We are a preventative-based practice. We believe that a little bit of prevention will go a long way toward eliminating greater and more expensive problems in the future. Our doctors use cleaning procedures, regular check-ups, and various other dental treatments that assist in halting the progression of decay and disease. Our highest priority is to prevent, restore, and help you and your children maintain excellent oral health. Our dental office also provides additional dental services to patients who need them.
General Dentistry in Plano, TX
Our general dental services often include the following:
Dental Exams and Check-Ups
Our mission at Texas Dental is to help institute the practice of good oral hygiene in the life of each of our patients. As part of your family’s health team, we strive to inspire an anxiety-free love for caring for your teeth and assist in establishing healthy patterns, starting with a dental exam & check-up. Our gentle and experienced staff provides services from regular cleanings to tooth brushing and flossing instructions. We provide sedation dentistry options for patients who want a pain and anxiety-free experience.
At Texas Dental, we strive to foster a passion for good oral hygiene within every member of your family. Our goal is to partner with our patients, educating and empowering each to take hold of and maintain excellent dental health while we tailor their treatments to align with their health goals.
When it comes to pediatric dentistry, our enthusiastic yet gentle team goes above and beyond. Partnering with your children, we strive to foster — from an early age — a love for oral care. Our primary goal is to help children establish healthy habits that last a lifetime.
In addition to maintaining healthy habits at home, regular cleanings in our office will prevent early childhood tooth decay and lead to optimal oral health in adulthood. And that is our goal: to provide you and your family with the resources to care for your teeth at home effectively and establish a pattern of regular visits to our office for checkups and routine cleanings.
We use the latest in dental sealant technology to protect teeth and encourage optimal oral health. Dental sealants are bonded to the chewing surfaces of decay-prone back teeth that assist in halting the progression of decay and disease. Although dental sealants are often associated with children, adults can also obtain great benefits from the application of dental sealants.
Oral pathology is simply the process of identifying, assessing, and treating diseases in the mouth. At Texas Dental, we ensure optimal care by accurately detecting and managing suspicious oral changes. A comprehensive consultation by our highly knowledgeable and caring dentists will put your fears to rest as they discuss immediate, appropriate, and effective care and treatment options with you.
Fillings offer an affordable, natural-looking, and safe solution for unavoidable decay. Not only are our fillings at Texas Dental some of the most aesthetic restorations available today, but they’re also strong and long-lasting.
Root Canal Treatment
If your tooth is infected, endodontic treatment—a non-surgical root canal—is normally all that is needed to promote healing. Our doctors are highly trained to perform root canals, a common, fast, routine dental procedure.
It is always our goal to save your natural teeth whenever possible. When teeth become too decayed or damaged, and tooth extraction is necessary, we use the latest technology and cutting-edge techniques to provide safe, comfortable, and quick extraction right here in our office.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
If your child is between 17 and 25, the ideal time for a wisdom tooth removal evaluation is now. The roots are not fully established so the procedure will be simple and routine. Our friendly team is prepared to answer all your questions and gently guide you and your child through the process.
A dental cleaning, or prophylaxis, thoroughly cleans the teeth and gums. Dental prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Regular dental cleanings are an effective procedure that keeps the oral cavity in proper health and halts the progression of gum disease.
The benefits of professional teeth cleaning include the following:
- Plaque removal. Tartar (also called calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can result in serious periodontal problems. Unfortunately, even with a proper home brushing and flossing routine, removing all debris, bacteria, and deposits from gum pockets can be impossible. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch potentially damaging buildup.
- A healthier-looking smile. Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the aesthetics of a smile. Prophylaxis is an effective treatment in ridding the teeth of these unsightly stains.
- Fresher breath. Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line) and potential gangrene stemming from gum infection results in bad breath. Removing plaque, calculus, and bacteria at our facility can improve halitosis and reduce infection.
- Professional dental cleaning can be performed at our office. We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventative measure, but it should be completed every 3-4 months for periodontitis sufferers. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but dental prophylaxis is one of the tools we can use to halt its progression effectively.
Oral Cancer Screening
The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral-pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer.
The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathological process or cancerous growth:
- Reddish patches (erythroplasia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
- A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
- Chronic sore throat or hoarseness and/or difficulty in chewing or swallowing
These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology, and, curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.
We would recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly. Remember that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores.
How to Brush Teeth
If you have any pain while brushing your teeth or have questions about brushing properly, please call our office. Our doctors recommend using a soft toothbrush. Position the brush at a 45-degree angle where your gums and teeth meet. Gently move the brush in a circular motion several times using small, gentle strokes brushing the outside surfaces of your teeth. Use light pressure while putting the bristles between the teeth, but not so much pressure that you feel discomfort.
When cleaning the outside surfaces of all your teeth, follow the same directions while cleaning the inside of the back teeth. To clean the inside surfaces of the upper and lower front teeth, hold the brush vertically. Make several gentle back-and-forth strokes over each tooth. Don’t forget to brush the surrounding gum tissue gently.
Next, you will clean the biting surfaces of your teeth by using short, gentle strokes. Change the brush’s position as often as necessary to reach and clean all surfaces. Try to watch yourself in the mirror to make sure you clean each surface. After you are done, rinse vigorously to remove any plaque you might have loosened while brushing.
How to Floss
Periodontal disease usually appears between the teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing is a very effective way to remove plaque from those surfaces. However, it is important to develop the proper technique. The following instructions will help you, but remember it takes time and practice.
Start with a piece of floss (waxed is easier) about 18″ long. Lightly wrap most of the floss around the middle finger of one hand. Wrap the rest of the floss around the other hand’s middle finger.
To clean the upper teeth, hold the floss tightly between the thumb and forefinger of each hand. Gently insert the floss tightly between the teeth using a back-and-forth motion. Do not force the floss or try to snap it into place. Bring the floss to the gum line, then curve it into a C-shape against one tooth. Slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth until you feel light resistance. Move the floss up and down on the side of one tooth.
Remember, two tooth surfaces need to be cleaned in each space. Continue to floss each side of all the upper teeth. Be careful not to cut the gum tissue between the teeth. As the floss becomes soiled, turn from one finger to the other to get a fresh section.
To clean between the bottom teeth, guide the floss using the forefingers of both hands. Do not forget the backside of the last tooth on both sides, upper and lower.
When done, rinse vigorously with water to remove plaque and food particles. Do not be alarmed if, during the first week of flossing, your gums bleed or are a little sore. If your gums hurt while flossing, you could be doing it too hard or pinching the gum. As you floss daily and remove the plaque, your gums will heal, and the bleeding should stop.
Choosing Oral Hygiene Products
Sometimes after dental treatment, teeth are sensitive to hot and cold. This should not last long, but only if the mouth is kept clean. If the mouth is not kept clean, the sensitivity will remain and could become more severe. If your teeth are especially sensitive, consult with your doctor. They may recommend a medicated toothpaste or mouth rinse for sensitive teeth.
So many products on the market can become confusing, and choosing between them can be difficult. Here are some suggestions for choosing dental care products that will work for most patients.
Automatic and “high-tech” electronic toothbrushes are safe and effective for most patients. Oral irrigators (water spraying devices) will rinse your mouth thoroughly but will not remove plaque. You need to brush and floss in conjunction with the irrigator. We see excellent results with electric toothbrushes called Rotadent and Interplak.
Some toothbrushes have a rubber tip on the handle; this is used to massage the gums after brushing. Tiny brushes (interproximal toothbrushes) also clean between your teeth. If these are used improperly, you could injure the gums, so discuss proper use with your doctor.
Fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinses, if used in conjunction with brushing and flossing, can reduce tooth decay by as much as 40%. Remember, these rinses are not recommended for children under six. Tartar control toothpaste will reduce tartar above the gum line, but gum disease starts below the gum line, so these products have not been proven to reduce the early stage of gum disease.
Anti-plaque rinses, approved by the American Dental Association, contain agents that may help bring early gum disease under control. Use these in conjunction with brushing and flossing.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Daily brushing and flossing will keep dental calculus to a minimum, but a professional dental cleaning will remove calculus in places your toothbrush and floss have missed. Your visit to our office is important to your program to prevent gum disease. Keep your teeth for your lifetime.
In the past, teeth with cavities were filled with amalgam (silver fillings). Today, durable tooth-colored fillings are the material of choice that can be bonded to the tooth for a more natural look. Tooth-colored fillings are safe, predictable, and aesthetic!
What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are made of “composite, ” a blend of plastic resins and resin fillers. They are used to fill in the cavity left by tooth decay. They are durable and can withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing on the front and back teeth. The color of the composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of your tooth, allowing these fillings to blend right in.
Why Would You Need A Tooth-Colored Filling?
The two common reasons a tooth would need to be restored with a composite are decay and/or chipping.
The Process of Filling a Tooth
The tooth-colored fillings are completed in one visit. To fill a cavity or repair a chip, first, your dentist will numb the tooth and gums in the area with a local anesthetic. It usually takes 10-15 minutes for the numbing to take full effect. Once you are adequately numb and completely comfortable, the tooth is “prepared” by removing the decay/damaged/infected area of the tooth.
The tooth is then cleaned. Next, the filling material is placed directly into the “hole” left by tooth decay. Then the composite resin is cured with a special UV light. The composite tightly bonds, chemically and mechanically, to the tooth structure.
Your dentist will follow up by smoothing and shaping the material to maintain your natural bite.
If you properly care for your teeth, gums and fillings, your tooth-colored fillings could last for 10 or more years. No dental fillings last forever. Make sure to brush twice daily, floss daily, and get a dental exam and cleaning every six months. A cavity filled with a tooth-colored filling is a quick and painless treatment. Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger, and the tooth is protected!
White (Composite) Fillings
When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It’s easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you are numb.
It is normal to experience some hot, cold, and pressure sensitivity after your dental filling appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. Ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol, or aspirin (one tablet every 3-4 hours as needed for pain) work well to alleviate the tenderness. If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity to hot or cold increases, contact our office. You may chew with your composite fillings when the anesthetic completely wears off since they are fully set when you leave the office.
Call Us Today
If your bite feels uneven, you have persistent pain, or you have any other questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us at 972-636-4522 . You can also request a dental appointment with us online.