Austin Premier Dental

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dr. Bruce Silva and his team at Austin Premier Dental are dedicated to providing high-quality and compassionate dental health care.


September 11, 2017

Aging places a higher risk on most of our health issues, and especially on our oral health problems. Old age, itself, is not the cause of oral health issues, but medical conditions, such as arthritis and medical drugs may affect the look of your smile. Aging increases our chances of many problems, including:

  • Tooth Decay
  • Gum Disease
  • Tooth Loss
  • Darkened Teeth
  • Dry Mouth
  • Root Decay
  • Reduced Sense of Taste

Reduce the problems you experience by caring for your teeth more carefully than you would have when you were younger. Continue brushing and flossing regularly. Plaque can build up faster on teeth of seniors, which leads to gum disease. Some simple tips to keep your smile bright include:

  • Brush two to three times a day
  • Floss every day or after every meal
  • Gargle and rinse using a mouthwash at least once a day
  • Visit your dentist at least twice a year

You cannot stop the aging process but you can slow down problems you may experience as a senior. Call Dr. Bruce Silva today and schedule an appointment.


September 8, 2017

If you are experiencing an unpleasant discomfort (or worse, severe pain) where your lower jaw meets your upper jaw, you need to contact Dr. Bruce Silva today. You may be experiencing TMD, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, which affects your joints, muscles, and bones including your spine, jaw, and skull. The effects of TMD can sometimes go away on its own but in some cases you may need surgery so it is in your best interest to get TMD symptoms checked out as soon as possible.

TMJ is a temporomandibular joint found in front of your ear that connects your skull to your lower jaw. Your joints can become fractured, swell up, or sore, which causes limited movement of the jaw and major pain that can lead to the head and neck area. Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder include:

  • Pain or tenderness of the jaw
  • Aching pain in the ear
  • Aching in the face
  • Locking of the joint in your mouth
  • Clicking sound when you chew
  • Grating sensation when you open your mouth

Naturally, your TMJ pain is caused by something within your head. Possible causes of TMD include clenching of the jaw and grinding of the teeth. Surgery of the mouth or jaw could be a factor of your TMJ pain, as well, as injury to the jaw or joint from a blow to the face. There are ways to avoid or reduce the amount of pain you feel if you suffer from TMD. Proper posture and limiting your stress levels could decrease your TMJ pain. Also, try sleeping on your back instead of sleeping on your stomach.

It is essential to visit your dentist as soon as possible because TMJ pain may lead to some serious long-term effects, such as arthritis and connective tissue diseases. Get your symptoms cared for before it gets worse by visiting the doctor at least twice a year. Call Dr. Bruce Silva today to schedule an appointment.


August 28, 2017

Start the school year with Invisalign®, a modern approach to teeth straightening. The process includes the creation of a series of custom-made aligners made out of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic. Wearing your custom-made aligners as directed will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place. These shifts will be based on the exact movements that Dr. Silva has planned out for you.

You simply put in a new set of aligners about every two weeks until your treatment is complete. With Invisalign® and Dr. Silva’s expert technique, you can achieve a great smile with minimal impact on your daily life, and the best part is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth. We want you to be confident about choosing Invisalign, so we think it is important that you are familiar with each step of the treatment process, from consultation to confident smile.

Choosing the right treatment plan is essential. That is why we invite you to come in and talk with us about all aspects of the Invisalign treatment. During the consultation, Dr. Silva will evaluate your needs, determine how best to help you, and discuss your case with you in detail. He will map out a custom treatment plan from x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth, and tell you the approximate length of treatment. While every patient’s case is unique, the typical treatment takes between 1 to 2 years for adults and for teens depending on the pre-treatment goals.

You will need to begin wearing a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks. This will advance you to the next stage of your treatment. You will require occasional checkups with Dr. Silva to monitor your progress. Also, for best results and a timely outcome, you should wear your aligners for most of the day (20 to 22 hours) throughout your entire treatment.

As the treatment is completed you will be smiling more than ever. Once you and Dr. Silva have successfully completed your treatment you need to make sure that you comply with all the maintenance procedures that Dr. Silva talks to you about to keep your smile looking great. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruce Silva to see if you’re a candidate for Invisalign®!


August 3, 2017

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It’s normal to experience some bleeding while you’re brushing your teeth but if you’re noticing traces of red in the sink while you brush your teeth all the time, you could have bleeding gums. It’s common to poke your gums with the bristles of your toothbrush or bleed from flossing, but constant bleeding of the gums could mean serious problems for your teeth and gums.

Bleeding gums are caused by a high number of things, including brushing too hard, a vitamin deficiency, blood disorders, mouth sores, dentures that don’t fit, taking blood thinners, or other medical problems such as diabetes and heart disease. However, bleeding gums can also be an indicator of gum disease. Only a dentist or medical professional can diagnose the root cause of your bleeding gums, so don’t take it upon yourself to self-diagnose.

It is hard to determine if you have gum disease as it is not painful or noticeable at first glance. Bleeding gums are normally the first indicator of gum disease, followed by these other signs: swollen gums, tenderness of the gums, bad breath, tooth sensitivity, and receding gums. Be aware of the symptoms of gum disease to help catch it early.

Without regular dental checkups and cleanings, it becomes difficult to treat and prevent gum disease so visit your dentist regularly. In between doctor visits, we recommend taking the following steps to slow down the progression of gum disease. Start with using a soft toothbrush, try and floss at least once a day if not after every meal, eat a healthier diet and limit snacking, drink more water, and finally, stay away from tobacco products. Even lowering your stress level can improve the health of your gums.

If you have bleeding gums, it may be time to make an appointment with your dentist. If it’s been a while since your last dental checkup, make an appointment with Dr. Bruce Silva today.


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July 13, 2017

Brushing only cleans about 25% of your mouth. In order to clean the remainder of it, you need to floss and use mouthwash as well. Since there are so many mouthwashes to choose from, it can make the decision about which one is best for you a little tough. We’re here to tell you how mouthwash works so you can choose one that’s right for you.

First, you should know that mouthwash does not replace a regular oral hygiene routine, which consists of brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing regularly. The main purpose mouthwash exists is to freshen your breath, however if you suffer from chronic bad breath, talk to your doctor about other ways to reduce this problem. How mouthwash works depends on the type you use. Most freshen the breath, while some provide anti-cavity protection and tooth whitening benefits.

Second, when choosing the right mouthwash, keep a few things in mind. Mouthwash may contain alcohol and even though this might not seem like a big deal, you may want to keep your children away from the rinses that contain it. Some mouthwashes may cause minor irritation to people with highly sensitive gums. This could go away once you get used to using mouthwash. If the irritation doesn’t go away, talk to your doctor as you may be suffering from other oral problems.

Finally, remember that when using mouthwash, the cap of the mouthwash is provided as a cup for rinsing. Do not fill the cap of the mouthwash to the rim. Instead, you’ll want to pour about 4 teaspoons of the rinse. It is up to you to dilute it with water if you experience too much minty flavor or sensitivity. Swish for 30 seconds to one full minute, followed by a short gargle. Then, spit it out into the sink. Do not rinse with extra water as this defeats the purpose of rinsing with mouthwash in the first place. The ingredients of the wash is meant to stay in your mouth in order to work.

Don’t hesitate to call Dr. Bruce Silva and his team at Austin Premier Dental if you have any questions about mouthwashes or if you just need to schedule an appointment. You can reach us by calling (512) 605-0860.


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July 10, 2017

Veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry used to increase the appearance of your front teeth. They are a good alternative to crowns in many situations. If you are unhappy with your smile or have chipped and broken teeth, you could be a candidate for veneers. You may also be a candidate for veneers if you suffer from discoloring of the teeth, tooth gap, or tooth misalignment.

Composite or dental porcelain veneers are the ultimate tools of cosmetic dentistry. Veneers are thin, sculpted layers of material that are applied to the front of your teeth. Veneers improve the position, size, color, and shape of teeth, while maintaining a natural sheen and translucency.

The ‘before and after’ effect of veneers can be amazing, and because veneers are harder than tooth enamel, they resist wear and staining and do not discolor with age like natural teeth. At Austin Premier Dental, our veneers are custom-fabricated and provide permanent aesthetic results. Dr. Silva is an expert in the placement, design, and coloration of veneers, so your veneers before and after will look even better than your natural teeth.

Dr. Bruce Silva and his team at Austin Premier Dental are dedicated to providing high-quality and compassionate dental health care. Schedule an appointment online or by calling (512) 605-0860.


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June 14, 2017

What is a filling? A filling helps to restore a damaged tooth back to normal. When a dentist gives you a filling, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth, cleans it, and then fills that space with filling material. Fillings assist in preventing further decay to the tooth.

Figuring out what kind of filling you need is determined by the extent of the damage to the tooth, allergens, location of the tooth that must be filled, and cost. There are three types of fillings, including gold fillings, composite (or plastic) resins, and porcelain fillings.

  • Gold fillings are made to order and then cemented in place. They may last over 20 years and are well tolerated by gum tissues. This is considered to be the best filling material, although it is the most expensive and requires more than one visit.
  • Porcelain fillings cover most of the tooth are can be matched to the color of the tooth. They are also on the expensive side.
  • Composite resins are used where natural appearance is requested and is also matched to the same color of your teeth. However, they last the least amount of time, may wear over time, and become stained from coffee or tobacco products.

During your next dental visit, Dr. Silva can carefully check to see if you need a dental filling. Only your dentist can decide if you have a cavity that needs to be filled. Sometimes, the damage caused to your teeth is too extreme for a filling and other measures have to be taken. If the decay or a fracture has damaged a large portion, a crown or cap will be recommended. If the decay has reached the nerve, a root canal may be needed.

Call Dr. Bruce Silva for your next dental checkup.


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June 5, 2017

If you drink flavored, sparkling water, you might want to cut back now. Plain water doesn’t do it for some of us but if you need lime or strawberry flavor in your drink, you’re risking some major damage to your teeth. Waters that are flavored contain citric acid, which essentially makes the water that you’re drinking an acid. Still safer than sodas, flavored waters have the same corrosive abilities as juice. It’s time to cut back on the flavors and consume plain water.

Acidic drinks are responsible for loss of tooth enamel, which thins out the gums where it meets the tooth. That leads to tooth sensitivity and possibly tooth loss. Be aware of the warning signs of tooth erosion! They include tooth sensitivity to cold or hot foods, yellowing of the teeth, and indentations or bleeding of the gums.

If you find it difficult to cut out flavored water from your diet, drink bottled water instead. Try to minimize the amount of flavored water you drink by switching between regular water and flavored water. You can also drink it as fast as possible to avoid contact with your teeth. The slower you drink it, the more you are maintaining the acidic acids in your mouth. Surprisingly, brushing your teeth right after a drink could accelerate the loss of tooth enamel so refrain from doing that. But you can drink your flavored water with a meal as food engages the flow of saliva and acids in your mouth, diluting the effects. Finally, use a straw to minimize acidic exposure to your teeth.

Skip the flavored waters and go with plain water as much as possible. If you have any questions regarding flavored drinks or how to prevent tooth erosion, feel free to ask us. Visit Dr. Bruce Silva today!


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May 12, 2017

Smoking is just as bad for your teeth and gums as it is for your health. Cigarettes leave stains on your teeth and your breath smelling foul. If left untreated, continuous smoking will require more than just brushing multiple times a day to remove the stains left behind by cigarettes.

According to the American Dental Association, smoking tobacco causes stained teeth, bad breath, and a loss of taste. Smoking can create difficulties for your immune system and reduce your ability to recover after a surgical procedure. Smoking is also synonymous with gum disease and periodontal disease. To encounter gum disease means to experience tooth loss and inflammation on the gums surrounding your teeth.

Chewing tobacco is also detrimental to your oral health. It increases your chances of oral cancer. Other affects, such as tooth discoloration and gum recession, can occur. Smoking and the chewing of tobacco are ultimately a direct cause for tooth decay and may challenge your dentist in an attempt at restorative dentistry.

In order to prevent the damage caused by cigarettes, Dr. Bruce Silva highly recommends taking proper steps to reduce your chances of tooth decay. Quit smoking! Although not easy, you can find multiple ways to stop the bad habit. First, focus on an end date to officially kick the habit, find support in your friends and family, practice behavioral distractions when a craving to smoke comes back, consider over the counter medications to quit, and finally, seek professional help if you find yourself in a relapse.

If you’re a smoker, visit your dentist today! Let Dr. Bruce Silva help with determining where your oral health is currently at in regards to your habit. After that, he can discuss the proper steps to take to regain that healthy smile and excellent oral health.


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May 8, 2017

Halitosis, or bad breath, is a temporary issue for some people but can be an embarrassing problem for people who suffer from gum disease and poor dental hygiene. There are certain foods, bad habits, and other health conditions that cause bad breath but it can be improved with proper dental care. However, if your bad breath doesn’t seem to improve, you might be suffering from a serious condition you haven’t been aware of until now. If you’re experiencing bad breath that won’t go away, the time is now to visit your dentist to find a solution to the problem.

There are many causes of bad breath:

  • Food particles are broken down in your mouth each time you eat. Certain foods, such as onions and garlic, cause bad breath.
  • Tobacco products cause bad breath, as well. Even chewing tobacco can leave an unpleasant odor in your mouth.
  • Another cause of bad breath is poor dental hygiene. If you don’t brush your teeth or floss daily, food stays in your mouth and causes bad breath.
  • Portions of your tongue can even capture those bad smells.
  • Dry mouth mostly occurs during sleep. That’s why we wake up with bad breath.
  • Some medications can cause bad breath.
  • Infections in your mouth that leave open wounds can cause bad odors.
  • Some diseases may also cause bad breath.

To prevent bad breath, brush your teeth after each meal. Floss after each meal too. Brush your tongue. If you wear dentures, clean them properly. Hydrate in order to prevent dry mouth. Avoid foods like onions and sugary foods that leave behind bad breath. Finally, schedule regular checkups with your dentist.

If you have bad breath, look over your oral hygiene habits. If nothing seems to work, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruce Silva.






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