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Posts for: January, 2015

WhatFlorenceHendersonLearnedFromHerImpactedTeeth

Life lessons are learned in the most surprising places. This is no different for celebrities. Take, for example, Florence Henderson, an actress, singer, philanthropist, author and star of the hit television series, The Brady Bunch. As she told Dear Doctor magazine, her experience with having four impacted wisdom teeth removed — at the same time — “...only made me more aware of how important dental care is.” She continued, “This is why I have always gone every six months for a check up.”

Another important lesson we want to share is the fact that even if your impacted third molars (wisdom teeth) are not bothering you or causing any pain, you may still need to have them removed.

Why? Having a tooth submerged below the gum, pressing on the roots of other teeth is problematic; the tooth should be removed so that you can avoid major dental problems before they occur. For example, it is not uncommon for us to find an impacted third molar pressing against the roots of the adjacent second molar. Furthermore, because the enamel crown of this impacted tooth is trapped below the gum, we sometimes find an infection, gum disease or even cyst formation occurring.

Often, the best time to remove a wisdom tooth is when it is not causing any problems. This is because a painful wisdom tooth or pain in the area of the wisdom tooth may be a sign that significant damage has occurred or is occurring. It is also better to remove wisdom teeth when you are young, as young healthy people with no prior infections at the site provide the best opportunity for us to remove the tooth with no complications.

To learn more about impacted wisdom teeth, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Removing Wisdom Teeth.” Or if you suspect or already know that you have an impacted wisdom tooth, contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination that includes x-rays. During this private consultation, we will also address any questions you have as well as your treatment options. And if you want to read the entire article on Florence Henderson, continue reading “Florence Henderson.”


By Crystal Falls Dental
January 28, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental EmergencyWhen you've got a tooth that's cracked or chipped, you've got some choices to make. Should you justlet it be? Should you get a full tooth replacement? Should you consider veneers, a crown, or maybe even bonding?

At Crystal Falls Dental, fixing a dental disaster like a cracked tooth isn't a dilemma for our oral experts! At our Leander dental office, we provide emergency dental care for all of your oral related accidents and injuries.

Bonding

One of the most convenient and inexpensive ways to repair a broken tooth is through dental bonding. If you've suffered an incident that has left your teeth shattered, bonding can be a long-term solution because it involves tooth-colored materials replacing the void left by missing chunks. Bonding can also cover up unattractive minor defects in teeth like discoloration or even spacing oddities. Unlike veneers and crowns, most bonding procedures can be finished in just one visit!

When your dental technician has finished bonding your teeth at Crystal Falls Dental, you can rest assured that the difference between your actual teeth and the new extensions will be nonexistent. That's because the materials used for bonding are a concoction of plastic and glass, offering both strength and believability that thoseareyour real teeth! The materials used during the bonding procedure actually fuse together with and ultimately become a part of your natural teeth.

Bonding is the ideal choice for teenagers with a chunk missing from their teeth, as many other permanent dental restoration techniques can't be done on their teeth until they've finished maturing.

Call Ray M. Becker, D.D.S., F.A.G.D. Today!

If you've had enough of your cracked tooth and you want the safest, most reliable dental care option available, then bonding is one decision you'll be happy you made! Give Crystal Falls Dental a call today at (512) 260-7400 and discover why dental destruction is never an option.

Are you a patient of Crystal Falls Dental? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!


By Crystal Falls Dental
January 13, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  
ThreeThingsYouMayNotKnowAboutRootCanalTreatments

The term “root canal” is a part of our social lexicon, and not always with a positive meaning. But contrary to its negative reputation, a root canal treatment can make all the difference in your dental health.

Here are 3 things you may not know about this important procedure.

A root canal treatment is a “tooth” saver. Decay deep inside the tooth pulp puts the entire tooth at risk. The infection not only destroys nerves and tissue in the pulp, it has a direct path to the root through tiny passageways known as root canals. By cleaning out this infected tissue, then filling the empty pulp chamber and the root canals with a special filling, the procedure stops the disease from further harm and seals the tooth from future infection. Without it, it’s highly likely the tooth will be lost and other teeth threatened by the infection.

A root canal doesn’t cause pain — it relieves it. The biggest misconception about root canal treatments is their supposed painfulness. That’s just not true, thanks to anesthetic techniques that numb the teeth and gums — and any discomfort afterward is quite manageable with mild anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. The procedure actually stops the real pain, caused by the infection damaging and finally killing the tooth’s nerves, when it stops the infection.

Root canal treatments are even more effective thanks to recent advancements. Not all infected tooth situations are the same: some teeth have smaller offset passageways called accessory canals that grow off a larger root canal that can be quite difficult to detect and access. Missing them can leave the door open for re-infection. In recent years, though, endodontists, specialists in root canal disorders, have improved the way we address these complications using advanced technologies like specialized microscopic equipment and new filling techniques. The result: a lower risk of re-infection and a higher chance of long-term success.

Hopefully, you’ll continue to enjoy good dental health and won’t need a root canal treatment. But if you do, rest assured it won’t be the unpleasant experience you might have thought — and will be a welcomed solution to pain and threatening tooth loss.

If you would like more information on root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”