The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth


The space left behind by a missing tooth can have an immediate impact, leaving a gap in your smile and hindering your ability to speak and chew. Though these consequences may seem like relatively minor inconveniences, a missing tooth can actually lead to more complex and costly dental issues when left unaddressed. For this reason, Dr. Robin Rutherford urges patients with one or more missing teeth to consider a restorative procedure such as dental implants to restore the integrity of their teeth. Gaps left behind by missing teeth can increase your risk of developing dental issues including: Movement of teeth adjacent to the gap Gradual movement of facial bones Bone loss Periodontal disease Though bridges and traditional dentures can fill in the gaps left by missing teeth and restore your ability to chew and speak with ease, Dr. Rutherford considers dental implants the gold standard when it comes to tooth replacement. In addition to providing the best defense against future bone loss, dental implants can look and function just like natural teeth. Since dental implants do not require any adhesives, eliminate slippage, and can be cleaned with no extra maintenance, this innovative solution has become a popular tooth replacement option…

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What Does a Dental Facelift Entail?


As mentioned in our previous blog post, your teeth tend to wear down over time, gradually making your face appear older than you really are. To combat this often unwelcome change, Dr. Robin Rutherford offers his patients the Dental Facelift. This procedure is a means to restore your beautiful smile and revitalize your facial appearance without the need for plastic surgery. The noninvasive procedure has proven to offer natural-looking rejuvenations and can often be completed in as few as two to four office visits, depending on the extent of your treatment plan. To begin the Dental Facelift process, Dr. Rutherford will first study the shape of your face, skin tone, lips, teeth, and other important physical characteristics before making a personalized treatment plan. Then, depending on your smile needs, he may use dental implants to replace missing teeth or position porcelain veneers and/or dental crowns over your existing teeth to restore their youthful shape. Another benefit of porcelain veneers is their ability to easily cover imperfections such as broken, chipped, or yellow teeth. Despite the exact set of procedures deemed most beneficial for your needs, enhancing the length, shape, and color of your new teeth can help create a rejuvenated…

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Why You Should Consider Getting a Dental Facelift

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Have you noticed your smile changing over the years? If so, you’re not alone. As we age, it is common for our teeth to wear down and become shorter, especially if you grind your teeth. The problem with our teeth gradually shortening is this may cause the face to appear wrinkled or collapsed since there is less space between your nose and chin. Stained, cracked, and chipped teeth, as well as dark fillings, can also add unnecessary years to your appearance. As you can see, the teeth can have a significant effect on your entire facial appearance. If any of the above symptoms are familiar to you, then you may be a good candidate for a Dental Facelift. Our experienced dentist, Dr. Robin Rutherford, performs this procedure to rejuvenate the face without the need for surgery or injectable fillers. It can effectively reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as provide a number of other cosmetic benefits. From creating a stronger jawline to improving the appearance of your lips and cheeks, Dr. Rutherford can help you find the most beneficial dental treatments to incorporate into your Dental Facelift to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. The Dental Facelift may entail…

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Snoring Isn’t Normal

Snoring Isn't Normal

Despite how commonly it occurs, you may be surprised to know that snoring isn’t actually considered normal. What I mean by this is that snoring isn’t a trait that people simply have when they sleep – it is often caused by one or more outside factors. While these can be harmless, some factors can potentially lead to more serious health concerns. For example, as you sleep, the muscles and tissues in the back of the throat relax. As the air passage narrows, vibrations occur, which is what causes the sound of snoring. The smaller this airway, the louder the snoring, as breathing becomes more difficult. For some individuals, the air passage can be completely obstructed and cause pauses in their breathing – this is known as sleep apnea. So, contrary to popular belief, snoring is not a condition that’s considered “normal.” The good news is, there are viable snoring treatment options designed to reduce snoring. By improving your habit of snoring, you and your loved ones can get a healthier night’s sleep each night, without the interruption of loud breathing. As an experienced general and cosmetic dentist, I can construct a customized oral appliance to fit comfortably and securely in…

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How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?


Dr. Robin Rutherford has dedicated his career to helping men and women improve the appearance of their smiles with a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. One of the most popular procedures among our patients is porcelain veneers. With the ability to conceal such a wide variety of tooth imperfections, porcelain veneers can transform the look of your teeth for a more beautiful smile. Despite its many benefits, cost is often a concern for many patients. We want each of our patients at The Art of Dentistry to have their healthiest teeth and gums so they feel a sense of pride when they smile. To help them achieve this, we offer a number of financing options at our office to help you get the dental care you need while still working within your budget. By partnering with CareCredit®, you can take advantage of monthly payment plans, low interest rates, and nearly instant access to the financial assistance they can provide. To learn more about porcelain veneers and our financing options, please contact our office today.

Can I Get Porcelain Veneers?


Porcelain veneers are designed to mask a wide array of tooth imperfections, ranging from chips and cracks to gaps and stains. Since porcelain veneers can quickly and efficiently transform the appearance of a smile, they are a popular cosmetic dentistry treatment among our patients. Though a consultation with Dr. Robin Rutherford is the best way to determine your candidacy for porcelain veneers, ideal candidates for the procedure typically seek to conceal chips, cracks, gaps, stains, or mild tooth misalignment for an enhanced smile appearance. In addition, ideal candidates for porcelain veneers maintain good oral hygiene and have no serious health problems that could cause complications. If you clench or grind your teeth, you may not be an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers, as these habits can cause undue stress to the veneer and compromise your results. However, a night guard can often be used to counteract these habits. With the proper care, porcelain veneers can give you a brighter, vibrant, gorgeous smile for years to come. For more information about porcelain veneers, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

“An Apple A Day” Magazine Publishes Feature on Dr. Rutherford


When people in the western Texas area pick up a copy of An Apple A Day’s January issue, they’ll be greeted by a picture of Dr. Robin Rutherford! Our cosmetic dentist graces the cover of the popular health and wellness magazine and even has a two-page article within the publication. His story is shared in a feature called “In Pursuit of Perfection,” and it details what Dr. Rutherford values and works so hard to provide here at The Art of Dentistry. For the feature, Dr. Rutherford was interviewed about his expertise and what makes him “not your average dentist.” The article covers his dedication to not only providing everything in-house – such as placing dental implants as well as the crowns – but also making sure these solutions are of the highest quality. The story emphasizes Dr. Rutherford’s commitment to continuing education, highlighting his mission to never stop learning and striving to be the best. His expertise has been recognized by awards like Texas Monthly Magazine’s “Super Dentist” title, as well as the 2015 Amazon bestseller he co-authored, “A Cup of Coffee with 10 of the Top Cosmetic Dentists in the US.” From cosmetic procedures to other advanced options like…

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Do Braces Hurt?


Patients getting braces for the first time are often nervous about the amount of pain they may experience throughout the process. In terms of traditional metal braces, the discomfort you feel will vary from what others experience, as everyone reacts differently. In general, you should not hurt when they are first put on. However, within a couple hours after they are placed, your teeth and mouth will probably be sore, which often lasts for about a week. This is because force is being applied to your teeth, and as they begin to slowly shift, the tension in the wires will lessen. As you return every four to six weeks to get your braces tightened, you will most likely experience more discomfort, though this is typically milder than the initial soreness. The first 24 hours is usually the worst after each tightening, and the soreness typically fades within a couple days. Once your teeth have moved to their final position, Dr. Robin Rutherford will remove the brackets and wires, which should not be painful. It is possible that you may develop sores while you’re getting used to your braces, but over time, your mouth should get used to the braces. More…

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Which Is Right for Me: Six Month Smiles® or Traditional Braces?


A variety of orthodontic solutions are available to help you achieve a straight smile. At The Art of Dentistry, our patients can choose from two systems in particular: traditional braces and Six Month Smiles®. Both options involve brackets that are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth, as well as wires that are attached. Over time, they gradually shift your teeth to the desired position. Since both braces types can provide beautiful results for the right candidates, you may be wondering, “Which one is right for me?” In general, traditional braces are best for those with complex bite issues caused by misalignment. They take about two years on average to effectively straighten teeth, though this can vary. Most of the time, these metal braces are ideal for younger individuals whose teeth need more elaborate correction. Six Month Smiles®, on the other hand, is a great option for those who need braces to fix alignment issues and gaps in the front of the mouth that are cosmetic in nature. The innovative solution uses clear brackets and tooth-colored wires that gradually shift the teeth with low-force movement over the course of about six months. When you come in for you initial consultation,…

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Dr. Rutherford Featured in Cosmetic Town Journal


With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Robin Rutherford has become a respected authority on cosmetic dentistry. He regularly shares his dental expertise through interviews on television, radio, and print media. Just recently, Dr. Rutherford was published in Cosmetic Town Journal – an online resource that offers the latest information on cosmetic procedures and innovative techniques. The website highlights the most qualified and highly recommended cosmetic doctors, and Dr. Rutherford has joined the site as one of these “top doctors.” For two of the journal’s November articles, Dr. Rutherford shared comprehensive details about dental implants and full mouth reconstruction. The articles cover areas including candidacy, treatment details, limitations, and recovery for each. His hope with this information is to educate the public and help them understand what the procedures entail. Read what Dr. Rutherford shared on Dental Implants and Full Mouth Reconstruction. If you would like more information about a specific procedure, please contact The Art of Dentistry to schedule an appointment.

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