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By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
December 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Crowns and bridges are two of the most important restorations that your dentist offers. They're used to repair damaged teeth, stabilizeDental Crowns and Bridges fragile teeth, and fill gaps in your smile. Your Jacksonville, FL, dentist, Dr. Selena Marchan, helps her patients improve and protect their smiles with versatile crowns and bridges.

Are You Familiar with Crowns and Bridges?

A crown covers the part of the tooth that extends past your gums. The restoration is hollow inside, allowing it to slip over a tooth that has been reduced in size. After your dentist decreases the diameter of your tooth, she will make an impression of your mouth. This impression will then be used to create a custom-made crown of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic material, or resin.

Bridges offer a simple solution when you need to replace a tooth or two. The restorations consist of artificial teeth attached to crowns that anchor the bridge in place. Your permanent crown or bridge is attacked with dental cement for stability and durability.

Who Can Benefit from Crowns and Bridges?

Crowns and bridges help Jacksonville area residents:

  • Protect Fragile Teeth from Breaking: Cracks weaken any structure, including teeth. The addition of a crown prevents a cracked tooth from fracturing by spreading biting forces over the surface of the crown rather than your tooth. You may also need a crown if your tooth has started to crumble, you've experienced an injury, recently received a large filling, or undergone root canal therapy.
  • Restore Broken Teeth: Broken teeth aren't very attractive, but their appearance isn't the only issue. Breaks can make chewing difficult and cause lacerations to your mouth, gums, and tongue. Dental crowns improve the appearance of damaged teeth, ease pain, and make chewing a simple process once again.
  • Change the Appearance of Teeth: Dental crowns are often used to cover discolorations or change the shape and length of teeth.
  • Improve Self-Esteem: Missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious every time you look in the mirror or see a photograph of yourself. Bridges restore the teeth you've lost and improve your ability to bite and chew.

Enhance the function and appearance of your teeth with dental crowns! Call your Jacksonville, FL, dentist, Dr. Selena Marchan, at (904) 221-5678 to schedule an appointment.

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
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!