Barry L. Holden's Dental Blog
July 27, 2015
Come enjoy exceptional periodontal services at our new location in Williamsport, PA. Dr. Barry Holden believes that optimal oral health and a sense of confidence go hand-in-hand. He and our expert team are committed to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. Your complete satisfaction is what we strive for, and we will do anything to ensure your dental experience is pleasant and successful. Come visit us at our new location, 1501 Washington Blvd. in Williamsport, to see what a difference our superior care can make for your smile!
June 25, 2015
You’re proud of the way you take care of yourself. You try to exercise regularly, you stick to a healthy diet—with indulgent snacks kept to a reasonable limit—and you try to get enough sleep every night. But did you know that lurking in your mouth could be bacteria that are not only harming your oral health but your general health, too? Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is very common. The disease ranges from gingivitis in its milder form to periodontitis in its advanced stage. Dr. Barry Holden provides gum disease treatment for his patients in Williamsport and State College, PA, in order to arrest the progress of the disease and restore healthy smiles.
Gingivitis is marked by red, swollen and bleeding gums. With proper brushing and flossing at least twice every day and regularly scheduled checkups with Dr. Holden, gingivitis can usually be reversed. Left untreated, however, gum disease advances to become periodontitis.
What are the Symptoms of Periodontitis?
Signs that you may need gum disease treatment include:
- Bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth that won’t go away
- Red and swollen gums
- Bleeding gums that feel tender when you eat
- Painful chewing
- Sensitive teeth
- Teeth that are becoming loose
- A receding gum line or teeth that appear to be longer
If you come to Dr. Holden with any of these symptoms of advanced gum disease, there are a number of treatments we offer in the office to help you fight this all-too-common disease. The first go-to treatment is root scaling and planing. This procedure does two things. First, scaling allows us to remove plaque and tartar (plaque that has hardened) from above and below the gum line. Then, planing reduces the rough spots on your teeth where bacteria can more easily cling.
For patients with more advanced periodontitis, there are additional treatments:
- Antibiotic therapy—Dr. Holden will place an antibiotic gel in the pockets of your inflamed gums in order to control bacteria and reduce the size of these pockets.
- Laser therapy may also be used to reduce the size of gum pockets.
- Surgery to remove tartar and ensure that gums fit more snuggly around your teeth.
- Bone and tissue grafts to help regenerate any bone or gum tissue lost to periodontitis.
- Cosmetic periodontal therapy may be necessary to improve the appearance of gums and teeth.
Regardless of which treatment Dr. Holden determines is best for you, you’ll want to maintain the results with frequent periodontal cleanings in order to keep the disease under control.
Call Our Office Today
For periodontal therapy that will prevent the more serious consequences of gum disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. Holden. With offices in both State College, PA, and Williamsport, PA, we conveniently restore smiles for people in Bellefonte, Lewistown, Huntingdon, Clearfield, Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, Altoona, Danville, and the surrounding areas.
April 25, 2015
Are you a denture-wearer or do you know someone who wears dentures? Then you are probably familiar with a common complaint: dentures slip. If you think about it, this problem can almost be expected, because ordinary dentures simply fit on top of soft gum tissue. There is, however, a solution. Implant supported dentures solve the problem of dentures that slip. With implant supported dentures, Dr. Barry Holden can secure your smile just as he’s done for many others in State College and Williamsport, PA.
What are Implant Supported Dentures?
An implant, or dental implant, is a biocompatible titanium post that Dr. Holden surgically implants into your jawbone. When needed to replace one missing tooth, this implant is topped with a custom designed porcelain crown. In the case of implant supported dentures, Dr. Holden strategically positions a number of implants all along an arch. As you heal over the course of three to six months, these implants fuse with the surrounding bone tissue in a process called osseointegration. This fusion is what creates the solid foundation that hold dentures firmly in place. During the healing process, you will have a temporary denture.
Once you have completely healed, you’ll receive your custom fitted dentures. The staff will show you how to properly attach your new dentures to your implants. As with ordinary dentures, you’ll need to regularly clean and disinfect your implant supported dentures and take care of your gums. In addition, we don’t recommend that you sleep with your dentures in place. We do have a recommendation if you’re tired of dentures slipping—consider implant supported dentures from Dr. Barry Holden in State College.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you’d like to learn more about how implant supported dentures can give you a sturdy, steady and beautiful smile, then call the office of Dr. Barry Holden. With offices in both State College, PA, and Williamsport, PA, we conveniently restore smiles for people in Bellefonte, Lewistown, Huntingdon, Clearfield, Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, Altoona, Danville, and the surrounding areas.
March 25, 2015
Are you a child eagerly waiting for the tooth fairy to come replace your missing tooth with a shiny new coin? No? Well then in that case, having one or missing teeth is not so wonderful. In fact, missing teeth can be more than just inconvenient—they can lead to serious oral and general health problems. For the sake of your health and so you can speak, chew, smile and laugh comfortably, consider dental implants. With dental implants, Dr. Barry Holden has restored healthy and beautiful smiles for people located around his two offices that are conveniently located in State College, PA, and Williamsport, PA.
Dental Implants and Missing Teeth
When you have missing teeth, you have a number of tooth replacement options, including dentures and crown and bridgework. The advantage that dental implants have over these other choices is that an implant replaces a tooth from root to crown. The implant is actually a small titanium post that Dr. Holden surgically sets in the bone beneath the open socket of your missing tooth or teeth.
As you heal from this procedure, the post and bone fuse together in a process called osseointegration. Fused together, the post and bone mimic the relationship between a natural tooth and your jaw. Furthermore, this union helps avert the bone deterioration that often happens with missing teeth.
Dr. Holden and his staff will work with you and your general dentist to coordinate the placement of a custom crown to complete your dental implant. Without missing teeth, you can enjoy all the benefits of a full smile.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you would like to learn more about dental implants, then call the office of Dr. Barry Holden. With offices in both State College, PA, and Williamsport, PA, we conveniently restore smiles for people in Bellefonte, Lewistown, Huntingdon, Clearfield, Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, Altoona, Danville, and the surrounding areas.
February 26, 2015
Replace Your Missing Tooth or Teeth with State-of-the-Art Dental Implants by Dr. Barry Holden in State College and Williamsport, PA
Dr. Holden is a board certified dental implant surgeon with over 28 years experience using only the best implant materials, including systems by Biomet 3i, Nobel Biocare, and Zimmer Dental. Schedule an implant consultation appointment with Dr. Holden today. Dr. Holden is a trusted dental implant specialist with two conveniently located offices in State College and Williamsport, PA. Dr. Holden provides expert dental implant and periodontal services throughout State College, Williamsport, Bellefonte, Lewistown, Huntingdon, Clearfield, Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, Altoona, Danville, and the surrounding communities.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.
Why Choose Dental Implants to replace your missing teeth?
- Implants are the next best thing to natural teeth
- Implants are built to last a lifetime
- Implants will allow you to eat and speak without worrying about your teeth
- Implants help retain your natural face shape and bone structure
- Implants don’t decay like natural teeth
- Implants are actually more predictable that other restoration methods
Dental implants can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all of your teeth. Dental Implants are intimately connected with the gum tissue and underlying bone in your mouth. Dr. Holden has more than 28 years of experience working with general dentists to ensure patients have the highest quality dental implants that provide lasting beauty and function.
State College and Williamsport Dental Implant Consultations
If you’re ready to restore your natural smile with dental implants , choose Dr. Barry Holden. To get started, schedule your dental implants consultation appointment with Dr. Holden at either his State College or Williamsport office. Dr. Holden proudly restores smiles daily throughout State College, Williamsport, Bellefonte, Lewistown, Huntingdon, Clearfield, Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, Altoona, Danville, and the surrounding areas.
January 26, 2015
Restore Your Oral Health with Non- Invasive Laser Periodontal Surgery from Dr. Holden in State College and Williamsport, PA
Are you too afraid to get the gum disease therapy you need? Many patients with gum disease avoid the treatment they need because they fear “going under the knife”. But advanced periodontal (gum) disease will not get better on its own. Periodontal disease can only be treated by removing the harmful bacteria hiding beneath the gum line and accumulating in tissue pockets around the teeth. Without comprehensive periodontal disease treatment, you will face serious dental health risks, including tooth and jawbone loss. Fortunately, Dr. Holden now offers a non-invasive and pain free treatment option that doesn’t involve scalpels or cutting. LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) gum disease treatment uses only a laser to perform the surgery needed to restore your dental health. Schedule your laser periodontal surgery appointment with Dr. Holden today. Dr. Holden is an experienced LANAP therapy dentist with two convenient office locations. Dr. Holden delivers quality care daily throughout State College and Williamsport, PA, Bellefonte, Lewistown, Huntingdon, Clearfield, Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, Altoona, Danville, and the surrounding communities.
What Are the Benefits of Laser Periodontal Surgery?
LANAP surgery can effectively treat periodontal disease without incisions or sutures. In the past, periodontal surgery used scalpels to decrease pocket depth and remove bacterial infection. Stitches were then needed to reattach the gums and assist in healing. But with LANAP, a dental laser removes the infection from beneath the gum line without affecting your healthy gum tissue. LANAP is a regenerative procedure because healthy gum tissue is not reduced and healthy bone is actually regenerated. The LANAP laser recognizes pigmentation, so it only targets harmful bacteria and infected gum tissue, which have a darker pigment than healthy gums. The LANAP procedure also helps new connective tissue and bone form between your teeth and gums, which minimizes the chance of the infection returning, and speeds the healing process.
Do You Need Laser Periodontal Surgery?
- Swollen gums or gums that feel tender when touched
- Bright red or purplish gums
- Receding gums
- New spaces developing between your teeth or pus pockets between your teeth and gums
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
- Loosened or shifting teeth
- Bite changes
Don’t let dental fear or anxiety keep you from getting the periodontal therapy you need to stay healthy. Schedule your laser periodontal surgery appointment with Dr. Holden today. Dr. Holden is an experienced LANAP dentist with two convenient office locations. Dr. Holden restores smiles daily throughout State College and Williamsport, PA, Bellefonte, Lewistown, Huntingdon, Clearfield, Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, Altoona, Danville, and the surrounding communities.