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Teeth Whitening Options
Small cosmetic changes that make a big difference.
Call us today for a consultation to discuss which whitening option best suits you.
The eyes may be windows to the soul, but your teeth reveal the overall health of your body. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean and will last longer than crowded or misaligned teeth. Straight, white teeth also minimize the appearance of aging and a history of poor health.
Invisible Braces straightening options are Invisalign(brand) or Clear Correct (brand). After impressions are taken, custom clear trays are returned to the dentist to inset into the patient’s mouth. A series of trays with interproximal stripping is used to straighten the teeth over several months. Call us for a free consult to see if you are a candidate for Invisible Braces.
The purpose of a crown is to give strength to a fractured, decayed, or compromised tooth. Crowns are coverings that fit precisely over the affected tooth.
The Process Involved When You Need A Crown:
All decay and existing old filling material of the affected tooth is removed. A bonded build up of the tooth is placed comprised of composite tooth-colored material. Once the tooth is prepped to receive a crown an impression or digital image is taken of the tooth. The final process is cementing the crown on your tooth.
Zirconia or Lava Crowns
An all-porcelain crown with a zirconia fiber core. It gives a high esthetic with great durability. These crowns are translucent in color which matches your natural teeth.
An all-porcelain crown that has the highest esthetic appearance. This crown is generally reserved for anterior teeth.
Porcelain Fused To Metal
These crowns are what you would call traditional crowns. These are often the most affordable, but they have the most disadvantages which can include an unsightly metal line at the gum and a possible allergic reaction.
Implants, Fixed Bridges, and Dentures
Replacing missing teeth is not only cosmetic, but will keep your teeth straight with less shift occurring in your bite, which can create malocclusion resulting in difficulty chewing and jaw pain.
The look, feel and function of natural teeth.
An implant – made of titanium – is placed in the jawbone to simulate a tooth root. After integration, where the bone grows in and around the implant, the implant can be restored with an abutment and crown to make a new tooth. This is not an immediate solution, but by industry standards is the very best solution. It looks, feels and functions just like a natural tooth.
To restore one or two missing teeth.
This is one solution. It consists of three to five crowns made together to fill in the hole left by a missing tooth and to restore the occlusion back to normal. Another purpose is to prevent shifting of teeth and collapsing of occlusion (or bite) and jaw pain. The custom bridge is permanently cemented onto the prepared teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. It becomes a” fixed” part of your dentition and is not removed. Taking care of your Bridge requires flossing underneath it.
Full Dentures – Removable or Fixed
Complete dentures replace all of your teeth and the tissues connected to those teeth. It is made of flesh colored acrylic plastic with either tooth colored porcelain or plastic teeth, closely resembling your natural gum tissue and teeth, to restore your smile.
Partial Dentures – Removable
This is a solution to replace several teeth, relatively inexpensively, with a removable, plastic and/or metal restoration. The partial dentures are removed every day for cleaning. They are attached to the teeth by either metal clasps or flexible plastic clasps that match the color of your gums, with tooth colored plastic teeth embedded in the base material. They serve to replace your teeth in both looks and function, so you can smile and your teeth do not shift out of occlusion. This can also function well as a temporary solution while implants are integrating.
- Conventional denture – there is no tooth removal, and is ready to place in your mouth in 2-3 months after a series of impressions are taken and sent to a dental laboratory to fabricate.
- Immediate denture – once the denture has been made, approximately 2-3 weeks, after impressions have been taken, it is placed into the mouth immediately at the appointment the remaining teeth are extracted. This denture needs to be relined after 6-12 months.
- Implant supported – usually 4 implants are placed in the jaw and allowed to heal and integrate into the bone for 4 months. Abutments, framework and/or attachments are placed on the implants to attach a full denture made just for you from impressions taken by your Dentist. This is a permanent solution that can only be removed at a dentist’s office. Six months total time to finish.
For decayed, fractured, broken or otherwise compromised teeth.
Tooth colored restorations are both aesthetic and functional. Restorations are mechanically – as well as chemically – bonded to the tooth structure, specifically to the dentin tubules. All decay and all old filling materials are removed from the tooth, the tooth surface is prepared with an acid etching followed by a primer and bonding layer. Tooth colored resin (TCR) is laid down in layers. The material is U.V. light cured to hardness and then trimmed, finished, and polished.
The wear-time of these fillings is determined by the size of the fillings, the care given to the mouth by the patient, and whether the patient clinches and grinds their teeth. These fillings can last up to 10 years. A variety of colors are available to match your teeth.
*We do not place any type of Silver Amalgam fillings, and recommend against it. Insurance companies are quick to tell you that is all they will pay for. However, they will provide the same amount of benefit dollars they would have paid for the amalgam restoration for you to be able to use towards a tooth-colored resin. You may need to pay a small amount more, but the TCR’s are a healthier option.
We Can Help
Emergencies are treated within 24 hours whenever possible. Please tell the receptionist if you are in pain.
During office hours call 713-526-8989
After office hours, if you are an established patient and have seen within the year.
*This number is not answered during office hours
Many people experience stress in the dental office. We have several forms of oral sedation to make your visit more tolerable and even pleasant.
Xanax is an oral sedative that we will provide for patients who experience anxiety at the dental office. There are also other stronger medications that can be used singly or in combination. This level of sedation requires a driver for the patient.
Otherwise known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide is breathed in combination with pure oxygen while receiving anesthetic or during an entire appointment. There are no groggy aftereffects because the gas is replaced with pure oxygen and is breathed when the dental procedures have been completed.
Bite Guards and Night Guards
In today’s world, many people are under stress and tend to clinch and grind their teeth. As a result, many require the fabrication of a bite guard to prevent damage to their teeth and jaws, while sleeping. A bite guard will preserve your teeth, the height and size of them, and will enable your jaw to relax and stay healthy. Areal plus is that your face will remain younger looking. The first sign of aging can be when your nose and chin appear closer together from the loss of tooth caused from grinding at night.
Without a bite guard, people usually wear down their teeth and even fracture them. This creates an unhealthy situation for your teeth and supporting structures. The jaw’s muscle shortens, due to being overworked, and can cause pain.
In extreme situations a patient’s teeth do not align causing discomfort for their jaw and the jaw unconsciously attempts to correct their bite naturally. This may require wearing a bite guard 24 hours a day until full mouth restoration can be completed with complete temporaries and finalized with all Porcelain/Zirconia crowns.
Dental Insurance benefits are there to provide you with help financially to get your dental needs met. It is not there to take care of all your dental needs especially if those dental needs have been neglected for some time.
As a courtesy, we will be happy to complete any dental forms that need to be provided to your insurance company, and to follow up. We will make every effort to secure your benefits from your insurance company. We cannot guarantee that the insurance company will benefit you, or pay for your work done, and ultimately for which you are responsible for the charges incurred.
Questions? During office hours call 713-526-8989
Mondays: 10am – 6pm
Tuesdays: 8am – 5pm
Wednesdays: 8am – 2pm
Thursdays: 7am – 2pm