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Boyles General Dentistry Blog

Caution! Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Safe?

April 22, 2022

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smiling kid getting nitrous oxide sedation

Your palms are sweaty, your heart rate is picking up. You’re not watching a horror movie—you’re at the dentist’s office. After nervously waiting for your appointment to start, the dentist offers sedation to take the edge off your anxiety. Perhaps this seems like a great idea, but you may be hesitant because you’re not familiar with nitrous oxide sedation. What is it? Is it safe? What else should you know about it before you accept it? Get the answers to your questions here!


Advice for the Transition from Dentures to Dental Implants

March 25, 2022

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older woman smiling after the transition from dentures to dental implants

When you first got your dentures, it took a while for you to become accustomed to them. But over time, you’ve learned that they can slip out of place if you aren’t careful and that you need to avoid certain foods that are difficult to chew. But now, you’ve decided to replace your missing teeth with dental implants!

While implants involve some invasive treatment at first, the good news is that the transition from dentures to implants in your daily life should be fairly easy. To make this change go a little more smoothly, just follow this helpful advice!


What Goes on During a Dental Implant Consultation

February 25, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drboyles @ 1:34 pm
man smiling during his dental implant consultation

You’ve decided to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, and you’re anxious to get the process going. You know you want these more permanent prosthetics, but when you call your dentist’s office, they tell you that you need to have a consultation first. What exactly happens at this appointment, and why is it important? Read on to find out!


Sensitive Dental Implant? What’s Going on and How to Fix It

January 26, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drboyles @ 4:42 pm
person with sensitivity near their dental implant

Over the years, technology has improved every facet of life. In the world of dentistry, CT cone beam scanners provide a detailed 3D image of the entire oral cavity, which makes implant placement that much more successful.

As amazing as technology is these days, there are certain things it can’t do. For instance, dental implants don’t have nerves, which means you won’t really feel anything in that particular replacement tooth. So when it seems to ping with sensitivity, you’re justified in being concerned!

How can a prosthetic tooth feel sensitive? What should you do about it? Keep reading to find out!


Gum Disease in Kids: Periodontal Health Matters Now

November 24, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drboyles @ 5:56 pm
child smiling and dressed as an astronaut

Your little one wants to be an astronaut when they grow up, but as your child pretends and plays, you hope they hold onto their childhood for as long as possible. The struggles and worries of adulthood will come all too soon. In fact, if you’re not careful, some problems usually associated with adults, like gum disease, can affect your child even at a young age. Gum disease is not as common in children, but it can be just as damaging and have a lasting impact on their overall well-being as they grow. Here is some useful information about gum disease in kids and what can be done to keep your child safe.


Essential Questions to Ask at Your Dental Implant Consultation

October 25, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drboyles @ 1:19 pm
woman with question marks around her for a dental implant consultation

After much deliberation, you’ve decided to set an appointment with your dentist to talk about implants. You’ve done your research beforehand, and you’re familiar with the implant process, so is a consultation really necessary? Absolutely! This visit is crucial for several reasons, and one of them is that you get an opportunity to ask your dentist important questions. Read on to learn what questions you should bring up during your dental implant consultation.


4 Factors That Impact the Cost of Dentures

August 26, 2021

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false teeth with a piggy bank indicating the cost of dentures

You’re careful with your money. Before making a large purchase, you research the options, consider the cost, and determine which choice provides the most bang for your buck. As you’re weighing your options for replacing your missing teeth, cost definitely plays an important role in your decision for dentures, but how much do these restorations cost? It depends! Here are four factors that can affect the amount you’ll pay for your dentures.


Tooth Extraction: The Final Option for Gum Disease Treatment

June 14, 2021

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smiling patient getting a tooth extraction

For years, your dentist has warned you about gum disease, and you’ve seen its impact in your receding gums. By now, it has progressed so far that your teeth are becoming loose and your jawbone is losing strength. When you finally resolve to treat the problem, your dentist tells you that tooth extraction may be your only available option. But how can that help with gum disease? Are there other treatments? Answer these questions about more in this blog post!


How COVID-19 Has Led to an Increase in Dental Emergencies

March 16, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drboyles @ 4:52 pm
person with a dental emergency

Unless you’ve been living in the remotest areas of the world for the past year, you’ve been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in some way. Even if you haven’t become infected directly, you probably have still been impacted financially or emotionally.

But there’s another way that the coronavirus has impacted people’s lives: harm to their dental health. Since March of 2020, the number of dental emergencies has dramatically increased around the country. In this post, you’ll learn more about what kinds of problems have risen and what role COVID-19 has played.


Dental Implants and Your Smile: Why You Should Be Thankful

December 22, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drboyles @ 10:30 pm
an older woman showing off her new smile while looking at her dentist during a regular visit

Dental implants in Odessa offer a multitude of benefits you simply cannot achieve with other tooth replacement solutions. Designed to function like regular teeth, they not only improve oral health and bite force, but they also last significantly longer than dentures or fixed bridges. As you prepare for the holidays this year, read on to remind yourself as to why you should be thankful for your dental implants and the change they’ve made in your life.

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