Town East Dental Group

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Here at Town East Dental Group, we take a proactive, preventive approach to oral health care. By staying a step ahead of problems, we can help you avoid discomfort and costly treatment. 

An essential part of prevention is patient education because we can't monitor your oral health habits 24/7, and we want you to have all the information you need to make healthier choices and informed decisions about your dental care. One of the best ways for us to understand what matters to you is by listening to your questions. You deserve to be informed about your oral health, and no question is too small – if it matters to you, it matters to us.

Here are a few of the questions we hear most often at our practice, but you may have some of your own that aren't listed here. Please call our office at (972) 270-2911 or email us using our convenient online contact form.

Crowns & Bridges

If a crown or bridge is porcelain, people will not be able to tell you had a crown or bridge placed. If you selected to have a gold crown or bridge, that is obviously much easier to see. 

Yes. After a root canal the tooth is very prone to fracture. A dental crown helps seal the tooth from bacteria entering the sterile root canal. A crown will also help strengthen the tooth help to prevent fracture of the root canal tooth. 

An implant vs a bridge is a very important question to ask. For a bridge, you require one tooth behind and in front of the space to have anchors for a bridge that will replace the missing tooth. Sometimes placing a bridge on a tooth can make the tooth sensitive. For an implant, it is important to evaluate the amount of bone present and see if there is enough bone to hold a dental implant. Both treatments are great for replacing missing teeth and they each have their pros and cons. Dr. Loera and the Town East Dental Group team will help you know your best treatment option. 

A bridge is a type of treatment that is used to replace missing teeth. Bridges are permanently cemented and do not come out. Bridges still need to be cleaned and flossed like normal teeth. A denture is a treatment option used to replace all the top or bottom teeth when they are missing. Dentures can come out and are not permanently fixed in the mouth. 

At Town East Dental Group, one of the most common restorations we provide for our patients is dental crowns (caps). Crowns are a versatile restoration that can be used to resolve a variety of dental problems.

Dental crowns are used to strengthen and protect the integrity of a tooth damaged or weakened by decay, periodontal disease, or a teeth grinding habit. It's crucial for your continued oral health that we do everything possible to preserve the structure of your teeth for as long as we can. We may also use a crown to protect your tooth after root canal treatment or as the functional part of a dental implant.

While most people think of crowns as being restorative, they also have esthetic uses. If you have a tooth with a large silver amalgam filling, we can use a dental crown to cap the tooth and eliminate the “dark hole” in your smile. A crown can also be used to restore cracked or chipped teeth, as well as masking the appearance of a severely stained tooth.

Every patient is unique and has different dental needs. The best way for us to know if a dental crown is an appropriate treatment for you is to arrange a consultation at our Mesquite dental office so Dr. Loera can evaluate your needs and explain your options. 

Dental Implants

An implant vs a bridge is a very important question to ask. For a bridge, you require one tooth behind and in front of the space to have anchors for a bridge that will replace the missing tooth. Sometimes placing a bridge on a tooth can make the tooth sensitive. For an implant, it is important to evaluate the amount of bone present and see if there is enough bone to hold a dental implant. Both treatments are great for replacing missing teeth and they each have their pros and cons. Dr. Loera and the Town East Dental Group team will help you know your best treatment option. 

Dentures & Partials

We recommend that you remove your dentures or partial before you go to sleep. This break gives your gums and bone time to "breathe" after the pressure of wearing the denture all day long. And remember, you should never wear dentures for 24 hours without performing proper oral hygiene. 

Take your dentures out when it's time to clean them. Don't use regular toothpaste because it often contains abrasive materials that damage dentures made of acrylic resin and plastic. Brush your dentures gently every day with a non-abrasive denture cleaner and a special denture brush to clean your dentures by hand. 

Most dentures need to stay moist to prevent them from drying out, cracking, or warping. When you're not wearing your dentures, place them in water or a mild denture cleaning solution and let them soak overnight. If you have questions about cleaning your dentures or storing them when not in use, please let us know, and we will be happy to provide you with instructions for proper care and handling. 

You can count on the team at Town East Dental Group to help you through every step of the dentures process including tips for wearing them and caring for them properly. Please don't hesitate to contact us at (972) 270-2911 if you have questions.

Both bridges and partial dentures address the esthetic problem of missing teeth, which is a big gap in your smile. The difference is in the way that they work.

If you have random gaps in your smile, we will design a partial denture with artificial teeth that fit into the empty spaces like a puzzle. The partial sits on your gums and is held in place with clasps that attach to adjacent teeth. You can remove partial dentures as needed or for oral hygiene. 

A bridge is a prosthetic that fills in the gap left by a missing tooth. It is a three-piece unit that consists of an artificial tooth called a pontic that has a dental crown on either side. The pontic sits in the space, and the crowns are placed on adjacent teeth on either side to stabilize it and restore function.

Regarding lifespan, we usually recommend replacing partial dentures every five years or so. A dental bridge that’s properly cared for with good oral hygiene and routine visits can last much longer; a bridge can last anywhere from five and fifteen years or longer.

If you have missing teeth and aren’t sure whether a partial denture or bridge is the right choice for your situation, please call Town East Dental Group. Dr. RJ Loera will explain all your options and help you decide which approach best fits your needs.

A bridge is a type of treatment that is used to replace missing teeth. Bridges are permanently cemented and do not come out. Bridges still need to be cleaned and flossed like normal teeth. A denture is a treatment option used to replace all the top or bottom teeth when they are missing. Dentures can come out and are not permanently fixed in the mouth. 

A denture is a removable appliance that replaces all the teeth on the top or bottom jaw. A partial is a removable appliance that replaces some of the teeth on the top or bottom jaw. A partial stays in the mouth by "clasping" to the remaining teeth. A denture stays in the mouth by suction to the gum tissue. 

Emergency Dental Care

Yes, we make same day appointments. We try our best to accommodate our patients when scheduling emergency care. 

General Dentistry

We usually recommend preventive dental cleanings every six months to maintain healthy teeth and gums. During these appointments, your hygienist checks your gums for any signs of gum disease, then thoroughly cleans, flosses, and polishes your teeth.

But sometimes a gum infection has a chance to develop beyond what a regular cleaning can resolve. Pockets open up between your teeth and gums and provide a place for bacteria to collect and continue to damage your oral health. In this case, your hygienist would recommend a deep cleaning, which you may also hear referred to as scaling and root planing.

During this procedure, the hygienist skillfully removes plaque and tartar that cling to your teeth and eventually lead to gum disease. Then your hygienist planes or smooths the root surfaces so that healthy gum tissue can reattach to the tooth.

We usually perform scaling and root planing under local anesthesia, and the procedure is often broken down into a couple of visits to minimize any discomfort. Your hygienist may also recommend more frequent cleanings in the future until we know that your gum disease is under control.

If you would like to schedule an exam for a preventive dental cleaning, please call Town East Dental Group to arrange an appointment with one of our experienced hygienists.

Invisalign

If you’re an adult who wants to straighten crooked or crowded teeth without metal braces, Invisalign clear aligners may be the solution you’ve been hoping for.

There are plenty of adults who would straighten their teeth if they knew they didn’t have to wear brackets and wires on their teeth. At Town East Dental Group, we offer Invisalign invisible braces to our Mesquite, TX patients who want a convenient, comfortable, and discreet way to move their teeth.

Invisalign straightens your teeth with several sets of clear plastic aligners. Most people won’t notice you’re wearing them, and the aligners won’t cause soreness and irritation as metal braces do. And since they’re not attached to your teeth, you can remove Invisalign clear aligners to brush, floss, and eat meals.

When you meet with Dr. RJ Loera to learn more about Invisalign, he’ll explain the process in detail. Generally, you wear each set of clear aligners every day, 22 hours a day, for two weeks. Then you’ll switch to the next set of aligners and wear them for two weeks.

Bit by bit, your Invisalign aligners move your teeth until you’ve used them all, and you’ve achieved the straight teeth you’ve always wanted. 

The only regret patients have after treatment is that they didn’t do it sooner. If you want a straight smile without metal braces, call Town East Dental Group to schedule your appointment with our Mesquite, TX Invisalign dentist.

Root Canals

Yes. After a root canal the tooth is very prone to fracture. A dental crown helps seal the tooth from bacteria entering the sterile root canal. A crown will also help strengthen the tooth help to prevent fracture of the root canal tooth. 

In some cases, you may experience some relief, but it is only a temporary solution. The only option for getting rid of an infection in your tooth is root canal treatment. If the infection is too severe, we will need to extract the tooth.

The best way to avoid a root canal infection from compromising your oral health is with routine cleanings and exams paired with proper oral hygiene at home. Brushing in the morning and before bedtime removes bacteria-filled plaque. Flossing clears away the buildup between your teeth where decay often starts.

If you don’t feel confident about your hygiene skills, one of our skilled hygienists will be happy to demonstrate the proper way to get your teeth as clean as possible. During your routine exams and cleanings, we will check your teeth for any changes since your last visit. That way we can detect problems in their earliest stages and long before they cause pain and put your oral health at risk.

The team at Town East Dental Group wants to help you avoid the need for root canal treatment, so if it’s been a while since your last visit, please call us at (972) 270-2911 to arrange your preventive cleaning and exam. 

We know that root canals have the unfortunate reputation of being uncomfortable. But it is an infection in your tooth that causes pain, not the procedure. The truth is that root canals don’t cause pain; they relieve it.

If a tooth becomes damaged by injury, decay, or repeated procedures, an infection can develop deep inside and can be very painful. When this occurs, Dr. Loera needs to perform a root canal to remove the infection and cleanse and seal the tooth. In most cases, he will recommend a dental crown to strengthen the tooth and protect it from further damage.

Our team cares about your comfort and wants you to have a stress-free procedure. The support and encouragement they offer puts our patients at ease so they can relax and get the care they need. If your anxiety keeps you from picking up the phone to make an appointment, talk to us about options like nitrous oxide oral sedation that take the edge off, so you remain calm and comfortable.

If you have a painful tooth, please call Town East Dental Group to arrange an appointment. We always will do our best to see emergency patients the same day so we can provide the treatment you need to provide relief, save your tooth, and get your oral health back on track.

TMJ and Bruxism

Bruxism is a habit that can cause severe and sudden wear on teeth. It happens when the teeth are clenched tightly together or when somebody is grinding their teeth together aggressively.  An occlusal guard (night guard) can be used to help combat this wear pattern of the teeth. 

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Dental bonding is another way to describe a tooth-colored filling. Smaller cavities and chips in teeth are sometimes able to be restored by dental bonding. 

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