Frequently Asked Questions
Do you see children?
Of course! At Enclave Dental, we’re happy to welcome your entire family to our comfortable spa atmosphere. Our pediatric services are specifically designed to provide your son or daughter with the support and education they need to enjoy a healthy smile for life.
I’ve lost a tooth. What are my options for replacement?
There are several reconstructive options available that can restore health and beauty to your smile. Most patients these days prefer the valuable health benefits and seamless appearance of dental implants, which can be used in conjunction with nonmetal crowns, dental bridges, or even customized dentures. Dr. Preetha Thomas enlists the help of a skilled periodontist to help her provide her patients with this transformative procedure. Dental bridges and full and partial dentures are also available for patients who may prefer the convenience and affordability. In the end, every patient is different, and what works for one smile may not work for another. Here in Southlake, TX, we’re fully committed to your comfort and satisfaction, which is why we’ll be sure to sit down with you and discuss all of your treatment options in more detail, so that we can decide on the one that best fits your unique needs and preferences.
Do you see emergency cases?
Yes! If you experience a knocked-out tooth, a lost crown, a severe toothache, or any other situation that you feel constitutes a dental emergency, please call our Southlake team. We’ll arrange for you to visit Enclave Dental as soon as possible so we can treat the problem as thoroughly and comfortably as possible.
Dental care makes me feel nervous. Can you help?
Certainly. Phobia or anxiety that’s caused by impending dental work is a common problem among adults, and one that we’re very concerned with. That’s why, with the help of a trained anesthesiologist, Dr. Thomas and her staff are happy to offer sedation dentistry options that can provide patients with the relaxation they need to receive vital care.
Does Dr. Thomas remove old Mercury fillings?
Yes, Dr. Thomas is a member of IAOMT and has been trained in using the required precautions to remove the old mercury fillings. Dr.Thomas is also a member of the Mercury safe community of dentist. At Enclave dental we make sure our patients are as safe as we can get them to be during the process by following strict amalgam removal protocols.
What is the difference between Mercury safe and Mercury free?
Unsafe removal of amalgam/silver fillings can generate huge amounts of toxic mercury vapor, easily over 100 times more than the maximum levels of mercury vapor allowed by all government regulatory agencies. What really separates Mercury Safe Dentists from those who are 'only' Mercury Free, is their understanding that:
- When unsafely removed, amalgam fillings release excessive and unnecessary amounts of mercury vapor.
- The mercury released from amalgam fillings negatively affects themselves, the patient, the staff, and the environment.
- Patients absolutely need to be protected from exposure to toxic mercury vapor during the amalgam removal process.
Mercury Safe Dentists also have the specialized equipment, training, experience, and skills necessary to minimize their patients’ exposure to mercury during amalgam removal. If you want to protect yourself from excessive and unnecessary occupational exposure to mercury vapor at the dental office make sure your dentist is not just Mercury Free - but also Mercury Safe!
Is Dr Thomas and Enclave Dental SMART certified?
Yes, Dr Thomas is SMART certified. She has made the important decision to advance her knowledge of biological dentistry in regards to the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique. Dentists who have obtained SMART certification from the IAOMT have completed coursework related to mercury and the safe removal of amalgam fillings. The educational programming includes learning about the application of the rigorous safety measures, including the utilization of specific equipment. To maintain SMART certification, every dentist enrolls in the program annually to review the safety measures.