The Dental Implant Process

The dental implant processWe fear what we do not understand. So many of our Lehigh Valley patients don’t know what to expect when they come to our office to talk about dental implants. As such, a key component of our practice is giving you the information you need to be an informed, relaxed, happy patient.

This is particularly important when the subject in question is the process of placing dental implants. People have a lot of fear about this process, fear that is often based on misconceptions and misunderstandings.

With that in mind, here is a brief primer on the dental implant process so you can know what to expect as you begin your journey toward sound oral health:

  • The process begins by thoroughly evaluating your dental health. If you have no active infections, you don’t suffer from gum disease and you have sufficient bone density in your jaw, you’re likely a good candidate for dental implants.
  • After we’ve determined you are a good candidate for dental implants and crafted your implant and replacement tooth, we will place the implant in your jawbone. This procedure ensures your new tooth will have a strong, durable foundation.
  • We wait. Over the next three to six months your jawbone will slowly integrate the implant in a process known as “osseointegration.” The implant will, for all intents and purposes, become a part of your jaw. The process is a bit lengthy, but it’s worth the time investment – your implant will have an incredibly strong and sturdy base.
  • Once osseointegration is complete, we will top your implant with your replacement tooth – usually a porcelain dental crown.

There might be additional steps and office visits in between the points listed above. But this gives you a clear sense of the broad path associated with dental implants. We won’t lie – it requires a significant investment of time. But the end results are worth it.

If you live in or around Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania and you have questions about dental implants, please call Dr. Michael E. Kun, DMD today, at 1-800-753-4420, to arrange a consultation and examination.

Tips for Maintaining Your Teeth Whitening Results

Teeth whitening in Bethlehem PA

If you undergo teeth whitening in the Bethlehem area from Dr. Kun, you’re almost certainly thrilled with the results. We have seen so many patients walk away from a teeth whitening treatment positively giddy about the bright, white, photogenic smile they can now show off with confidence.

Naturally, then, you’ll want to maintain these results. We understand you want your teeth whitening results to last as long as possible. No teeth whitening treatment lasts forever, but there are some things you can do to increase the duration of your results.

If you want to keep your teeth white for as long as possible, here are some tips:

  • Practice sound dental hygiene. There is really nothing better you can do for your teeth than thoroughly brushing them at least twice a day (preferably right after meals) and flossing on a daily basis. You want to clear off as much of the plaque and food particles from your tooth enamel as possible.
  • Avoid – or at least minimize your consumption of – food and drinks that are known to stain tooth enamel. These include red wine and sodas. And if you do drink soda, make sure to drink it using a straw.
  • If you do eat or drink any of these staining foods and drinks, brush your teeth immediately after. If that’s not possible, you should drink water and rinse as quickly as possible.

Of course, the reality is you can do everything right and still end up with some enamel staining. This is one of the most common cosmetic problems. From time to time you might need a bit of a whitening touch up. Dr. Kun will talk to you about your options and whether or not another procedure might be the right course of action.

If you live in or around Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and you have questions about teeth whitening, please call Dr. Michael E. Kun, DMD today at 1-800-753-4420.

What Are The Benefits of Invisalign?

Eating during Invisalign treatment in BethlehemOur Bethlehem-area patients in need of orthodontic treatments have a number of options. Part of our job at Dr. Kun’s practice is helping you choose the right option. When it comes to finding the best possible orthodontic adjustment option, many patients wind up choosing Invisalign®, and for good reason.

If you’re unfamiliar with Invisalign®, here are the basics: We will custom craft a set of clear plastic aligners that you will wear whenever you’re not eating. After a couple weeks, you return to our office and swap out your aligners for a new set.

And that’s it. The process is simple, safe and quite pleasant. Many patients choose Invisalign® because it offers a number of benefits, including:

  • An utterly invisible, inconspicuous experience – no one will know you’re wearing Invisalign® aligners
  • The process is much more comfortable than traditional metal braces. You won’t have metal wires poking your cheeks or gums and you won’t have to undergo repeated appointments for tightening of your braces
  • You won’t have to worry about getting food stuck under the wires of your metal braces – you’ll remove your aligners before meal time

As you can see, Invisalign® offers a number of benefits and advantages over traditional metal braces. We’re happy to talk to you about your orthodontic options and help you decide if Invisalign® is right for you.

If you live in or around Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and you have questions about Invisalign®, please call Dr. Michael E. Kun, DMD today at 1-800-753-4420 for a consultation and examination.

Migraine Headache Treatment Options

Bethlehem migraine headache treatmentsIf you’re suffering from chronic migraines and you’ve tried everything to fix the problem, you might need to consider the possibility that your headaches are caused by a jaw misalignment. TMJ is a serious problem for many of our Bethlehem-area patients, but the good news is that Dr. Kun can offer a range of migraine treatments to alleviate your pain and misery.

Dr. Kun is an experienced, specially trained neuromuscular dentist, which means he is uniquely well-equipped to help you in this difficult time. We work with every patient to find a treatment that’s right for you.

These treatments are designed to bring your jaw into its proper alignment. By using a range of treatments, we can relax your jaw muscles, then find more permanent solutions that re-align your jaw into a more comfortable and natural position.

When seeking effective migraine treatments, it’s important to choose an experienced, trained neuromuscular dentist. TMJ is a tricky condition, and not every dentist is properly equipped to treat it. Dr. Kun has the training, experience and equipment to address the structural causes of your migraine headaches.

If you live in or around Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and you’re desperate to find relief from your migraine headaches, treatment is possible. Please call Dr. Michael E. Kun, DMD today at 1-800-753-4420 for a consultation and examination.

Relieve Dental Anxiety With Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentist in Bethlehem PA

At our office, we love dentistry. We love helping people solve their oral health problems. Of course, we recognize that not everyone shares our passion. In fact, many people in and around Bethlehem have serious dental anxiety – the sights, sounds and smells of a dental office induce serious, crippling anxiety for many of our patients.

In these cases, sedation dentistry (or, as we call it, relaxation dentistry) represents a perfect solution. If you’re suffering from dental anxiety that prevents you from undergoing needed dental work, Dr. Kun and his staff will be happy to talk to you about your sedation dentistry options.

With sedation dentistry, we can place you in a relaxed, dream-like state. You won’t be unconscious – you’ll be aware and able to respond to Dr. Kun’s instructions. But the safe, proven sedatives we offer during relaxation dentistry will wash away your anxiousness and leave you feeling pleasant during your procedure.

Sedation dentistry thus allows you to undergo the procedures – either cosmetic or general – that you need, finally resolving some longstanding dental health issues that should not be ignored. You won’t have to worry about the sound of a drill or some other sensation in the dentist’s chair triggering your dental anxiety.

If you live in or around Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and you have questions about sedation dentistry, please call Dr. Michael E. Kun today at 1-800-753-4420 for a consultation.

Invisalign Vs. Traditional Metal Braces

Braces alternatives in Allentown PA

For years, Allentown-area patients in need of significant orthodontic adjustment have put off needed dental work out of fear of traditional metal braces. This decision, while unfortunate, is understandable. Metal braces have a number of flaws that make them less than ideal as a treatment option. Fortunately, braces aren’t your only option – Invisalign® represents a different path.

Now, don’t get us wrong. Metal braces are widely used for a reason – when applied properly, maintained properly and adjusted properly, they do an excellent job of correcting an alignment concern with your jaw or bite.

However, this alignment comes at a price. These braces are uncomfortable – they can poke your gums and cheeks. They require frequent adjustments at the dentist’s office. Food gets stuck under the wires. And they’re unsightly, which is a problem for both kids and adults.

Invisalign® addresses all of these concerns. The aligners fit snugly – but comfortably – over your teeth because they are custom crafted for your specific needs. You can remove them at meal time, ensuring you don’t get any food stuck in inconvenient locations. Invisalign® aligners don’t need tightening – you simply get a new set every couple of weeks.

But perhaps most importantly, Invisalign® is more or less invisible. No one will know you’re wearing them. This is a crucial consideration for so many of our patients. For children and teenagers, the idea of going through school while wearing unsightly metal braces is mortifying. And for adults, there’s a certain stigma to being seen with braces at the office or on a date.

Invisalign® avoids these traps. These clear plastic aligners let you get the orthodontic care you need while your friends and colleagues are none the wiser.

If you live in or around Allentown, Pennsylvania and you have questions about Invisalign®, please call Dr. Michael E. Kun today at 1-800-753-4420 for a consultation and examination.

Professional Vs. Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening Treatments

Pennsylvania teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is big business. Many companies have moved to fill consumer demand for bright, white, photogenic teeth by offering whitening products that can be bought in stores. But if you’re a Bethlehem-area resident in need of high-quality teeth whitening, your best option isn’t an over-the-counter treatment – it’s our professional whitening services.

Dr. Kun offers a couple different types of whitening treatments. Zoom! Whitening uses a whitening gel and a high-intensity light and is applied in the office. Or if you want the convenience of at-home whitening, we offer custom-made trays you can take home and wear (the amount of time you’ll have to wear those trays will depend on a number of factors).

Either way, the key phrase there is “custom-made.” That’s the big difference between our treatments and the over-the-counter products you can get at a drug store or Target. Over-the-counter products are manufactured for a wide audience – that’s how they’re profitable. They aren’t custom designed for the specific shape and layout of your teeth.

This means that you can’t be sure the product you buy will fit your teeth. If a tray or strip doesn’t fit just right, you can get an uneven whitening result. And there’s also the risk the whitening gel in these products will contact your gums, cheeks or tongue, which potentially can cause irritation.

By contrast, our whitening treatments are designed to meet your specific needs, and they are crafted by our highly skilled and experienced dentist. You can be confident that your safety and comfort will be protected and that your results will be brilliant and beautiful.

If you live in or around Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and you need top-notch teeth whitening, please call Dr. Michael E. Kun, DMD today at 1-800-753-4420.

Caring For Your Porcelain Veneers

How to care for your Porcelain VeneersOne of the reasons porcelain veneers are so popular with so many of our Bethlehem-area patients is that veneers are so exceptionally durable. If properly cared for, porcelain veneers can last for 10 years or possibly longer. They’re made from strong, long-lasting materials, and our dentist Dr. Michael Kun will carefully bond veneers to your teeth.

Still, if you want to get the most out of your veneers, you should pay special attention to the “if properly cared for” clause above. Veneers need to be maintained, just like your natural teeth.

Fortunately, caring for your veneers requires no more effort than caring for your natural teeth – you just need to practice basic dental hygiene. This means brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing on a daily basis and visiting our office at least twice a year for routine cleanings and examinations.

Also, it’s important that you avoid clenching or grinding your teeth. These actions can put a lot of strain on your veneers and prematurely weaken them. If your teeth grinding or clenching happens unconsciously while sleeping, we’ll help you look into a mouth guard you can wear at night.

If you live in or around Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and you have questions about porcelain veneers, please call Dr. Michael E. Kun today at 1-800-753-4420 for a consultation and examination.

How Is TMJ Diagnosed?

Getting a TMJ diagnosis in Easton

One of the reasons TMJ is such a frustrating condition is that it is easy to confuse it with other problems. Its symptoms – headaches, jaw pain, facial pain – can, theoretically, have many causes. Many Easton-area residents, when suffering from chronic tension headaches, don’t immediately think of their jaw joints as the likely cause.

Obviously, then, diagnosis is absolutely crucial. You cannot fix the problem if you don’t know the cause of the problem. If you’re suffering from the symptoms listed above, you should arrange an appointment with Dr. Kun.

At this appointment, Dr. Kun will use advanced technology and his years of training in neuromuscular dentistry to evaluate the state of your jaw alignment. With these tools, he’ll be able to determine if your jaw is misaligned, and, if it is, how severe the misalignment truly is. And once we answer those questions, we can begin devising a treatment for you.

There are a range of treatment options, but all of them are designed to shift and re-align your teeth and jaw so that they find a more relaxed, natural position, one that won’t strain your temporomandibular joint and cause irritation that leads to headaches and other debilitating symptoms.

If you have severe chronic tension headaches in the Easton, Pennsylvania area, you might suffer from TMJ. Please call Dr. Michael E. Kun today at 1-800-753-4420 to schedule a consultation and diagnostic examination.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implant benefits It is absolutely vital that you replace any missing teeth as soon as possible. If you don’t, and if you leave a gap in your tooth, you put your oral health at risk. A missing tooth increases the risk of losing more teeth and degrades the bone density in your jaw. And those are just two of the health problems associated with a missing tooth.

Which tooth replacement option is right for you? Every patient is unique, and the only way to know for sure is to visit our office for an examination and consultation. But many of our Easton-area patients opt for dental implants.

Why? Dental implants are popular because they offer a range of advantages over other replacement options. The benefits of dental implants include:

  • Durability – implants, if properly maintained, can last decades
  • Appearance – dental implants are inconspicuous and blend in seamlessly with your surrounding teeth
  • Because implants are firmly rooted in your jawbone, they prevent the resorption of bone density associated with a missing tooth

Dr. Kun will help you determine if dental implants are the appropriate choice for you. If you choose dental implants, you will have a strong, long-lasting tooth replacement that looks natural.

If you live in or around Easton, Pennsylvania and you need a high-quality tooth replacement, dental implants might be your best option. Please call Dr. Michael E. Kun, DMD today at 1-800-753-4420 for a consultation and examination.