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A Toothache The Size Of Farmington

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Ever get a toothache? Of course you have; who hasn’t? At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Rio Rancho and Farmington NM, we stress the importance of good dental care to all our patients. But Murphy’s Law assures us that if something can go wrong, it will. And that includes getting a toothache.

What Causes a Toothache?

The most common cause of a toothache, by far, is decay. Better known as cavities, decay happens when acids produced by bacteria destroy a tooth’s enamel and the dentin beneath it. Once the dentin is damaged, a tooth becomes very sensitive. That means that a cavity has developed.

If the decay gets too advanced it can affect the tooth at its root. At that point there is a high probability that the tooth will become infected. That will take the toothache to a whole new level of pain, and is a very serious matter. Call us right away.

Other Causes

As common as cavities are, they are not, of course, the only cause of a toothache. Tooth pain may also be caused by gum disease. A more common symptom of gum disease is a dull pain in your mouth, and sensitive, bleeding gums. But tooth pain often accompanies this. Even if there isn’t any tooth pain, if you suspect gum disease you should call us.

Teeth can also get hairline cracks that may not be visible to the naked eye, but will give you pain. The pain could indicate a crack that has made it down to the middle of the tooth, where the root is. It might be the result of some kind of accident, and it won’t necessarily give you pain right away.

What To Do?

For each of these issues, we recommend, very srongly, that you come in to see us as soon as possible. In the short term, though, you might relieve pain with one of the following:

  • A cold pack, such as an icebag or a bag of frozen vegetables
  • An over-the-counter anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen
  • A salt water rinse with warm water

But don’t do any of the above until you have scheduled an appointment with us. Mild toothaches are irritating, but it could be something more serious that we’ll want to treat immediately. Don’t take any chances!

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Rio Rancho and Farmington NM we offer emergency and family dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-326-6800

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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Clear Braces

Clear braces are here to stay! Clear braces bring your teeth into proper alignment but make orthodontic treatment less conspicuous. When the treatment is finished you are left with a beautiful new smile. Clear braces are available at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Rio Rancho and Farmington NM.

The proper name for clear braces is “aligners.” They look a lot like an athlete’s mouth guard. You wear a series of them to put pressure on your teeth, which is what brings them into alignment. Each set of aligners is worn from one to two weeks before you go to a new set. The new set changes the alignment slightly, so that in time, you have an ideal bite.

To get the best results from clear braces, they must be worn for at least twenty-two hours each day, although that time may vary slightly from one patient to the next. The total number of aligners each patient needs varies, too.

Some of the benefits of clear braces:

  • They’re inconspicuous. People standing just a few feet away from you may not even realize you’re wearing them.
  • They are removeable. As noted, they must be worn most of the time. But you can take them out for meals and for flossing and brushing before bed.
  • No metal in your mouth!

Remember, the goal of aligners, or any braces for that matter, is to ensure your top and bottom teeth fit together properly. You have to do your part. It may be tempting to remove them sometimes, but it is in your best interest to wear your aligners for the recommended time, and that usually includes while you sleep.

To find out whether clear braces are right for you, please call us at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Rio Rancho and Farmington NM to schedule a consultation. Other services include family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-326-6800

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

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Your Smile Says Keep Trying!

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This message from Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Rio Rancho and Farmington NM is for anyone who is having a hard time improving their dental health. We urge you to keep trying, and assure you that we’re eager to help!

Keep Trying To Floss

Many people are really good about brushing their teeth, but usually skip flossing. This is a bad idea. Flossing is the only way to clean food debris and plaque from between teeth.

Failure to floss can lead to cavities, and even gum disease. Our recommendation? Brush twice a day, and floss before going to bed at night.

Keep Trying to Overcome Dental Anxiety

Skipping dental checkups due to anxiety, or even phobia, can have long-term, irreversible consequences. But millions of Americans cope with this condition, and their solution is doing just that: skipping the dentist.

For those whose instinct is to avoid the dentist at all costs: give sedation dentistry a try. We have two options: nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, and IV sedation for a deeper level of comfort. With IV sedation, you’ll need a ride to and from our office.

Keep Trying to Quit Tobacco

Smoking is as bad for your teeth and gums as it is for other parts of your body. If you’ve tried to quit but just can’t, you’re far from alone

According to the Centers for Disease Control, former smokers now outnumber active smokers. Everyone who has kicked the habit was once right where you are. Keep trying!

Remember, the link between your dental health and overall health is well-established. At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Rio Rancho and Farmington NM, we offer  complete family dentistry, and sedation dentistry for those who need it. Please call our office to schedule a cleaning and checkup today!

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-326-6800

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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Ignoring It Won’t Make It Go Away

Ignoring It Won't Make It Go Away

Are you suffering with a toothache, but ignoring the pain? It won’t get better until you have one of our dentists take a look, at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Rio Rancho and Farmington NM.

Toothache pain is like an unpaid speeding ticket. Ignoring it won’t make it go away.

Many dread seeking relief from a dentist because they fear the treatment will hurt worse than the pain they are experiencing. But waiting too long is never a good idea.

The most common cause of a toothache is a cavity. In most cases cavities are easily treatable, and will relieve your discomfort.

A toothache may also be a symptom of something more serious, like gum disease. You may also have sustained an injury that is worse than you realized, or may even have an abscessed tooth.

Finally, a toothache can indicate something that has nothing to do with the tooth itself. Toothache symptoms can be mimicked by a sinus infection, shingles, or something else.

The point is, don’t ignore it. At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Rio Rancho and Farmington NM, we treat toothache symptoms and provide emergency dental care. We also have complete family dentistry services. Call for a checkup with us today!

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-326-6800

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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Have You Thanked Your Dental Assistant Lately?

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Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Rio Rancho and Farmington NM would be a very different place if it weren’t for the skilled dental assistants who work here.

In this post, we would like to highlight the importance of these specialists who are often not given the credit they deserve. Dental assistants not only make your dental appointment more pleasant, they make it effective, efficient, and safe.

You, the patient, are prepared for treatment by dental assistants. During care, the assistants speed things along by passing instruments, taking x-rays, holding devices, and recording essential information.

We think most dental patients would agree that anyone who helps shorten their time in the dental chair deserves recognition!

Keeping the dental office clean and sterilizing instruments are other vital duties handled by dental assistants. What would we do without them?

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Rio Rancho and Farmington NM we are committed to excellence in dentistry, but we couldn’t do it without our dental assistants. Our services include family and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today.

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-326-6800

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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Is Your Mouth Sore Something Serious?

Farmington Dentists And Your Mouth SoresOne of our most important roles at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Rio Rancho and Farmington NM is to help our patients maintain the best possible dental health. Regular cleanings and checkups are essential.

Some of our patients have problems with mouth sores, which is the topic of this message.

If you have a mouth sore that lasts more than a week or two, it is important to come in for an exam, even if your six-month checkup isn’t due for a while. Mouth sores can be an indicator of disease, and an early assessment aids in preventing more serious issues.

If required, treatment and pain relief can be offered. In extreme cases, we will refer you to a medical professional who specializes in ailments that can cause mouth sores.

There are two types of mouth sores: canker sores and cold sores.

Canker sores are small and ulcer-like, with a white or gray base and a red border. They are found on the inside of the mouth, and while they are not contagious, they can be painful. Canker sore usually heal in a week or two. Antimicrobial mouth-rinses, over-the-counter topical anesthetics, and avoiding spicy and acidic foods aids in temporary relief while your sore is healing.

Cold sores, also called fever blisters or Herpes Simplex, are groups of fluid-filled blisters that appear around the lips, sometimes appearing under the nose or around the chin. Cold sores are contagious and painful, but typically heal in about a week. Some over-the-counter anesthetics furnish relief.

For either condition, we can advise you on the best treatment.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Rio Rancho and Farmington NM, the dental health of our patients is always our top priority. Services include family and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-326-6800

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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Have Your Dessert!

Have Your Dessert Farmington

Do you have a sweet tooth? Join the club! No one confuses dessert with healthy food, but for many of our patients at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Rio Rancho and Farmington NM, it’s not always realistic to recommend avoiding sugary treats.

If you fit that category, here is something useful to know: eating sweets at certain times is better for your teeth than others. For instance, when you eat a full meal, your saliva production increases. Saliva is necessary to neutralize acids and rinse bits of food off of teeth.

That means that sweets consumed after meals have a lower risk to your teeth, because your mouth is already in optimum cleansing mode. Sweets after meals are preferable to sweets eaten between meals as snacks.

Additionally, remember that the type of treat is as important as when you eat it. We constantly remind our patients that sticky candies stay on your teeth for a long time, even when your saliva is flowing. And hard candies that you suck for an extended time give bacteria a perfect environment to create dangerous enamel-weakening acids.

A good choice? Chocolate! A lot of our patients are happy to hear that. Plain old chocolate (no nuts, no chewy inside) melts quickly away and won’t stick to your teeth. Just be sure to brush!

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Rio Rancho and Farmington NM, our services include complete family dentistry, and we are a holistic practice. Call us to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-326-6800

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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Infant And Toddler Teeth Care

Infant and Toddler Teeth CareThough most parents know the basics of children’s dental care, we continue to see cavities in young children here at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Rio Rancho and Farmington NM.

Caring for your infant’s teeth should begin even before they come in. To prevent bacteria growth, parents can wash their baby’s gums with a wet washcloth after feedings.

Babies should never be put to bed with a bottle, no matter how tempting it is. The sugars in milk or juice that stay in contact with teeth for hours can damage the enamel.

When your child gets that milestone first tooth, it is time to brush. Parents should use non-fluoride toothpaste until the child is two years old. Then, use only a tiny dab. Young children often swallow toothpaste while brushing. If a child ingests too much fluoride, teeth can become stained.

When a child is old enough to brush without help, it is important that an adult make sure they’ve doen a good job. Many children thoroughly clean the chewing surfaces, but often fail to clean the backsides and gumline. Ask us about dental sealants – an extra layer  of protection against decay.

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Rio Rancho and Farmington NM, we help our youngest patients get started on the road to a lifetime of good dental health. Our services include family and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment for your youngster today!

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-326-6800

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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Help! My Crown Came Off!

repair broken dental crown FarmingtonYou are chewing an apple and hear an odd sound, then something in your mouth feels wrong. One of your crowns has come loose. Chances are, the crown can be re-cemented at SundanceDental & Orthodontics in Rio Rancho and Farmington NM, where our services include emergency dentistry.What do you do when your dental crown comes off? It’s critical that you take the following steps:Don’t Swallow It! This may seem like a no-brainer, but we are mentioning it because it is essential. Carefully take it out of your mouth. If you accidentally swallow it, you will have some extra problems that aren’t pleasant.Look Carefully Inspect the crown and your tooth. If there is damage to either, Drs. Rothenberg and Moskowitz will need that information. Which brings me to number 3:Clean Gently Use a toothbrush to cautiously clean the crown and the exposed partial tooth.Handle With Care While waiting for the crown to be re-cemented, skip substances that are chewy, sticky, or crunchy.At SundanceDental & Orthodontics in Rio Rancho and Farmington NM, we are a full-service practice offering emergency dentistry. We place dental crowns and offer complete family dentistry. Call for an appointment today.

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-326-6800

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St Farmington, New Mexico 87402

 
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It’s Better To Prevent A Cavity Than Fill One

how to prevent cavities Farmington

At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Rio Rancho, we do everything we can to keep the teeth and gums of our patients clean and healthy. It is far better to prevent cavities and other dental health issues than it is to treat them.

In other words, we really stress dental health: how to get it and how to keep it. Our goal with every patient is avoiding tooth decay, enamel wear, and gum disease.

Twice A Year

As a rule of thumb, we recommend a dental appointment every six months. At each visit, one of our hygienists will inspect and clean your teeth. We may take x-rays, too. The cleanings you get in our office go beyond the brushing and flossing you do at home. Even with good home care, most patients have at least a little tartar built up on the teeth. The only way to get it off is with a professional cleaning.

The dentist also does an inspection of your teeth and gums. If there is any new decay we’ll fill it. We’ll also check for any signs of gum disease.

Brush and Floss

At home, you should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and flossing at least once. Brushing is easily the most important part of preventive dentistry. Use a toothpaste with fluoride, and has the American Dental Association seal on the tube. Use a soft-bristled brush, and replace it every three months or so.

Flossing your teeth every day is how you clean out the spaces between your teeth. There’s no way a toothbrush can get the gunk that builds up. If you have any questions about flossing, ask our hygienist for some tips at your next checkup.

Remember, prevention is always the best medicine, and preventive dentistry is the best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums! Be sure to see us at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Rio Rancho and Farmington NM twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. Our services include family and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today!

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-326-6800

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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Bloomfield, NM 87413
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6588 E Main St
Farmington, NM 87402
Call: 505-326-6800

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770 Broadmoor Blvd NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
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Grants, NM 87020
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1601 S 2nd St
Gallup, NM 87301
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3903 Beckland Dr. Suite A
Farmington, NM 87402
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