General Dentistry

Kim Hickey, D.D.S., & Associates is a full-service, family dentistry practice in Denison, Texas. Serving patients ages three and older in and around Denison, Dr. Kim Hickey and her dedicated team strive to enrich the oral health and quality of life of all our patients. Our family-friendly practice offers an inviting, serene environment for all who visit. Our dentists utilize the latest technology and advanced treatment protocols to deliver long-lasting results.

Checkups and Cleanings

Receiving regular checkups and cleanings are paramount to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Neglecting our health by foregoing routine professional care drastically increases the risks of developing oral health conditions that can advance rather quickly. Scheduling regular checkups and cleanings give our team an opportunity to look for potential problems before they advance into destructive, costly-to-treat conditions.

During dental checkups, our dentists evaluate the health of the entire oral cavity by using diagnostics like X-rays and other instruments to take detailed looks at teeth, bone, and the gums. Soft oral tissue, the tongue, and the lips are examined as well to screen patients for oral cancer.

Like checkups, patients should receive two professional cleanings each year. Our gentle dental hygienists remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gum line, clean soft oral tissue, and polish teeth for an impeccably clean feel. Cleanings control the accumulation of harmful surface debris like tartar, which contributes to periodontal (gum) disease and tooth loss.

Preventive Treatments

Preventing oral health conditions helps save precious biological tissue, time spent in the dental care, and people from the far-reaching effects of advanced disease. When it comes to protecting teeth from harmful bacteria, acid, and surface debris, there are treatment options available that help strengthens teeth and protect them from developing substantial wear or deep caries. These preventive services such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants are non-invasive and affordable methods for preventing the development of more serious issues.

Fluoride treatments are applied over the teeth in a foam or gel form. There are a variety of flavors from which patients can choose to make treatment more enjoyable. Placing dental sealants is also non-invasive. A sealant is a micro-thin, clear plastic coating applied to the biting surfaces of teeth to fill in their pits and fissures where bacteria and debris tend to collect. Both fluoride treatments and dental sealants are helpful for many patients of all ages.

Laser Dentistry for Improved Comfort and Wellness

Laser dentistry offers an array of treatment options for dentists who want to reduce the invasiveness of preparing teeth for restorations and cosmetic enhancements, increase treatment efficacy, and deliver comfortable care to our guests.

Our practice uses lasers for hard and soft tissues. The Biolase Waterlase laser has been approved by the FDA as a treatment protocol for children and adults. Utilizing hydro-kinetic technology, Biolase’s Waterlase is a precision laser that removes soft and hard tissue – many times in place of a conventional dental drill. Since a drill produces sound, heat, and intense vibrations, many people prefer the quiet, heatless experience that the Waterlase can deliver. With Biolase technology, many patients can receive treatment for a cavity and a restoration without the need for local anesthetics. Waterlase is beneficial for treating children as well because it reduces trauma to oral structures, replaces the noisy drill, and helps establish positive experiences with dental treatment.

Periodontal Therapy

The gums are an integral part of the oral health system and when they develop a dental disease, it is important to receive professional care. Gum disease is very prevalent in our society, with estimates stating that up to 80% of the adult population in the United States will develop some form of this condition. Since gum disease is such a threat to one’s oral health, our practice provides periodontal therapy. Periodontal therapy includes specialized cleanings to remove tartar deep below the gum line and along the roots of teeth. Prescription medications and/or mouth rinses might also be recommended.

Our practice is accepting new patients. Call us today to reserve an appointment with our friendly team.

Common General Dentistry Questions

Why should I go to the dentist regularly?

It’s quite simple, really. Everyone should visit the dentist on a regular basis to protect their oral health. The same reasons we visit our doctors for annual physicals are the same reasons people should visit their dentists; routine checkups prevent the progression of treatable conditions that can negatively affect our wellbeing.

By visiting the dentist for routine checkups, you increase the odds that potential issues are detected in their earliest stages. In most cases, early detection and timely intervention save patients money and time spent in the dental chair. For instance, a cavity that is detected early on can be treated with a small restoration called a filling whereas advanced cavities require more extensive restorations like inlays and crowns.

How often should I brush and floss?

Beyond visiting the dentist twice each year for checkups and cleanings, you should be practicing proper oral hygiene in order to ward off common oral disease and keep your teeth and gums strong. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that people brush their teeth at least twice a day (not more than three times) and floss once per day.

Brushing and flossing are daily musts for controlling oral bacteria and the development of surface debris like plaque and tartar. If we do not control bacteria and the development of plaque with daily oral hygiene, we greatly increase our risks of developing dental caries and periodontal (gum) disease.

How often should I have a cleaning?

Everyone over the age of approximately four years old should receive two cleanings each year, scheduled six months apart. Spacing dental cleanings by six months are best for maximizing the benefits of professional prophylaxis. Having routine dental cleanings is essential to ward off cavities, gum disease, and the unwanted side effects of plaque and tartar accumulation.

Meet the Doctors

Providing Outstanding Dental Care

Upon graduation from dental school in 1980, Dr. Kim Hickey opened her first private practice in Duncanville, TX, where she established high standards of excellence, integrity and compassion. In 2000, she relocated to Denison, where she joined the practice of Dr. Don Skelton, taking over full ownership in 2007.

Dr. Melinda Parker has been practicing dentistry since 1989. She began in Dallas, and joined Dr. Skelton’s team in Denison in 1994, where she continues to practice today as a loyal member of Dr. Hickey’s team.

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