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Wilkes Barre Family Dentist Dr. James C. DeFinnis

Tooth Preparation: What You Can Expect

BackMountainDentalIf you are looking into getting a cosmetic dental procedure or restoration, you might come across the term “tooth preparation”. This refers to procedures the dentist will perform to prepare the affected tooth or teeth for cosmetic enhancement or restoration.

Tooth preparation is usually done on treatments and solutions like fillings, crowns, bridges, and veneers. Any decayed part of the tooth will be removed, and the healthy portion will be kept intact as much as possible. If needed, further contouring of the teeth may be done to accommodate dental resin or prosthetic, and allow a snug fit and stable attachment. Temporary bonding or restorations may be placed after the preparation. Continue reading


September 12, 2014 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, General Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry | , , , | Leave a comment

The Truth on Teeth Discoloration

Your pearly whites are one of the things that most people notice when you see and talk to them. It’s your crowning glory during social interactions, as people often remember and think more positively about people with bright, white teeth.

However, maintaining a bright smile also has its challenges. Knowing what tarnishes your pearly whites gives you a head start on how to combat the stains that can tinge your teeth. Here are the types of tooth stains you should be familiar with:

Extrinsic stainsBackMountainDental

Extrinsic stains are usually caused by something you ate or drank, and have pigmented materials that attach itself to the outer tooth enamel. Drinking excessive amounts of coffee, soda, wine or tea, and smoking can often instigate these stains. Routine dental cleaning, teeth brushing, flossing and mouth rinsing after having food that can stain the teeth can get rid of extrinsic stains.


Intrinsic stains

Also called deep stains, intrinsic stains affect the inner layer of the tooth enamel and darken the teeth. Too much exposure to fluoride, tetracycline antibiotics, past trauma to the mouth like internal bleeding, and the natural aging process are frequently the reasons for intrinsic stains. Your dentist can apply bleaching agent to significantly whiten your teeth, or can recommend you products to lighten any discolorations. You may also ask your dentist for veneers or crowns to conceal severe stains.


June 27, 2014 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Oral Hygiene | , , , | Leave a comment

Wilkes-Barre Dentist Whitens and Enlightens

Bright, white smiles are in. Patients are frequently turning to their dentists to reverse discoloration caused by smoking, wine, coffee, or time. While whitening treatments have come a long way over the years, and current whiteners are less abrasive, you must still avoid overuse of these products. Today, your Wilkes-Barre cosmetic dentist, Dr. James DeFinnis, discusses the benefits of whitening and why too much of a good thing can impact your oral health.

Desiring a Hollywood Grin?

White teeth are a Hollywood standard, and celebrities often set trends when it comes to appearance. Actors and actresses have to maintain a facade of enduring youth, and yellowing and stains on teeth can be a sign of age. Whitening teeth can take years off of your appearance, and give you an inner confidence that encourages you to smile bigger and brighter. In that way, Hollywood has it right, but it’s important to be realistic and remember that photos in magazines and on the internet are sometimes altered, giving us a skewed idea of what a healthy, white smile should look like.

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February 21, 2013 Posted by | Cosmetic Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your Wilkes Barre Dentist Reminds You to Make the Most of Your Benefits in 2012

Couple smiling 5Can you believe that December is already halfway over? Before we know it, Christmas will have come and gone and we’ll be in the midst of January 2013. Since this time of year is hectic for most people, Wilkes Barre cosmetic, sedation, and general dentist Dr. James DeFinnis wants to remind you to make the most of your dental benefits before 2012 comes to a close.

Convenient Dental Care in Wilkes Barre

At Back Mountain Dental, we understand that you have a lot on your plate — especially during the holidays — so we strive to make receiving the dental care you need and deserve convenient for you all year round. This starts with being what we like to call a “one stop dental care shop.” At Back Mountain Dental, we’re proud to provide our valued patients with top-notch cosmetic, sedation, general, and family dental care, making us your entire family’s home for quality dental health. Continue reading

December 14, 2012 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, General Dentistry | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Get Back to School Agent Cool!

This week’s new products at BMD Smile Store

Kids need more than than paper and pens to be ready for school – they need great oral care tools! Find them in the new Kids section.
Parents of athletes – worry no more! The Brain-Pad LoPRO+PLUS Mouth Guard will not only protect their teeth and braces, but will also help prevent concussions.
We all know kids love to color, but rather than painting your walls, let them try some healthy coloring. Listerine’s Agent Cool Blue Rinse highlights areas of plaque on their teeth so kids know just where to focus when brushing. Even more fun: Watching the highlighted plaque disappear as they brush it away with the Sonicare Kids Toothbrush.

Brain-Pad LoPRO+PLUS Mouth Guard

  • Offers protection for teeth while playing sports
  • Creates a safety space between the skull and jaw
  • Helps reduce impact energy to base of skull
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Price: $18.99

Agent Cool Blue Tinting Pre-Brush Rinse

  • Tints teeth blue to show where to brush
  • Helps teach kids proper brushing habits
  • Makes brushing more fun
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Price: $7.99

Kids Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush

  • Fun interchangeable panels
  • 2 Kid-friendly power modes deliver a gentle, effective clean
  • Age-appropriate brush heads
  • More details…

Price: $58.99

Shipping: FREE

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Try Something New!You may also be interested in The Natural Dentist’s Cavity Zapper Anticavity Gel Toothpaste.

Please note: product prices and availability are subject to change. The price and availability of each item were accurate at the time this message was sent, but may differ from current prices.

August 16, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Welcome to the Back Mountain Smile Store!

It is Wilkes Barre dentist Dr. James DeFinnis’ goal to help our patients from across the Trucksville, Scranton, and Back Mountain areas achieve and maintain healthy and beautiful smiles. We believe that this quality of dental care expands beyond regular dental checkups and cleanings at our Wilkes Barre dentist office, so we’ve started a new program at Back Mountain Dental that will help you care for your smile in the best way possible at home.

The Smile Store

Welcome to the Back Mountain Dental Smile Store! Here, you’ll find professional-strength dental hygiene products that Dr. DeFinnis recommends for prices that you’ll love.

It is our hope that you take advantage of the Smile Store and care what we do for your teeth in the dental chair to what you do for your teeth on a daily basis. You can purchase professional breath remedies, dental appliance accessories, denture care products, electric toothbrushes, floss and interdental cleaners, manual toothbrushes, special mouthwash, teeth whitening products, and various formulas of toothpaste from the Smile Store. Not sure where to start? At your next appointment, talk to Dr. DeFinnis about improving your at-home dental hygiene routine. He’ll be happy to suggest products you can use to boost your oral health and help keep your teeth and gums sparkling for life. Continue reading

March 22, 2012 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

National Children’s Dental Health Month

As you can see, it’s been a while since we posted on this blog, but Wilkes Barre dentist Dr. James DeFinnis and the Back Mountain Dental team are happy to announce that it’s back up and running. Today, we’re talking about the same topic that we left off on exactly a year ago: children’s dental health.

Doing Our Part to Help Children Smile Bigger and Better

If you read the last Back Mountain Dental newsletter, you know that, over the past month, our new dental hygienist Daiphin has been traveling to schools across the Trucksville community to educate little ones about the importance of having healthy teeth and gums.

When she visits schools, Daiphin discusses proper brushing and flossing, the importance of going to the dentist, how to eat healthy, and more. Today, Dr. DeFinnis wants to talk about the same topics so that you and your child can finish National Children’s Dental Health Month on a high note. Continue reading

February 23, 2012 Posted by | Children's Dental Care | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment