Lakewood Dental Trails
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

At Lakewood Dental Trails, your concerns are our concerns. We want you to know that we are always more than happy to answer your questions so you can feel confident and informed about your oral health needs. Our dental team is highly experienced and knowledgeable about dentistry, and you can turn to any of them with your questions. They will either give you the information you need or find someone who can.

We've shared a few of the questions that our patients frequently ask. If you have others, don't hesitate to call us at (254) 206-3200 or email us using our convenient online contact form.


Patients commonly ask us why we need to take dental x-rays. The answer is that even the most comprehensive visual exam doesn’t give our dentists the complete picture. Much of what can go wrong with your oral health starts inside teeth or under the gums that we can’t see without a dental x-ray.

Dental x-rays provide a detailed picture of your oral so we can accurately diagnose or monitor a condition. They also become part of your dental history and are always available to view in the future.

How Often Do I Need Dental X-Rays?

How often we need updated x-rays depends on your dental condition, but the general guidelines from the American Dental Association are as follows:

Bitewing x-rays—These images capture your upper and lower back (posterior) teeth in two x-rays, one for each side. Each patient is different, but we typically recommend four bitewings every six to 12 months.

Full mouth x-rays—If you have no history of cavities or gum disease, we recommend full mouth x-rays every 2–3 years. For patients prone to these conditions, our dentist may recommend them once or twice a year.

Diagnostic x-rays—If you experience a toothache, we need to take an x-ray to see inside and between your teeth. We can’t treat what we can’t see, and a dental x-ray helps our dentist diagnose the problem and plan treatment accordingly.

Your Safety Is Our Priority

At Lakewood Dental Trails, your safety is our priority. Our digital imaging technology minimizes your radiation exposure by as much as 90 percent compared to film x-rays.

We provide maximum protection by using a shielded apron that x-rays can’t penetrate and limiting x-rays for pregnant women and very young children.

If you have other questions about x-rays or how we keep you safe at our Lakewood, TX dental office, please call us at (254) 206-3200.

Children's Dentistry

Trying to juggle dental appointments to accommodate your family’s oral health needs can be a nightmare. You have your schedule to work around as well as your kids’ sports activities or music lessons. How can you ever find a way to make it work and still keep up with all your obligations?

The answer is family dental appointments at Lakewood Dental Trails. Scheduling treatment for your all family members at one time simplifies your life and gives you and your children access to quality dentistry. Schedule one family appointment that fits everyone’s schedule, and that’s it!

We know there are a lot of obstacles that make it tempting to put off dental care, but we don’t want lack of convenient scheduling to be one of them. You’re already responsible for helping your children maintain healthy oral habits at home, so we support your at-home efforts with convenient, quality dental care.

You can also schedule a family appointment at our second office, Temple Dental Trails. Two locations give you even more options for scheduling appointments that fit your family’s needs.

Would you like to schedule a family dental appointment at our Temple, TX dental office? Please call us at (254)-206-3200.

Gum Disease Treatment

Regular teeth cleaning appointments—recommended every six months—are preventive because the purpose isn’t to treat gum disease but rather to keep it from developing. 

Periodontal maintenance appointments are recommended when our hygienist needs to target existing gum disease to prevent it from advancing. 

Preventive Teeth Cleanings

During your regular or prophy cleaning appointment, your hygienist removes stains, plaque, and tartar deposits on the tooth’s crown. They also measure the depth of periodontal pockets, which is the amount of space between your teeth and gums. 

Periodontal Maintenace Cleanings

Pockets over 4mm in depth indicate the presence of gum disease. In this case, our hygienist would recommend an appointment for a specialized deep cleaning called scaling and root planing. Your hygienist performs this procedure over two appointments, and it involves removing (scaling) plaque and tartar from your teeth and planing or smoothing the tooth’s roots.

Periodontal maintenance appointments occur after the deep cleaning procedure. Your hygienist develops a personalized treatment plan with cleanings scheduled at a frequency that’s right for you.

Most patients require periodontal maintenance appointments 3-4 times a year, including scaling below the gumline to control the progression of gum disease. 

Schedule Your Next Dental Cleaning with Us

Healthy smiles rely on healthy gums, and we can help you achieve both. Please call our Lakewood, TX dental office to schedule your next teeth cleaning appointment.

Restorative Dentistry

Patients with chipped and broken teeth in Temple, TX may think they have a major dental problem, but they’re really fairly easy to resolve. In fact, depending on the location and extent of tooth damage, we have three cosmetic dental options to choose from:

  • Dental bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Porcelain dental crowns

Of the three, dental bonding is the most conservative and affordable. It’s also versatile and can improve the appearance of other smile flaws. These include gapped teeth, teeth that appear too short or too small, or minor shape and size discrepancies.

Porcelain dental veneers can also address chipped and broken teeth, but the procedure for getting them is irreversible. For this reason, we usually recommend them for more complex smile flaws or a dramatic smile makeover.

If you have a poorly shaped or discolored tooth in the back of your mouth, we might recommend a dental crown. The crown conceals the tooth and also adds strength so it can withstand daily wear and tear.

At Lakewood Dental Trails, we want to provide you with as many options as we can to help you accomplish your smile goals. Our dental care team helps patients with all sorts of budgets and lifestyles make a healthy smile a reality. Whether you have a single chipped tooth or have several cosmetic flaws you’d like to address, we’ll personalize a treatment plan to make it happen.

Please call us to schedule a dental appointment in Temple, TX to get started.

Same-Day Dentistry

In the real world, dental problems don’t happen on a schedule. You can’t plan for a dental emergency, so you need a dentist in Temple, TX who can accommodate you for same-day appointments.

Our dental care team knows that when you or your child has a toothache or breaks a tooth, you don’t want to wait, and at Lakewood Dental Trails, you don’t have to. Accidents happen that may need prompt attention. Your schedule may not give you the freedom to put off an appointment to a later date in the foreseeable future.

We understand, so we build flexible time into our schedule to make room for those occasions when a patient needs to come in the same day. While we may not always be able to complete treatment that day, we can make sure you’re comfortable and your teeth are protected until our next available appointment. One example of this would be an infected tooth. Our dentists might want to administer antibiotics to eliminate your pain and get the inflammation under control first.

If you can’t wait days for treatment, please call the dental care team at Lakewood Dental Trails. There’s a good chance that we can see you today!

Sedation Dentistry

Dental anxiety is a big problem for many people, and your dental care team at Lakewood Dental Trails is sympathetic to your feelings. So we’re pleased to offer options to help you relax and let us provide the high-quality dentistry you need.

Nitrous oxide is a type of sedation that our Temple, TX dentists offer that’s very effective and even safe and mild enough for children. You inhale nitrous oxide through a small nasal mask, and it works very quickly to provide relaxation and a calm sense of well-being. You won’t go to sleep, and as soon as we stop administering the nitrous, the effects wear off quickly. You will be able to drive yourself home from your dental appointment.

Need a little deeper relaxation? Oral conscious sedation involves taking a sedative about an hour before your scheduled procedure. You’ll be calm and relaxed when you arrive for your dental appointment and remain so for the duration of your procedure. If you opt for conscious sedation, you will need a friend or family member to drive you safely to and from your appointment.

Would you like to learn more about sedation dentistry at our Temple, TX dental office? Please call Lakewood Dental Trails to speak with a helpful member of our dental care team.

Teeth Whitening

There’s nothing like a professional teeth whitening treatment to make your smile stand out! When you have a big event like a wedding, reunion, or graduation coming up, you know that everyone will be taking pictures. At a time like this, you want your smile to look its best.

When you need a fast solution for teeth whitening in Temple, TX, the dental care team at Lakewood Dental Trails can help. We have two options, so depending on how much time you have, we can customize your whitening to fit your needs.

An in-office teeth whitening using Zoom! products will deliver stunning results in about an hour. If you can, it’s always best to have a professional dental cleaning first. This ensures that the surfaces of your teeth are free of plaque and tartar that can inhibit the whitening process.

If you have a few weeks or can’t take fit an office visit into your busy schedule, we customize convenient take-home teeth whitening kits. Drop into Lakewood Dental Trails to have some quick impressions taken of your teeth. We’ll use the impressions to fabricate customized teeth whitening trays that you use every day at home for about two weeks. Use them just 20 to 30 minutes a day to see a whiter, brighter smile.

We’d love to help you look and feel your best for the big day! Please call us to schedule your teeth whitening appointment in Temple, TX.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

At Lakewood Dental Trails, we are skilled at tooth extraction, including removing wisdom teeth.

The problem with wisdom teeth is that they often don't have room to come in at the correct angle, so they crowd adjacent teeth and threaten their health. When a wisdom tooth comes in, it can create pressure on those other teeth, forcing them out of alignment and even damaging them in the process. In many cases, wisdom teeth don’t erupt at all, and become stuck or impacted in the gums.

We don’t need the function of wisdom teeth anymore, and as we’ve evolved over thousands of years, our jaws have also gotten narrower. There’s rarely enough space in the mouth to accommodate wisdom teeth, also called third molars.

You can be confident that if you need a wisdom tooth removed in Temple, TX, our dental care team will make your procedure as smooth and comfortable as possible. Extracting a wisdom tooth usually isn’t complicated at all and is performed under local anesthetic. However, for our nervous patients, we’re pleased to offer sedation dentistry to ensure that you feel comfortable and confident about your procedure.

Even if you’re not experiencing problems with your wisdom teeth, it may be best to remove them before they do. Please call Lakewood Dental Trails so we can provide the comfortable expert care you need.

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