Dental Services

You and your family lead hectic lives, and you demand a lot from your teeth. Getting top performance means you have to give them top-quality care. Whether you just need a regular check-up, or more sophisticated dental treatment, EQ Dental will strive to understand your needs and surpass your expectations. We look forward to brightening your smile with the same attentive care, gentle technique, and conscientious service that we've given to thousands of satisfied visitors. At EQ Dental we are proud to offer you the following services, click below to learn more!

General Dentistry



► Dental Checkups

Professional Cleanings, Exams, and X-Rays


A dental checkup at EQ Dental

Cleanings


Professional cleanings performed by a licensed dentist or hygienist are just as important to your dental health as daily brushing and flossing. Using specialized tools and training, your hygienist at EQ Dental will remove:
•  Plaque build-up from the surfaces of teeth. Bacteria in the mouth form plaque, which collects on teeth and causes decay, gum disease and gingivitis
•  Tartar from teeth surfaces. Tartar, or calculus, is plaque that has become hardened on the teeth. Its removal requires scaling.
•  Surface stains from teeth through polishing

Some patients will require a deep cleaning due to gum disease and past periodontal treatments. Thomas Young DDS will review your past dental history and identify any issues you may need treatment for.

Examinations


Regular examinations, by Thomas Young DDS, help detect and prevent health issues before they become serious. Consistent dental check-ups help catch problems when they are small and easier to treat. Left unattended, small treatable problems become worse and may require more extensive, expensive procedures to repair. Dental examinations generally include the following:
•  Gum disease screening
•  Oral cancer screening
•  Visual tooth decay evaluation
•  Gum pocket measurement and tracking
•  X-ray examination to detect: tooth decay, cysts, tumors, problems below the gums and other hidden issues

Regular examinations by Thomas Young DDS are very important for your health. Remember, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." –Benjamin Franklin

X-rays (Radiographs)


Dental x-rays are a primary tool for early identification of dental problems. Your Keller dentist can detect issues with x-rays before they become problems, saving you money in the long run by preventing the need for more expensive procedures or surgeries. X-rays are primarily used to detect internal tooth decay, cysts (fluid filled sacks at the base of your teeth), tumors, impacted teeth, and teeth that are still erupting.

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► Fillings

At EQ Dental, we can restore your tooth after it has been damaged from decay using a durable filling material that should last several years. The commonly used material for dental fillings include composite and amalgam. Dr. Young can discuss the pros and cons of each material, helping you make the right choice for your situation.

What is composite filling?


Thomas Young, DDS examining a mouth with fillings in Keller, TXComposite is a blend of quartz that has been mixed with a resin. In the past this material was thought to be not as strong as amalgam, but it has greatly advanced. Patients love this material because it is durable, strong, and is able to be colored to match their tooth, making the restoration nearly invisible. Additionally, composite sticks to the tooth, and bonds to the surface, meaning he is able to remove just the decayed portion before filling.

The pros to composite filling include:


•  good durability
•  resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations
•  ok to use on teeth that use moderate chewing pressure
•  more aesthetically pleasing in color and ability to hide
•  has a unique ability to bond directly to the tooth surface
•  requires Dr. Young to remove less of the natural tooth structure vs. amalgam

What is amalgam filling?


Amalgam is the traditional metal material used for filling teeth. In fact, records show that this material has been used for at least 200 years! Using a metal alloy blend, Dr. Young uses amalgam for teeth that are difficult to work on and have a high pressure chewing position. Increasingly less used, Amalgam does still have a place in dentistry.

The pros to composite filling include:


•  its ability to be placed wet, composite requires being placed dry
•  the durability of the material for high impact chewing pressure
•  it has a good long term durability


The downside to Amalgam fillings is that it does not bond to the walls of the natural tooth, often require that more tooth structure be removed to create a space that will hold the filling in place.

What is the process to receiving my filling?


When meeting with Dr. Young, he will start with an examination including dental x-rays. During this time, he will review his findings, and discuss the best course of action, including answering any questions you have. If treatment has been decided, he will begin by applying anesthetic to the tooth that requires the filling. He will then remove any decay that is present and prepare the tooth for either the composite or amalgam filling. This process is relatively painless and fast. You may leave feeling numb, but should experience little to no discomfort within a couple of hours.

Can composite filling be used to make other repairs on my teeth?


You may have heard of some of the wonders of composite filling. Besides filling a decayed tooth, we can do more! Dr. Young is able to make simple repairs to your teeth using this quartz and resin blend that are strong and durable.

Composite filling material can be used to repair front teeth that have chipped, fractured, or worn. We can fill gaps and cover teeth that have been stained. Where possible, aesthetic bonding of composite material to front teeth is generally much less expensive than veneers or crowns. However, bonding typically does not last as long as veneers or crowns.

If your tooth is sensitive for a week or more it is important to call our office at (817) 741-4567 so we can examine the tooth and determine if additional treatment is needed.

For more information on fillings, and the materials we can use, contact Thomas Young, DDS, at our Keller, TX 76244 office or by calling the front desk at EQ Dental. (817) 741-4567

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► Root Canals

Also known as Endodontic Therapy, a root canal is a procedure that Dr. Young performs to save an infected tooth that would otherwise require extraction. Root Canal is a phrase that frequently raises fear in a lot of people, though this is a misunderstood feeling. The root canal procedure does not cause pain, but relieves it. Ask us at EQ Dental how a root canal can save a tooth and why we recommend it when necessary.

What does Endodontic mean?


Endodontic refers to the inside of your tooth. Endodontic Therapy is for the treatment of the pulp of a tooth.

Why do I need Endodontic Therapy?


When the pulp of your tooth becomes infected, there is nothing you can do without the help of a dentist to heal the infection. As the infection continues to rage, it will be painful, and will eventually kill the tooth. Dr. Young can help. There are many reasons that the inside portion of your teeth can become infected, all that is needed is passage for bacteria.

Some ways that passage can occur includes:


•  cavities that have extended into the pulp
•  previous large fillings, which compromises the health of the tooth
•  crowns, due to the natural tooth being decrease in size to accommodate the crown, and then bacteria finding its way between
•  cracks or fractures in the tooth
•  trauma due to an impact injury
•  extreme wear from teeth grinding known as Bruxism


What is the Root Canal process?


In order for Dr. Young to be able to save the tooth he needs to perform a Root Canal. During this procedure, he will remove the pulp, which includes the nerve and blood supply, and along with it, any bacteria or decay that is causing the infection is removed. With the space now empty, Dr. Young cleans it, and fills it was a medicated rubber material known as gutta percha. With the tooth now healed, depending on the placement of the tooth, Dr. Young may recommend a dental crown to add strength to the integrity of the natural tooth, because the tooth may become brittle.

At times the tooth requiring treatment has a complex root or the infection is such that it needs a specialist, called an endodontist, to examine and complete root canal therapy. Thomas Young, DDS will work closely with our endodontic specialist to review your treatment case, send necessary records to their office, and place the crown after your root canal is completed. Our office staff will help coordinate your appointments, and help you understand your financial responsibility.

Does my tooth need the pulp?


During the development of the tooth, the pulp is very much so needed, it is there to grow the tooth. Once the permanent tooth is fully grown, it no longer needs the pulp.

Why should I get a Root Canal instead of Extracting the tooth?


Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth. At EQ Dental, we always recommend taking the route to save a natural tooth structure. Extracting teeth causes long term issues, including affecting nearby teeth and bone loss at the extraction site, that will be more costly and time consuming in the long run.

While root canal therapy has a high degree of success, it is not 100% guaranteed. It is very important to have a permanent restoration (usually a crown) placed within 30 days of the root canal. If a permanent restoration is not placed, the tooth can fracture or further decay to the point where the root canal must be re-done or, worse, the tooth must be removed.

For more information on Root Canal Therapy, or Endodontic Therapy, contact Thomas Young, DDS, at our Keller, TX 76244 office. (817) 741-4567

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► Extractions

A tooth extraction is the procedure done to remove a tooth that is damaged beyond repair from its socket in the jawbone. Extractions are also done to remove wisdom teeth that may be impacted or create future problems.

Many extractions can be performed in our Keller office; however, more complicated procedures may be referred to one of our trusted oral surgeons.

Why Are Teeth Extracted?
•  Severely decayed teeth
•  Periodontal disease leading to bone loss
•  Fractured in such a way that it is impossible or impractical to repair
•  Badly positioned (impacted wisdom teeth)
•  Non-functional or poorly functional teeth that should be replaced with a bridge, denture or dental implant

Extractions are generally classified as either non-surgical (also known as "simple") or surgical (involving cutting through the gums and tooth). A simple procedure can quickly become a surgical procedure if the tooth fractures or refuses to loosen under pressure. We perform these procedures only after making the extraction site(s) profoundly numb.

Tooth Extraction Post-Operative Instructions
Following tooth extraction you may experience bleeding, oozing, soreness or moderate to severe pain.

Bleeding should stop by 8–12 hours following the extraction. If you experience significant bleeding past this time please call our office at (817) 741-4567 immediately. Oozing of pink fluid for 1–2 days is normal.

Discomfort following the tooth extraction is best managed with a mild analgesic like Tylenol, Advil or Aleve. If you experience severe pain that lasts more than 2–3 days after your extraction please call our office at (817) 741-4567.

Healing should be as smooth as possible following tooth extraction. It is important to not disturb the extraction site. Remember to eat a soft diet and avoid vigorous rinsing for 24 hours following the extraction.

After 24 hours rinse with strong warm salt water for 1 minute a couple of times daily for 3–4 days. This will reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth and will promote better healing.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call us at (817) 741-4567.

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► Gum Disease Treatments

Periodontal Maintenance
A periodontal maintenance procedure (PMP) is defined as a procedure that is recommended following periodontal treatment (such as scaling and root planing) and continues at varying intervals, determined by the clinical evaluation of the dentist.

These intervals can be as frequent as every two months and they can be extended as long as six months, depending on the patient. Keeping up your PMP interval is important because periodontal disease can recur without adequate follow-up.

PMP includes removal of plaque and tartar above and below the gums, scaling and root planing of specific areas, and polishing. PMP is always completed following active periodontal treatment such as scaling and root planing or more extensive gum surgery.

Scaling and Root Planing


Scaling and Root Planing is a special type of treatment that goes deeper BELOW the gum line to remove contaminated debris and bacteria, most often performed on patients with active periodontitis.

This seems to be a procedure that causes so much confusion for patients in trying to understand the difference between "just a cleaning" and Scaling and Root Planing, and the need/reason for this procedure.

A professional polishing or prophy removes only the soft sticky plaque and hard crusty calculus that is ABOVE the gum line on the crown of the tooth. Scaling and Root Planing is done to remove soft sticky plaque and hard crusty calculus that is loaded with bacteria, around and BELOW the gum line on root surfaces. It is a method of treating gum disease when pockets formed around the teeth have a measurement of greater than 3mm and there is evidence of bleeding and tissue attachment loss.

Scaling


Scaling is a procedure that meticulously removes contaminated biofilm, plaque, calculus, microorganisms and toxins from around the gum line down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket, in order to obtain a healing response.

Root Planing


Root planing involves smoothing the root surfaces of your teeth with thin instruments so gum tissue can more firmly reattach to roots that are clean and smooth, to prevent tooth loss and sensitivity problems. This procedure makes it more difficult for plaque, calculus and bacteria to accumulate along these root surfaces.

Because this procedure goes deeper than a regular cleaning, your mouth may be numbed. The cleaning may take one to six visits to complete. Depending on the extent of the disease, you may need one or more quadrants of the mouth to be treated with scaling and root planing.

Some Reasons Why Root Planning May Be Necessary


•  To control the growth of harmful bacteria
•  Help the pocket wall reattach firmly to the clean root surface
•  Prevent further bleeding of the gums from disease
•  Reduce inflammation
•  Reduce discomfort
•  Prevent bone loss
•  Prevent gum disease related tooth loss
•  Reduce systemic disease

Home Care After Root Planing and Scaling


Rinse with warm salt water every few hours (1/2 tsp. salt in 8 oz. water) for the remainder of the day to encourage healing and sooth discomfort. Be careful not to bite or chew your lip, cheek or tongue while they are numb. Avoid chewing for 2 hours after this procedure or until numbness has worn off. Keep your fingers and tongue away from the areas that have been treated. Take Tylenol or ibuprofen according to directions on the manufacturer label for a couple of days to help with the discomfort; do NOT take aspirin because it may prolong bleeding.

Rinse your mouth with Closys or Chlorohexidine, if prescribed by your dentist, to reduce oral bacteria. Do not smoke or chew tobacco for 72 hours after the procedure to allow for healing. Gently brush and floss your teeth after each meal. How you care for your teeth and gums at home after treatment is critical to reducing the risk of recurring periodontal disease.

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Restorative Dentistry




► Dental Bridges

A common dental restoration we offer at EQ Dental for replacing one or multiple missing teeth is a Dental Bridge. Dr. Young is able to fill in the gaps of missing teeth, help your teeth from shifting, improve your bite, and give your mouth the beautiful look you want. A dental bridge is a permanent device, meaning that it is cemented into place making it non removable.

Dr. Young is happy to discuss the varieties of bridges available, and together you will receive the best bridge for your situation. The most common bridge is known as a traditional bridge it is made from porcelain that has been fused to metal. A traditional bridge consists of two dental crowns that are placed over two healthy anchoring teeth, or dental implants, with the false tooth between, thus creating a bridge. With this system, we can replace one or more missing teeth.

There are pros and cons to dental bridges, these include:


Pros:


•  replaces a missing tooth
•  a less expensive route for replacement
•  a highly durable option that should last several years
•  cemented into place, so you will quickly forget it’
•  s even there

Cons:


•  bridges depend on something to anchor to, either two healthy teeth or dental implants
•  in order to place the bridge onto two healthy teeth, Dr. Young is required to permanently alter the two healthy teeth so that he can place a crown over them


Common reasons for a Fixed Bridge


•  replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth, filling gaps
•  help patients maintain their facial shape, which can alter due to missing teeth
•  prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting
•  repair any problems with chewing or ability to speak
•  give you a smile to be proud of
•  as an upgrade from a clasp denture or removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance

What is the process to receiving a Dental Bridge?


The planning and placement of a dental bridge usually requires two, possibly more depending on other work that needs to be done, office visits with Dr. Young.

The process includes:


•  the creation of a mold, this will be sent to a dental lab for the fabrication of your dental bridge, including two dental crowns with the missing false tooth or multiple teeth between
•  we will then need to prepare the anchoring teeth to receive the crowns, this involves a permanent alteration to these teeth
•  in most situations a temporary bridge will be made and worn for about two weeks until your next appointment
•  with the new appliance ready, the temporary bridge will be removed, the area will be thoroughly cleaned
•  your new bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented or bonded into place

You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new bridge.

For more information on dental bridges, or other restorative options, contact Thomas Young, DDS at our Keller, TX 76244 office. (817) 741-4567

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► Dentures

Dentures are a "replacement" option for missing teeth. There are two variations of dentures: partial dentures and full dentures. The difference between the two lies in how many natural teeth remain.

When the condition of the teeth has deteriorated so far that they can no longer be repaired, removal is the only option.

A complete denture is a removable prosthesis of white plastic teeth in a pink gum-colored plastic base; the denture rests on the remaining gum ridge once all of the teeth in the arch have been removed.

It is important to note that life with an upper and/or lower denture is a major lifestyle change when compared to natural teeth. Dentures impact the type of food you are able to eat, your self-confidence in social situations and even your self-esteem.

Reasons for a Full Denture


•  All teeth missing in the same arch
•  Restore chewing ability
•  Restore a natural looking smile
•  Economical alternative to other procedures

An upper full denture will almost always feel better than a lower full denture. In order to dramatically improve the fit of a lower full denture, we frequently suggest using dental implants as a retentive mechanism. Implants placed in the lower jaw can help anchor the denture and significantly improve comfort. Sometimes, the implants can even be placed in the jaw after a denture has been in use for several years.

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► Partial Dentures

Often called a "partial," this type of denture is often used when only some of the teeth are missing.

A partial denture is a removable appliance held in place by gripping the remaining healthy teeth, usually with metal clasps or wires.

It is an economical solution that allows all missing teeth in the same arch (either the upper or the lower) to be replaced with one appliance. A partial denture is inherently much more stable and therefore more comfortable than a complete denture. There are many factors that help us to determine if you are a candidate for tooth replacement with a partial denture. Among these factors, the health of the gums and the shape of the anchor teeth are most important.

Reasons For Partial Dentures


•  Multiple teeth missing in the same arch
•  Restore chewing function

The metal clasps are usually visible and usually affect the beauty of your smile. Often, there are options available to reduce or eliminate the need for visible clasps.

Finally, partial dentures can be designed to allow for the future loss of teeth that may not be as healthy as the rest. Alternatives to partial dentures include bridges, implants, and, occasionally, full dentures.

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►Single Tooth Implants

A dental implant is a titanium post designed to replace missing teeth. The post is surgically placed into the jawbone where the tooth is missing, and provides a more permanent solution.

Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing a missing tooth. For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Implants are surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, and fuse to the jawbone. Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone, a process called osseointegration. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural, and some people find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes. Candidates for dental implants must have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant.

What Does a Dental Implant Involve?
Implant Site Preparation
The gum tissue is opened to expose the bone area where the implant will be placed. In situations where there is insufficient bone structure, bone grafting may be a recommended procedure. Once healthy bone has been established, a special drill is used to prepare the bone to receive the implant.

Placing the Implant
After the bone has been prepared, the implant is placed and the tissue is sutured. After seven to ten days the sutures are removed. The healing process takes three to six months. This is the amount of time it usually takes the implant to become part of the bone of the jaw.

Attaching the Post
When the gum tissue is ready, a special post is attached to the implant; it is the support for the new porcelain crown. Today's technologies often include zirconium abutments attached to the implant post, to assure that the new porcelain tooth possesses translucency properties similar to a natural tooth.

Placing the Crown
After impressions are taken a crown is made and shaded to match your existing teeth. The crown is then slipped over the post and cemented. This final prosthetic crown appears as a natural tooth.

There is a high rate of failure of implants in patients who smoke, so dental implants tend to not be an option for patients who are actively smoking. We will help you determine whether dental implants will be a good tooth replacement option for you. Proper brushing and flossing will maximize the longevity of your new dental implant.

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Cosmetic Dentistry




► Implants

Are missing teeth making your life miserable? Has it become difficult to eat your favorite foods, or are you embarrassed in social situations due to gaps in your smile? If so, dental implants may be able to help you and improve your quality of life. These restorations provide a permanent foundation to support new crowns, and even your existing dentures can be anchored to them to eliminate the need for messy adhesives. Dental implants can dramatically improve your health and confidence by allowing you to regain your beautiful and functional smile.

Understanding Dental Implants


Dental implants are small titanium posts that will be surgically placed into your jaw bone where you are missing teeth. These implants serve as anchors in order to act like the root for an artificial tooth. After placing the implants and giving the bone time to heal, the jaw bone will actually fuse to the implant, making it even stronger than a normal tooth. Once the implant has been allowed to heal, replacement teeth can then be secured to your implants.

While it is clear that dental implants can be beneficial in improving the function of your mouth, they have also been shown to benefit the existing bone of the jaw. Dental implants can actually prevent further bone loss.

Types of Artificial Teeth Available


When it comes to dental implants, crowns are usually chosen in order to replace a single tooth, and each prosthetic will attach to a singular implant. In other cases, a bridge may be used to replace multiple teeth, and it may require several implants in order to provide adequate support.

Full arch prosthetics could be used in order to replace all teeth in the lower or upper jaw. With this type of restoration, the total number of the implants used will depend on how much bone is available and other factors. An over denture may be able to attach to a bar, while a fixed prosthetic will be permanent and can only be removed by your dentist.

Dental Implant Candidates


If you are interested in dental implants, it is important to first see if you are a candidate. An evaluation with a qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeon is essential, and you may need to have a special radiograph taken to further examine your condition. We'll help to evaluate your unique, individual situation and explain your options.

The Surgical Procedure


Your dental needs are unique to you, so we offer individualized treatment plans for each patient. In some cases, bone grafting may be needed prior to placement of the implants, especially if there isn't enough bone available to properly support the restoration. If you have enough bone or your bone is reconstructed, the implants will be surgically put into place.

After the titanium posts have been implanted, you'll need to wait at least four months so that the bone can fuse to it. In some cases, the gum tissue may grow over the implants, so a procedure may be needed to uncover it before tooth replacement.

Temporary dentures may be available during this time, and after your permanent restorations are put into place, the implant itself will be entirely invisible. In total, the procedure will take 6-8 months, but most patients report minimal disruptions to their daily lives.

Surgical Benefits


In some cases, the implants won't need to be placed under the gum line. If this is your situation, a tiny healing cap can be secured over the top of the implant. These implants won't require another procedure in order to uncover them, but they will still need the entire four months of healing time prior to placing the artificial teeth. In certain situations, a non-restorable tooth could be removed so that the implant could be put into place right away.

Dental implants are complicated procedures, and they will require the skills and expertise of both your general dentist and an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Our doctors will perform the actual implantation surgery along with extractions and bone grafting if needed. Your dentist will be responsible for fitting and creating the permanent teeth as well as making any temporary teeth that you might need to wear throughout the healing process.

Type of Anesthesia


Both the surgical implant placement and bone grafting can be performed in the office, and general or local anesthesia will be used to keep you comfortable.

Choosing Dental Implants


The more you learn about dental implants, the more you will likely come to realize that these restorations can completely change your life. When you lose multiple teeth, whether this is something you've dealt with for years or it is an entirely new situation, it can be difficult to coming to terms with this change. Dental implants can open the door to improved self-confidence, allowing you to restore your old eating and socialization habits without feeling self-conscious or worrying about your traditional dentures slipping out of place.

Caring for Your Implants


After your smile has been restored with dental implants, it is important that you keep up a good oral hygiene routine so that your mouth stays healthy. You'll need to floss and brush daily, and you should also follow up with your dentist for regular examinations and cleaning. With proper care, your implants could possibly last a life time, making it especially important that you follow your dentist's orders in order to protect your investment.

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► Invisalign®

Aligners are made of clear, strong medical grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn. Aligners are clear and look similar to tooth-whitening trays, but are custom-made to fit better while moving teeth. Some orthodontists and dentists have referred to them as "contact lenses for teeth."

For years, orthodontists and dentists have used removable appliances for limited treatment. Today, with the application of computer technology and custom manufacturing, Invisalign® treats a broader range of cases with greater precision.

Invisalign® uses 3-D computer imaging technology to depict the complete treatment plan, from the initial position to the final desired position, from which a series of custom-made clear "aligners" are produced. Each "aligner" moves teeth incrementally and is worn for about two weeks, then is replaced by the next in the series until the final position is achieved.

Clear, Removable, and Comfortable


With Invisalign®, you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing. Unlike braces, you can eat and drink what you want during treatment, because you can remove the trays. You can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene. Because there are no metal brackets or wires to cause mouth irritation, you spend less time in the doctor's chair getting adjustments.

Invisalign® allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

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► Traditional Braces

There are a number of reasons why we might recommend that you consider orthodontic appliances, commonly known as braces, but vanity is not one of them.

A bad bite, called malocclusion, can result from an accident, a premature loss of teeth, a childhood habit of thumbsucking and more. It can also result from improper jaw alignment or teeth that are crowded, crooked, or protruding.

Possible side effects of malocculsion include:
•  Interference with speaking clearly
•  Difficulty in brushing and flossing thoroughly leading to infection and tooth loss
•  Incomplete chewing of food causing digestive problems
•  Abnormal wear to tooth enamel
•  Jaw trouble

On average, braces are worn for one to three years. Once the braces are removed, you may wear a retainer until the teeth are permanently in position. The designer braces of today can either diminish their own presence—with clear or tooth-colored brackets—or add some fun to your life with brackets shaped like hearts and footballs. In some cases, they can be attached to the back of your teeth or even be removable.

Orthodontic appliance advances have made braces more comfortable than they used to be and in need of fewer adjustments.

We know that braces are an additional expense to families and we offer flexible payments. If you think you or a member of your family is a candidate for braces, we encourage you to consult with us about treatment options and payment strategies.

Oral health is a lifetime investment. And having a great smile is a tremendous additional benefit.

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► Lumineers®

Not All Veneers Are the Same


Lumineers® are thinner than traditional veneers, which allows for minimally aggressive preparation, and the ability to maintain more of your natural, healthy tooth structure. The typical veneer preparation often calls for shots and anesthesia to prevent pain. With the reduced preparation of Lumineers®, there is often no pain or shots involved.

Typical veneers require unsightly acrylic temporaries between visits. Because Lumineers® only slightly alter the natural shape of your tooth, we are able to skip this step while you wait for your custom-made Lumineers®.

While many dental offices will be happy to apply veneers for you, Lumineers® require additional training that Thomas Young DDS has had. Be sure to call us first when considering veneers for a new smile.

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► Composite Bonding

Bonding is a procedure in which we apply a tooth-colored composite material to a tooth, shape it, allow it to harden and polish it. It can be used in certain situations where a tooth has been damaged or become stained. These are generally minor repairs, ones that can be resolved through this relatively inexpensive means rather than through a more costly dental procedure.

Here's How it Works


The dentist prepares the tooth surface so that the bonding material will adhere. Once that's been applied, the dentist will shape it so that it has a natural appearance. Then the material is allowed to harden, usually with the help of a light. Finally, the composite is polished and buffed so that the surface is smooth.

This is not a process that is recommended if you are a smoker as smoke causes staining. Also, the material is not as durable as porcelain veneers and crowns so it chips more easily; eventually it may require replacing.

Bonding is a perfectly adequate and more affordable solution to certain dental problems. Dental bonding can take less time to accomplish and may not even require anesthesia. Depending upon the issue, insurance may cover it.

Please don't procrastinate if you have a dental problem but are worried about the time, cost or pain involved. Perhaps dental bonding can offer you a solution. Give us a call at (817) 741-4567 so we can discuss options with you.

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► Whitening

Whitening the teeth is one of the easiest and most noticeable changes that you can make to improve the appearance of your smile. Whitening, or bleaching, is a non-invasive and simple dental treatment that will alter the color of your tooth enamel to make your smile look whiter and brighter.

For many people, dull or stained teeth are the primary concerns that they have about their smile. At-home teeth whitening systems are the most popular method for correcting this problem. However, if you have older fillings, crowns, and other restorations, you need to be aware that these whitening systems will only work to improve the appearance of the natural tooth enamel, so you won't notice any changes on these restorations. It is recommended that you have these restorations replaced after bleaching your teeth so that they match the new and improved color of the rest of your smile.

Reasons to Whiten Your Teeth


There are numerous reasons why you might choose to whiten your teeth:
•  Brown or yellow stains due to smoking or your diet
•  Discoloration due to fluorosis (too much fluoride during the development of the teeth)
•  Stains due to certain medications
•  Normal wear of the enamel

The Teeth Whitening Process


If you choose to whiten your teeth with a home whitening system, you will generally need two dental appointments. At your first visit, your dentist will take molds of your teeth to create customized plastic trays to hold the whitening solution.

After your trays have been fabricated, you'll be set up for a second appointment in which you'll ensure they fit properly. You'll receive instructions on how to wear the trays for optimal results. In most cases, this will involve wearing them either overnight or twice per day for several weeks.

Caring for Your Whitened Teeth


When whitening your teeth, it is completely normal to experience sensitivity. Fortunately, this discomfort should stop once you have finished with your bleaching treatment, but if it doesn't, sensitivity toothpaste can help with the symptoms.

It is important to remember that teeth whitening isn't a permanent procedure, so to get the most out of your results, you should be sure to avoid foods and beverages that could stain your smile, including wine, tea, soda, and coffee. If you are a smoker, you should also consider giving up the habit. Additionally, you will likely need an annual touch-up in order to maintain your beautiful, white smile.

Read about the other Cosmetic Dentistry services we offer:
ImplantsInvisalign®Traditional BracesLumineers®Composite BondingInlays and Onlays

► Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are used to restore portions of the tooth, or to strengthen a tooth. They are alternatives to using fillings or a crown to restore the integrity of the tooth.

Inlays


When there is only partial damage to your tooth, an inlay can be bonded inside the remaining tooth structure. Traditionally, gold is the material of choice for this type of restoration, and although this is available, most of our dental patients prefer the more natural look that ceramic provides.

Onlays


Onlays are used to restore a portion of the biting cusp of a tooth or to restore the strength of a tooth. Instead of removing healthy tooth structure for a crown placement, an onlay can be used as a more conservative restoration.

Sometimes onlays are referred to as "inside crowns." That is a good description, as it describes the strengthening process that an onlay creates for the tooth. At EQ Dental, we prefer to do onlays when possible to lessen the amount of healthy tooth removed, compared to traditional crowns. Research has shown that the less you reduce a tooth, the better it will survive long-term, and our goal is to provide you with healthy teeth for life.

Read about the other Cosmetic Dentistry services we offer:
ImplantsInvisalign®Traditional BracesLumineers®Composite BondingTeeth Whitening


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