth and the inside of our gum pockets may actually be greater than the visible surfaces, depending on how bad the pockets are. These pockets, or spaces between the gum and teeth can range from 1/16’ deep to over ½’ deep, all the way around the tooth. If we added up the surface area of the unseen germ world, it would be about the size of the palm of our hand. Imagine having an infected area that big for a lifetime and not doing anything about it! Yet most people don’t even realize this hidden germ world exists.

 

Dr. Korenman of Loveable Smiles has invested in the latest dental technology that allows him and his team to see things that normally go undetected. Using the NewTom VG3 Dental CAT-scan Dr. Korenman is able to obtain limitless, 3D views including between the teeth, under the gums, in the bones and even nerve canals and sinuses can be seen. This allows Dr. K to completely diagnose and provide full treatment options.

Patients are able to clearly see for themselves, visible, existing physical conditions.

We invite you to call Loveable Smiles for your dental CAT scan and Total Health Dental appointment at 972-231-0585

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4 Ways Dr. Korenman Makes Your Dental Visit Comfortable

Here at Loveable Smiles in Richardson, TX, we treat people, not teeth. We love and care deeply for our patients, our team, and our profession. It is our sincere objective to provide you with the best dental experience you have ever had!
We are the only dental office to have received the North Texas Business Ethics award from the Dallas Business Journal.smiling-woman-in-dental-chair
Here are 4 ways Dr. Korenman helps his patients have a comfortable dental experience:
1. Sedation – Some patients need sedation. At Loveable Smiles we can arrange for you to use Nitrous oxide, which is a safe and effective mild sedative to help you relax. Ultimately, you will feel calm and comfortable. Other patients may require a stronger sedative as they are extremely anxious and fearful. Whatever your needs are we can accommodate you.
2. Faster Healing with Laser Technology – Dr. Korenman is a part of the very small percentage of dentists (only 1%) who have invested in laser technology. This technology helps you heal faster after your dental procedures by treating dental infections, killing bacteria, regenerating gum tissue and catching cavities before they appear.
3. Massage – We massage your jaws after a dental procedure so that your muscles aren’t sore.
4. Reversing the Anesthesia – We use a “reversal agent” to eliminate the numbing effects of the anesthetic so that you can go about your day, eating and speaking without having a numb mouth.

We invite you to have an enjoyable and painless dental visit at Loveable Smiles in Richardson. Please call 972-231-0585.

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Laser Away Bad Breath In The Battle of Bacteria

Do you have bad breath, really bad breath? bad breath photo
It might not be the garlic or onions, coffee or alcohol.
While bad breath can be an indicator of gum disease, sometimes bad breath can be linked to the types of bacteria that dominate the back portion of your tongue.
People plagued by bad breath despite regular brushing, flossing and gargling with mouth wash could benefit from laser therapy.
Wiping out long-standing bad breath in a one-time, pain-free treatment at Loveable Smiles in Richardson.
Bacteria & The Tonguebateria on tongue image
Some bacteria protect against halitosis, the formal name for really bad breath, while others cause the pungent odor.
One of the reasons people have found great difficulty fighting bad breath is because they don’t know how to reach the areas of the tongue where bacteria live, feed, and reproduce undisturbed.
The back of the tongue is an ideal breeding ground for anaerobic (oxygen resistant) bacteria.
Dr. Korenman of Loveable Smiles uses a gentle water laser to target bacteria, to eliminate smelly bacteria on the tongue.

After treatment, many people don’t even have morning breath.
Relief from persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth can be can be found by making an appointment to see Dr. Korenman at 972-231-0585.

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Top Five Benefits to CEREC One-Visit Crowns

Dr. Korenman of Loveable Smiles shares this:

“The more of your own body parts you get to keep in life, the better you are.”

That is why Dr. Korenman has invested in CEREC Technology which uses ceramic materials to restore your teeth to their natural strength, beauty, and function.

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These materials closely match the composition of your natural tooth structure.
Dr. Korenman uses several computer assisted technologies to easily produce ceramic dental restorations in less than 2 hours.

Four Benefits of CEREC Technology

1. One Visit! – The best thing about CEREC, is that your teeth can be restored in one visit to the dentist. Your crown is designed and milled right here in our office! A few years ago, you had to visit the dentist 3 or 4 or even more times in order to perform teeth restoration. The technology saves a lot of time for our patients.

2. A Healthcerec photoier Option – A CEREC tooth restoration isn’t just convenient, it is also healthy. Many years ago, dentists had few options to repair decayed and damaged teeth other than amalgam, gold, and other metals. With CEREC, Dr. Korenman uses strong, tooth colored ceramic materials to restore your teeth to their natural strength, beauty, and function. These materials closely match the composition of natural tooth structure.

3. Partial Crowns – Sometimes we just need to replace a part of the tooth. CEREC technology allows us to conserve and save all the rest of the tooth and just build back the part that was broken. We can preserve more of your tooth structure and make “partial crowns.”

4. Strong Teeth – CEREC bonds to your tooth making it stronger in two ways:cerec-crown-design1

1. The ceramic material is stronger and is bonded into place.
2. You are able to keep more of your original tooth.

5. More Accurate – CEREC technology also allows us to avoid the need for those messy impressions in your mouth as we use a very special digital camera to take “digital impressions” that are more accurate, faster and much more pleasant.

Get the smile you’ve always wanted …in as little as One Appointment! Call us at 972-231-0585

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Dental Misconception: All Dentists Are Basically the Same

Dental Misconception: All Dentists Are Basically the SameDr.K

Not true! Every dentist has different training, different knowledge and different skills.

If you have had a bad experience in the past, it does not mean that another dentist cannot help you achieve your goal of a healthy and comfortable mouth and a smile that you can be proud of.

Here are 8 Ways Dr. Korenman of Loveable Smiles Is Not Your “Average Dentist”

1. Fear/Pain – Dr. Korenman’s #1 goal at Loveable Smiles is that you won’t experience any pain. In fact he is dedicated to reversing the trend of miserable dental events.

2. Total Health Dentistry – Dr. Korenman was very fortunate early in his career to have a mentor dentist to educate him about the mouth/body connection. Dr. Korenman will help you achieve Total Health through dentistry which includes examining your for gum disease. An increasing number of researchers are finding that there’s a link between common health conditions—like diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease—and oral health. It’s becoming clear that the body can affect the health of your mouth and vice versa.

3. Laser Technology – One of the most promising aspects of laser dentistry is improved patient comfort, less damage to surrounding tissues, and better healing. Dr. Korenman is a part of the very small percentage of dentists (only 1%) who have invested in laser technology and provides the finest dental lasers in the industry in his Richardson office.

4. Listening Dentist – He has been referred to as the “Listening Dentist” and takes the time getting to know his patients and their dental goals.

5. Evening Calls – Dr. K calls his patients the evening of their procedure to make sure they are OK.

6. Call Him! – He’ll even give you his cell number in case you have any questions about your procedure.

7. Appointment Time – We respect our patients’ time and see our patients as scheduled. We try very hard to s to make sure we time our procedures accurately. We don’t overbook or double-book our schedule.

8. You Are Never Alone – When you are called for your appointment, we walk you to your treatment room and you are never left alone.

Call our office today to schedule an appointment so we can develop a plan to help YOU achieve Total Health through dentistry. Our patients tell us they cannot believe the difference in their comfort, confidence and enjoyment of life!

We look forward to meeting you! 972-231-0585

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Loveable Smiles Purchases BIOLASE NewTom VG3 3D Imaging System: A major advancement in digital dentistry

Dr. Korenman of Loveable Smiles in Richardson is dedicated to providing his patients with the finest, most cutting-edge and modern dental equipment available. The NewTom VG3 Dental CAT-scan allows Dr. Korenman to view an anatomically accurate 3D image of the patient for the diagnosis and planning of many conditions and procedures such as:vg3-side

  • Dental implants.
  • Wisdom teeth removal.
  • TMJ conditions.
  • Airway assessments.
  • Sinus conditions.
  • Health of the teeth under the gums.
  • Health and location of nerve canals.
  • The contours of your jaw bone and jaw joints.
  • Root canal assessments

This new Dental scan provides Dr. Korenman the most comprehensive and accurate information required to determine your bone quantity and quality for possible dental implants. If teeth have been missing for some time we can see how much bone loss has occurred and determine what type of bone grafting may be needed.

With Dental CT scanning, implant procedures can be planned in detail before any surgery takes place. This means virtually no surprises when Dr. Korenman performs surgery.

What are the benefits to you, the patient?

  1. Very fast. The scan only takes 18 seconds to gather all the information needed to form a 3D image of your chewing system.
  2. Safety/Low Radiation
    The NewTom VG3 has the least amount of radiation of any Cone-Beam Computed Tomography. CT- produced dental images are obtained with 1/3 less radiation exposure than a full mouth x-ray series.

The dose from a single-jaw dental CT scan is about the same as the dose a patient might receive walking to their car on a sunny Texas day.newtom32

  1. Great Information about you. “You don’t know what you can’t see.”
    The NewTom allows us to see things that normally go undetected. We are able to obtain limitless, 3D views including between the teeth, under the gums, in the bones and even nerve canals and sinuses can be seen. This allows Dr. K to completely diagnose and provide full treatment options.

The patients are able to clearly see for themselves, visible, existing physical conditions.

  1. Better planning and communication “Begin with the end in mind”
    Using this technology has improved the way we treat our patients. Seeing what lies under the tissue gives us a better perspective on what treatment will work the best. Being able to see the big picture gives us the opportunity to communicate the various options in a more predictable way.

When you ask for the KAAM special, you will receive this 3D scan, as well as cavity detecting x-rays, a complete exam along with a consultation, completely FREE.

We encourage you to call Loveable Smiles at 972-231-0585 for your appointment.

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Painless Parker: Part Show Man, Part Dentist

One of our patients sent us a copy of this ad from 1917 featuring “Painless Parker: Surgical and Mechanical Dentistry.” Painless Parker Dental Ad Image

Painless Parker was, at one point, was more famous than the president!

Painless Parker, a dentist from the turn of the century who was a pro at advertising for performing “painless extractions. ”

He established the first and, hopefully, last sidewalk dental show. He employed a brass band, bespangled women and contortionists who would perform a sideshow to drum up patients. Dr. Parker would be on-hand to speak out on the horrors of tooth decay and then he would ask for volunteers to come forth to sit in his portable dental chair. One of his assistants would volunteer, and the doctor would pretend to extract a tooth without causing pain. He would afterwards display a palmed tooth to the astonished audience.

But back in his office when Dr. Parker pulled a real tooth, he would tap his foot to signal to the band to play and thereby drown out the screams of the unlucky patient.

A couple of other controversial things he did include:Painless Parker Image 2

  • He armed himself with an aqueous solution of cocaine he called “hydrocaine,” Parker shared his message on street corners where he offered painless extractions for 50 cents. He promised that, if the extraction hurt, he would pay patients $5! The first night he extracted 12 teeth and didn’t have to give anyone the money. He found this surprising because, after the seventh patient, he ran out of hydrocaine!
  • The outside of the Flatbush Avenue building that housed his dental office blazed with the following claims:
  • “Proclaimed by Public, Press and Pulpit”;
  • “Painless Parker Is Positively Perfect”;
  • “Pains and Pangs Positively Prevented.”

The dental association was not amused by his false claims. Born Edgar Rudolph Randolph Parker, he legally changed his name to “Painless” in 1915 because of complaints of false advertising.

Luckily, Dr. Korenman of Loveable Smiles in Richardson employs truth-in-advertising has been referred to as the “Listening Dentist” who provides “No Pain, No Fear” dental services.

Dr. Korenman has invested in the most advanced dental technology to provide you, the patient with the greatest comfort as well as a pain free dental experience.

 

Call for your pain free dental experience. 972-231-0585

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