Dentist in Eagan, MN
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Your smile is one of the first things a person will notice when you meet. If you have stained, dull or discolored teeth, teeth whitening may be a great option for you.
Even healthy teeth discolor over time. The main causes of stained teeth are genetics, antibiotics, tobacco and certain foods. As we age, our teeth darken as well.
Teeth whitening is a simple and effective way to brighten your smile. You can look younger and feel more confident with a whiter smile.
Your teeth and gums must be healthy enough for whitening. Before recommending whitening, we will carefully evaluate your smile. Contact The Dental Center of Eagan for more information or to schedule a consultation with our team today.
FILLINGS / CROWNS
Dental fillings are the most common type of dental restorations.
A FILLING uses composite (white tooth colored) to recreate the shape and form of the natural tooth. These filling materials have their own advantages and disadvantages, please feel free to discuss with the Dentist which type is right for you.
Eagan Dentist use iTero Digital Scanning Technology for crown creation which enables us to have more accurate fitting crowns in a shorter period of time.
Ever wanted the first thing people notice about you is your bright white smile?
Dental veneers are a thin, translucent coating made out of porcelain or resin. They are bonded to the front of the teeth to improve your teeth color, size or shape. Dental Veneers can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted by making the teeth look straighter for a more pleasing alignment.
Porcelain veneers are favored because of their incredibly natural appearance. Porcelain veneers are translucent. meaning that light permeates the surface rather than just bouncing off of it. After penetrating the porcelain shell. the light reflects off of the hard, opaque cement underneath. The reflection comes from the inside of your tooth, giving it the luminous quality of the surrounding natural teeth.
By its very nature, porcelain is resistant to stains. You can get an idea of its stain resistance by thinking of porcelain china. The delicate cups do not yellow despite years of holding tea and coffee. Though not 100% stair proof. porcelain veneers will retain their color when properly cared for.
Another benefit of dental veneers is that they are created to match your natural tooth in terms of shape, size, and color. Porcelain veneers are made from a mold taken of your tooth. Then, Dr. Merideth Koehn helps you select a color that matches and complements your natural teeth. Your veneer is created to these exact specifications. That way, your veneer will not stand out from your surrounding teeth in any way.
Dental bonding is an excellent technique for defects such as chips, spots, gaps.
Generally speaking the term “tooth bonding” refers to a range of dental procedures each of which is similar in the sense that it employs the use of a type of dental restorative dentists call “dental composite.’
As a material dental composite has a number of characteristics that Dr. Merideth Koehn can exploit when it is put to use. One of them is the way it creates a strong bond with calcified tooth tissues (meaning tooth dentin and enamel). Another important one is its color. Dental composite comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades so when it is placed it can closely mimic the appearance of natural tooth structure.
Dental implant is a tooth replacement or anchor supporting crowns, bridges or dentures.
Implants have become the standard of care to replace lost teeth. With a success rate of 90% or greater. In most cases, the implants will restore the dentition to as close to natural teeth as possible. Implant placement can prevent unnecessary weakening of neighboring teeth, as well as, less stress and strain on the remaining teeth in the mouth.
At the first appointment, Dr. Merideth Koehn will insert the implant into your jawbone. Your next appointment will not be for several weeks after the initial placement of the implant. to allow time for your bone to integrate (fuse) around the implant. Once the healing time has passed, an impression will be done of the implant for the final restoration to be placed on top of the implant.
Caring for a dental implant is the same as caring for your own natural teeth. Plaque can build up around the implants so it is important to maintain a regular hygiene schedule.
A root canal is performed to prevent infection from spreading to healthy teeth.
The pulp inside of a tooth can be damaged by deep decay, or by the tooth cracking. This can allow bacteria to spread into the tooth, and can lead to an infection of the pulp, which could result in pain, an abscess, or the tooth dying. To prevent that infection or the bacteria from spreading to other healthy teeth and surrounding tissue, a root canal is performed.
To start, Merideth Koehn DDS will drill into the pulp chamber of the tooth (where the nerves are located), and remove the infected pulp by scraping the pulp out of the root canals with fine dental files. Once the canals have been completely cleared and disinfected, the chambers of the tooth are filled with a putty like material which is melted and injected into the cleared passages.
Once the root canal has been completed, it is recommended that the tooth be restored and protected with a crown. Over time with no nourishment or blood flow to the tooth, it becomes brittle, and is at high risk of fracturing.
WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTIONS
Third molars, or wisdom teeth, are the last set of permanent molars to emerge. These teeth are also the most likely to require extraction, due to any of several complications. However, other teeth may also require extraction if they cannot be saved by root canal therapy or other treatment. Some of the most common reasons to have teeth extracted include:
- Impacted tooth – tooth is trapped beneath bone or gums and not emerging properly
- Crowding or small mouth – emerging teeth may cause other teeth to shift or crack due to lack of space
- Decay or infection – when a tooth is affected by extreme decay or infection that cannot be corrected with filling or root canal treatment, it may require extraction
We may recommend the extraction of one or more of your teeth if any of these issues apply to you. During your consultation, we may also recommend sedation dentistry to make your experience more comfortable.
After your extraction, you will need to be driven home by a friend or family member. You will require rest, but lie with your head propped on a pillow to prevent prolonged bleeding.
We will apply gauze when your extraction is complete. When it becomes soaked, change it for a fresh piece. Use pain medication and ice pack as directed for pain and swelling. If bleeding continues beyond 24 hours, contact our office immediately.
For the first few days following extraction, limit your diet to soft foods. Avoid smoking or using a straw, as the pressures created by these actions can slow clotting and loosen sutures.
For more information or an extraction consultation, contact our office.
The “CLEAR” alternative to braces.
Not all clear aligners are Invisalign®.
Invisalign® is a patented proprietary system that uses 3D modeling software and
solution for straightening teeth. Invisalign® is effective at treating a wide variety of orthodontic issues including:
- Under bite
- Deep bite
- Open bite
lnvisalign® was designed with leading orthodontists and is FDA cleared.
Invisalign® has the experience of over 1,000,000 patients worldwide, and has a 96% of patient satisfaction rate. And, 9 out of 10 patients would recommend Invisalign® to their friends and family.
In today’s busy and aesthetically conscious world, many patients prefer Invisalign®’s clear and removable orthodontic solution to traditional brackets and wires. There are a number of other clear aligners out there, however, none have the product experience, efficacy and customization of Invisalign®.
Look for the Invisalign® brand on your aligner to ensure you are receiving genuine Invisalign® system treatment.