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Dental Services
Nampa, ID

At Middle Creek Dental, we perform a wide variety of services to help you get the smile you deserve. By leveraging today's advanced techniques and technology, your Nampa dentist Dr. Shaun Christensen can restore your beautiful smile to help you maintain your youthful appearance. Whether you need to get a tooth filled, have crooked teeth, or need a complete smile makeover, we can offer a treatment plan that's right for you. Click the links below to learn more about some of the procedures we offer.

► Children's Dentistry

Children’s Dentistry
Nampa, ID

Children's Dentistry Nampa IDWe can provide you and your child with the tips, guidance, tools, and information to help them have beautiful, healthy teeth. At Middle Creek Dental, we understand that a lifetime of healthy teeth starts with the education and habits your child learns when they are young. We can help guide both parents, and their children understand how good brushing habits, good nutritional choices, and creating a professional relationship with our dentist can make a huge difference. Working as a team, we can help your child have a vibrant smile all the way into and through adulthood.

Children’s Dental Visit

Our child appointments are customized to their specific needs, including their age and their comfort level. We want to help your child not only have dental work performed but have an understanding of what we are doing, and why we are doing it. We take the time to show them the tools and discuss the procedures, including dental cleanings, x-rays and more.

Most dental appointments will include a dental cleaning performed by our professional hygienist, a simple step to assist the re-mineralization of teeth, and any necessary digital x-rays. During your visit, Dr. Shaun Christensen will take time to discuss any questions you may have, and review your child's oral development including making predictions such as spacing or decay levels. If any decay is found during the appointment, we can prepare a treatment plan and recommend the best options based on your child.

At Middle Creek Dental, pediatric dentistry is centered around your child. Increasingly, children are reaching adulthood without ever experiencing a cavity, and this is due in large part to the advancement in dental education, the tools we provide, and the steps we can help your child take in preventive care.

We take pride in seeing our young patients grow into their adult teeth, and choosing a dentist who can see them continually over the years helps us see changes as they occur, providing better and more complete diagnostics. By building rapport with our patients, it makes the experience more complete for everyone.

Helping my Child with Dental Care

Parents influence is significant in their child’s care. You can make a huge difference in how your child views dental hygiene and care. We encourage parents and other caregivers to use positive language and stories about visiting the dentist. This can be done through singing songs, sharing the importance of taking care of your teeth, demonstrating positive dental care both at home and by making your appointments, and using positive descriptive terminology. Avoid words that can cause irrational fears or distress. Please refrain from sharing past experiences that we not positive or words that can sound intimidating such as drill or needles.

Invest in the appropriate dental tools for your child. Stores in your area should have child-sized toothbrushes, milder flavored toothpaste, and various forms of floss. Find the tools that work best for your child to encourage brushing; they may prefer a rotary brush, or flossing sticks, or more.

Your child's perception of dental work starts well before they climb into the dentist's chair; that is why we proudly offer a warm, kid-friendly waiting area. We keep a wide variety of storybooks and toys for all ages, so they can have fun while they wait. Also, when your little one goes in for his or her appointment, you'll have access to wi-fi so that you can make the most of your time.

Ready to Schedule Your Child's Next Visit?

Call us today at (208) 505-9975, or go to our easy-to-use online scheduling form for easy registration.

► Emergency Dentistry

Dental Emergencies
Nampa, ID

Emergency Dentistry Nampa ID

No Insurance? No Problem!

We offer a one-tooth flat fee discount:

•  One fee of $200 for relief of pain.
•  $200 fee includes exam, x-ray and treatment for one tooth
(impacted tooth surgeries or root canals may require additional fees)
•  We accept payments via Visa, Mastercard, cash or cashier's check
•  Payment plans available for treatments more than $300

Emergencies are scary situations. It is often easy to panic when faced with an emergency, especially if you are unsure of what to do. The same is true in the event of dental emergencies. Knowing how to handle a dental emergency is essential, and can mean the difference between a minor repair of your teeth and being faced with tooth loss or worse. If you are faced with a dental emergency, Middle Creek Dental can help with emergency dentistry services.

Taking Care at Home

While a dental emergency can incite some panic, there are some emergencies that do not require care in the office. One such issue is a bitten lip, tongue or cheek. While painful, these issues are rarely dangerous. Use moistened gauze over the wound if you are bleeding. Ice can help with swelling and over the counter pain relievers can help with any pain. Typically, these wounds heal in just a few days.

A toothache, while often indicative of an infection, can also indicate food stuck between your teeth. First, thoroughly brush and floss your teeth. If you do not remove anything, then call the office to make an appointment. If you are unsure if your dental emergency requires care, call our office, and we can point you in the right direction.

Treating Dental Emergencies in Our Office

There are many emergencies that we can provide care for right in our office. These emergencies include
•  Toothaches. A toothache often indicates an infection, which requires a root canal.
•  Damaged teeth. Teeth can be damaged in some different ways, including falls, sports injuries, and more. These injuries can result in chips or cracks in your teeth that can affect your smile and your oral health. Tooth damage can often be treated with a crown.
•  Tooth displacement. If a tooth has been partially knocked out or pushed deeper into the socket, we can reset the tooth and secure it with a splint. In the event of these injuries, do not attempt to reset the tooth on your own.
•  Tooth avulsion. If a tooth has been completely knocked out, it can be set back in place. First, find the tooth and rinse it off. Be careful to only handle the tooth by the crown. Store the tooth in a jar of milk or salt water until your appointment. In many cases, we can reset the tooth and secure it. If it cannot be reset, we can discuss options for replacement.

Emergencies that Require Care at the ER

Even though we can handle a vast majority of dental emergencies in our office, there are some instances when you should go straight to the emergency room. These situations include
•  You are having trouble breathing.
•  Bleeding that lasts longer than 15 minutes.
•  Severe pain and swelling.
•  You think that your jaw is broken.

Dental emergencies are scary, but knowing what to do can make the situation easier to handle. We can provide emergency care even without insurance with a one-tooth flat fee discount and payment plans for care costing more than $300. If you have any questions or need to schedule an emergency appointment, call Middle Creek Dental at (208) 505-9975 today.

► Professional Cleanings & Exams
Dental examCavities are expensive. Root canals are too. Most restorative dental procedures are costly, not to mention, no fun. That’s why we are so passionate about great oral health. We understand the pain of having to reach for your wallet because we forget to brush our teeth every once-in-a-while too! Here at Middle Creek Dental, we make it our goal to educate our patients on great oral health routines. One of the most overlooked portions of a great oral hygiene routine is the biannual professional cleaning and examination.

People tend not to consider cleanings and exams as a normal part of their oral hygiene routine because the treatments are so spread out compared to the daily brushing and flossing routines that they normally do. In reality, professional cleaning and examinations are an integral part of your oral health, helping you to avoid costly restorative procedures and resetting the clock on your bill of oral health.

Dental Cleanings

Most appointments start out with a thorough cleaning. We typically start by looking for deposits of plaque or tartar in hard to reach areas of your mouth. What is plaque and tartar? They are words we hear often when talking about oral health but most people don’t fully understand what they are and what the consequences of buildup is, other than “bad for our mouth”.

Dental Plaque

When we talk about dental plaque we are referring to a buildup of bacteria within the mouth. Usually you can feel this buildup as a mossy feeling film that coats the surface of your teeth after a long day or a particularly sugary snack. These bacteria feed on the leftovers of your meals, and can be washed away with a light brushing and flossing.

Dental Tartar

When the plaque buildup is not removed either because of lack of oral hygiene or maybe because there are some spots that are hard to hit with your brushing and flossing, it can turn into tartar. Tartar is a hard substance that can’t be removed by brushing and flossing. Tartar buildup can seriously affect your oral health, which is why we work so hard to remove it from your teeth.

Dental Examination

Dental examinations start with an X-ray of your mouth. Using this we can see between teeth and places that aren’t easy to see with the naked eye. Often, we are able to catch cavities while they are still in the early, preventable stages. When we do, we can alert you to their presence and with careful consideration and a lot of attention often patients are able to prevent them.

We will also check your mouth for signs of common oral issues. If you have noticed any changes in your mouth over that last few months, the examination is a perfect time to bring them up. Any condition or irritation lasting more than a week should be noted.

We finish the cleaning by flossing all of your teeth thoroughly and allowing you to rinse out your mouth with water.

So don’t forget to schedule your regular cleaning and exam every six months. Call our office today at (208) 505-9975 to make your appointment.

► Sealants

Dental Sealants
Nampa, ID

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Preventive Services
•  Cleanings, Exams & Xrays
•  Sealants
•  Gum Disease
Sealants are generally used to help prevent tooth decay on the biting surfaces of back teeth (molars). The natural grooves of these teeth can trap food that can resist casual brushing and rinsing. If left in place, the trapped food allows bacteria to multiply, eventually causing tooth decay and requiring costly attention.

Sealants are painted directly onto the tooth where they seal the natural grooves to help prevent tooth decay. While sealants are durable, they are not permanent. They can last up to 5 years of normal wear before needing replacement.

Sealants offer a cost-effective, preventative step to reduce the chances of tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of molars. However, they do not replace the need for regular brushing and flossing.

For more information, or if you'd like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at (208) 505-9975.

► Gum Disease
Scaling and Root Planing
Preventive Services
•  Cleanings, Exams & Xrays
•  Sealants
•  Gum Disease
What Is Periodontal Disease/Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by the bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.

Here Are Some Warning Signs That Can Signal a Problem
•  Gums that bleed easily
•  Red, swollen, tender gums
•  Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
•  Persistent bad breath or bad taste
•  Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
•  Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
•  Any change in the fit of partial dentures

There are many factors that increase the risk of developing gum disease, including: smoking, pregnancy and diabetes. It is important to visit Middle Creek Dental if you suspect you have gum disease, because the sooner you treat it the better.

The Early Stage of Gum Disease Is Called Gingivitis
If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing.

Advanced Gum Disease Is Called Periodontitis
Chronic periodontitis can lead to the loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth and it may become more severe over time. If it does, your teeth will feel loose and start moving around in your mouth. It usually gets worse slowly, but there can be periods of rapid progression.

Aggressive periodontitis is a highly destructive form of periodontal disease that occurs in patients who are otherwise healthy. Common features include rapid loss of tissue and bone, and may occur in localized areas or in the entire mouth. Periodontal disease cannot be cured, however, we have measures to help slow or stop the progression.

Research between systemic diseases and periodontal diseases is ongoing. While a link is not conclusive, some studies indicate that severe gum disease may be associated with several other health conditions such as diabetes or stroke.

Regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. The treatment methods that our dentists diagnose will depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good dental care at home is essential for helping to keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious.

► Fillings

Composite or Amalgam Fillings
Nampa, ID

Dental Fillings Nampa, ID
Restorative Services
•  Fillings
•  Dental Bonding
•  Dental Crowns
•  Dental Bridges
•  Dental Implants
•  Root Canal
Fillings are used to restore areas of your tooth affected by decay. Dentists use both amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth-colored) materials to "fill in" the surface of the tooth after all decay has been removed.

Reasons for Fillings
•  Restoring small to medium sized cavities
•  Restoring a chipped anterior (front) tooth

What Does a Filling Involve?
First, Dr. Shaun Christensen will answer any questions you have and will apply anesthetic to the tooth requiring the filling.

Dr. Shaun Christensen will thoroughly remove the decay that is present and prepare the tooth to successfully bond with either the composite material or amalgam (silver alloy).

What Are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are tooth-colored to blend in with the remaining natural part of the tooth. The term composite refers to the actual filling material, which is a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium.

Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less tooth structure is removed when the dentist prepares the tooth and this may result in a smaller filling than with an amalgam.

In addition, composites are "bonded" or attached with adhesive to the tooth often allowing a more conservative repair. Composite fillings require that the tooth be kept clean and dry during the entire filling process, and they are subject to stain and discoloration over time. The life expectancy of a white filling can depend greatly on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite.

Composite filling material is also commonly used to repair front teeth that have chipped or worn. Where possible, aesthetic bonding of composite material to front teeth is generally much less expensive than veneers or crowns. However, bonding typically does not last as long as veneers or crowns.

If your tooth is sensitive for a week or more it is important to Call Our Office at (208) 505-9975 so we can examine the tooth and determine if additional treatment is needed.

► Dental Bonding

Dental Bonding
Nampa, ID

Restorative Services
•  Fillings
•  Dental Bonding
•  Dental Crowns
•  Dental Bridges
•  Dental Implants
•  Root Canal

If you are looking for a solution for your minor dental problems and are looking for quality care, look no further than Middle Creek Dental. For minor damage and small cosmetic problems, you have many options. One of these such options is composite dental bonding. This procedure is pretty simple, but it takes much skill to pull off flawlessly. Fortunately, we have just that, and the years of experience to back up that claim. We can take care of you in a way that no one else can.

What is Dental Bonding?

When you come in for a dental bonding procedure, you will be receiving a small amount of composite resin on the surface of your teeth that is molded or shaped to repair small amounts of damage or to cosmetically enhance your smile. This repair is a bit more fragile than a veneer or a crown but is also much more affordable. It may chip or require other repairs down the line, which is important to remember. It is hardened with a special curing light during your appointment, though, which ensures that it will not shift or become misshapen.

Who Needs One?

There are a lot of different minor restorative or cosmetic procedures that can be accomplished with this simple procedure, for a percentage of the cost. A lot of the time, this resin is used to fill minor cavities. It is a better option for your wallet than other filling materials. It can also be used to fill in racks or chips, protecting your natural tooth and preventing the damage from expanding.

We can cover severe discoloration as well to give your smile a natural looking radiance without drastic changes. We can change the length or shape of your teeth to enhance your smile or to fill in gaps between your teeth. This can also improve your bite pattern to a more comfortable position. Finally, if you suffer from a receding gum line, your roots may be exposed and sensitive. This resin can cover that up as well, meaning no more pain!

How Do I Get One?

Most people are candidates for dental bonding, and if you are given the opportunity to get one, we will start by prepping your tooth. While this most often does not hurt and so we won't use anesthetic, in rare instances we may. When we prepare your tooth, we will remove a small layer of enamel so that the resin has something that it can stick to. Then, we can shape and mold it to your specifications or fill in a cavity. Once your tooth is perfectly shaped and colored, we will use a special light to harden the resin completely. Then, you are all set!

We want you to be more confident with your smile when you leave than when you came in. We also want you as healthy as we can get you, and Middle Creek Dental will work harder than anyone else to get you there. To find out more about dental bonding, give us a call today, and we will be more than happy to help!

► Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns
Nampa, ID

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Restorative Services
•  Fillings
•  Dental Bonding
•  Dental Crowns
•  Dental Bridges
•  Dental Implants
•  Root Canal
At Middle Creek Dental, we are passionate about helping you fight all of your oral health battles and come out victorious! Sometimes teeth will suffer damage or decay that leaves them in danger of structural failure. When such an event occurs, we like to protect the tooth by placing a dental crown on top of the tooth. Dental crowns are like little caps that fit over the top of your tooth, looking and acting just like a natural tooth while protecting it from damage. We are proud to offer a wide variety of dental crown restorations to our patients and want you to know that you are always in good hands when you come to Middle Creek Dental.

What is a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are dental restorations that are made to sit on the top of a damaged tooth, to protect it from further damage. Dental crowns allow you to eat and speak as you did with your natural, healthy teeth. Crowns can be made out of a variety of different materials, depending on the tooth that is being restored.

The Materials We Can Use To Make Dental Crowns

We use a wide variety of different materials to craft dental crowns. Some of the most popular materials are:

Porcelain and Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM)

Porcelain is an extremely popular material when it comes to dental restorations because of how closely it mimics the aesthetics of real teeth. Light plays off of porcelain in much the same way it does with natural teeth, and porcelain is even better at resisting staining than natural teeth. Because of how closely it matches the aesthetic of natural teeth, porcelain is a great option for dental crowns that will be replacing teeth that are featured in your smile. Because porcelain is not the strongest of dental restoration materials, we will sometimes create a metal base and fuse porcelain to the surface of the metal, which makes a great restoration for a molar that experiences high bite forces.

Ceramic and Ceramic Fused to Metal (CFM)

Ceramics like zirconia have become quite popular in dentistry over the past few decades because they offer a great mix of strength, durability, and aesthetics. Ceramics can be made to look quite similar to a real tooth, so it will be almost impossible to tell the difference between the ceramic restoration and your natural teeth. Ceramics are strong, but when we need added strength, we can fuse ceramics to a metal base to create a ceramic fused to metal crown.


Gold has been used in dentistry for thousands of years because it is long lasting and extremely durable. Gold has been said to feel the most similar to a natural tooth. Many people find gold restorations to be beautiful and prefer them over other, more natural looking dental crowns.

Dental Crown Placement Procedure

It takes two visits to our office to place a dental crown. During the first visit, we will prepare the tooth to receive the dental crown by shaving some of the enamel off of the outside of the tooth. Because enamel does not grow back, this is a permanent procedure. We will then place a temporary crown over your tooth to allow you to eat and speak as you normally would while you wait for the permanent dental crown to be fabricated.

On your second visit to our office, we will remove the temporary dental crown and place the permanent one with a special dental adhesive. We will make sure that the crown fits into your bite properly and that will complete your dental crown placement procedure.

Call us today at (208) 505-9975 to schedule your appointment.

► Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges
Nampa, ID

Restorative Services
•  Fillings
•  Dental Bonding
•  Dental Crowns
•  Dental Bridges
•  Dental Implants
•  Root Canal
A dental bridge is a popular and effective appliance used to replace a missing tooth. Dental bridges are an industry staple thanks to the low-risk procedure and time-tested durability. At Middle Creek Dental, we specialize in fixed dental bridges that provide a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

What Are Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge literally “bridges” the gap created by a missing tooth. Your surrounding teeth, also known as abutment teeth, are capped with dental crowns and serve as support structures for the prosthetic tooth. In other words, the dental crowns are linked together by the prosthetic tooth.

Dental bridges have some benefits over other restoration options. Bridges can help restore your smile without affecting the way you speak or chew. They also prevent any surrounding teeth from drifting out of position and help maintain your natural bone structure. The procedure is relatively painless, quick, and affordable. In fact, many insurance companies offer complete or partial coverage of the basic procedure.

The Process for Dental Bridges

Like any restoration, it all starts with a consultation visit. Once we have determined you be a suitable candidate for a bridge, we can schedule your procedure.

The procedure typically takes two visits. During your first visit, each abutment tooth will be prepared for a dental crown. This requires a complete reshaping of the tooth. Dr. Shaun Christensen will shave off a portion of your tooth enamel, until there is enough space to accommodate the crown. Once this process is complete, we will take an impression of your teeth, send it to the dental laboratory, and wait for them to fabricate your final bridge.

During the waiting process, we may give you a temporary bridge. This will help protect the exposed gum and reshaped teeth from harmful debris and bacteria. Once the restoration is complete, we can schedule your second visit.

At your second visit, we will remove the temporary bridge and apply the final restoration. We may need to make adjustments to achieve a proper fit. This could take several visits. Once the bridge is properly fit, we will use a strong bonding agent to cement your bridge to the abutment teeth.

How to Care for a Dental Bridge

Dental bridges are extremely durable and can last for many years with the proper care. After the procedure is finished, Dr. Shaun Christensen will give you specific instructions on home care. We recommend that you brush and floss twice daily. You will need to use a specialized floss and small brush to clean the space between the bridge and your gums. Scheduling regular check-ups and professional cleanings are also very important. Like most restorations, dental bridges eventually need to be replaced after normal wear. In some cases, we may just need to re-cement the bridge. If you maintain proper care, your bridge could last up to a decade or more.

Contact Us to Learn More About Dental Bridges

If you have a missing tooth, we strongly suggest you consider dental bridges. If you would like to learn more, call (208) 505-9975, and schedule a consultation visit today.

► Dental Implants
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Restorative Services
•  Fillings
•  Dental Bonding
•  Dental Crowns
•  Dental Bridges
•  Dental Implants
•  Root Canal
A dental implant is a post made of metal that is designed to replace missing teeth. It is usually made out of titanium and is placed surgically into the jawbone where the tooth is missing. Unlike a bridge, an implant is a more permanent solution.

You have several options when replacing teeth; it isn't limited to crowns and conventional bridges or dentures. Dental implants are aesthetically pleasing and feel very natural. Implants are surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments. With time, they fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or dentures.

Through a process called osseointegration, implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural. Some patients have reported that the secure fit is more comfortable than alternatives. Dental implant candidates must have healthy gums and bone to support the implant.

Reasons for Dental Implants
•  Keep the look and feel of a real tooth where one is missing
•  Maintain healthy bone levels
•  Help support overdentures

What Does a Dental Implant Involve?
•  Implant Site Preparation: To prepare the site, the gum tissue is opened to expose the bone area. If there is insufficient bone structure, bone grafting may be recommended. With healthy bone, a special drill is used to prepare the bone to receive the implant.

•  Placing the Implant: The implant is placed into the healthy bone and the tissue is sutured. The sutures are removed in seven to ten days. It is normal to expect three to six months to heal entirely. Osseointegration occurs over this time period allowing the implant to become part of the upper or lower jaw.

•  Attaching the Post: A special post is attached to the implant when the gum tissue is ready. This post is the support for the new porcelain crown. Zirconium abutments attached to the implant post assure that the new porcelain tooth has translucency properties similar to a natural tooth.

•  Placing the Crown: The new crown is made from impressions taken and shaded to match your existing teeth. The crown is cemented over the post. The final prosthetic crown appears as your natural tooth.

Smoking tends to lead to a high rate of failure in implants, so dental implants are not the best option for patients who are actively smoking. We will help you determine whether dental implants will be a good tooth replacement option for you. Proper brushing and flossing will maximize the longevity of your new dental implant.

► Root Canals
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Restorative Services
•  Fillings
•  Dental Bonding
•  Dental Crowns
•  Dental Bridges
•  Dental Implants
•  Root Canal
A "root canal," or endodontic therapy, is a procedure available to save a tooth that is infected and would otherwise require extraction. There are many reasons that teeth can become infected, including: cavities, previous large fillings, crowns, cracks, trauma and extreme wear.

Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (nerve and blood supply), bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with an inert material called gutta percha. After the tooth is healed, getting a crown is recommended, because the tooth will become brittle.

Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a problematic tooth is the best (and most economical) solution. Extracting, or pulling a tooth, could ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth, as well as causing loss of bone around the extraction site.

While root canal therapy has a high degree of success, it is not 100% guaranteed. It is very important to have a permanent restoration (usually a crown) placed within 30 days of the root canal. If a permanent restoration is not placed, the tooth can fracture or further decay to the point where the root canal must be re-done or, worse, the tooth must be removed.

Reasons for Root Canal Therapy
•  Decay has reached the tooth's pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth)
•  Infection or abscess has developed inside the tooth or at the root tip
•  Injury or trauma to the tooth
•  Extreme wear due to bruxism (grinding)

What Does Root Canal Therapy Involve?
A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments and can be performed by Dr. Shaun Christensen. While the tooth is numb, a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and isolated from the other teeth. Your Nampa dentist will then create a hole at the top of the tooth, and clean the infected pulp from inside the tooth. Medicine will be applied to remove any bacteria, and a temporary filling will be placed. When the tooth has had time to heal from the root canal treatment, you will need to return to our offices to check the healing of the tooth. If the tooth has healed, then it will be ready to have a permanent crown placed to prevent any further decay or fracturing of the treated area.

At times the tooth requiring treatment has a complex root or the infection is such that it needs a specialist, called an endodontist, to examine and complete root canal therapy. Dr. Shaun Christensen will work closely with our endodontic specialist to review your treatment case, send necessary records to their office, and place the crown after your root canal is completed. Our office staff will help coordinate your appointments, and help you understand your financial responsibility.

► Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening
Nampa, ID

Cosmetic Services
•  Teeth Whitening
•  Cosmetic Bonding
•  Cosmetic Crowns & Bridges
•  Porcelain Veneers
When it comes to making your teeth look great, we at Middle Creek Dental know just what to do. Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure in America because it offers great results, fast. At Middle Creek Dental, we understand how important it is to you to have a great looking smile that makes it easy to make amazing first impressions.

The Best way to Improve Your Aesthetic

When it comes to your overall look, your smile is undoubtedly the most important part. Think of all the times that you have seen someone with a great smile and wished for a more dazzling smile for yourself. Teeth whitening allows you to quickly, easily, and cost-effectively give you teeth the makeover that they deserve.

Reasons for Teeth Whitening

Over time teeth tend to become stained and faded in color and appearance. Enamel makes up the hard outer layer of your teeth and is what makes your teeth appear white. Over time the enamel on your teeth will wear down and become stained, this is where teeth whitening comes in. Whitening can breathe new life into your smile by bleaching impurities out of the enamel of your teeth. The most common reasons for teeth whitening are:
•  Dull or yellowing teeth
•  Normal wear to enamel
•  Teeth staining due to medications like tetracycline
•  Yellowing or browning due to tobacco use
•  Fluorosis (white spots due to excessive fluoride exposure)

What Does At-Home Teeth Whitening Involve?

At Middle Creek Dental, we offer at-home whitening solutions to give you the ultimate level of control over your teeth. This system requires that you visit our office twice. During the first visit we will take an impression of your mouth so that we can build custom teeth whitening trays for you. These trays are made of clear plastic and are intended to hold the teeth whitening solution.

At your second appointment, we will make sure that the trays fit your teeth and we will make adjustments to them as needed. We will send you home with special instructions that will detail the finer points of your whitening process. You can either wear the trays twice a day or once every night. We will determine how long you will have to wear the trays based on how deeply stained your teeth are and how many shades you would like to whiten them by.

Other Cosmetic Dental Options

We offer a wide variety of cosmetic dental options at Middle Creek Dental. If you have issues with teeth that are cracked or chipped, not straight, too large or small, then porcelain veneers can help you to regain lost confidence. We also offer dental crowns that can restore teeth that would otherwise be unable to continue functioning as needed. Bridges can help to replace several missing teeth in a row. Cosmetic bonding offers similar benefits to porcelain veneers at a fraction of the price. Whatever your dental needs, please call us today at (208) 505-9975 to schedule an appointment.

► Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic Dental Bonding
Nampa, ID

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Cosmetic Services
•  Teeth Whitening
•  Cosmetic Bonding
•  Cosmetic Crowns & Bridges
•  Porcelain Veneers
Bonding is a procedure in which we apply a tooth-colored composite material to a tooth, shape it, allow it to harden and polish it. It can be used in certain situations where a tooth has been damaged or become stained. These are generally minor repairs, ones that can be resolved through this relatively inexpensive means rather than through a more costly dental procedure.

Here's How Bonding Works

The dentist prepares the tooth surface so that the bonding material will adhere. Once that's been applied, the dentist will shape it so that it has a natural appearance. Then the material is allowed to harden, usually with the help of a light. Finally, the composite is polished and buffed so that the surface is smooth.

This is not a process that is recommended if you are a smoker as smoke causes staining. Also, the material is not as durable as porcelain veneers and crowns so it chips more easily; eventually it may require replacing.

Bonding is a perfectly adequate and more affordable solution to certain dental problems. Dental bonding can take less time to accomplish and may not even require anesthesia. Depending upon the issue, insurance may cover it.

Please don't procrastinate if you have a dental problem but are worried about the time, cost or pain involved. Perhaps dental bonding can offer you a solution. Give us a call at (208) 505-9975 so we can discuss options with you.

► Cosmetic Crowns & Bridges

Cosmetic Crowns & Bridges
Nampa, ID

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Cosmetic Services
•  Teeth Whitening
•  Cosmetic Bonding
•  Cosmetic Crowns & Bridges
•  Porcelain Veneers


Dentists use crowns for restoring severely decayed or fractured teeth. First, Dr. Shaun Christensen will remove the damaged portion of the tooth, and shape it to fit your crown. Then, a unique mold is taken and used to manufacture a crown out of gold or porcelain to fit the healthy tooth. The crown is then fixed into place with special cement or bonding material. Dental crowns provide the following benefits:
•  They restore the tooth's original shape and size
•  They help prevent decay from forming on the underlying tooth
•  They add strength to the tooth's structure
•  They are very durable

Dental crowns help prevent the need for root canals and tooth extraction by reducing the risk of tooth fracture and tooth decay.


Dental bridges serve to replace one or more missing teeth. First, the dentist prepares the teeth on either side of the missing tooth to receive crowns. Then, an artificial tooth is attached between the two crowns. Once the crown-artificial tooth-crown combination is cemented into place, it 'bridges' the gap left by the missing tooth. Bridges offer several benefits:
•  They look like new teeth
•  They are a durable mouth fixture
•  They prevent surrounding teeth from shifting to fill the gap
•  They restore a more natural bite and chewing ability

For these reasons, bridges are a good investment compared to dentures. If a bridge is not possible, or the adjacent teeth don't need crowns, dental implants may be the best alternative.

If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment please call (208) 505-9975.

► Veneers

Porcelain Veneers
Nampa, ID

Veneers - Dentist Nampa, ID
Cosmetic Services
•  Teeth Whitening
•  Cosmetic Bonding
•  Cosmetic Crowns & Bridges
•  Porcelain Veneers
Dental veneers are extremely thin, tooth-shaped shells, fabricated to cover the surface of your teeth and help improve esthetics. They are typically made of porcelain, a durable material that mimics the appearance of natural teeth. These shells can help change the size, shape, and color of your teeth. The procedure is minimally invasive and often seen as a conservative alternative to dental crowns for your anterior (front) teeth.

Why Dental Veneers?

Dental Veneers are used to fix a variety of aesthetically displeasing problems, including:
•  Worn down teeth
•  Chipped or broken teeth
•  Teeth with gaps between them (We can use larger veneers to close the gaps)
•  Misaligned teeth that are uneven or misshaped.
•  Teeth that are discolored for a variety of reasons

You will find many advantages in choosing dental veneers over other restorations. Porcelain is a stain resistant material that can be shaded to match existing teeth, or even brighter to whiten your smile. Porcelain does not only provide a natural appearance, but it is also well accepted by your gum tissue, the minimizing risk of infection. Like most restorations, veneers eventually need to be replaced, but they last between 10 and 15 years.

Unlike dental crowns, veneers do not require a significant reshaping of your teeth, reducing procedure time and discomfort. Veneers are fabricated to match each smile, making it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between your natural tooth and the veneer.

Veneers should be treated like your natural teeth. Make sure to practice routine brushing and flossing to ensure a long life for your veneers. You will not need specialized equipment to clean your new teeth!

The Procedure for Dental Veneers

To receive veneers, you will need to complete two office visits. During the first visit, you will need to explain to us you desired results. Dr. Shaun Christensen will examine your teeth and make sure that veneers are a viable option. Once we have determined that veneers be right for you, we will prepare the teeth. This requires a lightly buffing and reshaping of the surface, to allow space for the veneer. We will take an impression of each tooth, and determine a shade with you, to best suit your needs. Afterward, we send the impressions to the lab, where they will fabricate your new veneers. This usually takes about 2 to 4 weeks.

During the second visit, we will treat each tooth with a special liquid to help ensure proper bonding. We will then make sure each veneer fits securely before we apply the cementing agent. Once the veneers and cement are in place, we will use a specialized light to activate the chemicals in the cement. This will help harden the cement and bond the veneer quickly.

After the process is complete, you will receive care instructions, and be asked to return for a follow-up visit to make sure that your gum tissue has accepted the veneers.

Contact Us About Dental Veneers

Don’t feel self-conscious about your teeth any longer! If you have any questions about veneers, contact us today at (208) 505-9975, and schedule a consultation appointment!

► Orthodontics

Brace Yourself for a Better Bite

There are a number of reasons why we might recommend that you consider orthodontic appliances, commonly known as braces, but vanity is not one of them.
A bad bite, called malocclusion, can result from an accident, a premature loss of teeth, a childhood habit of thumbsucking and more. It can also result from improper jaw alignment or teeth that are crowded, crooked, or protruding.

Possible side effects of malocculsion include:

•  Interference with speaking clearly
•  Difficulty in brushing and flossing thoroughly leading to infection and tooth loss
•  Incomplete chewing of food causing digestive problems
•  Abnormal wear to tooth enamel
•  Jaw trouble
ClearCorrect braces in blue container by Middle Creek Dental, Nampa ID
Six Month Smiles offer a nearly invisible alternative to metal braces.
ClearCorrect aligns your teeth without metal braces.

Woman with six month smile installed by Middle Creek Dental, Nampa ID

Six Month Smiles

Middle Creek Dental, is proud to offer the Six Month Smiles System, designed specifically for adults and teenagers (over 15), who have crooked, crowded or spaced teeth – without major bite issues.

The technique offers tremendous advantages over traditional metal braces.
•  Unlike the traditional braces people must often wear for two to four years, this procedure straightens teeth in an average of just six months and uses low forces to gently move teeth more comfortably.
•  The Six Month Smiles System utilizes specialized clear brackets and tooth-colored wires, making them virtually invisible.
•  The procedure requires fewer dentist visits and is typically less expensive than traditional braces.

In addition, the Six Month Smiles System can result in healthier gums, since straight teeth are easier to clean than crooked teeth.

ClearCorrect tray in hand, Middle Creek Dental, Shaun Christensen, DMD


ClearCorrect is the clear and simple alternative to braces. It’s a series of clear, custom-made, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth as you wear them, each aligner moving your teeth just a little bit at a time.

They're practically invisible, so most people won't even know you're in treatment, they fit you perfectly, so they're more comfortable than regular braces, and they're removable, so you can eat whatever you like and clean your teeth normally.

Ask Dr. Christensen for more information about ClearCorrect and what it can do for you.

► Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea
Nampa, ID

Couple suffering from snoring caused by Sleep Apnea, Middle Creek Dental, Shaun Christensen, DMDSleep apnea is a condition that affects how you breathe when sleeping. During sleep, normal breathing can be interrupted for 10 seconds or more hundreds of times during a single night. Untreated sleep apnea prevents you from getting enough deep, restorative sleep. Without enough deep sleep you may be sleepy, lack mental sharpness and be less productive. Long term health effects can be serious, including weight gain, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

Learn more about sleep apnea solutions.

Signs of Sleep Apnea

•  Loud, chronic snoring
•  Insomnia
•  Breathing pauses for long periods
•  Waking up often at night
•  Forgetfulness, irritability, depression

Home Treatments for Light Sleep Apnea

•  Avoid sleeping on your back, because your tongue is more likely to block your airway
•  Elevate your head using extra pillows or a body wedge
•  Open your nasal passage via breathing strips, saline nasal flush, or a nasal dilator
•  Lose weight
•  Exercise

Treatments for Moderate to Severe Sleep Apnea

•  Talk to a doctor trained in sleep apnea
•  Use supplemental oxygen while sleeping
•  Use a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure) machine
•  Use an oral appliance made by Dr. Shaun Christensen's office to help keep your airway open

If you think you may have sleep apnea, please give us a call today at (208) 505-9975. We can help identify and diagnose the severity of the sleep apnea and discuss the best treatment options for your unique situation.

► Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry
Nampa, ID

When your mouth is affected by an oral health issue, treatment is needed right away. Getting treatment is essential for stopping the progression of oral health complications and restoring the health of your mouth. However, if the thought of undergoing dental treatment causes you to feel anxious, you may avoid going. Skipping out on treatment can lead to more significant issues and the need for more invasive and more expensive treatments. If you feel anxious about your dental treatment, Middle Creek Dental can help with sedation dentistry using nitrous oxide.

What is Nitrous Oxide?

You most likely know nitrous oxide by its more common name, laughing gas. It is a form of mild sedation that is delivered through a small mask that is worn over your nose. Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and is a colorless, odorless gas. It is the lightest form of sedation available and is designed to help take the edge off. In addition to helping you feel calmer, nitrous oxide raises your pain threshold while lowering the gag reflex. This particular type of sedation is ideal for patients who only experience minor anxiety regarding dental treatment.

Why Nitrous Oxide?

If the thought of having to undergo even a simple dental procedure makes you feel uneasy, you might avoid going. While it might not seem like a big deal at the time, undiagnosed or minor issues only continue to grow worse over time. This leads to the need for more invasive, more expensive, treatments later on. Even if you can get into the chair, you might not be able to sit still. You may become tense. These issues can make it difficult to provide you with proper, safe care. With nitrous oxide, you can relax during your treatment, allowing us to provide you with the care you need in the safest manner possible.

How Nitrous Oxide Works

Nitrous oxide is very straightforward. After you are seated in the dental chair, a small mask is secured over your nose. Before we begin treatment, the nitrous oxide and oxygen are turned on, and you begin to breathe in the mixture of gases. Nitrous oxide goes to work almost instantly, enabling you to relax and feel comfortable. You are still completely conscious. You can respond to requests and answer questions. Once your procedure is complete, we turn off the nitrous oxide, but leave the oxygen running for just a few minutes more. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off almost as quickly as it takes effect, and you are back to feeling like your normal self in no time. In most cases, you are even able to drive yourself home afterward.

The Benefits of Nitrous Oxide

There are several benefits associated with nitrous oxide.
•  No needles are necessary.
•  You do not need to take medications before treatment.
•  The effects of nitrous oxide take effect quickly and wear off quickly as well.
•  The levels of sedation you receive can be adjusted quickly, which greatly reduces the risk of inhaling too much.

Is Nitrous Oxide Safe?

Nitrous oxide has been in use for well over a century. It is the safest form of sedation available and is very common in dental offices all over. There are also no lingering side effects once sedation has worn off.

If the thought of undergoing dental treatment causes you to feel anxious, sedation with nitrous oxide can help. For more information, and to find out if nitrous oxide is right for you, call Middle Creek Dental at (208) 505-9975 today.

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