At ABC Dental, we believe in comfortable dentistry. We treat each patient with the unique care and concern they deserve . By providing a comfortable environment, we are able to deliver worry-free treatment to all patients who walk through our doors. The wide array of services we offer lets us take care of most of your dental needs all in one location. To ensure a relaxing dental experience, our staff is equipped with the education and experience needed to deliver the very best treatment possible and our dentists are trained with the latest in industry technology.
Healthy teeth and proper jaw alignment are the foundation of good oral health. Braces work to improve dental health by aligning and straightening teeth, as crooked or crowded teeth are hard to clean and can result in gum disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss.
Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints. These can lead to chronic headaches and face or neck pain.
Whether removable or bonded directly to your teeth, metal, ceramic or plastic braces work by placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction to slowly move teeth into a corrected position.
ABC Dental is a “First Dental Home Provider”, seeing children as early as six months of age. We are registered by the Texas Department of Health Services to provide simple, consistent messages to parents/caregivers.
COMPREHENSIVE ORAL EXAM
A comprehensive oral exam is a thorough evaluation of your oral condition and physical well being. Our dentist will not only examine the condition of your teeth but also its surrounding structures, including your jaw and your bite to determine a need for braces.
We will then customize a treatment plan to best suit your needs. The dentist will list a priority of procedures required to build a healthy foundation for your smile. We will then help you achieve optimum oral health, step by step, according to those priorities.
The dentist at ABC will evaluate other physical conditions, as well. For example, it is important for the dentist to know your medical status and allergies to make decisions such as the type and quantity of anesthesia, antibiotics and pain medication that may be required. This will guide us to better structure your treatment. More importantly, several medical conditions may be first discovered by the state of the oral cavity or mouth.
Improving the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite
is referred to “cosmetic dentistry”. ABC Dental can perform a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures
in order to achieve beautiful results for your and family.
CROWNS & BRIDGES
A Crown is full-coverage tooth-restoration, which requires reinforcement after being treated with a root canal or a large filling where the tooth is weak and unable to withstand the chewing forces required in the mouth, thus creating the possibility of fracture.
You may be a good candidate for a bridge if you are missing any teeth, but are committed to maintaining good oral hygiene. If left unfilled, this space can cause the surrounding teeth to move, making teeth and gums more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease, leading to further tooth loss. A bridge is a good choice to fill this space in your mouth.
DENTURES OR PARTIALS
Removable Dentures is one of the alternatives in replacing missing teeth. When teeth are lost, gums and bone will slowly pull back or waste away in the area. This not only causes the adjacent teeth to shift, but the cheeks get “sucked in” causing the appearance of wrinkles.
Complete Dentures is restoration and replacement of all teeth where as the Partial Denture is the restoration for the replacement of one or more teeth. These are removable dentures meaning they can be removed and replaced at will. They must be cleaned regularly after every meal and must be removed at night to allow the gum tissues to breathe.
DIGITAL X-RAYS ( with reduced radiation)
Digital Radiography is a form of X-ray imaging, where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Advantages include time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. Also less radiation can be used to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional radiography.
EMERGENCY CARE / EXTRACTIONS
ABC Dental provides same-day services for individuals who are experiencing pain or discomfort. A dental extraction (also referred to as exodontia) is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to render the tooth non-restorable. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment.
Amalgam & Composite fillings each have their own particular advantages and disadvantages, and your dentist can help you decide which type of filling best meets your requirements.
Sometimes normal function is obstructed, i.e. such as limited movement of the tongue, which may affect speech during early development of the child and restricted smile of the upper lip.
A Frenectomy is simply the “clipping” of the attachment. There is release of the tissue and thus unrestricted movement of the upper lip with the labial frenum, and the tongue with the lingual frenum. The “clipping” of the side frenums, although rare, are done for allowing a better fit of dentures that may otherwise be dislodged or “fall out” easily.
GUM TREATMENT / PERIODONTAL THERAPY
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, results from a prolonged state of poor oral hygiene with accumulation of bacterial plaque. It starts with bacteria, or plaque, passing below the gum line causing redness, inflammation and bleeding of the gums, called gingivitis. Gum disease at the stage of gingivitis can still be reversed with the prophylaxis/ cleaning treatment. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress into periodontitis, which is the irreversible loss of bone. The bacteria invades deeper into the gums and enters the bone around the teeth and causes bone loss. This eventually results in loose teeth that will shift apart and can even fall out. The progressive stages of Periodontitis from gingivitis to mild, to moderate then to severe bone loss, determine the type of treatment required, starting with prohylaxis of the teeth at the early stage, to a deeper scaling and root planing at the later stage’s with even a surgical deep cleaning at the advanced stage.
A Mouthguard, also know as a night guard, sport guard, sleep guard and TMJ Splint,
is a protective device that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, arches, lips and gums.
These removable dental appliances are molded to fit the upper or lower arches of teeth, providing a protective cushion to help prevent temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), contact sports injuries, and clenching/grinding disorders.
ABC Dental performs many oral surgery services, to include the diagnosis, surgical & related treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the head, mouth, teeth, gums, jaws and neck.
PORCELAIN COSMETIC MAKEOVER
You may have heard of a smile makeover, but do you really understand all that ABC Dental’s amazing cosmetic dental procedures can do?
PRENATAL ORAL HEALTH
Proper dental health and control of oral disease can safeguard a mother’s health before and during pregnancy and reduces the transmission of bacteria from women to their children.
Due to the natural hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy, gums are more susceptible to swelling and inflammation. Because of this, bacteria can accumulate causing gum disease and further medical complications for both mother and baby. Periodontal disease increases the risk that bacteria will enter the bloodstream, causing potential infections in either mother or baby. Gum disease during pregnancy may be a risk factor for premature and underweight births, as well as preeclampsia. Ideally, women who are planning to get pregnant should visit their dentists and have any necessary work done before the pregnancy. During pregnancy, the best time to schedule your appointment with ABC Dental is during your 2nd trimester.
PROPHYLAXIS WITH FLUORIDE
Prophylaxis is a preventative measure to ensure the maintenance of optimum oral health and prevent the spread of disease.
Topical Fluoride is much like a shield for your teeth, protecting against acid produced by bacteria and sugar in the mouth. This acid causes cavities, or holes, in teeth enamel. This fluoride treatment reduces sensitivity, as well as strengthens the teeth, so the acid cannot easily penetrate the outer coating.
ENDODONTIC ( Root Canal)
The root canal is required when the bacteria invades the nerve within the nerve chamber of the tooth or the canal of the root. This procedure is recommended as the last resort in saving a tooth, which is either in severe pain, badly infected and/or has a large cavity or decay. The procedure itself is just the filling of the roots and is as painless as a filling in a tooth but is a longer procedure as the roots are below the gums and not easily accessible, requiring the aid of x-rays to guide the dentist as to the number and length of the roots to be filled as well as to determine the proper filling of the roots with a rubber material called Gutta Percha.
SCALING & ROOT PLANING
Commonly known as “Deep Cleaning”, Scaling and Root Planing does exactly that we scale off, or remove, the heavy tartar/calculus build up (which is hard and crusty accumulation of bacteria, toxins and micro-organisms). Root Planing is done to create a smooth surface, which makes the teeth more resistant to bacterial reattachment. Bacteria, in the form of plaque, attaches itself to teeth that have a rough surface (from being unbrushed). The plaque, if left unbrushed, accumulates and hardens around the gum line, especially on the inside of the teeth, to form tartar, or calculus, which then passes below the gums and invades the bone, causing periodontal disease.
At ABC Dental we believe in preventative care. The most effective form of defense against cavities on the top surface of the back teeth, the area most prone to decay, is the sealant. Sealants offer a physical barrier to help “seal out” the “sugar bugs” in kids under 18. It is a white protective coating that is painted into the “cracks” on the top of the back molars and premolars, and secured with a UV light.
If a baby tooth is lost before the permanent tooth is ready to erupt, the nearby teeth can move into the space where the primary tooth used to be, creating a lack of space in the jaw for the permanent teeth. There may not be enough room for the new tooth to come in correctly. If this crowding happens, it emerges lopsided or is not able to erupt at all. A space maintainer is placed to keep this space open for the permanent teeth and helps guide them into position. It’s a small metal device that is custom fitted to your child’s mouth, to be removed when the permanent tooth is in it’s proper place.
Veneers are permanently bonded to your natural teeth located in your “smile zone” to enhance their shape, color, length and/or size. Made of porcelain, veneers are a thin, semi-transparent tooth shaped “shell” that are custom made. Veneers are a procedure that will make teeth look completely natural by concealing damaged, stained and/or misshaped surfaces of your teeth.
If you feel your smile doesn’t have its optimum brightness and if you would like to improve its “sparkle”, ABC Dental will bring your smile to it’s fullest potential.
At ABC Dental, we offer both IN-OFFICE and TAKE-HOME bleaching options. The quickest way to a sparkling smile is our IN-OFFICE product that can whiten teeth in about an hour. For those that have more sensitive teeth, we recommend the TAKE-HOME method which can whiten the teeth gradually in the comfort of your own home.
Even though the average person has thirty-two teeth, sixteen on top and sixteen on the bottom, many people only have enough room for twenty-eight teeth. Since there is not enough room for these remaining teeth to erupt properly, they become “impacted” because they have no place to grow. They may grow in sideways (which can destroy your second molar), only partially come through the gum causing a bacteria trap resulting in infections or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone forming fluid filled sacs or tumors that destroy the jaw or teeth surrounding this area.