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Dentist in Odessa Reveals the Importance of Healthy Gums

January 23, 2019

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Just like your house relies on a solid foundation to be stable, your gums are the support system for your teeth. When your gums are not healthy, your teeth are in jeopardy. Did you know that your periodontal (gum) health also affects other aspects of your body? Your dentist in Odessa explains what you should know about your oral health and your overall well-being.

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Can We Save My Tooth or Do I Need an Extraction?

December 20, 2018

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When you are experiencing severe dental pain, you may feel like you want to get that tooth out of your mouth no matter what! However, an extraction is only recommended as a last resort and root canal therapy may be able to preserve your tooth. Here is the important information to know about dental pain and tooth extractions.

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Do I Need an Extraction? Help!

December 10, 2018

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Contemplating the thought that you may need a tooth removed can feel overwhelming at first! While a tooth extraction is always recommended as a last resort, there are certain circumstances in which it is the best option to protect your oral health. Rest assured that your Odessa dentist will be there to guide you not only through the extraction process and recovery, but also to help you with tooth replacement options if necessary.

Woman covering her mouth.

Why Does My Tooth Need to be Removed?

There are a few different circumstances in which your dentist will recommend a tooth extraction. These are:

  • A tooth that has been fractured, cracked, decayed, or traumatized beyond what root canal therapy can treat.
  • To eliminate crowding and expedite orthodontic treatment.
  • Advanced periodontal (gum) disease.
  • Wisdom teeth – or third molars
  • A tooth that is impacted (stuck beneath the gum line) or infected

What is the Cost of a Tooth Extraction?

Each patient’s situation varies greatly, and so does the cost of an extraction. Price is based on the complexity of the case, including the number of teeth being removed and which teeth they are. As an example, a back molar is a larger tooth with more roots to remove than a front canine tooth, therefore the cost is higher for a molar.

The good news is that most dental insurance plans allow coverage for extractions and will pay a percentage of the cost. If you are looking at extracting multiple teeth, there are also companies such as CareCredit that help patients break the cost of treatment into affordable monthly payments.

Should I Replace My Tooth?

Unless your tooth is being extracted for orthodontic treatment, or it’s a wisdom tooth, it is a good idea to discuss your replacement options with your dentist. Losing a tooth impacts your daily life when you can’t chew food properly or interact with others comfortably. It also affects your oral health by resulting in shifting teeth and bone loss without a tooth replacement.

Dental implants are the gold standard choice for replacing one or multiple missing teeth because they restore both your root and your tooth. This keeps your bone healthy while restoring the function and aesthetics lost with your tooth.

Don’t let a compromised tooth affect your oral health and your life! Contact your dentist today to learn more about how a tooth extraction can help.

About the Author

For over 40 years, Dr. Franklin Boyles has been serving patients in Texas. Now, his son Dr. Stephen Boyles has joined him in the tradition of providing outstanding service and exceptional dental care to families in Odessa. The two highly skilled dentists offer comprehensive services delivered in a warm and caring setting that patients appreciate.

If you would like to contact Boyles General Dentistry, you can call our office at 432-366-0896 or contact us through our website.

Dentist in Odessa Reveals How to Save a Tooth

November 17, 2018

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Woman experiencing dental pain. A compromised tooth can cause pain or discomfort, especially when you are trying to chew and eat your favorite foods. You may also feel self-conscious about the appearance of your tooth if it is chipped, fractured, or discolored due to decay. The good news is your dentist in Odessa has excellent solutions for restoring your tooth. Here’s what you should know about options for saving your tooth.

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Why Do I Have Bad Breath? Your Dentist Explains

October 12, 2018

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Man hiding his mouth. Bad breath is something that’s embarrassing to deal with whether you are the victim of it or the perpetrator. It’s never fun to tell someone they have bad breath, and it’s even worse to hear that you have it! So, what causes this condition and what can you do about it? Your dentist has answers – read on.

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Your Odessa Dentist Reveals How You Can Maximize Your Dental Insurance

September 9, 2018

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Smiling woman in the dental chair. Your Odessa dentist told you about a filling that you needed at your last dental checkup, and that was as far as you got. Life took over, and now it’s months later and you forgot to schedule your appointment. The good news is that there is still time to schedule your treatment before the end of the year, and you’ll get to make the most of your dental insurance, while also protecting your oral health.

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What are My Options When it Comes to Sedation Dentistry?

August 7, 2018

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Smiling woman in the dental chair. Do you find yourself unable to sleep the night before your dental appointment? Has anxiety kept you from visiting the dentist regularly? Did you know that sedation dentistry may be able to help you overcome your fears and receive the dental treatments you need in a comfortable and relaxing manner? We’re answering some of the most common questions we hear about sedation dentistry. Read on!

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Can I go to My General Dentist for Dental Extractions?

July 18, 2018

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Woman having a dental examination. Learning that you need to have a tooth extracted may cause anxiety or stress; however, this is a procedure that will help to protect your oral health and that your general dentist can often help with. Here are some common situations that may require a dental extraction and what you can expect.

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Your Dentist in Odessa Explains What Surgical Dentistry Is

June 18, 2018

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Woman having a dental examination. There are a number of situations in which oral surgery is necessary. Whether you need to remove or replace a tooth, you want to work with a trusted dentist for your surgical dentistry. Many general dentists refer their patients to oral surgeons; however, at Boyles General Dentistry & Implant Center, you will always work with one of our dentists for your surgical dentistry so you can feel comfortable with the team you already know and trust. Here’s what you should know about the different types of surgical dentistry that your dentist in Odessa offers.

Teeth Extractions

Sometimes it is necessary to remove a tooth in order to protect your oral health. Having your tooth extracted may sound scary, but it’s actually not as bad as you think when you’re working with the right team. At Boyles General Dentistry & Implant Center, we make every effort to ensure that you are completely comfortable during your procedure by using the best dental anesthetics or dental sedation if needed.

Some of the circumstances that may require an extraction are:

  • A tooth that has been severely damaged by decay or periodontal (gum) disease
  • Teeth that need to be removed for successful orthodontic treatment
  • A tooth that is damaged, cracked, or fractured beyond repair
  • Wisdom teeth

Whether you need a straightforward simple extraction, or a more complex surgical extraction, you can rely on your team at Boyles General Dentistry & Implant Center.

Implant Placement

Replacing a compromised tooth with a dental implant is one of the wisest decisions when it comes to your oral health because it replaces your tooth and root. While many dentists refer to a specialist for implant placement, at Boyles General Dentistry & Implant Center, we offer comprehensive implant dentistry, which includes placing your dental implant.

You will feel confident and at ease working with the team you know and trust from start to finish of your implant procedure

Bone Grafting

Many patients are told they are not candidates for dental implants because they don’t have enough healthy bone structure to support the implant. With a bone grafting procedure, our dentists are able to use natural or synthetic materials to rebuild your jawbone so that it can successfully support a dental implant. This makes the benefits of dental implants accessible to many more patients that might not have been candidates in the past.

Ready to Learn More?

If you are in need of surgical dentistry, contact your dentist in Odessa today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your options.

About Boyles General Dentistry & Implant Center

The highly skilled team of dentists at Boyles General Dentistry offer comprehensive dental care to patients in Odessa, TX, including surgical dentistry. With nearly 80 years of combined experience, this team is well equipped to meet all of your dental needs.

If you would like to contact Boyles General Dentistry & Implant Center, we can be reached by calling 432-231-0441 or through our website.

Your Dentist in Odessa Explains How Gum Disease Develops

May 2, 2018

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Woman brushing her teeth. Have you noticed blood in the sink after you brush your teeth? Do your gums appear red and swollen? Do you have bad breath that you just can’t get rid of? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from gingivitis, which is the first stage of periodontal (gum) disease. How did this happen? What can you do to manage your condition? Your dentist in Odessa has answers for you.

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