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By Blome Family Dentistry
January 27, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sealants  

Children can be susceptible to developing cavities for various reasons, such as eating sugary treats or using improper brushing habits. Dental sealants provide added protection against cavities by forming a protective barrier over the chewing surface of molars so food and bacteria cannot get trapped. Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels, the skilled family dentists at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, can protect your child's smile against cavities with dental sealants.

How Dental Sealants Help

Dental sealants are an excellent way to help prevent cavities in kids. They are often applied to the molars, which can be more prone to cavities. Molars have a large surface area with many pits and grooves where bacteria can easily hide and be missed when brushing. Lingering bacteria can eventually lead to cavities. Dental sealants form a smooth, protective barrier over the chewing surface of molars so bacteria and food particles cannot get trapped in these pits and grooves. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that dental sealants effectively prevent about 80 percent of the cavities that would otherwise develop in the molars.

Applying Dental Sealants

One of the friendly family dentists at our office in Lincoln, NE, can quickly and easily apply dental sealants to your child's teeth in just one dental appointment. The teeth are thoroughly cleaned first to ensure nothing gets trapped beneath the sealants. After the teeth have been cleaned, a liquid sealant material is brushed on the chewing surface of the molars or other vulnerable teeth. A special light is used to harden and dry the sealant material. Once dry, the sealant provides a protective barrier that keeps cavity-causing bacteria from adhering to teeth.

Caring for Dental Sealants

Dental sealants can be cared for in the same way the teeth are, through good oral hygiene habits. Kids should continue their same oral hygiene routine and brush with a fluoride-containing toothpaste at least twice daily. Flossing once in the evening before bed helps as well. Visiting the dentist regularly is also important so the sealants can be checked to ensure they are still intact. Dental sealants can wear down over time. During a dental exam, the dentist will be able to determine if any of your child's dental sealants need to be reapplied.

Dental sealants could benefit your child by helping prevent cavities. To protect your child's smile with dental sealants, schedule an appointment with Dr. Blome or Dr. Wubbels, our skilled family dentists, by calling Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, at (402) 483-7000.

By Blome Family Dentistry
November 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Crown  

Could dental crowns be just what you need to repair, enhance, or transform your smile? Your dentists in Lincoln, NE, Drs. Sara Wubbles and Greg Blome can help you decide if the restorations are the perfect solution to your smile woes.

What are dental crowns?

Whether you've lost a tooth, want to change the way an unattractive tooth looks or would like to repair or restore a damaged tooth, dental crowns can renew your smile. Crowns look just like the visible parts of your teeth. If you examine a crown carefully, you'll notice that it's hollow inside. The hollow design allows the restoration to slip over your tooth comfortably. Before you receive a crown, your dentist reduces the size of your tooth slightly to allow a good fit for the restoration.

Crowns are cemented onto your teeth and don't change the way your tooth feels. Made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, or resin, crowns last 10 to 15 years or longer.

How Lincoln dental crowns help your smile

Since dental crowns cover your teeth on all four sides, they can conceal a variety of flaws that affect teeth. If you've always felt a little self-conscious about a discolored tooth, adding a crown that matches the shade of surrounding teeth will help it blend in. Do you have a few teeth that look a little unusual? Crowns are often used to improve the shape of twisted or crooked teeth. They're also a good choice if you have a tooth that's naturally short or that has become short due to wear and tear.

Crowns stabilize and protect fragile teeth, preventing them from breaking. They're recommended if you have a weak, brittle, or cracked tooth, but are also used to strengthen teeth that are a little weak due to a large filling or root canal therapy. Crowns stabilize fragile teeth and absorb strong biting forces that could damage them.

When a tooth breaks, a crown restores its normal appearance, in addition to restoring your biting ability. In fact, your new tooth will look just like it did before it broke.

Dental crowns can also replace missing teeth when they're used in bridges or with dental implants. Bridges restore one or two lost teeth with artificial teeth called pontics. Attaching crowns to either side of the pontics anchors the bridge, providing stability.

Crowns are also connected to dental implants to create brand new teeth. Dental implants are small posts that are placed in your jawbone during minor oral surgery in Lincoln. The posts are made of a biocompatible metal that bonds to your jawbone, which ensures that your new roots are firmly attached to the bone.

Upgrade your smile with dental crowns! Call your Lincoln, NE, dentists at Blome Family Dentistry, Drs. Sara Wubbles and Greg Blome, at (402) 483-7000 to schedule your appointment.

By Blome Family Dentistry
September 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Fillings   White Fillings  

For decades, tooth decay has been repaired and filled up using silver-colored fillings, or what is known as amalgam. If this is the case, why should you go white fillings to restore your smile? Here at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels, regularly uses white fillings for restoring damaged teeth. Find out why below.

Composite Fillings

White composite fillings are the result of combining ceramic and resin. If you are after restoring your smile, they can prove to be a great choice. The white composite filling can bond to all sides of the tooth that is being restored. This results in having a tighter seal that will structurally strengthen the tooth and make it healthier. The more structurally sound the tooth is, the longer the tooth restoration procedure lasts.

The blend of small glass particles mixed with plastics creates an excellent material for repairing tooth cavities. The white color also makes it easier to blend it with your natural teeth and shape the restored tooth if necessary.

Aside from easily matching the color of your natural teeth, white composite fillings also hide the fact that you had undergone tooth restoration. The strength achieved by bonding with the tooth enamel also increases its resistance to the usual wear that our teeth go through.

Perhaps, one of the biggest benefits that come with choosing white dental fillings is that they can be prepared in smaller portions. Simply put, it translates to the preservation of the structure of your remaining natural tooth. After the white dental filling has successfully bonded to the tooth, it will continue to support the structure and keep it strong so that you can confidently flash your winning smile every time.

Interested in White Dental Fillings? Contact Us

Dial (402) 483-7000 to schedule an assessment with your dentist here at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, Dr. Greg Blome or Dr. Sara Wubbels, today.

By Blome Family Dentistry
September 22, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Braces  

Dental braces have a number of uses from straightening crooked teeth to closing gaps between teeth. They can be used at any age, though the best results are achieved with children whose teeth and bones are still developing. Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels are dental specialists at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln. They can provide you with dental braces to improve your smile.

When Should You Get Braces?

The best time to get braces is between the ages of 9 and 14. In young children, the aim of orthodontic treatment is not only to promote teeth alignment, but it is also to help maintain a stable facial profile through adolescence to adulthood. Although orthodontic treatment for adults is more complicated, in many cases braces can be effective.

Why Should You Get Braces?

Indications that you may need braces include the following:

  • Visibly crooked or crowded teeth
  • Difficulty brushing around and flossing overlapping teeth
  • Frequently cutting your inner cheeks or tongue on your teeth
  • Teeth that don’t meet when you close your mouth
  • Jaws that click when you are chewing food
  • Speech problems due to the position of your teeth
  • Pain in your jaw after chewing

Why Should Your Child Get Braces?

Indications that your child may need braces include the following:

  • Jaws that click
  • A tendency to accidentally bite the inner cheek or tongue
  • Sucking a pacifier or thumb after the age of 2 years
  • Early or late loss of primary teeth
  • Crooked or overcrowded primary teeth

You’re never too old for braces, but don’t put off your treatment any longer, your crooked teeth or overbite won’t correct itself. If you are in Lincoln and you would like to find out more about braces or other orthodontic options, call Blome Family Dentistry today at 402-483-7000 to schedule an appointment.

By Blome Family Dentistry
May 26, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

How your dentists in Lincoln, Nebraska can help you prevent gum disease

Do you have red, swollen gums that bleed a little when you brush? If so, you could have gum disease. The good news is, gum disease can be reversed, and the better news is, it can easily be prevented. Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, Nebraska offer a wide range of preventive dental care services to help prevent gum disease.

The health of your gums plays an important role in the health of your body. In fact, an unhealthy mouth has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, having a stroke, or becoming diabetic.

Gum disease is caused by bacterial plaque. The plaque on your teeth contains millions of harmful bacteria that product toxins which can destroy the health of your mouth.

So, how do you prevent gum disease? You can prevent or reverse gum disease by getting rid of the plaque on your teeth as frequently and thoroughly as you can. You need to develop and practice a routine of excellent oral care, which should include:

Brushing your teeth after you eat and before you go to bed; use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently, in a circular motion. Clean all the surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline.

Floss your teeth every day; make sure you wrap the floss around the widest part of your tooth as you clean in between your teeth. Wrapping the floss around the tooth surface helps ensure the floss stays against the tooth surface for better cleaning.

Your dentist can help you guard against gum disease when you come in for a regular check-up and x-rays every year. Early diagnosis helps to keep dental issues small, when they are easily treatable.

You also need to have your teeth professionally cleaned every six to twelve months. Your dental hygienist can also show you all of the latest tools and techniques so you can keep your smile healthy at home.

You can prevent gum disease and enjoy a healthy smile for life! To find out more about preventing gum disease by practicing excellent oral health habits at home, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels of Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, Nebraska at 402-483-7000. Call now!