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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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June 26, 2022

Five Side Effects Of Tooth Extractions

San Marcos Dental Center works hard to provide patients with excellent, comprehensive dental and surgical care. Many patients are referred to our office because their family dentist has told them they need a particular procedure like a tooth extraction. In dental care, tooth extractions are a last resort. Dentists will do everything in their power to save a tooth before resorting to tooth extraction, but sometimes it is necessary to keep other teeth and gums healthy. Prior to any tooth extraction, San Marcos Dental Center will discuss the procedure, the post-op care, and the six most common side effects.

1. Bleeding

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June 11, 2022

Are dental implants painful to get?

Having surgery can be frightening because some part of your body has to be operated on. Since getting dental implants means your jaw has to be cut, it makes sense that a lot of people are apprehensive about the procedure and the amount of pain it will cause.

How painful is the procedure?

One of the biggest motives people believe dental implant surgery is painful is because of what they see on the internet. A quick search for dental implant surgery will net you plenty of pictures or people getting holes drilled into their gums, which looks quite scary if you do not know what is going on. However, there is no reason to worry because the procedure itself is not as painful as it looks.

Let us use a scale of one to ten, with one representing minimal discomfort and ten representing excruciating pain. A straightforward dental impla

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May 22, 2022

Do cosmetic veneers ruin your real teeth?

On the contrary the answer is a firm no, cosmetic veneers do not ruin your natural teeth! In fact, they are designed to fit over your teeth and enhance their naturally beautiful appearance. The first step to understanding that veneers do not hurt or ruin your real teeth is to understand how they work. When you meet with one of our cosmetic dentists for porcelain veneers, we have your veneers custom designed to fit your exact smile. Whether you are in for one veneer or for your whole smile, your new veneers are designed and fabricated for a custom, perfect fit. Veneers are attached to your natural teeth with a special material that hardens under a certain type of light. After they a

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May 9, 2022

5 tips to a speedy recovery after a tooth extraction:

1. Eat a Soft Food Diet

A nutrient-rich diet provides after a tooth extraction your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to promote cell renewal and wound healing. However, it is vital to avoid hard, crunchy, or chewy foods during your recovery to minimize irritation to the empty tooth socket.

Eating a soft food diet allows you to get the nutrition you need without damaging the soft tissue around your surgical site. For the first few days following your procedure, fruit smoothies, lukewarm blended soup or broth, yogurt, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, mashed avocado, and soft fish, like tilapia or Alaskan Pollock are excellent and nutritious options.

2. Avoid Using a Straw or Smoking

Drinking through a straw or smoking creates negative pressure in your mouth, which can dislodge the blood clot that forms in the tooth’s socket. If the blood clot is dislodged, you are at risk of developing a painful condition called a dry socket can lead to severe infect

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April 11, 2022

Dental Implants: How Long Do They Last?

Dental implants are considered to be one of the best options for tooth replacement. A dental implant can replace a single tooth or act as an anchor for a bridge or dentures. There are many advantages of dental implants, including their longevity. Implants are the longest lasting tooth replacement option available. How long do dental implants last? Here’s what you can expect. 

Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime 

The average lifespan of a dental implant is anywhere from 10 -30 years. This means that most likely, depending on your age when you get an implant, it will last for the rest of your life. No other tooth replacement option has the ability to last that long. When you get a dental implant, you are making an investment in your dental health for your lifetime. 

Why Do Dental Implants Last So Long?

What is it about dental implants that make them last? Why do they outlast other tooth replacement options?

 It’s because of t

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March 30, 2022

Four fun facts about cosmetic veneers

Are you thinking of getting cosmetic veneers to improve the look of your natural smile? Before making your dental decision, check out these fun four facts.

  1. Lessens tooth sensitivity
    In addition to making teeth look brighter and more beautiful, cosmetic dentistry veneers can also make teeth less sensitive and stronger. According to dental care Detroit experts, cosmetic dentistry veneers can significantly reduce tooth sensitivity because they cover the front of teeth to provide a barrier against the foods and drinks that make them feel very sensitive.
  2. Doesn’t damage your enamel
    Thanks to advances in dentistry, veneers no longer always require extensive enamel removal. Your veneer dentist may actually b
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March 17, 2022

Tooth Extraction: Recovery & Aftercare 

When you’ve had a tooth removed or extracted, you need to take heightened measures to care for your mouth. Doing specific habits even on the first day, may help you feel better and speed up the recovery process faster.

Limit Bleeding

To help control bleeding, bite firmly on the gauze placed by your dentist. The pressure helps to form a blood clot in the tooth socket. If you have a lot of bleeding, bite on a regular tea bag. The tannic acid in the tea aids in forming a blood clot. Bite on the gauze or the tea bag until the bleeding stops. Slight oozing

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February 27, 2022


Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology. Some offices offer same day dental implants that do not require a second procedure to uncover them but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before placing artificial teeth on them. There are even scenarios where the dental implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction further decreasing the number of surgical procedures. Advances in dental implant technology have made it practical  in select cases, to extract teeth, and place implants with crowns at one visit. This process is called immediate loading which makes the surgical process go seamless and leads to faster recovery times. We use all

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February 8, 2022

Cosmetic Veneers: how long do they last?

Veneer installation procedure over central incisor and lateral incisor. Medically accurate tooth 3D illustration

After being disgruntled with your smile for as long as you can remember, maybe you’ve finally found the solution: cosmetic veneers! Everything you’ve read online talks about how amazing they are for addressing multiple cosmetic flaws at once and completely revamping your smile. A little more due diligence , however, shows that they can be quite an investment as well, so then you start to wonder, “What can I do to make sure my cosmetic veneers look incredib

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January 23, 2022

Tooth Extraction: What to expect?

Having a tooth extracted by your dentist can cause some anxiety. But knowing what to expect before, during, and after the treatment  is half of the battle that will aid you in avoiding any painful infections and will help to speed up the healing process, too. Like any surgery, having teeth removed requires recovery time, and there will also typically be pain and discomfort. Here’s what to expect after having a tooth pulled and what you can do to help promote healing until you start to feel like yourself again. 

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