Dental implants are tiny posts composed of medical-grade titanium, a metal that is biocompatible with oral tissues. The implant is surgically placed in the jawbone, where it functions as an artificial tooth root. Implants anchor replacement teeth, individual crowns, or full or partial dentures directly to the jawbone. Unlike removable restorations, dental implants cannot slip out of place, and, with proper maintenance, may even last a lifetime.Implant-supported restorations offer numerous benefits. Since implants are anchored securely to the jawbone, there is no risk that they will shift out of place. Patients can therefore eat, speak, and laugh with absolute confidence. Implant-supported crowns and dentures generally require minimal maintenance, since they are not subject to the wear and tear of tooth-supported restorations. Finally, the porcelain crowns and dentures we provide are made of beautiful, tooth-colored porcelain that looks remarkably natural, making implants an excellent option for a total smile makeover.
Porcelain veneers are among the most advanced cosmetic dentistry treatments available. Veneers are tiny porcelain shells that are bonded to the front surfaces of natural teeth to completely conceal flaws such as chips, cracks, discoloration, crookedness, and gaps. Porcelain veneers can transform a smile in just two office visits, and they are stain-resistant. Veneers are custom-crafted to complement the unique beauty of each patient’s smile. When placed by a talented cosmetic dentist and maintained properly, porcelain veneers can provide a smile makeover that can last for many years.
Crowns & Bridges
Crowns and bridges are long lasting restorations that are used to repair teeth that have been compromised due to decay, fracture, or trauma. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns that support and suspend a false tooth between them in place of the missing tooth.These restorations are also an excellent way to restore misaligned teeth, and repair small gaps. Crowns can be made out of a gold alloy, some other metal alloy, stainless steel, all-porcelain/ all-ceramic, composite resin, zirconia, or porcelain on the outside fused to metal or zirconia on the inside. Stainless steel crowns are preformed crowns used to cover baby teeth for children. Gold dental crowns have traditionally been the most durable and require less of the tooth to be removed or shaved down. The primary advantage of porcelain crowns is their esthetics, while newer types of ceramic crowns have become increasingly more durable. Zirconia is an ideal base for porcelain because the bonding process between the zirconia and the porcelain is stronger than it is with porcelain and gold. This means that the porcelain is less likely to fracture away from a zirconia base. Zirconia can also be colored to match teeth and it is translucent, mimicking the natural look of teeth far better than any crown with a gold base could.
Dental bonding is a very commonly used procedure that can be used for a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments, from cracked and chipped teeth to unusual gaps or misaligned teeth. Dental bonding is a quick, relatively inexpensive alternative to porcelain veneers and teeth whitening. Not only does dental bonding preserve the tooth’s structure, but the procedure is nearly painless and only takes one office visit to transform your smile.
Dentures and partial dentures are used to replace missing teeth. In the past, the loss of teeth signaled a decline in health that could rarely be reversed. After all, it is important to all humans to eat and, therefore, to have a means of chewing their food. When dental implants are not an option, in many cases, dentures or partial dentures will enable patients to eat, speak, smile, and live a more normal and active life!
Root canals are one of the most feared treatments in the dental field. A root canal is required to remove a painful or infected dental nerve.Root canal treatment is needed when an injury or a large cavity damages the tooth's root. The root becomes infected or inflamed.
Cosmetic& Restorative Dentistry
Zoom!® teeth whitening is an advanced single-visit whitening system. In just one visit to our office in The Woodlands, the Zoom!® teeth whitening system can whiten your teeth up to ten shades, making it a highly effective smile makeover option. The Zoom!® system utilizes a gentle yet powerful whitening gel, activated by a special light, to remove deep-set stains from the enamel. The entire process takes about two hours, so you can schedule a whitening appointment on your lunch break and return to work with a brilliant new smile.
Inlay & Onlays
In the past, inlay restorations were traditionally made of dental composite, gold, or metal amalgam. Today, porcelain inlays are increasing in popularity because they more easily match the shade of your natural tooth.Porcelain inlays are a conservative option used to repair teeth that have been damaged by trauma or decay, or to replace large fillings that have become defective. Many people are also choosing to have their metal amalgam fillings replaced with porcelain inlays. Inlays provide a more conservative alternative to dental crowns, as they require less of the tooth structure to be removed than dental crowns.Porcelain onlays may also be known as a partial crown, and like crowns porcelain onlays must be made in a professional dental laboratory. Onlay restorations are usually used to repair teeth that have been damaged by trauma or decay, and to replace large defective fillings. They are an excellent alternative to full crowns because they require far less of the tooth’s structure to be removed prior to placement. Porcelain inlays and onlays are basically identical, except that onlays are used when one or more of the tooth’s chewing edges or cusps have been damaged and will need to be restored as well.