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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


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


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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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


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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