The Dentists Nominated for Best of Omaha – Vote today!

For 8 consecutive years, the Dentists of Omaha have been named the “Best Family Dentist” by Omaha Magazine. This year, with yet another nomination, we are once again honored to have been recognized by our community. We take great pride in our ability to meet the dental needs of local families and appreciate the opportunity to be acknowledged for our efforts.

To help us remain your “Best Family Dentist” and number one provider for family dental care in 2017, please vote for us here. Voting will end on August 31st, so please take a moment to cast your vote today!

We hope you will continue to support our efforts to provide Nebraska families of all ages and sizes with the personal and professional care they need. From general dentistry services to cosmetic options for improving the appearance of your smile, we strive to provide you and your family with the quality of care you deserve.

If you have questions about the services we provide or if you would like to schedule an appointment to find out what makes our practice so special, please contact The Dentists at Hillsborough today by calling 402.445.4647.

The Benefits of Preventive Dentistry

Many people overlook their dental health. If you aren’t experiencing any obvious or painful problems with your teeth, it might feel easy to dismiss the need for routine cleanings and exams. However, the reality is that if you don’t properly manage your dental health, you may have to pay in the thousands for restorative dental care later in life.

Preventive dentistry is the practice of protecting your teeth and gums from future problems – and the exorbitant costs that often come with them. Left untreated, tooth decay and gum disease can lead to early tooth loss and jawbone loss, which can change the balance of your smile and even the very shape of your face over time.

By keeping up with ongoing hygiene procedures and exams at your dentist’s office – and practicing responsible at-home care – you can prevent dental diseases from compromising the health and structural integrity of your teeth and gums.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that patients undergo two dental check-ups each year for professional teeth cleaning and management of developing conditions. Saving on dental care in the future can be as simple as not skipping out on your routine appointments today.

If it’s been awhile since your last dental visit, there’s no better time than now to start protecting your dental health again. Please contact The Dentists in Omaha today to schedule a consultation with our experienced Omaha dentistry team. We have offices in Hillsborough, Village Pointe, Ralston Square, and Dundee.

Preparing for Your Smile Makeover

If you are frustrated with the way your teeth look, you may be a candidate for a smile makeover. Using the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques and technology, our experienced Omaha dentists can help you cover up superficial aesthetic flaws and completely transform the way your smile looks.

Some of the most common procedures used in a smile makeover include:

In order to prepare for your smile makeover, we must first make sure you are in good oral health. If you have gum disease or tooth decay, our dentists will address these problems first to ensure you have the strongest possible foundation for the cosmetic procedures we will perform.

Once we have confirmed your teeth and gums are healthy, we will make an impression of your teeth and use it to create a model that displays how your completed smile makeover will look. One of our dentists will review this mock-up with you and make any changes you want, demonstrating how different procedures will affect your results. Only when you are happy with the wax model will we proceed with your desired smile makeover.

The average smile makeover takes around 2 to 3 weeks, but this time frame can be shorter or longer depending on the specific procedures you are undergoing, and the extent of the work being done.

If you are interested in learning more about your smile makeover options, please contact The Dentists in Omaha today to schedule a consultation with our experienced Omaha cosmetic dentistry team. We have offices in Hillsborough, Village Pointe, Ralston Square, and Dundee.

Why Choose Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dentistry procedures, capable of completely transforming your smile and correcting a wide range of smile flaws in just a couple of office visits. Veneers are thin shells of high quality dental-grade porcelain that are bonded to the surface of your teeth, and tinted to match the rest of your smile.

Porcelain veneers can be used to:

  • Close gaps between teeth
  • Lengthen small or misshapen teeth
  • Whiten permanently stained teeth
  • Create a more even smile line
  • Strengthen teeth with superficial cracks or chips

Our experienced Omaha cosmetic dentists custom-craft each set of dental veneers to make sure they seamlessly blend with your surrounding teeth. Porcelain filters light in the same way as natural tooth enamel, giving veneers an exceptionally realistic aesthetic. Veneers are also stain-resistant. Discoloration from dark beverages or foods can be polished away during routine visits.

If you are in good dental health, but frustrated with common cosmetic dental problems like cracks, chips, gaps, and misshapen teeth, porcelain veneers may be the solution you’ve been looking for.

To find out if you’re a candidate for porcelain veneers, please contact The Dentists in Omaha today to schedule a consultation with our experienced Omaha cosmetic dentistry team. We have offices in Hillsborough, Village Pointe, Ralston Square, and Dundee.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

If you have a missing tooth, the best way to replace it is with a dental implant. Unlike a dental bridge, an implant does not use your surrounding teeth for support; instead, it uses a biocompatible titanium root to anchor a dental crown. Since the implant is fused to your jawbone, it helps stimulate new bone growth and prevents your jaw from changing shape due to tooth loss.

Dental implants are the strongest, most long-lasting, and most aesthetically appealing option for tooth replacement. However, they may not be right for everyone. In order for the implant procedure to be successful, you must:

  • Be in strong oral health (free of gum disease)
  • Have adequate bone in your jaw to support the implant
  • Refrain from smoking
  • Not be undergoing immunosuppressive therapy
  • Refrain from alcohol use

Dental implant candidacy is determined on a case-by-case basis. It’s important to note that many of the factors that may prevent you from being a good candidate can potentially be circumvented. For example, medical conditions like arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, and osteoporosis can make the implant procedure more risky – but if you and your primary doctor are able to adequately control your condition, you may still be able to take advantage of dental implants.

The best way to find out if dental implants are right for you is to schedule an initial consultation with our experienced Omaha dentists. Please contact The Dentists in Omaha today to schedule your consultation. We have offices in Hillsborough, Village Pointe, Ralston Square, and Dundee.

The Dentists at Hillsborough Featured in LiveWell Nebraska – Dentists Taking On New Roles in Healthcare

LiveWell Nebraska recently interviewed our own Dr. Jeffrey Garvey of The Dentists at Hillsborough. Dr. Garvey discussed how dentistry’s role in healthcare is evolving – for example, innovative new diagnostic procedures and treatments are being offered for problems like sleep apnea.

Additionally, technology is transforming other aspects of dental care, such as:

  • 3D X-rays – New 3D X-ray technology is replacing traditional 2D X-rays, providing dentists with a more comprehensive look inside the mouth. Oddities like a growth or abscess in the mouth are easier to detect in their early stages. 3D X-rays also improve the precision of dental implant placement.
  • Tooth-colored, metal-free restorations – Metal fillings are slowly becoming a thing of the past at dental practices throughout the nation, including The Dentists in Omaha. All-porcelain dental crowns, tooth-colored composite fillings, and other metal-free restoration techniques not only make your smile look better, they are also stronger, healthier, and more durable than most traditional materials.
  • Oral cancer screening – In the past five years, more advanced methods of oral cancer screening have become available to dentists. Infrared lights can be used to identify potentially cancerous abnormalities in the mouth, and a swab of your mouth can be used to test for pre-cancerous lesions. Dr. Garvey says patients who chew tobacco are especially at risk for oral cancer.

Other recent advancements in dentistry – such as dental implants – have significantly improved tooth replacement, and can even enhance dentures. Instead of messy adhesives, implants can be used as an anchor for dentures, preventing them from slipping or moving. Implant-supported dentures or bridges can be life-changing for many patients.

If you are looking for an experienced Omaha dentist who uses the latest technology and techniques in the field, please contact The Dentists in Omaha today to schedule a consultation with our experienced team. We have offices in Hillsborough, Village Pointe, Ralston Square, and Dundee.

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Releases “State of Little Teeth” Report

Early childhood caries (ECC) has become an epidemic among young children. This rapid form of tooth decay is the most common early childhood disease in the nation, and it continues to be on the rise. In order to address this problem, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) has released its first “State of Little Teeth” report, the core of an educational campaign designed to provide parents and caregivers with the tools and information they need to prevent tooth decay in children.

According to the report, around 60% of children in the United States have had tooth decay by age 5, and 40% of children have it before entering kindergarten. Once called “baby bottle tooth decay,” ECC is often caused in infants when a parent puts a child to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. The sugars in the milk or juice pool around the front teeth, mixing with caries-causing bacteria. Other factors that put children at risk for ECC include:

  • Enamel defects
  • Frequent consumption of sugary snacks and drinks
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Lack of fluoridation
  • Mouth breathing

According to research, ECC not only damages a child’s dental and general health – it can also impact their social and intellectual development. Early loss of baby teeth leads to problems like poor speech articulation, and children may frequently miss school because of infection or pain, causing them to have a poorer academic performance overall. ECC can also contribute to inattention in school, and the appearance of a child’s teeth can result in teasing from others, low self-esteem, and a reluctance to smile, speak, or play.

If you are looking for an experienced Omaha family dentist you can trust to protect your child’s dental health, please contact The Dentists in Omaha today to schedule a consultation with our experienced team. We have offices in Hillsborough, Village Pointe, Ralston Square, and Dundee.

Types of Teeth Stains

If you have yellow, dull, or discolored teeth, you may be interested in teeth whitening to restore a brighter smile. Our Omaha dentistry practice offers professional-grade teeth whitening kits that you can use at home, allowing you to whiten your smile on your own time, while still benefiting from the supervision of our experienced dentistry team. We are dedicated to ensuring optimal safety, comfort, and results throughout your teeth whitening treatment. Not all teeth stains alike. Generally speaking, there are two main types of teeth stains:

  • Extrinsic – Typically caused by beverages like coffee, wine, and tea, as well as beets, berries, and other dark foods. Extrinsic stains build up in the thin film of protein that covers the enamel layer of your teeth. Smoking and poor oral hygiene can worsen extrinsic stains.
  • Intrinsic – These stains are located deeper within the enamel, and are most commonly caused by medications or past trauma to the mouth. Infection and the natural aging process can also contribute to intrinsic stains, which usually look gray or yellowish brown.

Tooth whitening effectively targets and eliminates extrinsic stains. However, if you have any intrinsic stains (e.g. stains caused by taking tetracycline), these may not be as easy to remove. During a consultation, our experienced Omaha dentistry team will examine your teeth to determine what types of stains you have, and what teeth whitening can accomplish in your unique case.

If you have further questions about teeth whitening, please contact The Dentists in Omaha today to schedule a consultation with our experienced Omaha general dentistry team. We have offices in Hillsborough, Village Pointe, Ralston Square, and Dundee.

Is ClearCorrect™ Right for Me?

If you need to straighten your teeth, but hesitate at the thought of wearing traditional braces, ClearCorrect™ may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Instead of placing metal brackets and wires on your teeth, ClearCorrect™ uses clear plastic teeth aligners that are specially molded to guide your teeth into their ideal position.

This approach has many benefits for patients. Firstly, since the ClearCorrect™ aligners are virtually invisible while you’re wearing them, treatment will not affect your appearance. Cleaning and caring for your teeth will also remain the same, since you can remove your aligners whenever you need to eat, brush, and floss.

ClearCorrect™ is capable of correcting most overbites and underbites, and can straighten out teeth that are:

  • Crooked
  • Turned
  • Crowded
  • Spaced

If you have severe or unusual orthodontic problems, ClearCorrect™ may not be the ideal option for treatment. Otherwise, ClearCorrect™ has a broad application, and is effective at treating many different types of orthodontic cases. After carefully examining your teeth and bite, our experienced Omaha dentistry team can determine whether or not ClearCorrect™ is right for you.

If you have further questions about ClearCorrect™, please contact The Dentists in Omaha today to schedule a consultation with our experienced Omaha general dentistry team. We have offices in Hillsborough, Village Pointe, Ralston Square, and Dundee.

Dental Bridges vs. Dental Implants

Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Traditional dental bridges are anchored using crown “caps” that are placed over the adjacent teeth, holding your dental restoration securely in place.

Dental bridges are a practical and effective tooth replacement method, but they do not address the issue of bone loss and jaw shrinkage, which occurs whenever a tooth is missing. This means that over time, your bridge will need to be adjusted or replaced to adapt to changes in your jaw’s structure.

Dental implants, on the other hand, are secured directly into your jawbone, where they serve as a strong foundation for your dental restorations. Dental implants offer a number of advantages over other forms of tooth replacement, including:

  • No reliance on adjacent teeth for support
  • The strongest and most reliable hold of restorations
  • No risk of slipping or falling out
  • Complete restoration of strength and beauty

In addition, dental implants prevent jaw shrinkage by replacing the missing tooth’s root, stimulating bone growth in the area. For these reasons and more, dental implants are the preferred option for tooth replacement among dentists and patients alike.

Dental implants can also be used to support a dental bridge.

If you have further questions about dental bridges or dental implants, please contact The Dentists in Omaha today to schedule a consultation with our experienced Omaha general dentistry team. We have offices in Hillsborough, Village Pointe, Ralston Square, and Dundee.