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What Are Dental Implants?

A missing tooth can be a major cosmetic concern. Many of our patients who are missing a tooth are focused on immediate replacement to restore the look of their smile—what they may not realize is there are also many health benefits to filling this gap. Tooth replacements, such as dental implants, can prevent bacteria and infection from developing at the site of tooth loss. Additionally, replacing a missing tooth can prevent the adjacent teeth from shifting as well as restore […]

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Is the Pinhole Surgical Technique Effective?

Receding gums can over-expose your teeth, making them more vulnerable to damage or decay. Among the many reasons gums may begin to recede, brushing too hard is the most common. However, bite misalignment, orthodontic treatment, and periodontal disease can also cause gum recession. While gum grafting has traditionally been the go-to surgery to treat receding gums, Dr. Jordan Slagter offers our patients the minimally invasive Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) to help cover and protect the teeth. PST can be just […]

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How Is the Pinhole Surgical Technique Different From Gum Grafting?

Traditionally, gum grafting has been the relied-upon method for stopping gum recession. Unfortunately, gum grafting involves oral surgery that requires incisions, tissues to be harvested from a donor site in the mouth, and sutures to keep the repositioned tissues in place while the mouth heals. As a result, the recovery from traditional gum grafting can take 3-4 weeks. Thanks to the invention of the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST), the inconvenience and discomfort of gum grafting can be a part of […]

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Austin Dental Spa to Sponsor the Lone Star Tennis Classic

Our dentists and staff are excited to announce that Austin Dental Spa is a sponsor for the Lone Star Tennis Classic taking place on September 23rd. The all-day event is hosted by the University of Texas Tennis Club and Lakeway World of Tennis. In addition to bringing world-class tennis to Austin, the event will raise money and awareness for CASA of Travis County and the new University of Texas Tennis Center. Within the day’s list of events, our cosmetic dentist, […]

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How is Gum Recession Treated?

Though some causes of gum recession may seem like minor concerns, receding gums can lead to serious damage to the roots of the teeth. In order to prevent unnecessary damage or decay, our dentists can rejuvenate receding gums to adequately cover and protect the teeth. Traditionally, extensive gum grafting surgery was used to reverse the effects of gum recession. However, at Austin Dental Spa, Dr. Jordan Slagter now employs a minimally invasive procedure called Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation to maximize comfort […]

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What Causes Gum Recession?

Receding gums can significantly increase the risk of damage or decay to the roots of the teeth. This common condition can be caused by a variety of factors, including: Misaligned bite Orthodontic treatments Periodontal disease Teeth grinding Poor daily oral hygiene Brushing too hard Normal wear / natural aging Hormonal fluctuations In addition to the above causes, receding gums may also be the result of a pre-existing oral health issue. At Austin Dental Spa, our dentists can check the health […]

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What Are the Main Benefits of CEREC® Crowns?

A porcelain crown is typically used to correct a tooth that has been affected by decay or a cosmetic imperfection. The restoration is designed to fit over the tooth to strengthen its structure and protect it from additional damage. A porcelain crown can also easily conceal many common aesthetic concerns such as chips, cracks, or fractures. CEREC® dental crowns have all of these benefits and more. Traditionally, creating a crown necessitates a dental laboratory to produce the custom dental restoration […]

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How Long Is A CEREC® Appointment?

Traditional dental crowns require two separate appointments – one to take a mold of the teeth and a second to attach the custom crown after the restoration had been returned from the laboratory. The CEREC® system has revolutionized the way our patients at Austin Dental Spa can repair a damaged or decayed tooth. Using 3D imaging technology and a chair-side milling device, you can receive all of the benefits of a custom crown with the convenience of same-day results. For […]

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How Long Do CEREC® Crowns Last?

CEREC® crowns are milled out of a durable ceramic material right here in our office, giving our patients the opportunity to restore a damaged or decayed tooth in a single day. While CEREC® crowns are designed to withstand normal wear and tear, they are not indestructible. Most of our patients at Austin Dental Spa will enjoy beautiful results that can last 10-30 years. However, there are certain habits that can decrease the lifespan of your restoration. Like porcelain veneers, CEREC® […]

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The Link Between Oral Bacteria and Pancreatic Cancer

Many people may not be aware that their oral health plays a major role in their overall health. At Austin Dental Spa, our dentists are committed to helping patients not only achieve a beautiful smile, but also learn about how they can protect their oral health. Although many patients may be familiar with the oral problems associated with gum disease, ongoing research is revealing how bacteria in the mouth may be influencing systemic health. Most recently, the American Association for […]

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