Frequently Asked Questions
At what age should my children start seeing Dr. Kumar?
At Wylie Village Dentistry, we believe that oral health starts early, so we see children as young as three. If your child, however, has any kind of dental problem before that age, please call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Kumar. We usually ask for you to bring your child in for a Happy Visit before he or she reaches age three. These visits allow kids to get familiar with our practice and team.
During a child’s first checkup, we do a tooth-by-tooth inspection and periodontal exam. Dr. Kumar makes sure teeth are developing correctly and checks for tooth decay or other concerns. As your child begins to grow older, we recommend routine checkups. We’re committed to teaching your children how to properly care for their teeth at home, ensuring that they maintain optimal oral health.
How do I know if invisible braces are right for me?
Invisible braces aren’t for everyone. Adults with diligent hygiene habits typically benefit most from treatment. In addition, ClearCorrect works best if you have slightly crowded or widely spaced teeth. ClearCorrect can also help with bite issues, such as crossbites, overbites, and underbites. After a consultation, Dr. Kumar can determine if invisible braces will work in your case. We also offer traditional braces and porcelain veneers as alternatives.
Do you provide mouth-guards for athletes?
Because a large percentage of sports injuries involve the face, we recommend mouth-guards to all our patients who participate in athletics. According to the ADA, boxers and hockey players aren’t the only kind of athletes who should wear mouthguards. Cyclists, weightlifters, gymnasts, and other recreational athletes should wear mouthguards, as well. At Wylie Village Dentistry, we create custom mouth-guards that form to the contours of your mouth for optimal comfort and function.
What is Sedation Dentistry? Do you offer it?
Sedation dentistry gives hope to patients who experience fear and anxiety at the dentist. Safe and easy, it allows us to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health, while you stay calm and comfortable during treatments. We offer a range of sedation options at our Wylie dental practice, such as oral sedation, nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas), and IV sedation.
IV Sedation involves a trained anesthesiologist who comes to the office to sedate you. This method allows us unprecedented control over relaxation levels, so we can tailor the sedation to your specific needs. Depending on the amount of sedative you receive, you will feel extremely relaxed, drowsy, or you may fall asleep completely. Typically, patients remain conscious and can respond to questions but do not experience extreme nervousness or discomfort, remembering little about the appointment afterwards.
Oral Conscious Sedation involves a medication taken orally prior to your visit. This method allows patients to feel relaxed in the dental chair, while remaining conscious and able to answer the dentist’s questions. Although your dental procedures may take hours, you will feel as if they take only minutes. Some patients become so relaxed that they fall asleep in the dentist’s chair. The effects of the sedative typically subside the following day.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation involves a colorless, odorless gas inhaled through a nasal mask. Many people know nitrous oxide as laughing gas. We will control the amount of nitrous you receive to ensure your safety. Once you begin breathing the gas, you will feel relaxed, so the dentist can perform your dental work while you stay completely comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide subside once we remove your mask, so if nitrous is the only anesthesia you receive, you will be capable of driving yourself home following the visit and can continue your daily activities as normal.
Is gum disease dangerous? Can you treat it?
Affecting some 80 percent of the American population, gum disease hides in your mouth and destroys gum tissue and teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss. According to scientific research, there is a direct connection between gum disease and other health issues, including strokes, heart disease, osteoporosis, respiratory problems, diabetes complications, low birth weight, and dementia.
We can detect symptoms of gum disease before they take effect. In early stages, you can sometimes prevent it by improving oral hygiene and changing your oral care products. If gum disease, however, has already set in, we offer a range of therapies that we can use to treat it, including:
- Scaling – to remove hardened plaque from below the gum line
- Root Planing – to reduce rough areas on teeth roots
- Antibiotic Therapy – to battle infection
- Laser Treatment – to remove bacteria and promote gum reattachment
- Surgery – advanced cases may require the care of a periodontist, in which case we will refer you to a trusted colleague
Does Dr. Kumar refer patients to specialists?
Because we provide comprehensive dental care, we rarely refer patients to specialists. We strive to meet all your dental needs in one convenient location. Dr. Kumar offers a range of cosmetic dentistry treatments, including professional teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and porcelain crowns. Dr. Kumar also offers comprehensive orthodontic treatments, including traditional braces and ClearCorrect invisible braces. For those seeking more advanced dental care, we also provide periodontics and endodontics. Dr. Kumar places dental implants, performs root canals, and provides non-surgical gum disease therapy.