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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cleaning Fixed Bridges

When we provide patients with replacement teeth at the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group, we hope that they will maintain the proper oral hygiene regimen to make their new teeth last. But there are many types of tooth replacements, and different techniques may have to be used. Let’s take a look at fixed bridges.


When a bridge is cemented to pontic teeth or supported by implants, the main concern is cleaning the area beneath the bridge. When bridges are supported by the surrounding teeth, the most common cleaning method is to thread a strand of floss under the bridge and loop it around. The patient will then slide the floss along each tooth surface and rub it along the underside of the bridge with a back-and-forth motion. The looping may be accomplished with a threader, such as the ones used with orthodontics, or with specialty floss that has a stiffened portion.


Implant supported bridges may be cleaned similarly, but the larger spaces beneath the bridge may also make the use of a proxy brush desirable. (Proxy brushes are the little ones shaped like Christmas trees.) Electric toothbrushes and Waterpiks are also now being manufactured with special tips for cleaning implants.


Frederick Shaw, DDS, operates the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group at 1500 W 38th Street, Suite 34, Austin, Texas, 78731. To schedule an appointment, call 512-451-7491 or visit FrederickShawDDS.com and fill out a contact form.


 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

What is an Intraoral Camera?

Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group takes pride in offering the best dental care and the latest dental technology to our patients.  The intraoral camera is an exciting tool that allows the mouth to be seen from angles that were previously impossible. The tiny camera’s view is also projected onto a monitor, making the same angle of the mouth visible to both doctor and patient at the same time.


The intraoral camera helps you and your dentist better see and understand what is happening to your oral health. These detailed views can help you identify a specific area or issue to your dentist, and help your dentist plan a targeted treatment. This exciting change to a typical dental visit promotes a better understanding of any changes to your oral health. An added bonus to using this technology in our practice is capturing images needed for insurance companies to accept procedures.


To learn about all the services and technology available at the practice, visit FrederickShawDDS.com for more information.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Frederick Shaw in Austin, TX, call 512-451-7491.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Thank You For Your Testimonials!

At Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group, our staff appreciates feedback because it teaches us how to improve as a team. Our staff would not only like to thank Sheri for this 5-star review, but would like to thank her for being an excellent patient. If you recently experienced exceptional service from our office, please let us know!  


“I have been seeing Dr. Shaw for years for everything - hypoplasia surgery at 30 calls for lots of dental visits at 60! I am so grateful to this man for the things that he has accomplished for my very difficult case, and I have referred numerous friends and colleagues to him. My adult children still see only him! His staff is amazing and Tanya is a must-know! I would give him 20 stars if I could.”


If you would like to leave a testimonial or are interested in learning more about the services we provide at the practice, visit FrederickShawDDS.com for more information.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Frederick Shaw in Austin, TX, call 512-451-7491.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Easing Dental Phobia

As specialists in tooth restorations, Dr. Shaw and the staff of the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group see many patients who need extensive dental work. Although everything we do is meant to spare patients pain in the long-term, we understand that many people have a fear of the dentist and want to make sure our patients are as comfortable as possible.


We offer oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide to keep patients calm and free of pain while they undergo procedures. These forms of sedation don’t require needles and allow the patient to remain conscious but in a state of deep relaxation or euphoria. They are commonly used during extractions and implant placement. Patients may wish to arrange a signal with the staff prior to undergoing treatment to alert them if they are uncomfortable with a deep cleaning. We also strive to ensure that patients fully understand the treatments we are providing to them and that they are able to maintain their post-op instructions.


Besides fearing a procedure will be painful, patients may also be concerned about having missing teeth while undergoing extensive restorations. In fact, there are usually temporary crowns or immediate dentures available for patients to wear during the healing process. Lastly, for patients who suffer from general anxiety, cognitive behavioral therapy from a psychologist has been proven to be effective at reducing dental phobia.


Frederick Shaw, DDS, operates the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group at 1500 W 38th Street, Suite 34, Austin, Texas, 78731. To schedule an appointment, call 512-451-7491 or visit FrederickShawDDS.com and fill out a contact form.


 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Acid Reflux and Tooth Sensitivity

At the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group, we see teeth that are damaged for all sorts of reasons. While most people understand the role of plaque in tooth decay, they may not know about how much gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD or acid reflux, contributes to enamel erosion.


Acid reflux is what happens when the sphincter that divides the stomach from the esophagus fails to prevent hydrochloric acid from backing up into the throat and mouth. The acid burns tissues it comes into contact with, including teeth, gums, and salivary glands. As enamel wears down, tooth nerves become exposed, resulting in tooth sensitivity. Damage to salivary glands also contributes to dry mouth, which increases the risk of infection.


Preventing acid reflux usually requires changes in posture and diet. Patients should avoid slouching as well as alcohol, caffeine, smoking, and acidic foods and drinks such as garlic, tomatoes, and citrus juices. It is also wise to not eat before bed. As for existing damage, there are remineralization therapies such as fluoride treatments to help strengthen enamel. Patients can also stimulate new saliva production by chewing sugar-free gum.


Frederick Shaw, DDS, operates the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group at 1500 W 38th Street, Suite 34, Austin, Texas, 78731. To schedule an appointment, call 512-451-7491 or visit FrederickShawDDS.com and fill out a contact form.


 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Dry Sockets

We strive at the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group to make sure our patients understand their post-op instructions. A dry socket is no fun. However, if it does occur, we want patients to know we can treat it.


A dry socket occurs when the blood clot which covered the extraction site dissolves or falls away prematurely. This will leave the socket vulnerable to painfully drying out and becoming infected. If you can see the bone at the bottom of the socket, the blood clot failed to form or has fallen away. We’ll need to confirm that a dry socket is the source of your pain by examining it, at which point we can provide a painkiller and clean the socket with a vacuum. We’ll use a medicated wound dressing to cover the extraction site and replace the dressing every few days until it is healed. Patients are also typically provided with antibiotics to fight or prevent infection.


Dry sockets are more likely to form if the extraction was complicated, and we want our patients to be on the lookout for them so they can seek treatment right away. Smoking and taking birth control put patients at higher risk of disrupting their blood clots, and we always recommend patients avoid sucking through straws after getting extractions and that they rinse their mouths gently with saltwater.


Frederick Shaw, DDS, operates the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group at 1500 W 38th Street, Suite 34, Austin, Texas, 78731. To schedule an appointment, call 512-451-7491 or visit FrederickShawDDS.com and fill out a contact form.


 

Friday, May 12, 2017

What to Do if You Lose a Permanent Tooth

The Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group specializes in replacing lost teeth, but in some cases, it is possible to save them. If a person’s tooth has been knocked out but is still intact, it is imperative that they see a dentist as quickly as possible and follow this guide.


Only hold the tooth by the crown (the part that’s not the root). The soft tissue surrounding the root is delicate and easily rubbed off. Rinse the tooth with saltwater or milk, and, if possible, put it back in its socket. Biting down on gauze or a cotton ball can help keep a tooth from the upper jaw in place. If the tooth cannot be reinserted or you are unsure which way it is supposed to face (this may not immediately be obvious with molars to a layperson), the tooth should be held in the patient’s cheek. Failing that, it should be held in a container filled with saltwater or milk.


This advice assumes a first-aid kit stocked for dental emergencies is not immediately available. The American Dental Association does recommend cleaning and transport items for lost teeth, which are best to use, if convenient. It also assumes that the tooth was a permanent, natural one. Baby teeth should not be replaced, as they may disrupt the growth of other teeth, but children will be given a spacer to keep the gap open for when the permanent tooth erupts. Implants cannot be replaced until the patient’s jaw bone has healed, at which point the patient will be given a different implant. Lastly, while a tooth’s odds of being saved are best if it is treated within an hour of being knocked out, patients should not prioritize it over injuries which need to be treated in an emergency room.


Frederick Shaw, DDS, operates the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group at 1500 W 38th Street, Suite 34, Austin, Texas, 78731. To schedule an appointment, call 512-451-7491 or visit FrederickShawDDS.com and fill out a contact form.