What is a Dental Bridge?

July 28, 2017

Woman smiling after receiving dental bridgeA dental bridge is kind of like the bridges you see while driving. This advanced tooth replacement prosthetic is used to bridge a gap between two teeth. A dental bridge is often referred to as a fixed bridge or crown and bridge. They are a great option to replace one missing tooth or several missing teeth in a row. At Premier Walk-In Dental, we offer both dental crown supported fixed bridges, implant supported bridges, and combination bridges (a bridge attached to an implant on one side and a tooth on the other). If you’re missing one or more teeth in a row, it may be time to ask one of our knowledgeable team members about dental bridge restoration in our Rockledge dentistry practice. Call our friendly team to schedule your appointment today.
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Fast and Efficient Dentures Repair, Adjustment, and Replacement in Rockledge, FL

March 17, 2015

101778719For tooth loss patients, a new set of well fitting dentures can improve chewing and speaking as well as provide a more natural looking and complete smile. Every few years, a new set of dentures are a necessary investment in both your good dental health and self-esteem. But even if you regularly replace your dentures, you may still need denture repair or adjustment. Biting down on hard to chew foods or dropping your dentures can crack the base, chip a tooth, or otherwise render them unusable. If this happens, you may be tempted to use an over-the-counter dentures repair kit, but this is never a reliable solution. If you need denture repair or new dentures, you can make an immediate dentures restoration appointment with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental today. Premier Walk-In Dental delivers quality care daily throughout Rockledge, FL, Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, to Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and the surrounding communities.

We Offer New Full and Partial Dentures

  • Partial Dentures: Partial dentures can be used to replace groups of teeth or a few teeth scattered across the lower or upper jaw. All partial dentures are secured by the remaining teeth and have a gum-colored portion that blends with your existing gum line, with prosthetic teeth attached.
  • Full Dentures: Full dentures are similar to partial dentures in that they consist of prosthetic teeth and gums. The main difference is that full dentures are a total replacement system for either upper or lower teeth and, in some cases, both.

Do You Have Ill-Fitting or Broken Dentures?

We offer a comprehensive range of denture fabrication, repair, and adjustment, including:

  • New complete full or partial dentures
  • Repairs of cracked or fractured dentures
  • Re-cementing single or multiple teeth
  • Replacing of one or more missing teeth
  • Relining of full or partial dentures
  • Hard or Soft Base relines
  • Denture Whitening

Rockledge Dentures Repair and Replacement Appointments

Advancements in modern dentistry have made many improvements in the fit and appearance of dentures. They are more natural looking and comfortable than ever before. If you need new dentures, or denture repair, you can schedule an immediate denture restoration appointment with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental today. Premier Walk-In Dental proudly renews smiles daily throughout Rockledge, FL, Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, to Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and the neighboring areas.

Get Your Oral Cancer Screening Today at Premier Walk In Dental

February 17, 2015

78769905More than 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. That’s approximately one person per hour, every hour, for the entire year. The oral cancer mortality rate is particularly high due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development. While dentists routinely screen for oral cancer each time you get a dental checkup, often, the patients most at risk for developing the disease don’t see a dentist on a regular basis. Don’t jeopardize your health by skipping the dental checkup you need to stay healthy. Make an appointment with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental today. Premier Walk-In Dental delivers quality care daily throughout Rockledge, FL, Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, to Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and the surrounding communities.

What Causes Oral Cancer?

While anyone can develop oral cancer, some factors may increase your likelihood. Anything that increases your risk of getting a disease is called a risk factor, but having a risk factor does not mean that you will get cancer. The most common risk factors for oral cancer include:

  • Gender: Oral cancer is twice as common in men as in women.
  • Age: The average age at diagnosis for oral cancer is 62, and 2/3 of individuals with this disease are over age 55.
  • Sunlight: Cancers of the lip are more common among people who work outdoors or others with prolonged exposure to sunlight.
  • Genetics: Some inherited genetic mutations, which cause different syndromes in the body, carry a high risk of oral cancer.
  • Tobacco use: About 80% of people with oral cancers use tobacco in the form of cigarettes, chewing tobacco or snuff.
  • Alcohol: About 70% of people diagnosed with oral cancer are heavy drinkers.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection: There is a strong link between HPV-16 and oral cancer. People with oral cancer linked to HPV tend to not be smokers or drinkers.

What Are The Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

If you are experiencing any of the following oral cancer symptoms, you should make an immediate appointment for an oral cancer screening:

  • A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
  • Numbness anywhere in the mouth
  • Jaw pain or swelling
  • Loosened teeth
  • Voice changes
  • Sudden unexplained weight loss
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A sore in the mouth that does not heal after two weeks
  • Persistent mouth pain
  • A lump or thickening in the cheek
  • A sore throat or feeling that something is caught in the throat

Rockledge Oral Cancer Screening Appointments

If you, or someone you love, are at risk for developing oral cancer, make an appointment for an oral cancer screening with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental today. The experienced team at Premier Walk-In Dental proudly serve families daily throughout Rockledge, FL, Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, to Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and the neighboring areas.

Eliminate Decay and Restore Your Teeth with Natural Looking Tooth Colored Fillings

January 17, 2015

81283800Are your metal fillings past their expiration date? Metal dental fillings aren’t meant to last forever. In fact, there’s plenty reason to have your old amalgam (metal) fillings removed and replaced with new tooth colored composite fillings. Tooth colored fillings look better and are better for your long term health.  They can fully restore a tooth damaged by decay to its normal function, shape, and color. When Dr. Nichols provides a new tooth colored filling, he will remove all decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with a material virtually indistinguishable from your natural tooth. To finally get rid of the metal in your mouth, make an appointment with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental today. They are restorative dentistry experts, trusted by patients throughout Rockledge, FL, Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, to Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and the surrounding communities.

Why Choose Tooth Colored Fillings?

In addition to providing a more aesthetically pleasing and natural appearance, tooth colored fillings  don’t contain harmful mercury or other toxic materials. Mercury toxicity from amalgam fillings may be damaging to long term health. Tooth colored filling materials also require less tooth reduction than amalgam fillings which can leave teeth vulnerable to future decay.

Rockledge Tooth Colored Fillings Appointments

The first step in performing a tooth colored filling procedure involves isolation of the decayed tooth. Tooth isolation is critical in a composite restoration, because it prevents moisture from interfering with the bonding process. The bonding procedure requires the placement of adhesives followed by the composite material, which is then hardened with a special curing light. The completed tooth colored restoration is both functional and natural looking. Although most dentists are skilled in composite fillings, their skill level can vary. Selecting the appropriate dentist for treating tooth decay damage is vitally important for your long term dental health. For a high quality tooth colored filling, make your restoration appointment with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental today. They specialize in the removal and replacement of old metal fillings. Premier Walk-In Dental proudly serve families throughout Rockledge, FL, Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, to Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and nearby areas.

 

Immediate Pain Relief with Root Canal Therapy from Premier Walk-In Dental

December 17, 2014

78325800Tooth pain and sensitivity should never be ignored or tolerated. They are always clear signs of dental infection. These infections can be treated with root canal therapy. Root canal therapy can eliminate tooth pain and save your tooth from necessary extraction. If you suspect that you have an infected tooth, make an appointment with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental to get your tooth examined today. They specialize in preventative and restorative dental care for patients throughout Rockledge, FL. Premier Walk-In Dental also serves families from Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, to Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and the surrounding communities.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy (endodontic treatment) is a dental procedure to clean out, disinfect, and seal the inside of an infected tooth. Infected tooth pulp (network of blood vessels and nerves) of the tooth’s inner canals, can cause severe pain, discomfort, and sensitivity. If left untreated, the infected tooth can form an abscess and need to be extracted.

What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?

  • First, the dentist will numb your tooth and place a protective dental dam to keep the tooth dry and free of saliva.
  • Next, the dentist will drill a hole for access to the inner pulp chambers and remove the contaminants inside the canals.
  • Then, the dentist will measure, shape, and fill the inside of the canals with a rubber compound called gutta percha.
  • Finally, the dentist will seal your tooth and perhaps place a restoration like a dental crown.

When Should You Get Root Canal Therapy?

Ideally, your tooth should be treated as early as possible. But if you are experiencing any of the following you should immediately seek treatment:

  • Continually throbbing tooth ache pain
  • Tooth ache pain triggered by hot or cold foods
  • Tender, swollen, or bleeding gums around the infected tooth
  • An obviously darkened tooth

Root Canal Therapy Appointments in Rockledge, FL

It will cost a lot more in the long run to replace neglected teeth, than to seek out the dental care you need to save them today. Make an appointment with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental for the root canal therapy that can save your natural teeth. The experienced and compassionate restorative dentists of Premier Walk-In Dental can provide immediate pain relief and peace of mind. Premier Walk-In Dental proudly serves patients throughout Rockledge, FL, Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and nearby areas.

Do You Need a Dental Bridge?

November 17, 2014

126933687If you have a missing tooth, or anticipate that you will need a tooth removed in the near future, you should consider getting a dental bridge to replace it. Leaving empty space between your healthy teeth will allow them to shift causing bite misalignment and further damage. Gaps between teeth can also affect how you chew and speak and change the shape of your face. You can avoid these problems by getting a dental bridge and crown from Dr. Nichols.  A dental bridge replaces your missing tooth with an artificial one secured by cement and dental crowns. A dental crown is a fixed device that covers your surrounding healthy teeth with a tooth-like cap to protect and strengthen them. Don’t let a missing tooth cause more damage than necessary to your oral health. Make an appointment with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental today. They specialize in restorative dental care in Rockledge, FL. Premier Walk-In Dental proudly serves patients throughout Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay and surrounding communities.

3 Types of Dental Bridge

  • Traditional Bridge- Artificial tooth attached to two or more crowns.
  • Cantilever Bridge- Artificial tooth attached to one or more crowns on one side of the missing tooth.
  • Maryland Bridge- Artificial tooth that’s bonded or cemented to the natural teeth on either side by small metal or ceramic wing shaped attachments.

What Happens During a Dental Bridge Procedure?

  • If advised you may be given oral, IV or nitrous oxide sedation.
  • The dentist will use a local and topical anesthetic on the gums near your tooth to numb the pain during the procedure.
  • The dentist then reshapes the teeth next to your missing tooth for the dental crowns. This could include filling hollowed-out areas of your teeth and filing down other parts.
  • The dentist will make a rubber mold impression of the space left by your missing tooth and the teeth around it. The impression is sent to a lab to make a customized bridge.
  • The dentist will place a temporary bridge for you to wear until your permanent bridge is ready.
  • After a few weeks, the dentist will remove the temporary bridge and place the permanent dental bridge with permanent cement.
  • The dentist will examine and test the dental bridge for proper fit before cementing. This may involve grinding parts of the bridge to ensure a proper bite.
  • You may need to return to the dentist periodically for painless adjustments of the bridge to ensure a comfortable bite.

 

Dental Bridge Appointments in Rockledge, FL

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your other healthy teeth just because you’ve lost a tooth due to tooth decay or injury. Start protecting them by making a dental bridge appointment with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental today. Premier Walk-In Dental proudly serves families throughout Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay and nearby areas.

Don’t Get Caught Unprepared in a Dental Emergency

October 17, 2014

462459381You already know exactly what to do in case someone in your family has a medical emergency. However, many people fail to make any preparations for a dental emergency. Dental emergencies may not be life threatening, but they can cause severe pain and can even lead to permanent disfigurement if not handled properly. It’s important to know exactly who to call and where to go in case someone in your family has a dental emergency. You should make an appointment with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental. They specialize in emergency dental care in Rockledge, FL. Premier Walk-In Dental proudly serves patients throughout Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay and surrounding communities.

What to do in Case of a Dental Emergency

Immediate action should be taken to minimize the pain and damage from a dental injury or sudden illness depending on the nature of the emergency.

  • Knocked Out Tooth– First try replacing the tooth in its socket. If this isn’t possible just keep it moist by placing it back in the mouth between the cheek and gums or keep it in a glass of milk.
  • Cracked or Chipped Tooth– Rinse the mouth with warm salt water and use a cold compress over the face for pain.
  • Severe Toothache– Rinse the mouth with warm water and take an over the counter pain reliever until you can see the dentist.

Dental Emergency Care in Rockledge, FL

You not only need a dentist for semi-annual check-ups to maintain good oral health, you also need a dentist for unexpected dental injury and illness. In case of a dental emergency the first call you make should be to your trusted dental care provider. Make sure you have a quality and caring provider in place for your family’s emergency dental care needs. Make an appointment to get to know Dr. Nichols and Dr. Collins at Premier Walk-In Dental in Rockledge, FL. Premier Walk-In Dental proudly serves patients throughout Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, Palm Bay and surrounding areas.

How Chewing Ice Is Detrimental To Your Smile

June 14, 2014

shutterstock_95116573One of the beautiful things about life is that everyone is different. Every person has their own little quirks and habits that others may not understand, but it is what makes them unique. Habits are definitely something that makes someone distinctive, and many people share the same habit. A habit that many people share is chewing ice. Now that summer is here, people are trying to do whatever they can to cool themselves down, but what you may not realize is how disadvantageous chewing ice can be for you oral health.

Many people do not know that chewing ice can break down the enamel on your teeth. Your jaw is very, very powerful, and when you press down on the hard, cold ice, it weakens your enamel. When your enamel is jeopardized, you are more likely to experience tooth sensitivity. The constantly changing temperatures in your mouth, from hot to cold, could put your fillings at risk. Due to the temperature change, your fillings have the potential to expand more quickly than your tooth, rendering the fillings useless over time.

Taking a look at your gums, chewing ice can be detrimental to them as well. The sharp edges of the ice have the potential to cause your gums to be more sensitive than normal. Also, the ice can harm your gums by puncturing or scratching them, causing them to break down over time. Having beautiful, healthy gums are essential to having a healthy smile, and when either one of them is compromised, it is not a good situation to be in. Always be mindful of your habits, especially when it concerns your oral health!

If you want to make an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Nichols or Dr. Ryan Collins, contact our Rockledge, FL dental office today! We are able to take care of all of your dental needs, and our experienced doctors are eager to help you achieve your smile goals! We are proud to serve patients from Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, and Palm Bay.

Be Green with Excitement!

May 16, 2014

shutterstock_130457435There are many ways people try to quench their thirst. Whether it be an ice cold glass of milk or a cool sip of water, people are always trying to find a way to appeal to their taste buds while also receiving the nourishment their body needs. One of the most popular things people love to refresh themselves with is tea. Iced or hot, herbal or black, there are so many types of teas for every need. One tea that is very good for your oral and bodily health is green tea. Having amazing benefits for your smile and for your body as a whole, green tea is definitely something to smile about!

One of the great things about green tea is that it is excellent for your heart. Being full of catechin, an antioxidant that fights of and prevents cell damage, green tea is able to keep your heart healthy and strong. Also, studies have proven that drinking green tea causes a larger amount of activity in the part of your brain that controls working memory. Being shown to block the development of the type of plaque that has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, green tea has amazing perks.

If you or a loved one has diabetes, green tea has been shown to stabilize blood sugar levels. Containing an amino acid called theanine, green tea can have a calming effect on those who are overworked and under a lot of stress. If you are trying to lose weight, green tea boosts your metabolism, causing you to burn more fat calories! So the next time you think a cup of green tea is just for pleasure, keep in mind there are awesome bonuses associated with having a delicious, refreshing cup of green tea!

If you want to make an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Nichols or Dr. Ryan Collins, contact our Rockledge, FL dental office today! We are able to take care of all of your dental needs, and our experienced doctors are eager to help you achieve your smile goals! We are proud to serve patients from Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, and Palm Bay.

Fact or Fiction? Dental Myths Solved!

April 18, 2014

shutterstock_152294933There are many unsolved mysteries and common misconceptions, and it can be very frustrating not being able to get to the truth of an issue. Whether it is an urban myth or an old wives’ tale, there are thousands of things that peak our interest and grab our curiosity every day, and not knowing whether it is factual or not can be both good and bad. Though many people may not know this, there are many myths when it comes to your smile. Your smile is something you should never be unsure about, and we would like to clear up and debunk a few dental myths you may be pondering over!

One of the most common dental myths that people are not sure about is whether or not bleaching your smile makes your teeth weaker. Fortunately for those wishing for a whiter, brighter smile, this myth is completely false. When you get your smile whitened, the only thing the whitening gel affects is the color of your teeth; it does not compromise the health or strength of your smile. Although tooth sensitivity and gum irritation is normal after having your smile whitened, the tooth itself is not compromised.

Not brushing your teeth when your gums are bleeding is another dental myth that can be laid to rest. Though it seems like a good idea not to brush your teeth when your gums are bleeding, it cannot be further from the truth. When you have bleeding gums, it is a sign of plaque and food particles irritating your gums. The best thing to do when this happens is to remove them in order to stop the bleeding.

It is always important to keep yourself as well-informed as possible regarding anything, but especially your smile! When your smile is healthy, your body is healthy, and that is definitely something to smile about!

If you want to make an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Nichols or Dr. Ryan Collins, contact our Rockledge, FL dental office today! We are able to take care of all of your dental needs, and our experienced doctors are eager to help you achieve your smile goals! We are proud to serve patients from Cocoa, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, Suntree, Melbourne, and Palm Bay.

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