What Is A Root Canal

What Is A Root Canal?

A: A root canal is really our only means of saving a tooth that’s infected— if it’s not completely fractured. Usually, a tooth has a large cavity or a small break and it starts to hurt—a toothache. So, a root canal, what that does it allows us to hold on to the tooth. We go…

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Bone Grafting

What Is Bone Grafting?

A: Bone grafting is basically the replacing of bone where either a tooth was or where an implant needs to be. So, what we do is we basically trick the body into fixing itself and creating more bone where there wasn’t. Anytime you remove or lose a tooth the bone starts to shrink. A bone…

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Tooth Extraction

What Is A Tooth Extraction?

A: A tooth extraction is simply the removal of a tooth. Many times, it can be done using a local anesthetic. If we have to do a lot, we might recommend some form of sedation. We do wisdom teeth, which can cause problems with the gums, cause cysts and infections. So, many times we recommend…

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Dental Implants In Corpus

Is Surgery Required For Dental Implants?

A: Dental implants require some form of surgery. Now, in dentistry, the word surgery is loosely used— it’s in office, outpatient surgery. We generally only need regular anesthetic. However, some people choose to do sedation or some form of sedation where you go actually to sleep. Rarely do we need to go to the operating…

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What Is A Dental Emergency?

 A: So, a dental emergency is basically when there’s significant swelling or pain. If the swelling is actually closing the throat, we recommend going to the emergency room. But generally, a dental emergency where we would see you soon involves pain, something you don’t know what’s going on. You want us to take a…

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Comprehensive Ortho Treatment

What Is Comprehensive Ortho Treatment?

A: So, orthodontics in general, is using some sort of braces—either aligners or traditional brackets. Comprehensive ortho treatment basically means we’re correcting things in the back as well as things in the front. So, the teeth in the back sometimes need to be moved, as well the teeth in the front to align the teeth…

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What Have You Done To Safeguard Patients?

A: We’re using different equipment basically for filtering the air. We use HEPA and ionized filtration systems that circulate the air—getting what is called “surgically clean air.” We isolate our patients in our operatories so there’s not a lot of people coming back and forth. We’ve also decreased the number of people that come through the…

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What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

A: Cosmetic dentistry really spans a range of options that one can have. Cosmetic dentistry can start with simple whitening of teeth or contouring of teeth to things like covering teeth with veneers or crowns. Many times, cosmetic dentistry is not necessary, it’s simply to improve your smile. What we specialize in is handling cosmetic…

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What Are Braces?

A: Braces are devices that move teeth. Small metal brackets— either white or traditional metal, move teeth into the proper position and corrects bites and smiles. Have you noticed your teeth have begun to shift out of place or perhaps you have issues with bite alignment? Have you wished your teeth were a bit straighter…

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What Is A Bridge?

A: A bridge is a fixed solution to replace, one, two─ sometimes upwards of four or six teeth using your teeth as anchors. What we do is we cover those teeth and they’re connected in the middle, it’s cemented on and can last upwards of 10-20 years. Even though dental bridges in Corpus are a…

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Orthodontic Treatment In Corpus: New Alternatives

Orthodontic treatment in Corpus has seen quite an advancement in treatment options over the last 10 years or so. In the past your only option for getting straight teeth was with intrusive and high-maintenance metal braces. Given that metal braces have been around for decades without much change, patients have been begging for alternatives. Over…

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How Long Do Veneers Last?

A: Well, veneers in Corpus can last 10-20 years because they’re bonded on and have some of the strongest bonds in dentistry. One of the big issues with veneers in general is discoloration and what we call “de-bonding.” A lot of times if that’s an issue, a patient can come in and get either a…

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How Long Do Fillings Last?

A: Fillings can last your entire life if everything goes great. So, these days it’s now more about home care, regular visits, and keeping up more than anything else. If we have a great patient with great home care and regular visits, the fillings we placed ten years ago can still be in there. There’s…

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How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

A: Dental Implants can last upwards of 20, 30—40 years. Really, we generally look at the implant’s success rate. So, comparatively, in all of dentistry, dental implants have some of the highest success rates out there. Usually at 95-98% success after about 10 years. What does that mean? That means 98 out of 100 of…

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What Is A Crown?

A: A crown is a full covering of a tooth—basically, it’s what we know as caps. It’s essentially like a cast for a broken arm. What it does is prevent the tooth itself from breaking and actually getting worse.  Crowns are generally made of a zirconia or porcelain product. They’re very strong, very hard, and…

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What Are Veneers?

A: Veneers are basically just a front covering for a tooth—Veneers in Corpus Christi can be used in many different aspects.  It’s a porcelain covering for a tooth, so it’s a fake piece that’s usually laid on to the front part of a tooth. We love Veneers if there’s no decay and there are no…

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What Is Full Mouth Reconstruction?

A: Full mouth reconstruction can vary in different kinds of processes. Generally speaking, we’ll talk about full mouth reconstruction as using our teeth as the foundation to improve a smile. Many times we’re taking care of decay, broken teeth, and missing teeth all at the same time. Sometimes, we need to mix and match methods—we…

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What Are Fillings?

A: Fillings are basically our first line of defense against cavities.  Usually, we use them for small cavities—a cavity is basically the breaking down of the tooth.  Many times, if we catch them early enough, we can place a small amount of paste inside the tooth that cures and hardens.  It’s almost as strong as…

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What Is An All On Four?

A: All-on-Four® is using dental implants as a foundation for a set of teeth. Many times, people are in a position where most or all of their teeth are out or need to come out. So, the All-on-Four® solution provides what we call a permanent option. Something that stays in, so a set of teeth…

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The Dentist Corpus Christi Residents Trust

Have you noticed that your teeth have shifted, a misaligned bite or other chewing issues? You may have a dental issue that can be corrected with braces. As the dentist Corpus Christi residents trust for corrective dental procedures, we get a lot of questions about braces. Braces 101 From The Dentist Corpus Christi Relies On…

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activated charcoal

Activated Charcoal For Teeth Whitening: Fact Or Fiction?

If you’re a fan of YouTube—and let’s face it who isn’t, you’ve probably seen your fair share of how-to videos and product reviews of activated charcoal.  On that little sidebar to the right that shows trending videos, you’ve probably seen some strange images of people with a mouth full of what looks like black ink…

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How To Find The Best Dentist Near Me

Are you looking for the best dental practice in Corpus Christi and feeling overwhelmed by the pages of choices when you search, “dentist near me?” You aren’t alone.   In fact, finding the best dentist is a very serious thing when dealing with something as precious as your oral health. Think about it—your oral health…

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4 Common Dental Lies Dentists In Corpus Christi Hear

“Diet sodas are okay because they don’t have sugar.” “Flossing causes your teeth to develop gaps.” “Baby teeth don’t matter.” “My tooth has no pain, so I must be fine.” How many of you reading this are too proud to admit you’ve believed one of the above lies about dental health before? If you have,…

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Turn Your Tax Refund Into A Better Smile

By now you’ve already received your W-2 and if you’re an early bird type of person, you’ve probably already prepared your taxes and filed. Now, with the IRS catching up from the government shutdown—you play the waiting game for your tax refund. Well, let’s make use of that time and think about how you can…

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Is 2019 The Year You Finally Invest In Your Smile?

How many resolutions did you make NYE 2018? We here at Vela Dental sure made a lot and this year we plan on keeping them. Sadly, that is most people’s intentions, but less than halfway through the year, most of those resolutions are already broken. If you are like most people, your resolutions probably centered…

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Your Guide to Choosing A Good Dental Implant Specialist In Corpus Christi

About this time of year, people are looking forward to three things—Christmas, New Years and…those glorious W-2’s at the end of January! Yes, that means your tax refund is right around the corner when that comes in the mail. After every tax season, we see an uptick in people scheduling for dental implant specialist in…

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Signs That Your Dental Implant Has Failed

Getting dental implants in Corpus Christi is not a procedure you go about casually. It is a very serious dental procedure that requires precision in a part of the body that is quite delicate. Dental implant surgery should always be completed by a prosthodontist, not just a general dentist. Because so many issues can arise…

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dry sockets

What You Need To Know About Dry Sockets

Have you ever been to a dentist in Corpus Christi for a wisdom tooth removal or any other tooth extraction and suffered excruciating pain a few days later? You might have suffered what is known as dry sockets—a problematic condition that is quite painful and occurs in a minor percentage of extraction procedures. Any good…

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