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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.
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Why Should I Choose Dental Implants if Insurance Doesn’t Cover It?

June 12, 2018

Older man and woman reviewing dental implant costsMany patients know that dental insurance covers treatments deemed necessary for oral health, so if insurance doesn’t cover dental implants, that must mean this advanced tooth replacement technique isn’t necessary, right? Actually, dental insurance agencies are notoriously behind the times. Until the 1990s, most insurers considered orthodontic treatment a purely cosmetic service. Additionally, most benefit plans have had the same annual maximums ($1000 to $1500) since the 1960s. Though more dentists than ever before are recommending implant supported tooth replacement as the ideal solution, dental insurance providers are still not offering coverage, but dentists hope they will be soon. In the meantime, your dentist will likely recommend implant supported tooth replacement for its many benefits, and there are many ways dentists can help you offset the costs of dental implants.
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Are There Different Dental Implant Tooth Replacement Techniques?

June 2, 2018

Dentist and patient looking at dental implant modelMany patients think there is just one type of dental implant post. Actually, there are many kinds of dental implants placed in a variety of ways, made from numerous materials, and specially designed to meet unique needs. If you’re considering dental implant supported tooth replacement, this post can help you better understand what types of dental implants are available and which could best meet your needs.
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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.
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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!

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How you can prevent receding gums in 2016

January 27, 2016

receding gumsThis year, you can commit to your oral health by making some changes in the way you care for your teeth. Did you know that insufficient oral care is one of the biggest causes of receding gums, or gums that pull away from teeth, leaving them over-exposed and ultra-sensitive? It’s true. Fortunately, we’ve got some tips for keeping your gums healthy — follow these steps to smile prettier (and feel healthier) in 2016!

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Fast facts: differences between crowns and porcelain veneers

January 19, 2016

crownsIf you’ve got damaged teeth, you’ve probably learned one thing by now — there are a lot of options for restoring your smile. But how can you keep your choices straight? Dr. Boyd and the team at West 7th Smiles are here to help. One common question our patients have is about the difference between crowns and porcelain veneers, two of the wonderful treatments offered at our office. Keep reading to learn about these procedures, how they differ from each other and which may be the best option for you and your smile!

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Dental Veneers in Ft Worth: Porcelain vs. Composite

January 6, 2016

veneers ft worthCongratulations on deciding you want to improve your smile with dental veneers in 2016! At West 7th Smiles, we know you’ve made a wonderful decision — and we can’t wait for you to see your incredible results. But before that can happen, there’s still one more decision to make. Will your veneers be constructed of porcelain, or composite? Keep reading to learn about the differences between the materials, and the pros and cons of each. Should questions still remain when you’re finished, please don’t hesitate to contact us or let us know in the comments below. As always, we’re here to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!

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How to Successfully Treat Your Receding Gums

December 29, 2015

receding gumsLike every great photo, your teeth need a solid frame to display their true beauty. But if your gums are pulling away from your pearly whites, your teeth may appear too long, or you may experience discomfort as a result. If that sounds like you, it’s time for you to learn about receding gums and their treatment at West 7th Smiles. Dr. Boyd is in with more information about gum recession to help your teeth get the beautiful frame they truly deserve!

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