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November 17, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Emergency Dentist  

Are you looking for an emergency dentist in Arlington, TX? If so, then you should rely on Dr. Joseph Reed with Arlington Dental. It can be stressful if you are looking for someone who can help you with an oral health emergency. Fortunately, this is not something you have to go through alone. What are a few examples of situations where you might need emergency dental care, and what should you do? Learn more below!

Common Examples of Dental Emergencies

There are several situations where you may be looking for an emergency dentist in Arlington, TX. Some of the most common situations where you might need to call an emergency dental professional include:

  • If you have a toothache that will not go away, you need to work with an emergency dental professional
  • If you have a serious problem with your braces, and they are cutting the inside of your mouth
  • If you feel like your mouth is swelling and you don't know what to do

There might be some situations where you need to call 911 and go to the emergency room.

Avoiding Dental Emergencies

You also need to make sure you reduce your chances of developing a dental emergency. If you get your teeth cleaned at least twice per year by a regular dentist, and you brush and floss your teeth regularly, you should be able to reduce your chances of developing a dental emergency. Furthermore, if you think you have a problem with your mouth, do not wait! Call a dentist to make sure you get your mouth inspected and taken care of before the issue gets worse!

Why Work with an Emergency Dental Professional?

You may think that the problem with your mouth can wait until morning, but you do not want it to worsen. You should work with an emergency dentist in Arlington, TX, because this is the fastest way to get your issues addressed. A dental professional who specializes in emergencies can take a look at your mouth, quickly identify the issue, and make suggestions for how to rectify it. That way, you can stop your oral discomfort, prevent complications, and restore your regular diet.

If you need the help of an emergency dental professional, then rely on Dr. Reed with Arlington Dental. Call (817) 303-5700 today to make an appointment!

October 06, 2021
Tags: Invisalign  

Does the gap in your teeth make you feel self-conscious? Your Arlington, TX, dentist, Dr. Joseph Reed of Arlington Dental, can help you improve your appearance with Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

For years, braces were the only way to change the position of teeth. Today, Invisalign offers another option that's just as effective.

Orthodontic treatment requires applying constant tension that gradually realigns teeth. The Invisalign system uses a series of removable aligner trays, instead of wires and brackets, to shift the position of your teeth. Trays are created using a virtual, 3D image of your teeth that can be manipulated to simulate your treatment. You'll wear each tray for about 22 hours a day for two weeks. At the end of every two-week period, you'll begin wearing a new set of trays.

How can Invisalign improve my gaps?

Appearance concerns aren't the only problem with gaps. Spaces between teeth can trap food debris and increase your risk of cavities. Invisalign provides an effective way to close slight gaps between your teeth and improve your oral health. The gentle pressure applied by the trays slowly shifts your teeth, eliminating gaps. (Although Invisalign is very helpful for small gaps, you may need to wear metal braces if you have large spaces between your teeth. During your visit to the Arlington dental office, your dentist will let you know if Invisalign can improve your gaps.)

In addition to closing gaps between teeth, Invisalign can also be used to correct bite problems, including open bites, underbites, overbites, and crossbites.

What are the benefits of Invisalign treatment?

If you don't like the way metal braces look, Invisalign may be the perfect orthodontic treatment for you. Clear aligner trays offer a subtle way to improve your smile without drawing unwanted attention to your teeth. Whether you're a teen or adult, Invisalign treatment is an excellent option.

Taking care of your teeth during your treatment is incredibly easy. You'll remove your aligner trays before brushing and flossing and put them back in when you're finished. Are you worried that you'll need to stop eating your favorite foods due to your orthodontic treatment? Since you'll remove your trays before eating, you won't need to make any changes to your diet.

Would you like to enhance your smile with Invisalign? Call (817) 303-5700 to schedule an appointment with your dentist in Arlington, TX, Dr. Reed of Arlington Dental.


Are your stained teeth bumming you out? There's good news—you can transform that dull and dingy smile yourself with a tooth whitening product.

There are dozens of over-the-counter whitening kits that allow you to brighten your own smile. Although not as controlled and long-lasting as a dentist's professional whitening, these DIY kits can still give you effective results.

But since these products involve chemical solutions that bleach tooth enamel, there's a common concern about their safety. Could you be harming your teeth by using a home whitening kit?

The answer is no—as long as you follow the manufacturer's directions for using the product. These kits have been formulated with a lower percentage of bleaching agent (usually 10% carbamide peroxide) than whitening solutions used by dentists. They've also been subjected to several clinical studies gauging both their effectiveness and safety.

That said, though, exceeding a product's recommended directions and frequency of use could cause you problems. If not used properly, a bleaching solution can erode tooth enamel—and this protective tooth layer doesn't grow back! As long as you whiten "within the lines," so to speak, you shouldn't encounter this kind of situation.

With that said, though, there are good reasons to consult your dentist before using a whitening product, or have them perform the whitening for you.

For one thing, an over-the-counter whitening product won't work if the staining originates from inside a tooth. It's wise, then, to have a dental examination first before using a whitening product to uncover this or any other underlying dental problems that should be addressed first.

You may also find a professional whitening will give you a more desirable result. A stronger professional bleaching solution under a dentist's expert control can produce a brighter, longer lasting smile than a home use product. A dentist may also be able to control the level of brightness better to help you achieve the smile effect you desire, from subtle white to ultra-bright.

Whichever way you go, your dentist can advise you on your options and make sure your teeth are in good shape for whitening. The end result can be a brighter smile—and a brighter mood.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”

By Arlington Dental
September 25, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   crowns  

For over three decades, Celine Dion has amazed audiences and fans with her powerful singing voice. Best known for her recording of "My Heart Will Go On," the theme song for the movie Titanic, Dion has amassed global record sales topping 200 million. In her early singing days, though, she struggled with one particular career obstacle: an unattractive smile.

The Canadian-born performer had a number of dental defects including crooked and discolored teeth, and—most prominent of all—abnormally large cuspid or "canine" teeth (located on either side of the four front incisors). They were so noticeable that one Quebec celebrity magazine gave her the unflattering nickname "Canine Dion."

This isn't an unusual problem. Since human canines are already the longest teeth in the mouth, it doesn't take much for them to stand out. Our ancient hunter-gatherer ancestors needed these large, pointed teeth to survive. But with the evolution of agriculture and industry, canine teeth have become gradually smaller—so much so that when they're abnormally large, they don't look right in a smile.

So, what can be done if your canines embarrassingly stand out from the rest? Here are some of the options to consider.

Reduce their size. If your canines are just a tad too long, it may be possible to remove some of the enamel layer in a procedure called contouring. Using this technique, we can reduce a tooth's overall size, which we then re-shape by bonding composite resin to the tooth. It's only a good option, though, if your canines have an ample and healthy layer of enamel.

Repair other teeth. The problem of prominent canine teeth may actually be caused by neighboring teeth. When the teeth next to the canines are crooked, the canines can appear more prominent. Alternatively, other teeth around the canines may be abnormally small. Braces or clear aligners can correct crooked incisors, and applying porcelain veneers to smaller teeth could help normalize their length.

Apply dental crowns. In some instances, we can reduce the canines in size and then bond porcelain crowns to them. This is the option that Dion ultimately chose. The natural teeth are still intact, but the crowning process transforms them into properly proportioned, life-like teeth. There is, however, one caveat: The alteration to these teeth will be permanent, so they will need a crown from then on.

Besides crowning her canine teeth, Dion also underwent other dental work to straighten and whiten her other teeth. As a result, this superstar performer now has a superstar smile to match and so can you if your teeth are less than perfect. These or other cosmetic enhancements can give you the look you truly desire. All it takes is an initial visit with us to start you on the road to a transformed smile.

If you would like more information about various cosmetic solutions for your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Dental Crowns.”

By Arlington Dental
September 15, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Root canals often get a bum rap. Although the procedure saves millions of teeth every year, it's often erroneously portrayed as an unpleasant experience. And if that wasn't enough, a long-discredited medical theory has found new life on the internet asserting root canals are a health danger.

First off, root canals play an immensely important role in treating teeth with advanced decay. If not promptly treated, a cavity can turn into a major infection of the interior tooth pulp and root canals, and ultimately the supporting bone. Teeth with this level of decay are not long for this world.

A root canal treatment stops this disease process in its tracks. After numbing the tooth and surrounding gums, we drill a small hole into the tooth's interior and then remove all of the infected tissue within the pulp and root canals. After disinfecting these areas, we fill them with a rubber-like substance called gutta percha.

After sealing off the access hole—and later capping the tooth with a life-like crown—the tooth is secure from further decay. And, by the way, the procedure doesn't hurt, thanks to local anesthesia. If anything, any pain caused by the decay attacking the tooth's nerves has now been alleviated.

So, what about the idea floating on the Web that root canals are dangerous? The "root" for this conjecture is a theory by Weston Price, an early 20th Century dentist, that leaving a "dead" body part in the body leads to various health problems (including cancer). That would include a root-canaled tooth, which has had the living tissue in the pulp removed.

There's just one problem—Weston's theory was fully investigated in the 1950s and overwhelmingly discredited. The supposed cancer threat was also reviewed in a 2013 study, which found no link between root canals and increased cancer risk. In fact, dental patients who had undergone several root canals had a diminished risk.

Like all other health procedures, root canals have some risks of complication. But those complications are far from life-threatening—it's tooth-saving benefits are often worth the risk. So, fear not if your dentist says you need a root canal. It won't hurt and it won't endanger your health—and it could save your tooth.

If you would like more information on root canal therapy, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Canal Safety.”

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