Summer Smiles Dental & Orthodontics

Dr. Sean Hsia Dr. Thuy Do-deLatour (214) 383-5562 913 W. Stacy Rd, Suite 180
Allen, TX 75013
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Dental FAQ

 

What makes your dental office different?

Everything! At Summer Smiles, we have incorporated the latest state-of-the-art technologies, cosmetic treatments, and patient amenities to create an environment designed to help you relax and make visiting our office less intimidating.

We pride ourselves with being the most technologically advanced practice in Allen and surrounding cities.  We have onsite 3D CAT scan, computer-guided implant planning & placement technology, laser soft tissue reshaping, digital x-rays, in-office crown and inlay fabrication (CEREC) for same day restoration delivery.  These are among some of the technologies that will be used in the planning and treatment of your oral health needs. Your dental treatment will employ the latest minimally invasive techniques and will be delivered in a comfortable setting.

Our team is very knowledgeable, highly qualified and friendly. We work hard to ensure that you feel comfortable and well cared for during your visit to our office. Our team members are always happy to answer your questions, so don't hesitate to ask!  We work toward developing lasting relationships based on honest communication, trust, and integrity. Our entire team will do everything possible to ensure that your dental experience is rewarding on many different levels.

If you'd like to experience the "difference", call us to schedule your first appointment. We'd like to meet you.

 

What does FICOI mean?

FICOI stands for Fellow of The International Congress of Oral Implantologists.  Fellow is the highest honor awarded by the ICOI.  In order to earn this prestigious status, the dentist has to complete 200 hours of continued education in implantology courses, provided documentation of a number of successful implant cases, and provided a letter of recommendation from a current ICOI member.  Dr. Hsia is proud to have earned this distinctive designation.

  

Does the dentist see emergency cases?

Yes. We will see emergency cases during regular business hours. After hours, we offer answering services in where patients of record can leave a message and it will page our Doctors.

 

At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?

We want to see your child when they have teeth! Most children respond well to a dental visit around age three, though the ADA recommends children have a first visit at one year of age. Bring your child with you to your appointment so that he or she can become acclimated to the dentist's office. If you notice any development problems with your child's mouth or teeth, call us to schedule a visit immediately. Otherwise, we'd like to begin teaching your children how to care for their teeth and gums when they reach three or four years of age. By age four or five, they can begin hygiene treatments and regular checkups.

 

How often should I see the dentist?

Children, teens, and adults should all see the dentist for a regular checkup at least once every six months. Patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease may be required to see the dentist more than just twice a year. You doctor will help determine how often you should visit the dentist for regular checkups.

 

If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?

Yes! In fact, it's even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can't reach. This causes bacteria to build up and can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.

 

My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to see a dentist?

Your teeth may feel fine, but it's still important to see the dentist regularly because problems can exist without you knowing. Your smile's appearance is important, and your dentist can help keep your smile healthy and looking beautiful. With so many advances in dentistry, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, missing, or misshapen teeth. Today's dentists offer many treatment choices that can help you smile with confidence, including:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Fillings that mimic the appearance of natural teeth

 

I avoid dental visits because of anxiety…is this normal? Can you help?

Many people fear dental visits because of negative past experiences or control issues. We understand dental anxiety and offer a solution to help you overcome your stress. With sedation dentistry, we can help you gain full peace of mind and body so that you can receive the dental work you need – and deserve.

 

Do you accept dental insurance?

Yes, we are in network with most PPO insurance providers.  Prior to your appointment, we will verify with insurance your benefits.  We file insurance claims, do follow ups and thoroughly explain any benefit questions your may have.  Please contact our practice for any insurance questions.

 

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