Stopping Dental Problems as Early as Possible
Preventing dental problems starts at home with good oral hygiene. Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventative treatments that help protect teeth. Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile. The best way to deal with cavities and gum disease is to stop them from occurring in the first place – or at the very least, treat them as early as possible before they put you at serious risk for tooth loss.
Most people need at least two checkups and cleanings each year no matter how old they are. It’s important for us to examine the teeth and gums on a regular basis so that we can identify signs of decay and disease in their very earliest stages when they’re easier to treat. We may take X-rays to check for problems that would be hidden from the naked eye, and we’ll always take the time to clean the areas of your mouth where you haven’t been able to brush as well.
Simply put, fluoride makes your teeth stronger and protects them against decay. You can get fluoride from certain foods and tap water in most communities; you’ll also find it in any toothpaste that has been approved by the ADA. If your teeth could use a little additional protection against cavities, we’re more than happy to give you extra fluoride during your next appointment. Don’t worry – it will only take a few minutes and won’t cause any discomfort.
Custom Nightguards for Teeth Grinding
Bacteria aren’t the only threat to your teeth. They can actually wear themselves down if you clench or grind them together on a regular basis. Oftentimes, this grinding takes place while you’re asleep and don’t have full control over your actions. However, you can still protect your teeth by wearing a mouthguard to stop them from making direct contact with each other, thus preventing any further wear and tear while you get a well-deserved night’s rest.
Oral Cancer Screening
Did you know that oral cancer is the sixth most common form of cancer? Despite what many people think, it doesn’t just affect smokers; anyone can get it. At every oral exam, we’ll take the extra time to check for discolored tissue, suspicious lumps and bumps, and other irregular symptoms that might indicate that there might be cancerous cells in or around your oral cavity. We can refer you to another physician if we find any symptoms that might call for a biopsy.
Here at Blue Star Smiles, we are committed to meeting our patients wherever they are in their dental health journey. In some cases, this means providing restorative dental care to give our patients a fresh start.
Quickly Fixing Your Damaged Teeth
You might be embarrassed about having a cavity or a broken tooth, but these problems are more common than many people realize; virtually everyone has to deal with them at some point, which is why it’s so important to have a dedicated dental team that can provide you with comprehensive treatment options for repairing your smile. Turn to Blue Star Smiles today to learn more about our options for restorative dentistry and to schedule an appointment right away if your smile needs help.
Amalgam fillings are strong and can last a long time, but they also leave a very noticeable gray mark on the tooth and can increase their sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. Tooth-colored fillings are highly preferred nowadays because they are just as strong as amalgam but can be shaded to match the color of a tooth so perfectly that it looks just like a natural part of the mouth. It also doesn’t expand and contract in response to temperature changes, and there’s no sensitivity to worry about.
A dental crown can serve a few different functions. It can restore the shape of a tooth that has been damaged, or it can serve as protection for weakened enamel so that it doesn’t break while you’re biting and chewing. The versatility of crowns makes them a great option for treating all kinds of dental problems, and they can be made from different materials based on the situation. It will take at least two appointments to place a dental crown, but this is necessary to ensure that the final result is the best possible fit.
Root Canal Therapy
A cracked or chipped tooth could be vulnerable to infection. The only way to treat infected dental pulp is to have it removed via root canal therapy before the damage can spread any further. While it’s common to experience severe pain before the infection is treated, patients find that the root canal process itself involves little to no discomfort, and it puts a stop to the pain they were already experiencing. The tooth is repaired with a crown afterward.
While there are a number of treatments we can utilize to try and repair your teeth after they’ve been damaged, there are times when salvage is no longer a feasible option. We handle both simple and surgical extractions with a gentle touch, and we’ll make sure that you have a swift, comfortable recovery process. It’s best to have your missing teeth replaced as soon as possible, so if we decide tooth extraction is necessary, we’ll let you know what your replacement options are right away.
Regardless of whether you are looking for a team to provide you with quality preventive dentistry in Frisco or you need more intensive restorative services first, Blue Star Smiles is here to help! Call (972) 525-2822 today or fill out our online contact form to begin.
“I'm in the process of getting my teeth aligned and am really glad I chose this place for getting my Invisalign aligners. I had a lot of concerns but the dental assistant there, Alexis was super helpful and explained everything thoroughly. Look forward to the next six months of monitoring my progress. ”- Vidya
“Blue Star Smiles is nothing short of amazing. The staff and doctors are so welcoming, nice and knowledgeable. Stepanie specifically told me everything I need to know about my first consult, made sure there were no surprises and made me feel comfortable. Highly recommend Blue Star Smiles if you're looking for a great dentist! ”- Katie Eedy
“This place is the best! I've been to a lot of dentists and this place is top notch! The hygienist Stephanie was extremely thorough and super comforting. Dr. Dan was super funny and got me all squared away. All around a great place and I'd recommend it to anyone! ”- Colin Myers
“I had a great experience last time I was here. The staff is very friendly. Patrick the receptionist was very helpful in getting my insurance through with a more complicated process. I got my cavities filled after 8 years of no dentist appointments and my teeth feel incredible. I am getting Invisalign through them too! ”- Charlotte Johnson
“I went to Blue Smiles having a really bad toothache. Patrick was very accommodating seeing I got in as soon as possible. He went over all my insurance so I could view my options. Stephanie was a sweetheart, very attentive made me feel so comfortable. Can't wait to continue working with Dr. Dan and his team! ”- Andreanna Hodges
“Came here to get a retainer and I'm really liking their 3D scanner for your teeth over doing impressions. It's a lot faster and less uncomfortable. I really like how they care about how YOU want your smile to look, instead of telling you. I was also given very helpful advice about my TMJ and how I can work to fix it!! ”- Jordan Farmer