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My Teeth Moved After Braces – Do I Need Braces Again?

July 8, 2018

Happy dental patient in the dental chairIf you receive adequate orthodontic alignment and maintain appropriate retainer use, you shouldn’t need to worry about a need for orthodontic retreatment. Unfortunately, many patients struggle to keep up with their retainers and end up with smiles that shift back out of alignment following orthodontic treatment. There are a number of reasons this may occur and a few simple steps you can take to avoid shifting teeth. In this post, we’ll discuss causes of dental shifting and how you can prevent the need for orthodontic retreatment.
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Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

April 27, 2018

Smiling woman in dental chair talking to dentistOral cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer. It can affect patients of all ages, and contrary to popular belief, it is not limited to impacting the health of tobacco users. When a disease claims at least one life every hour and has a 50% mortality rate five years after diagnosis, it’s important that patients and doctors alike do their part to limit the impact of this disease. That’s why April has been dedicated oral cancer awareness month. We encourage patients to receive a screening for this deadly disease at least twice a year during dental checkups, and April is a good time to educate patients about the need for regular oral cancer assessments.
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Your Smile Can Sparkle Again with Our Fantastic Cosmetic Dentistry Services

July 22, 2015

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Cosmetic dentistry is one of the most popular areas of dentistry today. Think about it – these fantastic services can help anyone get the smile of their dreams, sometimes in just one office visit. Dr. Ryan Thomas and the rest of our dental staff are committed to giving you a smile that can turn heads in all the right ways. Our Highland Village, TX office can turn your smile around and give it the shine you’ve always desired. Whether it’s whitening treatment that you need or want a few teeth replaced that have been damaged due to cracks, fractures or a dental emergency, we can offer services that will get your smile looking and feeling beautiful once again. If you want to achieve a knockout smile, take advantage of our excellent cosmetic dentistry services.
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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.

The Simple Test that May Save Your Life: Oral Cancer Screening in Highland Village, TX

March 23, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-178361153Next month is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and we’d like to take some time today to discuss the importance of oral cancer screening at Highland Village Family Dentistry. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 43,250 men and women in America will be newly diagnosed in 2015. Only about half of those diagnosed will go on to live for another five years. Fortunately, oral cancer screening does help. With testing and treatment for this life-threatening condition, dentists and oral surgeons are helping mitigate the impact of oral cancer every year.

Common Symptoms of Oral Cancer

One of the most dangerous aspects of oral cancer is that it can go unnoticed for months before it begins causing visible or tactile symptoms. This is why screening is such a significant facet of general and preventive dentistry. When symptoms do appear, they typically include one or more of the following:

  • Sores anywhere in the mouth that do not heal after two weeks
  • Difficulty speaking, chewing, or swallowing
  • Any odd sensations, such as numbness, tingling, or persistent hoarseness
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Lumps or a thickening of tissue anywhere in the mouth
  • The appearance of white and/or red patches, frequently found under the tongue or along the lining of the cheeks

It is important to remember that oral cancer is most successfully managed when detected and treated in its earliest stages. Because the first signs of this aggressive disease are often difficult or impossible to see by yourself, oral cancer screenings with your Highland Village dentist are critical to continued oral health and overall wellness.

Schedule Your Oral Cancer Screening Today

The American Dental Association recommends that a thorough oral cancer screening be performed at least once per year during a periodic oral exam. If, of course, you notice any of the above symptoms or any other abnormalities, please do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas. Our team genuinely looks forward to providing you with exceptional care in a warm and welcoming office environment that makes you feel right at home.

Conveniently located in Highland Village, TX, our family-friendly dental practice is privileged to serve patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Frisco, Plano, Prosper, Flower Mound, The Colony, Argyle, Lantana, and beyond.

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.

Dental Implants: Welcome the New Year with a New Smile!

December 23, 2014

151545340According to the American College of Prosthodontists, approximately 178 million men and women in the United States are missing at least one of their natural teeth. Of these, an estimated 37 million are completely edentulous (missing all of their teeth). If you are missing one or more teeth, the team at Highland Village Family Dentistry invites you to make a unique type of resolution this New Year’s Eve. As 2015 begins, why not take this opportunity to begin a new chapter in your life with a completely revitalized smile? With dental implants, Dr. Ryan Thomas and his team can make repairing your smile easier than you may expect.

Dental Implants for a Gorgeous Smile in 2015

If you are missing even a single tooth, you understand what an impact this common oral health issue can have on your daily life. If the missing tooth shows when you smile or speak, you may feel less inclined to share your true self and personality with those who matter most. Even if you are missing a molar near the back of your mouth, it may prove exceedingly difficult to chew the foods you need to enjoy a healthy and happy life. If not replaced in a timely manner, a missing tooth can lead to the deterioration of jaw bone tissue. This may subsequently result in the loss of additional teeth.

Fortunately, it is possible to halt the loss of bone tissue with a restorative dentistry option that mimics the function of your natural teeth: dental implants. With a tiny titanium post, Dr. Thomas and his trusted team of implant specialists can effectively replace one or more missing teeth in a way that looks and feels completely natural. A custom crown, bridge, or denture is then attached to the biocompatible dental implant, thereby completing the process of total tooth replacement. You’ll love your new smile, an invaluable asset you’ll enjoy not only throughout 2015 but for years and years to come.

Schedule Your Dental Implants Consultation

Have you been considering dentures, a bridge, or another restorative option as a solution to your missing teeth? Allow the team at Highland Village Family Dentistry to help. Dr. Thomas and his staff are experienced, highly trained, and genuinely committed to the health and beauty of your smile. We would honestly love nothing more than to see you start off the New Year right with a healthy, strong, and attractive smile. Contact us today to schedule your consultation, and find out if dental implants are the right restorative dentistry solution for you. Our state-of-the-art dental practice in Highland Village, TX warmly welcomes patients from throughout the North Dallas area, including Lewisville, Lantana, Argyle, Flower Mound, The Colony, Plano, Frisco, and beyond.

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