Dr. Christopher Keldsen and our team of dental professionals strive to ensure that our patients always know they are important to us. We work hard to see to it that they are comfortable and relaxed when visiting our practice. That special touch begins when you first walk through our doors and are welcomed, by name. You’ll be invited to have a seat in our inviting reception areas, where we offer complimentary beverages.
Dr. Keldsen strongly believes in educating our patients, not only about their oral health and how it is so deeply connected to overall body health, but also about treatments and treatment options. He and our team know that by engaging with our patients, and giving them the information they need to make educated decisions about their dental care, we will achieve the best results. Likewise, we are always available to answer questions, clarify anything that might be confusing, and provide support to our patients.
Keldsen Family Dental Care welcomes patients from Sisters, Redmond, and Prineville at our Bend, OR dental office. For more information about how we can help you and your family on the path to great oral health and beautiful smiles, please call and schedule an appointment. We look forward to working with you to develop a stunning smile you’ll love sharing with the world.
After the loss of upper back teeth, your sinuses may enlarge. Before new implants replace the lost teeth, a sinus lift augmentation or graft restores the sinus cavity to its original position and replaces the bone that lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. This new bone graft typically takes nine to 12 months to heal before the dental implants can be placed into the grafted bone.
Occasionally, ideal areas where dental implants are to be placed do not have sufficient bone quantity to anchor the implants securely. In these cases, it is often necessary to “borrow” bone from another area of your mouth to graft into the deficient area. Often, the area of choice is from the chin or in the back of the jaw where your wisdom teeth used to be.
When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it is not uncommon to have bone loss around the infected tooth. In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be done at the same time the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date.
We have special 3D software that allows us to evaluate your bone quality, bone quantity, and bone location for the best possible placement of your dental implants. This also allows us to work closely and smoothly with your restorative dentist to ensure an ideal result for your dental implants.
Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is important to keep the area clean and free of infection. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, professional cleanings will be necessary to keep your implants healthy. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined by your individual needs.
People who opt for implant-supported dentures are more confident when they talk, laugh, and eat in public. You’ll never have to worry about your false teeth slipping or falling out while you eat or are engaged in conversation.
Implant-supported dentures are far more comfortable because they are secure and feel like natural teeth. There is also less irritation of gum tissue. Pain and canker sores are common problems for patients with conventional dentures.
Implant-supported dentures look more natural than conventional dentures because less plastic is needed for retention. Wearing implant-supported dentures can also help your appearance in the long term by preventing jaw shrinkage and bone loss.
Patients with conventional dentures have difficulty speaking clearly. Slurred speech and clicking noises are common problems. Implant-supported dentures can help you relax and talk easily with a more clear and natural voice.
Best of all, with implant-supported dentures, there is no need to use denture adhesives.
Sedation dentistry allows Dr. Keldsen to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably for patients who experience anxiety when visiting our office. There are several benefits to sedation dentistry, including:
When you come to our office for your grafting procedure, a local anesthetic will be given to numb the areas involved. You may also receive medicine to help you relax. We want your experience in our office to be as comfortable as possible, so let us know if there is anything you need during your procedure.
Depending on your specific needs, the periodontist will perform one of three different types of gum tissue grafts.
Many factors will contribute to your chosen grafting technique. Your periodontist can tell you which method will work best for you, your health, and your smile.
There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt.
At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth at risk, so the doctor may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.
When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, Dr. Keldsen may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may request another visit for this procedure. The root of each tooth is encased within your jawbone in a “tooth socket,” and your tooth is held in that socket by a ligament.