Sudbury Smile Center
Find out how turning to your dentist regularly could improve your oral health.
I think we can all agree that life gets pretty hectic; however, if you have found that life has taken over so much that you don’t remember the last time you visited the dentist, then we might have a problem. These routine checkups with our Sudbury, MA, family dentist, Dr. Reina Garcia, are important for everyone. Why? Let’s find out.
Cavities and gum disease are two of the most common dental issues to affect both children and adults. In fact, US adults between the ages of 20-64 had untreated cavities and about 96 percent had decay by the time they turned 65.
Approximately 20 percent of children between the ages of 5-11 and 13 percent of teens between the ages of 12-19 had at least one untreated cavity. And, as many as 50 percent of US adults have some form of gum disease.
While these statistics might freak you out, you’ll be happy to hear a little good news. Visiting your Sudbury general dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings can go a long way to preventing issues from happening and can even be instrumental in detecting problems early on when they are much easier to handle.
Most healthy individuals don’t need to come in more than twice a year (every six months) for preventive dental care. Since many of these problems don’t have symptoms, these routine checkups may be the only way to catch an issue. And, as you might imagine, the sooner you are able to pinpoint a cavity or gum disease the sooner you can treat it before more serious and lifelong complications occur.
There are certain factors that can increase your risk for decay and/or gum disease, which may mean that you could benefit from coming in every three or four months. While these more frequent cleanings and exams aren’t often required for the long-term, they may be ideal for certain high-risk individuals such as:
- Pregnant women
- Menopausal women
- Heavy alcohol drinkers
- Those with weakened immune systems
- Those with a personal history of cavities
Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA, is dedicated to providing you and your family with the routine, cosmetic and even restorative dentistry you need to keep everyone smiling. If you need to schedule a routine cleaning for you or a member of your family, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Find out how these two restorations could be all you need to get your smile back.
Dental problems can happen to anyone, from cracking a tooth while crunching on ice to losing a tooth during an accident or sports injuries. While teeth are pretty durable and strong it doesn’t mean that they also can’t get knocked about and beaten up; however, how you choose to treat the problem is very important. Dental damage of any magnitude should not be ignored. Our Sudbury, MA, family dentist, Dr. Reina Garcia, can tell you how crowns and bridges could breathe new life back into your smile.
What is a dental crown?
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is fixed in place over a tooth to restore it after damage. Whether a tooth has been cracked, fractured, broken, or weakened by decay or an infection, there are many reasons our Sudbury cosmetic dentist will cement a custom dental crown over a tooth. The purpose of a crown is to take over the outer structure of the tooth, encasing the natural tooth inside to protect it from further damage or weakness.
Of course, in some cases, a dental crown may also be used to improve the shape, size, or color of a tooth that has severe cosmetic flaws. Dental crowns are also used to support bridges and to cover dental implants to replace a missing tooth.
What is a dental bridge?
Just as the name suggests, this fixed oral prosthetic is designed to replace one or two teeth in a row and to fill the gap with an artificial tooth or teeth (known as a pontic). In order to do this, two dental crowns will be placed over natural teeth that sit on either side of the gap. Then the pontic will be cemented in between the two crowns.
How long do they last?
Of course, the longevity of your restoration really depends on you. Even though crowns and bridges can’t last forever, how you care for your new restorations and your smile are telling to the lifespan of these oral prostheses. If you maintain good oral hygiene and keep your new restoration clean your crown and bridge could last up to 15 years (or even longer).
Millbrook Smiles is dedicated to providing families throughout Sudbury, MA, with the thorough and comprehensive dental care they deserve. Whether you want to find out if crowns and bridges are right for you or you want to schedule your child’s next dental cleaning, turn to us for the care you can trust.
The dentists in Sudbury, MA, know their patients want to have better-looking smiles, but sometimes the cost can be too high. For that reason Dr. Reina Garcia suggests dental veneers.
Veneers are used to resurface an individual's teeth, especially if they're damaged.
Here are some things veneers can help with:
- Stained teeth or discolored, due to poor hygiene, drinking coffee and tea, smoking, chewing tobacco or even antibiotics containing tetracycline.
- Mishappened teeth, which includes: crooked, worn or chipped teeth, irregularly shaped teeth, uneven surfaces and uneven spacing, like overcrowdedness.
When you come into the Sudbury office, your doctor will examine your teeth and assess whether veneers are right for you. If he or she decides it is, then any underlying issues, like cavities, will need to be resolved first. Then a model of your teeth will be sent to a lab where a custom set of veneers matching the color of your teeth will be made for you.
When your veneers finally arrive, your dentist will remove some enamel from the surface of your teeth then cement the veneers. Removing some enamel, which is an irreversible process, prevents your teeth are protruding. On the contrary, they will feel smooth, even and properly aligned with the rest of your teeth.
Other advantages of getting veneers include not using very much anesthesia. Also, veneers have an impressive color stability which makes them highly resistant to staining. So you'll be able to sip your tea or coffee without any worries.
Brush twice a day and floss at least once before bed. It's important to prevent the buildup of plaque that may result in cavities and other serious issues.
For more information on veneers, contact your dentists in Sudbury, MA, by calling (978) 443-5500. Dr. Garcia will be more than happy to help you with your dental needs!
What your dentist in Sudbury wants you to know
If you are unhappy with the smile nature gave you, there is good news! You can do a lot to change your smile from dull to dazzling, thanks to cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry procedures can redesign your smile, giving you a brilliant smile, guaranteed to attract attention. Dr. Reina Garcia at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA wants to share just a few of the many cosmetic dentistry services available to enhance your smile.
If you have small chips, cracks, enamel defects, or other small damage to your teeth, consider dental bonding. This procedure is easy, non-invasive, and usually requires no anesthetic. The bonding treatment uses composite, an innovative liquid resin that can be matched perfectly to your existing tooth color and shape. The composite is shaped perfectly and hardened using an ultraviolet light. The result: your tooth is whole again and the damaged areas are hidden.
If your smile is dull and yellow from stains or aging, consider a professional teeth whitening treatment which can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter. The dramatic results can last up to 5 years! The whitening treatment is performed in the office and takes about an hour. The result: a sparkling white smile that people will notice.
If you have large areas of damage, cracks, or just don’t like the look of your smile, consider porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin laminates of sparkling porcelain that are permanently cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. Porcelain resists stains, so your smile will stay white for a lifetime. The result: a dramatically enhanced, celebrity-perfect smile.
If you have gaps in your smile because of lost teeth, consider dental implants, the most natural looking and functioning tooth replacement available today. Dental implants are stable, beautiful, and will never decay. They become a permanent part of your smile, virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. The result: a fully-restored smile that looks natural and functions well.
If you want to give your smile a little TLC, consider cosmetic dentistry. For more information about what cosmetic dentistry can do for you and your smile, call Dr. Garcia at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA today!
You can have one dentist in Sudbury for your whole family. Caring for children through senior adults, Dr. Reina Garcia provides the finest in preventative, restorative and cosmetic treatments so you'll enjoy going to Millbrook Smiles. What can your family dentist in Sudbury, MA do for you today?
You brush and floss at home. You watch your diet and encourage your family in tooth-friendly eating. So why go to the family dentist?
Frankly, no matter what your age or walk of life, you need routine hygienic cleanings and dental exams every six months. Plaque and tartar target your teeth and gums with decay and gum disease, the number one cause of tooth loss in the US, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. Your family dentist in Sudbury provides the extra vigilance and diagnostic skill needed to spot dental and gingival problems early on while they are treatable.
Additionally, Dr. Garcia:
- Checks condition of existing fillings, crowns and other restorations
- Recommends plastic sealants and fluoride treatments for teeth at risk for decay (these services are for adults, too)
- Performs oral cancer screening
- Takes digital X-rays to visualize bone structure and roots
- Checks dental bite and alignment
Yes, your family dentist takes your findings and formulates a treatment plan for each patient. The goal is healthy teeth and gums and a great smile.
Dr. Garcia and her team go beyond preventive care. They restore damaged smiles, too, with tooth-colored fillings, root canal therapy, crowns and bridgework, dentures, and dental implants.
Plus, your dentist delivers the best in emergency care--advice and quick treatment when you and yours need it most. Parents, you know you have a caring and competent friend at Millbrook Smiles if your child suffers an oral injury of any kind. The team is just a phone call away, and they'll also help you when a toothache or cracked filling happens to you or an older relative.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that your smile can look as good as it feels. Today's aesthetic treatments deliver great smiles that boost self-confidence and are truly durable, too.
Dr. Garcia wants to know how you would like the appearance of your smile to change. Then, together you can work toward achieving those goals. She offers:
- Porcelain veneers, to disguise and strengthen chipped, cracked or stained teeth
- Professional teeth whitening to brighten dingy tooth enamel
- Composite resin bonding to repair small defects such as gaps and chips
- Invisalign clear aligners which help teens and adults improve tooth alignment and aesthetics without metal braces
It's all here
Why not bring your family to Millbrook Smiles? Everything you need for healthy smiles is under one roof. Contact us today for your convenient appointment times. You'll be greeted with a smile and leave the office with a healthier one of your own. Call (978) 443-5500.
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