Preventative and Restorative Treatments

Advanced Preventative, Restorative, and Cosmetic Dentistry in Gig Harbor, Washington

The internet has opened up a world of information, creating an easy way to research various topics. Keeping this in mind, our team has provided the following links to our preventative and restorative treatments to help you learn about our modern capabilities. Your comfort and care is of the utmost importance. You can always rely on our team to administer unmatched care!

The internet is not a replacement for a conversation with a doctor. Please call our office to schedule an appointment to learn how Kvinsland Dentistry can help you have a beautiful smile, and long term health. 253.851.9171

The Benefits of Improving Your Smile with Kvinsland Dentistry 

Beauty and looking youthful are on the minds of many patients, especially when it comes to their dental health. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry has been evolving over the years aimed at helping patients improve their smiles. There are several benefits of choosing cosmetic dentistry procedures, including:

  • Produces results- Cosmetic dentistry offers the results patients are looking for when fixing their chipped, cracked, broken, or discolored teeth. It reduces the signs of aging, allowing patients to feel more youthful.
  • Restores self-confidence- These cosmetic dentistry procedures remove the embarrassment that patients often feel with their chips, cracked, or dull teeth and restores their confidence. You’ll find yourself smiling all the time!
  • Leaves long-lasting effects- These cosmetic dentistry procedures last as long as ten years with the proper maintenance.
  • Short recovery- Downtime from cosmetic dentistry procedures are very minimal.
  • Improves diet- With a full set of teeth, you will find it easier to eat, leading to better food choices.
  • Improved dental health- Cosmetic dentistry procedures help protect you from future dental issues, including teeth, gums, and bone damage.

If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry services and would like to know if you are a candidate, contact our office in Gig Harbor, WA, today! 

The Services We Provide at Kvinsland Dentistry 

If you would like to learn more about our full suite of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services, don’t waste another moment. Are you interested in gaining your best smile? Perhaps you’re a strong candidate for modern dental implants. Whatever the case may be, Dr. Kvinsland and Dr. Skifstad have got you covered every step of the way. 

As always, we encourage you to contact one of our knowledgeable staff members with any additional questions, comments, or concerns you have regarding cosmetic dentistry and your long term oral health. We are happy to help patients throughout Gig Harbor, WA, and surrounding communities.

Teeth Whitening

Confidence in your image can enrich your professional and social life, and the results of teeth whitening from the team at Kvinsland Dentistry could be just the boost you need. We proudly provide teeth whitening services to those in the Gig Harbor, WA community. 

Teeth are normally yellow with age, as your tooth’s interior (dentin) yellows and the enamel thins from a lifetime of brushing, your teeth become more prone to staining. In most situations, once your teeth have been stained or discolored, brushing alone cannot remove the stains or restore the whiteness of your teeth. 

Teeth can become darker or stain due to many factors, including coffee, tea, tobacco, red wine, carbonated drinks, and sauces such as soy or tomato. While over-the-counter whitening strips may have once been your go-to, it might be time to consider professional whitening services. If you are interested in learning more about teeth whitening or other cosmetic dentistry services, do not hesitate to contact our team. 

What are teeth whitening services and when is it appropriate? 

  • Tooth whitening can be used to correct teeth discoloration, which can be caused by staining, natural aging, or chemical damage to teeth.
  • The whitening agent brightens your teeth without altering tooth structure or existing dental work in any way.

What does the teeth whitening procedure include? 

  • We begin by taking molds of your teeth. Your custom whitening trays will be ready for you to pick up in a couple of days.
  • A special whitening agent will be provided for you to use in your custom trays.
  • We recommend 20-30 minutes of wear per day. When your teeth reach the desired brightness, only occasional treatment is needed to maintain your new smile.

The Top Source for Teeth Whitening Treatment in Gig Harbor, WA 

As the world of cosmetic dentistry has continued to evolve, more and more people are choosing to whiten their teeth. Our professional staff takes immense pride in assisting patients throughout Gig Harbor, Tacoma, and surrounding communities. Once we develop custom whitening trays to suit your smile, it’s only a matter of time before your teeth begin to shine. Please contact us today to learn more about teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Dentistry Sealants 

Sealants are an ideal prevention tool for kid’s teeth protection. In some situations, we may recommend for use in adults. 

What is a sealant and when is it appropriate? 

  • A sealant is a tough material that bonds to tooth enamel. Sealants are clear and painted onto the tooth surface, sealing the surface and any pits, grooves, and chewing surfaces against decay.
  • The process is entirely pain-free.
  • Sealants are generally applied to children’s permanent premolars and molars and can be used for adults in certain situations.

What are the benefits of sealants? 

  • Sealants are an excellent way to protect chewing surfaces of teeth from decay. They are an excellent financial investment (prevention) instead of treating decay after starting.
  • Sealants are not permanent; they last about five years with normal wear; they can wear off or chip off earlier in certain instances. Sealants protect chewing surfaces, not the spaces between teeth, and it does not prevent gum disease. Regular home care and dental visits are still necessary.

Should sealants be placed on baby teeth?

Generally, it is not necessary to do sealants for baby teeth. Baby teeth are not as deeply grooved as permanent teeth. If the child is particularly susceptible to decay, sealants may be recommended. 

How much do sealants cost?

Sealing one tooth is a fraction of the cost of one simple filling. Having sealants put on healthy teeth now will save you money in the long run by avoiding fillings and crowns later in life. Most good insurance policies pay for sealants at or near 100% on molars only. Check with your insurance company for details.

Crowns and Veneers 

Sometimes, a damaged tooth will need more care, or a new solution is needed esthetically. We can use porcelain crowns or veneers to make the smile appear “as new.” Crowns and veneers are a reliable solution for major dental problems caused by accidents, diseases, wear and tear, and cosmetic reasons.  

What are Crowns/Veneers and when is it appropriate? 

This reliable technique for repairing a broken down tooth can offer a complete smile and functional bite. Many people have unexplained pain from filled back teeth, which is usually due to hairline cracks that can run through the tooth. Placing crowns on these teeth can often time greatly reduce the pain you may have been experiencing. In front teeth, older fillings can weaken the teeth and cause “appearance” problems due to staining or chipping. Porcelain crowns and veneers can be a great option for many different reasons. 

What are the benefits of Crowns and Veneers? 

  • Crowns are used for long-lasting corrections of major dental problems and correcting the esthetic look of a smile.
  • Prevents teeth from fracturing and the patient from pain.
  • Restores shape and function to misshapen teeth or badly broken down teeth.
  • Restores natural appearance.

What is the procedure for Crowns/Veneers? 

Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our office:

  • Initially, we will remove decay, replace the decayed tooth structure with a filling, then shape the tooth and fit it with a temporary resin crown.
  • We will remove the temporary crown on the subsequent visit and then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will cement the crown into place, and you have a new beautiful-looking tooth.

How should you care for your dental crown?

Dental crowns are similar to your natural teeth. Dr Kvinsland tells patients, “Anything that can break your natural tooth, can also break a crown.” Chewing on hard items, like candy or ice, can chip or crack teeth, as well as using your teeth for things they are not designed for. For best upkeep:

Brush and floss- The supporting tooth under your dental crown still requires good oral hygiene practices to stay healthy. Continuing to brush and floss daily will help keep your smile its best.

Visit our dentist’s office regularly- Continue regular dentist appointments to make sure your gums, crown, and supporting teeth stay healthy.

The average dental crown will last 5 to 15 years, depending on how well you take care of them and the amount of “wear and tear” the crown is exposed to. For more information about dental crowns, contact our dentist office today, serving the Gig Harbor, WA area.

What types of tooth crowns are available?

Porcelain: Porcelain is almost always used where the tooth shows. By choosing porcelain, it more closely matches existing teeth, keeping your smile its best. In building a crown, porcelain is fused to a substructure that is custom selected to match your needs. The substructure is built from the most durable materials possible, based on your situation, metal have been traditionally used, but metal free options are available.

Gold: Dr. Kvinsland believes that gold is still the most durable material for crowns. He will discuss with you what your best option is based your situation.

Dental Bridges 

Where damage has occurred, resulting in lost teeth, bridges can be used as a long-term solution to bridge the space between the surrounding teeth. Discover what the team at Kvinsland Dentistry can do for you! We proudly offer services throughout Gig Harbor, WA. Contact us today!

What are Dental Bridges and when are they appropriate? 

Once a tooth is removed, the surrounding teeth usually will tend to tilt into the space. Most of the time, the opposing tooth will grow down (or up) into the space as well. When this happens, your bite becomes misaligned and can cause painful and troublesome symptoms in the joint in front of your ear, commonly referred to as TMJ symptoms.

A bridge (fixed partial denture) is a device which fills the gap where teeth are absent. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. As the name implies, removable bridges can be taken out and cleaned. Fixed bridges offer more stability and feel more natural than a removable bridge.

What are the benefits of a dental bridge? 

Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders, including gum disease.

What does the procedure involve? 

The procedure usually takes two appointments to complete. At the first appointment, the doctor will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by shaping them.

Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure the correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.

Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth. The bridge is then cemented onto the natural teeth, providing support for the bridge.

What materials are used in creating a bridge?

Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to a metal substructure. The development of wonderful new materials has allowed us to provide “metal free” dentistry to those who desire it.

How do I take care of my bridge?

A routine regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.

Composite Filling 

At Kvinsland Dentistry, we believe bonded composite fillings are an excellent choice for repairing cavities and chipped or broken teeth when a crown or other treatments are not necessary.

What is a Composite Filling and when is it appropriate? 

Bonded composite fillings can be used to repair a decayed or damaged tooth as well as to buildup a tooth structure for other dental treatments required.  Typically, decay is referred to as a cavity. 

What are the benefits of Composite Fillings

The composite bonding procedure is completed in a single visit. Using a composite filling is a conservative way of treating a tooth and preserving as much natural tooth structure as possible. We also match the natural shade of your teeth so that it blends well with the rest of your smile. 

What is the procedure?

The bonding procedure is completed in a single office visit:

  • Most often we prepare the area by getting the tooth numb and then we place a rubber dam to keep the tooth isolated and dry.
  • We then remove decayed or broken tooth structures.
  • A multi-step bonding material will then be placed followed by a resin composite filling.
  • Finally, the tooth will be adjusted and smoothed leaving you with a natural looking tooth.

Dental Implants 

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. They offer benefits that other tooth replacement options simply cannot match. With modern and medical advances, the procedure is safe and completed with minimal discomfort.  The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural. The implants are tiny titanium roots, the bone then grows around the titanium, creating a strong foundation for replacement teeth.

Dental implants offer benefits that other tooth replacement options simply cannot match. When you take advantage of this restorative dentistry option, you will be able to take advantage of these benefits:

  • Match Your Natural Teeth: An implant looks and functions exactly like a natural tooth. Not only will it match your natural teeth, but you won’t experience any slippage or alignment issues with an implant. Nobody will even know it’s there.
  • Prevent Bone Loss: When you lose teeth, you also lose bone mass in your jaw. Dental implants maintain jaw stimulation, which helps to prevent bone loss.
  • Enable Natural Use: With an implant, you won’t need to remove any devices to speak or chew as normal. Dental implants allow you to go about your business as you always have with no disruption whatsoever.
  • Easy Upkeep: While you don’t have to worry about cavities, it’s still important to care for your implant. Dental implants are easy to maintain; you won’t have to purchase any special products to clean or care for them. Just brush and floss the way you do with your natural teeth!

What is the procedure?

  • implants require a close working relationship between our dentists and our surgical specialists. We recommend several local surgeons and will actively help you select the best surgeon for your needs.
  • The implant fixture is placed by the surgeon. This is done while the patient is sleeping or under local anesthetic and generally is associated with only mild local discomfort lasting a few days.
  • For the following 3-6 months the implant is allowed to stabilize, which means beneath the surface of the gums the jawbone will gradually fill around the implant. You should be able to wear a temporary crown or retainer and eat comfortably during this time.
  • When the implant is stable, typically after 3-6 months of healing, an impression is taken. Dr. Kvinsland and Dr. Skifstad work closely with our lab to design the final crown, bridgework, or denture that will be fitted to the implant.

Are implants right for me?

Each patient is unique. In determining if implants are right for you we will ask for you to undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. Once it is determined if implants are right for you, our dentists and our team of specialists will coordinate the surgery, laboratory work, and restorative work. Your questions, concerns, care, comfort and long-term health is our highest priority.

Ready to learn more, reach out to our dentist office today! 253.581.9171