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Dr. William H. Miller, D.M.D. has been practicing dentistry in Texas since 1985. For over 35 years, he has had a passion for personalized, quality care dentistry. He has been in the DFW area his entire career and is conveniently located on Walnut Hill Lane across from Presbyterian Hospital in North Dallas.

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Which Professional Whitening Procedure is Best for You?

» 15 December 2020 » In Dental News » Comments Off on Which Professional Whitening Procedure is Best for You?

The advantages and disadvantages of professional cosmetic teeth whitening methods and systems.

Professional Teeth Whitening Procedures are Effective and Convenient
While brushing teeth with chalk, bark, and baking soda was a viable teeth whitening option 200 years ago, advances in dentistry now allow us to comfortably and efficiently keep our teeth clean and white without having to put some strange concoction into our mouths. Now we can schedule an appointment with our dentist and after only a couple hours our teeth are white and gleaming. We can also take home prescription trays or over-the-counter white strips or toothpaste that also whitens satisfactorily. While it is aesthetically appealing to have whiter teeth, caution needs to be exercised when choosing the whitening procedure. Gritty or acidic substances are found in some over-the-counter whitening products and these may scratch off enamel or cause soreness to gums. It is best to consult with a dentist before grabbing the first white strips available, and if time is of the essence, then a professional whitening procedure may be the best option to get results fast.

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Common Professional Whitening Procedures
Many dentists’ offices now have not one, but several methods to use to whiten teeth depending on the situation. A client has the option of choosing a treatment which can whiten teeth dramatically over a few hours in a dentist chair or over a few weeks at home with a prescription tray. Dr. William Miller, a dentist in Dallas, Texas, explains how a usual teeth whitening session works. “When opting for an in-office cosmetic whitening procedure, usually the dentist will apply a gel to the patient’s teeth and then use a laser or light to activate the bleaching agent within the gel.” This technique and variations are used in systems like BriteSmile, Rembrandt Teeth Whitening. If an in-office whitening treatment is out of the question, then you can ask your dentist about receiving similar treatments at home, through the use of a personally fitted tray and gel (more powerful than any over-the-counter brands) that can be applied personally at home. Another professional procedure that creates a whiter smile is the practice of taking a thin layer of composite resin or porcelain material molded to the tooth and bonding them to the front of the tooth. This method covers stained or yellowed teeth, immediately giving the patient a “whiter” smile. This is not whitening the actual teeth, as there is no application of a bleaching agent to the enamel, only covering it up with an artificial material, but this is one of the most effective ways of giving a smile a cleaner and whiter look, and even helps to correct other flaws like chipped or crooked teeth that have been damaged due to normal wear or teeth grinding. Lumineers is a well-known name within this dental service, and offers porcelain veneers which, though costly, can last longer than ten years.

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When NOT To Brush Your Teeth

» 29 October 2020 » In Dental News » Comments Off on When NOT To Brush Your Teeth

Tooth brushing is an integral part of a patients daily dental care.  Tooth brushing and flossing are needed for healthy teeth and gums.

Proper Dental Care May Require Brushing Your Teeth Less

Tooth Brushing“Brush teeth often!” is the directive dental office patients remember the most after the latest teeth cleaning appointment with the dentist. However dentists don’t want their patients tooth brushing their teeth in blind obedience the second any liquid or food passes their lips. Sometimes exposing your mouth to harsh bristles or gritty toothpaste at the wrong time or in the wrong way can cause damage to enamel or gums. Consider these points before initiating your next dental cleaning:

Don’t Tooth Brush After Consuming Acidic Foods or Liquids
If the first thing you grab after a hearty meal is the toothbrush and toothpaste, hold on a moment! Some liquids, like soda, contain phosphoric acids that temporarily soften enamel. Even “healthier” liquids and foods, like orange juice or citrus fruit, contains citric acid which also can weaken enamel. Think your teeth can handle a quick brush after downing a glass of orange juice? When enamel is weakened, the last thing it needs is the bristles of a toothbrush scraping over it and removing microscopic amounts. “Wait a second,” you might think, “only microscopic amounts? How bad can that be?” Plenty, if you consider that enamel is irreplaceable and will wear down naturally over time anyway. If you want to preserve your pearly whites while maintaining good tooth brushing habits, make sure you wash down acidic content with water and wait at least 20 minutes to brush. This will give your teeth time to recover, allowing the saliva time to wash the mouth out and strengthen the enamel.

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Stress, Worry, & Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)

» 23 September 2020 » In Bruxism, Dental News, Teeth Grinding » Comments Off on Stress, Worry, & Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)

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Teeth Grinding Getting You Down?

You go to bed worried about your job security, as your company has stopped growing.  Talk has begun regarding cutbacks and layoffs. You are concerned regarding house payments..  Upcoming budget strain of a child returning to school during Covid-19. You may have anxiety over the state of your investments.  Whether the decision to buy that stock will come back to bite you, may be clouding your mind.  Grinding, bruxism and mouthguards may be in your future.  Apprehension regarding the weakening economy dictates your bedtime mood and with a mind teeming with uneasiness, you fall asleep. The next morning brings even more discomfort as you wake with a splitting headache and a sore jaw. While brushing your teeth you notice that some of them feel sensitive, so despondently you head off to work feeling like your body is falling apart along with the economy. Perhaps it’s time to schedule an appointment with dentist, William H. Miller, D.M.D.

The Symptoms of Bruxism

There are many contributing factors to the shaky economy.  Solutions may be convoluted and varied.  The good news is that the headache, sore jaw, and loose teeth may all be due to a single cause.  Bruxism, more commonly known as “teeth grinding.” Bruxism is when a person clenches their teeth together tightly, or grinds them back and forth against each other.  This typically occurs in one’s sleep, unconsciously.

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Dental Implants, Bridges and Dentures Are The Best Tooth Replacements (for now)

» 18 September 2020 » In Dallas Texas Dentist, Dental Implants, Dental News, Dentist in Dallas TX, Dentures » Comments Off on Dental Implants, Bridges and Dentures Are The Best Tooth Replacements (for now)

Dental Implants Arlington Texas Dentist Tooth Replacement Teeth Implant ProcedureDental implants, bridges and dentures might become obsolete in time. Recent research has gotten us closer to discovering how to grow our own teeth!

While teeth implants, bridges and dentures are useful, they might not be the only options available for tooth replacement in the future. Researchers in Finland have found a way to pinpoint stem cells that are essential to growing teeth. Don’t get too excited yet – the stem cells they are working with belong to the incisors, or front teeth, of mice and therefore still far removed from actually growing a human tooth. However, this is still an exciting and useful discovery since mice incisors grow continuously throughout their life, and studying this process is likely to lead to information that can be used to grow human teeth. Another important application for this study is growing new dental enamel, especially since enamel wears down over time and is irreplaceable. All speculation aside, here are the options for teeth replacement:

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Quick, Easy Changes that Help Maintain Oral Hygiene

» 27 June 2020 » In Dental News » Comments Off on Quick, Easy Changes that Help Maintain Oral Hygiene

Dental hygiene is very important.  Brushing and flossing are needed.

Along With Brushing & Flossing, These Hygiene Habits Help Teeth Stay Healthy and White

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The best ways to keep teeth healthy and white is by brushing twice daily (at least), flossing regularly, visiting your local dentist office for regular exams, and staying away from sugar. However, even the best of us have sometimes found ourselves skipping a flossing session or struggling to cut sugar out of our diet. While we should always place a high priority on hygiene and maintaining the healthy, essential habits of brushing, flossing, and eating healthily, not all habits that benefit teeth are difficult to implement. In fact, some changes are relatively easy to adopt and are a useful supplement to regular brushing and flossing (and remember, a soft bristle toothbrush is best!).

Use Straws
Even when drinking hot liquids, use a straw. Put a straw through your coffee drink lid or into directly into your cup of tea in order to ensure that the coffee/tea passes your teeth on the way through your mouth. The less time these liquids stay on your teeth, the less time they have to stain the enamel. Liquids that can easily stain teeth are coffee, tea, red wine, and grape juice. A good rule of thumb: If a liquid stains your clothes, it can stain your teeth! While visiting a dentist for teeth whitening is a convenient option for stained teeth, it’s best to avoid the problem altogether. So, always use a straw to minimize the staining effect and increase your hygiene.

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Economy and Your Teeth

» 18 May 2020 » In Dental News, Dentistry and Health » Comments Off on Economy and Your Teeth

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For the past several years times have been tough for most.  The effects of a depressed economy have been felt here in our local community and across the globe.  Many have lost jobs, whereby medical and dental benefits have been lost and it has been difficult in acquiring basic and routine medical and dental check-ups. Dr.William H. Miller is  concerned about your dental stress.

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Dental Insurance, Facts and Fiction

» 19 April 2020 » In Dental Insurance, Dental News » Comments Off on Dental Insurance, Facts and Fiction

Some Facts about Dental Insurance and PaymentsCovered by your Dental Insurance Provider? Find out?

    • Please note that if you have any dental PPO coverage you still may have services completed within our office.

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Dallas Dentures and Chewing

» 08 April 2020 » In Dental News, Dentures » Comments Off on Dallas Dentures and Chewing

Full dentures are a prosthetic replacement of a person’s missing teeth.  Many people in the United States and throughout the world have fullchewing dentures upper and lower dentures.  Dentures may have the “look” of natural teeth but they don’t function the same as one’s natural teeth.

Natural teeth are secured within the bone of the patients mouth and can be considered as “fixed” within the oral cavity.  Dentures are totally removable by the patient and therefore are always subject to movement when in mouth and chewing.  Teeth also are anatomically made and suited for chewing food. They have processed “plastic” teeth and have a much flatter look to them than naturally occurring teeth and are made to chew much differently.

When someone with natural teeth chews food it is moved around the oral cavity and easily digested.  Chewing is very dynamic with the jaw moving in multiple directions with various pressures exerted while chewing.  One can exert great amounts of pressure with natural teeth while chewing without any issues.

Dentures are not anything like natural teeth in regard to chewing.  With dentures food is basically “mashed” while eating.  Chewing is accomplished by the jaws moving in more of an up-and-down motion as the food is mashed between the upper and lower denture.  There is much less dynamic movement of the jaws when chewing with dentures.  The pressure exerted by dentures is far less than that of natural teeth.  If one attempted to exert too much pressure the dentures would move dramatically.

Therefore, chewing with dentures is not anything like natural teeth and this should be a major consideration when thinking about tooth replacement choices.  Another option would be that of something more secure within the mouth as that of a fixed bridge(s) or an implant related treatment plan.

Please feel free to view our page on dentures for more information.

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Dallas Dental Office News Update, By Dallas Texas Dentist, William H. Miller
Woodhill Medical Park, 8305 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 235, Dallas, Texas, 75231
Phone: (214) 692-1050

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Implant or a Bridge for Single Tooth Replacement?

» 06 April 2020 » In Dental Implants, Dental News, Teeth Health » Comments Off on Implant or a Bridge for Single Tooth Replacement?

When missing a tooth, which would you choose….a dental implant or a dental bridge?  For many years fixed or permanent bridges were used to replaceimplant missing teeth.  Today, dental implants are the first choice when discussing tooth replacement.  By using implants the adjacent teeth on either side of the space are not affected.  “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” applies very well in this situation.  When using a bridge, typically the adjacent teeth must be “cut” or prepared.  This is to allow them to be used as abutments or “anchor” teeth for the missing tooth.  Many times the adjacent teeth may be totally healthy and therefore no dental reason why they would be included in the facilitation of making the bridge.

Implant procedures for single teeth would not include the adjacent teeth at all.  Basically, the area of the missing tooth is the only consideration.  An implant is placed in the area where the tooth is needed without touching the adjacent teeth.  An abutment and crown is then placed on the implant and the procedure is complete.

Implants work very well within the mouth.  They serve as excellent solutions to replacing missing teeth.  Implants have a longevity when planned and completed by competent dental professionals.  Bridges may have worked well in the past  but today dental implants are one’s first choice when discussing choices for tooth replacement.  If a patient has a failing dental bridge, an alternate treatment option may be discussed.  A patient can replace a dental bridge with two single crowns on the retaining teeth and an implant placed.  The implant would replace the missing tooth.

Check another recent article on dental implants.

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Dallas Dental Office News Update, By Dallas Texas Dentist, William H. Miller
Woodhill Medical Park, 8305 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 235, Dallas, Texas, 75231
Phone: (214) 692-1050

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Tooth Discoloration / Stained Teeth / Dark Teeth

» 02 April 2020 » In Dental News, Teeth Health, Teeth Whitening » Comments Off on Tooth Discoloration / Stained Teeth / Dark Teeth

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Tooth discoloration is a common issue that all dental office’s encounter.  Typically, patients will present with questions about their smile and will ask  “Why are my teeth darker in color?.  Most of the time people will be inquiring about their anterior or front teeth as they are the most visible when smiling. Professional teeth whitening is a simple and painless process that can resolve this predicament.  There are several reasons why a tooth may discolor.  Decay may change the color of a tooth.  Trauma may have the same effect on a tooth as well.  There may be internal changes to the nerve of a tooth which would cause tooth discoloration.

There are many different reasons why teeth may discolor.  Reasons may either be intrinsic, or “within” the tooth structure or extrinsic, “outside staining” of the enamel of the tooth.  A dentist can usually determine which type of discoloration a person may have after an examination of the teeth.  There are many and varied causes of discoloration, both intrinsic and extrinsic.  Many of these issues can be eliminated or at least reduced after visiting a dentist. Our Dallas TX Dental Office is proud to offer a full selection of Cosmetic Dental services to help combat any cosmetic issue.

Tooth discoloration issues may be treated with a tooth colored filling, crown or veneer.  There are advantages and disadvantages with each choice.  Veneers and crowns are more aggressive than with a traditional filling.  Altho

More resources on the topic:

  • Check out this link from WebMd for more information about tooth discoloration.
  • The National Institute of Health also has an article about issues with tooth discoloration.

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Dallas Dental Office News Update, By Dallas Texas Dentist, William H. Miller
Woodhill Medical Park, 8305 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 235, Dallas, Texas, 75231
Phone: (214) 692-1050

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