Posts for: October, 2015

By Michael J Morris, DDS
October 22, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”

By Michael J Morris, DDS
October 14, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Dental crowns completely cover a damaged or weak tooth and provide stability. Also called caps, crowns are shaped just like your natural teeth and are made of ceramic, gold or metal covered by porcelain. Your Spring, TX dentist, Michael J. Morris, DDS, may Dental Crowns recommend a crown for one of the following reasons:

  • A large filling has weakened a tooth.
  • Your tooth is weak and in danger or fracturing or splitting.
  • The tooth is discolored.
  • There is a fracture or crack in the tooth.
  • Your tooth is badly shaped.
  • You recently had a root canal.
  • The crown is the final step of a dental implant process.

What is the first step in the crown process?

After Dr. Morris determines that you could benefit from a crown, he'll reduce the size of your tooth to accommodate the crown. He'll do this by filing the sides and top of the tooth. You'll receive a local anesthetic before this procedure and won't feel a thing. After your dentist has reduced the tooth, he'll use a soft material similar to putty to create an impression of your tooth. The impression will be used to make a mold for the crown. It will take a week or two for a dental lab to create your new crown. In the meantime, your dentist will create a temporary crown to cover your tooth.

How is the crown attached?

When the new crown is ready, your dentist will check the fit and make adjustments as necessary. He'll test your bite to make sure the crown is comfortable and then permanently cement it in place.

How should I care for the new crown?

Treat the crown the same as you would your natural teeth. Brush it and floss around it daily. Before you leave your dentist's office, he'll make sure that the crown allows enough room for flossing. Chewing extremely hard foods or ice can damage the crown and should be avoided. With proper care, your new crown will last for many years.

If you would like to find out if dental crowns could help your damaged teeth, call your Spring, TX dentist at (281) 379-6939. With a new crown, you'll once again be able to enjoy eating the foods you enjoy without pain or fear that you'll break your tooth.

By Michael J Morris, DDS
October 07, 2015
Category: Oral Health

Periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection caused by plaque, is one of the most prevalent and destructive dental conditions. Left untreated it can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.

Although people are often unaware they have gum disease, there are a few warning signs to look for. Here are five gum disease signs that should prompt a dental visit.

Gum Swelling and Redness. Like all infections, gum disease triggers an immune system response that releases antibodies into the gums to attack the bacteria. The ensuing battle results in inflammation (swelling) and a darker redness to the gum tissues that don’t lessen with time.

Gum Bleeding. It isn’t normal for healthy gum tissue, which are quite resilient, to bleed. In a few cases, bleeding may indicate over-aggressive brushing, but more likely it means the tissues have weakened to such an extent by infection they bleed easily.

Tooth Sensitivity. If you notice a shot of pain when you eat or drink something hot or cold or when you bite down, this could mean infected gums have “drawn back” (receded) from the teeth. Gum recession exposes the tooth roots, which are more sensitive to temperature and pressure changes in the mouth.

An Abscess. As weakened gum tissues detach from the tooth, the normally thin gap between them and the tooth deepens to form a void known as a periodontal pocket. This often results in an abscess where pus collects in the pocket and causes it to appear more swollen and red than nearby tissues. An abscess needs immediate attention as bone loss is greatly accelerated compared to normal gum disease.

Tooth Looseness or Movement. As diseased gum tissue causes loss of gum and bone attachment, the affected teeth will start to feel loose or even move to a different position. This is a late and alarming sign of gum disease — without immediate intervention, you’re in danger of losing the tooth.

If you encounter any of these signs, contact us for an examination as soon as possible. The sooner we can diagnose gum disease and begin treatment, the less damage it will cause — and the better your odds of regaining healthy teeth and gums.

If you would like more information on gum disease, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Warning Signs of Periodontal (Gum) Disease.”

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Michael J Morris, DDS
9318 Louetta Road Suite 600
Spring, TX 77379
(281) 379-6939
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