Dentists in Albuquerque

Sedation Dentistry: Great Alternative for the Anxious Patient
04/18/2014

Sedation Dentistry: Great Alternative for the Anxious Patient

For some individuals, a visit to the dentist can cause fear and anxiety. Even basic treatment such as having teeth cleaned is so overwhelming, these patients will forego this much needed procedure. However, this is no longer a problem when your dental provider offers sedation dentistry. There are different types of sedation employed based on the procedure; however, oral sedation…
At What Age Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
03/23/2014

At What Age Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Every patient is different, and while some experience problems with their wisdom teeth, others may not at all.  Following your dentist’s recommendation for wisdom teeth removal is the best option. Wisdom teeth, also called the third molars, are the final teeth to erupt. There is no magical age for these teeth to come in, and for some,…
Custom Fitted Mouthguards
02/08/2014

Custom Fitted Mouthguards

The Journal of the American Dental Association has published that up to 39% of all dental injuries are sports-related, with dental injuries being the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during sports participation. Furthermore, the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety reported that an athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to…
Tooth Brushing with Fluoride Toothpaste
02/07/2014

Tooth Brushing with Fluoride Toothpaste

There is a general misconception involving tooth brushing and rinsing, and at Gallegos Family Dentistry, we have found that this issue is rarely addressed and clarified. Many may have grown up with the habit of brushing with toothpaste, then rinsing with water, and then perhaps utilizing a mouthwash. This sequence is problematic because it eliminates…
Treatment Options for Replacing Missing Teeth
01/03/2014

Treatment Options for Replacing Missing Teeth

In the previous blog entry, we discussed the paramount importance of replacing missing teeth in a timely manner to avoid issues that compromise tooth restorability such as supraeruption, tooth tipping, and bone loss. The various treatment options for replacing missing teeth include dental implants, bridges, removable partial dentures, and flippers. These options offer significant functional, aesthetic, and cost…
Timely Replacement of Missing Teeth is Crucial
01/03/2014

Timely Replacement of Missing Teeth is Crucial

Loss of permanent teeth as a consequence of either elective or required extraction leads to many problems in the long run if a replacement prosthesis is not rendered in a timely manner. Aside from loss of the obvious loss of function and aesthetics, supraeruption of opposing teeth and the tipping of adjacent teeth pose serious problems when it comes…
Children and their Dental Needs
12/19/2013

Children and their Dental Needs

When it comes to health care, children have unique needs that may require specialized attention. This is certainly true when it comes to dentistry. The extensive knowledge that a pediatric dentist has about the specific concerns of children’s oral health can be tremendously valuable. A specialist in this area can keep an eye out for signs of…
Purpose of a Dental Sealant
11/08/2013

Purpose of a Dental Sealant

For patients with cavity prone teeth, a family dentist may recommend a dental sealant as an added layer of protection against continued tooth decay. This valuable treatment involves a thin layer of plastic that is placed atop the occlusal (chewing) surface of the tooth. Sealants are often used on the large molars at the rear of the mouth, which…