Do You Have a Dingy Smile? | Dumas Dentist

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

459899307If you find that you have become obsessed with having a bright white smile, you are not alone. The problem is that many of our lifestyle choices prevent us from having the gleaming white grins we all crave. It is then that we give in and head over to our local Dumas dentist for a whitening treatment. In fact, this cosmetic procedure is so common in dental offices because we place such a high value on the appearance of our smiles. According to an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey:

  • Virtually all adults (99.7%) believe a smile is an important social asset. 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex
  • Three-quarters (74%) of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chance for career success
  • The most common response for a wanted improvement was whiter, brighter teeth

There are many different ways to whiten your teeth, both naturally and over-the-counter, but professional tooth whitening in a dental office is of course the preferred whitening method. The best whitening systems are used in your dentist’s office and your teeth can literally brighten up to ten shades in typically about an hour. In-office whitening is typically focused on the front eight teeth and is a great jump start for take-home whitening, which is a part of an effective whitening program. The advantage is that tooth whitening can last for one or more years, depending on how well you take care of your teeth, and especially if you’re using a home whitening product for regular maintenance.

For more information on teeth whitening, call Dumas Family Dentistry at , 806-935-2725 or visit our website at www.dumastexasdentist.com or come in to discuss in detail what treatment options are right for you.

Dumas Family Dentistry proudly serves Dumas, TX and all surrounding areas.

Uh Oh…It Looks Like You Need a Root Canal | Dumas Dentist

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

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You go to your appointment, expecting the usual routine checkup. But for some reason, this time it’s different. This time the dentist tells you that you need a root canal.

Typically performed by endodontists, root canals are dental procedures that focus on treating the inside of the tooth to save the outside of the tooth. But, what exactly happens inside your mouth that causes the need for a root canal? Beneath the white enamel that coats the tooth, and the hard layer – known as dentin – that gives the tooth it’s structure is a soft pulp containing blood vessels and nerves that both provide nutrients to the tooth during development. As you age, the pulp can become inflamed or infected due to causes such as deep decay, cracked teeth, or even repeated dental procedures. If the pulp becomes infected, it can be the cause of significant pain, even potentially causing abscesses over time.

A dentist will typically make a recommendation for root canal if they determine that the pulp is negatively impacted. For patients, though, some signs that a root canal may be required include severe pain (especially when chewing, or when pressure is applied to the tooth), tooth discoloration, swelling and tenderness to the nearby gums, or a crack so severe that pulp material can be seen or felt. While these symptoms are signs you may need a root canal, it’s also possible that deep decay can require a root canal without causing any symptoms at all.

For more information on root canals, call Dumas Family Dentistry at , 806-935-2725 or visit our website at http://www.dumastexasdentist.com or come in to discuss in detail what treatment options are right for you.

Dumas Family Dentistry proudly serves Dumas, TX and all surrounding areas.

Don’t Ignore the Pain in Your Mouth | Dumas Dentist

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

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When your mouth hurts, do you ignore it? Chances are, you do. Take an aspirin or a cold compress & deal with the pain until you can’t take it anymore. Then we make a dental appointment. The problem is, the issue has only gotten worse.

So, why do you have tooth pain in the first place? Your poor dental hygiene can lead to cavity development and can progress into a much deeper issue. A physical accident can lead to cracked or chipped teeth and can progress into something worse, and likely accompanied by a lot of discomfort or pain.

Pain and pressure associated with a root canal only occurs when the root canal becomes infected and dies. A root canal in your tooth can become infected due to a cavity or fracture that allows in bacteria. These are the first signs that you will need one of the most common restorations, root canal therapy. Without treatment, the infection spreads and could lead to tooth loss. And when it gets to that point, you are likely to visit your dental professional to fix it, which will likely result in the need of a root canal.

In case you are unaware, root canal therapy is the process by which the infected tooth is cleaned, the diseased tissue is removed, and the canal is reshaped and filled. A root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile!

For more information on dental pain, call Dumas Family Dentistry at , 806-935-2725 or visit our website at http://www.dumastexasdentist.com or come in to discuss in detail what treatment options are right for you.

Dumas Family Dentistry proudly serves Dumas, TX and all surrounding areas.

Do I Have Bruxism? | Dumas Dentist

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

jaw pain-tmjBruxism is a disorder that is fairly common, but also poorly understood by many patients. Reports suggest that its rate of occurrence in the population ranges from 8-30%, but many patients tend not to get diagnosed because they are asymptomatic. Bruxism can occur during sleep or while awake, and the causes are not always fully understood.

Most people who grind their teeth are unaware of the problem. While some may be told that they grind their teeth by family who hear it at night, others may be told by a dentist that notices damage to the bite surfaces of teeth during routine checkups.

Patients may also notice some symptoms that they don’t immediately connect with bruxism:

  • Hypersensitivity can be due to worn enamel and dentin, becoming sensitive to hot and cold
  • Like hypersensitivity, as tooth material is worn, both natural teeth and restorations become more likely to break
  • Muscle soreness or fatigue of the jaw, tongue, or neck
  • Pain, tenderness, or clicking in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), where the lower jaw attaches to the skull
  • Headaches, especially in the temple, caused by muscle soreness associated with the temporalis muscle

Because bruxism can permanently damage teeth, it’s important to diagnose and treat it as soon as any symptoms are noticed. The treatment options vary. Damage to teeth can be treated with normal dental procedures, but treating bruxism typically involves medical devices such as dental guards or medications such as benzodiazepines and muscle relaxers.

If you notice any of the symptoms of bruxism, or if you’re told by a family member that you grind your teeth in your sleep, speak to your dentist as soon as possible. Diagnosing and treating bruxism is important for maintaining the health of your teeth.

For more information on bruxism, call Dumas Family Dentistry at , 806-935-2725 or visit our website at http://www.dumastexasdentist.com or come in to discuss in detail what treatment options are right for you.

Dumas Family Dentistry proudly serves Dumas, TX and all surrounding areas.

Dental Implants: What You Need to Know | Dumas Dentist

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

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Do you have a cracked tooth, severe cavity, or a tooth damaged by physical trauma such as a fall? While it’s possible that your tooth may not be able to be saved, modern dentistry has a number of options that look and feel like a natural tooth, and one of the most common solutions for teeth that can’t be saved is the dental implant.

Dental implants are a combination of procedures that work together to provide a fake tooth for patients. Dental implants are popular choices for dentists because they tend to last a very long time, have a high success rate, can be used for treating a wide variety of serious problems, and provide a replacement tooth that is almost indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Dental implants are popular among patients because the implant looks and feels like a tooth, implants do not require special cleaning like bridges, and they do not need to be removed nightly like dentures.

Implants consist of three primary components:

  • A titanium post screwed into the bone of the tooth socket
  • A titanium extension post is attached to the screw base and provides a socket for the crown
  • A dental crown – often porcelain – is attached to the middle titanium post

Properly cared for, a dental implant may last for decades – 30 years, or more. If you have a tooth that is damaged, or if you believe a dental implant may be right for you, ask your dentist about implants. The procedure takes time, but is a great solution for severely damaged teeth.

For more information on dental implants, call Dumas Family Dentistry at , 806-935-2725 or visit our website at http://www.dumastexasdentist.com or come in to discuss in detail what treatment options are right for you.

Dumas Family Dentistry proudly serves Dumas, TX and all surrounding areas.

What Is a Prophylaxis? | Dumas Dentist

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

176997237Prophylaxis, or prophy for short, is a non-therapeutic dental cleaning procedure aimed towards the maintenance of a clean and healthy mouth. Not only do you get a very thorough cleaning, but it also prevents the progression of periodontal diseases and gingivitis, which invade and colonize right around the gum line. The good thing is, if you need to have a prophylaxis, you are doing a fantastic job maintaining your dental health!

So, why is a prophylaxis cleaning done if you’re doing a great job? Well, even your best efforts will never clean as well as a professional cleaning. They have instruments that can get into places a regular brush and floss cannot, so having this extra-strength cleaning will only help your dental efforts.

During your prophylaxis treatment, your hygienist will remove tartar and plaque build-up, both above and below the gum line to help prevent gum disease. Stains will be removed, leaving your smile a beautiful shade of white. By removing any food particles, plaque and bacteria, you lessen the chance of having chronic bad breath. Not only will you have a more aesthetically pleasing smile, but having this cleaning done will also anticipate any issues that may arise in the future. If caught early enough, you may never develop dental issues that may call for a more serious procedure.

Regular cleaning is done a couple times a year and is considered a preventative procedure by your dental insurance, as regular cleanings can help prevent future dental issues.

For more information on prophylaxis cleanings, call Dumas Family Dentistry at , 806-935-2725 or visit our website at http://www.dumastexasdentist.com or come in to discuss in detail what treatment options are right for you.

Dumas Family Dentistry proudly serves Dumas, TX and all surrounding areas.

Dental Crowns Will Improve Your Smile | Dumas Dentist

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

crownsHaving a dental issue is nothing unusual. There are plenty of reasons your tooth can get chipped, cracked or damaged, so it’s comforting to know that there is a fix when something happens. So, when something happens to break your teeth, you need to visit the dentist. Chances are, your dentist is going to suggest applying a crown to the damaged tooth.

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength to improve its function and appearance. While typically used for cosmetic reasons, dental crowns may be beneficial in aiding a number of oral care areas, such as:

  • Protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  • Restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
  • Cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
  • Hold a dental bridge in place
  • Cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Save a tooth that has been so damaged by decay that it can’t support a filling
  • Protect the teeth of a child at high risk for tooth decay, especially when a child has difficulty keeping up with daily oral hygiene
  • Decrease the frequency of sedation and general anesthesia

Dental crowns are fit to you personally and are customized to ensure they are as authentic as possible, as well as require as few as two dental visits.

For more information on dental crowns, call Dumas Family Dentistry at , 806-935-2725 or visit our website at http://www.dumastexasdentist.com or come in to discuss in detail what treatment options are right for you.

Dumas Family Dentistry proudly serves Dumas, TX and all surrounding areas.

Don’t Fear the Root Canal | Dumas Dentist

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

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Have you recently been told that you need a root canal? If so, you’re not alone. There are millions of people that have had to have root canal treatment. While you may feel apprehensive about getting the procedure done due to all the stories floating around, I assure you they aren’t as bad as you may think.

Root canal treatments are done to repair and save a damaged or infected tooth. The treatment involves your dentist or endodontist removing the damaged tooth pulp, cleaning out the infection, and then filling and sealing the tooth. Below includes a list of what you can expect during a root canal treatment:

  • X-rays. If your dentist seems to think that you may need a root canal, he will first take X-rays to confirm and to show where the decay is located.
  • Anesthesia. Before the actual root canal treatment begins your dentist or endodontist will administer local anesthesia to the affected tooth. Despite popular belief, root canals are no more painful than dental fillings.
  • Pulpectomy. After your tooth has been numbed an opening is created and the damaged tooth pulp is removed from both the crown and root.
  • Filling. Once the pulpectomy is done, the roots that have been opened are filled with a rubber-like material and sealed with dental cement.

Now that you’ve been properly informed about root canal treatments, you should hopefully feel less hesitant and more relaxed about having the procedure done if you ever have to. Keeping up with your dental hygiene will drop your chances extensively.

For more information on root canals, call Dumas Family Dentistry at , 806-935-2725 or visit our website at http://www.dumastexasdentist.com or come in to discuss in detail what treatment options are right for you.

Dumas Family Dentistry proudly serves Dumas, TX and all surrounding areas.

Fact or Fiction: Root Canal Edition | Dumas Dentist

Friday, June 30th, 2017

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There is little your dentist can tell you more frightening than the words root canal. If you think of a root canal as a tremendously painful dental procedure, you’re not alone. There are several myths about root canals that have mislead many people, and it’s about time that these myths are put to rest. Here are the top five:

Myth 1: Root canals are only necessary when you experience tooth pain.

In some cases, when teeth die they no longer cause pain and need to have root canal to avoid it from becoming infected.

Myth 2: Root canals are painful.

Root canals are actually what relieve the pain associated with progressive and severe decay that has reach the root of a tooth and caused infection.

Myth 3: Root canals are long process.

Many people have been lead to believe that root canal treatment requires several visits to the dentist office, but that is not the case. In fact, a single visit can restore the infected tooth and preform a root canal.

Myth 4: Root canals can cause illness.

Not only is a root canal treatment safe and effective, it eliminates the bacteria from the infected tooth, improving your oral health and overall health.

Myth 5: Tooth extractions are a better alternative to root canals.

Root canal treatment isn’t only cost effective, it allows you to keep your natural tooth. Replacement alternatives for missing teeth requires additional treatments, a lengthier process, and an elevated cost.

For more information on root canals, call Dumas Family Dentistry at , 806-935-2725 or visit our website at http://www.dumastexasdentist.com or come in to discuss in detail what treatment options are right for you.

Dumas Family Dentistry proudly serves Dumas, TX and all surrounding areas.

Flossing: Why You Need to Do It | Dumas Dentist

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

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We all know we’re supposed to floss daily and its importance, but let’s be honest – most of us don’t! We bet you even answer, ‘Yes!’ when we ask you at your dental visits if you’ve been flossing. We can tell you haven’t. So, instead of flossing the morning of your dental appointment, let’s go over why it’s so important to floss daily.

Brushing + flossing = more effective. A toothbrush works to removing plaque with its bristles. Brushing alone has one big drawback: A toothbrush’s bristles can’t adequately clean between the teeth or under the gums. That’s where floss comes in, to get in those tiny spaces between your teeth to get the grime out your toothbrush can’t reach.

Protect your gums. Where the gums and teeth meet are where flossing plays its major role. Particles of food can get lodged here, and plaque in this area will harden over time to form tartar, that your dentist will remove with a scraper. Tartar buildup can lead to gingivitis.

Disease Prevention. Gum disease can have effects that go beyond discolored teeth, discomfort and bad breath. Research has shown that the bacteria in an unhealthy mouth can harm the rest of the body, leading to heart disease, diabetes and respiratory illness.

Flossing is an essential part of any oral health care routine. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to achieve optimal oral health. Pick a time of day when you can devote an extra couple of minutes to your dental care.

For more information on flossing, call Dumas Family Dentistry at , 806-935-2725 or visit our website at http://www.dumastexasdentist.com or come in to discuss in detail what treatment options are right for you.

Dumas Family Dentistry proudly serves Dumas, TX and all surrounding areas.

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