How Long Do Veneers & Porcelain Crowns Last?

How long do porcelain veneers and dental crowns last? In a Wisdom Wednesday video on our YouTube channel, Dr. Sweeney provides insight into this question, which is frequently asked by patients pursuing cosmetic dentistry treatments. Dr. Sweeney explains that these restorations often last for years – even decades – when properly maintained. While phenomena like teeth grinding (bruxism), injury, or biting into hard objects may cause damage, such issues are very rare and can typically be successfully remedied. To learn […]

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Keep Your Gums Healthy

According to our Austin cosmetic dentist, clinical research in the last 20 years has linked gum disease to various health problems – and these issues are not localized to the mouth. On our Youtube channel, Dr. Sweeney discusses this phenomenon, which is known as the “oral-systemic connection.” Infections that start in the mouth or gums can spread throughout the entire body, leading to complications like diabetes, heart disease, low birth weight, strokes, and even Alzheimer’s disease. To keep these and […]

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Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

At Austin Dental Spa, many of our patients undergo annual professional teeth whitening treatments. In a video on our YouTube channel, our cosmetic dentist addresses a common question: is this type of cosmetic dentistry procedure painful?  According to Dr. Sweeney, whitening can be somewhat uncomfortable for those who have sensitive teeth; however, he is well-versed in techniques to make the process more tolerable for these patients.  Check out the Wisdom Wednesday video on our channel:  Continue reading our blog for […]

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How Many Implants Will I Need for My Implant Dentures?

In recent years, implant dentures have become the gold standard for replacing multiple teeth. Especially when crafted and placed by an experienced dentist, these restorations – which are anchored into the jawbone with dental implants – are known for their lifelike appearance and comfortable fit.* They’re often considered superior to traditional dentures in many ways; for example, they don’t require the use of messy adhesives, and they’re generally much easier to maintain and keep clean. In addition to these benefits, […]

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Austin Cosmetic Dentist on Tooth Replacement Options

Austin Dentist Compares Tooth Replacement Options

Dr. Mark Sweeney, a cosmetic dentist and founder of Austin Dental Spa, compares some of the most popular options for replacing missing teeth. Austin, TX – In the professional opinion of Austin cosmetic dentist Mark Sweeney, DDS, tooth loss can present more than just an aesthetic problem. “Even a single missing tooth can put the entire mouth in jeopardy,” Dr. Sweeney explains, adding that the consequences of missing teeth include speech and chewing difficulties, gum disease, and jawbone deterioration. He […]

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Can I Treat Receding Gums Without Surgery?

Gum recession is a common dental condition that occurs when the gum tissue surrounding the teeth wears away or pulls back, exposing the tooth roots. Traditionally, surgical procedures have been used to treat receding gums; however, advancements in dental health have provided alternative non-surgical periodontal care options that may be able to address this issue, depending on its severity.* If you are suffering from less pronounced gum recession, you may be a candidate for scaling and root planing. This deep […]

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Austin Dentist on the Advantages of Laser Dentistry

Austin dentist discusses the many advantages of laser dentistry.

Mark Sweeney, DDS of Austin Dental Spa discusses the benefits of laser dentistry, which he employs to perform periodontal treatments, fillings, and more. Austin, TX – Dr. Mark Sweeney, a cosmetic dentist in Austin, believes it is essential for any oral health professional to keep up with the latest technological advances. In his experience, one of the most groundbreaking examples of modern dentistry is the incorporation of a laser into various treatments. “The use of lasers has revolutionized the industry […]

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Austin Dentist Highlights Benefits of Sedation Dentistry for Dental Anxiety

Austin cosmetic dentist describes three sedation dentistry techniques for combating dental phobia.

  Dr. Mark Sweeney, a cosmetic dentist at Austin Dental Spa, explains the advantages of sedation dentistry, which can help relax patients who are afraid of the dentist. Austin, TX – As an Austin cosmetic dentist with over four decades in practice, Dr. Mark Sweeney has encountered numerous patients who suffer from dental anxiety. In fact, this condition affects approximately 30 million Americans at varying levels of severity. “The term ‘dental anxiety’ can describe any amount of fear that makes […]

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Austin Cosmetic Dentist Explores the Difference Between Full Mouth Rehabilitation and a Smile Makeover

Dr Mark Sweeney Repairs Smile with Full Mouth Rehabilitation and Smile Makeover

Dr. Mark Sweeney, a renowned Austin-based cosmetic dentist, describes the treatment process behind full mouth rehabilitation and a Smile Makeover, outlining which factors make patients a good candidate for either treatment. Austin, TX — When it comes to a person’s dental health and oral hygiene, it can be easy for small problems in the mouth to snowball into more severe and debilitating concerns. Left untreated, it’s not uncommon for relatively minor issues like a cavity or early signs of gum […]

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How Bad Is Vaping For My Teeth?

Although vaping is considered by some to be less harmful than traditional cigarettes, research shows that these electronic cigarettes can still cause a variety of health issues, including to the mouth. In addition to the toxic ingredients often used in vape products, the heated vapor produced by e-cigarettes has been found to change the type of bacteria that grows in the mouth, creating more concern about the dangers of vaping. For those who regularly smoke — whether with vape pens, […]

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