Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dental Crown to Restore Your Teeth and Restore Your Smile

A fractured tooth or a tooth weakened by decay can diminish the look of your smile. For a tooth that needs some extra strength, but still has a strong tooth root, Greenville Family Dentistry offers dental crowns here in our Greenville, TX dental practice.

A cracked or weakened tooth can leave dark spots or discoloration on the tooth. It can also leave the tooth misshapen and susceptible to infection. Dental crowns are like a cap that goes over the whole tooth to strengthen it, repair the look of it, and protect it from infection and further damage. The crown can be made of gold, porcelain-covered metal, or all porcelain. The options with porcelain are great for repairing the look of your smile. The crown is custom made to look and feel just like a normal tooth, so it will blend right in with your smile. We will first reshape the tooth and take impressions of the tooth and the area surrounding it so that the newly created crown will fit just right.

Restore your weakened tooth with a dental crown and return your smile to its former glory. To schedule a consultation here at our Greenville, TX dental practice, call (903) 455-6701 or visit the Greenville Family Dentistry website, www.greenvillefamilydentistrytx.com

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Dental Bridge for Tooth Replacement

Replacing a missing tooth is important for many aspects of your oral health. A popular option here at Greenville Family Dentistry is the dental bridge. The dental bridge is a long-lasting option for tooth replacement that restores your oral health and your smile!

Dental bridges affix a replacement tooth to dental crowns which will go over the teeth adjacent to where the open space is. The replacement tooth is often snugged between two crowns, which is why it is referred to as a bridge. Bridges can be made to look just like your natural teeth, so it will blend right in with your smile.

A dental bridge is custom-created for each individual by reshaping the enamel on the teeth the crowns will be placed onto, and taking an impression of the reshaped teeth, the open space, and the area around it. This is to ensure that the bridge will have the perfect fit and the perfect bite.

Replacing a tooth that has been lost or extracted is important for your other teeth, your jaw, and your gums. The replacement tooth will prevent the other teeth from shifting toward the open space. Also, when a tooth is lost, the bone in that area begins to degenerate and change the shape of the jaw. When you replace the tooth, this will no longer happen, and your jaw and gums will continue to be healthy and normal.

To learn if a dental bridge is the right fit for you, schedule a consultation at Greenville Family Dentistry here in Greenville, TX. To schedule, call (903) 455-6701 or visit our website, www.greenvillefamilydentistrytx.com

Friday, July 17, 2015

Treatment for Sleep Apnea in Greenville, TX

Sleep apnea can be a tiresome and dangerous condition to wrestle with daily. However, you do not need to live with it anymore. Here at Greenville Family Dentistry of Greenville, TX we provide several treatment options for our patients suffering from the complications of sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, heart failure, and liver disease. Not to mention, it causes severe fatigue for both the person suffering from sleep apnea and their sleeping partner.

We perform three different oral surgeries to solve sleep apnea. The first procedure is called an uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. This procedure consists of removing excess tissue in the throat to open up the airway. Maxillomandibular advancement is another surgical option we have for sleep apnea. This procedure involves moving the upper and lower jaws forward, away from the rest of the facial bones. This creates a larger space behind the soft palate. A tracheostomy is the last procedure we have for sleep apnea. This is usually treated as a last resort. A tracheostomy works by inserting a tube into the front of the throat for breathing while sleeping. The tube is covered during the day, and then opened up when it’s time to sleep. Sleep apnea is a difficult and frustrating condition to live with. If appliances and other treatments have failed to help you, come to Greenville Family Dentistry to see if oral surgery may help you!

To schedule a consultation, call Greenville Family Dentistry of Greenville, TX at (903) 455-6701 or visit our website, www.greenvillefamilydentistrytx.com

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Flossing Refresher

Flossing is vital to protect the in-between surfaces of your teeth. Greenville Family Dentistry of Greenville, TX wants to provide a quick refresher on how to floss to help your next visit be cavity-free!

To start flossing, take about eighteen inches of floss and wrap the two ends around your middle fingers for a tight grip. Leave about two inches in between your hands to floss with. You should use a new section of floss for each time you go in between teeth, so rotate the floss as you go. Make sure to get in between all of your teeth; do not leave any out.

The proper way to floss is by sliding the floss between two teeth and rubbing the floss back and forth until you reach your gums. Do not hit your gums with the floss hard, as this could injure your gums. Instead use a gentle swooping motion at your gum line, and then continue rubbing the floss all the way back up and out. Do this same process every time.

Flossing should be done every day. There are some who like to floss after brushing, and some who like to floss before. Studies have shown that it really does not matter when you floss, any time will get the job done. It is just important to clean the teeth of the plaque that builds up and can cause decay.

For your routine teeth cleaning, schedule an appointment with Greenville Family Dentistry here in Greenville, TX. Call us at (903) 455-6701 or visit www.greenvillefamilydentistrytx.com.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Dental Bonding for White Fillings and a Restored Smile

Filling cavities is necessary to restore a decayed tooth and to prevent further damage. However, sometimes the cavity fillings of the past left noticeable spots or discoloration on the teeth. Greenville Family Dentistry of Greenville, TX offers dental bonding as an alternative to silver amalgam fillings and as an option to restore discolored teeth!

Dental bonding is a tooth-colored composite resin. The color of the resin is picked out by your dentist to match the color of your natural teeth, or an even brighter color, if desired. For a cavity, the normal cavity drilling takes place. The decayed part of the tooth is removed and the bonding is used as the filling. The bonding may be hardened using an ultraviolet light.

In addition to more attractive fillings and whitening teeth, dental bonding can be used to fix gaps, cracks, and misaligned teeth. To apply the bonding, first the tooth is lightly etched to aid a strong bond. The resin is painted onto the tooth and smoothed over into the desired shape. The ultraviolet light is used to harden the material, just like with a filling. Dental bonding is long lasting. With good care, it is not uncommon for it to last over ten years.

If you have discolored, gapped, cracked, or misaligned teeth, come see us to discuss how dental bonding can give you a brand new smile! To schedule an appointment at our Greenville, TX location, call us at (903) 455-6701 or visit our Greenville Family Dentistry website, www.greenvillefamilydentistrytx.com