Posts for: April, 2018


Everyone loves a concert where there's plenty of audience participation… until it starts to get out of hand. Recently, the platinum-selling band Fifth Harmony was playing to a packed house in Atlanta when things went awry for vocalist Camila Cabello. Fans were batting around a big plastic ball, and one unfortunate swing sent the ball hurtling toward the stage — and directly into Cabello's face. Pushing the microphone into her mouth, it left the “Worth It” singer with a chipped front tooth.

Ouch! Cabello finished the show nevertheless, and didn't seem too upset. “Atlanta… u wild… love u,” she tweeted later that night. “Gotta get it fixed now tho lol.” Fortunately, dentistry offers a number of ways to make that chipped tooth look as good as new.

A small chip at the edge of the tooth can sometimes be polished with dental instruments to remove the sharp edges. If it's a little bigger, a procedure called dental bonding may be recommended. Here, the missing part is filled in with a mixture of plastic resin and glass fillers, which are then cured (hardened) with a special light. The tooth-colored bonding material provides a tough, lifelike restoration that's hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. While bonding can be performed in just one office visit, the material can stain over time and may eventually need to be replaced.

Porcelain veneers are a more long-lasting solution. These wafer-thin coverings go over the entire front surface of the tooth, and can resolve a number of defects — including chips, discoloration, and even minor size or spacing irregularities. You can get a single veneer or have your whole smile redone, in shades ranging from a pearly luster to an ultra-bright white; that's why veneers are a favorite of Hollywood stars. Getting veneers is a procedure that takes several office visits, but the beautiful results can last for many years.

If a chip or crack extends into the inner part of a tooth, you'll probably need a crown (or cap) to restore the tooth's function and appearance. As long as the roots are healthy, the entire part of the tooth above the gum line can be replaced with a natural-looking restoration. You may also need a root canal to remove the damaged pulp material and prevent infection if the fracture went too far. While small chips or cracks aren't usually an emergency (unless accompanied by pain), damage to the tooth's pulp requires prompt attention.

If you have questions about smile restoration, please contact us and schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By Michael J Morris, DDS
April 14, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: periodontist  

It’s likely you depend on your regular dentist for the lion’s share of your dental care. But in cases of advanced disease or trauma, you may need the services of a dental specialist.

This could be the case with periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection triggered by a thin biofilm on tooth surfaces called dental plaque that isn’t adequately removed through daily oral hygiene practices. While your regular dentist can effectively treat many forms of gum disease, there are times when you should see a periodontist who specializes in the gum, supporting bone and connective tissues.

So, when should you see a periodontist for gum disease treatment? Here are 3 situations that may call for this important dental specialist.

If your dentist refers you. Your dentist may be quite proficient in treating gum disease, mainly by removing the dental plaque and tartar sustaining the infection. But if the infection has advanced deep within the gum tissues especially around the roots and bone, you may need more advanced measures, including surgery, performed by a periodontist.

If you’d like a second opinion. Of course, you don’t need a referral to see a periodontist. You can make an appointment with one for another opinion about your diagnosis and recommended treatment plan. If you choose to see a periodontist, make sure they have access to all your dental and medical records, as well as your past health history.

If you have other health issues. Gum disease often doesn’t occur in a vacuum – it may exist and even influence (or be influenced by) other inflammatory medical conditions. If you have such a condition like diabetes or cardiovascular disease, you may opt to see a periodontist first for a more comprehensive evaluation.

In the meantime, keep an eye out for the first signs of disease including red, swollen or bleeding gums (if you smoke, be aware smoking hides these signs of disease). And practice daily brushing and flossing as well as obtaining regular dental cleanings to keep plaque accumulation to minimum. Preventing gum disease and getting treatment as early as possible may help you avoid more invasive treatments later.

If you would like more information on treating gum disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “When to See a Periodontist.”

By Michael J Morris, DDS
April 10, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist  

Choosing one dentist for your whole family is convenient, saves time, and can promote life-long good dental habits in even the youngest family dentistmembers of the family. Families with children do not need a separate pediatric dentist since family dentists treat patients of all ages. Children can continue seeing the same dentist from childhood through adulthood. In Spring, TX, family dentistry services are provided by Dr. Michael Morris.

What is a Family Dentist?

Family dentists are just like other types of dentist, but there are no age restrictions. They treat patients of any age, including children and adults. Family dentists provide the same dental services as other dental practices. They perform dental exams and cleanings, as well as treat tooth decay and gum disease. Many family dentists also offer cosmetic dentistry services, such as the installation of veneers, dental bonding, cosmetic fillings, and teeth whitening. Dr. Morris offers all of these services, as well as Invisalign, root canal therapy, and more.

Benefits of a Family Dentist in Spring, TX

Family dentists provide several benefits, such as convenience and saving time. When you have one dentist for your whole family you can conveniently schedule everyone’s dental checkups for the same day at the same dental office, which saves time and travel. There is no need to travel to multiple dental offices in different locations on separate days. All members of the family can see the dentist on the same day at a single location.

There can be increased comfort in having one dentist for the whole family. Family members with anxiety about dental appointments might feel more comfortable knowing everyone in the family is seeing the same dentist. When they observe other family members having a positive dental experience they know there is nothing to fear.

Visiting the dentist can be stressful for some children, but having one dentist for the whole family can make them more comfortable with their visits. Further, as children grow up they can continue seeing the same familiar family dentist. There is no need for children to switch dentists as they age, as would be the case with a pediatric dentist. Keeping the same dentist can increase the likelihood children will maintain good dental habits as adults by continuing to schedule regular checkups.

A family dentist makes it possible to have one dentist for your whole family. A family dentist is convenient, comfortable, and can save you time and travel. To schedule appointments with Dr. Morris for your entire family, call the Spring, TX, family dentistry office at (281) 379-6939.

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