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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!

TeenagerswithMissingTeethUsuallyNeedaTemporaryRestoration

Anyone at any age, including older children and teenagers, can lose or be born missing a permanent tooth. And while those missing teeth can be restored, replacing them in patients who haven’t yet reached adulthood can be tricky.

That’s because their dental and facial development isn’t finished. This is especially problematic for dental implants because as the jaws continue to grow, a “non-growing” implant could eventually appear out of alignment with the surrounding natural teeth. That’s why it’s often better to install a temporary restoration until the jaws fully mature in early adulthood. Two great choices are a removable partial denture (RPD) or a bonded (“Maryland”) bridge.

While “dentures” and “teens” don’t seem to go together, an RPD in fact can effectively restore a teen’s lost dental function and appearance. Of the various types of RPDs the one usually recommended for teens has a hard acrylic base colored to resemble the gums, to which we attach prosthetic (“false”) teeth at their appropriate positions on the jaw.

Besides effectiveness, RPDs are easy to clean and maintain. On the downside, though, an RPD can break and—as a removable appliance—become lost. They can also lose their fit due to changes in jaw structure.

The bonded bridge is similar to a traditional fixed bridge. But there’s one big difference: traditional bridges crown the natural teeth on either side of the missing teeth to secure them in place. The supporting teeth must be significantly (and permanently) altered to accommodate the life-like crowns on either end of the bridge.

Instead, a bonded bridge affixes “wings” of dental material extending from the back of the bridge to the back of the natural teeth on either side. While not quite as strong as a regular bridge, the bonded bridge avoids altering any natural teeth.

While a fixed bridge conveniently stays in place, they’re more difficult than an RPD to keep clean. And while less prone to breakage, they aren’t entirely immune to certain stresses from biting and chewing especially in the presence of some poor bites (how the upper and lower teeth come together).

Choosing between the two restorations will depend on these and other factors. But either choice can serve your teen well until they’re able to permanently replace their missing teeth.

If you would like more information on dental restorations for teens, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Michael J Morris, DDS
December 27, 2013
Category: Oral Health
TheEffectsofMissingTeeth

If you are one of the millions of Americans with missing teeth, then you're probably aware of some of the obvious side effects. You may feel self-conscious during conversations or simply avoid smiling altogether to conceal your dental issue. It is not uncommon for missing teeth to affect your confidence, but did you know that there are other problems that result from tooth loss?

For starters, if you have lost enough teeth, eating may become more difficult, in particular healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables. This is one of the main reasons that inadequate dental care frequently results in nutritional deficiency.

Another very serious issue that results from missing teeth is bone loss. We sometimes refer to this as a “hidden consequence,” because you may not actually see or feel this issue right away. Did you know that bone is actually living tissue that needs constant stimulation to maintain its form and density? Thus, when a tooth is lost, the bone in the jaw that surrounded and supported that tooth melts away. There is a 25% decrease in width of bone during the first year after tooth loss and an overall 4 millimeters decrease in height over the next few years. The longer you have missing teeth, the greater the loss of bone.

As bone loss continues, it can actually affect the structure of your face. If you lose your teeth early in adulthood, by age 45 you might start to notice sunken cheeks. By age 60, your cheeks and lips will lose their support, resulting in a collapsed and aged look. If your teeth are not replaced, this process will continue, and you will be in danger of losing much of the structural support of your lips and cheeks.

Luckily, we can use dental implants to not only restore your smile, but also to halt this bone loss. Implants look, feel and function like your natural teeth and are made of titanium, which has the unique ability to fuse with your living bone. Among the many benefits of implants, they continue to provide stimulation to your bone, preventing further bone loss.

With a success rate of more than 95%, implants are the best long-term solution for tooth replacement.

If you would like more information about implants and bone loss, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth.”



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