Dental Blog

When Should My Child First Visit The Dentist?

February 15th, 2017 by

Scheduling your child's first dental appointment in HillsboroughAt our practice, family dentistry is one of our highest priorities. We know it’s important that the children of our Omaha-area friends and neighbors learn good dental habits as early as possible, so we work hard to ensure our environment is one of relaxation and comfort. Your children will be in good hands when they visit our office.

One of the keys to pediatric dentistry is getting a child into the office at a young age. This helps your child become acclimated to the routines of a dental office and starts them on the path to a lifetime of good oral health habits.

The American Dental Association generally recommends that you bring your child into the office approximately six months after the appearance of his or her first tooth. That first visit should come no later than the child’s first birthday. This might sound awfully early, but tooth decay doesn’t wait – it starts as soon as your child’s teeth come in.

Of course, every child is unique, and our family dentists will work with you to find a time for your child’s first appointment that works with your schedule and allows for the most pleasant and productive visit possible.

If you live in or around Omaha, Nebraska and you want a dental office where family dentistry is a priority, please call The Dentists today at 402-307-6227.

Causes of Teeth Discoloration

January 26th, 2017 by

Omaha teeth whitening dentistThere’s no doubt that tooth discoloration is an unpleasant and unsightly cosmetic problem. Stained, yellowed teeth can mar an otherwise healthy smile and sharply impact your self-confidence. And when you’re unwilling to smile for photographs or in personal conversations, it’s easy to come off as unpleasant or sour.

That’s why so many of our Omaha-area patients come to us asking about teeth whitening. Through our safe, proven whitening treatments, we can help you remove stains and improve the appearance of your smile.

Of course, prevention is always a good idea. By understanding the causes of tooth discoloration, you can take steps to prevent it. Some common causes of stained teeth include:

  • Many acidic foods, such as certain fruits and vegetables
  • Beverages like sodas, juices, coffee, tea and wine
  • Age
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Several diseases
  • Some medications, such as tetracycline
  • Genetics
  • Smoking

Obviously, some of these factors are beyond your control. But there are definitely steps you can take to keep your teeth as white as possible. Limit your consumption of the foods and beverages listed above. Quit smoking – or even better, don’t start in the first place. Practice sound dental hygiene.

Of course, you can do everything right and still find yourself suffering from stained teeth. In these situations, teeth whitening from our experienced dentists can offer an exciting solution.

If you live in or around Omaha, Nebraska and you want to learn more about our teeth whitening options, please call The Dentists today at 402-307-6227 for a consultation and examination.

New Year’s Resolution: Revamp Your Smile

January 11th, 2017 by

Omaha smile makeover Improving the appearance of your smile is something a lot of Omaha residents are committed to in the New Year. And it’s an excellent New Year’s resolution: a bright, white, photogenic smile can have significant positive effects on both your personal and professional lives.

Cosmetic dentistry is designed to help you achieve these goals. And if you’re concerned that you have too many cosmetic imperfections to achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of, The Dentists have good news: with a smile makeover, we can address all of these imperfections and effect an extraordinary change in the quality of your smile.

A smile makeover isn’t a single procedure. Instead, it’s a combination of a number of safe, proven, effective cosmetic procedures, all aimed at completely revamping your smile.

Every smile makeover is unique, and we will work with you to craft a makeover that’s right for you. Procedures in a smile makeover commonly include:

Our experienced dentists have spent decades helping patients achieve all of their cosmetic dreams. We have a breadth and depth of experience that is unmatched in the Omaha area.

If you live in or around Omaha, Nebraska and you’re curious about the potential of a smile makeover, please call The Dentists today at 402-307-6227 for a consultation and examination.

The Dentists Receive Best of Omaha Award for 2017

December 21st, 2016 by

 

We are honored, humbled and thrilled to announce that The Dentists have been named Best Family Dentist Office in Omaha for the ninth consecutive year. The award was announced by Omaha Magazine, and you can find the full list of Best of Omaha 2017 results here.

We don’t work as hard as we do in order to win awards, but it’s undeniably gratifying to receive such recognition. We take a great deal of pride in providing our patients with top-notch family dentistry. This means providing every member of your family – child, teenager, adult, grand-parent – with the dental services you need.

We’re passionate about family dentistry because we understand how important it is to teach young patients the basics of dental hygiene. We know that if we can help your children learn the basics of sound dental hygiene, they will be on the path to excellent oral health through adulthood.

We want to thank Omaha Magazine for this honor. But most importantly, we want to thank our patients for making all of our success possible through your continued trust and patronage.

If you live in or around Omaha, Nebraska and need an experienced family dentist, please call The Dentists today at 402-307-6227.

Am I A Candidate for Dental Implants?

December 7th, 2016 by

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If you’re missing a tooth, it’s absolutely crucial that you replace the missing tooth as soon as possible. Failure to do so can result in a range of serious dental health problems, not the least of which is an increased chance of other teeth tilting and shifting out of position.

Dental implants are among the most popular tooth replacement options in the Omaha area. This is because they’re strong, durable and inconspicuous.

But dental implants are not right for everyone. Our dentists will thoroughly evaluate your dental health to determine if you’re a good candidate for implants. Generally speaking, a good candidate for dental implants:

  • Has enough bone density in the jaw to support an implant
  • Does not suffer from gum disease or any other oral health disease
  • Is prepared to invest the time necessary for implants
  • Does not grind their teeth
  • Doesn’t smoke
  • Has a fully matured jaw (usually only a concern for younger patients)

The good news is that most patients with missing teeth are sound candidates for dental implants. In some circumstances, patients without the necessary bone density can undergo a bone graft, though that will obviously lengthen the procedure timeline.

If you are a good candidate for dental implants, you will love the results. Implants don’t just provide you with strong tooth replacement – they provide you with a beautiful smile that does not betray the fact that you have an artificial tooth.

If you live in or around Omaha, Nebraska and have questions about dental implants, please call The Dentists at Hillsborough today at 402-445-4647 for a consultation and examination.

Brighten Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry

November 15th, 2016 by

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Our Omaha-area patients seek out cosmetic dentistry for a number of reasons. But the overwhelming goal of many such patients is simple – they want a bright, white, photogenic smile. And understandably so – a beautiful smile conveys any number of advantages.

Cosmetic dentistry is, fortunately, well-equipped to help you achieve this goal. Our dentists can use a number of procedures to brighten your smile and leave you confident when taking pictures or engaging in conversation.

These procedures include:

And, of course, nothing mars an otherwise-brilliant smile quite like a missing tooth. In these cases, dental implants can provide a strong, durable, inconspicuous replacement.

The procedure that is right for you will depend, of course, on your specific circumstances and your cosmetic objectives. Our dentists are committed to helping you find the procedures that will help you safely achieve all of your goals.

If you live in or around Omaha, Nebraska and you have questions about cosmetic dentistry, please call The Dentists today at 402.445.4647 for a consultation.

Use Or Lose Your Health Benefits!

November 10th, 2016 by

health-insurance-omaha-dentalIf you’re like many Omaha-area residents, you likely have medical and dental insurance. And pretty much every dental insurance policy has provisions that result in the loss of benefits if they aren’t used by the end of the calendar year.

So as we approach Thanksgiving and the end of 2016, now is a good time to review your dental insurance and get a sense of where you stand. And if you’re facing the loss of benefits at the end of the year, it’s probably a good time to call The Dentists and inquire about our services.

We’re not suggesting you should undergo unnecessary procedures just to use your insurance. However, if you’ve been putting off needed dental work, such as a routine exam or some other procedure that’s covered by insurance, now is the perfect time to look into it.

Whatever your specific situation, our dentists can work with you to find a solution that fits within the parameters of your insurance. And as a bonus, you’ll have sound, beautiful teeth during the photo-heavy holiday season.

If you live in or around Omaha, Nebraska and you need an experienced dentist and you’re looking to use some of your end-of-the-year benefits, please call The Dentists today at 402-445-4647 for a consultation.

How Do Dental Veneers Work?

October 26th, 2016 by

dental-veneers-nebraskaIf you have chipped, cracked, broken or permanently stained teeth, dental veneers represent an exceptionally effective option. With veneers, our Nebraska patients can once again have a beautiful, white, photogenic smile.

But you might still have questions about veneers. How and why are they so effective? At our office, we are committed to giving you as much information as you need to make an informed decision about your dental needs.

Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that are firmly bonded to your tooth. It covers the front and top of the tooth and will blend in very well with your natural teeth.

Dental veneers are popular for many reasons, not the least of which is the strength and durability of the veneers. They are made from porcelain, which is exceptionally strong, and they are firmly bonded to your natural tooth. If properly maintained through sound dental hygiene practices, your veneers can last up to a decade.

If you’re a Nebraska resident and have questions about dental veneers or any other service we offer, please call The Dentists today at 402.445.4647 for a consultation and examination.

Questions to Ask Your Implant Dentist

October 11th, 2016 by

Illustration showing the dental implant with crown

You may have heard about the many benefits of dental implants, including that they are the best solution for missing or seriously damaged teeth, but questions remain. Our experienced implant dentist knows that any oral surgery is not something to be undertaken without contemplation and education. Here are some of the questions we are commonly asked:

  • What is a dental implant? Dental implants can’t be seen once the process is complete, so you may not realize that the implant is a small screw made of titanium that is placed into the jawbone and a post that protrudes through the gum tissue to replace the root and inner portion of your tooth. To replace the visible portion of your tooth, a cap or crown is added.
  • How long is the dental implant process? The dental implants process takes place over several months so that your body can heal and the implant can fuse naturally to your jawbone.
  • How long do dental implants last? The lifespan of dental implants varies from person to person, but with good care, they can last a lifetime.
  • How do I care for my dental implants? Just like your own natural teeth, dental implants need good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups. If any special considerations arise due to injury, genetic history, or nutritional habits, our implant dentist will work with you to develop personalized care recommendations.
  • Am I a candidate for dental implants? Dental implants are not for everyone. We will work with you to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants with a thorough consultation. We can recommend alternatives, such as partials, if it is the better option.

To learn more about dental implants, call our dental office at 402.445.4647 to schedule an appointment with an experienced Omaha implant dentist.

What is a Root Canal?

September 28th, 2016 by

root-canal-omaha-dentistDo you have tooth pain that is becoming more and more noticeable? If so, it may be the result of an infection. Infected teeth are usually caused by tooth decay deep in the tooth or gum. If you are suffering from an infected tooth, treatment is necessary to stop the spread of the infection and to completely get rid of the infection. Without treatment, infection will continue to get worse and will eventually need immediate intervention.

One of the most common methods of treating severe tooth infections and decay is with a root canal. Root canals are endodontic procedures that are often completed in two visits. At the first visit, you will be numbed and as much of the infection as possible will be removed from the infected tooth and surrounding gums. Once the majority of infection is removed, a temporary filling will be used to help protect the tooth. At the second visit, the rest of the infection will be completely removed and a sealant will be applied to stop any future infections and to completely heal the infected tooth.

Additionally, root canals have many benefits, such as:

  • The ability for more natural tooth preservation
  • Being more cost effective than other treatment options
  • Being a less invasive procedure than dental implants or dental crowns
  • Increased comfort during treatment because tooth extraction isn’t required
  • The ability to alleviate the discomfort and pain that an infected tooth may be causing

If you are suffering from tooth pain due to an infected tooth, please contact The Dentists at Hillsborough today at 402.445.4647 for a consultation with one of our Omaha root canal dentists.