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Exceptional Cosmetic Dentistry in Houston

The term cosmetic dentistry covers a wide range of services. Cosmetic dentistry has become more popular than ever, more people are interested in teeth whitening, shaping to closing spaces and replacing teeth. From minor cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening and gum re-shaping to more robust dental restorations like tooth replacement and dental veneers, there are a variety of cosmetic dental treatments, tools and technologies available to help give you the smile you have always wanted. No matter which cosmetic procedure you need,  the specialists at Texas Dental Center will evaluate your distinct dental situation and go over the different options available to help you achieve a brighter, whiter, more brilliant smile. Here are a few of the cosmetic dental procedures we offer at The Texas Dental Center:

Cosmetic Dentistry to Improve Your Smile

• Teeth whitening. If you have always dreamed of a whiter smile, professional tooth whitening may be the ideal solution for you. Discolored, stained or dull teeth can make someone feel less confident about his or her smile and overall appearance. However, professional teeth whitening can be a more effective and longer-lasting alternative to at-home whitening kits to give you a whiter smile in just one visit with us.

• Bonding. Dental bonding is a great dental restoration solution if you have broken, chipped, cracked or stained teeth. To bond a tooth, an etching solution is first applied to the damaged tooth, then a tooth-colored resin is coated onto the tooth surface to give it a natural look and shape.

• Dental veneers. A dental veneer is a wafer-thin shell that is bonded directly to the front of a tooth to change its color, shape, texture or length. Veneers are an effective way to enhance the appearance, alignment or spacing of your teeth and give you something to smile about.

• Dental crowns. Dental crowns, or caps, are used for a number of reasons. They may be used to improve the function or health of an existing tooth or placed in conjunction with other dental procedures, such as dental bridges or implants. Dental crowns can also help restore the appearance of a worn, broken, discolored or misshapen tooth to give it a more complete and aesthetic appearance.

• Enamel shaping. Enamel shaping or contouring is a procedure that is used to resize, reshape or reposition teeth that are chipped or irregular in shape or size. This procedure may be combined with dental bonding or other treatments for a complete restoration of your smile.

• Dental implants. Dental implants are used to improve both the dental function and aesthetics of your teeth. They are primarily used to replace teeth that are decayed, damaged or missing, giving them a more natural appearance and durable function to help you to smile more confidently.

• Braces. Braces and teeth aligners are used to straighten crowded, crooked or misaligned teeth. Braces may be comprised of clear plastic, metal or ceramic and are used to gradually reposition one’s natural teeth over time.

• Dental bridges. A dental bridge can be used to replace a missing tooth or several teeth. This bridge is anchored into place using the adjoining teeth, literally bridging the gap between missing teeth. If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry because you are not satisfied with your smile, contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation with us.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are used in many different situations to protect, restore and cover a damaged or decaying tooth. Whether to prevent a tooth from cracking or breaking further or to restore a severely worn tooth, dental crowns act as protective shields for your natural teeth. Dental crowns may also be used for aesthetic purposes, such as to cover a discolored or misshapen tooth, or in conjunction with other dental procedures, such as to cover a dental implant, hold a dental bridge in place, or cover and support a tooth with a large filling.

There are a variety of different materials that may comprise a dental crown, each with its own benefits. Some are more budget-friendly, while other are longer-lasting or more aesthetically pleasing. Here are a few of the common materials used for dental crowns:

Stainless Steel

These prefabricated crowns budget-friendly and easy to place in a single visit. Stainless steel crowns are often used to protect a tooth temporarily while a patient’s permanent dental crown is being constructed. They may also be used to protect a child’s back molars from cavities or infection.

Metal Crowns

There are several different types of metal that are used for dental crowns, such as gold alloy, palladium, nickel or chromium. Metal crowns do not require a significant amount of tooth structure to be removed, do not significantly wear on one’s adjacent teeth, and tend to be more durable and longer-lasting than some other alternatives. The color of metal crowns, however, can make them noticeable, which makes them a good option for back molars, rather than front-facing teeth.

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns

A porcelain fused to metal crown is a cost-effective option that matches closely with one’s natural teeth. These crowns are aesthetically pleasing and can be used for front-facing teeth; however are not as durable as metal or all-porcelain crowns.

All Ceramic and All Porcelain Dental Crowns

Ceramic and porcelain crowns offer a more natural aesthetic fit than most other dental crowns and are an ideal solution for visible teeth. Ceramic and porcelain dental crowns may also be a good option for those who are allergic to metal, as they contain no metal alloys.

Temporary Crowns vs. Permanent Crowns

Temporary crowns are prefabricated and can, therefore, be placed immediately in a single visit. Permanent dental crowns, on the other hand, are custom-designed in a laboratory to match perfectly with the natural shade, shape and size of your natural teeth. These are durable, long-lasting options that look and feel just like a natural tooth.
Dental crowns are used in a variety of situations, such as to protect your teeth from further damage or decay, hold a dental bridge in place, or to cap a dental implant. Our dentist is happy discuss your dental crown options with you to find the right fit to fit your needs and budget. Simply call us today to schedule your first visit with us to see which dental crown is best for you!

Dental Bridges

When you are missing teeth, it can be difficult to smile, chew, speak or laugh comfortably and with confidence. Damaged or missing teeth can cause other teeth in your mouth to become loose, shift or even fall out. Additionally, the empty sockets formed by missing teeth can be a place where plaque and bacteria grow, which can cause other issues with one’s oral and overall health. There are many different ways to replace damaged or lost teeth. One of these is options is a dental bridge.

Dental Bridges Explained

A dental bridge, also called a partial denture, is a tooth replacement option that bridges the gap between two teeth. The teeth on either side of the gap left by your missing teeth act as anchors where the dental bridge is affixed to keep it in place.

A dental bridge can either be fixed or removable. A fixed dental bridge is held permanently into place by bonding your natural teeth to dental crowns on either side of the gap. A removable bridge, on the other hand, is affixed to the abutment teeth using attachments and can be removed for cleaning and care.

How Are Dental Bridges Placed?

Placing a dental bridge requires at least two appointments with us. During your initial appointment, we prepare your surrounding or abutment teeth by removing the enamel or dentin from the teeth to create a rougher surface, which, in turn, creates a stronger bond. Impressions will then be made to ensure that the bridge can be fully customized to match perfectly with your distinct smile.

Dental bridges can be made from a number of different materials that are similar to your natural teeth both in appearance and function. After the bridge is designed, it is bonded to the abutment teeth using a dental crown to ensure the bridge is secure.

Caring For Your Dental Bridge

Once your dental bridge is placed, it needs to be cared for properly to maintain its optimal look and function. Routine care, such as daily flossing and brushing, is needed, as well as regular dental exams to keep your prosthetic teeth clean and last for a long time. Contact The Texas Dental Center if you are missing teeth and have questions about whether dental bridges are the right choice for you.

Dental Fillings

Fillings are dental restorations that are used to fill a tooth cavity after decay is removed. Dental fillings may be comprised of composite materials, porcelain or metal alloys, such as gold or silver amalgam. All of these dental materials are very strong and durable, allowing them to withstand hard chewing pressure and last long into the future.

Thanks to the latest advancements in dental technology, fillings may also be used on front teeth as well using natural-looking ceramic and plastic compounds, or composite resins. The type of material used for your dental filling will depend on various factors, including the location of your tooth and the level of decay involved.

What Material is best for Dental Fillings?

Dr. Mofid will help you determine the best choice of dental fillings. Some factors that he will consider include:

•    Performance of a material
•    Durability of a material
•    Expense
•    Location of the tooth
•    The tooth’s level of decay
•    Chewing load on the tooth

Dr. Mofid weighs all of the various factors in your dental filling material selection to make sure you get the optimal solution that works best for your distinct situation.

Direct Dental Fillings

Direct fillings are placed into a prepared cavity in just one visit. First, Dr. Mofid will prepare the tooth by removing all decay and traces of bacteria inside the cavity. The tooth will then be thoroughly rinsed and cleared of all debris before the filling material is placed inside the cavity and shaped to match the look and feel of your surrounding teeth. The materials commonly used for direct fillings include resin ionomers, composite or resin, or glass ionomers.

Indirect Dental Fillings

This type of filling typically requires two or more visits. Types of indirect fillings include veneers, crowns, inlays, onlays and bridges that are made with composites, ceramics, metal alloys, or gold. During your first visit, Dr. Mofid will remove the decay and prepare the tooth for the additional work by making an impression of the tooth. A temporary covering will be placed on the tooth while the impression is sent to a lab to create your custom dental restoration. During your second appointment with us, this prosthetic piece is placed on your tooth or teeth and adjusted for the right final look and feel.

Fillings are a common dental treatment that can help prevent further damage to a tooth or help you achieve a more attractive smile. If you are in need of a dental filling or a routine checkup to detect cavities or other dental problems, contact our office today to schedule your next appointment.

Veneers

Chipped, discolored or misshapen teeth can affect how you feel and how you look. Repairing these dental problems can instantly boost someone’s appearance, dental function and self-esteem. Porcelain veneers are a great way to achieve a more attractive smile. Dental veneers are wafer-thin shells that are bonded to the front of a tooth or teeth to give them a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Whether you are looking to change the size, color, shape or length of a tooth, these veneers can help give you a more natural and beautiful smile.

What Do Porcelain Veneers Fix?

When your teeth are less than perfect, porcelain veneers can offer you a natural and beautiful look. From misaligned teeth or irregularly-shaped teeth to chipped, worn or broken teeth, porcelain dental veneers can be used to enhance the appearance of your smile by correcting discoloration, making teeth appear longer, straighter or more evenly-shaped, or to fill in gaps between teeth.

Why Should I Choose Porcelain Veneers?

There are other options for correcting damaged, crooked or gapped teeth. Dental veneers enjoy a number of advantages compared to other tooth correction options. They are more stain resistant than resin veneers and are closer in appearance to one’s natural tooth, for example. They also are cost-effective and maintain the health of your natural teeth.

How Are Porcelain Veneers Bonded to Teeth?

The process of placing veneers on teeth is normally a three-step process which includes the following steps:

1.    Diagnosis and dental treatment plan – During your initial visit with us, your teeth will be examined to see if veneers are the best option for you. A dental impression or x-ray will be taken during this visit to assess the health and underlying structure of your teeth to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for dental veneers.

2.    Tooth preparation and design – To place a dental veneer, a thin layer of enamel must be removed from the surface of your tooth or teeth. This is done under a local anesthesia to ensure no pain or discomfort is felt during this procedure. A model or impression will then be taken of your tooth to customize your veneers to fit your distinct smile. In the meantime, temporary dental veneers may be put into place while your custom veneers are being designed.

3.    Bonding the porcelain veneer onto the tooth – After your tooth is cleaned and etched to create a stronger bond, your customized veneers will be bonded to your teeth. A special dental cement is used to secure the veneer into place. Once the veneer is properly adjusted, a light beam will activate the cement’s hardening properties to cure the veneer, securing it into place. Final adjustments are made and a follow-up appointment may be scheduled to ensure your gums respond well to the placement of the veneer.

Post-Op Veneer Care

Regular maintenance will be needed to ensure the optimal health of your teeth and veneers, including regular brushing and flossing. IF they are cared for properly, porcelain veneers can last up to 10 years before needing to be replaced.

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are dental procedures that are used to restore the damaged area of one’s tooth. They can be comprised of many different materials, including gold, porcelain or composite resin to help give a decayed or damaged tooth new life. Inlays cover the inside cusp of a tooth, much like a filling, while onlays extend over the crest of the tooth, covering a larger area of damage.

The Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

There are many different options when it comes to restoring a cracked, broken, worn or damaged tooth. Here are some of the benefits of dental inlays or onlays compared to other options. These include:

• Durability. Dental inlays and onlays are made to fit the crevices of a damaged tooth perfectly, which makes them more durable than traditional fillings that are shaped into a patient’s mouth.

• Improved oral health. Inlays and onlays will seal the damaged tooth, which protects it from bacteria and tooth decay.

• Longer life. This restoration method can give you the longest use out of your teeth because it uses the natural tooth structure.

• Convenient care. After the inlay or onlay is bonded, it is easy to clean and care for since it is attached to your natural tooth. Inlays and onlays are less likely to stain or become discolored due to the materials used, so you never have to worry about mismatched colors on a single tooth.

How Are Inlays and Onlays Placed?

During your initial consultation, Dr. Mofid will look at your tooth to see if inlays or onlays are the right choice for you. If they are, an impression of the tooth will be taken and sent to a lab to make your custom dental restoration. This will fit the natural color, shape and your bite of your teeth for a perfectly customized fit. Once the inlay or onlay is constructed, a final fitting will be completed and your dental restoration adjusted to ensure it fits perfectly.

Dental inlays and onlays can help restore the appearance, function and structure of your natural teeth. Whether your tooth has been damaged due to injury, decay or poor dental care, you will notice a big improvement in your smile with dental inlays or onlays.