Posts for: October, 2018

By Michael J Morris, DDS
October 21, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Your child’s teeth and gum development is truly a wonder. In just a little more than two decades they’ll gain and lose one set of teeth, while the subsequent permanent set will grow in coordination with other facial and oral structures. All of these structures will finally reach maturity sometime in early adulthood.

Sometimes, though, obstacles can arise: disease, trauma or even genetics can derail normal development and endanger future health. So although nature does most of the heavy lifting, there are things you should do to keep your child’s dental development on track.

For instance, begin oral hygiene practices before their first teeth come in. By wiping their gums after feeding with a clean damp cloth, you can help reduce the numbers of disease-causing bacteria in the mouth. Once teeth appear switch to brushing.

There are also habits to avoid. Don’t kiss your baby directly on the lips—you may transfer to them your own mouth bacteria, which their young immune system can’t yet adequately handle. Also, avoid putting them to bed with a sleep-time bottle filled with sugary fluids (including milk or formula) because the constant contact between the sugar and their teeth could increase their risk for tooth decay, the number one dental disease in young children.

Of course, not all prevention efforts depend on you alone—we’re your partner in helping to keep your child’s dental development progressing normally. We can provide preventive treatments like sealants or topical fluoride to reduce the risk of tooth decay, while continually monitoring for signs of the disease that may require treatment. We also look for signs of emerging bite problems that may require intervention before their effects worsen.

This is all part of regular dental visits, usually at six-month intervals, which are best begun around your child’s first birthday. Not only does this enable us to stay ahead of dental problems, it also helps your child become more comfortable with dental visits and increase the likelihood they’ll continue the habit in adulthood.

As we said, nature is responsible for most of this amazing development without any help from us. But we can assist development and hopefully prevent issues that could diminish their dental health in years to come.

If you would like more information on supporting your child’s dental development, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Michael J Morris, DDS
October 11, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay  

Over the last century effectively treating a decayed tooth has often required removing any decayed structure with drilling and then filling the remaining cavity. While this approach does save teeth that might otherwise be lost, it can also result in a fair amount of healthy structure removed in the process.

But continuing advances in dentistry are now making possible a new approach to tooth decay treatment that preserves as much of the healthy portions of tooth as possible. This new way is often referred to as minimally invasive dentistry (MID).

The primary goal of MID treatment is to intercept and treat decay as early as possible to minimize tooth damage. It begins with helping patients identify their own individual risk factors for decay such as the presence of disease-causing bacteria, the adequacy of their saliva flow, or their lifestyle and dietary habits. We then recommend changes or preventive measures to reduce those risks.

The next step in MID is using various diagnostic technologies to find decay as early as possible. X-rays continue to play a major role, but dentists are also using dental microscopy to magnify the earliest forms of decay. Many also utilize laser fluorescence, infrared photography and optical scanning to further “see” decay difficult to detect with the naked eye.

In regard to treatments, MID adopts the adage “less is more.” If caught early enough, we can encourage the re-mineralization of enamel that acid has eroded with CPP-ACP, a substance acquired from milk, or strengthen teeth with topical fluoride applications. Instead of the dental drill, many dentists now turn to air abrasion for decay removal, equipment that emits a fine stream of abrasive particles that harms less healthy structure than a drill.

And if lasers continue to develop at their current pace, we’ll be able to use this technology to perform much more precise decay treatment than possible with manual instruments. As a result, we’ll be able to treat decayed teeth with less invasive means to preserve as much healthy structure as possible.

As these and other developments continue, MID promises a bright future for preventing and treating tooth decay. As a result, there’ll be less tooth structure loss and more attractive and healthy smiles.

If you would like more information on the latest techniques for treating tooth decay, 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 “Minimally Invasive Dentistry.”

By How You Can Get a Smile Makeover
October 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Clean White TeethAre You Ready for a New and Improved Smile That You Feel Confident In?

First impressions are so important, and your smile is a crucial part of making a good first impression. One study even discovered that those with straighter, whiter, and more beautiful smiles were considered smarter, more successful and also more likely to snag more dates. So, is your smile up to snuff or is it falling flat? If it’s the latter, our Spring, TX, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Michael Morris, has ways to give you the smile makeover you need.

Brightening Your Smile

The most obvious way to improve a stained, yellow smile is through teeth whitening. Professional in-office teeth whitening uses a powerful gel that, when applied to the teeth for several minutes at a time, can get smiles up to several shades whiter in just one session. This is a great option for someone wanting to get fast visible results in just one day.

Of course, some stains don’t respond to teeth whitening. This might be the case if you have internal stains caused by antibiotics or sometimes smoker’s stains can be too severe for a proper teeth whitening. In this case, you may want to turn to dental veneers to cover your discolorations and to improve the outer surface of your smile. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of one or more teeth to hide a variety of imperfections including widespread stains.

Covering Chips and Cracks

The type of cosmetic dentistry our Spring office uses will depend on the extent and severity of the chip or crack. As long as the integrity and strength of the tooth isn’t in jeopardy, cosmetic dentistry will be able to fix the issue. Small chips can be rebuilt with dental bonding, a tooth-colored resin that is applied over the area, shaped, and then hardened into place with a dental laser. This treatment is quick and completely non-invasive. In fact, dental bonding can even be performed during your next six-month checkup.

More extensive chips and cracks can be covered up with dental veneers. Veneers can also be bonded to the front of your teeth to close up small gaps, improve minor crowding or crookedness, or to reshape a malformed tooth.

Replace a Missing Tooth

While cosmetic dentistry tends to focus on improving the look of your smile rather than restoring it, often times these treatments can also strengthen a tooth and boost functionality as well as enhance its appearance. This is the case with dental implants. After all, implants are designed to replace your missing tooth roots and function just like real teeth, so they are truly as close as you can get to real teeth.

Contact Us Today!

Are you ready to get cosmetic dentistry done in Spring, TX? If you said “yes” then your next step is to give our dental office a call at (281) 379-6939. We are proud to provide comprehensive dentistry to the Spring, TX, and Louetta, TX, areas. Let us help you achieve the beautiful smile you know you deserve!

By Michael J Morris, DDS
October 01, 2018
Category: Uncategorized

At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

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