1735 Keller Springs Road, Suite 204
Carrollton, TX 75006

What is a Root Canal Treatment?

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Why Do I Need Root Canal Treatment?

Our teeth have 3 layers.  The outer layer is enamel, which protects the tooth, the second layer is dentin, and this layer has some nerves.  The inner most layer is dental pulp, which has blood vessels and nerves. When dental cavities extend to the Pulp of a tooth, this causes dental abscess.

If the dental cavity is not extensive enough to warrant removal of a tooth also called dental extraction, a root canal treatment is recommended.  Root canal treatment enables the patient to save the tooth.  This procedure is usually performed by your general dentist, family dentist, or endodontist.  The patient is placed on antibiotics prior to the root canal treatment. 

How Is Root Canal Treatment Done?

The tooth is numbed using local anesthetic.  At Carrollton Smiles, Dr. Sirisha Bhandaru, offers dental sedation and laughing gas, also called Nitrous Oxide to reduce patient anxiety and increase comfort during the appointment.  Dr. Bhandaru uses rubber dam to isolate the tooth from the rest of the mouth to prevent contamination from saliva which increases the chance of success for root canal treatment. 

The infected nerve of the tooth is removed and the root canal treatment is completed using inert material called gutta percha.  It is very important to place a crown over a tooth with root canal treatment to prevent fracture of the tooth.  Failure to get a dental crown in a timely fashion will lead to failure of the root canal treatment. 

Root canal treatment can be an expensive procedure which can be avoided by keeping up with your prescribed dental cleaning visits and getting cavities taken care of as soon as they are diagnosed by your dental provider.  At Carrollton Smiles, Dr. Sirisha Bhandaru, is very enthused to offer Dental Advantage Program which enables our patients to have their dental needs taken care of at our office at a very affordable cost.  As a part of the Carrollton Smiles Dental Advantage Program we offer all the services 15% less than our office fees. 

Call Carrollton Smiles at 972-245-3455 or visit our website to book an online appointment at www.carrollton-smiles.com.

DENTAL BRACES

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What Are Dental Braces?

 

Dental braces are placed on teeth to correct crooked, uneven bite.  Your family dentist or orthodontist does an initial consult appointment where impressions of your teeth are made and x-rays taken so your dentist can study the growth of your jaw.  The brackets or braces are placed on the teeth and you are on your way to achieving the smile of your dreams.

It is very essential to keep up with your appointments so that the results can be achieved in a timely fashion.  Since it is not possible to accomplish some major tooth movements with Invisalign, traditional metal braces are the treatment of choice.  Traditional metal braces give more control to your general dentist or orthodontist to achieve ideal tooth movements. 

 

How To Take Care Of Metal Braces?

The biggest challenge with traditional metal braces is aesthetics and keeping them clean.  If you do not qualify for Invisalign and aesthetics are your main concern porcelain brackets are available.  The porcelain braces use white wires which have more visually appealing.  It is very important to keep the traditional dental braces clean.  At Carrollton Smiles we recommend using a Waterpik and electric toothbrush.  If you have not used Waterpik, check out the video on Carrollton Smiles, where I show you how to use it.

 

How Do Metal Braces Work?

Similar to Invisalign which requires a series of clear custom aligners, traditional metal braces require a series of wires which are changed at an interval chosen by your family dentist or orthodontist based on your needs.  These wires exert gentle force and move the teeth very gently. Dr. Sirisha Bhandaru is able to treat most cases without removing any teeth for fixing your bite using dental braces.  There may be a little discomfort initially as soon as the traditional dental braces are placed but most kids and adults tolerate the procedure well. 

Dr. Sirisha Bhandaru has completed orthodontic training for general dentists with the American Orthodontic Society and is a Certified Invisalign Provider.  At Carrollton Smiles we offer both traditional metal braces and Invisalign treatments.  Your family dentist or orthodontist can recommend the treatment that is right for you.

Call Carrollton Smiles for a free consultation at 972-245-3455 or visit our website to book an online appointment at www.carrollton-smiles.com.

Sleep Apnea and Dr.B !!

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If you have ever been to Carrollton Smiles to see me or Michelle, you know that helping patients with sleep apnea is very close to my heart and you may have heard the story behind it multiple times. This story is for those of you who don’t know me yet.

It was the day before my birthday in 2008, we received a call from my mother-in-law that was going to change our lives forever. She was hysterical and was saying that my father-in-law was in the hospital and the doctors gave him 24 hours to live.. This was unexpected since we had spoken to him few days ago and had no idea that he was that sick. Two months, multiple tests and treatments later he passed away. He had heart surgery that morning and he passed away that night due to complications.. This happened in one of the best hospitals in the country!! His death never made any sense to me, I always thought that something was amiss..

A little back story about the man that created my husband, my father-in-law was very active and religious person. He exercised every day, prayed every day, and had a very clean healthy vegetarian diet. He followed all the instructions of his doctors, took the medications as recommended. He was very fit sinewy man with not an ounce of unnecessary fat in is body.  But was uncontrolled diabetic, uncontrolled hypertensive with heart problems.

Looking back I now realize that he was a classic sleep apneic. He snored so loud that no one else could sleep, he was tired and sleepy during the day. He could never get the A1C levels or his hypertension under control. You may have heard the saying “hind sight is 20-20” I believe that sleep apnea may be a major contributing factor for his ailments and ultimately his demise. You will hear me say often “you don’t know what you don’t know.” My job is to educate you and point you in the right direction for a healthier life style. I want you to know your options and ask me how I can help you.

If you want to discuss as a dentist how I may be able to help you with your sleep apnea, call me at 972-245-3455 or click on the button below to schedule a free consultation.

AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR INVISALIGN?

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Invisalign is one of the latest technologies in braces.  Your general dentist or orthodontist makes impressions of your teeth and sends them for fabrication of custom aligners.  The computer scans the models and your dentist formulates a treatment plan just for you to correct irregular teeth. 

Invisalign is ideal for adults and teens who can take care of the clear aligners.  It is easy to keep them clean and are very aesthetic compared to metal braces.  The individual does not need to alter their diet or lifestyle to accommodate Invisalign in their life. 

Almost everybody is a candidate for Invisalign treatment.  Major tooth movements or jaw bone abnormalities cannot be corrected by Invisalign.  It is very effective for basic tooth movements and straightening your smile.  Invisalign aligners may not be recommended for younger teens as they may lose them.  

If you have had braces before and your bite is shifting or if you lost your retainers resulting in the bite to shift Invisalign is a great option.  The custom clear aligners take little to no time to take care of in the morning and at bed time.  Invisalign treatment is especially recommended for kids in contact sports as there are no metal braces to damage teeth or soft tissue around it if they accidently get hit in the mouth.

Invisalign clear braces are great if you are a public figure, in front of the camera, or customer relations.  These jobs require a person to talk a lot and these aligners do not interfere with speech or lifestyle.  Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible making them a very aesthetic to alternative to traditional dental braces. 

Call Carrollton Smiles for a free consultation at 972-245-3455 or visit our website to book an online appointment at www.carrollton-smiles.com.

WHAT IS INVISALIGN?

Uneven teeth, crooked teeth are not only unaesthetic but also cause jaw pain and are more prone to cavities.  This sometimes may cause gum disease.  It is very easy to straighten teeth with Invisalign.

Invisalign or clear braces are to be worn once they are made by your dentist.  The dentist makes models of your teeth and scans them to make custom dental trays.  The Invisalign trays should be worn at least for 22 hours in a day.  The Invisalign aligners move the teeth very gradually to ideal positions. 

The clear aligners need to be replaced every 2 weeks.  Your general dentist or orthodontist will give you 3 sets of Invisalign aligners at a time.  When you are not wearing them it is very important to keep the clear aligners in the case provided so that they are not lost.

It is very easy to care for Invisalign dental aligners.  Patients are instructed to brush them with a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste… it is recommended not to use baking soda to clean the clear aligners.  It is also very important to see your general dentist or orthodontist as recommended so that the teeth can be corrected quickly and efficiently. 

Invisalign is ideal for adults who have very busy schedules and social life.  Invisalign aligners do not interfere with daily activities.  A person can drink coffee, tea, and even chew gum with the clear aligners in place. 

It is easy to keep teeth clean with the Invisalign aligners as there are no metal brackets and wires attached to the teeth.  This makes the teeth less prone to have cavities.  With Invisalign you would not need to alter your diet as the food does not get caught on brackets as there are no brackets!!!!!

Dental insurance usually covers for a portion of Invisalign. If you do not have dental insurance, Dr. Sirisha Bhandaru of Carrollton Smiles offers a 15% discount on Invisalign braces as a part of the Carrollton Smiles Dental Advantage Program. This will help allow you to have the straight teeth that you always wanted.

Call Carrollton Smiles for a free consultation at 972-245-3455 or visit our website to book an online appointment at www.carrollton-smiles.com.

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Whitening: 5 Things to Know Before Getting a Brighter Smile

Whitening: 5 Things to Know Before Getting a Brighter Smile

One of the first things that people notice about you is your smile.  In today’s youth-obsessed culture, a twenty-something with dingy teeth can appear older than a forty-something with a bright, white, sparkling smile. Here are five things to keep in mind as you embark on your tooth whitening journey to the gleaming smile you’ve always dreamed of.

What is invisalign?

Uneven teeth, crooked teeth are not only unaesthetic but also cause jaw pain and are more prone to cavities.  The uneven sometimes may cause gum disease.  It is very easy to straighten teeth with Invisalign.

Invisalign or clear braces are to be worn once they are made by your dentist.  The dentist makes models of your teeth and scans them to make custom dental trays.  The Invisalign trays should be worn at least for 22 hours in a day.  The Invisalign aligners move the teeth very gradually to ideal positions. 

The clear aligners need to be replaced every 2 weeks.  Your general dentist or orthodontist will give you 3 sets of Invisalign aligners at a time.  When you are not wearing them it is very important to keep the clear aligners in the case provided so that they are not lost.

It is very easy to care for Invisalign dental aligners.  Patients are instructed to brush them with a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste… it is recommended not to use baking soda to clean the clear aligners.  It is also very important to see your general dentist or orthodontist as recommended so that the teeth can be corrected quickly and efficiently. 

Invisalign is ideal for adults who have very busy schedules and social life.  Invisalign aligners do not interfere with daily activities.  A person can drink coffee, tea, and even chew gum with the clear aligners in place. 

It is easy to keep teeth clean with the Invisalign aligners as there are no metal brackets and wires attached to the teeth.  This makes the teeth less prone to have cavities.  With Invisalign you would not need to alter your diet as the food does not get caught on brackets as there are no brackets!!!!!

Dental insurance usually covers for a portion of Invisalign. If you do not have dental insurance, Dr. Sirisha Bhandaru of Carrollton Smiles offers a 15% discount on Invisalign braces as a part of the Carrollton Smiles Dental Advantage Program. This will help allow you to have the straight teeth that you always wanted.

Call Carrollton Smiles for a free consultation at 972-245-3455 or visit our website to book an online appointment at www.carrollton-smiles.com.

 

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