Southwest Dental Blog

Maximize Your Smile Savings: Need-to-Know Facts About Your Insurance Deductible  

April 4, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — swestdental @ 3:19 pm
dental insurance paperwork and pen

Whether offered through an employer or purchased on your own, dental insurance is a worthwhile investment when it comes to total body health. Just like all other medical appointments and services, the cost can add up quickly. Without a safety net to help cushion the financial responsibility, it can leave many patients to forgo necessary treatment and risk worsening oral health. If you are thinking about enrolling in a private dental insurance plan, find out more about one key component – deductibles – and how you can quickly start saving.


Dental Emergencies & Your Insurance: Are You Covered? 

March 4, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — swestdental @ 7:56 pm
woman experiencing a dental emergency

It’s natural to be fearful when it comes to a dental emergency. You’re in pain and unsure of what will happen. Adding to the stress of it all is whether your dental insurance will help pay for your initial visit. Before you assume the worst, read on to discover why you may not have much to worry about in terms of the financial side of emergency dentistry.


What Are the Dangers of Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

February 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — swestdental @ 5:06 pm
Illustration showing problematic wisdom teeth in upper and lower jaws

It is common for people to undergo wisdom tooth removal when they are in their late teens or early adulthood. In fact, in some circles, this procedure is regarded as something of a rite of passage. It is especially recommended in cases where the wisdom teeth are fully or partially impacted (stuck beneath the gumline). But what if you choose not to remove your impacted wisdom teeth?  What dangers and risks might you face? This blog post explains what you should know.


Dental Implant Failure: How to Recognize the Issue

January 2, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — swestdental @ 11:36 pm
a closeup of dental implants

Dental implants are the gold standard when it comes to replacing teeth—and it’s estimated that over 5 million implants are placed annually! Once placed, they’re capable of restoring pearly whites in terms of looks and functionality. But despite an impressive 95% success rate, dental implants are still susceptible to issues that might cause them to fail. Here’s a brief overview of dental implant failure and some signs that might indicate it’s occurring, so that if you have dental implants, you can quickly seek the help you need!


Looking Younger with Dental Implants

December 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — swestdental @ 3:10 pm
Woman standing outside in a field smiling

A gap in your smile can make you look older than you actually are. As such, if you have lost any number of teeth, you may be worried about how the empty space could affect your appearance. Fortunately, there’s a way to rebuild your smile while also taking a few years off your facial appearance: dental implants. Below is a quick look at dental implants and how they can help you look younger.


What Habits Should I Avoid After Getting Dental Implants?

November 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — swestdental @ 12:27 am
Woman has curious expression

Dental implants are considered to be the best way to replace lost teeth because they look and function just like the real thing. They can restore a patient’s ability to chew and smile, allowing them to consume a wider variety of foods and make a sharp and confident first impression. While they can last for decades, their lifespan depends mostly on the patient’s oral hygiene and overall health habits. Here are a few habits you might want to break after receiving dental implants.


How Can I Fix My Small Teeth?

October 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — swestdental @ 6:15 pm
young woman smiling after fixing her small teeth

Have you ever wondered why your teeth appear to be small? When looking at pictures of others, you may long for a more uniform, beautiful, and eye-catching smile. Treating stains, chips, and other imperfections might seem easy, but is making teeth longer even possible? If you are seeking an answer to the question, “How can I fix my small teeth,” you’ve come to the right place. Here, a local dentist explains how cosmetic dental services can give you the smile of your dreams.


Weighing Your Options: The Best Toothpaste for Veneers

September 1, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — swestdental @ 6:34 pm
a person shopping for toothpaste

Rejuvenating your smile with veneers is no small investment, which is why it’s a good idea to do everything you can to preserve your new restorations and maximize their lifespan. One of the ways you can get 25 or more years of use out of them is with a good oral hygiene routine, which includes a non-abrasive, yet effective toothpaste and toothbrush. Read on to learn more about how the toothpaste you use can impact the health of your veneers.


The 4 Different Materials Dental Veneers Can Be Made From

August 1, 2023

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a dental lab technician making veneers

It’s true that veneers can tackle a majority of cosmetic flaws, but that’s because the treatment is largely customizable, from the shape and size of the restorations to the materials they’re made from. Because of this, they’re an excellent option for patients facing all different types of issues. Read on to learn more about the four different types of veneers you can have crafted to rebuild and rejuvenate your smile.


DIY Teeth Whitening Methods and Why They Can Be Dangerous for Your Smile

July 5, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — swestdental @ 8:40 pm
Charcoal on toothbrush for a DIY whitening treatment

With how common it is to have a stained or otherwise discolored smile, it should come as no surprise that many people search for ways to whiten their teeth at home. As far as DIY whitening is concerned, there are plenty of options to choose from – but they generally come with a certain level of risk compared to a professional treatment. Below, you can learn more about some common at-home teeth whitening trends – and the dangers they pose.

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