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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 3:07:27 AM

Many patients make the mistake of viewing their dental imperfections as too expensive or too overwhelming to correct. Porcelain veneers provides an answer to a virtually endless numbers of dental issues while delivering results with a minimally invasive cosmetic repair.

Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in the past decade. No longer just available to the wealthy, each day patients are realizing the many advantages that can be achieved with porcelain veneers … even patients on a budget.

  • Stained teeth – Often teeth are stained from within due to medications or over fluoridation. These intrinsic stains may not respond as well to alternate treatments; however, veneers are very thin shells designed to cover teeth affected by those stubborn stains.
  • Misshapen teeth – Teeth take on a uniform appearance when covered with veneers.
  • Gaps between teeth – Your family thinks it’s charming, but you just want it gone – veneers are your answer.
  • Chipped or broken teeth – Maybe you’ve tried bonding, but it doesn’t have the strength or permanency of porcelain veneers.
  • Porcelain veneers are stain resistant and provide added strength to treated teeth.

Porcelain veneers offer you an opportunity to change your life. That is a very bold statement, but if you regain self-confidence because you no longer have to hide your smile, what is that worth?

Porcelain veneers are fabricated to be a perfect match to the teeth surrounding them. This will make treated teeth appear natural and lifelike.

Correcting dental imperfections with veneers is not the most radical cosmetic treatment available, but the process to affix them to teeth makes them permanent. Before veneers can be placed, dental enamel about the thickness of the veneer itself is removed from the teeth to be treated. This allows the veneer the optimum fit while looking as natural as your untreated teeth.

Porcelain veneers do add strength to teeth; however, this does not mean they are indestructible. You should avoid using teeth to chew fingernails, open packages, or to bite into hard objects like ice. If a veneer chips, it will need to be replaced.

Beyond that, caring for veneers is the same as your normal hygiene regimen … daily flossing and brushing coupled with twice per year visits to the dentist for cleaning and an exam should keep your new look bright and shining for many years.


Posted by Rowlett Dentist | 3/12/2013 8:07:27 PM

Thursday, February 14, 2013 1:08:13 AM

Tooth enamel protects the soft interior part of the tooth; it is a hard shell that encapsulates the tooth, and is the visible part of the tooth we see in our mouths. Our tooth enamel comes under almost constant attack, and many factors can lead to the erosion of tooth enamel, which in turn can lead to dental cavities – perhaps the most common day-to-day issue seen by dentistry professionals.

The erosion of enamel on our teeth is a consequence of acids that are created in the mouth and act on the surface of the teeth. Acids can be intrinsic or extrinsic in nature. Intrinsic acids are those that are from the body, such as acid reflux and vomiting. Extrinsic acids are those that are from outside sources, such as citrus fruits and sweet beverages, cakes and candies. 

Our tooth enamel comes under almost constant attack, and many factors can lead to the erosion of tooth enamel…

These foods and beverages leave behind residue that is consumed by bacteria found within the mouth. These bacteria react with the residue and the chemical reaction produces plaque, which is a clear, sticky acidic substance that forms on the surface of the teeth. A poor dental health program allows plaque acid to eat into, and erode, tooth enamel.

Other factors, such as dry mouth, where there is insufficient saliva production in the mouth to rinse away bacteria and neutralize acid; drinking alcohol, which if done to excess can instigate acid reflux or even vomiting; certain drugs or supplements which contain high concentrations of acidic substances; grinding of teeth, and brushing teeth with excessive force can also contribute to the erosion of tooth enamel.

Symptoms of tooth enamel erosion include heightened sensitivity of the teeth; characterized by sharp pains when eating or drinking hot or cold food and drinks; a yellowed appearance of the teeth; small dents on the biting or chewing surfaces of the teeth; rough or irregular tooth edges, and smooth or shiny patches on the teeth. Where any of these symptoms occur, a dentist can help reduce the effects of erosion.

In some cases, a simple change of diet can help and the dentist can provide patient education to advise on which foods may contribute to erosion so the patient can make dietary modifications.  However, in cases where the acid is caused by medical conditions, the dentist may refer the patient to a medical doctor.

Other ways a dentist can assist include recommending specially formulated toothpastes that can help to remineralize the tooth enamel, or mouthwashes that help to stimulate the creation of saliva within the mouth. For extensive erosion, cosmetic restorations, such as veneers or dental crowns may be required.

To learn more and to schedule your visit, contact the office of Dr. Barry L. Butler at 972-475-3995 today.


Posted by Rowlett Dentist | 2/13/2013 5:08:13 PM

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 1:50:32 AM

Is there something about your smile that makes you self-conscious? If so, cosmetic dentistry can help. Even something as simple as discoloration on the surfaces of your teeth can make you uncomfortable with the way you look. A simple procedure can make all the difference, giving you a bright, white smile you can be proud of.

Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

The type of cosmetic dentistry treatment you have depends upon what type of issues you wish to correct. A consultation with your dentist will help you determine what approach will be best for you. Some common treatments include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Dentures
  • Porcelain crowns
  • Composite (tooth-colored) fillings

If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth due to staining, teeth whitening can provide a dramatic result. Veneers are a non-invasive treatment for severe discoloration, pits, cracks, or even small gaps between the teeth. If you have metal crowns or fillings, having them replaced with porcelain or composite restorations can restore your natural-looking smile. And if you have missing teeth, ask about dentures or bridges to fill the gaps in your smile.

Deciding on the Best Treatment

Your treatment begins with an extensive consultation with your dentist. Together, you’ll discuss what you wish to change about your smile and the best possible treatments to achieve that goal. This might require only a single treatment, or a combination of treatments.

To help determine what approach is best involves evaluating your current health, the health of your teeth and gums, and your expectations regarding your treatment. If you have gum disease or gingivitis, for instance, you might need treatment to correct this issue before receiving cosmetic treatment. It’s also important to discuss your goals and strategy thoroughly with your dentist, and take a look at before and after pictures of previous patients. This will help you form a clear and accurate picture of how your cosmetic treatment will change the look of your teeth. If you have a good idea of what to expect, you’re more likely to be pleased with the final results.

For more information about aesthetic dental treatments, please call Main Street Dental Care to schedule a consultation.


Posted by Rowlett Dentist | 1/14/2013 5:50:32 PM

Thursday, December 13, 2012 1:36:26 AM

Veneers are a treatment used to restore the appearance of teeth that might be chipped or cracked, or have severe discoloration that can’t be treated through teeth whitening treatments. They can also be used to address and close gaps between teeth, and to make crooked teeth appear straight.

Typically made of porcelain, veneers are a popular way to restore lacklustre smiles back to their former glory, and involve a cosmetic dentist removing a small amount of the offending tooth’s enamel in order to accommodate a specially shaped porcelain shell that is cemented onto the tooth to restore its appearance. Prior to placement, an impression of the patient’s mouth is taken and sent to a cosmetic dentistry lab to be manufactured. 

Veneers can last for many years with proper care, helping to keep a person’s smile looking bright and vibrant.

Veneers can be constructed either from composite materials, or from a glass-like substance called porcelain; however, for many cosmetic dentists, porcelain is a more popular choice amongst their patients, as it is more hardwearing and less prone to staining than composite materials.

There are several benefits to choosing porcelain veneers; porcelain provides a more natural looking finish, as their translucent properties allow the underlying tooth’s natural color to shine through. In addition, porcelain used in veneers can be shaded to provide a better and more natural-looking finish to a person’s teeth.

As a result, porcelain veneers are very difficult to detect, and most observers won’t be aware that a person may be wearing veneers at all! Composite materials tend to make the tooth look more opaque and dull, as light doesn’t penetrate the composite materials as well as it can porcelain.

And, despite their thin, delicate appearance, porcelain veneers are very durable, as they are supported by the underlying tooth’s structure, which helps to lend strength and support to the veneers. Veneers can last for many years with proper care, helping to keep a person’s smile looking bright and vibrant.

Durability and strength, natural appearance, and the ability to be shaded all add up to make porcelain veneers an ideal choice for those considering cosmetic treatment as a way to improve the look of their smile.

Contact the office of Dr. Barry L. Butler at 972-475-3995 to learn how you can benefit from porcelain veneers.


Posted by Rowlett Dentist | 12/12/2012 5:36:26 PM

Monday, November 12, 2012 12:59:47 AM

dentist RowlettA dental emergency can happen at any time, just like any medical emergency. In addition to maintaining a first aid kit for common injuries, it is important to maintain a first aid kit for dental emergencies. If you are prepared, you’ll be less likely to permanently lose a tooth and more able to get to a dentist quickly.

How to Be Prepared for a Dental Emergency

A dental first aid kit should contain sufficient items to stop bleeding, preserve a knocked-out tooth, and information regarding your nearest dentist. Items in your dental first aid kit should include:

•    Gauze to slow or stop bleeding
•    A small cup to put a knocked-out tooth in
•    Mouthwash to help prevent infection
•    Toothpaste or dental adhesive to reattach lost fillings

If a tooth is knocked out, place it in a cup with milk to cover it. This will help keep the tooth root moist so it is more easily set back into place. If a filling falls out, use toothpaste or dental adhesive to hold it in place until you reach the dental office. This will keep you from losing it and will also help prevent any discomfort from having the filled area of your tooth exposed.

Types of Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can occur under many different circumstances, including at home, outside, or while traveling. While you’re putting together your dental first aid kit for your home, consider making a smaller kit to keep in your car. Common dental emergencies include:

•    Sports related injuries
•    Bicycle or automobile accidents
•    Falls

Falling is a very common cause of dental injuries, especially among small children who are still struggling with their balance. If your child falls on her face, be sure to check her mouth and teeth for any possible injuries and to see if any teeth are loose or in danger of falling out. As with any dental emergency, be sure to bring your child to the dentist as quickly as possible.

If you experience a dental emergency, immediately contact our team at Main Street Dental Care in Rowlett for treatment.

Posted by Rowlett Dentist | 11/11/2012 4:59:47 PM

Monday, October 15, 2012 10:54:04 PM

Unsightly tooth discoloration can cause embarrassment about your smile and a loss of confidence in your appearance. There are three main causes of tooth discoloration, and cosmetic dentistry has solutions for all of them.

The first main cause of discoloration is external staining due to the foods or drinks you consume. Dark-colored drinks like wine, soda, and coffee can lead to staining, as can certain foods like curry, beets, blueberries, and tomatoes. 

For stains that will not respond to a teeth whitening system or to routine cleaning, porcelain veneers are an option.

The second common cause of tooth discoloration is aging. The dentin, which is the layer of the teeth under the outer enamel, will naturally become yellow as you age. As the enamel thins over the years, the yellow dentin becomes more and more visible. Staining that has accumulated over your lifetime will add to the discoloration’s noticeability.

Finally, changes to the internal structures of the teeth can cause discoloration. These changes can happen with the use of certain antibiotics, trauma to developing teeth (like an injury), and because of certain genetic disorders.

Some stains can be removed during your routine cleaning, but most stains caused by the aforementioned issues will need a stronger or more permanent solution.

An at-home teeth whitening system may be the solution for your discoloration. A system offered by your dental provider that consists of custom trays will help the whitening solution reach all the nooks, crannies, and surfaces of your teeth to most effectively remove the stains. An at home system allows you to correct your discoloration at your convenience.

For stains that will not respond to a teeth whitening system or to routine cleaning, porcelain veneers are an option. Porcelain veneers are super-thin layers of tooth-colored porcelain that are permanently bonded to the surface of your teeth.

Veneers made from porcelain are impervious to staining, so you won’t have to worry about the stains returning. They look just like the regular surface of a tooth, and do not require additional care beyond routine dental hygiene.

Contact Main Street Dental Care in Rowlett to learn more about your treatment options. Call 972-475-3995 to schedule your professional consultation today.


Posted by Rowlett Dentist | 10/15/2012 3:54:04 PM

Friday, September 14, 2012 10:07:31 PM

Rowlett dentistryWe all know the importance of brushing our teeth to keep them clean and healthy, and regular brushing helps to remove food debris and bacteria from the surface of our teeth. Regular brushing also means we spend less time in the dentist’s chair when we go for our twice-yearly checkups, while also helping inhibit the formation of plaque.

Plaque is a sticky, ever-present substance on the surface of our teeth, which, if left to build up and accumulate can lead to dental health issues later. Although the formation of new plaque can be controlled by regular brushing, plaque that is left on the teeth for a period of time begins to harden, forming a substance called tartar. Tartar is a major factor in gum disease, as it can encroach under the gum tissue, helping to spread the bacteria beneath the surface.

Try as we might, when tartar forms, it is much harder to remove than plaque, and often the recourse is to visit the dentist in order to have the tartar professionally removed, often by a dental hygienist. However, investing in an electric toothbrush can reap dividends in the war against plaque and tartar, helping to control and remove both.

Although electric toothbrushes have been around since the 1950s, the electric toothbrushes of today bear little resemblance to their ancestors and today’s toothbrushes can have a huge effect on the production of plaque. 

Electric toothbrushes, on the other hand, allow for pressure to be distributed more consistently, and their fast rotation action far surpasses what is possible by the human hand.

Many people continue with manual brushing, which while effective, is limited by the number of brush strokes a person can maintain. There is also an issue of pressure when it comes to manual brushing; press too hard or too soft with the brush during cleaning and you could damage gum tissue, leading them to become tender and sore, or not clean teeth effectively.

Electric toothbrushes, on the other hand, allow for pressure to be distributed more consistently, and their fast rotation action far surpasses what is possible by the human hand. These factors combined means an electric toothbrush is much more effective at removing plaque and breaking down tartar than brushing by hand, and is much faster too!

Add in regular flossing, a good mouthwash and maintaining dentist checkups, investing in an electric toothbrush can reap huge rewards for your ongoing dental health.

To learn more and to schedule your next visit in Rowlett, contact our experienced and dedicated dentistry team at Main Street Dental Care today.


Posted by Rowlett Dentist | 9/14/2012 3:07:31 PM

Monday, August 13, 2012 11:04:37 PM

porcelain veneers RowlettPorcelain veneers are thin pieces of tooth-colored porcelain that are bonded to troublesome teeth in order to improve their appearance. Porcelain veneers can be used to correct a number of dental issues, including stains, chipped teeth, crooked teeth, and gaps between the teeth.

The veneers themselves are very thin, usually between 0.5 and 0.7 millimeters in thickness. When they are applied to the teeth, a small amount of the front of the tooth’s enamel is removed to make room for the veneer without creating a bulky appearance on the teeth. It would make sense that the thinness of the veneers would make them flimsy, but this is not the case.

Porcelain veneers are very durable, and are one of the longest-lasting solutions in cosmetic dentistry. They are bonded to the teeth with a special solution, and once they are in place they can remain there for up to 15 years if properly cared for.

Veneers require that you have good oral hygiene habits in order to remain durable. The patient must brush at least twice daily, floss daily, and visit the dentist regularly for checkups. People with veneers should also avoid using the covered teeth to chew hard objects, or to chew anything that is not food (including ice). This can cause the veneers to crack.

Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant because the material from which they are made are not porous. Therefore, food and drinks that would stain normal teeth won’t stain the veneers. You should still avoid these foods or consume them in moderation, however, because your other teeth will stain over time and make the veneers more obvious.

Grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw can also lead to chipped and cracked veneers, despite the durability of the product. Some patients who grind their teeth may still be able to get veneers if they use a night guard, while others may not be good candidates for veneers. Consult our experienced dental team serving Rowlett TX at 972-475-3995 if you have any questions about whether or not you are a good candidate.

Posted by Rowlett Dentist | 8/13/2012 4:04:37 PM

Thursday, July 12, 2012 1:31:27 AM

The topic of cancer is never fun. In various forms, cancer has devastated the lives of millions, and researchers have yet to develop a cure. Still, there have been tremendous advances in cancer research and the increasing focus on early detection has saved millions of lives.

The philosophy of early detection has had an understandable impact in all aspects of the healthcare field, and dentistry has been no exception. As an expert with the ability and skill to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy tissues of the mouth, face, head, and neck, your dentist may be the first to detect the early signs of oral cancer. 

Although self-examination is an important tool in cancer detection, oral cancer tends to develop in areas that are difficult or impossible to detect on your own.

Although self-examination is an important tool in cancer detection, oral cancer tends to develop in areas that are difficult or impossible to detect on your own. The back of the throat, the sides of the tongue, and the lips can be examined at each dental visit for signs of any abnormalities. Bumps, lumps, and other lesions can be identified and documented in the dental office, and further testing is available when necessary.

With advanced technology, even in-depth cancer screening is virtually painless and can be completed in mere minutes. The ease of the exam and regular access to your dentist make oral cancer screening a potentially lifesaving decision that shouldn’t be ignored.

Even patients who feel that their risk for oral cancer is low should consider consenting to the exam. Studies have shown that a whopping 25% of oral cancer victims have no lifestyle or hereditary risk factors. That means that as many as 1 out of every 4 oral cancer victims are non-smokers, non-drinkers, young adults who have no previous history of cancer!

New research points to a link between the HPV virus and cervical cancer as well as oral cancer. As you age, your risk for developing cancer naturally increases. There are also a number of lifestyle choices such as tobacco use and alcohol consumption that can increase your risk for developing cancers of the mouth, head, neck, and face.

Learn more about cancer screening by contacting the Rowlett office of Dr. Barry L. Butler for an examination today.


Posted by Rowlett Dentist | 7/11/2012 6:31:27 PM

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:17:59 PM

Rowlett DentistryAs any dentistry practitioner will tell you, a good dental hygiene regime is extremely important when it comes to maintaining our dental health. Coupled with a regular dentist’s check-up, the two combined can help safeguard the health of our teeth for many years.

But what makes a good dental hygiene program? What habits should we try to grow in order to preserve healthy teeth and gums? 

Schedule regular checkups with your dentist; this will ensure that your cleaning routine is having the desired effect, and where necessary any shortcomings can be addressed.

Well, firstly, teeth should be brushed with a good toothpaste at least twice per day – usually first thing in the morning, and last thing at night – to help prevent and remove the build-up of plaque on the teeths’ surface and along the gumlines. Brushing for a sufficient duration and using proper technique – brushing at an angle, ensuring all surfaces front and rear of the tooth are brushed – should take around 2-3 minutes to achieve a good level of cleanliness of the teeth.

If possible, further brushing should ideally be done after meals, especially at lunchtime. However, where this isn’t possible, consider chewing on some gum, as this can help stimulate saliva which forms part of the mouth’s natural cleaning process.

Follow up any brushing with a period of flossing; this action can dislodge tartar and plaque from areas that are difficult to reach with a brush, such as the spaces between the teeth. Concentrate especially on the teeth at the back of the mouth as these tend to be overlooked more than other teeth.

Also, a good mouthwash is a fine addition to any dental hygiene program. The rinsing action of the mouthwash can help rinse away debris, plaque and tartar which may have been missed during brushing or flossing. Finish up your mouthwash rinse with a 30-second gargle to also remove any bacteria found further back in the mouth and throat.

Schedule regular checkups with your dentist; this will ensure that your cleaning routine is having the desired effect, and where necessary any shortcomings can be addressed. Any damage to the teeth can be dealt with, such as filling cavities, while deeper cleaning can take place to remove more stubborn plaque and tartar that resists normal brushing, flossing or mouthwashes.

Combined, these actions can safeguard your dental health for years to come, and if you have children, starting them on a similar health regime for dental health can protect theirs also.

For additional tips and to schedule your next exam, contact Main Street Dental Care in Rowlett Texas at 972-475-3995.


Posted by Rowlett Dentist | 6/12/2012 3:17:59 PM

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