What Are The Risks Involved With Getting Dental Veneers?

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Dental Veneers are tooth colored shells that are bonded to the front of teeth. Veneers are made out of porcelain or composite resin material, and match the shade of your natural teeth. Patients that have misshapen, stained, uneven, or chipped teeth are good candidates for veneers.


Veneers can also help to close gaps between teeth, or help to create an even smile. Veneers give patients a great solution for those looking for a natural white smile. At Benton Family Dentistry, we provide our patients cosmetic dental treatments in Hot Springs, AR and we are always helping our patients achieve the perfect bright white smile.

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What Are The Risks I Should Be Aware of?

When choosing the best cosmetic treatment at our dental office in [insert city, state], patients want to look at all of their options, and understand any risks involved. Veneers are permanent, and once they are applied they are not reversible. Patients must be in good oral health for veneers, and free of gum disease. Teeth must also be stable and in good condition. Part of our consultation process is to discuss each patient’s health, as well as examine the condition of their teeth to determine the best cosmetic treatment plan.

If patients suffer from bruxism or grind their teeth, veneers may not be a good choice. The veneers can be damaged from teeth grinding, and this can decrease the life of the veneer. If veneers do crack or chip they typically cannot be fixed, so we do recommend patients take good care of their veneers.

Tooth whitening should be done prior to getting your veneers, and this will help to ensure the veneers match the color of your existing teeth. If your veneers are damaged, or the tooth has decay, the tooth may need to be replaced with a crown.


Veneers are a great solution for patients seeking an even white smile. Veneers are durable, and last anywhere between 10-15 years, but they do come with risks. Dr. Kyle Benton recommend patients take good care of their veneers at home to ensure they last, and are kept in great condition.

How Can I Care For My Dental Veneers?

  • Brush and floss daily to protect your veneers and keep them clean.
  • Avoid eating any dark foods or drinks that may stain your teeth or veneers.
  • Avoid biting or chewing on hard foods or objects that can harm the veneers.
    • Avoid grinding your teeth, as this can cause damage to the veneers.
  • Attend regular dental exams in our office. Our staff will ensure your veneers look and feel great, and let you know if we see any issues.
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Looking for a Cosmetic Dentist in Hot springs, AR?

If you are looking for dental veneers in Hot Spring, AR, Benton Family Dentistry is here to provide you with the highest level of care. Our patients are our first priority, and we strive to provide the very best care in a calm and relaxing environment.


To inquire about veneers and how they may benefit you, contact Dr. Kyle Benton in Hot Springs, AR, and our friendly staff will be happy to schedule your consultation.

What is Better for a Tooth Cavity? A Dental Filling or a Root Canal?

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When patients have cavities the surface of the tooth is permanently damaged, and tiny holes develop. They can be caused by bacteria, the food you eat or drink, and poor oral hygiene. The severity of the decay, and the condition of the tooth will determine what course of treatment is best. At Benton Family Dentistry, we provide many services for our patients, and your health is our first priority.

Our team will always try and save your tooth, and clear away any infection. Many patients enter our dental office in Hot Springs, AR with symptoms that something is wrong, but in some cases cavities are found during our normal dental exams.

If you have extensive decay, and the infection has reached the pulp area of the tooth, a root canal may be needed. Both fillings and root canals are great ways to save teeth, and prevent further decay or infection. We always choose the best treatment option depending on the condition of the tooth.

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When is a Tooth Filling Needed?

Tooth fillings are used for smaller cavities that have not reached the pulp of the tooth. Fractured teeth that are not infected can also be saved using a filling. The area of decay is cleaned out, and then filled with a tooth-colored composite material. This material keeps the tooth intact, and helps to prevent further issues with the tooth in the future.

Why do you need TMJ Treatment?

Here are some symptoms and signs that may indicate that you may need to get a dental filling in Hot Springs, AR with Dr. Kyle Benton:

  • Sharp or throbbing pain in or around a tooth
  • Your tooth is changing color, or spots can be seen on the surface of the tooth
  • You experience pain while chewing or biting
  • Your tooth is cracked or injured
  • You have a cracked or missing filling

When is a Root Canal Needed?

Root canals may be needed if they area of decay is severe, and the infection has reached the pulp area of the tooth. If a tooth is injured or cracked, and has been left untreated, the tooth may have an infection and need root canal therapy. With root canal therapy the infected pulp area is cleaned out and sealed to restore the tooth. If needed, a dental crown may be used to fully restore the tooth’s functionality.

What Are Some Symptoms That Indicate I May Need a Root Canal?

Here are some symptoms and signs that may indicate that you may need to get a root canal in Hot Springs, AR with Benton Family Dentistry:

  • You experience severe tooth pain
  • Gums are tender and swollen around the tooth
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Chewing or putting pressure on the tooth causes severe pain
  • The tooth has changed color
  • A bump has appeared on the gum area around the tooth
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Looking for Root Canals and Dental Fillings in Hot Springs, AR

Our team at Benton Family Dentistry always makes our patient’s health a priority. Leaving teeth untreated can lead to further decay, and infections can become worse. Attending your regular dental exams in our office will help to maintain your oral health, and diagnose or treat any issues before they become a problem.

During our exam we check existing restorations, and look to see if you have any areas of decay that need a tooth filling or root canal. Treatment is determined based on how severe the area of decay is, and the condition of your tooth.

Dr. Benton uses the highest level of technology and provide many General Dental Treatments for patients in Hot Springs, AR. We provide quality dental care in a relaxing and calm environment. If you need a dental exam, or feel you have an issue with a tooth, Benton Family Dentistry is the premiere choice for dental care.

To find out more information or to schedule an exam, contact our office and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

How Durable Are Dental Implants?

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If you have been recommended for dental implants, you may wonder if they will ever have to be replaced. Implants are a permanent restorative solution for patients seeking that perfect smile. Dental implants look and feel natural in the mouth, and last upwards of 25 years if they are cared for properly.

At Benton Family Dentistry, dental implants are one of the most common restorative options done in our dental office in Hot Springs, AR. Many patients are leaning towards this permanent option to give them a durable smile that will last for years. Dental implants can last your entire life, and they are one of the most reliable tooth restoration options available to patients.

However, some patients have asked us if having their teeth cleaned regularly can damage the enamel on our teeth. We hope that this article can help address this common concern.

How Successful Are Dental Implants?

Implants have a 95% success rate, and we encourage patients to use good oral hygiene habits to keep the implants clean and free of plaque. This helps the implants to last, and prevents infection which can make them unstable in the mouth. Implants moving or needing replacement is rare. If an implant shifts out of place this could indicate the bone tissue is not providing enough support, and you should contact our dental office in Hot Springs, AR immediately.

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Tips to Ensure your Dental Implants Last a Lifetime

Here are some helpful tips that you can start using to get the most out of your dental implants:

  • Floss daily using an implant specific floss or wax free floss to help keep the area clean and free of plaque. A Waterpik Water Flosser can be used to assist in removing plaque around the implants.
  • Use a low abrasive tooth brush such as a soft type brush on your implants.
  • Avoid any products, foods, or drinks containing any ingredients that may stain your teeth.
  • Anti-microbial rinses can be used to help reduce inflammation and prevent infection.
  • Avoid products that contain stannous fluoride, sodium fluoride, or baking soda. These ingredients can make the implants prone to corrosion.
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Contact Benton Family Dentistry Today

Caring for your implants at home is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Practicing good oral hygiene habits at home will ensure your implants last for years and never need to be replaced. Dr. Kyle Benton‘s friendly team is here to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted. We are always available to answer questions and help you every step of the way.

If you are interested in finding out more about dental implants in Hot Springs, AR and how they may benefit you, contact Benton Family Dentistry to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kyle Benton today!

Benton Family Dentistry To Resume Seeing Patients on May 25

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Dear Patients,


We are excited to announce that starting May 18, Benton Family Dentistry will resume seeing patients during standard business hours. After studying guidance from the American Dental Association, the Arkansas Dental Association, the CDC, and other medical and dental authorities, we are prepared to begin treating patients in our office.


Benton Family Dentistry has always adhered to rigorous standards specific to cleanliness, disinfection, and sterilization. We firmly believe that the dental office is one of the cleanest environments that the public can visit. The safety of our patients and our team is of utmost concern. To address the recent impacts, we have made some modifications to our protective equipment and our in-office procedures.


Below are just a few of the changes you may notice:


 

  • Our lobby will remain ‘closed’ — please stay in your car and call or text us to let us know you have arrived. A team member will meet you at the lobby door to admit you.
  • Patients are asked not to bring friends or family members to their appointment unless assistance is required or the patient is a minor.
  • A team member will take your temperature and ask you some COVID19 specific screening questions before escorting you to a treatment room.
  • Non-clinical team members may be wearing masks and/or gloves during their interactions with you.

We know that these have been extraordinary times and that we are all looking forward to our old routines. Please know that we truly miss all of our patients and we are excited for you to return. If have you have any questions, please contact our office at (501) 623-6132 or visit our website at

https://bentonfamilydentistry.com

An Alternative to Dental Insurance

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Dental insurance and coverage is constantly changing, becoming more complex than ever before. Additionally, some employers are no longer offering dental benefits to their staff as they look for ways to cut costs. This can be very challenging for families that need routine cleanings and dental work but are not exactly sure how to find the best solution.

There are many misconceptions about dental insurance. Patients often feel that they have to see a dentist in network because this will provide them with the best value for the care that they need. This is not always true! It is often the case that the “benefit” you receive from your dental insurance plan is off-set by the premium that you pay.

Our Membership Plan includes many benefits:

  • Professional dental cleanings (2 per year)
  • Doctor exams (1-2 per year)
  • Needed x-rays*
  • One emergency exam per year (if needed)
  • 15% off all other treatments (some exclusions may apply)
  • $99 Lifetime Activation Fee (includes the first month)

At Benton Family Dentistry in Hot Springs, Arkansas, we are proud to offer an in-office membership plan that provides numerous benefits and discounts to our members at a low monthly price. Our plan is an alternative to traditional dental insurance and is very simple to join. We provide our members with access to quality, affordable dental healthcare without the complexities and hassles that come with your dental insurance company.

Applying is easy, simply call (501) 623-6132 or visit our online application today to get started!

What are Dental Implants?

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Commonly Asked Implant Questions

We have many patients visit our Hot Springs office looking to replace a tooth that has been an issue for some time. During these appointments, we are often asked “what is a dental implant?” So, we thought we would take a moment to explain an implant, the process, and what you can expect when you are treated at Benton Family Dentistry.

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What are Dental Implants?

The dental implant is a tooth replacement option for a patient that has lost a single tooth or multiple teeth and are looking for the function and aesthetics of their original smile. After your visit with Dr. Benton, he will work with you to schedule the implant placement followed by the placement of your new synthetic tooth. It can take almost four to six months for an implant to become fully functional. Once complete, your implant will feel real and will continue to function as before.

What are they used to treat?

When you have a tooth extracted or you have lost your multiple teeth, the bone that was previously supporting your teeth will now continue to regress and eventually the bone loss will lead to changes in the position of remaining teeth. Collectively, these changes will lead to negative overall aesthetic outcomes. Once you receive an implant, bone will surround the implant and will then consider it as a real tooth root resulting in minimized bone loss. There will be reduced deterioration and your smile will stay as healthy as it was before.

Dental implants are as functional as your natural teeth. You will be able to bite and chew everything you were able to with your natural teeth. Our dental implant and it’s tooth portion are custom-made according to the shape, color, and shade of the teeth in your smile. The implant will look real and will blend in with your smile!

Why are they a good treatment option and why is Dr. Benton the best doctor in Hot Springs, Arkansas to provide the treatment?

A dental implant is the best treatment option for many patients because of its lifetime durability with regular care. Due to recent advancements in aesthetic dentistry, your custom made tooth attached to your implant will look, function, and even feel like a real tooth.

Multiple dental Implants can also be used to support a dental bridge, denture, or to improve a smile. At Benton Family Dentistry in Hot Springs, Arkansas, we provide many different dental implant options ranging from single tooth replacement to replacement of multiple teeth and also implant supported dentures and bridges.

The Smile You Want Is Within Reach!

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Our smiles, just like anything else in our lives, change over time. Usage, wear, growth, all can have an impact on the appearance of our teeth. Color changes and minor damage over the years can also alter the beautiful smile you had as a teenager. In addition, our smile often takes a backseat to the care and treatment that our children and family require. We understand! But, we are also here to let you know that there are options available to you to “turn back the clock” and give you that perfectly colored, perfectly straight smile that you want and love.

Dr. Benton and his team at Benton Family Dentistry in Hot Springs, Arkansas, are one of the few offices in the area that can place MicroThin veneers. This treatment is often an excellent solution for many of the common aesthetic concerns that patients raise in the office. MicroThin veneers are custom-crafted from porcelain and fit over your teeth without removing any enamel. This treatment requires intense training and a high degree of technical skill and precision. Dr. Benton has spent years placing these veneers, studying the latest trends and research, and continuing his education to provide the best possible treatment and care to patients looking to improve their smile.