Crowning Achievements In Dentistry

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This message from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX looks at one of the miracles of modern dentistry: the dental restoration.

Let’s pretend you are a biomedical engineer working in the field of dentistry before the introduction of dental restorations. The men and women of your generation who have missing or damaged teeth want to repair or replace them with a man-made substitute. You have been hired to find or create a material that can be used to create fillings, crowns, and dental bridges.

It must be bondable to living tooth structure as well as other materials necessary for specific appliances. It must be biocompatible with the soft tissues in the mouth as well as tooth enamel, dentin, and bone. It can’t create allergic reactions in the wearers. It must be corrosion-resistant to the chemicals in saliva, foods, and beverages. It must resist infection regardless of ever-present bacteria in the mouth. And it can’t contain toxic chemicals that could be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Of course, we know that such a thing exists because dental restorations have been around for a long time. Nowadays, there are numerous materials used alone or in combination including porcelain, ceramic, and metals such as gold and silver amalgam. Though the metals are extremely strong and malleable, they don’t meet some patient’s esthetic requirements and are used mainly for back teeth.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX dental crowns are a versatile restorative dentistry option. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to our office for complete general dentistry. Contact 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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Get The Royal Treatment At The Gentle Art of Dentistry

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Dental crowns have been an essential tooth restoration for many years. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we place a lot of crowns, always with the exceptional care each patient deserves.

Dental crowns can be used to address many issues. They can:

  • Protect a weak tooth from decay, breaking, or to hold together a cracked tooth.
  • Cover and provide durability for a tooth with a large filling and little tooth structure remaining.
  • Restore a broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
  • Improve a tooth that is too small or misshapen.
  • Cover a tooth with acute discoloration.
  • Strengthen to a tooth following a root canal procedure.

Crowns are not permanent but they can last for many years when properly cared for. We will have instructions on care, once we place yours. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, dental crowns are an essential restorative dentistry procedure. Find out why patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein entrust their dental health to us. Contact 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 Gentle Art of Dentistry Guide To Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth And Your Houston Dentist

Wisdom teeth are usually the very last teeth to grow into the jaw. They’re located way in the back, which can present problems for some people. We handle a lot of wisdom teeth cases at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX.

Also known as the third molars, wisdom teeth usually come in between the late teens and early twenties. Sometimes they grow in straight and healthy, but unfortunately that is in a small percentage of people. Most have them extracted because they can be troublesome. The younger you are when you have them pulled, the better.

Problems

There are several common issues with wisdom teeth.

  • Angling: Wisdom teeth often grow in at an angle, so that they lean too far inward or outward.
  • Positioning: They can grow in too horizontally in the tooth socket, instead of vertically.
  • Impacted: Sometimes wisdom teeth grow into the gums or the jawbone. This is known as an impacted tooth. They can become infected and be extremely painful.

We can X-ray the jaws of our younger patients to see how their wisdom teeth are coming along. When we see they are going to be a problem we usually recommend extracting them.

When wisdom teeth are extracted at a young age, the recovery time is faster and the procedure itself is usually much easier. Wisdom teeth extraction is common at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, and we have pulled them in patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein. People also come to see us for restorative dentistry. Contact 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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Correcting Severe Dental Problems At The Gentle Art of Dentistry

Correcting Severe Dental Problems in Houston

Each restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedure performed at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX can address a specific issue. A porcelain veneer can correct the surface of a tooth that is discolored or has had enamel loss. Bonding can fill a small chip in an otherwise healthy tooth.

Some dental problems are more extensive and require a combination of procedures. Crown restoration combined with soft tissue grafts can restore a severely decayed tooth with the root exposed. A bone graft and dental implant can restore a missing tooth in an area where the jaw bone has receded. Orthodontics followed by tooth whitening totally transforms a smile by straightening and bleaching it.

What is the difference between tooth bleaching and whitening? Whitening is the term for procedures which remove surface stains to restore the degree of natural lightness. Bleaching goes even further by lightening teeth beyond their natural shade.

We live in an age where virtually any dental issue can be corrected. To find out what cosmetic and restorative dentistry from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX can do for your smile, come see us! Find out why people from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein trust us with their smiles. Contact 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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7 Ways To Fix A Chipped Tooth

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In a perfect world, each of your teeth would stay healthy, strong, and brilliantly white throughout your life. Unfortunately, most of us will need to restore a tooth at some point. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we can help.

A tooth can be compromised by decay, enamel erosion, a chip or crack, gum disease, or injury. Sometimes old restorations break and need to be replaced or root canals performed decades ago develop an abscess. Our team has put together a list of your options, so you can pick the one that works best for you!

Seven Different Options

  1. Dental Bonding: Bonding is used to fix minor cosmetic problems like small chips, cracks, discoloration, and spaces between teeth. A composite resin is applied and shaped as necessary.
  2. Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells that are permanently attached to the front of natural teeth. They can cover chips, cracks, and gaps, or the alignment of a tooth.
  3. Fillings: Modern white fillings are strong and inconspicuous. Patients love them because they blend in so well with natural tooth color. People concerned about the safety of metal fillings often replace those with non-metal white fillings.
  4. Inlays and Onlays: Inlays are applied to the center of a tooth’s biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point). An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.
  5. Crowns: A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, strength, and function. A crown is often necessary for a tooth that has had a root canal, with severe decay, or as the replacement tooth in a dental bridge.
  6. Soft Tissue Grafts: Gum recession puts teeth and underlying bone at risk. Soft tissue grafting can cover the exposed root of a tooth to prevent further damage. Gum surgery is also done for cosmetic reasons, such as reshaping a gumline.
  7. Dental Implants: Implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw. Once they fuse with the bone, implants can support one or more artificial teeth.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we offer complete restorative dentistry. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to us for general and cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Request 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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