Keeping Your Gums Healthy and Your Smile Bright

Your oral health affects more than just the appearance of your smile – it directly affects your overall health and well-being. By providing complex, customized general dentistry services at our North Dallas practice – located near Addison, Carrollton, Richardson, Frisco, and Plano – we can address all of your dental needs and take precautionary measures to preserve the health of your teeth and gums for a lifetime. During you first dental appointment, we will document your medical history, perform a comprehensive examination of your entire smile (during which time we will take digital X-ray images of your jawbone and close-up images of your teeth, gums, and jaw via an intraoral camera), and note any irregularities that may be detected.

Hygienic Cleaning & Polishing

We recommend you schedule a professional hygienic cleaning and dental examination twice a year so our specialists can inspect and address your oral health while thoroughly cleaning your teeth and gums. By being aware of abnormalities that you may be experiencing, checking for irregularities, and performing a thorough examination of your entire mouth, our team can detect, diagnose, and treat dental problems before they affect the health of the rest of your smile. Routine cleanings are vital to the longevity of your oral health because, even with careful brushing and flossing, tarter and harmful bacteria can develop in hard-to-reach places. Professional cleanings at our general dentistry practice in North Dallas include tooth scaling, tooth polishing, and, if too much tartar is present, debridement.

Dental Implants

Your periodontal (gum) health is critical to your oral and overall health. Through periodontal therapy at our general dentistry practice in North Dallas, we can address the health of your gums and gently work with you to remove harmful plaque and tartar that harbors above or below the gum line. Gum disease is treated by using a combination of safe and effective procedures, including scaling and root planing. The procedures are performed by our renowned cosmetic dentist, while the patient rests comfortably under anesthesia. During the non-surgical procedure, Dr. K will carefully scale the unwanted substance from the teeth and gums and smooth rough spots on the tooth’s root. By smoothing the rough regions, our team is able to remove bacteria from your smile and provide a clean surface for the gums to gradually reattach to the teeth.

Dental Bonding

For many of our patients, overcrowding is the cause of their malformed bites, misaligned teeth, or jaw pain. Many patients do not realize that their jaw isn’t large enough to house all of their teeth in an ideal manner, and that crooked teeth can harbor plaque and bacteria. If left untreated, this bacteria buildup can eventually reap havoc on your oral health, plaguing your teeth and gums with disease. Through oral surgery, Dr. K can skillfully remove teeth to create more room for your unique smile to develop and reach its full potential. To prevent further complications from transpiring down the road, we typically recommend patients have their wisdom teeth removed between the ages of 17 and 25. Because your comfort is of the utmost priority, we offer sedation dentistry for patients who want to remain at ease and worry free throughout the duration of a procedure.

Dental Fillings

At Elegant Smiles Dentistry, we want to equip you with the tools necessary to protect and preserve the integrity and health of your teeth. We offer custom-designed night guards that are comfortable to wear and form snugly to the contour of your smile. Custom night guards are most commonly crafted for patients who suffer from TMJ disorder, unintentionally clench or grind their teeth, or want to protect their teeth while participating in sports or being physically active. Your custom night guard will be crafted based on the specific specifications of your smile and your personal dental needs for amplified satisfaction and improved oral health. Mouth guards manipulate the jaw in such a way that stress is alleviated and tension within your jaw and joints is removed.

Dental Bonding

By taking the time to communicate with our patients and educate them on how to care for their unique smiles, our dental professionals express their commitment to the preservation of oral health. By covering healthy, adolescent teeth with clear sealants, we can shield the natural tooth structure from developing decay. Flossing, fluoride treatments, thorough brushing, and routine hygienic cleanings will also help to prevent damage and decay from wearing down your gorgeous grin. The importance of preventive care cannot be overstated; through regular dental treatment, you can maintain and preserve the health, function, and appearance of your teeth for a lifetime.

Dental Technology

Dental technology, from digital X-rays to the creation of in-office restorations using our state-of-the-art CEREC® system, can help improve the beauty of your smile and your oral health. Dr. Khodabakhsh uses our advanced technology to detect problems such as decay in its earliest stages, and to create customized dental health plans for each patient. Our preventive and restorative tools are ergonomically designed to be comfortable for patients.

Common Questions

Routine dental care is an essential element for keeping your smile as healthy as possible. Even if you are diligent about brushing and flossing with recommended frequency, some plaque can still accumulate in your mouth, and the oral bacteria it contains can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums. A professional cleaning by a dental hygienist will remove plaque from areas of your smile where it may be hard for you to clean thoroughly on your own. If you don’t receive professional cleanings at regular intervals, the plaque can harden and turn into tartar, which cannot be removed from a toothbrush and must be removed by a hygienist using specialized instruments.

Additionally, when you see your dentist twice a year, your teeth and gums can be monitored for signs of oral diseases that will be treated more easily in their earliest stages. If you delay routine care, you may ultimately experience a dental emergency that requires more involved treatment.

 

You should brush your teeth twice each day, for two minutes each time. You should floss daily. In addition to frequency, your technique matters, as does the condition of your toothbrush. Make sure you are angling your toothbrush along the gumline to disrupt plaque formation in that area. Use a toothbrush that is in good shape, too, and replace your brush every 3-4 months so that you’re not using a brush with worn bristles that are less effective in removing plaque from your teeth.

You should have your teeth cleaned every six months as part of your routine dental checkup.

 

Patients may have some anxiety about a more involved dental procedure, such as a tooth extraction, because they fear that it will be painful. However, when extracting a tooth, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area to minimize discomfort. You may also choose some form of sedation for an extraction. In fact, patients who need a tooth extraction are often experiencing significant discomfort due to a large cavity or damage to the tooth. In these instances, tooth extractions result in pain relief for patients.