Dr. Rutherford collects toys and cash donations for Townsquare Cares Toy Drive
Odessa, TX – Dr. Robin Rutherford, cosmetic dentist in Midland and Odessa, will be conducting a toy drive out of his practice for the holidays this year. The Art of Dentistry, Dr. Rutherford’s practice, will be collecting toys as well as cash donations for the Townsquare Cares Toy Drive. The office will be accepting donations from November 26th to December 14th.
Dr. Rutherford and his staff are excited to continue sharing in the spirit of giving back to the community. He says: “Since we’ve been collecting toys for so many years, people have developed a habit of bringing their donations to us around this time of year. We really enjoy contributing to these projects that service the local community.”
The donated toys will be picked up for distribution to less fortunate children in the Odessa area, and Dr. Rutherford reminds contributors that all toys should be dropped off unwrapped. Cash donations will be used to purchase additional toys before the drive’s completion. Dr. Rutherford says that participation in donation programs is a privilege and an honor for his practice, and he adds his entire staff is enthusiastic for this opportunity to help. Although his practice has typically collected a large amount of donations in past years, Dr. Rutherford and the rest of his team at his Odessa cosmetic dentistry practice hope to exceed last year’s generous numbers.
According to Dr. Rutherford: “One of the most rewarding aspects of participating in these gift programs has been utilizing the generous cash donations of our patients and taking our own children to help pick out the toys. They have an opportunity to share in the spirit of giving as well. For our own children, the toy drives have been a great learning experience about the value in helping others.”
Supporting toy drive programs and providing less fortunate children with gifts during the holidays has become a tradition for The Art of Dentistry, and one that Dr. Rutherford plans on maintaining for years to come.
About Robin Rutherford, DDS
Dr. Robin Rutherford is a graduate of Texas A&M University and received his medical degree at the University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio. He has been voted the “Best Dentist in Odessa” by the Odessa American Readers’ Choice poll and named Texas Super Dentist in the December 2011 issue of Texas Monthly Magazine. Dr. Rutherford has continued his dental education with over 400 hours of advanced study in dental implants, porcelain veneers, and other cosmetic procedures in the past four years. He is an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Orthodontic Society, a Fellow of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, and a Diplomat of the American Dental Implant Association. Dr. Rutherford is available for interview upon request.
Odessa, TX–Many people might not be aware that certain medications can have a significant impact on oral health. Antibiotics such as tetracycline and doxycycline, as well as antihistamines like Benadryl have been known to cause teeth discoloration, particularly for children whose teeth are still developing. There are a number of techniques available for eliminating stains caused by medications. Dr. Robin Rutherford, an Odessa and Midland dentist, offers customized treatment plans at his practice to correct stained teeth using porcelain dental veneers. He says he can easily mask imperfections and create uniformity within the teeth structure, helping patients achieve optimal results.
Dr. Rutherford says that many of his patients have discolored teeth and want to achieve a whiter smile. He adds that tetracycline has a propensity for staining teeth with a dark brown color, and these effects can become more apparent if a patient took the medication anywhere from birth to age 12. In an effort to correct discolored teeth from medications like tetracycline, Dr. Rutherford often uses porcelain veneers, which can cover the affected areas of the tooth and block out the stains.
“If a patient has permanently stained teeth, they can come in for a thorough evaluation and get a perfect smile after as little as two visits with porcelain veneers. Veneers can offer a solution that teeth whitening or bleaching cannot, and we can give the patient the exact shade of white that they wish for. We pride ourselves in practicing the highest level of cosmetic dentistry by transforming discolored or stained teeth into beautiful smiles.”
At his practice, Dr. Rutherford performs an array of procedures such as dental implants, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and orthodontics. By employing the most innovative and advanced dental techniques, Dr. Rutherford strives to give his patients the highest quality results. He and his team at The Art of Dentistry concentrate on providing personalized attention to each patient to accommodate their individual needs. Whether patients opt for procedures to remove stains from their teeth or simply a routine dental cleaning, Dr. Rutherford says he takes the necessary steps to make his patients’ visits as comfortable and hassle-free as possible.
About Robin Rutherford, DDS
Dr. Robin Rutherford is a graduate of Texas A&M University and obtained his dental degree from the University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio. He is a Fellow of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry as well as the American Orthodontic Society. Dr. Rutherford is a Diplomate of the American Dental Implant Association. For the past two years, he has been featured in Texas Monthly magazine as a “Texas Super Dentist” and was selected to the Consumer Research Council’s Guide to America’s Top Dentists.
Located at 4712 E. University in Odessa, TX, Dr. Rutherford’s practice can be reached at (432) 367-0202. He can also be contacted online via the website gentledentaldoc.com or at facebook.com/gentledentaldoc
Odessa, TX — According to recent statistics gathered by the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), more than 30 percent of Americans avoid necessary dental work due to fear or anxiety of the dentist. Dental phobia is often a result of bad experiences with dentists in the past or a fear of loss of control, and has contributed to millions of people having unmet dental needs such as tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. However, thanks to recent advancements in modern dentistry, Dr. Robin Rutherford, a dentist in Odessa, says practices now have access to a host of sedation techniques to help patients feel more comfortable during their treatment while minimizing anxiety.
At his Odessa dentistry practice, Dr. Rutherford focuses on a wide variety of cosmetic and general procedures ranging from teeth whitening and dental implants to regular hygiene check ups and periodontal care. He says patients often complain of an overwhelming sense of fear or anxiety when going to the dentist and cannot relax in a dental office, no matter what treatment they are scheduled to undergo. Because this problem is a common occurrence, Dr. Rutherford says his practice offers a technique known as conscious sedation dentistry that utilizes a series of oral pills to help patients feel relaxed and comfortable during their appointment.
“Many people do just fine with only nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and good local anesthesia. However, some patients have had difficulty getting numb or feeling comfortable during a procedure. These patients want to be ‘asleep’ where they are relaxed and unaware of the treatment as it is performed and then have no recollection of the appointment.”
After taking one pill the night before the procedure, Dr. Rutherford says patients arrive to the appointment a little drowsy and in a very relaxed state of mind. Vital signs are monitored closely to ensure safety, adding that most patients sleep for the duration of the treatment. Because of the sedative effects of the medication, however, Dr. Rutherford says patients will need someone to drive them to and from the office. Patients are technically conscious, but in a deep state of relaxation so they experience no pain and little to no memory of the procedure.
“A patient will be sedated for as long as it takes to do the dental work we’re trying to accomplish that day. We limit the number of dental appointments to as few as possible, resulting in fewer times off work and less travel, which makes dental treatment realistic for our busy patients.”
Whether they are looking for porcelain veneers or a restorative procedure such as dental implants, Dr. Rutherford says sedation dentistry has been one of the most groundbreaking discoveries in the past ten years of dental technology. Although oral conscious sedation can be used to help alleviate the stress of dental anxiety for patients, he says he encourages anyone considering the treatment to consult with an experienced and professional dentist before undergoing any procedure. Through partnership with a compassionate and dedicated practice, Dr. Rutherford says patients will be able to experience the benefits of a beautiful, healthy mouth without the fear of pain or discomfort.
About Robin Rutherford, DDS
A graduate of Texas A&M University, Dr. Robin Rutherford earned his dental degree from the University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Orthodontic Society, as well as a Fellow of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and a Diplomate of the American Dental Implant Association. For the past two years, Dr. Rutherford has been featured in Texas Monthly magazine as a “Texas Super Dentist” and was selected to the Consumer Research Council’s Guide to America’s Top Dentists.
Located at 4712 E. University in Odessa, TX, Dr. Rutherford’s practice can be reached at (432) 367-0202. He can also be contacted online via the website gentledentaldoc.com or facebook.com/gentledentaldoc.
Odessa, TX — Dr. Robin Rutherford, a dentist in Odessa, says he has witnessed a growing number of adult patients at his practice requesting a discreet and effective treatment for their unsatisfactory smiles. Because of this rise in demand, Dr. Rutherford says the Six Month Smiles® System has become a popular option for his patients, as more people are becoming aware of the benefits offered by the innovative approach for helping them achieve a smile makeover. He says procedures like Six Month Smiles®, a cosmetic braces system, have provided dentists with an advanced method for straightening teeth and improving smiles in a shorter time than traditional braces.
While recent statistics from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) show that 99.7 percent of Americans believe a smile to be an important social asset, the study also reveals that over half of Americans are still unhappy with their smile. A similar report finds that as many as 72 percent of American adults have some type of malocclusion, or crooked teeth, that could benefit from an orthodontic procedure. At his Odessa dentistry practice, Dr. Rutherford says a common reason why many of his patients have not taken measures to fix their smile is because they are uneasy about wearing bulky, metal wires for two to three years. While traditional braces are still an effective, popular solution for treating crooked teeth, he says adults typically prefer a more subtle procedure, such as the Six Month Smiles® System, that can provide successful results in just a few months.
“Many adults have wished for years that they could have straight, white teeth and an attractive smile,” says Dr. Rutherford. “They are willing to wear braces for a limited amount of time and then whiten these now-straight teeth. We often ask our patients, ‘If there was a way you could have this new smile by the time of your next 6 month cleaning appointment, would you be interested?’ Many of our adult patients are saying ‘Absolutely.’”
The Six Month Smiles® System utilizes small, tooth-colored brackets and wires and gentle forces to position teeth into an ideal alignment. Because they focus mainly on the front teeth, Dr. Rutherford says the procedure time is greatly reduced and almost all of his patients finish their treatment within four to eight months. Once the brackets are removed and the procedure is complete, he says patients are advised to wear a removable retainer for a period of time in order to ensure teeth stay in the desired location.
“After any orthodontic treatment of any length, a major goal is for the now-straight teeth to stay straight,” says Dr. Rutherford. “Wearing a retainer is our best attempt to make teeth stay where we placed them. We recommend wearing retainers 24 hours a day for six months and then just at night from then on. Unfortunately, patients who are not diligent about their retainers take a gamble as to whether or not their teeth stay straight.”
Regardless of whether patients decide on the Six Month Smiles® System, traditional braces, or another cosmetic treatment such as porcelain veneers for achieving a straighter smile, Dr. Rutherford says one of the most important steps to proper dental care is choosing the right dentist. He encourages patients to be sure to consult with an experienced and qualified cosmetic dentist before undergoing any treatment. By partnering with a dedicated practice, he says patients can ensure they receive the highest quality care and the most effective results possible.
About Robin Rutherford, DDS
Dr. Robin Rutherford graduated with honors from Texas A&M University and earned his dental degree from the University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a Fellow of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, and a Diplomate of the American Dental Implant Association. Dr. Rutherford has dedicated over 400 hours to his continued education in the past three years alone, and has been selected to the Consumer Research Council “Guide to America’s Top Dentists” as well as the “Best Dentist in Odessa” by an Odessa American Reader’s Choice poll.
Located at 4712 E. University in Odessa, TX, Dr. Rutherford’s practice can be reached at (432) 367-0202. It can also be contacted online via the websites gentledentaldoc.com or facebook.com/gentledentaldoc.
Odessa Cosmetic Dentist Introduces 6 Month Smile Makeover Procedure to Practice
Odessa, TX — At his center for cosmetic dentistry in Odessa, Dr. Robin Rutherford has announced he will now be offering a smile makeover treatment plan called 6 Month Smiles® for treating misalignment in his patients’ teeth and helping improve the straightness of their smile. The 6 Month Smiles® System, a cosmetic braces system developed in 2006, is designed to correct gaps between teeth, crowded and crooked teeth, and bite problems within an average treatment time of approximately six months. Dr. Rutherford says he is excited to offer the effective dental procedure as a way to achieve a full smile makeover with minimal discomfort, shorter treatment, and an attractive appearance.
As an Odessa cosmetic dentist, Dr. Rutherford provides a wide range of dental procedure options at his practice from orthodontic solutions to teeth whitening. With the addition of the 6 Month Smiles® System, he says patients now have an ever-expanding arsenal of treatments for attaining a confident and beautiful smile. Dr. Rutherford says the innovative technology applied during the 6 Month Smiles® procedure combines advanced orthodontics and a conservative profile to improve his patients’ smile without the bulk and inconvenience of traditional metal braces.
Dr. Rutherford says the Six Month Smiles Lucid-LokTM clear brackets and tooth-colored wiring utilize proven orthodontic methods to straighten teeth and achieve a predictable result. The treatment procedure also requires lower force to treat misalignments and gaps, resulting in a shorter treatment time and a higher level of comfort and hygiene. Targeting just the teeth that are visible when smiling, special nickel-titanium wires move teeth into the correct position. While many patients can feel anxious about the clunky appearance and tooth pain associated with traditional braces, he says the 6 Month Smiles® System is designed to look as discreet as possible so that the orthodontic appliance is only visible at a very close range. Patients are advised to wear a removable retainer after the braces are detached to ensure teeth stay in the correct alignment, though no further treatment should be needed. However, Dr. Rutherford says many patients consider other cosmetic enhancements such as teeth whitening or porcelain veneers to put the finishing touches on their smile.
”Many adults would never consider orthodontics because of the traditional metal brackets and 18-30 months treatment time. However, with 6 Month Smiles, all of the cosmetic benefits one would expect from the longer treatment time can be attained in only 6 months of treatment using tooth colored – almost invisible – white brackets and wires. This is a huge breakthrough, lowering the costs in time and inconvenience to the point that many people now are willing to invest 6 months to have the smile of the dreams for the rest of their lives,” says Dr. Rutherford
As more and more advancements in orthodontic and cosmetic dentistry techniques like the 6 Month Smiles® System continue to emerge, Dr. Rutherford says he hopes to pursue the highest level of patient care available by keeping up-to-date with the latest products on the market. He adds that patients looking to brighten their smile and improve self-confidence now have a host of opportunities at their fingertips and he looks forward to providing his patients with quality treatments in dental cosmetics: “Just as a skilled carpenter has many tools and techniques to choose from and selects just the right combination to produce a beautiful result, we can combine all the techniques we know to fit a patient’s situation to give them the healthiest mouth and best smile possible. Whether we utilize 1 hour Zoom teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, 6 Month Smiles, laser dentistry or dental implants, we do everything in office to ensure our patients’ reclaim their oral health and the beaming smile they’ve always wanted.”
About Robin Rutherford, DDS
Dr. Robin Rutherford graduated with honors from Texas A&M University and attended the University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio where he graduated in the top quarter of his class shortly before it was ranked as the top dental school in the nation. He is a Fellow of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, a distinction achieved by fewer than 2% of sedation dentists. Dr. Rutherford is also a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Orthodontic Society, and a Diplomate of the American Dental Implant Association, an honor awarded to less than 1% of member dentists. He was honored in the December 2011 edition of Texas Monthly magazine as one of their 2011 “Texas Super Dentists.” He was nominated by other Texas dentists and Texas Monthly then researched Dr. Rutherford’s achievements, continuing education, and reputation honoring him as one of the top 5% of Texas Dentists. His office has been ranked in the top one percent of dental practices and has dedicated over 400 hours in the past three years alone to continued education.
Ten years ago I learned to do conscious sedation and it has been a tremendous blessing to our patients. We constantly have patients tell us about the bad experiences they have had in the past with dentistry and how our sedation has made it possible for them to have the dental care they know they need and want.
On February 24th I flew to San Diego, CA to look into becoming a teacher for the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS). This is the group I originally learned from and they have asked me to take part in teaching a course to doctors learning about sedation dentistry. I am excited to give back to my profession and to thousands of patients what I have learned from over 1,400 sedation appointments in the past 10 years. “The student becomes the teacher!”
3D Imaging Now Available for Dental X-Rays at Odessa Cosmetic Dentistry Practice
At his Odessa cosmetic dentistry practice, Dr. Robin Rutherford has recently acquired the latest dental 3-dimensional x-ray machine known as the i-Cat®. Dr. Rutherford will be utilizing the advanced imaging technology to help diagnose and treat oral and dental conditions through high-definition mapping and precise data measurements.
Dr. Robin Rutherford is a cosmetic and implant dentist in Odessa, and has announced that he will be providing 3-dimensional x-rays at his practice for assisting in the diagnosis, planning, and treatment involved in dental care. The i-Cat® machine is an advanced Computerized Topography tool for implants and restorations, oral surgery, TMJ and sinuses, and orthodontics. As an Odessa implant dentist, Dr. Rutherford plans to utilize the technology to more precisely place implants, locate the source of, and diagnose pain, and aid in removing wisdom teeth.
The i-Cat® software compiles all images of a patient’s oral composition in a single 3-D scan that takes less than ten seconds. Dr. Rutherford adds that through the machine’s enhanced mapping features, he can customize an entire course of treatment for implant placement and final cosmetic restoration. He says he is excited about the innovative technology as a way to ensure patients receive the best possible treatment for their dental needs. “This C. T. technology is where the future of dentistry is headed. In a decade, today’s panoramic X-rays will be considered arcahaic, like rotary telephones are compared to today’s smartphones.”
For patients considering dental implants or a cosmetic procedure such as porcelain veneers, Dr. Rutherford says he hopes to be able to further enhance their experience by streamlining the dental process, providing comfortable procedures, and enhancing results. He says his trained and experienced staff is excited about the opportunity to continue helping patients feel confident about their appearance and maintain a healthy dental structure. “We have always tried to provide our patients with the latest technology in dentistry: sedation dentistry, digital photography, lasers, and now the i-Cat® CT. Our feeling is that if we have the best equipment, we can provide the best treatment, and that’s what our practice is all about.”
About Robin Rutherford, DDS
Dr. Robin Rutherford graduated with honors from Texas A&M University and finished in the top quarter of his class at the University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio, shortly before it was ranked as the number one dental school in the nation. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Orthodontic Society, in addition to being among the less than 2% of sedation dentists to be honored as a Fellow of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and the 1% of member dentists to achieve Diplomate recognition by the American Dental Implant Association. Dr. Rutherford has been voted the “Best Dentist in Odessa” by the Odessa American Readers’ Choice Poll and featured in Consumer Research Council’s “Guide to America’s Top Dentists” several times. Texas Monthly Magazine has also included him in their December 2011 edition of “Texas Super Dentists,” which honors the top 5% of Texas Dentists. He maintains an extensive program of continued education, having over 400 hours of advanced study in procedures such as porcelain veneers, sedation dentistry, and dental implants in the past three years alone.
Located at 4712 E. University in Odessa, TX, Dr. Rutherford’s practice, The Art of Dentistry, can be reached at (800) 55-GENTLE or (432) 367-0202. He can also be contacted online via the website gentledentaldoc.com or facebook.com/gentledentaldoc.
In this video Dr. Rutherford discusses the many benefits of sedation dentistry with CBS News Anchor Krista Escamilla. Dr. Rutherford describes sedation dentistry as has one of the greatest dental breakthroughs in the last ten years. Sedation, or sleep dentistry, offers patients a safe and easy way to relax during a dental visit and remember little if any of their treatment. Fearful patients who may have avoided going to the dentist in the past can now receive the treatment the deserve.
At The Art of Dentistry we provide oral conscious sedation which is generally safer than being sedated intravenously. A couple of small pills are taken prior to procedures such as tooth colored fillings, root canals, porcelain veneers, and dental implants. The patient can remain conscious and aware, but typically have only a slight recollection of their visit. For more information on your sedation dentistry options please call our office at (432) 367-0202.
Watch Sheila’s Reveal!!! This the final CBS segment of our Lights!… Camera!… Smile!… Video Contest. Krista Escamilla recaps the entire contest and meets with Sheila and Dr. Rutherford for the BIG REVEAL! See all action here.