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Has Your Beautiful Smile in Burnet Lost Its Luster?

June 22, 2018

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Teeth Whitening — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:18 am

Beautiful Smile in Burnet

Hello Marble Falls! Has your beautiful smile in burnet lost its luster? Are your teeth discolored? If flashing a pearly white smile is important to you, we can help. At Ritchie Dental Group, we have been creating whiter, brighter smiles for patients in the Marble Falls area since 2000.

Finding The Right Option For You

Whether your teeth have been stained through sipping dark-colored drinks, such as red wine or coffee, or if smoking has left your teeth brown and dull, our staff at Ritchie Dental Group can give you a beautiful smile in Burnet and brighten your teeth.

Maybe you have injured a tooth causing it to turn gray. We offer several solutions to restore the color to a tooth. When you come in for a consultation we will determine which cosmetic or restorative dental procedure is ideal for your smile. For information on how to restore your smile in just a few months, check out our six-month-smiles!

Giving You A Beautiful Smile In Burnet

Your smile is one of the first things people will notice about you. At Ritchie Dental Group we will make sure your smile is brilliant and absolutely stunning with cosmetic dentistry so that if anyone notices your teeth, all they’ll think about is just how beautiful your smile in Burnet is.

At Ritchie Dental Group we not only offer tooth whitening to our Horseshoe Bay area patients, we also offer Invisalign. If you or your family need cosmetic dentistry or general dentistry, we invite you to come in for a dental consultation today! You can make an appointment with us by calling our office or leaving us a message on our website. Invest in a white, bright smile!

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

 

7 Surprising Causes of Bad Breath in Marble Falls

June 15, 2018

Filed under: Bad Breath,Family dentistry,General Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:04 am

Bad Breath in Marble Falls

Men and women who have chronic bad breath understand the embarrassment and frustration associated with this malady. There are several possible causes for bad breath in marble falls, some that are often overlooked:

  1. Poor oral hygiene
  2. Digestive problems
  3. Systemic infection
  4. Bacteria on dentures
  5. Gum disease
  6. Food particles on tonsils
  7. Dry mouth

At Ritchie Dental Group, we can help you with this uncomfortable problem. If your bad breath is the result of negligent oral hygiene, you’re in luck—this is one of the least complicated problems to treat. If you have visited our dental blog before, you should know what step one is; Make sure you brush for a full three minutes and floss before you climb into bed.

Individuals who have no idea how long they brush can set a timer. In addition to cleaning tooth surfaces, scrub your tongue! Then take the time to carefully floss around each tooth to wash away the plaque between your teeth and keep your gums healthy.

Some dedicated oral hygiene pros brush after each meal to prevent particles of food from sitting on their teeth during the day. In addition to refreshing your teeth, practicing appropriate oral hygiene will improve your health and prevent bad breath in Marble Falls.

Schedule an examination and deep dental cleaning at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls. Our dental hygienist will get all the plaque and calculus off your teeth. During your examination, our team will determine whether you have a dental problem that is contributing to your bad breath in Marble Falls.

Possible dental causes are a cavity, a broken crown, or gum disease. If we suspect that your bad breath in Marble Falls is related to a non-dental malady, such as a respiratory infection, you will be referred to an appropriate medical professional.

Treating bad breath starts with a visit to Ritchie Dental Group. In addition to general dental care, we provide a complete menu of dental services including sedation dentistry and teeth whitening. Call our office today!

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr,
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

Oral Health in Marble Falls: A New Reason To Eat More Fish

June 8, 2018

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:48 am

oral health in marble falls Hello Marble Falls dental blog visitors, welcome to the Ritchie Dental Group blog. We came across an interesting dental article for those concerned about their oral health in Marble Falls on the Web MD Health News site the other day. The article is entitled ‘Fatty Fish, Nuts May Prevent Gum Disease.’ The author, Jennifer Warner, explains that a recent study links diets high in polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) with a lower risk of gum disease.

Gum disease is a common issue plaguing many Marble Falls residents. When gum tissue pulls away from a tooth, it forms a pocket. This pocket is a warm, moist place for bacteria to flourish.

If gum disease, also known as periodontitis, goes untreated, the tooth and jaw bone can be at risk. During dental examinations, we carefully measure gum line pockets and examine all teeth for gum disease.

“Researchers found that people whose diets were rich in PUFAs were as much as 30 percent less likely to have gum disease than those who ate little or none of this type of fat.”

Foods high in PUFAs include salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, sardines, herring. Oils high in PUFAs include safflower oil, soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, and margarine made with the previously mentioned oils. Almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and flax seeds are high PUFA nuts/seeds.

I don’t know many families in Marble Falls that regularly eat mackerel or herring. Maybe some of us could benefit from becoming more adventurous when it comes to seafood.

Eating high PUFA foods doesn’t just improve your oral health in Marble Falls, it also has other benefits. These foods pack a nutritional punch and have myriad health benefits. The next time you are stocking up at your Horseshoe Bay grocery store, you may want to add some salmon and walnuts to your list.

It is important to understand that diet alone improve oral health in Marble Falls or prevent gum disease, however it may be an additional tool for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. If you have not been to your Kingsland family dentist in a while, I urge you to schedule an examination and cleaning today. We are currently taking new dental patients at the Ritchie Dental Group.

If you are interested in teeth whitening, six-month-smiles, tooth-colored fillings or invisible braces, call us today to schedule an appointment.

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr,
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

Restorative Dentistry in Burnet: Restore Or Replace

June 1, 2018

Filed under: Dental Implants,Porcelain Veneers,Restorative Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 9:15 am

restoration dentistry in Burnet

As the saying goes, there is more than one way to skin a cat, although we don’t know why anyone would want to. Regardless, there is more than one way to fix a tooth. If you are the lucky owner of a set of perfectly healthy teeth, you may never need any of these procedures. However, if you are like most Burnet residents, you will probably need to restore a tooth eventually. With restorative dentistry in Burnet, you can have the smile you always dreamed of. Today’s post looks at six restoration procedures that are used routinely to repair damaged teeth.

A Porcelain Veneer
Porcelain Veneers are wafer-thin covers can hide a chip or crack or correct the alignment of a tooth that is slightly crooked.

A Filling, Inlay, or Onlay
This procedure has been used to restore teeth for over a century, although the materials and techniques have advanced considerably. One fairly new option is a white filling replacement for metal fillings. A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Because inlays and onlays are constructed in a dental lab, they are commonly called indirect fillings. Inlays are applied to just the center of the biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point) and are generally smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.

Dental Bonding
Bonding is used to fix chips, cracks, stains, and make teeth longer. It is also sometimes used to fill cavities. A skilled cosmetic dentist applies pliable composite resin and molds it to the precise shape required. The resin is then hardened with a special light.

A Dental Crown
A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, strength, and function. Crowns are used for teeth that have had a root canal, teeth with acute decay, the replacement tooth in a dental bridge, and the visible portion of a dental implant. Crowns can be made of metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all ceramic, or resin.

Dental Implants
Many dentists consider a dental implant to be the ultimate restoration because it restores the entire tooth – both root and crown. Most dental implant recipients report that the implant is indistinguishable from a natural tooth. With restorative dentistry in Burnet, an implant can prevent bone recession which is common at an extraction site. Dental implants are used in a variety of applications such as anchoring dentures and dental bridges.

For more information about restorative dentistry in Burnet or any of these procedures, call Ritchie Dental Group today!

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr,
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

Anxious? Your Dentist Offers Sedation Dentistry in Marble Falls!

May 15, 2018

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 5:48 pm

A man smiling.If you ever feel anxious before your dentist visit, either the day of or the night before, just know that you are not alone. It’s been estimated that between 9 and 15 percent of Americans avoided seeing their dentist out of anxiety or fear. That amounts to between 30 and 40 million people who’s oral health suffers because their dentist couldn’t accommodate them. Luckily, thanks to sedation dentistry in Marble Falls, you won’t feel nervous during your treatments.

If you’ve never heard of sedation dentistry before, take a moment to learn more today!

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Healthy Teeth, Healthy Baby: Pediatric Dentistry in Marble Falls

May 4, 2018

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Family dentistry,General Dentistry,Pediatric Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:00 am

Marble Falls dental exam during pregnancy

Women who are pregnant understand that carrying a precious baby can not only consume your time, but your attention. At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls we practice pediatric dentistry, and remind you not to forget your needs and your stamina during these vital months.

It’s vital to understand that all of the changes your body experiences during pregnancy also affect the mouth. Changes in your hormonal balance are required for growing a new life, but they can also compromise your oral health during pregnancy. Your gums are especially susceptible. In fact, the American Dental Association has conducted studies that show a slightly increased risk of low birth weight and pre-term infants in mothers with periodontal disease.

If you are already pregnant but haven’t seen us in a while, we encourage you to have an exam. We can check your teeth and gums and advise you if any changes to your dental hygiene routine are needed. If there are issues such as gingivitis, we’ll want to monitor them throughout your pregnancy.

Any treatment – meaning anything beyond an exam and cleaning – can, we hope, wait until after your child arrives. If you have a dental emergency that needs to be addressed before delivery, the best time is during the second trimester. Modern x-ray methods are extremely safe but should be avoided if possible throughout your pregnancy.

When you arrive for your exam, be sure to tell us that you are pregnant. If your doctor has given you special instructions concerning your condition, let us know. In addition, give us a list of all the medications and vitamins you are taking. Throughout your pregnancy, be sure to see us immediately if you experience any changes to your teeth or gums.

Remember, your diet significantly impacts your baby’s health and development, as well as the condition of your teeth. A diet low in vital nutrients can impede your baby’s tooth and bone development.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls, we provide quality dental care and pamper our patients who are expecting. Once your baby arrives, remember we practice pediatric dentistry and should see your bundle of joy by the first birthday or first tooth, whichever comes first. We also general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr.
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

Your Pediatric/Children’s Dentist Explains How a Healthy Diet Helps Your Child’s Smile

April 27, 2018

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 4:48 pm

child eating healthy snackIt’s a sad fact that children tend to gravitate toward unhealthy foods. Anything that is loaded with sugar, starch, and saturated fat is the stuff of dreams to them. As a parent, it is part of your job to curb their unwholesome cravings and steer them toward snacks that will benefit their bodies and their teeth. Your pediatric/children’s dentist in Marble Falls is here to list a few of the benefits that your child will experience if you help them adopt good eating habits.

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The Guide To Teeth Whitening in Marble Falls

April 20, 2018

teeth whitening Marble Falls

So you want to whiten your teeth? It’s an affordable way to upgrade your smile, look younger, and feel more confident when you interact with others. At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls, there are a few things we recommend when it comes to teeth whitening:

  1. Meet with us for a consultation first. There are several different teeth whitening systems and a consultation will help you establish which treatment plan is best for you.
  2. It is vital that you understand whitening won’t do anything to existing fillings, veneers, or crowns.
  3. During your consultation, decide how many shades lighter you want your teeth to be.
  4. With any teeth whitening system, tooth sensitivity may occur. In most cases, it won’t last for more than a day or so. Call Ritchie Dental Group if it lasts longer.

We offer Zoom! Whitening, which is considered one of the safest and most effective professional-grade whitening procedures available. It uses hydrogen peroxide gels activated by LED lamps to produce dazzling white smiles, in as little as one hour.

Ritchie Dental Group, with offices in Marble Falls and Brady, provides other cosmetic dentistry services, such as porcelain veneers. We also offer general and family dentistry, and love seeing the youngest of your brood for pediatric 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

 

Dentures in Marble Falls: Modern Tooth Replacement

April 13, 2018

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

Burnet tooth implant supported dentures

Not everything was better back in the “good old days.” Take dentures, for instance. They’ve been around for hundreds of years – George Washington wore them – and have improved the lives of thousands of people in Marble Falls.

But they are far from ideal. Among their drawbacks, they can impede such vital functions as chewing, tasting, swallowing, talking, and smiling.

In fact, some denture wearers have stopped attending social activities because they are worried about unstable and conspicuous dentures. Some have even stopped eating their favorite foods because their dentures cut down their capacity to taste and/or chew.

Welcome to the twenty-five denture!

Implant-supported dentures are far superior to conventional dentures for many patients. Traditional dentures rest on the wearer’s gums. Implant-anchored dentures, however, snap on to implants in the patient’s jaw.

To be a viable candidate for implant-anchored dentures, the patient must have enough bone in the jaw to support the implants. Implant-anchored dentures are most often used for the lower jaw, which tends to have greater bone mass than the upper.

Unfortunately, some patients who have been missing teeth for a long period of time have experienced bone recession. For patients who lack the necessary amount of bone, mini-implants may be an alternative.

The benefits of implant-supported dentures include:

  • Increased comfort
  • Natural appearance
  • Normal tooth function
  • Improved durability
  • Better bone retention
  • Denture relines not necessary
  • Minimal gum irritation
  • No denture adhesive necessary

For more details about dental implants, call the Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls or Brady to schedule a consultation. The Ritchie Dental Group also provides general and family dentistry, including pediatric dentistry.

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

 

Bone Recession Risk? Dental Implants in Marble Falls

April 6, 2018

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Dental Implants,Pediatric Dentistry,Restorative Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:00 am

dental bone grafting Marble Falls

We all know that a healthy smile requires strong teeth and healthy gums, but what about our jaw bones? They also need to be strong, but tooth loss can endanger them. Dental implants from the Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls provide a solution.

Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy. When a tooth is extracted or knocked out, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed.

A dental implant resolves the problem by providing stimulation similar to the natural root. A titanium post is surgically implanted into the patient’s jaw. An artificial tooth goes on top of the implant. When it’s finished and healed, it looks and functions like a natural tooth, and gives the jaw bone the support it needs.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls, we provide restorative dentistry, including dental implants. We also provide cosmetic and pediatric dentistry. Call today to schedule an appointment.

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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