At Esthetic Image Dentistry, you never have to feel ashamed about coming to us with pained, decayed, or even missing teeth. Dr. Cheung can help you not only rebuild what’s been lost in a comfortable and effective fashion, but also give you the ongoing care and information you need to prevent these issues from happening in the future. If you’re in need of restorative care here in the Plano area, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.
With a new dental crown and/or bridge in place, patients can overcome dental injuries, advanced tooth decay, and even multiple missing teeth in a durable and lifelike fashion. Dr. Cheung will design your new restoration to be a precise fit for the rest of your smile, and patients can expect it to last for several years.
If you're embarrassed about your smile because of decay or dark fillings in your teeth, you may be a good candidate for composite resins. A silicon dioxide-filled, tooth-colored plastic mixture, composite resins can restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state. Composite resins represent several advantages over traditional silver or amalgam fillings.
Because composite resins are not made of metal, we can blend and mix shades to find the perfect color to match your natural teeth. This means only you and your dentist will know you have fillings. Another pro is that the tooth/composite bond actually supports the remaining tooth structure, deterring breakage and insulating against temperature changes. Medium and small composites can last seven to ten years – that’s as long as the tried and true amalgams. Best of all, composite resins allow us to keep more of your natural tooth structure intact than amalgams. We believe in conservative dentistry – the more natural tooth structure you keep, the better teeth you’ll likely have in the future.
Some patients experience mild and temporary post-placement sensitivity from composite resin fillings. The only caution we usually mention is that coffee, tea, and other staining foods and beverages may discolor your composites unless you ask to have them coated with a clear plastic sealant.
When you have a damaged or hurting tooth, waiting over the course of multiple appointments for your new dental crown can feel like an eternity. Thankfully, CEREC technology can simplify this process down to a single visit here in Plano. Dr. Cheung will take impressions, design your new restoration, create it with our in-house milling unit, and permanently place it within the mouth in record time without sacrificing any of the quality you deserve.
Dentures are the oldest form of tooth replacement that’s still in use today, and these prosthetics have just gotten better and better over time. Dr. Cheung offers several denture options here in the Plano area for patients to choose from. Full dentures are ideal for patients who’ve lost an entire row of natural teeth, while partial dentures can be used to replicate certain teeth while leaving the remaining healthy ones safely in place. If you’re looking for an even more lifelike and permanent option, an implant-retained denture can provide that for patients in need.
Root canals have a bad reputation. In reality, root canal therapy is a conservative option to extracting an internally infected tooth. Modern root canals can sometimes be completed in one visit with rotary endodontics. Dr. Cheung offers a spectrum of sedation and anesthesia options to ensure your total comfort and peace of mind during root canal therapy.
If you have a significant toothache, the pulp within your tooth’s inner canals could be infected. Injury or a deep cavity can cause bacteria to infiltrate the sensitive pulp, or nerve, inside a tooth. When the pulp is infected, pressure builds, causing pain. Pulp brings nutrients to a tooth and removes waste. During the formative years, teeth require this service. However, adult teeth do not grow. Therefore, the infected pulp can be removed, and the tooth can remain in place.
Dr. Cheung will talk with you about the procedure and let you know what to expect. If you have any concerns or questions, please ask! The better you understand root canal therapy, the more confident you’ll feel about your procedure.
Tooth extraction is never Dr. Cheung’s first choice when a patient is in pain, but this service might become an unfortunate necessity if all other restorative options have been exhausted. Our team will be sure to prioritize your comfort throughout this procedure, and we can also start arranging a quality tooth replacement option (if needed) as soon as possible. Our goal is to help you strengthen and protect both your oral health and your overall wellbeing.
Wisdom teeth, clinically called third molars, are no longer necessary for chewing our foods. Scientists tell us that wisdom teeth exist because early humans needed them. When wisdom teeth grow, they can cause pain and pressure. Sometimes, they become impacted, stuck in the jawbone where they cannot erupt. Other times, they come in, but there is no room to spare in the mouth. The wisdom teeth cause other teeth to shift out of place and become misaligned, altering the appearance and/or occlusion. Because of their location in the back of the mouth, third molars can be quite difficult to keep clean. They are prone to cavities and infections.
If you have problematic wisdom teeth, Dr. Cheung may recommend extraction. In a simple oral surgery, he can remove your wisdom teeth to relieve pain, crowding, and to make oral hygiene more effective.
Modern anesthesia and sedation make oral surgery, like extractions, comfortable. Don’t suffer from wisdom tooth pain. Talk about extraction with Dr. Cheung.