When is the best time for Wisdom Teeth Removal?

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Summer is a fun time for vacations, relaxing around Allen, and good ol’ Texas backyard barbecues – but did you know that it’s also Dr, Koelker’s recommended time to have your wisdom teeth removed? It’s true – summer is an optimal time for wisdom teeth removal because the more relaxed schedule allows for a full recovery and ample rest without missing school, work, or juggling other activities.

Wisdom teeth are also known as third molars, and are located at the very back of the mouth. We recommend early evaluation of emerging wisdom teeth – ideally between ages 16 – 19 years of age, since recovery for high school and college age kids is significantly less than for adults.  Also, wisdom teeth which are removed early have less developed roots and lead to fewer complications. If your teen hasn’t had a wisdom teeth evaluation, it is highly recommended!

The evaluation consists of a simple x-ray to see the presence and alignment of wisdom teeth. Though it’s not exactly something they look forward to, we always tell kids that their parents love them because they are having wisdom teeth removed now and not leaving them to cause problems as an adult! 

COMMON REASONS TO HAVE YOUR WISDOM TEETH REMOVED

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The most common factors leading to removal of wisdom teeth are impacted molars, teeth that emerge at an odd angle, or not enough room in the mouth for the third molars or wisdom teeth. Each situation can result in painful and possibly dangerous consequences, such as teeth trapped in the jawbone or pressing against your other teeth.

BENEFITS OF WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL

There are many other advantages to early extraction of wisdom teeth, such as:

BONUS - you can ease extraction pain with a cool Summer treat!

BONUS - you can ease extraction pain with a cool Summer treat!

  • Easier and faster recovery

  • Lower chance of related complications

  • Less chance of infection and inflammation that can spread to other teeth

  • Prevents painful crowding of other teeth due to lack of space

  • Easier and more effective oral hygiene. Due to their location, wisdom teeth can be tough to keep clean

  • Avoid cysts and/or tumors associated with impacted wisdom teeth, and the extensive procedures needed to remove them

  • Decreased chance of gum disease, inflammation, receding gum tissues, deterioration of the jawbone and tooth loss

  • Peace of mind and a healthy smile!! 

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We are here to answer all your questions, and will let you know what to expect before, during and after surgery.  We do everything we can to make the patient as comfortable as possible including IV sedation! You do not need a referral for wisdom teeth removal. Call now to book your evaluation for summer wisdom teeth removal!

- The Dentist of Allen

NEW TEETH IN A DAY?

All-on-4™ dental implants are a breakthrough in the field of fixed oral rehabilitation!

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The procedure quite literally makes it possible for patients who have lost some, most, or all of their teeth, to get a brand new set of teeth that are fixed, non-removable, immediately functional and natural-looking.

But, what really makes the All-on-4™ such a revolutionary tooth replacement technique is that it can achieve all this in as little as a single surgery of a few hours only.

Dr. Bishop, Dr. Kim, and Dr. Koelker all recommend this protocol for its many benefits over traditional dental implant techniques and tooth replacement technologies, such as dentures. But at the core of it all, they recommend the “All-on-4” because it gives their patients a much better quality of life and a more confident and beautiful smile; something removable dentures simply cannot do.

Let’s take a closer look at this incredible dental implant protocol available at our practice in Allen, Texas!

What Is “All-On-4™″?

The “All on 4™″ is a dental implant technique for fixed oral rehabilitation. It is generally recommended to patients who either have already lost all of their original adult teeth or are about to. In other words, if you wear removable partial or full dentures, you could be a candidate for All-on-4™ dental implants.

The concept behind this procedure is very simple. The dentist removes all of your old and failing teeth while you are under sedation. He then inserts four titanium dental implants into the upper and/or lower jaw, depending on whether you need only one arch or both dental arches replaced. Through the precise positioning and careful angulation of these dental implants, our skilled doctors can:

  • Avoid damaging vital oral structures, such as the nerve canal in the lower jaw and sinus cavity in the upper jaw.

  • Provide great support for a prosthetic dental bridge that is custom created by our office to comfortably fit the natural contours of your jaw.

  • Avoid the need for bone grafting surgery, which is frequently required to augment the bone volume in patients who have been wearing dentures for many years and have, as a result, suffered hard tissue atrophy.

By eliminating the need for bone grafting surgery, the “All-on-4” not only provides patients with a very direct route to oral rehabilitation – one that takes a single day instead of up to 18 months – but it also saves them tens of thousands of dollars on medical bills!

The Benefits Of “All-On-4™″ Implants Over Traditional Implant Techniques

Compared to traditional dental implant techniques, the “All-on-4™″:

  • Only requires four implants per jaw (as opposed 6, 8 or even 10 per jaw)

  • Only requires a single surgery (older implant protocols required several)

  • Typically avoids the need for bone grafting surgery

  • Has a much higher success rate

  • Can be completed in as little as a single day,

  • Saves patients tens of thousands of dollars on oral rehabilitation.

The Benefits Of “All-On-4™″ Implants Over Removable Dentures

There is little comparison to be made between having fixed, non-removable teeth and dentures, which is why our doctors always recommend the “All-on-4™″ to their edentulous and near-edentulous patients. With this advanced technique for fixed oral rehabilitation, you need never worry about:

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  • Your teeth slipping around or falling out,

  • What to eat – with the “All-on-4™″ you can eat what you want

  • Gagging and taste impediment due to bulky dentures

  • Sore and sensitive gums

  • The need to buy anesthetic gels, soaking solutions, messy adhesives and other denture products

  • Unnatural, aged smile aesthetics

All-on-4™ dental implants typically provide a one time and long term solution to rampant tooth loss caused by periodontal (gum) disease. They look, function and feel like natural teeth and support the health of the underlying jaw bone.

New Teeth In One Day With “All-On-4™” Dental Implants

The good news is that here at The Dentist of Allen, we offer the latest and most cutting-edge dental implant treatment that can literally give patients new teeth in one day! With only a single procedure, you can leave behind every struggle, challenge and discomfort you ever experienced with traditional removable dentures or partials and remember what it feels again to have a permanent set of teeth again.

Teeth which you can:

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  • Eat all your favorite foods

  • Speak without worrying about shifting teeth

  • Articulate your words clearly

  • Bite down comfortably

  • Smile with full confidence

  • Clean like natural teeth

  • Go to sleep with your teeth in your mouth!

The procedure that makes all of this possible and more is the “All-on-4™” dental implant technique and it has, to date, changed the lives of tens of thousands of previously edentulous (toothless) and near-edentulous patients around the world. Through the ingenious and strategic engineering of the “All-on-4™,” you can get new teeth in one day and at a cost that is tens of thousands of dollars cheaper than predecessor dental implant techniques.

Schedule a consultation with our experienced dental implant dentist in Allen, Texas to find out whether you are a candidate for this breakthrough procedure and get your life on to the fast track to vast improvement!

Allen Eagle Run Recap 2019

The Dentist of Allen was so excited + honored to participate in the 2019 Allen Eagle Fun Run & 5k as a Silver Sponsor supporting the foundation for Allen Schools and the Allen ISD Council of PTA’s!

Check out our Race Recap video and comment below if you have a cause in our Allen, Texas community that we could be involved in! Giving back and pouring into Allen is top of mind to our entire team!

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THANK YOU TO THE FOUNDATION FOR ALLEN SCHOOLS FOR HELPING STUDENTS AND TEACHERS IN ALLEN ISD ACHIEVE GREATER SUCCESS!


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Want extra protection for your teeth?

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Summers are for smiling, Allen, Texas and it will be here before we know it! Our dental team focuses on providing patients with the highest quality of care anywhere, and we are always looking for effective ways of keeping smiles healthy and free of decay. Fluoride treatments have proven to be very beneficial in protecting smiles of people of all ages. The Dentist of Allen offers several different services, including topical fluoride treatments.

  • FLUORIDE IS A NATURAL MINERAL. Fluoride is naturally found in rocks, soil, and most bodies of water. Many communities have fluoride in their water, while others do not because it is naturally occurring.

  • PROFESSIONAL FLUORIDE TREATMENTS ARE WORTH THE COST. Investing in a fluoride treatment for your smile help to lower the risk of tooth decay and cavities. This, in turn, reduces the time and money spent on future procedures.

  • FLUORIDE FIGHTS CAVITIES BY STRENGTHENING ENAMEL. Demineralization is the process of acids weakening the enamel. Fluoride quickens up the mineralization process and protects teeth.

  • FLUORIDE TREATMENTS ARE NOT JUST FOR KIDS. Any individuals who suffer from a high risk of dental cavities could benefit from fluoride treatments.

  • PROFESSIONAL FLUORIDE TREATMENTS CAN REVERSE SMALL CAVITIES. Early cavities can be stopped in their tracks with the help of professional fluoride treatments.

  • PROFESSIONAL FLUORIDE TREATMENTS ARE SAFE. Our dental castle offers prescription strength fluoride treatments that are safe for use in children and adults.

  • PROFESSIONAL FLUORIDE TREATMENTS DO NOT STAIN TEETH. Fluorosis happens when there is too much fluoride and leads to stains. This only occurs prior to the teeth forming.

  • PROFESSIONAL FLUORIDE TREATMENTS DO NOT HURT. The treatments offered at our clinic are pain-free and only take up to two minutes.

  • YOU CAN EAT AND DRINK AFTER A FLUORIDE VARNISH TREATMENT. Fluoride varnishes stick to the tooth for several hours, and you are allowed to eat and drink immediately after the treatment.

If you are interested in learning more about professional topical fluoride treatments, contact us at The Dentist of Allen to set up your next dental exam and cleaning with a member of our staff today.

Don't let fear keep you from the dentist!

For those who avoid the dentist like the plague, sedation dentistry may take away some of your anxiety.  Sedation can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple cleaning in our practice. How it's used depends on the patient’s needs or severity of the fear.

At The Dentist of Allen, we know the mouth is the window to your whole body’s health. This is why we make a commitment to our patients to give them the comprehensive care they need in taking a preventative approach to your overall health. Don’t let fear or anxiety keep you from the treatment you need. We’re here to help and to make our patients as comfortable as possible.

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Sedation dentistry allows the dentist to work efficiently with the patient to receive necessary dental care.

Benefits of Visiting a Sedation Dentist

There are many reasons why a patient would benefit from sedation dentistry, which is why we’re so thankful for our in-house sedation specialist, Dr. Koelker!

  • Sleep dentistry allows people who are afraid to go to the dentist due to dental phobia or fear the opportunity to receive necessary dental care. According to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, 30% of the population avoids the dentist out of fear (aka - you’re not alone!). For these patients, sedation dentistry is the best way they can receive dental care.

  • Patients with a low pain threshold undergoing a very painful procedure like having teeth pulled would benefit from sedation.

  • Those who cannot sit still in the dentist chair, such as small children or adults who cannot control their muscles might require sedation.

  • Those with sensitive teeth and people who have a bad gag reflex.

  • Patients who require a large amount of dental work will benefit from sedation dentistry by accomplishing more procedures in fewer sittings.

Summing it up: these sedatives can provide such benefits as relaxing the patient, raising the pain threshold, ease of an operation and increased cooperation from the patient. Patients also remember little to none of the treatment and can require fewer appointments, saving time and money. The different conditions sedation is used to determine what level of sedation is necessary.

Minimal Sedation:

Generally, sedation is minimal, intended to reduce anxiety while allowing the patient to respond to the dentists’ instructions. Depending on the severity of a patient’s fear or pain threshold, higher levels may be used. During minimal sedation, the patient is awake but relaxed, fully conscious and aware. During moderate sedation, a patient may not remember much but is responsive to dentists’ instructions. This is the most common practice, and the reason “sleep dentistry” is a frequently misused term.

Deep Sedation:

During deep sedation a patient is placed at the brink of consciousness, but able to be quickly woken. Sometimes sedation dentistry is called sleep dentistry. This is sedation dentistry at its highest level. By using a general anesthesia that renders the patient unconscious, large amounts of work can be accomplished without a patient suffering through it. Most sedation dentistry requires a level of consciousness for safety and cooperation. The better the control the dentist has over sedation, the easier the procedure is.

Different methods of sedation can include nitrous oxide, oral pills, or an I.V.

  • The most common method used is nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas”, taken through an oxygen mask. This allows the dentist to control how aware a patient is, wears off quickly and leaves the patient alert as if having a short nap after the procedure is complete.

  • The most common pill given is Halcion, which is a drug prescribed primarily for light insomnia. It has a fast onset and lasts only a short time, about one to two hours, ideal for a dental session.

  • IV’s (intravenous) are normally used in moderate sedation as they work quickly and can be monitored by the dentist to control how sedated a patient is.

As well as these sedation methods, a local anesthetic is typically used, numbing the site the dentist is working on.

If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, or dental phobia, don’t hesitate to come by or give us a call!

- The Dentist of Allen

Dental Implants or Dentures? Let's compare!

If the idea of having to wear dentures for the rest of your life makes you uncomfortable, you’ll be glad to hear that you have other options! Today, more and more of our patients are choosing dental implants over dentures as a solution for smile restoration. With benefits like improved comfort, enhanced chewing ability and better overall dental health, the advantages of dental implants run much deeper than their cosmetic appeal. Here’s a quick overview of a few reasons our patients in Allen, Texas are choosing dental implants over dentures.

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Preventing Bone Loss in the Jaw

Perhaps the most significant benefit of dental implants over dentures is they can preserve bone in the jaw. Implants replace the root of the tooth and stimulate the jawbone, helping it maintain its density. This also prevents shrinkage of the jawbone, so the integrity of the facial structure stays in tact and can keep you looking younger.

Cost Comparison

Dentures are a more affordable option for tooth replacement. However, once you factor in buying fixatives, cleaning solutions and denture replacements, the cost does go up. When you consider that removable dentures usually need to be replaced every 7 to 15 years, it’s easy to see why so many people think of dental implants as a long-term investment in themselves. For those who want a permanently fixed solution that’s the next best thing to their natural teeth, dental implants are definitely an investment worth making. Dentures simply can’t match the comfort, confidence and peace of mind that dental implants provide. Innovative treatments, precise technology and the All-on-4 approach helping make dental implants more affordable. Plus, financing options are available for patients who qualify. Just another thing to consider when weighing your options.

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Fit, Function and Freedom

From a comfort and performance standpoint, dental implants far outshine dentures. Removable dentures can slip and move around when eating or speaking, causing discomfort and sometimes even embarrassment. Ill-fitting dentures tend to irritate gums and may lead to sores in the mouth. There’s also maintenance to think about. Applying adhesive paste to secure dentures can be tricky and staying on top of regular cleanings can be a chore.

Dental implants, on the other hand, feel and function more like your natural teeth. You clean and care for them as you would real teeth. You can eat all the foods you love, speak without fear or worry, and confidently go about your day never thinking twice about your teeth. Dental implants bring a level of freedom and sureness that may be hard to imagine as a denture wearer.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of dental implants vs. dentures, schedule your free consultation at The Dentist of Allen today. There’s no obligation or no commitment. Visiting us at the castle in person is just a great way to become more comfortable with dental implants!



Want a straighter smile, without braces?

Invisalign® may be your answer! But, like most medical decisions, finding the right provider for your orthodontic treatment is such an important choice! Dr. Kim and Dr. Koelker are both certified Invisalign® providers in Allen, TX! Our practice is a distinguished Invisalign® provider and has a significant level of experience treating patients with the Invisalign® system!

Choosing someone who has extensive knowledge in orthodontics and Invisalign® will play such an important role in achieving your BEST clear correct treatment outcome! Proof?

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Actual patient of TheDentistofAllen.com

Our patient reduced her treatment time from 3 years to less than a year and a half!

Saving our patients time & money while delivering the best results possible is our mission here at The Dentist of Allen!

Ready for the best news? No more messy and uncomfortable impressions! Our in-office iTero scanner is a digital scanning system that provides a quicker, easier and more accurate model of your teeth which leads to a better and more predictable Invisalign® treatment! Schedule your iTero scan today to see what your smile could be!

It's National Dental Hygienist Week!

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In celebration of National Dental Hygienist Week, we wanted to share an overview of what these professionals do and what you can expect during your next appointment with your dental hygienist at The Dentist of Allen!

The Role of Dental Hygienists

Dental hygienists are an integral part of any dental team, performing valuable work both for the internal team and most importantly patients!

Typically, you’ll spend a majority of your time with a dental hygienist during your hygiene appointment, as these are the members of our team that often perform initial screenings, take x-rays, manage cleanings, and discuss good oral hygiene with you. They also support the rest of the castle by completing dental charts, documenting important information about your appointment, and assisting with other activities like ensuring patients are reminded of their upcoming appointments.

Ultimately, your Allen, Texas Dentist couldn’t be as effective without a dental hygienist in the office, and your experience definitely couldn’t be the same without them!

What to Expect During Your Dental Appointment

When you come in for your appointment, you’ll first discuss your dental and medical history with a skilled dental hygienist. This ensures that the office is aware of any issues or concerns that may need to be addressed or accommodated.

Next, a dental hygienist will take radiographs, or x-rays, of your teeth if needed, letting the dental professionals in the office get an inside look at the health of your teeth and jaw.

Dental hygienists also handle your cleaning, ensuring that calculus and plaque are properly removed from the surface of your teeth. They may also apply preventative materials, like fluoride treatments or sealants, if they are needed, and can discuss the impact of nutrition and proper oral hygiene on your teeth and gums.

At times, a dental hygienist may even recommend oral care products, like toothbrushes or toothpaste, that may suit your needs. A dental hygienist is usually the one to give you a post-care goodie bag full of product samples and a new toothbrush.

After their work is complete, they invite your Allen Dentist in to review your information and perform a comprehensive exam to see if there are any signs of decay or gingivitis. If an issue is detected, your dentist will recommend a custom treatment plan to address the concerns and get your teeth and gums into the best shape possible.

Ultimately, our dental hygiene team is the backbone of our Allen dental office. So, during National Dental Hygienist Week, make sure to take a moment and thank them for all that they do in partnering with patients in prevention for your overall health.

Which one of our incredible hygienists have you had an appointment with? Let us know in the comments below!

Introducing: The Children's Dentist of Allen!

 
 

After serving Allen families for over 35 years, we know how important the health of your child’s primary teeth are. Developmental stages that are imperative to your child's future dental health depends on them! In our effort to provide Allen with the best comprehensive care possible, it was time to bring in a new expert!

We are THRILLED to announce that we now have a Pediatric Specialist at the Castle to serve tots, kids, and teen patients in Allen, Texas!

Pediatric dental care ensures your child's primary teeth stay healthy and free of decay and other dental diseases which is why the ADA recommends your child has his or her first dental visit by the time he or she turns one.

We would love if you would connect with The Children’s Dentist of Allen on social media, we can’t wait to meet the next generation of healthy & happy The Dentist of Allen patients!

 
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The Children’s Dentist of Allen is currently accepting new patients and scheduling office tours!

Five reasons to talk to your dentist

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Whether you have one tooth affected, two or more missing, or most or all teeth affected, we have a restorative solution for you! Here are five reasons it’s time to talk a doctor about Dental Implants in Allen, Texas!

1. You are avoiding certain foods because they are too difficult to eat.

Getting a tooth replaced brings back your full chewing function so you can go back to enjoying the foods you love.

2. One or several teeth in your mouth are missing or going to be removed.

A dental restoration at the right time can prevent further oral health complications that could affect remaining healthy teeth.

3. You are suffering from headaches or migraines since you've lost one or several teeth.

Missing teeth can often affect the positioning of your other healthy teeth, causing a misalignment of your teeth and of the upper and lower jaws, and stiffness in the muscle and joints.

4. Your facial silhouette has changed since losing one or more teeth.

A lack of teeth can severely reduce the density of jawbone because it is no longer stimulated when chewing. This leads to a shrinking jawline, which makes you look older than you really are.

5. You are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth.

Discolored, uneven, and damaged teeth can affect your smile and facial profile. Ask us for options to restore your smile!

Restoring and replacing your teeth to the best of appearance and natural function can help you to enjoy life to the fullest!

Give us a call to learn more about your options with Dental Implants!