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Saving Teeth In Farmington

Root Canals in Farmington When a tooth is threatened by extreme decay, periodontal disease, or damage from an injury, a skilled Farmington dentist or endodontist must make a judgment call concerning the course of treatment. If the pulp of the tooth is infected or inflamed, a root canal is ordinarily the only way to save the tooth.

During a root canal procedure (or endodontic treatment), the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries and lymph vessels. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material.

The root canal is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build-up and crown.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we fabricate strong, natural-looking crowns that blend perfectly with the surrounding teeth. With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist, a tooth with a filled root can often function issue-free for the rest of a patient’s life.

I am dentist Michael Tornow, DDS, of Sundance Dental & Orthodontics. I have been practicing dentistry since 2004. During that time I have seen hundreds of teeth saved by this effective dental procedure. Root canal therapy at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington has a very high success rate.

Because teeth with infected pulp tissue often cause no symptoms, it is important to have regular dental examinations. I can determine which (if any) teeth have infected roots. If the infection in the soft pulp tissue is left untreated, it can proceed to a point where the tooth cannot be saved.

Is it time for an intensive dental exam? Call our office at 505-985-5626.

 

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

Posted in Restorative Dentistry

Top 5 Dos And Don’ts Of Dental Hygiene

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Welcome to our blog and thanks for stopping by. Sundance Dental & Orthodontics wants to offer you some easy hints when caring for your teeth.

1.Do… remember you are just wiping the plaque away before it turns to tartar. A gentle toothbrushing at the correct angle can gently wipe the bacteria away. Once plaque has settled into tartar, no amount of scrubbing at home can responsibly remove it.
Don’t… scrub your teeth and gums until your gums recede and expose parts of your tooth you don’t want exposed.

2.Do… remember your gums need to be cared for. Proper brushing and regular flossing can keep your gums healthy and strong.
Don’t… wait to see your a dental professional about sore or bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity or mouth sores.

3.Do… create a routine for brushing and flossing that leaves ample time to spend a full two minutes gently cleaning all the nooks and crannies of your delicate mouth.
Don’t… forget to have a new floss package ready to use when your current one runs out. Waiting days to get to the store for more can disrupt a good routine.

4.Do… make regular dental visits for cleaning and examination by a professional. Call Sundance Dental & Orthodontics to set up your initial consultation today. 505-985-5626 We’ve got the phones ready! Cancer screenings, cavity checks and removal of tartar from the teeth are vital to maintaining a healthy mouth.
Don’t… worry if you don’t have the healthiest of mouths. Sundance Dental & Orthodontics can help you get back on track. Whether you’re looking for dental implants, orthodontics, or IV sedation dentistry, we can restore what has been lost or counsel with you on the best options. If family dentistry or cosmetic dentistry is what it takes, then we are equipped and ready to serve the Kirtland, Bloomfield, Rio Rancho communities.

5.Do… enjoy your mouth and all the wonders it is capable of.
Don’t… put off coming in to find out about the possibility and cost of cosmetic dentistry, implants, veneers, braces, etc.

The Leader in Full-Service High-Tech Dentistry

 

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

Posted in Oral Health

Smile Necessities And Possibilities At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics In Farmington

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Hi, I’m dentist Michael Tornow with Sundance Dental & Orthodontics located at 6588 E Main St in Farmington. The truth is, practicing dentistry has been a rewarding decision for me.

Between restorative and cosmetic dentistry, I am able to create unforgettable smiles for patients throughout Rio Rancho, Kirtland, and Bloomfield that beautify as well as satisfy. I am pleased with the changes for good I see in a person’s life. Check out my site at http://sundancesmiles.com.

I’m able to meet and discuss what is required, what is desired and what is possible for your smile before we create an individualized plan of action. Call to find out about the cost of various dental services and to schedule a consultation at 505-985-5626. I aim for competitive costs when it comes to smile makeovers through cosmetic dental procedures and restorative dentistry. Big or small, the procedures are vital to our patients and their self confidence and are therefore of the utmost importance to myself and my staff.

We’ve been around since 2004. Over the years we have carried out many, many procedures involving full-service high-tech dentistry, family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry as well as educating and guiding patients to better hygiene and understanding of their oral needs and possibilities. That freely revealed smile of childhood can be restored to you.

Restorative dentistry ranges from simple fillings to bridges to dental implant support to chipped tooth restoration. Tooth restoration has many caveats that require consideration and experience. I look forward to meeting your needs on your terms. I am certain we will get along wonderfully. See you soon!

– Michael Tornow DDS The Leader in Full-Service High-Tech Dentistry

 

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Chipped Tooth? No Need To Panic

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There are basically two ways to handle a chipped tooth:
1. Panic.
2. See dentist Michael Tornow right away and get on with life.

Dentist Michael Tornow at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics can fix a chipped tooth in a jiffy by determining the right solution and expertly preforming the procedure. Decay, missing teeth, braces, even crowns can impact the course of treatment.

Time is often an important factor when it comes to tooth repair so don’t wait, call 505-985-5626 to schedule an appointment. Our address is:
6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico 87402

We’ve been around since 2004 – serving your neighbors in Farmington  and improving smiles for Kirtland patients.

When Farmington residents need full-service high-tech dentistry, we’ve successfully managed their treatment. When Rio Rancho patients have needed family dentistry, we’ve watched happy, smiling patients leave our office. And when you need cosmetic dentistry, we are encouraged with the opportunity to make a true believer out of you!

We offer IV sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and family dentistry. Trust dentist Tornow to deliver exceptional results. No panic. No mistakes. No worries.

 

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

Posted in Oral Health

A Youthful Smile At Any Age

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Declining health, limited mobility, financial strains – clearly, aging is not for wimps. Though some challenges seniors face can’t be avoided, others can. Dental problems, for instance.

Many dental problems common among Farmington retirees such as missing teeth, gum recession, tooth damage, and yellowed enamel, can be remedied.

With modern cosmetic dentistry at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, mature men and women can have an exceptional smile that looks as young as they feel (or wish they felt!). Regardless of your age, it is not too late to improve your smile – even if you have some missing teeth.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington, we pamper our prized patients. We offer comprehensive general and industry-leading cosmetic dental services including full-service high-tech dentistry and family dentistry.

If you live in Farmington, Kirtland, Bloomfield, or Farmington, call 505-985-5626 to schedule an exam and consultation. You can speak with us about porcelain crowns and veneers, tooth-colored fillings, implant-supported dentures, invisible braces, and teeth whitening.

 

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Think You Know How To Brush? Think Again.

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You’ve been doing it since you were five. You switch to auto pilot morning and night and get it done. But are you doing it right?

Actually, many people are making tooth brushing mistakes. You may need to tweak your routine to better sustain your oral health and protect your smile from dental caries and gum disease.

Sundance Smiles offers these important tooth brushing tips:

1. Take your time.
It’s understandable. You want to get it over with and go to bed. Proper teeth cleaning takes time and careful attention. Time yourself the next time you brush – you might be surprised at how swiftly you finish. The process should take at least take two to three minutes. It can also be helpful to take a different route around your mouth every few days. By altering your process, you approach areas from a different, and possibly, better angle.

2. Don’t forget to floss.
No matter how agile you can be with your brush, it’s problematic to expel the plaque from all those narrow gaps between your teeth. That is where bacteria can easily propagate and start the decay process.

3. Use the right toothbrush.
It is ironic that some people hurt their enamel or gums because they brush too vigorously with a hard brush. dentist Tornow advises patients to only use a soft brush. If you’ve had gum grafts, you may want to use an extra soft brush.

4. Don’t keep your tooth brush near the toilet.
This is terrible to think about, but each time the toilet is flushed, bacteria is sent far into the air – even if you close the lid. Keep your toothbrush in a clean place and let it to air dry.

5. Use fluoride toothpaste.
This may seem like a no-brainer but you may be surprised that some oral care products don’t contain fluoride. And you may think it’s only for youth. Not true. Your enamel is continuously under assault from acidic foods and drinks and fluoride helps it remineralize.

We hope these tips have helped you!  Contact us today to schedule an exam and cleaning.

 

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

Posted in Oral Health

Don’t Let Poor Oral Health Take You Out Of The Game

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It’s hard to win a gold medal if you have a toothache. A recent study cited in the British Journal of Sports Medicine explored how poor oral health affects athletic performance at the elite level.

“More than 40% of athletes were bothered by their oral health with 28% reporting an impact on quality of life and 18% on training and performance.”1

The dental problems experienced by Olympians and professional athletes are not any different than those found in the general population: tooth decay, dental erosion, periodontal disease, and inflammation around partially erupted wisdom teeth. It’s essential to note that these troubles are largely preventable.

Athletes are also at risk for mouth injuries suffered while competing or training.  Tooth trauma can prevent injured athletes from competing in the short term and cause ongoing complications down the road.

Whether you are an Olympic runner or a busy Farmington working mom who seems to be running all the time, dental health affects your overall health and quality of life. Don’t let your performance suffer because of poor oral health.

If it has been a while since you have had a dental exam, we invite you to schedule a check-up and cleaning by calling Sundance Dental & Orthodontics at 505-985-5626.

Sundance Dental & Orthodontics is located at 6588 E Main St in Farmington, New Mexico. We provide general and cosmetic dental procedures including family dentistry and full-service high-tech dentistry. You can read more about our services at http://sundancesmiles.com/blog/.

1Ashley, Di Iorio, Cole, Tanday, Needleman, “Oral health of elite athletes and association with performance: a systematic review,” British Journal of Sports Medicine, November 11, 2014, http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2014/11/11/bjsports-2014-093617.full?g=w_bjsm_open_tab, accessed on December 19, 2014

 

 

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

Posted in Oral Health

Affordable One-Visit Tooth Fix

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Some Farmington people are unhappy with the way their teeth look but many mistakenly assume that cosmetic dentistry is far too expensive to pursue.

Sure, a complete mouth reconstruction can be a significant investment. Consider the cost of dental school and post-graduate training for a master level cosmetic dentist. Consider the expense of individually creating multiple restorations at a high-tech dental lab. Consider the cost of setting up and maintaining a full-service dental practice or laboratory.

Before you give up on improving your smile, however, consider a less celebrated but extremely effective and affordable cosmetic dental remedy: dental bonding.

Dental bonding has a wide range of applications for unattractive teeth. Bonding can fix a tooth that is damaged, chipped, short, or discolored. It can can also correct teeth that have gaps in between them.

How does the dental bonding procedure work?

First, your tooth will be slightly (but painlessly) roughed up to help the resin adhere. Your dentist will use a shade guide to know the exact color of composite to match the existing teeth. Your dentist will apply liquid composite resin on the tooth, layer by layer. He or she will carefully shape and polish it before it hardens.The tooth is then covered with a conditioning liquid that helps with adhesion.

Once the resin is bonded, it is further molded to the specific shape for your bite and appearance. A laser helps speedily bond the resin in place as it hardens. Further shaping and polishing, if required, complete the procedure. The result is a beautiful smile.

Bonding is a simple and cost-effective method for perfecting your smile. Call today at to set up an appointment at 505-985-5626.

We invite you to meet the fantastic team at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington. We are proud of our acclaimed reputation for critical personalized attention and first-rate care. Our high-tech team can answer any questions you have about our top services: dental implants, orthodontics, and IV sedation dentistry.

We are now accepting new patients and look forward to meeting you.

 

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Affordable Dentistry In Farmington

Affordable Farmington Dentistry A perceived lack of affordable dentistry is one of the biggest reasons many people in our community avoid going to the dentist. However, the truth is that affordable dentistry is available in Farmington at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics.

We provide top-quality services at competitive prices. Whether you need dental implants, orthodontics, or IV sedation dentistry, we can help you.

Of course, the best way to keep your dental costs low is through preventative dentistry. We work with you to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. If problems arise, they are detected early at your six-month check-up. A small filling is always  better for your wallet (and smile!) than a root canal and dental crown.

Ask us about dental financing or other payment methods. Our friendly staff can review your dental insurance (if you have it) and discuss payment planning to help you afford your dental care.

Affordable dentistry is available to everyone in the Farmington community. Give the high-tech staff at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics a call at 505-985-5626 to learn how we can provide you and your family with affordable dentistry.

Our office is located at 6588 E Main St, in Farmington.

The Leader in Full-Service High-Tech Dentistry

 

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

Posted in Family Dentistry

Say Goodbye To Old Amalgam Fillings

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Remember what your teeth looked like before you had your first cavity? When you opened your mouth to laugh or yawn, the Farmington people with you could see only pearly white molar surfaces. (Unless, of course, you had been munching Oreos.)

If you are like many Farmington and Kirtland adults, you started developing cavities fairly young and started receiving the ubiquitous silver amalgam fillings that were used by Farmington family dentists. As the years went by, two fillings became three. If you didn’t drink fluoridated water, three fillings may have became four. Now when you open wide – others see a mouthful of metal.

Fortunately, Farmington people with silver amalgam fillings can regain the smile of their youth. The replacement of silver fillings with composite tooth-colored fillings is a relatively inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure available at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics that can transform a smile just as dramatically as more extensive cosmetic dental treatment.

Composite fillings available at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington are comprised of a mixture of glass or quartz and resin which creates a natural tooth-colored material. They are strong and durable when bonded to the tooth with adhesive.

Hopefully, you don’t have a new cavity. But if you do, you can start off with a white composite filling. In addition to the cosmetic advantages over silver, the preparation requires the removal of less healthy tooth structure. A conservative (as possible) restoration at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics leaves you with more of nature’s superior dental material — your own enamel and dentin.

If you would like to improve your Bloomfield smile by replacing silver-mercury fillings, schedule a Sundance Dental & Orthodontics cosmetic dental consultation today by calling 505-985-5626. We will develop a treatment plan to address all areas of concern. If you have your teeth whitened in combination with silver filling replacement, you’ll be amazed with your new unforgettable smile.

Ask us about IV sedation dentistry, orthodontics, dental implants and family dentistry. We look forward to meeting you. Call us today at 505-985-5626.

The Leader in Full-Service High-Tech Dentistry

 

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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