Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

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Dental implants are one of the most common teeth restoration procedures. They mimic the root and tooth, which makes it seem like an ideal choice for dental restoration.

However, there are many factors to consider when deciding whether dental implants are the right choice for you.

Factors That Influence the Success of Dental Implants

Dental implants require surgery to complete. The surgery puts a rod into your jaw before adding a dental crown on top. You need to qualify for surgery, so let’s talk about the factors that can influence if you can get dental implants.

Bone Health

You need healthy jaw bone to have dental implant surgery. If you have bone loss, you might need a dental bone graft before getting implants.

You will also need a fully-formed jaw, so people under the age of 18 might not qualify.

Bad Dental Habits

Getting dental implants doesn’t mean that you can stop having a good oral hygiene routine. You will need to clean and floss your dental implants to ensure that the gums stay healthy.

Smoking is also a red flag that dental implants might not be for you. If anything, you will need to give up smoking a few weeks before the surgery and during the recovery process.

Gum Health

You need healthy gums before getting dental implants. Fortunately, gum disease can be treatable, and our dental team can give you a plan to restore your gum health. Once you have healthy gums, you may qualify for receiving dental implants.

Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Some important qualities that a candidate needs to qualify for dental implants include healthy jaw bone and gums. You will also need to have healthy oral habits to ensure the success of your dental implants.

Our dental team will give you a full examination to determine if you can receive dental implants. Please schedule an appointment with us if you want to discuss your oral health.

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Who Should Get an Oral Cancer Screening?

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A preventative dental examination doesn’t just screen for potential dental issues. Oral cancer screenings are a common component of dental examinations, too. With one person dying every hour from oral cancer, screenings can quite literally save lives. But are they necessary for all patients?

What Causes Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer can develop due to a variety of factors, but common causes are excessive smoking, tobacco and alcohol consumption, and poor dental hygiene. You are more at risk of developing oral cancer if you’ve had it before or if you’ve had excessive sun exposure too.

What Is an Oral Cancer Screening?

An oral cancer screening is a very simple process. First, your dentist will examine your mouth and tongue, checking for any abnormal lumps and bumps. They will then do a scan of your face, neck, and lips for the same reason. They might also feel your lymph nodes for added precaution. If your dentist detects any abnormalities, they will let you know if you require further testing.

Don’t be afraid to have an oral cancer screening! If you maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle and diligently maintain your oral health, you’re doing the best that you can to keep your oral and overall health in great shape. Early detection of oral cancer also ensures a higher possible survival rate, so it’s important to get a screening at least once a year to make sure that your health is right on track.

How to Prevent Oral Cancer

Maintaining good oral hygiene and health and avoiding acidic foods and beverages is the best way to prevent oral cancer. Brush and floss twice a day, and see your dentist twice a year for exams and cleanings. If you have a more advanced oral health issue, it’s important to also visit your dentist to find a solution for it as soon as possible. Avoiding or quitting smoking is another surefire way to prevent oral cancer.

Rigby Advanced Dental Is Here for You!

At Rigby Advanced Dental, we’re equipped to assist with any and all dental concerns. We look forward to seeing you at our Austin, Texas dental office! Contact us for more information and be sure to have a look at our affordable financing and payment plans.

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What Are Implant Supported Dentures?

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If you’re looking for a tooth restoration solution, there are a number of different options you’ll want to consider. Today on the blog, we’re zeroing in on just one: implant-supported dentures. Keep reading for the basics of this fantastic tooth replacement solution, and let us help you decide if this is the solution for your smile.

What Is a Dental Implant?

In order to understand how implant-supported dentures work, we will first need to introduce you to the magic behind this restorative solution: the dental implant. Quickly becoming the most popular tooth replacement option, a dental implant is a screw-like piece of titanium metal that is surgically inserted into the jaw, replacing the tooth root. The plant provides an incredibly sturdy base for your false tooth. So sturdy, in fact, that it can be used to support dentures!

What Are Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures are a great way to keep your dentures secure in your mouth so you don’t have to worry about removing them, or having them fall out of your mouth–which can happen with an improper fit! With implant-supported dentures, we’ll strategically place several implants throughout the mouth that will serve to permanently anchor your dentures. As a result, your beautiful, custom dentures will be comfortable and stable, so you can smile with confidence and ease!

Restorative Dentistry in Austin, Texas

As we said, when it comes to tooth restoration, you’ve got options! Whether you’re thinking dentures, implants, or something else, there’s no need to make the decision all on your own. Here at Rigby Advanced Dental, our mission is to advise all our patients as to what is the best solution for their smile. If you are considering a restorative procedure, now is the time for a consultation. Give us a call or visit our website to get set up with yours.

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Are Porcelain Veneers Permanent?

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Are you looking for a way to dramatically improve your smile? Porcelain veneers transform your teeth, making them whiter and covering any flaws. We’re here at Rigby Advanced Dental to answer your questions about veneers. What is the veneer process like? Are they a permanent solution?

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are thin porcelain casings. Porcelain is a great dental material because of its natural appearance, strength, and resistance to stains. We bond the veneers to the front part of your teeth, covering small cracks, chips, or stains. They give your teeth a beautiful, uniform appearance. Before you decide if you want to move forward, you’ll get a clear idea of what your new smile will look like thanks to realistic 3D models.

Are Veneers Permanent?

Veneers are permanent and can’t be reversed. To fit the casing against your tooth, Dr. Shalaby and the team need to remove some of your natural tooth’s enamel. When cared for with brushing, flossing, and regular appointments to the dentist, veneers can last more than 15 years before they need to be replaced. Compared to other cosmetic treatments, veneers provide a more dramatic and longer-lasting transformation.

Caring For Veneers

How do you keep your veneers in great shape for as long as possible? While the porcelain won’t decay, the natural tooth underneath is still vulnerable. Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice a day and floss once a day. Mouthwash can also help fight gum disease and cavities. To stay in great oral health, avoid tobacco products. A thorough oral hygiene routine not only protects your veneers. It helps your overall health, as well.

Interested in Porcelain Veneers?

A smile makeover can boost your self-confidence. If you want to learn more about veneers and how they can transform your appearance, please contact us at our Austin office. We can answer any questions you have and get you on your way to a new smile!

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When to See a Dentist During an Emergency

If you experience a dental emergency you are almost always better off seeing a dentist instead of visiting a hospital emergency room. Why? For one thing, hospitals are not equipped to handle dental emergencies. Unless you experience some other trauma as well that requires immediate medical attention, save your money and head straight to Rigby Advanced Dental. Here’s a list of some of the things that are considered dental emergencies that we can take care of for you in our Austin, TX office.

1. Knocked-Out Tooth

This type of tooth damage requires immediate action. First you should try and retrieve the knocked out tooth. Pick it up carefully by the crown and thoroughly rinse it clean. Reinsert it into the tooth socket if at all possible. Gently bite down on a piece of gauze to hold it in place. Give us a call and head to our office as soon as possible. If reinserting the tooth is not feasible, then transport the tooth to our office in a container of milk.

2. Broken Tooth

Locate the fragments of broken tooth, rinse them off with water and bring them to the office in a container of milk. Contact us immediately and come right in.

3. Cracked Tooth

Depending on the circumstance, a cracked tooth may or may not require same day care. Call our office and we’ll give you instructions. We’ll see you promptly but in the meantime, rinse your mouth periodically with ½ c. warm water and ½ t. salt to keep the area clean and ward off infection.

4. Toothache

Tooth pain might require emergency treatment depending on the severity and duration. Always contact our office right away for guidance. Infection is probably the cause of your pain if you have an abscess (a bump or pocket filled with pus) or if you have a fever. We’ll want to see you right away so the infection doesn’t get out of hand and create a more serious problem. Other potential culprits are wisdom teeth or discomfort caused by something lodged between your teeth. Try gently flossing the sensitive area and rinse with warm saltwater. Whatever the cause of your tooth pain we’ll want to get you into the office promptly to clear up the pain and identify its source.

5. Bleeding Gums

This is often a sign of periodontal disease. It usually does not require immediate attention but it’s hard to self-diagnose so call and talk to our office. We’ll want to see you soon because gum disease is much easier to treat if it’s caught in the early stages.

6. Lost Filling, Broken Crown or Damaged Denture

Lost or damaged fillings or restorations are definitely inconvenient but usually the health of a tooth is not at risk. Call us and we’ll see you promptly so we can alleviate your discomfort and avoid the chance of further decay or infection. Dr. Mike Shalaby and Dr. Mark Shalaby are both experienced at restoring smiles and offer many options to repair damage caused by dental emergencies.

Emergency Dental Care at Rigby Advanced Dental

Prevention can keep some dental emergencies at bay. Regular dental checkups and good personal oral habits go a long way to preventing situations that require emergency care. Another thing we recommend are custom athletic mouthguards since the main cause of tooth damage for everyone is sports related. Don’t wait to take care of an urgent dental concern. Our Bee Cave, TX office remains open to handle dental emergencies and issues that require prompt attention. We are taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of disease. Calls to our number (512)992-2822 are answered promptly.

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Open for Dental Emergencies During COVID-19

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Because of the coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, our Austin, TX dental office is operating under limited hours for emergencies and non-elective procedures. The safety and health of our patients, our employees, and our community are our top priorities. We will let you know when we are once again able to provide our patients with the quality care and the safe environment that is a hallmark of our practice.

Rigby Advanced Dental adheres to the strict safety standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We have always been extremely mindful of our patients’ health and safety and will be even more vigilant in the future. Rest assured when we do welcome you back that our office and equipment will be thoroughly disinfected.

Protect Yourself & Your Loved Ones

We encourage all of our patients to protect themselves and their families by following the recommendations from the CDC. For example:

  • Practice social distancing. Stay home as much as possible.
  • When it is necessary to go out, keep at least six feet away from others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Always wash your hands after using the bathroom and before eating.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth unless you have just washed your hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then dispose of it.
  • Disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Do not share dishes or utensils.
  • Get adequate rest and eat a healthy diet.
  • Take extra precautions if you are sick to reduce the spread of the disease.
  • Even if you feel healthy, be mindful of the health of others. Some people are asymptomatic when they have the disease and can unknowingly spread it to others.

Keep Brushing & Flossing!

We recognize that many of you are experiencing unprecedented upheavals and challenges in your daily lives and routines. Please take good care of your mental health as well as your physical health and your oral health. We encourage everyone to take some time for positive, uplifting activities to help relieve stress.

Emergency Dentist in Bee Caves, TX

Rigby Advanced Dental thanks you for your loyal patronage and regrets the inconvenience our temporary closure will cause to those with scheduled appointments and plans for smile improvements. Our team looks forward to welcoming you again to our office as soon as this crisis has passed. We are here answering phones so if you experience a dental emergency, call us at (512) 992-2822. We’ll get you in as soon as possible!

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How Does a Smile Affect Others?

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Here we’ll share a few things you might not have known about the benefits of smiling. And Rigby Advanced Dental, serving Austin, TX and the nearby region, is ready to give you even more reasons to smile. We specialize in beautiful smiles so if you want one to showcase, come see us at our Bee Cave office.

A Smile Is Contagious

Several studies have concluded that smiling raises your endorphin level, which are the feel-good chemicals that your body releases. One study also determined that if you smile even if you don’t feel that happy, you trick your brain into thinking you’re happy. Plus, when you smile at someone, they might just smile back. So when you smile and someone returns your smile, you’re not just making yourself happier, you’re helping others to be happy too!

A Smile Is Welcoming

Whether you’re smiling at a co-worker or a stranger you met while waiting in line at a grocery store, people will perceive you as an approachable person. Ultimately, this means people are more likely to talk to you. Your friends and family will be more likely to share with you. Another example of when it’s important to be approachable is if you’re looking for a relationship. You become much more suitable as a partner if you’re smiling and appear friendly.

A Smile Inspires Confidence

If you’re trying for a new position with a company, you want to appear confident. One way to display just how confident you are is by smiling. Showing those pearly whites a few times during an interview makes you more likely to land the job. This is also important if you’re looking to make friends. Those who have issues with their smile and try to hide their teeth automatically appear as if they don’t have confidence, no matter how good they actually feel about themselves.

A Smile Relieves Stress

People often need to vent about the stress in their day or lives. When you find a way to add a warm and understanding smile to your response, you can help reduce their stress. A smile can even lower heart rates in tense situations! Smiling can have a huge impact on your relationships with your significant other, family, friends, and even strangers.

Smile Doctors at Rigby Advanced Dental

Not comfortable with the appearance of your smile? Contact our Austin, TX office to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. We offer a huge array of smile improvement services. And we have lots of flexible ways to pay for them too. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Welcome New Dentists – Mike & Mark Shalaby

Welcome to our new dentists, Dr. Mike Shalaby, DDS and Dr. Mark Shalaby, DDS. The Rigby Advanced Dental family strongly believes in the power of a well-rounded staff. And these two dentists have advanced training to help our patients achieve not just healthy smiles – but beautiful ones as well.

General Information About Our Dentists

Dr. Mike Shalaby and Dr. Mark Shalaby will be offering patients both general dental care and aesthetic treatments. These dentists use advanced practices to ensure customer satisfaction. Rigby Advanced Dental has always been known for treating patients with consideration and this is something that will continue with our new dentists. Bedside manner is the attitude or approach a doctor has with patients. In dentistry this is called “chair-side manner” and it’s a high priority for both Dr. Mike Shalaby and Dr. Mark Shalaby. Patient education is important to these dentists. They explain everything in a manner that’s understandable and they are always available to answer your questions.

What These Dentists Bring to Our Practice

Both dentists have their DDS, which means they’re doctors of dental surgery. The Shalabys had to earn associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, which take a total of four years to complete. Next, they had to complete four years of dental school in a doctor of dental surgery program. Finally, our dentists had to complete residencies in prosthodontics, where they worked underneath a dentist who specialized in this area of dentistry. With their expertise, they bring the ability to offer services that we couldn’t offer in the past such as advanced full-mouth restorations, among other treatments.

Come Meet Doctors Mark & Mike Shalaby

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mike or Dr. Mark Shalaby at Rigby Advanced Dental, to meet them in person. We’re sure you’ll be glad you did. Both men realize what a beautiful, healthy smile does for a patient. Therefore, they strive to provide the highest level of quality with every procedure. Our office, serving the Austin, Bee Cave and Lakeway, TX communities, strives to provide each patient with individualized care and treatments tailored to their specific needs. We hope to see you soon. Give us a call or click on the link below.

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How Do I Keep My Teeth Healthy?

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Good oral hygiene habits can lead to a lifetime of healthy teeth — and it’s never too late to start! This year, consider building some tooth-healthy practices into your routine. They’ll benefit your teeth, your smile, and even your overall health!

Am I Brushing My Teeth the Right Way?

We’ll start with the basics: you should brush your teeth twice daily, for two minutes each time. If you’re one of the many patients who attempt to brush your teeth vigorously in order to complete the process more quickly, we have bad news: vigorous brushing can damage your enamel, irritate your gums, and doesn’t get your teeth any cleaner! Instead, opt for gentle brushing in a circular motion throughout each quadrant of your mouth. Your teeth and gums will thank you. If you want help tracking the time you’re brushing your teeth or if you’re sick of your conventional toothbrush, most electric toothbrushes have timers that help you ensure you’re brushing for the right amount of time.

Is Flossing Really That Important?

If you regularly skimp on flossing, you should know that brushing only cleans 60 percent of your teeth. Flossing can clean those hard-to-reach places that your toothbrush misses. Flossing cleans away food particles and other debris that can act as magnets for bad bacteria. It is also beneficial for your gum health. You should floss once daily, but you can do it either before or after you brush.

How Can I Supplement My Daily Routine?

Regular brushing and flossing are the building blocks of a healthy oral hygiene routine. However, there are many ways to supplement or tailor your habits. Dealing with tooth sensitivity? Consider adding a mouthwash with fluoride, since fluoride can strengthen tooth enamel and ease sensitivity. Dealing with bad breath? Don’t forget about brushing your tongue, or consider making modifications to your diet that may help. And don’t forget preventative visits every six months for a professional cleaning and exam. Drs. Mark and Mike Shalaby and the rest of the team at Rigby Advanced Dental in Austin, Texas are always happy to suggest ways you can preserve the health of your pearly whites. To ask us any questions or to schedule your next appointment, call us today!

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Tips for Maximizing Dental Benefits By 2020

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The end of the year is almost here. That means it’s time to make sure that you’ve taken full advantage of your dental benefits for 2019! You’ve earned your benefit, so here are some quick tips to make sure that you take full advantage of what you have left.

Get Your Cleaning and Exam Now

Most dental benefits cover preventive treatments, so if you haven’t had a cleaning or exam lately, now’s the time to put an appointment on the books. It’s also good to get in the habit of biannual dental cleanings and exams. Staying on top of your oral health means that you won’t have to worry about getting costly restorative procedures done in the future.

Split More Expensive Treatments Between Calendar Years

If your dental benefits restart on January 1st, you can split up restorative treatments that will involve multiple dental visits between calendar years. This will take advantage of more dental benefits at your disposal. At Rigby Advanced Dental, our staff will work closely with you to strategize spreading out your dental appointments.

Know Your Plan

The best way to get the most out of your dental benefits is to fully understand what your specific benefits include. Be sure to get in touch with your provider to understand what is covered under your plan, and also be sure to stay on top of how much of your benefit you’ve spent this year. If you ever need any help navigating your benefits coverage, remember that our staff is also here to help you! At Rigby Advanced Dental, we will file all claim forms for you, provide postage for special claims, and track claims for you so you have one less thing to worry about!

Happy Holidays From Rigby Advanced Dental

As we enter the holiday season, remember to give yourself the gift of oral health with any unused dental benefits that you may have! While we accept insurance here at Rigby Advanced Dental, we also offer flexible financing through CareCredit® so that all of our patients can enjoy quality service at an affordable price.

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