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Pediatric Dentistry: Tooth Fairy Approved

Family Dental Center in Idaho Falls

MACHEN FAMILY DENTISTRY has ‘family’ in its name for a reason! We offer the best dental care for patients of all ages in a positive and friendly environment! Dr. Machen, being a mother herself, especially loves to see the youngest little patients. Our office is TOOTH FAIRY APPROVED! When Dr. Machen helps to wiggle out a child’s tooth, they receive this special Tooth Fairy pillow, made especially for baby teeth! ...

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What You Should Know About Dental Crowns

Idaho Falls Dentist, Machen Family Dentist

Crowns If you want a smile that’s your crowning glory, you may need a crown to cover a tooth to help restore it to its normal shape and size. What is a Crown? A crown is a tooth shaped cover (cap) that is placed over a tooth that has been prepared by the dentist. When is a Crown Needed? A crown is needed when a tooth has had a significant amount of trauma or decay ...

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Information on Tooth Extractions

Idaho Falls Tooth Removal, Machen Family Dentistry

What is a tooth extraction? Answer: Extraction in dentistry means the removal of a tooth from the mouth, usually because of disease, trauma or crowding. Why are Extractions Needed? -Severe tooth decay -Infection -Risk of infection -Broken tooth that is not able to be fixed -Crowding (orthodontic needs) -Gum disease -Damaged tooth from trauma What to Expect in a Tooth Extraction As an adult having a tooth extracted is hardly cause for celebration, but there is no need to worry. At Machen ...

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Importance of Teeth Cleaning

Idaho Falls Dentistry, Machen Family Dentist

Adult & Child Teeth Cleaning Teeth cleanings are essential not just for clean teeth, but a healthy mind and body as well. In a routine dental visit, there’s lots that people don’t know about. Here’s what you should know and what you should expect out of your next teeth cleaning. Many people see the mouth as separate from the rest of their body, but the reality is that it’s all connected. Problems in ...

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Replacement of Missing Teeth

Idaho Falls Dentist, Machen Family Dentistry

Dental Implants If you are self-conscious because you have missing teeth, wear dentures that are uncomfortable and hard to maintain, or don’t want to have good tooth structure removed to make a bridge, talk to Dr. Machen to see if dental implants are an option for you. Dental implants are the most popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. Designed to blend in with your other teeth, they are an ...

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Wisdom Teeth Removal Solutions

wisdom teeth removal idaho falls, Machen Family Dentistry

Third Molars (Wisdom Teeth) Third molars (wisdom teeth) that are impacted, or appear to possibly cause a future problem, will most likely be recommended to be extracted. Wisdom teeth can also be extracted for  orthodontic purposes or to maintain good oral hygiene. When Do They Come in? Third molars usually come in during the late teenage years to early twenties.  Some third molars don’t have room to come in and are blocked by ...

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Purpose of Night Gaurds

Idaho Falls Dentistry

NIGHT GUARDS FOR GRINDING: HOW DO YOU COPE WITH STRESS… Literally, the result could be grinding your teeth or clenching your jaws. It’s called bruxism, and often it happens as you sleep. Teeth grinding can be caused not just by stress and anxiety, but by sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, or teeth that are missing or crooked. The symptoms of teeth grinding may include the following below.  Symptoms of Teeth Grinding Dull headaches Jaw soreness Teeth that ...

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Oral Health Education Tips

Idaho Falls Dentist, Machen Family Dentistry

Simple & Easy Steps for a Clean, Healthy Mouth 1. You should brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day to remove plaque and to prevent tooth decay. Follow the steps below for proper brushing. Contact your doctor if you have any questions. 2. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles. They are kinder to your teeth and gums. They also make it easier to remove plaque from below the gum line, ...

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What is Bruxism?

If you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth at night or during the day, or if you wake up with a sore jaw, you may be experiencing Bruxism. This unfamiliar word simply means you are susceptible to involuntarily grinding your teeth, and it’s most common to occur at night. Machen Family Dentist has a simple solution for this bad habit. To stop this from occurring, Dr. Machen may recommend an ...

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What to Expect at Your Dental Cleaning

Idaho Falls Dental Cleaning, Machen Family Dentistry

Teeth Cleanings (Prophylaxis) At Machen Family Dentistry we have two Registered Dental Hygienists who perform teeth cleanings for adult and children. Teeth cleanings are also referred to as a prophylaxis. Our hygienists are trained to evaluate bone levels and evaluate if there is any infection of the gums or bone supporting the teeth. After assessing the health of the gums, and diagnosing that the patient is healthy, the hygienist then proceeds ...

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