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Can cosmetic veneers damage your teeth?

March 15, 2021

Cosmetic dentistry as an industry has evolved a lot over the last two decades. Even if you have had cosmetic dental work done in the last couple of years, you might have a question about a new treatment or procedure you just recently heard about. I would say one of the most frequently asked questions we receive from patients in our office is… “Do cosmetic veneers damage your teeth?”

Porcelain veneers believe it or not do ruin or damage your teeth. Our cosmetic dentists here at San Marcos Dental Center, take a lot of pride in equipping each patient with the information or knowledge needed to create the best treatment plan.

What are co

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April 19, 2021

A dental extraction is a favored dental procedure. Dental extractions are usually a desperate remedy when all other options or treatments have failed. Our primary goal here at San Marcos Dental Center is to protect your dental structure and keep your teeth healthy. Nevertheless, there are times when extracting teeth is unavoidable. 

Under what circumstances should a patient have dental extraction

  • Wisdom teeth removal – Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a great deal of pain and affect your overall dental structure. 
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April 14, 2021

Dental implants are by far the most effective way for long-term tooth replacement. Dental implants operate and look like natural teeth, only requiring a traditional dental hygiene routine to maintain them. But what is the lifespan of dental implants? The answer to your question is twofold it boils down to how healthy your gums and teeth are and the implants you choose. The science and engineering behind dental implants have evolved in the two decades. The cases of implant failures due to functionality or the body rejecting are very rare. Abusing the implant, pre-existing medical conditions, and or disease are more likely causes when dental implants tend to fail. 

How long do dental implants last? 

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April 7, 2021
Cosmetic Veeners

Cosmetic veneers are a phenomenal way to rehabilitate your smile, especially if you are dealing with unpleasant stains, discoloration, or otherwise unattractive teeth. Cosmetic veneers are one of the swiftest and most efficient dental procedures to restore and preserve your smile. Our team here at San Marcos Dental Center will do a thorough dental examination to uncover if you are indeed a good candidate for cosmetic veneers. At the end of the day cosmetic veneers is the swiftest and most efficient dental procedure to restore your smile to its former glory. 

The veneers themselves act as a shell or casing to cover your teeth to mask any defects.

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March 30, 2021

Dental implants are an amazing chance for any patient to restore their teeth to their former splendor. Aesthetic and functional dental implants are a great way to enhance your smile. 

A dental implant’s main purpose is to replace missing or damaged teeth. Dental implants are tailored custom for each patient to work cohesively with your existing teeth. These are five truths about dental implants that most patients may not know: 

Tooth loss is more common than you think 

“According to epidemiological studies, it is estimated that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth

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March 22, 2021
Wisdom Tooth Extraction

If your general dentist mentions it’s time to remove your wisdom teeth. In most cases, they may have to refer to an oral surgeon who will perform the procedure in their office. The recovery process is usually three days you will be back on your feet feeling normal again.

Why should my wisdom teeth be removed? 

Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars located in the back of your mouth. Wisdom teeth usually grow from the ages of 17-25 and can be visible on X-rays. Most patients have the removed for one of the following

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March 1, 2021

Have you ever had a nightmare or dream where you were missing some or all of your teeth? What would you do if you were ever to lose a tooth in real life? One of the best solutions would be to receive a dental implant. Dental implants are a dental procedure where a dentist or oral surgeon surgically places an artificial tooth that is integrated and fused in the jawbone. This is one of the best long-term options for teeth replacement and restoration. 

Just a decade ago if you lost a tooth your only options for treatment of a lost tooth would be a fixed bridge or dentures. The problem with fixed bridges long term they primarily rely on the integrity of the adjacent healthy teeth to be the anchors. Inherently overtime these teeth can be compromised. Your last option to restore your teeth would be removable dentures. The thought of dentures to most would make you cringe. Dentures unfortunately are not a full-proof solution from time to time they slip, fall out, or make an irritating clicking sound when you speak. 

Dental implants are made of titanium and are fused to your jawbone, serving as the foundation fo

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May 17, 2015

Fear has no boundaries affecting all types of people. There are no sex, economic, or race discrimination guidelines. Research shows at least 30% or our population avoids going to the dentist due to fear. Our personal estimate is closer to 50% where anxiety is the culprit for avoiding needed care. With such a large segment of the population needing care but too afraid to seek us out, it is easy to see why a safe, non-judgmental, pain-free experience would be a welcome change for the anxiety-stricken patient. Oral Conscious Sedation (OCS) meets that incredible need. The Dentists who have made a commitment to learn the advanced technical skills required to practice OCS provide a solution for those needing this service putting them into a state of “twilight sleep” without rendering them actually unconscious. To be totally successful a dentist must learn more than just the technical skills. The certified OCS dentist must understand the emotional state as well. This involves understanding the state of a high-fear patient. This requires the dentist to actively listen to those who have avoided dentistry for years because of intense, realistic, palm-sweating, sick-to-the-stomach, eye-popping, and sleep depriving fear. It is a well-known fact that many people are often afraid to tell anyone about their fear, so they feel isolated. As dentists, we must be their “rock” in these situations

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March 7, 2015

It is imperative that dentists adopt to what is known as two distinct, separate causes of oral cancer. Tobacco / alcohol use which is traditionally identified as a leading risk factor for the development of oral cancer and the infection of HPV-16 which is rising rapidly especially in the younger ages that are non-smokers between the ages of 25-50. Oral cancer is on the rise in all age groups regardless of tobacco and alcohol decline due to the spread of the spread of a particular strain of human papilloma virus, HPV-16. In fact, “HPV may contribute to the development of approximately 20% to 30% of all oral cancer case” worldwide and 40 to 80% of all oral cancer case in the US. Because there are two distinct causes for oral cancer, and therefore are two different important protocol for detecting them. For example, recent data tells us the HPV related oral cancer is more elusive than the tobacco / alcohol related cancer. Unlike tobacco and alcohol which occur mostly in the anterior floor of the mouth and the lateral borders

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January 12, 2015

Traditional Impression Technology

In 1984 the first “digital” impression was introduced into the world of dentistry.  This meant that instead of having to fill a patients mouth with impression materials, digital images could be taken with a miniature camera and once stitched together, could be used to fabricate a model on which a crown or bridge could be made. This was a real advantage because the patient wouldn’t be drooling and/or choking on the impression material waiting for it to set up,  a process normally taking 3-5 minutes!  On the other hand, the scanners at the time were very expensive and many doctors felt these first prototypes were not as accurate at the impression materials were.

Digital Imaging Impressions Today

Fast Forward to today.  Along with the advances in computer technology, computer imaging has progressed by leaps and bounds.  Along with this, the number of competitive dental imaging companies has exploded.  Now, instead of taking images of just one tooth, we can scan full arches.  Two methods are now in use and competing with each other.  One, takes still images and “stitches” together these images into a data base that can be transmitted over the internet to the lab for model fabrication to make a crown, bridge or , , , , ,