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Choosing Your Perfect Austin Dentist: 5 Must-Know Tips

Have you ever asked yourself, “How do I find the right Austin dentist for me?” If so, you're in luck because today's post is just for you. With so many dentists in the city, it's essential to find the one that ticks all your boxes and ensures that a pearly white smile stays just that: pearly and white. So, grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and let's dive into this.

1. Check Their Reputation and Reviews

Ever heard the saying, "Word of mouth is the best advertisement?" In our digital age, word of mouth has transformed into online reviews, and oh boy, do they matter! When scouting for the perfect Austin dentist, the power of patient testimonials cannot be overstated.

Imagine this: you've stumbled upon two dental clinics. One has a plethora of glowing reviews, stories of painless procedures, friendly staff, and patients raving about their newfound confidence. The other? Let's just say, not so glowing. Which one do you feel inclined to visit?

But here's a pro tip: while reviews can be incredibly revealing, always look for a balanced perspective. Sure, one bad day can lead to a negative review, but if there's a consistent pattern of dissatisfaction, that's your red flag.

And hey, don’t hesitate to ask friends, family, or coworkers about their experiences too. Personal recommendations, combined with online testimonials, can lead you straight to the dental chair of your dreams.

2. Ask About Their Technology and Amenities

Walking into a dental clinic can sometimes feel like stepping into a time machine. Are you in the ultra-modern, technologically advanced 2023 or stuck in 1990 with outdated equipment and faded posters on the walls?

Modern dentistry has evolved leaps and bounds in recent years. The latest equipment not only ensures efficient and precise treatment but can also significantly enhance comfort. Think less time in the chair, quicker recoveries, and often, less discomfort.

And let's talk about those amenities. Gone are the days when your only distraction was an old magazine or the sound of the drill. Many contemporary Austin dentists now offer comforts like headphones, Netflix, or even massage chairs to take your mind off the procedure.

So, when you're on the hunt for your next dental haven, don't forget to ask about the tech and perks they bring to the table. It could mean the difference between dreading your visits and actually (dare we say it?) looking forward to them!

3. Evaluate Their Range of Services

Picture this: you've found a fantastic dentist. They're charming, the office is pristine, and you're feeling great about your choice. Fast forward a few months, and you realize you need a dental procedure they don’t offer. Now you're back to square one, searching for another provider, repeating paperwork, and getting familiar with a new team.

This scenario highlights why it's so vital to choose an Austin dentist with a comprehensive range of services. Not only does it save you from future hassles, but it also ensures continuity of care.

From general check-ups, cleanings, and fillings to more advanced procedures like root canals, implants, or cosmetic treatments; having all these services under one roof can be a game-changer. It means building a lasting relationship with a dental team that understands your entire oral history, making each visit smoother than the last.

Remember, your dental needs can change over time. Life happens, whether it's a sudden craving for midnight ice cream leading to a chipped tooth or the desire for that Hollywood smile. Choosing a versatile dentist ensures you're covered, no matter where life's adventures take you (or your teeth).

4. Prioritize Comfort and Environment

Ever had that feeling of unease the moment you step into a place? Whether it's the lights that are too bright, the cold ambiance, or a receptionist who seems less than thrilled to see you, first impressions matter. Especially when it comes to an Austin dentist's office, where nerves might already be on edge.

Imagine a dental clinic that feels more like a cozy lounge than a sterile medical facility. Soft music playing in the background, a welcoming smile at the reception, and maybe even a coffee machine whirring in a corner. Sounds dreamy, right?

Your comfort plays a pivotal role in your overall dental experience. An inviting atmosphere can ease apprehensions and make you feel at home. Always take the environment into account. If a quick tour of the clinic feels like a mini spa retreat, you're onto a winner.

5. Ensure They Are Easily Accessible

Let's play out a scenario: You've found the "perfect" dentist. The reviews are stellar, they've got the latest tech, and their waiting room feels like paradise. But there's a catch: they're located two hours away, across a maze of one-way streets, with no parking. Not so perfect after all, huh?

Accessibility is often overlooked, but it’s a cornerstone of convenience. This isn't just about physical location. It also includes things like their office hours. Can they accommodate early morning appointments before work or late evenings if you're swamped during the day?

Moreover, in the age of digital convenience, an accessible Austin dentist would likely have a user-friendly website, online appointment scheduling, or even virtual consultations. These little things add up to save you time, effort, and stress in the long run.

Learn About Enamel Dentistry and its services

Let's be honest: not every dental clinic feels like a place you'd want to hang out in. But have you heard about Enamel Dentistry? It’s the spot that's changing the game and making waves in Austin.

From the moment you step into our clinic, you'll notice the difference. We're not just about dental procedures (though we excel at those). We believe that every visit should be something to smile about. 

And how do we do that? With a laid-back environment, a fun-loving team, and amenities that'll have you thinking you walked into a hip Austin café rather than a dental office. Fancy a refreshment from our comfort menu or a binge session of your favorite Netflix show? We've got you.

Beyond the chill vibes, let’s talk services. Whether you need preventive care to keep those pearly whites gleaming, restorative work to bring back that radiant smile, or even cosmetic magic to transform your grin, we're your one-stop shop.

Oh, and did we mention our commitment to educating our patients? With us, you don’t just get treatment; you get a comprehensive understanding of your dental health.

But what sets us apart? Our passion. As an independently owned Austin dentist, we're revolutionizing the way dental care is approached. A blend of top-notch professionalism, cutting-edge tech, and a dash of Austin's signature charm, Enamel Dentistry is the place where your dental dreams come to life.

In Conclusion

Choosing the right Austin dentist doesn't have to be an overwhelming task. By keeping these tips in mind and doing a bit of research, you'll find the perfect fit for your dental needs. And remember, it's not just about the teeth; it's about the entire experience.

Should you consider us at Enamel Dentistry? Absolutely. We bring together a team of dedicated professionals, state-of-the-art facilities, and a warm, welcoming environment. If you want to experience dental care like never before, schedule an appointment with us today, and join the many satisfied Austinites who've made us their preferred Austin dentist.

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Post - OP Instructions: Crowns & Bridges

February 20, 2024

Post – Op Instructions: Crowns & Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges usually take 2-3 appointments to complete. On the first appointment, the tooth/teeth are prepared, scans are taken, and a temporary crown/bridge is placed on the tooth/teeth. A custom fit temporary restoration will be fabricated to protect your teeth and gum tissue while your permanent crown or bridge is being created at the dental laboratory. The temporary prevents the tooth from shifting or moving, so it is essential that it stay in place for the duration of the time in between appointments.

A temporary, however, is not as durable as a permanent restoration, nor is it sealed completely, so it is important to be very careful chewing on that side, as well as keeping the area clean. Having sensitivity on the tooth/teeth while the temporary is in place is normal and will subside when the permanent restoration is placed, however, If the sensitivity gets increasingly worse or does not begin to subside after several weeks after the permanent restoration is placed, please contact our office.

Home Care

While your temporary is in place it is important to keep your gum tissue as clean and healthy as possible. You may need to alter your oral hygiene habits in the interim as temporary restorations are cemented with a special cement that is designed to come off easily. Continue to thoroughly brush and floss every day.

However, when flossing, take special care to pull the floss out from the side rather than out from the top. Pulling out from the top can cause the temporary to come loose. If your temporary does come off, call us immediately so we can arrange to cement it back into place.

Do not attempt to “glue” the temporary crown back in yourself or “go without it” as the teeth may become sensitive or shift slightly, preventing placement of the permanent crown. You can use a denture adhesive like Fixodent or toothpaste to hold the crown or bridge temporarily until you can get to our office.

Once your permanent crown or bridge is cemented, it is important to remember that these ceramic or zirconia restorations do not decay, but the teeth underneath them do. The most susceptible area for decay is at, or below, the area where the tooth and restoration meet. If this area is not routinely cleaned bacterial plaque will form around the restoration, which oftentimes lead to decay. This is the most common reason for needing to replace permanent crowns and/or bridges. Therefore, it is important that you maintain a diligent daily home care program to clean your teeth and gums.

Fixed dental bridges require additional cleaning under the pontic (missing tooth). Since this “false tooth” is connected to the adjacent teeth a bridge threader is used to thread floss under it to remove plaque. These are available at most pharmacies.

Chewing

Although your temporary restoration should be very comfortable, you will need to alter your chewing habits to ensure the temporary stays in place in the interim in between appointments. 

Avoid chewing hard and sticky foods on the temporary crown such as gum, caramels, taffy, or hard candy. Also, if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. If your bite feels uneven or your teeth do not come together as they did before, please contact us immediately.

After the permanent restoration is placed it is normal to feel slight pressure and sensitivity to hot or cold for a few days up to a few weeks. If, however, after 2-3 days your bite still feels uneven, contact our office. Delaying the necessary adjustments may damage the tooth permanently. If the sensitivity gets increasingly worse or does not begin to subside after several weeks, please contact your local office.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns

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Post - OP Instructions: Fillings

February 20, 2024

Post – Operative Instructions: Fillings

Your anesthesia will wear off in approximately 1 to 3 hours after the procedure. It is very important not to chew on the numb side (to prevent biting tongue, lip, etc.) until the anesthesia wears off.

Children should be observed until the anesthesia has worn off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children chew on the inside of their cheeks, lips and tongue which can cause serious damage.

Your tooth (or teeth) may be sensitive to hot, cold or pressure following the placement of fillings. This is completely normal. The possible symptoms of hot, cold or pressure sensitivity will cease within a few days to a couple of weeks. In very few instances, this sensitivity could last longer than a couple of weeks. As long as your teeth or gums are continuing to feel better (not getting worse), everything is fine, and there is no need for concern. However if you have any concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to your local dentist.

Once the anesthesia has worn off, if you feel as though any of the teeth we have worked on are hitting first when you bite down, please give our office a call immediately. This imbalance with your bite may cause further discomfort and should be adjusted.

The gum tissue can sometimes be irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days. The anesthetic injection site may also feel sore or bruised. If your gums are tender, rinse with warm salt water, dissolving 1/2 teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz. glass of warm water. An analgesic such as Tylenol or Advil will help to decrease discomfort.

Composite (tooth colored) fillings set up right away and can be chewed on as soon as the anesthetic wears off.

Home Care

Although the treatment that was performed is quite durable, the underlying tooth is still vulnerable to decay, especially at the interface between the tooth and filling. It is important to resume regular brushing and flossing immediately. Daily home care and regulating your intake of sugar-containing foods will increase the longevity of your new restoration. If you have any other questions or concerns, please call your local office.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns

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Post - OP Instructions: Deep Cleaning

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Post – Operative Instructions: Deep Cleaning

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease. The purpose of the treatment is to remove bacterial plaque and tartar from around teeth and under the gum line and smooth out rough target areas thereby eliminating the inflammation and infection that is the causative factor in gum disease. The progression of gum disease can be halted by removing inflammation and disrupting bacterial bio-film development with regular maintenance visits and meticulous home care.

After treatment you can expect to notice less redness, less bleeding, and less swelling of your gum tissues. Your teeth may feel smoother, and your mouth will taste and feel better. The following tips will make you more comfortable, help to prevent any possible compilations and ensure the success of the procedure.

Discomfort

You may take an over-the-counter pain reliever for any tenderness or discomfort. Take ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) unless you have medical conditions or allergies.

It is not unusual for the teeth to be more sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, and/or sweets. This is normal. This occurs as the gum tissue heals and shrinks in size and should gradually resolve in a few weeks with proper home care. Consistently brushing two to three times daily with sensitivity toothpaste or using fluoride rinses may alleviate this over time. Avoid toothpastes with “whitening” or baking soda, as this will contribute to the problem. If sensitivity continues or is severe, professional application of a desensitizing agent may be required.

Home Care

To help soothe the area, rinse your mouth 2-3 times a day with warm salt water rinses. If CloSYS is prescribed, use as directed.

Resume your home care regimen of brushing twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and daily flossing immediately, but be gentle with the area recently treated. Your gum health must be maintained with proper home care, as instructed, and regular dental visits. You may use a WaterPik if recommended as well.

Refrain from smoking for 24 to 48 hours after scaling and root planing as tobacco will delay healing of the tissues. Smoking cessation is highly recommended.

Diet

After scaling and root planing, avoid chewing in the area until the anesthetic has worn off completely. It is easy to bite or burn your cheek, tongue or lip while numb.

For several days following treatment, a soft diet is recommended. Avoid any hard foods such as tortilla chips, potato chips, popcorn, or seeds.

Bleeding

Minor bleeding that results in a pinkish tinge to your saliva is normal and may occur during the first 48 hours following treatment. You may rinse your mouth with warm salt water. If excessive bleeding should occur, apply light pressure to the area with a moistened gauze or moistened tea bag and call the office immediately for more assistance.

Follow – Up Care

We ask patients to return in 3-4 months following scaling and root planing for an additional periodontal evaluation. At this appointment the healing response of your periodontal tissues will be evaluated as well as the effectiveness of your oral self-care in order to determine if further periodontal treatments are necessary as well as the frequency of your recall interval. This appointment will include re-probing the periodontal tissues as well as a maintenance cleaning.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns