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Eliminate Dental Pain and Sensitivity with Gentle Root Canal Therapy in San Marcos, TX

January 23, 2015

459080861Do you suffer from periodic toothaches and tooth sensitivity? If so, you may need root canal therapy from Dr. Donnelly to save the tooth from extraction. Root canal therapy removes the inflamed and infected pulp inside your tooth. Your tooth is then carefully cleaned and disinfected, and then filled and sealed with a material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, your tooth can be completely restored to normal form and functioning with a dental crown or filling. To eliminate discomfort and avoid tooth loss, make an appointment with Dr. Donnelly at San Marcos Gentle Dental for the root canal therapy you need today. Dr. Donnelly is a trusted San Marcos restorative dentist. San Marcos Gentle Dental proudly serves families throughout San Marcos, TX, Kyle, Wimberley, New Braunfels, and nearby cities.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Inside each tooth is a soft tissue called the dental pulp. Dental pulp contains the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues that grow the root of your tooth during its development. However, once your teeth are fully developed, they can survive without the dental pulp. Root canal therapy is necessary when the pulp inside a tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes including: decay, repeated dental procedures, faulty crowns, or cracks and chips. In addition, dental trauma can cause pulp damage even if your tooth has no visible distress. If dental pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can lead to severe pain and sensitivity or dental abscess.

How Is Root Canal Therapy Performed?

  • First, Dr. Donnelly will x-ray your tooth and administer a local anesthetic. After your tooth is numb, a small protective dental dam is placed over the area to isolate the tooth during the procedure.
  • Next, Dr. Donnelly will open the crown of your tooth and clean out and disinfect the pulp chamber and root canals so that they can then be shaped and filled.
  • After the space is cleaned and shaped, Dr. Donnelly will fill the root canals with biocompatible material and adhesive cement to ensure complete sealing. Next, a temporary filling is placed until your restoration is ready.

Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy can help you maintain your natural smile, continue to eat the foods you love, and reduce the need for future costly dental treatments. With proper oral care and maintenance, most teeth treated with root canal therapy last just as long as other natural teeth.

San Marcos Root Canal Therapy Appointments

Millions of patients save their natural teeth each year with root canal therapy treatment. Make your root canal therapy appointment with Dr. Donnelly at San Marcos Gentle Dental today. Dr. Donnelly is a highly qualified family restorative dentist. San Marcos Gentle Dental proudly serves patients of all ages throughout San Marcos, TX, Kyle, Wimberley, New Braunfels, and the surrounding communities.

Dental Implants from San Marcos Gentle Dental Can Restore Your Youthful Smile

December 23, 2014

155861285 Are you concerned about the effects of traditional tooth replacement methods on your appearance? Although dentures and dental bridges can easily replace your missing teeth, they can be inconvenient and embarrassing to live with. That’s why Dr. Donnelly now offers patients an alternative to traditional dentures and bridges with dental implants. By replacing your missing teeth and the corresponding tooth roots, dental implants can imitate the strength and stability of your natural teeth. Dental implants enable you to eat all the foods you love, without struggling to chew. Additionally, dental implants stimulate and maintain jaw bone density, preventing bone loss and helping to maintain your youthful facial features. Make an appointment with Dr. Donnelly at San Marcos Gentle Dental for your dental implants consultation today. Dr. Donnelly is a highly qualified cosmetic and restorative dentist. San Marcos Gentle Dental proudly serves patients throughout San Marcos, TX, Kyle, Wimberley, New Braunfels, and the surrounding communities.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that serve as artificial tooth roots used to support a restoration for a missing tooth or several teeth. Dental implants are both restorative and cosmetic, helping to stop or prevent bone loss in the jaw.

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

  • Stability and Security
  • No collateral damage of surrounding healthy teeth
  • Better oral hygiene
  • Enhanced self confidence and quality of life
  • More youthful appearance

Dental Implants Appointments in San Marcos, TX

The time required to complete your dental implants procedure will depend upon your current dental health and your individual bone density. In some cases, you may need a procedure to increase bone density before your dental implant procedure. In any case, you shouldn’t put off the quality of life  change you deserve. The sooner you make an appointment for a dental implants consultation with Dr. Donnelly at San Marcos Gentle Dental, the sooner you can begin to enjoy the benefits of dental implants restorations. Dr. Donnelly is an experienced dental implants restoration dentist proudly restoring smiles throughout San Marcos, TX, Kyle, Wimberley, New Braunfels, and nearby areas.

Alleviate Dental Fear and Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry at San Marcos Gentle Dental

November 23, 2014

78325800Even the bravest among us have some form of dental fear or anxiety. It may be because of the drills, the needles, or just a bad childhood experience. No matter where your fears of dental treatment came from, you should know that you can easily get past them with Sedation Dentistry from San Marcos Gentle Dental.  Dr. Donnelly understands dental fear. That’s why he always offers oral conscious sedation to his patients. If you have been postponing the dental treatment you need because of your dental anxiety, be brave, and make an appointment with Dr. Donnelly and his experienced team at San Marcos Gentle Dental today. They will find the right Sedation Dentistry solution for you. Dr. Donnelly proudly serves patients throughout San Marcos, TX, Kyle, Wimberley, New Braunfels, and the surrounding communities.

Sedation Dentistry at San Marcos Gentle Dental

Oral Conscious Sedation

This is the least invasive sedation dentistry option. All you need to do is show up to the office one hour before your appointment time. You will be given a sedative pill that will take full effect before your treatment begins. The sedative will relieve any anxiety or apprehension, and make you feel completely calm and relaxed. The effects of the sedative lasts 5 to 6 hours, so you will need a friend or family member to drive you home after your appointment.

Sedation Dentistry Appointments in San Marcos, TX

Sedation Dentistry can alleviate all of your dental fears and anxieties. However, the sedatives don’t block pain. As such, Dr. Donnelly will always administer a local anesthetic that blocks any pain or discomfort during your treatment. With sedation dentistry, and local anesthesia, you don’t have to avoid receiving the dental treatment you need. So make your sedation dentistry appointment with Dr. Donnelly at San Marcos Gentle Dental today. Dr. Donnelly restores smiles daily throughout San Marcos, TX, Kyle, Wimberley, New Braunfels, and the surrounding communities.

Teeth Whitening Solutions for the Holidays

October 23, 2014

As the holiday season approaches once again we are all interested in looking and feeling our best. This includes making sure that we have a bright white smile. While there are many choices to whiten your teeth, you should know that not all methods will work for everyone. Choosing the wrong teeth whitening system can costs you time and money that you can’t afford to lose this holiday season. Before you attend that holiday office party, or play hostess for your family and friends, make an appointment with Dr. Donnelly and his team at San Marcos Gentle Dental. You can get your bright white back in just one visit. Dr. Donnelly provides fast and easy teeth whitening treatments to patients throughout San Marcos, TX, Kyle, Wimberley, New Braunfels and the surrounding communities.

What Are Your Teeth Whitening Choices?

Whitening Toothpaste- Whitening toothpastes can only polish away the shallowest surface stains. They are completely ineffective for removing enamel stains or correcting discoloration. To see any results the toothpaste must be used daily for several weeks. Whitening toothpastes can’t come close to producing the bleaching effect you get from your dentist’s office.

Over-the- Counter Whitening- These products may come in the form of strips, gels, rinses or whitening trays. They contain bleaching agents to change the color of your teeth; however they’re not as strong as professional teeth whitening treatments. They can also take weeks of daily use before you begin to see any significant color correction. In addition, these products can easily irritate your gums if used improperly.

Instant Holiday Teeth Whitening in San Marcos, TX

You shouldn’t have to wait weeks and weeks to get the teeth whitening results you want. If you want instant results in a professional setting, you should seriously consider in-office bleaching or professional at-home whitening. In-office whitening with the Zoom! teeth whitening system can take less than an hour and you can leave the dentist office with teeth that are 8 to 10 shades whiter. With professional in-office whitening, your dentist will make sure that the teeth whitening treatment will be effective at getting you the whitening results you desire. If you prefer at-home whitening Dr. Donnelly can also provide you with custom whitening trays along with peroxide-based gels that you can take home for the same professional whitening results. Make an appointment with San Marcos Gentle Dental today for your holiday teeth whitening appointment. Dr. Donnelly proudly serves the Kyle, Wimberley, New Braunfels and surrounding areas.

What You Should Know about Pediatric Dental Care

September 23, 2014

178067812The health of your child’s teeth and gums is an important part of their overall health and well being. Though your child will lose their first set of teeth, it’s important to start early to set the foundation for healthy teeth later in life. You can start by choosing an experienced and caring family dentist. Make an appointment with Dr. Donnelly and his team at San Marcos Gentle Dental. Dr. Donnelly proudly serves patients of all ages throughout San Marcos, TX, Kyle, Wimberley, New Braunfels and surrounding communities.

Pediatric Dental Care: Prevention

Your child should start to see a dentist no later than his or her first birthday. Caring for their “baby teeth” should be a top priority because those teeth help children speak clearly and chew naturally. They also aid in forming the path that the permanent teeth follow when they are ready to erupt. After the first appointment, a check-up every six months is strongly recommended to prevent cavities and other dental problems. When your baby’s teeth first appear, you can start brushing them twice daily using a fluoridated toothpaste and a soft, age-appropriate toothbrush. You should use a smear of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child less than 2 years of age, and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste for a  2-5 year old with assistance brushing. Remember that your child does not have the ability to brush their teeth independently at this age.

Pediatric Dental Care: Treatment

Dentists now have advanced diagnostic tools like DIAGNOdent to help them to catch decay earlier than ever before. As your child grows you should limit their daily servings of sugars and starches to protect their teeth from decay. The dentist can place dental  sealants on your child’s teeth. Dental sealants work by filling in the crevasses of the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out cavity causing food particles that could get caught in the teeth, . The application is fast, comfortable, and can effectively protect their teeth for many years. If your child participates in sports activities, the dentist can also fit a custom mouthguard to protect your child’s teeth, lips, cheeks and gums from sports-related injuries. A custom-fitted mouthguard developed by a dentist can also protect your child from injuries to the head, like concussions. If your child has developed a prolonged thumb sucking habit (past the age of three) a mouth appliance may also be recommended by your dentist to prevent the formation of a misaligned bite in adolescence.

Quality Pediatric Dental Care in San Marcos, TX

No matter how attentive you are to your child’s dental health, injuries and accidents can happen. Make sure you’re prepared by having a family dentist like Dr. Donnelly on hand to fix any dental emergencies your child may encounter. The health of your family’s teeth is a top priority for you, and should also be a top priority for your dentist.  Your whole family will appreciate Dr. Donnelly’s gentle and caring approach to dentistry.   Make an appointment today for his San Marcos, TX  dental office today. Dr. Donnelly proudly serves patients throughout  Kyle, Wimberley, New Braunfels and surrounding areas.

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