Buxton Family Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

At Buxton Family Dental, we always welcome and encourage your questions. When you ask questions about things that concern you, you help us learn what is important to you, which allows us to provide personalized care that is right for your needs.

We have shared a few commonly asked questions here, but you may have some of your own. If so, please call our office at (970) 482-6333 or use our convenient online contact form.

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Going to the dentist is always in the top five of any list for a human's greatest fears!  Because of this your comfort is a top priority at Buxton Family Dental.  How do we ensure this? 

First of all, you can expect our team to do everything possible to put you at ease!  We strive for a culture among our team members that expects a high level of customer service and special attention for individuals that walk through our doors.    A visit to the dentist can be a very different thing for each person so be sure to let us know what will help you in particular. 

We also updated our space a short while ago with the intent to make our office warm and inviting.  When you walk in the door you'll find a comfortable reception area with water, coffee, magazines and more.  In the treatment rooms you'll find that our dental chairs are comfortable and newly upholstered.  We have blankets and neck pillows for added comfort and protective sunglasses to keep you safe and to keep our dental lights out of your eyes.  Many patients prefer a little distraction while they're in our chairs so we have overhead TV screens to play movies, TV, or a slideshow with relaxing pictures.  You can even completely drown us out with our noise-canceling headphones if desired. 

Lastly, you have our promise that we'll complete any necessary treatment as comfortably as possible.  Read our other FAQ on dental injections or our page about sedation options for more.  Dental visits can be intimidating, but take our word that we've done our best here to make your visit as comfortable as possible!

We know that many patients put off dental treatment because they feel it is out of reach for them financially. But at Buxton Family Dental, we offer financing options that allow you to get the treatment you need today without a lot of worry or stress.

If you have dental insurance, our knowledgeable team will be happy to guide you through the process and answer your questions about the coverage for your procedures. We provide pre-treatment estimates and accept almost all PPO insurances, and we will be happy to file your claim on your behalf.

We are also in-network with many insurances including Delta Dental, MetLife, United Concordia, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Please call our office or check our financial page for a full listing of all the insurances we accept.

No insurance? No worries! We are pleased to offer our patients the convenience of our Buxton Family Dental Savings Plan. To participate, you pay a reasonable annual membership fee for you and the members of your family. The membership fee pays for all preventive care for the next 12 months (two six-month exams and cleanings, fluoride treatment, x-rays, etc.). Also, membership provides a 20 to 25% discount on any additional dental treatment needed during the 12-month period.

We are also pleased to accept CareCredit, a credit card for healthcare costs that allows you to pay off your expenses interest-free over a six-month period. Please contact us for more about this option!

If you have financial concerns, please do not hesitate to talk to us. We believe that good oral health should be a priority for everyone, so we will work with you to find the solution that fits your budget. Please call our Fort Collins dental office to learn more!

Teeth can only feel one thing - pain.  Fortunately, we live in a day and age where that pain can be eliminated in order to repair and preserve teeth.  There is a wide variety of gadgets and techniques that have been developed to make getting numb easier,  but sadly, needles are still involved with the vast majority of those methods.    At Buxton Family Dental we take great pride in our ability to make dental care as comfortable as possible even for people with a fear of needles.  With a little extra time and patience getting numb does not have to be a miserable experience. 

First we rub a very strong topical anesthetic onto your cheek to start the numbing process.  Next we warm our anesthetic so that it is body temperature.  When the anesthetic is placed the key is to go very, very slowly.  Many people believe that the pinch they feel comes from the needle itself, but most of that discomfort actually comes from the local anesthetic delivered to the tissues.  Once the anesthetic has had adequate time to work, we can begin fixing your tooth, but we always go cautiously to make sure your teeth are comfortable.  Every individual is different.  If you take extra time or extra anesthetic to get numb, we'll note it for the next time.  If you have any dental anxiety about this part of dentistry, we're more than happy to help and give you the extra care you need!

To become a dentist most doctors start with a university bachelor's degree and follow it with four years of dental school to earn a DDS or DMD.  If a dentist finds one field of study that particularly interests them they can gain additional training by completing a residency in one of the NINE recognized dental specialties?  This can take an additional two to five years. 

If you have particular dental needs that go beyond the scope of general dentistry you may be referred to one of these specialty doctors for treatment.  At Buxton Family Dental we try to provide a wide range of treatment to serve our patients as best we can, but we also understand that a referral to a specialist is often in the best interest of the patient.  Some procedures require the expertise and experience of the doctors that provide these more specialized services on a daily basis.  Because of this, we understand the importance of forming good relationships with the specialists in our area and we are fortunate to live in an area where we have many good specialists to choose from.

These are the specialties the typical patient is most likely to encounter:

  • Orthodontist - Experts in straightening the teeth and jaws with braces.  They mostly treat teenagers, but more and more adults are visiting orthodontists for their crooked teeth.
  • Endodontist - Many toothaches end up needing a root canal.  Root canal treatment can be a very difficult procedure to complete depending on the situation and that's where these root canal experts come in handy!
  • Oral Surgeon - Known especially for removing wisdom teeth, but also treat injury, disease and perform many other complicated surgeries in the oral and maxillofacial region.
  • Periodontist - These specialists focus on the structures supporting your teeth.  They are known mainly for treating gum disease, but they also perform many other surgeries such as placing implants and gum grafts.
  • Pedodontist - Experts in the care and treatment of children.
  • Prosthodontist - If restoring or replacing your teeth is a more complicated situation than is usual, you may find yourself visiting a prosthodontist.

Children's Dentistry

At Buxton Family Dental, we love seeing children!  

We understand that each child has their own unique personality and needs, and Dr. Buxton has extensive experience in treating children. We do our best to accommodate each child and make their visit to the dentist a positive experience.

Taking care of your child’s mouth is a little different than taking care of your own. As your child grows, their dental needs continuously change, and you will need to adapt to them. We’re more than happy to guide you through the rapidly changing stages of your child’s oral health. While your child will lose their baby teeth one day, they do serve a purpose now and play a crucial role in preparing the mouth for the permanent teeth that will follow.

Some of the most common procedures we perform for our smallest patients include:

  • Exams, cleanings, x-rays
  • Fluoride application, sealants, and fillings
  • Stainless steel crowns
  • Oral hygiene instruction
  • Pulpotomies
  • Orthodontic screenings and space maintainers

Our goal is to create such a positive experience for your child that dental care is something they want to do, not something they have to do. For more information on any of these procedures, please contact us at Buxton Family Dental and set up an appointment for your little one!

The transition from primary teeth ("baby teeth") to permanent teeth goes through several stages starting around age 6 or 7 and ending around age 12 or 13.  What many people don't realize is that the permanent molars don't actually replace any primary teeth, but instead grow into the space behind all the primary molars.  This first set of molars erupts around age six!  The next set comes in around age 12.  The final set of molars (wisdom teeth) appear in the later teen years.  Compared to primary molars, the permanent molars typically have very deep grooves and fissures on the chewing surface of the teeth which readily attract food and bacteria.  The teeth are also located far back in hard to reach areas for a growing mouth.  Then throw in the fact that adolescents often struggle with adequate oral hygiene and you have a recipe for disaster!  We typically recommend sealants for the first and second molars for all children to protect the teeth while they learn how to properly care for their teeth.  Sealants are a protective coating painted on the tooth to seal off the cavity-prone grooves and fissures.  We'll usually try to seal all four teeth in one appointment around age 6 and again around age 12. 

To prepare the teeth for sealants the areas to be sealed are  thoroughly cleaned and evaluated for existing decay.  The sealant is then flowed into the grooves and hardened with our curing light.  The appointment can be very simple and takes less than an hour.  The most challenging aspect is keeping the tooth isolated and dry so the sealant can be placed adequately.  This may require some extra patience for an energetic child, but overall it is a completely painless and simple procedure.

Sealants are not meant to last forever.  Ideally they'll last through the teen years.  At this point a person should be better able to care for their own teeth without the aid of sealants.  If parts of a sealant are lost before this time they can be quickly repaired during a routine checkup.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Bonding and veneers are used to improve the appearance of your most visible teeth.

Sometimes these teeth have had multiple fillings that are staining and wearing out. Other times there are unsightly gaps, cracks, or malformations. When other treatments such as orthodontics or teeth whitening won’t solve the problem, veneers and bonding are great solutions.

“Bonding” is actually a reshaping of the teeth using composite, the same material we use for a typical white filling. Your natural teeth may be altered slightly to make room for a thin layer of composite that Dr. Buxton adds and contours to blend with your natural tooth structure. The procedure is usually completed in one appointment with the occasional additional appointment for touchups and adjustments.

Veneers follow a similar concept as bonding, but the veneer is actually custom-made made by our dental lab out of porcelain. The first appointment involves preparing the teeth for the veneer and then making a mold of your teeth for the lab to work with. The second appointment is dedicated to cementing the veneers permanently into place. Veneers cost more than bondings, but they are typically more durable and can look slightly more natural than bonding.

If you’d like to know what kind of cosmetic options will best meet your needs, please schedule an appointment with us at Buxton Family Dental.

A great smile can have a huge impact on your life. There are various ways to improve the color, shape or alignment of your teeth. Here are a few of the treatment options we offer here at Buxton Family Dental.

Teeth Whitening: Do your teeth seem naturally darker than other people's teeth? Have your teeth turned a darker color over the years? Do "whitening" toothpastes not seem to have any effect? This is often solved with a simple professional whitening treatment. Learn more about how we can brighten your smile here.

Bonding: If your teeth are minimally chipped, damaged or needing reshaped, cosmetic bonding is the quickest, most affordable and most conservative option. Using tooth-colored filling material your front teeth can be improved in just one visit.

Veneers: Veneers are more expensive, require removal of more tooth structure and take more time, but the result is a life-like, long-lasting smile. Veneers are custom made out of ceramic by a dental lab and replace the outer most layer of your visible teeth.

Crowns: If your teeth have had more significant damage from wear, cavities, etc. the above options may not provide enough strength. Full coverage crowns can achieve your cosmetic goals while reinforcing your teeth at the same time. These too are made by a dental lab and require more than one appointment.

Crowns & Bridges

While crowns are meant to last a very long time, this all depends on the way you treat the crown and use your teeth.  For example, someone who grinds their teeth can expect to replace the crown due to breakdown at some point in the future.  Many older crowns were "porcelain-fused-to-metal" crowns or simply referred to as a "PFM".  These crowns have a metal substructure with porcelain on top to appear like a natural tooth.  Over time the porcelain can weaken and chip away exposing the metal underneath.  If you have a crown that has broken down in some way its a simple procedure to remove the crown and replace it with a new crown made of the most modern materials.

 

A great smile can have a huge impact on your life. There are various ways to improve the color, shape or alignment of your teeth. Here are a few of the treatment options we offer here at Buxton Family Dental.

Teeth Whitening: Do your teeth seem naturally darker than other people's teeth? Have your teeth turned a darker color over the years? Do "whitening" toothpastes not seem to have any effect? This is often solved with a simple professional whitening treatment. Learn more about how we can brighten your smile here.

Bonding: If your teeth are minimally chipped, damaged or needing reshaped, cosmetic bonding is the quickest, most affordable and most conservative option. Using tooth-colored filling material your front teeth can be improved in just one visit.

Veneers: Veneers are more expensive, require removal of more tooth structure and take more time, but the result is a life-like, long-lasting smile. Veneers are custom made out of ceramic by a dental lab and replace the outer most layer of your visible teeth.

Crowns: If your teeth have had more significant damage from wear, cavities, etc. the above options may not provide enough strength. Full coverage crowns can achieve your cosmetic goals while reinforcing your teeth at the same time. These too are made by a dental lab and require more than one appointment.

Dental Implants

When replacing missing teeth there are usually multiple options (bridges, implants, dentures, etc.) and weighing the various benefits can be confusing for anyone. Implants are one of many solutions and with continuing advances in the field they have become the very best solution in many situations.  Here are a few of the multiple benefits to implant treatment:

  1. The procedure is easier than most may think!  It usually only takes about an hour for a single titanium implant to be placed in the jaw.  After that you are allowed several months to heal. 
  2. Once the implant has integrated with the bone a custom-made crown is created and fixed to the implant.  This means dental implants replace both the root and crown of the missing tooth and do not require the alteration of surrounding teeth. 
  3. Dental implants preserve the jaw bone which no other treatment option can do.  When a tooth is lost the jaw bone gradually shrinks ("atrophies") over time.
  4. Your new tooth cannot be affected by decay and if taken care of properly it can last a lifetime.

General Dentistry

If you have a dental emergency, we know you want relief, and you want it fast! That is why we allow time in our schedule for our emergency patients. We will make every effort to accommodate you and get you in to see us the same day.

Note: If you have a critical injury that affects your face or jaw or you are experiencing excessive bleeding or swelling, please go to an emergency room or call 911.

At Buxton Family Dental, we have the skill and experience necessary to deal with a wide range of dental emergencies. There are some situations that require immediate attention, like intense pain or a knocked-out tooth. With others, like a loose crown or filling, you should be treated as quickly as possible, but it may not be necessary for you to drop everything to come into our Fort Collins dental office for same-day emergency treatment.

If you are having a problem, call us right away at (970) 482-6333. We will listen to your concerns and let you know what you can do to help yourself until we can see you. Since we leave extra time in our schedule, we can typically see emergency patients the same day.

As your general dentist in Fort Collins, CO, Dr. Kendall Buxton enjoys treating patients of all ages. We help your little one get a healthy start with their oral health and provide comprehensive dental services for all the other members of your family.

Your time is valuable, and it’s easy for dental appointments to keep getting pushed to the bottom of your to-do list. The last thing you need is to have to bring your family to different dentists to get the age-appropriate care they need. At Buxton Family Dental, we offer all the comprehensive dental services your family needs such as cleanings, exams, fillings, and many more.

Do you have a toddler ready for their first dental exam, or a parent who needs to restore worn or damaged teeth? Dr. Buxton personalizes dentistry to fit your individual needs. Our skilled dental team has all the training and experience required to address your family's needs at every stage of life.

We hope you’ll choose Buxton Family Dental for all your general dentistry needs. Here you’ll find a comfortable environment filled with happy people who want you to enjoy the best possible oral health.

Are you looking for a Fort Collins dentist who can provide your entire family with quality care? Please call Buxton Family Dental at (970) 482-6333 to arrange a dental appointment to get started.

Cavities are caused by the bacteria that live in every human being's mouth.  These bacteria thrive on the sugars that you place in your mouth, they then form dental plaque, and these plaques contain the bacteria's acidic byproducts that eat away the surfaces of your teeth.  If these softened areas get too large they can break down further or "cavitate".  These will continue to grow unless the dental decay is removed and the tooth restored by a dentist.  We like to find a cavity when it is small and repair it before there is major breakdown.

Cavities can form on various surfaces of your teeth.  Some people are more prone to certain types of cavities than others:

  • The most common type of cavity forms in the deep grooves and fissures found on the chewing surfaces of your teeth.  Bacteria can easily hide out in these areas and some people struggle to brush them away.  This deep grooves are the main reason most dentist's recommend sealants at a young age.  These cavities are usually found with a dentist's explorer.  Your tooth is made of the hardest substance in the human body so it should feel solid when tested by your dentist.  If a soft or sticky spot is found by the explorer this is the most common indication that there is a cavity.  
  • The next most common type of cavity is found between your teeth.  These are cavities prevented by flossing.  They usually form when bacteria collect just below the spot where neighboring teeth contact each other.  These types of cavities are usually found with our routine bitewing x-rays.
  • Another common area to get a cavity is along the gum line.  Dental plaque is easily formed along the gum line.  On the lingual side (the side of your tooth facing your tongue), plaque formation is less common because it is routinely washed away by your tongue.  It is much more common on the buccal side (the side of your tooth facing your lips and cheeks) and special effort must be made to brush it away. These cavities are detected visually or again by running the dental explorer across the tooth surfaces looking for breakdown.
  • Another very common type of decay is called recurrent decay.  This is decay found along the margins of an existing restoration (a filling, crown, etc.)  The margin is where a dental restoration meets your tooth.  Microscopic bacteria hide on any ledge, crevice, or crack that they can find and this junction between your restoration and your tooth is an ideal space no matter how well the restoration is done.  For this reason it is very important to be mindful of the dental work you have in your mouth and take extra care to maintain it.

If you're concerned that you might have a cavity and would like it evaluated, please give us a call at Buxton Family Dental!

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. This joint between your jaw and your skull is the only joint of its kind in your body. Unfortunately, it can be the source of many painful problems for some people. If you experience joint pain, headaches, muscle pain, nighttime grinding and clenching, or similar symptoms, you may be suffering from TMD or temporomandibular disorder.

TMD can be caused by misaligned teeth, traumatic injury, or muscular habits often triggered by stress. At Buxton Family Dental, we can treat many TMJ issues with a simple appliance that will help guide your jaw into a more comfortable position and protect the teeth. Typically, these appliances are worn at night while sleeping, which is when most of the problems occur. Other cases require daytime use, which necessitates an appliance that is a little more discreet for appearance’s sake.

Periodically, we’ll meet a patient whose TMD case is much more complicated in nature and requires the aid of a specialist. There is still no specialty recognized by the American Dental Association that strictly focuses on TMJ treatment; however, many general dentists and various specialists focus heavily on this type of treatment so they can help these more complicated cases. Come on in for a consultation and we’d be happy to help you decide what type of treatment you need.

Teeth can only feel one thing - pain.  Fortunately, we live in a day and age where that pain can be eliminated in order to repair and preserve teeth.  There is a wide variety of gadgets and techniques that have been developed to make getting numb easier,  but sadly, needles are still involved with the vast majority of those methods.    At Buxton Family Dental we take great pride in our ability to make dental care as comfortable as possible even for people with a fear of needles.  With a little extra time and patience getting numb does not have to be a miserable experience. 

First we rub a very strong topical anesthetic onto your cheek to start the numbing process.  Next we warm our anesthetic so that it is body temperature.  When the anesthetic is placed the key is to go very, very slowly.  Many people believe that the pinch they feel comes from the needle itself, but most of that discomfort actually comes from the local anesthetic delivered to the tissues.  Once the anesthetic has had adequate time to work, we can begin fixing your tooth, but we always go cautiously to make sure your teeth are comfortable.  Every individual is different.  If you take extra time or extra anesthetic to get numb, we'll note it for the next time.  If you have any dental anxiety about this part of dentistry, we're more than happy to help and give you the extra care you need!

As a general dentist, Dr. Kendell Buxton has the training and expertise to provide comprehensive dental care for you and your family. He worked in numerous dental practices around the country before he opened Buxton Family Dental and that knowledge and experience allow him to provide all the essential services needed to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

Some of the services we provide are:

  • Children’s dentistry
  • Prevention, including cleanings, exams, and x-rays
  • Gentle periodontal treatment
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Restorations, including crowns, bridges, and dental implants
  • Root canal therapy
  • Cosmetic services like teeth whitening and bonding

While Dr. Buxton is a highly skilled professional, he also recognizes the essential role that trained specialists play in your dental care. We maintain close relationships with an exceptional group of professionals in the Fort Collins area, so you can be confident that you are in the best possible hands if we feel a referral is appropriate.

If you are interested in experiencing high-quality dentistry in a warm and welcoming setting, please call Buxton Family Dental. Our team will go out of their way to show you how much we value you as a patient and how happy we are that you are taking care of your oral health.

One of our goals at Buxton Family Dental is to help you better understand your oral health needs. We know from experience that educated patients tend to be more proactive with their dental care and suffer from fewer problems as a result.

An essential part of the process is getting to know you so we can understand your needs and tailor your treatment accordingly. Then we can work together to develop a long-range plan to keep your smile healthy.

Another way we help you understand your dental needs is by using technology like intraoral cameras that let you see what we see when we look in your mouth. The camera is about the size of a pen, and Dr. Buxton directs it over your teeth during your exam.

The image captured is displayed simultaneously on your chairside monitor, so you can see in real time what the problem is and why we need to treat it. We also use comfortable digital sensors instead of x-ray film to produce images of your teeth that we can share with you and point out problems.

At Buxton Family Dental, you can be confident that we will never recommend a procedure you don’t need or want. By working as a team, we can provide you with the personalized care you need for a smile you’re proud to show off.

Preventive Treatments

The transition from primary teeth ("baby teeth") to permanent teeth goes through several stages starting around age 6 or 7 and ending around age 12 or 13.  What many people don't realize is that the permanent molars don't actually replace any primary teeth, but instead grow into the space behind all the primary molars.  This first set of molars erupts around age six!  The next set comes in around age 12.  The final set of molars (wisdom teeth) appear in the later teen years.  Compared to primary molars, the permanent molars typically have very deep grooves and fissures on the chewing surface of the teeth which readily attract food and bacteria.  The teeth are also located far back in hard to reach areas for a growing mouth.  Then throw in the fact that adolescents often struggle with adequate oral hygiene and you have a recipe for disaster!  We typically recommend sealants for the first and second molars for all children to protect the teeth while they learn how to properly care for their teeth.  Sealants are a protective coating painted on the tooth to seal off the cavity-prone grooves and fissures.  We'll usually try to seal all four teeth in one appointment around age 6 and again around age 12. 

To prepare the teeth for sealants the areas to be sealed are  thoroughly cleaned and evaluated for existing decay.  The sealant is then flowed into the grooves and hardened with our curing light.  The appointment can be very simple and takes less than an hour.  The most challenging aspect is keeping the tooth isolated and dry so the sealant can be placed adequately.  This may require some extra patience for an energetic child, but overall it is a completely painless and simple procedure.

Sealants are not meant to last forever.  Ideally they'll last through the teen years.  At this point a person should be better able to care for their own teeth without the aid of sealants.  If parts of a sealant are lost before this time they can be quickly repaired during a routine checkup.

Sedation Dentistry

Our mission at Buxton Family Dental is to meet the general needs of patients young and old in a safe and comfortable environment. We understand that dentistry is a challenge for many people, and we don’t want anxiety to compromise your oral health.

Each patient is different, so we encourage you to let us know what will help you relax the most. We offer warm blankets, pillows, overhead televisions, and music with headphones. Help us find what makes you most comfortable and we’ll try to remember it each time you visit.

We know that details matter, so we have designed our warm and inviting office with your comfort in mind. When you arrive, you can relax in our comfortable reception area, enjoy a magazine or movie, and help yourself to coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or bottled water.

When it’s time for your appointment, we use a strong topical anesthetic gel to numb your gums. We warm our anesthetics for your comfort, and we use a gentle approach to make the numbing process as painless as possible.

We understand that in some cases you may need a little extra help to relax, and sedation dentistry is the perfect solution. We offer nitrous oxide and oral and IV sedation, and Dr. Buxton will help determine which is appropriate for your level of dental anxiety. 

If you are looking for a comfortable dental experience and the highest standard of care, please call Buxton Family Dental to arrange an appointment!

Teeth Whitening

A great smile can have a huge impact on your life. There are various ways to improve the color, shape or alignment of your teeth. Here are a few of the treatment options we offer here at Buxton Family Dental.

Teeth Whitening: Do your teeth seem naturally darker than other people's teeth? Have your teeth turned a darker color over the years? Do "whitening" toothpastes not seem to have any effect? This is often solved with a simple professional whitening treatment. Learn more about how we can brighten your smile here.

Bonding: If your teeth are minimally chipped, damaged or needing reshaped, cosmetic bonding is the quickest, most affordable and most conservative option. Using tooth-colored filling material your front teeth can be improved in just one visit.

Veneers: Veneers are more expensive, require removal of more tooth structure and take more time, but the result is a life-like, long-lasting smile. Veneers are custom made out of ceramic by a dental lab and replace the outer most layer of your visible teeth.

Crowns: If your teeth have had more significant damage from wear, cavities, etc. the above options may not provide enough strength. Full coverage crowns can achieve your cosmetic goals while reinforcing your teeth at the same time. These too are made by a dental lab and require more than one appointment.

Tooth Extraction

Not everyone needs their wisdom teeth removed, but for many people it is a very good thing for their long term health.  Your third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, usually erupt in the later teen years.  It's thought that they were named wisdom teeth because they erupt much later than the other teeth at a time when we are supposedly much more mature and wiser.  Some people are lucky enough to have their wisdom teeth erupt normally and serve them well.  Here are other situations we commonly see that usually warrant removal of these teeth: 
 
  1. Your wisdom teeth are fully impacted.  An x-ray would show them laying at various angles in your jaw bone. Its unlikely they will ever show themselves in your mouth, but the lower wisdom teeth can sit near the nerve that runs through your jaw and the upper wisdom teeth may be near your sinus so any time you have jaw discomfort you may wonder if your wisdom teeth are the cause. 
  2. Your wisdom teeth are partially erupted (meaning they partly show through the gums).  Sometimes these are the most problematic wisdom teeth. These can be very difficult to keep clean and the gums that lay over the teeth may periodically become inflamed and painful when bacteria flourish underneath.  You also may be warned that the space around the partially exposed teeth can attract debris and bacteria that lead to cavities on the neighboring teeth and these can be very difficult to fix. 
  3. Your wisdom teeth are fully erupted, but are very far back in your mouth.  They can be so difficult to reach that you're prone to cavities or gum disease even though you may be very good at taking care of your other teeth. 
We often prefer to remove wisdom teeth when you are a teenager for various reasons.  Two major reasons is that the teeth are easier to get out when you're younger and your ability to heal is much greater in your youth.  Many people choose to wait which can put them at greater risk for complications so it's important they make that decision after understanding their particular situation.  If you decide to remove your wisdom and your case is more complicated than is average we'll often send you to an oral surgery specialist and we have multiple wonderful oral surgeons in the area. 
 
If you have any questions about the state of your wisdom teeth please pay us a visit at Buxton Family Dental!

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Cavities are caused by the bacteria that live in every human being's mouth.  These bacteria thrive on the sugars that you place in your mouth, they then form dental plaque, and these plaques contain the bacteria's acidic byproducts that eat away the surfaces of your teeth.  If these softened areas get too large they can break down further or "cavitate".  These will continue to grow unless the dental decay is removed and the tooth restored by a dentist.  We like to find a cavity when it is small and repair it before there is major breakdown.

Cavities can form on various surfaces of your teeth.  Some people are more prone to certain types of cavities than others:

  • The most common type of cavity forms in the deep grooves and fissures found on the chewing surfaces of your teeth.  Bacteria can easily hide out in these areas and some people struggle to brush them away.  This deep grooves are the main reason most dentist's recommend sealants at a young age.  These cavities are usually found with a dentist's explorer.  Your tooth is made of the hardest substance in the human body so it should feel solid when tested by your dentist.  If a soft or sticky spot is found by the explorer this is the most common indication that there is a cavity.  
  • The next most common type of cavity is found between your teeth.  These are cavities prevented by flossing.  They usually form when bacteria collect just below the spot where neighboring teeth contact each other.  These types of cavities are usually found with our routine bitewing x-rays.
  • Another common area to get a cavity is along the gum line.  Dental plaque is easily formed along the gum line.  On the lingual side (the side of your tooth facing your tongue), plaque formation is less common because it is routinely washed away by your tongue.  It is much more common on the buccal side (the side of your tooth facing your lips and cheeks) and special effort must be made to brush it away. These cavities are detected visually or again by running the dental explorer across the tooth surfaces looking for breakdown.
  • Another very common type of decay is called recurrent decay.  This is decay found along the margins of an existing restoration (a filling, crown, etc.)  The margin is where a dental restoration meets your tooth.  Microscopic bacteria hide on any ledge, crevice, or crack that they can find and this junction between your restoration and your tooth is an ideal space no matter how well the restoration is done.  For this reason it is very important to be mindful of the dental work you have in your mouth and take extra care to maintain it.

If you're concerned that you might have a cavity and would like it evaluated, please give us a call at Buxton Family Dental!

A great smile can have a huge impact on your life. There are various ways to improve the color, shape or alignment of your teeth. Here are a few of the treatment options we offer here at Buxton Family Dental.

Teeth Whitening: Do your teeth seem naturally darker than other people's teeth? Have your teeth turned a darker color over the years? Do "whitening" toothpastes not seem to have any effect? This is often solved with a simple professional whitening treatment. Learn more about how we can brighten your smile here.

Bonding: If your teeth are minimally chipped, damaged or needing reshaped, cosmetic bonding is the quickest, most affordable and most conservative option. Using tooth-colored filling material your front teeth can be improved in just one visit.

Veneers: Veneers are more expensive, require removal of more tooth structure and take more time, but the result is a life-like, long-lasting smile. Veneers are custom made out of ceramic by a dental lab and replace the outer most layer of your visible teeth.

Crowns: If your teeth have had more significant damage from wear, cavities, etc. the above options may not provide enough strength. Full coverage crowns can achieve your cosmetic goals while reinforcing your teeth at the same time. These too are made by a dental lab and require more than one appointment.

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