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Benefits of Dentures

Until a few decades ago, dentures were the only way to replace missing teeth. With a complete set of teeth and gums, people were able to regain the function and aesthetic of their mouth.

What you may not realize is that dental technology has advanced considerably since then. There are new materials and equipment that allow for the custom-fabrication of a vastly improved set of dentures.

Benefits of Dentures | Full & Partial Dentures in Austin, TX

Here are some benefits of custom-made modern dentures:
  • Restore function – Traditionally, dentures were fabricated primarily to help people without teeth chew. Modern denture designs prioritize other aspects such as comfort, function, and aesthetics. With a meticulous fitting process, you can have peace of mind that your dentures will sit properly with minimal slipping, giving you the confidence to carry on with your daily activities with no concerns.
  • Aesthetics – many people find that their dentures make them look much younger. Tooth loss often results in the subsequent loss of gum and bone tissue, which causes your face and cheeks to appear sunken. Dentures help to reverse this process by shaping and defining your cheeks.
  • Versatility– Complete dentures are recommended in case you have lost most or all of your teeth, while partials are great for filling in gaps with just one to several missing teeth. If you’re concerned about your dentures slipping, you can opt for a more permanent restoration using implant-supported dentures.
  • Easy to maintain – Dentures are not intended to be worn 24/7. They should be removed, cleaned, and well stored every day before going to bed.

Thanks to modern dentistry, most of the concerns associated with dentures have been addressed. That said, you should only get your dentures from a reputable dentist in Austin. Cheap or ill-fitting dentures can move around in the mouth causing pain, discomfort, and chewing and talking difficulties. So make sure to visit a skilled dentist for properly fitting dentures.

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Invisalign Day

Invisalign Day, $750 Off, March 8, 2018

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Invisalign Offer in Austin, TX

Contact us to learn about our current Invisalign Offer at our dental office in Austin, TX. The Invisalign System for straightening your teeth is comfortable, discreet, and convenient for most people. You pop in a new set of clear aligners every two weeks or so until the treatment is complete, giving you the perfect teeth and confident smile you’ve always wanted.

But most doctors recommend that after the treatment, you wear a retainer to keep the teeth from shifting back into their original position. This is necessary regardless of whether you use braces or Invisalign aligners. That said, every case is different, and you need to discuss with your orthodontist about the need for post-treatment retainers, and whether you need them for both the upper and lower set of teeth.

Invisalign Offer in Austin, TX

Paying for your Invisalign Treatment

One of the biggest concerns for patients considering Invisalign for straightening their teeth is that it may cost more than traditional braces. Despite the many benefits of Invisalign, the cost and even treatment time is comparable to braces. But as with any other treatment, only your dentist or orthodontist can determine the actual cost depending on your specific needs and other factors like:

  • The complexity of your case
  • Your treatment goals
  • Duration of treatment
  • Your orthodontic insurance coverage
  • Available discounts and offers
  • Your geographical location

Please keep in mind that you may need to change some of your lifestyle habits for optimal results. It is particularly important that you don’t smoke while wearing aligners because they may get discolored – even if you only wear them for two weeks.

Invisalign Offer at Great Grins Dental

Great Grins Dental in Austin offers multiple special offers for all dental patients. As a new patient, you only need to pay $1 for an emergency exam that includes an X-ray. If your case is not an emergency but you still need to consult with Dr. Shaw for the first time, you only need to pay $99 for the exam, which includes X-rays and preventative cleaning.

If you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment, then you also get free whitening to give you a white, dazzling smile. Please contact us online or call our office for more information on 512-346-1900.

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Dr. Shaw Training as Clinical Director for the Special Olympics Healthy Smiles Program

Dr. Shaw spent the last few days training as a clinical director for the Healthy Smiles Program with the Special Olympics and providing screenings for those with intellectual disabilities…oh and busting out some moves on the dance floor with some athletes!

Dr. Shaw w/ Health Smiles Program and the Special Olympics

Dr. Shaw Training as Clinical Director for the Special Olympics Healthy Smiles Program

At Great Grins Dental we are happy to see those with special needs and help them as best as we can and give them the best resources for treatment we may not be able to provide!

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Why Your Dentist Should Focus on Overall Health (and Oral Health)

During a comprehensive dental examination, dentists usually examine your teeth and gums, as well as the tongue, jaw, salivary glands, neck, head, and other areas of your mouth, neck and head. They check for any abnormalities such as cracks, lumps, bleeding, swelling, ulcerations, discolorations, and so on. If need be, they may even recommend further diagnostic procedures such as biopsies to check for oral cancer.

Why Your Dentist Should focus on Overall Health (and Oral Health)

What you may not realize is that the health of your mouth is a direct reflection of your overall health and wellbeing. Through an oral examination, your dentist can not only detect cavities, gum disease, and other oral issues, but also spot early warning signs of other diseases in your body, including diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Your Mouth as a “Window” to Your Overall Health

Many scientific studies have found a close relation between oral health and a range of general health conditions. Your mouth can provide signals for various health disorders. For instance:

  • Mouth lesions are one of the early signs of HIV infection
  • Changes in the appearance of your teeth can be a sign of anorexia or bulimia
  • Pale and bleeding gums are associated with blood disorders
  • Aphthous ulcers can be a sign of Crohn’s disease or Coeliac disease
  • Lower jaw bone loss can be an early sign of skeletal osteoporosis

Moreover, poor oral health can adversely affect your overall health. Studies show that harmful bacteria in your mouth get into your bloodstream and cause infections in other body tissues when your immunity has been weakened by disease or harsh treatments. Conversely, systemic conditions and their medications or treatments can also affect your oral health, like reduced saliva production and bad breath.

Proper Oral Hygiene for Optimal General Health

Many studies have shown that some oral conditions share common risk factors with major chronic disease, like the connection between gum disease and heart disease and cancer.

Although the association between oral diseases and certain medical conditions is not well understood, the awareness that your oral health and your general health are connected is vital for devising proper oral health care routines.

A dental professional who understands the importance of integrating general health care policies into your oral health care plan can help to improve your dental health and overall quality of life.

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Teeth Whitening in Austin, TX 78759

Professional Teeth Whitening in Austin

Professional, in-office teeth whitening at Great Grins Dental can help you keep your smile at its best, safely and effectively. Depending on your choice of whitening option, the results can be achieved in as little as one hour.

Get a Dental Exam Before Whitening

It is important that you discuss the specifics of your case with Dr. Shaw at Great Grins Dental in Austin so you choose the best teeth whitening option for you. In most cases, you may require a combination of in-office and at-home treatments to preserve your sparkling smile.

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Operation Gratitude

Successful candy collection for Operation Gratitude! Thank you for participating in this drive for our troops. We’re proud to show off what we’ve collected and will be donating the candy to deployed soldiers.

Operation Gratitude Collection

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Halloween Candy Buy Back at Great Grins Dental

Halloween Candy Buy Back

$1 for 1 lb of Unwanted, Unopened Candy!
(Up to 5lbs. Ages 2-16 yo)

Candy is donated to deployed soldiers with the help of Operation Gratitude.

NOV 2nd from 4-6pm
(Drop off candy as a donation until 11/9 during normal business hours)

Make cards or write letters to our troops!

Snacks and Refreshments provided.

Great Grins Dental
5114 Balcones Woods Dr. STE 308
Austin, TX 78759

Dentist Austin

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What’s the Difference Between Plaque and Tartar?

Far too often we hear the words, “Brush your teeth everyday!” and “Floss your teeth everyday!” or something of similar nature. Here’s the real reason why: because of plaque and tartar.

Many people become confused over these terms and your Austin dentist chimes in to help clear up the difference between plaque and tartar.

difference between plaque and tartar

What’s Plaque?

Plaque cannot be seen by the naked eye because it is a colorless film that sits on our teeth everyday – until we brush most of it off. The thing about plaque is it’s comprised of bacteria and will secrete acids that affect our teeth and gums, leading to decay and other periodontal problems.

What’s Tartar?

Tartar is basically plaque. The difference between plaque and tartar is that plaque is the start and tartar is the end result. For those who are not successful at brushing plaque off from their teeth every morning and night, it sits until something happens – it begins to harden. Tartar is also referred to as calculus and, on a basic level, is hardened plaque.

Here’s the catch: tartar cannot be simply removed from the force of a toothbrush. Tartar must be removed by a dental professional.

This is why visiting your dentist every 6 months becomes a great idea – to fight off any extraneous plaque and tartar that has accumulated on your teeth since your last visit.

Concluding Thoughts

Both plaque and tartar are responsible for trapping stains on your teeth, leading to tooth discoloration among other various problems such as gum disease. Cosmetic dentistry may be recommended to help restore the shine to your enamel. Other factors play a role in tooth discoloration (i.e. certain foods/drinks).

By brushing and flossing our teeth everyday, we are initiating plaque and tartar control – something that leads to better oral health, reduced tooth discoloration, and a reduced chance of developing something serious such as severe periodontal disease.

Please call our office for make an appointment 512.346.1900

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What to Do if You Have a Dental Emergency

Have you ever been in an accident that knocked out or damaged one or more of your teeth? Have you ever lost a dental crown or tooth filling? Has a toothache ever been so painful that you simply could not eat? These are, simply put, dental emergencies. If they aren’t dealt with quickly, you could have a big problem on your hands (or more specifically, in your teeth)! How long does one have to wait before they can see a dentist after making an appointment? One week? Two weeks? A month? By then, it will be too late. You’ll have permanently lost that knocked out tooth, gotten that previously repaired tooth infected again, or gone hungry because you couldn’t eat with the pain. Dental emergencies happen all the time, but you don’t have to suffer.

Austin Dental Emergency

Emergency Dentist in Austin, TX

What you need is an emergency dentist. These general and specialist dentists are the ones that are there for you when you need to get your dental problem taken care of immediately. Whether it’s midday or midnight, emergency dentists are available to save your teeth right away.

What is a Dental Emergency

A dental emergency is any accident or event that causes noticeable damage or to your teeth.  This includes physical trauma, severe toothaches, and loosened or knocked out dental restorations (fillings, crowns, veneers, etc).  When these emergencies occur, you must know how to handle them or risk even more severe and/or permanent damage to your oral health.

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

The first thing to do when a dental emergency occurs is to try to solve the immediate problem.  There are many types of dental emergencies, so it may not be possible to know exactly what to do in each situation.  In this article, we’ll go over a few scenarios and explain how to handle each one.  The most common dental emergencies involve broken or knocked out teeth.  It’s important to know that severely injured teeth have only 15 to 30 minutes before they start to die.  If your tooth is broken, quickly rinse your mouth with warm water.  Then apply a cold compress to reduce swelling.  Once this is done, you must call your emergency dentist for an appointment.  If you can locate the broken pieces of your tooth, bring them with you to the dentist.

Believe it or not, knocked out teeth can actually be reattached as they are if done quickly and carefully.  Recover the knocked out tooth by holding it from the top (keep your fingers away from the root).  Do not rinse it or remove pieces of tissue from it.  Carefully try to re-insert the tooth from where it was knocked out in the mouth and hold it in place gently.  If you cannot do this, keep it hydrated in a cup of milk or water with a pinch of salt.  Whether or not you have been able to reattach it, call your emergency dentist and make an appointment.  Knocked out teeth are significantly more likely to be saved if seen by a dentist within an hour of the injury.

Austin Emergency Dentistry

If you do not know for certain how to immediately handle a medical emergency, do not attempt to fix the problem on your own.  Always call an emergency dentist and find out what to do.  In medical emergencies, you know to dial 911.  With dental emergencies, your emergency dentist’s number is just as important to know and have available.  When you talk to your emergency dentist, it can help to tell them the answers to the following questions:

  1. What is the dental emergency that you’re calling about?
  2. How long ago did it occur?
  3. Is there swelling?
  4. On a 1-10 scale, how painful is it?
  5. Is there any sensitivity to hot or cold sensations?
  6. Are you taking any medications, antibiotics, or painkillers?

The more information the dentist has, the better they can help.  Once the situation is in the hands of your reliable emergency dentist, you’re already on your way to recovery.

Want to know more?  Ask us at: Austin Emergency Dentist

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