Dental Crown Vs Filling

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On a recent Saturday when we were open, a young woman walked into our Garland dental practice for a complimentary second opinion/consult. Chief Complaint A broken filling that needs to be repaired. What we found On examining her tooth and the X-ray we figured out that the a sizable portion of the tooth had broken off. What patient requested The patient requested just getting the tooth restored with a large tooth colored filling. Why We Do Not Recommend A Filling It’s quite common for patients to want treatment that is conservative in nature and less expensive but many a times … Continue reading

Are Dental Veneers Right For You ?

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Dental Veneers in Garland, TX Everyone wants a smile that is perfect. In today’s world , with the media explosion a Hollywood smile is something everyone strives for. For several individuals such a smile is attainable. Veneers – Boon for some , bane for others. What are Dental Veneers? Veneers are a thin shield of porcelain that are used to change the appearance of undesirable teeth. Undesirable may include stained teeth, chipped teeth or malformed teeth. The thin shield is held in place by adhesives called luting cements. Veneers are usually fabricated in 2 steps, the first appointment would include … Continue reading

Ethics In Dentistry Today

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Last week, after a long day’s work, my staff and I were getting ready to close up. An elderly gentleman walked into our dental practice in Garland, TX. The gentleman wanted to know if we could provide him a second opinion for his dental needs. Though we were nearly done for the day, we made an exception for this man, as he seemed under some kind of distress. The staff seated him and took X-rays of his teeth. I did a thorough exam and observed that he had generally fair oral hygiene and needed only a little bit of work. … Continue reading

Brushing tips for our patients

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General tips on maintaining good oral hygiene: Regardless of the toothbrush, practice proper tooth brushing Brush at least twice a day, for 2 minutes each time. Don’t let food sit on your teeth for long periods Good brushing habits and proper technique will help you avoid periodontal disease, minimize bone loss, and keep your teeth healthy and clean. Some tips on brushing: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and use a gentle brushing motion. Use gentle pressure and brush for about 2 minutes. Angle the brush at about a 45 degree angle up onto the tooth and into the gum line. Get … Continue reading

Are electric toothbrushes more effective ?

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There has been a lot of debate about electric toothbrushes (or powered toothbrushes) and regular toothbrushes. Electric toothbrushes provide several times more horsepower in terms of strokes per minute than manual toothbrushes. So, clearly, electric toothbrushes must be better for you right ? Not necessarily… We have patients who say they their teeth feel less clean after using an electric toothbrush. And we have patients who swear by their sonic toothbrushes as well. While having an electric toothbrush cannot hurt, I think it really boils down to the technique, and that its not the toothbrush that makes the difference. Types … Continue reading

Baby Bottle Decay

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Parents often wonder why their children have white or brown spots in their teeth. They are even more confused or sometimes even angry when a dentist mentions “Baby Bottle Decay” or “Early Childhood Caries”. Children need healthy teeth to chew food, speak and have a good looking smile. Their first teeth also help make sure their adult teeth come in correctly. While children do get a new set of teeth when the childhood teeth fall off, it is important to instill a sense of good oral hygiene to help protect their teeth for decades to come. What is Baby Bottle … Continue reading

The Fuss about Periodontal (Gum) Disease

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What is Gum Disease ? Gum disease is a serious bacterial infection that, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. Gum Disease, or Periodontal disease, is a chronic infection and affects the gums and the bone that support the teeth. It begins when the bacteria in plaque (the colorless, sticky film that constantly forms on your teeth) causes the gums to become inflamed. Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or more teeth. Gum disease is classified into two types: Gingivitis Periodontitis Gingivitis Gingivitis is caused by long term effects of plaque deposits on your teeth.If we don’t remove plaque, … Continue reading

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