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Cosmetic Dentistry Houston For A Beautiful Smile

Cosmetic Dentistry Houston For A Beautiful Smile!

A smile can be attractive, a primary asset to a person’s appearance. So,we at Cosmetic Dentistry Houston aim to create a positive change to the teeth and smile of an individual to make it look both natural and dramatic.

The primary focus of the treatment is to improve colour, position, shape, size and alignment of the teeth so that they may look much straighter, aligned, lighter and brighter to enhance the beauty of the face and lips. It helps to gain a new sense of self confidence.

Improving a smile may require a combination of treatment options such as bleaching/ whitening, reshaping the gums, and using bonded materials as veneers (resin or porcelain) or crowns, done by our experts at Cosmetic Dentistry Houston

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening can be one of the simplest ways to improve the smile. In which a whitening gel is applied on the front surface of the tooth by protecting the surrounding soft tissue with gingival barrier, giving a whiter, brighter and pleasing smile.

 

Dental veneers are of two types direct and indirect.

Direct Veneers

A tooth-colored, putty-like material (composite), which is a durable plastic filling material, is applied to the tooth and hardened with a laser light, bonding the material to the tooth. Once cured (hardened), the composite material will be checked for bite and polished to perfection.
Composite veneers can repair decayed, chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth.

 

Direct Veneers may be easiest, fastest and most economical solution for an unhappy smile, however, direct veneers are not as strong as indirect veneers and may need to be touched up from time to time.

This is the case of direct veneers done to treat discoloration and caries by Dr. Gagandeep Kaur (cosmetic dentist & endodontist) at Cosmetic Dentistry Houston

Indirect Dental Veneers

These are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored porcelain that cover the front surface of the teeth. After removing about a .5 millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface, these thin porcelain shells are bonded (cemented) to the front of the teeth, changing their color, shape, size, or length.

Indirect veneers provide a permanent solution for the crooked smile and can last for years if good oral hygiene is maintained including brushing twice and flossing once each day.

Gingivectomy/Gum reshaping is a cosmetic treatment designed to improve the way gums fit around the base of the teeth. Also known as gum contouring,

 

this treatment can lengthen teeth and create a more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing gum line as in the picture below.

A dental crown
Also called a cap, fits over the entire decayed or damaged tooth above the gum line, restoring its shape, size, strength, and appearance. Crowns keep a weak tooth from breaking or hold a cracked tooth together; they can be used cosmetically to cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth. Crowns can be made from metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, or ceramic.

Inlays and onlays, also called indirect fillings, are made from porcelain. Inlays differ from normal dental fillings as dental fillings are molded into cavity after removing the decayed part and done in only one dental visit. However, inlays and onlays are created in a dental
laboratory and bonded into place by the dentist in the cut cavity space. Inlays and onlays preserve as much healthy tooth as possible and are an alternative to crowns.

Cosmetic dentistry is a method of professional oral care that focuses on improving the appearance of your mouth, teeth and smile. And although cosmetic dentistry procedures are usually elective, rather than essential, some cases of treatment also provide restorative benefits.

The most common procedures used in cosmetic dentistry are fairly simple, whereas others are more complex and require specialized care.

Inlays and Onlays

These are also known as indirect fillings, which are made by a dental laboratory, and they are used when a tooth has mild to moderate decay or there is not enough tooth structure to support a filling. Provided there is no damage to the tooth cusps, according to Nu Dentistry, the inlay is placed directly onto the tooth surface. When the cusp or a greater portion of the tooth is damaged, however, an onlay is used instead to cover the tooth's entire surface.

Inlays and onlays are made in a dental laboratory from composite resin material and attached to the teeth with adhesive dental cement. They provide support to strengthen teeth, restore their shape and avoid any further decay or deterioration.

Composite Bonding

Composite bonding refers to the repair of decayed, damaged or discolored teeth using material that resembles the color of tooth enamel. Your dentist drills out the tooth decay and applies the composite onto the tooth's surface, then "sculpts" it into the right shape before curing it with a high-intensity light. Also referred to as simply "bonding," per the Consumer Guide to Dentistry, this effectively covers the damage to the tooth and gives the appearance of a healthy tooth in its place. Bonding is one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures available to patients with tooth decay, chipped or cracked teeth and worn-down edges.

Dental Veneers

Typically manufactured from medical-grade ceramic, dental veneers are made individually for each patient to resemble one's natural teeth, according to . They look exceptionally realistic and can resolve numerous cosmetic problems, ranging from crooked teeth, to cracked or damaged enamel to noticeable gaps between two teeth. The dentist applies the veneer to the front of each tooth using a dental adhesive.

Teeth Whitening

One of the most basic cosmetic dentistry procedures, teeth whitening or teeth bleaching can be performed at your dentist's office. Whitening should occur after plaque, tartar and other debris are cleaned from the surface of each tooth, restoring their natural appearance. Teeth can also be bleached to achieve an even lighter shade than this original color, according to the American Dental Association (ADA) Mouth Healthy site.

Over the years, teeth become stained and worn from food, drinks, medication and personal habits such as smoking. Whitening coats the teeth and this procedure can be done in the dental office or at home. Additionally, patients can use toothpastes such as Colgate® Optic White® Platinum to achieve the same effect in a one to two week period. This product is available in four different formulas, and works to whiten teeth more than three shades over a period of two weeks and for optimal results within four weeks.

Implants

Dental implants are used to replace teeth after tooth loss. The dentist inserts a small titanium screw into the jaw at the site of the missing tooth, which serves as the support for a crown. These implants are almost indistinguishable from the surrounding natural teeth, and once the bone and supporting tissue fuse to the implant, they are permanently secured into place. Patients need to practice diligent oral hygiene during the implant placement period to clean plaque and food debris from the area.

If you're considering cosmetic dentistry procedures, it's vital to find a cosmetic dentist who specifically offers the option you're interested in. Talk with family and friends to find out if they can refer to you a dental professional, or check with the AACD for listings of dentists in your area.

Here at Nu Dentistry, we understand that you’re busy, and we do everything we can to make sure your time with us is as smooth as possible. From the moment you walk through our doors and check in, we take care of all the little details for you. You’re never in our waiting room longer than 5 minutes, and we take pride in having your time in the dentist’s chair as short as possible without losing any of our attention to detail. We are dedicated to patient first service! In other words, YOU are number one at Nu Dentistry,

and our dedicated, personalized service guarantees your complete satisfaction. We perform everything in-house, so you never have to worry about referrals for another dentist or specialist. It’s our honest belief that dentists should not only be amazing at what they do but as convenient and accommodating for their patients as possible. We’re open Saturday so you never have to put off your visits or come in during work. If you are looking for a dental team that really puts your dental health first, give our office a call.

 

 
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A “gummy” smile is when one smiles, the lip rests high on the gums. Usually we expect to see only the pink-ish (gingiva) little “triangles” between the teeth to show in a smile. While every genuine and authentic smile can be endearing, we strive to help our patients have the smile they self-diagnose is the most appealing. A typical or “ideal” smile exposes generally no more than 2 millimeters of upper gum tissues, whereas a “gummy” smile may show 3 millimeters or more of upper gum tissues. People with a “gummy” smile may feel their teeth are smaller than normal, may be reluctant to smile, or even self-conscious about their smile. However, a “gummy” smile can be improved through Botox treatment.

What Causes a Gummy Smile?

Here are some common causes of a gummy smile

  • Long or enlarged gum tissue, known as gingival hypertrophy, can result in a gummy smile. (Gingival overgrown or having excessive gingival tissue can be medication induced and sometimes we use surgical intervention as well.)
  • Excessive growth of the upper jaw, known as vertical maxillary excess, can expose more gum tissue.(This is a genetic pre-disposition.)
  • A short or hyperactive upper lip can create an appearance of gums that is larger than usual.
  • The size and shape of the teeth can result in a gummy smile. More gum tissue will be exposed if teeth appear to be small or hidden.

How Does BOTOX Work For a Gummy Smile.

A gummy smile can easily and effectively be treated with Botox. The best part of this treatment is that it is not invasive and it is a quick procedure! Botox has botulinum toxin type A, and when injected, it can relax the muscles in the upper lip and limit the rise of the upper lip when smiling, so the gums will remain covered. Two or more units of Botox are injected in the area between the nose and upper lip to reduce the appearance of any “gummy” smile, creating a more appealing and natural smile.

Again, treating a gummy smile with Botox is a minimally invasive procedure. The upper lip that is relaxed with Botox no longer contracts or elevates as much when smiling. The treatment is incredibly effective, and the results usually last 3 months; we have found that when we repeat this procedure, over time, generally we get more time between when treatment is required. One may return to work immediately after treatment, and results are often almost immediate with the full effect occurring by two weeks.

Benefits of Treating a Gummy Smile with Botox (over other care to treat this condition)

Here are some benefits of treating a gummy smile with Botox:

  • Botox injections cause little discomfort and less so with repeat care.
  • Recovery is immediate as soon as the procedure is finished.
  • Botox is cost-effective as compared to surgical and other treatment options.
  • Results are natural and quick.
  • Injections can be adjusted depending on the results required.

Contact us today or schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist in Scottsdale, AZ to learn more about gummy smile treatment with Botox.

 

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The extraction of wisdom teeth is a surgical procedure to remove the third molars situated at the very back of the teeth. They usually appear between the age of 17 to 21 years but sometimes may appear in the late twenties as well. The wisdom teeth usually are 4 in number, positioned 1 in each half (upper right and left, lower right and left) of the mouth. It is best to note that not all individuals have exactly 4 wisdom teeth, some individuals might have less as well.
 
With the evolution of time, the human jaw has shrunk, providing minimal or very limited space for these sets of teeth to grow freely. So when they come through they might cause no or slight to severe discomfort that ultimately is injurious to the oral cavity and the whole body. Not everyone requires removal of the wisdom teeth but if the signs and symptoms appear and persist, it is best to consult and take advice from a dentist and oral surgeon.
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Eruption and growth of the wisdom teeth may or may not be normal, however, certain signs may indicate the need for surgical removal of wisdom teeth.
 
1) Impacted wisdom teeth: Every so often the wisdom teeth get impacted or trapped beneath the gums and into the jaw bone because of the limited space in the oral cavity. This impaction causes radiating jaw pain, swelling and tenderness of the jaw, pus formation, difficulty in mouth opening, chewing, and bad breath. These are the manifestations that indicate an individual requires surgical extraction of impacted wisdom teeth from a certified dental professional.
 
2) The eruption of the wisdom teeth in the wrong direction: At times, wisdom teeth grow at an angle that is inappropriate to the adjacent teeth (second molar). It causes difficulties for the adjacent teeth by growing horizontal (backward or forward). In such cases, meticulous cleaning (brushing and flossing) of this particular area gets difficult and there is more chance of food impaction and bacterial growth around the erupted and adjacent teeth. The food impaction and bacterial growth trigger the caries process in teeth, pain, swelling, and infection of the gums that leads to cavity/decay formation and gum diseases respectively.
 
3) Cyst formation: In a few cases, the sac in which wisdom teeth form becomes filled with fluid to form a cyst. This fluid-filled sac initiates the pain and damages the surrounding nerves, jaw bone, gums, and teeth. Most commonly the cyst forms around impacted teeth (within the jawbone). In such circumstances, the dental professional advises for removal of the wisdom teeth at the earliest chance, to save the surrounding soft and hard tissues.
 
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The Process Of Surgical Extraction

 
The dental professional will first take your medical and dental history. In addition to that, all the signs and symptoms of your dental concern or complaint will be recorded. A clinical and radio-graphical assessment will then be performed. The clinical and radiographical findings allow dental professionals to conduct a dental diagnosis. After the diagnosis of the wisdom teeth, the dentist in collaboration with the oral surgeon decides to perform the surgery under local, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia either in the clinic or in day surgery depending on the severity.
 
The process of surgical extraction requires a minimum of 45 minutes, some cases might take a longer time subject to the severity. The dental professional will guide you and your attendants to follow certain pre and post-operative instructions that need to be followed religiously.
 
Some common post-operative instructions are as follows-
- Avoid rigorous spitting or sucking the saliva or blood
- Replace and change the gauze over the treated area carefully
- Use ice packs over the cheek on the treatment site to relieve swelling
- Make sure to take rest and avoid any heavy activity for some days
- Eat cold and soft food for the first 24 hours. Avoid spicy, crunchy, and chewy food for some days or until the treatment area heals
- Drink healthy fluids from a cup or glass, avoid drinking fluids with a straw
- Avoid brushing for the first 24 hours, rather use a mouth rinse and gently spit it out, resume gentle brushing after 24 hours
- Avoid smoking and tobacco use
 
Slight to moderate bleeding, pain, and swelling can be noticed after the surgery and it is best to take the prescribed medications timely. However, if the pain, bleeding, and swelling persist, consult the dentist or oral surgeon immediately.
 
Be present for your follow up appointment. The dental professional will check for healing and remove the sutures, if the sutures are non-absorbable, and advise you for future maintenance.
 

PAINLESS TOOTH EXTRACTION IN HOUSTON IS POSSIBLE!

 

When you have severe tooth pain, it can be a real dental emergency—and Nu Dentistry is here to help you through them all, including teeth extraction. While it may sound scary, our friendly, gentle dentists make sure you’re always relaxed in our office. There are 2 main types of tooth removal procedures:
 
Simple extraction. A simple extraction is used to remove teeth that are visible. Once the local anesthetic has properly numbed the area, your dentist will use a tool called an elevator to loosen your tooth and forceps to fully remove it from your gum.
 
Surgical extraction. A surgical extraction is instead performed on teeth that are not visible, like fully submerged teeth or teeth that have broken off below the gumline. Our on-site oral surgeon will make an incision and extract your tooth directly from your gums. Since this method is more intensive, the surgeon will most likely give you a mix of local anesthetic and sedation, including oral or IV sedation. This ensures both your body and mind are relaxed and comfortable throughout your treatment.
 
After your treatment, we’ll prepare you with aftercare instructions to ensure that your mouth stays healthy and heals quickly without any complications. Within a week or two of your procedure, new bone and the gum tissue will fill the gap your tooth left behind.
 
At Nu Dentistry, we understand that you can’t always plan when you have a toothache or when your molars are coming in. That’s why if you need an emergency tooth extraction, we’re on-call and ready for you. We do our best to ensure you’re in our patient suites within minutes of your arrival.
 
Despite our best efforts and oral hygiene habits, dental emergencies can still happen when we least expect it. Teeth can become injured in an accident or from biting on hard objects. Fillings, crowns, or other devices might break or fall out. Teeth can become severely infected and put you at risk for serious health problems. If you're suffering from a dental injury or pain, give Nu Dentistry a call! Dental emergencies can be scary and painful, but we're here to alleviate both your pain and your anxiety. We offer efficient, first-rate dental service, putting your mind at ease every step of the way.
 
As with many emergencies, time is of the essence. Some dental pain is severe and requires speedy medical attention to prevent further complications. We'll schedule your appointment right away, even on Saturday. We believe that you shouldn't have to wait for toothache relief. At Nu Dentistry, we make sure that our patients receive their emergency dental care within minutes of arriving, even with short or little notice.
 
Our fantastic team of emergency dentists do everything they can to see you as quickly as possible. We can't stress enough that dental emergencies require swift action so that larger, more serious problems don't occur. We are a world-class dental specialty center prepared to treat your dental emergencies, whatever they may entail. Call us today for immediate service!
 
If you need to call our on-site staff to schedule an immediate appointment, call us now at Emergency Dentist in Houston Texas
 
 
 
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What are Dental Implants? 

Wikipedia's definition of dental implants "A dental implant is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor". Let's break that down into simple terms. A dental implant is made of titanium and is one of the few metals that will successfully fuse with our bone and tissue. The surgical component is the titanium piece that is surgically installed into your gum tissue. After being installed the implant works as the root of your tooth and will hold a crown, bridge, or denture depending on the extent of your tooth loss.

Dental Implants are becoming a popular choice for teeth replacement. In the past, traditional dentures were the only option for replacing missing teeth. As technology and medical advancements increased we were introduced to the Dental Implants. This new breakthrough in dentistry has allowed for people to have their teeth replaced while offering a wide variety of benefits for the patient. In this article, we will explore the benefits of dental implants and give you a better understanding of the process of getting implants. 

 

Are dental Implants Expensive? 

The average price for a single implant can range from $2,500 to $3,000. Dental Implant cost is generally high but the price varies depending on if you need a bone graft and also depending on the number of teeth extractions.  When the teeth are missing and the root is gone you start to lose the bone that helps maintain your facial profile. The bone graft is usually needed when the patient has suffered significant bone loss due to the teeth missing. Some Cosmetic Dentistries also charge extra for the abutment crown. It is important to get a consultation with your dental specialist in order to get the best idea of the cost. Most patients are offered convenient financing options to help them with the cost of the implants.  

Should I get my implants out of the country to cut costs?

Many people choose to leave the country in search of a better deal on dental implants. It is strongly recommended that you DO NOT sacrifice the quality of care needed for this procedure to save money. This procedure requires a great amount of care and the right technology, equipment and most importantly the best dentist! 3D X-Rays allow a doctor to see if you need a sinus lift or if any other complications are present that can seriously harm the patient. Some out of country doctors do not have these types of imaging capabilities and if the patient is not properly examined they can cause irreversible damage. It is important that you know what kind of equipment the doctor you are going to uses and that you also do research on the doctor to determine their success rate.

Implant placement is a very sensitive cosmetic procedure that requires a lot of cosmetic training for optimum placement. When placed incorrectly, the metal might show through the gum tissue causing a non-cosmetic appearance. Although some general dentists do place implants, always look for a dental specialist like a prosthodontist or a periodontist. They have at least an extra 3-years of advanced training for implant placement and restoration and usually, they offer the implants at the same price compared to general dentists.

What are the benefits of Dental Implants? 

  • Maintain Original Bone 
  • Improved Speech 
  • Comfort and feeling of your natural teeth
  • No movement allowing for easier chewing of food
  • A permanent solution to replacing your natural teeth

Please visit iSmile Specialists for more information on dental implants. 

 

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Dental Implants Las Vegas have changed the way dentists treat patients over the last 20 years. They have been nothing less than a miracle in the replacement of teeth whether it be a single tooth, multiple teeth, or as an anchor for a denture. As the technology matures, new advancements and techniques can be offered to patients. One of those newer dental advancements is called the All On 4 Dental Implants Las Vegas system. This dental technique allows for the placement of four dental implants (hence the name all on 4 dental implants), and the restoration to be placed on the same day. Patients leave the office with a full set of teeth. For this reason all on 4 dental implants are also called “new teeth in a day“. Who Wants All On 4 Dental Implants? The patients who choose all on four, do so for many reasons including, poor fitting existing dentures, terrible trauma causing tooth loss, decay or periodontal disease causing progressive tooth loss. The most common patients to choose all on
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