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


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January 4, 2017

There’s nothing stopping you from having a beautiful smile in 2017. Call Dr. Bruce Silva to find out how veneers can make it happen. Veneers are a quick way to attaining a healthy, bright smile. They are a perfect, permanent solution for people with teeth that are stained, chipped, or gapped. Veneers have a lot of benefits, but before deciding they’re for you, make sure you have all the facts and are well-acquainted with the procedure.

What are Veneers?

Composite or dental porcelain veneers are the ultimate tools of cosmetic dentistry. Veneers are thin, sculpted layers of porcelain that are applied to the front of your teeth. They improve the position, size, color, and shape of teeth, while maintaining a natural sheen and translucency. They are also a less intrusive option than crowns or braces, are custom made to the contour of your teeth, and are bonded to the tooth’s original enamel during a series of in-office procedures.

What are the Benefits of Veneers?

The ‘before and after’ effect of veneers can be positively surprising, and because veneers are made from high-tech materials and are therefore harder than tooth enamel, they resist wear and staining (from coffee and tea drinking or cigarette smoking) and do not discolor with age like natural teeth. There are also other benefits to veneers. Since veneers are uniquely sculpted for each individual, it’s difficult to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth. With veneers, your natural teeth remain largely intact with only a minimal amount being altered to fit the veneer. Finally, for teeth that resist whitening, veneers can make off-color teeth appear bright white.

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. To find out if veneers are right for you, make an appointment to see Dr. Bruce Silva. During the consultation, Dr. Silva will discuss the procedure with you, the cost, and the best way to care for them on your own. Schedule an appointment today by phone or online!


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August 18, 2016

According to a study at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic, it will be more difficult for women to fight plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease after menopause.

Scientists studied the dental status of 28 postmenopausal women with normal bones and 28 who were taking bisphosphonates therapies for osteoporosis for two years or longer. The women, whose ages were between 51 and 80, received CT scans of their jaws and a complete periodontal check for dental plaque, bleeding and bone loss. They followed oral American Dental Association guidelines for brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist twice a year.

Research found that both groups had high levels of dental plaque that could raise the risk of bone loss in the jawbone or reverse bone mass gained through medication therapies. After menopause, women at risk for osteoporosis are also at risk for gum disease, which affects the bone that anchors the teeth. Over time, dental plaque that accumulates on teeth can lead to periodontal disease. Bone disease and gum disease are different diseases, researchers stressed. Women taking bisphosphonates need also to remove dental plaque to keep their jawbones strong and healthy.

If you’re age 50 or older, make sure to increase your visits to the dentist up to four times a year. Ask Dr. Silva for advice on brushing, flossing, healthy diet and dental visits. He will be able to recommend an oral care regimen that’s appropriate for your needs and health status.


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July 15, 2016

Approximately 1 in 8 Americans suffers from teeth sensitivity. Teeth sensitivity can strike at any time – biting into a food that is hot, cold, sweet or sour. With summer heating up, plenty of our favorite summer treats are potentially worrisome for patients with sensitive teeth. If the thought of biting down on a Popsicle, an apple or sipping on lemonade makes you cringe, then you may face sensitive teeth. Teeth sensitivity is caused when the outer layer of the enamel wears down exposing the sensitive nerves underneath. With the nerves exposed, the irritation of hot, cold, sweet or sour is felt more directly and can cause sharp pain and other dental discomfort.

Having sensitive teeth is however very easy to treat. If you have sensitive teeth try using a special fluoride mouthwash. The extra fluoride will help build up some of the enamel of your teeth and can lessen the discomfort of sensitivity. There are several over the counter toothpastes available that can help desensitize your teeth using lower concentrations of active ingredients, like fluoride. Additional steps may be taken if your teeth sensitivity is severe. A special bonding resin can be placed over the teeth to act as a buffering layer between your enamel and the exposed nerves causing sensitivity. Teeth sensitivity can also be an indication of further tooth damage and a root canal may be required to help aid in desensitizing your teeth. Teeth grinding or bruxism can also be the culprit behind teeth sensitivity as the enamel is worn down through involuntary grinding. The best remedy for this is a night guard that protects your teeth while you sleep.

With the help of toothpastes, mouthwashes and treatment from Dr. Silva, teeth sensitivity can be a thing of the past. Contact our office if you are experiencing issues with teeth sensitivity.

Sources:

http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Publications/Files/patient_33.pdf?la=en

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/sensitive-teeth/faq-20057854

 






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