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    26Sep

    Many people seek treatment for cracked or chipped teeth due to aesthetic concerns, but the truth is that this type of dental damage can actually lead to a number of additional structural and health problems down the road. That is why our Cheney dentists always recommend prompt treatment for even minor dental damage; you really want to address these problems before they become more severe.

    Today we’re talking about two treatments, in particular, that are often used for treating cracks and chips: dental bonding and porcelain veneers.

    Dental bonding refers to the process by which our dentist applies dental resin to a patient’s tooth, and then cures the resin so that it hardens and bonds to the tooth. With bonding, we can fill in dental cracks, rebuild chipped away portions of the tooth, and even resurface unsightly enamel. The resin we use is always custom-shaded to suit the patient’s smile. Dental bonding is affordable, and the entire process can be completed in just one appointment.

    Dental veneers, on the other hand, are individually-crafted, exceptionally thin porcelain restorations. A patient’s veneer is crafted to his or her specification, and then, once it is complete, our team bonds it to that patient’s existing tooth structure. A veneer covers the patient’s entire visible tooth once it is in place. The veneer’s application process generally takes two to three appointments to complete; first your tooth is prepped, then your veneers is crafted, and finally it’s bonded into place.

    Our Cheney dentists are here to help you choose the perfect restorative treatment for your smile, specifically. We’ll consider your treatment timeline, budget, aesthetic goals, and existing dental health. Because both of these treatments are designed to fit into your normal life, and simple to care for, they are popular with all kinds of dental patients.

    Don’t let dental damage persist untreated, give our dental team a call to schedule a personal consultation!

     

     

    12Sep

    You probably already know that certain things, like bacteria and vehicular accidents, are common causes of dental damage. However, you may not be aware that a more ubiquitous substance can be equally damaging: acid.

    A number of popular foods and drinks contain appreciable amounts of acid: juices, citrus fruits, and soft drinks, for example, are all acidic. The problem is that when your dental enamel is exposed to acid, it temporarily softens and weakens. Consequently, prolonged exposure to acid can cause your enamel to become thinner over time.

    Our Cheney dentists are here to help our patients minimize acid-related damage, and to protect their smiles as effectively as possible. Keep reading to learn more!

    The first thing to do is to get a good idea of what types of things are acidic.  Along with the things we’ve already discussed, keep in mind that many sports drinks and salad dressings are high in acid. Wine is another common culprit when it comes to acid erosion.

    As you may have noticed, many acidic foods and drinks are actually good for you, like fruits, for example! So, while it is certainly a good idea to limit those acidic substances that aren’t good for your wellbeing (such as soft drinks), you can’t completely eliminate acid from your diet.

    With that in mind, here are some management strategies to help you protect your smile:

    • When you do consume acidic substances, try to do so in short, time-limited sittings, rather than sipping or snacking throughout the day
    • Rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking something with a lot of acid
    • Refrain from brushing your teeth for at least twenty to thirty minutes after exposing your enamel to acid, as your enamel is actually temporarily softened during this period of time, and thus more susceptible to erosion

    As always, our Cheney dentists are here to give you all of the support and information that you need to maintain a strong smile. So, feel free to give us a call if you have questions and to schedule a personal consultation!

    29Aug

    Because tooth loss is such a serious oral health problem, it is vital that patients seek prompt restorative care to make their smiles whole again. Our Cheney dentists use the latest treatments and technologies to rebuild smiles. Dental implants, for example, offer permanent and exceptionally natural looking results. Keep reading to learn more about how dental implants are constructed, and how they work to restore smiles.

    A dental implant is a stand-alone replacement tooth that mimics the structure of a natural tooth. Namely, every dental implant has a root that fills the spot where the natural tooth root use to sit. The dental implant root is made of titanium, precisely because titanium is able to bond with natural bone tissue. So, once our team inserts your implant root, it will begin integrating with your existing smile.

    The titanium implant is the foundation of your replacement tooth, but it needs to be built upon in order to achieve a natural looking replacement tooth. Before we put your visible dental restoration in place, we’ll attach a small connector piece called an abutment to the top of your implant root. This abutment keeps the implant root and the crown connected, while allowing for enough give and flexibility to prevent the crown from snapping under pressure.

    The final piece of the implant replacement tooth is the dental restoration. Every implant restoration is shaped, sized, and shaded to look perfect for the specific patient. Once the treatment process is complete, your replacement tooth will look indistinguishable from your real teeth.

    Patients love dental implants because they stay in place permanently, and are simple and straightforward to care for. With proper care these replacement teeth can last for decades before they need to be repaired or replaced.

    If you want to learn more about your restorative dentistry options, and replacement teeth specifically, give our Cheney dental implant dentists a call. We’re here to give you all of the information and support that you need to reclaim a whole and healthy smile!