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By Rick Larson, D.D.S.
November 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Find out if your symptoms are the result of an infected dental pulp.root canal

We know you don’t want to get a root canal, but you don’t often have a choice if decay, infection or trauma has caused enough damage to a tooth to affect the health and integrity of the dental pulp. Our Coppell, TX, cosmetic dentist Dr. Rick Larson is here to provide you with some symptoms that could just mean that you need root canal therapy.

What is a root canal?

Most people have heard of a root canal but they aren’t quite sure what the procedure entails. Since there are a lot of unfounded myths and horror stories surrounding this treatment, many people just assume that it’s extremely invasive; however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, getting a root canal is really no more invasive than getting a cavity filled.

A dental pulp is the soft tissue within the tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels. If the pulp is inflamed or infected it will need to be removed. Luckily, a fully developed tooth no longer needs the dental pulp in order to remain healthy.

What are the warning signs that you might need a root canal?

Since nerves are present within the pulp, it comes as no surprise that a damaged pulp will cause a pretty nasty toothache. The pain may be constant or intermittent. Using your tooth to chew or even biting down on the tooth can result in even worse pain. You may find that pain to be mild or severe. It may throb, ache or even cause a stabbing sensation. A toothache of any magnitude needs to be treated right away by our Coppell, TX, dentist.

Other warning signs include:

  • Lingering tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • Swollen, tender gums around the tooth
  • An abscess (a pimple-like growth that forms on the gums)

Don’t brush dental problems under the rug. If you are concerned with your smile, or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, then it’s time you turned to our dental experts in Coppell, TX, who can help make it right. Call our dental office today!

By Rick Larson, D.D.S.
August 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Do you remember the last time you smiled in public? If you have a cosmetic dental issue, you may feel more comfortable keeping your lipscosmetic dentistry sealed. No matter what your problem, your smile can be improved with a visit to your Coppell, TX, cosmetic dentist Dr. Rick Larson. Below is information on several treatments that are used to correct smile issues.

Teeth whitening

Your porous tooth enamel traps stains caused by eating and drink darkly pigmented foods and drinks or smoking. Over time, your bright smile can turn dull and yellow due to the stains. Teeth whitening bleaches stains, improving the appearance of your teeth.

Whitening your teeth at our Coppell office offers several important benefits, including:

  • Speed: It only takes one hour to whiten your teeth when you choose professional whitening.
  • Results: Professional whitening can lighten your teeth by three to eight shades.
  • Safety: We apply a protective gel to your roots and gums before treatment to reduce sensitivity.
  • Convenience: We also offer take-home whitening kits with custom-designed trays for your convenience.

Bonding

Bonding offers a simple, yet effective, way to treat a variety of cosmetic dental issues. Composite resin, a flexible, tooth-colored material, is added to your teeth during the bonding process. Bonding is used to reattach small pieces of broken teeth, fill in chipped areas, cover discolorations, and other imperfections, and change the shape or length of your teeth. Hardening the bonding material with a curing light helps it adhere to your enamel.

Veneers

Dental veneers cover small flaws in the fronts of your teeth. They're made of a thin layer of porcelain that conceals many types of imperfections. Once attached to your teeth, veneers look and feel completely natural. They're used to whiten teeth, close gaps, lengthen teeth and hide discolorations, chips, cracks and other imperfections.

Dentures

Tooth loss doesn't have to take away your smile. Dentures offer an effective way to restore missing teeth. Depending on the number of teeth you've lost, you may benefit from full or immediate dentures or partial dentures. Implant-supported dentures, the newest option, don't rest against your gums but are attached to small titanium posts implanted in your jawbone.

Upgrade your smile with cosmetic dental treatments. Call Coppell, TX, cosmetic dentist Dr. Rick Larson at (972) 304-0489 to schedule your appointment.

By Rick Larson, D.D.S.
May 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How your dentist in Coppell can improve your smiledental implants

If you have large gaps in your smile where you once had teeth, you probably are having trouble chewing. If you are having trouble chewing, it will affect your digestion and your general health. Large gaps in your smile can make you self-conscious about smiling, which can cause loss of your self-confidence and self-esteem.

The good news is you can restore your smile, making it beautiful and functional again! The answer is dental implants! Dr. Rick Larson in Coppell, TX, wants to share how this state-of-the-art tooth replacement can return your smile and improve your life!

There are many reasons why people choose dental implants, and just as many reasons why dental implants are better than dental appliances or bridgework. Conside dental implants:

  • Are permanent and don’t move around because they are firmly embedded in bone, unlike partials and dentures.
  • Are worry-free because they will never decay and they resist staining, unlike dental bridgework.
  • Are healthier because you brush and floss them just like your natural teeth, unlike dental bridgework or dental appliances.
  • Are conservative because they don’t require preparation of the teeth around them, unlike dental bridgework.
  • Help preserve bone, making you look younger, unlike partials or dentures.
  • Allow you to chew your food with confidence, helping your digestion, unlike partials and dentures.

Dental implant treatment begins with the placement of the dental implant screw, during a simple in-office appointment. After a healing period, your new dental implant crown is placed on the screw and you have a new addition to your smile!

Dental implants are the most successful surgical implant and boast success rates of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. You deserve to enjoy a full, restored smile; you deserve dental implants. For more information about dental implants and other restorative services, call Dr. Larson in Coppell, TX. Restore your smile by calling today!

By Rick Larson, D.D.S.
March 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental emergency  

There are, unfortunately, instances where you or a family member may experience a dental emergency. When this occurs, emergency dental emergencydental treatment in Coppell, Texas, from Dr. Rick Larson can help make the situation easier. He is well versed in emergency dental care and can safely provide care that makes you comfortable during a difficult time.

Types of Dental Emergencies

Perhaps the most common dental emergency is an avulsed tooth or a knocked-out tooth. When this occurs, it’s important to see a dentist immediately. When a tooth is knocked out, nerves, tissues and blood vessels become damaged. Typically, if the knocked out tooth is placed back into the socket in an hour or so, there is a greater chance that the mouth will support the tooth again. If it cannot be placed back into place, put it into a cup of milk in order to keep it from drying out.

A lost filling or crown is another dental emergency that requires emergency dental treatment in Coppell, Texas, from Dr. Larson. Once a filling or crown is out of the mouth, that tooth can become very sensitive to hot and cold foods or beverages and pressure in general. This typically happens because some type of decay is occurring. This decay can change the shape of a tooth, meaning that the crown itself no longer fits on the tooth. If the crown has fallen out, keep it in a cool place.

Broken or cracked teeth can sometimes be fairly painless   but can cause major issues if left untreated. When a part of a tooth has broken off, apply gauze to the area if there is bleeding. Use ice in the area to help minimize both pain and swelling and get to the dentist immediately.

When you are having a dental emergency, it’s important to know what to do to make the situation goes smoothly. Take care to immediately seek emergency dental treatment in Coppell, Texas, from Dr. Larson to ensure minimal pain and future dental issues. Call his Coppell, Texas, dental office today at 972-304-0489 to schedule an appointment.

By Rick Larson, D.D.S.
January 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental emergency  

Prompt dental treatment is important if you suffer a dental emergency. Dr. Rick Larson, your cosmetic dentist in Coppell, TX, shares dental emergencyinformation on a few emergency procedures that can save or protect your smile.

Splinting

Knocked out teeth can be successfully re-implanted in some cases if splints are used. Splinting is also used if a tooth becomes loose after an injury. Splints are small wires or other stabilizing devices that are attached to the problem tooth and several teeth on either side. Connecting the teeth with a splint reduces the pressure placed on the injured tooth when you bite and chew. Splints are usually worn for several weeks.

Root canal therapy

Root canal therapy may be needed after splinting and is also used to save broken or abscessed teeth. During root canal treatment, your Coppell dentist removes the nerves, tissue and blood vessels that make up the pulp at the center of a tooth. Using tiny files, he cleans and shapes the canals that extend from the crown to the roots of teeth before filling them with gutta percha or another flexible material. If you have an abscessed tooth, you'll also need to take antibiotics to treat the infection.

Crowns

Crowns stabilize, protect or restore weak or damaged teeth. Your dentist may recommend a crown at the completion of root canal therapy, or if your tooth is cracked or broken. Crowns are hollow restorations that encase teeth completely.

Bonding

Bonding can be used to reattach broken pieces of teeth or fill chipped areas after an accident. Soft composite resin bonding can be manipulated into any shape, making it an excellent choice to treat many cosmetic dental problems. When the bonding material hardens, it looks and feels just like natural tooth enamel.

Veneers

Veneers can be helpful if your tooth is chipped or discolored after an injury. Wafer-thin porcelain veneers are bonded to the front of teeth, improving their appearance. Since veneers are available in virtually any shade of white, they blend in easily with your other teeth.

Don't hesitate to call Dr. Larson, your cosmetic dentist in Coppell, TX, immediately if you experience a dental emergency. The sooner you receive treatment, the better the outlook for your smile. Call Dr. Larson at (469) 470-2567 to make an emergency appointment or schedule a checkup.



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