Want to know more about different tooth restorations from your Thornton, CO, dentist, Dr. Christina O. McMillon?
The health and appearance of your smile is important for both proper dental functionality and your overall self-esteem—dental restorations, such as crowns, bridges, and implants can help you achieve both of these things. Read on to learn if you could benefit from a tooth restoration:
Dental crowns are porcelain caps that cover teeth. The reason you may need a crown is to protect damaged teeth or hide those that have been marred by cosmetic flaws. Crowns provide a much needed protective layer, similar to enamel, to ensure teeth stay healthy and look attractive.
Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that are needed when someone is suffering from tooth loss. Additionally, these custom-made restorations blend seamlessly into your smile and restore its biting and chewing functionality.
Although still reinforcing to a degree, these dental restorations aren't so much for strength, but rather for aesthetics. If you have severe stains, minor cracks/chips, and/or small gaps, then veneers will hide these issues by being bonded to the surface of your natural teeth, thus giving you reason to smile confidently.
For those suffering from tooth loss, dental implants are the longest-lasting and highest functioning restorations available today. With the ability to replace missing tooth roots, implants not only improve your smile aesthetics but also prevent jawbone deterioration and collapse.
Other Tooth Restorations
Other restorative procedures Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton provides includes:
- Teeth whitening
Need to boost your smile's look and health? Give us a call
If you would like to learn more about dental restorations, contact Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, today by dialing (303) 280-2285. Make oral health a priority by setting up an appointment with Dr. McMillon!
Alcohol has long been linked to having an adverse effect on health in general and oral health in particular. Alcohol is known to cause accelerated tooth decay and also affect the gums. Fortunately, however, there is one alcohol beverage that has a much better chance at helping than hindering your dental health: red wine.
There are several things we know about red wine that might surprise you:
- Drinking red wine has long been linked to a lowered risk of developing diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Improving overall body health can also have a positive effect on oral health.
- Recent studies have found that wine polyphenols affect the ability of certain harmful bacteria from clinging to the cells of your teeth and gums, causing problems like plaque, gingivitis and dental cavities.
- Red wine is also believed to promote the growth of “good” bacteria, which protects your teeth against decay, rather than hindering your oral health.
All these facts show great promise in the moderated use of red wine in not only preventing dental health problems, but improving oral health as a whole. If you like alcohol, then keeping your habit under control with the choice of a refined red wine and avoiding drinking too much should be the top most important things on your agenda.
Happy New Year's Everyone!
ANOTHER YEAR IS COMING to a close, and that means another year of insurance benefits is about to expire. If you haven’t taken advantage of your dental insurance yet, that’s okay, but the year is almost over, so the time to use them is now. To help you prepare, we’ve put together some information about how dental insurance works at our practice.
What Dental Plans Typically Cover
Depending on the details and coverage of your plan most dental insurance plans usually will have a spending allowance every year. If you don’t utilize the allowance it expires and resets. You may have a treatment plan that requires several teeth or phases of treatment. Depending on your plan we may be able to optimize the coverage of your plan by using all of the supporting funds before the runout. We are happy to review your specific plan with you and show you how to make the best use of your insurance funds available for you.
Do You Have Compatible Insurance?
If you are curious about if we accept your insurance, and if we don’t how much your treatment will cost? Call us today and we will review your options with you.
Getting Everything Done On Time
Although the end of the year can feel far off, often times insurance may not cover portions of treatment if they overlap with the new year. Given that some treatments involve more the one phase – please call us today to discuss any treatment you may have pending.
If It’s Been A While, Let’s Chat!
If you have more questions regarding your insurance and how to use it, just stop by! We can answer all the questions you have and get you on the right path to affordable dental care!
Take advantage of those benefits while there’s still time!
CHEWING IS THE FIRST STEP in digestion! But chewing our food only enough to swallow it down doesn’t count. If you’re rushing proper chewing especially if it’s due to dental distress, you’re robbing yourself of some important benefits! It's our goal is to help you understand that your teeth are more then just aesthetics, they are a key part to your total body health.
Chewing Helps Retain Energy And Absorb Nutrients
Chewing our food does more than simply give us time to taste flavors. The more we chew our food, the more it’s broken down into elements we can absorb and use. When we swallow minimally chewed food, some of the nutrients and energy remains locked in making it more difficult to enter our bodies.
Chewing Aids Digestion
When saliva mixes with the foods we eat, we begin to digest it before we even swallow it. This is because saliva contains digestive enzymes that begin breaking our food down right away. In addition, unchewed pieces of food can cause digestive discomfort.
Chewing Gives Us Time To Notice We’re Full
Often, especially when we’re wolfing down our food, we eat more than we should before our body is able to give us the “full” notification. Eating slower can help us control our portions and feel more satisfied.
If Your Bite Is To Blame, Let’s Visit
If you’re not chewing your food properly, are your teeth to blame? Malocclusion (an uneven bite), tooth sensitivity, missing teeth, or poorly fitting dentures can all cause minimal chewing. You might swallow food down earlier because chewing is uncomfortable. You might even avoid certain healthy foods just because they require more chewing
Breakdowns in our oral health start to affect our overall health. If your teeth aren’t doing their job helping you chew, digest, and absorb nutrition from your food, don’t ignore the problem. Talk with us about it. We can get your teeth back into shape so they can better do their job.
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