The Teeth Underneath Veneers and Crowns

January 15, 2019

Smiling woman with perfect white teethWhether you need to have a dental crown to repair and preserve a damaged tooth, or you’ve chosen to get porcelain veneers in Hillsboro to improve the appearance of your smile, the teeth underneath will need to be reshaped. This must be done to accommodate the veneer or crown and to ensure a comfortable fit and natural look. But what happens once a tooth is reshaped? Read on to learn how the tooth is protected and more about porcelain veneers and dental crowns.


How do I know if I Need a Dental Crown?

July 11, 2017

Woman in dental chair looking at smileThe only way to know for sure whether or not you need a dental crown is to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Dental crowns are advanced restorations used to repair teeth following significant decay or damage. They fit completely over the top of the tooth to replace the lost structure and renew function. In order to preserve the maximum amount of tooth structure, we’ll only recommend dental crowns when more conservative treatments like tooth colored fillings are inadequate in repairing dental damage. During a treatment consultation, a dentist will examine your smile, capture diagnostic x-rays and images, and help you determine whether or not a dental crown is your best treatment option.

Warning Signs You May Need a Root Canal by Your Hillsboro Dentist

May 16, 2016

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root canal in HillsboroA root canal is a common procedure used to remove inflammation and infection from the pulp of a tooth. By doing so, you’re able to restore the function and appearance of the tooth while preventing further complications from developing. While it’s most often a dentist who tells you that you need a root canal, there are some indicators that a root canal may be in your future. As your dentist in Hillsboro for comprehensive dental care, we have the warning signs you need to know that indicate you may need a root canal in Hillsboro.

For an Abscessed Tooth, See the Dentist in Hillsboro

March 14, 2016

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dentist in HillsboroIf you’ve ever had a toothache, then you know the pain can be severe. In some cases, the pain you feel is caused by more than just your tooth. An abscess is an infection at the root of a tooth or between the root and the surrounding gum tissue. This infection can be quite serious—even life threatening—and, therefore, demands immediate attention. If you or a loved one has a toothache, don’t play the waiting game. Contact the dentist in Hillsboro, Dr. Brandon Kearbey and Dr. Malinda Kearbey at The Dentists at Orenco Station, for immediate diagnosis and treatment.


Your Hillsboro Dentists at Orenco Want You to Understand the Threat of Periodontal Disease

July 23, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-472805521Periodontal disease in Hillsboro, OR and across the United States is marked by red, swollen, pus-filled gums that pull away from tooth roots. Most commonly caused by poor dental hygiene, millions of adults suffer from this devastating but treatable oral infection.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that approximately half adult Americans over the age of 30 have periodontal or advanced gum disease. Characterized by red, swollen, bleeding gum tissue, periodontitis leads to tooth and bone loss and also to systemic conditions such as diabetes, heart attack, asthma and more.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease is caused by a variety of factors, including poor dental hygiene. When brushing, flossing and professional cleanings are neglected, sticky, bacteria-filled plaque forms on teeth and below the gum line.

Left untreated, the plaque quickly turns into rock-hard tartar, creating infected pockets in gum tissue. Pockets measuring more than 5 mm indicate advanced periodontitis and need dental attention before teeth loosen and are lost and before jaw bone is destroyed.

In addition, other factors play into gum disease. Heredity is one of them. If family members tend toward gum issues, you may develop them as well over time. So, it’s important to alert your Hillsboro, OR dentist to your medical history, including conditions that seem to run in the family.

Besides heredity, hormonal changes such as those associated with pregnancy and menopause play into gum disease. So, women should not neglect their dental check-ups during these important seasons of life. Additionally, some medical conditions which suppress the immune system, such as diabetes and cancer, promote gum problems as do medications such as antidepressants and oral contraceptives

Another common culprit is tobacco use. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  research pegs cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco as loaded with toxins which destroy gum tissue. Smoking steals vital oxygen and other nutrients from the mouth, making it prone to gum infection. Combine tobacco with other risk factors such as obesity and poor diet, and periodontitis is the result.

What can be done about Hillsboro, OR periodontal disease?

The best action is a trip to your Hillsboro, OR dentists, Doctors Brandon and Malinda Kearbey.  These Dentists at Orenco Station are passionate about preventive dentistry and can measure the extent of your gum issues,  suggesting treatments such as:

  • stepped up brushing and flossing at home
  • professional tooth and root scaling to remove tartar
  • instillation of antimicrobial medication to heal infected tissues
  • referral to oral surgery if advanced techniques are required to restore gums, roots and jaw bone to full health

Don’t delay getting periodontal therapy in the Hillsboro area

Doctors Brandon and Malinda Kearbey desire great oral health and overall well-being for each of their patients. They believe excellent preventive care keeps teeth and gums healthy so their patients can keep their smiles for their entire lives.

If it’s been a while since you had a hygienic cleaning and dental check-up, please call The Dentists at Orenco Station today to arrange a convenient appointment. Your oral health is too important to neglect.


Porcelain Crowns to Restore Your Smile

June 18, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-465489659When you chip, crack, break, or loose a tooth, it can wipe the smile right off your face. A healthy, beautiful smile builds confidence, and makes a great first impression. When your smile is marred, you can feel the difference every time you smile, talk or chew. Don’t live with the pain or embarrassment of damaged teeth, let the Dentists at Orenco Station make your smile look better than it ever has with our restoration dentistry services. In Hillsboro, OR, we provide restoration dentistry with a cosmetic dentistry mindset. Our dentists truly believe that restoration dentistry isn’t complete until your smile is restored. That’s why we use all porcelain crowns to repair lost, chipped or broken teeth. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Restorative Dentistry that Looks Cosmetic

Some dental practices view restorative dentistry as simply restoring the function of your teeth. The Dentists at Oreco Station thinks your smile is not restored until it looks great too. We have numerous restorative dentistry services that will leave you with a beautiful, natural looking and feeling smile. For chips, cracks, breaks, and lost teeth, our all porcelain crowns will put the smile back on your face.

Porcelain Crowns

If you’ve ever seen a person with a metal crown, you may be thinking, “I’d rather stick with this crack in my tooth.” Fortunately for you, advances in dental technology make it possible for you to have a tooth that looks just like the original. Thanks to all porcelain crowns from the Dentists of Orenco Station, you and your dentist can be the only ones to know about your crown. A crown is placed on a tooth that has been cracked, chipped or broken so that the remaining tooth can be retained. A crown and bridge are used to fill the gaps between teeth when a tooth has been lost. This customized replacement helps your mouth retain its structure and looks great too.

All porcelain crowns look great, but they take more time than traditional metallic crowns and are less durable. The advantages definitely outweigh these minor inconveniences. With all porcelain crowns, your tooth will look just like the originally. Porcelain is a hypo-allergenic option for patients with metal allergies. You dentist can realign and correct the form of these caps after placing them for a perfect fit. Because they take up less space than thicker metallic crowns, they are best suited for patients with minimal spacing between teeth.

Ready to Let Us Crown You?

Weather you need to repair or replace a tooth with a crown, let the Dentists at Orenco Station do it right. Our dental experts will restore your tooth to its natural beauty with all-porcelain crowns that look and feel great. Call to schedule an appointment today in Hillsboro, OR. We welcome patients from our sister communities: Rock Creek, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Beaverton, and beyond.

You Get More than Just Tooth Replacement with New Dental Implants

January 17, 2015

87314663Dental implants have a lot to offer.  When one or more of your teeth are loss due to damage or decay, both the tooth crown and tooth root are lost as in the process. Dental implants are the only restoration method that can restore both parts of the tooth. They are the closest you can come to replacing a tooth naturally. With new dental implants from Dr. Kearbey, you will be able to eat, smile, laugh, and talk confidently without worrying about your teeth. Make an appointment with Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey for your dental implants consultation today. Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey are highly qualified implant dentists. The Dentists at Orenco Station proudly restore smiles daily throughout Hillsboro, OR, Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek, and the surrounding areas.

What’s In a Dental Implant?

Dental implants work by replacing your missing tooth and root. To do this, the implant must anchor itself in the bone of your jaw (osseo-integration). Dental implants are made of titanium, a trusted bio-compatible material. Osseo-integration is the biochemical fusion of your living bone cells with an oxide layer that forms on the surface of the titanium implant post.

Are Dental Implants Right For You?

Dental implants can be used to treat tooth loss for anyone missing one, multiple, or even an entire row of teeth due to injury, defect, disease, or dental decay. Dental implants patients can look forward to:

  • Healthy and natural looking teeth
  • Long lasting replacements
  • Improved quality of life
  • Retaining their natural face shape and smile
  • Protecting their healthy bone
  • No additional daily upkeep
  • No embarrassing slippage
  • Enjoying their favorite foods without worry
  • No cavities or decay in new teeth
  • Protecting their healthy surrounding teeth
  • More predictable results than with other restoration methods

Hillsboro Dental Implants Consultations

Whether you are missing one or many teeth, dental implants are a winning solution. Dental implants are the best choice for patients who want to avoid the inconveniences of missing teeth or ill fitting traditional dentures. Make your dental implants consultation appointment with Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey today. Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey deliver high quality dental implant restorations to the Hillsboro community. The Dentists at Orenco Station proudly serve families daily throughout Hillsboro, OR, Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek, and neighboring areas.

Find Relief in Your Tooth Pain with Root Canal Therapy

August 15, 2014

489085765You can talk to anyone who has had to live with pain, and they will all say that it is never an enjoyable or easy experience. Living in pain is never an easy experience, and can be taxing on the mind, body, and heart. One of the worst pains someone can live with is tooth pain, causing your entire mouth to ache. Though some people may be quick to dismiss it as mere discomfort, there can be many underlying issues within your smile causing your tooth to ache. If you are experiencing intense tooth pain, Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey are able to put you at ease with root canal therapy.

A root canal is needed when a cavity has taken control of your tooth and has started infecting the pulp within your tooth, or when there has been some sort of dental trauma. When the bacteria in your mouth infects the pulp of your tooth, the result is pain and pressure. It is important to make sure that you contact our office if you are experiencing tooth pain, as the bacteria have the capability of entering your blood stream if left untreated. A few signs that you may need a root canal are a sharp pain when you chew, pressure on the tooth causes immediate pain, swelling and discoloring in the gum tissue, and severe sensitivity to hold or cold foods and beverages.

Our doctors will begin your root canal therapy by addressing the infected tooth. They will remove the pulp and the nerve, immediately alleviating you of your pain. After that, they will fill the tooth with a biocompatible material, and top the tooth off with a crown, as to make sure no bacteria is able to make its way back to your tooth. If you would like Drs. Kearbey’s help in alleviating you of your tooth pain with root canal therapy, contact our office today!

Call The Dentists at Orenco Station if you’re ready to schedule your next appointment with Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey. They are happy to care for patients from Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek, and beyond.

Enjoy Summer with a Full Smile Using Dental Implants

June 13, 2014

shutterstock_151587851With summer knocking at your door, many people are doing everything they can to make sure they look their absolute best for the summer season. Whether it is buying the best food for the barbeque or going to the gym to get ready for the beach, many people are wanting to have as much fun and feel as confident inside and out as possible. If you have teeth missing from your smile, you may find it difficult to find confidence in the way you look. You are sure to reconnect with old friends and meet many new people this summer season, so making the best impression is important. Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey understands the struggle his patients go through when they have teeth missing from their smile, and he is able to give them the smile they have always wanted using dental implants.

A dental implant is a small piece of biocompatible titanium that is placed directly into an empty tooth socket. The titanium post-like implant will act as a new tooth root, and will prevent the rest of the teeth in your mouth from shifting to make up for the empty spaces due to the missing teeth. The bone in your jaw and your gum tissue with bond with the implant over time, creating a strong, permanent bond. After the right amount of healing time as passed, a crown is added on top of your implant– a crown that exactly resembles a natural tooth. At the end of the procedure, you are left with a beautiful, full smile you can be proud of.

Dental implants can be used to anchor a dental crown to completely recreate a tooth, or to hold a fixed bridge permanently in place. Both solutions create a natural-looking row of teeth that you are ready and willing to show off at any given moment! So if you are ready for a beautiful, full smile just in time for summer, make an appointment with Drs. Kearbey, and they will be more than happy to help!

Call The Dentists at Orenco Station if you’re ready to schedule your next appointment with Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey. They are happy to care for patients from Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek, and beyond.

Comprehensive Restorative Dentistry Services for Hillsboro and Beyond

April 30, 2013

You work hard to care for your smile, but sometimes even the best smile needs a little extra help. That’s why Dr. Brandon Kearbey and Dr. Malinda Kearbey of The Dentists at Orenco Station offer a wide array of today’s best restorative dentistry services. Whether you need help with a filling, want a straighter smile, or have one or more teeth that need to be replaced, our Hillsboro dental office can help.

Our restorative dentistry services include:

With a consultation appointment, Dr. Brandon Kearbey and Dr. Malinda Kearbey will help you understand your options and put together a personalized treatment plan to help you meet your desired goals.

Sometimes delivering restorative care is as simple as filling a cavity. Other times, more extensive care may be needed. With dental implants, patients with one or more missing teeth can enjoy natural appearance and functionality again. That’s because dental implants are structured like teeth, with a crown on top and a prosthetic root underneath that anchors the new tooth to the jaw.

Regardless of what restorative service you need, our Hillsboro team will answer any questions you might have about the services we recommend. We don’t want any patient to agree to a treatment plan they don’t understand. We’ll listen to your concerns and explain exactly how we’ll be able to help you. That way, you can leave our office feeling confident that you’re getting the help you need.

Does your smile need restorative help? Call The Dentists at Orenco Station today to reserve a consultation appointment. Dr. Brandon Kearbey and Dr. Malinda Kearbey are happy to serve the communities of Forrest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek, and beyond.