Did you know your smile affects your overall health? The discovery of the mouth-and-body connection has raised awareness of the importance of routine dental care. Access to affordable services makes it easier than ever to achieve a healthy smile because 77% of Americans have dental insurance. The monthly investment provides reduced rates for a variety of oral health needs. Unfortunately, less than 3% of Americans meet or exceed their annual limits. If you’re not utilizing your dental plan, you’re throwing money down the drain because your benefits don’t last forever. Worried about a large bill? Here are 4 tips to maximize your coverage to keep a healthy smile within your budget.
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September 8, 2021
August 25, 2021
Dental crowns are generally used to protect teeth that have decayed or become otherwise damaged. This keeps them for enduring further harm in the future. They are hollow on the inside and tightly fit over your compromised teeth. While dental crowns have a long life, they aren’t made to last forever. Read on to learn more about the benefits of dental crowns, how long they last, and what you can do to make the most out of them.(more…)
August 10, 2021
Have you gotten your second dental checkup yet? If not, you’re not alone. While the American Dental Association recommends getting regular checkups and cleanings every six months, many of us go much longer between visits. However, these quick and easy appointments are essential for spotting and stopping oral health issues as early as possible, which can potentially save you a tremendous amount of time, money, and hassle! Take charge of your oral health today with these three simple tips for making and keeping dental appointments.(more…)
July 6, 2021
We appreciate that aesthetics is a major concern for patients who are restoring their smiles after tooth loss. Of course you want reassurance that the treatment you choose will have a lifelike appearance.
Implant supported dentures offer patients some of the most optimal aesthetic results in addition to conferring a number of other benefits. This treatment option is well worth your consideration if you want dentures that look and feel like your natural smile.
Aesthetics Of Implant Supported Dentures
The appliances used in implant supported dentures are made of state-of-the-art materials that mimic the appearance of biological tooth enamel. Furthermore, your dentist will create customized design specifications for those dentures that consider a number of factors that will replicate your natural smile, including:
- Shade: We can reproduce the color of your natural teeth or improve on it, if that’s your desire.
- Contour: The overall shape of your teeth will fit the natural structure of your jaw.
- Proportionality: The prosthetic teeth in dentures will be the proper size so that none of them appear oversized or undersized.
The end result of your implant supported dentures treatment can and should be a smile that looks no different than the smile you were born with.
The Many Advantages Of Implant Supported Dentures
An appealing aesthetic result is merely one of the many benefits associated with implant supported dentures. The dental implants become fixtures in the jaw thanks to osseointegration. As such, the dental implants act as artificial tooth roots, which gives implant supported dentures greater:
The structurally complete nature of dental implants is tremendously valuable and allows implant supported dentures not only to look like a biological smile but to feel and function like one as well!
To see the lifelike results that some of our other patients have achieved with implant supported dentures and learn how this treatment might be beneficial in your case, visit our office for a no-obligation consultation. Call Hulen Crossing Family Dental today to get on our schedule.
June 7, 2021
Sedation dentistry can enhance your experience when you’re in our care. Millions of people suffer with fear and phobias related to oral healthcare settings. This fear can prevent people from getting the care they need to maintain their oral health. If you’re nervous about an upcoming procedure, you might want to discuss sedation amenities with our dentist.
Following are the top five benefits associated with sedation dentistry.
If you suffer from intense fears of dental settings, you’re not alone. Many people develop phobias related to oral care because of previous experiences or because the sounds of dental instruments are intimidating. Sedation dentistry can help keep you calm and relaxed. In fact, oral and IV sedation can help you establish positive associations with oral healthcare, which could diminish the intensity of your anxiety over time.
Sedation dentistry can help prevent discomfort caused by more complex and invasive treatments. For example, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) has an analgesic effect. Oral and IV sedation also help amplify the effects of pain-relieving medication for optimal patient comfort.
Diminished Recollection of Dental Procedures
Medication used in sedation dentistry can have an amnesic effect. This can help patients overcome dental phobias in the long term because they have diminished recollection of their treatment.
Decreased Gag Reflex
Having a strong gag reflex can be an issue when it comes to oral healthcare procedures. Fortunately, anxiety medication slows down the central nervous system, which ultimately decreases a person’s gag reflex. This is especially beneficial for those receiving care that is more lengthy or complex.
Faster Dental Treatment
Sedation dentistry helps your oral healthcare team work faster. When anti-anxiety medication helps patients lie still and stay relaxed, it prevents intermittent disruptions to treatment. This allows dentists to work faster and without obstruction so you can get back to your normal activities as soon as possible.
Our practice offers nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation. If you’d like to discuss sedation dentistry, give our team at Hulen Crossing Family Dental a call so we can schedule a consultation.
May 6, 2021
If you have an upcoming appointment for root canal therapy, you might be wondering what to expect after your treatment in terms of your recovery. For the most part, people can return to work or school the day after their treatment. There may be some exceptions, however, so it’s always best to discuss these matters with your dentist.
After root canal therapy, you may feel tired and groggy – especially if you have been prescribed a mild sedative or pain medication. Since this medicine can impair your motor and cognitive function, you will need to have a trusted friend or family member drive you to and from your procedure.
Will I be uncomfortable after root canal treatment?
You may feel some discomfort after your treatment, but it can be managed with over the counter or prescription medication. It’s important to take anti-inflammatory medication recommended by your dentist even if you’re not in pain because preventing swelling will control discomfort within the hours and days following your procedure. You can also apply cold compresses to the outside of your face on the side where you received treatment.
Will I need to change my diet?
In the hours after your procedure, your mouth will likely be numb from the local anesthetics used. It is important to avoid eating anything at this time because it could cause you to bite down too hard on your treatment site. It’s wise to avoid drinking hot beverages, too.
Once the numbness wears off, it is best to eat items like soup or very soft foods like mashed vegetables for the next couple of days. If you need to chew anything, try to chew with the side of your mouth that didn’t receive treatment.
How should I clean my teeth?
Keeping your mouth clean after root canal therapy is important. Be sure to take great care when brushing. Avoid brushing vigorously or applying too much pressure with your toothbrush. Gentle brushing is best.
Give our team at Hulen Crossing Family Dental a call if you have questions about upcoming treatment or need to schedule an appointment.
April 8, 2021
If you’ve been considering braces, you might be pleased to learn that Invisalign can transform your smile without the need for obvious wires and brackets. Invisalign is one of the most discreet ways that you can straighten your teeth, which makes it a great treatment option for working professionals.
What is Invisalign and how does it work?
Invisalign is an orthodontic system that corrects spacing issues between teeth. Those with crowded, crooked, overlapped, and gapped teeth can benefit from Invisalign treatment. This type of orthodontia involves wearing removable, retainer-like appliances called “aligners”. Each set of aligners is custom made for a patient’s unique needs.
Treatment is broken up into two-week long phases. Each new phase involves wearing a new, tighter set of aligners. As treatment progresses, people will notice that their gaps between teeth are closing, crooked teeth are moving to an upright position, and other teeth will begin to look less crowded. Once treatment is complete, patients will enjoy a noticeably straighter smile.
Invisalign works similar to other types of orthodontic treatment. Aligners fit snugly over teeth. This will generate gentle force and pressure that moves teeth to healthier positions over time.
What are some benefits to choosing Invisalign treatment?
The most notable advantage of Invisalign treatment is the fact that aligners are almost undetectable to other people. Invisalign is constructed from thin, clear plastic. When aligners are worn over teeth, they are nearly invisible to others.
Another unique benefit to Invisalign treatment is that aligners are removable. Unlike fixed orthodontia, Invisalign is taken out of the mouth for meals and oral hygiene. This feature makes it easy to enjoy a wide variety of food and easily clean one’s teeth and gums.
Invisalign has smooth surfaces that do not scrape against or irritate soft oral tissue such as the linings of the lips and the cheeks. This is one reason that most people view Invisalign as more comfortable than conventional metal and wire braces.
If you think Invisalign might be right for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our dentist. Give our team at Hulen Crossing Family Dental a call today to set your appointment.
March 9, 2021
There is a lot of information that is important to learn about dentures. A conversation with your dentist to discuss your wishes and outline your needs will allow your dental provider to recommend the best options for you.
Different Types of Dentures
You may elect for a removable denture; however, some patients prefer something more permanent, and may ask about a fixed appliance.
A full or complete denture is needed when all teeth from the upper or lower arch are missing or require extraction.
When the patient is able to retain some healthy teeth, a partial denture is available. A removable partial denture is made to attach to remaining natural teeth using some type of clasp. A fixed partial or bridge becomes permanent by crowning abutment teeth and cementing the partial into place. This gives the patient a feeling of permanence eliminating concerns about slippage.
Tips for Denture Wearers
A fixed unit may be easier to maintain. You simply brush and floss as directed by your dentist.
A removable prosthesis requires a little more effort. Begin by designating a place to care for your denture. Make sure you work over a soft area to prevent breakage in the event you drop your denture.
Use only those items intended for denture care – the appropriate brush and cleaning supplies are important to keep your dentures fresh and clean.
When you first receive your denture, you will likely be faced with an adjustment period. Learning to chew and speak may take a little practice. Cut food into small, manageable bites. Practice speaking in front of a mirror or converse with a trusted friend or relative.
Any time something new is introduced into your mouth, you may experience excessive saliva production. This is temporary; don’t avoid drinking water – staying hydrated is important.
If something doesn’t feel right, never attempt to make adjustments on your own. Contact your dentist for the appropriate action.
To learn more about dentures or to schedule a consultation, contact our team at Hulen Crossing Family Dental today.
February 5, 2021
Many dental emergencies can be prevented if you commit to taking good care of your teeth and gums and strive to avoid problematic habits.
Following are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of a dental emergency.
Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools
Your teeth are meant for tearing and biting food, not tearing packaging or opening bottles. Using your teeth as tools could lead to severe damage that requires oral surgery, restorations, or root canal therapy to fix.
Avoid Chewing Inedible Objects
Many people bite down on pen caps or ice cubes as a nervous habit. This could permanently damage your tooth enamel and even chip or crack your teeth. We strongly encourage people to break these habits. If you’re tempted to chew on ice, consider using straws to consume your favorite beverages.
Schedule Routine Checkups and Cleanings
Foregoing routine preventive care could put your teeth at great risk. Keeping regular appointments for checkups and cleanings helps our team monitor your oral health. Many oral health concerns may be asymptomatic at their onset. If problems do arise, we can address them in their earliest stages.
Going years without checkups and cleanings could lead to a dental emergency causing serious harm because your teeth could be in a vulnerable state.
Practice Proper Oral Hygiene
Oral hygiene is your best defense against developing a number of oral health issues. Proper brushing and flossing prevent enamel loss, cavities, and gum disease. If you can keep your teeth clean with meticulous oral hygiene, you can greatly reduce the risk of developing painful toothaches and even broken or chipped teeth.
Wear a Mouthguard for High-Risk Sports
Playing a sport could easily cause a dental emergency. Contact sports or physical activities with a high risk for falling could break and chip your teeth or cause lacerations to soft oral tissue. Wearing a custom-made mouthguard is one of the best ways to protect your mouth against sports-related injuries.
If it’s time for a cleaning or checkup, call Hulen Crossing Family Dental to schedule an appointment with our dentist.
January 8, 2021
Teeth whitening has become very commonplace and is probably the most inquired about treatment in cosmetic dentistry today. Unfortunately, since it has become so popular, there are many products on the market that are a waste of your time and money … all teeth whitening options are definitely not the same.
How Do I Know Which Teeth Whitening Option Is Best for Me?
You see your dentist every six months and trust that your dental provider will guide you and offer the optimum treatment in every aspect of your oral care. So why wouldn’t you choose your dentist to help you with this decision?
As a licensed dental professional, your dentist has access to the products that have been thoroughly tested for efficacy and safety. There should be no gimmicks or cute catch phrases when it comes to your oral health. And your dentist will be there to address any questions or concerns you may have when it comes to any aspect of cosmetic dentistry.
The cost of any teeth whitening product shouldn’t be the basis for your decision on whether or not to invest. Do a little research and review all the pro’s and con’s before making your choice.
Teeth Whitening Choices Are Plentiful – Look For What is Best For You
Your dentist has your best interest in mind when recommending any treatment or product. But if you acquire a teeth whitening product or program at your local store or online, who will help you if something goes wrong?
And what about the safety of these products that you are going to put into your mouth? Toothpaste with charcoal? Products that contain a mixture of chemicals that may or may not be regulated? You only get one set of permanent teeth – there are risks with generic teeth whitening products that may not get the seal of approval from your dentist.
Your trusted dental professional will not only provide the guidance to benefit you, but will fit you with the teeth whitening program that is ideally suited to you. You will have someone to discuss concerns over things like teeth sensitivity, foods and beverages that contribute to tooth discoloration, and the best ways to maintain your new smile thanks to the program outlined and provided through your dentist and cosmetic dentistry.
For more information or to schedule a teeth whitening consultation, contact our team at Hulen Crossing Family Dental today.