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Make Your Smile Sparkle for the Holidays!

Make Your Smile Sparkle for the Holidays!

Few things will make you feel more confident than having a sparkling white smile, especially during the holiday season! Teeth whitening has been a popular cosmetic procedure over the years. It has become so popular that you can easily find at-home teeth whitening tips online. However, not all these tips are accurate or effective, and it is essential to distinguish which tips are which. We are here to help you! In this blog, we debunk common teeth whitening myths and provide you with ways to make your whitening experience as effective as possible. Let’s get your smile sparkling for the holidays!

Having a diverse mix of opinions is generally a positive thing. However, this is not always the case for factual information, such as how to most effectively whiten your teeth. There are many common misconceptions about teeth whitening, and here are just a few of the most prevalent: 

  • Whitening toothpaste works well. Many household name companies sell toothpaste that is advertised as a whitening product. There are two main reasons why you should not use whitening toothpaste as your primary brightening technique. The first is that the chemicals that whiten your teeth need to be in contact with them for an extended period to work, not just the couple minutes it takes you to brush your teeth. The second reason is self-explanatory: whitening toothpaste costs more than regular toothpaste!
  • Baking soda is an effective DIY whitening method. An extremely common way people try to whiten their teeth at home is by brushing them with baking soda. Many people don’t know that baking soda can mess with the balance of bacteria in your mouth. This can eventually lead to oral health issues.
  • At-Home Teeth whitening will remove all of your stains. Depending on what types of stains are on your teeth, this may not be true. Certain people are more prone to long-lasting stains on their teeth, such as smokers and coffee drinkers. In addition to this, our teeth tend to yellow as we get older, which will, in turn, make them more difficult to whiten.
  • Over-the-counter whitening options work just as well. While these options can make your teeth look a little brighter, they will not give you the same results as whitening with a professional will. Professional whitening is safe, effective, and worth the time and money!

You may now be remembering a time or two when you brushed with baking soda or used Crest Whitestrips and didn’t get the results you wanted. That is okay! We have all been there, and luckily there are safe, effective ways to get your smile to shine bright. While it may seem as if there aren’t any good alternatives to the debunked myths above, we have some encouraging ones to share with you!

  • You can whiten your teeth at home! Most dental offices, including ours, offer take-home whitening kits. These kits are much more effective than drugstore whitening options and just as easy to use! 
  • You cannot whiten an implant or crown. There are many ways around this! If you consider having your teeth whitened but are about to get an implant, try whitening them before the implant is put in. 
  • Professional whitening will last longer than over-the-counter options. This is one of the many reasons professional or dentist-approved take-home whitening treatments are the best options. You will get more for your money and your teeth will dazzle for even longer! 
  • Good oral hygiene will prolong the effects of my whitening treatment. Your results will last longer if you stay on top of your oral hygiene! This includes brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, and going to your dentist every six months for a routine cleaning! 

At Allen Dental Center, we want to provide you with all the information to help you make your oral health decisions as easy as possible. We hope this myth-busting session was able to do just that! If you’re interested in getting your teeth whitened, you’re in luck! We offer both in-office and take-home whitening options. You can call us today at (972) 727-3941 if you have any questions about our whitening options or would like to schedule an appointment. We want to give you a smile that will impress for the holiday season! Learn about dental implants.

Wisdom Teeth Recovery

Wisdom Teeth Recovery

Have you had your wisdom teeth removed? If you don’t know, “wisdom teeth” is another word for your farthest back molars. They usually will grow in during one’s teenage years, and many people do not have enough room in their mouth to accommodate their wisdom teeth. This is why the majority of young adults end up getting wisdom teeth removal surgery. Whether you still need to get your wisdom teeth removed or have someone close to you who is planning to do so, we are excited to share a few tips on optimizing your recovery process.

  • Take your recovery seriously when you get home. It is essential to take precautions when you get home from your surgery to avoid infections and other issues. Rinsing with salt water to keep the surgery wounds clean and free of bacteria is one of the most simple and effective things you can do regularly. Make sure you don’t forcefully spit the saltwater when finished, but let it gently fall from your mouth. Your mouth will have some blood in it right after the surgery, so make sure to gently clean the wounds with gauze or a cotton ball after rinsing. It is also integral to avoid dislodging your stitches. This can disrupt the healing process and lead to dry sockets, which are painful and can lead to a prolonged recovery process. Make sure to be gentle with yourself!
  • Manage the pain carefully. There is a high chance that you will have some pain and swelling in the days immediately following your surgery. One of the best ways to manage this is by using an ice pack. Make sure to ask your dentist about how often you should be using an ice pack. In addition to this, it is important to not directly place ice on your face, as this can lead to an ice burn. Pain medication is another way to help your recovery along. Your dentist will be able to guide you in whether you need to be taking over-the-counter or prescription medications. You may also be advised to take antibiotics. Antibiotics will help protect your mouth from infection as the wounds heal.
  • Think about what you are eating. Finding the right foods to aid your recovery can help immensely. You may not have a considerable appetite directly after surgery, and your mouth will most likely be sore. The best foods to consume while recovering are those that won’t require much chewing and will be safe for your stitches. Soft smoothies, apple sauce, soup, pudding, cottage cheese, and mashed potatoes are tasty and safe! You should also avoid foods that are too hot or could potentially get stuck in the surgery site. It is also essential to avoid drinking from a straw, as slurping too aggressively may compromise your stitches or the blood clot that protects the wound. The more careful you are with what you eat after your surgery, the sooner you’ll be able to re-introduce your usual favorite foods into your diet!

While getting your wisdom teeth extracted is a very common procedure, it still needs to be taken seriously. Keeping the surgery wounds clean, proactively managing your pain, and thinking about what you are eating are three ways to help make your recovery as smooth as possible! Make sure you follow the recommendations your dentist gives you regarding recovery. If you or someone you know has questions about wisdom teeth removal and recovery, feel free to call us today at (972) 727-3941Read about dental implants.

Use it or Lose it

Use it or Lose it

The beginning of the school year has passed, the holidays are close, and the end of 2021 will be here before we know it! There is so much excitement packed into the last three months of the year that we often forget to go back to basics, including staying on top of our oral health. We understand that you are busy, and dental care may not be at the top of your to-do list. However, you only have a few months left to use your dental benefits before they expire! It is essential to utilize your benefits while you can because many plans do not allow benefits to roll over into the next calendar year. We have decided to give you three easy ways to use your remaining benefits to make things easier for you. It’s time to use it or lose it!

  1. Hygiene. When was the last time you came in to get your teeth cleaned? If it’s been six months or more, you are due for a visit with your hygienist. Getting your teeth cleaned twice per year is an integral part of keeping your teeth healthy. Your hygienist will remove any buildup of plaque or tartar that can lead to more troublesome dental problems down the line if not taken care of. In addition to this, your smile will feel fresh and new. If you have remaining dental benefits and haven’t been in for a cleaning in six months or more, what are you waiting for? You can schedule with us and use those benefits before you lose them!
  2. Unscheduled treatment. Another way you can use your remaining benefits is by finally scheduling that pesky treatment you have been putting off. We know that diagnosed treatment can be intimidating, especially if you have never had a serious dental procedure done before. We promise you won’t regret it! Whether it be crowns, getting a cavity fixed, an extraction, or any other number of treatments, we promise getting it scheduled before the end of the year is a good idea. Not only will this solve any pain or discomfort you are having faster, but it will also save you money in the long run. If you continue to put off treatment, you may need additional treatment in the future. I think you know what this means. Schedule your treatment so you can use your benefits before you lose them!
  3. Big procedures. Are you the type of person who has always wanted to upgrade your smile but hasn’t known where to start? You’re in luck! Now is the perfect time to get started with Invisalign or even give yourself a full smile restoration with dental implants! Do you want to know what the best part of this is? You will be able to use your remaining dental benefits to cover the costs. Now is the time to take the leap you’ve always wanted to take and schedule your smile transformation. It’s never too late, and you will be able to…you guessed it, use your benefits before you lose them!

Whether you need to schedule a hygiene appointment, have unscheduled dental treatment, or even want to treat yourself to a smile upgrade, it is a perfect time to do so! Plus, we would love to see you here at Allen Dental Center. Call us today at (972) 727-3941 to book an appointment or schedule treatment before your benefits run out for the year. The clock is ticking, which means it’s time to use it or lose it! Click here to learn more about dental implants.
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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment

Are you thinking about whether you want to sign up for dental insurance through an employer or switch from your current plan? Open enrollment season is officially here, and we want to help you find the right dental benefits plan for you and your family. We offer a Membership Plan that is simple and comprehensive. It is subscription-based and covers all your preventative care while giving you discounts on other procedures. Unlike dental insurance, there are no waiting periods, approval processes, deductibles, annual maximums, or other insurance hassles. Best of all, you can sign up in as little as 5 minutes, and your benefits start immediately!

 

At Allen Dental Center, your oral health is our top priority. We understand that dental work can be expensive and insurance companies are frustrating to deal with. That is why we offer our Membership Plan! Our plan is straightforward, affordable, and offered directly through our office. 

 

We offer three different plans: Child Complete, Adult Complete, and Perio. By signing up for one of these plans, you will be able to save up to $395 per year on dental work! Our plans include:

 

Child Complete ($20/mo. or $240/yr.):

– 2 professional cleanings

– 2 regular exams

– 1 fluoride treatment

– Routine x-rays

– 1 emergency exam

 

Adult Complete ($29/mo. or $348/yr.):

– 2 professional cleanings

– 2 regular exams

– 2 oral screenings

– Routine x-rays

– 1 emergency exam

 

Perio ($41/mo. or $492/yr.):

– 3 perio maintenance procedures & checkups

– 2 regular exams

– 2 oral screenings

– Routine x-rays

– 1 emergency exam

 

In addition to this, all three of our plans include up to 10-20% off all other procedures completed at our practice and a 5% subscription discount for additional family members.

 

Now is the perfect time to sign up. If you are interested or would like to receive more information, you can visit this link or call us at (972) 727-3941.

 

Not only do we offer a Membership Plan to our individual patients, but we also offer a plan for local businesses. If you are a business owner or an employee of a business looking to offer dental insurance benefits to your employees, our Employer Plan is a great option! 

 

We are a local business and care deeply about other local businesses. We can help to ensure your business attracts and retains the employees to make it even more successful than it already is. Surveys of US workers report that 88% of job seekers indicate that dental benefits are a key factor in their job choice. Furthermore, 2 out of 3 employees consider dental benefits to be a very or extremely important part of their compensation package. It is safe to say that the better benefits your company offers, the better employees it will attract.

 

We are excited to tell you about our Employer Membership Plan, a dental benefits package revolutionizing what it means to offer dental benefits. Our Employer Plan is unique because:

 

  1. It is affordable
  2. No deductibles
  3. No waiting periods
  4. No annual maximums
  5. No pre-approvals
  6. No paperwork
  7. Simple online sign-up and management

 

This may sound too good to be true, but we promise it’s not. Our Employer Plan is a much better option than traditional insurance because it is provided directly to your company, eliminating the unnecessary costs, hassles, and limitations of 3rd party insurance. As an employer, you can contribute whatever you would like, from $0 to the full subscription price per employee. Company enrollment is fast and simple and plan management is easily accessible through the employer portal. If you’re looking to adopt a straightforward dental coverage plan for your company, look no further. Our Employer Plan is the one for you. If you are interested or would like to learn more, you can reach us at (972) 727-3941.

 

Now is the perfect time of year to sign up for new dental benefits or start a new plan for your company. We promise our plans won’t disappoint and want to do everything we can to provide you with the best, most affordable dental care on the market. Read more about dental implants.

 

September is Teeth-safe Food Month

September is Teeth-safe Food Month

September is Teeth-safe Food Month! Food is one of the most significant parts of our lives and affects our health in countless ways. Your oral health is no exception! Knowing which foods are good and which are destructive for your teeth is critical to keeping your smile healthy and bright. 

 

Cavities, one of the most well-known dental problems, can be directly related to what we eat. One of the most common causes of cavities is refined sugar consumption. Refined sugar is broken down by bacteria and turned into acid, which in turn dissolves the tooth enamel. Because of this, the frequency of sugar consumption is actually more detrimental to your oral health than the amount of sugar you consume in one sitting. So what are some of the best ways to still enjoy your favorite sugary treats while keeping your teeth safe?

 

  • Avoid having sugar in your mouth for an extended time. Some examples of this are soda and candies you suck on, such as lollipops. If you want to enjoy a sugary snack, a quick dessert like a piece of cake or pie is much better. When you are eating something quickly, the saliva in your mouth will be hard at work washing the debris away. 
  • Eat sweets at a time you know you will brush soon afterward. Most people will brush their teeth pretty soon after eating a meal. Therefore, this is one of the best times to consume a sweet treat. If you’re snacking on sweets at a random time during the day, you are less likely to brush until later, and the sugar will have more time to sit on your teeth and will be more likely to damage them.
  • If you want to snack, find substitutes! Many delicious snacks are much better for your teeth than candy and sweets but can still satisfy your cravings for something tasty! Try snacking on berries or yogurt – they are both sweet and good for your teeth!

 

Having a healthy, balanced diet is very important to your oral health. Not only will the right foods keep your teeth safe, but they will also keep your gums and bones in top shape. Finding foods you enjoy that are also rich in vitamins is essential. Luckily, this is not difficult to do! Foods containing vitamin C, vitamin B12, folic acid, and calcium are some of the best options for strong teeth and healthy gums. Here are some of our favorites…

 

  • Citrus. Whether you prefer fresh-squeezed orange juice or peeling and eating a clementine, citrus is delicious, rich in vitamin C, and perfect for keeping your soft mouth tissue healthy.
  • Dark green leafy vegetables. When people think of calcium, they usually think of milk. However, certain leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and collard greens are chock full of calcium and will keep your teeth strong. 
  • Meat. Meats such as chicken and fish are versatile and delicious. You can’t go wrong with either because there are so many ways to cook and season them! In addition to this, they contain vitamin B12, which is great for keeping your gums healthy.
  • Beans, seeds, and nuts. These three foods have endless uses and can enhance many meals. They also contain folic acid, which will strengthen the supporting soft tissue in your mouth.
  • Dairy. Saving the best for last! Dairy products such as cheese, milk, and yogurt will kill two birds with one stone. They contain both calcium and vitamin B12, which are beneficial to the health of your gums and teeth!

 

Food allergies are common, especially when it comes to things like nuts and dairy. Fortunately, though, the foods listed above are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to food that enhances oral health. You have endless options and will never get bored! Making sure you eat a variety of foods with the above vitamins and minerals will heighten your oral health and increase your general well-being. We can give you plenty of tips on our blog, but it’s always better to come to see us in person! Give us a call today at (972) 727-3941 to schedule an appointment! Learn about what dental implants can do for you.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea in Allen, Texas

Allen Dental Center provides treatment for excessive snoring and sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy – a non-invasive and comfortable treatment option. Excessive snoring can affect the quality of one’s rest and those around them while sleep apnea is a condition that causes pauses in breathing during sleep. Since we sleep for about one-third of our lives, it is important to strive for quality rest that revives our bodies and minds.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea and Excessive Snoring

Since snoring and sleep apnea occur when we are at rest, they often go unnoticed until someone else points out the symptoms. Some symptoms you may notice include waking up with dry mouth, headaches, and feeling tired even after a full night of sleep.

Sleep Apnea and Health

Research shows strong correlations between sleep apnea and other health issues – especially issues related to sleep deprivation. Long-term sleep deprivation can cause chronic fatigue, memory loss, impaired motor function, depression, and irritability. Studies have also shown that erratic breathing patterns caused by sleep apnea can weaken the heart and negatively affect the pulmonary system.

Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea

Certain factors can put a person at increased risk for sleep apnea. Those who are overweight are likely to develop bulky throat tissue that can block the airway when one lies down to sleep. Patients who drink alcoholic beverages before bed or take medications that cause sedating or drowsy effects can also cause soft oral tissue to relax into the throat and block airways. Other contributors to sleep apnea can include developmental abnormalities at the back of the mouth, smoking, and a family history of sleep apnea.

Treatment Options

There are a few treatment options available for sleep apnea. If sleep apnea is detected, we will recommend the use of a custom oral appliance, which is the most comfortable and conservative treatment option. If this treatment is ineffective, we can refer patients to specialists for further evaluation.

Dentures

Dentures

Dentures in Allen, Texas

When adults lose teeth, it can be devastating. The effects of tooth loss can be profound. It makes eating and speaking very cumbersome and greatly affects a person’s self-confidence and appearance. Many edentulous patients become socially isolated and depressed because tooth loss affects their ability to feel content with their appearance. Fortunately, our practice offers custom-made dentures as an option for restoring one’s smile and oral function.

Custom Dentures

Today’s dentures are lifelike and durable. By replacing the visible structure of teeth, a denture provides a surface for chewing food as well as a natural-looking method for improving the appearance of a smile affected by tooth loss. It is essential that dentures are custom-made so that they fit comfortably in the mouth and function as close to natural teeth as possible.

The fabrication process for creating dentures is intricate. It begins with taking very precise molds of a patient’s mouth as well as pictures. This will allow our team to specify the unique measurements needed to create one’s new set of teeth. Once the specifications are determined, they are sent to a dental laboratory so that technicians can begin to create them. Dentures are made from high-quality materials such as porcelain and acrylics. The bases of dentures are tinted to match the color of periodontal tissue so that they blend seamlessly into the gums when worn.

There are two types of dentures, full and partial. Full dentures replace a complete arch of teeth. Those who have suffered from total tooth loss will require two full dentures to replace teeth missing in the upper and lower jaws. Partial dentures, on the other hand, are made to replace missing teeth in between or adjacent to biological teeth. Unlike full dentures, partials will clasp to the backs of teeth to stay in place.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Another alternative is dentures supported by dental implants. Traditional dentures lay on top of the gums where the curved shape of the jawbone supports them. Sometimes, patients might resort to using sticky adhesives to keep them in place – especially as the jaw begins to atrophy since the roots of teeth no longer stimulate it. Implants are titanium structures that are embedded in the jawbone. They feature abutments that protrude slightly through the gums where dentures will be attached. A series of dental implants will be embedded throughout the jaw so that the weight and pressure exerted upon dentures are evenly distributed. By anchoring dentures to implants, oral function is increased because the possibility of denture movement is eliminated. Learn about dental implants.

Sedation

Sedation

Sedation Dentistry in Allen, Texas

Sedation dentistry is useful to those receiving treatment that is surgical or invasive in nature. It is also beneficial to those who suffer from dental phobias and anxiety. Our practice strives to provide a worry-free and relaxing environment for all of our patients – no matter the type of treatment they require. Dental phobias and fears can become so severe that they prevent patients from receiving the oral healthcare they need and deserve. Our practice takes a compassionate approach to handling issues with anxiety. With sedation, we can maximize comfort and help our guests establish positive associations with treatment.

Types of Sedation

A few types of sedation are commonplace in a dental practice. The first is laughing gas. This gas has been used for longer than a century in medical settings. It works as a fast-acting yet mild anesthetic. Laughing gas is administered through the nose via a soft mask, and it produces a calming effect. While laughing gas is effective at relieving mild anxiety, its effects do wear off quickly, which allows our patients to drive home after treatment.

Another option for more complex and lengthy treatment is IV sedation. Administered by an anesthesiologist, this form of sedation is beneficial when stillness during treatment is required so that our doctor can work without obstruction. IV sedation allows our guests to rest comfortably during their procedure. Those receiving sedatives intravenously must also arrange for transportation to and from our office since the medications used will impair motor function.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

An obvious benefit of sedation is an increase in comfort during treatment for those with anxiety and for those requiring more invasive procedures. In addition to promoting a worry-free experience, sedation can help those who suffer from phobias develop familiarity and comfort in our practice while receiving the care they require in a safe and compassionate environment

To learn more about our comfort amenities and whether dental sedation is right for you, call (972) 727-3941 to speak with a member of our staff. Visit this page for more about dental implants.

Crown Bridges

Crown Bridges

Crowns and Bridges in Allen, Texas

Crowns and bridges are two types of restoration treatments that are provided when teeth are lost or severely damaged. These treatments are very helpful for recovering both the look of one’s smile and the overall functionality of their teeth. We take great pride in our crowns and bridges at Allen Dental Center, as we know the huge difference that they can make for our patients who need them. After treatment, the patient will be able to once again use their teeth normally, and their smile will be restored. This can mean the difference between having to hide one’s smile and being able to proudly show it off to others.

The reason crowns and bridges are so effective is because they are custom-made restorations that are modeled after the patient’s existing teeth. The sheer detail and care that we put into our crowns and bridges allow these restorations to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the patient’s teeth. And since we only use the finest porcelain in our crowns and bridges, we can promise outstanding performance.

Any patient who receives a crown or bridge from Allen Dental Center will make at least two visits. Since these are customized restorations, the patient will need to make an initial visit where we take impressions of their teeth. These impressions will be forwarded to a dental laboratory so that the crown or bridge can be built. Once the custom restoration is ready, the patient will need to return for a follow-up visit to have it applied.

Crowns

A dental crown can either replace a lost tooth or restore and protect a tooth with severe damage. Crowns are also used with dental bridges to provide support and strength. When a crown is restoring an existing tooth, it will “cap” the structure and prevents fractures and breakages. In that case, the original base of the tooth serves as the foundation. If the tooth has been lost entirely, then a dental implant will be needed to support the crown. The dental implant will be surgically placed in the jawbone, and it will serve as the roots of the new tooth. Once the procedure is complete, the crown will function and appear just like a natural tooth.

Bridges

Bridges are often used when a patient needs to replace multiple teeth in a row. A bridge is comprised of bridging teeth in the center and a supporting crown on each end. The replacement teeth in the center of the restoration will “bridge” the gap that was created when the original teeth were lost. The crowns on the ends are referred to as “abutments,” and they provide support for the structure. Dental implants can also be used to provide support for a bridge. Each component is custom-designed so that the bridge appears natural.

Recover the appearance and function of your teeth with a crown or bridge from Allen Dental Center. Please call us at (972) 727-3941 to schedule an appointment. Read about dental implants.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Dental Implants in Allen, Texas

In recent years, dental implants have become one of the most popular solutions for replacing lost teeth. Dental implants are lifelike and durable, and with proper care, they can last for a lifetime.

How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants work by replacing the missing root structure of teeth. To accomplish this, a titanium post is embedded into the jawbone where it will become stable as natural bone begins to fuse to it. Once the stabilization process is complete, a restoration like a dental crown or bridge can be attached to complete the tooth replacement process. Titanium is used because it is a metal that is biocompatible with the body. Allowing for osseointegration, the process by which bone fuses to titanium elements, an implant can effectively replace a missing root structure to support for custom prosthetics.

Restorations and Dental Implants

A single dental implant can hold a crown or a bridge. These restorations can be constructed from different types of materials including porcelain for a natural appearance and metal alloys like gold or silver for durability and affordability. If restorations become loose or broken, they can be replaced.

Mini Dental Implants

Those requiring multiple tooth replacements or those whose dentures fit poorly can benefit from mini implants. These implants are smaller in diameter than the implants used for single tooth restoration. Mini implants are ideal for patients who have bone loss due to long-term tooth loss, and they can be placed in a one-day, minimally invasive procedure.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants present unique benefits to patients suffering from tooth loss. The process of bone fusing to titanium (osseointegration) helps preserve bone tissue by preventing its deterioration, a problem that commonly affects those with tooth loss. Implants are so durable that once they are stable, they can completely restore oral function and appearance. Those who have dental implants can eat a balanced diet with comfort and confidence. Lastly, since the loss of a tooth’s root is addressed with implants, patients can enjoy a very low maintenance restoration. Implants are cleaned the same way that natural teeth are.

To learn more about your tooth replacement options, or to determine if dental implants are right for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our team. At your appointment, we will perform an examination to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure and answer questions or concerns that you might have. Call (972) 727-3941 today to book an appointment.