General Dentistry

Should I Replace My Fillings or Get Porcelain Crowns?

When visible front teeth end up with multiple fillings that require replacement, it may be wise to consider custom porcelain crowns that can provide lasting strength, protection, and aesthetic enhancement. There are many benefits that porcelain crowns can offer patients with this type of dental challenge: Porcelain crowns can whiten the appearance of visible teeth with dark metal fillings. Crowns designed by our cosmetic dentist—Dr. Michael Kosdon—are created with shade-matched, stain-resistant ceramic material that blends with your surrounding teeth. High-quality…

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What Are the Benefits of Mercury-Free Dentistry?

Amalgam (metal or silver) fillings have been used to restore damaged teeth for about 150 years. While many studies have been conducted about the safety of these amalgam fillings, the FDA concluded in 2009 that they are safe for all patients older than six years of age. However, many groups remain skeptical about the mercury content in amalgam fillings and tooth-colored fillings have consequently risen in popularity. At our practice, Dr. Michael Kosdon uses tooth-colored fillings as a mercury-free alternative…

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Dental Care As We Age

The aging process has an effect on all systems of our body, and dental health is no exception. As we get older, our teeth and gums advance in age as well. With each passing year, wear, exposure, and tissue aging progresses, necessitating more attention and care to keep your smile healthy. In order to maintain optimal dental health, your daily dental hygiene and level of dental awareness must keep pace with age-related changes. Our dentist, Michael Kosdon, DDS, provides a…

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What Your Oral Health Says About Your Overall Health

It may surprise you how much the condition of your teeth, gums, and oral hygiene can say about your overall health. During a thorough oral evaluation, our dentist, Michael Kosdon, DDS, is able to detect signs and symptoms of significant health issues presented within the mouth. Many health problems express unique characteristics and changes that can be like red flags, indicating a problem elsewhere in the body. For this reason and many others, it is important to attend regularly scheduled…

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Habits That Put Your Dental Health at Risk

Many common preferences and habits can jeopardize the health, function, and appearance of the teeth and gums. From ingrained behaviors to our favorite beverages and snacks, it is important to be fully aware of the effects our actions and choices can have on our oral health.   Unnecessary Roughness Actions such as participating in certain sports without a mouthguard, playing with metal tongue piercings, and using teeth as tools can all put the teeth in unnecessary danger. Protecting and preserving…

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What is Holistic and Mercury-Free Dentistry?

Holistic and mercury-free dentistry take into account the comprehensive effect that dental treatments, procedures, and materials have on the patient and the greater environment. When holistic and mercury-free dentistry practices are followed, the primary goal of treatment is improving the whole health of the patient without damaging the environment. At the dental practice of Dr. Michael Kosdon, we deliver effective, “green” dental care that is always environmentally safe and free of harmful toxins and hazardous materials. Patient Health In keeping…

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