Oral Hygiene & General Dentistry

Oral Hygiene & General Dentistry in Farmington, NM

Family Dentistry

family brushing their teethDesert Hills Dental Care is the premier family dental office in the Farmington, New Mexico area. We’re also proud to serve patients from surrounding areas including Aztec, Bloomfield, Kirtland, and Shiprock.

Drs. Schumacher, Hilton, Burgess, and Del Toro offer a wide range of services to address all of your family’s dental needs. We’re highly skilled in preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. Below are just a few of the many services offered by our Farmington family dentist.

Preventive Dental Care & Oral Hygiene

We’re happy to care for every member of your family, starting with patients as young as one year old. In fact, we encourage parents to bring their children in for a dental visit before their first birthday, or when their first tooth erupts. Our team will make sure their teeth are developing correctly and educate them about effective oral hygiene habits, setting your child up for a lifetime of optimal health.

When you visit us for a professional cleaning, we’ll thoroughly clean and polish your teeth to ensure they’re free of plaque and bacteria. One of our dentists will also examine your mouth in detail to check for signs of cavities, oral cancer, or any other significant dental issue. By scheduling a cleaning and exam with us every six months, you can maintain a healthy and beautiful smile.

Periodontal Treatments

Gum disease is a common issue that affects nearly half of adults at some point in their lives. It occurs when bacteria build up in your gums and cause an infection, resulting in red and swollen gums, pain, bleeding, and possible tooth loss. In order to avoid these symptoms, it’s crucial to get treatment for gum disease at the first sign of an infection.

That’s why we offer periodontal treatments to keep your gums healthy and free of bacteria. In many cases, we can reverse gum disease with scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning. This procedure involves using specialized tools to remove plaque from above and below your gumline.

Drs. Schumacher, Hilton, Burgess, and Del Toro can use our advanced dental laser to target your infected tissue and restore your gums to full health. With laser gum treatment, you can avoid stitches, bleeding, and a lengthy recovery process, saving you lots of time and potential discomfort.

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Mercury-Free Dentistry

We share many of our patients’ concerns regarding the use of mercury fillings.  That’s why we offer tooth-colored fillings instead of traditional silver fillings.

These natural-looking restorations are made from composite materials that contain no metals or mercury, so you can rest assured that your health and safety are protected. For the best interests of all our patients, our Desert Hills dentists are proud to maintain a mercury-free dental practice.

TMJ (Jaw Pain Therapy)

The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is located near your ear and acts as a hinge for your jaw. If you develop issues with this joint, it can lead to a condition called TMJ disorder (TMD). Common symptoms of TMD include severe jaw pain, headaches, neck pain, tinnitus, and more.

Our dentists take a non-surgical, drug-free approach to treating TMJ disorder. In most cases, we’ll recommend a mouthguard to help align your jaw into a more comfortable position and allow your body to heal itself.

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Dental Sealants & Fluoride Treatments

Tooth decay can wreak havoc on your teeth if you don’t take measures to stop cavities in their tracks. That’s why we offer dental sealants and fluoride treatments to help shield your teeth from bacteria and preserve your oral health. These procedures are both minimally-invasive and available for patients of all ages.

Root Canal Therapy

The inner chamber of your tooth, known as the root canal, contains many important nerves, blood vessels, and other tissues. If bacteria works its way inside your tooth, it can result in a painful root canal infection that will eventually lead to tooth loss without treatment. Thankfully, our Desert Hills dentists can relieve your pain and save your tooth with root canal therapy.

This procedure involves removing the infected tissue from inside your tooth, filling it with gutta-percha to prevent future infection, and resealing the tooth to keep out bacteria. Finally, we’ll cap your tooth with a porcelain dental crown for added strength and durability.