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Top 6 Reasons to Consider Dental Implants

If you've thought about replacing your missing or damaged teeth with dental implants that gain completely new and permanent support, there's never been a better time before now. Dental implant surgery has become easier and more advanced faster than most areas of dental surgery, allowing you to gain full functionality and beauty in your smile in a single visit to your Keller, TX Dentist Dr. Tyson Pickett, DDS FAGD. Here are 6 reasons why you should schedule a consultation for dental implants in order to find out if you're a qualified candidate: Dental Implants Are Like New Naturally Looking Teeth Natural teeth are rooted firmly and anchored in our jawbone and have a specific tone of [...]

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Dental Implants: Questions & Answers

Dental Implants are long-lasting, man-made replacements for the root of a tooth. If a patient has broken a tooth, or has a missing tooth due to an injury or tooth decay, a dental implant is typically the best replacement method for a single tooth or even several teeth. At Pickett Family Dental, we provide new patients with dental implants for a variety of reasons, but many patients come to us with questions about getting dental implants. We've put together the top questions we get about dental implants and the most accurate answers we can provide via text on our website. If you have questions about your broken or missing teeth and whether dental implants are the right answer for [...]

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What does it mean to be a FAGD Dentist?

Dr. Pickett is one of less that 5% of dentists nationwide to achieve the FAGD accreditation. But, what exactly does the FAGD distinction mean in dentistry? What does it mean for you as one of our patients at Pickett Family Dental in Keller, TX? What is an FAGD Dentist? Doctors, dentists, and other professional often have numerous acronyms following their names from degrees and achievements. They all have different meanings. The FAGD acronym stands for "Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry." Is is one of the most prestigious awards in dentistry and designates that the awarded dentist has achieved clear standing of excellence within their profession. There are about 40,000 dentists, or just 5% in North America that [...]

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4 Types of Dental Cleanings

Did you know that there are naturally-occurring bacteria that live in your mouth, helping you eat your food? Some bacteria are good and others definitely aren't. Depending on how you eat and manage your oral healthcare there could very well be excess bacteria that needs to be removed through regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings. To prevent bad bacteria from growing and causing dental issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and pericoronitis, we recommend that individuals visit our dental office in Keller, TX for regular dental cleanings and dental exams twice yearly. Dental exams allow Dr. Pickett to evaluate the health of your gums and teeth, while dental cleanings will remove any plaque and tartar buildup that can lead [...]

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What Is A Deep Dental Cleaning?

Sometimes your teeth need something a little more than a normal cleaning. This is primarily needed when plaque has been able to build up and then harden to form tartar. The main difference between a regular dental cleaning and a deep dental cleaning is what area is being cleaned. A deep clean typically involves removing plaque and tartar below the gum line whereas a normal cleaning is at, and above the gum line. A deep cleaning may be required in order to prevent the development of gum disease, also known as periodontitis. When gum disease starts going below the gum line, the bacteria can get into the periodontal pockets around your teeth. This can lead to receding [...]

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How Much Does A Dental Cleaning Cost?

A person’s oral health is one of the most overlooked, even neglected areas of health. This is due to various reasons. One of those reasons may be due to the fact that it can be easy to forget about or not pay attention to your oral health because it’s more difficult to see on a daily basis. That is, until it’s often too late. Another reason is cost, as regular health insurance does not include much, if anything, for dental care. Many people also think that they don’t need to spend the money on a dentist when they can brush their teeth and floss at home. Unfortunately, this isn’t enough to maintain great oral health. Even with brushing your [...]

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Your New Keller Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry

I’m an FAGD dentist! What does that mean for you and your family? FAGD stands for Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. Earning Fellowship takes dedication to dental continuing education (CE) beyond graduation. Only about 6 percent of general dentists in the U.S. and Canada are AGD Fellows. When you see a dentist with FAGD after their name, you can rest assured that they care about knowing the latest techniques and best practices in dentistry. AGD Fellows practice these techniques in a classroom setting multiple times a year — not every dentist does this. To become an AGD Fellow, a dentist must: Complete over 500 credit hours of CE. Earn 350 of those 500 credits in live courses. [...]

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What Are Different Types Of Dental Teeth Cleaning?

Did you know that there are different types of dental cleanings? While you and even your dentist may refer to it as just a dental cleaning, there are specific names for different types of cleaning. Knowing these types and what they entail is important so you know what kind of dental services you are getting. If you are unsure, your dentist can easily explain to you about the dental services you are receiving. Prophylaxis Cleaning Prophylaxis is defined as an action taken to prevent disease, especially by specified means or against a specified disease. A prophylaxis cleaning is what is also referred to as just a normal dental cleaning. This is the recommended biannual cleaning to have for [...]

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What Is Gum Disease?

Known more officially as periodontal disease (periodontitis), gum disease is an oral infection caused by bacteria. From commercials from dentists to toothpaste and toothbrush brands, you’ve probably heard an extremely common term: plaque. Plaque is the primary culprit when it comes to gum disease. Gum disease can be difficult to detect for people not going to their local dentist office for regular cleanings. This is mostly because, for the most part, gum disease is often referred to as a “silent disease”. It generally doesn’t cause much pain, if any, or discomfort. This makes it easy for people to neglect or put off because they’re lacking a physical reminder. Causes Of Gum DiseaseYour mouth is essentially [...]

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Have a Sprained Tooth? Sprained Tooth Syndrome

Sprained Tooth Syndrome is caused by strong bilateral opposing vector forces from opposing sides of the ligaments that support the tooth to become stretched and inflamed to the point of creating chronic pain and discomfort for the patient. Strained tooth syndrome is different than simply biting too hard on a hard or tough food and hurting it momentarily. If the pain and discomfort subsides afterwards, then it isn't strained. However, if you notice a dull ache, pain, or soreness when chewing or in your gum pockets along with temperature sensitivity and occasional headaches there could be a sprained tooth. Obviously, it's easiest to check for cavities and other problems by taking x-rays, temperature tests, percuss, [...]

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