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By Hearthside Dentistry
October 05, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sedation Dentistry  

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.

By Hearthside Dentistry
June 02, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Visiting your dentist is a must to protect your teeth from damage. At Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, Dr. Christina McMillon provides patients with several preventative services and restorative procedures. But when do you know it's time to visit your dentist?

Signs it's time to see your dentist

  • Pain and toothaches are a big sign you should visit your dentist. Pain is your body's alarm that something is wrong and needs your attention. Toothaches occur when bacteria has infiltrated a tooth and reached a deeper layer rich with nerves. If you don't visit your dentist, this issue may spiral into tooth loss and then the fix will be more invasive and expensive.
  • Sores are painful and while canker sores can resolve themselves, there are other more insidious sores that require your dentist's immediate attention. Sores can be a sign of oral cancer and your Thornton, CO, dentist needs to properly diagnose it so she can discuss treatment options.
  • Persistent bad breath is embarrassing! If you continuously brush, floss, and use mouthwash but have bad breath, this may be a symptom of gum disease, an infection that damages oral tissue- soft tissue and bone that supports teeth. Periodontitis may lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Gum disease is largely preventable if you maintain a healthy oral regimen.
  • It's been six months since you've seen your dentist. As a rule of thumb, you should visit your dentist every six months for a routine checkup and a professional dental cleaning. If it's been six months since your last appointment, you need to schedule an appointment now. Checkups and cleanings help maintain your health and prevent disease or serious issues from progressing.

Would you like to book an appointment?

If you'd like to visit Dr. McMillon, don't hesitate to call Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, at (303) 280-2285.

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.

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