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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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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

ADVANCES IN DENTAL IMPLANT TECH FOR 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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January 10, 2022

Cosmetic Veneers Vs Dental Implants

Deciding about the pros and cons of cosmetic veneers versus dental implants will help you determine the best procedure for your needs. Once you make the decision to talk to your dentist about ways to rehab your smile, you will likely have to choose between two restorative dental procedures: porcelain veneers or dental implants. Depending on your situation or level of tooth decay you have as well as each procedure’s potential impact on your oral health issues are the key factors to consider and discuss with your Little Rock dentist. There is a significant difference in the cost of veneers vs implants that you will have to facto

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December 2, 2021

THE TELL TALE SIGNS OF INFECTION: AFTER A DENTAL EXTRACTION

A bone infection after tooth extraction is a threatening malady. If not treated, a patient can go into sepsis. Sepsis is a type of infection that is caused by anything virus, bacterial, or fungal that enters the bloodstream and can impair flow to the vital organs in your system. As the infection worsens, it can impact your breathing, affect the oxygen levels throughout your body, can cause dehydration, and can even lead to mental and emotional distress. If you are worried that you have signs of infection after oral surgery, please call your dentist for an appointment.

If you suspect that you could have an infection after a tooth extraction, it is best to see your dentist imme

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November 19, 2021

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT DENTAL IMPLANTS?

At any time you have been to a dentist, you might have seen marketing materials regarding braces, crowns or dentures—but what about dental implants? Many individuals aren’t all that familiar with dental implants. In most cases they are often a much better solution to bridges and crowns. 

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a dental prosthetic that literally replaces the root of a failed tooth. Just like a tooth root, dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone and are not visible once implanted. Th

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