The Magic behind your great smile
Azle Dental Care’s entire team work to make sure your visit is quick and effective. We stay up on the newest advancements in dentistry and can calm any fears you may have about your smile.
Coffee? Red wine? Smoking? Sweet Tea? Whitening is the easiest procedure you can do to get your existing smile noticed. Stained teeth can be made whiter either at home or in the comfort of our office during lunch break.
Tooth-colored bonding used to cover or fill in a small gap or a tooth chip. Our doctors are artists in the contouring of your smile.
Porcelain laminate veneers are another tool our doctors us to correct or camouflage tooth discoloration, damage or misalignment.
Children's Smile Care
Children’s teeth begin forming before birth. As early as age four months, baby teeth erupt through the gums. Although all 20 primary teeth usually appear by age three, the pace and order of eruption varies. Permanent teeth begin appearing around age six. This process continues until age 21.
Oral care should begin soon after baby’s birth. Gums can be cleaned with a washcloth daily. You can begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they appear.
Sealants are an acrylic-like material that helps shield out decay-causing bacteria.
It is recommended that sealants be applied to a child’s primary (baby) molars by the age of three or four years. It is best to apply sealants as soon as possible as a child’s most cavity prone years continue until the mid-teens.
Wisdom teeth are the final teeth to develop. Most of us have four wisdom teeth, which usually emerge during our late teens or early twenties.
Some wisdom teeth do not have room to erupt. In that case, our dentists perform wisdom teeth removal in our office. Patients choose to either be sedated or use nitrous oxide for this procedure.
Implants are the closest thing to your natural replacement available.
Dr. Porter and her associates use the same principles and material used in joint replacement surgery. They place a titanium anchor directly into bone. An anchor cap fastens on as a single tooth or it may safely secure multiple arches of a full-mouth denture, as well.
You will find dental implants feel more comfortable, secure, and more natural than removable tooth replacements such as a partial or denture.
Secure implants allow you to eat whatever food you want and gives you the confidence to smile and laugh freely. And, we all love to laugh.
Gum Disease or Bleeding Gums
Gum (periodontal) disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. Mainly caused by plaque, it is usually painless, but it puts up a strong fight. Regular dental visits are essential to timely diagnosis and treatment.
Warning signs of advanced periodontal disease may include red, swollen or bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, wobbly or separating permanent teeth, and a drastically changed bite.
Replacing Missing Teeth
A bridge spans a gap in your teeth and connects to two healthy teeth. A replacement tooth is created in a lab to attach to the bridge. A bridge keeps your teeth aligned and restores your smile.
ADC’s doctors have been specially trained in the field of dental implants. Our doctors can create a single tooth or replacement teeth to perfectly fit your smile.
Dentures either partial or full-mouth replacements are a very serious matter to Dr. Porter and our entire staff. Once your real teeth are gone, they are gone.
When our doctors notice a sticky spot of decay on a tooth, they clean the sticky spot off and in some cases, patches the spot with a simple filling.
Broken or decayed teeth can be restored using several tooth colored materials. These restorations are bonded to the tooth and can increase the strength of the damaged tooth.
Deep tooth decay, or an injury, can cause serious damage and infection to the tooth pulp’s nerves and vessels. A root canal, also called endodontic treatment, cleans out the infected pulp chamber.
This procedure kills the sensitivity and unfortunately eliminates the blood supply to the tooth. So, the tooth becomes brown and brittle. A crown is fitted around the tooth to ensure stability.
Temporomandibular (TMJ) Disorder
Wisdom teeth or third molars are the final teeth to develop. Most of us have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of our mouth. They usually emerge during our late teens or early twenties, but sometimes much later in adulthood.
Some molars do not have room to emerge. In that case, an ADC doctor will suggest removing the wisdom teeth in our office. Most patients choose to either be sedated or use nitrous oxide for this procedure.
A Great Smile Starts with a Great Office
At Azle Dental Care, we have invested in the best technology to create a comfortable and relaxing experience. Our private treatment rooms feature a plush leather patient chair, an overhead HDTV featuring your favorite channels or where you can stream your favorite shows. Plus, several rooms feature a spectacular view of our always-changing private garden.
For your convenience, you will always have the same caring dental clinician sitting beside you to answer any questions you may have while waiting for the doctor.
Azle Dental Care has been “digital” since 2001. Because we use digital x-rays, we take fewer pictures, so you are exposed for less time.
To address the traditional mouth full of putty problem, Dr. Porter invested in an ITero imaging system. It maps your teeth. Our iTero makes it easy to quickly create a digital picture of a single tooth or quadrant of the mouth.
We still make a temporary as we wait for your replacement tooth to be created, but the impression putty tastes much better than in the past. We have tried it ourselves. It is clear, not as thick, and taste much better. You can even pick a flavor.
Our entire team works hard to ensure our office always maintains a new and fresh aroma. We diligently work to hold off the sterile smell of most dental offices. Remember, we went to other dentists at one time, too.
Dr. Porter is constantly working to ensure the quickest, easiest way to put your nerves to sleep. She has been very successful with a technique she adapted and improved on from Baylor School of Dentistry in Dallas. Her patients, both old and young, have been very satisfied with her technique.
She works diligently with her associates to maintain the quality of her technique.
The American Dental Association estimates about 20% of us do not see a dentist because of fear and anxiety. We believe knowledge helps control patient anxiety. We want you to know exactly what is going on during every step of your visit with us.
ADC dentists have two paths of helping concerned patients control their apprehension: anxiety addressing medication or sedation.
Every dentist can provide oral medication to “take the edge off” a patient’s anxiety, but only a few certified dentists can provide inhalation agents like nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” in the office.
Dr. Porter and all ADC associates are licensed to provide anxiety medicine while all our clinical staff are certified to maintain patients under medication.
Sedation dentistry is when intravenous sedation or general anesthesia is used to sedate patients. Only a doctor with anesthesia training can perform sedation. Dr. Porter and her certified associates, in conjunction with a general anesthesiologist, regularly perform sedation cases in our office. We have special private operatories in our office reserved for sedation cases.
Dr. Porter has experience in providing special needs patients with additional sedation techniques which have worked with excellent success. Please be sure to ask about our special options.
Please remember, there is tenderness in all sedation operations in the following hours and even days. Our doctors do not pass home care on to you and your family. Your doctor provides care management steps including their 24-hour contact number to help any patients or their families manage the stresses of care.