Prevention is a crucial cornerstone of dental care, and it's one we're happy to uphold with the help of our general care in Red Oak and Arlington, TX. After all, isn’t it easier to effectively treat problems when they’re still small or even nonexistent instead of after they’ve caused damage? Giving you a happy smile is our top priority at Allheart Dental, and these treatment options will establish a strong foundation for oral health and beauty that you can maintain for years to come.
Our available general dentistry services include:
Just like you see a doctor regularly for physical exams, attending a general oral exam every six months is also very important when it comes to keeping both your smile and your overall body healthy. Our team at Allheart Dental can thoroughly inspect both your teeth and gums, keeping an eye out for signs of gum disease, oral cancer, and several other conditions that could become serious if left untreated for too long. During this time (and with the help of X-rays), we can also decide whether you may need further treatment to combat decay or damage, such as fillings, crowns, root canals, orthodontics, and more. You’ll always be kept perfectly comfortable during your appointment, and we’ll take the time to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the exam.
Allheart Dental Plan will make your treatment more affordable with 30-50% off all our dental services, from cleanings and fillings to cosmetic procedures and crowns! One low annual fee covers everyone in the family for an entire year!
It is strongly recommended that patients receive professional dental cleanings every six months in addition to an oral exam. Our Red Oak, TX dental care team is happy to perform a gentle cleaning that will keep you healthy and add confidence to your smile.
Over time, plaque and tartar can form on the surface of teeth and become difficult to remove through regular brushing and flossing, and this is where our skilled team comes in. The process is virtually painless, and you’ll be sure to leave our office with a smile that feels refreshed and looks nicely polished.
While most people need regular cleanings, some might require extra care, i.e. gum infection therapy (scaling and root planing). This condition may be caused by age, hereditary factors, or poor oral hygiene. However, our dentists at Allheart Dental believe that through regular check-ups and cleanings most people can prevent Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease) simply by maintaining good oral hygiene.
Fillings are one of the most common dental procedures; after all, approximately 92% of adults from the ages of 20 to 64 have experienced a cavity, with only 23% of those cavities going untreated. Cavities happen to almost everyone as a result of some degree of dental hygiene neglect.
Our experienced dental care providers at Allheart Dental know how to quickly, easily, and comfortably remove decay from a tooth before it progresses to the point of needing a crown or root canal and fill it with tooth-colored material (composite resin) that gives you back a completely natural look.
Some valuable advantages of choosing tooth-colored restorations include:
When a filling just isn’t enough to combat dental decay or damage, crowns (also called “caps”) become the ideal solution for restoring much-needed structure to your smile. Our Red Oak, TX dentists at Allheart Dental can use these lifelike, customized restorations to successfully repair your tooth to their appropriate size, shape, and strength in a number of situations:
Crowns are also a crucial tool when it comes to receiving a dental bridge, which is a common tooth replacement option for patients missing one or more teeth. A bridge consists of crowns placed on either side of the missing tooth to connect the replacement tooth or teeth to them.
Crowns and bridges can be made entirely of tooth-colored material (porcelain), metal, or a combination of both in order to provide optimal aesthetics. After receiving crown and bridge treatment, patients are able to chew more effectively, speak more confidently, and enjoy a beautiful, full smile again!
Whenever possible, our dental providers will save your natural tooth by making it healthy and attractive. But sometimes, conditions in the mouth make this difficult. When a tooth has become severely damaged, decayed, or loose, tooth removal may be the only option left for preserving the health of the rest of your smile and preventing more serious complications like infection or pain.
Our Allheart Dental team here in Red Oak, TX has plenty of experience handling this process, and we'll do whatever we can to make your experience as quick and comfortable as possible. Self-dissolvable sutures may be used to facilitate the healing process, and our dedicated team members will be sure to provide you with instructions for how to handle yourself immediately following the procedure, as well as any pain medication or antibiotics you may need.
Post-Extraction Home Care
Immediately following your extraction procedure, we will ask you to bite on a gauze pad for around 30-45 minutes. This is so a blood clot can form over the affected area, which begins the healing process. If this time passes and bleeding still has not stopped, replace the gauze and bite on the material for another 30 minutes. This may need to be repeated several times. After the clot has successfully formed, please do not suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol, or brush the teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. In addition, refrain from exercise for 24 hours, as this could increase blood pressure and cause unnecessary bleeding.
Patients usually experience some pain and swelling following an extraction. This should subside after 48 hours. In the meantime, an ice pack can be applied to relieve discomfort, and pain medication is also allowed. You can drink fluid and eat soft food on the day of the extraction once you feel comfortable enough to. If heavy bleeding or severe pain continues after 2-3 days have passed, please contact our office.
While in the past, silver (amalgam) fillings were typically a common staple of general dental care, composite resin (tooth-colored) fillings have been rising rapidly as the more ideal solution when it comes to treating cavities due to their esthetically pleasing appearance and more durable nature. This has led to many patients with aged amalgam fillings wanting to replace them.
Although our dental providers at Allheart Dental do not recommend unnecessarily replacing amalgam fillings in good condition, it's important to understand that failing amalgam restorations will cause recurrent tooth decay or even tooth fractures. We welcome you to come in for a consultation, during which we'll perform an evaluation and determine whether amalgam filling replacement would be beneficial to your unique situation.
We're happy to serve patients from Red Oak, Lancaster, Ovilla, Glenn Heights, Desoto, Waxahachie, Ferris, Arlington, Grand Prairie, or the Dallas and Fort Worth Metroplex and beyond. To learn more about our available dentistry services, call us at (972) 672-0896 or complete our online scheduling form today!