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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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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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The Ritchie Dental Group Guide To Preventing Gum Disease

July 17, 2020

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

gum disease Marble Falls

Hearing that you have gum disease can be upsetting, and really take you off-guard. Its progression is slow, and usually painless. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, so at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady, TX, it’s something we take very seriously.

What can you do to prevent gum disease? The best thing you can do is to take good care of your teeth and gums. That means brushing and flossing your teeth every day – twice a day, in fact – and seeing us regularly for a professional cleaning and checkup.

Brush at least two minutes; three is even better. Use a timer if it helps.

  • Use a light touch. Don’t brush too hard; this can actually damage teeth and gums. Think of it more as massaging. Be sure to brush along your gumline. This is very important, because plaque accumulates there.
  • Use a soft-bristle toothbrush. Like brushing too hard, hard bristles can damage teeth and gums. Use a fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Floss at least once each day. There are lots of types of dental floss available. Choose whichever type you like; just be sure to use it. Once a day is enough for most people. Between meals, you might think about carrying inter-dental cleaners in your purse, briefcase, or backpack. Do not use toothpicks, though.

A mouth rinse can help, too. It is, of course, no substitute for brushing and flossing, but a rinse can further reduce plaque.

A few other things you can do:

  • Don’t smoke. Tobacco contributes to gum disease, and to cancer too. That includes e-cigarettes.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Nutrients like vitamins A andC help prevent gum disease. Avoid, or at least minimize, sugary and starchy foods.
  • Avoid certain medications. Antidepressants,and oral contraceptives can aggravate gum disease. Ask your prescribing doctor.

At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady, TX, we want all our patients to enjoy healthy teeth and gums. Patients from Burnet, Kingsland, and Meadowlakes come to us for general and restorative dentistry, and trust us with their dental health. Call to schedule your next cleaning and checkup 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 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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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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Help Me, I’m Afraid Of The Dentist!

April 17, 2020

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Emergency,General Dentistry,Sedation Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 10:46 pm

Horseshoe Bay Sedation  Dentistry If you are afraid of your dentist, you are not alone. At Ritchie Dental Group, we encounter many nervous dental patients. How do we calm their fears, provide a comfortable dental environment, and earn lifelong patients?

1) We carefully explain the findings of the initial dental examination and thoroughly outline any recommended care. The consultation also includes a discussion about pain control including oral conscious sedation. This allows our dentistry patients to make educated decisions about their oral health and necessary dental procedures.

2) Dr. Greg Ritchie practices gentle, pain-free dentistry.  Dental treatment will not begin until you are numb. Keep in mind, however, that every dentistry patient reacts to numbing agents and sedation medications differently.

Speak up immediately if you start to feel discomfort. We will pause treatment, administer an additional analgesic and wait until it takes effect. At Ritchie Dental Group, we never rush dental treatment.

3) We provide many in-office amenities at Ritchie Dental Group which help our dental patients concentrate on something pleasant during dental treatment. Not every dental patient chooses sleep dentistry. Sometimes chemical-free diversions such as listening to your favorite music provide a distraction while letting you remain clear-headed.

At Ritchie Dental Group, we understand dental anxiety and will help you overcome it. To schedule a friendly consultation, call 830-693-8833 or visit http://www.ritchiedentalgroup.com/.

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-693-8833

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

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When Should My Child Have An Orthodontic Evaluation?

April 3, 2020

Filed under: Dental Crowns,General Dentistry,Porcelain Veneers — Ritchie Dental Group @ 4:59 pm

Child-Friendly Marble Falls Pediatric Dentist

It’s a question that many moms and dads in Marble Falls debate: When should I take my child in for their first orthodontic evaluation? The answer may be a little earlier than you think.

We recommend bringing children in by the age of seven. Even if you don’t see any signs that your child will need braces. It’s essential to have an exam and X-rays to know exactly how tooth development is progressing.

How about dental visits for pediatric dental care? We recommend bringing your child to a family or pediatric dentist by the age of one.

Not only will your dentist want to clean your child’s teeth and apply fluoride, but it’s also critical for little ones to get used to seeing the dentist.

Starting early dental visits will mean that later in life your child will be less likely to require extensive restorative dental work.

If your child is uneasy about visiting Ritchie Dental Group, you might want to bring them in a few days before to visit our office. Call us at
830-637-7227 to set up a time for your child to meet our friendly and comprehensive team.

At Ritchie Dental Group we offer:

dental crowns
general dentistry
porcelain veneers

Dr. Ritchie and your pediatric dentist work together to ensure your child receives the best treatment possible.

 

 

 

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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7 Ways Bite Abnormalities Hurt Your Child

March 27, 2020

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,General Dentistry,Orthodontics — Ritchie Dental Group @ 4:55 pm

Overbites And Underbites

Some growing mouths develop bite problems.

7 Ways Bite Abnormalities Can Harm Your Child

Jaw alignment issues can cause a range of issues for little ones.

  1. They can hurt!
  2. They can make it difficult to eat a nutritious diet because they curb proper chewing and swallowing
  3. They can delay or prevent normal speech development
  4. They increase the risk of gum disease and decay because oral hygiene is more difficult
  5. Over time, the child can develop a TMJ condition
  6. They can cause a distorted facial shape
  7. Unattractive teeth can cause low self-esteem

Fortunately, there are a variety of effective treatments, including orthodontia.

Bring your child to an orthodontist early!

If you suspect your child has a bite misalignment, it is especially important to have them examined as early as possible. By starting early, you can make sure they avoid years of pain and self-consciousness.

If you suspect your child has a bite issue, call Ritchie Dental Group.

Malocclusion (literally “bad bite”) is the term used for all kinds of bite problems including overbites, underbites, and crossbites.

Let’s talk about the various types of bite abnormalities.

Overbites and Underbites

When the lower jaw is smaller than the upper jaw, the condition is called an overbite. When the reverse is true, it is called an underbite.

Crossbites

This may sound impossible, but it happens.

Crossbites occur when lower teeth are in the wrong position. They may be incorrectly positioned sideways, forward or backward.

At Ritchie Dental Group, we diagnose bite abnormalities. Dr. Greg Ritchie provides orthodontic expertise to treat children’s bite problems.

 

 

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-693-8833

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

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Dental Implants: Does Your Age Matter?

February 14, 2020

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Dental health,General Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 3:11 am

dental implants Marble Falls

Dental implants have rightly been called one of the most significant advances in dentistry: titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw to support one or more artificial teeth. Dental implants are available at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls.

A common concern for many patients is whether they are too old for a dental implant. We’ll give you the good news in one short word: no!

Age is seldom, if ever, a factor in whether someone is an appropriate candidate for an implant.

The most important circumstance is your overall health. Chronic conditions like diabetes or cancer can interfere with the healing process following an implant, so patients with these issues may not be good candidates.

Tobacco use may also rule someone out. Whether it’s smoked or chewed, tobacco can also hinder the healing process.

Bone Density

A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth. It fuses with the bone, and in addition to supporting a tooth, guards against bone recession. This leads to another factor: a patient has to have enough healthy bone to support it.

Even if you don’t, there are options. Bone grafting is a simple procedure that promotes the growth of new bone.

Healthy Gum Tissue

A final consideration: a patient must have healthy gum tissue. The best implant candidates should be committed to daily dental hygiene, including regular dental visits.

If you’re worried that you are too old to get a dental implant, rest assured: age is not an issue. At Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls, we specialize in replacing teeth with single and multiple dental implants. We also offer a full range of general dentistry services. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

 

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-693-8833

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

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Help For Kids With Bite Problems

February 7, 2020

Filed under: General Dentistry,Oral Health,Pediatric Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 2:53 pm

Overbites And Underbites

When the upper part of the jaw and the lower part of the jaw are not the same size, it often creates bite problems.

Overbites and Underbites

When the lower jaw is smaller than the upper jaw, it is called an overbite. When the reverse is true, it is called an underbite.

Crossbites

Another related condition is called a crossbite. Crossbites occur when lower teeth are in the wrong position. They may be incorrectly positioned sideways, forward or backward.

Malocclusion (literally ‘bad bite’) is the term used for all forms of bite problems including overbites, underbites, and crossbites.

Jaw Alignment Problems

Jaw alignment problems can cause a range of troubles for children. They can suppress proper chewing and swallowing. Teeth can shift around in the mouth, causing pain and affecting speech.

Gum disease and cavities are more difficult to prevent because oral hygiene is a challenge. TMJ disorder over time. Distorted facial shape and unattractive teeth are often the most noticeable and troubling issues for little ones affected.

Fortunately, there are a variety of effective treatments for bite problems. If you suspect your youngster has a bite misalignment, it is especially important to have them examined as early as possible. By starting early, you can make sure they avoid years of pain and self-consciousness.

Call Ritchie Dental Group at 830-637-7227. Dr. Greg Ritchie, DDS is experienced in diagnosing bite disorders in children.

We also perform cosmetic dentistry and dental implants for our Marble Falls area pediatric dental patients.

 

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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