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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?

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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?

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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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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.

How Much do Dental Implants Cost?

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Dental implants can successfully replace a missing tooth for a secure restoration that both looks and feels natural. Whether our patients at The Art of Dentistry need to replace a single tooth or are seeking an alternative to traditional dentures to eliminate the need for adhesives and reduce gum irritation, the potential benefits of dental implants are clear. However, after learning about the many advantages of the advanced tooth replacement option, our patients often wonder how much dental implants are going to cost them. The cost of dental implants will vary from patient to patient, since there are many variables that make each case different. There are a number of different factors that can contribute to the price of your dental implant procedure, including: Number of implants Location of missing teeth Degree of difficulty Level of skill and experience of the dentist To learn if you are a candidate for dental implants, and to receive an estimate of the cost of your procedure, please schedule a consultation with us today. At The Art of Dentistry, we aim to help our patients achieve their dream of a beautiful, healthy smile. As part of this endeavor, we offer a number of financing…

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Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

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A missing tooth is often much more than simply an aesthetic problem. Oftentimes, patients with missing teeth experience difficulty when eating or speaking. In addition, the gaps left by missing teeth can lead to more complicated dental issues, such as overcrowding of the teeth and an increased risk for future tooth loss. A dental implant is an advanced restoration technique designed to replace the missing tooth with results that are long-lasting, require no extra maintenance, and look natural. By anchoring the replacement tooth with a small titanium rod, the stability and durability of the restoration is significantly enhanced. After this artificial tooth root is implanted into the jaw, a porcelain cap is added to complete the tooth replacement for a seamless, beautiful smile. If you have one or more missing teeth, you may benefit from dental implants. Our patients at The Art of Dentistry have used dental implants to successfully replace a single missing tooth or to replace an entire row of teeth as a more comfortable and secure alternative to traditional dentures. Since the titanium rods are implanted into the jawbone, ideal candidates for dental implants will have sufficient bone density to receive the implant. For some patients, implant…

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How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?

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Although the treatment for sleep apnea can be straight-forward, discovering whether you suffer from this common condition can be more difficult. Many people who experience the symptoms of sleep apnea do not know the cause. Oftentimes, sleep apnea can be dismissed as “just snoring.” However, sleep apnea patients also frequently experience pauses in breathing at night or wake up gasping for air. Snoring is one of the most obvious symptoms of sleep apnea, though there are many other signs of the condition that may seem unrelated. When trying to determine if you or your partner are suffering from sleep apnea, be on the lookout for symptoms and health conditions, including:      Teeth grinding      Insomnia      Headaches      Exhaustion      Memory loss      Sexual dysfunction When left untreated, sleep apnea may lead to more serious medical concerns, such as diabetes, depression, a compromised immune system, stroke, or heart disease. If you think you or a loved one may be suffering from the dangerous condition, it is important to undergo a sleep study as soon as possible. Once you are diagnosed, a customized treatment plan can be developed, allowing you to sleep better and improve your overall health and quality of life. –Dr. Robin Rutherford Contact The…

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