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November 7, 2021

Do cosmetic veneers damage your teeth?

No matter how familiar you are with cosmetic dentistry, you will always have questions about a dental procedure you might be interested in. One of the most frequently asked questions we receive here at San Marcos Dental Center about porcelain veneers is if they ruin your teeth.  As one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments, we receive this question quite often. Simply put, the answer is no. Porcelain veneers don’t ruin your teeth. Our cosmetic dentists are here to help you understand the porcelain veneers procedure better!

What are Cosmetic Veneers?

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October 24, 2021

Things to Know about Dental Extractions:

Frightening as it may sound, dental extractions are the most common routine dental procedures. Fortunately, with major advances in modern dental technology your skilled dentist,  you’ll be back on your feet in no time. Don’t let this procedure cause you anxiety. San Marcos Dental Center will share some lesser known facts about dental extractions that can help you feel more mentally prepared and to put your mind at ease.

Clotting is Par for The Course 

Once your tooth or teeth have been extracted, a blood clot normally forms in its place. This is normal and part of the healing process. It’s important

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October 3, 2021

3 STEPS TO GETTING DENTAL IMPLANTS…

Once you have finished your initial consultation and have decided on a dental implant type you’ll begin a three-step process. San Marcos Dental Center  assures your comfort and peace of mind throughout. Giving you a choice of anesthesia services is part of our commitment to offering the best dental implants Long Island has available. If you are apprehensive about dental visits, we’ll keep you as comfortable as possible during your dental implant surgery. 

The original tooth has been removed, and you are ready to have it replaced. 

Step 1 – Surgery Implant 

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September 19, 2021

What can I anticipate having a tooth extracted?

One of the most common plans of action done in our office is dental extraction. The removal of teeth can be required for a number of objective reasons, including:

  • Joint problems in your jaw
  • Shifting teeth
  • Too much damage to tooth to be repaired
  • Baby teeth that don’t fall out
  • 3rd molars (Wisdom Teeth) impacted (wedged between the jaw and another tooth or teeth)

In preparation for surgery, we will obtain a full medical and dental history, as well as a list of all medications you take. This includes any vitamins, supplements, or over-the-counter drugs, as well as any medications you are allergic to. A dental x-ray is then taken to assess the best way to remove the affected tooth. You may be required to take antibiotics before or after surgery, depending on the duration of the surgery, or if you have a specific medical condition. We will discuss this with you if this is inevitable. 

The day of surgery, your oral surgeon will numb the area around the tooth or teeth to be extracted with a lo

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September 8, 2021

The two types of dental implant procedures:

Endosteal implants are the most customary type. Your dentist will set them using a two stage procedure. These dental implants presume the shape of a little screw and are made of titanium. Surgery is required to perform the implant since it involves drilling a hole to fit the screw into the jawbone. The next step is to insert a temporary tooth over the dental implant during the recovery process to help you maintain that gorgeous smile you desire. .

During the next few weeks or months, while your mouth is given time to heal, you’ll have a couple periodic dental checkups.In addition to the healing process being complete, you’ll undergo a second very minor procedure. This one atta

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August 26, 2021

The Benefits & Disadvantages of Cosmetic Veneers

Cosmetic veneers are an excellent way to improve your grin from ear to ear. Especially if your teeth are chipped, crooked, very out of shape or will not and cannot be whitened. The benefits of cosmetic veneers are that they can be done in only a few visits, the color easily changes, and the porcelain has the real look of teeth and will not stain. The main disadvantage is that the teeth sometimes have to be shaped so it’s generally not a reversib

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August 15, 2021

Back in the day  when you were still a child, losing a tooth meant a visit from the tooth fairy. Cheerlessly, as soon as you got all your permanent teeth, it became significantly less entertaining. There is a bundle of logic why you might need a tooth extraction to maintain your oral health, such as tooth impaction, to stop overcrowding, or a decayed tooth. While a tooth extraction may not be enjoyable it’s not as eerie or harrowing as it once was. With modern procedures and several sedation choices, When a tooth needs to be pulled, our team strives to ensure you feel comfortable from beginning to end. Read on to learn about both types of  tooth extractions and most frequently asked questions why a tooth or teeth may need to be pulled.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF DENTAL EXTRACTIONS

There are diverse reasons that a tooth might need to be extracted. To begin, the team at San Marcos Dental Center will resolve the reason for your dental problem. Then, they will be able to determine which kind of tooth removal best matches your case. Almost all dental extractions fall into two major categories:

  • SIMPLE EXTRACTION
    A dentist will perform a simple extraction if the tooth can be seen over the gums. It can
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August 3, 2021

If you’re missing one or a few teeth and would choose not to have a bridge or full or partial dentures, you might consider asking your dentist whether you’d be a good candidate for dental implants. Dental implants promote  a more natural tooth replacement over  dentures because they’re artificial teeth that are surgically inserted directly into the jawbone. To advance from dental implants, you must be in good health (aside from missing teeth) and have a fully developed and healthy jawbone – healthy gums and a healthy jawbone are needed to support the dental implants.

Dental Implants: function & aesthetics 

Dental implants are more like natural teeth than dentures. A dental implant looks like a barrel or screw and it serves as an artificial replacement and serves as the essence of a missing tooth. Dental implants are constructed of titanium or other material that won’t cause an adverse reaction when they are attached to the jawbone and gums.

How Long Does the Dental Implant Surgery Take?

Keep in mind that the surgery to place

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July 21, 2021

How Much Do Cosmetic Veneers Cost?

In the case with most dental procedures, the expense of cosmetic veneers is determined by a myriad of facets, including where you are located geographically, your dentist’s reputation and the severity of your circumstance. Because every patient’s needs are unique, there are also times when your dentist may have to make special  recommendations to address unusual formalites, which can result in the overall cost to be a little higher.

In most cases, cosmetic veneers range in cost from as low as $1000 to as high as $2,500 per tooth. Composite veneers are the least expensive veneer option, generally ranging from $400-$1,500 per tooth, whereas porcelain veneers generally cost between $925 to $2,500 per tooth. This variation in cost can be especially purposeful, because this type of cosmetic dental  procedure is not commonly covered by insurance.

Cosmetic Veneers:  Approximate Cost 

Porcelain cosmetic veneers range in price from $1200 to $2,500, but average around $2500

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July 9, 2021

Sometimes your tooth can become so decayed it can cause illness, high fever, or your gums can even develop abscesses. At this point it is critical for the patient to get the tooth completely extracted. More often or not adult teeth as they grow can cause overcrowding. At this point tooth extraction then becomes a necessity to aid in the process of realignment. 

Here at San Marcos Dental Center our staff of professional dentists are experienced to safely extract your tooth and to remit the proper aftercare you need to speed up the healing and recovery process. To avoid any complications that could compromise your recovery, its important to follow these important aftercare instructions:

Tooth Extraction 

When a tooth is extracted, it’s natural for the socket to bleed, even if stitches are in place.  Our dental staff will supply you with gauze pads and instruct you to softly place them onto the socket to absorb any drainage, stop any bleeding and promote clotting.

Commonly, you’ll want to leave gauze in place for three or four hours following your tooth extraction, swapping it out as necessary. To promote clotting, w

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