We are a family dental office, caring for patients of all ages since 1971. We welcome you to call or stop by to talk to our staff about your dental needs. Our services include:
- White fillings
- Crowns/ caps
- Tooth Removal
- Wisdom tooth removal
- Nitrous oxide/ Laughing gas
- Oral Sedation
- Periodontal Treatments
- Root Canals
- Night Guards/ Grinding guards
- Athletic Mouth Guards
No more silver fillings
We have all heard about cavities. Most of us have had fillings to fix cavities. But how did this happen? Sugar is the major factor. Teeth get decay (cavities) by the acid in our mouths. The acid is produced by bacteria that eat the sugar. This is what causes the cavity. The acid has eaten away at the tooth.
We are finding that it is not only how much sugar you consume, but also how often you consume it. Sipping on 20 ounces of soda for hours is just as bad, if not worse than, drinking a 32 ounce soda in a 5 minute time period. Signs of a cavity include:
- Sensitivity to temperature or sweets
- Broken teeth
- Leaking fillings
- Brown stained chewing surfaces
How do we fix it?
That depends on the size and location of the cavity. Often we can place a tooth colored filling. We don’t use silver-mercury anymore. If the cavity is larger we place a crown or onlay to give the tooth more strength. Catching the cavity early is the key.
Dental bridges have been used for many years. They are fixed in place. They are not removable.
Bridges are supported by the existing teeth surrounding the missing tooth/teeth. The supporting teeth are shaped for crowns and the missing teeth are supported by the crowns. The bridge is cemented into place using the supporting teeth.
They are extremely natural looking and have the advantage of not being removable.
Dental implants are the best long term solution to replace missing teeth in most cases. They can be used to replace a singe tooth or an entire mouth full of teeth. Implants can support a single crown, a multi-tooth bridge or even an entire denture.
The advantages of using implants to restore teeth are:
1. They cannot get cavities
2. The are self supporting (no need to prepare supporting teeth for bridges)
3. The help preserve the supporting bone around adjacent teeth
4. They are extremely versatile.
5. They are almost as good as what you were born with.
Do you have a denture that won’t stay put? Wouldn’t it be great if your denture didn’t move? What about not having to use denture adhesive/ cream? With implants it is possible to have a rock solid denture. In some cases we can even use your existing denture and add implants underneath. Patient experience a dramatic improvement in their comfort and ability to chew. In many cases, patients comment that they can now eat what they want, anytime, anyplace.
Dental implants are titanium tooth roots that are placed into the jaw. After healing the implant can be attached to a crown, bridge or denture. Amazingly most patients have very little discomfort following implant placement. Many of our patients have commented that if they knew it was this easy, they would have done it long ago.
We work with a team of oral surgeons and periodontists to place the implants in the precise positions and restore the implants following healing. Call us today if you would like to talk a bout your dental implant options.
Dentures are tooth replacements for patients who have lost their teeth due to decay or gum disease. Other patients may already have dentures and need them re-fit or re-made.
Missing all of your teeth can create social as well as professional difficulties. The absence of teeth can affect speech and chewing.
We make our dentures based on your specifications. You help pick the shape, shade and arrangement of the teeth. Some patients even bring in old photos to show us what their teeth used to look like. This allows the patient to participate in the treatment and get the look they want.
Dentures are removable, meaning just that, THEY MOVE! Most patients tolerate this very well, but some patients require more stability and retention. The answer to this problem is dental implants. We can create a much more solid denture by locking them in with Dental Implants.
Already have dentures, but they won’t stay?
Wouldn’t it feel great to not have to worry about your denture coming out? Do you hate the taste and feel of denture cream? Implants can be made to fit your existing denture, in most cases. Click here to find out more about Dental Implants.
Partial dentures are removable, just like full dentures. Partials replace missing teeth and clasp (grip) the existing teeth for stability. Partials can be used where fixed bridges are not possible. Partials are supported by the existing teeth and gum tissues. They can be made to blend with your teeth and gums or supported by implants.
Newer, non-metal partials can be designed to be invisible, so no one knows you are wearing one.
Do you wish you could change your smile? We you can and it may only take 2 visits. Porcelain veneers and crowns can change the color, shape, and alignment of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are thin facings that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Porcelain crowns cover the entire tooth, not just the front, like veneers.
Porcelain veneers and crowns can:
1. Close gaps and spaces
2. Fix broken or chipped teeth
3. Change the color of your teeth
4. Make crooked teeth look straight
The change can be dramatic. You can have the teeth of your dreams!
When a filling occupies more than 50% or more of the width of a tooth, a crown or onlay restoration is indicated. Crowns surround the tooth and brace it together, while onlays fit down inside the tooth and cover all or some to the cusps of the tooth to provide strength. Teeth with large fillings are prone to breaking and splitting because the large filling acts as a wedge and breaks the tooth. Crowns and onlays provide strength and stability that a large filling cannot provide to the tooth.
Reasons for a crown or onlay:
- The tooth has a large cavity
- The tooth has a broken filling or restoration
- The tooth has had a root canal
- The tooth has a large weak filling
Crowns and onlays can be made out of different materials. Each material is indicated in different situations.
These materials are:
- Porcelain fused to a metal substructure
- All porcelain
- Porcelain fused to a non-metal substructure
Are you afraid to smile because of a missing tooth?
A smile can say a lot about you. Missing teeth can have a negative impact on how others perceive you. Missing teeth can affect your ability to get a job or interact socially. The photo above is of a young woman that never had a tooth in this space. It was something she had dealt with her entire life.
Missing teeth are quite common. In the U.S. it is not uncommon for adults to be missing Seven teeth on average and almost 10% of adults have no teeth at all!
Missing teeth alter our ability to chew and function properly. More force is placed on the existing teeth which can lead to future problems with your bite and gums. In some cases this even leads to more tooth loss. If these teeth are not replaced the surrounding teeth can tip or collapse into the space. Teeth support the face and loss of this support can lead to collapse of the lips and cheeks.
Tooth replacement options are:
Are your teeth straight, but you don’t like the color? Well then whitening is for you. By making custom moulds of your teeth, we can change your tooth color. The custom trays are worn at night or in the evening. In a week or two, your teeth are lighter. It is that easy. Whitening is one of the least expensive and easiest ways to change the color of your teeth. The results can be amazing.
“The Silent Killer”
Gum disease is the most common reason for tooth loss. An estimated 80% of the American population has some level of gum disease. Severity of gum disease ranges from mild bleeding gums (gingivitis) to advanced gum disease with active pus. Gross!
The worst part is that most people don’t know they have it. Usually it doesn’t hurt until it is too late. Here are some symptoms of gum disease:
- Bleeding gums during brushing and flossing
- Puffy, swollen gums
- Bad taste
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
- Pus coming from your gums
You can lose your life, not just your teeth!
Don’t believe me? Research is showing that inflammation in the body is more important that previously thought. Some suggest that inflammation is the key that triggers heart attacks and stroke. When gum infection gets into your jawbone, harmful bacteria get into your blood stream. Each time you chew, infection gets into your blood which causes inflammation in the blood vessels. The most common source of chronic (long term) inflammation is . . . Gum Disease!!!
Treatment: What can you do?
Prevention is the best option. Don’t get it to start with. Good home care with proper brushing, flossing and daily use of a water pick can prevent gum disease from being present. Once it is present, early treatment is the key.
A complete cleaning of the roots (a.k.a deep cleaning) can lead to tremendous improvements in your gum health. Antibiotic rinses may be used to lower the level of infection in your gums as well. We have learned that what you do is just as important as what we do. Daily brushing, flossing and water picking, along with 3-4 month cleaning intervals is needed to maintain healthy gums in a patient with a history of gum disease.
More advanced cases of gum disease may require referral to a gum specialist (periodontist).
Just the mention of the words root canal can bring fear to peoples’ faces. Truthfully, root canals are really misunderstood. Let’s look at the truth about root canals.
Root Canal truths:
- They don’t hurt. You are numb during the procedure.
- They relieve pain. Teeth that need root canals are painful. When the patient arrives they are often in pain. The root canal treatment relieves this pain and sensitivity.
- Root canals have approximately a 90% success rate.
- The roots of the teeth are not being removed. The canals, inside the root, are cleaned, shaped, sterilized and sealed. When a root canal is completed, the roots are still there, it is the contents of the root that has been removed.
- Root canals save teeth that would have otherwise have been removed
When do you need a root canal?
- There is an abscess (infection) at the end of the root
- Decay has reached the nerve (pulp) of the tooth
- The nerve is irritated beyond its ability to heal. Symptoms include lingering hot or cold sensitivity and spontaneous pain.
- The pulp of the tooth has died and caused inflammation or swelling.
- If you have any of these symptoms, please call us immediately. It will not get better on its own and usually will hurt at the worst time (like when you are leaving town or on a weekend).
My teeth are getting shorter!
- Do your teeth look worn?
- Are they chipping at the edges?
- They all look the same length?
- Do you get frequent headaches?
- Are you breaking fillings or crowns?
Is your jaw sore?
Most people don’t realize they grind their teeth. I should know, I was one of them! Night grinding/ clenching can lead to tooth loss. It can also damage teeth to the point that they need root canals. If the damage is severe, extensive reconstruction (crowns on all teeth) may be needed. Prevention is the key to limiting the damage to your teeth and joints.
A custom made night guard helps prevent the damage to joints, muscles and teeth. While the guard doesn’t stop the grinding habit, it lessens the damage and stress to the teeth and joints. Often this reduces the symptoms of headaches, sore teeth and sore muscles. If you think you may grind your teeth, call us immediately. It could save you thousands of dollars in dental work!
Why do I need x-rays?
We use x-rays to:
- Check for cavities between teeth, under old fillings and around crowns
- Check the bone support around teeth and evaluate gum disease.
- Look for infections/ abscesses around the roots of teeth
- Evaluate wisdom teeth
- Check for cysts, tumors and abnormalities of the teeth and jaws
Without x-rays on a routine basis, we can not properly evaluate your teeth. This could allow your problems to get larger and more expensive.
Dental x-rays are simple and very useful. Many patients are concerned about radiation exposure. We understand this concern. Check out the chart below to see how dental x-rays compare.
|Max. recommended yearly dosage for Radiation Workers||5000 millirem|
|Mammography (breast exam)||1000 millirem|
|Abdominal x-ray||147 millirem|
|Upper leg x-ray||21 millirem|
|Dental Full Mouth Series (16 x-rays)||9 millirem|
|Dental Panoramic x-ray||1 millirem|
|Dental bitewing x-ray||½ millirem|
|Coast to Coast flight||4 millirem|
You would need 2000 dental x-rays to equal the radiation from 1 mammogram or 10,000 dental x-rays to reach your yearly maximum dosage! Throughout your day you generally receive 3 bitewing x-rays worth of radiation (1.5 millirem). When you weigh this against all the conditions seen on a dental x-ray (cavities, periodontal disease, infections, cysts, cancer) it seems like a fair tradeoff.
Your smile says a lot about you. A smile projects confidence and a positive image. People who don’t smile may be seen as unfriendly or lacking confidence. When you smile, other around you will smile too! It has been said, “That the shortest distance between two people is a smile.”
Cosmetic dentistry has changed rapidly. New materials and techniques allow us to restore teeth differently today than we could just 10 years ago.
- White fillings
- Porcelain Veneers
- Crowns and Onlays
We have been serving the Rockwall area since 1971. Patients of all ages come see us for regular checkups and routine family care. We want to preserve your long term oral health. There are many things that can lead to tooth loss: Cavities, Gum Disease, and bite problems (grinding).
Many patients don’t realize that your oral health can cause problems with your overall health and wellness.