Posts Tagged ‘dental procedures’

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.

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.

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