In case of emergency PLEASE call (972) 987 0886 and DON’T delay!
In Plano, our urgent care office serves patients with dental emergencies any time. We offer appointments throughout the usual working day as well as during nights and weekends. This ensures that whenever you have a problem, we can provide you with comfort and a solution that fits your timeline. We can’t predict when emergencies will arise but when they do, all we want is to get back to feeling great! This is our promise to you – to provide quality care when you need it most.
We offer general services as well as emergency services as a way of meeting your needs as an individual patient. Because we offer extended hours in our Plano dental office, you can enjoy convenience as well as instant relief. This includes the following services:
- Exam & X-Rays
- Root Canals
- Cavity Fillings
- Crown Treatment
- Bridge Treatment
- Common Extractions
- Surgical Extractions
- Snoring Sleep Apnea
- Pediatric Care
- Wisdom Tooth Extractions
- Broken/Chipped Teeth
- Periodontal Scalings (Gum Cleanings)
- Abscesses & Swollen Jaw
- Dentures & Denture Repair
- Dental Implants
- Sedation Dentistry
Learn more about each of our emergency services listed and consider your symptoms. If you are in a state of emergency, start with a phone call! Our staff members will be happy to explain these procedures to you at time of service!
Exams & X-rays
In addition to offering exams and x-rays as part of your regular schedule of routine dental care, we also offer these services in emergency situations. When you find yourself with an unbearable toothache, it is important to diagnose the cause before we can assign a treatment plan – even if it is an emergency. Your toothache may be the result of a cavity, damage to the tooth, root issues, gum disease, TMJ, or an infection. In any of these cases, an exam is the first place to begin in determining what we need to do to help you.
Important Note: When you are experiencing a toothache, the pain may subside. Don’t brush it off! Toothache pain is sure to return and when it does, the underlying cause may have gotten worse. The only way to permanently relieve tooth pain and prevent further issues is by assessing the situation through exam and x-ray. Leaving your toothache untreated will only exacerbate the causal problem.
Each of your teeth sits upon at least one root – some teeth such as molars have up to four. Within those roots, abscesses can form as a result of infection or bacteria which can result in serious pain and inflammation. Our plan of care for this pain is to clean the canals around the affected roots, thus treating the abscess and preventing further issues. We will fill the canal with a rubber-like substances called ‘gutta percha’ and top the affected tooth with a filling and a new crown to prevent breakage.
Fillings for Cavities
Prolonged exposure to bacteria including plaque and tartar can result in decay. When a tooth shows signs of decay, a cavity – or hole in the tooth – will often form. When cavities form, toothaches can occur and worse! Cavities can cause infections and cause patients to lose the affected teeth. We can prevent the pain and the expense of tooth loss or infection by treating a cavity with a filling. When a patient has a cavity, we simply remove the decay, clean the tooth, and fill the hole so your tooth is restored and protected.
We use crowns – caps that go over individual teeth – to provide reinforcement and strength to a tooth and/or to improve a tooth’s appearance. If you have experienced tooth breakage, a crown is often the recommended path of treatment.
We use bridges as a form of tooth loss restoration. In the case of tooth replacement, bridges work to replace one tooth or a group of adjacent teeth. Bridges function similarly to a partial denture, except that they are permanently set into your mouth.
Simple Tooth Extractions
We don’t like to remove teeth; extractions are performed in our office only as a last resort. When all other paths of restoration and repair are exercised and do not suffice, extraction is imminent. Extractions are performed under local anesthetic for maximum comfort and tooth replacement options are assessed thereafter.
Surgical Tooth Extractions
When a tooth cannot be easily accessed externally for removal, surgery becomes necessary. This happens when teeth beneath the gums must be removed – such as wisdom teeth or those that have grown in beneath other existing teeth. Just as with simpler extractions, surgical extractions will be performed with local anesthetic.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Wisdom teeth are extracted surgically. We recommend extraction of wisdom teeth for those patients who do not have sufficient space in their mouths to accommodate the teeth or for whom the wisdom teeth have become painful.
Teeth are impressively strong. Even so, trauma to the mouth or eating unduly hard foods can cause chips, cracks, or complete breakage. In a broken tooth, exposed nerves are immensely sensitive to changes in temperature as well as while eating and drinking. This limitation can cause discomfort every day. We can repair chips and breakage with tooth-colored composite material or with crowns.
Periodontal scaling – gum cleanings – are our primary plan of action for treating gum disease. When plaque and tartar build up heavily, gums can become inflamed. You’ll notice the inflammation in the form of swelling, redness, bleeding, and discomfort. If you have the signs of gum disease you probably have gingivitis. Over time, this can exacerbate and become periodontal disease. As these diseases worsen, gums can pull away from the teeth causing painful pockets beneath the teeth that are breeding grounds for disease. This gapping and disease can alter the bone structure of your mouth, destroy teeth, and ruin mouth tissue. This is one of the more serious and life-impacting diseases we treat in our office but it can be treated. This is a disease that is better treated EARLY when symptoms first arise.
When your jaw is swollen, you are likely suffering from an abscess. This can occur as a result of a cavity, a root canal infection, gum disease, or even trauma to the jaw causing breakage. With exam and x-rays, we can determine the cause of your swollen jaw and discomfort and treat the issue properly.
Dentures are a tried-and-true method for tooth replacement. If you need dentures, we will have you fitted for a custom pair of full- or partial-dentures in record time.
Dental Implants are the favored choice for tooth replacement in 2016. Why? Implants are more secure, more reliable, and more enduring than other tooth replacement options – allowing you to return to the life you once knew. We can use implants to replace singular teeth, multiple teeth, or as a support to your dentures. In the case of single tooth replacement using implants, we simply replace the missing tooth with an implant and prosthetic which will look, feel, and function like your other, natural teeth. In the case of multiple missing teeth, we will implant fixtures within the gums at the site of each missing tooth, leaving all other, natural teeth intact IF POSSIBLE.
In the case of a patient who needs to replace a full set of upper teeth, a full set of lower teeth, or all teeth within the mouth, we provide all-on-four implants. In this scenario, an oral surgeon will place four implant fixtures into the gums and attach a full arch of teeth to each of four implant locations. This is the preferred scenario for replacing so many teeth because the semi-invasive implant procedure is reduced to four localized spots.
For patients who have crooked teeth, appearance is not the only concern. If your teeth gap or overlap due to leaning or misalignment, you could be inviting bacteria to linger in the open, gapping areas as well as in the tight and hard-to-reach overlapped areas. Crooked teeth are also a hazard to your bone structure and gum health. Orthodontics is the solution for you. We are happy to schedule a free consultation for any patient wanting to discuss the options for restoring tooth alignment and correcting bite inefficiencies.
- Clear Braces
- Traditional Braces
- Adult 6month Braces
Snoring & Sleep Apnea
What Is OSA?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the common name for a breathing disorder which is prevalent when you are sleeping. This condition causes the airway to narrow severely or close entirely during sleep.
When breathing stops, the brain detects a lack of oxygen and stimulates a moment of awakeness to remind the body to draw breath. These episodes of arousal can happen hundreds of times each night but few patients remember them. Typically, patients who sleep alone are not even aware of their condition for many years.
Patients who snore may be demonstrating signs of OSA – as snoring is the sound associated with a partially-closed airway. When you sleep, the muscles in your throat and tongue will relax and the tissue within those areas can sag as a result. When this happens, the airway is narrowed and incoming air then produces the sound we know as snoring. For some patients, snoring is no more than a sound that may irritate a partner or roommate but does no further damage. For other patients, snoring is a sign of OSA which can be dangerous if left untreated.
We offer dental services and specialized appliances that can assist with keeping a sleeping person’s airways unblocked and open, thus relieving OSA and its symptoms.
Conscious Sedation with Nitrous Oxide
Laughing gas – Nitrous oxide – is used generally to relax patients during dental procedures. Using a small rubber piece placed over your nose, you simply inhale normally to deeply to imbue the effects of the gas. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly. This is typically a good choice for patients with mild anxiety about dental visits or for very brief and simple treatments.
Just because dental procedure anxiety is very common, doesn’t mean it has to be accepted as the norm. You can overcome your anxiety by enjoying a bit of light sedation to relax and feel more comfortable.
Oral Conscious Sedation
On an empty stomach, you’ll take a quick and easy pill to benefit from oral conscious sedation. In this instance, you will remain awake but feel sleepy, extra relaxed, and aware of what is happening – but less so. Oral conscious sedation offers deeper effects than laughing gas, but can react differently in individual patients’ bodies. This form of sedation is also most appropriate for patients who have mild anxiety or for short appointments.
Looking for a Children’s Dentist in Plano, TX?
Children’s dentistry is vital. When children start off with regular dental check-ups following the arrival of their first teeth, they are set on a path toward awareness of the best dental hygiene practices and a respect for the care of their own teeth. This is a developmental necessity. Your child’s first few visits to the dentist will shape the future of their relationship to oral care. There is no better place to start your children off right than here in Plano at our office! We offer comprehensive children’s dentistry – INCLUDING emergency services – so that your child is always cared for.
Pediatric check-ups are a routine part of early developmental oral care and should begin when your child turns one year old. Tooth decay knows no age and begins early. It is therefore essential to start preventative care early. This process includes regular brushing, flossing, and use of fluoride along with bi-yearly visits.
Cleanings & X-rays
At around age three, your child should begin a schedule of routine maintenance not unlike your own. This includes professional cleanings which ensure that your child’s baby teeth stay healthy and that permanent teeth are coming in on a strong, healthy foundation. This also staves off potential gum problems. Our team only recommend x-rays for children when they are warranted medically – as in, to diagnose abnormalities or prescribe orthodontic intervention.
Emergency Pediatric Services
Children have accidents. If your child needs urgent dental treatment, we are on-call to help! When we act quick, we are more likely able to save your child’s tooth and prevent infection or the requirement for complicated treatments. Store our office number where it is readily available for you and anyone who cares for your child!
Do you have questions about our emergency services or anything else we offer here in Plano? Give us a call! We would be happy to alleviate concerns, provide further explanations, and get you scheduled for your next visit!