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Zoom! Teeth Whitening
Our Zoom! Teeth Whitening procedure will brighten your smile to make you look years younger and more attractive in just an hour. This treatment is safe and can lighten your teeth up to 8 shades lighter. This cutting edge bleaching system uses professional strength teeth whitening gel coupled with a state of the art UV light to remove any discoloration or stains from your tooth enamel. The gel will be meticulously applied to every surface and corner of your teeth to ensure that your teeth are thoroughly whitened.
Flashwhite Teeth Whitening Kit
These kits allow you to whiten teeth from the comfort and convenience of your home. They come with a patented UV light tray and 3 tubes of teeth whitening gel. Each gel will take 15 minutes to start to see great results. All 3 gels can brighten your smile up to 7 shades lighter. Whiten all of your teeth on your own time without having to leave your home!
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Hurry, these specials will will only last till the end of August. So come in and take advantage of these deals today! Call us at 915-500-3643 or schedule an appointment by visiting our Contact page. Our office and clinical staff are professional and friendly. They will answer any questions you have about these specials, dental treatments, insurance and financial options. We can't wait to brighten your smile!
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Hillside Dental is now officially in Network with TRICARE! TRICARE is insurance that provides dental care to active duty military members, retired members, members of the Guard/Reserves, family members, and certain veterans. It provides these members dental coverage for diagnostic and preventive services, restorative services, orthodontics, oral surgery, endodontics and other non-medical services. We are proud to be able to provide dental services to the men and women of the United States military who have TRICARE.
Fort Bliss Family Dentist
Hillside Dental is also conveniently located 15 minutes away from Fort Bliss in Northeast El Paso on Dyer by Hondo Pass. Our state of the art dental office can be found at 9040 Dyer, Ste. 102, El Paso, TX 79904. We're just down the road!
Hillside Dental has a friendly staff that can answer any of your questions about dental insurance coverage or dental procedures. Out dentist is professional and caring. Which makes us the most comfortable and affordable dental office in El Paso.
Call today at 915-500-3643 to schedule an appointment, or visit our Contact page for more information. We'd love to hear from you!
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Call us immediately at 915-500-3643!
First thing to remember is, stay calm. There are many different types of dental emergencies that can happen, sometimes over a period of time, and sometimes they occurs suddenly and without warning. This article will go over the different types of dental emergencies there are and what you can do about each one.
When in extreme pain most people will immediately reach for a pain relieving pill. However, aspirin and ibuprofen should NOT be taken during a dental emergency because they are anticoagulants which can cause excessive bleeding. To alleviate pain, take acetaminophen as directed on the packaging label.
Injuries to your teeth and gums can result in infection or other complications -- so make sure you see your Dentist. If your emergency is life-threatening, dial 911 for Emergency Medical Services or go immediately to a hospital emergency room.
A toothache is a pain in or around a tooth that may be caused by:
If the pain is severe, or has lasted more than 1-2 days, or your are coming down with a fever, you should see the dentist immediately. The only sure way to know what's causing tooth pain is to see a dentist, who will ask detailed questions about what you're feeling and perform diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, to try and identify the exact source of the pain.
Swollen or Infected Gums
Swollen gums are usually caused by cavities, debris between the teeth, periodontal disease, and gingivitis. Brushing and flossing your teeth may help to dislodge any material stuck in your teeth. You can also rinse your mouth with salt water to reduce swelling and pain. Visiting the doctor immediately is always going to be your best course of action. Our friendly staff and dentist will answer any questions you may have.
Knocked Out Tooth
If you have suffered from a knocked out tooth, remember to save the tooth immediately. Picking it up only by the crown (top of tooth) and never touching the tooth by the root so as not to harm it. If the tooth has dirt on it only rinse with water, avoiding scrubbing it so that it will not break. Teeth are often in a fragile state after being knocked out and if broken, the doctor will not be able to put it back in.
If possible, gently put the tooth into the socket. Hold it in place with your fingers or gently bite down until you get to the dentist. If you can not keep it in your mouth place it in a glass of milk. This ensure that the tooth will remain moist and healthy. Make sure to get to the dentist immediately, within a 30 minute window if possible.
Broken Tooth or Crown
Cavities or tooth erosion can weaken your teeth, making them more susceptible to break when chewing hard food. Cracked or broken teeth are serious injuries that can’t be treated at home. You need to see your dentist in order to mend the broken tooth or teeth.
In the mean time there are things you can do to relieve pain and reduce swelling. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to reduce the swelling. Also, take an over-the-counter pain reliever, like acetaminophen. If you need to eat, stick to soft foods and avoid using your broken tooth to chew.
If a dental crown is damaged or cracked, call us for advice on how soon you need to be seen. You may need to come in to see our dentist immediately. Examine the area to check for missing or broken pieces. It may be possible to repair a chipped dental crown, depending on how much of it is damaged, and how severe it is. If the chip isn’t large, your dentist may repair it with resin, a composite material the same color as the tooth. In some cases, the crown just needs to be reshaped and smoothed. If the chip or crack is severe enough, you may need a new crown.
Call your our office to describe the situation and schedule an appointment. If the loose bracket has rotated on the wire and is sticking out, attempt to turn it back into its normal position. To minimize the movement of the loose brace, use dental wax. Taking acetaminophen and rinsing with salt water
No matter what your situation, coming in to the dentist is going to be the best way to get back on the road to oral health. Our staff is professional, friendly, and care about your dental needs. We will answer any questions you have and address all of your concerns. Call us today at 915-500-3643 or schedule an appointment on our Contact page. We look forward to treating you!
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What To Expect
After you and Dr. Martinez have decided that is necessary to extract your infected or damaged tooth, the next step is to prepare for your scheduled tooth extraction appointment. There are a few things you can do to get ready.
Let the doctor know of any medical conditions you may have or have had, such as:
For removing impacted wisdom teeth, we will need to take a full panoramic X-rays so the doctor can see all internal structures of your teeth and gums that might be affected by the extraction. You and the doctor will then decide which sedation method will be right for you.
Knowing what to expect during oral surgery and how to effectively recuperate can help guide you toward a speedy recovery. Oral surgery is often an outpatient procedure that requires local or general anesthesia, which means that you’ll return home shortly after your operation has been completed, with Dr. Martinez's approval.
Finalize your arrangements for transportation to and from our east El Paso location before your appointment. Your senses might be impaired from the side effects of anesthesia, so it's important to have someone take you to teh dental office and drive you home afterwards.
You will also be required to fast before the surgery. Dr. Martinez will tell you exactly how may hours before surgery will be required. If diabetic you are allowed to eat breakfast the morning of your appointment.
Make sure to arrive early to your tooth extraction appoinmtent, so you can reduce anxiety. Our oral surgeon will want to make sure everything is prepared for the extraction, and you will want to be as comfortable as possible.
Recovering From Oral Surgery
The dentist will pack you tooth socket with gauze and will ask you to bite down to stop the bleeding. If heavy bleeding continues after you use the gauze a few times, contact your oral surgeon.
After oral surgery it's important to only eat soft foods that will not harm the effected area. You may receive self dissolving stiches that you will want to watch out for. So avoid all crunchy or hard foods. While still under the influence of anesthesia you should avoid all hot food or drinks, so as not to burn yourself.
You may be prescribed antibiotics if you have had an infection. So take any antibiotics prescribed to you after surgery.
After you make it back home you are going to want to take it easy for a minimum of 24 hours. Give yourself plenty of time to recover immediately after the extraction. Your gums will still be quite sensitive.
Apply ice immediately after surgery in 10 minute intervals. It's important that you don't lay flat on your back, use pillows to prop up your head to lessen the bleeding. You should also avoid brushing or flossing the effected area, and do not smoke.
It's normal to feel pain after anesthesia wears off. If the gum begins to bleed or you experience more pain the next day, you should call our friendly staff and ask any questins you might have regarding the pain or bleeding.
To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in El Paso, TX call The Dentist today at (915) 263-8333 or make an appointment today.
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When it comes to choosing the right dentist for you and your family, you can find honest, quality care at Hillside Dental in El Paso, TX. Hillside Dental accepts some of the most popular dental insurance plans, including Delta PPO, Cigna PPO, and Anthem BC PPO.
PPO insurance stands for Preferred Provider Organizations. These insurance plans allow you to go to dentists inside the network (within the directory of dentists) or outside the network (using a dentist not within the directory).
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With that in mind, we also welcome Levi Strauss retirees to come in and visit us at our Northeast El Paso location to take full advantage of their 100% dental coverage. We appreciate the contribution you have made to our El Paso community over the years and are here to help with all of your dental needs.
Our professional and friendly staff are here to answer all questions you may have regarding your dental coverage. We can help you completely understand your insurance and dental benefits. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment at 915-500-3643.
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Dr. Chris Martinez is a professional dentist who is dedicated to helping his patients achieve a healthy smile. He is a So Cal native and graduated from The University of Southern California. He really enjoys working with the family oriented environment El Paso offers, stating "El Paso is a cool city everyone seems down to earth, the people are nice and respectful."
Dr. Martinez has 10+ years of successful dentistry behind him. He performs a variety of procedures including dental implants, smile restoration, and much more. In the words of Dr. Martinez "I enjoy helping others, I do it for the people; it is gratifying helping them achieve their healthy smile."
Dr. Martinez also specializes in Tooth Extractions. He makes the procedure fast and easy. Whether you have wisdom teeth that need pulling or a bad tooth, Dr. Martinez is the dentist for you. Trained and skilled at pulling tough wisdom teeth with a minimum of fuss. It just takes special care.
Natural teeth are ideal for biting, chewing and maintaining mouth and jawbone structure, which is why Dr. Martinez’s first priority is to help restore, save and repair your natural teeth. However, sometimes a tooth extraction is unavoidable.
Hillside Dental will make sure you’re comfortable before, during, and after your extraction procedure. This includes walking you through every step of the tooth extraction.
Feeling uneasy about your tooth extraction? Be sure to talk to our awesome office manager Vero about how you’re feeling so that we can help. Call us today at 915-500-3643 and set up an appointment with us today.