If your teeth are healthy, then your smile must be healthy…right? While this might seem to be the case, it leaves out something important – the health of your gums. If you have problems with poor periodontal health, you may notice symptoms like bleeding, swelling, or redness, as well as an embarrassing issue of persistent bad breath. What you should understand is that while the early signs of gum disease are troubling, you can experience more significant concerns when your condition progresses. Your Bellaire, TX dentist’s office is ready to help you address problems with gum disease. In many cases, a periodontal cleaning, also referred to as scaling/root planing, can restore your health. If your condition is more advanced, other steps can be required. (more…)
If you think you might need work done on a cavity, your goal should be to have the matter treated as soon as possible. If you delay care, you can leave yourself vulnerable to a continued attack on your tooth structure. While a cavity can start small, the problem can progress to the point where your tooth develops an infection, which requires a root canal procedure to address. Your Bellaire, TX dentist is ready to help you if you need to arrange restorative dental work. In addition to stopping and treating decay, your dentist can provide you with a natural-looking modern restoration to protect your tooth. (more…)
As we reach the holiday season, Bellaire area families can look forward to great holiday fun. One thing you and your family can look forward to this year is the Selfies With Santa event, which is being held at the Bellaire Town Square Gazebo on Wednesday, November 28! During this special gathering, you can have your kids take their picture with Santa Claus, and help the Stuff The Sleigh organization support patients with advanced illnesses. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the season, while also spending time together as a family. Your Bellaire, TX dentist’s office encourages everyone to have fun this season, but to remember that cavities that result from too many holiday treats are no one’s idea of a good time. Make sure you have your next routine dental exam scheduled! (more…)
Your objective is clear – you want to address the stains that have gathered on your teeth, and hurt the quality of your smile. So what is your next step? If you are interested in making noticeable changes, you can talk with your Bellaire, TX dentist about a professional whitening treatment. Because your dentist can supply you with advanced whitening agents that can surpass the effects of a store bought whitening treatment, you can see more impressive results in relatively little time. You can select an in-office treatment, which can lead to results in a single appointment, or you can arrange to take home a professional whitening kit. If you have questions about other cosmetic dental services available to you, or if you want to make sure your dental discoloration can be effectively treated with whitening agents, you can arrange a consultation to learn more. (more…)
What do you gain by seeing your dentist regularly? If you think of a checkup as something to arrange when you think something is wrong with your smile, you can fail to enjoy the full benefits that come with routine dental exams and cleanings. These visits are meant to help you sustain a healthy smile, not just address a possible problem. In fact, you could wind up needing more involved dental work, as you can allow a problem to go untreated for a longer period of time. Unless there are special circumstances that affect your smile health, you should plan to go in for a visit every six months. (more…)
Misconceptions about orthodontic work can keep people from seeking out treatment. For instance, while many people undergo orthodontic work during their school years, adult patients can certainly benefit from correcting problems with their dental alignment. If you are concerned about the cosmetic effect of traditional braces, you can enjoy a more discreet adjustment with lingual braces and clear aligners. When you seek out the treatment you need to fix a crooked smile, you can enjoy cosmetic and functional benefits that offer real long-term value. Your Bellaire, TX dentist can meet with you to discuss orthodontic work for you, or for a family member. At the end of an adjustment, you can be excited by the way your appearance is improved, and grateful for the improvement to your oral health. (more…)
Ask most people what their least favorite thing to do is, and many of them will tell you that they are terrified of going to the dentist. Whether they had a bad experience as a kid or just don’t like certain aspects of treatment, the dental office can be a tough place to visit for many people. Sadly, avoiding the dentist can lead to bigger problems, higher costs, and more unpleasant experiences. Our goal at Contemporary Dental is to make what can be an unpleasant experience a truly great experience that makes people happy to be a part of our dental family. For patients who are anxious, we are willing to take the time to make them more comfortable, to establish trust, and to make them feel like part of the family. Some patients need a little extra help, and we offer a variety of sedation options to make their experience smooth and easy. Read more below to find out about modern options for dental anxiety.
If you or a loved are missing teeth, you may be wondering what the next step is. You might already have dentures and not be sure how to care for them. Read more below to learn everything you need to know about dentures. If you need dentures or your current set is due to be updated or upgraded give us a call to chat about your options at 713.668.9119.
Sometimes a tooth is lost and the patient is faced with what to do to replace it. All our teeth are important for chewing, speaking and looking our best when we smile. Fortunately, there are several options to consider. One option is the dental #implant. An implant is much like a natural tooth because it is anchored in your jawbone then restored with a crown. An implant is actually a metal post placed into the bone in your jaw and acts like the root of a tooth. Then the dentist makes a replacement crown on the metal post.
Another alternative to replace missing teeth is a fixed bridge or #FPD. An artificial tooth or teeth replace the lost natural ones. Crowns, which are cemented on adjacent prepared natural teeth, serve as retainers that support the fixed bridge. The fixed bridge can only be removed by your dentist.
The third option for replacing missing teeth is a removable bridge or #RPD. It can be taken out of the mouth for cleaning. They are made with replacement teeth attached to gum-colored plastic bases connected by a metal framework. They attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments. Although removable bridges are less expensive, fixed bridges, when indicated, may feel more stable and natural.
It is advisable to explore your options for replacing missing teeth with your dentist. It is an important decision and will help you look better and improve the functioning of your teeth. Give us a call or stop by for a consult if you or a loved one are needing replacement of a missing tooth.
Part of our job as dentists is to help educate our patients and the public about how to care for their mouth and the mouths of their children. The Academy of General Dentistry has a great patient focused website filled with great information about how to keep your child’s mouth as healthy as possible. There are also numerous videos that are exactly 2 minutes long — the perfect amount of time to brush your teeth — that will keep your child entertained while they are scrubbing those pearly whites! Take some time and peruse the information on http://www.2min2x.org/kids-healthy-mouths/ so that you can help keep your teeth and your child’s teeth healthy for a lifetime.