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What Are Implant Retained Dentures?

July 22, 2016

implant retained dentures in MidlothianWe here at Long Family Dentistry answers questions related to dental implants and dentures daily! Continue reading to learn about how you can benefit from this method of tooth replacement.


Dental VS Medical Insurance the Facts from Your Dentist in Midlothian

December 15, 2015

Woman smiling with dental insurance sign needs to visit her dentist in midlothianMany patients in the US report fearing the dentist because of drills or shots or sensitive gag reflexes, but the number one reason people gave for fearing the dentist was financial strain. This may come as a surprise, but a significant portion of people fear they will be unable to finance dental treatment. Rather than visit the dentist, they avoid treatment until their oral health is in an advanced state of decline. However, research shows that patients who maintain dental checkups and teeth cleanings every six months, actually spend significantly less on dental care than those who only visit when oral health concerns arise. Your dental insurance company knows this too. That’s why they structure coverage to encourage preventive care over reactive care.

Dental Implants in Midlothian: Are They Right for You?

November 17, 2015

dental implants MidlothianIf you’re missing one or more teeth, you don’t have to tell us that you’re suffering from their effects. Feelings of stress and anxiety are common with tooth loss — the stress that you won’t be able to eat your favorite foods, and anxiety regarding your appearance or ability to speak. The good news is this: a gapped smile can be made whole again, and dental implants in Midlothian are an excellent option in tooth replacement. Learn more from the team at Long Family Dental today.


Your Cleburne and Midlothian Children’s Dentist Knows Healthy Baby Teeth are Vital

September 17, 2015

Young girls smiling with healthy teeth thanks to the Midolothian children's dentistThere are a lot of myths in my profession. For example, a lot of people think that whiter teeth are necessarily healthier teeth — but that’s just not true. And one that really kills me is the myth that flossing just isn’t that important. But if you’re reading this blog post, you probably know that’s a big (dangerous) myth. Here’s a list of some more common dental myths. There is something that’s not on that list, though, and it’s a big misconception we hear all the time — so I’ll add it on here.

Which Whitening Treatment To Choose…Over-The-Counter or Professional?

August 17, 2015

restorative dentistryWithin the last five or so years, there has been a big uptick in the amount of teeth-whitening products that have hit the market. Surely you’ve seen ads for some during football games or while watching your favorite television program. They can come in strips and other methods that are supposedly safe and highly effective for your smile. While this may be true, it’s hard to say for sure. The difference between over-the-counter products and whitening treatment from our office is night and day. Our whitening service is state-of-the-art, safe and can give your beautiful results faster than you might imagine. You can’t get that with over-the-counter products. Our Midlothian, TX office teeth whitening that can get the results you want in less time. Which one should you choose? The answer awaits. We have the cosmetic dentists 70765 residents can count on for excellent whitening treatment.

Long Family Dental: The Dentist Midlothian Depends on for Oral Health

July 21, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-480320367Your mouth is the main portal to the rest of your body. Therefore, the condition of your oral health affects your overall health. In other words, what happens in your mouth doesn’t necessarily stay in your mouth. Researchers have gathered evidence of the oral-systemic connection and proven that several illnesses and diseases can result from poor oral hygiene. Therefore, the need to take care of your teeth and gums cannot be overstated. With offices in Midlothian, TX, and Cleburne, TX, the dentists at Long Family Dental and their staff of dental hygienists and dental assistants can help you maintain your oral and general health.

Periodontal disease—or gum disease—along with the bacteria that cause it are the main culprits in systemic diseases that may be linked to oral health. These include, but are not limited to:

Diabetes. That people with type 2 diabetes are more likely to have gum disease has been well-known for many years. Now, however, research shows that patients with gum disease have an increased risk of developing diabetes as compared to people with little or no gum disease.

Heart disease. Periodontal bacteria are sometimes the cause of trouble here. The “bad” bacteria that is associated with gum disease can enter your bloodstream, lodge inside blood vessels and lead to blockages, heart attack or even heart failure.

Pneumonia. Germs from periodontal infection can migrate into the neck and chest, and end up in the lungs. People with gum disease can aspirate the bacteria and pathogens associated with this disease into their airways.

Good Oral for Good Overall Health

To avoid these and other health concerns, Dr. Robert Long and Dr. Chris Long recommend that an effective oral hygiene routine be followed at home, as well as regularly scheduled dental exams and cleanings. At least twice a day, brush your teeth with a soft bristle toothbrush. (Hard bristles can scratch your teeth’s enamel.) Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle against the gum line and brush in small circular motions. Be sure to brush the outside, inside and biting surface of each tooth, using a short back-and-forth motion. Don’t forget to brush your tongue, too, to remove bacteria that can cause bad breath. A good brushing should take at least two to three minutes.

Finally, floss between your teeth at least once a day. Use about 18 inches of floss and gently move the floss up and down between teeth, guiding the string with your thumbs and index fingers. Advance the string of floss and move from one tooth to the next.

Call Our Office Today

In addition to your at-home oral hygiene practice, Long Family Dental would like to see you twice each year for checkups when we’ll clean your teeth, remove plaque and tartar, check the health of your gums, examine for tooth decay and complete an oral cancer screening. The dentist Cleburne, TX, trusts also conveniently serves patients from Waxahachie, Burleson, Joshua, Red Oak, Mansfield and Cedar Hill and beyond.

Best Dentist, Burleson, TX

July 3, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-170082992Finding a new doctor can be more painful than going to the doctor, but if you’re in need of excellent dental care in the Burleson, TX area, Long Family Dental has you covered. Our dental team is dedicated to family. Succeeding the original Dr. Long are his two sons Dr. Bob and Dr. Chris long. Our team is dedicated to making your family feel like they are part of our family. Each time you visit us, you’ll receive the best possible service and care. We’ve been treating patients in the Burleson area like family for more than 40 years. Call to schedule an appointment at one of our two convenient locations today.

General and Preventive Dentist, Waxahachie

Our dentists are great at what they do, and that starts with the basics. Preventive dentistry is essential to maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile for life. Regular checkups and teeth cleanings at Long Family Dental combined with a great at home hygiene plan will set you on your way to a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Our state-of-the-art facilities near Waxahachie make it possible for us to find and treat numerous minor dental health concerns before they can affect your overall health. Our dentists also have years of combined education and experience in a variety of dental specialties so you don’t have to worry about referrals or finding a specialist. We are the specialists. General dentistry services include checkups, hygiene appointments, fillings, laser decay detection, dental sealants and more.

Restorative Dentist, Joshua

If your preventive dentistry measures aren’t enough, we’re here to restore your smile. Trauma, tooth decay, or gum disease can leave your smile less than perfect, but there are restorative dentistry services to help preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible. Our skilled dentists provide root canal therapy, dental implants, dentures, crown and bridge replacement, and even same day crown placement.

Cosmetic Dentist, Midlothian and Cleburne

If your smile is less than dazzling, Long Family Dental has an array of cosmetic dental treatments that can transform any smile from ordinary to extraordinary. Dull, stained, crooked, cracked, broken or missing teeth? We can help remake your smile. Our cosmetic dentists can perfect any smile. From adding a little sparkle with our convenient take home whitening treatments, or a complete smile transformation with porcelain veneers, let us put a radiant smile on your face. Have a big job interview or meeting coming up? Dazzle with a smile makeover from Long Family Dental.

Visit Us Soon

Whatever your dentistry need, let Long Family Dental help you. In addition to our preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry options, we also offer sedation dentistry for dental anxiety relief, TMJ treatment, and sleep apnea treatment. Our two convenient locations in Midlothian and Cleburne, TX make it easy to get the care you need. Call to schedule an appointment today. We welcome patients from surrounding areas including Waxahachie, Burleson, Joshua, Red Oak, Mansfield and Cedar Hill and beyond.

Wake Up to Sleep Apnea Therapy at Long Family Dental

March 15, 2015

474189791 (1)Good morning! How’d you sleep? Did you have sweet dreams or do you have memories of someone shouting, “stop snoring”? Are you refreshed and ready to start the day when the alarm goes off, or do you need to hit the snooze button a few times? If you snore and snooze, then you may have a condition called sleep apnea. Long Family Dental, with offices in Midlothian, TX, and Cleburne, TX, can help you get a good night’s sleep with sleep apnea therapy.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that causes breathing to temporarily cease during sleep. This may happen 100s—yes, 100s—of times a night. In addition to snoring, other symptoms might include awakening with a gasp for breath; daytime exhaustion; morning headaches or sore throat; and compromised concentration and motor coordination. In fact, some auto accidents can be attributed to sleep apnea. And beyond these symptoms, sleep apnea has also been connected to other ailments including high blood pressure, stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney disease, obesity and low infant birth weight.

Sleep Apnea Therapy from Long Family Dental

Dr. Robert Long and Dr. Chris Long treat sleep apnea with SomnoDent®. SomnoDent is an oral appliance that is custom made according to our specifications after a thorough evaluation. This comfortable and flexible oral appliance is worn at night to shift your lower jaw forward and maintain an open airway while you sleep. Our dentists work closely with your personal physician to diagnose and prescribe the proper treatment for you.  If you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea and have tried a CPAP machine but haven’t been able to stick with it, then ask Dr. Long or Dr. Long about SomnoDent.

Call Our Office Today

If you suspect that you or a loved one might need sleep apnea therapy, then call Long Family Dental to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Midlothian, TX, and Cleburne, TX, as well as the surrounding communities of Waxahachie, Red Oak, Mansfield and Cedar Hill and beyond.

Children’s Dentistry for the Youngest Citizens in Midlothian and Cleburne, TX

February 15, 2015

467777161Mother’s Day is in May, Father’s Day is in June. So when is Children’s Day? Some would answer, “Everyday!” But in fact, children do have a day and it just happens to be every single one in the month of February. The American Dental Association has designated February as National Children’s Dental Health Month. What better time to make sure your children’s oral health is optimal? Children’s dentistry at Long Family Dental in Midlothian, TX, and Cleburne, TX, is practiced emphasizing professional care, preventive care and gentle care.

Dr. Robert Long, Dr. Chris Long and their team of dental hygienists and dental assistants are committed to helping you take care of your kids’ teeth and gums. With this in mind, we recommend that children’s dentistry begin at home. Have your kids watch you brush your teeth. Then, as their smiles develop, make brushing and flossing a regular family activity. There is truth in jest, so remember—monkey see, monkey do!

Children’s Dentistry at Long Family Dental

When your children are around three years old, that’s when we need to start seeing them regularly in the office. As with our adult patients, we’d like to see them every six months for dental checkups. At their first checkup, we’ll count their teeth, check on their oral development including the placement of their baby teeth, possible signs of decay—yes, baby teeth can have cavities—and if they seem ready then we’ll also clean their teeth.

For an ounce of prevention, Drs. Long may recommend a fluoride treatment or dental sealants. Fluoride is a mineral that has been proven to strengthen teeth’s enamel, the first line of defense against the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Dental sealants are an added layer of protection for your children’s permanent molars. Applied as a liquid, dental sealants harden to a solid, filling the nooks and crannies of deeply grooved back teeth.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you’d like to make an appointment for your kids to see the children’s dentist Midlothian, TX, and Cleburne, TX, trust, then call Long Family Dental today. We also conveniently serve patients from Waxahachie, Red Oak, Mansfield and Cedar Hill and beyond.

Root Out Pain with a Root Canal from Long Family Dental

January 15, 2015

167121308Root canal. For some people, just the words conjure up thoughts of pain and discomfort. Actually though, a root canal should initiate thoughts of eliminating pain and restoring comfort. That’s what a root canal is designed to do when you have an infected tooth that is causing a toothache. Dr. Robert Long and Dr. Chris Long at Long Family Dental, with offices in Midlothian, TX, and Cleburne, TX, are experienced in root canal therapy that will relieve your pain and preserve your tooth.

Each one of your teeth is actually made up of three layers. The strong outer layer that people see when you smile is the enamel. Next is the dentin, the sensitive middle layer. And the deepest layer is called the pulp, which is comprised of nerve and lymph tissue as well as blood vessels. If this layer is exposed to infection causing bacteria, then a root canal becomes necessary in order to preserve the life of the tooth. Bacteria can spread to the pulp by way of excessive tooth decay, a deep fracture or serious blow to the face.

Symptoms you may notice that would indicate the need for a root canal include:

  • Moderate to severe tooth pain
  • Swelling around the tooth
  • A tooth that is newly discolored
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • A foul taste in your mouth

The Root Canal Procedure

The first step is making sure you are comfortable and the site is adequately anesthetized. Then, one of our dentists will access the pulp in order to clean and disinfect this chamber and its associated canals. Once the infection and any associated debris are removed, the root canals are filled with a biocompatible, anti-bacterial material. The tooth is then sealed and usually topped with a crown for added protection and strength.

Call Our Office Today

If you have a toothache or are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, please call Long Family Dental today. We proudly serve patients in Midlothian, TX, and Cleburne, TX, as well as the surrounding communities of Waxahachie, Red Oak, Mansfield and Cedar Hill and beyond.

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