Dentistry FAQ’s

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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Do You Need a Root Canal?

Experienced cosmetic dentist Mark Sweeney, DDS has a message for you: don’t fall behind on your oral care! It’s important to stay on top of your dental health, and part of doing so is watching for signs of potentially serious issues. In a recent video, Dr. Sweeney shares seven signs that may suggest you need a root canal, including persistent pain, sensitivity to hot or cold foods, and more. Stay tuned for more of Dr. Sweeney’s helpful tips on our […]

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Do You Really Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Many have wondered whether getting your wisdom teeth removed is an absolute necessity. The answer is not as simple as “Yes” or “No.” For those who have the room for the extra teeth, no, removing these teeth is likely not necessary. However, for those who do not have the room for more teeth in their mouth, the development of wisdom teeth can cause overcrowding, discomfort, pain, and the need for extraction. Our cosmetic dentist at Austin Dental Spa, Dr. Mark […]

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Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

As our cosmetic dentist, Mark Sweeny, DDS, explains in the video below, bleeding gums usually point either to minor injury or gum disease. At Austin Dental Spa, we’re equipped with state-of-the-art techniques and technology to ensure each patient gets the best possible periodontal care. Our patients are always welcome to reach out with questions related to gum health or any other oral health concern. “Bleeding gums are sometimes caused by minor injuries,” says Dr. Sweeney, “like biting into a tortilla chip […]

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How Often Do I Need Dental X-Rays?

Dental X-rays allow your dentist to evaluate the health of your teeth and jaw, as well as detect any changes in the positioning of your teeth or bite. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that adults with an increased risk of cavities get X-rays every six months to a year. For those with minimal risk of decay, such as those who have never had a cavity, the ADA advises they may be able to wait as long as two to […]

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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?


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?


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?


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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