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April 03, 2018

Porcelain veneers are one of our most popular cosmetic dentistry options due to their versatility, durability, and beauty. They can be used to correct a large number of cosmetic issues, and are incredibly natural looking as well as easy to take care of and stain-resistant.Porcelain veneers are wafer thin shells placed over the front of your teeth | Dr. Craig Carlson

Porcelain veneers can be thought of as a facade for the tooth. They are extremely thin and made of a strong dental ceramic that is translucent just like regular teeth. Veneers are bonded to the front of your tooth to disguise flaws and imperfections such as chips or deep discoloration.

If you are interested in porcelain veneers, please call San Antonio cosmetic dentist Dr. Craig…

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March 06, 2018

March 6 is National Dentists Day, and this entire week is National Dental Assistants Recognition Week. In honor of these observances, we've put together this list of tips for making sure your teeth are as beautiful and healthy as they can be.National Dentists Day Tips for a Beautiful Smile

Dr. Craig Carlson has been practicing dentistry for over 40 years, and he gets great fulfillment out of creating beautiful smiles for his patients. He knows that people often dread going to the dentist, and it's his mission to make sure that his patients have as comfortable and enjoyable an experience as possible. This is why we offer top of the line amenities as well as fresh baked cookies every day!

To keep your smile in tip top shape, you should practice the following habits:

  • Brush…
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March 01, 2018

Many Americans suffer from dental problems that can't be solved in a single treatment. In order to obtain a fully functional and aesthetically pleasing smile, you may need multiple customized treatments, also known as a smile makeover. All of these treatments can add up, though, which can cause people to seek out the cheapest smile makeover dentist they can find.Cost of a smile makeover in San Antonio

Unfortunately, cheap dental work comes with a price that could cost you thousands of dollars in revision treatments down the line. It's far better to choose a qualified, experienced cosmetic dentist from the very beginning in order to ensure quality work.

Here at 5 Star Dental Group, Dr. Craig Carlson is committed to giving his patients the best…

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Category: Smile Makeover
February 06, 2018

Chronic pain in the head, neck, and shoulders can be easily misdiagnosed, and can lead to a decrease in quality of life. Typical treatments such as over the counter painkillers, chiropractic treatment, massage, and heat packs can provide temporary relief, but if the pain keeps coming back, there is a chance that you may have a TMJ disorder (often abbreviated TMD).TMD symptoms can include chronic pain in head, shoulders, neck

TMD is characterized by a range of symptoms, which can include any of the following:

  • Chronic headaches or migraines
  • Pain in the head, neck, and shoulders
  • Pain and stiffness in the jaw
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Popping or grinding of the jaw

The good news is that these…

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Category: TMJ
January 15, 2018

Bright, white teeth is a common cosmetic goal for many men and women, but there is also concern over whether teeth whiteningis safe and whether it actually works. In general, as long as you obtain your teeth whitening from a dentist and follow all instructions for use, teeth whitening is a very safe and effective treatment that can lighten your teeth many shades.Teeth whitening is usually safe and effective

Dr. Craig Carlson puts the safety and satisfaction of his patients as his top priority, and as such, he only offers treatments that are proven to be safe and deliver great results. If you are interested in improving your smile, don't hesitate to call Dr. Carlson at 210-…

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November 06, 2017

Welcome to the new blog of 5 Star Dental Group! We hope this serves as a valuable resource for you to learn about the important dental issues that matter to you and your smile. We’ll share news about our practice and discuss topics that affect our San Antonio-area patients.

5 Star Dental Group seating area with award plaques on the wall

A healthy, beautiful smile can have a tremendous affect on your confidence and self-image. Our experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Craig Carlson is passionate about helping you achieve the stunning, vibrant smile of your dreams in a friendly and fun environment. Our cosmetic dentistry services include:

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August 01, 2017

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. Having a beautiful smile can help to boost your confidence and make you appear younger. Oral health can also affect your overall health, so having a beautiful, healthy smile is important for more than just confidence. Here are five steps to help you achieve a better smile.

1.     Brush and floss daily- It is important for you to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. Brushing and flossing are key for healthy teeth and gums. Brushing will keep away cavities and prevent gum disease. Flossing will help to remove anything between your teeth that cannot easily be removed by brushing. These will not only help your oral hygiene, but it will improve your smile dramatically if you take care of your teeth and gums daily.

2.     Regular visits your dentist- Regular trips to the dentist are a great way to make sure you are staying on track with your oral…

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Category: Smile Makeover
July 01, 2017

There are many myths about oral health during pregnancy. One of the most common myths is that visiting the dentist while pregnant is unsafe. This is not the case. The truth is, oral health is just as or more important while you are pregnant. It is recommended to visit the dentist at least once during your pregnancy. Pregnancy puts you at a higher risk for gum disease and to have growths known as pregnancy tumors. Consulting with your dentist to decide at what point during your pregnancy to schedule a visit is also recommended. If you have any dental problems, it is a good idea to treat them before becoming pregnant or shortly after. Make sure to continue your normal oral health routine to prevent problems during your pregnancy.

Myth: You should avoid telling your dentist if you are pregnant.

Fact: It is important for your dentist to know that you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Keeping up with your routine dental…

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June 01, 2017

Our teeth play a vital role in our lives. They allow us to flash a smile at our friends or chew our favorite meal. It is vital to keep our teeth and gums healthy as issues can increase or worsen with age. June is Oral Health Month; a month to celebrate healthy teeth and make sure you are properly practicing oral health. Regular trips to the dentist are a great way to make sure you are staying on track. It would be detrimental not to keep up with a routine. Here are a few easy tips and reminders to make sure you are taking care of your teeth and gums at home.

  • Brushing is key for healthy teeth and gums. This will keep away cavities and prevent gum disease. There are special toothpastes if you are experiencing sensitivity in your teeth- though it is always a good idea to ask your dentist if the problem persists.
  • Flossing is another important part of oral health. Food can often get stuck in between teeth. Flossing is an easy way to…
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May 01, 2017

Landing dates is the easy part. You’re charming, flirtatious, and even a little mysterious. Assuming you met online (via Match.com, Tinder, or the like), you’ve probably been able to show your love interest your “best self”. You know what I’m talking about. Your pictures are carefully selected, your responses are thought-out and well-worded, and now you’ve closed the deal and scored a first date. Done! Easy.

Soon enough, your love interest is sitting across from you at the restaurant table and your oh-so-confident self is ready to show them what a catch you are. The date carries on as normal, and when it’s over, you presume that you both had a nice time.

But wait… No call back… No text messages… Not even a response on (enter dating site here). Was it something you said? Did they see your embarrassing ankle tattoo? Is it because you’re not a cat person?

Wrong, my friend. The harsh reality of it is that it’s not you...it’s your smile.

In a survey…

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