Dental Procedures in Idaho Falls

Bruxism/Occlusal Guard

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Are you clenching or grinding your teeth at night or during the day? Do you wake up with a sore jaw?  You may be experiencing what is called Bruxism and we have a solution for you.  Dr. Machen may recommend an appliance that can be worn during your sleep called an Occlusal Guard.  There are two different types of appliances that can be worn with the same successful results.   Bruxism may also cause the following: Cracked teeth Grooved,  flattened, worn down teeth Chipped enamel Loose teeth Headaches Earaches TMJ disorder               Many people...

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Cleanings (Prophylaxis)

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An Adult or Child teeth cleaning is also referred to as a prophylaxis. At Machen Family Dentistry we have two Registered Dental Hygienists. Our hygienists are trained to evaluate bone levels and evaluate if there is any infection of the gums or bone supporting the teeth. After assessing the health of the gums, and if diagnosing that the patient is healthy the hygienist then proceeds to the prophylaxis. Specific instruments are gently used to clean the hardened plaque build-up also known as calculus that is found on the teeth. The cavitron is an instrument that our hygienists often use to...

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Crowns

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A crown is a tooth shaped cover (cap) that is placed over a tooth that has been prepared by the dentist.  A crown is needed when a tooth has had a significant amount of trauma or decay on the tooth.  A crown may be recommended for a tooth that has had a root canal, has greater than 50% of the tooth missing, or an entire cusp, a tooth with a significant crack or break, or is covering an implant. There are quite a few different kinds of materials that a crown can be made of. Crowns: Porcelain Fused to Metal All Ceramic All Porcelain Zirconia Gold Porcelain Fused to Metal is a crown that has an...

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Extractions and Third Molars

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Extraction in dentistry means the removal of a tooth from the mouth.  Extractions are done for a variety of reasons : severe tooth decay infection risk of infection a broken tooth that is not able to be fixed crowding (orthodontic needs) gum disease damaged tooth from trauma As an adult having a tooth extracted is hardly cause for celebration, but at Machen Family Dentistry we will work to keep you as comfortable as possible.   Most extractions are easily completed in the office with the same type of numbing that is used for fillings.  However other sedation options are available.  ...

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Pediatric Dentistry

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At Machen Family Dentistry in Idaho Falls, ID we strive to make your child’s experience at the dentist positive, fun, friendly, and to let them know how special they are.  Dr. Machen was invited onto the Honors program in pediatric dentistry and completed advanced studies in pediatric dentistry.  She received the certificate of Merit from the American Academy of Pediatric dentistry and knows the importance of your child’s oral health care and making them feel comfortable coming to the dentist. Your child’s first visit is their “Fun Visit” this is when we take the opportunity to introduce the...

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Sterilization

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Here at Machen Family Dentistry we use the utmost care in our sterilization to ensure complete sterilization and disinfectant of all our instruments,and operatories.  We use state of the art sterilization machines to perform and complete these processes.

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