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Mini Implants May Be Right For You

July 12, 2019

Filed under: Dental Implants — PM Blogger @ 8:47 am

Though they are not as well known as traditional dental implants, mini implants are also being used successfully in the Marble Falls area to improve smiles. Implants are popular because they provide a natural, lasting smile, allowing you to live and eat more freely. At Ritchie Dental Groupwe can help you decide if dental implants are the best option for you.

What Are Mini Implants?

Like their larger diameter counterparts, mini implants can support a restoration for one or more missing teeth or replace a bridge or fixed denture. Denture wearers benefit greatly from these slip-free dental implants that are anchored securely in the jaw bone. Unlike traditional implants, mini implants are one solid piece that screws into the bone with a diameter smaller than 3mm. On the top of is a ball-shaped protrusion that helps support dentures. Typically, the denture has a rubber O-ring that slides over this ball-shaped part.

In some cases, a patient will go with the mini implant because they are unable to receive traditional full-size dental implants due to insufficient bone thickness. Some people are excellent candidates for the mini implant version simply because they are not able to undergo full-size dental implant surgery, due to health issues.

Our team can often place the toothpick-size mini dental implants in one dental visit. The placement usually requires no incisions or stitches. Recovery time, if required, is generally very short. Most patients are able to eat dinner that evening. How cool is that!

Don’t let the word “mini” fool you; your smile can receive a maximum upgrade with mini dental implants.

We offer a broad scope of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental services including sedation dentistry, general dentistry, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening.

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

 

Choosing A Toothbrush For Your Child

July 5, 2019

Filed under: Family dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:29 am

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At Ritchie Dental Group, our team members are often asked how to choose the most basic tool of oral hygiene, the toothbrush. Picking a toothbrush can be as challenging as choosing a paint color, and there seems to be just as many choices.

If you have visited the dental section of your local grocery store, you know what I am talking about. There are brushes with bristles of varying lengths, brushes that massage your gums, and brushes that change color when they are used up.

Choosing a Toothbrush for a Child

Your child’s toothbrush should fit in their mouths and be easy to hold and use. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles. It’s also important that they like their toothbrush (think Princess vs Astronaut) so pick one out together. If they like it, it will be more fun to use and less of a brushing battle.

Babies and Toddlers

Although many parents use a damp washcloth, you can start using a gentle baby toothbrush with your little one even before they have any teeth. Babie’s toothbrushes have very small heads designed to fit inside their mouth. Starting to brush this early gets them used to the toothbrushing routine and also keeps their gums and erupting teeth clean.

By the age of two, your toddler will probably want to brush their own teeth. Buy a special toddler-sized toothbrush, which should have a small head and large handle. This will make it easier for their hands to hold the brush.  At this age, they will need help from you after they’ve brushed.

Older Children

Keep buying child-sized toothbrushes. They’re not ready for an adult version until they’re adult-sized. They still need supervision in brushing. Once they can tie their own shoes, they’re able to brush on their own. Of course, reminders still come in handy!

Visiting the dentist every six months can help your child maintain a healthy mouth and good oral health habits. 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

 

Beating Horrible Halitosis

June 28, 2019

Filed under: Bad Breath — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:34 am

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The team at At Ritchie Dental Group in Brady and Marble Falls would like to share with you some insights about halitosis.

Halitosis, or bad breath, can be embarrassing when it happens. Poor oral hygiene is often the cause. Make sure you schedule your preventive visits and teeth cleaning with us twice a year.

Brushing just the teeth may not remove particles of food between the teeth and up in the gums. Bacteria can grow and stink from hidden floss-only locations. Gently brushing the gums, sides of the mouth and the tongue in addition to the teeth may make the difference.

Also, the food you are eating can impact the odor in your mouth. Onions, garlic, and coffee are likely to show up on the breath regardless of time spent brushing.

Illness, infection, and allergies can all cause dry mouth which in turn upset the control of bacteria in the mouth. Diabetes, kidney failure, radiation therapy, liver malfunction, dry mouth, or even a sinus infection can cause an odor. The microbe balance in the mouth is ever-changing.

Finally, dentures or a removable appliance may also carry bacteria that needs to be cleaned and freshened up on a regular basis.

  1. Brush and floss the teeth as well as brush the tongue, gums, and sides of the mouth.
  2. Enjoy onions and garlic a little less.
  3.  Stay on top of health issues.
  4. Keep dentures clean.

If you’re worried about bad breath, book an appointment with the Ritchie Dental Group today. We offer a broad scope of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental services including sedation dentistry, general dentistry, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening.

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

 

Suspect A Bite Problem?

June 21, 2019

Filed under: Orthodontics — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:48 am

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At Ritchie Dental Group in Brady and Marble Falls, we offer comprehensive orthodontic treatment. We offer various treatments in orthodontics for residents of Marble Falls, Burnet, and Brady, TX to straighten teeth and improve bite function.

Edward Angle, a pioneer in modern orthodontics invented the term malocclusion- bad bite. Malocclusion is fairly common in the population as a whole but, fortunately, in most cases the misalignment is so slight that it causes no issues.

When you combine multiple teeth on two arches and a jaw joint with a considerable range of motion, it is easy to see how these elements can fail to align properly. In fact, it is a wonder that they work correctly for most people – allowing them to talk, eat, and breathe without giving it a second thought.

There are many causes of malocclusion

some originating with the teeth and some originating with the jaw. Misshapen teeth, extracted teeth, impacted teeth, crowded teeth, and widely spaced teeth can affect the bite. Injury to the jaw can also cause malocclusion as well as improperly fitting restorations and other dental appliances.

Children with a normal bite can develop bite problems with

  • prolonged pacifier use,
  • thumb sucking or
  • bottle drinking.

The treatment for malocclusion depends on the cause. Orthodontics can move teeth into alignment to fix bite troubles. Overcrowding often requires extraction of one or more teeth. Misshapen teeth that affect the bite can often be corrected with crowns or dental bonding.

If you think you have a bad bite, or jaw pain, call us today for an orthodontic consultation. At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls, our services include general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. We’re here to help!

 

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

 

Relax. Your Teeth Will Thank You.

June 14, 2019

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

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Most people have been warned about the physical effects of stress. Our doctors remind us to protect ourselves from the dangers of unmanaged stress by eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting adequate sleep. At Ritchie Dental Group in Brady and Marble Falls, Dr. Ritchie advocates for his patients’ oral health and preventative dentistry.

Don’t try to relieve stress with overeating, over drinking, smoking, or uncontrolled spending. Stress that is not properly managed can impact the heart, nervous system, immune system, and digestive system. It can also affect—you guessed it—your teeth.

The obvious oral health dangers are teeth grinding, jaw clenching, smoking, and the eating too much sugar. But did you know that stress can also

  • intensify plaque generation,
  • trigger canker sores and
  • increase the risk of periodontal disease?

Another problem is that when people are under excessive stress, they often neglect basic oral hygiene and regular dental visits.

For some people, dental visits cause major anxiety. What if the thought of visiting a dentist sends your blood pressure through the roof? Talk to us about sedation dentistry.

If you’re concerned about the consequences stress can have on your teeth, book an appointment with the Ritchie Dental Group today. We offer a broad scope of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental services including sedation dentistry, general dentistry, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening.

Relax. We can help you get the dental treatment you need. Call 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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A Summer-Ready Smile with Teeth Whitening in Brady!

June 10, 2019

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 7:45 pm

woman smiling in cap and gownSummer is here, and that means it’s time for vacation, weddings, graduations and other special occasions. It’s also customary at this time of year for hundreds of photos to be taken to capture those memorable moments. However, if you have stained or discolored teeth, the idea of taking a picture can be intimidating. Thankfully, you can be ready just in time for the next big event with teeth whitening in Brady. As you continue reading, learn how the process works, and prepare to receive a smile upgrade!

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Look Younger With A Smile Makeover

June 7, 2019

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:00 am

Affordable Smile Makeovers In Horseshoe Bay

At Ritchie Dental Group in Brady and Marble Falls, we specialize in aesthetic dentistry. Perhaps you have heard that cosmetic dentistry procedures can totally transform a smile. You may be a little skeptical of the claims, after all, the promise of total transformation is a tall order.

Are smile makeovers really possible? Absolutely! At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls, we work miracles with modern cosmetic dentistry.

The success of smile makeovers depend upon the skill of the cosmetic dentist, the procedures performed, and the quality of the materials. At Ritchie Dental Group, we deliver our best to our valued dental patients every day.

If you want a cosmetic dentist who can give you whiter, straighter, more gorgeous teeth, we can create the beautiful smile of your dreams right here in our Marble Falls office with personalized aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry treatment plans.

We also offer restorations and fillings color-matched to blend seamlessly with your natural smile. We can even replace old metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings to further restore the natural beauty of your smile. During your next visit, ask us about smile analysis and how we can complete your smile makeover. In order to give you the gorgeous smile you deserve and always dreamed of, our cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry services include:


There are few physical features that bring continual long-term pleasure and satisfaction like a perfect smile. 
My smile makeover patients feel younger, more attractive, and more self-confident with their dramatic smile transformations. Call us today at Ritchie Dental Group.

 

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

 

Why Summer Is the Best Time to Get Wisdom Teeth Extractions in Marble

June 1, 2019

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 12:55 pm

diagram of wisdom tooth growing in

No one likes getting their wisdom teeth taken out. It’s often thought of as one of the most unpleasant procedures that most of us have to endure. However, it’s necessary for the majority of people. It can prevent severe pain and infections from developing. Although no one looks forward to wisdom teeth extractions in Marble, summer might be the perfect time to get it over with. Let’s talk about the reasons why summer is the best time for wisdom teeth removal.

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3 Reasons for an Early Summer Visit for Your Child with the Dentist in Marble Falls

May 31, 2019

Filed under: Family dentistry — ritchie @ 4:32 pm

circle of kids

What great adventures do you have planned for this summer for your family? Are you going out of town? Visiting relatives? Going to the beach? Whatever you end up doing, you are excited to have more quality time with your child. Well, mixed in with all the fun is something important that you don’t want to forget—your child’s semiannual visit to the dentist in Marble Falls. In this post, you’ll learn three reasons why you should schedule this appointment early in the summer while school is out. (more…)

Are Dentures Inevitable?

May 24, 2019

Filed under: Denture implants,Dentures — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:00 am

Implant Anchored Dentures in Marble Falls Are you one of the fortunate people with healthy teeth? Would you like to keep them healthy for the rest of your life? Some Marble Falls residents believe that keeping their teeth healthy into the golden years is unlikely if not impossible.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Brady and Marble Falls, we are happy to assure you that this is a myth. With proper dental hygiene, regular dental exams and cleanings, and a healthy lifestyle, your teeth can serve you throughout your life.

Ritchie Dental Group helps patients of all ages, including those in their seventies and eighties, maintain their beautiful smiles. Dentures are not inevitable. Even if you already wear dentures, don’t give up.

You can improve your smile and your life with new implant anchored dentures.

Instead of purchasing another denture altogether, our dentists can customize your denture to fit with dental implants. If needed, a new denture can be created to fit with implants as well, but this depends on your current denture’s condition. With only four to six implants placed strategically throughout your jaw, you can replace an entire row of teeth and maintain a more stable restoration overall. These new fixed dentures won’t slip and slide in your mouth, so you can start eating confidently again.

Our office is friendly and relaxed. You don’t need to worry about being embarrassed if your teeth have not seen a dentist or hygienist for a while. We can treat your dental problems with expertise and put you on the path for better oral health in the future.

Call us today at Ritchie Dental Group in Brady and Marble Falls. We’d love to help you improve your smile and stay healthy!

 

 

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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