Enhance your smile with a natural-looking solution such as porcelain veneers

Imperfections near the front of the smile can make patients feel uneasy about sharing their smile with others. Covering the smile or avoiding socialization with others can be avoided completely with cosmetic dentistry. Patients of the Albuquerque, NM area who have imperfections of the smile that keep them from feeling as confident as they should be are strongly encouraged to ask Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team about porcelain veneers.

How porcelain veneers work

The porcelain veneer is a thin ceramic shell that is bonded onto the front of a tooth to change its appearance. This is a fast and efficient way of covering common imperfections, including:

  • Permanently stained teeth
  • Misaligned/crooked teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Unusually shaped or short teeth
  • Gaps between the front teeth

Obtaining a porcelain veneer

To obtain a porcelain veneer for the smile, patients undergo a series of steps from start to finish:

  • Evaluation. A consultation appointment and evaluation is the first step in determining candidacy for veneers.
  • Preparation. The dentist removes a thin portion of enamel from the front of the tooth to prepare it.
  • Impressions. Molds of the tooth or teeth are taken to get the shape of the prepared area.
  • Creation. The impressions are used by our dental laboratory to create the actual veneer using specific instructions for shape, size, and color by the dentist.
  • Placement. Patients return to the dental office to have their final restoration bonded onto the tooth or teeth.

How long do porcelain veneers last?

Dr. Steven E. Holbrook educates patients on how to take care of their porcelain veneers. With proper care and attention, most patients can maintain their veneers for a decade or longer!

Curious to find out if porcelain veneers can restore the appearance of your smile?

Contact our practice today by calling (505) 881-1159 to request a consultation at our facility located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C. Our dentist has over three decades of experience in providing comprehensive dental care for patients in and around the area of Albuquerque, NM. His office is open to new patients and families in the area.

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Why it’s important to treat a cavity as soon as it is diagnosed instead of waiting

Cavities are one of the most common dental problems that can occur for patients. When cavities develop, they cause large holds in the tooth’s enamel—and beyond. These holes leave a tooth susceptible to problems such as larger areas of tooth decay or infection caused by bacteria that enters into the tooth. Many cavities can be spotted early enough for successful intervention by our team of professionals, and once diagnosed, should be addressed as soon as possible. Treating cavities as soon as they are diagnosed is incredibly important.

What is cavity?

A cavity, also known as tooth decay, is a problem that is caused by poor oral health habits. When food particles and plaque are not brushed and flossed from the teeth, it can cause acids to develop on natural tooth enamel which penetrate its thick shell. Cavities can cause a depression in the tooth structure or a large hole that leaves the tooth vulnerable to infection and further trauma. Treatment should occur as soon as it is caught for various reasons.

  • Cavities can become larger and more damaging to the tooth’s natural structure, affecting the integrity of the tooth and making it weaker
  • Cavities can penetrate deep within the tooth and reach the dental pulp inside, where an infection can cause the need for root canal therapy
  • Cavities can become extremely large to the point where a filling cannot effectively seal the tooth. In situations such as these, the placement of a dental crown is often recommended.
  • Cavities that cause infection but cannot be treated effectively with root canal therapy will need to be permanently extracted from the smile.
  • Cavities can occur in patients of any age and any gender, making routine dental examinations and cleanings critical to maintaining oral health and wellness.

Treat your cavity as soon as possible to avoid more expensive or invasive treatment

If you have been diagnosed with a cavity in your smile, then let Dr. Steven Holbrook treat it to avoid extensive services later on. Call the office at (505) 881-1159 to make an appointment at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C to discuss your options.

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How dental bonding can improve your smile

Cosmetic dental work is a common solution for patients who have imperfections on the teeth that affect their confidence in their own smile. With solutions such as dental bonding, patients can enjoy same-day results that will last several years. Dental bonding can address a wide range of issues and allow patients to invest in the beauty of their smile without breaking the bank!

What is dental bonding?

Dr. Steven Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM describes dental bonding as a special material that is used to repair the smile while ensuring a natural finished results. This material, called composite resin, can be molded where it is needed and then cured with a special light to harden it. The dentist finishes the process by filing and polishing the bonding to create a beautiful finished result.

What can dental bonding be used for?

Composite resin dental bonding is used in many situations and patients with the following issues can speak to our dentist about using it for their own smile:

  • Areas of tooth decay/cavities
  • Gaps/spaces between the front teeth
  • Repairing chipped or cracked teeth
  • Covering teeth that are permanently stained
  • Extending the length of a tooth

What alternatives are available?

Composite resin bonding is a viable option for many of our patients. It can last several years before it needs to be replaced due to breakage or staining. However, it is not the only option that can help with the above concerns. Other alternative treatments such as porcelain veneers may be discussed depending on the needs of the patient. Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells custom-created for a patient to bond over the front of a tooth to change its appearance. Porcelain veneers are not susceptible to staining and often last a decade or longer with proper care. However, composite resin dental bonding is the more economical choice.

Are you thinking about using composite resin bonding to restore your smile?

Connect with Dr. Steven Holbrook and his team in Albuquerque, NM to find out more about the advantages of composite resin bonding services. His practice is located at 8228 Louisiana Blvd., NE in Suite C and can be reached telephonically at (505) 881-1159. His facility offers comprehensive dental care and is always accepting new patients.

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Understanding treatment of periodontal disease

At the practice of Dr. Steven E. Holbrook, patients of Albuquerque, NM have access to a selection of treatments, including preventative, general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. When patients fail to care for their smile, they may be putting themselves at risk for a range of problems which may include not only cavities but periodontal disease. Also referred to as “gum disease,” periodontal disease is an infection that starts in the soft tissues and can cause a host of problems within the smile and throughout the body.

What is periodontal disease?

An infection in the mouth is often referred to as periodontal disease. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team encourage patients to be proactive about ensuring this condition does not develop. Once periodontal disease has been diagnosed, it cannot be cured—only controlled. This condition is completely preventable with proper oral health habits and routine visits to the dentist. However, if it does develop, patients need to obtain a definitive diagnosis and discuss treatment options with their provider.

Treatment of periodontal disease

In most cases where periodontal disease is in the earliest stage, known as gingivitis, a simple cleaning at the dental office can help. This may be combined with the application of antibiotics on the soft tissues of the mouth to combat the infection. However, if patients do not get a proper diagnosis until the later stages, they may be at risk of developing periodontitis, the later stages of the condition. Patients at this point might experience problems such as the loss of gum tissue, jawbone, and natural teeth. A more aggressive and invasive cleaning called scaling and root planning is often done at this point to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar deep below the gumline from the roots of the teeth. When combined with antibiotics, this is the most effective way to address late-stage gum disease.

Interested in learning more about periodontal disease treatment?

Connect with our team in Albuquerque, NM by calling (505) 881-1159 and scheduling an appointment with Dr. Steven E. Holbrook at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard NE, Suite C. His practice accepts new and current patients of the community to enjoy services from a dentist with over three decades of experience!

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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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