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What Should You Do If You Have Loose Dental Implants in Arlington?

April 10, 2019

Filed under: Restorative Dentistry — Tags: — Dr. Ravi Doctor @ 2:54 am

X-ray of implantNo question—dental implants are among the most reliable tooth replacements available. In fact, implants enjoy a success rate over 95 percent. Of course, that doesn’t mean they are impervious to problems. If you suspect that you have loose dental implants in Arlington, then you should contact a dentist immediately. The sooner you seek treatment, the better the chance that the implant can be saved and your smile will remain strong and beautiful.

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Replace Missing Teeth With a Hybrid Bridge in Arlington

March 17, 2019

Filed under: Restorative Dentistry — Tags: — Dr. Ravi Doctor @ 4:08 am

middle age couple smilingTooth loss happens for a variety of reasons: severe decay, advanced gum disease and traumatic injury are some of the most common. But regardless of why you are missing teeth, replacement is very important. A hybrid bridge in Arlington offers the aesthetic value of natural looking false teeth along with the security of dental implants. Read on for more information about this tooth replacement.

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Hybrid Dentures in Southlake Offer Beauty and Security

February 15, 2019

Filed under: Restorative Dentistry — Tags: — Dr. Ravi Doctor @ 4:19 am

older man smilingIf you’ve decided to get dentures in order to remedy tooth loss, then you’ve made a great choice. Dentists have long used dentures to replace all of a patient’s missing teeth. Today, however, you must also decide what kind of dentures you want.  No doubt you know about removable dentures that sit on top of your gums. But did you know that dentures could be attached to dental implants for a stronger foundation? Called hybrid dentures in Southlake, these combine the security of dental implants with the beauty of natural looking false teeth. Read on to learn more about this type of tooth replacement.

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See Your Southlake Dentist for Crown and Filling Maintenance

March 25, 2016

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Southlake dentistOne of the biggest misconceptions regarding dental work that I come across is on the longevity of fillings and crowns. On average, tooth colored fillings last 5-7 years and crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. In my 25 plus years of practice as an Arlington and Southlake dentist, I have shocked many a patient with the diagnosis of needing a new crowns or fillings. The look of shock is something that I have become accustomed too, and I try my best to assuage their fears and doubts by explaining why exactly their previous dental work is now failing.

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Sugar & Your Teeth

February 6, 2015

Filed under: Restorative Dentistry — Tags: , , , , — Dr. Ravi Doctor @ 8:41 pm

candy-southlake-dentistWe all know that sugar is the bane of your oral health. Previously the WHO recommended 10 % of sugar daily but later dropped it to 5% of sugar after realizing that it is an even bigger threat to health than previously imagined. New research by the University College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine suggests that even 5% is too much.  Researchers at the university advocate that 3% should of free sugars should suffice for your daily energy intake. Anything more, just adds to an increased likelihood of obesity and tooth decay.

So why is sugar so bad? The most obvious answer is that it causes tooth decay and obesity, but did you know that there are so many other negative aspects of sugar? For example, sugar can cause insulin resistance and promote diabetes.  Also, increased amounts of insulin can cause a proliferation of cells and in turn result in cancer. Furthermore, added sugar, otherwise known as fructose, is known to overload the liver and cause nonalcoholic fatty liver.

In respect to tooth decay, research shows that when sugar is completely expelled from one’s diet.  An example of this can be seen in post war Japan where there was no access to sugar. At that time, there was a significant drop in tooth decay and once sugar was reintroduced into the diet, the incidence of decay rose dramatically.

Researchers argue that sugar, has effects similar to many illegal drugs making it highly addictive. Cutting sugar from your diet completely can prove to be quite a challenge, however, the results are usually well worth the sacrifice. If you feel that you cannot live without sugar, try and make smarter choices about the sugars you do consume. Attempt to eat more fruits or even a piece of dark chocolate.

Mouth Piercings & Precautions

September 4, 2014

177444694In an age where self-expression is everything to one’s identity, body piercings have become a means to convey one’s individuality and to stand out. Although the most common site for piercings are traditionally the earlobes, nowadays, more and more unconventional piercing sites are becoming the norm.

One such unconventional area is the mouth. You may have noticed many individuals with lip or tongue mouth piercings, or even a slit tongue. While this is definitely a unique channel of self-expression, there are many factors that should be taken into consideration before piercing or traumatizing a sensitive area such as the oral cavity. For one, keep in mind that the mouth is a moist environment teaming with bacteria. Such an environment is always ideal to encourage the onset of infection. Furthermore, a tongue piercing can swell after infection and block your airway.

Another complication that can be expected after mouth piercings is temporary or even permanent nerve damage. A damaged nerve can affect the way your tongue moves or even your taste sensations. You may even experience burning or tingling sensations in your mouth.Other complications may include allergic reactions to the metal placed in your mouth, as well as mutilation to the adjacent teeth and gums along with excessive drooling.

If however, you already have a piercing, make sure and keep the area clean and rinse with warm salt water. Also, avoid smoking, alcohol and spicy foods as these can aggravate the newly pierced area and result in infection, and finally, avoid playing with the jewelry, as this may result in it becoming loose and accidental aspiration as well as damaging the surrounding teeth and gums. If despite meticulous care, any problems arise concerning the area of your piercing, visit your dentist immediately to avoid any further complications!

Give Your Smile a Bright Future This Year with Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry

December 21, 2012

With 2013 almost here, you might be thinking about the year ahead and how you can make it different from all the others. One way is by giving your smile the cosmetic or restorative help it needs.

Improving your smile with teeth whitening, CEREC same day crowns, dental implants, porcelain veneers, or a full-smile makeover can have a remarkable effect on your sense of self-confidence and can change the way others see you.

But maybe dental anxiety is holding you back. If it is, Dr. Ravi Doctor of Arlington and Southlake has three effective sedation dentistry options that can help you:

  • Nitrous oxide
  • Oral conscious
  • Intravenous

If fear has stood in your way of cosmetic or restorative care in the past, it doesn’t have to in 2013. Talk to Dr. Doctor about how sedation dentistry can help you accomplish your cosmetic and restorative dreams. Our Arlington and Southlake teams would be happy to create a personalized plan that truly meets your needs.

Call one of our offices today to reserve your consultation appointment with Dr. Doctor. Our teams serve patients from all across the DFW area with great care and contemporary tools.

You can have the new smile you’ve dreamed of this year.

Custom-Made Crowns in a Single Visit from Dr. Doctor and CEREC

May 31, 2012

If you have a tooth that is severely decayed or has become cracked or broken in some way, you may need to restore it with a crown. But at many dental offices, a crown restoration takes at least two appointments—one to prep your tooth and put together a plan and a second to put your completed crown in place.

The problem with this method is that your appointment may not be limited to just one appointment. If something happens to you temporary crown in between that first and second visit, another unexpected appointment could be necessary. Maybe that temporary crown falls out while you’re flossing, or it breaks while you’re eating breakfast. Whatever the case, it can mean tacking another, unexpected appointment onto the two you were already expecting.

That’s why at Dr. Ravi Doctor’s Arlington and Southlake dental offices, we use CEREC technology to complete crown restorations in a single visit. In fact, all it takes after Dr. Doctor has taken a 3D image of the tooth we’ll be restoring is just the click of a button and our CEREC machine will begin milling your crown right in our Arlington or Southlake office.

When our CEREC machine is done, you’ll have a custom-made, natural-looking restoration that blends in with your surrounding teeth and restores strength and functionality to a tooth that might otherwise need to be pulled, and all in just one visit.

Do You Still Have Questions About CEREC?

If you still have questions about how CEREC works or whether you need a crown, give our Arlington or Southlake dental office a call. Dr. Doctor serves patients from Arlington, Southlake, and the entire DFW area.