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By Hearthside Dentistry
December 30, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Restoration  

Preserve your smile with the help of crowns, fillings, and bonding.

When it comes to damaged, chipped or broken teeth it’s important that you have a dentist that you can trust to provide you with the highest quality restorations possible. Our Thornton, CO, dentist Dr. Christina McMillon is more than just an expert dentist with a friendly team, she also focuses on ensuring that each and every patient gets the custom tooth restoration they need for a healthier and more beautiful smile.

Here are just some of the most common tooth restorations that we offer,

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Did you know that the average American has three dental fillings? Here at our Thornton, CO, dental practice, we understand the importance of providing esthetically pleasing and metal-free tooth restorations to our patients. You’ll be happy to hear that our tooth-colored fillings are incredibly durable and can preserve a tooth after a cavity while blending in with the rest of the tooth’s enamel. Tooth-colored fillings can last for years and you don’t have to worry about mercury exposure, associated with metal fillings.

Plus, tooth-colored fillings are bonded directly to the teeth so less tooth enamel must be removed (it can actually help to strengthen the tooth).

Dental Bonding

The same resin used to fill a cavity can also be used to improve the shape, size, color, and overall appearance of a tooth. If you are looking to make small changes to one or more teeth to revamp your smile, then dental bonding may be right for you.

We will first choose the appropriate shade of resin that will blend with the rest of the tooth. From there, we will apply the resin in layers until the desired look is achieved. This is easily the least invasive and most cost-effective cosmetic solution our dental team offers for slightly discolored or misshapen teeth.


Another commonly placed restoration is a dental crown. While crowns have been made from metal in the past, the team at Hearthside Dentistry understands that you want a dependable and long-lasting dental crown that will also look like a natural tooth. This is why our crowns are made from porcelain, another tough, stain-resistant material that we can also match to the shade of your teeth so that no one will even be able to tell which tooth has a crown and which one doesn’t.

If you are looking to discuss tooth restoration options with our Thornton, CO, dental team call Hearthside Dentistry at (303) 280-2285 to schedule a consultation.

By Hearthside Dentistry
November 20, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Implants  

Have you restored your lost teeth with dental implants? Following a few of these tips and visiting your Thornton, CO, dentist, Dr. Christina McMillon of Hearthside Dentistry, for periodic checkups will help you keep your implants in good condition.

How to Keep Your Implants Healthy

Following these steps will help you protect your new teeth:

  • Brush Twice a Day: Brushing removes plaque, a sticky biofilm that contains bacteria. If you brush in the morning and evening you'll reduce your risk of developing peri-implantitis, an infection that can loosen your dental implants.
  • Use a Soft Brush: Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles, and use gentle strokes to clean your crown and the base of your new tooth. Whether you use a manual or power toothbrush, brushing is one of the simplest things you can do to protect your implant.
  • Choose Low-Abrasive Toothpaste: Whitening toothpaste and those that contain baking soda, charcoal or other abrasive ingredients can damage your implants and crowns.
  • Floss Daily: If you've only flossed occasionally in the past, you'll need to make flossing a daily habit now. Flossing keeps bacteria and food debris from collecting under your crown. Poor flossing habits are often a factor in peri-implantitis. You can use string floss, interdental brushes, crown and bridge floss or water flossers to keep the area between your crown and implant clean.
  • Avoid Smoking: If you were a smoker in the past, you probably stopped smoking before you received your implant on the advice of your dentist. Smoking can interfere with healing and increase the risk of implant failure. Remind yourself that you could put your brand new tooth at risk if you start smoking again.
  • Use an Anti-Microbial Mouth Rinse: These rinses kill bacteria and offer added protection if you have dental implants.
  • Let Your Dentist Know If You Notice Gum Changes: If the gum around your implant begins to bleed or you notice that the gum has begun to recede, call your dentist immediately.
  • Don't Forget to Schedule Checkups: During your checkups at the Thornton dental office, your dentist will carefully examine your implants to ensure that they're healthy and that your crowns are in good condition.

Protect your dental implants with regular dental checkups! Call your dentist in Thornton, CO, Dr. McMillon of Hearthside Dentistry, at (303) 280-2285 to schedule your appointment.

By Hearthside Dentistry
September 04, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Here at Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, your dentist Dr. Christina McMillon regularly uses crowns to save teeth from further damage and restore their function.

Understanding Dental Crowns

Crowns are fixed dental restorations that are designed for restoring damaged teeth to their original size and shape. They are permanently affixed to cracked, severely decayed, or otherwise damaged teeth. While they can sometimes extend to the tooth’s root surface, essentially, they replace the crown’s outer aspect.

Once attached, a dental crown fully covers the tooth’s damaged portion sitting above your gum line. It’s likewise custom made to perfectly fit over your tooth and manufactured from various materials like ceramic, metals, or composite resin. Ceramic crowns are among the most popular materials used for crowns since they look the most realistic.

How a Dental Crown is Used

Your dentist in Thornton, CO, utilizes crowns for addressing various types of dental issues. For example, for safeguarding weak teeth, supporting teeth with huge dental fillings, preventing cracked teeth from further breakage, and restoring broken teeth.

They likewise restore a tooth’s alignment, shape, and appearance. Once dental crowns are placed, they’re typically the only visible portions of the restored teeth. Also, they could be used for holding bridges in place to replace or support a structure that can no longer function on its own.

A dental crown is also capable of restoring a damaged tooth’s functionality and strength. With a crown in place, you will be able to chew again and not worry about what will happen to your tooth. Basically, it protects the tooth’s vulnerable portion by holding it physically together and sheltering it from further damage.

Interested in Dental Crowns? Reach Out to Us
Schedule a meeting with your dentist here at Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, Dr. Christina McMillon, by dialing (303) 280-2285.

By Hearthside Dentistry
July 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: At-Home Oral Care  

These hygiene tips will make sure that your smile is as clean as possible

How you care for your smile has the biggest impact on your long-term oral and general health. If you aren’t brushing and flossing regularly, as you should, you could fall victim to gum disease and decay. Our Thornton, CO, dentist Dr. Christina McMillon wants everyone to walk out of the office with a clean bill of health, and the best way to do that is to practice good at-home oral care.

Here are some habits to adopt right now for a healthier smile and a healthier you,

Brushing Your Teeth

When it comes to brushing your teeth make sure that you are,

  • Brushing at least twice a day
  • Brushing after each meal if you have braces
  • Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Brushing both the front and back surfaces of your teeth, angling the brush 45 degrees
  • Brushing your tongue and gums
  • Brushing for at least two minutes each time you brush
  • Replacing your toothbrush head once bristles begin to wear (about every 3-4 months)

Flossing Your Teeth

Along with brushing you should also make sure that you are,

  • Flossing at least once a day
  • Flossing ideally at night, so that plaque that has built up throughout the day is removed before bedtime
  • Using a generous amount of floss (approximately 18 inches)
  • Using a clean section of floss for each tooth
  • Using threader floss to clean between braces or partial bridges

Eating for Your Smile

We already know that our diet impacts our health, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that what you eat also affects your teeth and gums. The cavities that our Thornton, CO, dentist treats usually could have been prevented through good oral hygiene and a healthier smile. Reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease by following these dietary suggestions,

  • Your diet should consist of the five food groups: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, protein and (low-fat) dairy
  • Reduce sugar consumption
  • Read labels on all foods and drinks beforehand to check the sugar content
  • Avoid these foods and drinks as much as possible
  • Snack in moderation
  • Make sure to drink enough water every day to flush out toxins and bacteria

If you are dealing with an urgent matter, or to schedule a preventive visit, please call Dr. Christina O. McMillon of Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO at (303) 280-2285.

By Hearthside Dentistry
May 26, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Loss  

How dental implants from your dentist in Thornton, CO, can give you back your smile

Do you know what happens when you lose teeth? It doesn’t just impact your appearance—losing teeth also causes changes in your bite and your chewing ability. Fortunately, there are several ways you can get your smile back, and your dentist can help. Dr. Christina O. McMillon at Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, offers several tooth replacement options for you to consider. Read on to learn more.

Tooth loss and you

These are just a few of the negative effects of tooth loss:

  • You lose your self-esteem, because you know your appearance isn’t all it could be
  • You lose your self-confidence, because your ability to speak clearly has changed
  • You lose your chewing ability, so you may not enjoy all of the foods you love
  • Your digestion is impacted, because you can’t chew as well
  • Your overall health may be impacted, because your digestion is compromised
  • Your bite has changed, which can cause problems with your jaws
  • Jaw problems can lead to TMJ issues, causing jaw pain

When you lose teeth, it can also lead to losing some of the bone in your jaws and your face, causing facial sagging and a slack jawline. These issues can make you look much older than you are.

The good news is, your dentist offers a wide variety of tooth replacement options to give you your smile back. Consider:

  • Dental implants, which look and function just like natural teeth. They offer a permanent tooth replacement solution that never moves. Dental implants also restore full chewing ability, and to maintain them, you can simply brush and floss them just like your natural teeth.
  • Dental appliances, which include partial and full dentures. Dental appliances have been a mainstay of tooth replacement for decades, providing a convenient tooth replacement option that you can remove for cleaning.
  • Dental bridgework, which contains prosthetic teeth to fill the space created by the missing teeth. A dental bridge is anchored by the adjacent teeth, which are crowned to provide added support.

You don’t have to suffer the negative effects of tooth loss. Call Dr. Christina O. McMillon of Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, at (303) 280-2285 to get started on your new smile.

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