Veneers Transform Smiles

Same Day Smile Makeovers At The Gentle Art of Dentistry In Houston

In this post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we are going to highlight a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure, porcelain veneers.

Have you ever wished you could cover the front part of your teeth as easily as painting a wall? Guess what? With porcelain veneers, you can.

Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin fronts that are permanently attached to your natural teeth.

Veneers may be used alone or in combination with other cosmetic dental procedures. Since they can fix tooth misalignment, veneers are sometimes called instant orthodontics.

Do veneers look natural?
Veneers are custom-made to each of your teeth with the color, reflective properties, and translucency of your natural teeth. They can be made in any size or shape.

They are durable, too. When properly cared for, veneers can last as long as dental crowns.

Porcelain veneers are among the cosmetic dentistry options available at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to our practice to improve their smiles maintain good dental health. Please call us to schedue 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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Chipped Tooth? No Need To Panic

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Your teeth are among the strongest parts of your body, but they are not invincible. Far from it! A fall, a collision, or any number of other accidents can result in a chipped or broken tooth. If it happens to you or a loved one, contact us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston for treatment.

If a tooth chips or breaks, it may not hurt. It’s a serious matter, but if it doesn’t hurt it doesn’t usually require immediate attention. Even if there isn’t any pain, you’re probably going to feel some sharp edges with your tongue. It’s important that you avoid that area when you chew, because chewing might chip it some more. We may be able to smooth out the chip and repair any damage with composite filling.

If your tooth is giving you pain, call us immediately. There could be a serious crack or fracture, with accompanying damage to the inside of the tooth. The sooner you get into the OnCall Dental office, the better. In severe cases it is not always possible to save the tooth.

There are some things you can do before you get to the office:

  • Clean your mouth thoroughly with warm water, swished gently
  • Apply a cold compress to your face if there is swelling
  • Take a pain reliever with acetaminophen (don’t take aspirin). Brands with acetaminophen include Tylenol, Alka-Seltzer Plus, and NyQuil, and there are many others.

Once you’re here, we will probably take an X-ray. If there is damage to the tooth’s pulp a root canal may be in order. If not, bonding or a crown may be enough to fix you up.

If you have a chipped or broken tooth, take nothing for granted, even if there is no pain. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we treat serious cases with emergency dentistry nearly every day. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein trust us in emergencies and with general dentistry. Call us to schedule your next cleaning and checkup 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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Be Glad Doctor Anderson Has X-Ray Vision

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During a dental checkup at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we do a thorough inspection of your teeth and gums. But visual inspections can’t tell us everything we need to know, which is why we take x-rays.

For most patients, we update our x-rays once a year. They help us to make accurate diagnoses by showing what cannot be seen by the eye alone. Also known as radiographs, the images give us the total picture: not just inside your teeth, but the tip of the roots and the bone under the gums. Thanks to x-rays, we are able to identify and treat dental issues before they become more serious.

There are several types of x-rays:

  • Bite-Wing x-rays give us a picture of the upper and lower back teeth. We can see how they touch each other and see if there is any decay.
  • Panoramic x-rays give us the big picture: a view of the teeth, jaws and jaw joints, nasal area, and even the sinuses. These are especially useful if we think the patient may need orthodontics or a dental implant.
  • Occlusal x-rays show us the floor of the mouth, and the bite of the upper or lower jaw. They’re good for showing the development of children’s teeth, both the baby and permanent teeth.

X-rays use radiation, but are designed to minimize patient exposure. Patients only get negligible amounts, making them safe. The latest generations of x-rays reduce radiation even more. Still, we take the added safety measure of covering the patient with a heavy leaded apron and collar.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we are committed to providing our patients with the best possible dental care. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to our practice for complete general and cosmetic dentistry, and much more! 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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Bleeding Gums After Your 6-Month Cleaning?

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Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are critical for good dental health. Sometimes our patients at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston worry because their gums tend to bleed after a thorough cleaning. Is that bleeding a problem?

Well, it depends. If your gums bleed for a day or two after your cleaning, it shouldn’t concern you. But if it lasts much longer, you really need to come back to our office so we can check further for signs of gum disease.

Gum disease arises when plaque builds up along the gum line. It can be painless, so you may have it and not even realize it. In the earliest stages it is called gingivitis. Left untreated, it can travel below the gum line and get into the bone. That’s a more serious condition called periodontitis.

Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss. It also puts you at risk for conditeions like heart disease and diabetes. Early detection is the best way to prevent gum disease.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we stress good dental health in all our patients. Patients come to our office from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein for complete general and cosmetic dentistry, and so much more. Please call our office to schedule your next checkup 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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Hiding Your Smile? The Gentle Art of Dentistry Can Help

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Some people think their smile is not much of an asset, so they do their best to keep it hidden. Pictures, funny movies, jokes, hilarious Internet videos—none of these can induce a smile or laugh. If this sounds familiar, then maybe you would like some specifics about complete smile makeovers from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.

Lots of people are hesitant to reveal their smiles due to one flaw or another. We can improve smiles damaged by a previous mouth injury, tooth discoloration, poor spacing, chipped teeth, stains, and even crooked or missing teeth.

Many people start with teeth whitening. This swiftly creates a brighter smile. It’s a simple procedure, but the results are truly impressive.

Other procedures that enhance the look of your teeth include dental crowns, dental implants, veneers, enamel shaping, gum contouring, and bonding.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we use sound dental techniques to bring positive changes to the smiles of our patients. Our patients come from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein for cosmetic and general dentistry. 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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Trouble Getting Numb For Dental Treatment?

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For most of us, getting a cavity filled is not exactly a highlight of the day. But thanks to modern anesthesia, like what we use at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, it’s really just an inconvenience.

Some people, though, are resistant to local anesthesia like lidocaine. That makes what is ordinarily simple, like filling a cavity, a real challenge: the tooth needs to be fixed, but the level of pain can go off the charts.

The patient may be filled with local anesthestic, but for them, it’s like it’s not even there. A slow response to lidocaine is fairly common, and a second injection usually takes care of it. But sometimes it just doesn’t work.

There has been research into this but no conclusive findings. Some theorize that the tissue in certain people doesn’t absorb anesthetic they way it does in most. Another possibility is that some of us have nerves in slightly different places than in most. But no one knows for sure.

All of this is cold comfort to anyone who who has trouble getting numb for their dental work. If this sounds like you or someone you know, please let us know at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. We will find a solution to your issues. Patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein seek us out for complete 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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Aching Jaw?

Aching Jaw In Houston?

In this blog post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we are going to look at some of the conditions that may result in jaw pain.

The jaw joint is a complex structure. It’s made up of muscles, tendons, and bones, which enable us to bite, grind, and chew. Jaw pain is common, and may result from any number of things.

Jaw pain may be caused by sinusitis. Sinusitis is the inflammation of the tissues that line your sinuses, and when these tissues are inflamed, the sinuses exert pressure on surrounding areas. If the inflamed sinus is near the jaw, pain in the jaw joint may result. This commonly happens with a cold or allergies.

Injury or trauma to the jaw can also lead to recurrent, ongoing pain. It may be on one or both sides of the face, pain may come and go, or only occur when  chewing.

Jaw pain may be broadly categorized as temporomandibular joint disorder, usually shortened to TMJ or TMD. We can help identify what’s going on and treatment can begin from there. But remember, jaw pain shouldn’t be ignored.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, our patients come from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein for general and cosmetic dentistry, and many other services. Please 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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Just Chill

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If you are one of those people who gets tense just thinking about your next dental checkup, you may benefit from sedation dentistry offered here at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.

Millions of people stress out when they have to see the dentist. Some of them would rather skip the dentist altogether than sit down for a checkup. Trust us, this is a bad idea: it puts your dental health at risk.

There are lots of reasons why people develop anxiety or phobia over dental care. Whatever the cause, we want you to get the treatment you need, without needless anxiety.

We offer three types of sedation:

  • Nitrous Oxide. You also know this as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for more than a century and is highly effective.
  • Oral conscious sedation. You take a sedative an hour or so before the appointment. You won’t sleep, but will be in a deeply relaxed state. When the appointment is over, someone will have to drive you home.
  • IV Sedation. As the name suggests, this is a sedative that is administered intravenously. You won’t sleep with this on, either, but will be in a deeply relaxed state. You’ll need an escort for a ride here and back.

Whatever it is that stresses you about the dentist, we don’t want you to compromise your dental health by skipping checkups. Sedation dentistry from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston may be just for you. People come to us from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein for complete general dentistry, and much more. 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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What Does Your Houston Dentist Need To Know?

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For the best possible dental health, you should see us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston twice a year for a cleaning and exam. It’s our chance to make sure you’re brushing and flossing properly, and your chance to discuss any dental health concerns you may have.

During the checkup we look for any new cavities that may have appeared since your last visit. We might take X-rays, although this is not done at every visit. We’ll examine your gums, too, for any signs of gum disease.

Remember: if the eyes are the window to the soul, then your mouth is a window into your general health. Poor dental health has been linked to various diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, premature birth and low birth weight, and diabetes.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, the dental health of each patient is our primary focus every single day. Our patients come to us from East Spring, West Cypress, Klein, and throughout the area for general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule your next checkup 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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4 Smile Boosters

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Cosmetic dentistry is a term that refers to using proven dental techniques to improve the appearance of your smile. We have improved countless smiles with it at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.

In this post, we’ll highlight four ways that cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile.

  1. Teeth Whitening is quick and non-invasive. External tooth whitening occurs when whitening agents bleach the teeth directly.
  2. Dental Implants are titanium posts secured into the jawbone in place of a missing tooth root. The post supports an artificial tooth. Several posts can support a bridge, and even a full dental arch.
  3. Dental Bonding is commonly used to fix chipped or cracked teeth. A composite resin is placed over the flaw, and then shaped to replicate the original tooth structure.
  4. Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells of medical-grade porcelain that are attached to the front of your teeth. They’ll improve any smile by covering chips, cracks, or gaps between teeth.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we improve smiles with cosmetic dentistry every day. Other services include complete general dentistry. Call 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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