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Dental Implants: Change Your Life In 4 Steps

September 18, 2020

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

cosmetic dental and implants

Healthy teeth that work as nature intended are vital for a high quality of life and overall health. That’s what makes dental implants, like those available at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX, such a major step forward in dentistry.

Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw. The implant is, in effect, a replacement for a missing tooth root. One implant may be used to support one replacement tooth, and several strategically-placed implants can support a full dental arch, aka dentures.

Here is the process:

1. Examination and Assessment
During your first visit, we assess your mouth and the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. We look at the available options, and with your input, design a treatment plan.

2. Implant Placement
The next step is to insert the titanium implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how fast and easy the procedure is.

3. Integration
It take several months for the post to fully integrate with the jawbone. The process is known as osseointegration. Titanium is remarkably well-suited for this, and cases of rejection are rare.

4. Final Restoration
The last step is the restoration, or replacement teeth. For a single implant, a supporting piece called an abutment is fitted to the titanium post, and the crown, or tooth, goes on top of that. A dental arch usually has four connecting points, and there are several types of attachments.

Whether it’s a single tooth or a full arch, dental implants from Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX can transform your life. Patients from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes also come to us for general and family dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


Ritchie Dental Group – Marble Falls
1000 Marble Heights Dr
Marble Falls, TX 78654


Ritchie Dental Group – Brady
2001 Nine Rd
Brady, TX 76825

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Wisdom Teeth Extraction At Ritchie Dental Group

September 11, 2020

Filed under: Dental health,Family dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:00 pm

Marble Falls Dental News: What To Expect After Wisdom Teeth Extraction For the 65 percent of adults who detect wisdom teeth in their late teens or early twenties, Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX generally recommends removal.

Wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth and nerves. Their awkward positioning can increase risk of decay and gum disease.

Additionally, they often come in crooked, crowding the other teeth and affecting the bite.

Wisdom teeth are also difficult to clean, especially if they do not fully erupt, which is a common issue for many people. This can cause an infection, as bacteria can be trapped under the skin where brushing and flossing is difficult.

Because we are an urgent care dental practice, we are skilled at tooth extractions. This includes wisdom teeth.

What should you expect after wisdom teeth extraction?

Ritchie Dental Group recommends wisdom teeth extraction patients carefully follow the instructions given.

Bleeding is inevitable and should be expected to last up to three days. Rinsing is counter-productive, but firm pressure should be applied by biting down on the gauze pads to help stop the bleeding.

Swelling following wisdom teeth extraction is a sign that the healing process is progressing normally. Swelling that recedes and then re-appears after a few weeks, however, is a sign of infection. If this happens, it is critical that you meet with us ASAP.

We recommend an examination seven to ten days after the extraction to make sure the wounds are clean and there are no complications. An antibiotic wash can be applied if infection is present.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX we have long experience with wisdom teeth. People from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes also come to us for general and family dentistry. Call for 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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What Does A Missing Tooth Say About You?

September 4, 2020

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

Horseshoe Bay Mini-Implants

When you meet someone who is missing a front tooth, what does that say to you? Do you start making assumptions about them? It isn’t fair, but we are often judged by appearance. A missing front tooth can be addressed with a dental implant from Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw. It fuses with the bone, and becomes a firm and stable support for a replacement tooth.

The implant acts as an artificial tooth root. Because of this, they prevent bone recession in the jaw, which in turn supports facial structure, preventing the sagging appearance that often accompanies missing teeth.

One dental implant can be used for one replacement tooth. Several of them can support a dental bridge, or even a full dental arch. No wonder implants have been hailed as one of the greatest advancements in dentistry.

Dental implants from Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX can change your life. We also offer general and family dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


Ritchie Dental Group – Marble Falls
1000 Marble Heights Dr
Marble Falls, TX 78654


Ritchie Dental Group – Brady
2001 Nine Rd
Brady, TX 76825

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5 Myths About How Alcohol Affects Your Oral Health

August 31, 2020

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 12:38 pm
Friends drinking beer

At the end of a long week of hard work or when celebrating an exciting event, many like to relax and enjoy themselves with a well-deserved adult beverage. You know that drinking on the regular isn’t good for your overall health, but you may not be thinking about how it can affect your smile. Continue reading to learn from your dentist about the relationship between alcohol and oral health in Marble Falls, TX.

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Get The Royal Treatment At Ritchie Dental Group

August 28, 2020

Filed under: Dental Crowns,Restorative Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 7:00 am

Horseshoe Bay teeth whitening

Dental crowns have been an essential tooth restoration for many years. At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX we place a lot of crowns, always with the exceptional care each patient deserves.

Dental crowns can be used to address many issues, such as:

  • To protect a weak tooth from decay, breaking, or to hold together a cracked tooth.
  • To cover and provide durability to a tooth with a large filling and little tooth structure remaining.
  • To restore a broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
  • To improve a tooth that is too small or misshapen.
  • To cover a tooth with acute discoloration.
  • To add strength to a tooth following a root canal procedure.

Crowns are not permanent but they can last for many years when properly cared for. We will have instructions on care, once we place yours.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX  dental crowns are an essential restorative dentistry procedure. Find out why patients from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes entrust their dental health to us. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227


Ritchie Dental Group – Marble Falls
1000 Marble Heights Dr
Marble Falls, TX 78654


Ritchie Dental Group – Brady
2001 Nine Rd
Brady, TX 76825

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Oral Cancer: Early Diagnosis Makes A Big Difference

August 21, 2020

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

oral cancer screening Marble Falls

Cancer remains one of the scariest diagnoses anyone can get. Oral cancer is especially frightening, because it generally has a higher mortality rate than other cancers. Please keep reading this post from Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX, because we actually have some encouraging things to say.

The reason that the death rate for oral cancer tends to be higher than in other types is not because of the disease itself, or that it’s hard to diagnose. The reason is that it is often discovered late in its development. The oral cancer screenings we provide might just save the life of someone you love.

The symptoms for oral cancer don’t always produce any pain or other obvious symptoms. That’s why it tends to be discovered in later stages. The goal of our screenings is to detect any precancerous lesions that could develop into cancer.

When oral cancer is found in its early stages, of course, the chances for successful treatment are at their highest.

If you have any concerns about the state of your oral health, be sure to talk to us about it at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX. General and family dentistry services include Oral DNA testing, which help assess your risk of oral cancer. Patients from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes also come to our office for restorative dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


Ritchie Dental Group – Marble Falls
1000 Marble Heights Dr
Marble Falls, TX 78654


Ritchie Dental Group – Brady
2001 Nine Rd
Brady, TX 76825

 

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How Do I Choose A Dentist To Perform My Implant Procedure?

August 14, 2020

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

implant dentist Marble Falls

In this post from Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX we discuss dental implants: not the technology, as incredible as it is, but how to find the right dentist to place yours.

This is a key decision. A dental implant is permanent, and involves oral surgery. It also requires a financial investment. The wrong choice can lower the chances of success.

Here are the critical factors to consider:

Experience

  • How many years has the dentist been performing implants?
  • How many implant procedures has he or she done?
  • How many years has the dentist been practicing restorative dentistry?

Patient Reviews

Online reviews are a great resource. Former patients not only give a star rating, some of them share details about their experience. Check out the reviews for any dentist you are thinking about. Visit multiple online platforms.

Office Atmosphere

Implants are typically done in a dental office. A modern dental practice with the latest technology helps ensure an effective outcome. When you visit the office, ask about their patient amenities. Observe the cleanliness of the office and friendliness of the team.

What About Price?

Dental implants are not usually covered by insurance, and the cost from one practice to the next is generally comparable. If you find a provider that has slashed the price, be cautious. A dental implant consists of a post, abutment and crown (or denture). Some implant-only clinics advertise the price for the post alone. This is misleading.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX, we are experienced dental implant providers. Patients from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes come to us for these and other restorative dentistry options. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


Ritchie Dental Group – Marble Falls
1000 Marble Heights Dr
Marble Falls, TX 78654


Ritchie Dental Group – Brady
2001 Nine Rd
Brady, TX 76825

 

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What To Do If Your Crown Comes Off

August 7, 2020

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

what to do if dental crown comes off Marble Falls

Dental crowns are restorations cemented over a tooth. They are held in place with a strong adhesive, but on occasion they can come off, especially after a number of years have gone by. Here are some tips from Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX if this should happen to you.

Here’s what to do:

  • Find the crown if you can. You might be able to put it back in place. If you do, clean it first. You can reapply it with dental cement, which is available in most drug stores. Do not use ordinary glue!
  • Give us a call to schedule an appointment. We’ll fit you in as soon as possible to repair or replace your crown. In the meantime, if it’s sensitive, put a little clove oil on the tooth. Use a cotton swab. Clove oil, too, is often in drugstores or in the spice aisle of a supermarket.

It’s important that you don’t wait too long to see us. What remains of your tooth isn’t very strong without the crown over it.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX, dental crowns are among our restorative dentistry services. People from xxx come to our practice to maintain their dental health. Call us to schedule an appointment today.

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


Ritchie Dental Group – Marble Falls
1000 Marble Heights Dr
Marble Falls, TX 78654


Ritchie Dental Group – Brady
2001 Nine Rd
Brady, TX 76825

 

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3 Fad Diets That Aren’t So Great for Your Smile

August 5, 2020

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 11:37 am
Juice in bottles

There always seems to be a fad diet that is in. Sometimes they can have people to lose a few pounds or cut out some sugary and unhealthy foods that are consumed on the daily. However, it’s important to do your research on which diets do more harm then good when it comes to your health. This includes the health of your smile. Continue reading to learn more from your dentist about which fad diets in Brady are harmful for your teeth.

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5 Critical Oral Cancer Facts

July 24, 2020

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

oral cancer dental checkup Marble Falls

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX we encourage people to come in twice a year for a dental examination and cleaning.  If you skip a checkup because you don’t think you have any decay, remember that one of the great benefits is an getting an oral cancer screening.

Oral cancer claims almost 10,000 lives in the United States every year. If you smoke or have contracted HPV, you have a higher risk for developing oral cancer.

Here are five critical things to know about oral (mouth) and oropharyngeal (back of mouth and throat) cancers.

  1. About 80% of men and women with oral cancer use some type of tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes).
  2. 40% of those who receive late-stage diagnosis of oral cancer pass away within five years. The survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.
  3. In many cases, it is extremely challenging for the individual to detect oral and oropharyngeal cancers because they can produce indistinct symptoms or no symptoms at all. Any abnormality in the mouth or throat, even if small and painless, should be evaluated by a dentist or doctor.
  4. HPV (the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease in the US) is the most common cause of oropharyngeal cancer. Of the many strains of HPV, HPV16 is the one most often linked to oropharyngeal cancer.
  5. African American men have a higher risk of dying from oral cancer than do whites.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX we use Oral DNA testing to help us diagnose and monitor things like oral HPV. Patients from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes appreciate our thorough care, and come to us for general and family dentistry, restorative dentistry, and much more. Call to schedule a checkup with us today!

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


Ritchie Dental Group – Marble Falls
1000 Marble Heights Dr
Marble Falls, TX 78654


Ritchie Dental Group – Brady
2001 Nine Rd
Brady, TX 76825

 

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