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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Why a Root Canal Is Not Something To Fear

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This post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX addresses one of the most feared dental procedures: the root canal.

If you find out you need a root canal, don’t panic. When we recommend this procedure, it’s to repair and save a damaged or infected tooth.

Why do people fear root canals? Simple: they have the reputation of being extremely painful. But in most cases, the patient is already in pain because of the damaged or infected tooth.

Root canals will eliminate that pain. And the procedure itself? The area being treated is completely numb from local anesthetics.

Root Canal Therapy

During the root canal procedure, we remove the pulp inside the affected tooth. You may think of a tooth as bone-like, but in reality there is a soft pulp inside. It surrounds the nerves and blood vessels within.

When this pulp is damaged or infected it leads to a lot of pain, as well as a darkened appearance. Once we have removed it, the space it leaves is filled and the tooth is sealed. Then, it’s covered with a crown, which protects it and gives it a natural look.

Some patients report tenderness or pain in the days immediately following the procedure. But it’s usually minimal, and easily controlled with simple, over-the-counter medication you may already have in the cabinet at home.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, a root canal is nothing to fear. We’ve serve satisfied patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein, who also come to our practice for a full range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. 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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Bright And Healthy Smiles

Bright and healthy smiles are more attractive than dull and yellow ones: you won’t get much disagreement there. Everybody likes to see a pleasing smile, and having beautiful teeth is also healthy for your self esteem. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we create bright and healthy smiles every day with cosmetic dentistry.

We use cosmetic dentistry to create positive changes to your smile. We can close unsightly gaps and brighten your smile with porcelain veneers, or replace old silver fillings with white fillings that blend seamlessly with your teeth.

A great smile is a huge asset. It’s how we express a range of emotions without saying a word. Our goal is to draw your teeth and facial structure into harmony, so that you are able to present the world with the best possible you.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we offer a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to us for general dentistry. 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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Gap-Tooth Smiles Aren’t Quite As Adorable Anymore

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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.
  • Dentures
    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.

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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9 Tips For Preventing Gum Disease

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Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. But it is a preventable disease, and also treatable, at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX.

Here are some simple ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

  1. Brush your teeth for two to three minutes, at least twice a day, with fluoridated toothpaste. Be sure to brush along the gumline. Don’t brush too hard, but be thorough.
  2. Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach. Don’t like to floss? Try a floss holder, which makes it much simpler to insert floss between teeth.
  3. Use a mouth rinse. Although not a substitute for brushing and flossing, a mouth rinse can prevent plaque accumulation and keep your enamel strong. Remember that fluoride mouth rinses are not the same as mouthwashes. Mouthwashes have alcohol and are designed to freshen breath.
  4. Eat a healthy diet. Starchy and sugary foods increase plaque. A sensible diet provides the nutrients necessary (Vitamins A and C, in particular) to keep teeth and gums healthy.
  5. Don’t smoke, or use smokeless tobacco, which may bring about advanced gum disease or oral cancer. That includes e-cigarettes.
  6. Certain medications can also threaten a healthy smile. These include oral contraceptives, antidepressants and heart medicines.
  7. Exercise prevention and schedule regular evaluations — the best way to detect early signs of gum disease and make a plan to reverse it.
  8. Talk to us about dental health topics such as old, broken fillings or crowded teeth.
  9. If you grind your teeth, ask us about ways to protect them.

Prevention is always the best medicine, so brush and floss your teeth twice a day. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we treat gum disease, and people from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein come to us for complete general dentistry services. 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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Trust Us For Accurate Dental Info

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Dental patients are more informed than ever before, and much of their knowledge about dentistry comes from online sources. This can be a good thing. But at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX we recommend, strongly, that you not rely exlusively on the Internet.

Misconceptions about dentistry began circulating long before personal computers became ubiquitous. But for all its virtues, the Internet has accelerated the speed and distance misinformation can travel.

Some of the most common dental myths have to do with the safety of x-rays, the risk of root canals, the facts about fluoride, and the effectiveness of alternative practices such as oil pulling.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, we are dedicated to the dental health of each of our patients. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein rely on us for general and cosmetic dentistry, and much more. 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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Total Tooth Restoration

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Cosmetic dentistry is really coming into its own. Trend-watchers say that more and more people are choosing it every day to restore their teeth and improve their smiles, with the procedures available at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.

We all want to look our best. But cosmetic dentistry isn’t just about looking good; it is good for your dental health. For example, straight teeth in the correct position are easier to care for, and make for a healthier mouth. That probably explains why clear braces are among the most popular cosmetic dentistry options; they can straighten your teeth, and are almost undetectable as you wear them.

Clear braces are not, of course, the only cosmetic dentistry option. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular procedures out there. A lot of people try to get whiter teeth at home, and there is a nearly bewildering selection of over-the-counter whitening products on the market. But none of them – not toothpastes, strips, or gels – can match the power of professional-grade teeth whitening.

Also in demand are porcelain veneers. They can completely transform the appearance of your smile, and like other cosmetic dentistry, are minimally invasive. A thin layer of tooth enamel is removed before veneers are permanently attached to your teeth. After that, you’ve got a mega-watt smile.

These and other cosmetic dentistry procedures from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston can restore your beautiful smile! Find out why people from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein trust us with their smiles! We also offer complete 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 is the Recovery Time for a Dental Implant?

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When a patient at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston decides to go ahead with a dental implant, one of the first things they want to know is: how long is the recovery time?

Our answer? Recovery is difficult to predict, because every case is different. There are various factors that go into the process, but not all of them apply to each case.

Some of the issues include:

  • Any failing teeth? In addition to the lost tooth the dental implant replaces, patients sometimes have unhealthy teeth that need to be removed before the implant goes ahead. That extends the entire process.
  • Bone grafting? If there has been significant bone recession, we’ll need to boost the patient’s bone mass. This is usually done with a graft, which promotes new bone growth.
  • Osseointegration. This is a big word that means, quite simply, the process of the implant post fusing with the bone. We usually allow for about two months, but sometimes it’s faster and sometimes takes longer. Once the post has fused, it is strong enough to support a replacement tooth.

These are the main variables. It may sound like a lot, and sometimes it is. But it’s worth it! A new dental implant looks and functions like a natural tooth, restoring not only your smile, but your ability to bite and chew.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston dental implants can replace a single tooth, or support a full dental arch. People from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein also come to our office for general dentistry services. Call us 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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Super Smiles Have Strong Enamel

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Did you know that enamel is the hardest substance in the body? It’s true! Found on the outer surface of your teeth, enamel is meant to last a lifetime, and with the help of regular checkups at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, it can.

Enamel may be super strong, but you still have to do your part to take care of it. Here are some useful tips for keeping enamel healthy.

  • Pick the right foods for enamel health. It’s no secret that soft drinks weaken your teeth, and don’t think that diet sodas are harmless – the artificial sweeteners can also erode enamel over time. There are also other culinary culprits that can do a lot of harm.
  • Sticky, chewy candies should be avoided. Chewing ice is a no-no. And don’t use your teeth as tools. Take a minute to grab some scissors before you rip open that package with your incisors.
  • Avoid vigorous brushing and use a soft brush. Also, it’s best to brush about an hour after eating, because foods, especially acidic ones, can soften the enamel, making it more prone to weakening from brushing.
  • Keep stomach acids in check. If you have a problem with severe heartburn, the stomach acid could be traveling up your esophagus and into your mouth. This acid can erode enamel, so talk to your doctor about treatment.
  • Talk to us about dry mouth and tooth grinding. Lack of saliva is a major issue for tooth enamel, and teeth grinding can also wear it down. Let us know if you suspect either of these issues.

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 us for dental implants, complete general dentistry, and much more. 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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The Gentle Art of Dentistry In Houston Wants You To Be Healthy And Happy

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At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we are committed to the dental health of all our valued patients. We emphasize the importance of healthy teeth and gums every time someone settles into one of our chairs.

At every checkup, we examine you for any signs of gum disease. In its mildest form, gum disease is known as gingivitis and is easily treated. Stepping up your dental care routine at home is often enough to get it under control.

What Else?

Good dental health means you probably don’t have much of a problem with bad breath. Of course, most of us have yukky breath when we first wake up in the morning. But brush your teeth after breakfast and you should be good to go. In most cases of chronic bad breath – about eighty-five percent of them – poor dental health is to blame.

Every dental checkup includes a screening for oral cancer. The American Cancer Society projects that about 53,000 people will get a form of oral cancer this year. Of those, nearly eleven thousand cases will be terminal. As with any cancer, the earlier the detection and diagnosis, the better the chances of beating it.

Your Best Friends

For the best possible dental health, your toothbrush and dental floss are your best friends. Brush and floss at least twice a day. When you brush, you remove the plaque that builds up on your teeth and causes cavities. Flossing gets out the gunk that builds up between the teeth.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we want all our patients to see us for a cleaning and checkup twice a year, and people from East Spring, West Cypress, and Kleindo just that. Our services include complete general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment for yourself 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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