Getting A Dental Crown In One Visit

Getting A Dental Crown In One VisitYour life is probably pretty busy. You might find yourself and your health last on your list of to-dos. It is important to find time to take care of yourself. When needed, a dental crown can help restore your tooth and you can get one in a single visit. A crown may be needed to restore a severely damaged tooth, a tooth following root canal therapy, or to replace a tooth in conjunction with a dental implant. A crown acts like a permanent helmet protecting your weakened tooth and giving it back its abilities to bite and chew. A crown can be made of porcelain, zirconia, metal, or porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) depending on what tooth the crown is replacing.  (more…)

Supporting Dentures With Implants

Supporting Dentures With ImplantsDentures can play an essential role for people who have lost most of their smile. Dentures can give you back your ability to chew, bite, and speak. They can also give you back your confidence in your smile’s appearance. While traditional dentures can provide a lot of assistance to your smile, they can come with their own set of negatives. Ill-fitting dentures can slip out of your mouth at inopportune moments. Traditional dentures cannot prevent against potential loss of bone density in your jaw, which can happen once you have lost teeth. A loss of bone density can affect the way the dentures fit inside your mouth. Implants can help to prevent bone loss, while providing firm support for dentures. Modern dental technology allows for a system that can support a full smile of dentures on just four implants.

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Winter Wonderland In Austin

Winter Wonderland In AustinCircuit of Americas has been transformed into a glittering winter wonderland filled with over one million lights. The tower is now a giant candy cane soaring above the racetrack. Along with the lights, the Winter Wonderland will include Santa’s Workshop, a hot air balloon, carnival rides, singing Christmas trees, and a petting zoo that includes camel rides. There was a special preview last weekend on December 1st and 2nd, but the main opening will take place this weekend on December 8th. The Wonderland will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, and 6 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. (more…)

Preserving The Site After Extraction

Preserving The Site After ExtractionYour dentist will always have a goal of preserving your natural teeth, but sometimes a dental extraction is a necessary last resort. Usually the reasons are that decay or infection has progressed so severely that other treatment options can no longer protect your health. A dental extraction is done when it is necessary to protect your overall health and the health of your smile. While the extractions of wisdom or baby teeth may not, most extractions of adult teeth should be followed by a replacement of the extracted tooth. Preserving the area with extraction site preservation is a good way to ensure that the tooth can be safely replaced.  (more…)

Is My Snoring A Sign Of Sleep Apnea?

Is My Snoring A Sign Of Sleep Apnea?Snoring is an incredibly common problem for adults. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, approximately 90 million Americans are snoring while they are sleeping. Almost half of those people snoring are considered to be just ‘simple snorers’ while the other half suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Knowing the difference between simple snoring and obstructive sleep apnea can mean that you can get the correct treatment. Understanding the differences between the two can help you identify which one is keeping you or your partner up at night.  (more…)

Is Bruxism A Problem For My Smile?

Is Bruxism A Problem For My Smile?Bruxism is the clinical term for chronically grinding your teeth. It often happens while you are sleeping, but you may notice signs that you are doing it while you are awake. Grinding your teeth can lead to several potential dangers for your smile’s health. Bruxism can lead to chronic headaches, tooth sensitivity, tooth decay, damage to teeth, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, and more. If you notice signs that you may suffer from bruxism, it is important to talk to your dentist. Your dentist can help create a custom oral appliance to help lessen the blows to your smile caused by the chronic teeth grinding. (more…)

Knowing The Stages Of Tooth Decay

Knowing The Stages Of Tooth DecayTooth decay is the damage caused to your teeth by bacteria and acid. It involves the erosion of the enamel, the hard, outer layer of your tooth. Bacteria on the surface of your teeth can build up to form plaque, the sticky film of bacteria. Plaque’s bacteria creates acid that can attack your enamel. These attacks cause the damage to the outside of your teeth and eventually could damage to the inside, too. Tooth decay can cause cavities, infection, inflammation, and possibly to a necessary extraction of a tooth. Without treatment, tooth decay typically progresses through the following stages: (more…)

FAQs: Dental Implants

FAQs: Dental ImplantsOur mouths are designed to lose teeth as children, but not as adults. This can make losing a tooth as an adult quite a challenging experience. There are options to replace your tooth. While prosthesis like a crown, bridge, or dentures replace the body of your tooth, a dental implant replaces the roots of your tooth. If the body of your tooth is replaced and your appearance is restored (not to mention your abilities to bite, speak, and chew), then why is it important to replace the roots of your tooth? We will answer that question, as well as other frequently asked questions about dental implants. (more…)

Looking For A Whiter Smile?

Looking For A Whiter Smile? The holidays are times where there are lots of photographs taken and lots of interactions with friends, family, and coworkers. You want to look your best and feel confident. A brighter, whiter smile can be one of the fastest ways to boost your confidence in your appearance. Working with your dentist to whiten your smile can mean customized treatment and sometimes faster results. Depending on your specific needs, goals, timeline, and budget, you and your dentist can sort through a few different professional-grade whitening options. You can get a take-home treatment, an in-office treatment, or even consider other cosmetic dentistry options.  (more…)

Q&A About ClearCorrect®

Q&A: ClearCorrect®Many people believe that metal braces are the only option to correct misalignment. Along with this assumption, they believe that dealing with misalignment is only important for teenagers. Misalignment can cause problems beyond just the appearance of your smile, so it is important to correct crooked teeth and smiles. ClearCorrect® can be a good way to adjust your smile. Some common questions surrounding ClearCorrect® and their answers may help better inform you about the treatment.  (more…)