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What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

May 22, 2020

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man with mouth pain who needs emergency dentist in Houston

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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Quarantined woman follows your guide to keeping up with dental hygiene through quarantine

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.  

Different Types of Tooth Pain and What They Mean

February 12, 2020

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dentist explaining types of tooth pain in Houston to a woman.Nothing is worse than a toothache. While you might believe it’s normal to have one occasionally, it’s never a good sign. It often indicates a larger issue that needs to be treated before it turns into a bigger problem. Although you might view all discomfort the same, you can tell a lot about the potential cause of your pain depending on what you’re experiencing. Here are the most common types of tooth pain in Houston and how you can relieve your discomfort.

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Traditional Crowns vs. CEREC: Which Is Right for You?

December 7, 2019

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If your dentist has told you recently that you need a dental crown, don’t worry. You’re not alone. In fact, as many as 15 million Americans have crowns or bridges. The good news is that these days, you have more than one option for this treatment. You have traditional crowns, and CEREC same-day crowns in Memorial. This means you have the ability to choose the option that best fits your preferences. But how can you make that choice? Read this guide on the differences between CEREC and traditional crowns.

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