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Letter to our Patients

Hatch Dental
To whom may it concern:

On November 2, 2016 Dr. Hatch had another shoulder surgery. He currently recovering and hoped to be better by this point, unfortunately he is not healing well. Our patients are always our top priority and we are open to see patients for emergencies and hygiene visits during regular business hours.

 In the meantime, Dr. Cade Baldwin has been helping out on Mondays and Thursday afternoons. Dr. Baldwin grew up in the snake river area and has lived here most of his life. He is currently practicing at Blackfoot Family Dentistry and has over 14 years of experience.

If you currently have a treatment scheduled, other than an exam please call us to reschedule.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you posted on Dr. Hatch’s recovery.

Sincerely,

Dr. Hatch and Staff

 

 

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Your Oral Hygiene in Blackfoot is Important

Your Oral Hygiene in Blackfoot is Important

When you start suffering from dental issues or just need your routine care, you may try getting out of that dentist appointment at Hatch Dental in Blackfoot. Some of the most common reasons people procrastinate when it comes to dental appointments is because they don’t have the time or they fear the pain. Avoiding your local dentist at Hatch Dental is not a good idea. Putting off dental care can turn small problems like cavities, into large problems like root canals and tooth extraction. Short appointments turn into long ones with more work and higher expenses.

What happens when you wait?

That small cavity on your lower bicuspid could have been filled easily and has turned into a large cavity. Larger cavities require more work to fill it. However, large cavities are only a minor problem compared to the more advanced issues. That minor toothache that has been bothering you for the past few weeks could be a small fracture or an abscess. Small fractures can sometimes be repaired, but if you wait too long the fracture can increase and you may need to get a crown.

The early stages of an abscess are easy to treat, but ignoring the abscessed tooth may lead to root damage and the need for a root canal. The infection can spread to other teeth, multiplying the damage. These treatment will require more time and money than you would have spent if you would have taken care of the problem earlier on.

Even putting off that routine cleaning can lead to tooth decay. Even if you brush, floss, and rinse every day like you are supposed to, you still need a professional cleaning at Hatch Dental in Blackfoot. Plaque that is left behind will harden into calculus or tartar that you cannot remove by yourself. A build-up of calculus can also lead to gum disease. Don’t risk it! Contact Hatch Dental to take care of your oral hygiene in Blackfoot!

Keep Your Smile Healthy

blackfoot dentistDon’t make the mistake of avoiding your local dentist in Blackfoot. Lack of time may be your main concern, but waiting until the problem gets worse may mean that you have to give up substantially more time later on. Don’t suffer from needless pain from your tooth problems. Visit Dr. Dennis Hatch at Hatch Dental in Blackfoot for your regularly scheduled cleanings and exams to ensure your smile stays happy, healthy and bright.

 

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Blackfoot Dentist and Tips to Prevent Tooth Decay

Preventing Tooth Decay from Acidic and Sugary Foods

It’s no secret that the things we put in our mouth have a direct impact on the health of our teeth and gums. The acidity or sugar levels of some foods and drinks may speed up tooth decay, so it’s important to know just what you are consuming and what it’s doing to your teeth.

The science is pretty simple—your mouth naturally has a neutral pH. When we consume acidic foods or drinks, it affects the pH level and speeds up tooth decay. Sugary foods create bacteria in your mouth that also lead to tooth decay.

There are a few tips—and a few foods and drinks to avoid—that can help prevent tooth decay caused by acidic or sweet foods.

Limit Acidic or Sugary Foods and Drinks to Prevent Tooth Decay

Soda is the first thing that comes to mind when people think about foods or drinks that damage their teeth—and they’re right. Not only is soda acidic, but it is also filled with sugars that will cause bacteria that break down the enamel on your teeth.

Alcoholic drinks as well as citrus fruits or juices are also acidic. Swap for a less acidic beverage, or use a straw to limit contact with your teeth. Keep an eye out for acidic especially if they are vinegar or tomato based.

 If You Must, Consume Acidic Foods with Other Foods

Generally speaking, you can reduce the level of acid in your mouth by consuming acidic foods or drinks as part of a meal. The additional foods will neutralize or wash away the acid and can reduce damage to your teeth.

Some foods also have preventative qualities that make them ideal for eating with acidic or sweet foods. Crunchy foods like apples or carrots can help remove plaque from your teeth. Dairy foods and items high in calcium can also help protect your teeth.

If you must snack during the day, avoid foods with sugar, and this includes crackers and most breads, which actually have high levels of sugar. Check the labels, and choose healthy snacks to prevent tooth decay.

Brush your teeth regularly, floss every day, and use a fluoride mouth rinse after brushing to reduce plaque and to promote enamel. Good dental hygiene is the number one defense for preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

See Your Dentist for Regular Check-Ups

Your dentist will be able to tell you if you are experiencing tooth decay and can offer additional guidance for prevention. Regular check-ups ensure that potential problems can be addressed sooner, preventing prolonged tooth decay that can cause cavities.

Many people feel that visiting the dentist on a regular basis for prevention is cost prohibitive, and may postpone a visit until they can no longer tolerate the pain. Most tooth problems do not get better on their own, and the sooner you address the problem the less pain you will have and the easier it will be on your pocketbook.

Also keep in mind that if the cavity or other problem is a result of consuming acidic foods or bacteria caused by sugary foods, your other teeth may be decaying if you don’t make a change.

Know What You Consume and How it Impacts Your Health

The main point to takeaway is that the old saying is true—we are what we eat. Take the time to read the labels on the products you consume on a regular basis and you will be surprised to learn just how much sugar is in the foods you eat every day.

Limit acidic foods and avoid eating acidic or sugary foods as snacks. Drinking lots of water will help wash away some of the acid and sugar, but not all. Be sure to take care of your teeth brushing and flossing everyday, and you will have an advantage over most when it comes to tooth decay.

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CEREC One-Visit Crowns in Blackfoot, Idaho

What is CEREC?

CEREC is a revolutionary system that enables your dentist to design, fabricate and fit a new crown, veneer, onlay or inlay in a single visit, a procedure that would normally take at least two weeks if not more! CEREC computerized design unit (left) and milling unit (right).

How does CEREC technology work?

Dr. Hatch will prepare your tooth in the normal way he would before fitting a crown or a veneer. At this point instead of using “dental putty” to take an impression of your tooth, a digital image is taken using a special camera. This image is then converted into 3D computerized model of your tooth which in used as a guide to design your new restoration. Once Dr. Hatch is happy with the newly designed tooth, this data is sent to an onsite milling machine which fabricates your new tooth from a high quality ceramic block. The milling process can take anywhere from as little as 6 minutes to 30 minutes depending on the exact technology and complexity of the tooth. The latest CEREC MCXL machine can mill a crown in as little as 6 minutes.

The ceramic blocks come in a wide variety of shades and colors, and is selected to match your surrounding teeth. Once the crown or veneer has been milled the dentist may characterize it and stain it to match your surrounding teeth in color before polishing it or glazing it in a furnace. Your new restoration will then be cemented into place onto your prepared tooth.

Cerec Restorations

Full Porcelain Restorations

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Dr. Dennis Hatch in Blackfoot, Idaho specializes in Cerec restorations can replace failing and unattractive mercury-based amalgam fillings with aesthetic and durable porcelain. In certain cases, the procedure can be conducted during a single office visit.

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Basic Types of Dental Practices in Blackfoot

Here is a look at the basic types of dental practices. Dr. Dennis Hatch, DDS can take care of your families basic dental needs and works with some of the best specialists in the area for patients needing more specialized services. The dental practice of Dr. Hatch in Blackfoot, Idaho serves patients of all ages and needs.

Basic Types of Dental Practices

1) Fine Dentistry and Prevention

This type of dentistry is dedicated to achieving Optimum Health and Optimum Repair of the oral health system. A thorough examination is completed and goal setting is instituted to create a Master Plan that focuses on maximum protection and preservation of the oral health complex. Crucial to the continuation of Optimum health care good daily oral hygiene habits and a strict regiment of professional examinations and hygiene visits to prevent decay and gum disease.

 2) Maintenance Dentistry

Drilling of toothThe quality of care is good and preventive measures are fairly effective, but the patient is not dedicated to achieving Optimum health. Optimum health of the natural teeth has as its goal the restoration of teeth to ideal beauty, function, comfort and longevity. Usually maintenance dentistry is intermediate dentistry such as silver and plastic fillings, which last 3-5-years. Maintenance dentistry is removable partial dentures rather than fixed or stationary bridgework.

3) Repair Oriented Dental Practice

No long term thought is given to either prevention of decay, gum disease or bite (occlusion-related) problems. The interesting thing about patients who go to this kind of practice is that they don’t like it, but may have given up on dentistry and what it can do for them.

 4) Emergency Dental Practice

Patients are seen only for emergency treatment. The majority of patients in this type of practice lost their teeth between the ages of 35-50.

Dr. Dennis Hatch’s  Dental Practice in Blackfoot, Idaho

Please note that Dr. Hatch makes every effort to maintain a type 1 and 2 dental practice. We have absolutely no interest in being either a “drill, fill and bill” practice, or an emergency only practice.

In order for us to enjoy our practice and our lives we believe we must be providing a worthwhile service for people we value and respect.

                We believe in establishing long-term relationships built on freedom of choice and mutual respect and value for each other

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