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By Millbrook Smiles
October 30, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Sealants  

Reduce your little one’s risk of developing cavities.

While fewer children are dealing with cavities these days than decades before, approximately 43 percent of children between the ages of 2 mother-women-smileand 19 stil end up being afflicted by them at one point or another. Accordingly, the goal of our Sudbury, MA, family dentist, Dr. Reina Garcia, is to prevent cavities through providing routine checkups, educating young patients on proper brushing and flossing techniques, and offering dental sealants—a preventative treatment that helps protect the most vulnerable of teeth from being afflicted by plaque.

Read on to learn more about how dental sealants can protect your child's smile!

 

About Dental Sealants

Along with proper at-home care, there are ways that our Sudbury, MA, dentist can help your child reduce their risk for decay. One of these ways is through dental sealants, clear plastic coatings that bond to the chewing surfaces of molars.

Take a look at your molars and you will notice a number of ridges and grooves running along them. As you might imagine, it’s much easier for these areas to harbor bacteria, something that greatly increases the risk of cavities. In fact, according to the CDC, dental sealants prevent cavities by 80 percent for the first two years and can still be effective as much as nine years later!

 

Placing Dental Sealants

Once your child’s first set of molars come in (around the age of 6 or 7), our family dentist may recommend sealant treatment. Taking only a few minutes to place, the sealant process is both simple and non-invasive.

The treatment begins with our dentist cleaning your child’s teeth before placing a special solution over the chewing surfaces to allow the sealant to stick. The etching solution is then rinsed off and the tooth is dried before the sealant is painted on and hardened into place with a special curing light. Once placed, the dental sealants won't be noticeable as they are made from transparent plastic.

If you are looking for a family dentist in Sudbury, MA, to care for your child’s smile, then call Milbrook Smiles today at (978) 443-5500.

By Millbrook Smiles
May 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

A dental crown is one of modern dentistry's most effective ways to restore a fractured, abscessed, or decayed tooth. Also called a cap, this crownsrestoration surrounds the remaining portions of a tooth with lifelike porcelain from the gum line up. At Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA, your family dentist, Dr. Reina Garcia, fashions and places beautiful crowns, in order to save and beautify smiles!

 

Stop the decline with a crown

Most teeth requiring crowns have a pre-existing health problem. Perhaps it's infection, in which case a root canal procedure comes first in order to remove any diseased pulp before the tooth is sealed and crowned. Or, maybe a tooth has had numerous fillings, or one very large one, and requires a crown to protect the overall tooth structure.

Whatever the case, Dr. Garcia looks at a tooth and X-rays it to determine if a crown would preserve it and bring it back to its former shape, symmetry, and strength. If it would, she'll complete the entire procedure at her Sudbury family dental practice, using a simple local anesthetic for pain relief and high-quality porcelain for resiliency.

To properly fit your crown, the dentist takes oral impressions and reshapes the tooth. She instructs the dental lab as to the crown's color and configuration, and she places a temporary crown to protect the tooth in the interim. When you return to Millbrook Smiles, Dr. Garcia will remove the temporary and permanently bond the new crown in place.

 

Easy to care for

With routine flossing and brushing at home combined with in-office care every six months at Millbury Smiles, your crown can last ten years or even longer! To maximize longevity, we must also caution to steer away from hard foods, such as candy apples and peanut brittle, and to wear a customized bite guard at night if you tend to grind or clench your teeth (bruxism).

 

A gap-free smile

Preventive dentistry helps you keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. If you do develop a problem, a dental crown can restore life and functionality to your tooth. Contact Millbrook Smiles if you think a crown may help your misshapen, cracked, or heavily restored tooth. Dr. Garcia will answer all your questions. Phone us at (978) 443-5500.

By Millbrook Smiles
January 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: family dentistry  

Family DentistryDo you need a family dentist? The professionals at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA, are here to help!

What can your family dentist do for you?

  • Bridges: Bridges are custom-made oral appliances that can conceal dental gaps while also restoring proper biting and chewing functions. 
     
  • Crowns: A dental crown is a porcelain cap that reinforces weak teeth and covers unaesthetic ones, such as those marred by cracks, dents, and chips. When your tooth is severely decayed and large portions of it are removed, your Sudbury family dentists use a dental crown to preserve whatever remains of your natural tooth.
     
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants are made up of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace missing tooth roots. Implants help stabilize, strengthen, and prevent the weakening and shrinking of your jawbone.
     
  • Fillings and Dental Bonding: Made from composite resin, these procedures aim to treat decayed, chipped, fractured, and discolored teeth. In order to prepare your teeth for the composite, your family dentist will apply an etching solution on the tooth surface before applying the resin. The composite is then molded to the right shape and hardened with a curing light.

General Dental Care

Here are a few tips to stay healthy:

  • Visit your dentist for bi-annual dental appointments to maintain your oral health
  • Avoid eating hard candies and sugary food
  • Floss your teeth before bed to preserve your crowns and natural teeth
  • Drink plenty of water to remove food debris
  • Use fluoride-containing products like toothpastes and mouthwash
  • Eat fruits and vegetables that'll help avoid cavities
  • Brush your teeth twice a day by spending two full minutes brushing your teeth and tilting your brush at a 45-degree angle to ensure that you remove as much food debris as possible

For more information on what your family dentists can provide for you and your loved ones, contact Millbrook Smiles' Sudbury, MA, office today at (978)443-5500

By Millbrook Smiles
October 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental VeneersWhen a patient desires a perfect “Hollywood smile,” he or she is more than likely going to need veneers to achieve it. It is one of the most popular and effective cosmetic treatments used in dentistry. Get a clear understanding of the veneers installation procedure and the benefits that you’ll enjoy thanks to this treatment. Then you can feel confident about making a decision about your smile when you visit Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA, for a consultation.

The Veneers Procedure
The process of getting veneers includes four main steps. At the initial consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth and take X-rays to ensure that your teeth are healthy on the inside. If they are and you decide to go with veneers, your teeth will be prepped at that visit or a later appointment. Your dentist will then take molds of your teeth, which a technician will use to design each customized veneer out of porcelain material. The fourth step is to bond the veneers using white bonding cement and then shape them to perfection.

Veneer Benefits
The most noticeable benefit of veneers is how they make your smile look. It is an instant change for the better that improves the color, shape, and spacing of your teeth. There is no need to wait months or years for a more beautiful smile when you choose veneers—the entire process takes just a few weeks and a few visits with your Sudbury, MA, cosmetic dentist. Veneers also fix the front surfaces of the teeth when they are damaged and protect them. Porcelain is very durable and resistant to cracking, chipping, and staining.

Life with Veneers
You may be surprised by how life-changing it is to have veneers. You’ll have to get used to the newfound freedom of flashing your smile at every opportunity instead of hiding your teeth from the world. Many patients seek this treatment in advance of an important life event, like a wedding or business conference. Keep your veneers looking smooth, polished, and white by seeing your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and wear a custom mouth guard at night to prevent grinding. 

Schedule Your Smile Makeover
If you feel it’s time to pay your smile more attention, explore cosmetic dentistry with a dentist. Call (978) 443-5500 today to schedule a veneers consultation with Dr. Reina Garcia at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA.

By Millbrook Smiles
August 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

InvisalignMillions of Americans require orthodontic treatment every year, but traditional metallic braces are not always an ideal or convenient option for older teenagers and adults. Invisalign is a more discreet and less invasive option to correct common bite and alignment problems, without braces. Dr. Reina Garcia, a dentist in Sudbury, MA, offers Invisalign and other cosmetic and general dentistry services at Millbrook Smiles.

Get Straighter Teeth with Invisalign in Sudbury, MA

Like braces, the Invisalign trays gradually shift your teeth into the correct alignment over time. However, instead of wires and brackets, Invisalign consists of custom designed, clear, removable trays. In addition to the discreet nature of the Invisalign system which is virtually undetectable to the naked eye, the trays also have a number of benefits that contribute to your comfort, ongoing oral hygiene, and quality of life during the treatment period.

Additional Benefits to Straightening Your Teeth with Invisalign

The biggest benefit of Invisalign for most people is the aesthetic advantage over metallic braces. Although orthodontic treatment is fairly common, even among adults, they can be disruptive and cause embarrassment and discomfort in social and professional situations.

But there are several additional practical advantages to choosing Invisalign for your orthodontic treatment. The trays are removable for up to two hours every day, which allows you to continue eating your favorite foods, without the dietary restrictions and limitations that are typically necessary with braces. More importantly, you can continue to maintain your regular oral hygiene routine and brush and floss every day while using Invisalign.

If you have issues with grinding or clenching your teeth, the trays may also serve as a light night guard to protect your teeth. Each tray is worn for approximately two weeks and then discarded for the next tray in the series as your teeth shift into place. In some cases, the treatment period may be shorter with Invisalign than with traditional braces.

To learn more about the benefits of Invisalign clear aligner trays and whether they are the right option for you, contact Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA by calling 978-443-5500 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Garcia today.