Dental Health

hygienePromoting dental health and preventing disease are the most important things we do at Highland Village Dental.  We want to help you preserve your natural dentition, so your smile can remain healthy and beautiful.

Dental health depends on good oral hygiene  practices and a balanced, nutritious diet.  Dental hygeniests also have an important part to play in helping you preserve your smile.  They use specialized practices, tools and technologies to locate potential issues and restore any damage your teeth suffer.

Below, are some of the procedures we at Highland Village Dental regularly use to help our patients keep their brilliant, healthy smiles:

Fillings

Fillings are done to remove decay, and replace a damaged tooth structure.  They are called fillings because they use material to fill holes left by decay.  Currently, most teeth are treated with bonded tooth-colored composite resin fillings.  Caught early, most cavities can be treated easily and painlessly with fillings. If not treated, tooth decay can lead to serious pain and/or infection, and the decayed tooth may need root canal treatment or extraction.

Bonding 

Bonding involves adhering composite resin material to the front of a damaged tooth.  The material is matched to the color of the tooth.  Bonding can restore a decayed tooth, alter the alignment of a tooth, close gaps between teeth, or for cosmetic purposes.  At the beginning of a bonding procedure, the surface of a tooth is roughened so that it will accept the bonding and hold it.  A gel is applied to micro etch the tooth surface, and a primer/bond agent is applied so the material adheres to the surface.  Then the material itself is placed on the tooth and hardened with intense light.  As a final step, the composite resin material is shaped and polished to get a lustrous finish.

Sealants 

Sealants are used to fill narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing alone. In some cases, teeth can have very fine grooves or pits in their surface, which accumulate plaque.  These will develop cavities over time.  A dentist will brush on a coating that seals these grooves, making it possible for you to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.

Non-Surgical Gum Treatments 

The gums, ligaments, and bone form the foundation for your teeth.  All of these structures are also referred to as the “periodontium.” When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth – in the same way that a bad foundation threatens the stability of a house.  Signs of an unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) include the following: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth.  Any of these signs may mean something is wrong.

With the proper care, however, it may be possible to restore your teeth to a healthy state.  This is where appropriate gum treatments come in. If you’re having a problem, come in and see us so we can take care of it right away.  The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents.  If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction.  This is why it is important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.

X-rays

X-rays transmit a focused beam of X-ray particles through bone.  This produces an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed.  This gives the familiar black and white images that doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems.  X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process.  The only truly effective way to detect infection or pathology in a tooth or in the supporting bone and gum tissues is to use an X-ray.

Welcome to Dr. Audrey Stansbury's office, Highland Village Dental. We hope to see you soon! We see patients from the entire metroplex, including Flower Mound, Lewisville, Denton and Coppell. Looking for a new dental care home? Contact us today to schedule a visit with our humble team.