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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Celebrate Dental Hygiene Month

October is National Dental Hygiene Month and before it’s over, Dr. Fredrick Shaw of Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group wants to encourage patients to celebrate. The key to a healthy mouth is practicing a rigorous proper oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing at least twice a day with an ADA approved toothpaste, flossing at least twice a day, and rinsing with an ADA approved mouthwash. You should also visit our office for professional cleanings twice a year.


Prevention is a popular word we use around our practice. This is because we want our patients to prevent gum disease, cavities, and future dental diseases. Through proper diagnosis and treatment planning, we can help our patients maintain a healthy smile, or restore it, if necessary. We offer a wide variety of services to meet all of our patient’s needs.


If you have questions or concerns regarding extrinsic stains or teeth whitening, please give us a call. To learn about other services we provide at our practice, visit www.fredrickshawdds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fredrick Shaw in Austin, TX, call 512-451-7491. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Thank You for Your Positive Reviews!

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 our patient who chose to remain anonymous for this 5-star review but would like to thank them for being an excellent patient. If you recently experienced exceptional service from our office, please let us know!  


“(I am) Very, very pleased with Dr. Shaw and his office staff! Let's face it...no one likes to go to the dentist but this practice makes it not only painless but almost enjoyable! The work they do is the first rate and I highly recommend Dr. Shaw to anyone needing dental work!” –D.K.


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

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Extrinsic Stains on Teeth

Extrinsic tooth stains are caused by certain lifestyle habits such as smoking, drinking coffee, wine, and/or cola. They can also be caused by lack of oral hygiene. Extrinsic stains develop on the outside of tooth enamel, which makes them easier to remove than intrinsic stains. If you are lacking self-esteem because of the shade of your smile, visit Dr. Fredrick Shaw, DDS to discuss your whitening options.


Extrinsic stains occur on the outside of tooth enamel and may appear yellow or dark brown. These types of stains are usually the result of consuming foods and beverages that contain pigments, such as coffee, tea, or wine.  Extrinsic stains are typically easy to remove after a few whitening sessions. Depending on your preference, whitening can be done in the office or in the comfort of your own home.


If you have questions or concerns regarding extrinsic stains or teeth whitening, please give us a call. To learn about other services we provide at our practice, visit www.fredrickshawdds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fredrick Shaw in Austin, TX, call 512-451-7491. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Oral Conscious Sedation for Anxious Patients

Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group is happy to offer oral conscious sedation to patients experiencing dental anxiety.  Some patients have had negative experiences with dental procedures that make them anxious, and others may have a sensitive gag reflex that has always made dental work dreadful.  Whatever the cause, our doctors at Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group do not want patients to delay treatment because of anxiety about the procedure.


Oral conscious sedation is administered by taking a pill orally before a procedure.  The medication is a light sedative and does not ‘knock out’ the patient, as they remain conscious.  Instead, the patient will remain in an extremely relaxed state.  When the dentist begins working, local anesthetic is still used at the site of the procedure.  The combination of oral conscious sedation and local anesthetic means the patient can stay relaxed and usually allows the dentist to complete more work in one session.  This can mean less dental appointments overall and of course a more pleasant experience for an anxious patient.


To learn more about our sedation options and all 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.

Pain around Fillings

Fillings are an important part of repairing damaged teeth, but they may cause some sensitivity. A bit of soreness immediately following their placement is not uncommon, but if the pain lasts, or if the area around the filling becomes sensitive long after the placement, the patient should seek further treatment.


A filling may cause persistent pain after its placement if it was misshapen and either prevents the patient from biting down properly or doesn’t completely fill the cavity it was placed in. Both these problems are easy to correct but will not improve on their own. It could also be that the decay the filling was meant to restore went deep into the pulp of the tooth, in which case a root canal will be necessary to remove the infection.


If a tooth with a filling was originally comfortable but becomes painful later, it may be that a second crack has developed, allowing bacteria to infiltrate the pulp of the tooth. It is also possible that the seal holding a filling in place has cracked, which can happen as it ages. Bacteria can take up residence in a cracked seal, contributing to tooth decay around a filling. In these cases, a more extensive restoration may be necessary.


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, September 14, 2017

Loose Teeth

When patients are suffering from loose teeth, the services offered at the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group are crucial to their recovery. A loose adult tooth is always a major problem, and the sooner it’s treated, the better.


Dentists distinguish between two kinds of occlusal trauma: primary, which is caused by mechanical damage, and secondary, which is caused by periodontal disease. Teeth that have slowly become loose over time have usually done so as a result of periodontal disease, which damages the jaw bone tissue as well as the gums. Some patients who lose the use of their back teeth attempt to compensate by chewing with their front teeth, but this pressure only serves to further push the remaining teeth out of place.


A periodontist must bring the gum infection under control before the patient’s teeth can be fixed. The recovery process usually involves the placement of a splint at some point, although it varies whether the splint will be permanent. To repair the damage to their jaw bone or prepare for an implant, a patient may need to receive a bone graft at our office.


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, August 8, 2017

Periodontitis Prevention

If you’ve been told you have gingivitis, you better get to brushing. When gingivitis is left untreated it can turn into a more aggressive form of periodontal disease called periodontitis. Gingivitis is reversible, but periodontitis is not. If you’ve reached this level of gum disease, Dr. Fredrick Shaw, DDS may suggest scaling and root planing which is a deep cleaning below the gum line to improve your periodontal health status.


When plaque and tartar buildup isn't removed by adequate brushing and flossing, periodontal disease will develop. We encourage you to practice proper oral hygiene habits so that you never reach this level of neglect. Periodontitis cannot be completely reversed like gingivitis can. Mild periodontitis will be treated with scaling and root planing, while moderate to severe periodontitis may require surgery. If you have gums that are tender to touch or bleed easily when brushing, visit us immediately for a professional cleaning and dental exam.


If you have questions or concerns regarding periodontal disease, please give us a call. To learn about other services we provide at our practice, visit www.fredrickshawdds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fredrick Shaw in Austin, TX, call 512-451-7491.