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By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
December 30, 2020
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Repair Teeth  

Teeth are subject to damage like any other part of the body. However, unlike hair, bones, or skin, teeth can't regenerate themselves. That's because the versatile stem cells we possess as infants gradually disappear as we age, and these cells are what's needed for teeth to develop. So when you chip a tooth, it seems like it would be a permanent cosmetic flaw. However, family dentist Selena Marchan of Jacksonville, Florida has several solutions for fixing this common problem.
 

How do teeth become chipped?

Many people who come to their Jacksonville dentist with a chipped tooth have a story to tell about a car accident or a sports injury. Other patients may have bitten down on a piece of ice or hard candy. As for why some people's teeth chip and others don't, it often goes back to weakened enamel. This is the outermost layer of the teeth and can break down over time due to eating or drinking things with a lot of acid content, chronic dry mouth, or overall poor oral hygiene. Teeth that have already had fillings, especially if they're large, can also be susceptible to breakage.
 

How can chipped teeth be repaired?

Small chips on the edges of the teeth are most often filled in with a process called bonding. This involves the use of a putty-like material that is made from plastic, glass, or a combination of the two substances and is carefully matched to blend in with your natural tooth color. Dr. Marchan will sculpt the bonding material into the chipped area, then use a special light to harden it into place. A chip that is large enough to affect the sensitive tissues inside the tooth needs to be fixed right away; these injuries are often very uncomfortable. Your Jacksonville family dentist can often restore the tooth's form and function with a crown.
 

If you have a chipped tooth that needs repair, or for any other dental-related questions, contact your Jacksonville family dentist, Dr. Selena Marchan, by calling (904) 221-5678.

By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
December 17, 2020
Category: Dental Health
Tags: invisalign  

If you're interested in a beautifully straight smile, Dr. Selena L. Marchan, DMD can help you fulfill your aesthetic goals. Better yet, she can help you achieve a more aligned bite and healthier-look discreetly. Invisalign is an orthodontic method that uses a series of clear aligner trays to move teeth into their proper position. Treatment time can take six to 12 months, depending on the individual. To avoid disrupting your daily routine with metal, wires, or brackets, Invisalign may be an option. To determine if you are a candidate, schedule a consultation in our Jacksonville, FL office, today.

Discreetly Improve Your Smile With Invisalign

Making a positive first impression is important to most for many reasons. Invisalign can fix gaps, overbite, underbite, cross-bite, as well as cases with crowded teeth. First, you'll take a smile assessment to determine if Invisalign is appropriate for your situation. Once you visit Dr. Marchan during your initial consultation, your aligners will get crafted in a laboratory offsite. Patients often choose this orthodontic method for comfort, it's virtually invisible, aligners are removable for easy brushing and flossing, and less dental emergencies are likely to occur.

What to Expect from Treatment

Technology will assist Dr. Marchan while she develops your custom treatment plan in our Jacksonville, FL, office. It starts with a simple smile scan, using software and a tool that doesn't allow you to feel a thing. After taking this digital image of your entire mouth, she'll display it on a computer that lets you preview end-results before reaching the finish line. The process doesn't require any teeth molds, which means there's no mess or discomfort. Once this plan gets finalized, you must wear the clear aligners for 22 hours each day for optimal success. The duration of treatment will depend on the patient.

If you're interested in straightening your smile, but prefer to do it discreetly, consider Invisalign as an alternative to traditional braces. They won't attract as much attention, will allow you to maintain a healthy smile without disruptions in your oral care routine, and can help you attain the smile you've always wanted. For more information about Invisalign and other services provided by Dr. Selena L. Marchan, DMD, visit our website. Please call (904) 221-5678 for appointment scheduling in our Jacksonville, FL office.

By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
November 20, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Teeth whitening can be simple once you know what to do. To get more information, visit Dr. Selena Marchan in Jacksonville, FL. Her practice is the perfect place to explore tooth whitening both at home and in the office.

Here are some tips on maintaining a grin that gleams:
 

Avoid certain foods

Chocolate, red wine, coffee, and black tea -- all of these can cause stains over time. As our teeth age and stain, it’s tempting to hide our smile. Foods and beverages with lots of pigment and are sometimes hard to brush away. Keep a shiny smile by consuming in moderation.

Quit smoking

Tar deposits on the teeth and unfresh breath are just two of the side effects of tobacco use. The residues can cause stains on the teeth, gums, and lead to tooth loss.

Clean in between

Floss between the teeth daily. Use a Waterpik or manual floss, taking care to put extra effort into cleaning tight spaces. Food particles get stuck in between teeth. Removing the plaque that accumulates around teeth helps to ensure a better result when using at-home whitening kits.

Brush each day

Brush your teeth twice daily. Regular cleansing of the teeth helps remove stains that accumulate on the enamel. For stubborn stains, ask your dentist if you are a great candidate for veneers.

Make sure to replace your brush heads every three months to maintain proper cleaning power.

Over the counter treatments

At-home treatments have enough active ingredients to be effective at keeping your teeth white and shiny in-between visits. Ask your dentist about Philips Zoom!, and other professional techniques to maintain a great smile.

Lastly, a thorough cleaning will set you up to win against stained teeth. Call Dr. Marchan in Jacksonville, FL, at (904) 221-5678 to schedule an appointment today.

By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
June 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dentistry Services  

Could a cosmetic dentistry procedure offered by Dr. Selena Marchan, your dentist in Jacksonville, FL, improve your smile? Crowns, bonding, teeth whitening, and veneers all help you enhance, restore, and protect your smile.

Dental crowns

Crowns offer multiple benefits for your smile. If you've broken a tooth, adding a crown will restore the normal appearance and functionality of the tooth. When you're unhappy with the appearance of a tooth, a crown can conceal discolorations/imperfections, lengthen short teeth, or improve the appearance of crooked teeth. Crowns also prevent cracked or fragile teeth from breaking.

Hollow crowns completely cover teeth after they've been reduced in size. The restorations are created from an impression of your mouth to ensure that they look and feel completely natural.

Veneers

If minor flaws mar your teeth, veneers offer a simple way to makeover your smile. Although porcelain or plastic veneers are no thicker than a fingernail, they provide excellent coverage for imperfections. The tooth-shaped shells are cemented to the fronts of teeth and can:

  • Change the shape or length of teeth
  • Hide cracks, chips or other flaws
  • Conceal slight gaps between teeth
  • Keep discolorations out of sight
  • Whiten your entire smile

Bonding

When your tooth is discolored, chipped or worn down, bonding may offer the perfect solution. Your dentist adds composite resin, a material that looks like tooth enamel, to your tooth, shapes the resin, then hardens it with a curing light. Bonding is one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures yet offers impressive results.

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening dramatically lightens dull, stained teeth in just about an hour in our Jacksonville dental office. During the treatment, your dentist uses professional-strength hydrogen peroxide to safely bleach your teeth. Hydrogen peroxide breaks up and eliminates the dark pigments that cause stains in your tooth enamel.

Interested? Give us a call

Boost your smile with cosmetic dentistry! Call your Jacksonville, FL, dentist, Dr. Marchan, at (904) 221-5678 to schedule your appointment.

By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
April 13, 2020
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Root Canals  

A root canal, also known as endodontic therapy, is a helpful procedure that removes the infection from the inside of a tooth and eliminates the need to extract it. Although root canals have been around a long time, many of Dr. Selena Marchan's patients in Jacksonville, Florida still have questions and concerns when they find out they need one. Below are the answers to some questions that dentists are frequently asked about root canals.

Why do I need a root canal?

There are several reasons why your Jacksonville dentist might decide you need a root canal. The main one is that decay has progressed to the point of being too large or invasive to treat with a regular cavity filling. An injury to the tooth may have irreversibly damaged the tissues inside the tooth. Previous restorations may have failed and require a more substantial treatment to repair them. In any case, Dr. Marchan will do a thorough examination and take x-rays to determine the need for a root canal.

What happens during a root canal?

Root canals from your Jacksonville dentist start with anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area. An opening is made on the outside of the tooth to access the inner tissues, which are essentially "cleaned out" to leave the tooth hollow. The space inside the tooth is then filled with a rubber material to stabilize it. To further protect your tooth, Dr. Marchan will apply a crown on top; these are tooth-shaped restorations that are hollowed out to fit on top of the treated tooth and seal it off from any more damage. A temporary crown may be necessary at first while a more permanent one is created.

Does a root canal hurt?

A lot of dental patients feel anxious when they hear that they need a root canal. For reasons we don't understand, the reputation of painful root canals continues to persist despite the fact that dental anesthesia, recovery, and the procedures themselves have evolved to be simple to heal and virtually painless. In fact, a root canal can be thought of as a large cavity filling; the process is similar and the same numbing techniques will be used. If you are still feeling uneasy about having a root canal, your Jacksonville family dentist can suggest some sedation options to help you relax during your appointment.

For all dental procedures and treatments with Dr. Selena Marchan, your family dentist in Jacksonville, Florida, contact our office at (904) 221-5678 to talk with one of our friendly scheduling staff members.





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