Restorative Dentistry

Tooth Knocked Out? Call Stephen Ratcliff ASAP!

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 in Restorative Dentistry

Arlington TX Restorative Dentistry For Knocked Out Teeth

It may sound like a catastrophe to many Fort Worth area dental patients, but having a tooth knocked out doesn’t always mean you’ll need cosmetic dentistry to fix your smile. If you can keep a cool head and remember a few simple instructions, chances are your tooth can be salvaged.

The most important things for Arlington residents to do if they’ve had a tooth knocked out is to find the tooth, handle it carefully and keep it in the best condition possible so their Fort Worth area dentist can reinsert it properly.

Do not handle the tooth by the root, be careful to only touch the crown. It’s okay to gently rinse the tooth in water, but don’t scrub it or remove any tissue fragments from the tooth.

If it is possible, the best place for the tooth to be held is back in the socket (placed there gently, of course). Holding the tooth between the lip and gum or under the tongue is good too, just be careful not to swallow. If neither of these is an option, place the tooth in a cup of milk.

Next, you’ll want to get to your Mansfield, Grapevine, or Grand Prairie dentist as soon as possible. Most teeth that can be reinserted by a dentist within an hour can be saved.

I’m Dr. Stephen Ratcliff a cosmetic and general dentist in Arlington. If you are looking for quality dental care in the Mansfield, Grapevine, or Grand Prairie area, I hope you’ll give us a call at 817-200-7323. We offer dental implants, dentures, cosmetic dentistry, complete smile makeovers, and Invisalign clear braces.

Call us at 817-200-7323 immediately if you have a dental emergency such as the one discussed above.

Dr. Stephen Ratcliff
Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
909 W Mitchell St
Arlington, Texas


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Celebrating The Past And Looking To The Future At Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 in Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry

Restorative Dentistry Arlington TX

It has now been 150 years since the first dental license was issued to Sir John Tomes. Arlington TX area dental patients should be grateful for the advances made in dentistry during the past 150 years.

There was a time when Arlington TX blacksmiths and wig makers would also extract teeth with forceps to make a little extra money. Anyone could call themselves a dentist. Often these untrained people broke the jaws of the person they were trying to help. Ouch!

At Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we celebrate with the Arlington TX dental community and marvel at the many advances made in the history of dentistry, particularly cosmetic dentistry.

One of the modern treatments that has helped countless Arlington TX patients is invisible braces. This non-visible orthodontic therapy is custom made for each patient. They are transparent and removable and will help you achieve your desired smile in about 3 to 18 months.

I am Dr. Stephen Ratcliff. My training didn’t end when I graduated from dental school and opened my practice in Arlington TX. As a cutting-edge cosmetic and family dentist, I continually seek training so I can expertly perform the latest procedures. In addition, our practice uses the most advanced dental materials available.

If you are one of the many Arlington TX residents who has dreamed of an esthetic improvement to your smile, we invite you to make an appointment with Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to discuss a smile makeover. Complete smile transformations are completed as quickly and professionally as possible – sometimes in just one visit!

One of our most sought after treatments at Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is family dentistry and many Arlington TX folks are enjoying a brighter smile because of restorative dentistry.

At Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry we have been serving the residents of  zip code area 76013 since 1990 and would love to provide you and your family with professional, friendly dental care.

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A Fresh Start After Losing A Tooth In Arlington

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 in Dental Implants, Restorative Dentistry

Dental Implants Arlington TX Are you one of the many Arlington TX men and women who has had a tooth extracted? If the tooth had been bothering you, it may have been a relief. Unless, of course, the tooth was in the front of your mouth and now the gaping hole shows every time you smile. Ignoring it is impossible because your tongue can’t leave it alone.

Once the tooth has been pulled, you have many decisions to make. Can I afford a dental bridge? Do I want to damage two healthy teeth to anchor the bridge? Should I go with a partial denture? What about bone loss?

What if you could have a fresh start? What if you could have a permanent, natural looking tooth replacement that would restore your smile and retain the healthy bone and gum tissue around the tooth root?

With a dental implant from Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, you can. A dental implant is a permanent replacement for all parts of the tooth. A dental implant consists of three parts: the titanium post, the abutment, and the restoration.

The Titanium Post
—Inserted directly into the jaw bone
—Extremely strong
—Titanium is unique in that it bonds with living bone tissue (also used in knee and hip replacement surgery)

The Abutment
—Can be made of gold, porcelain or titanium
—Permanently attached to the post (it will not slip and slide like dentures)

The Restoration (Dental Crowns)
—Usually made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy (PFM)
—Is made to match the color of surrounding teeth
—Will look as good or better than the tooth it replaced

Dental implant surgery is not an experimental treatment. The materials and techniques have been tested and refined for several decades. It has been performed by Arlington TX dentists and prosthodontists for over twenty years. To schedule a restorative dentistry consultation, call 817-200-7323.

Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
909 W Mitchell St
Arlington, Texas 76013

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Dental Implants In Fort Worth

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 in Dental Implants, Restorative Dentistry

Dental Implants Fort Worth The best permanent tooth replacement treatment available to Fort Worth area people who are missing teeth are dental implants.

A dental implant is a metal (ideally titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root. The crown and supporting structure are securely and permanently attached to the rod. Titanium is amazingly strong and extremely well tolerated by the human body. There are very few instances of rejection. In fact, most Fort Worth implant dentists are not familiar with any such cases.

Tooth implants offer a long-term solution to tooth loss. Are you a good candidate for tooth implant surgery?

Because the metal rod is anchored into the jaw bone, it is essential that you have enough healthy bone at the implant site. Dr. Stephen Ratcliff can determine if you do.

Age is rarely a factor. Dental implants have proved to be successful for Fort Worth people of all ages. Dr. Stephen Ratcliff provides comprehensive cosmetic and restorative dentistry for every member of the family.

There are a few medical issues that may affect your eligibility for implants. These include diabetes, osteoporosis, radiation therapy for cancer, parathyroid disorders, bone disorders and leukemia. The presence of one or more of these conditions does not necessarily mean an implant cannot work for you; discuss any health issues with Dr. Stephen Ratcliff during your implant consultation.

Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is located at 909 W Mitchell St, Arlington TX. Call 817-200-7323 to schedule an implant consultation.

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Not Happy With Your Gums? Ask About Contouring In Arlington

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 in Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry Arlington TX

Some Arlington TX dental patients who are interested in a full smile makeover might want to consider gum contouring. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is helpful for people who feel that their gums rest too low or too high on their teeth.

If you feel that your gums cover too much of the surface of your teeth, it may seem that your teeth are too small and out of proportion with your mouth. For Arlington TX area residents who have teeth that appear too long, gum contouring may help with your appearance, but your Arlington family dentist may also feel that it is necessary to counteract gum recession, a condition that can lead to periodontal disease.

Talk to your Arlington TX area dentist about gum contouring. Many periodontists in the area perform this procedure, as well as some general dentists.

I’m Dr. Stephen Ratcliff, and I’ve been practicing cosmetic and restorative dentistry in Arlington TX since 1990. One of the most rewarding things about my job is seeing my patients gain renewed confidence in themselves after undergoing simple cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Teeth whitening, bonding, veneers, as well as gum contouring can all have a dramatic effect on a person’s appearance.

We are currently accepting new patients, so if you are looking for quality dental care in the Arlington TX area, call us today at 817-200-7323 for an appointment!

Dr. Stephen Ratcliff
Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
909 W Mitchell St
Arlington, Texas

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Attention Arlington: Replace Your Dental Bridge Before You Lose Teeth

Posted on May 18, 2012 in Dental Implants, Restorative Dentistry

Dental Implants Arlington TXHello Arlington TX visitors, welcome to Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Let’s talk about a tooth replacement option common in Arlington: dental bridges.

While dental bridges have restored smiles for thousands of Arlington TX dental patients, they are not problem free. Many people with dental bridges find it impossible to keep the small areas around the bridge clean. This is not surprising because it is hard to get toothbrush bristles or dental floss under the bridge.

Of course bacteria has no trouble moving in and taking over without the Arlington TX dental patient even knowing it. When the decay reaches the roots of the surrounding teeth, it is not only painful, the person is at risk of losing those teeth also.

That is one reason why a dental implant is superior to a dental bridge. Most Arlington TX area people with missing teeth are great candidates for dental implants.

A dental implant looks just like the beautiful tooth restoration on a high-quality dental bridge, but the important part is what you don’t see.

A dental implant is screwed directly into the jaw bone. It is not attached to teeth like the dental bridges traditionally used in Arlington TX. In a way, a dental implant is a more conservative form of restorative dentistry because it leaves the adjacent teeth intact. The bone and gum tissue mesh permanently with the titanium post that serves as the replacement tooth root.

Dental implants do not have the same decay risk as the teeth that anchor dental bridges. Of course family dentistry patients with dental implants need to brush and floss, but cleaning a dental implant is usually no more difficult than cleaning a normal tooth.

Dental implants have a far better track record in Arlington TX than dental bridges. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime for smile-smart folks.

If you currently have a dental bridge, you might consider permanently replacing it with a dental implant before the adjacent teeth are threatened with decay.

At Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implants can replace one or more teeth and can also serve as anchors for full or partial dentures. No more embarrassing slipping!

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, I invite you to call Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 817-200-7323. I am Dr. Stephen Ratcliff. Call today to schedule a dental implant consultation. A beautiful new smile can be yours with dental implants.

Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

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