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By Hearthside Dentistry
March 04, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Planing   Scaling  

Gum disease can sneak up on us, even if we think we are doing everything right. The one thing most of us disregard is regular checkups and cleanings, and that can open the path to more involved procedures when we do decide to come back.

Scaling and root planing is one of these procedures, but it's not quite as bad as it's been made to sound, especially when you consider its benefits. For more information about it contact Dr. Christina McMillon of Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO.

Why Are Regular Dental Cleanings Necessary?

If you brush and floss your teeth every day you are already doing a lot to prevent the buildup of plaque on your teeth.

Plaque is the sticky film that forms on them every day, which is why daily hygiene habits are important. But no matter how good we are there is usually some plaque left over.

It may not seem like much but this hard-to-reach plaque can harden into tartar thanks to the minerals in our saliva, making it nearly impossible to remove at home with just a toothbrush.

The bacteria that live in both plaque and tartar feed on the sugars we consume and create acids as a result. These acids can damage the enamel on our teeth, and our gums, potentially leading to gum disease.

The good news is that if gum disease is in its early stages it can often be reversed with a professional dental cleaning. Or halted before it can take root. But sometimes the buildup of bacteria progresses far enough that traditional cleaning can no longer be effective.

How Can Scaling and Root Planing Help?

For deeper cleaning, beyond what a professional cleaning can provide, your dentist may suggest scaling and root planing.

Scaling is the process of cleaning the plaque and tartar on your teeth beneath the gumline using a specialized device. Then, to finalize the treatment, your roots are smoothed, or planed, to help prevent both plaque and tartar from accumulating again.

Local anesthesia is applied during the procedure, and you can expect some discomfort as your gums heal, but freeing yourself of gum disease and possible decay will prevent future complications like decay, and disease. 

Scaling and Root Planing in Thornton, CO

Don't put off that dentist's visit any longer, make an appointment today with Dr. McMillon of Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, by dialing (303) 280-2285.

By Hearthside Dentistry
February 19, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Damage, imperfections and other tooth issues don't have to change your smile forever. Your Thornton, CO, dentist, Dr. Christina McMillon of Hearthside Dentistry, can help you improve your smile with a variety of cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments and services.

Are your teeth dull or stained?

Teeth whitening offers a simple way to remove stains and brighten your smile. Your dentist uses a whitening gel that contains hydrogen peroxide, a natural whitener, to whiten your teeth by an average of three to eight shades. You only need to spend about an hour at the Thornton dental office to transform your smile.

You can also choose at-home whitening with a tray and whitening gel provided by the dentist. At-home kits can be used to touch up your whitening results no matter which option you choose.

Do you have a cavity?

Fillings used to be very noticeable, but that's changed, thanks to the introduction of tooth-colored fillings. Tooth-colored composite resin fillings are available in common tooth shades, allowing your dental work to blend in with your teeth. Tooth-colored fillings are durable and help strengthen your teeth.

Is your tooth broken, fragile or unattractive?

A dental crown may be the ideal solution if you need to restore the full height and width of a broken tooth. Crowns also strengthen weak or cracked teeth, preventing them from breaking. The restorations are hollow inside and fit over teeth after they've been reduced in size. In addition to restoring and strengthening teeth, crowns are used to change shape and length, hide imperfections and discolorations, and make oddly shaped teeth look more uniform.

Are you missing a tooth?

Restoring missing teeth improves your appearance and chewing ability and prevents your other teeth from shifting. Your dentist may recommend a bridge, dentures or dental implants depending on the number of teeth you've lost.

Dental implants provide a long-lasting tooth restoration method. Crowns are connected to dental implants that replace your missing roots. The implants bond to your jawbone and become a permanent part of the bone. Although implants are most often used to restore just one missing teeth, implant-supported bridges and dentures can replace multiple missing teeth.

Enhance your appearance with cosmetic dentistry. Call your dentist in Thornton, CO, Dr. Christina McMillon of Hearthside Dentistry, at (303) 280-2285 to schedule your appointment.

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
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.

Find out when a dental crown may be needed to improve the health of your smile.

Even though teeth are amazingly resilient even teeth can fall victim to injury and damage caused by cavities, trauma and accidents. When a tooth is damaged it’s important that you turn to our Thornton, CO, dentist Dr. Christina McMillon as soon as possible for immediate care. A dental crown is a commonly placed restoration and it is used to preserve the tooth’s natural structure.

A dental crown is a hollow tooth-shaped cap that fits over the tooth and encapsulates it. The crown will then be cemented into place over the tooth where it will cover it all the way to the gum line. Think of a crown as armor for your damaged tooth, providing it with protection and stronger defenses. Our Thornton, CO, family dentist may recommend getting a dental crown in these circumstances,

Strengthen a weak tooth

There are many things that can weaken your tooth, from a sports-related injury and a traumatic blow to the face to severe decay. If a tooth is weak the best option will be to place a crown over the tooth to protect what’s left of the tooth’s healthy structure to prevent further problems.

Replace a large filling

If one of your teeth has had severe decay in the past you may now have a large filling; however, over time, a large filling may no longer be able to properly support the tooth’s structure. To prevent fracturing from happening to the tooth a dental crown can be used in place of the old filling to provide the tooth with more stability.

Improve the appearance of a tooth

While a dental crown is most often used to restore a weak or damaged tooth we can’t ignore the cosmetic benefits that it can offer patients, too. A crown is customized to fit your appearance and needs; therefore, if you have a tooth that is severely misshapen or discolored we can place a crown over the tooth to hide discolorations and improve its overall size and shape.

Support a dental bridge

Are you getting a dental bridge to fill gaps in your smile caused by tooth loss? If so, dental crowns will be instrumental in this process. A dental bridge has crowns on both sides with a false tooth in between. The crowns are then placed over natural teeth to anchor the bridge into place and to fill gaps.

There are many instances in which your smile could benefit from the restorative and cosmetic benefits of a dental crown. If you have questions about dental crowns then call Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, today at (303) 280-2285.

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