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Steps to Prevent Common Dental Emergencies

February 5, 2021

Filed under: dental emergencies,Fort Worth dentist — hulencrossing @ 9:04 am

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.

Dental Myth: All Teeth Whitening Options Are the Same

January 8, 2021

Filed under: cosmetic dentistry,Fort Worth dentist,teeth whitening — hulencrossing @ 3:34 pm

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.

Dental Implants: Enjoy the Health Benefits of a Complete Smile

December 7, 2020

Filed under: dental implants,Fort Worth dentist,implant dentistry — hulencrossing @ 5:59 pm

Implant dentistry has come a long way in the past few decades. It is remarkable how a tiny titanium post can provide the base for a cosmetic restoration that can rival the look and feel of a biological tooth!

Dental Implants: An Overview 

Tooth loss, for any reason, can be devastating. Not only can it provide disruption to chewing and speaking, the impact on your self-confidence can be crippling. You may want to avoid all social situations as eating, smiling, and speaking in public can be difficult following tooth loss.

Although there may be different solutions available for you, implant dentistry is the only option that will provide a result that will look and function just like your natural tooth.

The titanium post is embedded in gum tissue where a tooth has been lost. A period of healing follows the initial procedure. During this time, bone is grafting to and encompassing the post … this is referred to as osseointegration. In simple terms, the dental implant will become a permanent part of your dental anatomy and provide the support for the cosmetic restoration that will eventually cover it. Think of the implant as you would think of the roots of your biological teeth as they function very similarly.

When completely healed, an abutment is affixed to the implant and the restoration will be placed.

Advantages of Dental Implants

You can eat all your favorite foods without fear of slippage or movement. The implant is built to hold the covering in place.

When tooth loss occurs, speech can be impacted. Dental Implants provide a solution for this problem.

Finally, your self-confidence is restored. You will be able to laugh, smile, speak, and eat without giving a second thought to this tooth replacement.

Caring for your dental implant requires nothing special. You will brush twice daily and floss … the same care that you provide for all your teeth. Of course, visiting our team at Hulen Crossing Family Dental every six months for a cleaning and dental exam are important.

4 Important Steps to Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy

November 5, 2020

Filed under: dental exam,Fort Worth dentist,oral health — hulencrossing @ 7:01 pm

Healthy teeth and gums mean more than a pretty smile. Maintaining great oral health is important to overall health. Research has proven there is a correlation between dental health and stroke, heart health, diabetes, and more serious life threatening conditions. Regular visits to the dentist for cleaning and a dental exam are paramount to enjoying optimum oral health.

Four Key Requirements for Great Oral Health

  1. Brushing: This sounds pretty basic, but how you brush and the tools you use can make a huge difference in the results you achieve.
  2. Flossing: There are multiple types of dental floss on the market, so finding one that you would be encouraged to use daily should be easy.
  3. Diet: Sounds like a no-brainer; but many people believe that sugar is the only culprit when it comes to dental health. Research has proven otherwise.
  4. Professional Oral Care: For most patients, twice yearly visits are sufficient. Patients suffering with periodontal disease may require more frequent cleanings annually.

Investing in the Proper Tools and Sufficient Time Will Pay Great Rewards 

Use a soft bristle toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste twice a day. Brush using a circular motion making sure to reach the front, back, and top of all teeth. Massage gums by brushing them as well. To properly clean teeth, you should brush at least two minutes twice daily.

Floss once daily to remove what your toothbrush missed. Most people don’t realize that brushing only reaches about two thirds of the teeth’s surfaces – flossing gets the other third. Rinse thoroughly when done.

Think sugar is the only thing to avoid to prevent decay? Anything with carbs can contribute to plaque forming on teeth. When allowed to harden, plaque becomes tartar. If plaque and tartar aren’t removed, dental decay and gum disease can develop.

What you drink truly matters. Water should be your beverage of choice. Add fresh fruit or perk up plain water with a sugar free flavoring. Sparkling water, sugar free coffee and tea are all on the approved list. Limit or completely avoid soda.

If it’s time to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning, contact our team at Hulen Crossing Family Dental today.

Enjoy Natural Looking Results with These Cosmetic Procedures

October 6, 2020

Filed under: cosmetic dentistry,Fort Worth dentist,teeth whitening — hulencrossing @ 6:38 pm

Are you disappointed with the appearance of your smile? Living with noticeable smile flaws isn’t easy; it impacts your self-esteem and makes socializing a drag. Cosmetic dentistry can transform your appearance and your outlook on life.

Our practice offers excellent cosmetic treatments that can address virtually any aesthetic concern. Following is helpful information on four of our most popular smile-enhancing services.

Teeth Whitening

Sometimes all it takes to reinvigorate a person’s smile is a professional teeth whitening treatment. Professional whitening lightens stubborn stains without causing permanent sensitivity. Our cosmetic dentistry practice offers teeth whitening that produces beautiful, natural-looking, and long-lasting results.

White Restorations

Almost everyone will need dental work at some point, but that doesn’t mean it has to be conspicuous. We offer white, tooth-colored restorations like composite fillings and porcelain crowns so that necessary dental work will enhance your appearance and protect precious dental structures. White restorations look and feel natural; they’re also undetectable to others.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are versatile cosmetic enhancements made from porcelain. Custom made, veneers are placed over the outer surfaces of teeth to conceal imperfections like chips, gaps, cracks, stains, and worn teeth. Placing porcelain veneers over the most visible teeth creates the appearance of a perfect, healthy-looking smile. Veneers also help conceal asymmetrical smiles, “gummy” smiles, and orthodontic concerns.

Dental Implants

Tooth loss is devastating but people don’t have to suffer with an incomplete smile or uncomfortable prosthetics. Dental implants are a long-term solution to tooth loss that promote comfortable oral function and a beautiful aesthetic. Implants and the restorations they hold function very closely to biological teeth. When restorations are made from tooth-colored materials, a person can enjoy beautiful, lifelike replacement teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry can make a beautiful smile possible for anyone. If you are interested in learning more about your treatment options, we invite you to call our practice to schedule a smile makeover consultation. At your appointment, we will answer your questions, review your oral health history, and perform an examination to determine the best treatment(s) for your needs.

Call Hulen Crossing Family Dental today to reserve a consultation with our cosmetic dentist.

Tooth Restorations: How Dental Crowns Can Help

September 8, 2020

Filed under: dental crown,Fort Worth dentist — hulencrossing @ 6:06 pm

If there is one basic dental restoration that serves many purposes, it is a dental crown. And with improvements made in recent years in materials, functionality, and aesthetics, crowns have become a very important tool in many aspects of dental care.

The Many Facets of a Dental Crown

Save a fractured or broken tooth: While a large portion of a broken tooth is removed to place a crown, saving the balance of the tooth is important. When the base of the tooth remains, there is no disruption to surrounding teeth.

Prevent further harm due to deep decay: A cavity might continue to ravage a tooth previously treated for decay. Very often, partial crowns (known as onlays and/or inlays) can be used in this instance.

Seal a tooth following endodontic care: No one relishes the idea of having a root canal. But when the diagnosis requires one to save a tooth, your dentist will most always recommend endodontic care over tooth extraction. Treatment requires an access point be made to remove the contents of the root canals of the tooth. This access point must eventually be sealed, and very often a dental crown is used for this purpose.

Allow a dental prosthesis to be fixed: Patients are able to select having their “tooth replacements” attached to healthy abutment teeth making their partial or bridge a permanent fixture.

Cover a dental implant: If tooth loss occurs or extraction becomes necessary, a dental implant can be placed. The implant itself is a small titanium post; when embedded in gum tissue it becomes the support mechanism for the cosmetic restoration (crown) that will eventually cover it.

Caring For A Dental Crown 

Once your crown is ready to be placed, your dentist will try it in. Small adjustments can be made at this time. When ready, your crown is cemented in place and treatment is completed. It is wise to avoid sticky foods for a few days to prevent dislodging a recently cured crown.

Brush and floss daily. Finally, visit our team at Hulen Crossing Family Dental regularly, and your dental crown should serve you well for many years.

Break These Bad Brushing Habits

August 5, 2020

Filed under: family dentist,Fort Worth dentist,oral health — hulencrossing @ 3:58 pm

It’s easy to fall into bad brushing habits. Most people tend to check out mentally while they brush. If a recent trip to your family dentist has you rethinking your oral hygiene routine, consider taking a more mindful approach to brushing.

Following are some common brushing faux pas to avoid.

Forgetting to Replace Your Toothbrush

Can you remember the last time you changed your toothbrush? If it’s been longer than three months, it is definitely time for a new one. Old brushes can harbor bacteria and their bristles can fray, which could irritate your gums and diminish your brush’s cleaning power.

We strongly encourage our patients to throw away old brushes four times a year, preferably at the start of each season. If you catch a cold or the flu, change your brush out as soon as you get well.

Not Brushing Long Enough

How much time do you spend brushing? If it’s anything less than two minutes, you’re not spending enough time on your teeth and gums. You need at least two minutes of brushing to thoroughly clean your mouth.

Brushing Too Vigorously

Bearing down too hard when you brush could contribute to long-term damage to your teeth. Vigorous brushing damages tooth enamel, which over time could increase your risks for tooth decay, chips, and cracks.

Instead of fast and hard brushing, clean your teeth with a light hand and gentle, circular motions. Using an electric toothbrush can help because the brush head’s movement will do all the work for you.

Brushing Too Soon After Meals

If you’re heading straight for the sink after meals, you could be damaging your teeth. Brushing too soon after eating is dangerous because our teeth soften after eating. This is because the bacteria that feed on debris from food release acids as a byproduct. Acid temporarily softens the enamel of our teeth. It’s best to wait at least 30 minutes after meals to brush your teeth.

If it’s time for a cleaning or checkup, call our practice to schedule an appointment with our family dentist.

Implant Supported Dentures for Stability and Peace of Mind

July 6, 2020

Filed under: dental implants,Fort Worth dentist,implant dentures — hulencrossing @ 5:03 pm

Tooth loss can occur due to trauma, disease, or decay. The absence of one or more teeth can produce feelings of fear, dread, and at the very least, concern about how to resolve this unfortunate circumstance. Implant dentures may be a viable solution … a consultation with our implant dentist will reveal all the information you need to make the decision that will serve you best.

Implant Denture vs. a Standard One? 

Full mouth dental implants are very similar to what occurs with a single dental implant. The primary difference is that multiple implants are placed that will eventually support a denture.

An implant supported denture has advantages over a standard denture including:

It is firmly attached: This means that you will be able to speak, laugh, and eat without ever having to worry about movement.

Implants are for life: The implant is surgically embedded in gum tissue. Over time, bone fuses to the implant incorporating it to become a permanent part of your dental anatomy. Once successfully placed, you will be able to rely on these implants forever.

A standard denture does not help with bone resorption: When tooth loss occurs, the bones that held teeth in place begin to deteriorate. This can lead to gum shrinkage and facial changes. Dental implants actually help to prevent this bone loss from occurring – in fact, jaw bones merged with implants provide a solid base that work much like the roots of teeth providing a strong support for the restoration covering them.

Implant Dentures Provide Peace of Mind 

While implant denture treatment may take a little longer to complete than a standard denture, the joy and peace of mind you will receive are for life.

Your dentures will be comfortable and function more like your biological teeth allowing you to chew more naturally. They will provide stability, and look aesthetically great.

It is imperative that you provide the proper care for your implant supported dentures. Your implant dentist will instruct you on the steps needed to maintain your new dentures. You have made a great investment so follow the guidelines issued to protect it.

Clean your dentures as instructed, and visit Hulen Crossing Family Dental regularly to make sure everything stays in proper working order. Keep in mind that your oral health is important to help maintain great overall health.

How Sedation Dentistry Can Help Alleviate Anxiety

June 8, 2020

Filed under: Fort Worth dentist,sedation dentistry fort worth tx — hulencrossing @ 9:48 pm

Many individuals suffer from severe anxiety at the very idea of visiting the dentist. Some will go years without even having their teeth cleaned due to their apprehension about this visit. Sedation dentistry is a fabulous tool that allows patients to seek needed dental care by providing them with a means to quiet their nerves before they even sit in the dental chair.

Oral Sedation 

Your dentist undergoes additional training to be able to offer you this option as well as equipping the dental office with the tools needed to guarantee your comfort and safety.

With oral sedation, the patient is prescribed a sedative to be taken at home about one hour before their dental appointment. Because of this, it is necessary for the patient to have transportation both to and from their dental office.

Upon arrival at the office, the patient is administered additional sedatives to place them in a state of complete relaxation. The patient will remain awake, but many feel like they slept throughout treatment.

The patient is monitored continually; at treatment completion they are not discharged until they are fully awake. However, they are advised to return home to rest for the balance of the day as many may feel groggy for several hours.

Nitrous Oxide

This is a gas that is mixed with oxygen and delivered via a nasal cone. It is safe for all ages and places the patient in a mild state of euphoria. Near the completion of treatment, nitrous is discontinued and the patient returns to normal immediately.

One of the many advantages of nitrous oxide is that there are no lingering side effects so the patient can drive to and from their appointment and return to work or school following dental treatment.

IV Sedation

Very often reserved for surgical patients, IV sedation places the patient in a much deeper state and is delivered through an IV.

No matter what type of sedation is recommended for you, the important thing is that you undergo needed dental treatment. It is a well known fact that dental health and overall health are closely aligned so to maintain good health, do everything needed to protect your dental health.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our team at Hulen Crossing Family Dental today.

Will root canal therapy save my tooth?

May 6, 2020

Filed under: Fort Worth dentist,root canal — hulencrossing @ 3:48 pm

When teeth become infected, they must be treated professionally or a patient will ultimately lose their tooth. Root canal therapy is a tooth-saving procedure that allows a person to retain a damaged tooth and enjoy optimal oral function. If your dentist has recommended root canal treatment, it is important to act quickly as the infection within a tooth can spread to neighboring tissue.

What is the root canal?

The root canal is part of a tooth’s anatomy. Inside a tooth is a hollowed area with nerve endings and pulp. A healthy root canal is sealed off from harmful pathogens. When a tooth is decayed, chipped, or cracked, however, infection-causing bacteria can enter the root canal. Since the contents of a root canal cannot fight infection, professional intervention is necessary to save the tooth.

Is root canal therapy necessary?

If your tooth is infected, root canal therapy is necessary to prevent the need for extraction. Without treatment, an infected tooth will eventually develop an abscess. Untreated abscesses produce intense discomfort and can spread to other tissue.

What does root canal therapy entail?

Root canal therapy is an endodontic procedure that removes infected material inside a tooth. Once the pulp and nerve endings are removed, the tooth is irrigated and sealed. Some patients may need a restoration after root canal therapy to protect damaged structures on the exterior surfaces of teeth.

Although patients can experience discomfort with an infected root canal, the procedure itself doesn’t produce sensations much different from receiving a filling. A dentist will use local anesthetics to ensure comfort during treatment.

Will root canal therapy stop a toothache?

Toothaches are a very common sign that a root canal is infected but not all patients experience noticeable symptoms. After root canal therapy, however, patients will be able to resume normal oral function without pain and discomfort.

Call Hulen Crossing Family Dental if you have questions about root canal treatment or if you would like to schedule an appointment.

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