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By Joseph E. Touhalisky, DDS
May 11, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Invisalign aligners are a great way to straighten your teeth if you want a less visible option than traditional braces. Dr. Joseph E. Touhalisky is a dentist in Findlay, OH. he can provide you with Invisalign aligners to straighten your smile discreetly. Here are some frequently asked questions about this popular treatment:

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign is a treatment for misaligned teeth that uses a series of discreet, removable aligners to straighten your teeth gradually and without discomfort. Unlike traditional braces, they do not require wires and brackets.

When you visit your Findlay dentist, Dr. Touhalisky will draw up a treatment plan specifically for your needs. By mapping out the spacing of your teeth and the movements necessary to align them, Dr. Touhalisky can create a series of aligners that will realign your teeth gently over time.

What Are the Benefits of Invisalign Treatment?

  • Discreet alignment: Because Invisalign aligners are made from clear, patented SmartTrack material, they are practically invisible. This means that people will not notice you’re wearing them.
  • Completely removable: You can remove them whenever you are eating or drinking so you won’t get trapped food particles. You can also take them out when you brush and floss your teeth, which makes your oral hygiene routine easier.
  • Real comfort: Invisalign aligners are flexible and fit your teeth snugly, so they are much more comfortable than traditional braces.
  • Eat what you want: Because you take Invisalign aligners out when you eat, you don’t have the dietary restrictions that are necessary with traditional aligners.

Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

People of all ages are candidates for Invisalign. This type of alignment treatment is popular among adults who prefer a more discreet solution for teeth misalignment.

How Long Will I Need to Wear my Aligners?

This will depend on the alignment of your teeth at the outset. Invisalign treatment can take between 8 and 18 months.

If you live in Findlay and you want to talk to a dentist about Invisalign, call Dr. Touhalisky on 419-427-1500.

By Joseph E. Touhalisky, DDS
April 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Care  

Dr. Joseph Touhalisky is your family dentist in Findlay, OH. He and his team delight in caring for children and their oral health needs. He'll partner with you, the parent, in teaching youngsters proper dental care so little smiles thrive.

Good care starts early

As a parent, you have innumerable responsibilities, but they don't have to be difficult. Your Findlay family dentist asks that you watch for your little one's first teeth around the age of four to seven months, and then, bring that growing baby into the office by the age of one year.

This is when oral exams and cleanings begin. Dr. Touhalisky will count your child's teeth, note their position and look at jaw development. Your hygienist will do a simple cleaning and help your youngster get used to how a dentist's office looks and sounds.

She'll also give you tips on home dental care. Brushing, flossing, and proper diet are the mainstays of healthy family smiles.

Tips for parents

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) says parents can make dental hygiene fun for kids. Here are easy ways to make that happen:

  • Let your child choose his or her toothbrush and toothpaste. Reserve fluoride toothpaste for children who are old enough to rinse and spit (typically age three and up).
  • Until your child is old enough to brush and floss independently, do it for him or her, and supervise kids until age eight.
  • To facilitate brushing for a full two minutes, sing songs and play games to fill that time. Give stickers or other non-food rewards for a week's worth of good habits.
  • See Dr. Touhalisky twice a year for family dental visits. (The office team can schedule your visit at the same time if you wish.)
  • When your child is old enough, your dentist may advise fluoride treatments and dental sealants, thin plastic coatings which protect young molars from decay-causing bacteria and acid.

Diet and athletics

We all know that a low-sugar diet benefits everyone's oral health. Offer your child plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, and water. Parents, when you model healthy eating, your child will follow your example.

Finally, see that your young athlete wears a protective mouth guard when playing school or club sports. Ask about this customizable appliance at your next dental visit.

Also, have Dr. Touhalisky's office number handy in case of a pressing oral health need such as a knocked out tooth, lost filling, or oral laceration. Your family dental team will respond to your emergency with kindness, accurate information, and an appointment as needed.

Find out more

For more information on proper oral health care for your children, call Dr. Joseph Touhalisky and his family dental team in Findlay. Educating families is an important part of what we do. Phone (419) 427-1500.

By Joseph E. Touhalisky, DDS
February 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implant  

How dental implants from your dentist in Findlay, OH, can rebuild your smile

If you have been living with missing teeth, your smile is missing too. In fact, there is a lot that can be missing when you lose teeth. When your smile is gone, your self-esteem and self-confidence can go with it. You may be having trouble chewing your food, which can impact your digestion and your overall health. Fortunately, here in Findlay, OH, Dr. Joseph E. Touhalisky offers dental implants to rebuild your smile in a permanent fashion, complete with restored functionality.

What dental implants can do for you

In the past, your only choices to replace missing teeth were dental appliances like dentures, partials, and dental bridgework. Now you have another choice, dental implants! These are just a few of the unique benefits of dental implant treatment:

  • Dental implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth because the dental implant crown is made of materials that are light-reflective and look just like natural tooth enamel.
  • Dental implants are completely stable because they are surrounded and embedded in bone, so they will never move around, even with the most vigorous chewing.
  • Dental implants are easy to take care of because you simply brush and floss them just like natural teeth.
  • Dental implants help you conserve bone, which means you will have a firmer jawline and more youthful facial contours.

Dental implants are also the most successful surgical implant. They boast a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. They are made of titanium, a biocompatible material that your bone fuses with. Your body won’t reject dental implants.

Thanks to dental implants, you can replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or even an entire arch of missing teeth. They provide a stable framework for a denture, which is snapped in place over the dental implants. This type of denture is known as an implant-supported denture, or overdenture.

Interested? Give us a call

Don’t settle for a life without your smile. Discover the unique benefits of dental implant treatment! To learn more, call Dr. Joseph E. Touhalisky in Findlay, OH, today by dialing (419) 427-1500.

By Joseph E. Touhalisky, DDS
December 18, 2019
Category: Dental

Tooth Loss Replacement Findlay, OH DentistIf you have lost one or more teeth, you know how important it is to find the right replacement option. Here at our office in Findlay, OH, Dr. Joseph Touhalisky, offers innovative dental implant solutions, giving patients complete, strong, and beautiful smiles that feel totally natural. Learn more here.

What Is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made from biocompatible titanium. When placed into a patient's jaw bone during oral surgery, the implant starts to meld with the jaw through a process called osseointegration. When it is fully integrated, your dentist attaches a metal post and porcelain crown, finalizing your new tooth.

The Advantages of Dental Implants

People who have suffered tooth loss also experience deterioration of the supporting bone and gum tissue. Dear Doctor reports that one-quarter of jaw bone size and density is lost within a hear of dental extraction.

While conventional bridges and dentures can restore personal appearance and oral function, they cannot rebuild the jaw bone. Amazingly, dental implants do—with this treatment option, you will not have to worry about bone deterioration or shrinkage!

Additionally, dental implants:

  • Improve self-confidence and personal appearance
  • Are easy to clean
  • Improve speech and ease of biting and chewing
  • Last for decades
  • Are appropriate for teens and adults who are in good health

Who Can Receive Dental Implants?

You are likely a good implant candidate if you are healthy and if Dr. Touhalisky determines that your jaw bone is strong enough to support implants. Fortunately, if your bone is thin, he can augment it with donor bone or other grafting materials.

If you consistently brush, floss, and receive your six-month cleanings/check-ups, you'll do well with your new teeth. If you smoke, however, you increase your chances of an infection called peri-implantitis. Accordingly, try to quit tobacco in all forms before undergoing implant surgery.

Interested? Give our Findlay Office a Call

Modern implant dentistry gives patients great tooth replacement options. For more information on what these innovative devices can do for your smile, please call Dr. Joseph Touhalisky and his team for a consultation. Bring your questions, and he'll give you all the information you need to make an informed decision that's right for you. Phone the Findlay office team today at (419) 427-1500.

By Joseph E. Touhalisky, DDS
September 24, 2019
Category: Family Dentistry
Tags: Family Dentist  

Family Dentist in Findlay, OH When was the last time your family visited the dentist? If it’s been more than six months, then it’s time to schedule your next visit; however, if you’re still on the hunt for a dentist, you may want to consider how a family dentist, such as our very own Dr. Joseph Touhalisky, can help your family receive the dental work they need in a convenient fashion. Here are just some of the ways that turning to our family practice in Findlay, OH, can benefit your household:

Track Your Child’s Oral Health

Your child’s mouth is developing quickly, and the best way to make sure that they are reaching important developmental milestones is to visit your family dentist every six months. After all, a family dentist has received specialized training in order to track your child’s development and pinpoint any issues early on.

Early Detection and Treatment

While we would all like to live in a world where no problems ever affect our health, this is simply not the case. No matter how healthy you may think you are, everyone can benefit from visiting their family dentist every six months for routine cleanings. These checkups at our Findlay office ensure that if a problem is there, we find it and provide you with immediate medical care. After all, some dental issues are inherited, and by knowing the health of your entire family, we can monitor you and your child’s smiles for any warning signs of certain inherited and genetic conditions.

Get Emergency Treatment

While we hate to think about dental emergencies, the fact remains that they happen often and usually when we least expect it.

By having a regular family dentist that you turn to for regular checkups and all of your dental needs, you’ll also find peace of mind when serious dental issues occur. Whether it’s a holiday, an evening, or a weekend, turning to a family dentist means they are there when you need it most!

Need Dental Care? Give Us a Call

If you are looking for a dentist in Findlay, OH, that can cater to both you and your children’s smiles, then call our office today at (419) 427-1500 to schedule a consultation or your next set of appointments. We can work with your schedule to find a time that is ideal for everyone!

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