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Modern Dentistry
19301 8th Avenue NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370
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By Modern Dentistry
May 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Missing a tooth? Find out what other issues could happen if you don’t get it taken care of.dental implants

While teeth are meant to last a lifetime, some issues arise that can lead to tooth loss. Luckily, our Poulsbo, WA, dentists, Dr. Jeromy Peterson and Dr. R. Scott Puhn, make it easy to get the long-term replacement you’ve been looking for. Of course, if you decide not to treat your tooth loss, you may be faced with some pretty nasty repercussions in the near future.

Here are just some of the issues you may face if you don’t tackle your dental issues as soon as possible or turn to our Poulsbo cosmetic dentist for care.

You may notice that your speech is affected by your tooth loss. Whether you are missing just one or several teeth, it’s amazing how quickly speech can be impacted. You may notice that you have developed a lisp or that certain words are more difficult to say. Getting a restoration to replace those missing teeth will be able to restore your speech.

Along with speech problems, you may also notice that it is more challenging to eat certain foods now that you have gaps in your smile. It’s fairly common for people with missing teeth to not get the proper nutrients their bodies need. By restoring your smile you will be able to enjoy all of your favorite foods again and give your body the vital building blocks it needs to stay healthy.

If tooth loss is left untreated, teeth can slowly begin to shift into the open gap. This can lead to uneven spacing between teeth, crookedness and other alignment issues. If you’ve had braces in the past, the idea of ruining all that hard work may be too much to bear. Plus, no one wants to deal with having to get braces later in life if the issue could have been treated from the get-go.

Tooth roots stimulate the jawbone to produce new, healthy bone cells. If you lose a tooth, the lack of tooth roots in that space means that the jawbone isn’t getting the full stimulation it needs. As a result, the jawbone begins to lose density and will shrink. Since the jawbone has lost some of its width and volume, this causes some rather unpleasant changes to your facial structure. Fortunately, with options like dental implants, you can avoid these complications.

If you are dealing with tooth loss, now you know why it’s so important to treat the problem. Call Modern Dentistry in Poulsbo, WA, to learn more about dental implants and other options you have.

By Modern Dentistry
March 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

The imperfections in your smile can if left untreated, quickly drag it down and make you feel self-conscious. However, veneers can veneersrejuvenate your smile and boost your confidence to make you feel as great as your smile looks. Learn more about veneers with Dr. Jeromy Peterson and Dr. R. Scott Puhn at Modern Dentistry in Poulsbo, WA.

What are dental veneers? 
A dental laboratory creates dental veneers based on impressions made of your smile. When finished, the porcelain dental restoration fits over the teeth to conceal its imperfections. Dentists most often use veneers to correct aesthetic dental problems such as:

  • chipped teeth
  • cracked teeth
  • discolored teeth
  • yellowed teeth
  • slightly misaligned teeth
  • small gaps

Thanks to their versatility, veneers can change one or even all of your visible teeth. However, they are not good for everyone. A good candidate for veneers should be in good dental and general health and understand that veneers are a permanent and non-reversible procedure. They should also have realistic expectations for their results.

What can I expect during my procedure? 
Before placing the veneers, your dentist will prepare your teeth by removing a tiny amount of enamel from their surfaces. Then, he will take an impression of your mouth to use as a base for the veneers’ design. The dental laboratory requires about two weeks between your initial appointment and actually placing the veneers. The laboratory will design and create your veneers and send them back to your dentist’s office. At your second appointment, your dentist will fit and permanently secure the veneers to your teeth.

Dental Veneers in Poulsbo, WA 
Thanks to their porcelain materials and light-reflecting qualities, veneers look almost identical to natural teeth. Thanks to this unique trait, your veneers will blend seamlessly into your smile. Your veneers will simply look like natural teeth to others. Additionally, veneers are stain resistant, staying bright and white for years to come with the proper care. While your veneers themselves cannot get cavities, the teeth on which they affix can, making your oral care routine crucial in keeping tooth decay and gum disease at bay.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Peterson and Dr. Puhn at Modern Dentistry in Poulsbo, WA. Call (360) 779-3958 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Modern Dentistry
January 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth grinding  

One bad habit that can wreak havoc on your smile over a period of time is bruxism, better known as teeth grinding. This is when a patient teeth grindingclenches his or her teeth together while continuously moving the upper and lower jaws back-and-forth. It commonly happens while the patient is sleeping or in a stressful situation. If you struggle with grinding your teeth, explore the solutions that are available at Modern Dentistry in Poulsbo, WA.

Reasons for Teeth Grinding
Most patients grind their teeth out of habit due to tension and stress. Some people grind and clench at night when they're having bad dreams or anxious thoughts. It is a coping mechanism, similar to biting nails or plucking hairs. In some cases, having a deep overbite can cause grinding. Patients who grind their teeth don't always realize what they're doing and it can quickly become a consistent habit if it goes untreated.

Why Is It a Problem?
Your Poulsbo, WA, cosmetic dentist is concerned about teeth grinding for a number of reasons. Here are a few:

  • Grinding can deteriorate the outer layers of the teeth.
  • Clenching and grinding often could cause the teeth to loosen.
  • The position of the bite can change after excessive grinding.
  • It can make the teeth sensitive to hot and cold.
  • The patient may experience headaches and jaw pain due to conditions like TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder).

Solutions for Teeth Grinding
One of the best solutions for teeth grinding is to wear a mouthguard or night guard. Though these appliances are available over the counter, it is best to get a custom guard made just for your smile. Wearing the mouthguard will keep your jaw separated and help train you to stop clenching. Another solution may be orthodontic therapy to fix a bite problem. Your dentist can also consult you about how to break the grinding habit with tongue and mouth exercises.

A Teeth Grinding Solution That's Just Right for You
There's a simple solution for your teeth grinding problem at Modern Dentistry in Poulsbo, WA. Call a cosmetic dentist today at 360-779-3958.

By Modern Dentistry
November 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

You can get a dental crown in just one visit to our Poulsbo, WA dental office.

You didn’t read that wrong. You can get a dental crown without needing to schedule multiple visits to see our Poulsbo, WA dentists Dr. dental crownsJeromy Peterson and Dr. R. Scott Puhn. We are happy to offer CEREC crowns, which we can create and place over a damaged tooth in just one easy visit. Find out more about getting same-day crowns from us.

For people who give excuses that they can’t come in for dental care because they don’t have the time to come in for multiple visits, they can now turn to our Poulsbo, WA general dentist for dental crowns and other restorations in just one visit.

Our state-of-the-art technology and imaging give us the amazing opportunity to create a dental crown that looks like a real tooth and offers a superior fit in a single appointment. We will create and fabricate the crown right here while you wait. Besides the fact that getting your dental crown is now so much more convenient, there are other benefits to choosing CEREC crowns in Poulsbo:

  • More precise measurements for a better fit
  • Realistic-looking crowns
  • Crowns that are free of metal
  • No need for a temporary crown

Instead of those icky molds that we use to take impressions of your teeth we now use CAD/CAM technology when you choose to get same-day crowns. This technology uses a small camera to take more accurate and precise measurements of your tooth that these old-school impressions can’t. This ultimately means a crown with a more ideal fit.

Once images of your tooth are captured they are uploaded onto our computer where our CAD software will create a 3D model of your new crown. Then our CAM technology and milling station will take over and actually make your crown right here in our office. Once this is complete, we will bond the crown over the prepared teeth. From start to finish, getting a CEREC crown only takes one visit.

Same-day crowns have made it possible to give patients the healthier smile they want and a restoration they can trust. If you want to find out if CEREC crowns are right for you then turn to Modern Dentistry in Poulsbo, WA today!

By Modern Dentistry
August 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: clear braces  

In the past, straightening your smile was synonymous with a mouth full of metal braces and brackets. While they use the same general clear bracesidea as traditional braces, clear braces can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted without anyone but you knowing about it. Learn more about clear braces with Dr. Jeromy Peterson and Dr. R. Scott Puhn at Modern Dentistry in Poulsbo, WA.

How do clear braces work? 
Like traditional metal braces, clear braces use pressure to move the teeth and jaw into their corrected locations. However, rather than using metal brackets and wires to apply that pressure, clear braces use clear plastic aligner trays worn in a series. Perhaps the biggest difference between clear and traditional braces is that clear braces’ aligner trays are completely removable. This makes eating and caring for your teeth easier and more convenient.

What can clear braces do for me? 
Clear braces achieve similar results and treat the same problems as traditional braces. Some common orthodontic issues treated by clear braces include:

  • misaligned or “crooked” teeth
  • under crowded teeth
  • overcrowded teeth
  • overbite
  • underbite
  • open bite
  • crossbite

Clear Braces in Poulsbo, WA
Clear braces use state-of-the-art technology to create your aligner trays. A 3D model of the mouth allows a dental laboratory to create each tray in the series specifically for your teeth. Patients wear each tray for two weeks before replacing it with the next tray in the series. Each tray slowly and steadily moves the teeth slightly further and further until treatment ends.

Caring for your teeth during your treatment is easy. Simply remove your aligner trays to brush and floss, rinse the trays, then replace them. Patients may also remove the trays to eat or for a special event like a speech or a school dance. However, patients should commit to wearing their trays at least 22 hours a day, including while sleeping.

For more information on clear braces, please contact Dr. Peterson and Dr. Puhn at Modern Dentistry in Poulsbo, WA. Call (360) 779-3958 to schedule your consultation for clear braces today!





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Jeromy A. Peterson, DDS

Jeromy A. Peterson, DDS"I remember our family dentist. He knew everything about our family's oral health history, and that made us feel completely comfortable. We knew we were receiving high-quality, personalized care. That's the kind of dentist I want to be for you and your family."
 

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R. Scott Puhn, DDS, PS

R. Scott Puhn, DDS, PSDr. Puhn is a well respected dentist who has been serving the Poulsbo area for over 25 years. Dr. Puhn puts his patients at ease with his easy going manner, dedication to patient comfort and expertise of his craft.
 

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