Archive for December, 2013

I’m considering cosmetic dentistry – Which questions should I ask my dentist?

Cosmetic dentistry can transform a patient’s appearance and self-image. With the ability to correct embarrassing flaws such as missing, chipped, crooked, and stained teeth, your dentist can use a number of procedures and methods to improve the aesthetic components of your smile. Combining an artistic eye with state-of-the-art techniques, your smile can be drastically improved with porcelain veneers, white restorations, dental implants, Invisalign clear braces, and professional teeth whitening.

If you’re wondering how cosmetic dentistry can improve your life and your appearance, consider scheduling a consultation with your dentist. At your appointment, you can discuss problem areas with your teeth that you would like to see improved and discuss which procedure or combination of procedures are best for your needs. 

If you’re wondering how cosmetic dentistry can improve your life and your appearance, consider scheduling a consultation with your dentist.

Before visiting your dentist for a smile makeover consultation, you may want to write down any questions you have before your appointment. Be sure to inquire about which procedures your dentist recommends and why. Because some procedures such as porcelain veneers are permanent while, you should ask for a basic overview of recommended procedures to help you make an informed decision.

Because many insurance plans do not cover cosmetic procedures, consider discussing costs and financing options with your dentist. If necessary, develop a savings plan to pay for your smile makeover out-of-pocket. In some cases, you may be eligible for third-party financing. If third-party financing is an option, ask the dental office’s patient coordinator for advice and suggestions.

In some cases, cosmetic dental work may overlap with restorative dental procedures. If you’re in need of fillings or crowns to address tooth decay, ask your dentist about white restorations made from high-quality porcelain and composite resin.

To achieve your smile makeover goals, it’s important to feel comfortable discussing your concerns openly with your dentist. Improving a smile with cosmetic dental work is a highly individualized service and open communication between a patient and his or her doctor helps ensure patient satisfaction.

To learn more about cosmetic dentistry, call our dental team at 512-200-7422 to reserve an appointment.

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How Menopause Affects Your Oral Health

Studies show that woman typically practice healthier oral hygiene than men; however, research also indicates that females are more susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay than males. This is due, in large part, to hormonal fluctuations that women encounter during pregnancy and menopause. Due to the body’s changes during menopause, women are also susceptible to bone deterioration in the jawbones which can impact oral health in a variety of ways.

When it comes to hormonal fluctuations during menopause increasing a patient’s risk for periodontal disease, women should practice meticulous oral hygiene and visit a dentist frequently. Because gum disease is linked to other systemic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s, a female patient’s overall health is at risk during menopausal years.

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss because the infection and inflammation present in gingival tissue weakens the supportive bond between teeth and gums. As the gums pull away from teeth and tartar builds up along the roots of teeth, they eventually become loose and fall out.

Because women may experience a decrease in saliva production during menopause, they are at a heightened risk for decay. Saliva is the mouth’s natural way of rinsing away leftover food particles and diluting acid. When saliva production is diminished, acids will attack and ultimately weaken tooth enamel.

Furthermore, menopause can contribute to osteoporosis which surprisingly affects oral health. Osteoporosis, the thinning of bone mass, affects any bone in the body, including a patient’s jaw bones. Because the jaw anchors teeth in place, osteoporosis of the jaw may result in tooth loss.

Visiting your dentist regularly for examinations and cleanings is imperative to prevent or stop the progression of certain oral conditions associated with menopause. Women should discuss their overall health and any changes in the appearance of their teeth and gums with their dentist.

To learn more about how menopause affects your oral health or to schedule an examination or cleaning, contact our team of dentists to reserve an appointment.

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