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How Long Will Numbness Last After my Dental Appointment?

June 20, 2018

Woman holding cold compress to face following dental treatmentIn order to ensure patient comfort, the dentist will likely use Novocain as a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. Following dental care using Novocain, patients typically remain numb for 30 to 60 minutes. However, depending on the extent of numbing, your individual response, and a number of other factors, you may remain numb for much longer. In this post, we’ll review some of the factors that influence the amount of time patients remain numb following treatment with Novocain local anesthetic.

What is White Tongue?

October 17, 2017

Woman Cleaning Her TongueHave you ever looked in the mirror while brushing or flossing your teeth only to be surprised by a tongue covered in a grayish-white film? You likely have white tongue. White tongue can either refer to a complete coating of the tongue or just patches of white coating. Many patients try to allow this condition to clear up on its own, and in some cases, this will happen. However, depending on the different causes of white tongue, you may need to visit a dentist for professional dentistry treatment.

Why Does My Dentist in Fort Worth Need X-Rays?

June 23, 2017

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Your dentist in Fort Worth uses x-rays to promote your oral health.The American Dental Association recommends that everyone over the age of two visits their dentist in Fort Worth twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. During your routine appointment, it is not uncommon for x-rays to be taken. They help to provide a deeper insight into your dental health, allowing Dr. John Boyd to see areas that are not visible to the naked eye. However, the images can also be taken when a treatment is needed or to monitor diseases. At West 7th Smiles, we use digital imagery to provide you with high-quality, comprehensive care.

Your Dentist in Fort Worth Provides the Benefits of Fluoride

June 13, 2017

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Your dentist in Fort Worth discusses fluoride to prevent tooth decay.Your teeth are designed to last a lifetime with the right care. In addition to brushing, flossing, and regular appointments with your dentist in Fort Worth, you also need fluoride. It is known as “Nature’s Cavity Fighter” because it helps to keep the enamel strong to prevent tooth decay. We naturally lose the outer layer of the teeth over the years, increasing the likeliness for cavities. Thankfully, you can restore their strength using over-the-counter products and treatments from your dentist.

Are You a Candidate for Implant Retained Dentures in Fort Worth?

November 13, 2016

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Your dentist for implant retained dentures in Fort Worth.If you are among 3% of the adult population who have no remaining natural teeth, you have probably tried traditional dentures to replace your teeth. While dentures are commonly used because they are affordable and convenient, they do not come without certain disadvantages, such as gum irritation. To solve the discomforts of dentures, you have probably considered dental implants. However, due to decreased bone density, you may not have been a candidate. Now, you can get implant retained dentures in Fort Worth, even with a history of bone loss.

Are All-Ceramic Dental Crowns in Fort Worth Better?

November 3, 2016

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Your dentist for all-ceramic dental crowns in Fort Worth.If you have a tooth that requires a dental crown, you now have a lot of options available when choosing the restoration material. In the past, your only option were metal restorations. While these restorations are effective, there are certain disadvantages. Now, advancements in dentistry allow you to benefit from an alternative option with ceramic dental crowns in Fort Worth. When compared to traditional metal restorations, the long-term success is equally compared to porcelain fused to metal (PFM). So, how can you tell which is the best option? As your dentist in Fort Worth, we have the information you need to make a wise decision.

Are your metal fillings ruining your smile?

February 10, 2016

metal fillingsVintage is always in — classic cars, music and clothes remind us of a simpler time, where true quality was valued. But you know what’s not such a good throwback? Those old metal fillings. Not only do they mar your beautiful smile, but they can actually contribute some pretty serious dental problems, like breakage and even further decay. Fortunately, Dr. John G. Boyd and the team at West 7th Smiles replaces metal fillings for white, or composite fillings in one simple procedure. Keep reading to learn more about the treatment and whether it’s right for your smile!