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Protect Your Health with Your Dentist in Highland Village

October 2, 2016

Filed under: Family Dentistry — Dr. Ryan Thomas @ 5:43 pm

Your dentist in Highland Village.Let’s face it, brushing and flossing are not everyone’s favorite task to do each day. In fact, 18 percent of people say they would rather wash the dishes than floss their teeth. With many people finding brushing twice a day and flossing each day to be their less than favorite thing to do, many skip proper oral hygiene. While it may not seem like a very big deal only brushing once a day or flossing a couple of times per week, you are placing your oral and overall health at risk. There is a direct link between oral and overall health. If you are not practicing proper oral hygiene, you may very well be opening the door to serious health complications. As your dentist in Highland Village, we want to see you maintain optimal health with proper oral hygiene.

Give Your Little Ones The Gentle Dentistry Care They Deserve

July 5, 2015


At Highland Village Family Dentistry in Highland Village, TX, we care about the oral health of your children, period. There are many dental offices that don’t treat children, but we’re not like that. We encourage you to bring your young ones to our office so they can receive the best children’s dentistry treatment available in the area. Your kids mean the world to you, and we understand that you want them to get the best care possible. Our dental team with Dr. Ryan Thomas at the helm can help deliver fantastic results to your kids. A young child’s health is very important to maintain, especially when it comes to their oral health. Much like in adults, oral health is closely linked to overall health. Taking care of a child’s mouth is what we do best. You can trust your family’s smiles to us.

Outstanding Family Dentistry in Highland Village

June 16, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-467281791The Highland Village Family Dentistry moto is simple, “Honest, excellent dentistry,” and that’s what we provide to every customer on every visit. Our dedicated staff will ensure that you are comfortable and that your dental health needs are met effectively and efficiently. In Highland Village, TX our practice meets the oral health care needs of your whole family. Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan Thomas and our outstanding team.

Friendly, Knowledgeable Staff

Dr. Ryan Thomas has been practicing family dentistry since 2005. He has a unique background that makes him ideal to meet your dental health needs. Originally from California, he studied Russian at Brigham Young University, received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the New York University School of Dentistry, and practiced in New Hampshire before settling in Texas. In addition to completing his education in general dentistry, Dr. Thomas is also a trained and experienced orthodontist. Dr. Thomas brings his curiosity and knowledge of dentistry and people to his dental practice. Consistently completing 200 hours a year of continuing education, Dr. Thomas has proven his dedication to lifelong learning to provide the best possible oral health care for his patients.

Besides Dr. Thomas we have a dental assistant and a hygienist on staff. Both women are knowledgeable and experienced in providing outstanding dental care. They both pride themselves on learning who their patients are, treating them respect, and making every dental appointment comfortable. Dedicated to education, our assistant and hygienist will work with you to explain any concerns or procedures and answer your questions.

Because our office is brand new, we have the most up-to-date technology available. We invested in our future and yours by acquiring numerous dental technologies that are unavailable at most practices. We are especially proud of our Piezo ultrasonic teeth cleaning system and our digital x-rays. The Piezo ultrasonic teeth cleaning system quickly and efficiently removes calculus buildup while reducing discomfort. Our digital x-rays emit the lowest radiation and capture the most accurate image. Best of all, these x-rays integrate seamlessly into our digital record keeping system that ensures your personal health information is secure and always accessible.

Unbeatable Dental Health Services

Thanks to our friendly, skilled team and modern facilities, Highland Village Family Dentistry offers the best oral health care in the Metroplex. Our comprehensive oral care includes preventive, restorative, cosmetic and children’s dentistry as well as a full range of orthodontic options.

Preventive dentistry is the best tool we have for preventing dental health issues. Regular checkups allow our staff to screen for tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer and TMJ. Additionally, at regular visits we are often able to provide same day treatment, or develop a treatment plan for chronic oral health issues like buxism (teeth grinding and clenching), TMJ, gum disease and more.

Restorative dentistry works to return your bite to its natural look and feel. Whether you need a crown, bridgework, or root canal, we’re here to help you get your smile back. We work with you to develop restorative treatment plans to fit your budget, schedule and dental health needs.

Our cosmetic dentistry treatments will make you feel like a movie star. If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and grimaced at your discolored smile, or hidden your crooked or gapped teeth from the camera, cosmetic dentistry from Highland Village Family Dentistry can help you develop and maintain and picture-perfect smile. Some of our wide-ranging cosmetic dentistry offerings include: teeth whitening, veneers, and clear braces.

Children’s dentistry and family dentistry are different than pediatric dentistry. Most children do not need to see a pediatric dentist, unless they have a serious dental health concern. However, choosing a dentist who can put your child at ease and offer knowledgeable care and treatment is essential to developing long-term dental health. Our office includes a children’s play area to help your child associate going to the dentist with having fun. Dr. Thomas is passionate about dental education at every age, and takes pride in teaching children about how to have a healthy smile for life.

Dr. Thomas is also happy to provide a full-range of orthodontics for your family. You don’t need to find a new doctor when you need to correct your bite. Our state-of-the-art office provides only the best orthodontic treatment. Traditional braces include custom made wires that straighten your teeth more quickly will less discomfort to correct your overbite, underbite, and tooth crowding and spacing.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Whatever your dental health needs, Highland Village Family Dentistry is here to help. Call today to schedule an appointment at our comfortable Highland Village office, or use our convenient “ask the doctor” page to find out more. We welcome patients from the DFW area including Flower Mound, Lewisville, The Colony and Argyle.

Stop Snoring & Get the Rest You Deserve with Sleep Apnea Therapy in Highland Village, TX

February 23, 2015

460137233It is estimated that nearly 50 percent of adults snore, but just because it’s so common doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be addressed. Excessive snoring is one of the clearest indicators that an even more serious problem exists: obstructive sleep apnea. While loud snoring may cause a rift between you and your sleeping partner, OSA can lead to a variety of potentially life-threatening health conditions when left untreated. Fortunately, Dr. Ryan Thomas and the team at Highland Village Family Dentistry can help with non-invasive, proven-effective sleep apnea therapy.

The Importance of Treating Sleep Apnea

When a person suffers from sleep apnea, their breathing ceases for seconds to minutes at a time; this can occur 30 or more times per hour. The body and brain are deprived of oxygen repeatedly, a very serious complication that can lead to a variety of health concerns over time, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Chronic fatigue, which may contribute to accidents at work or on the road
  • Inhibited liver function
  • Seizures
  • Eye problems, including glaucoma

With sleep apnea therapy at Highland Village Family Dentistry, Dr. Thomas can help you not only stop snoring, but reduce your chances of developing these and other apnea-related conditions.

Finally Get a Good Night’s Sleep

If you or your partner snores at night and you’re concerned about sleep apnea, please don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule a visit with Dr. Thomas. We genuinely look forward to helping you overcome obstructive sleep apnea and snoring, allowing you to enjoy the peaceful, rejuvenating sleep you need and deserve. Feel more energized in the morning, and rest assured in the knowledge that you’re lowering your risk for severe complications with a sleep apnea treatment plan that’s easy to follow. Located conveniently in Highland Village, TX, our practice happily serves families from throughout the DFW Metroplex, including nearby communities in Frisco, Plano, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Prosper, Lantana, Argyle, The Colony, and beyond.

Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month with Dr. Ryan Thomas

February 10, 2015

177817150Every February, the American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM), and our team thinks there’s no better time to emphasize the significance of pediatric dental care. Tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic childhood disease in America, but we can help prevent it. At Highland Village Family Dentistry in Highland Village, TX, Dr. Ryan Thomas and his caring, experienced staff offer a wide range of general dentistry services, including children’s dental care.

Forging a Solid Foundation for Future Smiles

Children who visit the dentist beginning at a young age tend to experience fewer oral health concerns as adolescents and adults. This is largely due to the fact that a good dental hygiene schedule sets the stage for pleasant experiences at the dentist’s office in the future. At your child’s first appointment, Dr. Thomas and his friendly team will ensure that he or she feels completely comfortable from the moment you walk in. Our practice is built upon the fundamental values of trust, family, and high-quality care, and we’re sure that you’ll be able to feel the difference; our practice is unlike any other in that we truly do treat each of our patients like family.

Your child’s dental health is a critical component of his or her overall wellbeing. Because tooth decay can lead to severe pain and damage if not treated promptly, it is important to schedule a routine dental checkup for your son or daughter at least once every six months. These visits not only help to keep little pearly whites clean, but also allow our team to catch small problems before they become more severe.

Schedule Your Child’s Dental Health Visit

Has it been more than six months since the last time your child visited our office? Perhaps you’re searching for the best children’s dentist in DFW and the surrounding areas, and this will be your first visit to our practice. Whether you are a new patient or have trusted Dr. Thomas for your child’s dental care for years, we can’t wait to see you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment, and learn more about what makes our practice stand out from the crowd when it comes to gently and properly caring for your child’s oral health. Located in beautiful Highland Village, TX, our office warmly welcomes families from throughout the surrounding Dallas communities, including Lewisville, Frisco, Plano, The Colony, Argyle, Prosper, Flower Mound, Lantana, and beyond.

Athletes and Oral Health: Why Do Runners Have More Cavities?

January 23, 2015

78459279A regular fitness regimen is a vital component of any healthy lifestyle, but do you know how your time at the gym impacts your oral health? At Highland Village Family Dentistry in Highland Village, TX, Dr. Ryan Thomas and his team encourage all of our patients to live as healthily as possible, and this includes offering patient education regarding all aspects of oral health. Today, we’d like to take a moment to share the results of an interesting study recently published in a Scandinavian scientific journal about the link between exercise and tooth decay.

Incidence of Tooth Decay Higher in Runners

According to a 2014 study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, athletes (particularly runners) tend to have more cases of tooth decay and enamel erosion than non-athletes. One of the primary reasons for this is diet; athletes commonly consume foods and beverages that are high in carbohydrates. A high-carb diet has been linked to a reduced pH level in the mouth, an issue that leads to an increased risk for cavities.

Another common concern for athletes is decreased production of saliva. Saliva protects the teeth from acidic bacteria, and when there isn’t enough saliva in the mouth, tooth decay risk increases. Because most runners tend to breathe through their mouths, the problem is compounded in situations of strenuous exercise.

While we would certainly never advise that our athletic patients abstain from their regular fitness routines, we do recommend that those who run regularly see Dr. Thomas for general dentistry checkups and thorough cleanings.

Special Dental Care for Athletes

At Highland Village Family Dentistry, our team places an immense amount of emphasis on not only your oral health, but your overall physical wellness, too. That’s why we are always happy to talk with you about ways to improve the health of your smile in a way that benefits your general well-being.

If you are an athlete and you are curious as to how your workout routine may be affecting your oral health, please don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule a visit with Dr. Thomas and our team. We can develop a treatment strategy that is customized to suit your unique needs in a way that complements your lifestyle. Our Highland Village, TX dental office warmly welcomes families from nearby communities in North Dallas, including Lantana, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Argyle, Plano, Frisco, The Colony, and more.

Finding Relief from Migraines and Chronic Jaw Pain with TMJ Disorder Treatment

January 10, 2015

462039415Do you suffer from frequent headaches and constant pain in your neck, jaw, and face? Have you ever woken up in the morning to a throbbing ache in your temples? These are among the most common symptoms of a condition called temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder. Dr. Ryan Thomas and the team at Highland Village Family Dentistry provide families in Highland Village, TX and beyond with a variety of general dentistry solutions, including TMJ disorder treatment.

Understanding TMJ Disorder & Treatment

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, approximately 5 to 12 percent of the adult population suffers from TMJ disorder, and women are twice as likely to be affected as men. Also referred to as TMJ dysfunction, this condition is characterized by a disorder of the joints that connect the jaw to the skull. These tiny, triangular joints allow you to open and close your mouth, move your jaw from side to side, and chew effectively.

When these delicate joints are damaged or misaligned for any reason, the nerve endings and muscles the surround them can cause immense pain that radiates throughout the face, neck, head, shoulders, and back. While over-the-counter pain relief medications can offer some respite, correcting the underlying cause of the symptoms is the only way to achieve lasting relief. Dr. Thomas will thoroughly assess your jaw and teeth to determine the reason for your TMJ disorder, offering his insight and counsel regarding your unique case. We may recommend an oral appliance (often called a nightguard or an oral splint) to prevent further damage to the joints, muscles, and teeth. If malocclusion is the cause of your TMJ disorder, we do offer orthodontic treatment as well.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you or a member of your family is affected by TMJ disorder and you’re ready to find lasting relief, our team is here to help. With the most advanced technology in the industry and a genuinely caring approach to dentistry, Dr. Thomas is your premier destination for TMJ therapy in the North Dallas area. Our state-of-the-art dental office in Highland Village, TX is privileged to serve the oral healthcare needs of families in Plano, Frisco, The Colony, Lantana, Argyle, Flower Mound, and beyond. Contact us today to learn more about TMJ disorder treatment and to schedule your consultation with our team.

Before Eating a Halloween Treat, Make Sure Your Child and Dentist Meet!

October 24, 2014

89793530Ask kids what they’re doing for Halloween and you’re likely to hear all about the costumes they’re planning to wear, the friends they’ll be trick-or-treating with, and the candy they will eat. And eat. And eat. Stop right there, please. A fun evening can quickly become a spooky nightmare if the candy gets out of hand. With this in mind, children’s dentist Dr. Ryan Thomas of Highland Village Family Dentistry in Highland Village, TX, offers the following tips for making sure your children’s teeth stay boootiful and healthy this Halloween.

  1. Make sure your children’s dental check-ups are up-to-date. Like you, they should see Dr. Thomas once every six months for a professional cleaning and exam. And children’s teeth can be helped by fluoride treatments and sealants, in particular. Sealants are plastic coatings that are “painted” on molars to protect them from bacteria that causes tooth decay.
  2. Make a candy eating schedule and stick to it! If possible, don’t let the kids eat candy for snacks. Save the candy for mealtime when other foods are eaten, too. Plaque loves the acid that sweet treats produce. But when we eat other foods, the additional saliva in the mouth breaks down the sugars more rapidly, thus decreasing the amount of acid produced.
  3. When you check the kids’ candy, set aside the pieces that seem too hard or too chewy for little teeth. And if those teeth have braces, then it’s all the more important to make sure the candy they eat won’t damage their braces or their teeth.
  4. Chewing sugar-free gum can be a great alternative if your children can’t brush their teeth right after eating candy. Like food, sugar-free gum increases the production of saliva. Even better, sugar-free gum with xylitol has been shown to reduce tooth decay.
  5. This may go without saying, but make sure your children brush and floss after they eat their Halloween candy. Following up with a fluoride rinse made especially for children may offer an added dose of protection against cavities.

Call Our Office Today

Dr. Ryan Thomas and the team at Highland Village Family Dentistry want to help you and your family have a happy Halloween. So, schedule an appointment today and make sure everyone’s teeth are strong and healthy. We conveniently serve patients in Highland Village, TX, as well as the surrounding cities of Flower Mound, Carrollton, Plano, Frisco, The Colony and all of the DFW Metroplex.

Why Choose Oral Cancer Screening at Highland Village Family Dentistry?

September 23, 2014

490822345Oral cancer is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer, affecting approximately 43,250 men and women in America every year. Early detection is key to successful treatment, and the most reliable way to diagnose the condition is via oral cancer screening at your local Highland Village, TX dentist’s office. At Highland Village Family Dentistry, Dr. Ryan Thomas believes that everyone should enjoy the full benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile. That is why we offer a broad range of general and family dentistry services, including oral cancer screening.

The Importance of Oral Cancer Screening

When most people think of oral cancer, some of the first things that come to mind are risk factors like smoking, chewing tobacco, alcohol abuse, and genetics. While these do play a role in the development of oral cancer, many patients who fall victim to the disease do not engage in any unhealthy behavior. This is why it is so important to visit Dr. Thomas at least once every six months. With specialized diagnostic technology, he can determine the presence of abnormal cells in their earliest stages. If a problem is detected, we can take action right away to help improve the likelihood of successful treatment.

Even with routine oral cancer screening at your biannual dental visits, it is still important to keep an eye out for suspicious symptoms that may indicate the presence of a problem. These include:

  • Lumps or areas of thicker tissue anywhere in the mouth
  • Ulcers or unusual sores that won’t go away within two weeks
  • Persistent hoarseness and/or cough
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Pain in the jaw or teeth
  • Difficulty moving your tongue
  • White or reddish patches in the mouth
  • Unexplained bleeding

If you notice any of these or other unusual symptoms, please call us to schedule an assessment.

Reserve Your Appointment Today

Has it been more than six months since your last general dentistry visit with Dr. Ryan Thomas? If so, the time to schedule your next appointment is now. Protect yourself and your family from the inherent dangers of oral cancer with thorough general dentistry checkups and oral cancer screening. This gentle, safe assessment has been proven to save lives, and it’s included as a part of your routine visit. Contact us today to learn more and to set a date for your visit. We look forward to helping you keep your smile healthy and looking its best. Our family-friendly office is conveniently located in Highland Village, TX, and we proudly serve patients from throughout the DFW Metroplex, including Lantana, Flower Mound, Plano, Frisco, Argyle, The Colony, Lewisville, and beyond.

Back to School Dental Checkups: Prepare Your Child’s Smile for Excellence!

August 10, 2014

140303575Your little ones have had a blast all summer, and now it’s time to head back to school for another fun-filled year. Make sure that your child’s teeth and gums are in excellent shape for the coming semester with general dentistry checkups at Highland Village Family Dentistry in Highland Village, TX. Dr. Ryan Thomas and his caring, experienced team specialize in offering effective, personalized care for your entire family, including preventive and general dentistry checkups and cleanings.

The Vital Importance of Back to School Dental Checkups

At your child’s general dentistry checkup with Dr. Thomas, we will take the time to thoroughly assess the health of each and every tooth, checking for the earliest signs of damage and decay. We will also evaluate your child’s gum health, offering suggestions and tips regarding good home hygiene as we go. Because we believe in building lasting partnerships with our youngest patients and their parents, you’ll always be kept apprised of your child’s oral health status. If we do find anything of concern, we’ll work with you to develop an effective treatment plan that fits your child’s needs and your lifestyle.

In order to prevent tooth decay (the most common childhood disease in America), we may recommend preventive measures like fluoride treatments and/or dental sealants. Sealants help protect teeth from invasive bacteria that cause decay, and fluoride remineralizes enamel to strengthen each tooth. Checkups like these also help to foster a lifelong love of good oral health, ensuring a bright future for your child’s smile.

Schedule Your Child’s Checkup Today

Contact our office today to reserve your son or daughter’s appointment with Dr. Thomas and our friendly, knowledgeable staff. As school gets underway and your schedule quickly fills with extracurricular activities and afterschool events, you’ll be glad you brought your little ones in to our office sooner rather than later. Our family-friendly office in Highland Village, TX warmly welcomes patients from throughout the surrounding areas of North Texas as well, including Flower Mound, Frisco, Plano, The Colony, Lantana, Argyle, and beyond.

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