Thursday, February 28, 2019

Porcelain Veneers

We here at Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group want you to be confident in your smile. If you’re worried about your teeth color, shape, or alignment, consider Porcelain Veneers. Dr. Frederick Shaw offers these cosmetic services and more to his patients.

Our veneers are made of a thin layer of durable porcelain that replicates natural tooth enamel. When bonded to your teeth veneers create a whole new smile. The first step when choosing veneers is understanding exactly what you want your new smile to look like. Color is one of the biggest factors to choose from. Veneers can come in all shades of white, from natural to Hollywood-level brightness. Various sizes and shapes are available too. It’s recommended to do some research beforehand so you can decide what will look best.

Once a plan has been agreed upon, the next step is to prepare a mold of your teeth. This mold is sent to a dental laboratory to create your custom veneers. In the meantime, you will receive temporary veneers to wear. The permanent veneers will later be cemented onto your teeth. Just like with your natural teeth, make sure to brush and floss every day. Regular checkups with Dr. Shaw will ensure that your veneers and teeth are healthy.

Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group is located in Austin, TX. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Frederick Shaw, D.D.S., feel free to contact us through our website or by calling 512-451-7491.


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Occlusal Adjustment

After a night of sleeping, do you ever wake up with a sore jaw? Experience pain when eating or talking? When you bite, do you feel like your jaw is lopsided? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may need an Occlusal Adjustment.

Dr. Frederick Shaw, D.D.S. of Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group can help you adjust and correct the alignment of your bite. This misalignment is a result of loose, shifting, crowded, or missing teeth. Evenly adjusting your bite will take irregular pressure off the mouth. Occlusal adjustment causes minimal to no pain, and very little discomfort.

Before the procedure, Dr. Shaw utilizes new technology to help locate at-risk areas. A computer scan of the mouth takes hundreds of bite registrations per minute, noticing even the smallest irregularity. This allows us to make adjustments that are only absolutely necessary.

During the procedure, Dr. Shaw will adjust the jaw by using a dental drill. Removable mouthpieces, similar to mouth or night guards, are also used. These will protect the tooth surface and relax the jaw muscles once the adjustment is complete.

What qualifies a good candidate for occlusal adjustment? Patients with loose and shifting teeth have found success, along with patients experiencing bruxism (teeth grinding) and uneven bite and pressure distribution. If you suspect that you may need an occlusal adjustment, schedule an appointment through the contact information below.

Visit Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group in Austin, TX, or contact Dr. Frederick Shaw, D.D.S. online or over the phone. More information can be found on our website, or by calling us at 512-451-7491.


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Canker Sores

Canker sores, also called aphthous ulcers, are small, shallow lesions that develop on the soft tissues in your mouth or at the base of your gums. Canker sores aren’t contagious but can be extremely painful and make chewing and drinking difficult.

The duration of a canker sore vary but they usually last anywhere from a couple days to a couple of weeks. Canker sores are a more oval shape and vary in size depending on the severity of it. Patients who are sensitive to certain foods can trigger canker sores along with anxiety, facial injuries, and a diet that lacks iron.

Teens and young adults are the most common demographic for canker sores and females are more likely to experience canker sores than males.

Although there is no exact cure for canker sores, rinsing your mouth a few times a day with warm water after meals and before bed helps. Avoiding sugary and acid foods are helpful and trying to keep stress to a minimum.

To learn more about canker sores and the services we provide at our practice, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fredrick Shaw in Austin, TX, call 512-451-7491.