Finding Out What You Need to Know
How does the doctor keep up to date on all of the current techniques and materials?
Dr. Dillard subscribes to the latest industry journals to keep tabs on research and developments in dentistry. He also takes time on a regular basis for continuing education and is active on several dental-related internet sites, as well. Our entire team attends an annual convention to improve our areas of expertise. As a team and individuals, we make it our responsibility to be familiar with the latest techniques and materials available.
Do you accept my insurance plan?
Our office accepts most major insurance plans that let you select your dentist. We are not, however, on any managed care lists. Our team is well-versed in the latest coverage trends, and we’re more than happy to discuss the particulars of your plan with you prior to your treatments. Call if you have questions.
What are my payment options?
We accept cash, check, American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Low- and no-interest payment plans are available through CareCredit.
I have a temporary crown in my mouth. What happens if it comes off or breaks?
If your temporary crown comes off, the best solution is to re-adhere the piece onto the tooth, using either toothpaste (yes – it works!) or over-the-counter dental cement found in most drugstores. Simply hold the crown in place for about two minutes after applying the adhesive, then be careful not to use that side of your mouth. You'll want to call our Carrollton dental office and set up an appointment for the next business day. If the crown breaks into pieces, call Dr. Dillard right away to inform him of the situation. He’ll advise you accordingly.
How can I have whiter teeth?
To whiten smiles dramatically, safely, and effectively, we offer in-office Zoom! Whitening, as well as take-home teeth bleaching. Porcelain veneers and dental bonding can also transform the look of discolored teeth. Dr. Dillard will evaluate your needs and suggest the appropriate treatment to deliver the desired results. Call today to schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation.
What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?
Our entire team is well-versed in state-of-the-art sterilization techniques designed to ensure patient safety. This includes barrier methods to prevent passing germs – wearing gloves and facemasks, and using disposable coverings on our chair headrests and light handles. Plus, we heat sterilize all instruments in our specialized sanitation center after each patient use. Each treatment room contains its own water source, which is flushed with sterilization fluid on a regular schedule. We also conduct monthly tests on sterilizers and our water supply.
I don't like drills. Are there any other options?
Yes, there are! Dr Dillard is always on the forefront of technology which gives his patients the most high quality dentistry available. One way he does this is by constantly investing in new technology. This applies specifically to this question because he is able to remove cavities without the need for injections or anesthesia. This is done using the Fotona Lightwalker AT laser. There are amazing benefits with this laser, such as minimally invasive tooth preparations that conserve as much healthy tooth structure as possible. There is no micro-fracturing of enamel which is very common with the standard high speed drill and along with a 90% reduction in the need for local anesthesia, the healing process is much faster. Additionally, there is no vibration or loud noise from the high speed handpiece that has been traditionally used, as well as disinfection of the remaining tooth structure eliminating any left over bacteria. It's especially great for children and teenagers as it eliminates the "needle and drill" exposure, which greatly reduces their anxiety during appointments and at future visits. All in all, this laser offers an amazing treatment option for those who want to stay away from the traditional shot and drill that dentistry has become infamous for."
Is it bad if my gums bleed after I brush my teeth?
Healthy gums do not bleed. If you see blood on the toothbrush or in the sink after you brush, you need to pay attention. Bleeding gums may be a sign of rough scrubbing instead of gentle brushing, using a hard-bristled toothbrush instead of a soft one, plaque and/or tartar buildup below the gum line, or gum sensitivity due to periodontal disease. If the problem persists despite correct brushing and flossing methods, or if it occurs every time you brush, please contact our office to set up a periodontal evaluation. Dr. Dillard offers non-surgical treatments to eliminate gum disease and restore gums to good health.
Do I really have to floss every day? I mean, what's the big deal?
It's been said, "Only floss the teeth you want to keep." And that's no exaggeration! Daily flossing is critical for optimal oral health. It loosens food particles in tight spaces that your toothbrush can’t reach, gets rid of plaque buildup that brushing alone doesn’t remove, and exercises your gum tissues. Most importantly, flossing helps prevent gum disease, a serious condition that can reduce your lifespan. So, think of daily flossing as the finishing touch after brushing and insurance for your smile and your health.
I want my front teeth to look better, but I don't want to wear braces, what can you do to help?
Dr. Dillard offers a number of ways to improve the look of front teeth without the use of unsightly braces. For slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth, he may suggest a bit of dental bonding or the application of porcelain veneers to deliver a bright, uniform look. Some patients may benefit from all-porcelain crowns or inlays/onlays. In most situations, we can perform these enhancements in only two appointments! Call today to schedule a consultation. We'd be happy to talk with you further about the option that best suits your needs.
I have a missing tooth and/or a tooth that needs to be extracted. How can I fill that space?
Today, dental implants are the ideal choice for tooth replacement, due to their natural look, their unmatched durability, and their valuable oral health benefits. Better yet, instead of having to visit an outside surgeon, Dr. Dillard is able to complete every step of the implant process right here at his Carrollton office, ensuring that every patient has an experience that’s convenient and comfortable. You’ll be amazed by your new implants look and feel once you’ve completed treatment. In fact, after a while, many patients forget that they ever lost a tooth in the first place!
Can you show me my smile before I get any cosmetic work done?
Yes, we can! Our team can take impressions of your teeth and have a custom lab wax-up created, which will show you what your crowns/veneers will look like prior to placement. This is very beneficial because it allows you to ensure that your smile will look exactly how you want it before any permanent restorations are fabricated. Plus, since you will be wearing temporary crowns/veneers while the permanent pieces are being made, the wax up can also be used to create the temporaries, which will give you the chance to change your smile for the better instantly. It’s a win-win situation!
Call the dental office of Dr. Dillard today to schedule your appointment. Families in Carrollton, Farmer’s Branch, Addison, and surrounding areas appreciate our innovative approach to dental care with a focus on comfort and quality.