Dentistry FAQ’s

Why Are My Teeth Breaking?

If tooth enamel is the hardest substance found in the body, then why do teeth break? The truth is, teeth can become brittle and weak due to a wide range of factors. While teeth are typically very strong, they are prone to chipping, cracking, or breaking when their integrity has been compromised. Some common reasons why your teeth may be more susceptible to breaking include:  Genetics can make some people’s enamel softer than normal, as well as affect the layer […]

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Can I Be Put to Sleep for Dental Work?

Many people get anxiety when they think about going to the dentist, even if it’s just for a routine cleaning and exam. Our dentists have helped many patients manage or overcome this fear through gentle and compassionate dental care. While we strive to make every appointment as pleasant as possible, we understand that some men and women still suffer from dental phobia, which can prevent them from getting the care they need. This is why we are proud to offer […]

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Can I Get One Veneer or Do I Need a Full Set?

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Whether your teeth are short, damaged, translucent, or otherwise not what you want them to look like, porcelain veneers can treat a wide range of cosmetic concerns to create the beautiful, bright smile you desire. If you are considering veneers, you may be wondering how many you will need. Some patients may only have one or two teeth they want to enhance; whereas others may want a full smile makeover. While you can get a single veneer to address one […]

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Why Are My Teeth Loose?

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A loose tooth is normal when younger, as the adult teeth are growing in, but when a permanent tooth becomes loose, this can be a cause for concern. There are a variety of reasons why a person’s tooth may become loose during adulthood, and depending on the cause, your dentist can help you find the most appropriate solution. Common reasons for a loose tooth include: Gum Disease: A buildup of harmful bacteria leads to periodontal pockets and gum recession, which […]

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Can Charcoal Toothpaste Whiten My Teeth?

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Products with activated charcoal have grown in popularity due to claims of the material removing stains and toxins from the body. Charcoal toothpaste, in particular, has become marketed as a way to whiten teeth more naturally. With traditional teeth whitening methods, a bleaching process causes a chemical reaction within the tooth, lightening the deep-set stains and overall color of the teeth. Charcoal acts in a similar way to whitening toothpastes — polishing surface stains off the outer enamel — but […]

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Why Are My Gums Receding?

As you get older, you might notice your gums starting to recede, creating unwanted changes in your smile appearance. When left untreated, gum recession gradually reveals more of each tooth’s root, which leads to more advanced problems. Your teeth may become more sensitive, develop decay, and even begin to loosen. To stop gum recession before it worsens, it is important to determine what is causing the condition in the first place. Several factors can lead to receding gums, with some […]

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What Happens if I Don’t Replace a Missing Tooth?

Most people will lose at least one tooth in their lifetime, whether from an injury, decay, or disease. Although this is a relatively common problem, it’s important to replace the missing tooth as soon as possible to prevent further issues from happening. Initially, one or more missing teeth can take away from your smile appearance, as well as affect your ability to speak and chew properly. Over time, more problems will start to develop, which tend to require more in-depth […]

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How to Treat Infected Gums

If your gums are red, swollen, and easily bleed when you brush or floss, you may have gingivitis. This is the mildest form of gum disease, which means your gums have become infected. Fortunately, you can treat this problem before it gets worse. While infected gums are relatively common, it’s important that you seek care as soon as you notice symptoms. This will allow you to get effective treatment through the least invasive approach. A variety of treatment options are […]

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How to Fix a Chipped Tooth

Chipping a tooth can be very stressful when it first happens, but with the right treatment, your tooth can be as good as new before you know it! A broken or chipped tooth is a common problem that often results from a blow to the mouth or chewing on a hard food. The tooth is especially vulnerable to breaking if it has already had decay, which weakens its structure. In order to fix a chipped tooth, your dentist will need […]

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How Can I Calm My Nerves Before Going to the Dentist?

Most people wouldn’t describe going to the dentist as a fun or pleasant experience, but at Austin Dental Spa, our friendly team has made patients rethink what it means to go to the dentist. While we strive to create a warm and comfortable atmosphere, we also understand that getting dental work done can be nerve-wracking. Our dentists, Mark Sweeney, DDS and Jordan Slagter, DDS, have helped numerous patients who struggle with dental anxiety overcome their fear. If you tend to […]

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