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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
December 31, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental bridges  

Your dentists in Lincoln, NE, Drs. Sara Blome-Wubbles and Greg Blome understand just how much a missing tooth can affect you. Your lost tooth completely changes your smile and can make chewing a little difficult. Fortunately, dental bridges provide an effective tooth restoration solution.

Dental bridges fill the gaps in your teeth
Bridges are an excellent choice if you've lost one tooth or two adjacent teeth. The restorations consist of false teeth, or pontics, that replace your missing teeth, and dental crowns. Pontics are attached to hollow crowns, restorations that slide over supporting teeth on either side of your gap. The crown portions of the bridge are cemented on to the supporting teeth after they've been reduced in size slightly.

Cementing the crowns ensure that your bridge is comfortable and doesn't move when you eat. Bridges are a comfortable restoration option and feel very natural.

Bridges help you stay healthy
Missing teeth can make eating challenging, no matter where they're located. If eating certain foods becomes more trouble than its worth, you may decide to avoid them when you dine at your favorite Lincoln restaurant or prepare a meal at home. Unfortunately, eliminating foods from your diet can cause nutritional deficiencies that could increase your risk of illness.

Dental bridges restore your ability to eat a range of foods and help you stay healthy.

Your dental bridge prevents additional changes to your smile
Drifting teeth are a common issue after tooth loss. Your teeth may shift as they try to fill the gaps in your smile. As the teeth change position, they often overlap. Overlapping teeth change your appearance, which can be very upsetting if you previously had perfectly straight teeth. Your risk of tooth decay might also increase if it's hard to remove plaque between overlapping teeth.

In some cases, drifting teeth may also change your bite. If bite changes are severe, you might need orthodontic treatment to correct them. Bridges prevent nearby teeth from shifting, helping you avoid these consequences. The restorations are most effective in preventing changes to your smile if you receive them as soon as possible after tooth loss.

Restore your missing teeth with dental bridges. Call your Lincoln, NE, dentists, Drs. Sara Blome-Wubbles and Greg Blome, at (402) 483-7000 to schedule your appointment.

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.

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