Relax during your next dental appointment with the integration of sedation dentistry

At Smiles by Garcia, we understand that patients throughout the Austin, TX area who are uneasy about visiting the dentist may avoid doing so because of their fears of dental work. However, it is vital that patients visit their dentist at least twice a year for an evaluation and professional cleaning. Dr. Arturo Garcia wants to make it easier than ever to visit the dentist even with anxiety, thanks to the integration of sedation dentistry.

What is sedation dentistry?

Dental work completed while the patient is sedated is a popular option for those with dental anxiety. Our sedation methods vary depending on a patient’s level of anxiety. The sedation methods available at Smiles by Garcia include:

  • Nitrous oxide – an effective sedative method for patients with mild to moderate dental anxieties is that of nitrous oxide. This odorless and colorless gas, known as “laughing gas,” is administered through the nose via a mask and provides almost immediate calming. At the end of treatment, oxygen is brought through the mask to bring patients back to their normal state, allowing individuals to drive home or return to school or work immediately after their dental procedures when appropriate.
  • Oral conscious sedation – oral conscious sedation is the use of an oral medication that is prescribed to the patient to take prior to visiting the dental office. This sedation method makes patients feel drowsy though coherent enough to respond to questions and have their dental work completed without pain or fear.
  • General anesthesia – for patients who need higher levels of sedation, general anesthesia may be used. This is what is used during surgeries to put patients “under” and allow the professionals to complete their work. Patients who have severe anxieties or those who are undergoing a number of procedures at once may consider the advantages of general anesthesia for their next procedure.

Integrating sedation dentistry to obtain a beautiful smile!

At Smiles by Garcia, we strive to ensure all of our patients feel comfortable during their dental visits. Our relaxing atmosphere and the combination of sedation dentistry solutions can help all of our patients feel more comfortable when they visit with Dr. Arturo Garcia. Sedation dentistry may be right for you! Call (512) 402-5872 to schedule your initial appointment and discuss the advantages of sedation methods used for Austin, TX area patients.

What are the benefits of using composite resin bonding to reshape a tooth?

You chipped a tooth, and now your smile has been impacted permanently. What can you do?

Dr. Arturo Garcia understands the importance of a beautiful, flawless smile. When a tooth has become chipped or cracked, it impacts the overall appearance of the smile. Additionally, sharp edges of teeth near the front of the mouth put patients at risk of cutting soft tissues in the mouth, including the lips, gums, cheeks, or even the tongue. Restoration of the tooth is essential in situations such as this.

What can be used to restore the smile after a tooth has been chipped or cracked?

There are a variety of options available to patients after they have experienced damage to one of the anterior, or “front,” teeth. Patients might consider porcelain veneers, dental crowns, or composite bonding. There are many benefits to choosing cosmetic bonding. This resin material is molded onto the tooth and shaped in place. It is then filed down and polished to look like natural tooth enamel. There are many advantages to choosing composite resin over alternative options. This restoration:

  • Is made to match the existing tooth enamel for seamless integration
  • Is natural-looking when done by an experienced dental professional
  • Is completed in just one appointment, instead of multiple visits to the dentist required for crown and veneers
  • Is an affordable option that can be reversed or replaced in the future
  • Is often covered in part or in whole by dental insurance plans
  • Is versatile, addressing other issues such as permanent staining or gaps between teeth

Who is a candidate for composite resin bonding?

All patients can benefit from composite resin bonding in their smile. During a consultation appointment, our team will determine if a patient is a good fit for this or alternative solutions. Our professionals are here to help patients in making an educated decision regarding this and other restorations that can be used for smile enhancement.

Are you considering composite resin bonding for your smile?

Connect with the team at Smiles by Garcia by calling (512) 402-5872   and visiting Dr. Arturo Garcia at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Suite 210. Our facility is always welcoming new patients interested in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry solutions!

What are Lumineers and how do they differ from traditional veneers?

Posted In: Lumineers

Anyone who has ever followed celebrities of our time know that they all have that perfect, flawless smile. But did you know that aesthetic dentistry is more attainable than ever for everyday patients in the Austin, TX community? Dr. Arturo Garcia and his team at Smiles by Garcia are pleased to offer cosmetic dentistry solutions for patients to attain their own Hollywood smile. For many, the use of veneers is a common solution to imperfect teeth.

What is a veneer?

A veneer in dentistry is a special, custom-made facing that a dentist can bond over an anterior tooth to change its appearance. These restorations are often used to cover teeth that have specific issues including permanent staining, breakage, or even an unusual shape. Veneers conceal these issues and help patients achieve a more clean line, flawless appearance when compared to the teeth underneath.

Porcelain veneers vs. Lumineers

Patients who speak to Dr. Arturo Garcia and are interested in learning about the similarities and differences of veneers and Lumineers are encouraged to take the time to ask questions about these two treatment offerings. Both porcelain veneers and Lumineers provide long-term coverage of misaligned, crooked, stained, or broken teeth. These restorations are both stain-resistant and custom-made, and often are comparable in cost.

There are a few differences between the two that patients need to consider when deciding which one to invest in for their own smile. Lumineers are not as invasive as traditional porcelain veneers as they do not require the dentist to remove any of the tooth structure. Porcelain veneers require about 5mm of enamel to be removed from the front of the tooth to place a veneer without adding bulk. This means that the treatment is not reversible int eh future. Lumineers, on the other hand, do not impact the natural structure of the tooth but can be removed later if patients decide to do so. Both are long-lasting, natural-looking, and effective at enhancing the smile.

Request a visit with Dr. Arturo Garcia of Smiles by Garcia

Patients of Austin, TX considering aesthetic solutions for imperfections of the smile are invited to call Smiles by Garcia to request a consultation appointment. Call (512) 402-5872 and visit the practice at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Ste. 210.

Why patients might consider a dental bridge

Everyone wants to look their best, and with the smile being the first impression given to others during an initial meeting, it is important to address aesthetic problems of the teeth and gums. This includes tooth loss, which can negatively impact the appearance of the smile and make patients feel self-conscious about how they look to others. It can also dampen a first impression with other adults, either in work or personal relationships.

Tooth loss goes beyond just cosmetics—it can also cause various issues over time. Missing teeth can cause gaps that may result in shifting of the other teeth to compensate. Poor bite alignment is another issue that can occur if patients do not replace their missing teeth as soon as possible. Situations such as this may require orthodontic treatment to repair.

Instead, many patients choose an economical solution such as the dental bridge. Dental bridges are popular for many reasons, and may be right for an individual based on their unique needs. Here are some benefits of dental bridges:

  • Dental bridges can replace one or more teeth in a row. The bridge is made with false teeth fused to crowns on each end, which are bonded over the adjacent teeth. This allows for versatile placement.
  • Dental bridges are made from materials such as ceramic or porcelain. This ensures the restoration is beautiful and matches the existing smile for seamless integration.
  • Dental bridges use the adjacent teeth for support. However, this doesn’t mean that these teeth are not still at risk of developing cavities or disease. Patients need to see their dentist regularly for evaluations to ensure the smile is healthy.
  • Dental bridges are often a more affordable option when compared with dental implants. While dental implants are a wonderful solution for many of our patients, not everyone has the budget to place them. Patients with dental insurance plans may also find that they have benefits that can be used to reduce the cost of dental bridges.

Discuss the possibilities of a dental bridge with Dr. Arturo Garcia

Patients in the area of Austin, TX who are ready to learn more about dental bridges and other tooth replacement options are welcome to book a consultation visit with our team at Smiles by Garcia. Call (512) 402-5872 and visit the office at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Suite 210.

Address short teeth with cosmetic dentistry solutions at Smiles by Garcia

Everyone wants a beautiful smile, but patients with disproportionately smaller teeth may notice an impact they have to the smile’s overall appearance. Teeth that are short may have a childlike appearance, or can make you look older than you really are. They can also make patients feel self-conscious about smiling or laughing with others, which can impact their interpersonal relationships. Fortunately, with the use of several cosmetic dentistry techniques, patients can address their short teeth and smile with confidence!

What causes short teeth?

Small or short teeth can be caused by many different variables. Sometimes smaller teeth are a genetic condition that occurs naturally, just like patients with freckles, birthmarks, or other imperfections of the face and body. Other times, it may be a result of a certain disorder such as amelogenesis imperfecta. In some situations, the teeth may be the proper size and shape, but patients may have excess gum tissue that may make the teeth appear shorter than they really are.

What treatments can address short teeth?

There are a wide range of treatments available to patients that can be used to address teeth that appear shorter than normal:

  • Porcelain veneers. Veneers are a great way to disguise not only short teeth, but teeth that may have visual imperfections. These thin facings are bonded over a tooth to change its appearance.
  • Dental bonding. Composite resin bonding is another way for a dentist to change the shape and look of a tooth. This material is also used in addressing chipped or broken teeth. It is placed during one appointment and can last many years with proper care.
  • Gum contouring. Another option to consider if a gummy smile is causing your teeth to appear short is gum contouring services. The removal of the gums and realignment of the gumline can ensure the teeth look proportionate to the rest of the smile.

Learn more about cosmetic dentistry solutions for short or imperfect teeth

Dr. Arturo Garcia of Austin, TX is here to help patients in the community improve and enhance the appearance of their smiles. If you are thinking about the benefits of addressing short teeth, we welcome you to come find the treatment that is best suited to your needs. Call the team at Smiles by Garcia today by calling (512) 402-5872 and visiting at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Ste. 210.

Enjoy a smile makeover with our experienced team

Posted In: Smile Makeovers

A perfect smile doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Genetics can play a role in the formation of a beautiful smile, especially when it comes to alignment. Additionally, certain environmental factors can impact one’s smile and cause problems such as staining of the teeth, chipping of the teeth, and even uneven gum tissues. When patients want to improve their smile’s appearance, they need to work with an experienced cosmetic dentist such as Dr. Arturo Garcia of Austin, TX. His practice offers smile makeovers to patients ready to dramatically improve their appearance.

What is a smile makeover?

A smile makeover is a combination of cosmetic dental treatments that can be used to transform the appearance of  a patient’s smile. It can address a wide range of problems including:

  • Permanent stained teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Gapped or spaced teeth
  • Unusual gum alignment
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Damaged teeth
  • Lost teeth

A smile makeover is a dental plan that is customized for each patient based on their needs. Smile makeovers vary from patient to patient, as no two smiles are alike. Our team may suggest a wide range of treatments to complete the smile, including orthodontic work, porcelain veneers, composite resin bonding, or gum contouring.

Which treatments will I need to improve my smile?

Improving the smile may require more than one treatment. During the development of a dental plan with the patient, the dentist will evaluate the patient’s smile, determine the best treatments, and create a plan that is within the patient’s budget. Patients can have their treatments done during a single appointment or spread out over time, depending on how quickly they would like to see the enhancements. Our team also works with patients to develop a financing plan that allows them the opportunity to afford the treatment they so strongly desire.

Transform your smile with the team of Smiles by Garcia today!

Austin, TX area patients who are faced with imperfect smiles are welcome to call (512) 402-5872 to schedule a consultation visit with Dr. Arturo Garcia. His practice, located at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Ste. 210, can assist new patients interested in comprehensive care solutions with our qualified, experienced dental team.

Enjoy a two visit smile makeover

Posted In: Smile Makeovers

Smile MakeoverMany patients in the area of Austin, TX are interested in achieving the look of a beautiful, flawless smile. When a patient is struggling with the appearance of their teeth, they may shy away from speaking to their dentist about their desires. Dr. Arturo Garcia of Smiles by Garcia encourages patients to be open and honest with him so he can assist them with a two-visit smile makeover!

How can a smile be improved in just two visits?

Some patients are seeking subtle changes to the appearance of their smile, while others need to make dramatic improvements. Regardless, Smiles by Garcia offers several cosmetic dentistry solutions for patients. With the use of today’s beautiful materials and by combining Dr. Arturo Garcia’s artistic abilities, patients can improve their self-confidence with a smile makeover.

During the first visit, the teeth are prepared with the removal of tooth enamel on the teeth being improved. Impressions are made and then sent off to a laboratory to create a restoration fabricated from porcelain. Patients have temporary restorations bonded over their prepared teeth while they wait for their final restorations to come back to the dental office. Patients return for the second visit. During this appointment, the temporary restorations are removed and the final restoration are bonded in place. Patients will leave this appointment with a completely transformed smile!

What restorations are used in a two visit smile makeover?

There are many different cosmetic dentistry solutions available at Smiles by Garcia. A smile makeover may include:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental crowns
  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Dental bonding

During the initial evaluation, the dentist will speak to the patient about his or her desires to develop an appropriate treatment plan to achieve these results. Our team will ensure that the smile makeover is affordable and attainable for the patient. Our front office team can also arrange for payment plans and financing options to help patients in obtaining the smile they’ve always dreamed of!

Request an appointment today!

Consult with Dr. Arturo Garcia to discuss the needs of your smile today. With just two appointments, your perfect smile can be achieved! Call (512) 402-5872 and visit the practice at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Suite #210. We accept new patients and families seeking quality dental care!

How often should you change your toothbrush?

DentistWhile everyone knows that they need to brush their teeth after every meal, they may not be aware of how often they need to replace their toothbrush or what kind to get. These are questions that Dr. Arturo Garcia of Smiles by Garcia in Austin, TX encourages his patients to ask. With the knowledge they need, most patients are able to care for their teeth and gums and keep problems such as cavities and periodontal disease away!

How often should you change your toothbrush?

The American Dental Association and dental professionals recommend that patients replace their toothbrush at least every three months or when the bristles of the toothbrush become frayed. This is to ensure that the toothbrush maintains its effectiveness. In addition, patients who are sick will need to replace their toothbrush when they are well, as the germs on the toothbrush can reinfect them with the illness. This is also why patients should not share toothbrushes, as germs can pass back and forth. Patients who have periodontal disease should also avoid sharing toothbrushes, as the bacteria in their mouth can be transmitted to those who use the toothbrush.

What type of toothbrush should I purchase?

Many patients will be just find with a soft-bristled toothbrush that can be found at most drugstores. However, other patients love the cleaner feeling they get with an electric toothbrush. The type of toothbrush you buy will vary depending on your personal preferences. Our dentists do find that the electric toothbrushes are more effective at getting between teeth, but when patients floss, they can also achieve the same results. Patients who buy an electric toothbrush will need to consider a variety of preferences to get the one they like the best, including power supply, pressure sensors, and timers.

Discuss toothbrush selection and replacement with Dr. Arturo Garcia

If you reside in the area of Austin, TX and want to work with a dental team that is committed to providing quality care for you and your family, contact Smiles by Garcia at (512) 402-5872. The practice is conveniently located at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Suite 210.

How Long Does It Take to Fully Treat Periodontal Disease?

At Smiles by Garcia, we are committed to ensuring patients in the area of Austin, TX have access to the dental services they need to achieve healthy smiles. We also educate patients on the benefits of keeping the smile clean and healthy. This includes the avoidance of problems such as tooth decay and periodontal disease.

What is periodontal disease?

An infection of the smile is often diagnosed as periodontal disease. This condition, which is sometimes referred to as gum disease, can impact the health of the smile—and of one’s body. The infection can travel through the bloodstream and increase a patient’s risk of developing diabetes or heart disease. This is why it is incredibly important for patients to get a proper diagnosis as soon as possible and seek treatment. Patients can avoid the development of this condition by maintaining proper oral health habits and visiting the dentist on a regular basis for cleanings and evaluations.

Is periodontal disease curable?

Once periodontal disease has developed, it cannot be cured. Instead, it can only be controlled and maintained. Periodontal disease is often spotted by a dentist due to:

  • Complaints of persistent bad breath
  • Bleeding of the gums when brushing and flossing
  • Inflammation and swelling of the gum tissues
  • Thorough evaluations performed in the dentist’s office
  • The development of pockets between tissues and teeth where bacteria may harbor

Treatment of periodontal disease will vary depending on the stage at which the condition has reached. For example, the earlier stages of periodontal disease may be easily treated with a thorough dental cleaning at Smiles by Garcia. while later stages may require antibiotic treatment or scaling and root planing. When the condition is diagnosed, the dentist can create a treatment plan for the patient. This customized plan will help patients bring their smile back to health and keep their condition from getting worse.

How long does it take to full treat periodontal disease?

Many patients want to know how long it will take to address their condition. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to determine due to many different factors that will impact treatment time. Patients should follow their dentist’s recommendations to bring the smile back to health and avoid worsening of the infection.

Discuss periodontal care with the team at Smiles by Garcia today!

Dr. Arturo Garcia of Austin, TX is pleased to provide comprehensive dental care for patients in and around the community. Schedule your appointment by calling (512) 402-5872 today!

Stop cavities with fillings

At Smiles by Garcia, patients in the Austin, TX area have access  to dental professionals who are dedicated to ensuring patients have healthy smiles free from dental decay. Dental decay, often referred to as cavities, can be detrimental to the smile. It can impact the health of the smile and can cause the loss of a tooth if it is not treated.

What causes dental decay?

Most cases of cavities are caused by poor oral health care habits. Dr. Arturo Garcia of Smiles by Garcia educates patients on the importance of proper brushing and flossing after every meal to maintain a healthy smile. Additionally, routine visits to the dentist allow Dr. Arturo Garcia to evaluate the smile, look for signs of decay, and treat them as soon as possible. Cavities are often addressed with the use of dental fillings.

Understanding the purpose of fillings

Many patients have heard of fillings, but may not be aware of their purpose. Fillings are used to “fill” areas of decay. This not only stops the decay from progressing, but protects the tooth from further damage or infection that can result if food or bacteria gets into the canals of the teeth. The most popular type of filling is that of composite resin bonding. This material is a clay-like material that can be molded onto or inside of a tooth. The material is then cured and hardened using a special light device. The dentist can then file down the filling and polish it to give it the same shine and appearance as natural tooth enamel. When done properly, these tooth-colored fillings cannot be detected by others within the smile, ensuring the best cosmetic appearance when completed. Some dentist may use other materials for fillings, including silver amalgam or metal, but these are often much more noticeable in the smile and have no aesthetic benefit.

Schedule your appointment with Smiles by Garcia

Dr. Arturo Garcia and his team at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Ste. 210 are available to assist patients in the community of Austin, TX with their oral health. When cavities become a problem, our team has a solution! We accept new and existing families into our quality dental practice for general, cosmetic, and restorative dental needs.

Call 512-402-5872 today for Your Complimentary Consultation or for more information about Dental Implants, Our New Smile Procedure, Smile Makeovers, Porcelain Veneers and Cosmetic Dentistry in Austin, Texas.

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