Local Halloween Festivities in Frisco

This October, take a blast to the past and beyond at the hottest Halloween extravaganza in North Texas, Saturday, October 27, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. And for the first time ever, journey through the National Soccer Hall of Fame, where you can partake in over 40 dazzling digital experiences. Then if you dare, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., trick-or-treat your way down the haunted Carnival Concourse filled with games, inflatables, tattoos, balloons, photo ops, live characters, yummy treats, and dance feats-oh my! Enjoy loads of fanfare and food trucks on the Food Concourse. From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., when the night falls, strut your stuff on the main stage in our spooktacular Costume Contest. You might just win a prize from one of the celebrity judges! Cap off the evening with live music, entertainers, and the biggest, baddest fashion show in the metroplex. There’s something for everyone at Friscovania, and don’t forget to wear your costume!

Tickets are $15. Parking is free. Children 2 years old and younger get in free. VIP passes and access to Tito’s After-Party are only available through sponsorship opportunities. Contact Laura De La Torre at for more information.

This event is brought to you by Model Behaviors and FC Dallas, in memory of Kelly Whaley and this year’s proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Collin County.

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The Difference Between Crowns and Fillings

It’s normal to be confused about dental terminology. Unless you’re in the profession yourself, it can be easier to smile and nod while in the chair than ask about all the ins and outs of any procedure recommended to you.

If you’ve always been curious, however, about the difference between the two most common treatments for tooth decay – crowns and fillings – then we will fill you in. Pun intended!

First, let’s give you a brief reason why you would need a crown or a filling: tooth decay. It happens, sadly. Acid (from food or from bacteria) wears away at your tooth enamel and creates a hole where bacteria can enter and make their home. Left alone, tooth decay will only get worse, be extremely painful, and be expensive to treat.

Fillings and crowns are your dentist’s first lines of defense to prevent further tooth decay.

What is a filling?

A filling is used to replace the decayed substance in your tooth where a cavity has formed. Your dentist will remove the decayed part of the tooth, clean out the cavity, and then place a filling to fill the void. This returns the tooth to a usable shape and structure and aims to prevent further tooth decay.

There are different materials that compose fillings. Some are made out of gold, some out of a silver amalgam, and others out of tooth-colored composite resins or porcelain. These materials vary in durability and function. The type of material used for a filling depends on the extent of the tooth damage, what type of tooth it is, and other unique factors.

Generally, fillings are used to repair small amounts of damage within a tooth.

What is a crown?

A crown (also referred to as a “cap”) may be necessary for teeth with greater amounts of decay or if a tooth is chipped or broken. A crown can also be used to cover teeth that are misshapen or discolored. It’s basically a cover for an existing tooth. It covers the entire portion of your tooth that extends above the gumline (the portion that can be seen).

The procedure involves taking an impression of your tooth, which can be done digitally or with a physical tray you sink your teeth into. Then, a crown is created that fits your tooth and is placed over it, appearing from the outside with a normal shape.

Crowns are made out of different materials such as metal alloys, ceramics, composite resin, or a combination of these.

It’s important to know …

Both fillings and crowns are subject to wear and tear over time and may need to be replaced after several years or decades.

Your dentist will suggest the best treatment for your situation. Knowing whether to use a filling or a crown involves considering the severity of your tooth decay, your health, and other factors. The best thing you can do to protect the health of your mouth is keep up with daily brushing and flossing, and visiting your dentist for routine visits!


What Is LANAP and What to Expect After the Procedure

Do you have an LANAP (laser-assisted new attachment procedure) scheduled, or has your dental professional talked to you about having this treatment done? If yes, you are probably wondering what to expect during the procedure and after.

What exactly is the LANAP procedure? 

Some procedures that were once painful, costly and came with a long recovery period can now be done safely, less expensively, and with little to no down time.

The LANAP is performed to treat periodontitis, an inflammation and/or infection of the gums. By using a specialized laser, your dental professional can selectively remove diseased or infected gum tissue. An FDA-approved treatment, LANAP is done using a laser that was invented specifically for this procedure.

By using a laser, your gum tissue is able to regenerate, or heal itself. Since no incisions are made, the area treated is able to heal quickly. The likelihood of your gum disease returning is much less than when the procedure was performed with traditional gum surgery using scalpels and sutures.

What to expect after the procedure

Since there are no incisions involved with LANAP, the recovery time is minimal. Don’t be alarmed if you experience the following with your gums as they heal:

  • Color changes
  • Oozing of blood
  • Soreness
  • Swelling

It is normal for the appearance and/or color of your gums to change following laser treatment. They may look stringy to you, and the color can be red, blue, purple, white or even gray. This is normal.

You may notice some blood in your saliva. Putting pressure on the area should stop the bleeding. A gentle rinse with ice water or a tea bag placed on the area should take care of the problem. If you have any questions or concerns about bleeding, be sure to call your dentist.

Soreness is common and over-the-counter medications and/or prescription pain medicine – if prescribed for you – should control the pain and help cut down on swelling. An ice pack on the outside of your face should keep the swelling down. Use it for 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off throughout the first 24 hours, as needed. Contact your dentist if the swelling persists.

Care of your mouth following LANAP

Following the LANAP procedure, rest with your head elevated, and limit your activities for the first 24 hours.

  • Keep your mouth clean
  • No brushing or flossing the treated area!
  • Gently rinse your mouth after eating

It is important to keep your mouth clean following a LANAP. The day following surgery you can continue to brush and floss the teeth that were not treated. Gently rinse and spit with a rinse that your dentist will recommend. You can use a salt water rinse as well, using one-half teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of warm water.

Avoid the use of any tobacco products as they may delay healing.

What to eat? 

A soft or mushy diet is recommended following your procedure. Broth, eggs, mashed or baked potatoes, mashed fruit (with no seeds) and milk shakes are good choices. Avoid candy, salads, raw vegetables and nuts for six to eight weeks following the LANAP. Stay away from any food that could get lodged under your gum or between your teeth. Do not chew gum.

When to call your dentist 

If you are worried about the progress of your gums healing, do not hesitate to call your dentist and make sure you call your dental professionals if you experience any of the following.

  • Elevated temperature
  • Excessive or prolonged bleeding
  • Severe pain, or if your pain lasts longer than expected


Trick Or Treat The Square

Trick Or Treat The SquareIt may seem like it’s been around for months because Halloween decorations and aisles of candy start showing up in stores in September, but Halloween is here now. You and your family have probably already picked out your costumes. Have you set up your route for trick-or-treating? If you are looking for a safe and contained option to take the kids for candy, the Frisco Square Property Owners Association and the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is hosting the 7th Annual Trick Or Treat The Square. The event gives families a chance to trick-or-treat at local businesses, restaurants, and shops around the square. (more…)

Dealing With Your Dental Anxiety

Dealing With Your Dental AnxietyIf you get goosebumps just thinking about setting a dental appointment, you may have dental anxiety. You are not alone if you suffer from this fear. Many Americans suffer from this nervousness about going to the dentist. Some people even have a full fear over it known as odontophobia. Dental anxiety can keep people from maintaining their necessary routine appointments, which leaves them at a higher risk for developing tooth decay and gum disease. Your dentist wants to help you work through your dental anxiety, so talking to your dentist and the office team can help you work through the problem. Dental sedation is an option for extreme dental anxiety.  (more…)

What Are Some Types Of Periodontal Maintenance?

What Are Some Types Of Periodontal Maintenance?Gum disease is a very common chronic disease among American adults. In the early stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, early treatment can stop it from 1progressing into something serious or it may even reverse the disease. Once gum disease is present, periodontal maintenance keeps the disease from advancing further. In the most serious stages of gum disease, it can cause tooth loss and severe pain. It can even lead to severe health problems in the rest of your body. You can work with your dentist to maintain your periodontal disease to keep the situation from worsening, as it will do with no treatment or action.  (more…)

How Does Osseous Surgery Help With Gum Disease?

How Does Osseous Surgery Help With Gum Disease?In the early stages, gum disease can be treated and even reversed, if caught in time. If left without treatment, periodontal disease can get very serious and cause a lot of problems for your oral health. Advanced gum disease wreaks havoc not only on your gum tissue, but on the bones beneath the tissue. Osseous surgery is a type of periodontal procedure used to remove or recontour bone matter damaged by gum disease.  Osseous surgery removes bacteria and damage creating a revived, healthy area for a regrowth of gum tissue to reattach to the bone.  (more…)

Frisco Book Fest

Frisco Book Fest The Frisco Book Fest is a festival for both readers and local writers. On Saturday, November 4th from at the Frisco Public Library, guests will have a chance to talk to local authors and illustrators. The festival will include author panels. Attendees of the event will get to learn more about the publishing process and more about the local literary community. Community partners, including Henery Press and the Writers Garret, will be participating to offer valuable information for local authors. This year is the second year of the Frisco Book Fest. The 2016 festival was the first year, and it was a huge success. This year the festival has been expanded to include more presentations and more author panels. The event is open to guests of all ages and there is no registration required to attend. (more…)

Root Canal Therapy Can Save Your Tooth

Root Canal Therapy Can Save Your Tooth When dealing with tooth decay, it is important to treat it early to stop it from progressing into something serious. Without treatment, tooth decay can deepen within a tooth to the point where you may need to extract the tooth completely. At earlier stages of tooth decay, treatment can stop the decay before it reaches the point of a necessary extraction. Before the decay reaches the inner pulp, the tooth can be treated with a filling to stop the decay. Once decay has reached the inner pulp of the tooth, root canal therapy may be necessary to save the tooth.  (more…)

When Do I Choose Porcelain Veneers?

When Do I Choose Porcelain Veneers? Some cosmetic issues with your smile may not make you feel self-conscious. Maybe you have a small gap in your front teeth that gives you some pride in your smile. If you have a healthy smile that makes you feel confident, you already have a perfect smile. When your smile makes you feel self-conscious, when you ever find yourself smiling with your mouth closed, or when you use your hand to cover your smile when you talk or laugh, your smile is in need of some help. Porcelain veneers can give you that smile that will make you feel confident. When do you know when to choose veneers over other cosmetic options? (more…)