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!

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.