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Cosmetic Dentistry: The Art of Beautiful Smiles

smile makeover CypressA smile makeover can boost your self-esteem, improve your ability to chew, and may eliminate any embarrassing slips you experience when speaking. You will no longer feel the need to hide teeth that are stained, chipped, misshapen, crooked, or missing when you seek care from your cosmetic dentist.

There are a variety of treatments that will correct your dental issues and fit your budget and/or timeline to achieve your goals:

Teeth whitening is often all that is needed to remove the appearance of stubborn stains that a standard hygiene visit can’t achieve. A dull and drab smile can spoil your appearance, but teeth whitening is probably the most economical method of cosmetic enhancement available.

Porcelain veneers provide a solution to a multitude of dental maladies:

Deep, intrinsic stain that can’t be eliminated can be made to disappear when impacted teeth are covered with porcelain veneers. These wafer thin coverings are made to match your biological teeth in shape, size, and shade. With standard veneers, a very thin layer of enamel is removed before the veneers are permanently cemented in place. If Lumineers are available and selected, your dentist will not have to remove the dental enamel, and they can be removed and the process reversed, if desired.

Veneers are also used to mask uneven, misshapen, or chipped teeth. Gaps between teeth can disappear, and the appearance of a receding gum line can be improved. Veneers can be used on one or several teeth.

When decay appears in your smile line you no longer have to resort to dental amalgam to repair the tooth. Many dentists will remove those old silver fillings and replace them with a tooth colored material, composite resin. The method of filling a tooth with composite is quite different making the result much more aesthetically pleasing.

Crooked teeth should be improved for more than just appearance. Straighter teeth are easier to maintain keeping plaque from building. Crooked teeth provide areas for bacteria to grow. Having teeth straightened as a teen or an adult can be intimidating if bands and brackets are used. Thankfully, Invisalign clear aligners provide a means to undergo orthodontics with comfort and ease.

A smile makeover can be easily achieved, and is just a dental consultation away. Call our skilled team at 281-256-6866 today to schedule your visit.

Toothache: When is it time to visit the dentist?

Cypress DDSSometimes you may think you have a toothache when in reality you may have experienced an abrasion of gum tissue or jaw discomfort. Or you may have something trapped between your teeth like a seed or something small – flossing may dislodge it providing relief. If your tooth pain is not relieved with flossing or rinsing; you know it is not your jaw or an abrasion; and a pain reliever only brings temporary respite, it is time to see the dentist.

A toothache can stem from a variety of issues including:

Decay – Our teeth have a very strong, protective coating of enamel. However, if the enamel is breached bacteria can penetrate the tooth often resulting in a cavity. A cavity will not go away; it will only get worse if left untreated. Your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and restore it with a dental filling. Many patients are opting to use a tooth-colored composite resin. It is much more aesthetically pleasing and does not require as much of the natural tooth to be removed for repair.

Cracked or Broken Tooth – This exposes the nerve of the tooth. Very often the solution is a dental crown in which the cracked or broken tooth is prepared, an impression is taken, and a temporary is placed to protect the tooth until the crown is fabricated (dental labs usually require two weeks to make a crown). Once complete, your crown will be permanently cemented in place protecting the remaining tooth structure; and with materials in use today, your crown will look as natural as surrounding teeth.

Infection – If infection has settled into the tooth, sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet may send a zinging sensation upon exposure. In this case, a root canal is often required to salvage the tooth. A tiny access point is created in the tooth, and the contents of the canal (pulp, blood, nerve) are removed. The access point is sealed, the tooth is saved, and the pain disappears. The alternative to a root canal is to have the tooth extracted.

Your dentist is most always able to provide immediate relief. Delaying this appointment will only prolong discomfort and can exacerbate the problem. To schedule your visit, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-256-6866.

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