July 28, 2017
A 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.
July 28, 2016
When you have a dental emergency, you don’t want to wait. You need a dentist who can see you immediately. At Premier Walk-in Dental, we specialize in providing emergency dental care the moment you or a loved one walks in to our office. Rockledge emergency dentists Drs. Nichols and Collins will know exactly what to do to treat your emergency, so you are free of pain and worry. Until you arrive at our office, however, it’s important to know how to handle different kinds of dental emergencies. Read on to learn what you should do.
October 31, 2015
If you’ve got dentures, you know how important getting a good fit is. Ill-fitting or loose dentures are stressful, uncomfortable and even embarrassing — but your dentists at Premiere Walk-In Dental want you to know it doesn’t have to be that way. Dentures were designed to be a relatively comfortable, natural-looking way to replace missing teeth. If yours are anything less than that, we want you to know you can walk into our office for denture repair or replacement in Rockledge, Florida anytime. Keep reading to learn more — we’re waiting for you to drop by!
July 30, 2015
It’s no surprise that root canals are universally despised by patients. Every time you hear about a root canal there always seems to be a horror story that’s attached to it. The truth is, root canal treatment has come a long way and it can be quite comfortable. It all depends on how severe your case is and how we’re able to treat it. We know that the high-pitched sound of a dental drill keeps you up at night, especially if you’re supposed to undergo treatment. At our office in Rockledge, FL, our root canal therapy helps you avoid the pain and countless complications that usually go along with root canal treatment. Dr. Nichols uses a gentle approach with a caring hand so that you remain comfortable throughout your procedure. How did it get to this, though? Why do you need root canal treatment in the first place? Read on.
March 17, 2015
For 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
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.
February 17, 2015
More 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?
- 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
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.
December 17, 2014
Tooth 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
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.
November 17, 2014
If 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.
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.
October 17, 2014
You 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.
September 17, 2014
Aside from being aesthetically unpleasant, having teeth missing from your smile is a difficult thing to live with. Along with being detrimental to your oral health, not having a full smile is damaging to the health of your body as well. Feeling confident in your smile improves your self-esteem, and not being proud of your smile can be harmful to your sense of self and the way you interact with the people around you. Though you may feel as though there is nothing you can do, Dr. Jeffrey Nichols is able to restore your smile to its previous brilliance using dental implants!
Dental implants are a permanent solution to having an incomplete smile. Whether you are missing a single tooth or a series of teeth, dental implants are able to complete your smile seamlessly. The first thing you need to do is set up a consultation with Dr. Nichols. He will be able to evaluate your smile in its current condition, and determine whether or not dental implants are a good choice for you and your smile needs. If you are a candidate for dental implants, that is where the fun and transformation begins!
Dr. Nichols works very closely with an oral maxillofacial surgeon who will place the implant. A bio-compatible titanium post will be embedded in your jaw bone and replace the missing tooth root, ensuring a sturdy hold. Over time and with healing, your bone will fuse with the post, making sure your new smile is strong. After the healing, Dr. Nichols will work on your crown. The crown placed on top of your implant exactly resembles a tooth, making your new smile as natural looking as possible. At the end of the procedure, you are left with a new, brilliant smile you can be proud of! If you would like to change your smile using dental implants and would like the help of Dr. Nichols, contact our office today!
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.