Full mouth reconstruction with Dr. Steven Holbrook

Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his Albuquerque, NM area team are here to help patients feel confident with their smiles. In addition to providing a range of cosmetic services for new and current patients of his practice, he also offers full mouth reconstruction. Full mouth reconstruction, sometimes referred to as a smile makeover, fixes a variety of common issues within the smile. Some concerns are cosmetic, while others are related to the functionality of the smile. These restorative procedures are hand-selected by our team to develop a customized treatment plan for each individual ready to take charge of their smile!

What procedures are used in full mouth reconstruction?

Developing a treatment plan for a patient starts with a consultation appointment with Dr. Steven E. Holbrook. He evaluates the smile and talks to the patient about what they would like to achieve with these procedures. He can then choose from a range of treatments to ensure patients get the results they desire. Some of the more common procedures and treatments performed for full mouth reconstruction may include:

  • Dental implants – dental implants provide a permanent replacement for one or more missing teeth, and can last a lifetime with proper care. These versatile posts are used to ensure a proper foundation for a tooth replacement option.
  • Dental bridges – bridges replace one or more teeth in a row, and use the adjacent teeth for support.
  • Dentures – patients seeking a more economical way of replacing teeth may want to speak to their dentist about partial and full dentures. These are commonly used for replacing one or more teeth in the mouth and are removable, making them easy to care for.
  • Teeth whitening – professional teeth whitening ensures patients enjoy a brighter smile and invest in long-lasting results!
  • Porcelain veneers – facings called veneers are a common solution for imperfections of the smile and continue to be a popular choice for patients looking to disguise problem areas.
  • Dental bonding – covering concerns within the smile can also be achieved with dental bonding, but dental bonding will only last a few years and is not stain-resistant as porcelain veneers are.

Call Dr. Steven E. Holbrook today!

Albuquerque, NM patients interested in learning more about full mouth reconstruction can start the process with a consultation appointment at our facility. Call (505) 881-1159 today to request a consultation visit and speak to our professionals about the options available to you for restoring the smile. We are conveniently located in Suite C at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard NE and accept new patients.

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The pros and cons of full dentures

Full dentures are a common solution for patients who need to replace an entire dental arch of teeth. Albuquerque, NM area dentist, Dr. Steven E. Holbrook, understands the importance of full dentures. But many patients are unsure if full dentures are right for them. There are many advantages and disadvantages to full dentures for patients to consider when they are choosing a tooth replacement option. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook encourages patients to learn about this option and find out if it is right for them.

What is a full denture?

A full denture is an acrylic appliance that is made to replace missing teeth. They are made with false teeth and gum tissue to create a natural restoration that can restore function and beauty to the smile. However, there are many pros and cons to these restorations, and when choosing an option for yourself, it is a good idea to consider all sides and solutions.

Advantages of full dentures

  • Full dentures are highly economical for patients who are on a budget or who have dental insurance.
  • Full dentures replace the entire arch of teeth, not just one or two teeth in the smile.
  • Full dentures are removable which allows for proper care and cleaning.
  • Full dentures are long-lasting with proper attention and routine evaluations.
  • Full dentures look natural and can be designed with the dentist and patient working together.

Disadvantages of full dentures

  • Full dentures can break if they are not handled properly.
  • Full dentures without dental implants for retention can fall out of the mouth unexpectedly.
  • Full dentures require messy dental adhesives to keep in place.
  • Full dentures can still limit the foods you can enjoy.
  • Full dentures take time to get used to as they cover the roof of the mouth.
  • Full dentures need to be adjusted and maintained properly for them to last as long as possible.

Call Dr. Steven E. Holbrook today!

Albuquerque, NM patients can visit with our team for comprehensive dental care at our facility, located in suite C at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard NE. Call (505) 881-1159 to schedule an appointment and learn more about the ways you can restore your smile after tooth loss and/or extraction.

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The basics of gum health

Gum health is just as important as the health of the teeth. While tooth decay is often discussed, gum disease is also a concern that needs to be addressed. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM believes in educating patients in good overall health and wellness, especially when it comes to the gums and the formation of gum disease.

What is gum disease?

The gums are the soft tissues in the mouth that frame the natural teeth. They are susceptible to damage and infection, just as teeth are, making them just as important in the smile for good oral health and wellness. Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, is a condition that can be extremely damaging to the health of the smile. Periodontal disease starts in the gum tissues as an infection. The gum tissue begins to shrink, causing pockets to form in-between the gums and the natural teeth. Bacteria continues to thrive in these pockets and spreads, causing the loss of tissue, bone, and even permanent adult teeth! This is how devastating the condition can be and why it is so important to avoid the development of gum disease in the first place!

How to maintain healthy gums

First, patients need to reduce their risk of infection. Bacteria can be controlled with routine brushing and flossing. Patients will also want to take a look at their diet and make sure that they are eating right, as this impacts more than just the body but the smile as well. High-sugar and highly acidic foods can be problematic for patients, unless they brush and floss immediately after consumption. If there are any signs of infection, including swollen or bleeding gums, it is time to schedule an appointment with the dentist for a definitive diagnosis and effective treatment protocol.

Improve your smile today!

Educate yourself on the ways to keep your smile healthy with Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team. With over thirty years of experience, he can help you and your family achieve better oral health and wellness with routine care. Call (505) 881-1159 today to request a consultation appointment at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C in Albuquerque, NM.

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Understanding the purpose of root canal therapy

The term “root canal” can often cause anxiety for patients who have dental fears. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook understands that over time, the idea of having a root canal procedure performed has brought about nervousness and misconceptions about unwanted pain. It is important to learn more about this procedure, as it is actually performed to eliminate toothaches, not cause them!

What is root canal therapy?

Dr. Steve E. Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM is a dental professional who urges patients to take the time to learn about root canal therapy to better understand how the procedure works. When the inner portion of the tooth is impacted by disease, decay, or infection, it can cause toothaches. This can negatively impact one’s day-to-day life when the toothache becomes severe and requires professional evaluation. If damage to the tooth is fixable, the dentist will provide root canal therapy. This procedure is done to remove the dental pulp from inside the tooth, disinfect the inner canals of the tooth, and seal it off to maintain the tooth in the smile. In cases where damage is extremely severe, or the tooth is past the point of saving with root canal therapy, extraction may be required.

Can I keep my smile with root canal therapy?

The idea behind root canal therapy is to maintain the natural tooth in place within the smile. However, the procedure may leave the tooth weak and brittle due to the removal of the dental pulp. To protect the tooth and keep it from experiencing further damage, Dr. Steven E. Holbrook may create and place a dental crown. The crown offers an extra layer of protection to the tooth, strengthening it against cracking and breaking.

Learn more about endodontic therapy

Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team in Albuquerque, NM provide a wide selection of services to patients in the area. If you believe you are in need of root canal therapy, or want to start working with a team of professionals dedicated to your oral health and wellness, call the office at (505) 881-1159. We accept new and current patients into our practice and encourage individuals to take the first step in learning about ways to care for their smiles!

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Hormones and your oral health

Women experience many changes over the years with their hormone levels. Between puberty and menopause, these hormonal fluctuations can have an impact on weight, mood, and sex drive. But did you also know that hormones can impact your oral health? Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team in Albuquerque, NM work with women to help them understated how hormones affect their oral health and what they can do to ensure a healthy smile for many, many years!

What hormonal changes can impact oral health?

  • Puberty – during the teen years, many changes occur during puberty. Common concerns seen at this time include red, swollen gums and even a jump in canker sore development. Maintaining good oral health habits can reduce discomfort, inflammation, and bleeding during this time.
  • Periods – menstrual changes impact many things each month, including the gums. Swollen and bleeding gums can occur during a woman’s period, and will resolve when it stops. However, if these changes occur but do not go away after a week or two, it may be time to visit the dentist for an evaluation.
  • Pregnancy – during pregnancy, hormones are almost in hyperdrive, and can cause women to experience pregnancy-related gingivitis. This is commonly seen between months two through eight during pregnancy, and can be usually kept under control with daily care. Maintaining a smile free from periodontal disease is also important during this time, as periodontal disease is linked to birth concerns including preterm labor and low birth weights.
  • Menopause – during menopause, the body is going through a lot of hormonal changes during this transition. It can cause patients to experience bone loss through osseointegration and experience dry mouth.

Discuss your hormones and dental health with a professional

Dr. Steve E. Holbrook and his team in Albuquerque, New Mexico work directly with women who are concerned about the impact their hormonal changes have on their oral health. If you live in the community and are interested in talking with a dental professional about your hormones and oral health, call (505) 881-1159 today to request a consultation visit. Our team can educate you on what to expect as your oral health changes with hormonal impacts. The practice is located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C and accepts new patients.

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Love your smile again with cosmetic dental work!

Aesthetic imperfections of the teeth and gums can make patients hate their smile. Patients with problems such as permanent staining, broken teeth, or gaps may cover their mouth when they laugh, smile, or speak with others. This lack of self-confidence makes patients feel as though they can’t share their smile with those around them and make them self-conscious about their appearance. With cosmetic dentistry with Dr. Steven E. Holbrook, patients often find that they can enhance their smile and rebuild their self-esteem with the help of our professionals.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry changes smiles. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook is excited to offer not only preventative, general, and restorative dentistry, but the ability to focus on the aesthetics of the smile as well. A healthy smile may not always be beautiful, and with cosmetic dental work, patients can transform their smile in an affordable and effective manner.

Aesthetic services available at Comprehensive Dental Care

Dr. Steven E. Holbrook is excited to offer patients a range of services when it comes to smile enhancement. Below is just a small sample of what he provides:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Porcelain dental crowns
  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Composite resin fillings
  • Porcelain fixed bridges
  • Partial dentures
  • Full dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Invisalign orthodontics

Which treatments are right for me?

With such a wide range of cosmetic services available at the practice of Dr. Steven E. Holbrook, many patients are overwhelmed at the choices. Some restorative procedures can address more than one issue at a time. When patients schedule a consultation appointment with the team of Comprehensive Dental Care, they can take the time to speak to a dentist that has over three decades of experience in improving oral health and wellness in patients and find out what will work for them. Patients can combine a variety of treatments to essentially create a “smile makeover” plan of action.

Are you unhappy with the appearance of your smile?

Talk to a cosmetic dentist that has years of experience in enhancing smiles in the Albuquerque, NM area. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook can be reached by calling (505) 881-1159 and scheduling a consultation appointment to discuss aesthetic services.

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Why dental implants are the better tooth replacement

Do you have a space in your smile resulting from a lost or extracted tooth? Are you unsure of what options are available to you? Are you concerned about picking a restoration that doesn’t meet your budget or lifestyle? Dr. Steven E. Holbrook understands. He is an Albuquerque, NM area dentist who has over three decades of experience in providing general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. Patients of the community who are in need of tooth replacement options are encouraged to request a consultation appointment at his practice.

What options are available?

There are a few primary options available to patients when they are seeking tooth replacement. These options include:

  • Full dentures
  • Partial dentures
  • Porcelain dental bridges
  • Dental implants

In many instances, dental implants are far superior than their alternatives. This is because of the many benefits they provide. Dental implants are chosen because they are:

  • Safe
  • Effective
  • Biocompatible
  • Natural-looking
  • Permanent
  • Easy to care for

Why are dental implants the best tooth replacement?

In addition to the benefits above, dental implants are also the only tooth replacement option that can counteract bone resorption. Bone resorption is the loss of bone that can occur when patients are missing teeth or have them extracted for decay or disease. This bone resorption is what causes full denture wearers to experience a “sunken in” appearance to the lower third of their face. Without teeth in place, the bone will shrink. When placing dental implants, however, the implant stimulates the process of osseointegration, which is the natural growth of bone around the implant itself. Not only does this help in growing bone in the area, but it also provides a steady foundation for the implant. This is what makes implants the strongest, most reliable tooth replacement option for patients.

Speak to Dr. Steven E. Holbrook about placing dental implants

If you reside in the area of Albuquerque, NM and want to discuss the advantages of dental implants for your smile, connect with the team at Comprehensive Dental Care to learn more. The office is conveniently located in Suite C at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard NE and can be reached by phone to request a visit at (505) 881-1159.

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How to prevent dry socket from wisdom tooth removal

After patients have had permanent teeth extracted from the mouth, especially the wisdom teeth, they need to take great care to avoid developing a problem known as “dry socket.” Dry socket is a painful condition that can occur after tooth removal thought luckily, it can be prevented and treated with proper care. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook educates his patients on the concerns with dry socket and ways to reduce the risk.

What is dry socket?

Dr. Steven E. Holbrook describes dry socket as a condition that occurs following tooth removal. It impacts the normal clotting process. Blood clots naturally form in the pockets left behind from the tooth to protect the area. However, pain and intensity that occurs in this area may mean that the clot has been dislodged, leaving the nerves and bone exposed and extremely sensitive.

How do I prevent dry socket?

Some patients may be at a higher risk of developing dry socket, which makes it incredibly important for them to follow their dentist’s recommendations for aftercare. This includes those who have had a history of dry socket, use birth control, or smoke. Patients who take medication that inhibits blood clotting may also have a higher risk of developing this condition, which makes it vital for them to communicate with their dentist regarding their risk.

Once a tooth has been extracted, patients can take certain steps to avoid the development of dry socket. For the next few days following tooth removal, patients should avoid:

  • Spitting
  • Rinsing
  • Drinking from straw
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Drinking hot beverages
  • Eating hot foods
  • Eating crunchy foods such as popcorn and chips
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Excessive physical activities

How is dry socket treated?

Patients should follow proper oral care practices as recommended by their dentist, which may include pain relieving medications or topical medications to help the area clot correctly. This ensures the best possible healing methods for patients who have had one or more teeth extracted from the smile.

Are you concerned about the symptoms of dry socket?

Educate yourself on the ways in which you can prevent this condition following tooth extraction. Call Dr. Steven E. Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM today to request an evaluation at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard NE, Ste. C. The office can be reached at (505) 881-1159.

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How birth control can affect a woman’s oral health

Women make many decisions in their lives, including the choice of when, and if, to have children. If women want to delay this journey into motherhood, they often use one or several forms of birth control to do so. Birth control sometimes includes the use of hormones to regulate the cycle and reduce the chance of fertility when it is not desired. However, hormones, and birth control as well, can impact one’s oral health and wellness. Women may notice changes during certain hormonal changes in their lives, including puberty and pregnancy, and are typically not aware of how these hormonal increases and decreases can cause them to experience problems such as gingivitis.

How do hormones impact oral health?

Women need to pay close attention to their oral health during times when hormones change dramatically. The most common times include:

  • Puberty
  • PMS
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause

During these times, hormones will fluctuate greatly. These changes in estrogen and progesterone in the system can contribute to symptoms similar to periodontal disease, including bleeding and swollen gum tissues. In addition to this inflammation, women may be at a much higher risk of developing other medical concerns including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart disease, and strokes. This is why it is so important for women to work with their dentist to ensure their oral health is at its best—especially during hormonal fluctuations.

How can I effectively combat dental problems associated with hormonal fluctuations?

We can’t always be in control of the fluctuating hormones that we experience during certain milestones in our lives, but we can work with a dentist to ensure these changes do not impact oral health. Women should brush and floss as recommended and visit Dr. Steven E. Holbrook every six months for evaluations. Additionally, women should call their dentist at any time they notice unusual changes to their oral health, including severe toothaches or bleeding gum tissues.

Learn more about how hormones can impact your oral health

Women interested in discussing the ways in which their birth control impacts their oral health are welcome to speak to their dentist about their concerns. Call Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team in Albuquerque, NM at (505) 881-1159 today, and visit the practice conveniently located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard NE, Suite C.

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Straighten teeth with a “clear” solution called Invisalign

Have you been considering the advantages of a straighter smile? Have you been told by a dental professional that you could benefit from having braces? Are you embarrassed to move forward with treatment due to the look and discomfort associated with metal bracket and wire solutions? If you are thinking about improving the smile and doing so in a less noticeable way, Dr. Steven E. Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM has a solution for you: Invisalign.

Understanding how Invisalign works

Invisalign is a method of realigning the teeth to improve appearance and bite. Instead of using metal brackets glued to the teeth with metal wires pushing them into alignment, Invisalign works with clear plastic trays that achieve the same results. The benefit? Invisalign is practically invisible, hence the name! Patients wear discreet trays over the dental arch to gently push the teeth into the desired position. This eliminates the need for unsightly braces used in past, and makes for a wonderful alternative for those with mild to moderate misalignment.

When patients are considered an appropriate candidate for Invisalign, they start with a series of 3D digital impressions of the teeth. This information is then sent over to the Invisalign laboratories. The labs create a series of trays based on the patient’s current smile and the smile they want to achieve. The more severe the misalignment, the more trays the patient will have in their treatment. Invisalign mails the trays back to the dentist where patients arrive to pick them up and learn about how to care for them. Each tray is used for two weeks. Patients wear the trays day and night and only remove them to brush, floss, eat, and drink. After two weeks, patients trade the tray for the next tray in the series. By the end of treatment, patients will have a beautiful smile—without the use of unsightly metal braces!

Discover the benefits of Invisalign

Patients in and around the area of Albuquerque, NM who are considering orthodontic treatment should ask their dentist about Invisalign. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team provide Invisalign as a way to enhance the smile without unsightly metal orthodontia. Book an appointment by calling (505) 881-1159 and visiting the office at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C.

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