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By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
September 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Your smile...can it ever return to the attractive, healthy set of teeth it once was? If you wish to restore damaged teeth or replace missing Crowns and Bridgesones, then crowns and bridges from Dr. Selena Marchan in Jacksonville, FL, could be just what you need. This patient-centered family dentist offers a wide array of preventive, restorative and cosmetic services, including the best in porcelain crowns and fixed bridgework. She'll help you figure out if these treatments can return your smile to great form and function.

"You could use a crown"

Dr. Marchan may say this to patients who have teeth which are cracked, decayed, abscessed, or misshapen. Don't worry, though, because crowns are custom-made caps of pristine, tooth-colored porcelain. They fully cover teeth from the gums to the chewing surfaces, restoring what disease and injury took from you.

Also, crowns restore teeth saved by endodontic therapy (root canal), and they top off dental implants. They anchor fixed bridgework, a dental prosthetic which replaces one or more missing teeth in a row.

Whatever the application, patients find crowns to be great alternatives to extraction. They last for years which just routine brushing, flossing, and hygienic cleanings at Dr. Marchan's office in Jacksonville, FL. So, "You need a crown" really is good news.

"Bridgework would help"

Dr. Marchan may say this to patients who have lost one or more teeth which neighbor each other on the top or bottom arches. Bridgework consists of porcelain pontic, or artificial, teeth attached to crowned teeth on opposite ends of a smile gap. The American College of Prosthodontists reports that 15 million people in the United States sport these custom-made tooth replacements, wearing them successfully for ten years or longer.

The same oral hygiene habits which care for single dental crowns apply to fixed bridgework. Patients should take extra care if their prosthetics are supported by dental implants, titanium screws inserted into the jaw to keep bridges in perfect position.

The treatments

When you see your family dentist for crowns or bridgework, expect a complete oral exam and a set of digital X-rays. Dr. Marchan will explain your options and the procedure, including placement of a temporary crown or bridge as needed. You'll also learn about any brushing or flossing techniques you'll need to keep your cap or bridge clean and long-lasting.

Love your smile again

You can when your family dentist, Dr. Selena Marchan and her team help you choose a dental crown or fixed bridgework. Call today for a detailed (and friendly) consultation in Jacksonville, FL. We have convenient early evening hours at (904) 221-5678.

By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
August 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Having an attractive smile is important not only to your self-confidence, but how others perceive you. Dr. Selena Marchan, your cosmetic dentistryJacksonville dentist, understands her patient's needs and wants for a beautiful smile, which is why she's proud to offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures, each aimed at helping you feel comfortable and confident about the way your teeth look. She's explained three of our popular procedures here.

Whitening

Imagine a dazzling, bright smile shining back at you when you look in the mirror. With a teeth whitening treatment from your Jacksonville cosmetic dentist, you can actually have it! Choosing to whiten your teeth in a dental office setting instead of at home means better, longer-lasting results and a safe, error-free experience. We use the highest quality whitening products available to professionals, and our staff is trained to make sure the whitening gel is evenly applied and your sensitive gum tissue is protected. If you'd like to experience what it's like to have a smile that's up to eight shades brighter, whitening is for you!

Bonding

For gaps, cracks, and other problems with the shape or alignment of your teeth, Dr. Marchan offers cosmetic bonding. This non-invasive, low-cost procedure uses a tooth-colored putty that your Jacksonville dentist will artfully shape into the area of concern. The putty then hardens into place. Bonding fills in cosmetic issues seamlessly and comfortably, giving you the confidence to smile and talk without worrying about the way your teeth look. The same material is widely used to fill cavities now, replacing the dark and distracting metal fillings you might remember. On average, well-cared-for bonding lasts ten years or more.

Tooth reshaping

This procedure can be thought of as the opposite of bonding; it exists to sculpt teeth that are mismatched from your others by being chipped or too long or large. The excess enamel of the targeted tooth is filed down and smoothed out by your Jacksonville dentist. Unlike whitening and bonding, tooth reshaping is permanent, so it's important to discuss all your cosmetic dentistry options with Dr. Marchan first.

If you'd like to set up a consolation appointment about cosmetic dentistry, contact Dr. Selena Marchan's dental office in Jacksonville, FL, today!

By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
May 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Preventative CareWant your teeth to be in top-notch condition? Your Jacksonville, FL, dentist, Dr. Selena Marchan, offers preventative care tips to help you improve your oral health care.

Oral Hygiene

There are basic things everyone should do to keep healthy:

  • You should have an oral and dental examination every six months.
  • In addition to visiting your doctor, maintaining a healthy oral habit is essential.
  • Flossing your teeth before bed will also help preserve your teeth and reduce the buildup of plaque.
  • Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day; brush your teeth after you eat breakfast and before bed with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Spend two full minutes brushing your teeth and tilt your brush at a 45-degree angle to ensure you remove as much food debris as possible.

Oral hygiene isn't the only way to care for your teeth:

  • Avoid eating sugary foods, like sodas and candy.
  • Resort to a healthier diet, like apples and carrots, which help scrape off tartar from the surface of your teeth.
  • Drink plenty of water, which can wash away food particles.

Preventative Care Procedures in Jacksonville

Bondings and fillings are a great way to protect your teeth.

  • They can be accomplished in one visit; the procedure may take about 30 minutes to an hour
  • Composite strengthens your teeth, so don't worry about applying too much pressure
  • The composite also fixes issues like chips and cracks, fractures, decay, discolored or stained teeth, and short teeth

Fillings and dental bonding help preserve your teeth for more years to come. They, however, require the same care as all your teeth.

Your family dentist will clean your teeth to ensure they're plaque-free. Then they'll etch your teeth with an acidic gel that will open pores on the surface of your teeth. They'll rinse off any etching material with composite resin that matches the color of your teeth and harden the composite in place with a curing light before shaping your teeth into the right form.

For more information about preventative care, call our Jacksonville, FL, dentist, Dr. Marchan, at (904) 221-5678 today to schedule an appointment!

By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
April 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   invisalign   orthodontics  

When your teeth are out of alignment, it affects everything from the way you eat to the way you smile. The traditional solution has been invisalignbraces (metal or ceramic). But if braces are not an option for personal and professional reasons, what can you do to fix your teeth? You can straighten your smile discreetly with the help of Invisalign plastic aligner trays and Dr. Selena Marchan, a family dentist in Jacksonville, FL.

Why Straightening Your Teeth Matters
While most orthodontic problems aren’t considered emergencies, they are at the very least an inconvenience. If you have gaps, food can easily get trapped between your teeth when you’re eating. Crooked teeth can be painful and awkward. Tooth crowding is very noticeable when you smile. Straightening your teeth matters for aesthetics, comfort, and healthy tooth function.

A Discreet Solution
Braces are made up of metal or ceramic brackets that are glued to the teeth. Wires are added that put pressure on the teeth until they adjust to a more ideal position. Braces are more appropriate for preteens who still have developing smiles. If you’re an adult or teen, you have the option to choose a more discreet way of straightening out your smile called Invisalign. Your Jacksonville dentist designs custom plastic trays that you must put over your teeth daily. The trays provide you with the orthodontic benefits of braces, as well as other benefits including minimal discomfort and a shorter treatment period.

Is Invisalign Your Best Option?
Invisalign may be the right solution if you have minor orthodontic issues, such as a gap between your front teeth or teeth that overlap each other because they’re too tightly arranged. If you’re a business professional or someone who has to meet the public often, this discreet treatment may be your best option.

Visit Your Dentist for an Invisalign Consultation
You may be the ideal patient for an Invisalign treatment, but you have to consult with a family dentist to find out your options. Call (904) 221-5678 today for a consultation with Dr. Marchan at her Jacksonville, FL office.

By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
February 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth-colored fillings offer a more subtle solution when you have a cavity. Jacksonville, FL, family dentist Dr. Selena Marchan answers fillingssome questions about tooth-colored fillings.

How are tooth-colored fillings different?

Tooth-colored fillings are designed to blend in with your smile, not call attention to your dental work. Composite resin, a flexible material made of plastic and glass powders, is used to fill teeth after decay has been removed. Unlike silver amalgam, the filling material that was once the only choice if you had a cavity, composite resin can be tinted to resemble common tooth colors. When you visit our Jacksonville office, we'll compare several shades to ensure that your filling is completely unnoticeable.

What are the advantages of tooth-colored fillings?

A margin of healthy tooth structure surrounding the decayed area must also be removed when a tooth is filled. Because the tooth-colored filling process only requires the removal of a small amount of healthy tooth structure, teeth remain stronger and are less likely to become fragile or crack or fracture in the future.

Tooth-colored fillings also prevent cracks, a common consequence of silver amalgam fillings. The metals in silver amalgam fillings react to temperature changes by expanding and contracting. Over time, this continual expansion and contraction may crack your teeth. Composite resin is unaffected by temperature changes that occur when you bite into a hot piece of pizza or drink an ice-cold beverage. Thanks to your new composite resin filling, you won't have to worry about cracks in your tooth due to your filling.

If you received a silver amalgam filling years ago, you may have noticed that your tooth gradually became darker. Unlike amalgam fillings, tooth-colored resin fillings won't discolor teeth.

How durable are tooth-colored fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings not only look good but can withstand years of chewing and biting. After the composite resin is added to your tooth, it's hardened with a curing light. The curing process only takes about a minute and not only hardens the filling but helps it bond to your tooth.

Tooth-colored fillings restore decayed teeth without changing your appearance. If you're concerned about a tooth, call Jacksonville, FL, family dentist Dr. Selena Marchan at (904) 221-5678 to schedule an appointment.





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