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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When is an Emergency Tooth Extraction Necessary?

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With the exception of wisdom teeth removal, tooth extraction is not optimal. We want you to keep all of your teeth and we’re sure you do, too. That’s why it’s important to know the common causes of emergency tooth extractions. If you know what can lead to these urgent situations, you may be able to avoid them.

Severe Tooth Decay

Cavities, also known as dental caries, can cause you to have a tooth that is damaged to the point of no return. The first option would be to perform root canal therapy to clean the infected area within the tooth to try and save it. Emergency tooth extractions become necessary if the infection has spread too far. Therefore, to prevent tooth decay and cavities, dental hygiene is a must. Brush twice daily for two minutes each day and be sure to floss daily. Avoid foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates. Finally, be sure to visit the dentist twice yearly. We can screen for decay and infection, provide a thorough cleaning by a dental professional to remove plaque and tartar and stop problems in their tracks.

Dental Trauma

Dental trauma is when a tooth gets damaged or knocked out from the outside. This usually happens while playing sports, but can also happen during falls or accidents. If a tooth is damaged and is knocked out, you can try to reimplant it yourself. Rinse it with water and hold onto the crown part of the tooth. If the tooth is broken and the damage is severe, you may need an emergency extraction. If this happens, we’ll discuss tooth replacement options with you.

Dental Abscess

Dental abscess is when a tooth becomes infected and swells with pus from the inside. The problem is that sometimes you may not be aware you have an abscess. If it progresses and infection worsens, you will need to have your tooth removed quickly. Untreated abscesses can have serious health consequences. To prevent this from happening, always treat toothaches as a dental emergency. Call us as soon as you notice the problem. We can help.

Advanced Periodontal Disease

Advanced periodontal disease can cause the bones of the mouth to become severely damaged, leading to loose and lost teeth. If the problem becomes too advanced, you’ll need an emergency extraction. Taking care of teeth and gums is the way to prevent periodontal disease. Brushing, flossing, and using an anti-gingivitis mouthwash will all help. Let us know at your next appointment if you notice bleeding, swollen gums or loose teeth. This could be a sign of periodontitis.

Rigby Advanced Dental Cares About Your Smile

We hope to see you soon and not in an emergency situation! Call us if it’s time to schedule an appointment.

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How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Improve the Appearance of My Teeth?

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Teeth. We only get one set, so it might feel like you’re stuck with what you’ve got. Fortunately for so many of us with troubled teeth, that’s just not true. The wonder of cosmetic dentistry is that it can fix just about any woes you may have in regards to your smile. In this blog post we’ll explore how the cosmetic procedures we offer here at Rigby Advanced Dental can transform your smile.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Tooth discoloration can really bring you down, making you self-conscious of your smile. It’s a common problem, especially with so many of us reliant on tooth-staining coffee or committed to our nightly glass of highly-pigmented red wine. Luckily, it’s a problem we can address. With professional whitening, we can restore your teeth to their natural brilliance using safe and effective technology.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are the next step up in cosmetic dentistry. They are a true commitment, but one that will deliver you a brand new smile. Because the process involves removing a layer of the enamel before bonding the custom-made veneer to the teeth, the process is permanent. The result is a truly perfect smile, one that’s straight, bright and white, and is resistant to chips and discoloration.

Full Mouth Reconstruction

Looking for a full smile-overhaul? If whitening and veneers alone won’t cut it, we can use a variety of solutions to reconstruct your smile to fit your unique needs. While cosmetic services like veneers may be incorporated, we also draw from a range of restorative techniques to address issues such as missing teeth, broken or worn down teeth, misshapen teeth, jaw pain, and more.

Get Started Now!

If you’re ready to see an improvement in your smile, the first step is to set up a consultation. We’ll talk options, process, budget, and results! Give our office a call and we’ll get your visit on the books.

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What Are the Side Effects of Sedation Dentistry?

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Dental anxiety is common and can get in the way of feeling comfortable and at ease during your dental appointment. That’s why we offer a variety of sedation options. The type of sedation you’ll receive depends on your anxiety level and what procedure you’re having. The side effects are usually minor, and many patients feel that they are worth the added comfort. If you’re unsure whether you’d like to receive sedation at your appointment and want to know what the side effects will be, here is all the information you need.

Common Types Of Dental Sedation & Their Side Effects

1. Nitrous Oxide

Also known as “laughing gas,” this drug is administered through a face mask that dispenses vapor. The effects are immediate and wear off quickly. A feeling of elation and relaxation will occur. The side effects of nitrous oxide are minimal, which is why this is the version most used in pediatric dentistry. Nitrous oxide does not cause grogginess. Patients can drive themselves home and resume normal activity after the appointment.

2. Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral sedation refers to a pill that will be taken before your dental appointment. It relaxes the nerves and helps calm anxiety. There will be some grogginess, so it’s recommended that you have someone drive you to and from your appointment. Possible side effects may include dizziness, nausea, headache, and dry mouth. All symptoms should resolve within a day of use.

3. IV Sedation

Intravenous sedation means that you’ll receive an IV treatment to help calm nerves. This is for more advanced cases of dental anxiety or pain sensitivity. It may cause sleepiness, so you’ll need help getting to and from the dentist. Side effects include grogginess, dizziness, and possibly pain or bruising at the injection site. All of these should resolve within a couple of days.

4. Sleep Sedation

For those who experience a great deal of dental anxiety and sensitivity, sleep sedation is available. You’ll be given general anesthesia, which will put you completely to sleep for your procedure. You won’t remember the appointment and it will pass quickly. Because this is the deepest form of sedation, it will take longer to wear off. You will be monitored following the procedure and discharged after the sedation effects wear off.

Your Comfort & Safety Are Important to Us!

Call us at Rigby Advanced Dental and let us know if you have any questions about sedation options for your next dental procedure. We are happy to help you prepare both mentally and physically for your upcoming appointment. We hope to see you soon.

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Are Dental Implants Painful?

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Many patients have experienced the wonderful benefits of receiving dental implants. Although it’s a multi-step process that involves surgery, the results are worth it. Dental implants mean years of strong, beautiful teeth that feel as natural as your own. So if you have missing or damaged teeth, they may be the solution for you. Here are a few answers to questions you may have about dental implants!

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are used to permanently replace missing or damaged teeth. They consist of biocompatible titanium rods that are surgically implanted into the bone beneath the gumline. A custom-fitted crown or dental bridge is then placed on top of the titanium rod. Because dental implants are firmly rooted to your jawbone and can’t move around in your mouth. They look and feel just like your teeth so you can smile, eat, sing, talk, and laugh with full confidence!

Are Dental Implants Painful?

Because we use dental sedation, you’ll feel virtually nothing during the actual procedures. Though as the implant sites heal, and if a prior bone graft is needed, you will need to set aside ample time for rest and recovery. After surgery, you may experience minor bleeding, discomfort, and swelling of the mouth. This is normal and should subside within days. Over-the-counter or prescription medication may be needed to make you more comfortable.

How Long Does the Process Take?

You’ll begin with a dental exam and consultation to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. Then, the process can include a series of steps, such as extraction of damaged teeth, bone grafts, jaw bone preparation, implant placement, abutment preparation, and crown placement. The entire process will take several months and require lifestyle adjustments to ensure a smooth recovery. Once placed, however, your new dental implants will last upwards of 10-15 years with proper care! All in all, it’s a worthwhile process for patients with missing teeth looking for a healthier, more functional smile.

Dental Implants in Austin, TX

Contact us today if you’re interested in dental implant surgery. We will help to put you at ease if you’re concerned about any step in the process. With our extensive dental experience, you’re in the best hands here at Rigby Advanced Dental!

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