If you or your child are facing uncomfortable sensitivity due to a cavity, you may want to visit our family friendly dentist in Waco, Dr. Rick Cofer. Premier Family Dental is familiar with dental restorations, specifically fillings. Dental fillings are one of the most common dental procedures. We can provide you restored function, integrity, and most importantly, your confidence with a simple filling.
January 12, 2017
January 4, 2017
“New year, new me!” Isn’t that how the saying goes? Premier Family Dental supports that motto with the New Year upon us. What better resolution than to finally fix the imperfections in your smile. Kick off your new year with a new found confidence sure to make your peers wonder if that really is a “new you.” Well-educated cosmetic dentist in Waco, Rick Cofer, D.D.S., is prepared with the resources you need to gain the smile you have always dreamed of with ease.
January 25, 2016
Do you have brown or white spots on your teeth? Has this discoloration been part of your smile your whole life? You may have fluorosis, a discoloration of teeth during dental develop. Before permanent teeth ever erupt from the gums, they absorb fluoride and other nutrients in order to build strong, healthy dental structures. Most teeth are fully formed by the time a patient reaches the age of 8. If kids are over exposed to fluoride before teeth have fully developed, discoloration on the surface of teeth, fluorosis, occurs as a result. At Premier Family Dental, we offer multiple treatment options to reverse fluorosis discoloration.
January 10, 2016
People make a lot of New Year’s resolutions. From dramatic weight loss plans to spending more time with family to paying off debts. Whatever your New Year’s resolution, remember, a beautiful smile goes with everything. According to studies conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, people found a beautiful smile to be an indicator of confidence, and were most likely to remember smiles than any other part of a first impression. Researchers at UC Berkley think that smiling more often allows people to live longer, happier lives, and an employment survey showed people with an attractive smile were more likely to get hired or promoted. Maybe 2016 is your year to shine with a picture-perfect smile from the team at Premier Family Dental in Waco.
January 4, 2016
Choosing a family dental practice in Waco may seem like searching for a needle in a haystack, but selecting the right practice for your specific dental needs may be easier than you think. Before diving in head first, review our tips for finding the right dental practice to meet the needs of your family for a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles.
December 21, 2015
Toothaches have been the topic of much debate for thousands of years. Ancient civilizations believed worms living in teeth caused toothaches, ancient Egyptians recommended holding a dead mouse on aching teeth, their Chinese contemporaries wrapped parchment around teeth with prayers for relief written on them, and Germans in the middle ages recommended kissing a donkey for toothache relief. On February 9th, the feast of St. Apollonia is celebrated. This is also known as toothache day since St. Apollonia was severely beaten by and lost all of her teeth before succumbing to her wounds, and is the patroness of dentists and dental pain. Luckily, modern dentistry provides better solutions for toothaches than kissing livestock or praying to saints. One of the most severe toothaches patients will experience is caused by root canal infection. Root canal infection is actually infection of the inner, pulp, layer of the tooth not necessarily confined to the root canal. All of the nerves in teeth are found in the pulp, so it’s no surprise that these infections are painful. At Premier Family Dental, we offer painless root canal therapy to restore patients’ smiles.
October 8, 2015
If you’ve ever had a crown placed, you likely visited your dental office three or four times, made goopy dental impressions, and had to sit still as your custom crown was further customized during placement. At Premier Family Dental, we offer patients state-of-the-art same day dental restoration utilizing the CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) system. The entire appointment takes just a few hours, and you leave our office with a fully restored smile. If you’re in need of dental restoration, our skilled Waco dentistry team is ready to help you renew your smile. Call to schedule your CEREC consultation today.
July 15, 2015
Your overall health is dependent upon the rest of your body, including your mouth. Proper dental care and oral hygiene are an important part of your overall well-being. From the moment our first tooth erupts, good oral care is vital. It helps keep your teeth and gums healthy, prevents problems that can lead to tooth loss, and helps you hold on to your natural teeth. Dr. Rick Cofer and his staff in Waco, TX want you to know just how important dental exams are for adults. You may think you’re a tough guy or gal, but oral problems that are left untreated can spawn a slew of dental issues that can become costly down the road. Dr. Cofer is the preferred general dentist in 76712.
Common Adult Dental Concerns
Teeth are meant to last a lifetime. But, the only way to ensure they stay healthy and strong is to have routine dental exams and other thorough cleanings. Plaque, tartar, and bacterial build-up can leave your smile at risk for major complications. You may not experience any problems soon, but at some point you will, and therapy may be painful, not to mention costly. Waco dentist Dr. Cofer understands you have concerns and wants to address them.
Some of the most common dental concerns among adults are:
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Crooked teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Dry mouth
- Gum disease (periodontal disease)
- Mis-spaced teeth
- Mouth sores
- Oral cancer
- Tooth decay
- Tooth erosion
- Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
All of the above can be highly problematic, however, there are ways to combat the onset of many of these issues. Simple recommendations like drinking plenty of water and avoiding sugar-loaded beverages, can make a huge difference. Others include:
- Eating a healthy diet and limiting between-meal snacks
- Brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste (preferably after every meal)
- Floss at least once a day
- Have a regular dental exam and professional cleaning every 6 months
- Properly care for any dental appliance (retainer, mouth guard, plate, bridge, dentures, etc.)
Excellent Dental Care For Adults
We take preventive care very seriously. It’s recommended that adult patients visit every six months for routine general dentistry care which includes thorough cleanings, dental exams, and children’s dental care. Routine dental care combined with dental exams will keep your need for more extensive care to a minimum. This keeps you and your wallet happy.
Our general dentistry therapy includes:
- Dental cleanings and hygiene
- Dental exams
- Periodontal care
Schedule an Appointment Today
For the best general dentist, Waco’s own Dr. Rick Cofer and his staff are ready to handle all of your dental problems. Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean preventive procedures should fall by the wayside. Schedule an appointment and let’s work together on transforming your smile! We serve patients in Waco, TX and the surrounding communities of Bellmead, Beverly Hills, Woodway, Robinson and beyond.
April 23, 2014
Whether your favorite suit needs to be taken in or your jewelry needs to be polished, all things go through life’s hard knocks, and it is important to make sure you take care of those things. Believe it or not, your teeth are no different. A few chips here and there can really start to take its toll on your smile, and you may think there is nothing you can do about it. Luckily, Dr. Chris Cofer is able to give his patients a new smile with the help of cosmetic bonding.
Cosmetic bonding is simple yet effective, as it gives you the ability to have a seamless smile with ease! It works by mixing a bonding liquid and a plastic resin, then placing it on your teeth. Once the bonding is set, Dr. Cofer will smooth and polish it to look like your natural tooth! At the end of the procedure, you are left with nothing but a beautiful, flawless smile!
One of the benefits to cosmetic bonding is the fact it can restore the confidence you may have lost feeling insecure about your smile. When you are not one hundred percent confident in your smile, you may find it hard to be around others or make a memorable first impression. With this simple procedure, you will be able to be secure in the fact that your smile is magnificent! If you are interested in cosmetic bonding and how Dr. Cofer is able to help change your smile in a single visit, call our office and we will be more than happy to assist you!
Premier Family Dental provides quality dental care from our Waco dental office because we truly believe in the power of a beautiful smile. We serve patients from Robinson, Lorena, and the Central Texas area. Call us today to schedule your appointment.
December 9, 2013
A lot of people suffer from insecurities with their smile. They go through life putting their hands in front of their mouths every time they laugh or smile to avoid embarrassment. Luckily, at Premier Family Dental, we offer dental bonding for chipped or cracked teeth, sure to put your dental woes to rest. With years of experience in cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Rick Cofer, Jr. is able to transform your smile from drab to wow!
A couple of the most common uses for dental bonding are to fill gaps between and reshape teeth; dental bonding can even be used as fillings, making your smile look more natural versus having a mouth full of metal. A branch of adhesive dentistry, dental bonding involves putting a tooth-colored resin on your natural tooth, which is then cemented with the use of a blue light. Usually consisting of a single visit at Premier Family Dental, the wait time for transforming your smile is nearly none!
If you’re insecure about the length of your teeth, dental bonding can help in that area as well! Though it may seem like a small thing to change, lengthening the look of your teeth or closing gaps can change the way you think about meeting new people, joining your friends in a laugh, and your overall look. Get your confidence back, and make an appointment at our office. You are sure to be in good hands with Dr. Cofer, Jr., so let him change your life, and your smile, for the better!
Premier Family Dental provides quality dental care from our Waco dental office because we truly believe in the power of a beautiful smile. We serve patients from Robinson, Lorena and the Central Texas area. Call us today to schedule your appointment.