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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.

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-985-5626

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6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

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Bridging The Gap

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Do you have a missing tooth? Let Sundance Dental & Orthodontics fill the gap for you and help you get your unforgettable smile back! A dental bridge may be the perfect solution for your missing tooth and help you chew and speak properly.

A bridge incorporates two or more crowns on either side of the gap created by your missing tooth. These two anchoring teeth permit a false tooth to be held in place where the missing tooth should be. The false tooth that is placed in the gap is called a pontic. Bridges can contain one or more pontics. A pontic can be matched to the surrounding teeth if you pick a porcelain material. If you’d like, a pontic can also be created using gold or an alloy.

dentist Tornow will work closely with you to make certain that your bridge has a perfect fit. Then one of our skilled hygienists will show you how to clean under and around the bridge to ensure that no tooth decay occurs in the nooks and crannies.

Come see us at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics and you can bridge the gap and love your smile again!

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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Preventing Facial Injuries

Farmington Sports Dentistry Facial injuries occur all too often in the Farmington area. Kirtland Little Leaguers get hit by inside pitches, construction workers suffer falls and other accidents at the worksite, and motorists sustain injuries in detrimental collisions every single day. Accidents at home can also result in serious injury to the face.

Serious facial injuries can affect a person’s ability to eat, breathe, and speak, so it’s important to seek medical care immediately.

Injuries to the mouth are treated by general dentists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we are devoted to the use of protective equipment for every type of sport, whether it is a team sport or individual activity. Call us at 505-985-5626 to talk to us about mouthguard recommendations regarding your (or your child’s) specific sport.

Likewise, the workplace injury rate can be reduced with increased use of appropriate protective equipment and adherence to critical safety procedures. With respect to motor vehicle injuries, the following instructions bear repetition: Wear your seatbelt and don’t send or read text messages while driving!

Have you suffered a recent injury to your face, mouth or jaw? Schedule a dental consultation with Michael Tornow of Sundance Dental & Orthodontics. If you are having dental problems (functional or aesthetic) due to an untreated past injury, we can develop an effective treatment plan.

My office is located at 6588 E Main St in Farmington.

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87402

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Regular Cleanings And Heart Health

Farmington Dental News Regular Cleanings And Heart Health

Visiting Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington for twice-yearly dental checkups and cleanings every six months can seem inconvenient and unnecessary at times, but you may benefit in essential ways you never guessed.

A recent study showed that people who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack, compared to those who skipped appointments.

While the study could simply indicate that people who dutifully schedule regular dental cleanings also be devoted to healthy habits like exercising and eating right, there is additional evidence of a relationship between oral health and heart health.

Common oral conditions like inflammation resulting from gum disease are linked to hardening of the arteries and other tissue inflammations which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Former American Heart Association President Ralph Sacco, MD, (who did not participate in the study mentioned previously) said:

“Something as simple as having good dental hygiene – brushing, flossing, and having regular cleanings – may be good for your heart and brain health.1

While the study found that patients who schedule cleanings yearly reap the most health benefits, dentist Tornow of Sundance Dental & Orthodontics recommends coming in for checkups and cleanings every six months to catch potential troubles early, saving patients time and money. Regular dental cleanings also brighten and whiten teeth, making your smile look its best.

To schedule a deep cleaning with our high-tech dental hygienist at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, call
505-985-5626 today!

1 ‘Getting Your Teeth Cleaned May Help Your Heart,’ WebMD Health News, November 16, 2011, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20111116/getting-your-teeth-cleaned-may-help-your-heart, accessed on November 29, 2011

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

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Farmington, New Mexico
87402

Posted in Oral Health

When Wayward Teeth Take A Crooked Path

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Malocclusion is dental-speak for crooked teeth. When you consider all the different ways numerous 3-dimensional objects can be arranged, it is not surprising that malocclusion occurs in multiple forms. The number of configurations may surprise you:

When teeth slant forward, it is called upper protrusion, but you may have heard this condition referred to as “buck teeth.”

An overbite occurs when the upper front teeth come down too far over the lower teeth when the mouth is closed. An underbite is the reverse impairment—the upper front teeth close farther back than the lower front teeth. An open bite refers to a bite in which the upper don’t overlap the lower teeth. This can be present on the whole bite or just one side.

Tooth rotation is one of the most common kinds of malocclusion. Rotated teeth appear as if they are twisting out of place. Tooth rotation can create the illusion of uneven coloring because of the way light reflects off the face of teeth.

When the upper and lower palate are out of alignment to the point where the upper teeth close onto the wrong side of the lower teeth, it is called a cross bite.

In some rare cases – called transposition – teeth erupt in spots where other teeth should be. For example, a canine (pointed tooth) comes in where an incisor (front biting tooth) should be. Can you imagine trying to chew if your teeth have been playing musical chairs?

Many people with crooked teeth are too self-conscious to smile, but aesthetics are not the only issue at play. Crooked teeth can increase the chance of dental caries, tooth damage, and TMD temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Children with crooked teeth may have difficulty learning how to speak, and if they can’t chew meat and raw vegetables correctly, they may miss out on necessary nutrients due to a limited diet.

If you or your child has crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, we invite you to schedule an intensive examination without delay.

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

5 Tools For Tooth Transformations

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Too-small teeth. Misshapen teeth. Cracked teeth. Chipped teeth. Spacing irregularities. These problems are all-too-common. But you don’t have to live with them! With the advances in cosmetic dentistry, there are fixes for these vexing tooth problems!

1. Veneers. (Also called dental laminates or porcelain veneers). These extremely thin shells are custom-made so the size, shape, and color are perfectly matched to your surrounding teeth. The veneers are securely cemented to the front of the teeth to dramatically enhance your smile.

2. Bonding. This procedure uses a strong tooth-colored resin to close spaces, repair chips and cracks, or change the shape. The resin is molded into place and then a light is applied to harden the material for secure adherence to the tooth.

3. Recontouring. Minimally-invasive reshaping of a tooth by removing miniature bits of enamel to improve the shape or length. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is sometimes called odontoplasty or slenderizing.

4. Crowns. Most people are familiar with this durable multi-purpose restoration. Natural-looking dental crowns are fabricated in the shape and color of the tooth and cemented into place to fully cover the part of the tooth visible above the gumline.

5. Braces. Patients of all ages are transforming their smiles with unprecedented orthodontia. Before you dismiss this option as too time-consuming or pricey, learn about the new braces now available. Braces are more convenient and discrete than ever before.

Countless dental patients have achieved unforgettable smiles with a smile redesign from Sundance Dental & Orthodontics!

My name is Dr. Michael Tornow, and I am passionate about to helping my patients have optimum oral health and beautiful smiles. If you have any questions about veneers, bonding, recontouring, or crowns, I invite you call us at 505-985-5626 to make an appointment today.

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Smile Like You Mean It!

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Hello, Farmington friends! Have you ever noticed someone who refuses to flash a genuine smile? Even in a family picture, they stay tight-lipped. Even if they’re laughing at the funniest joke ever, they cover their mouths. Maybe this person is you and maybe you need a smile makeover.

Don’t be embarrassed! Here at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics we provide the most advanced cosmetic dentistry procedures for our patients. There are many reasons a dental patient could be shy about their smile, such as injury, tooth discoloration, poor spacing, or missing teeth. But chances are, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help.

Wouldn’t it be terrific to have the confident smile you’ve always wanted?

Many patients start with teeth whitening. Other procedures include dental implants, veneers, crowns, enamel shaping, bonding, and more! We can also refer you to an orthodontist if required.

I’m Dr. Michael Tornow and I am passionate about helping my patients have healthy teeth and dazzling smiles. If you would like to know more about smile redesigns, give us a call at 505-985-5626 and our high-tech staff can schedule an appointment.

Call today to get a smile you’ll never want to hide!

 

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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All Tooth Stains Are Not Created Equal

Farmington Teeth Bleaching Will an of our locally advertised Farmington teeth whitening options remove the stains from your teeth?

The effectiveness of teeth bleaching depends partly on the types of stains.

Extrinsic tooth stains are the easiest to remove. These surface stains have not yet penetrated through the enamel into the dentin. Extrinsic stains are caused by dark-colored foods and beverages like blueberries, carrots, coffee, red wine, and cola. And nicotine is no better for your smile than it is for your lungs.

Unfortunately, even if you avoid these common teeth stainers, your teeth will become discolored over time. Like gray hair, wrinkles, and memory lapses, a dull smile is an inevitable part of aging.

Intrinsic tooth stains develop from the inside out. Tooth injury and tetracycline are the usual culprits. Intrinsic stains are more difficult to remove completely, but it is possible to lighten them with professional tooth whitening. We offer this service at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics.

If your teeth are stained, whether from coffee, tetracycline, or excessive fluoride, call our practice at 505-985-5626. We have treated many Rio Rancho patients with extreme tooth discoloration.

It is never too late or too early to brighten your smile.

Farmington seniors can take years off their appearance by restoring the youthful white smile they once enjoyed. Farmington teens and young adults with surface stains can prevent them from becoming intrinsic stains with Kirtland tooth bleaching.

Speaking of the younger set, did you know that people who drink energy drinks are at risk for many dental problems?

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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

Beware Of An Acidic Diet

Farmington tooth strengthening Most people don’t often think of a tooth as a body part that fluctuates in strength. Our teeth have a steady hardness and dependably grind food whenever we need them. However, teeth are dynamic organisms with chemical processes that occur continually.

The protective enamel covering the softer interior is made of minerals. Enamel demineralizes (loses some of its density) when coming in contact with acids.  Saliva can dilute and neutralize acid so the tooth can remineralize (re-harden). This process isn’t instantaneous, however. While the enamel is soft, the tooth is vulnerable to losing a microscopic outer layer of enamel. If the erosion continues, the much softer dentin is exposed. Eventually, the tooth may need to be extracted.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, we are noticing an increase in cases of serious acid erosion. It is apparent that the typical diet is becoming more acidic.

The list of acidic foods may surprise you. They include eggs, gravy, asparagus, chicken, cottage cheese, honey, fish, ham, butter, sour cream, aged cheese, and yogurt with active cultures. Generally, food with a high sugar or artificial sweetener content are highly acidic.

Now let’s talk about drinks. You probably already know that soda pop and wine are not good for your teeth. Farmington teens that sip soda all day can have acid erosion while their young teeth should be at their strongest. In addition to soda, energy drinks are very popular in New Mexico and Farmington cosmetic dentists are noticing the effects on their dental patients’ tooth enamel.

If you drink soda or energy drinks often, you may want to drink water or chew sugarless gum after downing a can. Stimulating saliva production can speed up the remineralization process.

If your teeth have become more sensitive in general, or in response to hot or cold foods or beverages, you may have acid erosion. To schedule an examination with Michael Tornow at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, call 505-985-5626 today.

 

 

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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Beautiful Teeth Without Breaking The Bank

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At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics, our cosmetic dental smile makeover patients believe that life-changing cosmetic dentistry is a worthwhile investment. For most people, the value of a healthy, appealing smile cannot be measured in dollars. We acknowledge, however, that cosmetic dentistry is not cheap.

Do you have to spend thousands of dollars to improve your smile? Not necessarily. Today’s post focuses on the most affordable cosmetic dental procedures.

Dental Bonding
In many cases, dental bonding can repair a tooth that has been chipped.

During the dental bonding process, Dr. Tornow applies a pliable resin material to your tooth. He expertly molds the material to create the desired shape and hardens the resin using a special light. After hardening, he trims and shapes the tooth. A final polishing completes the process.

Dental bonding is often less costly than porcelain veneers or dental crowns. Call us at 505-985-5626 to discuss cosmetic dental financing options.

Tooth Whitening
Most people are aware that there are several different tooth whitening treatment plans. We recommend scheduling a tooth whitening consultation to discuss your options. Even inexpensive OTC tooth bleaching systems can be misused and lead to tooth sensitivity, damage to tooth enamel, and irregular coloration.

Regarding the cost of teeth whitening: if you decide on an at-home system from a drugstore, you may have to buy several packages to obtain even slight whitening. In-office whitening or a take home system from our office may be more economical in the long run.

 

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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