What is Guided Implant Surgery?

At Complete Dentistry of Midland we perform guided implant surgery to replace teeth. What does that mean? Let's say you are missing a tooth. Either the tooth has been missing for a while or maybe you have a broken tooth that you know will have to come out. Maybe you have a partial denture you are tired of wearing for one reason or another. A dental implant is by far the best solution for a single missing tooth since you do not have to involve any other teeth. First we take a 3D image with our Planmeca Promax. This image lets us look in detail at all the vital structures and bone volume. Next we use our specialized software to...

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Isodry

Having a procedure done at Complete Dentistry with Dr. Hubis? We use something during your time here called the Isodry. The Isodry helps your clinical staff ensure that your procedure goes smoothly every time and allows us to control the “condition” of your mouth. During some procedures, it is very important to keep the area we are working in dry. The Isodry serves as a great purpose in that it allows us a free hand to work with, while doing a laundry list of things for you, and us. It allows you to rest comfortably on its convenient bite block to rest your jaw during long procedures, retracts your tongue for us, and allows you to swallow during the procedure...

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Will it hurt?

Most often, when discussing treatment options the first question we get asked is - will it hurt? All of our procedures are meant to help you and we want you to be at ease and comfortable while getting your dental care. We offer multiple options to help your dental experience go smoothly. Procedures and materials continue to improve over time and newer methods help us to achieve efficient and gentle care. The dental treatment procedures that are done at our office are done with local anesthetic. There is no need to worry about being “put to sleep." Local anesthetics are given by an injection. To make that go smoothly we apply a topical gel to your gum that will help...

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Is Flossing Really Important?

Is flossing really important? It’s a question that I hear from my patients at least one to two times daily. Remember this phrase: "Floss only the teeth that you wish to keep." On a daily basis, I see the results of proper flossing and I also see the results in patients that choose not to floss at all. It’s important to be proactive in taking steps toward a healthy mouth for life. Once you suffer through the consequences of deciding not to adequately care for your teeth, its hard sometimes to reverse to damage created. There are a few different reasons that we should all take the time to floss at least once a day, EVERYDAY! Flossing can help prevent...

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Should I Keep It Or Replace It?

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A very common discussion with patients in our office is whether to keep a damaged tooth (whether by decay, fracture or trauma) and restore it or to replace the tooth with an implant or bridge after extraction. My main focus in this discussion is to guide our patients in to choosing the right option for them. There are a few factors to consider that effect the outcome of the chosen goal. The condition of the tooth is the first thing to consider. A tooth with operable damage is always best to restore in my opinion.  Extensive damage to a tooth sometimes requires a root canal in addition to a build up and a crown. The patients health history and dental...

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Why Do I Keep Getting Cavities?

Probably the most common problem encountered in dental practice is caries, or tooth decay. Caries is a bacterial disease process and the result is a "cavity" that requires a filling. The good news is that the process of tooth decay is very well understood among dental researchers and dentists, so the trouble only lies in the wide dispersion of the necessary facts and the subsequent compliance to any necessary changes in habits. This can be hard. Believe me I know. Many people struggle with it. The enemy to all of our teeth may not be what you think it is. Let's start with some general biology and then we can cover the caries process and what to do about it....

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What in the World is CEREC?

I recently spent a weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona learning how to raise my level of expertise in making anterior CEREC crowns.  It was a two day course with lab and lecture training. A large part of my decision to invest in a CEREC machine had to do with the level of training associated with the machine. There are learning centers, symposiums, meetings and events scattered across the country happening all the time.  There is also a network of about 10,000 dentists who share ideas and experiences with their CEREC machine via a website called cerecdoctors.com.  This website also has training videos for dentists and team members. What does this mean? Well, as a dentist it means that I am free...

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Do Root Canals Work?

"Do Root Canals work?"  This is a question I hear rather frequently. I find that some patients are confused in the terminology so let me first clear that up. A Root Canal is a part of your body. It's where the nerve tissue inside your tooth resides. This nerve tissue is responsible for sending messages to your brain that tell you when it feels cold and pain - that's it. It's either cold or pain. Teeth cannot give you warm and fuzzy feelings, unfortunately. A Root Canal is also a procedure performed by either a General Dentist or an Endodontist. An Endodontist is a specialist in treating infections of the root canal system of a tooth. The procedure known as...

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