Posts Tagged ‘Cosmetic Dentistry’

How to Whiten Your Teeth Without a Dental Visit | Dumas Dentist

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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We visit the dentist when our teeth hurt, but when we voluntarily go to the dentist it’s cosmetic – we want a “brightens any room” kind of smiles. However, it’s important to understand that while whitening is effective, you are the first line of defense when it comes to keeping your pearly whites pearly.

One of the major causes of stains is a dark colored beverage, such as coffee, tea, and wine. The surface of your teeth is made up of enamel, a hard material, but not a perfectly flat or smooth material. While enamel is great at protecting your teeth from breaking, those cracks and ridges allow dark colored particles to collect. Over time, those particles will become more and more visible. For patients that are unwilling to sacrifice dark beverages, consider drinking these beverages at a specific time each day rather than throughout. Rinse or brush any remaining particles from the mouth afterwards so you can continue to indulge with a lower chance of developing significant staining.

Smoking is damaging to many parts of the body, and teeth and gums are no exception. Much like particles from coffee can sit in the pores of your enamel, tar will find its way into the pores of your teeth, causing a similar stain.

For both beverage-related and smoking-related staining, the best way to avoid the problem is by stopping the staining activity, if at all possible. Even lowering your intake will make a significant difference in the state of your smile.

For more information on teeth whitening, 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.

Which Dental Filling Is Right for Me? | Dumas Dentist

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

 

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Are you curious about what types of dental filling options you have, and what types there are? Lots of people can get confused by what sort of dental filling options they have. Your dental options vary depending on your health, where and how the filling is placed, the amount of pressure the tooth takes on while chewing, and the type of materials that should be used for your individual needs. Some of the choices you may have to choose from include amalgam, composite, and ionomers.

Amalgam filling are extremely durable, relativity inexpensive compared to the alternatives and can be done in one dentist visit. This type of filling can sustain a heavy chewing load and are usually used in the restoration of your molars. One of the disadvantages of amalgam filling are that they won’t match your natural tooth.

Composite fillings consist of fine glass particles or quartz and resin, and usually people can’t even tell its been filled! More of the natural structure of the tooth is preserved, it provides great resistance against fractures and are also quite durable. Unfortunately, composite fillings can chip off the tooth, discolor and stain over time, are a bit more expensive.

Ionomers are the least durable filling and are made out of a mixture of fine glass powders and acrylic acids. This type of filling is commonly used to fill cavities on the root of teeth or in small filling that doesn’t require any chewing resistance.

To determine what type of filling is fitting for your individual needs, 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 Dental Crown? | Dumas Dentist

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

crownsHaving a dental issue is nothing unusual. There are plenty of reasons your tooth can get chipped, cracked or damaged. life is full of all kinds of accidents that can damage our teeth. So it’s comforting to know that there is a fix when something happens. First thing’s first – get to a dentist stat. The sooner you get into a chair, the better off your tooth will be. Chances are, your dentist is going to suggest applying a crown to the damaged tooth.

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap basically that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. Dental crowns are actually very beneficial. Dental crowns, while typically used for cosmetic reasons may be beneficial in aiding a number of oral care areas for adults 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

For children, a dental crown may benefit them in these ways:

  • 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 can drastically improve your smile and oral health, and may be necessary for your child’s as well. 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!

What if I need more than one crown?

A dental bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap; these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth, with false tooth/teeth in between. Like dental crowns, these provide more than just the cosmetic benefits to your overall oral care. Similarly, dental bridges are custom fit and colored to provide a cohesive look to provide natural look.

If you feel you may need dental crowns, contact Dumas Family Dentistry at 806-935-2725 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit www.dumastexasdentist.com for additional information.

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

I Need Dental Implants! What to Expect

Friday, July 1st, 2016

dental implantYou never thought it could happen, but your dentist tells you that you need dental implants. What exactly does that entail? A dental implant is an artificial tooth root similar to a screw that is placed in your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Like a prosthetic for your smile. It will take a few procedures but once it’s done, it’ll be like you never had a missing tooth.

But what now? You have a basic grasp of daily oral care, but implants can’t possibly be the same to maintain as normal teeth, right? Does this mean you will need to retrain yourself a new dental care routine in order to look after them? Not exactly, but you will definitely have some things to alter a bit. The following are just a few things to keep in mind as you are going forward with your brand new teeth.

Once you have your implants in place, you will have a tooth/teeth that will look just like the others. You will be able to eat normally, speak without issue and no one will be able to tell so you can smile just as you did before losing the tooth. While implants are designed to withstand quite a bit, but just because they aren’t your originals, it doesn’t mean you can go neglecting them. They may not be able to get cavities like your originals, but they can go bad on you like the real versions. You can get inflamed gums and infections, or periodontal disease, just like before. So consider them exactly like your real teeth when you are looking after them. Dental implants are generally meant to last for decades to come, but they are still breakable. Handle them with care. Make sure you are careful when you are cleaning or caring for them.

Your “new teeth” will require periodic checking by your dentist to ensure that everything is working properly and the surrounding gums and bone are being maintained and remain healthy. They will also require x-rays periodically to evaluate the level of bone around your implants. If gum disease is taking place, your gums will recede, showing your implants and making them weaker and prone to breaking. Dental restorations attached to your implants will also require periodic checking by your dentist to verify that they are secure and functioning properly.

If you feel you may need dental implants, contact Dumas Family Dentistry at 806-935-2725 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit www.dumastexasdentist.com for additional information.

Teeth Whitening Aftercare Advice

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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So you’ve just gotten your teeth whitened for the first time and you’re unaware of how to care your newly whitened pearly whites. Well you’ve come to the right spot, Dumas Family Dentistry has all of the teeth whitening aftercare advice you’ve been searching for. To keep your pearly whites sparkling after getting your teeth whitened you must keep up with proper oral hygiene. Also, there are some foods and beverages that are best avoided, especially immediately after your teeth whitening treatment. The follow list below includes advices on how to keep your pearly whites sparkling:

  • You must avoid dark colored beverages immediately after your teeth whitening treatment. Beverages such as black tea, coffee, dark soda, and red wine can easily stain your teeth. If you choose to enjoy a cup of black tea or coffee every morning, consider drinking it through a straw as it will lessen the exposer of the liquid to your teeth.
  • Avoid eating any bright or dark colored foods immediately after your teeth whitening treatment, as they can cause staining to your teeth. Trying sticking to white foods such as potatoes, pasta or chicken.
  • You should avoid wearing any type of lipstick immediately after getting your teeth whitened. Lipstick is known to stain due to its semi-permanent color.
  • If you smoke, immediately after the teeth whitening treatment you should avoid smoking for at least 12 hours, or 24 if you can help it. There are many ingredients in cigarettes that causes staining.
  • Make sure to brush and floss your pearly whites daily to remove plaque build-up that can cause staining to your teeth. Proper oral hygiene calls for brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.
  • Try rinsing your mouth out with water after every meal to get rid of remaining food debris that could potentially stain your newly whitened pearls whites.

After getting your teeth whitened, your long term results are determined on your lifestyle choices and how well you keep up with a proper oral hygiene routine. If you stick this teeth whitening aftercare advice your pearly whites will remain whiter for a much longer period.

If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, contact Dumas Family Dentistry in Dumas, TX at 806-935-2725 or visit our website at www.dumastexasdentist.com for more information regarding the dental services we offer.

Dental Implants

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

implant diagramDo 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

The procedure for installing the implant is straightforward, but takes time. Once the tooth is extracted, the area is allowed to heal. At this time, the dentist will likely make a mold of the mouth so that the final implant can be created in a lab. Once the tooth socket is healed, the post is attached to the bone, and again the mouth is allowed to heal. During this time, a lightweight temporary crown will be placed (often using a retainer) to maintain the patient’s smile and protect the titanium post. Once the screw is healed in place, the new permanent crown is attached, and the patient has a new artificial tooth that looks exactly like the tooth it replaced.

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.

To learn more about 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.

Dealing with Stained Teeth

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

176997237While many dentists will focus on plaque, tartar, and cavities, the real reason many patients visit the dentist is cosmetic – they want a pretty smile, and that’s great. Many dentists have techniques and treatments to help perfect a patient’s smile, and many times those include professional whitening. However, it’s important to understand that whitening is effective, but may not be necessary if the patient properly cares for their teeth and avoids activities that cause stains.

One of the major causes of stains is a dark colored beverage, such as coffee, tea, and wine. The surface of your teeth is made up of enamel, a hard material, but not a perfectly flat or smooth material. While enamel is great at protecting your teeth from breaking, the small pits, cracks, and ridges allow dark colored particles to collect. Over time, those particles will become more and more visible, leading to a darkening of the patient’s smile.

While avoiding coffee, soda, tea, and wine may be an option for some patients, it’s a less popular choice for others. For patients that are unwilling to sacrifice dark beverages, consider drinking these beverages at a specific time each day rather than sipping throughout the day. Follow this with a glass of water to rinse remaining particles from the mouth. Consider brushing your teeth 30-60 minutes later – giving your enamel a chance to re-harden after the acidic beverage, but still removing the particles before they can permanently stain your teeth. By doing this, you can continue to drink coffee, tea, soda, or wine with a lower chance of developing significant staining.

One of the other common causes of stained teeth is smoking. Smoking is damaging to many parts of the body, and teeth and gums are no exception. Much like particles from coffee can sit in the pores of your enamel, tar will find its way into the pores of your teeth, causing a similar stain.

For both beverage-related and smoking-related staining, the best way to avoid the problem is by stopping the staining activity – avoid coffee, wine, soda, and smoking, if at all possible. If that’s not an option, try to limit your activity to fewer times each day, rinsing your mouth with water after each occurrence, and consider consulting your dentist for professional whitening as the stains develop.

To learn more about oral health 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.

Dental Veneers for a Beautiful Smile!

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

close up smile red lipstickDental veneers are a commonly proposed solution to a wide range of problems. The basic concept is simple: the outer layer of the tooth is removed, and a new, hard, shiny shell is installed in its place.

The basic description sounds simple, but the flexibility provided by this basic procedure makes it a viable option for a number of potential problems. When teeth are discolored (due to root canal treatments, various drugs, or even large fillings), a veneer can provide a bright white surface. When teeth are worn down, cracked, or chipped, veneers can provide a strong, intact surface to repair the patient’s bite and smile. When teeth are misaligned or unusually shaped, veneers can provide a strong, well-shaped surface to match the other teeth in the patient’s mouth.  When gaps exist between two teeth, veneers can be used to narrow the gap and provide a more natural looking smile.

Veneers typically utilize porcelain, which is well tolerated by gum tissue, and provides a strong, natural looking surface that matches nearby teeth. However, patients considering veneers should consult their dentist to discuss the possible downsides, such as the fact that they are non-reversible, difficult to repair, and may not be a good choice for patients who have existing dental problems (such as decaying teeth, as the veneer will not solve the problem of decay, and may complicate fillings in the future).

There are often options to veneers – such as bonding and crowns – and insurance coverage varies by cause (often times veneers are considered cosmetic, but some cases may be covered). Talk to your dentist to discuss whether veneers are right for you.

To learn more about dental veneers 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.

Are Dental Implants for You?

Friday, May 8th, 2015

176997237Have you ever considered replacing missing or broken teeth with a dental implant? We often find that patients have a broad understanding of a prosthetic solution but are unaware of the major benefits surrounding the details.

If you have been thinking about how to best address your tooth loss for long-term satisfaction and a strong, healthy smile, we encourage you to consider some very compelling reasons to choose implants.

Jawbone Health:

A lost tooth should be considered a top priority. The longer the gap remains, the more damage it can wreak on your jawbone and your remaining teeth. Even if you replace your lost teeth with a dental bridge or dentures, the sockets in your jawbone that held your teeth’s roots will remain empty. However, implants are inserted into your jawbone, and will restore the support that conventional replacement teeth lack.

Implant Posts can Last for Life: The post of an implant, which rests inside of your jawbone, can last for life with proper care and maintenance. While your dental crown or denture may need replacement after several years of use, the replacement process is significantly simpler. Your jawbone will not have changed shape as dramatically as it does without implants, so measuring for the new appliance will not be as challenging. Since the posts remain, we can simply attach the new prosthesis to your implants once it is crafted.

Adios cavities!

Yes! The days of cavities are long gone with dental implants! While you still need to take care of your dental implants, gums and mouth – you will be physically unable to get a cavity.

Dental Implants are Safe:

Dental implants are a very safe procedure that has been being practiced for more than 30 years. Dental implants are made of titanium and biocompatible material that is accepted by the body. ‘The success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%.’

Money Saver:

Since dental implants are designed to be a longterm solution, you won’t have to worry about constantly replacing crowns, bridges and dentures. These temporary options add up in price over the years in numerous visits to the dentist and so on, and not to mention, lots of frustration(Source: WebMD).

 

Restoring your mouth to its natural state is a major confidence boost! Also being able to eat what you want, when you want, where you want. Being able to smile shamelessly. Being pain-free and worry free. Dental implants look and feel like real teeth, you no longer have anything to be ashamed of. You can laugh and smile and feel good about how you look!

Invest in your future by maintaining a beautiful  smile. You only have one change to make a first impression.

To learn more about 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.

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