11808 Barker Cypress Rd, Suite G
Cypress, TX 77433

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

orthodontics CypressEnjoying a great smile is ageless; teens and adults of all ages can benefit from both an aesthetic and oral health perspective through teeth straightening. A consultation with your dentist will demonstrate how orthodontics with Invisalign can enhance your appearance, and more importantly improve your oral health.

Why Invisalign? 

When you select Invisalign as your method of teeth straightening, you will enjoy many advantages over other orthodontic programs because Invisalign aligners are:

Clear – The transparent material used in making the aligners allows you to undergo teeth straightening using braces that are virtually undetectable.

Comfortable – Because there are no wires or metal brackets used, oral abrasions are not a problem.

Convenient – You will be the one keeping your teeth moving by updating your aligners every two weeks. Although you will need periodic visits with your dentist, regular visits for things like wire manipulating are a thing of the past.

Removable – This allows you to eat all your favorite foods; you simply remove your aligners for meals and snacks and replace when done. In addition, you are able to brush and floss daily without any obstructions allowing you to maintain great oral health throughout your teeth straightening program.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Using tools provided by your dentist (x-rays, impressions, photographs), the Invisalign lab utilizes digital technology to fabricate a series of aligners. Each aligner will fit snugly at first; throughout the next two weeks, teeth will shift as prescribed by the aligner being worn. Every two weeks, the aligner is to be replaced by the next in the series. This process repeats until teeth straightening has been achieved.

It is important that aligners are worn as prescribed – at least twenty to twenty-two hours every day. The length of treatment is determined by the severity of your malocclusion. Once teeth straightening has been achieved, the final step to treatment is to wear the retainer. The retainer allows teeth to develop a memory of their new location. This is very important; failure to wear the retainer may allow teeth to drift back to their original position.

Having straight teeth is more than a great smile. When teeth are crooked or overcrowded, plaque can form and grow in areas difficult to keep clean with your toothbrush. This can lead to dental decay and/or gum disease. So you will be improving both your appearance and oral health with Invisalign clear aligners.

For additional information or to schedule a consultation, contact the office of Lori Logan, DDS, today.

CEREC and Same Day Crowns

same day crowns CypressThe availability of same day crowns offers many advantages … fewer trips to the dentist for treatment, no need to wear a temporary for weeks while waiting for your permanent restoration, and thanks to digital technology, in many cases there is no need for an impression to be made using trays of messy and uncomfortable plaster.

CEREC Process

Your need for a dental crown can be due to trauma to a tooth, excessive dental decay, a cracked or broken tooth … the reason doesn’t matter. The process for receiving your crown and the final result are what is most important to you

CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics or simply Ceramic Reconstruction. Other verbiage you may hear in conjunction with CEREC is CAD/CAM technology. This means the use of computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing.

Once your dentist has told you that a dental crown is needed, with CEREC you can just sit back because within a few hours you will have completed treatment with a permanent restoration that is durable and looks great.

Digital imaging allows for a very accurate and detailed picture of your mouth providing a crown that will fit perfectly. Your tooth will be prepared for the crown by reducing it in size leaving enough of the base for the final restoration to be cemented in place.

The CEREC machine uses a solid block of ceramic, and utilizing the images taken will bore the ceramic into a perfect replica of the tooth being crowned. A few finishing touches and your crown can be cemented into place.

Caring for your CEREC Restoration

Whether your crown was needed to treat a broken or severely decayed tooth, or as the final step following root canal therapy, the care for your same day crown is easily managed.

Immediately after receiving your crown, you should avoid eating sticky foods that could dislodge your newly cemented dental work. After that, you’re free to eat whatever you wish. Your new crown has been made with durable materials that are designed to last for many, many years.

Brush and floss daily, and visit our dentist every six months for cleaning and dental exam. The same care you extend for all your teeth should allow your same day crown to last a very long time.

Fractured Tooth: Will a dental crown help?

crowns CypressDental crowns are a fabulous tool that allow a patient to save a tooth that might otherwise be lost due to a fracture or excessive decay. If a tooth is broken, but the tooth’s roots have remained intact, your dentist can prepare your tooth for a crown that will feel natural and look great.

Options For a Fractured Tooth

Our teeth are very hard, but they are not invincible. Biting down on something hard can break a tooth that has been weakened from years of use. And a hairline fracture might not be seen or felt right away. But eventually something will happen that will make you aware that a fracture exists.

Part of your tooth might literally break off or symptoms of a tooth fracture may occur such as sensitivity to hot or cold, sweet, or spicy foods; pain; or swelling. If any of these occur, see your dentist right away.

If your tooth can be saved, a dental crown is most often the recommended path of treatment. If infection or trauma to the root of the tooth has occurred, a root canal may be required before further action is taken.

The only other option is to the have the tooth extracted. If the natural tooth is not replaced after extraction, another whole set of problems can begin. The open space makes chewing more difficult; teeth can shift creating a malocclusion; and aesthetically a missing tooth can make smiling and laughing embarrassing.

CEREC Dental Crowns

The advantages of having a tooth crowned by your CEREC dentist are numerous. CEREC simply means that your dentist can fashion a crown using technology and equipment in the dental office right on the spot. A digital rendering of the prepared tooth is used to take a block of ceramic and make the crown in a matter of minutes.

A digital dental impression can eliminate a goopy, messy one; and since your crown is ready the same day, you do not have to deal with a temporary crown or return in a couple of weeks to have your crown seated.

A crown for your fractured tooth is made and cemented in place in one dental visit. You can chew and smile with confidence as your new crown has been made to look and feel as natural as neighboring biological teeth.

Food Friends and Foes for Your Teeth

Cypress dentalMaintaining good dental health throughout your lifetime takes diligence … brushing and flossing every day coupled with visiting your dentist every six months for cleaning and exam are two very important aspects for keeping teeth and gums in great shape. What you eat and drink also play a very large role in dental health.

Food Friends 

A healthy daily diet should be comprised of vegetables, fruits, dairy, protein, and healthy grains. These food categories allow you to eat a huge variety of foods … fresh fruits and vegetables are available in most areas year round. But if you can’t get fresh during the off season, frozen foods offer a healthy, tasty, and convenient alternative.

Dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese (to name a few) are ideal; just be sure to read food labels for sugar content as some brands are very high in sugar.

Protein from meat, fish, and nuts are primary sources. But consider beans and lentils, which are important to anyone on a meatless diet. Of course, vegetables and dairy also contain protein. It is important to consume protein packed foods to maintain energy and for immune support.

Healthy grains like whole wheat, brown rice, and quinoa provide a great base. And for snacking, popcorn (homemade – not microwave or prepackaged) is a great source.

The healthiest beverage you can and should drink is water. Infuse it with fruit for variety or you can add a sugar free flavoring.

Food Foes 

The occasional sugary snack should be consumed on a very limited basis. Treats like cookies, candy, cake, ice cream, doughnuts … the list is endless … should be saved for special occasions and are not intended to be eaten on a daily basis.

Beverages like soda (both regular and diet) can eat away at the protective enamel on your teeth. If you are going to drink soda, consume it with a meal; do not sip on soda throughout the day; and use a straw to allow much of the beverage to bypass teeth.

Sugar laden beverages take up a whole aisle at the grocery store; and none of these drinks can do for you what water can.

Teeth help us speak, chew, and smile with confidence. A proper diet can help you keep teeth and gums healthy. For additional tips or if it’s time to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan today.

Smile Makeover: What are my options?

smile makeover CypressA smile makeover is more accessible now than ever before. A consultation with your cosmetic dentist will reveal the many procedures available that can enhance your appearance.

Ways to Improve Your Smile

Teeth Whitening – Stained or discolored dentition can ruin your smile. But teeth whitening products available through your dental provider have many advantages over those you can buy at your drug store or online.

You will be acquiring teeth whitening from a licensed dental provider; this means the products offered can contain some of the most powerful whitening agents available. They have been tested for safety; and if you have any questions or concerns, you have someone you can call for answers.

Porcelain Veneers – These are wafer thin, tooth colored shells that will be cemented to one or multiple teeth suffering from chipped enamel, uneven dentition, gaps between teeth, and/or deep dental stain. A conversation with your cosmetic dentist will determine the number of teeth that should be treated. A small amount of enamel is removed from those teeth so when veneers are cemented into place your smile will be perfectly symmetrical.

Porcelain veneers are stain resistant; with that in mind, they will not respond to teeth whitening products, so patients should whiten their teeth before cosmetic dental work is completed.

Invisalign – Crooked teeth can impact your dental health as well as spoil your smile. With Invisalign clear aligners, you can achieve straight teeth utilizing aligners that are clear, comfortable, and removable.

Since they are clear, these are perfect for teens and adults of all ages. No one knows you are wearing “braces”. There are no wires and no metal brackets to abrade soft oral tissues making them comfortable. And they are removable. These braces are taken out for snacking and meals which means you can continue to eat all your favorite foods. And you can brush and floss daily without any obstructions.

Tooth Colored Fillings – Chipped teeth and stains are just a couple of the uses for tooth colored filling material. Cavities can now be corrected using a tooth colored composite resin providing you with an aesthetcally pleasing option to treat dental decay.

It’s Never Too Late

Patients of all ages are seeking ways to improve their appearance. Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Lori Logan, can provide you with a smile makeover that will keep you happy for many years.

Do I really need to pay attention to my tongue?

dentist in CypressThe appearance of your tongue can be very informative. White markings or patches, tongue discoloration, a swollen tongue, growths, sores … many problems associated with your tongue can be harmless. But some may be indicative of a more serious problem. If you notice changes in the appearance of your tongue, it is always best to err on the side of caution and see your dentist for an examination.

The tongue is an important muscle; it is used for tasting, chewing, and swallowing food. And the tongue is needed and used constantly to speak.

Tongue Conditions

Two of the more common conditions that can alter the appearance of your tongue include oral thrush and leukoplakia. They are both recognized by white patches on the surface of the tongue.

Thrush is often caused by an overgrowth of yeast fungus in the mouth caused when the natural balance of bacteria is impacted. This can occur due to illness, medicines, antibiotics, and even stress.

Leukoplakia can resemble thrush, but unlike thrush the white patches cannot be scraped away. Tobacco use is a common cause of leukoplakia; and is often considered a precursor to oral cancer.

A hairy black tongue sounds serious, but it is probably more of a nuisance than a medical concern. The bumps you see on the surface of the tongue grow larger. The rough texture of the tongue appears “furry” and can be discolored from tobacco use, food, and beverages like coffee. Good oral hygiene (and perhaps a tongue scraper) are tools to treat a hairy tongue.

Canker sores can be very painful, and often form on the tongue. Although there are products that will bring relief, there is no cure. They usually run their course in ten days to two weeks.

Causes of Tongue Problems 

Some things are beyond your control such as a viral infection or a weak immune system. But there are lifestyle habits that can contribute to problems such as smoking (or any tobacco use); excessive alcohol consumption; a poor diet; unchecked stress; and negligent or poor oral hygiene habits.

If you should note changes in the appearance of your tongue, have it checked. In many cases, what you see may be harmless. But it could also be something serious like oral cancer; seeing your dentist could actually save your life.