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    23Jul

    When you’re dealing with dental damage or oral infections, our Cheney dentists are here to help you restore your smile quickly. Our goal is provide the treatment you need so that you can get on with your busy life!

    Let’s begin by talking about some of the oral health issues you may deal with:

    Cavities: when part of your tooth is infected with bacteria, we call this a cavity. The disease portion of the tooth needs to be removed, or else the infection will spread.

    Fractured dental structure: while your dental enamel is strong, it is not indestructible. When your tooth is hit too hard, or put under too much pressure, it can crack or chip. The extent of the crack or chip will determine what type of treatment is necessary.

    Gum damage: another vital part of your smile is your gum tissue. Gum tissue can become infected, just like your teeth can: this type of infection is called periodontal disease. Gum tissue can also be cut or scraped.

    Our Cheney dentists treat damaged teeth with metal-free, custom-shaded materials. Dental resin and ceramic restorations ensure that patients achieve natural looking results, without sacrificing durability.

    We also offer tooth replacement treatments for those patients who are missing teeth. Thanks to dental implant technology we are able to permanently ground your replacement teeth into your jawbone; essentially, we insert a titanium post into your jaw, and it takes the place of the natural tooth root. Once your replacement teeth are in place, you’ll be able to live, and care for your smile, normally.

    If there is one thing we can stress it is that no smile is beyond help. Our Cheney dentists are here to help you achieve all of your dental goals. Give us a call to learn more and to schedule a personal consultation!

    14May

    When you teach your children about oral health and dental hygiene you help them lay a strong dental foundation that will serve them well into adulthood. Keep reading to get some information from our Cheney family dentists about pediatric dental care.

  • Healthy routines and habits start early
  • One of the goals of pediatric dentistry is to get children in the routine of prioritizing oral health. When your family sticks to a consistent morning and night cleaning schedule, you increase the odds that your children will carry these habits into adulthood.

    • This is also the time to train your kids on the proper oral hygiene techniques. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
    • Try to brush for at least two minutes every time that you brush
    • Use gentle circular “buffing” motions to disrupt plaque
    • Floss your teeth daily, ideally right before you brush at night
  • You have to care for primary teeth just as you’d care for adult teeth
  • We all know that primary teeth are eventually replaced with permanent teeth emerge. However, that doesn't mean that they aren’t important. You want to help your child retain his or her baby teeth for as long as possible, for a number of reasons:

    • These teeth serve as placeholders along the jawline, so that adult teeth can come in comfortably
    • Baby teeth allow children to expand their diets
    • Primary teeth are crucial for developing healthy speech patterns
    • Infections that begin in the teeth can quickly spread to gum and even jawbone tissue, and then persist for years
  • Choosing the correct products is paramount
  • Not all products that adult patients use are appropriate for children. For example, young patients, who are prone to swallowing toothpaste, should not be using toothpaste or oral rinses that contain fluoride. Ingesting too much fluoride while one’s adult teeth are still developing can cause a condition called dental fluorosis, characterized by stained and pitted dental enamel. You also want to outfit your child with a toothbrush with gentle bristles, and a head small enough to reach the back molars.

    Our Cheney dentists are your partners in dental care, so don’t hesitate to contact us to get more information!

    30Apr

    Repairing your smile after tooth loss may actually be more straightforward and stress-free than you’re imagining. Today our Cheney dental implant dentists are answering your questions about how to deal with tooth loss effectively.

    What types of restorative treatments does Dr. Collins provide?

    Our office provides a number of restorative dentistry options, so that we can match up each patient with his or her ideal treatment. Depending on your situation, you may benefit from:

    • Dental bonding
    • Porcelain veneers
    • Same-day CEREC crowns
    • Tooth-colored fillings
    • Dental implant replacement teeth

    Which materials are used to repair smiles?

    The primary materials that we use are composite resin and porcelain. Both of these materials closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth, while remaining strong and durable. Our team custom-shades and shapes both resin and porcelain so that the end results look exceptionally natural. When using dental implant technology, we also use titanium roots to anchor a replacement tooth into the jawbone tissue. Titanium has the ability to actually bond with bone tissue through a process called osseointegration, which is why it is so useful in restorative treatment.

    What if I’m already missing teeth? What are my options?

    You have a number of tooth replacement options available to you. Traditional treatments, like dentures and bridges, are designed to sit on top of the patient’s gum tissue. State-of-the-art dental implant technology allows us to actually permanently embed a replacement tooth in the patient’s jawbone. Single dental implants replace individual teeth; we can also use mini dental implant roots to hold prostheses, like full dentures in place. It all just depends on the current state of your smile, and your dental goals.

    No matter how you choose to move forward, you want to seek treatment as soon as possible after tooth loss. You can always reach our Cheney dentists by phone, or by using the Contact Us page on our website to submit an inquiry.