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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.


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:

    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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June 30, 2021

If you have been hurting from tooth decay and loss, then you might have heard about dental implants. Dental implants are efficient, immovable, and permanent. Titanium screws or better known as posts that a cosmetic dentist surgically inserts into the jawbone beneath the gums. Once in position replacement teeth are arranged onto the screws. 

Dental implants are the most worthwhile investment to correct a flawed smile. From having to replace a few teeth or even mouthfuls.They have the appearance, feel and function just like natural teeth. In reality dental implants are the most practical consumer option for cosmetically rehabbing your smile. There has been a revolution in the dental implant industry for over the last 40 years. 

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June 18, 2021

Cosmetic veneers can allow any patient with flawed or discolored teeth the ability to bring a new smile to the world that they are proud of. Nevertheless, most people overlook the option of presenting this problem to a cosmetic dentist. Here is a glance at some of the more common misunderstood facts about cosmetic veneers, so you as a potential patient can make an informed decision on whether this treatment is right for you. 

Cosmetic veneers look fake in comparison to dental implants – When you have cosmetic veneers they function and have the same aesthetics as natural teeth. Significant measures are made b

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June 4, 2021

Has your dentist recently recommended a dental implant procedure? Are you not quite sure what to do next? Or better yet not even knowing what you’re getting yourself into? No worries, this is usually par for the course for most patients. Are dental implants the best decision? I’ve heard that they can take several months and a few visits? Let’s walk you through the entire process so you have a better concept of what dental implants entails:

Initial Consultation & Exam
Before getting started, you will visit our office and our dentists on staff will do an extensive exam to evaluat

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May 28, 2021

Dental extraction is a dental procedure where a tooth that’s causing agony and issues gets extracted from its place in the bone. While many patients need the procedure performed, it’s very rare they know very much about it. To understand the facts about dental extraction, take a glance at this helpful guide.

There are a few different reasons why dentists advise this procedure. The most common is when a tooth is impacted, which stops it from growing normally. This is the reason why many dentists recommend wisdom teeth extraction. Another is the need to make room in the mouth for suitable alignment. And another can be when teeth that are badly decayed and impossible to restore.

How do you kn

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May 17, 2021

Dental implants are the best way to restore missing teeth? Why?
There are several advantages to restoring your teeth with dental implants. Dental implants have the aesthetic and function just like your natural teeth. Nevertheless anytime the word “surgery” is used in most cases there is a derogatory connotation or stigma that comes with it. The most frequent question we receive in the office from existing patients is: “ How painful are dental implants?”

Does it hurt?

First lets go over the surgical phase of the process…

#1 You will be numb

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