Posts Categorized: Patient Education

Advice from Your Emergency Dentist

By definition, emergencies are sudden, urgent, and usually unexpected. While most dental emergencies live up to that standard, some can be the advanced results of a pre-existing condition. For instance, a sudden, severe toothache can indicate a recent traumatic injury, or it can develop because a cavity is exposing the nerves in your tooth. Whenever… Read more »

What is a Cavity, Exactly?

You may hear a lot of talk about cavities, especially when you visit your dentist. As the most common chronic disease among children and adults alike, cavities are familiar even to many patients who’ve never had one. If you’ve already suffered a cavity in one of your permanent teeth, you can protect your other teeth… Read more »

Cure Bad Breath Before Valentine’s Day

Sometimes, bad breath is the result of respiratory or gastrointestinal problem. Sometimes, it’s due to a health condition, like diabetes. Usually, however, bad breath persists because poor hygiene has allowed bacteria to overwhelm your mouth and release volatile sulfur compounds that taint your breath as it passes through your mouth. If your bad breath doesn’t… Read more »

Cosmetic Dentist Discusses Smiles

Whether you know it or not, your smile is a major influence upon your emotional state and your life. Smiling releases “feel good” chemicals into the brain including endorphins and the anti-depressant serotonin. What, then, will happen if you are embarrassed by your teeth? Chances are that you will be reluctant to smile, and consequently,… Read more »

How Long Does a Dental Crown Last? Austin Dentist Answers

Dental restorations, including crowns, are not meant to last a lifetime.While many patients have reported having their crowns for 15 years without any trouble, others might need a replacement crown much sooner. Many factors can cause crowns to fail. Thankfully, replacing a crown is common and quite easy. Factors that Attribute to Crown Failure

Austin, TX Dentist Discusses One-Visit Dental Crowns

In the past, manufacturing dental crowns required the use of a ceramics lab; yet, with the help of CEREC technology, neither the patient nor the doctor needs to wait for dental restorations. It’s now possible to create one-visit dental crownswith an in-office milling machine. To explain how CEREC technology works to create one-visit dental crowns,… Read more »

Broken Tooth? Austin, TX Dentist Explains What to Do

Do you know how to treat a broken tooth? If you’ve answered no, you’re not alone. Many people don’t know how to treat or handle a dental emergency. However, by taking the correct steps, patients can avoid causing any further damage to the affected area. Here, Dr. Steven Van Wicklen, your Austin, TX dentist discusses… Read more »