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From Start to Finish: What Happens During a Dental Implant Consultation?

January 12, 2024

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Patient at her dental implant consultation

Preparing for a dental implant consultation usually creates a mixture of excitement and apprehension. Will you know what to ask? Will your dentist understand you? What’s going to happen? There are a million questions you could ask and still not be prepared.

If you want the best shot at a great dental implant consultation, continue reading. You’ll dive into the step-by-step process to get a comprehensive overview.


Getting Dentures? How Long Before You Flash Your New Smile?

October 13, 2023

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An older woman smiling with her new dentures

According to the US Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one in five American seniors has lost all of their teeth. For those who are a part of this statistic, dentures offer a great solution. These prosthetics will allow them to lead a much better quality of life. However, the hardest part of getting dentures is waiting for them to arrive!

So how long does it take? Continue reading to learn about the denture process and how long it normally takes from start to finish.


Busting 4 Common Dental Sedation Myths

July 12, 2023

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Woman with eyes closed in dental chair with nitrous oxide mask over nose and mouth

The mere thought of having to go to the dentist may fill you with dread. Dental phobia or anxiety is actually quite common and is nothing to be ashamed of. Maybe you had a bad experience at the dentist’s office in the past or are anxious about receiving bad news. That being said, many patients are also nervous about dental sedation. Much of the fear stems from misconceptions about what sedation dentistry is and what it can do for you. To put your mind at ease, here are the truths behind 4 common dental sedation myths.


How to Treat Different Types of Tooth Stains

April 3, 2023

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Before and after teeth whiteningTeeth come in many shades and tones, but you can’t put a price on the benefits of a bright smile. Unfortunately, few people have white teeth naturally, and they can change color over time. Many people turn to over-the-counter products to combat stains. If you’ve given a few a try, you probably weren’t happy with the results because not all stains are the same. Not to mention, OTC products don’t contain professional-grade whitening agents to achieve the results you want. Instead, here’s how to treat the most common types of tooth discoloration.


How to Enhance Your Smile Without Breaking the Bank

January 4, 2023

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Woman putting a coin in a piggy bank

Are you looking to enhance your smile? There are a variety of cosmetic solutions available to help you achieve a smile that makes you feel confident. However, cosmetic treatments are rarely covered by dental insurance, so it’s understandable that you may be worried about how much it will cost. Fortunately, you don’t need to be rich in order to work towards your dream smile. Continue reading to learn about some common affordable cosmetic solutions as well as dental financing options.


Why Should I Use My Tax Refund to Invest in My Smile?

March 4, 2022

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If you’ve received or anticipate receiving a tax refund this year, you are probably excited to see a little bit of extra cash on hand that doesn’t need to be devoted to your normal expenditures. There are all sorts of things you could spend it on, but many people tend to blow their refund on items they don’t really need. One option you could definitely benefit from is investing in your oral health. Continue reading to learn from your dentist in Corpus Christi a few reasons why you should put your tax refund into your smile!


4 New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy Smile

October 27, 2021

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While the new year is still a couple months away, there’s always time to think about your upcoming new year’s resolution! According to a dentist, choosing a resolution focused on your oral health can have major positive implications for your long-term quality of life, not just your smile. To get started, consider taking a look at the following resolutions recommended by a dental professional. By doing so, you can get a head start on improving and protecting your smile going into the new year!


4 Common Concerns of At-Risk Patients

August 12, 2020

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As we’re living through a pandemic, many different aspects of your life have changed. You’ve been working at home instead of the office, the kids have been completing much of their schoolwork from home, and you’ve been avoiding public outings as much as you can. This is especially the case for those who are at higher risk of developing life-threatening symptoms if they contract COVID-19. Your dentist addresses some common concerns of patients who are at-risk.


6 Questions to Ask Your Dentist at Your Cosmetic Consultation

July 7, 2020

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Do you have stained, chipped, misshapen, or crooked teeth? Thanks to modern advancements in dentistry, you don’t have to live with your dental imperfections if you don’t want to! There are a wide variety of quick and easy cosmetic dental treatments that can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Be prepared to make the most out of your initial visit with your Corpus Christi dentist about improving your smile by keeping these six questions in mind.


Why Do I Need to Rinse Before My Appointment?

June 6, 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed several aspects of your life in one way or another. You’re taking extra safety precautions to do your part to stop the spread of the virus, like wearing masks in public to keeping your distance from others. Did you know your dentist is also making necessary changes to keep patients safe? During your next visit, you’ll notice many new protocols to keep patients safe, like rinsing before your appointment. Believe it or not, this simple precautionary step might help fight coronavirus.

Can Mouthwash Kill COVID-19?

There’s still much to learn about coronavirus, but researchers learn more about it daily, like the effect mouthwash has on the virus, which is enveloped in a fatty lipid membrane that’s derived from the infected cells. Although COVID-19 hasn’t been tested, researchers know similar viruses can be temporarily neutralized in the mouth when a rinse containing specific ingredients is used.

Since coronavirus is transmitted by aerosol droplets from the mouth and throat, using a mouthrinse before your appointment is a simple preventive measure to help reduce the spread of the virus.

Why Do I Need to Use a Mouthwash at the Dentist?

Your semi-annual appointments have remained relatively unchanged over the years, but you’ll have a new routine next time you visit your dentist. Generally, you’ll brush and floss your teeth before you see your dentist, but now you’ll also be asked to use a special mouthrinse.

This will temporarily kill harmful bacteria and viruses in your mouth to create a safer environment for your dental team. This is a simple step you can take to help do your part to curve the spread of the virus.

Should I Continue to Use a Mouthwash at Home?

Any oral hygiene routine can benefit from a mouthwash catering to your specific needs, like dry mouth or tooth sensitivity; however, it can also promote your health by keeping your mouth clean. As a result, including a mouthrinse in your daily oral hygiene routine can keep your immune system strong to help you stay healthy.

Although it may not have a lasting effect on killing the virus or eliminate it at the source, using a mouthrinse can keep your smile clean to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It may not be as effective as wearing a face mask, but it can help keep your dental team and the community safe.

About Dr. Sarah Pitarra

Dr. Sarah Pitarra strives to provide high-quality dental care that accommodates her patients’ busy lives. She uses the latest innovations in dentistry to deliver advanced solutions to help you reach optimal oral health. In addition to furthering her training regularly, she had also updated her dental safety protocols to help stop the spread of COVID-19. If you have any questions about our safety standards, or you need to schedule an appointment, contact our office today to speak with a member of our team.

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