Smiling Makes You Happy!

Your smile is one of the first things people notice when meeting you for the first time and shows people what kind of a mood you are in, but it also has many benefits that you may not realize. When you smile, it actually affects the way your brain thinks!

Smiling Makes you Happy!

Smile often!

Smiling will improve your mood and decrease stress. Even if you don’t feel like smiling and are in a bad mood, a fake smile will get the same results. You’ll wind up changing the whole way your body feels if you smile and keep the air light. Tension is something that can spring up quickly or build up over time, but when you smile through it, you can quell the negative feelings before it has a chance to manifest into a bad mood. So the next time somebody cuts you off during your commute, smile away!

Smiling makes you think positively

Our brains have a tendency to think about things in a negative light, but when we smile, our brain keeps track of the positive activity. Smiling often lets our brain focus on the constructive parts of life and let go of the gloominess that is so easy to fall in. When our moods are good and we are thinking positively, it will boost creativity and productivity. So even when you’re feeling down, smile, it’ll make you feel better.

Keep your smile large and beautiful

Smiling makes you feel great, but if you are feeling self-conscious about the way your teeth look, it can be tough to smile with abandon. Dr. Rigby knows how to give your smile that sparkling dazzle which is guaranteed to share happiness and positivity throughout your life as well as others. We can give you the smile you deserve!

Dr. Rigby can make your smile look and feel amazing. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

Prosthodontics or General Dentistry – What’s The Difference?

If you are looking for a quality cosmetic dentist in Bee Cave, Dr. Rigby provides advanced dental care from dental implants to full mouth reconstructions. Sometimes dentistry can feel overwhelming by all the strange terminology being thrown around, and just like most other medical fields, dentists also have different specialties that require extra training and studies for specific health needs. Dr. Rigby provides the Hill Country area with comprehensive general dental care and he specializes in prosthodontics.

Bee Cave Cosmetic Dentist

What is a Prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a highly skilled dentist who can provide complete oral restorations to maximize the functionality of your mouth and appearance of your smile. A certified prosthodontist has to complete 2-3 years of extra training after dental school through an accredited school or hospital to be recognized by the American Dental Association as a specialist. This extra training gives prosthodontists like Dr. Rigby the skills and understanding to provide optimum rehabilitation for your mouth and oral health.

The appearance and functionality of your smile is important not only to your facial esthetics, but also for your way of life! Weakened or missing teeth shouldn’t hamper your lifestyle, and no matter how advanced the level of decay or injury your teeth are in, Dr. Rigby knows how to give you your smile back.

What does a prosthodontist do that a general dentist can’t do?

A prosthodontist could be needed if you are missing one or more teeth, need a dental implant, need or have dentures, or want to improve the look of your smile. You may be thinking to yourself, “but those things are offered by a general dentist!” While some general dentists do offer these services, they don’t have the same level of training and experience that a specialist has.

When you see a prosthodontics dental specialist like Dr. Rigby, you know that you are receiving the highest caliber of restorative dental care available. Why not take advantage of his training and expertise? Don’t sell yourself short. If you want a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime, don’t settle for second best and see a prosthodontics specialist.

Dr. Rigby is your Bee Cave Cosmetic Dentist!

Fear of the Dentist

Fear of the dentist is not an uncommon thing in the USA. Studies show that 5% – 8% of Americans avoid the dentist altogether out of fear, and around 20% wait until it’s absolutely necessary for dental work. For some, this fear is so paralyzing that even the thought of being in the dental chair creates a strong sense of panic.

Dental anxiety

The reason behind such fears can stem from many different reasons. A bad dental experience as a child, the sense of being out of control in the dental chair, or even the thought of sometime else scraping on your teeth can cause anxiety. All the those scenarios and more can cause one to avoid making that important dental appointment for a long time.

Good News!

Experience has shown that it’s possible to get over your dental fear, even for the 5% of Americans that are extremely afraid. First you need to accept that you are not alone in your fear. There is comfort in numbers, and the fact that Dr. Rigby has experience in calming nerves is good to know. Dentists have seen dental fear before! They can help relax you and discuss with you each and every procedure they will perform. Positive reinforcement is probably the best way to overcome dental fear. Once you see that there is nothing to be afraid of, your nerves will come around.

Calming Sedation Options

Some, especially those with paralyzing fear, might need extra help to get through the appointment. Dr. Rigby has sedation options that will give you a sense of tranquility during your treatment. Nitrous oxide, or commonly known as laughing gas, will put you in a state of extreme relaxation and well being. You will remain conscious for the treatment so Dr. Rigby can ask questions, and once the gas is removed you will feel back to normal within minutes.

Oral conscious sedation is another option that is stronger than nitrous oxide. Dr. Rigby will prescribe a pill for you to take about an hour before your appointment so by the time you sit in the chair you will be feeling extremely relaxed and comfortable. Your sense of serenity will be so strong your nerves will be left at the door. You will be conscious for the treatment, available to answer any questions Dr. Rigby may have, and the effects will last for an hour or two after your appointment, so a ride home will need to be arranged.

If you have dental fear, whether it be mild or extreme, we are here to help! Nobody should go through life with a fear of the dentist, and Dr. Rigby will treat you with respect no matter how afraid you might be. Come see us and we’ll work through it together! Come see us and we’ll work through it together!

Dental Implants or Dentures – Pros and Cons

Statistics from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons show that nearly 70% of adults aged 35-44 years in the United States have lost at least one tooth. The reason for losing a tooth can be from accident, tooth decay, or gum disease, but all of those have the same result: the need for replacement!

Dental implants or Dentures?

Luckily, if you lose a tooth you don’t have to go the rest of your life without it, if that were the case I bet we’d all be a lot more conscious about our oral health! There are many alternatives available nowadays and today we’ll touch upon the most popular ones. Dental Implants and Dentures


Dentures are false teeth that can be taken out and put back in your mouth. Over the years they have gotten more and more comfortable, although they will never feel exactly like your natural teeth. Dentures help with day-to-day functions like speaking and eating as well as boosting your confidence and appearance. Dentures typically take 6-12 weeks to make, although the time frame varies from patient to patient. You can also get partial dentures if you’re missing only your molars for example.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are better suited for replacing 1 or 2 teeth. Dental implants are installed by surgically placing a titanium post into your jaw, and once that heals, placing a crown (false tooth) on top of the post. Dental implants can last for up to 20 years with good oral hygiene, and look very natural with your existing teeth.

The conclusion?

Dental implants are a great solution for single teeth replacement, but if you are missing a lot of them, dentures are probably right for you. The option for implants also depends upon the healthiness of your gums and jaw, where they may be too weak to support implants. Also, if not secured well, dentures could become loose and slip out of place while eating or speaking, which can be embarrassing. Another option is implant-supported dentures that will place your dentures on top of 4 or 5 implants strategically inserted in your gums.

All in all, everybody has a different story to tell, and everyone has different needs. A consultation at Rigby Advanced Dental to examine your mouth and discuss your goals will be the most accurate way to determine exactly which procedure is right for you. There is no right answer, but we’ll find the correct one for you that will restore your smile!

Dental Emergencies

Here at Rigby Advanced Dental, we see an assortment of patients, all who have different and unique dental needs. Because we offer start-to-finish dental work and see emergencies promptly, we have the opportunity to restore smiles after trauma or incidents have occurred. If you or a loved one has experienced a dental emergency, please call us or drop in immediately.


What to do in a Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies can be stressful, whether you have a soft tissue injury or your child has had a tooth knocked out. Our goal is to keep you and your family as comfortable as possible. We leave time open in our schedule each day to ensure that we can attend to emergency patients quickly. Now, here’s what you can do to help.

Stay Calm

Easier said than done, right? Staying calm can help ensure that you don’t injure yourself further and help keep an anxious child calm as well. If this is proving to be difficult, we’re happy to help you relax with gentle and safe sedation options. These can also help ease the pain which makes it easier to stay calm.

Apply Pressure

If you see any bleeding around an oral injury, apply a cold compress to the area to help stop the bleeding. This can also help relieve any swelling or pain you’re experiencing.

See Dr. Rigby

Come to our dental office for YOUR EMERGENCY APPOINTMENT! Please don’t forget to bring any knocked out teeth, loose crowns, or chipped teeth with you.

Uses for Old Toothbrushes

Replacing your toothbrush every six months is important to maintain good oral health. The bristles on old toothbrushes become worn and can trap extra bacteria. Not to mention, those worn out bristles don’t have nearly enough scrubbing power to remove all the plaque in those hard-to-reach spots.


Recycling Toothbrushes

Living near Austin makes all of us a little more conscious of the opportunity we have here to do good for the planet by recycling. So, instead of tossing that old toothbrush, give it a second life around your house! Getting the kids involved is also a good way to teach them about taking care of the planet.

Toothbrush Bracelets

This fun, family activity can help teach your kids about recycling and give them a fun new accessory! Toothbrush bracelets can be bright and durable kid-friendly jewelry. Learn how to make your own here.

Brushing Fido’s Teeth

While the yucky old toothbrush may not look too appealing to you, Rover probably won’t mind those wayward bristles. Help the family pet keep their teeth clean! Even better – get the kids to help. They won’t mind the drool so much.

Shoe Scrubbers

Family life can be busy and well… dirty. If your kids are mud puddle champions, let them use their old toothbrush to scrub their muddy shoes when they’re done. A quick rinse and scrub will keep those cleats (and your floors) shiny and new.

Wildest Teeth in the Animal Kingdom

Did you know that an animal’s teeth can tell you lot about the type of food they eat? For instance, humans have molars in the back of the jaws. They help us grind up fruits and vegetables, but we also have pointed teeth in the front of our jaws to help us rip into tougher things, like meat. Just like us, animals have different teeth to help them eat the foods they survive on, and sometimes those teeth can be pretty wacky!


sharkSharks for instance. We all know that sharks have sharp teeth, but did you know that many sharks have 5 rows of teeth? Sometimes even more! A shark can go through thousands of teeth in a lifetime. That’s because, unlike us, sharks teeth aren’t rooted in bone. Instead, their jaws are made of something soft, called cartilage. Thats the same flexible stuff that we have in our ears, or the tips of our noses. Sharks feed by biting down hard in their prey, which can cause some of their teeth to fall our pretty easily. This is why sharks have the different rows of teeth, to replace the ones that fall out as they eat.


snakeVipers are a type of snake that have fangs. When a snake is resting these fangs actually fold into their mouth so that they are out of the way, but when a snake bits into its prey these teeth act like needles, passing toxic venom into its catch as they bite down. This makes catching their dinner easier and keeps them well fed.


walrusSome animals have teeth not only for eating, but for different reasons too. Walruses, for instance, have tusks. These tusks can grow up to a meter long, and keep growing throughout their entire life! Male walruses use their tusks like swords to fight with other males. Both males and females use their tusks while they are under water to to poke holes into the ice so that they can come up for air. They can also use their tusks to help pull their heavy bodes out of the water and onto land.


beaverOne animal, thats probably more famous than any other for their unusual teeth, is the beaver. Beavers are well known for their oversized incisors. These teeth never stop growing, which is why they are constantly trying to file them down by chewing on wood. You would think that chewing on wood al day would ruin the beavers teeth, but the front side of their teeth actually has iron in it. Iron is the same stuff that they use to make strong metals. Not only does this keep the beavers teeth extra tough, but it also gives them their unique rusty orange color. So it’s this extra strength that allows beavers to chew on wood as long as they want!


Now that you know some of the wildest teeth in the animal kingdom see if you can find others! It’s pretty amazing what the teeth of different animals can do.

Tips to Save for Restorative Dental Care

restorative-dental-rigbyIf you want to save up money for for a straighter, whiter smile, try cutting back on some of those every-day bad habits that negatively affect your dental hygiene anyways.

Instead of this: Driving to Work
Do this: Use Public Transportation
If you work in downtown Austin, you may be paying anywhere from $5 to $15 a day for public parking. On top of fuel for your car, transportation can be expensive. Try getting a bus pass, bicycle, or carpool to save money. If you’re commute is on the longer side, try the Austin MetroRail. While it travels only north to south through town, it may be convenient for you. Plus, it’ll cut down on the time you spend sitting in traffic.

Total monthly savings: Up to $400

Instead of this: Fast Food Lunches

Do this: Home-Packed Lunches

Fast foods and sugary snack packs are some of the worst dietary choices for your entire body, not just your teeth. If you’re in need of restorative dental work, cutting out these foods won’t only save you money, but will also help preserve your new smile. We all know the feeling of running out the door in the morning, only to realize at noon as your stomach begins to rumble that you’ve neglected to bring a lunch to work. So you head to the nearest spot for some quick and greasy food before going back to the daily grind at the office. Not ideal.

Packing a lunch at home will save you $75 or more a week, not to mention save the gas money and the hassle of going out to eat. Homemade lunches provide a more nutritious meal than Whataburger or Subway. Short on time to grocery shop? Here in the Austin area, there are tons of local farms and grocery delivery options. Need a hand getting the shopping done? Favor Delivery is a get-what-you-want-when-you-need-it service. If you’re short on time, having a Favor delivery person bring bags of groceries to your door might be just what you need. Alternatively, local farms like Johnson’s Backyard Garden offer CSA boxes full to the brim with healthy, seasonal veggies to supplement your grocery list and cut down on shopping time. Have the box delivered to your home or local grocery store, whatever is most convenient for you!

Total monthly savings: $300

Instead of this: Watching Television
Do this: Go to the Library
How much is your cable bill? $50? If you like to record your favorite shows, you might be paying as much as $250 per month for cable. I know you want to stay up to date on Game of Thrones or your favorite soap opera, but it’s just not worth it. There are other ways to catch up on those shows if you want, it just may not be as immediate. The Austin Public Library System has movies and television shows you can rent with your library card, along with some books to replace the time you used to spend watching so much TV.

Total monthly savings: $50 to $250

What else can you think of to save money for restorative dental care?

Are You Predisposed to Tooth Decay?

If you’ve had a few cavities or extractions, it may not just be from the food you eat or the age of your toothbrush. Some patients are predisposed to tooth decay, meaning that they have a higher chance of needing fillings, extractions, and root canals because of factors beyond their control.

What factors decide if you’re at risk for tooth decay? Maybe you were born that way.

Presdisposed to tooth decay

Acid and Drool

Your mouth is a delicate thing. Too much acid from soda, coffee, vinegar, etc can damage the enamel of your teeth. Acid is measured by pH level, which should stay between 6 and 8. If you’re exceptionally curious, you can order pH strips for saliva online or find them at a local drug store.

Saliva is your 24/7, always ready mouth rinse. If you have a dry mouth, that means there’s little saliva to wash away the acid and sugar that may linger in your mouth throughout the day. The more saliva you have, the better. If you think you may have a dry mouth, take care to drink more water to be sure you’re rinsing away any decay-causing substances.

Tooth Shape

If your teeth have deep grooves crevices that trap food and plaque, they’re susceptible to tooth decay. Even with regular brushing, the morphology of your teeth may make it difficult to really get them clean.

Some people also just naturally have softer enamel. Enamel is the hard outer layer of your teeth that protects the inner layers. When your enamel is soft, acid and sugar can easily wear away at it and cause tooth sensitivity and decay.


Your mouth is home to a variety of bacteria. Most of these are not harmful, but there is one that can indicate a greater chance for tooth decay.

Streptococcus mutans

Sounds scary, doesn’t it? This bacteria is infectious, and can be passed on to family members easily. They create a more acidic environment in your mouth and allow plaque to build quicker. Sm uses sucrose to create dextran, which essentially feeds the plaque in your mouth, which is why it builds up so quickly.


Know someone who loves cilantro, while you honestly can’t imagine why because obviously it tastes like soap? Your tastebuds may affect your food preferences. If cilantro tastes like soap to you, you’re more likely to seek flavor from sugary and acidic foods.

If you’re predisposed to tooth decay, ask Rigby Advanced Dental in Austin, TX for a caring consultation. We’ll help you understand what your risks are for tooth decay, help you prevent it, and outline the treatments available for you.

What Is All-On-4 or Teeth-In-A-Day?

Here at Rigby Advanced Dental in Austin, TX we strive to bring our patients the most up-to-date techniques and long lasting restorations. One such advancement we are happy to offer is full arch immediate load implant supported prostheses.  Dental implants have changed the treatment options available in dentistry over the last 15-20 years. They have been nothing less than a miracle in the replacement of teeth whether it be a single tooth, multiple teeth, or as anchor and support for a denture. As any technology matures, new advancements and techniques come into the fold. One of those newer procedures is called All-On-4 Dental Implants. This dental procedure allows for the placement of four dental implants in an arch (hence the name all-on-4 dental implants), and a screw retained full arch restoration to be placed on the same day. Patients leave the office with secured teeth. For this reason the all-on-4 dental implant technique is also called “Teeth-In-A-Day“.

Who Would Want All On 4 Dental Implants?

The patients who choose all on four, do so for many reasons including, poor fitting existing dentures, terrible trauma causing tooth loss, tooth decay or advanced periodontal disease causing progressive tooth loss. The most common patients to choose all on four, are not existing denture wearers. They are patients who have been fighting an uphill battle for a while and know that they are losing their teeth slowly. These individuals have been trying to hold on as long as possible because they do not want to have any time in their life without teeth, and the thought of a removable denture is not an option for them.

All On 4 Dental Implants Procedure Explained

The All on 4 Dental Implants procedure was developed in the mid 1990′s. The all on 4 dental implants system has allowed for a variety of patients who, for various reasons, were not considered good candidates for traditional dental implants to now become candidates.

All On 4 Dental Implants For A New Smile!

The All on 4 Dental Implants procedure uses four dental implants per arch (upper or lower). The dental implants in the back are placed on an angle to take maximum advantage of the existing bone structure. Special dental implants were developed that could support the immediate fitting of replacement teeth. This treatment is attractive to those with loose dentures or those in need of full upper and/or lower restorations. With the All-on-4 dental implants procedure, qualified patients receive just four dental implants and a full set of new upper or lower replacement teeth in just one appointment. This usually able to be done without dental bone grafts.  The real attraction to the all on 4 dental implants procedure is how quickly permanent dental implants can be placed. This allows patients the ability to leave the same day with a denture that is fixed in place and stabilized by the dental implants.

In the past, the  approach to restoring a full arch of teeth (either upper or lower) generally meant dental bone grafts, six or more dental implants, and as much as 18-24 months of treatment. During that time, the patient would be wearing an interim denture while the dental bone grafts and dental implants heal and integrate into the bone. This can be very expensive, time consuming, and uncomfortable for a patient to continuously go back for more and more treatment.

What Appointments are Needed for All On 4 Dental Implants?

The All on 4 Dental Implants procedure consists of the following visits:

Initial Visit(s) – The initial visit(s) for the all on 4 dental implants procedure is necessary for the dentist to develop the right treatment plan for you. These dental visits will include gathering important medical history information, needed X-rays, dental impressions, photographs, and a CAT Scan. The dentist will then be able to review all the information with the patient and develop a custom treatment plan.

Actual All On 4 Dental Implants Procedure Visit – At this visit the patient will undergo the procedure for placement of the 4 dental implants. Following placement of the dental implants, the dentist will place the denture in the mouth and the patient will leave in the afternoon with a beautiful set of fixed, functional teeth.

Follow-up Appointments – The patient will need to return to the dentist for occasional dental examinations over the next several days, weeks, and months to ensure comfort and fit. In about 6 months, the patient will return for a final set of dentures. The reason for the 6 month wait is to give the tissues in the mouth time to heal properly, correct anything the patient wishes to change (both cosmetically and functionally), and to allow the implants to properly integrate into the bone.

All on 4 Dental Implants Conclusion

Over 100 million people in the United States alone are missing between 11 and 15 of their permanent adult teeth. By the age of 60, almost 70% of these people are completely without teeth and in desperate need of complete oral rehabilitation. This is where the all on 4 dental implants procedure comes in and is able to restore people’s teeth and change their outlook on life. Restoring not only their teeth but also their self esteem and self confidence.

For more information about the all on four techniques and other immediate load prostheses please call now and schedule a consult with Dr Rigby. Contact Rigby Advanced Dental today and take a step closer to having the smile you have always wanted!!!  Now is the time to trust your smile in the hands of an expert! We are conveniently located in The Offices at the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave and Lakeway TX.