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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. 

Wednesday, August 2, 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 Wesley for this 5-star review but would like to thank him for being an excellent patient. If you recently experienced exceptional service from our office, please let us know!  


“Who would have thought a Prosthodontic office would have a hygiene schedule...not me! I was pleasantly surprised how wonderful this staff was. I knew they specialized in Dentures and Implants but I heard such great things about this place I decided to bring my son here for his dental exam and cleaning. He did awesome! Dr. Shaw took his time doing the exam and made sure I was well informed of my son’s dental needs. Regina the hygienist explained everything to my son as she was doing his cleaning. This office exceeding my expectations and I highly recommend them for any patient of any age!”


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.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Veneers

Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group can give you the opportunity to totally makeover your mouth with veneers! Veneers are made from a thin ceramic shell and fit over your existing teeth, allowing you to completely change the appearance of your smile.  Patients with cosmetic issues like staining, cracked or chipped teeth, and even crooked teeth and small gaps can achieve a dazzling smile with veneers.


Patients can have a new smile using veneers in as little as two visits. First, the dentist will discuss the shape and look you want for your new smile.  Once your teeth are prepared for the treatment, an impression of your teeth is taken. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory to make the final product.  Ask us about temporary cosmetic options for you to wear for the two weeks it may take for the custom product to be fabricated. On your final visit, the veneers are bonded to the surface of your teeth for you to wear home and wear forever!


Veneers let you make a dramatic change to the appearance of your smile and still look natural.  To learn more about out veneers 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.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

What is Crown Lengthening?

At Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group, we have a dental solution for every patient.  Some patients are in need of extractions and implants, but there are still a lot of ways to save a damaged tooth before it would need to be extracted.  If a cavity occurs close to the gum line, or decay expands to a larger portion of the tooth, patients may think a crown can’t be placed to save the tooth.  A crown lengthening procedure can correct this issue.


Crown lengthening is a standard procedure performed to expose a larger surface area of the tooth at the gum line.  A dentist removes excess gum tissue, exposing more of the tooth and creating a surface a crown could be fit.  This is just one method we utilize to save damaged teeth, and wherever your cavity or issue has occurred, we can help.


To learn more about crown lengthening and all the services we provide, visit FrederickShawDDS.com for more information.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Frederick Shaw at Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group in Austin, TX, call 512-451-7491.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Bone Grafting

Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group performs bone grafts for patients who need dental implants but have a weakened jaw bone.  If tooth loss or gum disease has left a portion of the jaw vulnerable, it will weaken over time. When a patient needs a replacement tooth the jaw bone needs to be strong enough to handle the placement of the implant, and a bone graft reinforces the weakened jaw.


There are synthetic options for bone grafts, but a dental graft is usually obtained from a different spot in the patient’s own mouth. This gives the injured or deficient bone a replacement, and encourages growth of new material around the site.  The healing process can take several months, and your jaw is monitored by your dentist until it heals enough to handle the placement of an implant.


To learn more about bone grafting 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.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Intrinsic Stains

At the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group, we provide cosmetic treatments for our patients suffering from tooth discoloration. However, there is an important distinction to be made between stains that are caused by external factors and those caused by intrinsic factors which require the attention of a prosthodontist like Dr. Shaw.


Stains on the outside of a tooth may be due to long-term exposure to dark liquids and removed through whitening procedures. But if the stain is caused by damage on the inside, scouring the outside will make little difference. Intrinsic stains can be caused by an excessive amount of fluoride exposure, which the government has recently moved to correct, but they are usually due to trauma.


Dr. Shaw will need to use our advanced imaging tools to assess whether there is an active infection which poses a threat to the patient’s health. In those cases, doctor and patient will need to discuss treatment options such as a root canal or outright replacement of the crown. If the stain is due to an old injury or infection, adjusting the internal structure of the tooth may not be necessary, and the stain can be concealed through veneers or bonding.


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, 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.