Patient Education

Stonebridge Ranch Smiles strives to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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The Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings
Natural, tooth colored fillings, also known as composite resin fillings, provide many benefits over the silver amalgam fillings that used to fill the mouths of many...

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
... Inlays and Onlays - Inlays and onlays are similar to composite resin fillings, except that rather than the composite material being placed into the tooth and then molded into place, a mold of the tooth is taken and the inlay or onlay is then created in a dental lab...

Benefits of Sealants from your McKinney Dentist
...Sealing the teeth helps prevent the agony of going to the dentist for frequent fillings...

Dental Office
... Facilities and Equipment Digital X-rays Intra Oral Photography Panoramic X-rays Latest technology in sterlization procedures CAESY® In Office Patient Education System Nitrous (Laughing) gas Tooth Colored Fillings Isolite® Isolation Techniques Opalescence® custom tray take home whitening system ZOOM® in-office Whitening System BOOST® in-office Whitening System Claim-X Electronic Claims Filing System Solution Reach® Patient Relationship Management Program Online Patient Education Library Online Appointment Requester Powerful Procedural Lighting Magnification Invisalign® certified provider Oral and inhalation conscious sedation for dental anxiety management  

Veneers
... Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth...

Teeth Whitening
...These products also are not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings (porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be more appropriate in this case)...

Dental Services
... Services we offer include: Bonding, to repair small chips or cracks Crowns & Bridgework, to replace large amounts of lost tooth structure and/or missing teeth Dental Implants, for the longest-lasting tooth replacement available today Fillings, to make your teeth strong and healthy again Oral Cancer Screenings, to detect disease at a curable stage Orthodontic Treatment, to move teeth into the right position Periodontal (Gum) Disease Therapy, to prevent tooth loss Porcelain Veneers, for repairing larger chips and cracks, and reshaping teeth Professional Teeth Cleanings, to maintain good oral health Removable Dentures, to help you smile again Root Canal Treatment, to save an infected tooth Sealants, to protect children's teeth from decay Teeth Whitening, to brighten a faded or discolored smile TMJ/TMD Treatment, for chronic jaw pain Tooth Extractions, when a tooth is hopelessly damaged or decayed Invisalign- A Clear alternative to traditional braces Emergency Dental Treatment Dental emergencies  If you have a life-threatening or severe injury, call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room...

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Teeth Whitening
... If you have other dental work — crowns, bridgework or fillings — it may be difficult to achieve a tint level that matches these restorations, especially at home...

Chrissy Teigen's Teeth-Grinding Troubles
...In time, teeth can become chipped, worn down — even loose! Any dental work on those teeth, such as fillings, bonded areas and crowns, may also be damaged, start to crumble or fall out...

No "Glee" in Tooth Grinding
...When the teeth are unconsciously ground together, the forces they produce can wear down the enamel, cause chipping or damage to teeth or dental work (such as veneers or fillings), or even loosen a tooth! While it’s common in children under 11 years old, in adults it can be a cause for concern...

One Dentist for Your Whole Family
... All the services you need Family dentists offer a variety of services that will benefit your family, including: Regular dental exams and cleanings Dental X-rays Tooth-colored fillings Crowns and bridges Inlays and onlays Nightguards Invisalign TMJ/TMD treatment Veneers Teeth whitening Bonding Sealants to protect your children's pre-molars and molars from tooth decay Diagnosis and treatment of gum disease Root canal therapy Dentures Dental implants (for any number of missing teeth) Family dentists offer excellent care in a friendly, relaxed setting...

Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
...While dental fillings can be made from different kinds of materials, our McKinney, TX, restorative dentist can provide a dental restoration that is as natural looking as possible so no one will ever know that you have a filling...

Bulimia Nervosa
...  Other problems, such as poorly fitting fillings and braces, are another byproduct of such eating disorders...

Plaque
...  Ironically, the areas surrounding restored portions of teeth (where fillings, or amalgams have been placed) are particularly vulnerable to decay and are a breeding ground for bacteria...

Periodontal Exams
... During your periodontal examination, your dentist will check: For any lumps or abnormal areas in the mouth Whether any of your teeth are missing or loose The color, texture, size and shape of your gums Whether you have fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures or implants How much plaque is on your teeth The depth of the space between your tooth and gum Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease that causes inflammation of the gums...

What is Tooth Decay?
... Plaque also can attack fillings and other restorations in your mouth, which can lead to more costly treatment down the road...

Extractions
General Procedure When restoration procedures such as root canal therapy, crowns, or fillings are not enough to save a tooth, it may need to be pulled, or extracted...

Old and Unsightly Fillings
Newer kinds of fillings made from composite resins and porcelain can restore unsightly fillings; many people are surprised how natural these kinds of filling materials can make a tooth once covered by the old-fashioned silver amalgams...

Introduction
Does mercury in the silver fillings in your mouth pose any long-term health risks...

General Dentistry
...General dentists are highly educated and trained in multiple facets of dentistry, providing a variety of different services for you and your family including: Crowns and bridges Dentures Dental implants Gum disease (Periodontal) treatment Orthodontics Root canal therapy Teeth cleanings Bonding Dental fillings General dentists who do not perform a certain treatment will provide you with a specialist referral...

Fillings
Frequently asked questions: dental fillings Are dental amalgams safe...

Anesthesia
...Such medications block the nerves from transmitting signals and are used for more major types of procedures, such as fillings and root canals...

Air Abrasion
...Although air abrasion is not suitable for work on crowns and bridges, it is often used for bonding procedures, and on tooth restorations involving composite, or tooth-colored fillings...

Glossary
... Composite filling - Tooth colored restorations, also known as resin fillings...