Common Questions Regarding Oral Health
Equipping patients to take control of their oral health in Plano, Texas.
We’ve compiled some helpful resources to help streamline your visits and contribute to your dental edification. Feel free to download our new patient forms prior to your visit and shave 15 minutes off of your appointment time. Explore our resources and articles for leisure reading on the latest dental enhancements. If you have any questions not covered in our “common questions” section, feel free to call our office and speak with a friendly human (not an indifferent recording).
- How can I safely whiten my teeth?
- How can you straighten my smile without using metal braces?
- What are my options to replace missing teeth?
- Does your office use lasers?
- What measures do you take to ensure patient comfort?
How can I safely whiten my teeth?
The ADA recommends dentist-supervised teeth whitening for safe, effective results. Dr. Dickson will be able to assess your soft-tissues and tooth enamel to determine the best type of whitening in your unique situation. He may recommend in-office bleaching with Zoom! or take-home teeth whitening. Our professional-strength whitening solution contains hydrogen peroxide, which gently removes stains without damaging tooth structure. Most whitening solutions also contain fluoride to help strengthen your tooth enamel. Call today and reserve your appointment to learn which option is right for you.
How can you straighten my smile without using metal braces?
Depending on your unique case, we may suggest porcelain veneers or Invisalign clear braces. Porcelain veneers offer patients flawless smiles in just two visits. Invisalign clear braces are the perfect solution for adults seeking a metal-free alternative to old-fashioned braces. At your consultation, Dr. Dickson will review your options and help you decide the best method of treatment to achieve your goals.
What are my options to replace missing teeth?
We offer bridgework, partials, full dentures, and dental implants to replace missing teeth. As the closest prosthetic to nature’s design, a dental implant offers the most long-lasting, comfortable, natural-looking choice. Schedule a consultation, so Dr. Dickson can assess your oral health and discuss your options for replacement teeth.
Does your office use lasers?
We use many kinds of lasers for precise, comfortable dentistry… DIAGNOdent is our cavity-detection laser. It will scan your teeth to find decay and areas prone to decay, and we will not have to inspect each of your teeth with a traditional dental hook.
Our soft-tissue laser allows us to treat gum disease, perform crown lengthening, harvest and place gum grafts, reduce gum tissue for esthetics, and do biopsies. You will need no stitches after laser surgery, and bleeding is minimal. Most patients recover more quickly after laser surgery than they do following traditional surgery.
What measures do you take to ensure patient comfort?
Our practice is dedicated to making your comfort and convenience a top priority. We are pleased to offer the following comfort measures for our patients:
- Aromatherapy to eliminate the smells typically associated with a dental office.
- HD TVs, music, and headphones to provide a pleasant distraction during your visit.
- Friendly, experienced staff to answer all your questions and assist with financing.
- Sedation dentistry (nitrous oxide and oral sedation) to alleviate fear and promote relaxation.
- State-of-the-art-technology to streamline dental visits and give you high-quality results.
Dr. Dickson and our staff take pride in giving patients a positive experience that’s rewarding on many levels. If there’s anything we can do to improve your comfort, please let us know.