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    18Sep

    If you are unhappy with the current state of your smile, our Cheney dentists are here to help. Whether you’re dealing with existing dental damage, or a misaligned smile, we have treatment options to fit your life.

    Perhaps one of the most convenient and versatile options available in dentistry is dental veneer treatment. With dental veneers, you can correct a number of common aesthetic complaints, including:

    • Resurfacing and covering dark/stained enamel
    • Repairing cracked or chipped teeth
    • Building out existing teeth in order to close gaps in the smile and lengthen short or worn down enamel
    • Covering dental misalignment in order to make the patient’s smile appear seamless

    So why do patients choose to use dental veneers over other restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatment options?

    • The entire veneer’s treatment process generally takes only two to three appointments to complete. This makes this one of the fastest and most convenient ways to achieve a smile transformation.
    • Every veneer is custom-crafted to ensure that it’s well sized, shaped, and shaded for the specific patient. You don’t have to worry about your veneers looking too bulky or fake.
    • Once applied, veneers stay in place permanently, and are easy to live with. You don’t have to change your diet or your oral hygiene routine. Because the porcelain used to make veneers is naturally stain-resistant, your restorations will look great for years.
    • Veneers are crafted from exceptionally thin porcelain, so that they mimic the appearance of natural enamel while remaining unobtrusive.

    Before beginning treatment, our team will assess your smile to determine whether there are any existing oral health issues that need to be addressed prior to veneer application. We’ll also talk to you about your dental goals, and help you visualize how veneers work with your unique smile.

    Give our office a call to learn more and to schedule a personal consultation!

     

    04Sep

    One of the most well-known treatments in the world of dentistry is the root canal; but, paradoxically, this is one of the most misunderstood dental solutions out there. Our Cheney dentists are here to help you better understand the purpose of root canal therapy. Keep reading to learn more about this important restorative option.

    When is it used?

    Root canal treatment becomes necessary when a patient’s tooth is damaged all the way down into the dental core. This damage may take the form of an infection or an injury due to an accident. Because the inside of the tooth is filled with dental pulp, including nerves, a patient who requires root canal therapy will likely experience tooth pain prior to treatment.

    On the other hand, minor dental infections–those that can be treated with simple fillings—generally involve only the dental enamel and/or the dentin, and may be asymptomatic for the patient.  

    What happens during root canal therapy?

    During treatment, our dental team will remove all damaged dental material, as well as the dental pulp, nerves, and roots. The goal is to save as much of the healthy outer tooth structure as possible.

    Once we’ve cleared out the inner tooth, we will clean and sterilize the remaining tooth structure before filling it. The tooth is rebuilt and repaired with a customized dental restoration. Post-treatment, you’ll be able to use and care for your tooth normally.

    In many cases, root canal treatment is able to actually save teeth that would otherwise need to be pulled, or would fall out over time. Timely root canal also minimizes the risk of dental damage spreading from the compromised tooth to other teeth, gum tissue, and the jawbone.

    As soon as you notice changes to your smile, schedule a consultation with our Cheney dentists for a thorough assessment. The sooner that you are able to begin treatment, the better your long-term dental prognosis.

    17Jul

    Odorous breath can put a damper on your day and your self-esteem. No one wants to feel self-conscious about stinky breath, but the truth is we all experience it from time to time.

    Today, our Cheney dentists are going to giving you some more information about how and why bad breath develops, as well as what you can do to fight it. Keep reading to learn more!

    The first thing to keep in mind is that not all bad breath is created equal. For example, bad breath due to stinky foods, like garlic or onions, is temporary and nothing to be too concerned about. This type of bad breath will dissipate on its own, as the odorous foods or drinks are processed through your body.

    More chronic bad breath, on the other hand, is often linked to some kind of ongoing oral infection. This is the case because the same oral bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease also release unpleasant odors as they feed and grow. If you are having trouble freshening your breath, it may be because you have an abundance of bacteria in and on your smile.

    To combat chronic bad breath, you want to:

    • Complete a professional dental cleaning so that our team can clear away plaque and tartar
    • Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to encourage saliva production
    • Rinse your smile with water after eating or drinking
    • Take special care to brush your tongue when you clean your smile
    • Limit the amount of sugars and refined carbohydrates you consume
    • Choose gum and mints that are sugar-free, so as not to feed oral bacteria

    Bad breath is an annoying problem, but it is by no means insurmountable. Our Cheney dentists are happy to give you any additional information that you need; just give us a call to schedule a personal consultation!