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3-Tooth Solution For A 1-Tooth Problem?

May 17, 2019

Filed under: Dental Implants — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:00 am

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Do you have a missing tooth?
Are you considering the types of tooth restorations available? 
At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX, we take our commitment to creating exceptional smiles very seriously. We can help answer your questions about dental implants and bridges.

If you have a missing tooth and want to restore that gap in your mouth, you should know the differences between a dental bridge and a permanent tooth implant.

Dental bridges have replaced teeth for generations of people. However, they have some disadvantages:

  • They are a 3-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem—the adjacent teeth must be prepped and crowned to hold the replacement (floating) tooth.
  • It is hard to properly clean the small areas under the bridge.
  • A dental bridge does not safeguard against bone recession at the extraction site.

Why does a tooth implant have key benefits over a dental bridge?

  • It is a 1-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem.
  • It is usually stronger.
  • Will lessen the risk of bone recession (as compared to a bridge) because it replaces the tooth root.
  • It is usually easier to keep clean which results in a lower risk of decay.
  • They typically last longer.
  • Dental implants can support a denture or partial denture.

Our team is dedicated to restoring smiles for my patients with stunning permanent restorations. If you want to learn more about dental implants, call Ritchie Dental Group in Brady and Marble Falls today.

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

2001 Nine Rd, Brady, TX
76825

 

Don’t Let Dental Fear Hurt Your Smile

May 10, 2019

Filed under: General Dentistry,Sedation Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:00 am

Oral Conscious Sedation Some  dental patients experience severe anxiety when visiting a dentist. At Ritchie Dental Group, in Marble Falls and Brady, we can help tame that anxious feeling. You can calmly keep your wellness routines of visiting the dentist twice a year and take care of any necessary treatments as well.

With oral conscious sedation, it is possible to relax during dental procedures instead of being tense and fearful. Oral sedation dentistry, relaxation dentistry, conscious sedation and anxiety-free dentistry are all terms used to describe this type of treatment. In addition to alleviating anxiety, oral conscious sedation can help Marble Falls  dental patients with a variety of conditions.

You may want to consider oral conscious sedation if you have any of the following issues:

  • Strong gag reflex
  • Fear of needles
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Fear and anxiety associated with dental treatment
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • A history of negative dental experiences
  • Trouble controlling body movement due to Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral Palsy or related condition
  • Need extensive dental treatment

If you have avoided dental treatment due to any of these factors, let us help you. We can give you information about sedation options so you can decide which one is right for you.

At Ritchie Dental Group, we offer general and family dentistry as well as cosmetic dental treatments. We do all we can to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Call us today to see if conscious sedation is right for you!

 

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

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6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

May 3, 2019

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Dental health,General Dentistry,Oral Health — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:00 am

6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

Most people visit the dentist about once each year. At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls, we don’t think that is enough. For the best in dental health, you should see us for a checkup every six months.

Some people don’t even see the dentist once a year. As many as forty percent of Americans see their dentist less than that, and some go for five years without sitting down in a dentist chair.

There are a lot of reasons to see us every six months. Here are some of them:

1. Oral Cancer Detection

That’s right: cancer detection. Not many people realize the risk of getting cancer in their mouth or throat. Oral cancer is a serious problem. The risk of getting oral cancer is increased significantly for tobacco users, but the risk is there for everyone.

Dentists are trained to spot the signs of oral cancer, and regular checkups can mitigate the risk. Oral cancer is very treatable, but you have to catch it early. Frequent visits to Ritchie Dental Group can help you avoid this potentially life-threatening problem.

2. Cavity Damage

Almost everyone gets cavities. They are a fact of life.

The problem comes when they aren’t discovered early enough and the damage requires a significant fix. Cavities are one of the reasons by most people avoid the dentist because they are associated with pain.

However, the fact is the opposite. People who visit the dentist more frequently have fewer cavities. Early treatment of cavities can be less invasive, and even cosmetically favorable. Catching cavities early offers tremendous advantages.

Visiting Ritchie Dental Group can help you avoid cavities all together with regular checkups and cleaning.

3. Gum disease

Like cavities, gum disease is associated with discomfort. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Visiting us more often means keeping an eye on the health of your gums. We can help you track the health of your gums and can prescribe healthful procedures to avoid or cure gum disease.

4. Bad Habits

Bad habits can have a negative impact on your oral health. Smoking, poor diet, biting nails and clenching teeth are among the more common.

Frequent visits to Ritchie Dental Group can help you track any potential harm you may be causing with bad habits. Your dentist can help you identify harmful habits and can prescribe procedures or treatments to help you recover.

Don’t let bad habits get in the way of your oral health. It helps to have an experienced professional to help you manage habits so they don’t become destructive.

5. Deeper Problems

Most of the reasons we have discussed so far involve oral inspection. However, has the ability to look deeper with x-rays.

X-ray technology has come a long way and can be a great way to spot potential problems before they become visible. Your dentist is trained to look at x-rays to find common problems. Many of the problems can be fixed before damage occurs,

Frequent visits to Ritchie Dental Group can help you see below the surface and catch problems before they arrive.

6. More Than Just Teeth

The professionals at Ritchie Dental Group are concerned about more than just your teeth. We care about your overall health.

Dentists are trained in the anatomy around your mouth and that includes your neck, throat, lymph nodes and head. Dentists know a lot about these areas and look for signs of trouble.

A regular visit to our office can help you avoid health issues that can affect your overall health.

Visiting the dentist every six months can help you maintain a healthy mouth and a positive outlook on life. At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls, our services include general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

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An Emergency Dentist in Brady Explains What to Do If Something is Stuck in Your Teeth

April 30, 2019

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 10:18 am

a woman picking at her teethAfter leaving the movie theater and enjoying a large tub of popcorn, you find yourself in the car struggling to get that annoying kernel out from between your teeth. You try to forget about it, thinking maybe it’ll work itself out, but each time your tongue moves, it scrapes against the hard kernel, reminding you of its presence. If this situation sounds familiar to you, let an emergency dentist in Brady discuss a few ways you can handle these situations and find relief.

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Making Life Sweet?

April 26, 2019

Filed under: Dental health,General Dentistry — PM Blogger @ 8:00 am

Most of us consume far too much sugar. That isn’t exactly a news flash, but at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls TX, we want to remind you what sugar can do to your teeth, and what you can do about it.

We get cavities when acids in the mouth attack the enamel and dentin of the teeth. The acid is produced by bacteria in plaque, that sticky film that forms on the surfaces of teeth. When sugar is introduced it interacts with the bacteria in the plaque, and makes the acids, which attack the teeth and cause cavities.

That’s why it is so important to choose food and drink wisely. But it isn’t easy, is it? Sugar seems to be in just about everything. Health experts say the average person in the United States consumes about 19.5 teaspoons of sugar every single day. That is twice as much as is recommended by the American Heart Association!

Knowing how much sugar is in the food that you buy is vital: not just to your teeth, but to your overall health. Reading ingredient labels on processed foods is essential.

Of course, some things are obvious. Eliminate or minimize the sweet stuff, like soda, candy, cookies, cakes, and donuts. Sweet things may seem to make life worthwhile, but there is a high cost.

If you have an incurable sweet tooth, you might try softening the blow by eating more fruit. The natural sugars in fruit aren’t as harmful as those in processed foods. And remember this: a very wise person once said that we like the things that we learn to like.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls TX we care about the dental health of each of our patients. So cut back on sugar, brush your teeth at least twice a day, don’t forget to floss, and see us for a professional cleaning and checkup every six months. Our services include general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

5 Cavity Basics

April 19, 2019

Filed under: Dental health,General Dentistry,Oral Health — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:00 am

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The desire to prevent cavities is one of the main reasons people go to the  dentist. In this post from Ritchie Dental Group, we are going to highlight 5 things you need to know about cavities.

1. Cavities are also called caries or tooth decay. When a tooth is permanently damaged in the hard surface, tiny openings arise. These little holes are cavities.

2. Factors that contribute to cavities are:

Frequent eating
Consuming sugary beverages
Oral bacteria
Poor dental hygiene

3. Cavities may get so bad that you will see pits or holes in your teeth, but symptoms may be more subtle, such as sensitivity, pain when biting, or a toothache. If you observe any of these symptoms, you should call your dentist today to schedule an appointment.

4. Cavities are more common among youngsters, but that doesn’t mean adults don’t have to take precautions.

5. Avoiding cavities is straightforward. Be sure to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, eat right, skip frequent snacking, and have regular visits with your dentist.

If you are in the market for quality dental care in the Marble Falls and Brady areas, give Ritchie Dental Group a call. We offer general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

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3 Tips To Make Brushing Count

April 12, 2019

Filed under: Family dentistry,Oral Health — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:00 am

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Many of our Ritchie Dental Group patients really want to know if they are brushing correctly. Having patients come for treatment and leave with questions answered—from which toothpaste to buy to proper tools and techniques—is our business. At Ritchie Dental Group we are all about educating our patients. Sometimes life is as easy as 1-2-3.

1 Soft Bristle Toothbrush

Gentle brushing will perform the same results as hard bristle brushing without the abrasive damage to gums and gum line. There is never a good reason to use hard or medium bristle toothbrushes. Better yet, wet the soft bristle toothbrush to be sure the bristles are pliable before brushing.

2 Minutes of Brushing and Flossing

Split the mouth into fourths and spend a good 30 seconds in each quarter. Hit the chewing surfaces, the inside surfaces, the outside surfaces and gently massage the gums. Be sure to clean the far side of the back tooth that is never visible but can collect food and allow decay to begin. Take two minutes to floss after brushing in the evening to remove any remnants the toothbrush couldn’t coax out and to clean any build-up. You have approximately 32 teeth and 32 gaps to floss clean. Two minutes should do the trick, but adding an extra minute for good measure can’t hurt.

3 Times a Day

Brushing after every meal should remain the goal. This is difficult for many who are not home for the midday meal. To achieve fantastic dental hygiene, brushing is priority one. There are as many toothpaste choices out there as you have teeth; without consistent brushing and flossing, those teeth are facing sure destruction. Don’t misunderstand, toothpaste is critical. Toothpaste acts as the vehicle that collects the debris, keeps the bristles pliable, fluoridates the mouth, freshens the breath and a myriad of other side jobs. But after every meal, gently removing food debris prevents breakdown on precious tooth surfaces. Even if you don’t use toothpaste after lunch, a quick brush can keep your teeth free of  buildup.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls TX, services include general and family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

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What’s in My Mouth? A Dentist in Brady Explains What to Do if Your Filling Falls Out

April 8, 2019

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 11:06 am

a man holding his mouthYou’re out with your friends enjoying a nice meal when suddenly, you feel something strange in your mouth. It’s not food, but what could it be? Then you realize it’s your filling that’s fallen out. When this happens, it’s important not to panic. While that may be easier said than done, the best course of action is to stay calm and call your dentist in Brady. He’ll be able to walk you through the next steps toward treatment.

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A Facelift For Your Teeth?

April 5, 2019

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Have you ever wished for a minimally-invasive facelift for a tooth without getting an entire crown? Veneers are your solution! Porcelain Veneers are an effective and versatile cosmetic dentistry procedure that we at Ritchie Dental Group offer to our clients in the Marble Falls, Texas area.

Veneers are individual covers for the front part of teeth and are a terrific way to fix a myriad of tooth imperfections, particularly if you have:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Unevenly worn teeth
  • Cracks in teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Minimal Misalignment.

Super-strong, tooth-colored porcelain laminate is shaped into thin shells and custom-fitted for each patient’s unique set of teeth. orcelain Veneers are more durable than Dental Bonding, which is sometimes used to fix the same varieties of imperfections. Dental Bonding generally has a shorter life span than veneers, so keep this in mind when comparing the relative costs of the two procedures.

How many Veneers should you get? This depends on how many teeth you want to enhance and the overall condition of your teeth. at our Marble Falls, Texas dental office, Drs. Greg Ritchie and his wife, Mendy Ritchie will advise you on the most effective strategy.

The thickness, enamel color, alignment, and shape of your teeth influence the outcome as well as whether you have any gum recession. Veneers are matched to your existing teeth so they will blend seamlessly, but if you are planning to treat several teeth, you definitely want to have them created in the same “batch” at the lab.

The first step in the Veneer process is to make a model of your teeth to work from. After that, a dental technician will use the model to construct the Veneers to the perfect size, shape, color, and extent of translucency. Experienced cosmetic dentists and dental technicians (yes, like ours) elevate the level of artistry in this. It is an involved process, but we are committed to seeing it through.

Many patients wonder if Veneers are as durable as their natural teeth. Though the Veneer tooth-prep process weakens the tooth very slightly, with proper care, Veneers can last up to 15 years. Our team can advise you in detail on proper care of orcelain Veneers .

If you are looking for a dentist with an artistic eye for flawless Porcelain Veneers, give us a call at Ritchie Dental Group. We have been serving the general and cosmetic dentistry needs of those in the Marble Falls, Texas area since 2000. Our cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry services also include:

  • Zoom! Teeth Whitening
  • Orthodontics
  • Invisalign Clear Braces
  • Tooth-Colored Fillings and Restorations

Give us a call today so that we may help make you one more satisfied patient!

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

Teeth Whitening and Porcelain Veneers in Marble Falls: Which Is Right for You?

March 30, 2019

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 11:54 am

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If you’re looking to revamp your smile, you have a lot of cosmetic dental treatments to choose from. It can be confusing, and you may not know which one will best meet your needs. For example, if you want to improve the look of your teeth, should you choose teeth whitening or porcelain veneers in Marble Falls? Although both can help you achieve a more attractive smile, they can address different issues. Learn more about these two cosmetic procedures and how they can enhance your teeth and your confidence! (more…)

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