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By Rick Larson, D.D.S.
July 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic DentistryLearn about cosmetic dentistry from your Coppell dentist.

Feeling self-conscious about your smile? Cosmetic dentistry can improve the appearance of your smile. Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental work used to improve the appearance of a person's smile. Dr. Rick Larson is one of the finest dentists in Coppell, TX. He offers a complete range of dental services. Read on to find out which cosmetic dentistry procedures are right for you.

1. Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that cover the outside of the teeth. They can correct different types of cosmetic dental issues including cracked, weakened, and badly decayed teeth. Dental crowns can strengthen your teeth and improve your appearance. Porcelain crowns are beautiful and provide the best natural color of all the dental crowns. Nothing gives the same translucency, depth, and luster like porcelain dental crowns.

2. Cosmetic Fillings
Dental fillings are used to restore teeth that are decayed, cracked, or broken. Cosmetic fillings can be used to repair your teeth and improve your smile. Cosmetic fillings look completely natural and won’t be noticeable when you speak. Amalgam dental fillings are less popular than cosmetic dental fillings because of their silver-like appearance. 

3. Dental Implants
Dental implants are the gold standard in the replacement of missing teeth. Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone. They can fill in your smile's gaps, improve your appearance, and take years off your look. Dental implants look, feel, and function like your original teeth. With dental implants, you will be able to eat, talk, and smile with confidence.

4. Dental Veneers
Dental veneers can give you the celebrity smile you've always wanted with no shots, no drilling, and no pain! Veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the front part of the teeth. Veneers can treat many cosmetic dental issues at the same time. These porcelain shells are used to fix teeth that are weakened, cracked, chipped, and crooked. They're also used to close gaps between teeth. 

5. Invisalign
Invisalign is an orthodontic product designed to be used in straightening the teeth. Invisalign corrects the same problems as metal braces, including: an overbite, crossbite, overcrowded teeth, an underbite, gapped teeth, and crooked teeth. Invisalign consists of a set of nearly invisible aligners worn for two weeks at a time and changed at the end of each session. The aligners exert a gentle force on the teeth to pull them into position. The aligners are comfortable to wear and can be removed for eating, brushing, flossing, or special occasions. 

6. Teeth Whitening 
Professional teeth whitening can give you the brilliant smile you've always wanted. Professional whitening lightens teeth that have been stained or discolored. There are two ways to professionally whiten teeth. In-office bleaching involves applying bleaching gel to your teeth and using a light to speed up the process. Or, you can be fitted with a custom-made dental tray that you wear for a few hours every day at home. This process can take one to two weeks. 

Want to improve your life? Start with your smile. Call our dental office at 972-304-0489 today to schedule a dental consultation in Coppell, TX. Cosmetic dentistry will do you and your smile a world of good.

By Rick Larson, D.D.S.
June 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants offer an excellent tooth restoration option if you've lost one or more teeth. They're a good alternative to bridges and dental implantsdentures. Dr. Rick Larson offers a range of dental services of treatments in his Coppell, TX, office, including dental implants.

How do dental implants work?

Just like natural roots, dental implants keep your teeth secure and stable when you bite and chew. You'll receive implants during a minor oral surgical procedure used to create small openings in your jawbone. Once titanium implants are placed in your jawbone, they'll begin to bond to the bone, a process that usually takes about three to six months.

When your implants are securely attached to your jaw, they'll be topped with dental crowns designed to look just like your other teeth. Although your implants can last a lifetime with proper care, you will probably need to replace your crowns every 10 to 15 years.

Are dental implants a good option for me?

Your health is one of the most important considerations if you're contemplating dental implants. Good oral and general health is essential to the healing process. If you smoke or have uncontrolled diabetes, a connective tissue or immune system disorder, or take medications that affect your immune system, you may not be a good candidate.

Excellent oral health is also important. The bonding process won't be successful if your jawbone is too shallow or you have gum disease. Fortunately, replacement of your tooth can begin after you're successfully treated for gum disease. It may also be possible to deepen your jawbone with bone grafts before you receive your implant.

Many Coppell residents who opt for dental implants choose them because they feel very much like natural teeth. Your implant won't irritate your gums or slip when your chew. Dental implants also help you avoid jawbone resorption, a common problem after the loss of the tooth. Constant pressure from your roots keeps your jawbone stays strong and healthy. Dental implants take over for missing roots, providing much-need stimulation for the bone.

Fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants! Call our Coppell, TX, dentist, Dr. Larson, at (972) 304-0489 to schedule your appointment.

By Rick Larson, D.D.S.
March 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Emergencies  

Find out how to best handle a dental emergency if it happens to emergency

Whether your child’s tooth was knocked out while on the field or you cracked a dental crown on an unpopped kernel, there are many factors that can quickly turn your situation into a dental emergency. From the office of our Coppell, TX, dentist Dr. Rick Larson, here are some of the most common dental emergencies we see:

  • A toothache
  • A fractured tooth
  • A partially dislodged tooth
  • A knocked-out tooth
  • A damaged or dislodged restoration (e.g. dental crown; bridge)

What should you do if you or a loved one is faced with one of these problems? While your gut reaction might be to panic, it’s important that you keep your wits about you and immediately come into our Coppell, TX, dental office for emergency dentistry. The sooner you seek medical attention the better for the health and outcome of your smile.

If you have a knocked-out tooth it’s important that you collect the tooth (handling it by the crown only). Try to place the tooth back into the socket; however, if you are unable to place it back in the socket then place the tooth in a glass of milk or keep it between the gums and your cheek and immediately come into the office. A knocked-out tooth may be saved if treated within an hour of the injury.

The same thing goes for a displaced tooth. If treated soon enough Dr. Larson may be able to move the tooth back into the proper position. If the tooth is no longer viable, it’s also important that the tooth is removed and that it’s replaced as soon as possible to prevent tooth loss complications.

While most people wouldn’t immediately assume that a toothache is a dental emergency, it’s a sign that something isn’t right. It’s fairly common for a toothache to arise when there is a cavity present. Of course, a fractured or damaged tooth, as well as a dental infection can also lead to dental pain. The sooner you visit us the sooner the issue can be treated so that it doesn’t get worse.

Don’t let a dental emergency catch you off guard! Dr. Larson and his expert team are here to provide emergency dental care in Coppell, TX, whenever you need it. Accidents happen; get the dentistry you need to maintain a healthy smile.

By Rick Larson, D.D.S.
January 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants were first developed in the 1950s as a restorative option for patients with missing teeth. Since that time, the technology dental implantshas evolved significantly. It is now a high demand dental treatment that’s offered by Dr. Rick Larson in Coppell, TX. Explore these questions that patients frequently have about getting dental implants.

Why Should You Choose Dental Implants?
You use your teeth constantly for eating, smiling, and carrying on conversations with other people. The last thing you want is to constantly have to worry about the stability of your teeth. Dental implants will give you more confidence in the strength and health of your smile. You don’t have to worry about wearing removable appliances that may feel uncomfortable or look unnatural. A dental implant will also prevent teeth from moving out of place.

Will Dental Implants Last for a Long Time?
It is possible for a dental implant to last for life as long as you listen to your dentist’s strict care guidelines. The implant, which is made of durable titanium, acts just like the natural root of a tooth. Only you and your Coppell, TX dentist will remember that you have a dental implant placed below the gumline. It’s important to keep your gums healthy, clean, and free from plaque if you want your implants to last for decades.

Does It Hurt to Get Dental Implants?
Dental implantation does require a relatively minor surgical procedure. But because your dentist will sedate you in advance of this appointment, you should experience minimal to no discomfort. You may have to take an ibuprofen after the device is implanted, but soon after your appointment, it will begin to heal and feel just like your other teeth.

Schedule a Visit for Dental Implants
The path to a better, stronger, and healthier smile starts with a visit to Dr. Rick Larson’s dentist office in Coppell, TX. Call 972-304-0489 today to schedule an appointment.

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!

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