August 17, 2015
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.
July 23, 2015
Periodontal 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.
June 18, 2015
When 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.
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.
March 17, 2015
Do 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.
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.
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.
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.
January 17, 2015
Dental 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
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.
December 17, 2014
Do you often have unexplained head pain and jaw stiffness? You could be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Millions of people suffer from the headaches, neck pain, and joint and muscle soreness of TMJ disorder without knowing it. Untreated TMJ disorder can make it difficult to eat or even speak. If you suspect that you may have developed a TMJ disorder, make an appointment with Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey for a TMJ disorder evaluation and treatment plan today. They can determine if your pain and discomfort stem from a TMJ disorder. The Dentists at Orenco Station proudly serve patients of all ages throughout Hillsboro, OR, Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek, and nearby communities.
What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder is a group of degenerative conditions involving the temporomandibular joint and its surrounding muscles. This area is responsible for the jaw movement necessary to talk and eat. The joint slides and rotates just in front of your ear, connecting the temporal bone (side of the skull) with the mandible (lower jaw). TMJ disorder can fall into one of three categories:
- Myofascial pain: discomfort or pain in the muscles of the jaw, neck, and shoulders
- Injury: resulting from a dislocated jaw or displaced disc
- Degenerative joint disease: rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis in the jaw joint
What are the Signs of TMJ Disorder?
- Jaw pain or soreness that is specific to a certain time of day
- Jaw pain when you chew or yawn
- Clicking or popping sounds when opening or closing the mouth
- Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
- Locked or stiff jaw
- Sensitive teeth in the absence of infection or gum disease
- An earache without an ear infection
Who’s at Risk for Developing TMJ Disorder?
No one knows the exact cause of TMJ disorder. However, TMJ disorder does affect twice as many women as men. Trauma to the jaw or jaw joint can sometimes play a role in development of the disorder, but in most cases the cause of the disorder is unknown. However, stressful situations can aggravate the symptoms. The discomfort you experience is caused by the overuse of the jaw joint muscles, especially if you clench or grind your teeth (bruxism). These excessive habits can tire the jaw muscles and lead to the associated pain and discomfort in the head and neck.
The Dentists at Orenco Station can evaluate and treat you for TMJ disorder. Many patients have been able to eliminate and even reverse their TMJ disorder with non-invasive oral appliance therapy. You can make an appointment with Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey for immediate TMJ symptom relief with a custom oral appliance today. Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey are highly qualified general and restorative dentists. The Dentists at Orenco Station proudly serve families throughout Hillsboro, OR, Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek, and the surrounding areas.
November 17, 2014
Have you ever discovered that your gums we’re sore or bleeding after brushing your teeth or eating? You may think that it resulted from brushing too hard or getting food stuck between your teeth, but it could be a sign of advanced gum disease. If left untreated, the gum disease Gingivitis can advance into full blown Periodontitis. Periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Don’t let gum disease rob you of your healthy smile. The easiest way to stop gum disease in its tracks is to visit a dentist for a check-up and cleaning. If caught early enough, gum disease treatment can actually be reversed. Make an appointment with Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey at Orenco Station Dental today. They want to help you save your healthy teeth. The Dentists at Orenco Station proudly serve families throughout Hillsboro, OR, Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek and surrounding areas.
Signs of Gum Disease
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Mouth pain
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Loose or separating teeth
- Pus or mucus between gums and teeth
- Mouth sores
- A change in your bite
- Dentures or partials no longer fit
Remember that gum disease is serious but treatable. No matter how well we take care of our teeth at home, there is no substitution for a regular dental check-up and professional cleaning. The dentist can find and remove plaque and tarter that you just can’t see at home. A small investment of time for a regular dental check up can save you the time and money needed for restorative dental procedures to save your teeth from advanced gum disease. Don’t delay; make an appointment with Drs. Brandon and Malinda Kearbey at Orenco Station Dental. The Dentists at Orenco Station restore smiles daily throughout Hillsboro, OR, Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek and nearby communities.
July 26, 2013
Traditional braces are just one treatment option for patients with misaligned teeth. At The Dentists at Orenco Station, Dr. Brandon Kearbey and Dr. Malinda Kearbey offer ClearCorrect, a special cosmetic braces option that gives adults patients the chance to improve the appearance of their smile without drawing attention to their treatment.
Instead of using metal brackets and wires, ClearCorrect helps you achieve your goal with a set of clear, custom-made aligners. As you go through your treatment, you’ll wear each aligner for about two weeks. With each one, your teeth will be brought closer and closer to their ideal position.
But outside of being clear and not using brackets or wires, there’s another benefit of straightening your smile with ClearCorrect—your aligners are removable. What that means is that you can take them out for meals, but also for brushing and flossing. Because of this, you can enjoy your favorite foods and still brush and floss as thoroughly as you normally would. Brackets and wires can get in the way of caring for your smile, leading to an increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay, which would mean spending more time in the dental chair later on. ClearCorrect lets you eat what you enjoy, care for your smile normally, and instead of coming in to have your braces tightened, we’ll only need to see you every six to eight weeks to check your progress.
Do you have questions about ClearCorrect? Dr. Brandon Kearbey and Dr. Malinda Kearbey would be happy to answer them. Call The Dentists at Orenco Station today to reserve your consultation. We provide general, cosmetic, and restorative to patients from Hillsboro, Forrest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, and Rock Creek.
July 5, 2013
If you’re unhappy with how your smile looks, that’s going to affect how much you smile and how others think about you. Studies have shown that patients with a dazzling smile are perceived as friendlier, more intelligent, and more successful. But not too many people have teeth that are naturally white.
That’s why dentists like Dr. Brandon Kearbey and Dr. Malinda Kearbey offer to brighten smiles with Kör Whitening. There are many different whitening systems out there, but Kör Whitening is one of the most effective. With its specially-formulated whitening gel, patients can brighten their teeth by as much 10 shades.
Here’s how it works.
First, our doctors at The Dentists at Orenco Station will create a pair of custom-made bleaching trays. Then, when those are ready, you’ll line them with Kör Whitening’s gel and wear them for about two weeks every night while you sleep. Over that period, the Kör gel will increase your teeth’s ability to absorb oxygen. As your teeth absorb more and more oxygen, your stains will fade from view. What’s more, Kör Whitening provides long-lasting results that can be achieved with little to no sensitivity.
Do you want to learn more about how Kör Whitening works? Call The Dentists at Orenco Station today to reserve a consultation appointment. Dr. Brandon Kearbey and Dr. Malinda Kearbey are proud to offer excellent cosmetic care to patients from Hillsboro, Forrest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek, and all surrounding areas.
June 4, 2013
Gum disease is one of the most common oral health conditions facing patients. According to some estimates, as much as 80% of American adults have some form of the disease. But gum disease isn’t just an oral health concern. Recent medical studies have also connected it to health conditions in other parts of the body, including heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, preterm birth, and more.
What does this mean for you and your family?
It means that regular checkups with The Dentists at Orenco Station should be a priority. During a checkup, Dr. Brandon Kearbey or Dr. Malinda Kearbey will look closely at the soft tissues of your gums and at your teeth to see if there have been any changes in your oral health. Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding or swollen gums and discoloration.
If our Hillsboro dental team finds any sign of gum disease, we’ll help you treat it with a personalized periodontal therapy treatment plan. There are many effective periodontal therapies to treat symptoms of gum disease, including deep cleaning, which combines scaling and root planning. During your appointment with Dr. Brandon Kearbey or Dr. Malinda Kearbey, we’ll talk to you about your treatment options and explain how each aspect of periodontal therapy works. We can also answer any questions you might have about your care.
Have you noticed any changes in your gums recently? Call The Dentists at Orenco Station today to reserve your consultation on periodontal therapy. We serve patients from Hillsboro, Forrest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, Rock Creek, and beyond.