When a permanent tooth is prevented from fully erupting through the gums, it becomes impacted. Many times this occurs when the jaw is not large enough to accommodate all of the teeth.
The third molars, or wisdom teeth, are the most commonly impacted teeth, but any permanent tooth can fail to erupt. Impacted teeth can be lodged in either the bone or the soft tissue.
Impacted teeth can cause issues that will prompt a visit with the dentist. Patients with impacted teeth may experience discomfort, and the other teeth can be knocked out of alignment as impacted teeth continue to attempt to push through the gums. Partially impacted teeth may also damage their neighbors.
Partially erupted teeth also can have an increased risk of infection because particles of food can get trapped in the area, providing a food source for oral bacteria that cause decay and inflammation.
Additional symptoms of impacted teeth include bad breath, redness or swelling around the impacted tooth and persistent headache or jaw pain. Patients may also notice a visible space in the mouth where the tooth should have erupted.
A dentist can confirm an impacted tooth diagnosis using a visual examination and x-rays. Concerns can be identified in young patients, presenting opportunities for treatment at an early stage. As the teeth’s roots get longer, it can be more difficult to remove them.
Although some patients may never develop problems from impacted teeth, anyone with symptoms of an impacted tooth should consult with a dentist to see if treatment is appropriate in that particular case. If the dentist feels that the tooth may create issues in the future, extraction still may be recommended.
Extracting an impacted tooth can be a more complex procedure than removing a fully erupted one, and it may require sedation in addition to a local anesthetic.
If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of an impacted tooth, seek treatment promptly by contacting Plano Smile Studio at 972-398-2550.
The most appealing smiles are perfectly symmetrical, with teeth on opposite sides of the mouth being mirror images of each other in terms of shape and size.
However, nature gives many patients teeth that are far from perfect. One tooth may be undersized, while another may be oddly shaped. To create smile symmetry in such cases and enhance the shape and size of teeth, a cosmetic dentist can use porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers can reshape and resize the teeth. For example, if one tooth is distinctively smaller than all of the others, a veneer can be placed to create the appearance of a normal-sized tooth. If a tooth has an unusual shape, the veneer can be used to create more acceptable contours.
The porcelain materials used in the veneers offer a lifelike dental restoration. Porcelain shares a number of optical qualities with biological tooth enamel, making it an ideal material to replicate a natural tooth.
Another benefit of porcelain veneers is the quick turnaround time for treatment. Veneers are typically placed over the course of two dental appointments separated by just a few weeks. The dentist collects information that will be used to create the veneers, which are then crafted by a dental lab. A few weeks later, the patient returns to the office to have the veneers placed.
One important consideration in getting veneers is that porcelain will not be able to be whitened at a later date. For this reason, it is important to get your teeth whitened prior to veneer placement. Postponing teeth whitening until afterward may result in a veneer that is a different shade than the other teeth.
Veneers can also be used to conceal damage to the teeth, such as chips and cracks, which also leads to a more symmetrical smile.
A symmetrical smile can give you confidence and boost your self-esteem, and porcelain veneers can help you achieve all of those goals. Talk to Dr. John M. Hucklebridge, your cosmetic dentist serving Plano TX, about a treatment plan and reasonable expectations for results in your case.
Severely stained teeth can be a drag on a smile. Regular consumption of red wine or coffee and certain medications can leave tell-tale signs that make your pearly whites not so pearly at all.
Porcelain veneers can be a solution for Plano patients in this predicament. The thin tooth-shaped shells can whiten and brighten teeth that have become dingy with age or stained by food or drink. Veneers are particularly useful in improving the aesthetics of a tooth that is so discolored that it does not respond to common whitening treatments.
The porcelain used in veneers shares the optical quality of tooth enamel, so the two substances are quite similar in appearance. This characteristic of porcelain gives veneers their lifelike quality.
Porcelain veneers are available in a range of shades to accommodate patient preference. The dentist can make further adjustments to the shade before the veneers are fixed to the teeth.
A cosmetic dentist can use porcelain veneers to achieve a number of goals. In addition to improving on the tooth’s shade, veneers can conceal flaws in teeth, such as chips or cracks. Veneers can also help to bring a stretch of crooked teeth into the proper alignment.
Porcelain veneers can be used as a sole intervention or as part of a complete smile makeover. The entire process of getting veneers takes just two appointments. At the first session, your cosmetic dentist will gather information used to create the veneers. That information is shared with a dental lab, which produces the veneers. When the devices are ready, generally a few weeks later, the dentist bonds them to the teeth.
If you’re using the veneers to enhance the shade of your teeth, it’s important to keep in mind that the porcelain cannot be bleached at a later date. So, your natural teeth should be as white as you want them to be before the veneers are placed. For this reason, some patients choose to combine a teeth whitening treatment with veneers used on severely stained teeth.
If you are considering veneers and would like additional information, contact Plano Smile Studio at 972-398-2550 to schedule your consultation.
Fear of the dentist is not uncommon. In fact, some research estimates that as many as three-quarters of us have a certain degree of anxiety about going to the dentist.
Unfortunately, though, when that fear is severe enough to keep someone from seeking dental treatment, it can compromise that person’s oral health.
Postponing a trip to the dentist can lead to the need for a more invasive intervention, which can, in turn, provoke even more anxiety. This counterproductive cycle will just continue to fuel the fear.
Fortunately, Dr. John M. Hucklebridge, your Plano sedation dentist, can help you overcome this fear and get back to a schedule of regular dental appointments for upkeep of your teeth and gums.
Sedation dentistry involves anti-anxiety medications that help the patient to achieve a deep state of relaxation. Patients are completely at ease throughout the appointment, giving them the opportunity to receive much-needed dental care.
Dental anxiety can arise from any number of sources. People may have stored negative memories from past experiences in the dental office. Some may fall victim to media messages characterizing dental situations as anxiety-inducing. Still others have fears rooted in the sense of helplessness that they feel while in the dentist’s chair.
Regardless of the root cause of the anxiety, sedation dentistry is beneficial to fearful patients. Although patients are deeply relaxed, they remain conscious, allowing them to respond to the dentist’s commands. The patient’s airway also remains open during sedation dentistry.
In addition to improving patient comfort during the visit, sedation also erases any memories afterward. Patients have no recollection of any procedures performed.
Patients have a number of choices in the way the sedatives are delivered. The medications can be taken orally or intravenously. Gaseous nitrous oxide may also be an option.
If you choose sedation dentistry, it’s important to prepare for the appointment. You may need to fast for several hours prior to receiving the medication, or you may need to take a pill a few hours before the scheduled visit. You should also plan to bring a responsible adult with you to escort you home.
Sedation dentistry has a number of benefits. Consider taking advantage of it to help manage your dental anxiety.
For patients with severe dental anxiety, an appointment with our Plano sedation dentist can offer peace of mind.
With sedation dentistry, patients are in a deeply relaxed state, which helps them to overcome the worry associated with various dental procedures. Sedation dentistry offers maximum patient comfort.
In addition to being at ease during the appointment, most patients will have no recollection of the visit afterward. Patients are often attracted to this amnestic quality of sedation because they don’t have to worry about bad memories that may keep them out of the dental chair in the future.
A sedation dentist has many options for administering the anti-anxiety drugs used in the process. Patients who are skittish of needles can choose oral medications, while others who prefer a speedier effect from the drugs can go with IV sedatives. Oral medications will need to be taken a few hours in advance of the appointment to achieve the desired effect, and patients will need to have someone transport them to the office.
The sedation process differs from general anesthesia because patients remain conscious during the sedation. They are able to respond to the dentist’s commands throughout the appointment. Additionally, the airway is not compromised with sedation as it is with general anesthesia.
Patients are carefully monitored for signs of distress while under sedation, for an additional level of safety.
Sedation is not just for fearful patients, either. While under sedation, patients can endure longer sessions, so those facing a complex, time-consuming procedure, such as a smile makeover, can benefit from this technique, too.
Similarly, patients with strong gag reflexes can also benefit from sedation as a method for controlling that reaction.
It takes less time to recover from sedation than general anesthesia, but you still will not be able to drive yourself home after your dental appointment with sedation. Be sure to make arrangements for a responsible adult to escort you home.
Has dental fear kept you from getting the oral health care that you need? Consider sedation dentistry to help you get back into the dentist’s office for treatment. Contact Plano Smile Studio at 972-398-2550 to schedule your visit.
If you are a smoker, you probably are accustomed to getting lectures from your doctor about quitting. Your dentist can weigh in with some compelling reasons to kick the habit, too.
Indeed the health risks of smoking extend to the mouth, as well.
To protect their oral health, patients who are interested in smoking cessation can partner with our Plano dentist, Dr. John M. Hucklebridge, to develop a plan to achieve that goal.
Smoking has a number of effects on oral health, with oral cancer being high on the list of concerns. The same substances that cause cancer in the lungs may be carcinogenic to the oral tissues, as well. According to the American Cancer Society, 90 percent of people who develop various cancers of the mouth and throat are tobacco users.
Gum disease is another problem often encountered by smokers. Smoking causes inflammation that compromises gum tissue. In addition to gum disease, smokers face an increased risk of bone and tooth loss associated with the condition.
Smoking is also correlated with increased buildup of plaque and tartar, as well as tooth decay.
Think you’re safe because you smoke a pipe or cigar rather than cigarettes? Think again. Any sort of smoking can increase your risk of developing oral diseases. So can smokeless tobacco use.
In addition to health problems, the negative effects of smoking extend to your smile’s appearance, too. Smoking is notorious for staining teeth and leaving tell-tale signs that you engage in the habit. Smokers are also known to have bad breath, a decidedly unattractive trait.
When you decide to quit smoking, you will need a plan. Very few people are able to go “cold turkey” without relapsing eventually. Your strategy should be tailored to your unique situation. For example, some people respond very well to a reward system. Others may find medications or nicotine gum to be helpful.
Patients who smoke should consider the oral health benefits on the long list of reasons to quit.
You may understand the value of scheduling regular dental checkups and cleanings, which will leave you with more attractive teeth and a healthier mouth. But did you realize that a routine visit with your Plano dentist can also save your life?
As part of a standard examination, your dentist is looking for signs of oral cancer, even in its earliest stages. The onset of oral cancer may involve a tiny red or white spot or bump that you may not even notice. A dentist is trained to identify such symptoms of concern.
Upon noticing a suspicious growth, the dentist will collect a sample of cells using a small brush and send them to a lab for microscopic examination. If signs of cancer or precancer are present, a full biopsy will be completed to confirm the diagnosis.
Patients should also self-monitor for signs of cancer and bring up those issues during the screening. The American Dental Association notes that other symptoms include oral sores that will not heal, lumps or thickenings of the soft tissues of the mouth, difficulty swallowing or pain, tenderness or numbness in the mouth.
If you notice any of these signs, don’t panic. They often turn out to be benign. Nonetheless, you should still bring them to your dentist’s attention to rule out oral cancer.
Your dentist may also ask questions about lifestyle choices that increase your risk for cancer, such as smoking or chewing tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption, and offer counseling about changing those behaviors.
Oral cancer detection is another compelling reason to visit the dentist at least every six months. Allowing larger gaps between dental appointments may give the cancer an opportunity to progress, in which case it may require more invasive treatment.
Oral cancer can have devastating consequences, from causing facial deformities to death. Early detection is a patient’s best bet for positive outcomes. Contact Plano Smile Studio at 972-398-2550 to schedule your next exam and screening.
Excessive stress from biting and chewing can wear down the teeth, making them less effective in those functions and creating the potential for tooth loss.
A certain amount of bite stress is expected with chewing, and the teeth are designed to withstand forces within normal limits.
When the forces are outside of the expected levels, problems will arise, and they will likely need to be addressed by your Plano dentist.
If you present with signs of excessive bite stress, your dentist will ask questions about your daily habits that may reveal the cause of the stress.
For example, chewing on non-food items, such as pencils, may cause bite stress. Participating in sports, especially contact sports, can contribute to bite stress, as hits to the face can cause the teeth to come together with unusually high impact.
Sometimes the excessive bite stress occurs while the patient is asleep and completely unaware of it. Bruxism, or grinding of the teeth during sleep, is associated with unexplained wear on the teeth along with jaw pain or headaches upon waking.
In other cases, the bite stress may result from misaligned jaws that do not meet properly during chewing.
If the bite stress is due merely to bad chewing habits, the fix is probably a simple one involving a behavioral intervention designed to break the habit.
Emotional stress can also lead to bite stress. If that’s true in your case, your dentist may recommend that you use stress management techniques, like meditation or deep breathing, or potentially refer you to a therapist or physician for treatment.
For patients with bruxism, other interventions may be recommended. For example, the dentist may prescribe a bite plate to be worn at night. Similarly athletes with excessive bite stress should wear custom-designed mouthguards, such as those from the Under Armour Performance Mouthwear line, to protect themselves while they are at play.
Bite stress due to malocclusions also requires broader treatment, either with orthodontics to realign the jaws, or surgery in severe cases.
If you have noticed unexplained wear on your teeth or you have mysterious jaw pain or headaches, contact the Plano dental office of Dr. John M. Hucklebridge today.
When a tooth fractures, it is natural to feel a sense of panic or fear. After all, a broken tooth can be scary and wondering if your tooth can be saved can be absolutely nerve-wracking. No matter the cause of the fractured tooth, Dr. John M. Hucklebridge, your dentist serving Plano TX, is prepared to provide the appropriate care and get you back on the right track.
A fractured tooth as the result of an accident or trauma is a common occurrence. More often, though, a fractured tooth is the result of another underlying issue. Maintaining your regularly scheduled dental visits can help your dentist to identify these issues before a problem arises. Conditions such as clenching and grinding, old or worn restorations, and unbalanced bite patterns can weaken the teeth. Over time, stress and the normal forces of biting and chewing can lead to troublesome fractures.
A minor crack in the enamel can typically be bonded together with a strong, tooth colored filling. Chipped edges of the front teeth also fit into this category. Minor cracks can be caused by extreme biting or clenching forces or failing restorations. These types of fractures are not generally painful or sensitive at first. They are significant, however, since bacteria and tooth decay can fester in these tiny crevices.
A cracked tooth is typically more severe and extensive. Most patients will experience a certain degree of discomfort, a warning sign that the tooth is unhealthy. If the crack involves only the enamel above the gumline, a dental crown may be recommended to protect the tooth. A crack that reaches below the gumline may warrant an additional procedure called crown lengthening. A crack which extends into the nerve of the tooth may require a root canal procedure.
In the unfortunate instance that a fracture involves the root of the tooth, such as a split tooth, the prognosis is significantly reduced. Your dentist will use x-rays and clinical tests to determine if the tooth can be saved.
The best treatment for a fractured tooth is swift dental care. Prolonging dental treatment can only compound the problem and reduce your chances for saving your tooth. If you have noticed a chipped or fractured tooth, contact Plano Smile Studio call at 972-398-2550 and schedule your dental appointment today.
Today’s consumers have access to thousands of teeth whitening products. These products range from toothpastes to whitening pens to laser power whitening. Some are available in the drug store, some online, and some are only available through a dental professional. How do you choose the product and method that is best for you?
For tough dental stains, our cosmetic dentist recommends Zoom! Teeth Whitening. For predictable and impressive results, a professional teeth whitening session in our Plano office is typically in your best interest. Rather than waste precious dollars by experimenting with one-size-fits-all whiteners, Zoom! Whitening is customized to the contours of your teeth and gums.
Your cosmetic dentist can identify the source of your discoloration as well as any factors that may influence the outcome of the procedure. For example, existing dental restorations will remain unchanged after the whitening procedure. Your dentist is available to discuss your options for these areas to ensure that your fillings, bonding, and crowns match the shade of your new, white teeth. Tough stains from medications, foods, and beverages can require a focused and concentrated approach only deliverable through power whitening.
Using a specially formulated whitening solution that is activated by the patented Zoom! blue light, impurities in the enamel are safely bleached away. This technique is safe for both the teeth and the gums. There is no etching or damage to the enamel. Most patients report little to no tooth sensitivity following the procedure. In fact, the procedure can be repeated as frequently as necessary in order to maintain your fresh, white smile. This frequency may be different for each patient, depending upon your individual expectations and lifestyle habits.
There are times when tough dental stains and discolorations require professional attention. Trust our experienced dental team at Plano Smile Studio to eradicate and eliminate these stains with the power of Zoom! Teeth Whitening. Call 972-398-2550 for your appointment to discuss how teeth whitening can help you to love your smile again.
Many celebrities have increased their fame by flashing less than perfect smiles. They say that a slight gap between the front teeth or mild crowding in the lower teeth gives their smiles “character”. In the “real world” however, most adults aren’t necessarily interested in smiling with character. Most of us want teeth that are in their proper places, with no gaps or crowding in sight.
If you are unsatisfied with crooked or crowded teeth, you may be interested in learning more about Invisalign in Dallas. Even overly crowded teeth can be corrected with the use of advanced technology that helps to gently unveil your best smile yet!
Your dentist may recommend Invisalign for a wide variety of orthodontic issues. Examples include crowding, spacing, overbite, underbite, open bite, and retreating patients who have previously undergone orthodontic treatment.
The best Invisalign candidates include those teens and adults who are interested in achieving a naturally beautiful smile that is free from traditional metal hardware. Since the Invisalign technology uses a proven three dimensional technique to evaluate the position of your teeth, the final result is properly aligned teeth and a balanced bite.
Your willingness to comply with your dentist’s instructions regarding the Invisalign process can also help to determine if Invisalign is right for you. Each series of thin, clear aligners must be worn around the clock (although they can be removed for eating, drinking, and brushing!). The more frequently the aligners are worn, the more predictable the results. Fortunately, the aligners are smooth and comfortable to your lips, cheeks, and tongue. What’s more, they are virtually invisible to those around you. No one will realize that you are receiving orthodontic treatment.
A thorough evaluation is necessary in order to determine if Invisalign is right for you. Impressions of your teeth and x-rays will assist your dentist and the specialists at the Invisalign headquarters develop the appropriate treatment plan for you. Call the office of Dr. John M. Hucklebridge today to book your appointment.
Moving through life with a smile that makes you feel embarrassed can be almost crippling. Feeling the need to cover your smile with your hand or holding back when you laugh has long-lasting social repercussions. After all, your non-verbal cues such as facial expression, smiling, and laughter play an important role in your communication with others. Feelings of self-consciousness can prevent you from fully experiencing some of the most important moments of your life.
Dr. John M. Hucklebridge, your Plano cosmetic denitst, is pleased to offer the services that can unlock the smile that you’ve kept hidden. Cosmetic dental procedures are safe and effective for virtually every patient. The range of treatments vary from minimal (teeth whitening) to reconstructive (dental implants, smile makeover). Your most important task is to determine which aspects of your smile you’d like to address.
Stained or discolored teeth can be rejuvenated with advanced technology such as Zoom! Teeth Whitening. As a same-day procedure, you can enjoy an instantly brighter and whiter smile in minutes. Power whitening procedures such as Zoom! can eliminate stubborn discolorations from foods, beverages, and even medications.
When the main concerns include the shade as well as the shape or position of the teeth, porcelain veneers are the preferred solution. Veneers are a conservative way to improve the appearance of the front teeth. Your cosmetic dentist can design your veneers to look beautiful and natural, while enhancing your smile and increasing your self-confidence.
Sometimes, simply replacing a missing tooth can transform both your smile and your self-esteem. A gap or hole in your smile can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Dental implants are the closest substitute for your natural teeth. Without compromising the neighboring teeth, dental implants can endure normal eating and biting with ease. Once in place, your dental implant blends with your own teeth, filling the void and completing your smile.
With all of the available services offered by your cosmetic dentist, there is no need to suffer through life without smiling. Contact Plano Smile Studio at 972-398-2550 and arrange your professional consultation today to learn more.
When you are faced with the need for restorative dental care, you can really appreciate the wide range of available treatment options. Your smile is unique and your dental restorations should reflect that quality at all times.
Rather than recommend “cookie cutter” restorations, or “one size fits all” treatment, your cosmetic dentist in Plano will explore the available options to recommend the treatment that is most ideal for you.
When a small cavity or area of tooth decay has been diagnosed, a simple filling may be a sufficient treatment option. Silver (or amalgam) fillings, though very strong do not provide the best esthetic result. Resin or tooth-colored filling material may be selected to restore your tooth as well as provide a more attractive final result.
When larger portions of the tooth need to be restored, or when strength is a concern, a porcelain inlay may be the best choice. A porcelain inlay is a single, homogenous restoration that is designed to fit into a prepared space in a given tooth. The restoration is permanently bonded into place and blends naturally with the shade of your enamel.
Your cosmetic dentist may recommend a porcelain onlay when a larger surface of the tooth must be restored. An onlay provides a stronger level of protection for your tooth and is more conservative than a full crown. Esthetically, the onlay is virtually indistinguishable from your natural tooth. Similar to an inlay, the onlay is permanently cemented into place for lasting durability.
By choosing a porcelain restoration, your cosmetic dentist shows that both your functional needs and your cosmetic needs are high priorities. The porcelain that is used for dental restorations is strong enough to endure conditions in the oral environment such as moisture, temperature changes, and biting forces. With porcelain, there is almost no risk of allergy, and tooth sensitivity is dramatically reduced. At the same time, porcelain can be customized in terms of shading and anatomic details for a naturally appealing result.
Which cosmetic restorative option is best for you? Consult with our experienced cosmetic dentistry team at Plano Smile Studio for more information.
A certain level of apprehension is common for some patients prior to a dental visit.
Unfortunately, millions of patients suffer from a more severe level of apprehension known as dental phobia. When the fear of seeking the dental care that is necessary to protect your health becomes overwhelming, you might choose to delay or avoid treatment. Indeed, some dental phobias are crippling and can have a negative impact on your health. As a part of your body, preventing disease and infection in your mouth is critical to your overall health.
There are some strategies for relieving your dental anxiety in order to properly care for your health. Choosing sedation dentistry in Plano TX may be the first step towards overcoming your fears.
Sedation dentistry involves the use of various relaxation methods in a safe and comfortable environment in order to provide a higher level of dental care. Commonly prescribed medications may be recommended before, during, or after your treatment to further enhance your experience.
You may be surprised to learn that there is more to sedation dentistry than simply finding a dentist who prescribes medication. Your sedation dentist is also interested in the root cause of your anxiety. Your ability to communicate your concerns and fears will enable the dentist and the staff to provide specialized care as well as prepare you for each phase of your treatment.
Your sedation dentist will also be happy to keep you fully informed about your treatment needs. Sometimes, just knowing what to expect can effectively eliminate your fear of the unknown. You will be encouraged to ask questions, and educational materials can be provided for further enlightenment.
Finally, take a deep breath! The atmosphere of the dental office has changed dramatically in the last 10 years. The environment has become more soothing, the technology is more advanced, and many procedures can be completed quickly and painlessly.
To learn more about sedation dentistry, begin by contacting Plano Smile Studio at 972-398-2550 and scheduling your appointment today.
If you are an adult who could benefit from braces, whether for cosmetic reasons or for functional reasons, you may have already considered the advantages and disadvantages of adult orthodontics. As an adult, you may have determined that you are not interested in metal brackets and wires, even for a short period of time.
Still, you are certainly not too old to seek the orthodontic treatment that you desire. In fact, as an adult, you have access to more advanced and more appealing alternatives to traditional orthodontics. Dr. John M. Hucklebridge, your dentist serving Dallas, offers Invisalign technology to enhance your smile.
The Invisalign method utilizes groundbreaking technology to provide the most discreet and most hygienic orthodontic treatment available. A customized series of clear, removable aligners are the secret to achieving your new smile.
After obtaining dental impressions of your top and bottom teeth, Dr. Hucklebridge will communicate with the specialists at the Invisalign headquarters to develop your orthodontic treatment plan. Three dimensional models of your teeth will be used to fabricate a complete series of aligners, according to the length and complexity of your treatment estimate.
Prior to receiving your first set of aligners, you will be able to view the digital progression of your treatment with your dentist. Once they are received, each set of aligners will be worn both day and night for approximately two weeks, before you are advised to proceed to the next set. As each set is slightly different, your teeth will be gently guided into the appropriate position.
During this time, your aligners can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. Invisalign aligners are fabricated from a very strong, but amazingly thin polymer that becomes virtually invisible when placed over the teeth. For adults, this is an especially important advantage since it allows you to maintain a more mature and professional appearance for the duration of the treatment.
If you have wondered how orthodontic treatment would fit into your adult lifestyle, call the office of Dr. Hucklebridge for your appointment today to learn more about Invisalign.
The teeth and gums of your Golden Years are far different from those of your grade school days. At each stage in your life, your dental needs are unique. The steps that are required to care for those needs can be difficult to navigate without the assistance of your Plano dentist, Dr. John M. Hucklebridge.
With a strong emphasis on preventing dental disease, and an abundance of available educational information, Dr. Hucklebridge may be your best healthcare resource. Today, it is reasonable to expect to maintain a healthy smile throughout your lifetime. There is no reason to expect tooth loss to be a part of your destiny.
For adults, brushing and flossing after meals should still be an integral part of your daily routine. Foods that may collect around the gumline and between the teeth can contribute to gum disease and cavities. Mature adults should also monitor their diets for foods and drinks that can increase the risk for tooth decay and tooth sensitivity.
As you age, protecting your enamel can be a daily challenge. Acidic beverages such as fruit juices and red wines can erode the enamel. Even digestive conditions like acid reflux and GERD have been linked to weakened enamel.
A lifetime of aggressive brushing causes damage that can be identified in the form of abrasive lesions and gum recession. When clenching and grinding of the teeth have been an issue, fractured enamel near the gumline and flattened teeth can lead to tooth sensitivity.
Often, the status of your overall health can influence your risk for gum disease. Uncontrolled cardiovascular disease and diabetes can contribute to advanced periodontal disease. Complex dental restorations such as bridges and partials can increase your risk for gum disease if food tends to become caught between the teeth.
Many of the dental conditions that arise in the retirement years are a result of the cumulative effect of the dental care that you have received throughout your lifetime. If you desire to maintain healthy teeth and gums in this phase of your life, please schedule your next visit right away.
The teeth tend to be the focal point of the smile and rightfully so. Straight, white teeth are at the center of spectacular smiles, and patients often have this result in mind when they work with a cosmetic dentist.
The teeth are not the smile’s sole component, however. Other elements, such as the alignment of the jaw and the shape of the lips, factor in, as well. Soft tissues are important, too. Indeed, the gums play an essential role in the smile’s appearance, serving as the frame that emphasizes the main part of the picture.
A gumline that is uneven or too high or too low can have a negative impact on the smile, even when the teeth are in the proper alignment.
Dr. John M. Hucklebridge, your Dallas cosmetic dentist, can help the gums enhance the smile through a procedure known as tissue resculpting. The procedure can be performed right in the office using a local anesthetic.
In performing a tissue resculpting, Dr. Hucklebridge can alter the shape of the gumline, making it even and bringing it into the proper proportions. This goal is achieved by either removing excess gum tissue or by performing a gum graft, taking tissue from elsewhere in the mouth and placing it along the gumline as a supplement for areas with a shortage of gum tissue.
Tissue resculpting can be used to address inconsistencies that arose from congenital or genetic roots, or it may be used to give a boost to gums that have receded due to periodontal disease.
In many cases, tissue resculpting alone is sufficient to improve the smile’s aesthetics. However, in certain patients, an overgrowth of bone can be a complicating factor, causing an unwanted regrowth of gum tissue following the treatment. These patients may also need to have a crown lengthening, in which some of the excess bone is removed along with the gum tissue in order to achieve permanent results.
Contact Plano Smile Studio at 972.398.2550 to see if your uneven or prominent gums can be improved through tissue resculpting.
Periodontal disease can cause serious problems, and if you have been diagnosed with this condition, it’s important to seek treatment from Dr. John M. Hucklebridge, your dentist serving Plano TX 75093, as early as possible.
One method your dentist will use to treat periodontal disease is root planing and scaling. This non-invasive procedure removes plaque and calculus (tartar) from the teeth and the roots, clearing away the bacteria that cause the inflammation associated with gum disease.
Rough tooth roots, which allow bacteria to collect under the gums, also are smoothed down, providing a less hospitable environment for those bacteria. Your dentist may also refer to root planing and scaling as a deep cleaning.
Root planing and scaling is appropriate for patients with pockets in their gum tissue. Those pockets develop as plaque and bacteria collect along the gumline and attack the tissue. The root planing and scaling intervention, which may be accompanied by a topical antibiotic treatment, helps to reduce the size of those pockets.
After a root planing and scaling procedure, patients should plan to visit the dentist regularly for maintenance treatments. Those patients may be able to avoid a progression of their periodontal disease that might require surgery. Depending on the extent of your case, your dentist may recommend follow-up cleanings every three months rather than every six, which is the standard interval.
Getting treatment for periodontal disease helps to preserve your oral health. When left unchecked, periodontal disease can cause gums to recede and eventually lead to the loss of tooth and bone.
Controlling periodontal disease isn’t just about achieving optimal oral health, though. Periodontal disease has been connected to several systemic conditions, like heart disease and diabetes, so root planing and scaling is actually helping to boost a patient’s overall health.
Get your gums checked on a regular basis, and when your dentist identifies a problem, schedule an appointment for treatment like root planing and scaling so that you won’t have to face surgery later.
Dr. John M. Hucklebridge, your Plano TX cosmetic dentist, can use a variety of tools and techniques to enhance your smile. One of the most basic, yet effective, of those is dental bonding.
Dental bonding is one of the simplest and most economical restorations available. The process begins with a small amount of composite resin, which is made of plastic materials. That resin is then hardened or “bonded” to the tooth using a special light.
Chips and cracks in the teeth can be concealed through bonding. A cosmetic dentist may also rely on bonding to fill in gaps or alter the shape of an unusual tooth. Bonding can even be used to repair tooth decay or protect dental roots exposed by receding gums.
To prepare the teeth for dental bonding, the cosmetic dentist will first roughen the tooth and apply a conditioning liquid that helps the resin stick to the tooth. Then, the dentist selects a shade of resin that blends in with the patient’s smile and massages it into the desired shape.
This procedure can be completed quickly. In most cases, bonding is finished within an hour or so. Bonding doesn’t require an outside laboratory to craft the restorations, so it can be done in a single office visit.
The resin is not as strong as enamel, so bonding may not be appropriate for tooth surfaces that are exposed to significant chewing forces. It’s important to talk with your cosmetic dentist to determine which options will meet your particular needs.
Nonetheless, if you properly care for your teeth, your dental bonding can last for up to a decade before it needs to be replaced. If you avoid bad habits like biting your fingernails or chewing hard objects, you’ll help to extend the life of your dental bonding.
Dental bonding is particularly appealing to patients who hope to preserve as much of their natural tooth material as possible. Other tooth restorations, such as veneers and crowns, often require the patient to sacrifice healthy enamel, but that step is unnecessary with bonding.
To learn more about dental bonding and to schedule your consultation, please contact Plano Smile Studio at 972.398.2550.
Dental implants are intended to replace natural teeth that have been lost or extracted. So, it may seem counterintuitive that the devices can actually protect natural teeth at the same time.
In reality, they can. Dental implants do a much better job of preserving neighboring biological teeth than other tooth replacement alternatives, which are primarily designed to address cosmetic rather than structural concerns.
Dallas patients quickly discover that dental implants have minimal impact on the teeth adjacent to the implant site. A fixed permanent bridge requires healthy enamel of adjoining teeth to be shaved down to accommodate crowns that hold the replacement tooth in place. Dental implants, on the other hand, anchor a prosthetic tooth with no involvement of the remaining teeth.
Furthermore, dental implants offer a layer of protection against the jawbone atrophy that plagues patients when the roots of the natural teeth are absent. In placing dental implants, Dr. John M. Hucklebridge, your implant dentist serving Dallas TX, is essentially replicating the roots of missing teeth.
In this way, dental implants help to stabilize the jaw. When missing teeth’s roots are not replaced and the jawbone is allowed to erode, that process can jeopardize the other teeth, putting the patient at risk for losing more teeth.
The structure of dental implants maintains the tooth’s chewing function, meaning that it absorbs the same forces as a natural tooth would. Those forces continue to be distributed proportionately among all of the teeth, rather than putting extra pressure on a few of them, further safeguarding a patient’s natural teeth.
Because dental implants fit into the smile like natural teeth, they can be maintained in the same fashion. There’s no need to mess with extra equipment to floss, and it’s easier to keep those replacement teeth clean and clear of bacteria that can cause periodontal disease and tooth decay.
If you’ve already lost one tooth and hope to avoid further damage to the others, ask Dr. Hucklebridge about dental implants. They may be the right solution in your case.
Many patients have turned to dental implants to replace missing teeth, and with good reason. Implants outperform other methods aesthetically and structurally, and they require no more maintenance than any other tooth in the mouth.
Before placing dental implants, however, the implant dentist must be sure that the patient is an appropriate candidate and that all conditions necessary for the implant’s success are met.
When certain conditions are present in the mouth, additional treatment may be needed prior to implant placement. In particular, receding gums, which occur when the tissue moves toward the tooth’s root, may be cause for concern to your Plano implant dentist.
At a certain point, the gums will recede so much that the underlying bone begins to show through. In these cases, the titanium screw that is the dental implant may be visible, too, undermining the goal of a tooth replacement method that results in a re-creation of the natural tooth.
Additionally, gum recession can eventually lead to bone loss when left untreated. This could cause implant failure.
Fortunately, receding gums can be treated. A surgical procedure commonly known as a gum graft can correct this condition. In performing a gum graft, the oral surgeon removes a piece of soft tissue from the roof of the mouth and transplants it into the site of recession. Abnormally thin gums may also need to be grafted to ensure that the implant is not visible through the gum, even if the gum line is in the proper position.
If you’ve had an intervention to reverse gum recession, it’s important to take steps to prevent the condition from recurring after the implants have been placed. Maintain a good oral hygiene routine, keep your semiannual dentist appointments and quit smoking to increase your chances of implant success.
Patients who have noticed that their gums are receding should inform the implant dentist in advance of implant placement to determine the best course of action.
For more information and to schedule a consultation, please contact Plano Smile Studio at 972-398-2550.
Over the last four decades, dental technology has seen tremendous growth. The dental community’s passion for restoring your teeth, health, and self-confidence has given way to new solutions for many common conditions.
Tooth loss and the introduction of dental implants may be the best example of these advancements. In most cases, dental implants have surpassed traditional dentures, bridges, and partials as the recommended method of tooth replacement. Your dentist may recommend dental implants in Plano if you are missing one or more natural teeth and are healthy enough to undergo minimally invasive surgery.
For patients who missing all of the upper or lower teeth, or those patients who are unhappy with their existing denture, adding dental implants can be life-changing.
Your implant dentist may recommend using dental implants to stabilize your denture and preserve your bone structure. By anchoring your denture to the jaw bone, a stable foundation for biting, chewing, and speaking can be achieved. This new foundation is strong enough to endure the forces of chewing without the risk of irritation to the soft tissues of the gums. Patients who choose the implant-retained denture also enjoy the relief of knowing that there is never a need for denture glues and adhesives. The denture will never slip out of place or shift uncomfortably.
Bone loss, the unfortunate side effect of tooth loss, can also be addressed with the addition of dental implants. Since traditional dentures are designed to rest on top of the gum tissue, the underlying bone does not receive the appropriate stimulation and the bone begins to deteriorate. This deterioration affects the fit of the denture as well as the shape of the face and mouth. Dental implants are designed to actually bond, or integrate, with the bone. This relationship provides the stimulation necessary to prevent future bone loss.
Using dental implants to retain dentures has increased the level of comfort and satisfaction for millions of patients with missing teeth. If you are no longer satisfied with the limitations of traditional dentures, schedule your consultation with Dr. John M. Hucklebridge to discuss the beauty of implant-retained dentures today.
Understanding the source of your stained or discolored teeth can be the key to achieving the brighter, whiter smile that you deserve. Some types of staining can occur on the surface of the enamel (referred to as extrinsic stain) and can be polished away during your routine dental visit. Stain that has penetrated the enamel or stain that occurs from the inside of the tooth (known as intrinsic) can be more difficult to remove without the assistance of your cosmetic dentist in Plano TX.
The most common cause of intrinsic tooth discoloration is exposure to the antibiotic tetracycline during tooth development. Children who were exposed to the antibiotic tetracycline while the permanent teeth were developing can typically be identified by the appearance of bluish-gray tinted enamel.
Another common cause of intrinsic tooth discoloration is trauma or injury. When the nerve of the tooth is damaged as a result of an injury, the shade of the tooth can often become dark gray or brown. This type of injury may not result in tooth loss, but the resulting shade of the tooth is generally a source of concern for most patients.
Fortunately, there are a variety of options for improving the appearance of intrinsically stained teeth. your cosmetic dentist may recommend teeth whitening as a conservative solution. Using a concentrated, professional-strength whitening solution, enamel can be lightened to a more natural shade. Professional whitening allows your cosmetic dentist to focus the whitening efforts on the affected teeth to achieve the most natural results. Teeth whitening is safe and effective, bleaching away the impurities that cause discoloration, while preserving the integrity of the enamel.
To address tooth discoloration that is difficult or impossible to remove, your cosmetic dentist may suggest porcelain veneers. Veneers are a beautiful solution for concealing stain that could not otherwise be removed. Following a minimal amount of preparation, the veneers are permanently bonded to the front surfaces of the front teeth, and shaded to blend naturally with the adjacent teeth. Since veneers are customized for each patient, they present the opportunity to change other esthetic details such as the shape, size, and position of the affected teeth.
To learn more about how cosmetic dental solutions can be used to improve the appearance of your smile, call Plano Smile Studio for your appointment today.
Dry mouth may be one of the most under-diagnosed dental conditions in modern dentistry. Technically termed “Xerostomia”, many dry mouth sufferers may not realize the extent of their condition or the possible damage that may occur as a result of the condition.
By discussing your daily homecare habits with Dr. John M. Hucklebridge, your Plano TX dentist, it is possible to identify the condition and seek the appropriate treatment.
Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a decrease in the average amount of saliva present in the mouth. Saliva is the body’s natural defense against the acids that cause tooth decay. When the mouth is exceptionally dry, the increased risk for tooth decay can be significant.
Patients who notice that the mouth tends to be dry may find themselves frequently reaching for a drink during the day, waking up for a drink during the night, or sucking on mints and candies constantly. These patients may also notice that the gums tend to be inflamed, leading to bleeding during brushing and flossing.
Some common causes of dry mouth include:
· Medications. Allergy medications, sleeping aids, pain relievers and other medications can cause a significant degree of xerostomia. Hundreds of these medications list dry mouth as a possible side effect, and millions of patients require these medications on a long-term basis.
· Mouthbreathing. Sleeping with the mouth open or snoring can lead to severe irritation of the soft tissues of the mouth. Your dentist may detect inflammation, bleeding, or redness of the gum tissue surrounding the front teeth as an indicator to your condition.
· Health conditions. Sjogren’s syndrome, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease are among a number of health conditions known to contribute to dry mouth symptoms.
· Cancer treatments. Radiation therapy to the head or neck and chemotherapy can severely affect the availability of saliva. These treatments can cause damage to the salivary glands, decreasing the quality and quantity of the saliva.
After identifying xerostomia, your dentist may advise you to drink as much water as possible, while avoiding juices, soft drinks, and candy. More frequent brushing and flossing may be helpful, as well as prescription and over the counter saliva substitutes.
For your health, don’t ignore your dry mouth symptoms. To learn more about xerostomia, call the office of Dr. Hucklebridge at 972-398-2550 and schedule your appointment today.
Most patients want to replace a missing tooth because they’re concerned about an absent tooth’s aesthetic impact on the smile. However, it’s just as important to replace the missing tooth’s root as well. Always consult with an implant dentist when exploring tooth replacement options.
Dental implants can achieve this goal. The small screw-like structure that forms the base of the implant helps to stabilize the jaw in the same way that a biological tooth’s root does.
Because the jawbone wears away when no root is present to serve as an anchor, Dr. John M. Hucklebridge, an implant dentist in Plano, can help to prevent the erosion by placing implants. Other tooth replacement alternatives, such as bridges or dentures, don’t replicate the entire structure of the missing tooth. Therefore, those other methods allow the jawbone resorption to continue unabated, eventually changing the bone’s shape.
This erosion of the jawbone can have a wide variety of effects. Other teeth in the mouth can be compromised and lost as the bone continues to disappear. If all of the teeth are extracted, jawbone resorption can cause pinching of the mouth, resulting in an aged appearance. As the jawbone shrinks, it can affect the patient’s speech and require dietary adjustments, as well.
People who have already experienced significant bone loss resulting from missing teeth may think that they are not candidates for dental implants, but that is not the case. Certain techniques can help an implant dentist to maximize available bone for implant placement, or bone graft procedures can be used to supplement the jaw bone enough to support the implants.
Additionally, if your bone loss is due to advanced gum disease, you will need to address this issue before the dental implants can be placed. Untreated periodontal disease can still lead to bone loss, even if an implant has been placed, and continued bone loss can lead to implant failure.
Patients who need to replace missing teeth should seriously consider dental implants in Plano to stop jawbone atrophy in addition to improving the smile’s appearance.