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    What Can Porcelain Veneers Do For Your Smile?

     If you have a smile you don’t like to show off, you might want to consider cosmetic dentistry.  Consider a “Smile Design” customized just for you. One method of improving your smile is with porcelain veneers.

    Porcelain veneer tooth restorations are thin layers of dental ceramic — a glass-like material created by dental laboratory technicians, the “artists” who exactly mimic natural teeth making them straighter, whiter, and brighter. They are used to replace worn, dull-looking stained enamel. In addition to making your teeth and smile whiter and brighter, veneers can even be used to change tooth shape and color, close small spaces, and reshape slightly crooked or mis-shapen teeth.

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    Find out if porcelain veneers might be a good solution to your smile problems. Ask youself:

    • Do you want to permanently alter the appearance of your smile?
    • Are you hoping to make improvements to your smile that don’t take a very long time to complete?
    • Are you looking for a way to improve your smile with minimal or even no removal of your natural tooth material?
    • Would you like to have more evenly aligned teeth?
    • Do you want to change the color of your teeth?
    • Do you want whiter teeth and a brighter smile?

    If the answer to one or more of these questions is yes and whitening or other treatments have not given you the smile you want, we can help you assess the feasibility of porcelain veneers as one of the many options to enhance and improve your smile. We can fully discuss all the benefits, risks, alternatives, and costs associated with improving your smile.

    Call us to make an appointment for a Smile Design consultation and we can get started.


    Tooth Whitening Dentistry in Salem

    Tooth Whitening Dentistry In HillsboroOne of the easiest ways to brighten your smile is to have your teeth whitened. There are several options when it comes to tooth whitening systems. You can choose from a selection of over-the-counter tooth whitening products at your local Salem drug store, or you can rely on your Salem dentist.

    It is a good idea to consult with your dentist before using OTC tooth whitening products. Your dentist knows your teeth and dental history and can recommend a tooth bleaching product best suited for you.

    There are many variables when it comes to tooth whitening. The color of your teeth at the beginning of your treatment will influence the end result. Other factors include existing cosmetic dentistry such as crowns and dental bonding, gum health, and tooth sensitivity. Your dentist has experience treating tooth discoloration and understands the benefits and drawbacks of the available methods.

    Your dentist may offer a tooth whitening solution that you can take home with you. In some cases, your dentist may recommend a professional treatment that is done at the dentist’s office. Professional tooth whitening can produce dramatic results in a single treatment, but is often done over a few treatments.

    Tooth whitening area is less expensive than it was in the earlier days of tooth whitening technology. Today, tooth whitening treatments are very affordable.

    If you are interested in tooth whitening and live in the Salem area, please call Salem Dental to make an appointment for a tooth whitening or cosmetic dentistry consultation.

    Contact Salem Dental:

    503-378-1212


    What Can Salem Dental Do For You?

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    Hello, and welcome to the Salem Dental blog. My name is Dr. Robert Kolts and I want to tell you about our Salem practice, Salem Dental. We work hard to keep our patients satisfied. Our most popular services are:

    cosmetic dentistry
    dental implants
    ClearAlign
    sedation dentistry
    general dentistry

    Along with healthy teeth, many of our Salem patients want to know more about popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. These include teeth whitening, veneers, dental implants, gum contouring, and more!

    A combination of cosmetic dental treatments can remedy every problem to achieve your remarkable smile!

    If you live in the Salem area and would like to see what Salem Dental has to offer, give us a call at 503-378-1212. We are currently accepting new dental patients!

    Contact us today!

    Contact Salem Dental:

    503-378-1212


    Brush Up On Your Cavity Basics

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    Salem Dental patients use the word “cavity” often when discussing oral health practices. Along with teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, cavities are a hot topic.

    At Salem Dental we think it’s great that people in the Salem area are so conscious of their teeth, and we feel that having a better understanding of exactly what a cavity is will help them take better care of their pearly whites.

    Cavities can also be called caries or tooth decay. When a tooth is permanently damaged in the hard surface, tiny openings occur. These little holes are cavities. Different factors that contribute to tooth decay are:

    Frequent eating
    Consuming sugary beverages
    Oral bacteria
    Insufficient tooth brushing and flossing

    Cavities may get so bad that you will see pits or holes in your teeth, but symptoms may be more subtle, such as sensitivity, pain when biting, or a toothache. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call your dentist today for an appointment.

    If you are in the market for quality dental care in the Salem area, give Salem Dental a call. We have been treating dental patients in and around Salem since 1978.

    Our most popular services are:

    cosmetic dentistry
    dental implants
    ClearAlign
    sedation dentistry
    general dentistry


    We hope to hear from you soon!


    Hate Your Dentures?

    Hillsboro Dentistry ImplantPerhaps you have heard or seen the dental industry’s advertising about dental implants. Most dentists claim that dental implant dentures can change your life. Does this sound like hype? Exaggeration?

    Let’s look at the facts about dental implant anchored dentures in Salem:

    Chewing: An oral implant denture can restore up to 95 percent of normal chewing function. How important is chewing? Can you chew easily with your current full or partial denture? Can you bite apples? When was the last time you ate a raw carrot?

    Fit: Implant anchored dentures stay in place. An implant denture doesn’t slide around in your mouth and cause sores. North Plains implant denture wearers who exercise regularly especially appreciate this benefit.

    Appearance: How does your smile look? Can you smile confidently? How many denture wearers love their smile? Implant anchored dentures look like natural teeth. They don’t move when you smile, eat, talk, bike, swim, dance, golf, ski; you get the idea.

    Bone health: When teeth are extracted, bone recession can occur over time (in fact, this happens in almost every case). Because a titanium implant is an artificial ‘tooth root’ inserted into your jaw bone, your bone has a better chance of staying healthy. If there are no other adverse conditions present, your jaw bone should remain strong and dense, just as if the original tooth root were there.

    If you hate your dentures, why don’t you come in for a consultation about dental implants and mini-implants? We can discuss all the particulars including procedure specifics, healing time and dental implant cost. Then you can decide for yourself if implant dentures will, as promised, change your life.

    Contact Salem Dental:

    503-378-1212


    Our Top Priority at Salem Dental

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    At Salem Dental, our passion is helping patients achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. Doctor Robert Kolts’s considerable experience, advanced skills, and exacting standards ensure the ultimate in patient satisfaction.

    Because each man, woman, and child has unique dental needs, we develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses each patient’s challenges and goals.

    Some dentistry patients come in twice-yearly for an examination, cleaning, oral cancer screening, and fluoride treatment. We work with them to maintain their oral health and prevent common dental problems such as cavities and gum disease.

    Many Salem smile makeover patients take advantage of modern cosmetic dental procedures to achieve the smile they deserve. If you are unhappy with your smile, contact us today at 503-378-1212. We offer a broad range of cosmetic dental procedures including dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, teeth whitening and tooth-colored filling replacement. We also offer sedation dentistry options for Salem folks who become anxious during dental treatment. You can take comfort in the fact that we are dedicated to the highest standard of safety and sterility at our practice.

    If you are looking for a family dentist or cosmetic dental specialist in the Salem area, call Salem Dental Excellence at 503-378-1212.


    Has Your Smiles Lost Its Luster?

    Has Your Smile Lost Its Luster?

    Has your smile lost its luster? Are your teeth discolored? If flashing a pearly white smile is important to you, I can help. My name is Robert Kolts and I have been creating whiter, brighter smiles for patients since 1978 at Salem Dental.

    Whether your teeth have been stained through sipping dark-colored drinks such as red wine or coffee or if smoking has left your teeth brown and dull, my staff and I at Salem Dental can illuminate your teeth and beautify your smile.

    Maybe you have injured a tooth causing it to turn gray. We offer several solutions to restore the color to a tooth. When you come in for a consultation we will determine which cosmetic dental procedure is prime for your teeth.

    Your smile the first thing people notice. I will make sure your smile is brilliant and absolutely beautiful!

    At Salem Dental we not only offer tooth whitening to our Salem area patients, we also offer cosmetic dentistry.

    If you or your family need Invisalign or dental implants we invite you to come in for a dental consultation.

    Invest in a white, bright smile! Call Salem Dental today at 503-378-1212.

    Thanks for visiting my cosmetic dental blog – Dr. Robert Kolts


    Include a Smile Makeover in Wedding Planning

    For a bride, there is so much to remember when planning the wedding — invitations, a dress, flowers, the site, the caterers, the cake, the photographer — the list goes on and on. In the midst of all these things, don’t let a very important piece of the plan be forgotten — your smile!

    Your wedding will be celebrated every year on your anniversary and commemorated in beautiful photos at any time. It is a special occasion you, your family, and your friends will always remember. But how will you and your family look in those photos? You have an opportunity to get makeovers that will make your smiles shine radiantly, and not only in your album. Your makeover will improve your appearance, your self-confidence, and your oral health far into the future.

    Start with a visit to your dentist to assess your current situation and discuss your goals and dreams. Each person’s situation will be different. At a minimum you may need a professional cleaning to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy. Get started on treating any cavities or gingivitis (gum inflammation). If you haven’t already, now is a great time to establish healthy dental hygiene habits including proper daily brushing and flossing.

    You may feel that your teeth are discolored and need to be whiter and brighter. Your upper and lower jaws may not meet properly for the most effective biting and chewing. Your teeth may be crowded or misshapen. All these things and more can be modified and repaired with today’s dentistry.

    Teeth can be whitened by bleaching in the dentist’s office or with products that can be used at home under a dentist’s supervision.

    Orthodontia may be needed to repair your bite. Today orthodontia may be done either with traditional braces, or with clear aligners. Remember that this process works slowly, so start well in advance of your wedding day.

    After your teeth are properly aligned, your dental team can work on subtle contouring, overall shape and color changes for individual teeth, using techniques such as porcelain laminate veneers. Temporary veneers can be made so that you can try out your new look before the final installation.

    Wedding planning works best when started early. To make sure you, your new spouse, and your family look and feel their best, remember to include smile makeovers in your plan.

    Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about wedding smile makeovers. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Wedding Day Smiles.”


    What is Pediatric Conscious Sedation?

    In dentistry (as well as other branches of medicine) pediatric conscious sedation is becoming more widespread than ever — but some people aren’t yet familiar with this beneficial therapy. Conscious sedation can remove anxiety and produce a feeling of calm and relaxation during dental treatment; however, unlike general anesthesia, it doesn’t cause the loss of consciousness. That means patients can still breathe normally and can respond to certain stimuli, while feelings of pain and anxiety are blocked.

    Conscious sedation is often employed for invasive procedures such as tooth extractions or root canals — which cause some people a great deal of apprehension, no matter what their age. It can be especially useful for children, however, who may have a more limited ability to understand (and cooperate with) their dental treatment. Because the medications are commonly administered orally (by mouth), there’s no needle to provoke fear. And when it’s over, there is usually little or no memory of the procedure that was done.

    Pediatric conscious sedation is typically administered in an office setting by a dentist with special qualifications. The American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Academy of Pediatrics have jointly established criteria for its use. Specialized training and continuing education are part of the qualification process; additionally, the dental office must be equipped with advanced life-support equipment and trained staff, who can help in the unlikely case of an emergency.

    While your child is receiving conscious sedation, he or she will be monitored by a designated staff member who keeps a close watch on vital signs like blood pressure, oxygen levels, pulse rate and respiration. This helps to ensure that the level of sedation remains safe, yet effective. When the procedure is over, the medications wear off quickly; however, children will certainly need a ride home, and shouldn’t return to school until the next day.

    As new medications are developed, more dentists receive special training, and the cost of associated equipment becomes more reasonable, the practice of pediatric conscious sedation is becoming more widespread. For many kids, it could mean the difference between having fearful childhood memories of the dental office that linger on through life — and remembering almost nothing at all.

    If your child has dental anxiety or requires invasive procedures, pediatric conscious sedation may be a good option for you to consider. For more information, call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sedation Dentistry for Kids.”


    Are Porcelain Veneers Right For You?

    If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile and would like to change it, we can help you determine what will work best, from a simple whitening to brighten your smile to a complete smile makeover — the possibilities are almost limitless! Consider a “Smile Design” customized just for you. One method of improving your smile is with porcelain veneers. Porcelain laminate veneer tooth restorations are thin layers of dental ceramic — a glass-like material created by dental laboratory technicians, the “artists” who exactly mimic natural teeth making them straighter, whiter, and brighter. They are used to replace worn, dull-looking stained enamel. In addition to making your teeth and smile whiter and brighter, veneers can even be used to change tooth shape and color, close small spaces, and reshape slightly crooked or mis-shapen teeth.

    In order to determine if porcelain veneers are a viable solution to help you achieve the smile you have always longed for, consider the following questions:

    • Do you want to permanently alter the appearance of your smile?
    • Are you hoping to make improvements to your smile that don’t take a very long time to complete?
    • Are you looking for a way to improve your smile with minimal or even no removal of your natural tooth material?
    • Would you like to have more evenly aligned teeth?
    • Do you want to change the color of your teeth?
    • Do you want whiter teeth and a brighter smile?

    If the answer to one or more of these questions is yes and whitening or other treatments have not given you the smile you want, we can help you assess the feasibility of porcelain veneers as one of the many options to enhance and improve your smile. We can fully discuss all the benefits, risks, alternatives, and costs associated with improving your smile.

    Call us to make an appointment for a Smile Design consultation and we can get started. If you would like to read more information about porcelain veneers, as well as see a few before and after photos, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Smile Design Enhanced With Porcelain Veneers”.