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If Porcelain Dolls are Fragile, Why are Porcelain Restorations Durable?

June 13, 2018

several porcelain restorations on tabletopBefore you get started with a cosmetic or restorative dentistry plan that includes dental porcelain, you may be thinking, “Isn’t porcelain fragile?” The answer is, “Yes and no.” While a porcelain doll or a porcelain glass may be fragile, a porcelain knife is strong and so are porcelain restorations. The key is using the highest grade porcelain and cementing it into position properly, so the underlying tooth structures provide support and strength. In fact, porcelain veneers, crowns, bridges, and other restorations are just as strong if not stronger than your healthy tooth enamel, and they can be shaded to perfectly match these natural structures.
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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.
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Smile Big Without the Embarrassment of Missing Teeth

August 17, 2015

Dental implants can mask the embarrassment of missing teeth.Missing teeth can be a real drag for your mouth. It just feels weird. If you do have missing teeth, you probably find yourself dragging your tongue through the open area where a tooth used to stand. A missing tooth is nothing new for our office. We’ve treated many patients who’ve dealt with missing teeth throughout their lives. We hear the same thing from our patients regarding missing teeth and how it keeps them from smiling. This is simply no way to live. Smiling, just like laughing, is highly contagious. We understand why anyone with missing teeth would want to hide their smile, but there are ways to bring that same smile to full beauty.

Dental implants are excellent choices for patients that are suffering with missing teeth. It isn’t just the appearance of your smile that is at risk, your oral health is, too. Open spaces can lure bacteria in and keep it there for a long time. The longer bacteria sticks around, the greater a chance of an infection. Our office in Hillsboro, OR offers dental implants for all patients that want to do something about their missing-tooth problem. It’s tooth replacement Hillsboro residents can receive for their missing teeth.
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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.

Transform Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers in Hillsboro, OR

May 17, 2015

492500957According to multiple studies and extensive research, people with straight, white teeth are considered more attractive and more personable. In addition, when questioned, more than half of Americans reported that a beautiful smile made its owner seem more charismatic, friendly, intelligent, and successful. If your smile is less than perfect and you’re ready to make a new kind of first impression, consider porcelain veneers. At The Dentists at Orenco Station in Hillsboro, OR, Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services, including porcelain veneers.

Reclaim Your Confidence with Porcelain Veneers

A dental veneer is an ultra-thin, stain-resistant shell of porcelain that is meticulously crafted fit precisely over a natural tooth. Because the porcelain is shaded to match the color of natural tooth enamel, it blends seamlessly with the rest of your smile. Many of your favorite celebrities and performers have had porcelain veneers placed in order to create the perfect smile, including:

  • Hilary Duff
  • Tom Cruise
  • Zac Efron
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Victoria Beckham
  • Ben Affleck
  • Catherine Zeta Jones
  • Nicolas Cage
  • George Clooney
  • Demi Moore

Porcelain veneers are used to correct a wide variety of cosmetic imperfections, including:

  • Teeth that are unevenly spaced
  • Crooked or crowded teeth
  • Deep discoloration
  • Cracks or chips in enamel
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Teeth that are too short or misshapen

If you are unhappy with what you see in the mirror or in photographs of your smile, don’t hesitate to take the first step toward a revitalized appearance with porcelain veneers. Our patients love the confidence that comes with the ability to smile whenever and wherever they like without fear of embarrassment. Finally, you can show off your pearly whites knowing that your smile is absolutely stunning.

Schedule Your Consultation

Discover the dramatic difference that porcelain veneers can make in your smile and in your everyday life. Contact our office today to schedule your visit with Dr. Brandon Kearbey and Dr. Malinda Kearbey. Our state-of-the-art dental practice in Hillsboro, OR warmly welcomes patients from throughout communities in the surrounding areas of Rock Creek, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Beaverton, and beyond. We genuinely look forward to helping you love your smile.

Straighten Your Teeth without Metal Wires: Clear Braces in Hillsboro, OR

April 17, 2015

487780771Everyone wants straight, healthy teeth and a confident smile that they’re proud to share with the world. Unfortunately, not all of us are lucky enough to have perfectly straight teeth, and metal braces don’t fit everyone’s lifestyle. If you are one of the millions of teens and adults who longs for a more balanced smile without metal brackets and wires, The Dentists at Orenco Station want to help. Our Hillsboro, OR dental office happily offers an alternative to traditional orthodontics: ClearCorrect clear braces.

Benefits of ClearCorrect Clear Aligners

One of the most obvious benefits of ClearCorrect clear braces is their aesthetic value. For image-conscious adolescents and sophisticated professionals, the thought of wearing conspicuous metal braces just isn’t appealing. With clear plastic aligners, no one has to know that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment except for you and your dentist.

In addition to their cosmetic advantages, clear braces are vastly more comfortable than traditional braces. You won’t have to worry about a broken wire or bracket poking your lip or cheek lining. Instead, enjoy the smooth contours of your custom aligners.

Because your ClearCorrect clear braces are easy to remove, there are no dietary restrictions associated with treatment. Continue to enjoy your favorite foods throughout the duration of your treatment. Your teeth are also much easier to clean with clear aligners than they are with metal braces. Simply brush and floss as you normally would and replace your aligners when you’re finished.

Am I Candidate for Clear Braces?

A consultation with our experienced, highly trained team will determine your candidacy for ClearCorrect clear braces and any of our other cosmetic dentistry services. Simply give us a call today to schedule your visit with Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey, your trusted Dentists at Orenco Station in Hillsboro, OR. We genuinely look forward to helping you achieve the gorgeous, healthier smile you’ve always wanted without any metal brackets or wires. Our state-of-the-art dental practice warmly welcomes teens and adults to explore their options with ClearCorrect invisible braces. We proudly serve families from throughout Hillsboro and the surrounding areas, including Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek, and beyond.

Reliable Teeth Whitening Solutions from Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey in Hillsboro, OR

March 17, 2015

166637352Do you have tooth discoloration concerns? If so, you’re not alone. Teeth whitening is actually the most common cosmetic dentistry procedure. Our teeth may start out bright and white, but over the years our natural enamel can wear down, becoming more transparent and permitting the naturally yellow dentin of the inner tooth to show through. Our teeth can also stain from commonly consumed beverages like coffee, tea, soda, and wine. If you want to tackle your tooth discoloration for good, schedule a teeth whitening appointment with Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey today. The Dentists at Orenco Station are highly skilled cosmetic dentistry specialists, now proudly restoring smiles daily throughout Hillsboro, OR, Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek, and the surrounding communities.

Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening products available today, but they all have trouble fulfilling their teeth whitening promises. Teeth whitening toothpastes don’t contain the bleaching agents necessary to whiten your teeth. Other products, like whitening gels, strips, and rinses offer only diluted bleaching power. As such, it can take several weeks of daily use before you seen any significant improvement in the color of your teeth.

In- Office Teeth Whitening

For a truly reliable teeth whitening solution, we offer professional in-office whitening treatment that can be completed in under an hour. You can walk in on your lunch break, and walk out with a dazzling new smile.

Take Home Teeth Whitening

We also offer a convenient take home whitening solution with the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System. The KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System is unique in that it increases your teeth’s ability to absorb oxygen, and this oxygen actually dissolves stains. Take home teeth whitening comes with fully customized bleaching trays and professional strength whitening gel which can effortlessly whiten your teeth while you sleep, and typically takes about two weeks to complete.

Hillsboro Teeth Whitening Appointments

Whether you prefer our chairside teeth whitening option, or our convenient take home solution, you will receive the whitening power you expect and deserve. Finally fulfill your bright smile wishes and schedule a teeth whitening appointment with Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey today. The Dentists at Orenco Station are trusted cosmetic dentistry experts, now delivering quality care daily throughout Hillsboro, OR, Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek, and the neighboring areas.

Do You Have Dental Fears? Discover Your Sedation Dentistry Options in Hillsboro, OR

February 17, 2015

469790631Do you have a fear of dental treatment? Dental fear and anxiety is a common barrier for many patients to seek the dental treatment they need to stay healthy. For some, dental fear and anxiety can persist despite the promise of pain relieving anesthetic doses. If your dental fears keep you from receiving dental care on a regular basis, you could be jeopardizing your overall health. But you can protect yourself from dental decay by making your next dental care appointment with the gentle and understanding sedation dentistry experts of Orenco Station. Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey are experienced sedation dentists. The Dentists at Orenco Station deliver quality care daily throughout Hillsboro, OR, Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek, and the surrounding communities.

What Are Your Sedation Dentistry Choices?

  • Oral Conscious Sedation: Oral conscious sedation can help the majority of patients with mild to moderate levels of dental fear and anxiety. Sedation medication can be taken orally, about an hour before your appointment begins. The medication will make you drowsy, but you will remain awake.
  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation: If you need stronger sedation, Dr. Kearbey offers nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation. Nitrous oxide gas is combined with oxygen through a mask that’s gently placed over your nose. The gas will help you feel completely relaxed, and Dr. Kearbey can control the amount of sedation you receive. Nitrous oxide gas can wear off quickly once the mask is removed so you will be able to drive yourself home after the procedure if this is your sedation choice.
  • IV Sedation: With IV sedation, you can receive your sedative medication through a vein, so that it will take effect quickly. This method will also allow Dr. Kearbey to continually adjust the level of sedation administered.

Hillsboro Sedation Dentistry Appointments

While oral conscious sedation can help the majority of patients with mild to moderate levels of dental fear or anxiety, it may be ineffective in patients with more acute levels of anxiety. Dr. Kearbey will work with you to ensure that you receive the type and amount of sedation medication that works best for you. Make your next sedation dentistry appointment with Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey today. The Dentists at Orenco Station proudly restore smiles daily throughout Hillsboro, OR, Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek, and neighboring areas.

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.

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