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Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic dental care procedure that can improve the appearance and function of your smile. Instead of spending weeks or months gradually changing your teeth with braces or whitening, Single Dental dental veneers can offer you a new smile in just a few appointments.

Dental veneers are a minimally invasive way to give yourself the smile makeover you want without undergoing aggressive treatment, and the results are life-changing. If you’ve been thinking about getting veneers, Dr. Singla will be happy to provide you with a customized evaluation.

What are Dental Veneers?

Veneers are made up of thin layers of porcelain that are affixed to the front of your teeth. Dr. Singla bonds the thin porcelain shell on your teeth with minimal preparation to your tooth enamel. The veneer, sometimes known as a “false face,” masks any flaws or blemishes in your smile. Veneers can be installed alongside one another, significantly improving your entire smile as opposed to just one or two teeth.

How Veneers Can Help

Dental veneers are comprised of long-lasting, high-quality materials that do not discolor like enamel. Instead, they retain their brightness over time. Veneers are used strictly for the purpose of improving the appearance of your front teeth. You can brighten and balance your smile by correcting issues related to tooth shape, color, or alignment. Best of all, with Single Dental’s minimally invasive veneers, you’ll see a difference right away.

1. Increased Self-Confidence

If you feel self-conscious about your teeth, it may be difficult for you to talk in public, laugh around friends, or even take part in a photoshoot with people you care about. Once the veneers have changed your smile, you will feel more confident in front of others (and the mirror!)

2. You’ll Smile More

You’ll find yourself smiling more frequently now that you love the way your teeth look. Feel free to strike up a discussion and create an excellent first impression, which may have made you nervous before getting a smile makeover.

3. A Healthier-Looking Smile

Dental veneers match the color of your existing teeth or the shade of your preference, making them appear natural yet attractive. Not only that, but veneers improve the appearance of your bite by covering up any gaps or imperfections in your smile alignment.

4. A Younger Appearance

Dental veneers have the most visible before-and-after results of any cosmetic dentistry treatment we offer. When your teeth look younger and healthier, you will too!

Who Should Get Veneers?

You might be wondering if porcelain veneers are right for you. Typically, we recommend them for situations involving:

● Severe discoloration
● Misshaped or short teeth
● Slightly chipped teeth
● Misaligned teeth
● Small gaps in your smile

Schedule Your Consultation

Contact our Duncanville cosmetic dentist today to learn more about the dental veneer experience and planning process. We can determine if you’re a good candidate or if you’d benefit more from another cosmetic dentistry option. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Summer is one of the busiest seasons for dental emergencies in Duncanville. Not only are kids on summer break, but adults and children are more likely to participate in outdoor activities and recreational sports. As a result, they are more likely to be involved in situations where accidents, falls, hits, and other injuries occur frequently.

Summer usually brings an increase in dental emergencies at Single Dental, including:

Toothaches: A severe toothache may indicate a serious problem. If your tooth pain prevents you from eating or going to work, we recommend that you see our emergency dentist.

Abscessed Teeth: Dental abscesses are not only painful, but the infection can spread quickly if endodontic therapy is not used (root canal treatment.)

Fractured Teeth: Broken or chipped teeth are extremely sensitive and require immediate treatment to prevent pain, further decay, and infection.

Tooth Avulsion (Knocked Out Teeth): While a knocked-out tooth cannot always be
saved, Dr. Singla will do everything possible to replace it. Endodontic treatment is
usually required.

Prevent Emergencies Before They Happen

Fortunately, the majority of dental emergencies are avoidable. In addition to maintaining your routine exams, it’s important to remember to wear your sports mouthguard whenever you are outside with the kids, on the trampoline, or doing your usual exercise routine.

Start flossing daily, even if you haven’t done so previously. Food can get lodged beneath the gums or between the teeth, where it can cause swelling and discomfort.

Popcorn kernels are a common example. Tie a knot in your flossing string and run it through your teeth from one side to the other to remove stuck-on food. Flossing is commonly thought to pull out dental work, but this is simply not true. If flossing moves a crown or filling out of place, it is already loose and will fall out. It’s not flossing that you have to worry about!

Treating Pain Until You Can See Our Dentist

In the unfortunate event that you do experience a summertime dental emergency, here are a few things you can do to reduce pain until you can visit our office.

Take ibuprofen (Motrin) or other over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication as directed.

● Every 20 minutes, alternately apply a cold compress to that side of your mouth.
● Eat on the opposite side of your mouth as much as possible.
● Rinse with warm salt water several times per day to aid in the removal of
infection and inflammation.
● Clean and floss around your gumlines on a daily basis, as this is where plaque
bacteria tend to congregate the most.
● Make your own “miracle mouthwash” without the prescription lidocaine for soft-
tissue injuries like rashes, ulcers, or trauma.

Please keep in mind that none of these do-it-yourself toothache/emergency dental therapies are intended to provide long-term relief. The goal is to relieve your pain until we can see you in our office.

Don’t Wait! Call Us Today

It may appear impossible to find an emergency dentist on short notice, but that is not the case at Single Dental. Call our office right away if you need to see an emergency dentist.

When it comes to staying healthy through your pregnancy, you may consider prenatal vitamins, diet, and exercise, but do you think about your teeth? The changes during pregnancy can result in problems with a woman’s oral health. Taking charge can protect you and your baby, and this article presented by Singla Dental can help you get started.

The Impact of Poor Oral Health

According to the experts, up to 75% of pregnant women have periodontal disease. As your hormones change during pregnancy, you have a higher chance of developing cavities or gum disease. If you do not treat the problem, you may lose supportive bones and later your teeth. Children who have mothers with cavities have a higher likelihood of developing cavities themselves.

Your oral health has an impact on your overall general health. During pregnancy, you need to pay more attention to your health to ensure the healthy delivery of your baby. You may want to have your oral health checked while you have your first prenatal visit. Many people wait to see a dentist until their teeth hurt. Unfortunately, if you wait that long, you may already have a deep cavity.

Steps To a Healthier Smile

Do not skip the trips to the dentist. In the past, people believed that dental care may harm pregnant women. People feared various treatments, including root canals, extractions, and periodontal treatment could somehow harm the baby. Likewise, many people worry about the impact x-rays have on fetal health. However, women do not have to delay care.

To develop a healthier smile, focus on your brushing routine. Consider using a soft-bristled brush and begin at your gumline. You need to brush all of your teeth on the inside, outside, and over your molars. Make sure you brush for at least two minutes at a time. If necessary, consider listening to a song while you brush your teeth.

Ways To Maintain Oral Health

Try to minimize the stressors in your life. Stress can cause you to damage your teeth. You may catch yourself grinding your teeth, eating more sugary foods, and otherwise forgetting to care for your oral health. Try meditation or stretching regularly. To meditate, close your eyes and focus on your current state. Let go of your stress and focus on breathing instead.

Other versions of stress relief include changing your home environment. Add houseplants to lift your spirits naturally. Also, consider decluttering your home and finding ways to let more natural light into your space. Consider changing your passwords. You have to type your passwords often and if you have a positive password, you will have cues to act positively.

Eating healthy helps your teeth, but it can help you live a more stress-free lifestyle. Meal prep so you do not have to worry about your meals every day. Remember to exercise to reduce your body’s adrenaline and cortisol to help you relax.

If you do not have enough fluoride in your diet or the products you use, you may need fluoride treatments, such as those provided by Singla Dental. If you struggle with cavities, treatments can help strengthen your teeth. In addition, after the birth of your baby, you may consider fluoride treatments as a part of your child’s dental care.

Regardless of pregnancy, it can impact your life, irrespective of your oral health. However, during pregnancy, you need to take extra care of yourself for the sake of your baby. Additionally, many women develop more oral issues when carrying a child.

If you have any questions about your oral health or would like to learn more about how to take care of your smile during pregnancy, give our office a call!

Brightening the color of your smile is an excellent way to improve its appearance or to kickstart your journey to a makeover. Professional whitening is an ideal choice if you simply want to make your teeth look better or if you need an affordable cosmetic treatment.

Are you considering having your teeth whitened but feeling a little unsure? At Single Dental, we whiten hundreds of smiles each year for a variety of reasons. If you’re still debating the benefits and drawbacks of professional teeth whitening in Duncanville, consider the following four reasons before passing up the opportunity:

Before Restorative Treatments

Assume you’re about to get a new dental implant and crown to replace a missing front tooth. Or maybe you need a filling that will be visible when you smile and you want it to match the tooth around it. If you ever want to whiten your teeth, you won’t be able to do so unless you replace the dental work you’ve had done. Why? Because whitening products do not work on dental restorations.

Instead, it’s best to whiten your teeth professionally first, Dr. Singla can match the
material to the new luminance of your teeth. Your teeth will begin whiter, and you can
continue to whiten them over time.

Prior to a Smile Makeover

Are you ready for something dramatic, such as dental veneers, or to add bonding to uneven areas? We recommend that you whiten your teeth first.

Here’s why: teeth whitening complements other cosmetic treatments, and in some cases eliminates the need for otherwise unnecessary treatments. Perhaps you want a few teeth bonded but also whiter, so you choose veneers. Instead, you could combine professional teeth whitening teeth with a small amount of matched composite shaped over the problem spot.

As a Mini Smile Makeover

Brightening your teeth is an effective cosmetic treatment that can also be used as a stand-alone smile makeover. The best part is that it is quick, efficient, and inexpensive. If you aren’t ready to commit to gum recontouring, dental veneers, or bonding, teeth whitening is a great place to start.

Professional whitening costs a fraction of the price of more complex aesthetic procedures. So, if a major makeover isn’t in the cards right now, teeth whitening is probably still doable.

Your smile will be several shades whiter after treatment. We’ll show you how to keep the results and touch up your tooth color for months, if not years, after your initial treatment.

For Life’s Special Events

There’s a lot to be said about the appearance of your teeth. Indeed, studies have shown that people with whiter and more beautiful teeth perform better in job interviews, earn more money, appear happier, and have more friends.

If you’re unsure what to wear to your next business presentation or need a pick-me-up when it comes to dating, having whiter teeth may be the perfect accessory to bring along with you. Investing in whiter teeth is an efficient and cost-effective way to help you look your best when it counts.

Ready to Whiten Your Smile?

With just one visit to our office, you can have whiter teeth! Make an appointment with
Single Dental in Duncanville today for a teeth whitening consultation.

Tooth decay isn’t as threatening as it once was. In the past, most dentists treated cavities with typical amalgam (silver) restorations. Now, dentists can detect and treat with less invasive restorations that are safer for teeth.

Even so, most people have concerns about fillings or tooth decay in general. To help you prepare for your next appointment, we’ve produced a list of the most common things the team at Single Dental wants you to know why you shouldn’t put off having an exam or treating that small filling.

Common Symptoms of Tooth Decay

Not everyone, or every tooth, will experience symptoms of pain when they have decay. If you have a toothache, you’ll know it. But other cavity symptoms might not be as obvious, including:

• Sensitivity to sweet foods or drinks
• Rough edges on your tooth
• Visible holes and discoloration
• Something simply feeling “off” whenever you bite down

Not All Cavities are Visible

During your exam, Dr. Singla may notice visible cavities. On the other hand, X-rays
are necessary for determining the depth of a cavity and screening for decay that’s between the teeth or below chewing surfaces, which cannot be detected with the naked eye.

Teeth Don’t Respond to Infection the Same Way

Cavities aren’t always painful, and every tooth responds differently. If food gets caught in your teeth, there’s irritation when biting/chewing, or you feel rough/sharp edges with your tongue, you might have a cavity and not know it just yet.

We can check for cavities between and inside your teeth where you might not otherwise see them, thanks to frequent checkups and taking occasional X-rays to screen for infection.

Cavities Will Gradually Spread

Cavities are caused by bacteria. Bacteria can travel from one tooth to the next if there is
an active cavity. This results in the formation of a new cavity in a separate tooth. Early
treatment can help avoid the formation of new cavities. If caught early enough, only a
small tooth-colored filling in one tooth will take care of the issue.

Minimally Invasive and More Affordable

At your appointment, Single Dental staff will be happy to answer your questions. We’ll set your mind at ease regarding any treatment concerns you may have, as well as talk about which options are ideal for you. Our minimally invasive fillings are designed to fit your budget and preserve the maximum amount of tooth structure possible.

After your exam, you’ll be given a treatment plan that details the procedures and projected costs for restoring your smile. The earlier your tooth decay is fixed, the less money you’ll spend in the long run.

Schedule Your Consultation

Maintain the health of your smile for years to come. Make an appointment for a checkup twice a year. We’ll screen for early symptoms of tooth decay during your exam, giving you the opportunity to prevent cavities with proper home care and fluoride. If you have active decay, we can help you get ahead of it before severe problems arise.

If it’s been six months since your last dentist appointment or you suspect you have a cavity, call Single Dental in Duncanville today.

Cavities are not always visible. They can develop under old fillings or between teeth, making them more challenging to locate. Unfortunately, cavities can spread rapidly, affecting adjacent teeth and causing more aggressive infections such as abscessed teeth. If you feel sweet sensitivity, tenderness, or get food caught in your teeth frequently, be sure to let Dr. Singla know.

Dental Fillings Stop the Spread of Decay

A minimally-invasive dental filling can stop the spread of decay as soon as it’s detected. Your small restoration also preserves your overall tooth, as it reduces the chance of the infection expanding into your dental nerves and causing an abscess. Both white (composite) and silver (amalgam) fillings are available, white being the most attractive and minimally invasive to the tooth.

Is it Possible to Get Cavities Around Existing Dental Work?

Yes, decay can form around dental bridges, crowns, or fillings. Good oral hygiene—including flossing—is an important part of preventing recurring cavities from developing.

Over time, the margins around old dental work can begin to leak, allowing new cavities to develop. Retreating those areas as quickly as possible will minimize the extent of treatment your smile needs in the future.

What is a Cavity? What are the Symptoms of Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is a bacterial infection inside of tooth enamel that, left untreated, will expand further into the tooth structure. A cavity can manifest in many ways. The most common warning signs include:

 You notice discomfort or pain when you eat or bite into something
 Sensitivity whenever you eat or drink something sweet
 A rough edge that you can feel with your tongue
 Food or floss getting caught between certain teeth
 Something feeling “off” in a specific part of your mouth
 Occasional discomfort or toothaches

Digital X-rays are necessary to detect cavities that may not be visible during an exam. If the decay isn’t treated promptly, it will almost always spread into the adjacent tooth structure. This is why early treatment is important regardless of whether any pain is being experienced. A cavity may never hurt or cause sensitivity, making it easy for an abscess to develop with your knowledge.

What to Expect When You Get a Dental Filling

After numbing your tooth, Dr. Singla will clean out the decayed areas and prep the enamel immediately next to it. We will match the filling material to your natural tooth enamel, then shape it by hand to fill in the void in your tooth. A bright light cures your filling and bonds it in place. After the procedure, your tooth may feel numb for a few hours.

Preventing Tooth Decay

Keep your smile healthier, longer. Plan to schedule a checkup twice per year. During your exam, we’ll look for early signs of enamel demineralization, providing you with a chance to reverse it through good home care and fluoride supplementation. And if you have active decay, we can provide you with an opportunity to get ahead of it before major issues develop.

Call Single Dental if it’s been six months since your last dentist appointment or if you suspect you have a cavity.

Do you have gaps or wide spaces between your teeth? Maybe you do but you’re not bothered by their appearance. However, having widely spaced teeth holds other concerns besides just the way they look.

There are certain dental problems that are caused by, or more likely to occur when you have excessive spacing. Here are just a few:

1. Food Impaction: Having gapped teeth often causes food to get trapped in certain areas of your smile. Not only is it tedious to clean, but it also increases your risk of infection.

2. Gingivitis: If you don’t eliminate the plaque or food between your teeth on a daily basis,
then you’re more likely to develop gingivitis (which is the early stages of gum disease.) Signs of gingivitis include redness, bleeding, swelling, and soreness of the gums.

3. Gum Disease: As gingivitis continues to go undetected or ignored, gum disease will cause tissue detachment and “pockets” around your gapped teeth. You may also begin to experience bad breath, receding gumlines, or bone loss.

4. Tooth Decay: Leaving food or plaque between gapped teeth for long periods is damaging to the healthy tooth structure. Decay is an irreversible condition and unfortunately, gapped areas are more prone to cavities than straight teeth are.

5. Premature Wear and TMJD: When your teeth don’t line up together properly, gapped teeth can cause several issues like excessive wear on certain teeth or joint pain.

Young Children and Gapped Teeth

What about kids who have spaced teeth 一 is this an issue as well? While some of the above
concerns do apply to children, it’s actually more of a positive thing if your child has gaps between teeth, because the space allows more room for their permanent ones. Adult teeth are bigger than baby teeth, so they require more space once they erupt.

Managing Gapped Teeth

To prevent severe issues from a gapped smile, you want to make sure your oral care routine is on point. Brushing after every meal, regular flossing, and not missing your professional cleaning appointments will help ensure that your gums stay healthy and your teeth are free of decay. Wearing a nightguard can help prevent excessive and irregular wear patterns as well. Nightguards are available over the counter or a custom fit one can be made by our dentist.

Fixing Gapped Teeth

A gapped smile should be evaluated by a dental professional so that a custom treatment plan
can be developed, if necessary. Suggested procedures may include orthodontics like braces or clear aligner therapy, restorations like crowns, or dental implants, or even a retainer to prevent tooth movement. Ultimately the health of your teeth impacts their function just as much as your overall appearance.

If you have gapped teeth, contact our Duncanville dentist to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Singla and the excellent team of Single Dental are glad to meet with you and address each of your oral health concerns. Don’t wait any longer. Make an appointment with us today.

With all the fun and busyness going on in Duncanville during the holiday season, it can be easy to put your oral care on the back burner and start neglecting your teeth more than normal. Plus, this time of year usually involves more tooth-staining foods and beverages than we typically tend to enjoy. Here are some easy ways to combat holiday tooth discoloration and keep your smile bright.

1. Stay Away From Tooth-Staining Foods

Have you been waiting all year to indulge in that decadent cranberry sauce or pie? You may
want to think twice when you learn that cranberries are one of the worst teeth-staining foods you can eat. Other dark berries and red wine are just as bad. Avoid these dark foods when possible or rinse your mouth immediately afterward.

2. Avoid Dark Drinks

Dark drinks are well-known for their teeth-staining power, and drinking them can leave you with stained enamel across several teeth. Cocktail drinks containing dark liquid and red wines should be avoided. If you’d like to have an alcoholic beverage, then try sticking with champagne, white wine, beer, or other clear or light-colored liquors.

3. Watch Your Sugary Drinks and Foods

Constant sugar intake is the number one cause of cavities. And cavities stain your teeth. During a time of year when sweet treats are everywhere you turn, try to limit sugar as much as possible.

4. Starchy Foods Are Dangerous for Teeth

Starchy foods like bread, potatoes, and pasta not only turn into sugar but stick everywhere on your teeth and in certain areas of your mouth that can be difficult to clean. If not removed, these starchy foods cause staining and eventually cavities.

5. Quit Smoking

If you’re thinking about giving up smoking as a New Year’s resolution then why not go ahead
and make the commitment now? Since smoking stains teeth quickly, you could go ahead and
get a head start on your lifestyle change.

6. Don’t Neglect Your Oral Hygiene

As you already should be, remember to brush after every meal. If eating starchy, sticky foods it’s best to go ahead and floss about 30 minutes after your meal. If eating a meal or having drinks at someone else’s house, then plan ahead and take your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss with you. No one will judge you if you excuse yourself to the restroom to go take care of your teeth. In fact, you might start a new trend!

Whatever you do, don’t wait to go brush and floss. If you don’t do it quickly after you eat, you might forget about it, and fall asleep in the recliner with a full belly.

7. Visit Your Dentist

When you’re gearing up for the holidays it’s also a great time to get your year-end cleaning and checkup. Especially if you have unused insurance benefits remaining. Before you get too busy, come to see Dr. Singla at Single Dental. We’ll check all of your teeth and make sure that you don’t have any areas that are more prone to staining or need attention. Don’t wait any longer, give us a call today!

Do you have dental insurance? Has it been a while since you’ve been to a dental office in Duncanville? Did you know that dental insurance plans cover a specific dollar amount for procedures every year? If your benefits aren’t used, unfortunately, they do not roll over to the next year. They simply run out. With the end of the year approaching, now is the time to schedule a dental check-up and take full advantage of what your dental insurance plan has to offer.

Take Advantage of Your Included Checkup and Cleaning

Your dental plan will typically pay at or close to 100% for two professional cleanings each year. Typically, they are six months apart from each other. But not all plans make this a requirement. Additionally, you may qualify for no co-pay x-rays and an exam to check all your teeth, gums, and screen for things like oral cancer. That way if you do need treatment, it can be completed while it’s still fairly conservative.

Even those patients that have the best possible at-home care need to visit the dentist regularly for a professional cleaning. No matter how hard you try, there will always be areas that you cannot reach or clean. Our dental hygienists will need to use special tools to remove tartar buildup from these hard-to-reach areas before disease sets in.

Regular exams are also important. Just because you aren’t experiencing any pain or discomfort doesn’t mean that you don’t have a cavity or other dental issue that requires attention. Oral exams allow our dentist to thoroughly check all of your teeth and spot issues that need attention. Preferably before they become advanced problems that are more difficult to manage.

Periodic x-rays are also essential because even though we look in your mouth to diagnose issues, we can’t see everything between teeth or behind your gums. Dental radiographs show us problems that may be occurring in your mouth that aren’t visible to the naked eye. For example, cavities or bone loss from gum disease. Even an abscessed tooth may be symptom-free but an infection will often show up on a routine x-ray.

Schedule Your Treatment ASAP

If your exam and/or x-rays determine that you have a cavity or some other dental issue that needs attention, it’s best to plan the procedure quickly. That way you can use your dental insurance coverage before it expires for the year.

You never know what the future holds and what unexpected treatment you may need next year. Most dental issues are best treated while they’re small. So don’t waste this year’s benefits, go ahead and plan a visit before December 31st.

Limited Appointments Still Available

Be smart about your insurance coverage, book your cleaning and checkup at Single Dental today. With so many people wanting to take advantage of their dental benefits before they expire, our Duncanville practice has limited appointments available. Dr. Singla looks forward to seeing you very soon! Call us today to schedule.

If you have a tooth that needs to be replaced, our Duncanville dentist will typically
recommend dental implants as the best option. Some of the top advantages that implants offer
as opposed to other tooth replacement treatments include:

Implants Are Non-Removable

Implants and the crowns that are attached to them are permanently fixed in place. That means you don’t have to worry about regularly removing and replacing any false teeth as you would if you had a partial or full denture (an alternative tooth replacement option).

You’ll Still Enjoy Your Food

Dentures and partials cover your taste buds, making food less enjoyable to eat. With implants,
you’ll enjoy the same foods you always have without any dietary restrictions.

Implants Preserve Your Jawbone and Facial Appearance

Once a tooth goes missing, your jaw bone begins to deteriorate. As a result, your cheeks will
sink in and you’ll have more apparent wrinkles and loose skin. Replacing a missing tooth with a
dental implant maintains healthy bone levels and supports your facial structure.

Enjoy The Same Convenience as a Natural Tooth

Removable prosthetics can be uncomfortable for some people to wear because they fill your
mouth with a plastic appliance that can feel cumbersome or rub your gum tissues. With an implant being a single post and a stand-alone crown, they are as comfortable as a natural tooth. you’ll forget it’s even there!

Implants Stand Alone and Don’t Affect Other Teeth

A dental bridge is a connection of three or more crowns that are used to replace a missing
tooth. Each bridge is fixed in place by cementing it to the teeth adjacent to the space. However,
in order to fit the bridge, these natural teeth will need to be cut down. Doing so isn’t something
that we recommend if there are healthy virgin teeth involved. If something occurs in the future
to one of the anchoring teeth and a single one needs to be repaired, you’ll need to remove and
replace the entire bridge.

Implants are non-invasive to the adjacent teeth. They are completely stand-alone restorations,
making them healthier for your overall smile. Placing an implant prevents altering the neighboring teeth or having to worry about one of them potentially failing at a later point in time.

An Implant Can Last The Rest of Your Life

As long as you prevent gum disease and bone loss with good oral hygiene, you can expect to
keep your dental implant for a lifetime. Though partials and bridges do last a long time, you’ll
need to replace them every so often to ensure they fit properly or as the acrylic wears out.

Dental Implants In Duncanville

Find out if a dental implant is the best tooth replacement option for you. Plan a visit with Dr. Singla of Single Dental in Duncanville to see if you qualify. We would love to meet you and discuss your treatment options. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation!