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Mark Gray, DDS Cosmetic & Family Dentistry Blog

Can a Fixed Bridge Prevent Infection and Decay?

July 26, 2020

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Image of a fixed dental bridge in Houston. Your teeth are designed to last for a lifetime, but many people experience tooth loss despite the latest innovations in dentistry. If you’ve lost a tooth or two, a dental bridge in Houston is an excellent solution to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth. This is a convenient way to fill the gaps in your smile, but will it also help keep decay and infection at bay? Here’s what you need to know when choosing a bridge and crowns to restore your smile.

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Dentistry During The COVID-19 Crisis: How Are Dentists Prioritizing Your Health?

June 18, 2020

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Over the last few months, the way the world navigates daily life has changed drastically due to the threat of COVID-19. Now that businesses are beginning to reopen, you’re likely wondering how that will impact you. For your dentist in Memorial, conducting treatments again means adhering to strict dental safety protocols that prioritize the health of patients and staff. Read on to learn more about how your dentist is keeping patients safe while providing them with dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

May 22, 2020

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We all think that dental emergencies will never happen to us. Sadly, the truth is that one out of every six Americans will be faced with a dental emergency every year. While there’s never exactly a right time for one to happen, the last thing you likely need during this whole COVID-19 pandemic is to be saddled with an urgent dental problem. With many practices partially closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, you might be wondering whether you should call your emergency dentist in Houston if a problem arises. Here are some signs to watch out for that let you know you need to call your dentist.

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A Guide to Keeping Up Your Dental Hygiene in Quarantine

May 18, 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting stay at home orders have drastically changed how everyday life looks for a lot of people, including your dentist. Until your Houston dentist reopens their practice, it’s up to you to keep your smile healthy and intact. Thankfully, keeping your pearly whites safe and sparkling while social distancing can be as easy as practicing a thorough and effective oral health routine. Read on for your guide to keeping up with dental hygiene through quarantine.

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Want to See More of Your Smile? Consider Gum Recontouring in Houston, TX

April 4, 2020

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You’re at a party with all of your friends. Everyone is having a great time. Suddenly, someone decides that it’s time for a group picture. All of a sudden, your mood changes. It’s all that you can do to keep from covering up your gummy smile in the photo. Lots of people have been in this position before. Fortunately, there are a number of dental solutions to give you the smile you want. Dental advancements such as gum recontouring in Houston, TX can do wonders.

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What Causes a Gummy Smile?

There are many reasons why people have an excess of gum tissue. Most have to do with genetics and the way your facial structure develops.

Teeth may appear short due to not having properly erupted from the jaw. Some people may simply have teeth that are relatively short. Others may have longer gums.

Whatever the reason, consulting a dentist about your options will put you on the right track. Many options can have a dramatic impact on your smile very quickly.

What are My Options?

No two smiles are the same. Depending on the underlying reasons for your smile, different treatment choices will work better than others. Your dentist will be able to tell you the ideal treatment plan for you.

Some of the most common are:

  • Laser Gum Recontouring: This is a simple, effective treatment that yields dynamic results in a single visit. The dentist uses a soft-tissue laser to remove some of your extra gum tissue and quickly reshape how it looks around your teeth. The procedure is painless, and you’ll go home with an instantly improved smile.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are a proven way to improve the shape and the color of your teeth. With minimal preparation, the dentist can place these thin porcelain shells on the front of your teeth, making them appear longer and brighter.
  • Whitening: Used in conjunction with laser gum recontouring, whitening can take your smile to the next level. Most dental practices offer both in-office and at-home whitening procedures so that you can get the results you want in the way that’s most comfortable for you.

It’s time to get your confidence back. With any of these techniques, you’ll be smiling in those group photos in no time.

About the Author

Dr. Mark Gray is a cosmetic dentist with decades of experience under his belt. He has made it his goal to stay on top of the latest technology and best techniques in dentistry. He is a member of multiple dental organizations and is a Faculty Club member of the Spear Education Group, which is dedicated to providing the absolute best that dentistry has to offer. He loves the satisfaction that comes from completely transforming someone’s smile and changing their life. He and his dedicated team are here to answer any cosmetic questions you have.  

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