The Plano Dentist – Dr. Kelly Kim https://www.theplanodentist.com Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:42:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 https://www.theplanodentist.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/cropped-favicon-01-32x32.jpg The Plano Dentist – Dr. Kelly Kim https://www.theplanodentist.com 32 32 Quirky Dental Facts That May Surprise You https://www.theplanodentist.com/blog/quirky-dental-facts-may-surprise/ Fri, 02 Feb 2018 17:07:33 +0000 https://www.theplanodentist.com/?p=2084 In today’s The Plano Dentist post, we share some fun facts about dentistry. Enjoy! Many general dentistry patients are aware that before there was formal dental training and licensing, barbers often performed dental procedures. But did you know that blacksmiths also moonlighted as dentists?1 How would you like your dental visit to involve tools used […]

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In today’s The Plano Dentist post, we share some fun facts about dentistry. Enjoy!

  • Many general dentistry patients are aware that before there was formal dental training and licensing, barbers often performed dental procedures. But did you know that blacksmiths also moonlighted as dentists?1 How would you like your dental visit to involve tools used to hammer hot metal?
  • The Mayans were very skilled at cosmetic dentistry. One smile style in Mayan culture was bejeweled teeth – a procedure that involved the drilling of holes to embed precious gems. That’s a grill with major bling! 1
  • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill up two swimming pools.2 (Not a very pleasant image, right?)
  • Nylon toothbrush bristles weren’t introduced until 1938. Prior to that, pig hair was a common bristle material.3 (“Mom, my toothbrush smells like bacon!”)
  • A popular toothache treatment in medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey.3 There is no evidence that it actually worked and it is unknown if the same remedy was used by donkeys.
  • Every person’s tongue is unique – just like a fingerprint.4
  • In medieval Japan, black teeth were considered appealing. Style-conscious women used roots to stain their teeth.3

At The Plano Dentist, you won’t find pig hair, donkeys, or anvils. You will find premium dental care and our comfortable and comprehensive team of dental professionals. Our menu of services includes: family dentistry, dental implants, and restorative dentistry. Contact The Plano Dentist today at 972-468-8279 to schedule an informative consultation.

1Gregory Myers,”10 Weird Facts About Teeth,” ListVerse, January 27, 2014, http://listverse.com/2014/01/27/10-weird-facts-about-teeth/, accessed on November 14, 2014
2Mouth Matters,” Visual.ly, August 28, 2012, http://visual.ly/your-mouth-matters-fun-dental-facts, accessed on November 14, 2014
3Chew on This, Fun Tooth Facts for a Healthy Mouth,” Delta Dental, http://www.deltadentalnc.org/MediaLibraries/Global/documents/Delta-Dental-Tooth-Tips-BF.pdf, accessed on November 12, 2014
4“New oral features can be considered unique as a fingerprint,” DentistryiQ, http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2014/01/new-oral-features-can-be-considered-unique-as-a-fingerprint.html, accessed on November 14, 2014

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972-468-8279

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3115 W Parker Rd Ste C538
Plano, Texas
75023

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Keeping Dental Patients Comfortable https://www.theplanodentist.com/blog/keeping-dental-patients-comfortable/ Fri, 26 Jan 2018 15:00:13 +0000 https://www.theplanodentist.com/?p=2092 To state the obvious, nobody enjoys pain. Dr. Bushey knows this, and that is why the comfortable and comprehensive dental team at The Plano Dentist have made patient comfort our first priority. In conjunction with creating a soothing environment, we have various medications that can reduce and even eliminate pain associated with different dental procedures to give […]

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Keeping Dental Patients Comfortable in Plano

To state the obvious, nobody enjoys pain. Dr. Bushey knows this, and that is why the comfortable and comprehensive dental team at The Plano Dentist have made patient comfort our first priority.

In conjunction with creating a soothing environment, we have various medications that can reduce and even eliminate pain associated with different dental procedures to give you a more enjoyable experience.

Some of the most common pain-relieving medications used in Dallas dentist offices and around the country are topical anesthetics. These are swabbed directly onto mouth tissue and numb the surface layers. Topical anesthetics can reduce the pain of mouth sores, or they can be applied to prepare the mouth for an injection.

Local anesthetics are injected into mouth tissue (usually the gums) to block the nerve sensations to individual areas of the mouth. Dentists frequently numb the mouth in this way before filling cavities, treating gum disease, or doing cosmetic dentistry procedures.

More involved dental procedures may necessitate nitrous oxide or even general anesthesia. Ask us about sleep dentistry and oral conscious sedation.

Dentists ordinarily recommend an OTC analgesic to relieve pain after a dental visit. These medications include aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.

Because your dentist will most likely administer a pain reliever during the dental visit or prescribe something for you to take after the procedure, make sure you jot down a complete list of medications you are taking, including herbal supplements, before each appointment.

I’m Dr. Johanna Bushey and I want patients to be informed about their dental care, especially as it pertains to pain relief during dental treatment. If you are in the Plano area and looking for quality dental care, I invite you to contact my office today at 972-468-8279.

Contact The Plano Dentist:

972-468-8279

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3115 W Parker Rd Ste C538
Plano, Texas
75023

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A Fresh Start After Losing A Tooth https://www.theplanodentist.com/blog/a-fresh-start-after-losing-a-tooth/ Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:00:21 +0000 https://www.theplanodentist.com/?p=2089 Here are a few questions to consider after a tooth extraction: Is a dental bridge cost-effective? Do I want to damage two healthy teeth to anchor the bridge? Should I decide on a partial denture? What about bone loss? What if you could have a fresh start? What if you could have a permanent, natural […]

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Plano Permanent Tooth Replacement Here are a few questions to consider after a tooth extraction: Is a dental bridge cost-effective? Do I want to damage two healthy teeth to anchor the bridge? Should I decide on a partial denture? What about bone loss?

What if you could have a fresh start? What if you could have a permanent, natural looking tooth replacement that would restore your smile and retain the healthy bone and gum tissue around the tooth root? If you elect a dental implant, you can.

A dental implant is a permanent replacement for all parts of the tooth. It consists of three parts: the titanium post, the abutment, and the restoration.

The Titanium Post
—Inserted directly into the jaw bone
—Extremely strong
—Titanium is unique in that it bonds with living bone tissue (also used in knee and hip replacement surgery)

The Abutment
—Can be made of gold, porcelain or titanium
—Permanently attached to the post (it will not slip and slide like dentures)

The Restoration (Crown)
—Usually made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy (PFM)
—Is made to match the color of surrounding teeth
—Will look as good or better than the tooth it replaced

Dental implant surgery is not an experimental treatment. The unprecedented materials and techniques have been tested and refined for several decades. Moreover, it has been performed by Plano dentists and prosthodontists for over twenty-five years. To schedule a dental implant consultation, call 972-468-8279.

Contact The Plano Dentist:

972-468-8279

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3115 W Parker Rd Ste C538
Plano, Texas
75023

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Makeovers For Busy Smiles https://www.theplanodentist.com/blog/makeovers-busy-smiles/ Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:29:18 +0000 https://www.theplanodentist.com/?p=2088 Have you been considering improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry but are afraid you can’t fit it into your hectic schedule? Let The Plano Dentist put your mind at ease. Cosmetic dentistry at The Plano Dentist is speedier than you think. Some procedures such as teeth bleaching can be done in just one visit to […]

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Have you been considering improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry but are afraid you can’t fit it into your hectic schedule? Let The Plano Dentist put your mind at ease.

Cosmetic dentistry at The Plano Dentist is speedier than you think. Some procedures such as teeth bleaching can be done in just one visit to our comfortable office.

If you are one of the many men and women who want to have their teeth aligned, check out the new orthodontic options including 6-month braces, Invisalign, and adult braces.

A porcelain veneer is a celebrated minimally invasive cosmetic dental procedure. Porcelain veneers can fix chipped teeth, cracked teeth, discolored teeth, and slightly misshapen teeth.

If you replace your old silver fillings with tooth colored fillings, you can open wide without flashing any silver. Your rear molars will look like they did before you had any cavities filled. (How long ago was that?)

At The Plano Dentist, we create dazzling smiles every day. It’s your turn! Call us today at 972-468-8279!

Because everyone deserves to smile!

Contact The Plano Dentist:

972-468-8279

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3115 W Parker Rd Ste C538
Plano, Texas
75023

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Rather Have A Root Canal? https://www.theplanodentist.com/blog/rather-have-a-root-canal/ Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:00:36 +0000 https://www.theplanodentist.com/?p=2085 Have you ever heard the phrase ‘I’d rather have a root canal’ to describe something painful or unpleasant? At The Plano Dentist, we perform root canal (endodontic) therapy routinely for our patients and many report minimal discomfort. Root canal procedures have advanced significantly in recent years. For many root canal patients, the procedure is no […]

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Plano Endodontics Have you ever heard the phrase ‘I’d rather have a root canal’ to describe something painful or unpleasant? At The Plano Dentist, we perform root canal (endodontic) therapy routinely for our patients and many report minimal discomfort.

Root canal procedures have advanced significantly in recent years. For many root canal patients, the procedure is no worse than getting a filling from your The Plano Dentist dental professional.

At The Plano Dentist, our goal is to help our root canal patients avoid the necessity of endodontic treatment by providing vital dental care. However, if root canal therapy is necessary to preserve a tooth, we provide the most advanced endodontic treatment in Texas.

How do you know if you need a root canal? You should meet with your The Plano Dentist dental professional immediately if you experience tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, tooth injury, gum swelling, gum pain, or lymph node tenderness or drainage. However, for some endodontic patients, there are no symptoms. That is why it is vital to visit your endodontic dentist regularly for a thorough dental examination and dental cleaning.

Call The Plano Dentist at 972-468-8279 to schedule an appointment.
  We are dedicated to the highest standard of dental care.

Because everyone deserves to smile!

Contact The Plano Dentist:

972-468-8279

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3115 W Parker Rd Ste C538
Plano, Texas
75023

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Gum Health Affects Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes https://www.theplanodentist.com/blog/gum-health-affects-risk-of-type-2-diabetes/ Fri, 22 Dec 2017 15:00:20 +0000 https://www.theplanodentist.com/?p=2078 At The Plano Dentist, we are concerned not only with the condition of your mouth, but also with how it influences your health in general. Today’s post looks at the connection between diabetes and oral health. Scientists have known for quite some time that people with diabetes have higher rates of gum disease. Maintaining proper […]

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At The Plano Dentist, we are concerned not only with the condition of your mouth, but also with how it influences your health in general.

Today’s post looks at the connection between diabetes and oral health.

Scientists have known for quite some time that people with diabetes have higher rates of gum disease. Maintaining proper blood glucose levels is the key to minimizing the risk of gum disease and related problems for those affected.

Researchers are now looking into whether poor oral health increases the risk of developing diabetes. Findings from a long-term study suggests that it does.

“We found that over two decades of follow-up, individuals who had periodontal disease were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life when compared to individuals without periodontal disease.” -Ryan T. Demmer, PhD, MPH1

Additional trials are exploring how tooth and gum health impacts the ability of diabetics to manage the disease.

“Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.”2

If you have diabetes, it is vital that you see a dentist regularly and are dedicated to daily oral hygiene, proper nutrition, and other important practices. Furthermore, your success in controlling your blood glucose levels will improve your oral health and vice-versa.

If you don’t have a dentist and live in Plano or the greater Dallas area, give our office a call at 972-468-8279. Our experienced staff will treat your teeth and gums to a professional dental cleaning. Then, we will create a great plan for improving and maintaining your dental health for life, including working with your other doctors if necessary.

1Angelo Milone, “Does periodontal disease cause type 2 diabetes?,” Endocrine Today, November 2008, http://www.healio.com/endocrinology/diabetes/news/print/endocrine-today/%7Bacdccbd7-a2b2-4a9e-ac08-b29b53116908%7D/does-periodontal-disease-cause-type-2-diabetes, accessed August 12, 2015
2“Diabetes and Oral Health Problems,” American Diabetes Association, September 18, 2012, http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/oral-health-and-hygiene/diabetes-and-oral-health.html#sthash.9IlHJB8l.dpuf, accessed August 12, 2015

Contact The Plano Dentist:

972-468-8279

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3115 W Parker Rd Ste C538
Plano, Texas
75023

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Just Like Natural Teeth (Naturally Perfect Teeth, That Is!) https://www.theplanodentist.com/blog/just-like-natural-teeth-naturally-perfect-teeth-that-is/ Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:00:10 +0000 https://www.theplanodentist.com/?p=2070 Hello, friends and neighbors in the Plano area! Have you been searching for the right dentist to fix your crooked, stained, or chipped teeth? The team at The Plano Dentist wants to end your search! We specialize in porcelain veneers, which are a phenomenal, minimally-invasive answer for cracked, stained, or chipped teeth. Porcelain veneers are […]

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Hello, friends and neighbors in the Plano area! Have you been searching for the right dentist to fix your crooked, stained, or chipped teeth? The team at The Plano Dentist wants to end your search! We specialize in porcelain veneers, which are a phenomenal, minimally-invasive answer for cracked, stained, or chipped teeth.

Porcelain veneers are custom-fitted glass-like porcelain shells that are permanently attached to the surface of the teeth that need correcting.

A veneer can beautify a tooth’s color, shape, size, or length. The porcelain closely resembles authentic tooth enamel so you will look like you were born with a perfect smile. Our veneers are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth – naturally perfect teeth, that is.

Because we offer porcelain veneers that are customized and fitted perfectly to your teeth, you can fix several problems at once with just one treatment.

Fix chips and cracks without compromising the healthy tooth structure.

When considering porcelain veneers, it’s vital that you have them done the right way by a trusted cosmetic dentist. When done the right way, porcelain veneers can stay strong and our dentists and experienced ceramists will ensure that your porcelain veneers are done right. Then we will provide you with the information you need so you can preserve your dazzling new smile!

Contact The Plano Dentist:

972-468-8279

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3115 W Parker Rd Ste C538
Plano, Texas
75023

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The Health And Beauty Consequences Of Missing Teeth https://www.theplanodentist.com/blog/the-health-and-beauty-consequences-of-missing-teeth/ Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:00:46 +0000 https://www.theplanodentist.com/?p=2054 Today’s post focuses on missing teeth and bone health. Our teeth have many critical functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to shrink. This, in turn, […]

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Today’s post focuses on missing teeth and bone health.

Our teeth have many critical functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to shrink. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse.

Bone Metabolism

We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, below the seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes – kind of like a sponge. In the interior bone tissue, the bone is consistently regenerating itself. This vital process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movement of the teeth stimulate this process of rebuilding. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.

People with missing teeth not only have an unattractive gap in their smile, they begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging.  It is not simply an issue of attractiveness – it poses serious health dangers. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get adequate nutrition. Mental health can also be affected when a patient with missing teeth loses confidence in themself or withdraws from social situations because they are self-conscious about their smile.

Dental Implants Can Prevent Bone Recession

Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For patients missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with an implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.

What if your bone has shrunken so much that there is not enough to support an implant? You may be a candidate for bone augmentation or bone grafting. This procedure is routinely performed with success.

If you are missing teeth, don’t resign yourself to dentures. Tooth implants can provide a remarkable smile! Schedule a consultation by calling 972-468-8279.

Contact The Plano Dentist:

972-468-8279

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3115 W Parker Rd Ste C538
Plano, Texas
75023

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Dental Check Up — How Often? https://www.theplanodentist.com/blog/dental-check-%c2%97-often/ Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:00:35 +0000 https://www.theplanodentist.com/?p=2062 When is the last time you had a dental checkup? Most individuals need a dental check-up every six months. If you have a higher risk for oral diseases, we advise you to receive an examination every four months. Welcome to The Plano Dentist. If you do not currently have a dentist or are not satisfied […]

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When is the last time you had a dental checkup? Most individuals need a dental check-up every six months. If you have a higher risk for oral diseases, we advise you to receive an examination every four months.

Welcome to The Plano Dentist. If you do not currently have a dentist or are not satisfied with your provider, we invite you to learn about our practice and meet our team. We believe that you will like what you find. Many patients entrust us with their dental health and we enjoy the relationships we have with them. Give us a call at 972-468-8279 to make an appointment.

Know The Risk Factors For Oral Problems

Most people are in a medium to low risk category for dental problems. However, if you use tobacco or alcohol, eat a lot of sugar, have an eating disorder, have poor oral hygiene behaviors, or suffer from medical conditions that influence your mouth, you are likely in a higher risk category. It is vital to your dental and physical health to have your teeth checked right away.

I analyze many factors to determine the condition of your oral health and the outlook for your future. I want you to have the healthiest teeth possible so that you can enjoy a beautiful smile for life. The philosophy ‘”Ignore it and it will go away,” does not apply to a tooth or gum problem. 

Call 972-468-8279 to schedule a check-up. We hope to hear from you soon.

Contact The Plano Dentist:

972-468-8279

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3115 W Parker Rd Ste C538
Plano, Texas
75023

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Plano Dental News: Poor Oral Health And Heart Disease https://www.theplanodentist.com/blog/plano-dental-news-poor-oral-health-and-heart-disease/ Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:00:54 +0000 http://www.theplanodentist.com/?p=2031 Attention dental patients: brushing twice daily may help decrease your risk of heart disease. Scientists, dentists, and cardiologists have known for many years that there is a link between inflammation in the mouth (gum disease) and heart problems, However, a recent study studied oral health habits and heart disease risk. Science Daily reported on the […]

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Top Plano Family Dentists Attention dental patients: brushing twice daily may help decrease your risk of heart disease. Scientists, dentists, and cardiologists have known for many years that there is a link between inflammation in the mouth (gum disease) and heart problems, However, a recent study studied oral health habits and heart disease risk. Science Daily reported on the study which was published in the British Medical Journal.

I quote from the Science Daily article:

“The authors, led by Professor Richard Watt from University College London, analyzed data from over 11,000 adults who took part in a Scottish Health Survey. The research team analyzed data about lifestyle behaviors such as smoking, physical activity, and oral health routines.”

“Once the data was adjusted for established cardio risk factors, the researchers found that participants who reported less frequent toothbrushing had a 70 percent extra risk of heart disease compared to individuals who brushed their teeth twice a day.”

The Scottish survey is one of many that validates the link between oral health and overall strength. Simply put: you aren’t healthy unless your gums and teeth are healthy.

It doesn’t matter if you are a lean distance runner with a pulse of fifteen beats a minute and a blood pressure of 100 over 60. It doesn’t matter if you are a vegan who has eaten a nutritionally balanced, low-fat diet for the past five years. If you have inflamed gums and dental caries, you are at risk for detrimental issues in other areas of the body.

The phone number for The Plano Dentist is 972-468-8279. If you have concerns about your oral health, I invite you to schedule an examination today.

Perhaps your teeth and gums are healthy but you wish your smile was more attractive. We can help you there also with a cosmetic dental smile makeover. Porcelain veneers, crowns, inlays/onlays, and orthodontia are all available to solve any cosmetic problems you wish to have repaired.

If you have a small child who has not yet visited a dentist, it is essential to schedule an exam today. My comfortable and comprehensive team and I will help keep your child’s smile beautiful for life.

To read the entire Science Daily article, see http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100527204227.htm

Or call us at 972-468-8279 for more information.

Contact The Plano Dentist:

972-468-8279

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3115 W Parker Rd Ste C538
Plano, Texas
75023

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