Family Dentistry"As a business owner myself, I appreciate the professionalism and personal care at Legacy Dental. Dr. Megens and the staff are always courteous, friendly, sensitive, and eager to accommodate my every need." - Ron Lucksinger, Temple, TX
Family Dentistry + Dental Health and Wellness
Your Family Dentist in Temple, Texas
Did you know that the condition of your oral health gives clues about your overall health? At Legacy Dental Temple, we care about your total dental health and wellness and specialize in preventative dental care. As a dentist who cares about the Temple, Belton and the surrounding Texas communities, Dr. Megens provides top rated modern and traditional family dentistry to ensure you become pain free and healthy.
Exams & CleaningsDuring a dental exam, Dr. Megens, Your family dentist, will check for cavities and gum disease, perform a screening for oral cancer and other oral health problems as well as evaluate the jaw joints and muscles of the face and neck. Regular teeth cleanings with our hygienists are a part of Legacy’s approach to preventative dental care and family dentistry. The heart of our practice is to monitor your oral health and prevent you from experiencing future pain and oral problems.
Are teeth cleanings necessary?
Yes, even if you take excellent care of your oral health, plaque can accumulate over time in the crevices of your teeth and in hard to reach places below the gum line. Plaque growth will lead to tooth decay, pain or partial tooth loss. Regular cleaning by the Legacy Dental team will prevent future pain and costly procedures. Healthy oral care plays a major part in total dental health and wellness.
What can I except during an Oral Cancer Screening?
A good oral cancer screen is both visual and tactile evaluating the face, neck, lips, tongue, cheeks, back of the throat and the roof and floor of the mouth. To assist with our exams, we use Oral ID, a light based technology that helps detect abnormal cells that may look normal to the naked eye. Because only 15-25% of people receive an oral cancer screen regularly by their dentist and it is estimated that 1 person dies from oral cancer every hour, a 2 minute exam can save your life.
Digital X-RaysWe want to provide the best care to our patients, so often we need to take X-rays to gather more information than a simple visual examination. X-rays allow us to diagnosis and treat conditions before they become more serious. Our Digital X-rays available are Bitewings, Full Mouth Series or Panographic. Depending on the X-ray needed, we can check for tooth decay, abscesses, bone and sinus health, jaw joints, and to help screen for medical conditions such as calcifications in arteries and similar structures.
Are dental X-Rays safe?
Due to advancements in modern day medicine, the amount of radiation emitted for dental X-rays is very small. We take full precaution for your safety and require patients to wear lead-lined aprons that covers your body from excess radiation. In addition, we are required by law to have our machines checked and approved every few years for accuracy and safety. With family dentistry, we are dedicated to your health and safety.
How often are X-Rays needed?
Everyone's dental needs are different, so Dr. Megens will evaluate your oral health and schedule your X-rays as necessary.
Crowns & BridgesCrowns and bridges are an option to improve the appearance of tooth color or for the restoration of broken or decaying teeth. These are both permanent solutions that are bonded to the tooth, and can only be removed by a dentist.
How are crowns and bridges made?
Dr. Megens will reduce the tooth so it can accept a crown, take a mold of the teeth for exact measurements and then make a temporary crown so people can smile, talk and chew. Using the impression from the mold, a dental lab will create an exact match from your new crown or bridge. This will then be cemented over your existing tooth to create a flawless and natural look.
PeriodontitisGum disease is a silent disease that can progress from inflammation of the gums to gum recession and bone loss around teeth. Luckily, this is a common disease that is treatable through our Temple Dentist office. Dr. Megens and his staff will remove the buildup of bacteria along the tooth's roots, and eliminate the breeding ground where the pesky bacteria can thrive and contribute to bone loss. Gum disease is typically preventable with good oral hygiene!
What is the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?
Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease and it can causes the gums to become swollen, red and bleed easily with little to no symptoms. Periodontitis emerges when gingivitis is left untreated. With Periodontitis, the gums start to separate from the teeth and the tissue, the bone supporting the teeth start to break down and become destroyed and often people have very mild symptoms.
Dentures & PartialsDentures or Partial Dentures are a way to restore missing teeth in the mouth and give back the ability to talk correctly, chew properly and smile naturally. With today's technology, there are many different choices of dentures to fit your lifestyle, preference, and budget. Schedule an appointment with us, and we will be pleased to explain your next steps towards a happy and healthy smile.
How do I care for dentures?
Caring for dentures isn't always the same as caring for your teeth. Toothpaste used on dentures can be harmful. We recommend using a special denture brush and denture cleanser to clean your dentures by hand every day. We will go over the entire routine with you during your next visit.
Can I sleep in dentures?
You can sleep in your dentures, but we recommend removing them at night. This will give your gums and bones a chance to relax from the pressure that the dentures cause. For dental health and wellness, dentures should never be worn more than 24 hours a day without performing proper oral hygiene.
Root CanalRoot canals have a history of making people quake in fear. Fortunately with today’s local anesthetics and Dr. Megens no pain approach, root canals can be treated quite comfortably! Saving your natural tooth with this procedure will lead to better chewing, a normal biting sensation, a natural appearance, and prevent other teeth from shifting or having to loose a tooth.
What causes a root canal?
Several factor can lead to a root canal. Some of these include a deep cavity, cracked or broken tooth, or severe injury to the tooth. As a family dentist in Temple, TX, our preventive approach to dental care is focused on early identification and potentially correction of these causes before a root canal is needed.
What are the symptoms of a root canal?
Some signs you may need a root canal are severe, waking toothache pain, prolonged cold sensitivity, discoloration, or swelling and tenderness around the gum area.
ExtractionsWhen a tooth needs to be removed from the mouth due to decay or trauma, extractions can be done comfortably with today’s local anesthetics. In Family Dentistry, we typically try to avoid extraction if fillings, crowns, or other treatments can take its place. People being treated for osteoporosis, with medication, should let the dentist know.
What is the healing time?
The initial healing takes around 1 to 2 weeks. The gums normally take longer to heal, ranging around 3-4 weeks. Depending on the procedure done, bone may take closer to 6 weeks to heal completely.
Composite FillingsComposite fillings is a tooth colored resin material used to repair decaying teeth or lost tooth structure. Often times, Composites are used during cosmetic dentistry to help repair misshapen teeth or change a tooth's coloring.
What is the difference between composite and Amalgam alloy fillings?
Composite fillings are much more versatile to work with and can be easily shaped to any size and have a variety of color options to match your teeth perfectly. Unlike amalgam, composites is a boned resin filling that can bind and help protect teeth and they do not contain any mercury. Composites are the better approach towards total dental health and wellness
ImplantsA dental Implant is an artificial root that integrates into your jaw to hold a crown or bridge. This is now considered the standard of care by many professionals to replace missing teeth. In many situations implants can also help support partials and dentures. Dental implants are often the most natural looking and comfortable replacement for missing teeth.
What is the typical process for implants?
The implant will be placed into your jaw bone, and as you heal, the implant will fuse with the jaw bone. Once the implant is fused with the bone, a connector is placed over the implant which connects to your new replacement crown or bridge.
Sedation DentistryFor our patients in Central Texas, that feel anxious about dental procedures, we offer both oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide sedation. These are both excellent ways to provide a relaxing and a stress free experience by reducing fear and anxiety during long or complicated procedures.
How does Sedation Dentistry work?
With oral conscious sedation a pill is taken the night before and the day of your dental appointment. With nitrous oxide sedation (also known as “laughing gas”) the nitrous oxide gas is given during the dental appointment. With either method our patients remain awake but completely comfortable during even the most complicated treatments. Most of our patients don’t even remember the details of their appointment as a few hours can feel like a few minutes. Depending on the sedation, we may require that you have someone available to drive you to and from your appointment but you will be able to function as normal, including walking and talking. Ask us the next time you are in the office, and we will give you all the information about these options.