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Dental Anxiety? Access Care in Comfort With Sedation Dentistry

Fully half of all adults do not visit a dentist regularly, and that’s a major problem, because oral health issues can quickly escalate to affect your overall health. Since many oral hygiene issues are related to bacterial infections of the mouth, they can quickly escalate to life threatening conditions if the infection migrates to other parts of the body. If you put off regular dental check-ups due to anxiety, then you need to know about the benefits of sedation dentistry for patients like you.   What Patients Gain From Sedation   When patients receive sedation, they are able to get support for anxiety symptoms while receiving dental care. There are a few methods available, and the exact benefits of each differ. Dr. Alvarado works with each individual who reports dental anxiety to determine the best option, and then fine-tunes it to provide the most comfortable experience possible.   DentalVibe® Pain-Free Anesthesia: This innovative device removes pain through the ...

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3 Hidden Dangers of Living With Gum Disease

If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease, you may think you can put off treatment a while longer. However, it’s important to know exactly what you’re dealing with so you can make the most informed decision regarding your oral health. While gum disease may seem like merely an embarrassment, it is a dangerous disease that can have potentially devastating consequences if left untreated. Here are three hidden dangers of failing to receive gum disease treatment.    Bone Loss   Gum disease is a common cause of bone loss in the jaw bone and teeth. The bacteria that infect the gums can spread to your bone and cause it to degrade. You could even experience tooth loss as a result of advanced gum disease. Over time, bone loss may become so severe that one or more bone grafts may be recommended to restore the shape and appearance of your face.   Diabetes   If you have periodontal disease, you may be more likely to develop diabetes, and vic ...

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Have You Considered Cosmetic Dentistry?

Do you try to hide your smile in pictures, or are you embarrassed by the shape or color of your teeth? Fortunately, there are a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures that are specifically intended to improve the appearance of the smile. Some of these procedures also improve dental function and can make it easier for you to enjoy all the foods you love. Here are some common cosmetic procedures offered by Drs. Jeffrey Alvarado and Gregorio Salinas.   Teeth Whitening   Professional teeth whitening is one of the quickest, easiest and least invasive cosmetic dentistry treatments you can receive. It’s also one of the most affordable ways to improve the appearance of your smile. Professional teeth whitening products are made with high-quality ingredients. They also contain a higher concentration of active ingredients than over-the-counter products, so they provide quicker and more consistent results than anything you can buy at your local drug store.   Composite Fillings ...

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Have You Considered Cosmetic Dentistry?

Do you try to hide your smile in pictures, or are you embarrassed by the shape or color of your teeth? Fortunately, there are a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures that are specifically intended to improve the appearance of the smile. Some of these procedures also improve dental function and can make it easier for you to enjoy all the foods you love. Here are some common cosmetic procedures offered by Drs. Jeffrey Alvarado and Gregorio Salinas.   Teeth Whitening   Professional teeth whitening is one of the quickest, easiest and least invasive cosmetic dentistry treatments you can receive. It’s also one of the most affordable ways to improve the appearance of your smile. Professional teeth whitening products are made with high-quality ingredients. They also contain a higher concentration of active ingredients than over-the-counter products, so they provide quicker and more consistent results than anything you can buy at your local drug store.   Composite Fillings ...

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3 Reasons Dental Implants Are Better Than Dentures

Choosing between dentures and dental implants is challenging, especially if you’re not familiar with the benefits and drawbacks of each. While dentures are commonly chosen because of their affordability, dental implants offer many unique benefits that make them worth the slightly increased cost for many people. Here are three reasons implants may be a better choice for replacing missing teeth than dentures.   Dental Implants Stimulate Bone Tissue Many people with missing teeth are unaware that tooth loss leads to bone loss in the jaw. The reason for this undesirable event can be traced to the tooth roots. In addition to keeping the teeth anchored to the jaw, tooth roots also stimulate the jaw consistently. This stimulation helps the jaw bone remain dense and strong. When a tooth is lost and stimulation desists, the bone begins to lose mass and degrade. Dental implant posts are placed directly in the jaw and take the place of tooth roots in stimulating bone growth to prevent degradation. De ...

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4 Clues You Need Periodontal Treatment

When pain develops in the mouth, it’s easy to assume the teeth are to blame. But in some cases, oral pain can develop because the gum tissue is inflamed. When this happens, gum disease treatment may be required to keep symptoms under control. Here are four clues you may need periodontal treatment right away.  1.    Bleeding Gums You shouldn’t panic if your gums bleed slightly every once in a while, but if bleeding becomes a frequent occurrence (especially when you brush your teeth or eat certain foods), you should see your general dentist right away. Bleeding gums generally indicate gum disease (also known as periodontal disease).  2.    Chronic Halitosis Chronic halitosis (bad breath) is one of the most unpleasant symptoms of periodontal disease. It happens when bacteria in the gums emit a foul odor as they destroy the gum tissue. Drs. Jeffrey Alvarado and Gregorio Salinas offer comprehensive periodontal services to restore gum tissue health and ...

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Do You Know the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Those who have missing teeth are not destined to live a life of self-consciousness when it comes to their teeth. Fortunately, dental technology has advanced to the point that replacing missing teeth doesn’t have to be incredibly painful, uncomfortable or expensive. This Labor Day, give yourself the gift of a healthier, stronger smile that allows you to live your best personal and professional life with dental implants. A More Natural Appearance Once the procedure is done and implants are fully secure, they function and look exactly as your natural teeth would. You can eat what you want and speak in public without fear of your teeth slipping or moving. Dental implants can also be matched to your remaining teeth, so they fit in your mouth perfectly and give you the confidence that comes from a beautiful, healthy smile. Increased Longevity When it comes to replacing teeth, there are many options available to patients, but few are as long-lasting as dental implants. When they are placed correctl ...

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Dental Implants and Your Summer Freedom

Dental implants are a permanent solution for those with missing teeth. Continue reading to learn more about this tooth replacement procedure!

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Gum Disease Treatment and High Blood Pressure

Many studies have found an association between gum disease and high blood pressure. It is a good time to consider how you treat your gum tissue and whether you are at risk of periodontal disease. Dr. Jeffrey Alvarado, our experienced general dentist in McAllen, TX provides gum disease treatment to reduce your risk of various other health problems.

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Laser Dentistry: How Technology Fixes Smiles

Gum disease is a serious condition, and (when left unchecked) can extensively damage your mouth, your gums, and your teeth. When it comes to gum disease, you need to know what to watch for and how to fix it.

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