Posts for category: Dental Health

By Katie Milden, DDS
January 29, 2015
Category: Dental Health
Tags: fillings  

A dental filling is arguably the most well known dental procedure. But what exactly does it do?

The human body has the incredible ability to restore itself after injury or illness. White blood cells gather at a scratch or cut on the skin almost immediately to start the healing process. Broken bones will eventually fuse back together. Even after parts of the brain are damaged, other parts can take over the lost functions. However, our teeth cannot repair themselves. A cavity - a hole in the surface of a tooth caused by bacteria build-up - will require a filling from your Cedar Rapids dentist to seal it closed.

Types of fillings

There are two types of filling compound - amalgam and composite. Which one you get depends largely on where in your mouth the cavity is located. For back teeth, amalgam is strongly recommended. Made of a mixture of metals, it is more durable than composite and can better withstand the pressure from chewing. Composite is a resin material that is "tooth-colored" and more often used on the surfaces of visible teeth.

How fillings work

After administering local anesthetic that numbs the specific area in your mouth, the tooth will be "prepared" - a process in which Dr Milden uses a handheld tool to carve out the decay and any extra space around the cavity needed to place the filling material. This seals off your tooth, keeping any further bacteria from entering the inner portions and causing further infection. Once the material has hardened, Dr. Milden will check to see if the filling needs any further shaping to mold it perfectly against your tooth. It is a fairly quick process, depending on the number and severity of your cavities, and you can return to normal activities as soon as the numbing medications wear off.

Fillings are a low-cost way of maintaining your smile and avoiding more in-depth and costly procedures like root canals or extractions. The dental professionals at Dr. Katie Milden's office in Cedar Rapids would be happy to answer any questions you have about dental fillings.

By Katie Milden, DDS
December 22, 2014
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Six Month Smiles  

Six Month SmilesAre you unhappy with your smile but you just can't imagine seeing a dentist in Cedar Rapids for a mouth full of metal as an adult? If you thought that wearing traditional metal braces was the only way to fix your crooked teeth, you're in for a delightful surprise. Katie Milden offers an exciting new option that may be just right for you: Six Month Smiles.

What is Six Month Smiles?

Six Month Smiles is a short term teeth straightening orthodontic treatment for adults. Unlike traditional metal braces, Six Month Smiles offers teeth straightening without the embarrassing mouth full of metal. Instead, it is a completely clear solution that will have your teeth looking great in no time. Plus, the Six Month Smiles treatment is effective, safe and affordable as well. If you've been dreaming of straighter teeth, but you didn't think you could afford it or you didn't want to deal with metal braces, this may just be the solution for you!

Am I a Candidate for Six Month Smiles?

Six Month Smiles is the perfect option for adults with crooked or spaced teeth who want straighter teeth without traditional metal braces. If that sounds like you, call Cedar Rapids dentist Katie Milden for a consultation today. She will ask a series of easy questions to help you determine if you are a good candidate for Six Month Smiles. If so, then you can move right ahead with treatment plans! (If not, she'll happily discuss your other options with you.)

Questions Katie Milden is likely to ask include: "Have you ever had teeth straightening treatments before?" "Do you only want your teeth straightened, or do you want them whitened as well?" and "Is there a date you want straight teeth by?" She will also give you a dental examination to check out the condition of your teeth.

When it comes to teeth straightening, the choice is clear. Call your trusted dentist in Cedar Rapids, Katie Milden, for Six Month Smiles today!

Cedar Rapids IA dentist Dr. Kate Milden specializes in creating and maintaining removable dentures for patients. Dentures give patients the confidence to smile and eat. They can even improve the overall shape of your face and jaw line. Use these smart strategies to make your dentures last—observing these simple care procedures will help ensure that you won’t have to pay for a new replacement for a long time. 

Brush them Regularly
You should be brushing and caring for your dentures just as you would care for your teeth. In fact, you should care for them even more. DenturesCedar Rapids IA dentist Dr. Milden recommends that you remove and rinse your dentures after eating and drinking to ensure that food particles don’t degrade the surface. They are made of a material that can corrode and weaken over time. 

Soak them Every Night
It’s best to remove your dentures at night and soak them if you want them to last. A good soaking in a denture cleaning solution like Efferdent will help remove bacteria that may have developed on the surface during the course of your day. Remember to rinse them off in cool water before putting them back in each morning.

Have them Adjusted at the Dentist
Cedar Rapids IA dentist Dr. Milden can make adjustments to your dentures to ensure that they fit and look their best. If you have any discomfort while wearing them or when chewing your food, schedule an appointment to have them examined. A simple relining or resurfacing may help preserve the integrity of the dentures.

Don’t Ever Wrap them in Tissue
One of the most common ways that people lose their dentures (and are forced to get a replacement) is by accidentally throwing them in the trash. This most often happens when you make the mistake of wrapping them in tissue instead of putting them in a proper case. Make it a point to always carry your case along with you so that you won’t be tempted to set them aside in a napkin.

Talk to Dr. Milden About Denture Care
If you are having a problem with your current dentures, want to learn more strategies for preserving them or are considering getting new partial or full dentures, get in touch with Cedar Rapids IA dentist Dr. Katie Milden today. With proper maintenance dentures can last for many years without replacement. Call her office at (319) 365-9105 or visit to make an online appointment request.