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Fear of the dentist is a common situation that affects many people. Luckily, you can work with your dentist to overcome your fear by using sedation dentistry. But how does sedation dentistry work? Can it help your dental anxiety? Find out with Dr. Christina McMillon at Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a way for dentists to help patients cope with anxiety related to dental visits and procedures. Many events or experiences can trigger this anxiety, keeping patients from seeking out the preventive and necessary care they require for their smiles. Sedation dentistry uses medication to help the patient relax both mind and body during their dental visit. Sedation dentistry comes in various strengths depending on the patient, the complexity of their procedure, and the level of their dental anxiety.
Am I a candidate for sedation dentistry?
A good candidate for sedation dentistry is in good health and able to undergo the sedation process. In addition to helping patients relax, sedation dentistry allows several procedures to be completed in one visit. Sedation dentistry can also help those with jaw weakness or pain, people with a severe gag reflex, and other physical limitations. Dentists recommend against sedation dentistry if the patient has a heart condition, is taking certain medications, has medical allergies, or suffers from certain respiratory conditions.
Sedation dentistry has several different levels and strengths. Sedation begins conservatively with mild sedation or “laughing gas.” Nitrous oxide is a safe and trusted method that has been used in the dentistry field for a long time.
For more information on sedation dentistry, please contact Dr. Christina McMillon at Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO. Call 303-280-2285 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Find out how dental crowns could improve the appearance and health of your smile.
Dental crowns are among the most commonly placed dental restorations here at Hearthside Dentistry. Our Thornton, CO, dentist Dr. Christina McMillon and her team have made it their mission to provide patients with beautiful, lifelike restorations. Want to know what dental crowns can offer your smile? Here are just some of the benefits,
Crowns Offer Cosmetic Benefits
We all know that having a tooth that is discolored or misshapen can significantly impact the appearance of your smile, as well as your confidence. The good news is that by simply placing a ceramic crown over the tooth we can easily transform it to any shape, size, or color you desire so the tooth blends beautifully with the rest of your smile.
Crowns are Quite Versatile
Dental crowns are used for a variety of different reasons, making them one of the restorations that our Thornton, CO, dental team most often uses. Crowns can be used to improve the appearance of a tooth as well as,
- Cover and restore a weak or damaged tooth
- Protect a tooth after root canal therapy
- Preserve a cracked or fractured tooth
- Cover a dental implant to complete the artificial tooth
- Stabilize dental bridges
Crowns Are Built to Last
Cosmetic crowns are often made from ceramic or porcelain, which is a tough, durable material that is designed to look just like a real tooth. The material is even matched to the color of your tooth beforehand to make sure that it is the same shade as the rest of your smile. Crowns can last anywhere from five to 15 years or longer, depending on how well you care for your new restoration.
Preserve and Protect Your Natural Teeth
Our goal is to always preserve your natural teeth whenever possible. When decay, infection, or injuries occur, we look for the most conservative approach that will also protect and strengthen the tooth. A crown covers the entire tooth, making it a strong protective barrier that will rebuild and improve the overall durability and function of the tooth in the long run.
Here at Hearthside Dentistry, Dr. McMillon is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental crowns to patients living in and around Thornton, CO. If you think your smile could benefit from dental crowns, call our office today at (303) 280-2285 to schedule a no-risk consultation.
Nervous about your upcoming dental procedure? We can fix that!
If you’ve ever talked to our Thornton, CO, dentist Dr. Christina McMillon about how nervous you feel when you need to have a cavity filled or even during a dental cleaning, then you probably know that we offer sedation dentistry. One of the most commonly used and most well-known types of sedation dentistry we offer is nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas. Here’s what you should know about nitrous oxide and how it might help ease your anxiety here at Hearthside Dentistry.
What is nitrous oxide?
Nitrous oxide is a sedative that is mixed with oxygen and administered through a mask that covers the nose to help patients feel calm and relaxed during their procedure. Nitrous oxide is delivered in a steady stream to the patient throughout their treatment.
What are the benefits of nitrous oxide?
Nitrous oxide is one of the most commonly used forms of sedation dentistry because it is safe and effective at providing patients with the instant relaxation they need. The other benefit of nitrous oxide is that the effects wear off almost as soon as the mask is removed from the nose. Since nitrous oxide does not put you to sleep and effects do not linger, this also means that patients can often drive themselves home after their appointment.
Who can benefit from nitrous oxide?
You may be surprised to discover that nitrous oxide and sedation dentistry in general, is safe and effective for patients of all ages. Our Thornton, CO, dental team has provided everyone from children to seniors with sedation dentistry to make their dental appointments easier. While we often administer sedation dentistry to nervous patients, this isn’t the only reason to consider sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry may help a squirming and stressed child sit still so they can get the dental work they require in a timely and more efficient manner. It can help make you feel more comfortable if you experience pain when sitting in one position for an extended period of time. It’s also great if you have a sensitive gag reflex that has you gagging during your dental visits. It can also help those with special needs feel more comfortable and at ease.
If you feel nervous in the dentist’s chair and it’s keeping you from getting the treatment your smile needs, then it’s time to talk to our Thornton, CO, dentist Dr. McMillon and her team about how sedation dentistry could help. To learn more about sedation dentistry, call Hearthside Dentistry at (303) 280-2285.
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.
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.