Focusing On The Top 3 At The Gentle Art of Dentistry

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There are three dental health issues that affect as many as a third of all Americans. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we want all of our patients to have healthy teeth and gums. If any of these common issues affect you, tell us. We can do something about it.

The problems were identified by the Health Policy Institute, which is part of the American Dental Association. In a survey of fifteen thousand people from all walks of life, they asked about problems with teeth and gums.

The top three answers were:

  • Tooth pain
  • Difficulty with chewing
  • Dry mouth

Tooth Pain. When a tooth hurts, it’s a clear sign that something is wrong. The most likely cause of tooth pain is a cavity, but it’s not the only one. It could also be a sign of gum disease, which is one of the leading causes of tooth loss.

Difficulty With Chewing. This too may indicate a cavity, but again, there could be other problems. There may be enamel erosion, a cracked tooth, or recessed gums. It can be serious, because certain foods may be difficult. If you avoid them you could be missing out on important nutrients that your body needs.

Dry Mouth. This, in fact, was the most common issue cited in the survey. It isn’t just a matter of being thirsty all the time. Chronic dry mouth can indicate poor saliva flow. This, in turn, can indicate a systemic condition. Dry mouth is a common side effect from some prescription medications. Poor saliva flow makes you more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease.

If you’re experiencing any of these issues, call us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston right away to schedule an appointment. Patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein know they can trust our general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule a cleaning and 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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Is Your Smile In A World Of Hurt?

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Do you have severe tooth damage, bone loss, or few or no teeth still intact? This post is for North Tomball area residents whose mouths are in a world of hurt.

First off, we feel for you. We understand how severe dental issues influence you every day of your life.

Whatever the cause of the condition – chemotherapy, recreational drug use, eating disorder, severe mouth injury, disability, inadequate oral hygiene, or simply poor overall health – there is hope.

Full mouth reconstruction can restore your previously healthy, pleasing smile or give you the remarkable smile you never had. Patients who undergo full mouth reconstruction regain their confidence to smile, eat, and speak normally. How would that impact your life?

Replacing missing teeth and adding bone through grafting restores underlying facial structure, improving or preventing that “sunk-in” look that occurs when teeth are gone and the jawbone recedes.

Full mouth reconstruction (sometimes called full mouth restoration) is a term which refers to a combination of dental procedures that restore a smile for people with numerous damaged or missing teeth. Treatment may include any combination of the following procedures: crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, white filling replacement, tooth implants, porcelain veneers, implant-anchored dentures, gum contouring, soft tissue grafts, bone grafts, and tooth whitening.

Dental implants are commonly the best tooth replacement for The Gentle Art of Dentistry patients with missing teeth. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. If there is not enough bone to anchor an implant, bone grafting may be performed to augment existing bone. The post integrates with the bone to provide a durable foundation for the abutment and beautiful crown. Dental implants are indistinguishable from initial teeth in both form and function.

If you currently have dentures, talk to us about implant-anchored full or partial dentures. Significant improvements can be made even if you only get two or three tooth implants.

Crowns (sometimes called caps) are used when there is enough viable tooth structure that the tooth doesn’t need to be extracted. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured. A crown can correct a bite misalignment and is usually necessary after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

The Gentle Art of Dentistry offers a full menu of cosmetic dental care including total mouth reconstruction. Cosmetic dentistry may be more cost-effective than you think. Talk to us about financing or a multi-procedure treatment schedule that allows you to pay as you go. Restoring a healthy smile may be the best investment you ever make.

 

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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New Protein For Dental Implant Patients

Klein Dental ImplantsCountless men and women have replaced missing teeth with jaw-bone anchored tooth implants, like those available at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.

Unlike a dental bridge, a tooth implant consists of a titanium post inserted into the jaw bone. The bone meshes with the post to create a strong base for the natural-looking prosthetic tooth and crown that attaches to the post.

Dental implants are usually the perfect restoration for people who want to replace a missing tooth. There is a problem, however, if the jaw bone is too thin at the implant location.

When a tooth is extracted, the bone loses the blood circulation at the former site of the root. Consequently, bone recession often occurs. If the recession is acute, there is not enough bone to hold the dental implant post.

Bone grafting can augment the bone at the implant site and provide the bone density necessary for a successful implant. This is usually effective, but it does require time for the new bone to be created. A new discovery may provide a quicker solution for regenerating bone.

Researchers at the Georgia Health Sciences University College of Dental Medicine have identified a protein that quickly stimulates the production of new bone. The research team, led by Dr. Ulf M.E. Wikesjo, implanted bone morphogenetic protein in test subjects and discovered that “more new bone formed within four weeks than with conventional bone grafting.”

This protein will necessitate extensive testing before it is available for dental implant patients. However, I am pleased with the prospect of an additional method for making dental implants possible for my patients with missing teeth and jaw bone recession.

For information about tooth restoration options including tooth implants, dental bridges, and porcelain crowns, call The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. Patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also call us about cosmetic 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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Call Them What You Will, Just Keep Them Healthy

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Chompers. Pearly Whites. Dents. Gnashers. Grill. There are lots of nicknames for teeth, and that’s okay; we use them all the time, at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. Whatever you call them, take good care of them so they last!

Making time in your busy day to brush and floss is a habit that will pay off throughout your life. You’ll prevent tooth decay, plaque buildup, and gum disease, not to mention bad breath.

Brushing and flossing twice a day will help keep your teeth looking their best, too. A clean mouth is a happy mouth!

Another key to good dental health is regular checkups. On average, we recommend seeing us twice a day. In addition to checking your teeth and gums, each checkup also includes a screening for oral cancer. As they saying goes, that alone is worth the price of admission.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we want the best possible dental health for all our patients. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to our office for general and cosmetic dentistry. Call us to 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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Is Your Mouth Sore Something Serious?

North Tomball Dentists And Your Mouth SoresIf you have a mouth sore that lasts more than a week or two, come see us for an exam at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. Mouth sores can be an indicator of disease, and an early assessment helps with preventing more serious dilemmas.

If necessary, important treatment and pain relief can be offered. In certain cases we will refer you to a medical professional who specializes in conditions that can cause mouth sores.

There are two types of mouth sores: canker sores and cold sores.

  • Canker sores are small ulcer-like sores with a white or gray base and a red border. They are found on the inside of the mouth and while they are not contagious, they can be painful. Canker sore generally heal in a week or two. Antimicrobial mouth-rinses, over-the-counter topical anesthetics, and avoiding spicy and acidic foods helps with temporary relief while your sore is healing.
  • Cold sores, also called fever blisters or Herpes Simplex, are groups of fluid-filled blisters that appear around the lips, sometimes appearing under the nose or around the chin. Cold sores are contagious and painful, but typically heal in about a week. Some over-the-counter anesthetics furnish relief.

There are cutting-edge antiviral drugs on the market that have shown promise in curbing outbreaks, but there is currently no known cure.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we can provide relief. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to us for complete general and cosmetic dentistry. Call 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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The Future Of Tooth Decay In Houston

The Future Of Tooth Decay In Houston

Tooth decay is the single most common dental issue there is. Unlike a cut on your finger, a cavity will not heal itself. In a worst case scenario, an untreated cavity can lead to future problems, up to and including tooth loss. That’s why we stress regular brushing and flossing to all of our patients, at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.

Cavities form when acids in the mouth attack the enamel and dentin of the teeth. The acid is produced by bacteria in plaque, that sticky film that forms on the surfaces of teeth. When sugar is introduced it interacts with the bacteria in the plaque, and makes the acids, which attack the teeth and cause cavities.

That’s why it is so important to choose food and drink wisely. But it isn’t easy, is it? Sugar seems to be in just about everything. Health experts say the average person in the United States consumes about 19.5 teaspoons of sugar every single day! That’s twice as much as is recommended by the American Heart Association.

Knowing how much sugar is in the food that you buy is vital: not just to your teeth, but to your overall health. Reading ingredient labels on processed foods is essential.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. So cut back on sugar, brush and floss your teeth, and see us for a cleaning and checkup every six months. Patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to us for general and cosmetic 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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The Five Stages of a Cavity

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In this message from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we discuss something about cavities you might not know. You may have heard that once tooth enamel is eroded, it’s gone forever. This is not entirely true. In the earliest stage of enamel erosion, a cavity can be reversed.

Here are the five stages of a cavity.

Stage 1: Attack of the Little White Spots

The tooth begins to show signs of damage. White spots appear. They are under the surface of the enamel, but you can see them from the outside.

Demineralization will result in these spots. When they occur in children’s molars, it can be easy for parents to miss them. That’s why daily dental hygiene and regular dental exams are crucial.

It this stage, it’s possible to halt a cavity before it needs a filling. Dental hygiene can stop the erosion. Fluoride can remineralize the enamel.

Can Stage 1 be reversed? Yes!

Stage 2: Enamel Decay

Did you know that tooth decay begins under the surface of the enamel?

The visible enamel is intact for the first part of Stage 2. Then the hole busts through the surface.

Can Stage 2 be reversed? No…but the tooth can probably be saved.

Stage 3: Going Deeper Into the Dentin

The decay breaks down the enamel and hits the soft dentin layer that lies below. This is an advanced cavity.

The good news?

The decay hasn’t yet reached the pulp. It will, however, start to cause pain.

Can Stage 3 be reversed? No…but maybe the tooth won’t need a root canal.

Stage 4: Ouch! The Decay Hits the Pulp

Hopefully, your youngster will never suffer stage 4. This is very painful. The infection has reached the pulp where the nerves are located. Unfortunately, a root canal is the only treatment option. Unless, of course, the tooth is extracted.

Remember, childhood cavities are completely preventable.

Can Stage 4 be reversed? No…and it must be treated with a root canal.

Stage 5: Abscess Distress

The decay (and infection) has traveled through the pulp and out the end. In the final stage, it drills through the tip. Now the infection is in the tissue and bone surrounding the tooth root. The area swells up and it’s exceptionally painful.

It’s also hazardous for anyone’s health. This is a serious infection that can spread to other parts of the body. Abscesses originating in a tooth can be fatal.

Can Stage 5 be reversed? No…and can be life threatening.

Protect yourself and your loved ones from tooth decay so you all have a healthy smile for life.

Patients from throughout East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston for general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to 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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Live Better With Dental Implants

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For denture wearers, ill-fitting dentures can cause more issues  than they solve. If you live with loose dentures, you may consider them a necessary evil. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we’d like to tell you about an alternative: implant-supported dentures.

Implant-supported dentures are like getting a brand-new set of teeth. If you are not familiar with implants, here are the essentials:

Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed in your jaw, where they fuse with the bone. Titanium is ideally suited to this, which is why it is commonly used in joint replacements, like for the hip and the knee.

Once the titanium has fused with the bone, you have a rock-solid support for one or more artificial teeth that look and function like the real thing.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Where one implant can support one artificial tooth, several implants – usually four – can support a full dental arch.

Implant-supported dentures are a permanent solution for missing teeth. They look completely natural, and can replace both the upper and lower sets.

To be a good candidate for a dental implant, you must have enough healthy bone to support it. Even if you don’t, bone grafting can promote new growth, enough so that there is enough mass to support the implant.

To find out more about implant-supported dentures from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, please call us. Patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to us for implants and complete general dentistry. 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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Tooth Whitening: In-Office Or At Home?

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If you are planning to whiten your teeth, the important first step is to settle upon a whitening method. It may seem like there are a lot of options, but they all use a peroxide-based whitening solution. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we offer in-office whitening, and professional-strength whitening kits you can use at home.

The main difference between professional strength and commercial, over-the-counter products is in the strength of the bleaching solution and method of delivery. Professional strength is much stronger, surpassing anything you’ll find at the store.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of commercial versus professional teeth whitening.

Commercial Teeth Whitening Advantages
Generally less costly
Doesn’t require a trip to the dentist
May cause less tooth sensitive and pain

Commercial Teeth Whitening Disadvantages
Not as effective
Whitening appliances don’t protect gum tissue
Solution must be applied many times over a period of weeks

Professional Teeth Whitening Advantages
Same day results
Administered by a dental professional
Gum tissue is protected

In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening Disadvantages
More expensive

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston our in-office teeth whitening and professional-grade take-home kits have transformed countless smiles! We’ve whitened the smiles of people from all over East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein, who also rely on our complete general dentistry services. Call to schedule a transformative 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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How Dental Implants Are Changing Dentures

How Dental Implants are Changing Dentures in Houston

If you wear dentures, you know that they are not an ideal solution for missing teeth. They can slip, cause gum irritation, bone loss, and leave you with an inability to taste food due to a covered palate. The good news? Implant-supported dentures from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston offer a better solution.

If you currently wear traditional dentures and are not happy with them, implant anchored dentures can dramatically change your life. Your chewing ability will be similar to that of natural teeth and you will be able to eat hard foods again.

What makes them such an improvement is in the name, “implant.” A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed into the patient’s jaw. It fuses with the bone to provide a solid support for replacement teeth.

It takes multiple implants, usually four, to support a full dental arch. In addition to supporting dentures, they help to prevent bone recession.

To find out more about implant-supported dentures from The Gentle Art of Dentistry, please give us a call. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein trust our complete general dentistry. 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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