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Beautiful Teeth For Your Every Emotion

February 16, 2018

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 10:54 pm

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Unfortunately, not everyone in Horseshoe Bay smiles all the time. And not everyone in Meadowlakes is smiling at all the time. But even frowns need to be clean if you want to maintain a high level of oral health.

If you are looking for a dentist that will serve you with a smile and help keep your teeth ready for a smile at a moment’s notice, we invite you to schedule a consultation at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls.

Drs. Greg and Mendy Ritchie, DDS, and the friendly and comprehensive dental team at Ritchie Dental Group has been cleaning, restoring and improving smiles in Marble Falls, Texas since 2000. We do find that patients are interested in more than clean teeth and healthy gums, though these are certainly vital priorities.

We provide a wide variety of state-of-the art cosmetic dental services for our patients. Our dental services include but are not limited to restorative dentistry, sedation dentistry, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and general dentistry.

If it’s not a mega-watt celebrity smile you’re looking for, then perhaps we could interest you in a more serious professional look or a sly half grin. If your frown’s getting you down, even when your teeth have been cleaned, let us help you achieve the look that will make you proud to smile. We can meet your needs and answer your questions:

How much do braces cost in Meadowlakes?
What is that pain when I chew?
Do I need a crown?
Can I straighten my teeth without braces?
What can be done with this chipped tooth?
Am I a candidate for veneers?
How does a dental bridge work?
What is the cost of dental implants in Burnet?
Will my insurance pay for porcelain crowns?

Drs. Greg and Mendy Ritchie are devoted to providing powerful improvements to your smile, which will polish your professional presentation, strengthen your confidence in the relationship realm, and increase your joy in life’s simple pleasures. When your questions involve Invisalign, cosmetic dentistry, or dental implants, you can count on Drs. Ritchie to have the answers and deliver them with a 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

 

3 Behind-The-Scenes Dental Advances For Texas

February 9, 2018

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 7:39 pm

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Meadowlakes dental patients who have undergone a smile redesign are probably aware of the latest cosmetic dental procedures popular in the Horseshoe Bay area. These include metal-free fillings, porcelain veneers, invisible braces, implant-anchored dentures, and inlays/onlays.

Today’s Meadowlakes dental post focuses on some nifty dentistry advances that are used behind-the-scenes to benefit Meadowlakes dentists and dental patients alike.

Digital imaging is not just for Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest, many cutting-edge Texas dental offices use digital X-Rays. Realtime digital images help Horseshoe Bay dentists more easily spot and treat oral problems including emerging cavities and bone recession. Digital X-Rays require far less radiation exposure and are easier to store and access.

Pinpoint-precise Diode lasers are used in myriad procedures including crown lengthening, root scaling, biopsies, root canals, teeth whitening, oral lesion removal, and treatment of dental decay. Laser procedures are easier on the patient and require shorter healing times.

CAD (computer-aided design) and CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) are used for many restorative procedures in Meadowlakes including in-office inlays/onlays and same-day crowns. Horseshoe Bay dentists who offer dental implants can use CAD/CAM technology in every phase of the dental implant procedure. CAD/CAM is used in Texas dental laboratories to fabricate crowns, bridges, veneers, and ceramic braces.

The future of dentistry is here today. We are Drs. Greg and Mendy Ritchie. Ritchie Dental Group is located at 1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX in Marble Falls. We can be reached at 830-637-7227. Ask us about:

sedation dentistry
general dentistry
porcelain veneers
teeth whitening
restorative 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

 

Sleep Apnea Is A Serious Health Threat

February 2, 2018

Filed under: Oral Health — Ritchie Dental Group @ 11:26 pm

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At Ritchie Dental Group, we often see patients who say they have been struggling with insufficient sleep for months or even years. Some of these men and women end up being diagnosed with sleep apnea or related conditions.

You Can’t Just “Tough It Out”

The reluctance to obtain professional help is unfortunate because it takes such a high toll on their health and reduces their quality of life. If they are keeping someone up at night, it makes life harder for that person, as well.

Protect Your Health

For some inexplicable reason, many men and women don’t consider sleep apnea a pressing issue. Why the disconnect? We are talking about breathing, folks! There isn’t a biological function more fundamental than that. And substandard sleep can cause a plethora of serious health issues. It also impacts performance in every area of life; work, recreation, and social activities.

Sleep apnea is a syndrome where you have frequent, recurring pauses in breathing while you sleep. These delays can last for up to 60 seconds and are caused by soft tissue in the back of the throat that relaxes and closes the airway. As you can probably imagine, when our brain is not getting enough oxygen it interferes with vital biological processes.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Cause: Throat muscles soften and cover the airway. This is the most prevalent type.

Central Sleep Apnea
Cause: The brain doesn’t send signals to the muscles that regulate breathing.

Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (Treatment-emergent Central Sleep Apnea)
Both of the previous conditions are present in this type. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-apnea/symptoms-causes/syc-20377631

Signs of Sleep Apnea

  • Loud snoring
  • Sudden awakenings where you are choking or feel “out of breath”
  • Pauses in breathing while sleeping (as evidenced by another person observing the behavior)
  • Sore throat or dry mouth after sleeping
  • Fitful sleep
  • Falling asleep while performing normal daily activities 
  • Inability to concentrate during the day
  • Depression and irritability
  • Awakening with a headache
  • Extreme tiredness

If you experience any of these symptoms, we invite you to discuss it with Drs. Ritchie. Call 830-637-7227 to schedule a sleep apnea consultation.

 

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

 

Soda Spells Double Trouble

January 26, 2018

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 9:00 am

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Soft drinks, soda, pop. No matter what you call it, it seems to currently be the dietary villain of choice. Today, we are going to give you yet another important reason to avoid this ubiquitous drink.

For dental health, soda inflicts a double punch of damage with two of its ingredients: sugar and phosphoric acid.

Sugar is detrimental to your teeth primarily because it softens enamel and makes the teeth more prone to cavities. This is especially harmful to children because their enamel is not fully developed.

Some men and women think that they can avoid issues because they settle upon diet soda. Unfortunately, the acids found in diet soda have basically the same detrimental softening effect on enamel.

Soda consumption can also lead to teeth staining. If your teeth are already stained from soda or anything else, call 830-637-7227 to schedule a teeth whitening consultation.

Our recommendation is simple: stop drinking soda or greatly lessen your soda drinking to improve your dental health. Also, keep your children away from soda as much as possible so that their teeth have the chance to mature healthily.

Can’t kick the habit? Try to drink water shortly after you have soda and brush more (but wait a half hour so the enamel isn’t brushed while it is soft).

We’re Drs. Greg and Mendy Ritchie. We provide advanced general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to the Marble Falls area. If you have any questions about general or cosmetic dentistry, give us a call at 830-637-7227.

Call for your 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

 

Ritchie Dental Group Treatment For Sensitive Teeth

January 19, 2018

Filed under: Oral Health — Ritchie Dental Group @ 10:34 pm

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For those of you who feel pain when you sip your morning coffee or who cringe each time you brush or floss, Ritchie Dental Group is here for you. Drs. Greg and Mendy Ritchie has been treating this common issue since 2000.

The first line of defense against tooth sensitivity is proper oral hygiene. Incorrect brushing and over-brushing can result in receding gums, which leads to the exposure of microscopic tubules in the dentin. When these tubules are exposed, acidic, hot, cold, and sticky foods can then reach the nerve cells in the teeth causing discomfort (who are we kidding – it’s pain).

Here in our Marble Falls dentistry practice, Drs Greg and Mendy Ritchie can determine if your brushing style is contributing to your tooth sensitivity and get you on your way to proper oral care habits.

Greg and Mendy Ritchie usually recommend an over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste that helps alleviate tooth pain after several applications. However, some Marble Falls patients may need in-office procedures such as fluoride gel treatments available at Ritchie Dental Group.

Don’t worry if you have sensitive teeth and want to have your teeth whitened. Here at Ritchie Dental Group, Drs. Ritchie can determine which professional tooth whitening or at-home whitening procedures will work for you.

Call our Marble Falls cosmetic dental office today at 830-637-7227 to get relief for your sensitive teeth.

 

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

 

At Ritchie Dental Group, We Love Keeping Kids’ Smiles Healthy

January 12, 2018

Filed under: Oral Health — Ritchie Dental Group @ 2:54 pm

Marble Falls Pediatric Dentistry Your child’s dental health is important to overall health and vitality. At Ritchie Dental Group, our family dentist loves working with you and your child to ensure a healthy smile for life. Why? The health of your child’s teeth and gums can affect their speech development, eating habits and self-esteem.

Pediatric dental care is essential, and that is why we recommend bringing your child in for a first exam before age one, or when their first tooth erupts. During the initial visit, we can discuss dental treatments such as sealants, fluoride treatments, brushing and flossing techniques, and orthodontics.

Children’s dentists also counsel parents about thumb-sucking, pacifier use and other habits that affect your child’s dental health. We can also help you keep your child’s teeth protected during sporting activities. Call us immediately at 830-637-7227 if your child has a dental emergency or tooth injury.

Our friendly and comprehensive team will make your child feel comfortable and relaxed in our inviting office.

In additional to offering experienced children’s dentistry, we are a full-service Texas dental practice. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry including sedation dentistry and general 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

 

Preventing Gum Disease At Ritchie Dental Group

January 5, 2018

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 9:00 am

Preventing Gum Disease at Ritchie Dental Group Run your tongue along the gumline behind your lower front teeth. Do you feel a ridge? This is probably tartar or dental calculus.

Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque and tartar can gradually accumulate. If not removed, these bacteria-breeding substances cause the gums to become irritated and swollen. Eventually, the gums become detached from the tooth, creating a ‘pocket’. This creates a new space for plaque and tartar to grow. In advanced stages of periodontal disease, the toxins created by the bacteria literally rot the gum, teeth and bone.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls, we perform the most thorough dental cleanings possible. Gum disease can be reversed in its early stages.

Our goal is to help our Horseshoe Bay dental patients prevent gum disease before any damage occurs. Cleanings include root planing and periodontal scaling. Scaling removes the plaque and calculus above and, especially, below the gumline where your toothbrush cannot reach. Planing smoothes root surfaces so it is more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate and grow. It also creates a healthy surface for the gums to reattach to the root if necessary.

To schedule a deep cleaning, call 830-637-7227. We are located at 1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX in Marble Falls. In addition to providing comprehensive dental cleanings, we create mega-watt smiles for cosmetic dentistry patients in the Burnet and Kingsland area. See http://www.ritchiedentalgroup.com/ for more information about our state-of-the-art dental practice.

 

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

 

What Can a Dentist in Marbles Help You Accomplish in 2018?

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 2:00 am

dentist visit woman smilingHave you had a rough 2017 because your smile isn’t what you wished it would be? Do you find yourself hiding your teeth because of unsightly stains or misalignment issues? It’s time to make 2018 your year with better dentistry to address your concerns. In fact, you need a dentist in Marbles that will cater exactly to your specific needs.

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Ritchie Dental Group Can Whiten Your Teeth

December 22, 2017

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 9:00 am

teeth whitening Marble Falls

One of the most common requests we get from our dental patients here at Ritchie Dental Group is whiter teeth. Cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening and veneers are safe, effective, and affordable.

Some patients might be interested in bleaching their teeth at home. There are many affordable teeth whitening products available at grocery or drug stores. Remember that even though you are doing this procedure at home, you should discuss it with your  dentist and report any sensitivity that may occur.

In-office teeth bleaching can often be done in one visit.  Patients who do in-office bleaching usually appreciate the care that is given to protect the soft tissues of the mouth from the bleaching agent. Any toothpaste that has an added polishing agent is considered a whitening toothpaste. Look for the American Dental Association (ADA)’s “Seal of Acceptance” when purchasing these.

If you’re interested in any of these whitening methods or a complete smile makeover, call Ritchie Dental Group at 830-637-7227. Our friendly and comprehensive staff will schedule a cosmetic dental consultation at your convenience.

We hope to hear from you soon!

sedation dentistry
general dentistry
porcelain veneers
teeth whitening
restorative 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

 

Been A While Since You Had Your Teeth Cleaned?

December 15, 2017

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 9:00 am

Marble Falls Tooth WhiteningAt Ritchie Dental Group, we provide comprehensive full service dentistry for patients in Marble Falls and the surrounding communities. Our friendly and comprehensive team of skilled hygienists, dental assistants, and administrative staff help us exceed our patients’ expectations.We understand the value of a healthy and beautiful smile and are enthusiastic about providing each patient with personalized care.

We can help keep your smile bright with professional deep cleanings and thorough examinations. If you’ve identified aspects of your teeth you want to change, let’s talk about how we can improve it.

If it has been a while since you have received a professional dental cleaning, call 830-637-7227 today to schedule a cleaning with one of our expert hygienists. Your teeth will feel amazingly clean, silky, and smooth after the chalky plague and calculus is removed.

Whether you need an examination or a complex full mouth reconstruction, at Ritchie Dental Group we’ll get you smiling again!

 

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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