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At Smiles 4 Texas, we care greatly about the oral health of each of our patients. We want to make sure everyone has the best opportunity to pursue and maintain pique oral health. Of course, this comes with providing pertinent information about how to best care for teeth, but is also means that the dentist must at times work hand-in-hand with the patient.

For every person, periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a possible problem. Remaining diligent about brushing twice daily, as well as rinsing and flossing daily, is the first step toward keeping teeth clean and free of disease. Along with these methods, visiting the dentist every six months for check-ups and dental cleanings is the best way to undergo a deep cleaning and stay abreast of any possibilities of problems along the gumline and the rest of the mouth.

During these check-ups and cleanings, our dentists are able to recognize certain issues in the mouth and may end up recommending the administering of dental scaling and root planing.

WHAT IS DENTAL SCALING AND ROOT PLANING?

When it is evident a patient has gum disease, our dentists suggest the patient undergo dental scaling and root planing to clear up the disease.

Dental Scaling

This is conducted by the dentist with ultrasonic and manual instruments to remove plaque and tartar buildup. First, the dentist utilizes the ultrasonic instrument to create sonic vibrations around the teeth in order to break up the plaque and/or tartar. Once the dentist completes this step, the use of a manual instrument is utilized in order to remove the remaining plaque and tartar.

Root Planing

During the root planing phase, the dentist will scale the gums to remove any excess plaque or biofilm. This means getting into the root system of the gums and eliminating target areas in the gums that have been affected by the disease. This method will decrease the inflammation in the gumline.

For many patients this dental procedure of dental scaling and root planing must be done multiple times, on average about two to four times. The purpose is to remove any and all plaque, tartar, and biofilm buildup that is affecting the gumline.

RESULTS OF GUM DISEASE

Gum disease can lead to many health problems, not just in the mouth. Periodontal disease has been known to be linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory disease. Along with these extreme results, here are some more common problems that stem from gum disease:

Bleeding Gums

Many patients think that bleeding gums are normal, especially after brushing. This is not the case. This is a sign of the early effects of gingivitis, which untreated can lead to gum disease.

Tooth Support

Gum disease eats away at the structural support in the jawbone and can cause teeth to become loose. When this takes place, teeth can easily be knocked out or may be recommended by the dentist to be extracted as they will not be able to serve their intended purpose.

Severe Forms

In severe forms of gum disease, it can affect more than just the gums or teeth. It can impact and deteriorate the periodontal ligament and the alveolar bone.

DO YOU HAVE GUM DISEASE?

If you are showing signs of gum disease, then you need to make your appointment immediately with our Memorial City dental office. Taking care of the situation now will ensure you won’t have more serious problems down the road. Contact our office at 713-360-7963 to schedule your appointment.

Pediatric

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

The road to a healthy mouth starts early. At Smiles 4 Texas, we believe that every child should start having their teeth cared for by an experienced dentist as soon as possible. Our Memorial City dental office focuses heavily on pediatric dentistry and making every child’s visit to the dentist an enjoyable one.

It is very important that a person begin their experience with a kids dentist at an early age. This early beginning promotes a healthy oral lifestyle of personal home care, as well as being consistent on annual check-ups and dental cleanings at the dentist office.

WHAT PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY PROMOTES

Children are known to learn quickly. They can pick up and institute habits easier than adults. One of the habits we hope every child that comes to our dental clinic acquires is healthy oral habits. When children and young adults focus on their oral health, they then tend to avoid many of the pitfalls others fall into. Here are just some of the positives that stem from children practicing good oral health:

More Aware

When children are raised to be aware of certain things, such as the dangers of unhealthy eating or the future problems that come from not brushing, rinsing or flossing their teeth consistently, they innately pursue a healthier lifestyle. Knowledge is power, and giving children the gift of knowledge about their future is one that keeps on giving. A healthy mouth promotes a healthy body.

Finances Saved

Parents must take the brunt of their children’s oral downfalls, and often the brunt comes in lieu of finances. Children who do not properly manage and care for their teeth will ultimately suffer from cavities, which could eventually lead to oral surgeries, like dental crowns, dental implants, and root canals. Promoting good practice with oral health will help ensure those cavities stay away and oral surgeries will be left for someone else to undergo.

Better Health

Did you know that poor oral hygiene can be directly connected to some of the worst diseases? Bad oral hygiene, which causes periodontal disease, gingivitis, and gum disease, can lead to cancer, diabetes, and even heart disease. It isn’t all about having a beautiful smile. It’s also about making sure your body is in the best shape possible.

PAYING FOR PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

At Smiles 4 Texas, we accept nearly every type of dental insurance. We also accept Medicaid. Using these dental benefits helps pay for every type of procedure conducted at our dental office. For parents worried about the cost of certain procedures, it is well-noted that we work with all of our patients by creating affordable payment plans, as well as offering Care Credit.

READY TO GET YOUR CHILD ON THE RIGHT TRACK?

Our Memorial City kids dentists are geared up and ready to take care of your child’s dental future. We love taking the time to get to know all of our young patients and showing them how to best take care of their teeth. If you have been searching for a pediatric dentist that best suits your child’s needs, then contact our dental office at 713-360-7963 and schedule their appointment today. We hope to see you soon.

Dental Implants

DENTAL IMPLANTS

Missing teeth. This is not a rare occurrence. In fact, more than 30 millions Americans are missing all of their teeth in one or both jaws, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). That number increases dramatically for Americans who are missing at least one tooth. What’s the solution for a missing tooth? A dental implant.

At Smiles 4 Texas, we specialize in making certain all of our dental patients have beautiful and healthy smiles. For many of our patients, this starts with a dental implant.

WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?

A dental implant is simply a replacement tooth. When a patient is missing their tooth or teeth, our dentists are able to construct and place a dental implant in its place. These implants are made of an incredibly strong and durable substance called titanium. This substance is also a biocompatible material, which means that the human body will not reject it once it is placed. The dental implant is screwed into the jaw bone, the bone accepts the titanium as part of the human body, which ensures it remains in place for the lifetime of the patient. Implants are nearly risk-free with a near 100 percent success rate.

Although dental implants aren’t real teeth, they should be treated as real teeth. Patients must continue to brush them twice daily, as well as rinse and floss regularly.

REASONS FOR A DENTAL IMPLANT

At our Memorial City dental office, we have treated every type of patient need when it comes to receiving a dental implant. Of course, every patient is different, but most of the reasons why patients require a dental implant stem from the same situations. Here are some of the most common reasons why a dental implant is needed:

Oral Injury

Accidents happen. Whether young or old, we have witnessed the most bizarre injuries take place to our patients involving their teeth. When these injuries forcibly remove teeth from a patient’s mouth, we often have to replace them with dental implants or dental implant bridges. These injuries can take place due to car accidents or sports activities or simply falling down while walking.

Tooth Decay

Some patients simply have poor oral hygiene and when teeth go long periods of time without proper care, then teeth begin falling out, breaking, or being destroyed by cavities. In all of these cases, dental implants or dental bridges are provided.

Genetics

Unfortunately for some patients, they have been dealt a poor hand when it comes to genetics. This problem can often affect the way their teeth grown or how strong their teeth remain. Weak teeth often break or need to be replaced in order to provide patients with better functionality. Dental implants and dental bridges also provide these patients with the opportunity to receive a beautiful and healthy smile.

ARE YOU MISSING TEETH?

It isn’t anything to be ashamed of if you are in need of one or more dental implants. More than 3 million Americans already have dental implants, according to the AAID, and that number continues to increase each year by approximately 500,000. If you have suffered from any of these aforementioned issues with your teeth, then contact our dental office in Memorial City at 713-360-7963 and schedule your dental implant appointment.

Oral Surgery

ORAL SURGERY

Oral surgery sounds like a scary situation, but with the major advancements made in dental technology, a majority of these procedures have become quite simplified and painless. Our goal at Smiles 4 Texas in Memorial City is to ensure every one of our patients feel at home when they visit our office, regardless of the reason they’ve booked the appointment.

The reasons for oral surgery vary greatly. It can be due to injury to the teeth, poor hygiene that leads to extreme tooth decay, bad genetics that cause problems for patients regarding functionality or appearance, or due to time and stress that has caused damage to a patient’s teeth. Whatever the reason, our dentists are able to assess and address any problem a patient may encounter.

THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ORAL SURGERIES

Oral surgery covers a wide variety of needs, which can stem from functionality issues to appearance preferences. At our dentist office, we provide every type of oral surgery. Our dentists are very experienced in each procedure, but here are some of the more common oral surgery procedures performed at our dental clinic:

Root Canal

When this procedure is mentioned, most people think of the worst possible surgery, but in fact, thanks to advances in medicine, a root canal is quite often relatively quick and painless. A root canal is a proven method of retaining the original tooth by removing the decay, secure the affected tooth, and then covering it with a strong composite to give it the natural feel and look it once had as a healthy tooth.

Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth. We all get them and more often than not, they need to be removed. Wisdom teeth can cause severe issues for patients. They can be painful and they can also get in the way of chewing as well as other functions. Our dentists ensure that this once-feared oral surgery is conducted quickly and with as little pain as possible.

Dental Implants

For various reasons, many patients have missing teeth. In order to fill in the gap left behind, a dental implant is necessary. Dental implants are made of the biocompatible material, titanium, and are screwed into the jawbone. It has a near 100 percent success rate and typically lasts the lifetime of the patient. Along with dental implants, we provide dental bridges, which are often three or more combined teeth replacements screwed into place.

Dental Crowns

If a tooth has experienced severe decay or a fracture, then a dental crown, or dental cap, is often required after the decay has been removed or the fracture has been corrected. These crowns cover the remaining part of the original tooth in order to restore the areas look and functionality.

DO YOU NEED ORAL SURGERY?

If you are suffering from issues like severe tooth decay or missing teeth, then you may need oral surgery. Our dentists at Smiles 4 Texas conduct thorough evaluations of every patient that comes through our door to ensure they receive the right treatment. To ensure your teeth remain healthy and your smile remains beautiful, contact our dental clinic at 713-360-7963 and schedule your appointment.

Fillings

DENTAL FILLINGS

The most common problem encountered with teeth that require an invasive dental procedure is cavities. Cavities take place when a tooth, or teeth, has too much plaque built up over time, has chipped and not been properly covered, or has an area that cannot be easily reached and cared for by the patient. Cavities are easily taken care of by the use of dental fillings, which is a strong substance made out of silver, porcelain, or, the most common, composite resin. Dental fillings are an extremely important part of dentistry because it enables the patient to continue using their original tooth or teeth and not require extensive dental surgery.

At Smiles 4 Texas, located in the Memorial City area, we are able to easily assess the health of our patient’s teeth through dental cleanings and oral check-ups. During these sessions, we can pinpoint trouble spots that may require dental fillings.

REASONS FOR DENTAL FILLINGS

At our dental office, conducting a dental filling procedure is not a rarity. On a daily basis, we are using the dental filling process to save many of our patients’ teeth and enabling them to continue on to the best oral health they can achieve. Cavities are not an indictment on a person’s oral habits. Sometimes a cavity just happens, despite the consistency and diligence of a patient’s good oral habits. For many of our patients, here are some of the most common reasons why they have had to have dental fillings:

Cavities

As we discussed, dental fillings are most commonly used to cover areas of a tooth that has been affected by a cavity. If a cavity has not spread too far or too deep, our dentists are able to remove the cavity completely and leave the remainder of the healthy tooth intact. After the cavity has been removed, those areas are then filled with either a silver, porcelain, or composite resin dental filling.

Chipped or Broken Tooth

If a patient suffers a chipped or broken tooth, then time is of the essence. At Smiles 4 Texas, we ensure our patient receives the best treatment to ensure the chip or break doesn’t spread further. The area is secured and strengthened by the strong filling. The area is also protected from any possible cavity that may infect the open area.

Dental Structure

Dental fillings are important to establish the correct bite needed for teeth to function properly. The fillings can help restore a person’s bite or fill in areas that have been affected by chips or grinding.

DO YOU NEED DENTAL FILLINGS?

At our Memorial City area dental office, we have seen patients suffer from all of the aforementioned problems that require dental fillings. This simple dental procedure has saved teeth for countless patients, and has also saved patients financially. Catching these problems before they worsen ensures that you won’t have to undergo more invasive and extensive dental procedures, like root canal, dental crowns, or dental implants. If you have cavities or have a chipped or fractured tooth, then contact our dental office at 713-360-7963 and schedule your appointment today.