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    26May

    It used to be that patients suffering from tooth loss didn’t have many options to restore their smiles—treatments were limited to choosing between dentures and bridges. Now, however you as a patient have expanded options thanks to dental implant technology. Keep reading to learn more from our Cheney dental implant dentists.

    What is dental implant technology

    When we talk about “dental implant technology” we are primarily referring to the technological advancement that allows our team to permanently insert titanium screws or posts in the patient’s jawbone and gum tissue. Essentially, this small post acts as a replacement tooth root, holding the visible restoration in place. Why titanium? Titanium is unique in that it is able to actually bond with natural bone tissue over time.

    What are my options?

    Every dental implant restoration is customized to suit the patient’s needs. You can use a single implant root with a single restoration in order to replace an individual tooth. Alternatively, you may choose to use just a few strategically placed mini implant roots to hold a larger dental prosthetic, like a denture, in place.

    What is the treatment process like?

    The treatment process is quite different for full-sized dental implants as opposed to mini implant. Mini implants are much thinner than conventional posts, so it does not take very long for the patient’s jaw tissue to heal post-implantation. Mini implant treatment can often be completed in just a few appointments, while full-sized implant treatment is completed over several months. Your dental team will be able to help you determine which type of replacement tooth treatment is right for you.

    Our Cheney implant dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have and to help you schedule a personal consultation with our team. Give our office a call or submit a specific questions through our Contact Us page. 

    12May

    Every day you take the time to brush your teeth and clean your smile. But are you doing everything that you can to maintain optimal oral health?

    Read through these daily oral hygiene tips from Cheney dentists to get a better idea.

    Set a timer when it’s time to brush your smile

    The American Dental Association recommends that both adult and pediatric patients brush their smiles for a full two minutes—once in the morning and once at night. The goal is to brush with gentle pressure so as not to cause enamel thinning or gum tissue damage. If you aren’t sure whether or not you’re brushing for two minutes, try setting a timer, or listening to adequately long song to stay on track.

    Use the right toothbrush

    Your toothbrush needs to meet the needs of your smile specifically. This means that the head of the brush should be appropriately sized to reach your back molars. Additionally, the bristles of your brush should be the softest you can use without sacrificing cleaning power. For many people this means using a soft-bristled brush; if you aren’t sure what type of bristle is good for your teeth, talk to your dentist for additional guidance. Finally, your toothbrush shouldn’t be too old. Swap your existing brush for a new one every three to four months.

    Incorporate a mouth rinse into your daily routine

    There are mouth rinses on the market to address all kinds of issues—teeth whitening, bacteria-fighting, and breath freshening formulations are all available. When you are cleaning your smile, using a mouth rinse can help you dislodge and eliminate as much plaque as possible.

    As you can see, there are many simple yet effective steps you can take to optimize your at-home oral hygiene routine. Remember that every smile is unique, so if seems like one of these strategies isn’t working for you, it may be time to contact your dentist to get some personalized recommendations. You can always schedule an appointment with our Cheney dentists by calling the office or using the Contact Us page on our site.

    18Feb

    There are so many important things that you can do to care for your smile every day at home. However, professional assessments and cleanings are equally important. Today, our Cheney dentists are here to help you better understand the ins and outs of professional dental care.

    When you come in for your appointment, we’ll get you settled into the dentist’s chair, and ask you whether you’ve noticed any dramatic changes to your smile lately. Then, we’ll get to work…

    Checking for cavities: our dental team will look for spots of dental discoloration, which can indicate an infection. We may also probe the enamel, looking for soft spots. We’ll may also take x-rays of your smile, which can show us otherwise invisible areas of infection.

    Oral cancer screening: regular screenings allow our team to catch cancerous or pre-cancerous tissues in their earliest stages. Early detection can make all of the difference when it comes to treating all types of oral cancers.

    Helping you tweak your at-home oral hygiene routine: as we assess your smile, we’ll be able to pinpoint any areas of your daily oral health routine that may need to be optimized. For example, you may benefit from adding a mouth rinse in the morning or before bed, or switching up your toothbrush.  

    Making long-term dental plans: one of the benefits of working with our comprehensive dental team is that we can help you make a long-term plan for your smile: everything from cosmetic, to restorative, to preventive treatments. 

    The ADA recommends that patients of all ages complete dental cleanings every six months or so. Even if it has been years since you have been in to the see your dentist, it is never too late to get back on track. As always, our Cheney dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have, and to give you all of the information and guidance that you need.