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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.

By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
June 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Finding the right treatment for your dental issue can seem confusing when faced with a list of services offered by your dentist. Reading cosmetic dentistryup on some of the most common dental services to improve the look of your smile can help you understand which procedures do what and work with your dentist to find the best treatment plan for you. Learn about crowns, bridges and veneers with Dr. Selena Marchan in Jacksonville, FL.

Dental Crowns 
Your dentist may recommend a dental crown if you have a broken or decayed tooth, a tooth which has undergone a procedure such as a root canal and was left with a large filling, or an unsightly or discolored tooth. The crown itself, made from porcelain, fits over the tooth from the top to surround the top and sides. Additionally, a dental crown may fit over a dental implant to replace a missing tooth.

Dental Bridges 
A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth and its root. Your Jacksonville dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone under your missing tooth, then allows it to heal. During the healing process, the bone grows around the implant, making it a part of the mouth’s natural makeup. Implants last a lifetime and can replace a single tooth, several teeth missing in a row, or every tooth on an arch with implant-supported dentures.

Dental Veneers 
Dental veneers fit over the surface of a tooth to cover its imperfections. Veneers are a thin shell of porcelain, also custom-made and color-matched to fit naturally into your smile. After preparing the tooth by removing a thin layer of enamel, your dentist bonds the porcelain shell onto the front of the tooth. With the proper care, veneers last about 20 years before requiring replacement or maintenance.

Porcelain Dental Restorations in Jacksonville, FL 
Each porcelain dental restoration is custom-made in a dental laboratory by a professional dental technician. The technician also color-matches each restoration to the color of your natural teeth, ensuring that your restoration fits into your smile flawlessly. Take care of your restoration by brushing twice daily and flossing once. See your dentist twice a year for regular examinations and cleanings.

For more information on porcelain dental restorations, please contact Dr. Marchan in Jacksonville, FL. Call (904) 221-5678 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Marchan today!

By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
March 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Learn more about getting cosmetic dentistry in Jacksonville, and what it can do for your smile.cosmetic dentistry

You are ready to get a smile makeover and perhaps you even know what you would like to change but you just aren’t sure what’s going to help you. We understand that shopping around for cosmetic dentistry can take a lot of thought, which is why our Jacksonville, FL, family dentist, Dr. Selena Marchan, is here to provide a little information about some popular cosmetic dentistry options you may be considering:


You hate that the only thing people seem to notice are those discoloration, chips and other flaws that keep your smile from being just perfect. Perhaps people staring at your teeth and not you when you talk have you feeling a bit self-conscious. We have you covered (quite literally)! This porcelain restoration will cover these embarrassing problem areas and more to give you a smile that’s perfectly radiant, straighter and well proportioned.

Imagine having a smile that’s just like the stars. You can hide imperfections, lengthen or widen the shape of your teeth, and even cover gaps, or crowding in your smile.

Crowns and Bridges

Whether you are dealing with a damaged or missing tooth, dental crowns and bridges will be there to save the day. Both of these restorations are custom-made to fit your smile and will help to protect weak or damaged teeth, improve the appearance of a tooth and also replace one or more missing teeth in a row.


If you love the idea of fixing crowding, crooked teeth or gaps in your smile but hate the idea of needing traditional braces in order to do it, your Jacksonville cosmetic dentist understands. This is why we offer Invisalign, the clear way to straighten your smile. Instead of brackets and wires you’ll wear customized, clear flexible aligners that cover over your top and bottom teeth to shift them into their proper alignment. Invisalign fits into any lifestyle and is great for both teens and adults.

Do you have questions about getting cosmetic dentistry? Do you want to sit down and discuss these options further? If so, our Jacksonville, FL dental office can help. Give us a call and get on the books today!

By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
December 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Having a smile you love is an under appreciated quality when you take self-esteem and confidence into account. However, your cosmetic dentistrycosmetic dentist can help you work toward a smile that will have you looking and feeling great. Cosmetic dentistry procedures can overhaul your look to give you the teeth you have always wanted. Learn more about cosmetic dentistry procedures with Dr. Selena Marchan in Jacksonville, FL.

Which cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for me?

  • Misaligned Teeth: Patients wishing to realign their teeth have several options. The most common treatment which works for any level of severity is orthodontic treatment like traditional braces or Invisalign. Orthodontics also correct bite issues like overbite or underbite, potentially killing two birds with one stone. Veneers coupled with contouring and reshaping is another option for patients who have only slight misalignments.
  • Discolored Teeth: Teeth whitening is one of the most popular choices for cosmetic dentistry procedures. A professional teeth whitening session lasts around an hour and takes place in your dentist’s office. You will see your results directly after your appointment and, depending on your treatment plan, see the color of your teeth lift up to ten shades in a single session. For very stubborn stains or yellowing which does not respond to teeth whitening, veneers can change the look of your teeth in just a few dental appointments.
  • Missing Teeth: The most effective option to replace missing teeth is dental implants, a surgical procedure which replaces your missing tooth and its root. This requires some legwork and may require additional procedures like bone grafts. However, dental implants are the only truly permanent option and function just like your natural teeth. If you are not a good candidate for dental implants, a dental bridge or denture can also replace your teeth, though they cannot replace your tooth’s missing root. Your Jacksonville dentist can help you determine which tooth replacement option is best for you.
  • Chipped Teeth: Repairing a chipped tooth depends on the severity of the chip. For small chips, your dentist can use composite resin materials and dental contouring to fill in the chip and reshape the tooth. Larger chips may require a dental veneer or dental crown to stabilize and improve the appearance of the tooth.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. Marchan in Jacksonville, FL. Call (904) 221-5678 to schedule your appointment for a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Marchan today!

By Selena L. Marchan, D.M.D.
March 17, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Have you been looking in the mirror lately, wondering if there's a way to fix the problems with your teeth? Sure, braces can straighten veneersthem and whitening them can improve their color, but if you're dealing with several cosmetic issues at once, you may be more suited for veneers, a cosmetic dental procedure offered by Dr. Selena Marchan, your cosmetic dentist in Jacksonville, Florida. Curious about how veneers can solve your problems? Read on.

Versatile veneers

There are many cosmetic dental procedures that can improve one problem at a time, but only veneers can correct several cosmetic dental issues through the use of tiny sections of porcelain. With just one restorative procedure, gaps, chips, overlaps and discolorations can be eliminated, leaving a gorgeous, million-watt smile in their place. It's no wonder that veneers are the preferred restoration of celebrities in the music, television and movie scenes. But you don't have to be an A-list star to have a beautiful smile with veneers - you just have to visit Dr. Marchan in Jacksonville!

Veneer vitals

A thorough examination from your Jacksonville dentist will help determine if veneers are right for you. They are permanent restorations, which means that they cannot be removed after placement because the natural teeth must be prepped in an irreversible way. They should also only be used on people who have made good oral hygiene a habit. Although veneers repair dental problems, they do not prevent them, and decay must be kept to a minimum to ensure the longevity and proper function of veneers. With proper maintenance, including checkups from your Jacksonville dentist, your veneers can last as long as 20 years before needing to be replaced or repaired.

Ready to see your smile in a whole new light? Contact the dental office of Dr. Selena Marchan, your Jacksonville family and cosmetic dentist, to set up your veneers consultation today!