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By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
March 11, 2021
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Family Dentistry  

Turning to a family dentist could offer a host of benefits for your family’s beautiful smiles.

Finding a dentist that you trust is one of the most important things for you and your family. We understand all the factors that go into determining which type of dentist to visit. While some people may decide to turn to different dentists than their children, did you know that you could get dental care in the same location at the same time by simply turning to your Jacksonville, FL, family dentist Dr. Selena Marchan?

Access to Dental Care, Whenever You Need it

It’s not surprising that when families have a family dentist that they are more likely to turn to them for routine checkups than ones that don’t. Our Jacksonville, FL, family dentist and her dental team provide a wide range of services, from dental cleanings for the whole family to dental sealants and fluoride treatment for kids and tooth replacement options for older adults.

No matter whether you need preventive dentistry or emergency care, when you turn to us you know that you’ll always get the care you need when it matters most. No need to rush to your local urgent care or emergency room when problems arise. We’ve got your back.

Healthier Smiles for Everyone

Does your child mimic everything you say and do? You better believe that they are also learning how to properly care for their smiles from you, too. So, if you aren’t visiting your dentist every six months for cleanings then it’s going to be a whole lot harder to get your child to visit the dentist, too.

It’s important that you lead by example and bring the whole family in for care. Children should start visiting a dentist by the age of one, and a family dentist knows how to treat smiles of all ages, providing you with the custom dental care you need for patients from one to 100 years old.

Keep Track of Your Oral Health Over Time

If you or your child is jumping from dentist to dentist, it can be easy to lose track of your oral health and medical history. Instead of having to go through the song and dance of transferring records and history to a new doctor who then needs to learn about your medical history, a family dentist can provide you and your children with a long-lasting relationship. This means that once we get to know you and your health, we will be able to tailor any and all care to your needs. No need to remind us of your latex allergy or that your child has sensitive teeth. We already know!

Are you currently on the hunt to find the ideal family dentist here in Jacksonville, FL? If so, our dental practice welcomes you with friendly smiles and gentle care. To schedule checkups for the whole family, call us at (904) 221-5678.

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
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.