Having the most up-to-date dental technology can make a big difference in your smile and level of comfort.
Having the most up-to-date dental technology can make a big difference in your smile and level of comfort. For 21 years, Dr. Kellie Harris at the Northern New Mexico Center for Cosmetic Dentistry has been providing dental care to the community, continually updating approaches to technology. This commitment to using the latest approaches to dentistry is key to the practice’s ability to provide quality care, in conjunction with the experienced and long-term staff. A visit with Dr. Harris can help you determine what types of dental care are right for you.
For teeth that need major repairs, a crown might be the answer. A crown is a cap that can cover a damaged tooth and make it function well again.
At Dr. Harris’s office, they offer same-day crowns. “A patient can come in the morning and by 3 pm that same day, they have their crown,” says Dr. Harris. “There is no need to wait two to three weeks for the crown and we don’t need to take gooey impressions.”
What allows the office to provide this care is their working association with Digital Dental Labs. “Working with our in-house lab of four technicians allows us to provide this high-level of quality care. The lab also works for 80 dentists throughout the state,” says Dr. Harris.
For those needing to replace a tooth, the practice offers a variety of dental implant approaches. Last year, they added a new procedure known as a mini-implant. Dr. Harris, along with her daughter and fellow doctor, Kayci Harris, has been taking classes for the past year learning how to work with mini-implants. This approach uses a smaller diameter implant that might work for people who have smaller teeth or have more extensive bone loss, making conventional implants impractical.
Both procedures involve anchoring the tooth replacement to the jawbone. The mini-implant can be done in one visit. The procedure can also be used to stabilize dentures, particularly lower dentures that move too much in the mouth and are uncomfortable.
For more extensive dental implant procedures, Dr. Brett Scow of Bonita Dental of Santa Fe comes to the office to handle these cases.
“With the technology we have in the office, we can plan the whole implant procedure in advance. The lab provides us with a surgical guide so that the placement is as perfect as can get it,” says Dr. Harris. “We want to provide all the care we can in the office, making it easy and accessible.”
Most of the employees in the practice have been there 15 to 20 years. “That’s truly what makes us successful,” says Dr. Harris.
At the Embudo office (Embudo Dental Health Center, 1102 State Highway 68; 505-579-4680), a dentist with 30 years of Taos experience has joined Dr. Kayci Harris. A mini-implant center has also been opened in Santa Fe. In all, the practice now has a staff of 15, with three doctors, two office managers, seven dental assistants and three hygienists.
“This is a relaxed place to work,” says Dr. Harris. “We do a lot of team building and continued education, so that we can provide our patients with the most up-to-date care.”
For more information, call (575) 751-9661 or stop by 1337 Gusdorf Road, Suite A, Taos. Visit the website at kellieharrisdds.com.
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