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What kind of fillings do you use?
We use two different types of tooth colored fillings, one called composite and one called glass ionomer. Composite is the most widely used and recognized filling material used for traditional fillings today, but in special circumstances where we have a cavity at or below the gum line, we would use a more suitable material called glass ionomer. We do not use amalgam, also known as silver fillings, in our office.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
For the majority of people, it is safe when administered properly. There are several forms of sedation dentistry. The most common is nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. Then there’s oral sedation (pills), and IV (conscious) sedation. Each one has an increasing stage of sedation and effects. While dental sedation is safe for the majority of patients, complications can happen, so it is important the dentist and team are well-trained and educated. After a thorough medical history and exam, I will suggest the safest form of sedation for the patient.
How do I prepare for dental implants?
First, have a comprehensive dental examination completed. The exam helps me determine if a patient is a good candidate for dental implants and the type of implant for their needs. Part of this process includes taking X-rays, especially a CBCT (cone beam computed tomography), doing a visual exam, periodontal exam, and a thorough medical history evaluation. I
will then formulate a treatment plan that will be the best for the patient from a health, functional, and esthetic standpoint. Not everyone is a good candidate, but we have many more implant options today, which allows me to treat more patients than I was able to 30 years ago.
How do I know if I’m a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry?
Almost everyone is a candidate for some form of cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry is a broad term and can mean fillings, crowns, veneers, whitening, or Invisalign depending on the patient.
Many times we use a combination of these treatments to achieve the desired outcome. We evaluate each patient’s smile and teeth, discuss their goals for the outcome, and create a treatment plan that is both healthy and beautiful.
How can you help me with my dental anxiety?
A large portion of the population has some form of dental anxiety. We offer many options to aide with this and talk through them at the patient’s initial appointment. We believe in starting our relationship with a friendly, calming, and informative initial exam, and then ask that the patient speaks up and lets the dental team know if they are ever experiencing anxiety about any upcoming visits or treatments so we can plan accordingly for them. Depending on the level of anxiety will determine what works best for the patient. You can learn more about the types of dental sedation we offer on our website
About the Expert
Stan Lowrance, DDS, FAGD
Dr. Lowrance opened his private practice in 1981 after earning a DDS from Baylor College of Dentistry. He went on to complete a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD), and in 1991, graduated at the top of his class from the Midwest Implant Institute, receiving the Presidential Award. He was named Who’s Who in Outstanding Americans, and has received many prestigious titles, including being named the Rockwall Area Man of the Year.
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