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Are There Drawbacks to Dental Implants?

June 26, 2020

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

tooth implants Horseshoe Bay

Dental implants might sound like some futuristic solution to missing teeth. But they’ve become part of mainstream dentistry, and are available at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX.

Most patients have a lot of questions about dental implants, once they seriously begin to consider them. Are they experimental? Safe? Painful?

Like we said, they are considered mainstream. Dental implants as we know them today have been around for decades, and humans have actually been tinkering with permanent replacement teeth for thousands of years. Modern implants were made possible by the discovery that titanium fuses with bone. Once they do, the post – which is the actual implant – provides a rock-solid support for one or more replacement teeth.

As to safety, dental implants have a success rate of greater than ninety percent. Cases of rejection are rare. Future generations of implants are expected to be even better.

Most patients report being comfortable during the implant procedure itself. It involves minor surgery, though, and mild discomfort afterward is common. We can prescribe medication to manage it.

Most patients are delighted with, and even amazed by, their dental implants. They prevent bone loss, restore chewing ability, and restore smiles. Call us at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady TX to learn more. Patients from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes come to us for implants and other restorative dentistry services. Call for 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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Why Your Child Needs Pediatric Dental Cleanings

June 19, 2020

Filed under: Dental health,Pediatric Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:00 am

In this post from Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls TX, we look at children’s dental cleanings.

Does your child need a professional dental cleaning if you practice dental hygiene at home?

Short answer? Yes.

Let’s discuss it.

Daily brushing along with cleanings and checkups are both essential. They reinforce each other. They work in tandem to protect your child’s smile as they grow.

We encourage patients to practice preventative dentistry by:

  • Brushing—help your child brush their teeth then clean thoroughly afterwards
  • Flossing—start as soon as your toddler has two adjacent teeth
  • Healthy diet–limit sugary snacks and beverages
  • Regular pediatric dental cleanings with a fluoride treatment
  • Regular examinations

Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of daily oral care by removing the plaque and tarter that can accumulate even with proper dental hygiene.

At Ritchie Dental Group our services include pediatric dentistry. People from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes trust us with their little ones’ dental health, and also trust our complete general and family dentistry. We also have an office in Brady TX. 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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Implant-Supported Dentures Can Restore Chewing Ability

June 12, 2020

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

Burnet tooth implants

Did you know that some in some cases, people with dentures retain only ten percent of their chewing capacity? That’s one of the things that make implant-supported dentures from Richie Dental Group in Marble Falls TX such a game-changer.

Improved Nutrition

Improved chewing function with implants can result in better nutrition and overall physical health and vitality. The psychological benefits are equally valuable. When you’re free of embarrassing denture-slipping, you are happier, more confident, and socialize more often.

Tooth decay and gum disease are painful. Fillings and root canals can strain the budget. If the teeth can’t be saved, tooth extraction brings more physical and psychological pain. Extraction can result in bone recession.

Implant-supported dentures from Richie Dental Group redefine dentures. People from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes come to us for implants and other restorative dentistry. We have offices in Marble Falls and Brady TX. Please call us 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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Why Visit The Dentist?

June 5, 2020

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

Why Visit The Dentist?

At Ritchie Dental Group in Mable Falls and Brady TX, we want to see each one of our patients for a cleaning and checkup twice a year. Most of the time we try to get you to schedule your next appointment even as you leave the office from your latest one. There are some very good reasons for that.

Along with daily brushing and flossing, six-month cleanings and checkups are the best way to ensure you have good dental health. That means clean teeth with no cavities, and pink healthy gums.

Most appointments begin with a cleaning from the hygienist. We’ll scrape any tartar from your teeth: that hardened plaque you can’t get off with a toothbrush and floss. That’s one of the reasons brushing twice a day is so important! Scraping tartar off of your teeth is known as scaling.

Once your teeth are scaled, we’ll polish them with a gritty toothpaste. This is pretty harsh stuff, and it removes any surface stains on your teeth. Sometimes patients wonder if they can get something like it for use at home. The trouble with that is that it’s just too abrasive to use every day.

After scaling and brushing, the last step is flossing. Then, it’s the dentist’s turn.

During the checkup we look for any new cavities that may have appeared since your last visit. We might take X-rays, although this is not done at every visit. We’ll examine your gums, too, for any signs of gum disease.

Finally, we’ll look at your tongue, throat, face and and head, and your neck. We’re checking for swelling or redness, or any signs of cancer.

Why should you visit the dentist? Your dental health is important to your overall health! At Ritchie Dental Group in Mable Falls and Brady TX, we’ll take good care of your dental health. Our patients come from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes for our general and family dentistry, restorative dentistry, and so much more. Schedule your next checkup 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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Adequate Results vs. Incredible Results

May 22, 2020

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

Marble Falls Teeth Bleaching

If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants from Ritchie Dental Group can give you a replacement that not only looks like a natural tooth, but functions like one, too.

It’s the sort of incredible result we have come to expect from dental implants, and a reason why they are considered the best replacement option for lost teeth, and one of the most important developments in the history of dentistry.

For single-tooth replacement, a complete dental implant consists of three parts. One of the implant itself, a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw. Second is a connecting piece called an abutment. Finally, the artificial tooth, or crown, connects to the abutment.

Once the procedure is complete you are left with normal biting and chewing power. What makes this possible is a process called osseointegration. That describes how the implant actually fuses with the bone to replace the missing tooth root, and become a part of your body.

Other replacement options, such as a dental bridge, are adequate enough. One of the things that makes implants so incredible is their success rate: greater than ninety percent.

Dental implants from Ritchie Dental Group are among our restorative dentistry options. We have office in Marble Falls and Brady TX, and patients come to us from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes. Please call to 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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4 Ways To Maintain Your Oral Health During COVID-19

May 19, 2020

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 2:45 pm

While you’re practicing social distancing and sheltering in place, it’s important to consider what you’re doing to keepToothbrush stored in correct position per recommendation from a dentist in Brady. your teeth healthy. With most dental practices closed to regular checkups, your home dental care routine is now more important than ever. Making sure that you’re not spreading germs in the process of taking care of your teeth is crucial to keeping your whole body healthy. Try implementing some of the following tips from your dentist in Brady to protect yourself from germs while cleaning your mouth.

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How Dental Chairside Suction Helps Prevent COVID-19

May 16, 2020

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 12:58 pm

dentist in Brady treating young woman

Have you ever been undergoing a dental procedure and wondered why the assistant keeps sticking a suction device in your mouth? Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA) highly recommend using advanced dental suction techniques as a way to keep your dentist in Brady as well as their assistants and patients free from infection. Nowadays, these techniques are especially important dental safety protocols for avoiding COVID-19. But how exactly does suction keep prevent the coronavirus? Keep reading to find out.

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What To Do When A Filling Falls Out Of Your Tooth

May 15, 2020

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 9:35 am

A filling that needs help from an emergency dentist in Marble Falls.

Dental fillings are supposed to solve problems, but they sometimes end up causing new ones. For a variety of reasons, they can become loose and fall out. When this happens, it’s a good idea to call your emergency dentist in Marble Falls so they can take action and protect the remaining tooth structure. What most people don’t know is that there are things you can do to make the treatment process easier and less painful. Read on to find out what steps you should take after your filling falls out.

 

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Just Chill

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

Marble Falls sedation dentistry

If you are one of those people who gets tense just thinking about your next dental checkup, you may benefit from sedation dentistry offered here at Ritchie Dental Group.

Millions of people stress out when they have to see the dentist. Some of them would rather skip the dentist altogether than sit down for a checkup. Trust us, this is a bad idea: it puts your dental health at risk.

There are lots of reasons why people develop anxiety or phobia over dental care. Whatever it is, we want you to get the treatment you need, without needless anxiety.

We offer two types of sedation:

  • Nitrous Oxide. You also know this as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for more than a century and is highly effective.
  • Oral conscious sedation. You take a sedative an hour or so before the appointment. You won’t sleep, but will be in a deeply relaxed state. When the appointment is over, someone will have to drive you home.

Whatever it is that stresses you about the dentist, we don’t want you to compromise your dental health by skipping checkups. Sedation dentistry from Ritchie Dental Group may be just for you. We have offices in Marble Falls & Brady, TX, and people come to us from Kingsland, and Meadowlakes for complete general and family 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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Retaining Brightness After Teeth Whitening Treatment

May 8, 2020

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Family dentistry,General Dentistry,Teeth Whitening — Ritchie Dental Group @ 12:11 am

professional tooth whitening Marble Falls

If you decide to brighten your smile with a professional teeth whitening treatment, you want the results to last as long as possible. Unfortunately, the same things that stained your teeth prior to the treatment can stain them after the treatment. Over time, common staining will take place. To help slow down that process, Ritchie Dental Group offers helpful recommendations to make your brilliant smile last.

Do’s

First, rinse daily with an anti-cavity rinse. This boosts dental hygiene, cuts down on bacteria, slows the buildup of plaque, and also helps whiten your teeth. Additionally, there are many over-the-counter rinses with an extra whitening agent which will help increase the results of the whitening treatment.

Don’ts

There are some daily practices to avoid because they will stain your teeth over time. These include drinking coffee, tea, soft drinks, red wine, smoking, and even some medications. If you cannot entirely cut these out of your life, rinse your mouth out after you use them.

Avoid acidic foods and beverages. These can weaken or wear away the enamel on your teeth, and thin enamel allows the yellow dentin to show through.

Artificial coloring in any food item can stain your newly whitened teeth. Candy, popsicles, and fruit punch are examples.

Remember the Basics

We probably don’t need to remind you, but brushing your teeth normally a couple of times a day will help you keep your white smile. You may choose a toothpaste with extra whitening or baking soda to help the process. Proper brushing should take you at least two minutes using short brush strokes, paying close attention to the gum line and hard-to-reach areas. Clean the outer surfaces of your upper, then lower teeth, as well as the inner surfaces. Finally, don’t forget the chewing surfaces and your tongue. Using good brushing techniques for 120 seconds will benefit oral hygiene, and permanent stains will not build up as fast.

It doesn’t take too much effort or money to make your whitened smile last. If you have any questions or would like additional tips on how to retain your fresh, white smile, call 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

 

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