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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Developing Good Dental Habits

Developing Good Dental Habits In Kirtland

Benjamin Franklin once said:

 

It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.

This holds true for almost everything in life, including dental care. For parents in the Farmington area, teaching your children good oral hygiene techniques early in life will benefit their smile throughout their life.

If you wait too long to teach your child how to brush and floss, or if you don’t make sure they are doing it enough, you’re setting yourself up for a lot of work down the road.

It’s very hard to convince an older child that they should be spending two or three times longer brushing their teeth each morning and night. But, if they’ve done it for as long as they can remember, then their habits should be sufficient to avoid excessive dental decay or the need for children’s cosmetic dentistry in Farmington.

I’m dentist Michael Tornow, a dentist serving the Farmington area. I know that helping children learn proper oral hygiene is a vital indicator of future oral health, and I want to help Farmington parents teach these habits to their children.

If you are looking for quality dental care in the Kirtland, Bloomfield, or Rio Rancho area, give us a call here at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics. We are currently accepting new patients, and we would love to help you learn how to teach kids good brushing habits or answer questions you have have about cosmetic dentistry or smile makeovers.

 

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

Soft, Medium, Or Buzz Lightyear?

Dentistry in Farmington At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, dentist Michael Tornow is often asked how to choose the most basic tool of oral hygiene, the toothbrush. Picking a toothbrush in Farmington can be as difficult as choosing a paint color, and there seems to be just as many choices.

If you have visited the dental section of your local Kirtland grocery store or Farmington drugstore lately, you know what I am talking about. There are brushes with bristles of varying lengths, brushes that massage your gums, and brushes that change color when they are used up. (If I had to rate them purely on their fun factor, I would choose the Spiderman brush.)

Some toothbrush manufacturers claim their brushes freshen your breath or remove stains from your teeth. How do you choose?

One key factor is the firmness of the bristles. Hard bristles may be more effective for cleaning burnt steak off a grill or hard water deposits off a shower floor. However, this does not hold true for your teeth. Medium and firm brushes can damage your gums. Soft and extra-soft bristles are plenty stiff enough to clean plague, food particles, and surface stains from your teeth. Soft bristles also offer more flexibility for hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.

After having dental work or oral surgery in Farmington, especially anything involving soft tissue grafts, make sure you use an extra-soft brush and be careful!

When buying a toothbrush for a child in Bloomfield, make sure the brush feels comfortable in his or her hand. If the size and angle feels awkward, the child will be less likely to use it long enough to clean all areas of the mouth. Children do not necessarily need a child-sized tooth brush. Some Farmington kids can manage an adult size brush better than a short, narrow child size brush. If you are unsure, ask your Farmington dentist at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics.

What about the electric types and water-shooters? Some Farmington residents like the feeling of vibrating bristles or a mini-squirt gun blasting away at the plaque. Farmington people with arthritis or other movement-inhibiting conditions can benefit from powered brushes which take some strain off hands and arm muscles.

Is your toothbrush doing the job? Schedule an exam with your Farmington dentist at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, our high-tech dental hygienists instruct our Farmington pediatric patients and Farmington adult patients on proper brushing and flossing. If you haven’t experienced a dental deep cleaning at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, you don’t know how clean your teeth and gums can feel.

Schedule a thorough dental cleaning today by calling Sundance Dental & Orthodontics at 505-985-5626. An outstanding feature of Sundance Dental & Orthodontics is full-service dentistry. We offer family dentistry and a full spectrum of restorative dental procedures.

 

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

Treatment For Stress-Induced Jaw Pain In Farmington

Treatment For Stress Induced Jaw Pain In Farmington

Everyday troubles cause some Farmington people to respond by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth. For example, daily commuting in Farmington can take a physical toll. All the traffic, noise, and perpetual road construction causes some people to grind their teeth as they navigate the sea of cars on packed interstates.

Some Farmington residents who hate waiting in long lines channel their frustration to their jaw as they try, by the sheer force of will, to cause the line to move faster.

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can cause a painful condition called TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. In Farmington, TMD is often mistakenly called ‘TMJ’: the acronym for Temporomandibular Joint.

Your jaw is able to open and close thanks to many jaw muscles and the intricate temporomandibular joints. These joints allow for fluid mobility as you chew, speak, and yawn.

Damage to these critical joints can lead to extreme pain in the jaw, head, face and neck. Pain may be experienced on one or both sides of the jaw.

TMD is an often misdiagnosed condition in Farmington because facial pain can result from a variety of issues, not just damage to the temporomandibular joints. Sinus infections, tooth decay, and facial inuries can cause jaw pain. A correct diagnosis is the first step in treating TMD.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics we have been diagnosing and treating TMD since 2004, working with other specialists when required. If you are experiencing clicking, popping, or discomfort in your jaw, call Sundance Dental & Orthodontics today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

I am Michael Tornow and I am enthusiastic about providing high quality dentistry to the residents of Farmington, Bloomfield and surrounding areas.

Sundance Dental & Orthodontics not only treats TMD, but we redesign smiles with industry-leading cosmetic dental smile makeovers. In addition, we offer full-service high-tech dentistry, family dentistry, and IV sedation dentistry.

Your smile is contagious! Make sure it is healthy and beautiful. Call Sundance Dental & Orthodontics today at 505-985-5626 to schedule a consultation or examination.

 

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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