Family dentistry in Katy,Tx is for patients of all ages offering complete, comprehensive gentle dental care. Canyon Lakes Dentistry employs well-trained professionals who are committed to providing preventive, restorative, Endodontics, Dental Implants, sedative dentistry, and cosmetic dental services. Our dentists and hygienists take care and monitor your entire family’s dental health all under one roof.
At Canyon Lakes Dentistry in Katy,Tx, we focus on individual needs and concerns. That includes general checkups, oral health consultations, patient education and all the required dental treatment. Educating children about oral hygiene can help them maintain a healthy teeth and beautiful smile for life.
Our team of dedicated dental professionals conduct a meticulous dental examination to give you a comprehensive treatment plan. We help our patients feel comfortable from your first consultation visit to dental treatments to maintenance visits. With our experience in family dentistry, we ensure our patients are in great hands, regardless your dental needs.
How Important is Oral Hygiene?
The key to preventative dentistry is good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits. Effective brushing and flossing can reduce bacterial build up on teeth, however regular dental visits are necessary to remove hardened calculus, which your tooth brush can’t clean off. Proper dental care maintains a healthy smile and prevents inflammation, gum disease, infection, cavities and tooth loss.
Why do I need regular dental check ups?
Dental issues can arise from more than just poor teeth cleaning practices, they may be dietary related, genetic, stress and / or health related. Regular check up’s allow your dentist to evaluate your at home dental care, as well as other factors which may be impacting your dental health. They can then provide recommendations and preventative strategies specific to your individual needs.
How often should I have my dental check up?
It is recommended that you visit your dentist every six months. This is the average time it takes for enough calculus to build up to warrant dental cleaning and for detectable progression of dental caries to occur. Individuals at increased risk of dental issues due to factors such as gum disease, smoking habits, poor diet, and poor oral hygiene may require more regular dental visits. Similarly less frequent visits may be appropriate for lower risk patients with good oral hygiene practices. This must be at the discretion of your dentist, otherwise you maybe be putting your dental health at risk.
What happens during a dental check up?
Your dentist will conduct an assessment of your oral health though discussion and a thorough examination of your teeth. You may require X-rays for routine screening of areas your dentist can’t see, or investigation into the cause of any existing dental problems. If any issues are identified your dentist will discuss suitable treatment options. Typically during this appointment the dental team will also thoroughly clean your teeth, removing plaque, calculus and stain that inevitably build up despite diligent oral hygiene. If you experience sensitivity or anxiety during dental cleaning, please let your dentist know, and measures will be taken to ensure your visit is as comfortable as possible, without compromising your dental care.
Increasing sugar content of modern diets it is of utmost importance that you constantly monitor and assist with your child’s teeth cleaning routine. They require help up until they have sufficient dexterity to properly clean their own teeth, which is generally around the age of 8. Educating children on the importance of proper oral hygiene gives them the best chance of preventing major dental issues in adult life.
When should I take my kids to the dentist?
Children’s teeth are constantly moving and changing, which can leave you with a lot of questions. A dental exam as young as two gives your little one the opportunity to familiarise with the dental environment and can significantly reduce dental related anxiety. It also allows your dentist to screen for any caries, or developmental abnormalities that may require action. Regular monitoring of their development can help your dentist prepare both you and your child for future orthodontic treatment.
Oral hygiene is necessary for eliminating bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria builds to form plaque that can harden and lead to long-term ailments such as gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, and periodontal disease if it is not removed. A good dental care routine and regular check ups will keep your mouth healthy and prevent inflammation, infection, decay, and tooth loss.
Dental exams give us the opportunity to evaluate your current methods of dental care and provide suggestions for future care in order to protect you from complications such as cavities and gum disease. They also allow us to detect problems early so they can be fixed quickly and easily.
Dental exams should generally take place every six months. However, consult with our team to decide how often you should be examined, for we may suggest that you visit more frequently based on factors such as smoking, frequency of cavities and genetic susceptibility to tooth and root decay as well as gum disease.
At a typical dental exam, our team will , removing any surface stains or deposits, called tartar or calculus, that are more difficult to remove than plaque and require the assistance of professional dental instruments. We will also check for signs of decay or gum disease. An X-ray may be performed to provide a more detailed summary of your oral health and to more closely identify any problems. We will ask you questions about your current methods of dental care, such as how often you brush your teeth, and floss, as well as whether you use a toothpaste with fluoride. With this information in mind, we will demonstrate proper dental care and provide suggestions on how to improve your habits to promote optimal oral health.
The best way to prepare for a dental exam is to practice good dental care. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day is recommended. Be sure to clean your teeth before you arrive at your appointment. Our team will be cleaning your teeth for you, but it is helpful to remove food and plaque beforehand so we can focus on the more difficult-to-clean areas. You also want to make sure you are prepared to share pertinent information such as your medical history, insurance coverage and current dental care methods with us. Don’t be embarrassed to be honest about your oral health habits – our team is not here to judge you, but to work with you to improve your habits and ensure dental health! Lastly, be prepared to schedule a follow-up appointment or future check-up at the end of your dental exam.
What is a tooth extraction?
A tooth extraction involves the removal of a tooth from its socket within the jawbone. Extraction of a tooth should always be a last resort after all other treatment options have been exhausted. It is always preferable to preserve your own teeth.
The loss of a tooth can have varying degrees of impact on a person’s function depending on their occlusion and position of the tooth. If the loss of a tooth leaves a visible space or has a marked impact on your function, there are many teeth replacement options you can discuss with your dentist.
Reasons you may require tooth extraction:
Infection of the tooth
Severe gum disease (periodontal disease)
Crowding of the teeth
Why do my wisdom teeth need to be removed?
Wisdom tooth removal is increasingly common. Most often, issues with wisdom teeth result from lack of space, which can lead to difficulty with cleaning, decay, and infection.
The complexity of wisdom tooth removal is case specific. The dentists at Canyon Lakes Dentistry can offer in chair removal with a variety of sedation techniques. However more difficult cases may require referral to an oral surgeon.
Are extractions painful?
Contrary to common beliefs, extraction of a tooth should not be painful. In most cases local an aesthetic sufficiently alleviates pain. However, if you are particularly anxious, or require multiple extractions your dentist may recommend IV sedation. At Canyon Lakes Dentistry it is our priority to ensure your dental experience is as comfortable as possible.
Fillings repair teeth that have been damaged due to decay or trauma. The techniques used depend on the size and location of the filling. This procedure is commonly conducted under local anaesthetic as the dentist will need to remove damaged tooth structure, to ensure the filling has a clean bonding surface. A tooth coloured, BPA free, composite resin is then used to build the tooth back up restoring its structure and function.
Sealants differ from fillings in that they are placed on healthy teeth. Molar teeth can have deep groves that are very difficult to clean. By placing a small tooth coloured sealant over these groves the risk of future decay is significantly reduced. Unlike fillings, placement of a sealant does not require local aesthetic or any permanent tooth structure removal.
If advised by you dentist, sealants are a great investment as they are far less invasive and expensive than a filling. Sealants are a widely performed preventative measure for kids, especially where teeth cleaning compliance is an issue.