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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

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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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.

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, 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.

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

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

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

Posted in Oral Health

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

Posted in Restorative Dentistry

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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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

Regular Cleanings And Heart Health

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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:

505-985-5626

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

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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.

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

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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Farmington, NM 87402
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