Maine Family Dental Practice
(207) 947-1166 • www.MaineFamilyDental.com
Travis Buxton, DDS

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

At Maine Family Dental Practice we understand that making decisions about your oral health can be hard and the best way to be confident is by having all of the information. Although we are more than happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have at your personal consultation, we also have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions to provide you with some quick answers. 

If you have any further questions or concerns in the meantime, please contact our office at (207) 947-1166! 

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Family of Dental Patients | Maine Family Dental At this time, we are accepting new patients! We are proud to welcome new members into our dental family from all around the Bangor area. This includes our neighbors from Winterport, Orono, Brewer, Orrington, Holden, and adjacent communities.

We know that each member of your family needs special care depending on what stage of life they're in. For instance, a child requires different services and care than a family member in his or her elder years. At Maine Family Dental, we offer the right care for every family member as he or she progresses through each stage of life. Our skilled dentist is knowledgeable when it comes to dental treatment for all ages.

Your First Visit at Maine Family Dental 

For your first visit, we recommend that you come equipped with information about your medical history. You may want to bring a list of medications that you are taking, and be prepared to answer questions about your health. Knowledge about your medical history can help us understand how to treat your body with overall wellness as our ultimate goal.

Schedule An Appointment with Our Bangor, ME Dentist 

After being cared for by our gentle, thorough team, you'll want to become a patient for life - and we wouldn't have it any other way! Schedule your new patient consultation today by giving us a call at our Bangor office at 1-207-947-1166.

Young girl getting a dental exam | Children's Dentist Bangor MEYou are welcome to bring your child in to see us very early on - even before his or her first birthday! The purpose of such an early visit is to allow your child to get used to the office and the dentist chair and to meet the Maine Family Dental team. Becoming acquainted with the people and surroundings of the dentist's office can help your child feel comfortable and at ease. These are the first stones in the foundation of great dental health for life!

Your Child's First Dental Visits in 04401

Around the age of two it is generally recommended that you begin bringing your child in for regular dentist visits. During your visit, your Maine Family Dental dentist Dr. Buxton can answer any questions that you may have about your child's oral health. You may also be given recommendations regarding how to instill healthy habits in your child, as well as advice about nutrition and wellness.

Baby teeth are vulnerable so regular dental visits are important in order to troubleshoot for any potential problems. Generally, your child's first dental x-rays will be taken sometime between the ages of four and six.

Schedule Your Child's Next Dental Cleaning in Bangor!

Dr. Buxton enjoys working with children and teaching them about how to care for their teeth. Schedule your child's first appointment today!

Mother helping daughter brush her teeth | Preventive Dentist Bangor MEIn most cases it is easier and more effective to stop problems before they start, rather than correcting them after they have already caused damage. Think of your mouth as a gateway to the wellbeing of the rest of your body. The health of your mouth is closely linked with systemic overall health issues; therefore, preventing oral health problems may help you achieve your best possible overall health.

Preventive Dentistry in Bangor, ME

Prevention typically takes place in two phases - the first phase is honoring your biannual in-office visits. The second phase is practicing good oral health tactics at home every day.

During your in-office visit, your dentist will thoroughly screen your mouth for any potential problems. You will also have a professional teeth cleaning, which removes hard-to-reach plaque and leaves your mouth feeling clean and refreshed. Your dentist will also advise you on ways to improve your oral health care routine. This may include recommendations on the best products and techniques to use.

Call Today to Book Your Next Dental Exam in 04401

Your daily at-home care is very important for prevention of illnesses like gum disease and problems such as tooth decay. Be sure to diligently brush twice daily and floss regularly.

Contact Maine Family Dental Practice with any questions you have about your at home dental care. 

Man holding out hands with question marks above them | Affordable Dental Care 04401According to projections provided by the American Dental Association, the Affordable Care Act may result in an additional 8.7 million children gaining extensive dental coverage. About 17.7 million adults could gain some type of dental coverage.

Dental Coverage in Bangor, ME

The effect that the Affordable Care Act will have on the lives of Americans will vary according to the state that they live in. Residents of Maine have been allowed to purchase health insurance plans through an online "exchange" since October 2013. The Affordable Care Act has changed the standards of acceptable dental offerings for each of these plans.

Contact Our Bangor Dentist Office if You Have Questions

For more information on how the changes in health care legislation affects your life, you may want to visit the Maine Public Broadcasting website at mpbn.net and also the American Dental Association's section regarding the Affordable Care Act at http://www.ada.org/news/8935.aspx. 

If you have any questions about your specific plan, contact our dentist office and we will go over your benefits with you!

Tooth on top of a stack of money | Maine Family Dental in 04401At Maine Family Dental Practice, our priority is providing you with the care and treatment that you need - from routine teeth cleaning services to restorative methods. Accordingly, we offer a variety of payment options.

You have the ability to pay using cash or any major credit card including MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. For your convenience, we also accept Care Credit. 

Do you accept insurance coverage? 

We work with almost every type of insurance; however, we are not a preferred provider. This allows us the ability to provide you with the care you deserve without being held back by the dictates of insurance companies. If you are not sure whether or not we accept your insurance, don't hesitate to ask! Together, we will determine the best way for you to get the treatment you need - while fitting payments into your lifestyle and budget. 

Contact Our Bangor Dentist Office Today!

If you have any questions about your insurance or how to finance your dental work don't hesitate to contact our dentist office and we will be glad to help!

Parents and children sitting at table with laptops | Dental Insurance Coverage Bangor MEDental insurance can be helpful in reducing the cost of your dental treatment; however, it's important to understand a few things about it so you can make the most of your benefits.

When Dental Benefits Expire

Most plans run on a calendar year, which means they start in January and end in December. Typically your plan will have a deductible in the range of $50 to $150 to be paid before any major dental procedures are covered. Most plans have a yearly maximum amount that they will pay for preventative care and major procedures throughout the year, which varies for each plan. Unfortunately, these dollars don't roll over into next year's plan, so if you don't use them, you'll lose them.

Insurance Coverage at Maine Family Dental 

Many plans cover most if not all of your preventative appointments. This means that there is very little out-of-pocket cost to you when you visit your dentist every six months. These appointments are your best opportunity to prevent many dental concerns such as gum disease, oral cancer, tooth decay, and cavities, so it is in your best interest to utilize your benefits and consistently attend your six-month cleaning and checkups. 

We're here to help! If you aren't sure what your benefits cover, or you have questions about possible out-of-pocket costs, please contact our Bangor, ME dentist office.

 

Dental Bridges

Man smiling at dental exam in 04401 | Dental Bridges Bangor MEPatients who are living with one or multiple missing teeth might benefit from a dental bridge. A dental bridge utilizes crowns that attach to healthy teeth and serve as anchors for prosthetic teeth that are adjacent.

Benefits of Dental Bridges in Bangor, ME

Dr. Buxton will customize your bridge to blend with your smile flawlessly. Your bridge will also help restore functions such as chewing that are difficult with missing teeth. Keeping your anchor teeth clean with consistent brushing and flossing is the key to ensuring longevity with your bridge. Combining a good home care routine with regular dental checkups will help your bridge last for 12 to 15 years.

Dental implants can also support a bridge, which is ideal for patients missing multiple teeth. Implant crowns act as anchors for the prosthetic teeth, while they also help to keep your bone stimulated, which provides better longevity.

Our 04401 Dentist Office Can Help! 

Dr. Buxton can help determine if a dental bridge is right for your needs during a consultation. There may be other options that can restore you smile, and Dr. Buxton will take the time to discuss your needs and goals with you. Give our Bangor, Maine dentist office a call today to arrange a consultation.

Adult man smiling outside | Replace Missing Teeth in Bangor ME If you have a missing tooth, you may be wondering which tooth replacement option is the best for your case. The answer depends on your current state of oral health and your preferences when it comes to aesthetics and functionality. Bridges, partials, and dental implants are some of the tooth replacement solutions that we offer. 

Dental Bridges in Bangor, ME

A dental bridge is used to close the gap left by a missing tooth by suspending a replacement tooth in between the two teeth on either side of the gap. This form of tooth replacement makes your smile look more consistent, stabilizes your bite, and prevents teeth from shifting. 

Partial Dentures 

You may want to consider a partial denture if you have multiple missing teeth. Your dentist will design your removable partial to meet your needs. They're made from a gum-colored plastic material and appear natural and discreet. Your partial will let you chew and smile again in comfort.

Dental Implants in the 04401 Area 

One or more dental implants can also be used to replace your missing teeth. Dental implants in Bangor, ME are placed in the bone of your jaw using a titanium base and a lifelike crown that is visible above the gum line. The crown is attached to the base using an abutment piece. To be eligible for dental implant surgery, the bone in your jaw needs to be healthy enough to support your implant. If you have poor bone density, this condition does not necessarily rule out the possibility of dental implant surgery in the future. Dental implants are very functional and look so lifelike that you won't be able to tell the difference between the implant and your other teeth!

Contact Maine Family Dental Today!

The best way to determine what tooth replacement option is right for you is by scheduling a consultation with your Maine Family Dental Practice Dentist. Your caring and knowledgeable dentist will evaluate the state of your oral health, listen to your questions and concerns, and design an appropriate tooth replacement plan for you! Contact our Bangor, ME dentist office today!

Dental Emergencies

Accidents happen, but knowing how to react and where to go can help you save your tooth.Patient with bad tooth pain from dental emergency near Bangor ME

Dental emergencies in Bangor, ME usually require patients to visit Maine Family Dental Practice as soon as they can. We keep time in our schedule to accommodate emergency patients, so don't hesitate to call us and let us know precisely what is happening. Our friendly dental team can provide advice and guidance for dealing with your dental emergency until Dr. Travis Buxton can see you.

If you cannot see us, or if you have a head injury or bleeding that won't stop, we advise you to go to the nearest emergency room.

Common Dental Emergencies in the 04401 Area

  • Knocked-out tooth: We may save your tooth if you see us soon after your accident. Don't let your tooth root dry out; keep it moist by holding it in your mouth or a cup of milk. Please do not wait until the next day to call us.
  • Cracked tooth: Rinse with warm water, so it is clear of debris. If you have swelling, you can apply a cold compress for 20 minutes at a time. Call your emergency dentist in Bangor, ME immediately.
  • Severe tooth pain: May indicate an infection that needs a root canal to preserve your tooth. Rinse with warm water and use aspirin if you can to relieve pain. 
  • Object stuck between teeth: Do not use sharp objects to remove items like popcorn kernels or food. If you cannot gently floss the object out, see us right away to avoid infection
  • Bitten lip or cheek: If you are bleeding without stopping and are in pain, please go to your emergency room immediately

Contact Our Bangor Emergency Dentist ASAP!

There are many types of dental emergencies; if you think something is abnormal, give our Bangor dentist office a call immediately.

Dental Implants

From the time your dental implant is placed surgically in your jaw until you have a fully functioning replacement tooth is anywhere between three and six months. While this might sound like a long time to wait, patients who have gotten dental implants at our Bangor dental office say it’s well worth the wait!man with black glasses smiling | Dental Implants Bangor ME

Procedure for Dental Implants in Bangor, ME

The first step is to place the dental implant post in your jaw, which takes about an hour on average. Next, we wait. We wait for however long it takes for the titanium implant to integrate with the bone and tissue in your jaw. This healing period is critical because it’s when the implant becomes a functioning part of your jaw. How long it takes to heal completely is different for everyone.

When the implant is fully integrated, a connector piece called an abutment is attached to it. Dr. Buxton then places a restoration like a crown, bridge, or denture on the tooth. The result is a replacement tooth that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth.

Schedule An Appointment With Our 04401 Dentist!

Dental implants in Bangor, ME replace missing teeth and allow you to eat, speak, and smile confidently again. If you would like to learn if you are a good candidate, please call Maine Family Dental to arrange an appointment to meet with Dr. Buxton.

Adult man smiling outside | Replace Missing Teeth in Bangor ME If you have a missing tooth, you may be wondering which tooth replacement option is the best for your case. The answer depends on your current state of oral health and your preferences when it comes to aesthetics and functionality. Bridges, partials, and dental implants are some of the tooth replacement solutions that we offer. 

Dental Bridges in Bangor, ME

A dental bridge is used to close the gap left by a missing tooth by suspending a replacement tooth in between the two teeth on either side of the gap. This form of tooth replacement makes your smile look more consistent, stabilizes your bite, and prevents teeth from shifting. 

Partial Dentures 

You may want to consider a partial denture if you have multiple missing teeth. Your dentist will design your removable partial to meet your needs. They're made from a gum-colored plastic material and appear natural and discreet. Your partial will let you chew and smile again in comfort.

Dental Implants in the 04401 Area 

One or more dental implants can also be used to replace your missing teeth. Dental implants in Bangor, ME are placed in the bone of your jaw using a titanium base and a lifelike crown that is visible above the gum line. The crown is attached to the base using an abutment piece. To be eligible for dental implant surgery, the bone in your jaw needs to be healthy enough to support your implant. If you have poor bone density, this condition does not necessarily rule out the possibility of dental implant surgery in the future. Dental implants are very functional and look so lifelike that you won't be able to tell the difference between the implant and your other teeth!

Contact Maine Family Dental Today!

The best way to determine what tooth replacement option is right for you is by scheduling a consultation with your Maine Family Dental Practice Dentist. Your caring and knowledgeable dentist will evaluate the state of your oral health, listen to your questions and concerns, and design an appropriate tooth replacement plan for you! Contact our Bangor, ME dentist office today!

Extractions

man with tooth pain | tooth extraction bangor meAt Maine Family Dental, Dr. Buxton does not recommend a tooth extraction in Bangor, ME unless we've exhausted all other options. However, if a tooth extraction is recommended, it is likely that it's needed to protect your dental health and surrounding teeth.

Reasons For Tooth Extraction in Bangor, ME

  • A tooth that has been affected by advanced gum disease (periodontitis)
  • A tooth infected beyond what root canal therapy can restore
  • A tooth that has sustained severe trauma or injury
  • Wisdom teeth
  • Teeth that are overly crowded and impeding orthodontic treatment
  • A dental emergency, such as a broken and chipped teeth 

Teeth Extractions in 04401

Dr. Buxton performs most tooth extractions in our Bangor, ME dental office and we even offer options for sedation such as nitrous oxide to help ensure your comfort throughout your procedure.

If the tooth being removed is not a wisdom tooth, Dr. Buxton is also prepared to discuss tooth replacement options with you. Replacing a failed tooth as soon as possible is critical for protecting your oral health against teeth shifting and bone loss.

Consult With Our Dentist in Bangor, ME

If you have questions about tooth extraction in Bangor, ME, don't hesitate to call your team at Maine Family Dental. We're here to support you every step of the way and into your recovery process.

Fillings

Little girl at dental exam in 04401 | Dental Fillings Bangor MEIn recent years there has been some controversy about the safety of the mercury used in dental fillings. But we can assure you that amalgam fillings are not only safe, they are very strong and durable.

Facts About Silver Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings – also referred to as silver fillings – have been safely and effectively used for over 100 years. In spite of the controversy, several public health agencies like The American Dental Association (ADA) and the FDA have confirmed the safety of amalgam for dental fillings.

One of the reasons that amalgam fillings are so widely used is that they form a very stable repair for teeth that withstand a lot of wear, like molars. However, since aesthetics are important, at Maine Family Dental we use tooth-colored dental fillings for teeth that are noticeable when you smile. But we will talk to you about the benefits of both amalgam and tooth-colored fillings so you can choose which best fits your lifestyle and budget.

Schedule Your Next Dental Exam in Bangor, ME

Filling teeth is an essential service that we provide to keep your teeth functional and healthy. The best way to avoid cavities and the need for fillings is to follow a regular routine of dental exams and cleanings in Bangor, ME. By monitoring your oral health, we can stay one step ahead of problems and treat them before they become serious and costly to fix.

Contact our 04401 dentist office to schedule a dental exam!

If you have a cavity in a tooth that shows when you smile, Dr. Buxton would recommend filling the tooth with a material that looks very close in appearance to natural dental enamel.

Natural Dental FillingsWoman smiling and wearing a hat | Dental Fillings Bangor ME

You may hear these types of fillings referred to as dental composites, composite fillings, or tooth-colored fillings. This material looks natural because it is a blend of glass and resin particles that reflect light similarly to tooth enamel. Dr. Buxton further customizes your tooth filling to match the shade of surrounding teeth.

The way we bond the material to your tooth, combined with its natural appearance, results in a filling that blends seamlessly with your smile. Tooth-colored dental fillings placed at our Bangor, ME dental office are durable and can last between five and seven years.

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Bangor ME

Since composite dental fillings enhance your smile, we can also use the material to correct minor cosmetic flaws like chipped or broken teeth, uneven gaps, and spaces between teeth, and more.

If you have a cavity and need a dental filling placed at our Bangor dental office, please call to arrange an appointment with Dr. Buxton. You can be confident that we will provide you with results that look so natural even you may not be able to detect it!

Periodontal Treatment

Man getting a Dental Exam in 04401 | Bangor ME DentistGum disease affects more than half of American adults in some form, and it can be a tricky condition to diagnose on your own since it doesn't cause much pain or very many symptoms in the beginning.

Symptoms of Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, and if you are suffering from it, you may notice that your gums appear swollen or irritated. Other signs of gingivitis include bleeding during brushing and flossing or chronic bad breath that you can't get rid of. If you notice these signs, contact your dentist in Bangor, ME right away for a checkup since gum disease can often be treated with improvements to your home care routine and a professional cleaning.

Periodontal Treatment in Bangor, ME

Periodontitis is the more advanced stage of gum disease where you may notice symptoms like:

  • Your teeth feel mobile
  • Pain or tenderness when chewing
  • Gums that are receding
  • A metallic taste in your mouth

This stage of gum disease requires a more in-depth cleaning to remove tartar and excessive plaque buildup from below the gum line. Your dentist may also recommend antibiotic therapy to combat the infection. Severe cases of gum disease may require surgery.

Dr. Buxton is well-equipped to help you manage any stage of gum disease you may be facing. Contact Maine Family Dental today to schedule your next appointment or for more information on gum disease.

Couple smiling together | Gum Disease Treatment Bangor MEEvery case of gum disease is unique, and there may be different ways to treat this condition depending on how advanced your case is. At Maine Family Dental, we offer several different treatment options so that we can treat your gums in the best manner possible.

To treat the early stages of gum disease, we may be able to make simple recommendations on ways that you can improve your oral health routine and stop gum disease before it progresses.

Scaling and Root Planing

For slightly more advanced cases, we recommend scaling and root planing. This is a deep-cleaning procedure in which your dentist will remove harmful plaque from below the surface of your gums; and then smooth away the rough surfaces on the roots of your teeth where bacteria collect.

Medication and Ultrasonix Treatment

Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may also prescribe medication to kill the bacteria in your mouth that cause periodontitis.

We offer the latest technologies to help fight your battle against gum disease, including Ultrasonix and laser gum disease treatment. These options offer the use of less invasive measures to eradicate this harmful disease from your mouth.

Contact Our 04401 Dentist Office Today!

Schedule a consultation with your Maine Family Dental dentist today. We'll evaluate the condition of your gums and give you a thoughtful recommendation regarding which treatment method might be right for you.

Woman flossing her teeth | Gum Disease Treatment Bangor MEPeriodontal (gum) disease can be tricky to diagnose on your own since there are not many signs, symptoms, or pain in the earliest stages. Since it is an infection of your gums, some of the first signs to be aware of are:

  • Gums that appear red, irritated, or swollen
  • Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing
  • Chronic halitosis, or bad breath that you can't get rid of

These are the symptoms that indicate early gum disease, or gingivitis. If you notice them, it is best to be proactive and contact your dentist right away for an examination because gingivitis can often be successfully managed with a thorough cleaning and improvements to your home care routine.

Gum Disease Treatment in Bangor, ME

During your dental exam at Maine Family Dental, Dr. Buxton will look for the following symptoms of advanced gum disease:

  • Pain or tenderness when biting or chewing
  • Your teeth begin to feel mobile
  • Your gums are receding
  • A metallic taste in your mouth

In this stage of gum disease, a deeper cleaning called scaling, and root planing is required to remove plaque and tartar buildup from below the gum line. Antibiotic therapy may also be recommended, or surgery for severe cases.

Treat Periodontitis in Bangor, ME!

No matter which stage of gum disease Bangor, ME you might be facing, Br. Buxton and his team at Maine Family Dental are well equipped to help! Give our dentist office a call today to learn more.

 

Porcelain Veneers

There are no permanent restorations in dentistry, as they all need to be replaced periodically to make sure they're functioning well. However, since we use premium materials for porcelain veneers at our Bangor, ME dental office, you can expect yours to last at least ten years—provided that you care for them correctly.

Porcelain Veneers in Bangor, ME

If you hear someone refer to dental veneers as being permanent, they are probably referring to the irreversible change that we need to make to your veneer teeth. Since we customize each porcelain veneer for your smile, Dr. Buxton must alter the shape and size of the tooth he’s treating to create a seamless appearance. Once dental enamel is gone, however, it’s gone for good, so getting dental veneers is considered a lifetime commitment.Woman wearing porcelain veneers in Bangor ME | 04401 Dentist Office

However, if you are hesitant about making such a commitment, there is another option—direct veneers. Instead of taking impressions and having a custom lab create your veneers, Dr. Buxton uses tooth-colored composite material to shape your veneers directly on each tooth here at our Bangor, ME dental office. He needs to remove little—if any—dental enamel to place direct veneers, so we can take them off your teeth at any time if you change your mind.

Direct veneers do cost less, but they only last about five years before they need to be replaced or removed. And while the dental composite looks similar to dental enamel, it’s no match for the translucency and brilliance of dental porcelain.

Schedule A Consultation With our Bangor Cosmetic Dentist

Are you considering porcelain veneers in Bangor and need some more information? Please call Maine Family Dental to arrange an appointment with Dr. Buxton to get started, and he’ll be happy to explain the pros and cons of each type of veneer.

older woman smiling | cosmetic dentist bangor meThese days, modern dentistry offers so many ways to enhance your smile! Whether you are dealing with fractured, missing, or misaligned teeth, there are excellent solutions available to you. 

Cosmetic Dental Services in Bangor, ME:

Contact Maine Family Dental in 04401 Today! 

Dr. Buxton is happy to help create a cosmetic treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs and help you select the treatment that is right for your lifestyle and budget. During a complimentary consultation, he will discuss your goals and desires for your smile so he can make the appropriate recommendations for your treatment plan.

Contact Maine Family Dental today to schedule your consultation!

Woman smiling and resting head on her hand | Cosmetic Dentist Bangor METhere are many different ways to improve the appearance of your smile. Ultimately, the best choice for you should be determined based on the current state of your smile and your aesthetic goals for the future.

Veneers & Dental Crowns

For instance, porcelain veneers in Bangor, ME are so effective at improving the appearance of inconsistencies and flaws in teeth, that many people find them well worth the cost. Others may choose cosmetic dental crowns, depending on their preference.

Teeth Whitening in Bangor, ME

One of the most affordable ways to enhance your smile is through professional teeth whitening treatments. Unlike take-home kits that you buy at the drugstore, professional whitening services are customized specifically for you. 

Professional whitening can have a very dramatic effect on the appearance of your smile. White teeth are associated with health and youthfulness, so whitening can give you a younger, healthier appearance. Professional whitening is known for being much more effective than drug store kits, and can actually whiten your teeth several shades in only one visit. Whitening done by your dentist is so powerful that it may be able to banish stains that over-the-counter treatments can't.

The effects of your whitening treatment are fast and long-lasting. Ask about how professional whitening may be able to improve your appearance for your upcoming event. Contact our Bangor, ME dentist office today!

Porcelain veneers are popular with our Bangor, ME patients because they are so versatile. They correct cosmetic flaws and restore balance and harmony to your smile because they leave behind a flawless, seamless appearance.

Benefits of Dental Veneers in 04401 

Dental veneers are super-thin tooth-shaped shells of porcelain that are customized to fit each tooth. Since a veneer creates a new surface for your tooth, it conceals whatever is beneath it. Using custom dental veneers in Bangor, ME, Dr. Buxton corrects all sorts of aesthetic smile flaws:Woman smiling with porcelain veneers in Bangor ME | Maine Family Dental

  • Teeth chipped along the edges
  • Broken or cracked teeth
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Size discrepancies between teeth
  • Wide or uneven gaps and spacing
  • Severely stained or discolored teeth

You don’t necessarily need to invest in a full set of veneers to get the smile results you want. In many cases, patients only require one or two to restore the symmetry of their smiles. Dr. Buxton will work with you so he can customize your smile makeover—whether it’s one veneer or a full set—to fit all your unique needs, including your timeline and budget.

Getting custom porcelain veneers typically requires two visits to our Bangor, ME dental office. During the first, we prepare your tooth, take impressions, and place temporary veneers. When your custom veneers are ready, you’ll return for a second visit so we can check them for fit and bond them to your teeth.

Contact Our Bangor, ME Dentist Office to Learn More

Are you interested in transforming your smile with porcelain dental veneers? Call Maine Family Dental to schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Buxton.

Preventative Services

Family of Dental Patients | Maine Family Dental At this time, we are accepting new patients! We are proud to welcome new members into our dental family from all around the Bangor area. This includes our neighbors from Winterport, Orono, Brewer, Orrington, Holden, and adjacent communities.

We know that each member of your family needs special care depending on what stage of life they're in. For instance, a child requires different services and care than a family member in his or her elder years. At Maine Family Dental, we offer the right care for every family member as he or she progresses through each stage of life. Our skilled dentist is knowledgeable when it comes to dental treatment for all ages.

Your First Visit at Maine Family Dental 

For your first visit, we recommend that you come equipped with information about your medical history. You may want to bring a list of medications that you are taking, and be prepared to answer questions about your health. Knowledge about your medical history can help us understand how to treat your body with overall wellness as our ultimate goal.

Schedule An Appointment with Our Bangor, ME Dentist 

After being cared for by our gentle, thorough team, you'll want to become a patient for life - and we wouldn't have it any other way! Schedule your new patient consultation today by giving us a call at our Bangor office at 1-207-947-1166.

Young girl getting a dental exam | Children's Dentist Bangor MEYou are welcome to bring your child in to see us very early on - even before his or her first birthday! The purpose of such an early visit is to allow your child to get used to the office and the dentist chair and to meet the Maine Family Dental team. Becoming acquainted with the people and surroundings of the dentist's office can help your child feel comfortable and at ease. These are the first stones in the foundation of great dental health for life!

Your Child's First Dental Visits in 04401

Around the age of two it is generally recommended that you begin bringing your child in for regular dentist visits. During your visit, your Maine Family Dental dentist Dr. Buxton can answer any questions that you may have about your child's oral health. You may also be given recommendations regarding how to instill healthy habits in your child, as well as advice about nutrition and wellness.

Baby teeth are vulnerable so regular dental visits are important in order to troubleshoot for any potential problems. Generally, your child's first dental x-rays will be taken sometime between the ages of four and six.

Schedule Your Child's Next Dental Cleaning in Bangor!

Dr. Buxton enjoys working with children and teaching them about how to care for their teeth. Schedule your child's first appointment today!

Little Girl on the Beach | Dentist in Bangor, MEIf you want to protect your oral health, you should probably avoid the following beverages:

Drinks that are Bad for Your Teeth

  • Coffee—If you drink your coffee with cream and sugar, it will contribute to tooth decay. But even if you drink it black, it will stain your teeth over time.
  • Tea—This beverage is similar to coffee because it can also stain your teeth. With sugar, it’s that much worse for your teeth.
  • Energy and sports drinks—Many people turn to these to give themselves a little boost, whether they are participating in sports or not. But the high sugar and acid levels in these popular beverages mean they can wreak havoc on your tooth enamel.
  • Soft drinks—It should come as no surprise that soda is also loaded with sugar and acidity.
  • Citrus juices—Although juice with no added sugar can be healthy for your body, the acid in juices such as grapefruit and orange juice can permanently damage the enamel on teeth.
  • Alcohol—Many alcoholic beverages are full of sugar. Because the alcohol dehydrates, it can decrease your saliva production. Dry mouth can lead to cavities and other problems.

Contact our Bangor, ME Dentist Office Today

It’s best to make water your beverage of choice most of the time. If you have other questions about beverages and tooth decay, be sure to contact our Bangor, ME dental practice.

 

Mother helping daughter brush her teeth | Preventive Dentist Bangor MEIn most cases it is easier and more effective to stop problems before they start, rather than correcting them after they have already caused damage. Think of your mouth as a gateway to the wellbeing of the rest of your body. The health of your mouth is closely linked with systemic overall health issues; therefore, preventing oral health problems may help you achieve your best possible overall health.

Preventive Dentistry in Bangor, ME

Prevention typically takes place in two phases - the first phase is honoring your biannual in-office visits. The second phase is practicing good oral health tactics at home every day.

During your in-office visit, your dentist will thoroughly screen your mouth for any potential problems. You will also have a professional teeth cleaning, which removes hard-to-reach plaque and leaves your mouth feeling clean and refreshed. Your dentist will also advise you on ways to improve your oral health care routine. This may include recommendations on the best products and techniques to use.

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Your daily at-home care is very important for prevention of illnesses like gum disease and problems such as tooth decay. Be sure to diligently brush twice daily and floss regularly.

Contact Maine Family Dental Practice with any questions you have about your at home dental care. 

Root Canal Therapy

Toothache | Root Canal Bangor, METhere is no dental procedure that has a worse reputation than a root canal. This is because it is usually associated with pain, and it's likely that if you need a root canal you are in pain due to an infection in your tooth.

What causes tooth infection?

It happens when decay reaches the inside of your tooth and affects the nerve. Or it can happen in the form of a dental emergency, when your tooth is traumatized by an injury or accident. Your tooth can also become infected when it is cracked or fractured. Root canals in Bangor ME will actually relieve the pain you are feeling and eliminate your infection so your tooth can heal.

Root Canals in Bangor, ME

At Maine Family Dental, we do everything we can to ensure that you feel comfortable during your root canal procedure. Dr. Buxton is highly skilled and gentle, so you'll find that your procedure is smooth and efficient. For patients who need extra care during their treatment procedures, we offer nitrous oxide, which is a gas that can help patients feel relaxed and at ease during dental procedures. Nitrous leaves your system quickly after your procedure, so you'll be able to drive home and resume activities.

If you need a root canal in Bangor, ME, don't delay your treatment. A dental infection that is left untreated could result in tooth loss, so be sure to contact Maine Family Dental to schedule your appointment with our 04401 dentist.

Woman in pain | root canal Bangor, MEA root canal in Bangor, ME becomes necessary when the inner part of the tooth - called the pulp - becomes infected. An infection can occur due to circumstances that compromise the inner part of the tooth such as injury, a crack in the tooth, or advanced decay. 

Symptoms of Tooth Infection

Symptoms of infection can vary greatly, so it is not always easy to tell whether or not you may need a root canal in Bangor, ME. In some cases, discoloration of the tooth may occur, making it appear shadowy or darkened. You may feel a dull throbbing pain or pain upon biting down; however, some people feel no pain from their tooth infection. The absence of pain may actually indicate that the nerve has died - meaning that a root canal may be needed.

Some people may be unaware of a tooth infection for a long period of time. Sometimes the only way to be sure that there is an infection is through dental x-rays and other methods of examination by a dentist in Bangor, ME. 

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Often, the best way to address tooth infection - and sometimes the only way to save your natural tooth - is with treatment for root canals in Bangor, ME. 

If you suspect that you may need a root canal, schedule a consultation with your Maine Family Dental dentist.

Same-Day Crowns

NClose up of Dental Crowns | Bangor ME Dentistothing beats the convenience of getting a dental crown fitted, fabricated, and placed—all in the same appointment. But this also leaves people wondering if they are getting the same quality as a traditional crown with one that is created in just one dental appointment. It may come as a surprise to learn that convenience is really the only difference between the two types of crowns.

Dental Crowns in Bangor, ME

With a traditional dental crown, you made one appointment to see the dentist to get your tooth prepared to receive a crown. A mold is taken of the prepared tooth, then sent off to the lab where your crown would be made. In the meantime, you would be fitted with a temporary dental crown while you waited a couple weeks for your crown to be ready. 

How Same-Day Dental Crowns Work

With a same-day crown, your tooth is prepared, but instead of a goopy impression being taken, a sophisticated, state-of-the-art CAD/CAM machine precisely measures the tooth to be crowned. These measurements are sent to the fabrication machine so a custom crown can be carved from a block of ceramic. This material is the same quality and material of a traditional drown. Soon your new crown will be placed—all within just a couple of hours.

If you have more questions about same-day crowns, be sure to contact our Bangor, ME practice, Maine Family Dental.

Woman pointing at her smile | CEREC Dental Crowns Bangor ME In the past, having a crown placed could turn into a lengthy process extended over multiple visits to your dentist. If you need a crown placed for the first time or a replacement crown, we know that you don't want to wait. Fortunately, we offer CEREC same-day crowns to make the process of getting a crown as fast and efficient as possible!

How do CEREC dental crowns work?

During your visit, your Maine Family Dental Practice dentist will first prepare your tooth for a crown. This includes removing all signs of decay and gently shaping the tooth. This process does not require a messy, uncomfortable impression of your tooth. Instead, special dental material is applied to your tooth, and a digital image is taken of its contours. This image is sent to a computer screen, where your dentist uses the latest software to design your new crown. The "blueprint" for the design is sent to the CEREC milling machine, and your new crown will be created in about twenty minutes! 

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Your dentist will check to make sure your dental crown fits perfectly, and then the crown is bonded to your tooth. This process leads to great results without the hassle usually associated with traditional methods of crown placement!

Contact our Bengor, ME dental practice to learn more and to schedule your next appointment!

Woman smiling and resting head on her hand | Cosmetic Dentist Bangor METhere are many different ways to improve the appearance of your smile. Ultimately, the best choice for you should be determined based on the current state of your smile and your aesthetic goals for the future.

Veneers & Dental Crowns

For instance, porcelain veneers in Bangor, ME are so effective at improving the appearance of inconsistencies and flaws in teeth, that many people find them well worth the cost. Others may choose cosmetic dental crowns, depending on their preference.

Teeth Whitening in Bangor, ME

One of the most affordable ways to enhance your smile is through professional teeth whitening treatments. Unlike take-home kits that you buy at the drugstore, professional whitening services are customized specifically for you. 

Professional whitening can have a very dramatic effect on the appearance of your smile. White teeth are associated with health and youthfulness, so whitening can give you a younger, healthier appearance. Professional whitening is known for being much more effective than drug store kits, and can actually whiten your teeth several shades in only one visit. Whitening done by your dentist is so powerful that it may be able to banish stains that over-the-counter treatments can't.

The effects of your whitening treatment are fast and long-lasting. Ask about how professional whitening may be able to improve your appearance for your upcoming event. Contact our Bangor, ME dentist office today!

Sedation Dentistry

Woman with dental anxiety covering her mouth | Sedation Dentistry Bangor MEAt Maine Family Dental, Dr. Travis Buxton offers nitrous oxide (laughing gas) as a dental sedation option to help patients relax during procedures.

What is nitrous oxide?

Nitrous is a gas that you breathe through a mask worn during your treatment. The effects are fast as nitrous produces happy, relaxed, and even euphoric feelings.

Nitrous can be used during most types of dental procedures including preventive cleanings and checkups if needed. It is also safe for children who are anxious to use during their procedures. 

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry in Bangor, ME

The benefit of using nitrous during your dental procedure is that it leaves your system just as quickly as it started helping you relax. As soon as the mask is removed the effects of nitrous begin to fade making it safe for you to drive and also resume the normal activities of your day.

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If you think nitrous oxide might work well for your dental procedures, we encourage you to talk with Dr. Buxton. Patient comfort is a primary goal at Maine Family Dental, and we're always happy to offer options to help patients feel more relaxed and at ease during their time at our office. Contact our Bangor dentist office at 207-947-1166 for more information about nitrous oxide and how it can help you.

Sleep Apnea Diagnosis & Treatment

Everyone snores occasionally, but loud or excessive snoring may be a symptom of sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening disorder. At Maine Family Dental, we understand the serious risk involved, so we offer effective sleep apnea treatment in Bangor, Maine.

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You may also hear sleep apnea referred to as obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. Apnea is a pause in breathing that lasts ten seconds or longer. When we lay down to sleep, the tongue and soft tissues in the throat relax.

This movement is normal, but for some people, it blocks the airway and prevents them from breathing. The body can only go so long without oxygen before it forces you to wake you up to breathe, which often results in a loud snorting or gasping sound.

Apnea episodes can occur hundreds of times a night for those with OSA, and the result is a lack of restful sleep that causes daytime fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and drowsy-driving automobile accidents.

Over time, sleep apnea can also lead to health risks such as:

  • Hypertension
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes

Treatment for Sleep Apnea in Bangor, ME

At Maine Family Dental, we work with your primary care doctor to determine if an FDA-approved oral appliance worn during sleep is appropriate for you. The device moves your lower jaw forward, which prevents your airway from closing up so you can finally get a good night’s sleep.

If you or your partner snore excessively or wake up feeling fatigued every day, call our Bangor, ME dentist office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Travis Buxton. 

Teeth Whitening

Woman at teeth whitening consultation | Teeth Whitening Bangor MESafety is a common concern for patients who are considering teeth whitening in Bangor, ME. Dr. Buxton and your team at Maine Family Dental are here to assure you that whitening your teeth is definitely safe and won't cause breakdown of your enamel.

Side Effects of Teeth Whitening

Some of the side effects that many patients commonly experience when whitening their teeth are sensitivity or injuries to their soft tissues. These side effects can easily be avoided by choosing to work closely with your dentist for teeth whitening rather than using over-the-counter (OTC) products purchased at your local grocery store.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Bangor, ME

The products that your dentist has access to are much stronger so you'll achieve better results, but they're also formulated to reduce and even eliminate sensitivity. OTC whitening products cannot offers these same benefits.

Your dentist will also create whitening trays that are customized just for you. This will ensure that they fit snugly against your teeth, which will eliminate excess gel from escaping during whitening and causing injuries to your gums or other soft tissues.

If you would like to learn more about your options for a whiter, brighter smile, we encourage you to contact Maine Family Dental Practice and schedule an appointment to learn more about teeth whitening.

Woman smiling and resting head on her hand | Cosmetic Dentist Bangor METhere are many different ways to improve the appearance of your smile. Ultimately, the best choice for you should be determined based on the current state of your smile and your aesthetic goals for the future.

Veneers & Dental Crowns

For instance, porcelain veneers in Bangor, ME are so effective at improving the appearance of inconsistencies and flaws in teeth, that many people find them well worth the cost. Others may choose cosmetic dental crowns, depending on their preference.

Teeth Whitening in Bangor, ME

One of the most affordable ways to enhance your smile is through professional teeth whitening treatments. Unlike take-home kits that you buy at the drugstore, professional whitening services are customized specifically for you. 

Professional whitening can have a very dramatic effect on the appearance of your smile. White teeth are associated with health and youthfulness, so whitening can give you a younger, healthier appearance. Professional whitening is known for being much more effective than drug store kits, and can actually whiten your teeth several shades in only one visit. Whitening done by your dentist is so powerful that it may be able to banish stains that over-the-counter treatments can't.

The effects of your whitening treatment are fast and long-lasting. Ask about how professional whitening may be able to improve your appearance for your upcoming event. Contact our Bangor, ME dentist office today!

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