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Maidu Dentistry offers $750 Off Invisalign for the First 50 Patients!

By Blog, Cosmetic Dentistry, Oral Health

For a Limited Time Only

If you have always wanted a winning smile but thought you couldn’t afford it, think again! For a limited time, Maidu Dental is offering a $750 voucher to the first 50 patients who mention this ad.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is the latest alternative to conventional braces. Instead of having to commit to years of brackets being on your teeth and all of the hardships that conventional braces bring, you can now have the confidence of a new smile without the hassle.

How does Invisalign work?

Using Invisalign is a very simple process. At your appointment, one of our dentists will scan your existing smile into the Invisalign program. Then Invisalign software calculates the most effective way to align your teeth. Your dentist will then set a treatment plan with you that consists of a series of Invisalign straighteners. Each straightener moves the teeth that are out of position just a little bit. Most people are done with the entire process in as few as 18 months.

Does Invisalign hurt?

We have all heard of the discomfort that conventional braces bring. Invisalign drastically reduces that discomfort by eliminating the need for metal brackets and wires. Instead, it uses clear aligners that fit easily over your teeth, greatly reducing the pain associated with transitioning a smile.

Can anyone use Invisalign?

Invisalign has gained its notoriety because it is able to help so many people with such a wide range of tooth alignment issues. It is important to set an appointment with your dentist to assess whether or not Invisalign is right for you. Most people with moderate tooth alignment issues are great candidates for Invisalign.

Will Invisalign affect my speech?

Our our ability to speak is understandably important to each of us, and it is right to be concerned about sacrificing your ability to speak clearly when considering any type of long term dental work. The good news is that Invisalign has very little impact on your enunciation. In fact, many people who use Invisalign say that people don’t even know they have their aligner in.

Why should I choose Maidu Dental?

At Maidu dentistry, we strive to be the best dental practice in Auburn, CA. We know how much a winning smile means to our patients, so we use the the absolute best technology and practices that modern dentistry has to offer, enabling us to offer these specialties:

We also offer All-on-4 implants as well as conventional braces and Invisalign clear aligners. Check out these testimonials from a few of our clients about their experiences with Dr. Luminita Markham D.D.S. and Dr. David Markham D.D.S. It’s no coincidence that in the past 20 years over 80% of the patients who come to Maidu Dental have come from patient referrals. People just can’t stop talking about how great their experience is when they come to Maidu Dental. That is because every patient who walks through the door is treated with the absolute pinnacle of care and attention.

What’s My Next Step?

If you’re ready to get the winning smile you deserve, don’t wait another day. The offer for $750 off of your personalized Invisalign journey is only available to the first 50 customers who respond to this ad. Just call our office at 530-823-8771 or just click here and schedule your appointment today!

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Root Canals Explained

By Dental Surgery, Oral Health, Restorative Dentistry

The inner portion of your teeth contains sensitive blood vessels, nerves, and other soft tissues that are susceptible to infection. If a bacterial infection reaches this area, the infection can quickly spread throughout the inner chamber. Root canal therapy allows one of our doctors to safely remove infected soft tissue before sealing your tooth to prevent the return of the infection. Once the restorative treatment is complete, you can enjoy restored oral health and the prevention of tooth extraction.

Do I need root canal treatment?

An average of 15 million root canal treatments are performed each year, making root canal therapy a commonly performed treatment in this country. While many people think of root canal treatments as painful, the use of local anesthesia ensures that patients do not experience significant levels of discomfort throughout the treatment.

Candidates for a root canal have a root canal infection. The root canals are small tubes within the tooth roots that connect the crown of your tooth to the bone beneath. Over time, advanced tooth decay can allow bacteria to reach the inner portion of your tooth. Once the microbes reach the inner bundle of soft tissue, infection can spread quickly.

Root canal infection is considered a dental emergency that must be addressed immediately. Left untreated, an infection deep within the tooth can spread to the jaw and bloodstream. The most common symptom of a root canal infection is the sudden onset of pain. Patients may also experience:

  • Discoloration of the infected tooth
  • Heightened dental sensitivity
  • Swollen gums
  • Radiating pain that reaches the face and neck

One of our doctors can examine your tooth to determine if you require tooth canal therapy. Our office offers advanced digital x-rays that can diagnose the presence of a root canal infection.

Treatment Overview

Once the presence of a root canal infection is found, your treatment will be performed soon after. Your tooth will be completely numbed using local anesthesia. Once you are comfortable, a small hole will be drilled on the surface of your tooth. This temporary opening allows one of our doctors to access the infected tissue within your tooth. The infected tissue will be removed using a special tool that can reach deep into the tooth roots.

Once your tooth has been cleaned and sanitized, a special material will be used to fill the inside of your tooth. An inlay, onlay, or dental crown can be used to restore strength and structure to your tooth. In some cases, you may need to be fitted with a temporary restoration while your permanent restoration is manufactured. Our office offers digital impressions.

Any discomfort following your procedure can be managed with over-the-counter medications. If you experience the sudden onset of pain in the days following your treatment, please let our office know immediately.

Schedule Your Root Canal Treatment Today

The best way to prevent root canal infections is to stay ahead of tooth decay and gum disease by maintaining good oral hygiene habits and visiting our office for regular cleanings and exams. To learn more about root canal treatments, contact us online or call (530) 823-8771 today to schedule your consultation.

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Family Dentistry Benefits — Straight from Your Dentist

By Blog, Family Dentistry

Most American families are so overloaded with school activities, sports games, and work that they sometimes forget about important things like going to the dentist. But what if we told you that scheduling dental appointments doesn’t have to be stressful and time-consuming? What if you no longer need to worry about working around everyone’s schedules or asking off of work for two separate days?

When you have a family dentist, life becomes a little less stressful and your smiles become a lot healthier.

The family dentists are general dentists who specialize in children’s dentistry. If you’ve been searching for a one-stop-shop for your family’s oral health care needs, search for a family dentist near you today.

In addition to keeping your family’s smiles healthy, a family dentist offers the following benefits:

1.    Having a family dentist makes life simpler.

Scheduling dental appointments for your family shouldn’t be stressful. With a family dentist, you can make one phone call to schedule dental appointments for your entire family on the same day. This means less time off work, less driving, and less stress on you.

When your whole family goes to one dentist, your oral healthcare provider will have access to all of your children’s family dental history. This will allow the dentist to prioritize how your child’s dental issues are treated.

2.    Your children are more comfortable.

A family-focused dentist will benefit your children in three ways:

  1. If dentists cause your child to feel anxious or nervous, allowing your child to observe you interacting with the dentist can put them at ease when it’s their turn in the dental chair.
  2. The dental office will be family-focused. This means that, when your child walks in the door, he or she will have a play area or a kid-friendly show to watch on tv to make them feel welcome.
  3. Your child will be able to visit the same dentist throughout his or her childhood, teenage years, and adulthood.

Each of these will help your child form a healthy and positive relationship with the dentist that will ensure they prioritize their oral health.

3.    Your family dentist will offer comprehensive dental care.

Because a family dentist works with patients of all ages, they must be specialized in treating a cavity, completing a tooth extraction, fitting a patient for a dental bridge, and everything in between. So, whether you need preventative, restorative, or cosmetic dental care, your family dentist can provide it.

Here are some of the services your family dentist will offer:

  • Fluoride treatments
  • Dental sealants
  • Bone grafts
  • Dental crowns
  • Root canal therapy
  • Dental implants
  • All-on-4®
  • Dentures
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Teeth whitening
  • Invisalign®
  • and more….

Some family dentists also have in-house orthodontists and/or oral surgeons for your convenience.

Contact Your Auburn Family Dentist Today

At Maidu Dental, our goal is to keep your smile healthy and beautiful and make your life easier. That’s why we offer comprehensive dental services to meet the needs of your entire family.

Dr. Luminita Markham and Dr. David Markham have created a family-friendly environment that your kids will enjoy coming to. We look forward to building a relationship with your family for years to come.

Contact our friendly staff today at 530-823-8771 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Markham.

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Auburn Dentist Answers: How can I reduce dental care costs?

By Family Dentistry, Oral Health, Restorative Dentistry

Cavities, cracked teeth, gum disease, and tooth loss are problems that won’t go away without dental treatment. Going to the dentist can add up fast though, costing you time and money. In Auburn, general dentist Dr. Luminita Markham believes the more we know you, the better equipped you’ll be to keep your teeth healthy, for better oral and overall health, and to reduce your dental care costs.

Here are five pieces of dental care advice from Dr. Markham:

1. Establish an effective oral hygiene routine at home.

The best defense against tooth decay, gum disease, and many other oral health problems are good oral hygiene habits. You should create an oral health routine for the morning and evening, and do not skip any steps. Include these three components into your routine:

  • Brush teeth thoroughly, for two minutes per session.
  • Brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper.
  • Use antibacterial, fluoridated mouthwash.
  • Floss properly, once a day.

It’s not enough to just go through the motions. Make sure you use the proper brushing and flossing methods and use an ADA approved mouthwash. Every three months purchase a new, soft-bristled toothbrush and dispose of your previous one.

Patients with braces, dentures, or other oral appliances should implement appropriate care for those as well. As your dentist or hygienist how to clean your mouth and removable appliances if you need instructions.

2. Eat properly.

A healthy, balanced diet will decrease your risk of oral and overall health problems. Certain foods help clean and strengthen teeth. These include:

  • High-fiber, raw veggies such as celery, carrots, broccoli, green beans, and snap peas
  • Protein-rich foods like poultry, fish, and eggs
  • Orange and yellow vegetables
  • Dark, leafy vegetables
  • Foods containing Vitamin C such as oranges, limes, kiwis, strawberries, peppers, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Dairy products

Each of these foods provides nutrition that will benefit the health and appearance of your teeth. Find ways to fit a few of these items into your everyday meals or snacks.

3. Drink plenty of water.

When you were young and told your mom you weren’t feeling well, what was her first question? It may have been: How much water did you drink today? This isn’t just a “mom thing,” dentist and doctors agree that water is an essential component of maintaining good oral and overall health.

For dental health, water helps prevent dry mouth and washes away debris, plaque, and acid. Dry mouth and leftover foods can cause cavities and lead to periodontal disease.

4. Avoid tobacco.

Did you know that tobacco products contain at least 28 cancer-causing chemicals? This fact alone should encourage you to quit. But there are other consequences to tobacco use. Both smoking and chewing tobacco can increase your risk of:

  • Weakened tooth enamel
  • Gum disease
  • Lack of dental treatment options
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Poor healing after some treatments

Ask Dr. Markham about the most effective ways to quit smoking or chewing tobacco.

5. Visit the dentist regularly.

The American Dental Associations recommends visiting the dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning. Patients who do not have gum disease can sometimes schedule a checkup and cleaning for the same day. At these appointments, your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth. If there are any signs of dental damage or oral infection, you should be provided with a practical treatment plan. A hygienist will clean your teeth and measure gum pockets to find out if you have periodontal disease. Hygienists also perform deep cleanings, which are necessary for patients with gum disease.

At Maidu Dental, we care about your oral health because we care about you. Contact our friendly staff today to schedule an appointment with family and general dentist, Dr. Markham.

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Dental Bone Grafting Surgery: What is it and how can it help me?

By Dental Implant, Dental Surgery, Restorative Dentistry

Dental bone grafting surgery is necessary for patients who want a dental implant placed and for patients who have lost jawbone mass because of a missing tooth, periodontal disease, or dental trauma. When tooth roots are connected to the jawbone, your jawbone health is secure. If a tooth is missing, dental implants can replace the tooth root and support healthy bone regeneration. Some patients may require a bone graft to gain candidacy for dental implants.

Bone loss in your facial features can cause your face to sag and make you look much older than you actually are. Dr. Luminita Markham can build up and strengthen your jawbone so you can receive one or more dental implants. Contact our Auburn, CA dental office today at 530-507-8989 to schedule an appointment with our experienced team.

Dental bone grafting process

Dental bone grafting is a minor dental surgery that typically only requires local anesthesia. However, Dr. Markham also offers oral conscious sedation for patients with higher levels of dental-related stress and anxiety. During the procedure, Dr. Markham will make a small incision in the gums to access your bone. Grafting material or donor bone is then transferred to the deficient area.

You may experience mild pain or discomfort after the surgery that can be relieved by over-the-counter pain medication. Dr. Markham will provide you with specific after-care instructions and information, such as what to eat, how to care for the incision site, and what side-effects you may experience.

Throughout the healing process, your transplanted bone will fuse with your natural surrounding jawbone tissue, which will strengthen your jaw and facial structures.

Reasons for dental bone graft surgery

A variety of dental issues can be resolved by dental bone grafting surgery. These problems include:

  • Tooth extractions: If donor bone or synthetic grafting material isn’t deposited into a tooth socket after tooth removal, the surrounding bone will begin deteriorating. By placing a bone graft, the jawbone is strengthened, and you can retain candidacy for dental implants.
  • Saving teeth: Periodontal disease is the leading cause of bone loss. Severe periodontal disease often leads to tooth loss. To inhibit tooth loss from occurring, dental bone graft surgery can be performed to regenerate the bone and save your natural teeth.
  • Dental implants: For a successful implant the titanium post must be inserted into high density, healthy bone. Once a bone graft is inserted and has healed, a titanium post can be implanted into the jawbone that permanently replaces your missing tooth.

Bone grafting can add months to your overall dental implant treatment timeline. However, restorative treatment is one of the most effective ways to replace a missing tooth and prevent further jawbone deterioration.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you have missing, loose, or diseased teeth and want to avoid a sagging face, dental bone grafting may be just what you’ve been looking for. Dr. Markham and our Auburn, CA dental team are prepared to help you restore your smile and support your facial structures with dental bone grafting surgery.

Contact our office today at 530-507-8989 to schedule an initial appointment with Dr. Markham today.