Think A Missing Back Tooth Is No Big Deal?

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Most people are embarrassed by a missing tooth in the front of the mouth. It may not be fair, but a gaping hole in their smile has negative connotations. A dental implant from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston is an ideal replacement.

When someone loses a back tooth, on the other hand, they are more likely to leave the gap. “You can’t really see it when I smile, right?” “I have another molar back there, I can chew with that one.” If the tooth had been hurting, sometimes they are so relieved that the pain is gone, it’s a done deal after the extraction.

This attitude is unfortunate. The goal of this article is to dispel the myth that a missing back tooth has no consequences.

Bone Recession

When a tooth is lost, the bone at the extraction site shrinks and recedes over time. Surrounding teeth may also move toward the space where a tooth used to be.

Since a dental implant replaces the tooth root, it maintains the health of the bone, and prevents neighboring teeth from moving.

Investing in a dental implant could be far less costly than treating the after effects. At the Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we offer dental implants and a full range of general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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What Can Veneers Do For Your Smile?

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Is your smile beginning to look a little dull? Has its luster faded over the years? Maybe you’ve got a chipped tooth – or maybe even a couple. You don’t have to live with these imperfections if you don’t want to. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, porcelain veneers can mask these and other dental flaws, leaving you with a magnificent smile.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic or composite resin. We custom fit veneers to go over the front part of your teeth, giving them an attractive, completely natural appearance. You can use veneers to fix stained or chipped teeth, slightly crooked teeth, or abnormally spaced teeth.

Veneers are one of the most popular options available from modern cosmetic dentistry. They are so effective they’ve even been called “instant orthodontics.” Technically, of course, they are not orthodotnics – but they’re very strong, and can work wonders on any smile.

One caveat: a thin layer of enamel must be removed from the front of each tooth being covered with a veneer, in order for them to properly adhere. Once they’re cemented in place, they are permanent. But once they are in place, you’ll have the best-looking teeth of anyone you know.

To find out more about porcelain veneers, schedule an appointment with us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. We offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry. Call our office today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Look Younger With A Smile Makeover

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You may have heard that cosmetic dentistry procedures can totally transform a smile. You may be a little skeptical of the claims – after all, the promise of total transformation is a tall order. But we live up to the promise at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.

A smile makeover is all about using cosmetic dentistry procedures to make positive changes to your teeth. It combines two or more of these procedures to upgrade your smile.

If your smile has several problems such as decay, stained teeth, chipped teeth, old silver fillings, or misaligned teeth, you may think that a smile makeover would take many hours and several visits. The truth is, smile re-designs are quicker and easier than ever before.

Cosmetic dentistry possibilities include:

  • The procedures include:
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Bonding
  • Dental implants
  • Teeth whitening

There are few physical features that bring the long-term pleasure and satisfaction of a beautiful smile. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we use cosmetic dentistry to transform smiles every day. We also offer a full range of general dentistry services. Schedule your next checkup with us today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Your Perfect Smile Is Only A Few Dental Visits Away

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What does it take to really change the way you look? Long hours at the gym? Expensive trips to a top salon? What about teeth whitening from the Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston?

You may not like going to the dentist, but you will love the results when we help you find the best way to whiten your teeth. Teeth whitening is a simple cosmetic dentistry procedure, but the dramatic results never fail to impress.

We can work with you to develop a teeth whitening regimen that will be most effective. This may include any of the following three methods:

  1. Bleaching in-office. Sometimes called chairside bleaching, a special light is used while a bleaching agent is applied to the teeth. A rubber shield or protective gel is used to keep your tender gums safe from the whitening agent.
  2. Bleaching at home. Even though this is done at home, the peroxide-containing whiteners used do have potential side effects, so it’s a good idea to discuss this with your dentist. Also, there are many at-home whiteners available, and your dentist can direct you to the best ones.
  3. Toothpaste with whitening properties. When a toothpaste carries the ADA Seal of Acceptance, it means that it contains special chemical or polishing agents. These will provide additional stain removal which complements the surface stain removal offered by all toothpastes.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, teeth whitning is just one of our cosmetic dentistry procedures we use to improve smiles every day. We also offer a wide range of general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today to find out what we can do for your smile!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Fluoride Treatments: Not Just For Kids

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This message from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston is about the importance of fluoride to your teeth.

Fluoride is an important mineral that helps your teeth stay strong. It is found in some foods and water and makes toothpastes more effective at fighting cavities. Fluoride helps teeth by making them stronger and more resistant to the harmful acid that is formed by bacteria. We may recommend a fluoride treatment in addition to your dental cleaning.

The fluoride used in in-office treatments comes in either a gel or foam, and may be available in several flavors. The fluoride is applied directly to teeth through the use of a plastic dental tray that fits over your teeth. The tray is kept in your mouth for just a few minutes. Fluoride treatments are a quick and painless way to strengthen your teeth and preserve an attractive smile.

If you wonder if you or your child is getting enough fluoride, ask us about fluoride supplements. We will let you know if they are needed and determine the precise dosage.

If your child is getting adequate levels of fluoride but continues to get cavities, ask about dental sealants. They have proven to be very effective at protecting the rear molars from cavities.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, the dental health of each of our patients is our top priority. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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How Can You Improve Your Smile Quickly?

Porcelain VeneersWith porcelain veneers from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, you can revamp your smile without significant restorative dental work.

Porcelain veneers are glass-like, wafer-thin covers that are attached to the front of your teeth. Porcelain has been used in dentistry for many years because no other restorative material is such an excellent match for natural tooth enamel. Porcelain is translucent and can be matched to the color of any tooth. It is stronger than enamel and resists stains.

Veneers are one of the most popular options available from modern cosmetic dentistry. They are so effective they’ve even been called “instant orthodontics.” Technically, of course, they are not orthodotnics – but they’re very strong, and can work wonders on any smile.

Porcelain veneers are just one of our cosmetic dentistry services, at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. Please call our office to find out what we can do for your smile!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Lighten Up!

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Do you think your teeth are too stained for teeth whitening to have any effect? Think again! At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we have never encountered a dull smile that we couldn’t improve.

Generally speaking, there are two types of tooth stains: extrinsic and instrinsic.

Extrinsic stains are surface stains, caused by dark colored foods and drinks, smoking, and normal aging. These stains respond somewhat to over-the-counter whitening products like toothpaste, but the whitening is usuallly minimal and doesn’t last long.

Intrinsic stains form on the inside of the tooth. Tetracycline, excessive fluoride, trauma, and aging can cause intrinsic staining. These stains are harder to remove, but it can be done. Most patients get the best results from professional whitening systems.

It be done! But once you have a brilliant new smile, you help keep it that way by taking good care of it. For one thing, don’t smoke. It really stains teeth, and of course is really bad for your health. If you drink something like coffee or red wine, rinse your mouth out afterward, ideally within thirty minutes, to wash away those substances that discolor.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, teeth whitening is just one of our cosmetic dentistry procedures. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Is Your Smile Holding You Back?

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We begin this post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston with something we’d classify as Murphy’s Law. You leave the house on a pressing errand, looking completely disheveled. Inevitably, you bump into someone you know. How do you feel in your ill-fitting sweatpants and stained T-shirt?

Attractive clothing, well-groomed hair, and a fit body boost morale for most people. But do you know what others notice first? Your face. Specifically, your smile and eyes. Study after study has shown that sensational teeth and eyes always capture attention.

Now, it’s difficult to change your eyes unless you get colored contacts. But beautiful smiles are within reach, because we can work miracles with cosmetic dentistry.

With specialized training, finely honed skills, modern equipment, and quality lab services, we can turn ordinary smiles into stunning first-impressions.

Available cosmetic dentistry procedures include:

  • Teeth whitening. We use the Kör Whitening System, which whitens your smile in a few weeks.
  • Porcelain veneers. Cover chips, cracks, and other tooth imperfections.
  • Dental implants. Repace missing teeth with state-of-the-art implants that look and function like natural teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry patients report feeling more confident, more attractive, more effective at work, and happier in their relationships.

If you are not satisfied with your smile, cosmetic dentistry from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston can help. We also have a full range of general dentistry services. Call to find out what we can do for your smile!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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The Health And Beauty Consequences Of Missing Teeth

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This messagefrom The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston focuses on missing teeth, bone health, and dental implants.

Our teeth have many critical functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to shrink. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse.

Bone Metabolism

We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, below the seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes – kind of like a sponge. In the interior bone tissue, the bone is consistently regenerating itself. This vital process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movement of the teeth stimulate this process of rebuilding. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.

People with missing teeth not only have a gap in their smile, they begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging.  It is not simply an issue of attractiveness – it poses serious health dangers. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get adequate nutrition.

Dental Implants Can Prevent Bone Recession

Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For patients missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with an implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.

What if your bone has shrunken so much that there is not enough to support an implant? You may be a candidate for bone augmentation or bone grafting. This procedure is routinely carried out with success.

To find out whether you’re a candidate for a dental implant, please call us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. We offer a wide range of general dentistry services. Call today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Dental Problem? There Is Always A Solution!

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A healthy, pleasing smile can positively affects one’s life. It lets us convey confidence and friendliness in business and social settings. But if you are troubled by dental problems, then you may feel insecure about your smile. A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston is the solution to your problems.

In order to achieve an attractive, yet natural looking result, we do more than recommend specific procedures. We consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth. In order to create a balanced look, the facial shape and coloring is taken into account. The patient’s age, health condition and lifestyle all influence the plan.

Smile enhancement through cosmetic dentistry can have dramatic results in your overall appearance. Even one procedure, such as teeth whitening, can make a big difference in how you see yourself.

If you feel that a cosmetic dentistry smile makeover can improve your life, book an appointment with us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. We also offer full range of general dentistry services. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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