Dr. Catherine Wilder and Dr. Lauren Shepard take a compassionate approach to dental care. They want every patient who steps into our Katy, TX dentist office to feel a part of their dental family. Both Dr. Wilder and Dr. Shepard take the history, goals, and needs of each patient into account before creating their dental treatment plans. By knowing the needs of their patients, they are better able to match the patient’s concerns as well as provide effective oral health care.
Peruse this page and our dental website to learn more about your first visit to our office, discover resources for our patients, and get answers to frequently asked dental health questions. Our team is ready to meet you and discuss your oral health needs and goals in person.
Your First Dental Visit
For your first visit, remember to bring a photo ID and your preferred payment method. If available, bring your dental insurance card and send us your dental records from your previous dentist.
During routine visits, we typically provide:
- A thorough dental cleaning
- Digital x-rays
- Examination of the jaw joint and facial structure
- Gum disease, cavity, and oral cancer screenings
One of our dental hygienists will thoroughly clean the teeth and gums using specialized tools that can be used for hard-to-reach areas. Many patients cannot reach areas in the back of the mouth that are prone to decay. Plaque, a sticky substance that irritates the teeth and gums, can quickly build in these areas. Our dental cleanings remove this plaque and help prevent the development of cavities or periodontitis. We will also take x-rays of the teeth and gums to find signs of any developing oral health problems. If we do discover any issues, we will help create a custom treatment plan for you.
Patients should visit our office biannually or every six months. If you are at risk of developing problems like tooth decay or gum disease, we will often recommend more frequent visits. Smoking, tobacco use, or a family history of dental health problems are often indicators of a risk factor. Follow-up appointments are also often required for patients after they receive restorative or cosmetic treatment. These follow-up appointments allow us to make sure that a dental restoration is working properly or a cosmetic solution is maintained.
Learn more about our dental team and comprehensive oral health services below:
- Meet Dr. Catherine Wilder
- Meet Dr. Lauren Shepard
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Restorative Dentistry
- General Dentistry
Common Dental FAQs
Our patients may have multiple questions about our office and dentistry in general. Learn the answers to these common questions below:
Are you accepting new patients?
Yes, we welcome all new patients to our dental office. You can schedule a dental appointment with our team on our website or call Katy Smile Design at 281.843.9814. Please let our dental staff know if you have any questions or concerns about your next visit.
What do I do if I have a dental emergency?
In the event of a dental emergency, contact our office as soon as possible. During an emergency, it is our goal to prevent tooth and gum damage or bone loss. We can treat emergencies including excessive bleeding, tooth loss, toothaches, or lost and broken dental restorations.
How often should I brush and floss my teeth?
It is recommended to brush your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time you brush. You should also floss after meals and use fluoride toothpaste. If you have any dental appliances like Invisalign, we recommend that you brush your teeth and appliance after each meal.
Contact Our Dental Office
Call Katy Smile Design for comfortable and comprehensive dental treatment today at 281.843.9814. You may also schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Wilder and Dr. Shepard on our website. Feel free to let Dr. Wilder, Dr. Shepard, or a member of their dental staff know if you have any questions. They will be glad to assist you.