Let’s face it: a jack-o-lantern smile doesn’t look as cute as it did when you were five. Except for unique circumstances, when you lost a tooth as a child, you could always fall back on the reassurance that it would grow back. If you’ve lost a tooth as an adult, or have cracked or chipped teeth, The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX can help restore that same reassurance. We can’t guarantee they’ll grow back, but after our treatment, they’ll sure look like they did!
Teeth can become compromised over time by various factors: staining, decay, chipping, or aging. In order to help, our team provides only the most informative, kind, effective care solutions. We understand the anxiety that comes from the prospect of losing your adult teeth. So, our preference is always to preserve your natural teeth. However, this is sometimes not feasible. Don’t worry! No case is a lost case! We offer several alternatives to maintaining and improving your smile.
- Dental Veneers
If you still have your teeth, but are not comfortable with them, these might be your answer. Porcelain veneers offer an economical approach to cosmetic adjustments, fixing uneven color, size, or shape. They consist of very thin shells bonded to the front of the teeth. They enhance unsightly, but structurally sound teeth.
- Dental Bridge
A dental bridge is used where a tooth is missing. It “bridges” a gap between teeth. It is a restoration with a false tooth attached to the surrounding teeth. Dental bridges have been used successfully for decades.
- Dental Implant
A dental implant is a more extensive replacement for a missing tooth. An implant consists of an artificial tooth PLUS an artificial root (usually biocompatible titanium). With local anesthesia, the artificial root is actually inserted into the jaw bone where it integrates with the bone tissue. There are three parts to a dental implant: the artificial root, the connecting abutment, and the final crown or denture. An implant is often the optimal restoration, as it offers beauty, strength, natural function, and protection from the bone recession that often occurs at the site of a missing tooth.
Most people have heard of dentures: a plate holding artificial teeth that can be removed by the wearer. These are custom-made and can contain varying numbers of teeth. Sometimes the entire set of upper and lower teeth have to be pulled, and a denture created. Modern dentistry offers a myriad of custom dental implant-denture combinations to restore missing teeth.
Request an appointment today! At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we serve satisfied patients in East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein, and would love to talk to you about your dental needs.
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