FAQ: Your Restorative Dentistry Options

Restore Your Smile

Many of our patients visit our office in need of restorative dentistry services. Restorative dentistry services are often used to replace one or more missing teeth. As your trusted restorative dentist in Bedford, TX, we wanted to provide some additional information on your potential treatment options. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding restorative dentistry:

Why should I replace missing teeth?

Missing teeth are more than just a cosmetic concern. They actually put a lot of additional strain on your remaining dental structures. This is because when you are missing a tooth, your teeth, gums, and jawbone have to put forth additional effort to compensate for the missing tooth when performing daily tasks like chewing or speaking. This added strain can lead to dental damage, jaw pain, and even further tooth loss. This is why we offer restorative dentistry care to our patients. In addition to providing excellent general dentistry and preventive dental care services, Davis Family Dental Care is one of the most comprehensive dental offices in Bedford, Texas for restorative dentistry.

What is the difference between dental bridges and dental implants?

Dental bridges are prosthetic teeth held in the space of a missing tooth and supported by the surrounding teeth. Dental implants involve a surgical implanted post that gives your replacement tooth more functionality and does not require the support of surrounding teeth. In most cases, dental implants are more expensive than dental bridges, however, they are also less likely to need maintenance or repair and can be less expensive in the long term. If you have missing teeth, you are probably choosing between dental implants or a dental bridge. Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX offers both options for replacing missing teeth and can help you determine which is best for you.

How can I replace a full arch of teeth?

Dentures and partials are the best methods for replacing a full arch of teeth. We offer several types of dentures in our Bedford, TX dentist office including removable or fixed dentures. The difference between these two types of dentures is that a fixed denture is secured into your mouth using dental implants to anchor the appliance in place. Our dentists will help you select the best type of dentures or partials for you based on your needs, goals, and budget.

Schedule An Appointment

If you have worn down, broken, or missing teeth, contact Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX to find out how we can restore your smile. We are currently open and seeing new patients again. To make an appointment, please call our office at (817) 354-9999 or schedule an appointment online.

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Why You Should Schedule Your Dental Cleaning

Many patients experience dental anxiety which prevents them from scheduling their necessary preventative dental care appointments. On top of this, many of our patients are unsure about scheduling their next dental cleaning due to the coronavirus pandemic. As your trusted dentist in Bedford, TX, we want to assure you that it is safe to schedule your next dental cleaning. Here are some reasons why you should schedule your next appointment as soon as possible:

Your Dental Health Affects Your Overall Health

Your dental health and your overall health are directly intertwined. Your mouth is constantly filled with bacteria. It is also the entry point to your digestive and respiratory tracts.  When your dental health is compromised, or your mouth and teeth surfaces contain too much harmful bacteria, you are more at risk for developing a variety of diseases including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Regular preventative dental care appointments maintain the amount of bacteria in your mouth. It also ensures that a professional dentist is keeping a close eye out for underlying issues that could lead to major dental concerns down the road if not treated promptly.

Dental Concerns Only Get Worse Over Time

While some health issues may go away on their own, dental concerns usually do not. In fact, it is more common for them to get worse over time. For example, if you notice that your teeth or gums bleed before or after brushing your teeth, this is an early-stage symptom of gum disease. In the early stages of gum disease, you can typically be treated with a thorough dental cleaning in which a professional dentist removes any buildup that is irritating your gum line and causing the bleeding. However, if left untreated, these symptoms quickly develop into other symptoms which can eventually cause receding gums or even tooth loss. It’s important to see a dentist regularly so that they can treat smaller issues before they become bigger, more costly issues.

Patient Safety is Our Priority

We are now seeing all patients, both new and existing. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety. Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, as you may have seen during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. To help ensure that we can safely provide necessary dental care to our community,  you may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and team. Get to know our new safety protocols here. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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COVID-19: We Are Open

May 4, 2020

At Davis Family Dental Care we hope all of our patients and their families are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety. Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, as you may have seen during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable.

We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and team members safe. Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agency’s recommendations. You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and team. For example:

• Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked to verify and initial the answers to those questions have not changed when you are in the office.
• When you arrive, you will call or text the office and we will send a team member to meet you at the front door to take your temperature. This is to limit the number of people in the waiting room and expedite your appointment.
• We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use immediately when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
• You may see that our reception area will no longer offer magazines, children’s books and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
• Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (817) 354-9999 visit our website at www.DavisFamilyDentists.com.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

With love and respect,
Drs Lauren Drennan, Dakota Davis and Paul Davis and all of the Davis Family Dental Care Team

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Healthy Snacks for Healthy Smiles

During the COVID-19 crisis, many of our patients have been stuck at home and unable to attend their regular dental hygiene appointments. Additionally, there isn’t much to do when you’re stuck at home all day except for snacking. As your trusted dentist in Bedford, TX, we wanted to provide some snack suggestions for your quarantine that are smile-friendly and dentist-approved. Here are some of our best suggestions for snacks that your teeth will thank you for later.

Nuts

Replace that bowl of candy with a bowl of nuts. Almonds, cashews, and walnuts are just as easy to reach for and eat on-the-go like most of your other favorite snacks; however, they also have added health benefits. Nuts are full of vitamins and minerals that help keep your teeth, gums, and jawbone healthy and strong. They also help stimulate saliva, which is what keeps your mouth moist and clears your teeth of residue.

Cheese

For patients who experience frequent jaw pain due to teeth grinding or jaw clenching, we recommend softer snacks like bites of cheese. You can purchase cubed cheese, stringed cheese, or sliced cheese. Any cheese that you can find is a great snack to keep on hand. Not only is it soft and easy to chew, but it also helps balance the pH of your mouth and neutralizes any harmful acidic residue. Cheese is also filled with proteins and calcium, which are essential for good oral health.

Apple Slices

Keep some apple slices on hand if you are known for having a sweet tooth. Unlike other sweets, apple slices contain a lot of water which helps counteract the sugars and acids. Additionally, eating apple slices can freshen your breath and even remove plaque from your teeth surfaces as you eat them. Most importantly, apple slices are full of Vitamin C, which your body needs to rid yourself of harmful infections or gum disease. Follow up your apple slices with a glass of water to wash away any acidic residue left behind on your tooth surfaces. Your teeth will thank you later!

Schedule An Appointment

Davis Family Dental Care is a family dental practice in Bedford, Texas. Our emphasis is on providing patients with complete oral health care. Our dentists are devoted to restoring health, beauty, and stability to your smile with gentle, conservative treatments.

At this time, per the ADA recommendations, we are seeing patients with emergency needs only. Any elective treatment, including hygiene appointments, cosmetic work, small cavities, etc., will be delayed until the ADA recommends we can resume normal business procedures. We look forward to seeing all of our patients again very soon. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

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Your Dental Care During COVID-19

As most of you already know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has affected people and businesses on a global scale. We are trying to take every precaution we can to prevent the spread of this illness. Our goal is to keep you updated on Davis Family Dental’s response to COVID-19 and how you can practice good oral health care throughout this crisis.

DAVIS FAMILY DENTAL’S COVID-19 RESPONSE

There is no higher priority to our entire team than the Safety of our Patients and Employees. We are closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Dental Associations (ADA) recommendations regarding the COVID-19. As a result, all routine dental cleanings and non-essential treatments have been suspended until 3/30/2020.

We want to reassure you that we have always followed the guidelines of the CDC and also the ADA for disinfecting and sterilization. If there are any changes to the current guidelines, we will adopt those into our protocol.

At this time, per the ADA recommendations, we are seeing patients with emergency needs only. Any elective treatment, including hygiene appointments, cosmetic work, small cavities, etc., will be delayed until the ADA recommends we can resume normal business procedures. We will be answering phones to take care of emergencies so please do not hesitate to call. If you have an appointment now that we have to cancel then we will contact you personally to reschedule once we return. We will create expanded hours to accommodate the need, if necessary.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

We encourage our patients to maintain a healthy diet, good oral hygiene, and to practice mindfulness during these stressful times. Stress can negatively affect your oral health. Remember to continue brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. Additionally, limit your intake of sugary or sticky foods to prevent plaque buildup. We would also like patients to practice mindfulness, and to stretch and wiggle their jaw around throughout the day to prevent tooth damage from grinding your teeth together under high stress.

YOUR TRUSTED DENTIST IN BEDFORD, TX

Davis Family Dental Care will continue to be here for you when you need us the most. Our emergency dental care services are here for you even during this crisis. If you experience a dental emergency such as a knocked-out tooth or sudden toothache, do not hesitate to contact our office at 817.354.9999. Once the COVID-19 pandemic is over, we look forward to seeing all of our patients again and helping them maintain and restore their oral health.

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Top 7 Reasons You Should Floss Daily

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Is flossing really necessary? Yes! Often overlooked, flossing is a necessary part of maintaining good oral hygiene. Believe it or not, flossing daily has been linked to helping to prevent not just gum disease but also heart problems and Alzheimer’s disease as well.

Below are 7 top reasons why it is important to floss at least once every day. Dr. Paul G. Davis, Jr. of Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX knows not everyone wants to floss but is hoping that these 7 reasons will change your approach to flossing.

1. It prevents bad breath

For any people, this is the number one reason they floss – to prevent bad breath. The acids that cause bad breath form when bacteria build up between teeth. The bacteria form as a result of food particles left behind in your mouth after eating…thus flossing helps to preserve gum health.

2. Flossing removes cavity-causing bacteria from hard-to-reach places

Bacteria are always present in our mouths; over 500 different species. Most of the bacteria are harmless but can cause cavities, especially those that live between your teeth and gums. If the bacteria is not removed with adequate brushing and flossing, this puts the teeth at risk for cavities.

3. It reduces your risk of gum disease

As stated previously, the bacteria hanging around your teeth can cause cavities but it can also cause gum disease. What may start out as some bleeding around the gums can turn into severe tooth decay and eventually lead up to tooth and bone loss. You may not even have other symptoms until it is too late. The best and most effective thing you can add to your daily oral hygiene routine is to floss daily and keep those pesky bacteria at bay.

4. Gum disease is directly linked to serious health problems

Obviously gum disease affects the gums and teeth but it can also affect your overall health in ways that seem unrelated. There have been recent studies done and have shown that there is a link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Dentists have known for years that gum disease is linked to cardiovascular problems and low birth weight in babies. The best way to not only prevent gum disease but also keep your body healthy is to maintain a good oral hygiene routine including flossing.

5. Brushing alone only gets 60% of the plaque off of your teeth

Most of us brush regularly but may not follow up with flossing regularly. Brushing only removes 60% of plaque in and around our teeth. Nearly 40% of plaque is left behind between teeth after brushing alone. To get the job done and remove plaque flossing or other interdental cleaning must be performed.

6. Flossing saves you money in the long run

We all love to save money. Flossing regularly will help do that. It will help you avoid those expensive, complex and often uncomfortable procedures by keeping your teeth and gum healthy. So get out that dental floss and start flossing every time you brush your teeth. Your wallet will thank you.

7. Your dentist will be proud of you

Want to score some “dental hygiene points” with your dentist or hygienist? Floss every day!  Otherwise, you might be subject to the gentle nudging/reminder to floss every day and clean between your teeth. Your mouth (and your hygienist) will notice and will feel healthier.

Expert Dental Care in Bedford, TX

Dr. Davis and his team at Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX are here to help if it has been a while or if you need tips and techniques on flossing. Dr. Davis is an experienced dentist that offers affordable professional dental care in a warm and welcoming environment. Make your appointment today by calling 817-382-8869 or schedule online.

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Know the Stages of Periodontal Disease

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Gum disease — also known as periodontal disease — is a common dental condition that affects one out of every two American adults aged 30 and over.. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of lost teeth in adults in developed nations. However, the danger is to more than teeth, periodontal disease has also been shown to increase risks of Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis, pancreatic cancer, diabetes, stroke, heart disease and more.

Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis and Dr. Laura Drennan of Davis Family Dental Care want you to know the signs of periodontal disease so you can have a healthy smile for a lifetime.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal means “around the tooth” in Greek. Periodontal disease, also called periodontitis, is the disease of the tissues that surround the teeth — the gums — and the jawbone that anchors the teeth in place. It begins with bacteria living in the mouth and causing infections in the gums, and, if untreated, it can result in tooth loss.

Causes of Periodontal Disease

The primary cause of periodontal disease is plaque-eating bacteria that irritate the gums if not removed from between teeth. Plaque is formed when the saliva and food particles in our mouths combine together and create a clear sticky substance that coats our teeth. The bacteria living in our mouth live live and feed on the plaque and the food particles in it. The plaque that isn’t removed by brushing and flossing can harden and form tartar, which can irritate gum tissue and can cause it to become inflamed and infected.

To rid our gums of the bacteria, our immune systems release defense cells that cause areas around the teeth to become inflamed. As our gums swell, they pull away from the teeth creating little pockets that allow more bacteria to settle in and cause the tooth to become loose.

Other factors that could lead to periodontal disease include:

  • Smoking/tobacco use
  • Hormonal changes (puberty, pregnancy, or menopause)
  • Certain illnesses
  • Genetics
  • Poor nutrition
  • Stress
  • Clenching or grinding teeth

Stages Of Periodontal Disease

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum tissue without loss of bone.  A mild and reversible form of periodontitis, not all gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, but it certainly makes it more likely. In this stage, plaque accumulates on teeth and gums become inflamed, but teeth are still firmly planted in sockets. However, If left untreated, this inflammation can lead to gum disease.

What Are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?

  • Gums that bleed easily while brushing and flossing.
  • Swollen or tender gums.
  • Gums that pull away from teeth.
  • Changes in the way teeth fit together upon biting down.
  • Deep pockets between teeth and gums.
  • Loose or shifting teeth.
  • Pus between your teeth and gums.
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth.
  • New spaces developing between your teeth.

When You Should See a Dentist

The symptoms of gum disease can be painless and may not even be recognized. A periodontal evaluation complete with x-rays is the best method of diagnosing periodontitis so treatment can begin.  If it’s been some time since you’ve been to the dentist, or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, it’s important for you to see your Davis Family dentist or local area provider as soon as possible. Treating your periodontal disease now not only improves your oral health but can also improve your overall health.

Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX wants to help you prevent, diagnose, and treat periodontal disease. Regular cleanings and check-ups combined with minimally invasive treatments can protect your teeth and gums from periodontal disease. Your bleeding gums may be a sign of gum disease but don’t wait for the damage to be done! Contact us online today to schedule an appointment or call 817.382.8869.

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Zoom! Teeth Whitening with Davis Family Dental Care

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Are your teeth not looking so fresh anymore? Are you self-conscious because of yellow and brown stains on your tooth enamel? 

If the above sounds like you, professional teeth whitening treatments may be just the dentist ordered to help you smile like you mean it again!  If you are in the Bedford, TX area and are considering professional teeth whitening, Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis or Dr. Laura Drennan and their team at Davis Family Dental Care can help.

How Do Teeth Get Discolored?

Even if you’ve regularly cared for your teeth as recommended by your dentist, discoloration of your teeth will still happen naturally over time. This process can also be worsened by other factors such as smoking or chewing tobacco or daily drinking of coffee, tea, cola or red wine. The side effects of using certain prescription medications can cause also discoloration.

Following your dentist’s recommendation of brushing twice daily and flossing every day can slow this discoloration down and help your smile stay brighter and healthier longer. But, it cannot reverse this process entirely.

What Can I Do To Whiten My Teeth?

This is where your Davis Family dentist comes to the rescue with professional teeth whitening! These fast and affordable treatments are performed in our Bedford, TX office, and can produce dramatic results. 

Zoom whitening, an effective treatment, especially formulated to minimize the sensitivity that is a common complaint of other teeth whitening formulas, can brighten your smile by up to eight shades in just one session. Zoom whitening offers easy and convenient treatments to help restore the youthful glow of your smile. Some can even be used in the comfort of your own home! 

Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford offers two different forms of the popular Zoom whitening treatment which is the number one most requested whitening treatment in America. The Zoom whitening process can be completed in the office in about one hour’s time through the combination of advanced scientific technology with Zoom’s specialized formula. 

The process begins with the application of a ph balanced hydrogen peroxide solution on your teeth. The skilled staff at Davis Family Dental Care then uses special no-heat lamp to activate the bleaching power of the formula.  

Davis Family Dental Care also offers Zoom take-home treatments. These convenient treatments involve using bleaching trays, custom-fitted to your teeth, in the comfort of your own home to whiten your teeth gradually. This treatment can be used in conjunction with or as follow-up treatments to an in-office whitening procedure to help your results last longer.  

Schedule A Whitening Treatment With Davis Family Dental Care

Both treatments offer more effective and longer lasting results than the over-the-counter whitening toothpastes and strips that you may see for sale at your local drugstore. So if you want to smile your best, talk to Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis or Dr. Laura Drennan at your next appointment or call 817.382.8869 or schedule an appointment online today! 

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Porcelain Veneers Can Enhance Your Smile

As we get older, our teeth can start to show signs of wear and tear that comes with age.  These cracks, gaps, chips, discoloration, and misalignments can make you feel embarrassed to smile as freely as we might like. You may see your smile in the mirror and be overwhelmed by all the different cosmetic issues you see there. You might be feeling anxious over the amount of work that you think you’ll need to have the smile you want.  Porcelain dental veneers could be the way to correct these multiple issues with just one procedure.

Refresh Your Existing Smile With Dental Veneers

With porcelain dental veneers, Bedford, TX dental practice Davis Family Dental Care can improve the aesthetics of your smile by correcting the color, shape, and spacing of your teeth. Dental veneers can remove spaces between your teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth or lighten stained teeth. And if your teeth are dented or chipped, porcelain veneers can protect your teeth from being damaged further while also restoring their appearance in a way that looks and feels natural.

Eating foods with dyes or that are acidic, such as coffee, most fruit, and sugar can damage tooth enamel, discoloring it. The digestive process begins in the mouth, and everything we eat affects our teeth, some things more than others. You may have considered having your teeth whitened, but dental veneers may be right for you if you have multiple concerns that need to be addressed.

To correct minor gaps between teeth, or a few misaligned teeth, dental veneers can provide faster and more affordable results than orthodontic treatment. Porcelain veneers are custom-fitted for each patient’s mouth and attached over top of your existing teeth, so your Davis Family dentist can design your veneers to hide any minor misalignment, gaps, or cracks.

Are Dental Veneers Right For Me?

The veneers are installed by your Davis Family dentist after he or she removes the outermost layer of enamel, after which, they are fastened to the teeth. This process differs from the installation of a dental crown, where the teeth are removed or altered. With porcelain dental veneers, the teeth in your mouth will still be your own, merely covered with an attractive, protective layer, creating an enhanced version of your smile!  

There are some cases for which dental veneers may not be the best option at this time. For example, people who suffer from bruxism (habitual grinding of teeth) may want to consult with Davis Family Dental Care about addressing this issue before veneers are installed. 

Patients with very sensitive teeth may want to address this issue prior to having their teeth prepared for installation of a veneer. Fortunately, once this issues  most patients are able to benefit from veneers or are able to consider other cosmetic options provided by your Davis Family dentist.

Dental Veneers In Bedford, TX

To learn more about whether porcelain veneers are right for you, schedule an appointment with our dental care team at Davis Family Dental Care. Call 817.382.8869 or schedule an appointment online today.

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What is TMJ?

You may have heard some people say “I have TMJ”. Usually, what these individuals mean is that they are suffering from a TMJ disorder. Your temporomandibular joints, also known as your TMJ, are what make it possible to open and close your mouth. Your TMJ, which include the muscles, ligament and jaw bone involved, are located on either side of your skull. The TMJ control the lower jaw- your mandible- as it moves forward, backward and side to side.

Each TMJ has a disc between the ball and socket of the joint. The disc supports the load while enabling the jaw to open wide and rotate or glide. Any problem that prevents this complicated system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working together properly can be called a TMJ disorder. 

The specialists at Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX can diagnose and treat this problem to alleviate the discomfort of and stop the progression of dental issues that TMJ disorders can bring on.

What Causes TMJ Disorders (TMD)?

Possible causes of TMJ disorders include:

  • Arthritis
  • Dislocation
  • Injury
  • Alignment of jaw and teeth
  • Teeth grinding due to stress

How is TMJ Diagnosed?

A dentist must diagnose a TMD before treatment can begin. A typical dental examination includes checking the joints and muscles of the jaw for tenderness, clicking, popping or difficulty of motion. Depending on the severity of the diagnosis, your Davis Family dentist may refer you to a physician or a dental specialist for more advanced treatment.

How is TMJ Treated?

For basic cases, there are several methods of treatments for TMJ disorders. These tips allow you to make small changes yourself at home before moving on to more involved treatment: 

  • Eating softer foods
  • Avoiding chewing gum and biting your nails
  • Applying heat packs to the pain
  • Practicing relaxation techniques to alleviate tension in the jaw, including meditation or biofeedback.

If your symptoms are more severe, the following treatments may be recommended by your Davis Family dentist:

  • Exercises to strengthen your jaw muscles
  • Medications prescribed by your dentist; such as muscle relaxants, analgesics, anti-
  • Anxiety drugs or anti-inflammatory medications
  • A mouth guard or bite plate to reduce clenching or grinding of teeth.

TMJ Treatment in Bedford, TX

In some cases, your dentist may recommend correct an uneven bite by adjusting or reshaping

some teeth. Orthodontic treatment may even be recommended if necessary. Your Davis Family dentist can suggest the most appropriate therapy based on the determined cause.  If you are in the Bedford, TX area and think you may be suffering from TMJ disorder, any other dental ailment or just need a cleaning or consultation, please call 817.382.8869 to schedule with your dentist at Davis Family Dental Care or schedule with our office online.

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