Addressing bad breath

Even when patients practice good oral health habits, they may have an issue with problems such as bad breath. Also known as halitosis, bad breath can occur for a variety of reasons. Not only can it be a sign of poor oral health habits, it can be caused by:

  • Poor care of dentures and braces
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Tooth decay and gum disease
  • Throat and lung infections
  • Dry mouth/reduced flow of saliva
  • Certain medications that can cause dry mouth
  • Foods such as garlic and onions

How can I address bad breath?

Dr. Steven Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM is pleased to offer some solutions for patients who are struggling with managing their bad breath. Below are a few tips and recommendations to consider when trying to improve and freshen breath:

  • Take good care of the smile. Good dental hygiene habits can play a significant role in the treatment of bad breath. Patients should make sure to brush and floss their teeth as directed. If they are wearing appliances such as orthodontics or full dentures, ensure that these are cleaned regularly to avoid trapping food particles in the appliances that can contribute to halitosis.
  • Eat healthy foods. A healthy, proper diet high in fruits and vegetables is not only good for your body, but for your dental health! Make sure you avoid excess consumption of sugary drinks and foods such as candies and sodas, and consider avoiding foods that contribute to bad breath.
  • Stay hydrated. Dry mouth is a common reason for bad breath. Patients who are on medications that cause dry mouth, or those who are experiencing this condition, can combat bad breath by ensuring they are hydrated. Patients can also suck on sugar free candies or chew sugar free gum to keep saliva flowing and avoid dry mouth.
  • Visit the dentist. Many problems that cause bad breath can be addressed with the help of a dentist. Patients who experience bad breath can ask their dentist for an evaluation to determine if certain conditions are the cause.

Are you dealing with halitosis?

Consider visiting the dentist for an evaluation and to discuss ways of addressing bad breath. Dr. Steven Holbrook and his team can be reached at (505) 881-1159 and is located at 8228 Louisiana Blvd. NE Ste. C in Albuquerque, NM. New patients are invited to learn more about Dr. Steven Holbrook and his practice.

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Using dental crowns to restore the smile after damage

When we think of a crown, we might immediately think of the sign of royalty, including kings, queens, princes, and princesses. However, crowns are also a term used in dentistry. Dental crowns are restorations that can cap a single tooth to offer it strength and protection. These restorations are made with materials such as ceramic and porcelain that look like natural tooth enamel to maintain the appearance of a beautiful smile.

How are dental crowns used?

There are many reasons why a patient may consider the placement of a dental crown.

  • Dental crowns can be used to replace teeth. Dental crowns are used in a few different situations to replace missing teeth. The crown often fits over the top abutment of a dental implant, which is surgically placed into the bone of the jaw after a tooth has been lost or extracted. This provides a false tooth that functions as a natural tooth. Additionally, a dental crown may be fused to a pontic to create a bridge. The crown ends are bonded over adjacent teeth to support placement of the bridge in the smile.
  • Dental crowns can strengthen a tooth. When patients have had large areas of decay or even infection inside of the tooth, certain materials such as fillings or gutta percha can still leave the tooth susceptible to damage. A dental crown is often bonded over a tooth that has experienced changes to the structural integrity. This can protect the tooth from damage and make it stronger and more durable.
  • Dental crowns can cover stained or imperfect teeth. When breakage or staining is a problem on the molars or other teeth, dental crowns can be fabricated to bond over the top to change the appearance and improve overall aesthetics.

Call Dr. Steve Holbrook today

If you reside in Albuquerque, NM and are interested in working with a dentist with over three decades of dental experience, contact Dr. Steven Holbrook at (505) 881-1159. His dental practice is equipped to help with a wide range of general, cosmetic, and restorative dental concerns. The office is located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE in Suite C and is accepting new patients.

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Treatment solutions for gum disease

Periodontal disease. Gum disease. Infection. Regardless of the name, this condition is known for wreaking havoc on the smile. Periodontal disease is an infection that often begins in the gum tissues and then spreads, causing damage to the soft tissues, jaw bone, and the natural teeth. This infection is 100% preventable with proper oral healthcare habits. When patients brush and floss their teeth after every meal, visit their dentist every six months for a cleaning and evaluation, and contact their dental team as soon as a problem arises, they are greatly reducing their risk of developing disease and decay.

What are the signs of periodontal disease?

There are a few noticeable signs of periodontal disease that may indicate a problem exists. If patients pay close attention to their oral health, they will notice these issues:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Tender gum tissue
  • Loose teeth
  • Gum recession
  • Chronic bad breath

If any of these signs appear between dental visits, patients should contact Dr. Steven E. Holbrook for an evaluation. Treatment of periodontal disease in the earlier stages is more effective and less expensive than treatment in the later stages.

What treatments are available for periodontal disease?

There are several approaches a dentist may take to treat periodontal disease.

  • Thorough cleanings – in the earlier stages, often referred to as gingivitis, patients will have a thorough cleaning performed by the dental hygienist. This removes plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth, while allowing for the removal of any food particles that may contribute to the condition.
  • Scaling and root planing – later stages of periodontal disease may benefit from scaling and root planing. This is a cleaning of the teeth and gums that include the roots of the teeth, not just the crowns. This is a deeper, more invasive cleaning, but often provides amazing advantages.
  • Antibiotics – patients may be prescribed antibiotics to take orally, or the dental team may apply antibiotics directly to the smile to eliminate the infection at the source.

Request a visit with Dr. Steven E. Holbrook today!

Albuquerque, NM patients ready to work with a dentist that has over three decades of experience are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven E. Holbrook today. His practice is located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE, Ste. C and can be reached by phone at (505) 881-1159.

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What are the advantages of composite resin fillings?

When patients think of cavities, they are often familiar with the treatment option: fillings. Fillings are a common and routine dental treatment that is performed by Dr. Steven Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM. In his practice, we uses fillings when patients have areas of decay that need to be treated. Cavities are treated with fillings to keep them from getting larger, deeper, and becoming a more serious—and expensive—problem in the future.

What is a dental filling?

A filling is a material that is used to seal off a tooth and fill an area that has been lost due to decay. The idea behind the filling is to protect the tooth from further damage, while restoring the structure so it can function properly. In the past, many dentists used a material known as silver amalgam. This material is made of approximately 50% mercury, a substance that is toxic to the human body. Instead of putting patients at risk for mercury toxicity, Dr. Steven E. Holbrook uses a material known as composite resin instead. There are a few benefits of composite resin fillings for patients to consider:

  • Composite resin fillings are made of a safe and biocompatible material that can be  used in the smile without side effects or consequences.
  • Composite resin fillings do not expand and contract with temperature changes, ensuring a tight fit and protection from bacteria entering into the tooth.
  • Composite resin fillings are the same color as tooth enamel, allowing them to be difficult to discern from the natural tooth structure.

Dr. Steven E. Holbrook encourages patients to ask him about tooth-colored fillings and how they can not only restore the tooth, but maintain the confidence and beauty of an attractive smile!

Learn more about dental fillings

If you reside in the Albuquerque, NM area and want to speak with our dentist about comprehensive dental care and the importance of dental fillings, we invite you to call the office at (505) 881-1159 and visit our practice at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NC Ste. C. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his staff work closely with patients to help them in addressing their dental needs.

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The four primary challenges of dental implants

Dental Implants | Steven Holbrook While dental implants are often the go-to solution to tooth loss for many of our patients, it is vital that patients also understand the long-term challenges that a dental implant patient may face. Dental implants are titanium posts a dentist may place into the bone of the jaw to act as a tooth root replacement. The implant may be restored using a dental crown, a dental bridge, or a denture, depending on the needs of the patient. However, placement can be tricky. Patients should have sufficient bone for placement to avoid failure. Below are a few common complications of dental implants that patients should be educated on:

• Failure to heal into the bone. During the placement of dental implants, patients will have a period of time during which they need to allow for osseointegration. This is the growth and bonding of the bone around the implant to hold it in place. If this does not happen, due to low bone density, cigarette smoking, or uncontrolled diabetes, it can cause the failure of dental implants.

• Periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease affects more than just the soft tissues. Patients who are not properly diagnosed and treated early enough may experience jawbone loss that can impact the placement of their dental implants.

• Peri-implantitis. This chronic condition is an infection in the gums and bone that are the primary support for the dental implant. Patients who have this condition may experience bleeding from the gums, puss, and pain.

• Broken restorations. There are times when parts of the prosthetic may be damaged or broken and can result in problems for patients. This includes a loose abutment, broken restorations over the dental implant, or busted screws. During an evaluation, the dentist will make a decision as to the best way to address the problem and restore the implant and smile back to its proper function and appearance.

Dr. Steven Holbrook offers dental implants

Considering dental implants? Now is a great time to speak to a professional with over 30 years of experience in providing comprehensive dental care solutions for adult patients in the area of Albuquerque, NM. Call the office at (505) 881-1159 and request a visit to learn more.

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Three issues that can occur to your partial dentures

Partial Dentures | Steven Hollbrook

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A partial denture is a reliable way of replacing one or more teeth within the smile. It is also an economical solution for many of our patients in the Albuquerque, NM area. Dr. Steven Holbrook has over three decades of experience in providing comprehensive dental care, and encourages patients who are faced with tooth loss to consider partial dentures as an option.

While partial dentures are beneficial in many ways, patients may have concerns about their care and management. Dr. Steven Holbrook discusses some of the common issues seen with partial dentures and how they can be resolved:

• Damage/breakage. Partial dentures can be fragile, and if they are dropped or handled too roughly, it can cause bending or damage to the metal framework or the replacement teeth. It is essential that patients do not perform DIY denture repair as even more damage can occur. Instead, patients need to phone their dental office and have their denture repaired and readjusted by a professional.

• Metal allergies. In some cases, patients who have metal allergies may have a reaction to the partial denture, due to its fabrication with metal and acrylic parts. If patients have an allergy to metal, they may experience a burning sensation, swollen gums, or numbness in the mouth while wearing their partial denture. Patients in this situation should speak to their dentist about alternative options.

• Denture slippage. While new dentures can take some time to get used to, continued slippage of the denture may require adjustments to be made. Sometimes the metal framework or the clasps do not fit as tight as they should to maintain their placement. Adjustments can also happen over time as the remaining teeth shift, the gum tissues recede, and the bone of the jaw changes.

Schedule a visit with Dr. Steven E. Holbrook today

If you reside in the area of Albuquerque, NM and are interested in partial dentures, we welcome you to come ask our team about concerns you may have about their care. Call (505) 881-1159 to find out if a partial denture is right for your smile. Our practice is located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C and is always accepting new patients and families.    

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Enjoy a brighter smile for the new year!

Teeth Whitening During the holiday season, many patients reconnect with friends and family at activities and events held in the months of November, December, and January. Many patients visit with Dr. Steven Holbrook at Comprehensive Dental Care in Albuquerque, NM to ask about the solutions available to them for improving and enhancing the smile. One way in which patients can quickly rejuvenate their smile is with professional teeth whitening solutions.

What is involved in the teeth whitening process?

Dr. Steven Holbrook is pleased to offer whitening using the Opalescence Tooth Whitening System. This system utilizes potassium nitrate and fluoride to lift deep stains and improve brilliance in the natural tooth enamel. The whitening procedure using this system requires two appointments. During the first visit, the dentist will take impressions of the teeth. These impressions are used to create custom trays that are used with the bleaching gel. Patients return for a second appointment to obtain their trays and ensure they fit the dental arch properly. Adjustments can be made if needed. Patients are educated on how to use the trays and bleaching gel properly to obtain the desired results.

Is teeth whitening with the Opalescence Tooth Whitening System permanent?

Teeth whitening procedures are not permanent. However, they can be enjoyed for several months, even longer, with continued treatment and by avoiding foods and beverages known for staining the teeth. Patients who are serious about maintaining their whiter smile can ask their dentist for more bleaching gel to touch-up the whitening every few months. Patients who have dental restorations placed in their smile will need to have them matched to the current color of their smile and maintained.

Who is a candidate for teeth whitening with a dental team?

Professional teeth whitening is best for patients who have dulling or discolored teeth and are seeking a boost in brilliance and beauty. The best patients for this treatment are those who do not have color-matched dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, or veneers as these are not affected by the whitening gels.

Ready to have your smile shine this holiday season?

Contact Dr. Steven Holbrook of Comprehensive Dental Care today to learn about the benefits of professional-grade teeth whitening solutions. The practice can be reached by calling (505) 881-1159 and visiting the office at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C.

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Do I really need a root canal?

Root CanalVery few procedures scare patients as much as being told they require a root canal. Root canal treatments have been intimidating adult patients for years, even though the procedure is actually fast and painless. By understanding the purpose of a root canal, patients are often much more at ease and realize how beneficial this treatment can be in maintaining the natural tooth.

What is root canal therapy?

The term “root canal” is often used to describe a dental procedure that removes the dental pulp, a mass of tissues, from within the canals of the tooth. The root canal procedure is performed to address damage to a tooth that may have been caused by a cavity, injury, or infection. By removing the dental pulp from the tooth and sealing it, most patients can avoid permanent extraction of the tooth.

What happens during root canal therapy?

First, patients are made comfortable. This can be achieved with oral sedation medication and local anesthetics. The dentist then makes a hole in the tooth which allows him to access the inner canals and reach the dental pulp. The pulp is removed, the area is disinfected, and the tooth is sealed with a material called gutta percha. In many instances the dentist may also place a dental crown over the tooth. This gives it an extra layer of protection against further damage that can result from the brittle, weak enamel.

Do I really need a root canal?

There are some symptoms that may be indicative of the need for oral surgery. Root canal therapy may be recommended if patients have:

  • Swelling and inflammation around the tooth
  • A severe toothache
  • Dull aching in a single tooth
  • Puss-filled growths on the soft tissues of the mouth
  • Discoloration that impacts a tooth or the gum tissue
  • Sever sensitivity when eating or drinking

Do you need a root canal? Contact Dr. Steven Holbrook

If you are in need of a root canal, or any other dental service, we invite you to book an appointment at Comprehensive Dental Care. With over three decades of experience, our dentist can ensure quality care. Call (505) 881-1159 and visit at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C.

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What Is Gum Contouring?

Periodontal Disease Treatment Albuquerque, NM When patients think of enhancing their smile, their first thought is to address imperfections of the teeth. But what if the teeth aren’t the issue? Some patients have imperfections that impact the gums and may want to seek a solution with an experienced dentist. Common concerns include a smile that is “gummy,” causing the gums to appear too noticeable and the teeth to appear smaller than they actually are. In situations such as this. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook may suggest gum contouring.

What is gum contouring?

Gum contouring, which may also be referred to as gum lifting, is an elective procedure that can be done to reshape or even correct excessive or uneven gums. This is a relatively painless procedure with a fast healing time, and is commonly done for patients who are self-conscious about the appearance of the gums. Gum contouring may also include gum grafting, which is when the gum tissue is built up after patients have experienced a shrinking of the tissues from periodontal disease. This is more of a reconstructive approach to the gum tissue, rather than a cosmetic approach with traditional gum contouring.

During gum contouring, the dentist will remove some of the soft tissues along the gum line and across the teeth near the front of the smile. This will reduce their appearance and address the overgrowth that can occur. Once patients have gum contouring completed, they will be able to feel more confident when they smile and speak. Their teeth may appear larger, and they will achieve proper balance and harmony between the teeth and soft tissues. Many patients find that gum contouring is a procedure they should have considered long ago as they love the self-confidence that is restored with this cosmetic treatment!

Consider gum contouring with our dentist today

Dr. Steven E. Holbrook work with patients in the area of Albuquerque, NM who are seeking cosmetic solutions for their smile. If you are interested in gum contouring, contact the practice at (505) 881-1159 and visit at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard NE, Ste. C. We accept new patients considering general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry.

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Who Is the Best Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

At Comprehensive Dental Care, Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team can help patients transform their smile into a striking, attractive asset. When patients are considering cosmetic restoration of their smile, they are often introduced to an effective, affordable, and easy solution for imperfections on the front of the teeth called porcelain veneers.

What is a porcelain veneer?

Veneers are used to cover common dental imperfections that may be present in the smile. These imperfections may include:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Unusually shaped teeth
  • Permanently stained teeth

When these issues are impacting the overall appearance of the smile and are making patients feel self-conscious about their appearance, porcelain veneers can help. These restorations are bonded onto the front of the natural tooth to disguise the imperfections that are present. Veneers are matched in color, shape, and size of the patient’s existing teeth to ensure they look as natural as possible when placed.

Who is a candidate for porcelain veneers?

Dr. Steven E. Holbrook can use porcelain veneers for most patients who want a fast and effective solution to imperfections of the smile. To determine candidacy, a dental evaluation is performed, during which the dentist will take x-rays to check the health of the smile and perform a physical evaluation. Patients may also take this time to learn about other options that can be used to address these imperfections, such as:

  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Professional teeth bleaching
  • Composite resin bonding

When patients have a variety of options to choose from, they have more control over the journey they take to a more beautiful smile!

Make your smile gorgeous with porcelain veneers!

Patients of the Albuquerque, NM area who are considering porcelain veneers to enhance their smile can call Dr. Steven E. Holbrook of Comprehensive Dental Care to learn more. The practice is located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard NE, Suite C and can be reached by phone at (505) 881-1159. New and existing patients of the area can work with our dentist with over thirty years of experience in providing general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry solutions to adult patients.

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