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It’s Time to Use it or Lose it!

It’s Time to Use it or Lose it!

It’s that time of year again. The countdown is on! As we approach the last few months of 2022, the Allen Dental Center team wanted to remind you of the perks of using all your insurance dollars before the year closes. We understand the fall months are busy for everyone, and your dental health may be the last thing on your mind. However, it is essential to note many dental insurance companies will not roll unused benefits over into the following calendar year, which means they are lost! Luckily, we offer countless restorative, cosmetic, and general dental services that will allow you to decide how to use your remaining insurance before you lose it!

Have you had your teeth cleaned recently? A cleaning twice yearly is vital for maintaining oral health. Your dental hygienist will remove any plaque buildup, which aids in cavity prevention. More serious dental treatment may need to be considered when cavities are left unattended for too long. Keeping up with your hygiene appointments will ensure this does not happen. In addition to this, your smile will be fresh and sparkling just in time for the most joyous three months of the year! 

Have you been considering a major dental procedure? Getting started with an extensive procedure like dental implants can be nerve-wracking. We are here to make the process comfortable for our patients! Extensive procedures will begin with a consultation, where you will meet with one of our dentists to discuss the treatment you are considering, any hesitations you may have, and devise a treatment plan. From there, you will be able to move forward with peace of mind knowing that you are working with a team that cares and has your best interests at heart. It is the perfect opportunity to use those benefits before you lose them!

Have you checked to see if you have any incomplete treatment? This could be anything from a deep cleaning to a filling to a root canal! Getting your treatment scheduled and completed before the year ends will benefit your oral health and put your mind at ease. Some of the most widely-offered treatments we give patients revolve around fixing cavities. If you have a small cavity, you may need nothing more than a filling! If you have put off your cavity treatment for a while, the cavity may grow and become infected. This may necessitate a root canal, in which your dentist will remove the infected pulp from your tooth root and fill it so it will look and function naturally. Getting cavities treated as soon as they are diagnosed is very important, as it will ensure less intensive treatment is needed later on. 

The holidays are right around the corner, and we know your schedule is about to be filled with festive activities. That is why it is the perfect time to call us and schedule an appointment, whether it be cosmetic, restorative, or your regular six-month cleaning and checkup! You will be grateful you used all your insurance benefits and stayed on top of your oral healthcare, trust us

Call us with any questions or to schedule at (972) 727-3941. We look forward to seeing you!

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Optimize Your Oral Health With Our Employer Membership Plan!

Optimize Your Oral Health With Our Employer Membership Plan!

Allen Dental Center takes pride in giving every patient the resources to pursue a bright, healthy smile. Some patients may not have access to dental insurance or have previously elected dental insurance at all. This can make obtaining basic oral healthcare a difficult and stressful experience. If this sounds like you or you are unhappy with your current dental insurance plan, we have great news! Allen Dental Center offers a Membership Plan to all patients.

You may be wondering what a dental membership with our office could entail. We are here to provide you with the information you need to decide whether this plan is right for you and your family. Just like regular dental insurance, our plan covers preventative dental care (cleanings, routine x-rays, etc.). In addition, it also offers discounts on other treatment options available in our office. Preventive dental care coverage is crucial because it will make it much easier to have your teeth cleaned and checked twice yearly.  Attending these appointments is a great way to catch oral health problems before they become more serious.

On top of the coverage our plan provides, it also comes without the hassles that frustrate patients with their traditional dental insurance providers. You will not have any waiting periods or pre-approvals upon signing up, and your benefits start immediately! There are also no deductibles, copays, or annual maximums. With full price transparency, you get exactly what you pay for. Three variations of the plan are offered: Child Complete, Adult Complete, and Perio Care.

So what do these plans include?

Infographics showing the 3 payment options for the Employer Membership Plan and the different levels

You won’t receive benefits like this through your traditional dental insurance provider! Our plans make your oral healthcare journey easy to understand and affordable. Your benefits will run for an entire year when you sign up and are easy to renew if you desire to do so. By offering this plan, our team hopes more patients will realize how important it is to stay on top of their dental appointments. The health of your smile can be directly linked to your quality of life, and putting care off for too long can have undesirable consequences. Our plan can help you take the next step in your smile journey with us!

If you’d like to know why Employer Membership Plan is right for you and your employees, read our blog post, The Main Goal Of Dental Routine Procedures and see why.

If you have any questions or want to sign up, call Allen Dental Center at (972) 727-3941.

Identifying Common Dental Problems

Identifying Common Dental Problems

Your bi-yearly visits to Allen Dental Center are terrific and necessary, but how do you know if you need to schedule an additional appointment? While keeping up with your hygiene and exams will do wonders for the health of your smile, there is still a possibility oral health issues may arise. We want to aid you in identifying these problems. Catching them early will ensure they can be treated promptly and will not become more severe. Helping our patients improve their smiles while saving money on treatment and time spent at our office is a priority!

Everyone wants shining, healthy teeth. A beautiful smile increases confidence and will lead to better health in other areas of your life. There are many dental anomalies that, if not dealt with, can hinder your overall well-being and confidence. They are more widespread than you think, and knowing how to spot them will decrease your chances of permanent damage to one or multiple teeth. 

So what are some of the most frequent dental complications?

  1. Tooth decay is the most widespread problem we see in patients. It occurs when bacteria form plaque on the surface of your teeth, which can permanently damage the enamel. This damage is characterized by toothaches, pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods, dark spots on your teeth, and even occasional cracks or pits.
  2. Gum disease has many different stages and starts as a bacterial infection caused by plaque buildup. Left untreated, it can lead to periodontitis: the most severe form. Tobacco use, irregular oral hygiene, and diabetes are all risk factors. 
  3. A dental abscess is caused by the buildup of bacteria in a tooth’s root. If you have a persistent, severe toothache, there is a good chance you may have an infected root. 
  4. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be very distressing to patients. It is commonly the result of dry mouth, poor oral hygiene, an infection, or several other factors. If you have bad breath, your dentist will assess the situation to determine its cause and what treatment is needed. 
  5. Tooth sensitivity can be an extremely uncomfortable sensation. When your enamel is worn away, hot and cold foods and drinks will cause pain. This is due to the dentin being exposed, which contains tubes leading to the nerve attached to your tooth.

One of the best ways to avoid these concerns in the first place is by coming in to see us regularly! During your dental exam, your dentist will check your mouth for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and infection. If you are experiencing sensitivity in one or more of your teeth or struggle with bad breath, these visits are a perfect opportunity to get started with treatment and address your concerns. To book an appointment, call us at (972) 727-3941.  Learn how to overcome dental anxiety.

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

At Allen Dental Center, our team starts every day with the goal of giving our patients the best dental experience possible. We consider every patient’s unique circumstances, including anxiety about being in the dental chair. Dental anxiety is quite common, and there are many easy ways to combat it while maintaining and achieving your smile goals.

We will begin by discussing why keeping up with oral healthcare is essential. When you visit us every six months, a dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth. This involves removing any hard-to-reach plaque and tartar, which tends to build up in areas that are more difficult to clean during your at-home hygiene routine. In addition, your hygienist and dentist will be able to catch any early signs of cavities, oral cancer, and other issues. When dealt with ahead of time, you will spend less time and money at our office in the long run. Not to mention your smile will thank you for it!

Many people completely avoid going to the dentist or only go when necessary. While it could be assumed that this anxiety stems from wanting to avoid pain, it is usually due to feeling a lack of control. At Allen Dental Center, we approach each patient with patience and kindness in this area. Some of the ways in which we help build trust with patients include:

  • Getting to know each patient. Building relationships with everyone who walks through our doors is in our DNA. We want you to feel like you are visiting with old friends. We care deeply about the health of your teeth but also your life!
  • Making sure patients know they can be assertive with their needs. Our team will provide a thorough exam for all patients; however, it is an essential part of the visit for patients to let us know if there is an issue. We will ensure to inform all patients ahead of time they can express their needs and comfort level at any time during their visit goes a long way.
  • Checking in with patients during the appointment. We constantly check in with our patients throughout their appointments, especially if it involves an in-depth dental procedure.
  • Making sure patients are aware they can take a break if they are uncomfortable. We believe it is best to play it safe and take it as slowly as possible if a patient feels anxious. If you need to step out and get some air, you are welcome to let us know!
  • Explaining what patients will feel and for how long. As we said, lack of control is the main reason people have dental anxiety. This anxiety can be alleviated by being given as much knowledge as possible about what to expect and when to expect it. We will provide information at multiple points throughout the appointment.

If you are still feeling nervous, we are here to help. Many relaxation techniques are proven to alleviate anxiety in the moment, such as breathing deeply, progressive muscle relaxation, or listening to calming music. As another alternative, we offer Halcion, Triazalam, IV sedation, and nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. These treatments are beneficial for anxiety over extensive procedures, and we take them very seriously. If you think they may be helpful for you during your visit, we will consult with you prior and figure out if it makes sense to include one of them in your oral health journey.

If you have questions about dealing with dental anxiety for yourself or a loved one, there is always more to learn! We want to come alongside you at our office and make everything as simple as possible. Feel free to call us at (972) 727-3941 with any questions. Learn more about who we are here.

Is a Root Canal right for you?

Is a Root Canal right for you?

Having a badly damaged or infected tooth can result in frustration, especially if you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start when it comes to getting the care and treatment you need. Luckily, the team at Allen Dental Center is here to give you some helpful information!

A root canal is a tried-and-true dental procedure for various issues relating to infections or cavities in the teeth. Complete removal of a damaged tooth can result in more time and money spent at the dentist, and most patients want to avoid this. A root canal is a perfect alternative! It will save your tooth while preserving your natural smile. Many patients worry getting a root canal will cause intense pain, but this is not the case! Due to updated dental technology, patients will have little to no pain during the procedure. It may end up being more painful trying to live your life with an infected tooth!

How can a root canal help, and why is it necessary? Your natural teeth are filled with a soft pulp core. It is made up of blood vessels, soft tissue, and nerves. If you develop a deep cavity or crack in one of your teeth, bacteria can enter the pulp and cause irritation and infection, which, if left untreated for too long, can cause bone loss, pulp death, or loss of the entire tooth. If you have this type of infection, you may experience a toothache, swelling, and sensitivity to foods and drinks that are either too cold or too hot.

To begin the root canal process, your dentist will take x-rays of your teeth to see if it is needed. If so, you will be provided with a local anesthetic to numb the area and ease the pain. All tooth decay will be removed, and an opening will be made in the crown of the tooth through which the root canal will be performed. Dental tools will then remove all infected pulp from the root. After removing the infected pulp, the tooth chamber will be thoroughly cleaned and dried. Your tooth will then be filled and as good as new!

Your dentist will place a crown over your newly filled root to restore your tooth or teeth to their original function and prevent further damage. Most crowns are made of porcelain and look just like the natural teeth around them. If you keep up with your oral hygiene and come to the dentist every six months for exams and cleanings, your newly restored tooth will last a lifetime!

Do you think you may need a root canal or have questions for our staff? Call Allen Dental Center at (972) 727-3941. We would be happy to help!

Oral Hygiene for Summer Travel

Oral Hygiene for Summer Travel

Everyone loves Summer! We understand how exciting vacations can be, but we want you to keep your smile in check! Oral health probably isn’t the first thing on your mind while traveling, but you will be surprised how easy it is by keeping a few simple tips in mind.

Ways To Practice Good Oral Hygiene This Summer

While oral health probably isn’t the first thing on your mind while traveling, it is surprising how easy it can be to take care of it with these simple tips in mind.

First, make sure to keep your consumption of sugary foods in check

Vacation is a perfect opportunity to treat yourself, and everyone deserves this! However, we want to make sure you avoid any potential dental issues that could form due to high sugar intake. You might want to try swapping out carbonated soda for an equally delicious and healthier beverage, such as green tea. While avoiding your favorite treats may not be possible, adding in foods such as vegetables high in fiber will aid in keeping your teeth clean. It is all about balance.

Second, it is always a good idea to have sugar-free gum on hand 

Whether flying, driving, or taking a bus, you may go longer than usual without brushing your teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum after eating is a wonderful way to keep your mouth as clean as possible. Not to mention, there are many delicious flavors out there!

Third, stay hydrated for good oral hygiene for summer

Hydration is essential for many reasons, including when it comes to the health of your smile. If you are enjoying a vacation adventure during the day and aren’t able to brush your teeth until later, drinking water while you eat will help dilute any plaque-forming acids and protect your teeth while you are having fun. Hydration is also key in guarding against dry mouth. Saliva is 99% water, so the more you drink, the more saliva you produce!

Fourth, let’s discuss your toothbrush’s ideal environment!

Can you guess one of the most important things to pay attention to on vacation? Minimizing potential bacteria growth on your toothbrush. Yes, you read that right! There are two main ways to ventilate your toothbrush and prevent bacteria growth. When looking for a travel toothbrush case, try to find one with small holes or room for air to circulate. A case without holes will keep the moisture locked in, which is not ideal. Also, keep your toothbrush free from its travel case when possible. Leaving it out to dry will aid in prevention.

Lastly, try your hardest to stick to your regular morning and evening oral hygiene routines

If you brush your teeth first thing in the morning, keep doing that. If you regularly brush your teeth throughout the day, travel toothbrushes were made for you. This will keep a healthy habit going, and it will also aid in preventing tooth decay and plaque. To make it even easier on yourself, pack an extra toothbrush and toothpaste just in case you misplace yours!

If you’d like to learn more about the prevention and treatment of cavities, read about it on our blog.

At Allen Dental Center, we want you to have the best Summer possible with your family and friends! Have you been in for your first appointment of the year yet? If not, call to make an appointment at (972) 727-3941 before your first Summer trip. This way, you will be able to make sure you do not need any treatment and will be able to enjoy your vacation without any pain or stress. You deserve it!

Prevention and Treatment of Cavities

Prevention and Treatment of Cavities

Cavities are something everyone has heard of and everyone dreads. When you go to the dentist, you may have the question, “Will I have a cavity?” in the back of your mind. Everyone has been there! Luckily, prevention of and treatment for cavities are straightforward and more accessible than ever, especially at Allen Dental Center.

A cavity is a damaged area on your enamel that can eventually develop into a small hole. Cavities have many causes; some of the most common include bacteria, not keeping your teeth clean, and overindulging in sugary snacks and drinks. Cavities are problematic, but they can become even more problematic if left untreated. If ignored for too long, a cavity can grow and affect deeper parts of your tooth. This can lead to infection or even the loss of your tooth. So, what are some of the best ways to prevent cavities?

Prevention and Treatment of Cavities

Regular dental cleanings and checkups 

Staying on top of hygiene appointments and oral exams will prevent cavities from forming and catch any that have already formed in their early stages before they progress and cause more harm!

Use fluoride toothpaste

Brushing your teeth twice a day is imperative, but it is even more beneficial when using fluoride toothpaste. This will decrease your risk of tooth decay.

Enjoy sugary snacks and drinks in moderation

Certain snacks and beverages create acids that can be destructive to your enamel. If you have a sugar craving, rinse and brush your teeth soon after!

Ask your dentist about fluoride treatments to help with prevention and treatment of cavities

Fluoride treatments are a great preventative measure, especially if your teeth aren’t getting enough fluoride. We can perform fluoride treatments right here in our office, along with your routine cleanings and checkups!

Sometimes, however, things can slip through the cracks, and you may find that you have developed a cavity despite your best preventative efforts.

What are some signs that suggest you may have a cavity? 

If a cavity is forming in your mouth, you may notice pain or sensitivity in a tooth, black or brown staining on a tooth, pain when eating or drinking something hot or cold, or even small pits in a tooth. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call our office immediately at (972) 727-3941!

We offer treatment for cavities that will restore a tooth’s look and feel back to its natural state and function. These services include fillings, root canals, and crowns. Feel free to visit the services section of our website to learn more!

Learn more on why keeping up with treatment is so important.

We understand that some patients may worry about the cost of regular preventative treatments and services for cavities. Our office offers a comprehensive Membership Plan that covers preventive care and discounts on treatment. If you would like to learn more, check out this link.

The Allen Dental Center team wants to help you obtain the best oral healthcare possible, and we hope this provides a little more insight on how to do so.

Is Invisalign right for you?

Is Invisalign right for you?

The team at Allen Dental Center wants to help our patients achieve smiles they are proud of. This is why we’re offering Invisalign! We get many questions about Invisalign, and there’s more to learn. Hopefully, this information will help you decide whether Invisalign is right for you!

Can Invisalign be a part of my regular daily life? Although you may be worried that Invisalign will affect your quality of life, this is false! You will be able to see your smile progress through every step of treatment. When wearing your aligners, you will be ready for anything. Just take them out before eating or drinking, and brush your teeth before putting them back in. Wearing your aligners for 20-22 hours per day will give you the best results and shortest overall treatment time. If you are a parent, your child’s aligners will have blue compliance indicators, so you can make sure they are wearing them for the required amount of time per day. Invisalign treatment is risk-free, straightforward, and an excellent option for all ages and stages of life!

Many people wonder how Invisalign differs from regular brackets-and-wires braces.

There are three main differentiating factors for Invisalign:

1. Invisalign is more comfortable.

SmartTrack material is used for comfort and the best results! You won’t have to worry about getting sores in your mouth due to irritation like you may with regular braces.

2. Invisalign gets straight to work!

You will get customized treatment based on years of research and no guesswork! The proper force is calculated for every tooth movement, so your teeth will move in the correct order.

3. Invisalign gives you results that will last.

Keeping your new smile is easy with the retainer provided after your treatment. This will keep your teeth from shifting over time.

Three-dimensional mapping and 100-year-old science are combined through Invisalign treatment, giving you even teeth. You’ll smile normally throughout treatment and enjoy eating all the foods you like! Orthodontics is often met with the apprehension of pain and treatment that lasts too long.

Luckily, Invisalign involves three simple steps:

Step 1: Meet with your dentist and get a sneak peek at your new smile.

Your dentist can take a quick and precise scan of your teeth and map out a custom treatment plan just for you.

Step 2: Start transforming your smile right from your first fitting.

This is a critical step in the success of your treatment. Your dentist will ensure your aligners fit well, answer all your questions, and let you know what to expect. Once you start wearing your aligners, you will have regular check-ins with your dentist. Depending on the complexity of your case, you could finish your treatment in as little as six months! You will start seeing results in a matter of weeks.

Step 3: Keep your brand new smile beautiful!

It will be easy to keep the smile you love after transforming it with the world’s most advanced clear aligner system! All you have to do is be consistent with wearing the retainer you are given after your treatment is complete.

We want to educate our patients as much as possible on the services we offer, and we hope this was helpful in regards to Invisalign! If you’re interested, click here to learn more all about dental implants. It provides long-lasting restoration, face-to-face care with your dentist, uses the latest material for optimal results, and gives you a customized plan for your smile needs. These are some of the main reasons we love it and believe it truly stands out! If you’re interested in scheduling a consultation or have any questions, give Allen Dental Center a call at (972) 727-3941. We would be happy to assist you!

Keeping up with Treatment

Keeping up with Treatment

At Allen Dental Center, we want to do everything to ensure your dental health is the best. This includes emphasizing the importance of staying up-to-date with diagnosed treatment.

So why is keeping up with treatment so important?

1. Current dental issues will grow more severe if they go untreated. One of the main reasons patients develop severe oral health problems is that they do not follow up with their dentist’s recommended treatment. Not following through with diagnosed treatment will result in even more in-depth treatment.

2. You will save time and money spent in the long run. No one likes spending money they don’t need to. If you put off your diagnosed treatment, you’ll likely pay more later. While treatment can be costly, it becomes more expensive when delayed. More complex treatments usually require more time for the procedure(s) and subsequent recovery. You will thank yourself later if you schedule as soon as you can!

3. You will be more comfortable! Whether you require restorative treatment or are looking for cosmetic treatment, getting it done will relieve pain and/or make you more comfortable with your smile. Nothing beats that!

Our dentists are proud to offer a wide range of treatments at Allen Dental Center and always make sure they do what is best for each patient. Treatment looks different depending on the patient’s smile goals and the urgency of addressing dental issues. So what does Allen Dental Center offer treatment-wise?

Here are a few of our treatment options:

  1. Wisdom teeth removal – Most people need to have their wisdom teeth removed. Generally, wisdom teeth do not have enough room to grow naturally without shifting your other adult teeth and causing issues with the alignment of your smile. Luckily, we can easily remove them and aid you in recovery.
  2. Extractions – A chronic toothache or infection in a tooth may require an extraction. This will improve the overall health of your mouth and keep the problem from worsening.
  3. Implants – If you have had one or multiple teeth extractions, dental implants are an excellent option for replacing these missing teeth.
  4. Fillings & root canals – Cavities and infections can be easily treated with our filling and root canal options! They both provide simple ways to restore and maintain your natural set of teeth.
  5. Crowns – If you want to prevent a weak, broken, or cracked tooth from breaking further, a crown is the best option! It will protect your tooth while giving it a natural look.

These are only some of the various treatments offered here at Allen Dental Center! If you want to learn more about dental procedures, read our blog. Remember, it is best to get your treatment taken care of as soon as possible to prevent further dental issues. If you need to schedule your treatment or have any questions for our staff, call us at (972) 727-3941.

All About Dental Implants

All About Dental Implants

At Allen Dental Center, years of practice have taught us that almost nothing can make a difference in one’s health, confidence, and overall quality of life as a healthy smile. Self-consciousness from missing or failing teeth can have a negative impact on your life. But we know there is a solution! We have witnessed countless individuals who once suffered from missing/failing teeth or ill-fitting dentures and are now enjoying all the foods they once loved that they thought were lost to them because they received dental implants. We have seen patients walk into our office feeling embarrassed by their smiles, only later to walk out beaming with the smile they’ve always wanted. Implants may be the solution you have been looking for, and we would love to help you to learn more.

About Dental Implants

There are many misconceptions about implants. Past experiences often cause anxiety about pain surrounding any procedure. We do our very best to make sure your experience is relaxing, comfortable, and as pain-free as possible from beginning to end. Many believe that getting dental implants will be a long-drawn-out process where they will go for weeks or even months without a fully functioning mouth.

However, in most full arch cases, you can be in and out of the office on the same day with implants and a temporary smile. After the implants are healed, you return and get your permanent teeth. Some patients may even be under the impression that they aren’t a good candidate for dental implants because of personal situations, including age or health. Dental implants are a good option for almost everyone!

So how will dental implants benefit their recipients? A dental implant acts just like a natural tooth root, maintaining complete stability of the attached tooth or teeth and stimulating the surrounding bone so that the bone retains its volume. Dental implants can last a lifetime when properly placed and with proper care. They are often the most conservative tooth replacement option and can be a better option than complex dental work to try and save a tooth where the tooth is already highly compromised. 

How do dental implants work?

They involve three parts. When performing the implant procedure, a titanium implant replaces the root portion of a missing natural tooth. On top of that is placed an implant abutment. A replacement tooth or crown, which looks and functions exactly like your natural tooth, is then set to finish the process. 

If you are considering dental implants, we have the perfect package for you! Allen Dental Center offers a free consultation package. You will receive:

  1. Dental Exam. Our only goal is to help you, in a friendly, non-judgmental environment, ensure your oral health is the best it can be.
  2. Cone Beam CT. This provides you with a comprehensive image of everything inside your mouth. Your comfort and ease are our highest priority. 
  3. An Expert Consultation. Based on the exam and imaging results, we’ll let you know what’s going on inside your mouth and if there are opportunities for improvement. 
  4. Personalized Treatment Plan. Finally, we will provide you with a comprehensive step-by-step plan of action with all the information you need to make the best decision for you and your smile. 

We hope this was helpful! If you have any questions, give us a call at (972) 727-3941.