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Best General Dentist In Austin

Oral health is imperative to your whole body health, which is why it’s important that you connect with the best general dentist in Austin. Oral hygiene and preventive dental care is a vital component of maintaining good oral health. This requires a combination of proper at-home oral care and regular professional teeth cleaning and thorough exams at the dentist’s office. At Great Grins Dental, we acknowledge the importance of health prevention and the role that oral health plays in ensuring your total wellbeing.

The Mouth-body Connection

Many studies show a connection between gum disease and general health. Micro-organisms, such as the harmful bacteria in your mouth that cause infections, can enter the bloodstream or travel down the airways to other parts of the body, where they can worsen or increase the risk of various health problems such as stroke, heart disease, and respiratory disorders.

SOME OF THE CONDITIONS AND DISEASES LINKED TO ORAL HEALTH INCLUDE:
  • Heart disease and stroke – studies suggest that bacteria from diseased gums can cause artery-clogging plaques and infective endocarditis, or inflammation of the interior lining of the heart and heart valves. These conditions can lead to a fatal infection if not treated.
  • Diabetes – People with diabetes are at high risk of bacterial infections, including gum disease, which can make diabetes management difficult and cause complications associated with high blood sugar levels and delays in processing blood sugar.
  • Respiratory disorders – Inhaling micro-organisms from the mouth and throat into the lungs can lead to respiratory infections or worsen existing lung infections such as bronchitis, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and emphysema.
  • Premature birth – Bacteria from gum disease may initiate an inflammatory response that induces premature labor and early delivery.

Studies have also shown links between oral health and some oral cancers, developmental and behavioral problems in children, arthritis, and sleeping problems, among others.

The Importance of Regular Dental Visits

To protect your oral health, and subsequently your general health, it is important that you exercise proper oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth regularly, flossing daily, and scheduling regular dental visits for professional scaling, a thorough examination, and oral cancer screening.

If you has been more than six months, or years, since your last dental visit, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Shaw as soon as possible. Contact Great Grins Dental in Austin, TX, today, and remember that caring for your mouth is an investment in your general health.

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Removable Dentures In Austin

Great Grins Dental offers different types of removable dentures in Austin. When it comes to replacing missing teeth, there are several options to consider, including dental implants and bridges. Although these permanent treatments have a high success rate, some patients may not be interested in them because they involve surgery (implants) and long recovery time, or they involve damaging some of the healthy natural teeth remaining to support the bridge.

Different Types of Removable Dentures In Austin

  • Complete dentures – These removables are intended to replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower arch. Can be used for aging people who have lost all their teeth, or patients who have had all their decayed or damaged teeth extracted. Complete dentures are custom-made to fit perfectly, and so they are only placed when the gums are fully healed, following teeth removal. In the meantime, Dr. Shaw will place immediate dentures to help you eat and drink normally for several weeks as your gums heal.
  • Partial dentures – These removables are ideal for patients with one or a few missing teeth. The replacement tooth is attached to a gum-colored plastic base that is connected to an internal attachment that will hold the partial in place after it has been fixed in the gap. These metal attachments are designed to latch onto adjacent teeth so the partial won’t shift or fall out after placement

Dentures have been in use for centuries. And even with advancements in dental technology and new ways to replace missing teeth, dentures are as popular as ever, largely because they are a non-invasive and do not require any surgical procedure or painful recovery during placement.

Dentures have also improved significantly as removable dental prosthesis. Unlike the earlier appliances that were plagued with complaints of poor fit, slipping, and discomfort, modern dentures are made using high quality materials and precise custom-fitting technology to ensure a perfect and comfortable fit.

If you are not sure which removable dental prostheses is right for you, please visit Great Grins Dental in Austin to discuss your teeth replacement options with Dr. Shaw. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

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Austin Emergency Dentist

At Great Grins Dental our goal is to provide exceptional, comprehensive dental care to our patients, including the capacity to act as an accessible Austin emergency dentist.

What Is A Dental Emergency?

If you’re looking for an Austin emergency dentist, then you are likely experiencing a dental emergency . Any dental problem that needs immediate treatment to stop bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth is considered a dental emergency, including:

  • Cracked Tooth
  • Trauma that leads to Tooth Loss
  • Severe Tooth Ache
  • Lost Fillings
  • Broken/Lost Crown
  • Extractions

Extractions vary in difficulty from simple and surgical depending on many factors. The process involves a lot of pushing, pulling, and pressure to remove the tooth from the socket. For more complex extractions the tooth may need to be sectioned using a drill to aid in easier removal. After extractions, it is important to refrain from smoking, spitting, or sucking through straws, etc. The healing time varies from patient to patient, but typically a post operative appointment is scheduled 1 week after the extraction.

For any dental emergencies, please call 512.346.1900 immediately. For more info on our non-emergency dental services, contact us here.

 

 

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Periodontal Testing Austin

What Is Periodontal Testing?

Here at Great Grins Dental, we offer periodontal testing via MyPerioPath®  using the clinical laboratory services from OralDNA Labs®. Pathogens are tested in MyPerioPath® to help determine if a patient is at increased risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Stroke and birth complications.

Periodontal Testing with MyPerioPath® and MyPerioID® | OralDNA Labs in Austin, 78759

ORALDNA PERIODONTAL TESTS

Great Grins Dental is administering molecular tests that provide supplemental information about a patient’s overall health and periodontal disease. Saliva contains all the same DNA markers that are found throughout our bodies, so through a simple collection of saliva, we can gather a plethora of information that we can use to implement a customized treatment plan for your periodontal disease or learn what your genetic susceptibility to periodontal disease is. We now know that certain genetic markers and specific periodontal pathogens found in our saliva can indicate a much higher chance of contracting periodontal disease and other related conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and even cancer.CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PERIODONTAL TESTING

For more information about the MyPerioPath® and MyPerioID® salivary diagnostic tests, or to schedule an appointment, contact Great Grins Dental via phone at 512.346.1900 or write to us online here.

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What Are Dental Implants?

Here at Great Grins Dental, we offer dental implants services. Dental implants are currently the most advanced way to replace missing teeth, offering a viable solution to permanent tooth loss because they integrate with the jawbone, an aspect other alternatives do not offer. Dental implants offer many benefits.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Improved aesthetics – dental implants improve the look and feel of your teeth. Gaps are unsightly, but dental implants fill the gaps with teeth that look very real – people cannot tell the difference.
  • Improved bite and function – dental implants do more than just replace your tooth. By replacing your tooth, you restore normal function to your teeth, allowing you to bite properly for more effective chewing and also improvements made to speech. They are stronger than alternative options.
  • Durable & may last a lifetime – dental implants are made to last a lifetime, which is only possible through good oral hygiene and maintenance. Implants should be treated as real teeth and maintained as such.
  • Improved self-esteem – when we’re happy with the way we look, we smile more. When we smile more, we feel better about ourselves and this positivity translates through all aspects of our life. Dental implants help restore our beautiful smile, with one of the end results being an improved self-esteem.
WHAT TO EXPECT – THE PROCEDURE

Our team, who boast very high success rates, have perfected the dental implant procedure allowing for smooth placement and easy-to-follow post-op instructions. Dr. Shaw works with many implant specialists in the Austin area to ensure that you are treated with the utmost care in a professional environment.

Multi-Step Procedure Perfected by the Great Grins Dental Team

Dental implants are a multi-step procedure. The first step involves the placement of a titanium implant that may take up to 3 months to set in place through a process known as Osseointegration. This process is what binds the implant to the jawbone for a solid, structural foundation that mimics the strong bond real teeth have. You may be prescribed antibiotics to prevent the occurrence of infection. This process is typically done by a specialist whom Dr. Shaw will refer you to, while the steps following implant placement are always done in our office.

If the area of the missing tooth is in an esthetic area or the patient doesn’t feel comfortable with a space, Dr. Shaw can fabricate a removable appliance or a fixed temporary crown into the area.

After the implant has osseointegrated, the next step involves attaching an abutment to the implant so that a crown may rest nicely on top. In order to do this, Dr. Shaw will take an impression of your tooth to accurately represent the structure of your teeth for an optimal restoration. The impression will be sent to a dental lab that will fabricate the abutment and crown that we will screw and/or cement onto the implant, finalizing the procedure.

CARING FOR YOUR IMPLANTS – DENTAL IMPLANT MAINTENANCE

After you have received a dental implant, you must care for it like you would any other tooth. Implants are designed to mimic real teeth and should be treated appropriately. This means you should develop a routine of brushing at least twice a day (i.e. morning & night), as well as flossing at least once per day (i.e. nighttime) for the best results. It is also important to stay regular with your dental checkups to ensure your teeth are in their best health, preventing any serious problems from occurring.

REPLACE YOUR SMILE TODAY! 512.346.1900

Call our office to set up a time to discuss dental implants with our team. We may be reached by phone @ 512.346.1900 or by filling out our convenient online contact form on the right.

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What To Look For In A Pediatric Dentist

Looking for a pediatric dentist? We’ve got you covered! Being a family dentistry practice, we look forward to treating your entire family, including your little ones, from ages one and up. Our pediatric services begin by allowing your child to be desensitized to the dental practice environment to aid in easier appointments as they get older. If you’re still trying to decide between several practices, here are some tips on what to look for when choosing a pediatric dentist.

Before the visit, ask the office:

  • Does the dentist have special training or interest in treating children?
  • Is the dentist a member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry?
  • Is the dental office set up for children? For example, does it offer toys, books, games, or child-sized furniture?
  • How does the dental office manage emergencies? (Many practices have an answering service available during off-hours.)
  • Is the office conveniently located near your home or your child’s school?
  • Does the practice accept your dental benefits plan?

After the visit, ask yourself:

  • Was your child seen promptly?
  • Were you asked for a complete medical and dental history for your child?
  • Was the dentist gentle but thorough when examining your child’s mouth?
  • Did the dentist or staff talk to your child, encouraging her involvement in dental health?
  • Were you informed about your child’s tooth development, the causes and prevention of dental disease, and appropriate dental care at home?
  • Were your questions treated with concern and respect?
  • Was the visit positive for your child?

Here at Great Grins Dental, in order to make the experience as pleasant as possible, we provide the following for your child:

  • A kids room to relax in while they wait
  • Netflix with Bluetooth headphones
  • Stickers and a toy chest as an incentive to behave throughout the appointment
  • A competent staff who is experienced and loves working with children

Contact us here to learn more about our pediatric dental services.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Services

Here at Great Grins Dental, we offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry services. Cosmetic dentistry is dentistry aimed at creating a positive change to your teeth and to your smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry Services Offered:

VENEERS

Veneers are thin ceramic or porcelain shells created to fit directly over the visible surfaces of your teeth with little to no drilling. They are commonly used to repair chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth. They can be used to close gaps between teeth, change the shape of teeth, or straighten slightly misaligned teeth.

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BONDING

Bonding is typically used to close spaces after orthodontics or to modify the shapes of teeth or repair small chips. Bonding is not as reliable of a treatment as veneers but is still a good treatment option when indicated.

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WHITENING

  • In-office Teeth Whitening: Three or four 15-minute treatments with 38% hydrogen peroxide gel to achieve maximum whitening results.
  • Take Home Whitening Trays: Custom trays made to fit precisely with your teeth to allow you to whiten when and where you please. Choose from 16%, 22% and 35% carbamide peroxide strengths.
  • Sheer White!®: Similar to over the counter whitening strips, they are easy to apply and adapt tightly to the shape of your teeth with no leakage of material, ensuring a comfortable fit for up to two hours of whitening. 20% carbamide peroxide formulation.

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LASER GUM THERAPY

A diode laser can be used on soft tissue for gum recontouring, canker sore treatment, and to remove soft tissue for better access during a restoration. A laser provides precise work and speedier healing times than a traditional scalpel.

Learn More About Laser Gum Therapy »

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Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are currently the most advanced way to replace missing teeth, offering a viable solution to permanent tooth loss because they integrate with the jawbone, an aspect other alternatives do not offer. Dental implants offer many benefits.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Improved aesthetics – dental implants improve the look and feel of your teeth. Gaps are unsightly, but dental implants fill the gaps with teeth that look very real – people cannot tell the difference.
  • Improved bite and function – dental implants do more than just replace your tooth. By replacing your tooth, you restore normal function to your teeth, allowing you to bite properly for more effective chewing and also improvements made to speech. They are stronger than alternative options.
  • Durable & may last a lifetime – dental implants are made to last a lifetime, which is only possible through good oral hygiene and maintenance. Implants should be treated as real teeth and maintained as such.
  • Improved self-esteem – when we’re happy with the way we look, we smile more. When we smile more, we feel better about ourselves and this positivity translates through all aspects of our life. Dental implants help restore our beautiful smile, with one of the end results being an improved self-esteem.
REPLACE YOUR SMILE TODAY! 512.346.1900

Call our office to set up a time to discuss dental implants with our team. We may be reached by phone @ 512.346.1900 or by filling out our convenient online contact form on the right.

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ORALDNA PERIODONTAL TESTS

At our office, we use clinical laboratory services from OralDNA Labs® to ensure we are giving our patients the best oral health information possible. OralDNA Labs® is a specialty diagnostics company designed to provide reliable, definitive and cost-effective clinical tests that guide oral health professionals in detecting and prognosing disease at an earlier, more treatable stage.

ORALDNA PERIODONTAL TESTS

Great Grins Dental is now administering molecular tests that provide supplemental information about a patient’s overall health and periodontal disease. Saliva contains all the same DNA markers that are found throughout our bodies, so through a simple collection of saliva we can gather a plethora of information that we can use to implement a customized treatment plan for your periodontal disease or learn what your genetic susceptibility to periodontal disease is. We now know that certain genetic markers and specific periodontal pathogens found in our saliva can indicate a much higher chance of contracting periodontal disease and other related conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and even cancer.

CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PERIODONTAL TESTING

For more information about the MyPerioPath® and MyPerioID® salivary diagnostic tests, or to schedule an appointment, contact Great Grins Dental via phone at 512.346.1900 or write to us online here.

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Denture Services Austin

At Great Grins Dental in Austin, Dr. Shaw offers the latest in denture technology for patients looking to replace their missing or severely damaged teeth.

Dentures are removable dental appliances used to replace one or more missing teeth. For hundreds of years, people who have lost all their teeth have been able to regain the proper function and aesthetic of their mouth by wearing full dentures. With recent advances in dentistry, modern dentures have become much more comfortable, functional, and attractive than ever before.

AT GREAT GRINS DENTAL IN AUSTIN, WE OFFER TWO TYPES OF DENTURES DEPENDING ON YOUR SITUATION:

  • Complete or full dentures – used when you’re missing all the teeth in an arch
  • Partial dentures – used when you have some healthy natural teeth remaining. These are custom-made to fill in the existing gap and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting.

Please visit Great Grins Dental in Austin to learn more about dentures and how they can help to improve your quality of life. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

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