Tooth Sensitivity Treatment

December 13, 2019

Tooth Sensitivity Treatment in Richardson

Millions of Americans experience tooth sensitivity to one degree or another, causing them to avoid certain foods and beverages. If this sounds like you, please talk to us about it at The Richardson Dentist.

People with sensitive teeth are most likely to have problems with temperature. Hot or cold things, like coffee or ice cream, can be really difficult. Hard foods, like nuts, can also be difficult.

There is more than one cause of sensitive teeth, and it’s important to have a proper diagnosis. A common cause, though, is the wearing away of tooth enamel. This can expose the dentin just beneath it. Enamel can wear down from using a hard-bristle toothbrush and brushing too aggressively. That’s why we recommend always – repeat, always – using a soft-bristle brush and a light touch.

Other causes:

  • Tooth erosion from highly acidic foods and beverages
  • Tooth decay
  • Receding gums
  • Bruxism (tooth grinding)

The treatment for sensitive teeth may involve filling a cavity or replacing a worn filling. If it’s caused by gum loss, you may need a graft.

Many cases of sensitive teeth respond very well to sensitive-teeth toothpaste. Take a look in the store: just about every major brand of toothpaste includes a line for sensitive teeth, and they are known to work. Many people see results within a week or two.

The most important thing is to talk to us about it, at The Richardson Dentist. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment today.

Contact The Richardson Dentist:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Innovative Implants For Confident Smiles

December 6, 2019

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At The Richardson Dentist, many of our patients get a boost in self-confidence after dental implant treatment.

Nothing gives us more satisfaction than helping them improve their smile and overall self-assurance.

How Do Missing Teeth Affect Your Life?

Missing teeth can impair your ability to speak and eat. Extensive tooth loss can make it problematic to eat a healthy diet. Dental implants can relieve pain, correct bite problems, and improve function.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw. It fuses with the bone, and becomes a firm and stable base. The implant acts as an artificial tooth root, and prevents bone recession in the jaw. One dental implant can support one artificial tooth. Several can support a dental bridge, or a full dental arch

At The Richardson Dentist, dental implants are among our restorative dentistry services. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Richardson Dentist:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Is Grandpa Smiling?

November 22, 2019

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Here’s one of those good news/bad news messages from The Richardson Dentist: how do you think Americans are doing when it comes to the dental health of the 65+ population?

The Good News:

The rate of decay in the elderly has decreased in the past thirty years.

The Bad News:

  • 25% of persons age 65+ have no remaining teeth
  • Nearly 20% have untreated decay
  • 10% of adults 65 and over have moderate to severe periodontal disease.
  • There is evidence to suggest that advanced gum disease is linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and respiratory disease
  • Most older Americans don’t have dental insurance

As you can see, the bad news outnumbers the good. Clearly, there is room for improvement.

What can improve the oral health of age 65+ Americans? The National Institutes of Health cite three required components:

  • Improved oral health education for the elderly
  • Seniors practicing effective daily oral hygiene
  • Increased access to dental care

At The Richardson Dentist, we are committed to providing our mature patients with comprehensive oral health education and attentive care that addresses the special challenges that affect them. These challenges include difficulty brushing and flossing due to arthritis, dry mouth caused by prescription medications, tooth sensitivity, bone recession, and complications due to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

At The Richardson Dentist, we want all of our patients to enjoy healthy teeth and gums. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call us to schedule a cleaning and checkup today!

Contact The Richardson Dentist:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Common Myths About Cosmetic Dentistry

November 15, 2019

Common Myths about Richardson Family Cosmetic Dentistry

At The Richardson Dentist in Richardson TX, we improve smiles with cosmetic dentistry every day. From the questions that some patients ask, though, it seems there are some common misconceptions about what cosmetic dentistry can and cannot do. So we’re using this blog post to clear up a few of them.

Myth #1: Cosmetic Dentistry is Never Necessary for a Healthy Smile

Many “cosmetic” dental procedures are not solely cosmetic.  Procedures such as tooth replacement prevent potential issues like tooth movement, bone loss, and difficulty chewing and speaking.

Myth #2: A Dental Bridge is the Only Way to Replace a Missing Tooth

Dental bridges have been used for many years with success. However, dental implants are often a better choice for replacing one or more missing teeth. Dental implants have many advantages. They feel like natural teeth, they are stronger, and they are easier to clean than dental bridges. Implants can also be used to anchor dentures or partial dentures.

Myth #3: At-Home Teeth Whitening is as Effective as Professional Whitening

Commercially purchased whitening systems cannot compare to professional-strength teeth whitening treatments. They may remove surface stains, but do not provide the best results.

Myth #4: Dental Bonding is the Best Way to Fix a Chipped Tooth.

Dental bonding can restore the shape of a tooth, but may not be the best long-term solution. If you have a damaged tooth, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers.

Myth #5: Braces are the Only Way to Correct Crooked Teeth

Braces can transform a smile, even in adults. However, if your teeth are only slightly crooked, porcelain veneers can reshape your teeth and help you get a beautiful smile.

At The Richardson Dentist in Richardson TX, we use cosmetic dentistry to improve smiles every day, and want the best possible smiles for all of our patients. Other services include restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Richardson Dentist:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Watch Out For Hidden Sugar

November 8, 2019

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Every health-conscious parent knows that sugar is the number one cause of cavities. Plenty of us adults also snack on too many sweet snacks and beverages. At The Richardson Dentist, we want you to be aware of hidden sugar and its risks to your dental health.

Because of cavity risks, low nutritional value, and high-calorie content, many parents want to limit the sugar in their children’s diets. Bubble gum, lollipops, and chocolate bars are among the obvious ones, but there is also sugar lurking in so-called ‘healthy’ snacks.

Here are some popular kid’s snacks with significant amounts of sugar:

  • yogurt covered raisins
  • fruit snacks including the roll-up and syrup-filled varieties
  • rice cakes
  • many brands of yogurt, including the hand-held type
  • juice drinks
  • flavored milk
  • barbecue sauce
  • fruit smoothies
  • cereal bars

Controlling sugar intake is essential for lifelong oral health. When choosing lunchbox or after-school snacks for your child, make sure you read the labels. Sugar content varies among brands.

At The Richardson Dentist, we want the best dental health for you and your kids. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact The Richardson Dentist:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Tooth Tips For Traveling

November 1, 2019

The Richardson Dentist Tooth Tips For Traveling

If you’re planning an extended trip, The Richardson Dentist reminds you to make sure it won’t interfere with any dental needs.

It’s always a good idea to have a checkup with us before leaving on long vacations, especially if your trip is taking you to areas without adequate dental care options. This quick check-up will help you be sure that your mouth is ready to travel.

Another important consideration; if you have any dental procedures scheduled before you leave, talk about it with us. Many dental procedures are actually surgical procedures. This means that your body will need more time to heal than you may realize.

Also, if you’re going by plane, you should be aware that changes in the cabin pressure may cause tooth pain or discomfort for patients who have just had oral surgery. In addition, make sure you are aware of any necessary follow-up appointments before you schedule a vacation.

At The Richardson Dentist, helping your maintain your dental health is our most important role. Services include general and restorative dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact The Richardson Dentist:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Are Dental Implants Too Expensive?

October 25, 2019

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One of the persistent misconceptions about dental implants is that they are too pricey. At The Richardson Dentist, we’re going to use this space to talk about it.

Look At The Big Picture

A permanent dental implant is not cheap. But you need to look at the big picture when comparing dental implants to other tooth replacement options.

Dentures Aren’t A Once-and-Done Solution

There are many kinds of conventional dentures and a broad range of price points. While the upfront cost of dentures may be less, they need regular relines and occasional replacement.

A Dental Bridge May Not Last As Long

Dental bridges aren’t designed to last as long as dental implants. They typically last from 7 to 10 years with proper care. An issue with dental bridges is that it is often difficult to clean under and around them. Because of this, some dental bridge patients develop tooth decay in adjacent teeth. Restoring decayed teeth can be a collateral expense if the patient doesn’t adequately clean the teeth and gums around the bridge.

Implants Are A Long-Term Solution

Implants last much longer. Though implant manufacturers won’t allow us to promise that the implant will last indefinitely, with daily dental hygiene and twice-yearly dental visits, they can last for decades. We have patients whose implants are doing fine even though they have been in place beyond the estimated life span. We invite you to schedule an implant consultation. We can discuss your oral condition and how long you can expect dental implants to last.

It’s important to understand that the crown placed on the abutment may not last as long as the post. A crown is engineered to last from 10 to 15 years.

Can You Put A Price On Beautiful Teeth That Function Like Your Natural Teeth?

Dental implants provide near-natural function and look identical to natural teeth. Implants don’t have the drawbacks of dentures. They don’t come loose, restrict taste, or irritate gums.

Can You Put A Price On Your Face?

Implants guard against bone loss that changes the shape of the face, causing the cheeks and chin area to sink. Bone loss can make you look far older than your years.

Implants Are A Worthwhile Investment

The dental implant patients at The Richardson Dentist believe durable dental implants are a beneficial investment because they have such a profound effect on quality of life.

Contact The Richardson Dentist:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Gently Now (Protect Your Gums When You Brush)

October 18, 2019

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Everyone wants pearly white teeth, so of course, we should brush more often, right? That may seem logical, but the answer from The Richardson Dentist is, no!

The problem with brushing too often is that many people wind up brushing too aggressively, leading to gum recession.  You don’t want that.

Gum recession is when your gum line exposes more of your teeth, or in severe cases, your tooth root. It creates a pocket of space between your teeth and gum line. Decay-causing bacteria can grow and fester in that pocket. This leads to serious issues down the line, including tooth loss.

Longer or Harder?

The best way to get pearly whites (and prevent decay) is to brush longer, but with a light touch. Gently brush your teeth until they’re squeaky clean. Run your tongue over them. Doesn’t that feel great?

When you are finished brushing, it’s time to floss. Be sure to get the floss down into the pocket between the gum and teeth.

Why?

Brushing longer and not harder is the key. When you brush your teeth quickly, you may not be getting all the particles of food off. You don’t want the fragments of food to turn into plaque.

If you truly desire whiter teeth, make certain you brush your teeth in a slow, circular motion for at least two minutes. Methodically go over each tooth on every surface. Don’t forget your tongue!

Use a whitening toothpaste with fluoride. That way, you get all the recent gunk off and your teeth get a little bit whiter each time you brush. The fluoride helps your teeth re-harden after eating or drinking acidic foods and beverages.

Whitening toothpastes can help improve your smile. But to get the whitest teeth possible, ask about professional teeth whitening from The Richardson Dentist. It’s one of our most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Richardson Dentist:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Not Happy With Your Dentist?

October 11, 2019

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Looking for a new dentist? It’s easy to find one. A quick Google search, a Yelp review or two, and you’ll have a short list of possibilities. The trick is finding a dentist you’re happy with! At The Richardson Dentist, we’re proud of our positive online reviews.

Even so, knowing whether a dentist is right for you can be a little tricky. What traits should you look for? There are a lot of factors that come into play. Do you choose a dentist near your home? By experience and education? Or maybe because a friend recommended a practice?

What To Look For

It may not be an exact science. But here are some of the things we think you should look for when trying to find a dentist:

Convenient Location?
Location is always a factor when choosing a dentist. That doesn’t mean choosing the dental practice closest to your home, though. While location plays an important role in convenience, you may be willing to drive a little farther for a better experience.

Do You Feel Comfortable?
Chairside manner is a critical factor. Whether it’s a general dentist, a pediatric dentist, or some other specialty, a good dentist will listen to your concerns and address any issues you might raise.

Specialty?
Dentistry is complex, and always changing. A good dentist is going to specialize, and is committed to staying on top of innovations and developments. A desire and willingness to improve is a trait to look for.

At The Richardson Dentist, we strive for excellence and want our patients to have a positive experience, and great dental health. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We would love to see you in our office for a cleaning and checkup soon!

Contact The Richardson Dentist:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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Don’t Put Off Your Dental Exam

October 4, 2019

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When is the last time you had a dental check-up? At The Richardson Dentist, we like our patients to see us every six months. It’s the best way to stay on top of your dental health.

Know The Risk Factors For Oral Problems

Most people are in a medium to low risk category for dental problems. However, if you use tobacco or alcohol, eat a lot of sugar, have an eating disorder, have poor oral hygiene behaviors, or are plagued with medical conditions that impact your mouth, you are likely in a higher risk category. It is essential to your dental and physical health to have your teeth checked right away.

Your dental health strategy should include:

  • Daily brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss twice a day. Just before bedtime is especially important, because it cleans out the germs and plaque that build up during the course of the day.
  • Proper brushing. It’s important not only to brush, but to brush properly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion along the gum line. Take your time; a minimum of two minutes is recommended. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
  • Using fluoridated toothpaste. There are lots of choices when it comes to toothpaste. Whether you prefer mint flavored or bubble gum, fluoride is the most important consideration. It is your best defense against cavities.
  • Seeing the dentist twice a year. You saw this one coming, right? Your daily dental health care habits are essential, but so is the attention and care of a dentist.

At The Richardson Dentist we assess many factors to determine the status of your dental health, and want you to have a beautiful smile for life. We offer general and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Richardson Dentist:

972-690-6653

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

700 E Campbell Rd Ste 240
Richardson, Texas
75081

 

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