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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.

Reasons Why a Patient May Need a Dental Bridge Restoration

Porcelain Crowns & Bridges  Austin, TX

At Smiles by Garcia, our Austin, TX dentist is focused on providing patients with solutions for repairing their smiles. Porcelain dental bridges are a common request and may be a wonderful solution for patients seeking beauty, function, and affordability.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic that is typically created from porcelain, a material that has the same appearance of natural tooth enamel. Bridges are bonded in place and can last many years when patients are actively caring for them. Dental bridges are a great “middle of the road” option for patients who want something more permanent than a partial denture but less expensive than a dental implant.

Who is a candidate for a dental bridge?

Porcelain bridges can be used on most patients who need to replace one or more teeth in a row yet have existing teeth on each side for support of the bridge. In some situations, the dentist can place a dental implant to act as a support if there is no tooth on one or both sides. However, this can greatly increase the cost of treatment and alternatives should be considered if dental insurance does not provide benefits to a patient for this work.

Why choose dental bridges?

A dental bridge has many benefits. It is a strong and durable option, using adjacent teeth for support. It is not removable like a partial denture. It requires extra care to brush and floss underneath the false teeth, but overall, it will last many years with proper care. Dr. Arturo Garcia and his team may also suggest dental bridges if patients do not want a removable restoration such as a partial denture. Dental bridges are custom made with a patient’s input to ensure their false teeth blend in with the rest of the smile.

Are you ready to discuss the possibility of dental bridges with your dentist?

Contact Dr. Arturo Garcia of Smiles by Garcia to discuss the benefits of treating tooth loss with a traditional dental bridge. Our practice is committed to offering restorations that are made with natural-looking materials for seamless integration into the rest of the smile. Cosmetic enhancement is just a phone call away! Call (512) 402-5872 and visit the practice at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Suite 210. Austin, TX area patients are welcome to start working with our dedicated team of professionals.

Smiles by Garcia Offers a Two-Visit Smile Makeover for Complete Rejuvenation!

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It is not unusual for Dr. Arturo Garcia, the primary dentist at Smiles by Garcia, to visit with patients in the Austin, TX area and discuss the appearance of the smile. Some patients have a variety of imperfections of the smile that can detract from the natural beauty. Patients who are ready to enhance their smile with cosmetic dentistry can ask about our “two-visit” smile makeover!

How can a smile be transformed in just two visits?

Dr. Arturo Garcia is excited to offer patients solutions that assist them in completely rejuvenating the appearance of the smile. During the first appointment, patients will consult with their dentist to determine the specific needs they have. Often, patients will point out to our team certain imperfections they’d like to address, which may include stained, broken, or unusually shaped teeth. Our doctor will prepare the smile for the placement of temporary restorations such as porcelain veneers and dental crowns. While the final restorations are being ordered through a specialized dental laboratory, patients can spend a week or two enjoying their temporaries to try out their brand-new smile. Patients will then return to the dental office for a second visit, during which Dr. Arturo Garcia will remove the temporaries and place the final restorations.

How long will my new smile last?

The temporary restorations placed during the first visit to the dentist will last approximately two weeks or longer, depending on how long it takes to complete the final replacements. When the permanent veneers and/or crowns are created, patients will enjoy these restorations for approximately a decade or longer with proper care and maintenance. Our dental team educates patients on how to care for their new smile and help it last a lifetime!

Are you intrigued at the idea of a two-visit smile?

Contact Dr. Arturo Garcia and his team of Smiles by Garcia in Austin, TX to schedule an appointment. During a consultation visit, you will find out if this method of restoring the smile is right for you! The office can be reached by calling (512) 402-5872 and is conveniently located at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Suite 210. We are always welcoming potential patients into our practice.

All About Porcelain Veneers for Smile Enhancement!

At Smiles by Garcia, patients in the Austin, TX area have access to cosmetic solutions for their smiles, including restorations such as porcelain veneers. These special, custom-made facings are a wonderful option for individuals who have imperfections near the front of the smile.

How do porcelain veneers work?

Veneers are very thin coverings that are bonded over the front of an anterior tooth. Anterior teeth are those that are noticed when people smile, laugh, and speak with others. When there is an imperfection present, such as a chip, gap, or permanent staining, patients can use veneers over these teeth to change the overall look of their entire smile. With proper care, patients can enjoy these restorations for a decade or longer.

What process is required to obtain porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers do require the dentist to remove a thin portion of the enamel on the front of the tooth’s surface. Once this has been done, impressions are completed, and these impressions are sent off to a specialized laboratory for the creation of the final veneer. A temporary will be placed until this new veneer arrives back at the dental office, which typically occurs within a few weeks. The dentist will then bond the new veneer in place and patients can leave the practice with their brand-new look!

How do I care for my porcelain veneers?

Veneers, though strong and durable, are still susceptible to breakage. It is important that patients use a mouthguard if they have conditions such as bruxism, which can cause unwanted tension that can crack veneers or cause them to become loose. Patients should also avoid chewing on ice or solid objects as this can also result in breakage. Patients should brush and floss their teeth as they normally do, and visit their dentist regularly for examinations and cleanings to extend the longevity of their restorations.

Interested in discussing the possibility of obtaining porcelain veneers for your smile?

Call Dr. Arturo Garcia of Smiles by Garcia to discuss the benefits of veneers and other cosmetic restorations available at our Austin, TX area pracitce. Our professionals can evaluate a patient and determine what solution is best. Call (512) 402-5872 today to schedule a visit at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Ste. 120.

Address tooth loss with a permanent option such as dental implants

Dental Implants | Austin, TXTooth loss can impact not only the appearance of the smile, but its health as well. When patients visit the practice of Smiles by Garcia and are interested in learning more about permanent tooth replacement options, our dentist, Dr. Arturo Garcia, will often make a recommendation for placing and restoring dental implants.

 

 

How dental implants work

Dental implants are titanium tooth root replacements. These restorations are fabricated to look like a small post. The dentist will perform oral surgery, placing the dental implant into the bone of the jaw. This stimulates osseointegration, which is the growth of bone around the restoration, to provide a solid foundation. Dr. Arturo Garcia can then restore the dental implant in various ways, depending on the needs of the patient. For example, a dental implant may be covered over the abutment with a dental crown to replace a single tooth. Patients replacing several teeth may restore the dental implant with a dental bridge or a denture. By speaking with our team of professionals, patients can decide if dental implants are right for them.

What sets dental implants apart from other restorations?

Dental implants are not the only way for patients to replace missing teeth. Some patients choose to use dentures, including full and partial dentures, that replace one or more teeth. These restorations are custom-made and are removable for easy cleaning and care. Alternatively, patients may opt for dental bridges. These are restorations made of porcelain that are fabricated to replace one or more teeth in a row. These are more permanently placed than a denture but provide a permanent replacement in the same way as a dental implant. Patients who care for their dental bridges properly can enjoy them for a decade or longer.

Are you ready to learn more about dental implants?

Contact the team at Smiles for Garcia to discuss your options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Dr. Arturo Garcia and his staff are here for patients in and around the community of Austin, TX who are ready to enhance their smile with permanent tooth replacements. Call (512) 402-5872 and visit the facility at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Ste. 210.

Transform your smile in just two visits to Smiles by Garcia in Austin, TX

Smile Makeover | Austin TXAt Smiles by Garcia, Dr. Arturo Garcia offers a wide range of cosmetic solutions that can be used for smile enhancement. But what about patients in the area of Austin, TX who have multiple concerns with the appearance and function of their smile? These patients may be better suited for a smile makeover. Smile makeovers are specialized and unique dental plans developed for patients who may have cosmetic, functional, or health concerns with their smile. By working with patients and creating a customized plan, patients are able to address a variety of imperfections in the smile.

 

This includes:

• Missing teeth

• Unwanted wear and tear on the natural teeth

• Broken or old restorations

• Misaligned teeth

• Chipped or broken teeth

• Permanently stained teeth

How to create a smile makeover plan

A smile makeover plan is achieved with the help of the patient. The patient discussed with their dentist the concerns they have regarding their smile, and the dentist will make recommendations based on the goals of the patient. Together, they will create a treatment plan that can be completed in just two visits. The first visit is the planning of the new smile, and the second visit is the application of the services chosen. Many patients choose to have proper sedation and anesthetics while they spend extended time int eh dental chair to complete many different treatments at once. However, at the end of the appointment, patients can leave the office with their brand-new smile! Our professionals love seeing patients smile again, especially if they have been hiding their smile from others for many years. This transformation can be an affordable and effective way of addressing areas of the smile that have caused months, years, or even a lifetime of embarrassment!

Are you ready to learn more about the two-visit smile makeover?

Contact our facility today to ask Dr. Arturo Garcia about the ways in which you can quickly and affordably transform the smile into the smile of your dreams! Our practice is conveniently located at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Ste. #210 and can be reached by phone at (512) 402-5872.

Enhancing the smile with the use of custom porcelain veneers

Porcelain Veneers | Austin, TXAt Smiles by Garcia, patients in the area of Austin, TX have a wide selection of services available to them, from general dentistry to complete restoration of the smile. One of the services provided at the practice is that of porcelain veneers. These facings are best used near the front of the smile where imperfections may be present.

 
 
 

What is a porcelain veneer?

Dr. Arturo Garcia of Smiles by Garcia describes porcelain veneers as thin ceramic facings that are bonded onto the front of a tooth to disguise problem areas. Porcelain veneers are best used in situations where patients have:

• Gapped teeth

• Broken/chipped teeth

• Misaligned teeth

• Permanently stained teeth

• Unusually shaped teeth

The porcelain veneer can cover these teeth and help patients achieve a more attractive smile even with imperfections on the anterior teeth.

 

Obtaining porcelain veneers

The first step in finding out if porcelain veneers are right for you is by scheduling a consultation appointment with our professionals. This can be done by booking a visit with Dr. Arturo Garcia, during which he will evaluate the smile and speak to patients about the desires they have. Once patients have decided that porcelain veneers are right for them, preparation can begin. The dentist needs to remove a thin portion of the enamel before taking impressions that are used to create the porcelain veneer. The veneer is fabricated in a dental laboratory by a ceramist that creates a restoration that closely mimics the appearance of the remaining teeth to ensure a natural blend. Patients return to the dental office when the restoration is complete to have it bonded in place, walking out of the dental office with their brand-new smile!

Schedule a visit today to discuss your options for smile enhancement

If you are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers or other treatment options that are available to address imperfections, Dr. Arturo Garcia recommends taking charge with cosmetic dental restorations. Call the practice at (512) 402-5872 and visit at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Ste. 210 to speak to a professional about aesthetic solutions that are affordable, natural-looking, and effective in disguising problem areas.

Comparing porcelain veneers and Lumineers with Dr. Arturo Garcia

At Smiles by Garcia, patients in and around the area of Austin, TX have a wide selection of cosmetic treatments to choose from for their smile. If imperfections of the smile are impacting the way you feel about your appearance, you may want to ask the team of professionals about aesthetic options such as porcelain veneers and Lumineers.

Porcelain veneers. vs. Lumineers

Both of these treatments are readily available in our practice, but some patients are unsure on the differences between the two. Both are restorations that are commonly used on the anterior (front) teeth to disguise specific problems, such as permanent staining, gaps between the teeth, or broken teeth. The restorations are custom made for patients with color matching and size matching to ensure that they look just like the natural teeth when bonded in place. However, the similarities stop there. The primary difference between conventional porcelain veneers and Lumineers is the thickness of the restorations. Lumineers are incredibly thin, which means that they can be placed over the teeth without removing any natural enamel from the front. This allows patients to have them in their smile, but without the commitment. Porcelain veneers require the patient to file down a portion of the natural tooth enamel from the front of the tooth to eliminate bulkiness from the restoration. This means that once patients have chosen to move forward with porcelain veneers, they will need to maintain them over the years. Lumineers can be removed at any time, and patients can then consider alternative options if they so desire. This versatility makes Lumineers a wonderful option for patients who need to address imperfections in the smile but are not interested in making a lifetime commitment to one single type of restoration.

Are you ready to discuss cosmetic treatments for your smile?

Contact Dr. Arturo Garcia of Smiles by Garcia to discuss the treatments you are interested in obtaining at his Austin, TX area practice. The front office team can be reached at (512) 402-5872 to schedule an appointment at the office, located in Suite 210 at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane.

Replacing Missing Teeth With Dental Implants

Dental Implants, Austin, TXAt Smiles by Garcia, patients in and around the community of Austin, TX who have lost natural teeth are often able to find a solution with our staff. Dr. Arturo Garcia and his team are available to help patients learn about the options available to them for replacing missing teeth and deciding which ones are most appropriate for their specific situation. In many cases, patients interested in replacing a single tooth will find that dental implants are a highly desirable option.

What is a dental implant?

Dr. Arturo Garcia describes a dental implant as a tooth root replacement that can restore the function, appearance, and health of the smile after tooth loss or extraction. Dental implants are made of titanium metal which is biocompatible with the body. Once placed, it can stimulate the growth of jaw bone via osseointegration, where the bone wraps around the new implant to hold it firmly in place. Our professionals encourage patients to consider dental implants whenever possible because they are long-lasting and effective in maintaining the function of the teeth.

Who is a candidate?

The best patients for the placement of dental implants are those who have sufficient bone structure that can support the implant once it is put in place during oral surgery. Once dental implants are in place, they are known to last a lifetime when patients properly care for their smile, avoiding the development of common problems such as tooth decay and periodontal disease. These are issues that can impact the health of the smile as well as restorations such as dental implants after they have been installed.

Interested in learning more about dental implants?

Call Dr. Arturo Garcia and the team at Smiles by Garcia today in Austin, TX to discuss your options for tooth replacement. Located at 4407 Bee Cave Road, Building 2, Suite 221, patients are able to obtain quality care and attention from a dental staff that is committed to offering the best in dentistry. Call (512) 402-5872 to connect with the front office team and book an appointment today! Our lines are answered 24/7 for general and emergency dentistry 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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