Your dentist Plano TX, David Wilhite DDS, is a dental office located off of Parker Road in Plano, TX. Our dental services include:
- Periodontal Gum Disease Treatment
- Dental Fillings
- Tooth Extraction
- Root Canals
- TMJ Disorder
- Oral Cancer Screening
- Sedation Dentistry
- Dental Implants
- Full Mouth Restoration
- Porcelain Crowns
- Porcelain Veneers
- Invisalign Braces
- Teeth Whitening
- Children’s Dental Care
- Thumb Sucking & Pacifier Use
- Addressing Dental Fear
- Baby Dental Care
- Fun Stuff for Kids
Our motto is “Together we will create your new smile,” meaning you are the most important person in our practice, and the most essential player on our dental team.
David Wilhite is a Doctor of Dental Surgery with more than 30 years of dental experience. We truly take our patients care and experience very seriously.
We’ve done some Q&A with Dr Wilhite in the past. Here are some highlights from your dentist Plano TX:
How does teeth whitening work?
Prior to any whitening procedure, a thorough cleaning is recommended…On the day of your whitening appointment, your teeth will be isolated to protect your lips and gums before the whitening gel is applied to your teeth.
My dentist told me that due to my heavy clenching I could only have gold crowns on my molars. Are there any alternatives?
We frequently give patients porcelain crowns as well, although BruxZir crowns may be the best solution in your case.
What can be done about my headaches and TMJ problems?
The common denominator of TMJ (Temporomandibular joint) headaches and migraines is what is known as bruxism (clenching and grinding)…There are a variety of possible treatments.
You can read more Q&A on our blog, see our before and after Smile Gallery, and read testimonials.
What is TMJ?
Dr. Wilhite has helped hundred of patients who suffer from TMJ Disorder, migraine headaches, and tooth grinding. Frequently asked TMJ questions include “what is TMJ?” TMJ disorders can cause pain in your jaw joint and the surrounding muscles. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. TMJ pain can look different for different patients. For example, some experience continuous pain, others have pain that comes and goes. Some who suffer from TMJ Disorder experience a locking, stiff jaw or experience a pop when they open and close their mouth.
Frequently asked TMJ questions: What are symptoms?
While different patients experience different symptoms, here is a list of symptoms that someone suffering from TMJ Disorder might experience:
Pain or tenderness in your jaw
Jaw clicking and popping
Pain in your jaw joints
Pain in or around your ears
Earaches or ear pain
Popping sounds in ears
Pain while chewing
Facial pain or aching
Locking of the jaw joint
Neck stiffness or aches
What are TMJ exercises for pain relief?
Because TMJ pain symptoms are different between patients, there is no universal exercise for TMJ pain relief. However, some people have found that TMJ exercises can help ease the pain. TMJ exercises work to achieve four basic goals: strengthening the jaw, stretching the temporomandibular joint, improving the mobility of the temporomandibular joint, and providing relaxation to treat stress-induced TMJ pain. Learn some of the exercises here.
Frequently asked TMJ questions: What is TMJ treatment?
Most TMJ treatment begins with the most conservative, least invasive procedures. After exercises, other options may include the NTI mouth guard device. It is used to treat appropriate cases of TMJ when the root cause is teeth grinding and clenching. Another option is using Botox injections to end TMJ pain. For those who cannot control their daytime clenching, Botox often produces good results by reducing the intensity of muscle contractions.
Getting a tooth knocked out can be stressful but following these steps can help you learn how to save a tooth that has been knocked out.
1. Place the tooth in milk if it has knocked out entirely
2. Reposition the tooth in the socket if possible
3. Handle the tooth by the crown (chewing area) and not the root
4. Do not dry the tooth
5. Keep the tooth moist at all times, but do not store in tap water
6. Do not wrap the tooth in tissue or paper towels
7. See your dentist as soon as possible, within 30 minutes of the injury
8. It is possible to save a tooth if it has been knocked out for more than an hour if the following steps have been followed
Going to the dentist is the source of fear for many Americans. It’s estimated that nearly 30 to 40 million people in America avoid seeing the dentist because of fear. Simple checkups and visits to the dentist can cause fear and anxiety in anyone, but it comes with the cost of oral health.
The following ideas may help you to enjoy going to the dentist for your next checkup.
To schedule your dental check-up in Plano, TX call: (972) 964-3774
Worried About Pain?
Increased technology leads to more comfort. If it has been several years since your last visit to the dentist, you may be relieved to know that technology continues to increase and there are many gentle ways to clean and work on teeth. If you’ve had tooth sensitivity after a cleaning session in the past, mention it to your dentist before your next one. Your dentist or dental hygienist will take care to be extra gentle working in your mouth.
Worried About Being Judged?
No one will judge you for the state of your oral health. It’s nearly impossible to have absolutely perfect teeth and it’s doubtful that any dentist or dental hygienists have seen perfect teeth. A professional staff would never criticize or judge you as a person because of a cavity or early gingivitis (or any other oral issue). If you find a staff that does not make you feel comfortable, look for a new office to attend.
Think Of Your Teeth
After visiting the dentist, you’ll want to smile and show off your teeth. Teeth are whiter, healthier, and much cleaner than can be accomplished by home treatments alone, after seeing the dentist. In fact, fluoride treatments and tartar removal can only be done by a dentist or a dental hygienist. These are important procedures that keep your enamel strong and protect your mouth from gingivitis.
The more you prolong a visit, the more likely you are to develop periodontal (gum) disease, which affects nearly half of all Americans. This can lead to gums receding and bleeding and even tooth loss. Use the motivation to have healthy teeth to guide you into the dentist’s office with confidence. You’ve got this!
Are you ready for a checkup or dental work?
Contact us today to set up your consultation. We can discuss your goals and options for teeth whitening.
We can also talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.
David Wilhite is a Plano Texas Dentist specializing in gum disease treatment with over 30 years of experience in general and cosmetic dentistry. He can help you with everything from consultation, to a check-up, to cleaning, whitening, and full mouth restoration.
Together we will transform your smile!
Why Do I Grind My Teeth?
Anxiety and stress can cause many negative reactions in the body and teeth grinding is one of them. However, most cases of teeth grinding occur subconsciously while sleeping. It is estimated that nearly 80% of people that grind their teeth do it subconsciously. Sleep apnea may also play a part in teeth grinding.
Related: What can be done about apnea and snoring?
How Do I Know If I Grind My Teeth?
Many people are not aware that they are grinding their teeth at all. A dull headache, facial pain, tooth sensitivity, or sore jaw upon waking up is a surefire sign of teeth grinding at night. Pain that feels like an earache can also be a symptom. Sometimes teeth grinding can be heard by others in the home, while the tooth grinder is asleep. A dentist can also identify signs of tooth wear from grinding.
Why Is It Bad To Grind My Teeth?
Long term tooth grinding can lead to tooth wear, fracture, periodontal (gum) disease, loss of teeth, abfraction (loss of tooth structure not caused by tooth decay), and painful Tempromandibular (jaw joint) issues. To repair the damage from grinding, dentists may use root canals, crowns, bridges, and even dentures.
How Can I Stop Grinding My Teeth?
There are a variety of options to help solve teeth grinding issues. Some dentists will fit patients will mouth guards or dental guards to wear when they sleep. Some cases of grinding need dental correction in which a dentist reshapes teeth or crowns for better alignment and prevention of further grinding issues. If the cause of grinding is stress related, patients can find relief in stress counseling or therapy. Lastly, breaking the habit of jaw clenching during the day can also help prevent tooth grinding.
If you suspect you grind your teeth, contact your dentist for an appointment to diagnose and treat your issues.
Women who are postmenopausal with osteoporosis are at a greater risk of losing their teeth. Tooth loss can be both painful and embarrassing and have an impact on quality of life. A recent study conducted by researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine sought to find which treatment for tooth loss “provides women with the highest degree of satisfaction in their work and social lives.” The answer, according to Leena Palomo, associate professor of periodontics and corresponding author of “Dental Implant Supported Restorations Improve the Quality of Life in Osteoporotic Women” appears to be dental implants.
Participants and Results
Participants in the study were osteopathic women who had one or more adjacent teeth missing. The 237 participants were given a 23-question survey that reported women’s satisfaction with their replacement teeth and how they rated their satisfaction with aspects of their lives, including health, work, emotional, and sexual. Of the women surveyed, 64 had restorative work done including implants, 60 had a fixed partial denture, 47 had a removable denture (or false teeth), 66 had no restorative work done at all. Women who had dental implants reported an overall higher satisfaction with life. Women with fixed dentures scored the next highest, followed by those with false teeth. Women with no restorative work were last. Interestingly, women with fixed implants scored the highest in the emotional and sexual satisfaction areas while women with no restorative work done scored the lowest.
These finding suggest women with fixed dental implants have a higher satisfaction with life, which may lead to increased confidence and self-esteem. The researchers hope that their findings will help doctors make decisions as to what is best for patients.
You can read the findings in the Journal of International Dentistry.