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3 Point Checklist Before Your Dental Consultation

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Looking for a dentist because you’re losing the battle with plaque build-up, chipped teeth, tooth pain, stains, or dental caries? I’m dentist Michael Tornow with Sundance Dental & Orthodontics.

Today’s post offers 3 steps to take before you arrive at our office for a consultation.

The state of your mouth is essential to your well-being both emotionally and physically. Everyone wants to make an attractive impression when they smile or speak. We understand that.

The look, the odor, the feel, the functionality of your biting surfaces are so important to your everyday experience that we recognize our critical role in finding solutions to these problems.

Of course, your very first step is making contact. Please call 505-985-5626 or visit us at 6588 E Main St Farmington or online at

After you schedule a consultation with our team, please take a moment to review the following checklist for a productive appointment experience:

1. Identify your hygiene routine and gaps in technique or consistency.
When do you brush your teeth? Do you floss? How often? If not, why? We can review your habits and identify what is holding you back, if anything.
2. Pinpoint pain or problem areas throughout your mouth.
Persistent or intermittent? Sharp or dull? Triggered by hot or cold? Living with pain is unnecessary with the technology and expertise available these days. Usually there are easy solutions to seemingly big pains. Let us address all your aches.
3. Describe what you want your smile to look like.
If you can describe your ideal smile, we can explore how to realize it. There are numerous possibilities for a phenomenal smile makeover as well as dental maintenance procedures. Cosmetic dentistry runs the gamut from teeth whitening to veneers to dental implants.

We are prepared for questions about the cost of teeth whitening, the price of filling a cavity, or placing a crown. We have answers for you. We are equipped and trained in services perfect for your needs. We see patients for IV sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants, to name a few.

When it comes to looking for a dentist in Farmington or the surrounding communities, please know that you will be in gentle and experienced hands with me, dentist Tornow, and my high-tech team.

The Leader in Full-Service High-Tech Dentistry

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6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico

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Tooth Brushing Basics For Healthy Smiles In Farmington

Farmington Teeth Bleaching Why should everyone in Farmington brush at least twice a day? Let’s take a look at why this is so important.

Brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent decay.

Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and carefully flossing removes the food from our teeth and inhibits the build up of plaque. If we let food stay on our teeth, the starches in the food will mix with the plaque. This nasty mixture forms an acid which immediately starts drilling into the enamel to form cavities. Brushing can’t get all the spaces between your teeth, so you’ve got to floss also.

Brushing and flossing keeps gums and bone healthy.

If you let gum disease go untreated, you can lose teeth that are cavity-free!

The progression of gum disease (gingivitis) goes like this:

  1. Plaque build-up irritates gums.
  2. Irritated gums pull away from teeth.
  3. Bacteria multiplies in the spaces between the gum and tooth.
  4. The bone holding the tooth is eaten by the bacteria.
  5. Say goodbye to the tooth.

The good news is that gingivitis can be reversed if detected early.

Call Sundance Dental & Orthodontics at 505-985-5626 to schedule a gum disease evaluation at our office in Farmington.

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6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico

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Let That Winning Smile Shine

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Grappling with yellowed, discolored, stained, or even multi-colored teeth in the 87402 zip code area? Teeth whitening might be the answer.

Such irregularities are usually straightforward to repair, reverse or bypass and with few exceptions a smart smile makeover move! Everyone in Farmington wants a winning smile.

Call for a consultation today! 505-985-5626

A Brighter, Whiter Smile

The high-tech staff at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics have distinctive, professional experience dating back to 2004. Let them review the current state of your smile and guide you to a brighter, whiter look.

Specializing in full-service high-tech dentistry, family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry when you need us. See for more information.

A home tooth whitening kit is certainly a cheap tooth whitening option. Meet with dentist Michael Tornow and we’ll work the math with you. How many kits would equal the same results from the dentist? Affordable dentistry is available.

Keep in mind that there’s more to a great smile than just whiter teeth.

Smooth, consistent color
Straighter, uniform positioning
Proportional tooth size
Gum appearance
Lack of chips and cracks

Get clear, easy answers about veneers, teeth whitening, invisalign braces, tooth implants, crowns and fillings. If you want to know how much dental work will cost, the cost of IV sedation dentistry, the cost of cosmetic dentistry, the price for dental implants, family dentistry or orthodontics – just ask the experts at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics!

Located at 6588 E Main St, Farmington, New Mexico 87402. We’re happily accepting patients from Farmington as well as Rio Rancho, Kirtland, and Bloomfield. For dependable, understanding care, Michael Tornow DDS is ready. Let’s highlight the most effective steps to light up your happy, genuine smile. You deserve to shine.

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Sundance Dental & Orthodontics Has A Solution For Dental Anxiety

Oral Conscious Sedation Some dental patients experience severe anxiety when undergoing dental treatment. With oral conscious sedation, it is possible to relax during dental procedures instead of being tense and fearful. Oral sedation dentistry, relaxation dentistry, conscious sedation and anxiety-free dentistry are all terms used to describe this type of treatment. In addition to alleviating anxiety, oral conscious sedation can help Farmington  dental patients with a variety of conditions.

You may want to consider oral conscious sedation if you have any of the following issues:

  • Strong gag reflex
  • Fear of needles
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Fear and anxiety associated with dental treatment
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • A history of negative dental experiences
  • Trouble controlling body movement due to Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral Palsy or related condition
  • Need extensive dental treatment requiring lengthy dental visits

If you have avoided dental treatment due to any of these factors, give us a call at 505-985-5626. We can give you important information about sedation options and help you determine which one is right for you. At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics we do all we can to make your visit as comfortable as possible. We look forward to discussing your oral health and dental goals.

    Serving Farmington dental patients since 2004.

    The Leader in Full-Service High-Tech Dentistry

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    Farmington, New Mexico

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    Are Dental Veneers Reversible?

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    When people seek cosmetic dentistry to improve their smile, porcelain veneers are a well-liked option. Unlike a crown that completely covers the tooth, a veneer is a super thin layer of a very substantial porcelain, composite bonding, or ceramic. When bonded to a tooth, the veneer creates a natural, translucent, and new surface. It improves the appearance of the visible portion of your tooth instantly.

    To begin, you will need a consultation with your dentist, who should have skill in cosmetic procedures. You should look at what you do not like about your smile and confirm how you want it improved. Veneers may not be optimal for you. Other cosmetic dental procedures are available that may be a better fit for the aspects you wish to change.

    Porcelain veneers can fix many minor to moderate issues, including the size, shape, and color of your teeth. Gaps between teeth can be filled, as well as the lengthening or shortening of teeth to complete your pleasing smile.

    Your dentist will also discuss both types of veneers: traditional veneers and prepless veneers. Before a traditional veneer is put on the tooth, the dentist first removes a very thin layer of enamel. Enamel cannot be replaced, which is one reason this procedure is permanent.

    The second procedure is called ‘no-prep’ or ‘prepless.’ With this type, enamel removal is frequently not necessary. When no enamel is removed, the treatment can be reversible. However, this technique has specific criteria.

    In addition, it is possible to use both types of veneers for multiple teeth, depending on the condition of each tooth.

    Your dentist will help you evaluate your unique needs and guide you on how to reach your goals. Once you and your dentist have created a dental plan, your dentist will work with a laboratory and dental team to assure everything is carried out as discussed.

    If you do not have a dentist, we invite you to visit our extraordinary practice at 6588 E Main St in Farmington. Michael Tornow is a renowned smile makeover artist. Experience is a critical consideration. Call 505-985-5626 today to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

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    Farmington, New Mexico

    Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

    Are You At Risk For Bone Recession?

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    We all know that a healthy smile requires decay-free teeth and healthy gums, but how often do we appreciate our jaw bone? Our teeth need a strong firm foundation to remain healthy and beautiful.

    Today’s post looks at bone recession. Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other issues. However, it is frequently the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth because the blood supply and stimulus required for maintaining healthy bone is taken away.

    Let’s look at the most common causes of jaw bone recession:

    Extracted Teeth
    Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy and retain its size and density. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy. When a tooth is extracted, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed. A dental implant provides stimulation similar to the natural tooth and can prohibit bone recession.

    Gum Infection
    A gum infection can result when gum inflammation goes untreated and progresses to periodontitis. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth creating pockets which provide the perfect breeding ground for the dangerous infection.

    Gum infections can proceed undetected, though there are usually warning signs. Swollen, painful gums, loose teeth, and gums that bleed when brushed are symptoms of periodontitis. The infection dissolves bone as the gums pull away from the tooth. Inadequate oral hygiene increase the risk of gum disease but other factors can compromise gum health. These include smoking (no surprise here), hormone levels, diseases that lower immune system effectiveness, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic predisposition.

    Abscessed Tooth
    An abscess is a pus-filled pocket of infection that occurs in the nerve and roots of a tooth. As the infection attacks the tooth and bone tissue it creates a space that fills with pus. There are several treatments for a tooth abscess including antibiotics to kill the infection, a root canal, or extraction, if required.

    If you would like to replace a missing tooth with an implant, but don’t have enough bone at the implant site, you might be a candidate for bone grafting. Bone grafting may sound like major oral surgery but it is really a routine procedure performed in a dental office.

    I’m Dr. Michael Tornow of Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington. If you have experienced bone recession due to gum disease, an abscess, an extracted tooth, or any other reason, let’s review your options. You may benefit from a dental implant, soft tissue grafts, or bone grafts. Dental implants can significantly improve your quality of life and prohibit further recession. Call 505-985-5626 to make an appointment for an informative exam and consult.

    I pride myself in the personal attention and first rate dental care I provide to each of my patients. I understand that visiting a dentist can cause anxiety for some people. I promise you that you will feel comfortable in my care and leave the appointment with accurate information and an individualized treatment plan.

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    Farmington, New Mexico

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    You Have Nothing To Lose Except Loose Dentures

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    Today’s dental technology has solved the problem of bothersome, loose-fitting dentures with an extraordinary tooth replacement option.

    Instead of relying on your tongue, a weak suction, and some dental adhesive to keep false teeth in place, dental implant posts can anchor full or partial dentures. The dentures are secure enough to allow the wearer to eat an apple, chew a thick sandwich, or share a hearty laugh with certainty.

    If you are missing a single tooth, many teeth, or all of your teeth, we invite you to learn more about unprecedented implant-anchored dentures.

    Implants can anchor either removable or fixed dentures. Due to the way each tooth space is properly fitted with a beautiful restoration, implants commonly fit better than traditional dentures. Dentures anchored with implant posts are comfortable, functional, and pleasing.

    Call Dr. Tornow at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics ( 505-985-5626) for an appointment to explore revolutionary implant-anchored dentures.

    At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we focus our efforts on complete patient satisfaction. Each member of our high-tech team is enthusiastic about providing each patient with personal attention and the highest standard of care. Our patients enjoy our comfortable atmosphere while benefitting from our unprecedented technology and extensive experience.

    Whether you are interested in dental implants, orthodontics or IV sedation dentistry, call 505-985-5626 to schedule an appointment. We are located at 6588 E Main St in Farmington.

    The Leader in Full-Service High-Tech Dentistry

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    Keeping You Comfortable

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    At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we make a conscious effort to help our patients feel comfortable. Here are four ways we are dedicated to your peace of mind at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington:

    1. We don’t judge you.

    The considerate dental team at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics is here to help you, regardless of the state of your teeth. We have treated patients with severe tooth neglect, advanced gum disease, enamel erosion caused by eating disorders, tooth damage caused by illegal drug use, baby bottle tooth decay, tobacco-stained teeth, and more Our goal is always to be understanding and empathize with our patients.

    2. We protect you from pain. From topical analgesics to oral conscious sedation, we will eliminate or minimize pain as best we can. Dr. Tornow is a pro at administering barely noticeable injections.

    3. We help you with your dental anxiety. Fear of the dentist is far more prevalent than you might realize and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. The perceived loss of control, instruments poking in your mouth, and teeth being worked on is not pleasant. Some people get claustrophobic because they need to lie still in the chair for treatment.

    Sleep dentistry (oral conscious sedation) not only helps with pain management, it allows you to sleep through your appointment. There are different levels of sedation, so you don’t have to be completely unconscious unless you want to be. If you would like more details about sedation, call 505-985-5626 to schedule a consultation. We can discuss the different levels of oral conscious sedation so you can pick the one that is best for you.

    4. We communicate with you.
    Dr. Tornow has established a reputation as an effective and responsive communicator. Procedures are thoroughly explained and all your important questions will be answered prior to treatment. If you are not sure you want to initiate treatment, we are happy to let you think about it for a while. There is no rush.

    If you have postponed dental treatment for any reason, we encourage you to give dentist Tornow and the team at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics a try. Neglecting your oral health has serious consequences. Call today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you.

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    Posted in Family Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry

    Avoid Sports Injuries: Protect Those Teeth!

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    It is estimated that over 5 million teeth are knocked out yearly and a significant portion of these dental traumas occur on the playing field or court. Each dislodged tooth requires several trips to the dentist and hundreds of dollars in restoration expenses. Not to mention pain!

    At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we want to raise awareness about the importance of athletic mouth protection. We advise our patients to think of mouthguards as an important part of their protective gear. Most parents require their children to wear helmets when biking and shinguards while playing soccer. I encourage parents to emphasize the importance of mouth protection from your child’s very first 5 year-old T-ball game. And we all need to practice what we preach.

    You are probably aware of the main types of mouthguards: ready-to-wear, boil and bite, and custom-fitted. The stock mouth protectors are pre-formed but are definitely not one-size-fits all and probably provide the least amount of protection. (Though they are better than nothing.)

    You can find boil and bite mouth protectors at sporting goods stores. They are to be softened in water and then formed to the mouth (follow the manufacturer’s instructions).

    Some dentists offer custom sports mouthguards that provide the highest level of protection and comfort. Mouth protectors that are comfortable are more likely to be worn by kids who complain about wearing a mouthguard. Ask your dentist about custom mouthguards.

    Mouth protection is extremely critical for Farmington patients with braces or fixed bridge work. Some Farmington orthodontists recommend mouth protectors for lower teeth as well.

    If you or your child has a sports-related dental emergency, call our office immediately at 505-985-5626. We will do everything in our power to save the tooth but every second counts. Make sure you save all pieces of the tooth and bring them with you.

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    Posted in Family Dentistry

    Unexplained Headaches Or Jaw Pain?

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    Hello! I’m Dr. Michael Tornow, DDS, of Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington. I have been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry since 2004. Today’s post focuses on malocclusion, or bad bite.

    Malocclusion is the dental term for a problem in the way your top and bottom teeth come together. The ideal bite is when the upper teeth are slightly forward of the lower teeth. You have probably heard of “overbites” and “underbites” but the two arches can be misaligned in many other ways as well. Crowded teeth can also cause a bad bite, as well as the opposite situation – teeth that are too far apart.

    If the misalignment is very slight, there are often no related troubles. However, if the malocclusion is moderate to severe, the patient is at risk for many other health issues such as difficulty chewing and speaking, headaches, hearing problems, increased decay, jaw pain, and gum disease.

    The domino effect of these issues can get pretty serious. For example, chewing difficulty can trigger ulcers and gum disease increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Consider also how these problems can impact a patient’s emotional well-being and capacity to perform their job.

    Putting health issues aside, these problems can get pretty costly to treat.

    There are several effective treatments for malocclusion, but first you need a diagnosis. If you suspect that you have a misaligned bite, I hope this post has given you some good reasons to communicate with dentist Michael Tornow. Call 505-985-5626 to schedule a consultation and exam.

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