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Do you know the difference between a bridge and a partial?

Bridge Vs. Partial | Albuquerque Dentist
Many of our patients use the words “bridge” and “partial” interchangeably, but in fact, they are very different products. What they do have in common is that they are both used to replace missing teeth.What is a Bridge?A bridge is usually only used when only one or two teeth are missing, and the patient either doesn’t want implants or is not a candidate for them. To receive a bridge, you must have teeth on both sides of the gap. The teeth on both sides of the space are shaped for crowns, and the bridge is made with the two crowns on the sides connected to the replacement tooth in the ...

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All About Veneers

Veneers | Albuquerque NM
If you are unhappy with the shape or color of your teeth, there are many ways we can improve the appearance of your smile. One method is to use veneers. Veneers are porcelain coverings placed on the front side of the tooth to improve esthetics, including color, shape or length. They are bonded to the tooth surface and cannot be removed at home. Veneers are thinner than a dental crown and you care for them the same way you would a natural tooth.What to ExpectOn the first visit, Dr. Essenmacher will prepare the teeth for the new veneers. This will often involve some reshaping of the tooth, and then a ...

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Estimating your dental costs - we're here to help!

Financing | Albuquerque NM Dentist
Finances are always an issue - at Essenmacher Family Dental we understand this. That's why we take great care in estimating dental costs for our patients. After being presented with a diagnosis and treatment plan, patients often feel overwhelmed. In most cases, patients have questions about finances and insurance coverage. We have team members that help patients understand their insurance benefits - we do this in a comfortable, private environment where the patient is encouraged to ask questions.At our practice, patients can expect that we verify insurance eligibility and benefits before their first visit. If there is any part of their appointment that is not going to be ...

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Do I need a crown after a root canal?

Crowns and Bridges Albuquerque NM
Whether or not a tooth needs a crown after a root canal depends on how large the cavity was, and which tooth is being treated. After the infected nerve is removed during the root canal procedure, the tooth is less resistant to fracture. This is especially true for back teeth, which take the majority of the chewing force. So if your tooth had a very large cavity or filling prior to the root canal procedure, and especially if the tooth is a back tooth, a crown will be recommended to protect the tooth from fracturing. Having an evaluation done with Dr. Essenmacher is the best way to see which treatment ...

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To floss or not to floss?

Effectiveness of Flossing | Albuquerque Dentist
There has been a lot of talk in the media lately about the effectiveness of flossing. A recent report in the media has claimed that flossing is ineffective. Here at Essenmacher Family Dental, we know that flossing IS effective and should be done at least once a day. Without flossing, you cannot remove the food and bacteria that adhere between the teeth, where your toothbrush can’t reach. This buildup of bacteria can lead to gingivitis, periodontal disease, or cavities between the teeth in at-risk individuals. However, flossing CAN be ineffective if you aren’t doing it correctly! Below is a video to demonstrate proper flossing technique.

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Painless Anesthesia

Here at Essenmacher Family Dental, we know that many patients feel anxiety about coming to the dentist due to the fear of having to get a dental injection. That's why we have invested in two of the latest technologies to reduce or totally eliminate the pain with a dental injection. These two technologies are called the Wand and the Dental Vibe.The Wand is a computer assisted anesthesia system. The Wand controls the flow rate and pressure of the anesthetic during the injection, making it more comfortable than traditional methods. The system also allows us to numb a single tooth in isolation, rather than numbing an entire area, so you don’t ...

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What should I expect during my first appointment?

First Dental Visit | Albuquerque NM Dentist
What should I expect during my first appointment?Here are some typical things that you can expect at your first visit at Essenmacher Family Dental:Office Tour and Introductions: We’ll start off by giving you a short tour of our office, and you’ll meet the team members who will be taking care of you during your visit.Review of medical and dental history: We will review your medical history, including previous surgeries, conditions, allergies, and medications. We will also ask if you have any concerns with your teeth, or improvements you’d like to see in your smile.X-rays: X-rays are typically taken once a year. These help the dentist and hygienist find things that ...

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