Who Needs Dental Implants Treatment?

Dental implants are now highly a recommend treatment option for patients that have lost teeth due to infection, decay, injury, or who require tooth replacement for some other reason. Dental implants not only improve the appearance of your smile, but they also help preserve your oral health. Dr. Paul Davis of Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford TX is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, among several other professional organizations, and has many years of experience performing dental implant surgery.

What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants begin with titanium posts designed to mimic that natural roots of teeth. The implant is surgically placed in the jaw bone and onto it, an artificial replacement tooth, called a crown, is placed. A single dental implant can be used to replace one missing tooth, or multiple dental implants can be used to secure a denture for a full arch of missing teeth.

Who Needs Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the most natural way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants patients offer many advantages over traditional missing tooth replacement options. Implants help stabilize jawbone tissue, prevent change of your mouth shape and reduce the risk of gum disease and additional tooth loss. Dental implants promote a natural bite and allow patients to enjoy an unrestricted diet.

People with missing teeth are potential candidates for dental implants. If you’ve lost a tooth after extensive decay due to periodontal disease, you will be left with an empty space in your mouth. More than a cosmetic concern, an empty space in the mouth can cause further tooth decay and bone loss. Implants help stabilize the tissue more than other tooth replacement options.

Where to Find Dental Implant Treatment

You need an experienced, highly-trained dentist to perform the dental implant procedure, which is why Drs. Paul Davis, Dakota Davis and Laura Drennan want you to consider Davis Family Dental Care for dental implants. The team at Davis Family Dental Care believes in empowering patients to own their oral health, helping them achieve the smile of their dreams. To see if Davis Family Dental Care would be a good fit to perform your dental implant procedure, schedule a consultation online or call 817.382.8869 today.

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Do I Have a TMJ Disorder?

Teeth Grinding, Bedford, TXWhen people say “I have TMJ” what they really mean is that they are suffering from a TMJ disorder. Your temporomandibular joints, called TMJ, are the part of your skeleton that make it possible to open and close your mouth so everyone “has TMJ” technically. Your TMJ, set on either side of your skull, work together when you chew, speak or swallow and include the muscles and ligaments involved as well as the jaw bone. They also control your lower jaw- also known as the mandible- as it moves forward, back and side to side.

Each TMJ has a cartilage disc cushioning the ball and socket of the joint. This disc supports the load while allowing the jaw the ability to open wide and rotate or glide. Any problem that hinders this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones and prevents them from working together properly can be called a TMJ disorder. Dentists like Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis and Dr. Laura Drennan at Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford TX can diagnose and treat this problem to alleviate the discomfort of stop the progression of dental issues that TMJ disorders can bring on.

What Causes TMJ?

Possible causes of TMJ disorders include:

  • Arthritis
  • Dislocation of the jaw
  • Injury
  • Misalignment of jaw and teeth
  • Grinding teeth due to stress

How is TMJ Treated?

Before treatment can begin your dentist must examine you and diagnosis the problem. A typical dental examination should include 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.

For most cases, there are several common at-home treatments for TMJ disorders. This step-by-step plan allows you to try these simple remedies on your own before moving on to more involved treatment. These steps follow a “less is more” philosophy in treating TMJ disorders, which includes:

  • 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 using meditation or biofeedback.

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

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

TMJ Disorder Treatment in Bedford TX

In more severe cases, your dentist may recommend correcting an uneven bite by adjusting or reshaping some oddly-shaped or positioned teeth. Orthodontic treatment may even be an option if necessary. Your Davis Family Dental Care provider can prescribe 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 the Drs. Davis or Dr. Drennan or schedule with our office online.

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Get the Most Out of Your 2018 Dental Benefits

Many insurance plans include provisions that try to shift the cost of dental care back onto you. However, the end of the year presents an opportunity for you to get the most out of your plan. If you want to get the most value out of your dental benefits, here’s why you should schedule a dental appointment with Drs. Paul Davis, Dakota Davis and Laura Drennan at Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford TX before the New Year.

  1. The Yearly Max

The average dental insurance plan has an annual maximum coverage cap. Usually, this amount is somewhere between $1,000 and $1,500 per insured, with the coverage amount renewing every year on the first of the year. Since this amount resets on January 1st, it makes sense to use up to your maximum if you can.

  1. Overlapping Years

If your dentist is recommending a series of costly related dental procedures lined up, it is possible to reduce your out-of-pocket costs by dipping into the maximums of two benefit years by scheduling them to start before – and complete after – the start of the New Year.

  1. Taxes

If your employer extends a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to its’ employees to contribute to out of their pay on a pre-tax basis, it’s in your best interest to use your entire deduction amount for the year. If not, you will be forfeiting any FSA contributions you haven’t use by the end of year deadline. If you have a Health Savings Account (HSA), you can also improve your oral health without suffering any tax penalties by using the balance.

  1. Deductibles

Most dental plans require you to pay a specific out-of-pocket amount before your benefits start paying. Once you’ve met your deductible, consider scheduling an appointment with Drs. Davis and Drennan for any procedure you may have been putting off. After all, once the benefit year changes, you’ll have to meet a brand new deductible.

  1. Monthly Premiums

If you have to pay monthly premiums for your dental insurance, you should be using your benefits. Many people treat their dental insurance like a safety net against high costs related to unexpected dental emergencies. But, even if you don’t currently have any serious dental concerns, you should still use your benefits to pay for routine services such as cleanings to treat minor issues before they become serious.

  1. Fee increases

Stemming from the increasing costs of materials or equipment, practitioners must raise their fees from time to time. As the New Year begins, it is standard for providers to review their pricing to ascertain whether fee increases are needed. If you wait until after the New Year, you may be saddled with a higher co-pay. It is recommended you schedule your appointment in December, before any potential fee increases.

  1. Dental Problems Will Get Worse

While it’s natural to delay doing things we don’t want to do, especially when it’s dental work that might be uncomfortable, the vast majority of dental issues will only get worse with time.  Procrastination can lead to more discomfort and higher costs when you finally break down and seek treatment. If you go sooner rather than later, you may pay less for your treatment. On the other hand, if you wait, you may end up paying more and your dental insurance provider may not be willing to contribute as much.

To learn more about the insurance and payment options we accept at Davis Family Dental Care, call our offices at 817.382.8869.

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Healthy Snacks Give You Healthy Teeth

It’s a known fact that good nutrition is vital to having a healthy body. However, you may be surprised to learn that good nutrition is important to have healthy teeth as well. It’s true! Many healthy foods build up our teeth and make them healthier. As with the rest of our bodies, our teeth need nutrients to nourish them. Choosing the foods listed below will help keep your smile healthy and bright. And they’re not just good for you, they’re delicious, too!

Cheeses

Like most dairy foods, cheese is rich in calcium, which helps build and strengthen our bones and teeth. Because our bodies can’t produce their own calcium — we get this mineral only by consuming it and we use it quickly–including cheese in your diet as a snack is a good way to get more calcium in your diet.

Apples

An apple a day may keep the doctor away but Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis and Dr. Laura Drennan of Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford TX want you to eat them too! Eating too many carbohydrates, starches, and sugary foods can compromise your tooth enamel by adding acids into our mouths. A juicy apple is a choice that can satisfy your “sweet tooth” while also being good for your body and your teeth. Apples are loaded with vitamin C which helps reduce inflammation. Those suffering from periodontitis (gum disease) can help reduce the swelling in their gums by eating apples, adding extra vitamin C into their diets. If apples aren’t your to your liking, there are other fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C too, such as broccoli, oranges, and green peppers.

Fish

While your dairy intake may give you plenty of calcium, your body cannot absorb it without the help of Vitamin D. Vitamin-D rich foods, such as tuna and salmon, help your body absorb the calcium it needs to build up strong teeth and bones. There is, however, another excellent source of vitamin D that is free and available to all of us: sunshine! Enjoying time outdoors in the sun (with an appropriate level of sunscreen) does wonders for the growth and continued health of skin, hair, nails, teeth, and more!

Oatmeal

Whole grain oatmeal not only helps you lower your risk of developing gum disease, it can also improve the overall health of your heart. However, you should be aware that most pre-packaged flavored oatmeal packets are full of added sugar. Too much sugar will cause the bacteria living in your mouth to flourish, destroying precious enamel. To keep your oatmeal as healthy as possible, it is recommended you cook your own plain oats and add in some berries for sweetness. You can also mix in cinnamon for this too.

Enjoying these tasty, healthy foods will benefit not only improve your dental health, but that of your overall body as well. Be sure to schedule regular dental examinations as part of your health routine. Check in with the Drs. Davis or Dr. Drennan at Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford by scheduling a complimentary consultation online or calling 817.382.8869 today!

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Straightening Teeth as an Adult

Crooked or crowded teeth can cause more than embarrassment about your smile. They can also eventually lead to oral health problems by changing the stability and function of your bite.

Davis Family Dental Care is a Smart Moves® provider, offering treatment with clear aligners for a wide range of dental health and cosmetic concerns. Smart Moves, a maker of invisible braces similar to Invisalign®, offers a discreet way to achieve a new smile for adults. For two week periods, over the course of a year, the system gently and discreetly repositions your teeth with little impact on your daily activities. Smart Moves can give you the smile you want without the change in your appearance or other difficulties caused by traditional metal braces.

With Smart Moves patients can still enjoy their favorite foods and oral hygiene is the same as before the patient began treatment since the aligners are removable. They are designed to be worn for about 22 hours a day and won’t irritate the patients’ gums or sensitive areas of the mouth like traditional braces can.

AM I TOO OLD FOR SMART MOVES?

Even though our teeth have set in place by the time we are adults, that does not mean you are too old or it’s too late to undergo orthodontic treatment to have straighter teeth. Many adults receive treatment with braces or Smart Moves® and have positive results. Smart Moves® treats mild to moderate orthodontic issues, and it can also be used to address minor tooth movement after previous orthodontic treatment, preserving the results of previous orthodontic care. Smart Moves® is also an option to treat underbite, overbite,  and other tooth spacing concerns.

WHY STRAIGHTEN MY TEETH?

The importance of straightening crooked or overlapping teeth is based in more than just cosmetics. Crooked teeth are more prone to be damaged and more susceptible to decay both of which may cause more health problems in the future. Serious overbite and underbite issues can destabilize your bite which can also affect your oral health. Finally, properly aligned teeth are less likely to suffer decay and plaque buildup due to being easier to brush and floss.

You deserve to feel comfortable smiling! If you’re ready to to smile your best smile, schedule a  consultation to meet with Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis or Dr. Laura Drennan today to create your unique treatment plan and discuss budget options. We work with a variety of patients and budgets, so don’t hesitate to contact our Bedford TX office today at 817.382.8869.

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Debunking Root Canal Myths

The root canal: Just hearing the name makes some people shiver. “I’m going to need a root canal.” But are they really that bad? People are often afraid of the unknown. However, a little knowledge can put things in perspective and cut that big, scary root canal right down to size. So let’s take a closer look at the root canal and show it who’s boss.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal therapy, often simply referred to as a “root canal”, becomes necessary when the tissue inside your tooth, also known as the pulp, becomes infected. This is often due to deep decay, also known as a cavity, or a chip or a crack in the surface of your tooth. This infection in the pulp can spread down into the root canals and then into the tissues of your gums, festering until it becomes an abscess. An abscess is a severe and painful infection that, if untreated, can lead to other health complications.

Do I Need a Root Canal?

Signs that your tooth may need a root canal can include tooth sensitivity to temperature extremes, sensitivity to touch or while chewing, and inflamed and sensitive gums around the tooth. You should inform your Davis Family Dentistry dentist during your exam about these and any other symptoms you may be having. This way, your dentist has all the information he or she needs to decide if a root canal is necessary for your condition. Davis Family Dentistry performs most of the root canals in-house in their Bedford TX offices. However, some dentists will refer you to an outside endodontist. An endodontist is a specialist dentist who specifically treats the insides of your teeth.

Root Canal Therapy

A root canal therapy consists of your dentist or endodontist drilling down into the crown of your infected tooth to excise the infected pulp from inside the tooth and the root canals. As adults, our teeth no longer require the pulp as they continue to be nourished by the surrounding tissues. After the pulp has been removed, a biocompatible material is temporarily inserted into the now-empty space inside your tooth until your dentist can begin the restoration. In cases where tooth decay may have made the tooth unstable by eating away at one of the roots, a tiny metal rod may need to be installed in the root to hold the tooth in place in your gums.

In the last stage of the process of restoration, a crown is created by your dentist and placed over your compromised tooth. Your dentist or specialist creates the crown to look like your natural teeth, even matching it to the hue of your existing teeth. The crown is used to seal up your tooth to prevent any further infections from entering. Once the swelling in the inflamed tissues goes down after several days, the “new” tooth can be used just like your natural teeth.

Things to Know

Many people endure pain or have teeth pulled due to hearing rumors that root canals will be painful or they may have even heard “horror stories” of complications from the procedure. The procedure may have been painful in decades past but with our modern technology and anesthetics, the procedure is only about as painful as a filling.

So hopefully, now that we’ve pulled the big bad root canal out into the light, you can see it for what it really is: a procedure designed to alleviate pain and save your natural teeth, helping you to chew properly and smile confidently. The old adage of an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is true here as with most conditions. Brushing twice daily, flossing daily and scheduling regular exams with Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis or Dr. Laura Drennan are all important steps to avoid needing a root canal, especially if your teeth have recently developed any chips or cracks.

If you do need a root canal, now you know there’s no reason to be afraid. To schedule with Davis Family Dentistry in Bedford TX today, call 817.312.8869 or schedule an appointment online.

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What Are Cavities, Anyway?

Teeth Grinding, Bedford, TXThe importance of our teeth cannot be overstated. Teeth help us chew our food, nourishing our bodies and helping us stay healthy and strong. The appearance of the teeth is a significant part of the first impression we make when we meet new people. We have two sets of teeth in our lifetimes: our baby teeth and our adult teeth. Once we have your adult teeth, usually by the age of twelve to thirteen, it’s very important to care for them properly as they need to last us the rest of our lives. One of the most common threats to a long life for your teeth are cavities.

Cavities are spots of tooth decay where tooth enamel has weakened and broken open, exposing the soft tissues and nerves within which are very sensitive. Once exposed this way, teeth can be sensitive to temperature or touch and even chewing properly can be difficult, limiting your diet. After the common cold, cavities are the most frequently diagnosed ailment from which humans suffer. What can we do to prevent cavities? What causes them in the first place?

The bacteria that live in our mouths tend to concentrate and form plaque in certain places. These are usually those that are difficult to clean such as in between teeth and below the gum line. When we eat foods that such as sugars and starches, which contain carbohydrates, the bacteria in our mouths break these substances down, which creates acids that bind to the plaque. Over time this eats away at the enamel of our teeth.

Cavities can usually be treated by your dentist with fillings. Your dentist uses various substances to fill (hence the name) or reinforce the holes or weakened areas in your tooth enamel. These fillings halt the process of decay by stopping any further bacteria and acids from further affecting the weakened part of the tooth. Fillings can be constructed of composite resin, amalgamated metals, gold, silver or glass ionomer. Our dentists will consult with you to decide which route would work best for your teeth.

Prevention is easier than cure as with most conditions. Brushing at least twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste is recommended. Cutting down on carbohydrates and keeping properly hydrated is also suggested. Having a dry mouth can speed up the breakdown of your teeth. Daily flossing is advised to clear the plaque and prevent the formation of cavities in those spaces between teeth which can be hard to reach with brushing. Most importantly, schedule regular check-ups and cleanings at our office. If you think you may be suffering from a cavity, would like to know more about how to prevent cavities or have any other dental need call 817.382.8869 or schedule an appointment online to consult with Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis and Dr. Laura Drennan.

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How White Are Your Pearly Whites?

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Are you about to take that walk down the aisle with Mister or Miss Right? Maybe you have an interview for your dream job coming up? A graduation? If your pearly whites are not so pearly or white anymore and you’re self-conscious about showing off your smile, maybe teeth whitening treatment can be the key to transforming your smile and letting you shine!  

Even if you’ve faithfully cared for your teeth, the natural process of aging can cause discoloration of our teeth. This discoloration can also be hastened by other causes such as smoking, chewing tobacco or daily intake of coffee, tea, cola or red wine.

Routine brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist can slow this down and help your smile stay healthy, but it cannot reverse this discoloration alone. Over-the-counter whitening strips and specialty toothpaste can assist you in reversing some of the damage, but they only have limited effects.

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

Zoom whitening treatments, an effective treatment, specially formulated to minimize the sensitivity that is a common complaint of other teeth whitening formulas, can lighten your smile by up to eight shades in just one session. Zoom whitening offers easy and convenient treatments to help you have the smile you want. Some can even be done in the comfort of your own home!

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

The process begins with using a ph balanced Hydrogen Peroxide solution on your teeth. The skilled and conscientious staff at Davis Family Dental Care then uses a special light to maximize the bleaching power of the formula.  

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

Both treatments offer more effective and longer lasting results than the over-the-counter whitening toothpastes and strips. If you want to put your best smile forward, talk to Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis or Dr. Laura Drennan at your next appointment or schedule an appointment today!  

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What Is A Dental Implant?

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Are you missing one or more teeth? It is important to address missing teeth as soon as possible to avoid bone deterioration, infection, or further tooth loss. 

Dental implants may be the right solution for you. Dental implants can provide natural looking, long lasting results for patients who are missing teeth.

At Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX, we offer a full range of missing tooth replacement options, including dental implants. Depending on your case, we may perform the full dental implant process in our Bedford dental office or coordinate with a local oral surgeon. Davis Famly Dental Care is compromised of a team of highly trained dentists and professionals. If you have any questions about replacing missing teeth, please contact our Bedford, TX dental office.

What Is Dental Implant?

A dental implant can be used to replace one, or several missing teeth. A dental implant is comprised of three parts–the dental implant, the abundant, and the prothetic. The dental implant is made from premium grade titanium, which is surgically implanted into the jaw bone. The dental implant is designed to mimic the natural tooth root. Once the dental implant fuses with the jaw bone, a dental crown, dental bridge or dentures is attached.

The Dental Implant Process

Placing The Dental Implant: The dental implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone. Generally the prosthetic is placed after the dental implant fuses into the jaw bone. The healing process can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months.

Placing the Prosthetic: Once the dental implant fuses with the jaw bone, impressions of the teeth are taken (including the portion with the dental implant) to create a custom-designed prosthetic. Your final prosthetic will be color matched, shaped, and designed to create a natural looking, comfortable solution for missing teeth. Once your final prosthetic is fabricated, one of our dentists will carefully attach it to the dental implant and abundant.

Dental implants can be an ideal solution to replace missing teeth. To care for your dental implants, you should follow a healthy oral hygiene routine and schedule biannual visits to Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX. With proper care and maintenance, your dental implants can last many years and offer a beautiful solution for missing teeth.

Schedule A Consultation

To determine if dental implants are right for you, visit Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX. To schedule an appointment, call 817.382.8869 or schedule an appointment online.

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Benefits Of Porcelain Veneers

Do you have damaged teeth?

Porcelain veneers are a long lasting, natural looking solution to address damaged teeth. At Davis Family Dental Care, we offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry treatments, including porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin, translucent shells that cover the front and sides of the teeth. After a one on one consultation, discussion of dental goals, and budget, our team at Davis Family Dental Care can work with you to determine if porcelain veneers are the right cosmetic dentistry treatment for your smile.

Dr. Paul G. Davis Jr,  Dr. Dakota Davis, and Dr. Lauren Drennan are highly skilled dentists in Bedford, and TX committed to helping our patients achieve their a healthy, beautiful smile. If you would like to explore your options, you should contact Davis Family Dental Care. Patients can call 817.382.8869 or schedule an appointment 

The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

  • Porcelain veneers can be used to repair broken or chipped teeth. Broken and chipped teeth can occur due to a variety of reason. Our team at Davis Family Dental Care will work with you to determine if your broken or chipped teeth are the results of an underlying dental concern. Porcelain veneers can be a long lasting solution to damaged teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of discolored and stained teeth. Certain types of stains cannot be removed with professional teeth whitening. An alternative to professional teeth whitening is porcelain veneers.
  • Porcelain veneers can address minor alignment problems. Porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of crooked and misshaped teeth. For moderate alignment issues, our team can work with you to find the right treatment to realign your teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers can change the shape and length of the teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers are customized to fit comfortably over the teeth and provide a natural-looking solution for damaged teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers can be used to close gaps between teeth.

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