McKinney Dentist Blog

Posts for: January, 2016

By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
January 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Want a vibrant, brighter smile in just one hour? Now you can with professional whitening.

Whether your wedding is fast approaching or you have a job interview to go to, you want to make sure that you are ready for your big day. And a healthy, radiant smile will certainly go a long way to improving your appearance and your self-confidence. If you are dealing with teeth whiteningdull, stained or yellowing teeth then it’s time you consider getting teeth whitening from our McKinney dentist Dr. Kenneth Sharp.

If you are looking to get an effectively brighter smile you have two main options: in-office teeth whitening or at-home whitening. You may currently be weighing the pros and cons of each of these options to decide which one will give you the best results. While in-office whitening offers faster results, at-home whitening can give you the same great results just not as quickly.

So if you are looking to brighten your smile in just one hour before a special occasion or event then getting in-office whitening from your McKinney cosmetic dentist may be the best option. But if you can wait a few weeks to start seeing results and you are a little more budget conscious, then you may want to consider our at-home whitening system.

How Whitening Actually Gives You a Radiant Smile

When it comes to our in-office system there is no other whitening gel that contains as much peroxide as ours. Since we are trained to properly use this system and its contents you know that you will always get the most effective and strongest bleaching agents on the market. The concentration of the peroxide within the gel mixed with the amount of time the whitener remains on your teeth can give you a smile that’s up to 10 shades whiter.

Peroxide works by passing through the tooth and breaking down certain molecules to reduce and even eliminate stains in the enamel and dentin layers. While commercial whitening products that you can buy at your local grocery store or drugstore only contain about 0.1 percent hydrogen peroxide, our system contains anywhere from 25-35 percent hydrogen peroxide to get you the results you want fast.

Let Stonebridge Ranch Smiles in McKinney give you a dazzling smile that you can’t wait to show off. Schedule your first whitening session with us. You won’t be sorry!

By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
January 20, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   diabetes  

Today, dental implants are an increasingly popular option for replacing lost teeth — an issue faced by many older Americans. It’s not hard to see why these high-tech prosthetic teeth are preferred: They look, “feel” and function just like natural teeth… and with proper care they can last the rest of your life. Unfortunately, many people who could benefit from implants also face an additional health problem: diabetes, a metabolic disease that can affect many different parts of the body, sometimes severely.  Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to nerve and tissue damage, and may adversely impact your oral health. So if you have diabetes, does it mean you won’t be able to get dental implants? 

The short answer is no — but there are some considerations that diabetics (and their health care providers) need to keep in mind. For example, it has been demonstrated that wounds in diabetics tend to heal more slowly, and are more prone to infection than those in non-diabetics. Also, people with diabetes sometimes experience a chronic inflammatory response, which can eventually lead to tissue damage or other problems.

Because the placement of dental implants requires minor surgery, dentists and researchers have questioned whether people with diabetes are good candidates for implants. Now there’s encouraging news: Several recent studies have come to the conclusion that many diabetics can indeed undergo an implant procedure without undue risk.

One key consideration is how well an individual can control his or her blood glucose levels. Researchers have found that diabetics with good blood glucose control, those with poor glucose control, and non-diabetics all have similar implant success rates (above 95%). However, in diabetics with poor glucose control, more time may be needed for the jawbone to heal in the area where the implant procedure was done. That doesn’t by any means rule out the placement of a dental implant — but it does mean that special considerations apply to individuals in this situation.

So if you are considering an implant procedure but have trouble controlling your blood glucose levels, ask us how we can help. Just remember that in most cases, having diabetes doesn’t mean you won’t be able to enjoy the benefits of dental implants. If you have additional questions, contact us or schedule an appointment.

By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
January 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Via a recent Instagram post, pop diva Ariana Grande became the latest young celebrity to publicly acknowledge a dental milestone: having her wisdom teeth removed. The singer of hits such as “Break Free” and “Problem” posted an after-surgery picture of herself (wearing her signature cat-eye eyeliner), with a caption addressed to her teeth: “Peace out, final three wisdom teeth. It’s been real.”

With the post, Grande joined several other celebs (including Lily Allen, Paris Hilton and Emile Hirsch) who have shared their dental surgery experience with fans. Will "wisdom teeth removal" become a new trending topic on social media? We aren’t sure — but we can explain a bit about the procedure, and why many younger adults may need it.

Technically called the “third molars,” wisdom teeth usually begin to emerge from the gums between the ages of 17 and 25 — presumably, around the same time that a certain amount of wisdom emerges. Most people have four of these big molars, which are located all the way in the back of the mouth, on the left and right sides of the upper and lower jaws.

But when wisdom teeth begin to appear, there’s often a problem: Many people don’t have enough space in their jaws to accommodate them. When these molars lack sufficient space to fully erupt (emerge), they are said to be “impacted.” Impacted teeth can cause a number of serious problems: These may include pain, an increased potential for bacterial infections, periodontal disease, and even the formation of cysts (pockets of infection below the gum line), which can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.

In most cases, the best treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is extraction (removal) of the problem teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine, in-office procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia or “conscious sedation,” a type of anesthesia where the patient remains conscious (able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli), but is free from any pain or distress. Anti-anxiety medications may also be given, especially for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures.

So if you find you need your wisdom teeth extracted, don’t be afraid to “Break Free” like Ariana Grande did; whether you post the results on social media is entirely up to you. If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”