The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends children through senior adults see their dentists at least twice a year. Without routine dental care, small problems with teeth and gums go unnoticed until they become big problems. Learn what Robert C. Sikes DDS, experienced Mount Pleasant dentist, does during oral check-ups and why each component is so important for your bright, healthy and strong smile. (more…)
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September 3, 2015
If you are dealing with a missing tooth problem, it can become a bigger problem down the road. What makes it such a problematic situation? You see, when you have missing teeth, it can make your jaw sink, cause many oral problems and can be unsightly. For most patients, hiding their smile is an everyday occurrence. A smile is something to be proud of and not actively avoided. We understand that there are some things about your smile that you wish were better, but that’s why our restorative dentistry services exist. We’re happy to help Mount Pleasant, TX residents and their families with any problems, especially missing teeth.
Our office specializes in offering restorative dentistry services that include dental implants. Dental implants are the best way to permanently fill in the space left over by a missing tooth. Dental implants work just like your real teeth when properly placed and can bring much-needed comfort back to your dental health. Missing teeth can not only be rough to look at, but can leave your mouth’s functionality at risk. Think about menial tasks like eating – it’s jeopardized whenever teeth are missing. Dr. Sikes is the cosmetic dentist you and your family can trust to solve a missing-teeth problem.
August 12, 2015
Are you presently dealing with a missing teeth problem? They can be terrible for anyone’s mouth. Those open spaces are like breeding grounds for bacteria to thrive. You don’t want any bacteria thriving in your mouth. That can lead to many problems that could put your overall health at risk. Dental implants help keep bacteria away while providing a permanent solution to missing teeth. Missing teeth can have a huge impact on your everyday tasks, from chewing and eating to yawning, sneezing and more. Heck, even talking can become a problem. There’s no reason to have to suffer with missing teeth anymore. Our office in Mount Pleasant, TX is on your side and wants you to live life free of missing teeth. Have you considered dental implants? If you haven’t already, you really should! They’re capable of providing you with the comfort of a mouth full of teeth. Dr. Robert Sikes is the dentist Mount Pleasant, TX residents can trust!
July 9, 2015
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may already be experiencing adverse effects of missing teeth like difficulty chewy and speaking, dental drift, and changing facial shape. Traditional tooth replacement options can help you restore the look of your teeth, but they aren’t as helpful in fixing some of the hidden concerns associated with tooth loss like gum tissue and bone density loss, and changing facial shape. Dental implants replace your whole tooth from the root up providing added support for gum tissue and bone density. If you want to learn more about dental implants and whether you would be a successful candidate, call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Robert C. Sikes in Mount Pleasant, TX today.
The Dental Implant Process
Patients who are interested in replacing missing teeth with dental implants should plan on at least three office visits. During an initial consultation, Dr. Sikes will review your oral and physical health to determine whether you are good candidate for dental implant surgery. Most patients who are healthy enough for other minor oral surgeries are health enough for dental implant placement. If you decide that dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you, Dr. Sikes will create a plan for implant placement and takes molds to create your tooth replacement prosthetic.
The next visit may be your surgical visit to place the implants. This depends on how much preparation your mouth needs before the implants can be placed. Patients who need extensive tooth removal or other preparations may need 2 or more surgical appointments to prepare the mouth, and place the implants. Dental implants are posts made from titanium, a metal that has proven to be extremely compatible with natural bone tissue. These posts are strategically placed below the gum line to replace the root of the tooth and help to maintain gum tissue, bone density and facial shape. Abutments are placed to connect the posts to the prosthetic replacement tooth or teeth. Before your final replacement prosthetic can be secured, you’ll be given a temporary prosthetic to allow the posts time to fuse with your jawbone, and your sensitive gum tissue time to heal.
Once your dental implants have fused with the jawbone and the gum line has healed, your custom replacement teeth will be attached. Because the posts function as an anchor the way that roots do, your teeth are secure. That means you don’t have to worry about biting into an apple or eating any of your other favorite, chewy foods. Implant supported tooth replacements do not need to be removed for cleaning. You can brush and floss just like your natural teeth. The benefits of dental implants are numerous.
How Long do Dental Implants Last?
Answering the question “how long do dental implants last” is not as easy as it may sound. Like your natural teeth, dental implants are dependent upon a thorough oral health care routine and regular preventive dental visits to remain healthy. With a good dental health care routine, your dental implants can last a lifetime.
Find Out More from your Mount Pleasant Cosmetic Dentist
Not all patients are good candidates for dental implants, with technology innovation and improvement, they are available for more people than ever before. There’s no way to know if you’ll be a good candidate for dental implants without Dr. Sikes performing a thorough dental examination. Call to schedule a dental implant consultation to find out more. Our friendly staff welcomes patients from Mount Pleasant, TX and surrounding areas including Tyler, Longview, Sulphur Springs, and Kilgore.
May 24, 2015
Mount Pleasant, TX dentist, Robert C. Sikes DDS, delivers the best in dental care for the whole family. From preventive exams, cleanings and x-rays to porcelain crowns and bridges to veneers and at-home whitening, Dr, Sikes and his assistants desire a healthy, sparkling smile for all their patients.
What makes a dentist the best choice for you and your family in Mount Pleasant, TX? It’s care, concern, and a versatile skill set that can give patients of all ages the outstanding dental care they deserve. You’ll find these things at the office of Robert C. Sikes DDS.
April 3, 2015
While a dental emergency is nearly impossible to predict, you can ensure that you and your family are prepared for one should the unexpected occur. As your Mount Pleasant, TX emergency dentist, Dr. Robert C. Sikes offers a full range of urgent care dentistry solutions when you need them most. Our state-of-the-art dental office proudly serves the complete oral healthcare needs of families and busy professionals in Mount Pleasant and the surrounding areas.
What is a Dental Emergency?
Knowing what comprises a dental emergency may be what ultimately leads to a favorable result when one occurs.
- Soft tissue injuries – Gently rinse the mouth with a warm, mild salt-water solution. Apply pressure to the site of the injury with sterile gauze to staunch any bleeding. If bleeding persists after 10 to 15 minutes, contact our office right away. An over-the-counter pain reliever may be taken to alleviate discomfort.
- Knocked out tooth – Call our office immediately. Retrieve the tooth carefully, holding it only by the crown (the portion that is usually visible above the gum line). Gently rinse the tooth with warm water, taking care to avoid removing any connective tissues attached to the root. If possible, attempt to place the tooth back in its socket, ensuring that it is facing the proper way. If you are unable to replace it, simply put the tooth in a small bag or container filled with milk, saliva, or a special tooth-saving solution. If you reach our office in a timely manner, it may be possible to save the tooth.
- Lost crown – A tooth that has lost a crown is likely to be highly sensitive. If possible, replace the crown over the tooth using a small bit of toothpaste, denture adhesive or dental cement. Call our office to schedule a visit with Dr. Sikes to have the crown reattached or replaced.
- Severe toothache – Rinse the mouth with warm water, and use dental floss to remove any debris that may be caught between the teeth. A pain reliever like ibuprofen may be taken to alleviate discomfort and inflammation. Do not place aspirin against the tooth or gums, as this can lead to tissue damage. A cold compress may be used on the outside of the mouth as well. If pain does not subside, contact our office to schedule an emergency dental appointment.
Mount Pleasant, TX Emergency Dentistry
If you or someone in your family is currently experiencing a dental emergency, please do not hesitate to contact our office right away. An experienced member of our team is standing by and ready to help. Our primary goal is to provide you with quick, reliable care in a convenient location so that you can get back to your daily routine faster. Your Mount Pleasant, TX emergency dentist, Dr. Robert C. Sikes, proudly serves families from throughout nearby communities in Titus County and beyond.