Restorative Dentistry

Preventing Facial Injuries in Longview

Facial injuries occur all too often in the Gladewater area. Hallsville Little Leaguers get hit by inside pitches, Kilgore construction workers suffer falls and other accidents at the worksite, and Texas motorists sustain injuries in harmful collisions every single day. Vaca and Kirby Dental know how accidents at home can also result in serious injury

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Unexplained Headaches Or Jaw Pain?

Hello! I’m Chris Kirby, DDS, of Vaca & Kirby Dental in Longview. I have been practicing quality general and cosmetic dentistry since 1999. Today’s post focuses on malocclusion or bad bite. Malocclusion is the dental term for a problem in the way your top and bottom teeth come together. The ideal bite is when the

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Tooth Injuries and How To Treat Them In Texas

Accidents can happen unexpectedly, and one area of the body that is particularly vulnerable to injury is the mouth, including the teeth. Tooth injuries can range from minor chips and cracks to more severe cases such as fractures or avulsions (complete tooth displacement). Understanding the causes, types, and immediate actions for tooth injuries is crucial

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Preventive Dentistry at Vaca & Kirby Dental

Healthy smiles don’t happen by accident. They are a result of preventative dentistry. Are you interested in preventative dentistry? Perhaps you have a healthy smile and want to prevent cavities. Many Longview people have a mouth full of fillings and don’t want to add another one to their collection. Perhaps you want to avoid gingivitis

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Rather Have A Root Canal?

Have you ever heard the phrase ‘I’d rather have a root canal’ to describe something painful or unpleasant? At Vaca & Kirby Dental, we perform root canal (endodontic) therapy routinely for our patients and many report minimal discomfort. Root canal procedures have advanced significantly in recent years. For many root canal patients, the procedure is

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Your Dentist Provides Comprehensive Oral Care

How does your dentist help you stay healthy? Most individuals know that they can go to their dentist if they chip a tooth or have a toothache. Because of this, they may not realize how many other health problems your dentist can help you with. A full-service dental practice provides comprehensive oral health care. Bad

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There Is Hope For Denture Wearers

The condition of your teeth has a considerable impact on your high quality of life. Denture wearers understand this all too well. The path from dental health to a toothless mouth is downhill. Tooth decay and gum disease are painful. Treatment such as fillings and root canals can strain the budget. If the teeth can’t

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We Take Jaw Pain Seriously

If you are influenced by temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD, you know how the pain and discomfort can lower your quality of life. Vaca & Kirby Dental TMD treatment has helped countless patients manage their condition. The temporomandibular or jaw joint connects the lower jaw bone to the skull. TMD is often linked to jaw

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Not Your Mother’s Jewelry: 5 Reasons Tongue Piercings Are Dangerous

Let’s get right to it; while tongue, cheek, and lip piercings are “so in” right now, here are five reasons to keep piercings where they belong—in your ears: Excessive drooling—YIKES! Chipped teeth Infection (some even in places you wouldn’t think can get infected) Hypersensitivity to metal Nerve damage Drooling Lip and tongue piercings may make

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Dental Implants Are Truly Life-Changing

After years of use, how is your smile?  Does it convey your inner confidence? Are you proud of it? When someone whips out their phone to take a picture, do you flash a wide smile showing your teeth? There could be a number of issues that could impact your smiles, such as cavities, periodontitis (advanced

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“Today was my first visit to VACA & KIRBY. I must say I was very impressed with their staff. Nothing but complete professionalism from start to finish!”

- Edward L.
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