Dentist in Spring TX | “Hot Topics”
We provide resources to help educate people about common conditions or treatments. This Website focuses on the most common dental topics – from the happy ones like Teeth Whitening and Invisalign Braces, to the not-so-fun topics like Root Canal Therapy, Wisdom Teeth Extractions, Cavities, and Periodontal Disease. However, since we know the “hot topics” that millions of people search for, we’ve included a summary list below of those topics.
Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of soft, plastic aligners that gradually shift your teeth into place. It is the most modern treatment used by more than 2 million adults and teens. There are three main reasons that people, including many Dentists and Orthodontists, choose Invisalign over traditional braces: (1) they are more comfortable and do not scrape up your mouth, (2) they are practically invisable, so people feel much less self-conscious wearing them, and (3) you have no restrictions on the food you can eat. Invisalign braces are removed when you eat, giving you total flexibility with eating and flossing.
Invisalign cost about $500-800 more than traditional metal braces. Metal braces costs on average $4,700, and the average Invisalign cost is $5,500.
There are two main types of dental veneers – Porcelain and Resin. Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored material that covers the front surface of your tooth to improve your appearance. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of real teeth.
Most people want a whiter, brighter smile. However, we recommend that if you choose to use an aggressive treatment to whiten your teeth, then you first consult with your Dentist. He or she can give you recommendations based on the specific condition of your teeth. Whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellowish hued teeth will probably bleach well, brownish-colored teeth may bleach less well, and grayish-hued teeth may not bleach well at all. If you have had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth the whitener will not affect the color of these materials, and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. You may want to investigate other options, like porcelain veneers or dental bonding.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canals are probably one of the most feared, least understood procedures in dentistry. Most people think the treatment takes a long time, that you have a lot of pain, and that it’s very expensive. On the contrary, with modern dentistry, root canals can be completed in one to two visits, have relatively little pain, and don’t cost more than many other dental procedures.
Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, usually precedes gum disease, or periodontitis. During the early stages of Gingivitis, bacteria builds up in plaque, and then the gums become inflamed and oftentimes bleed during brushing. Although the gums may be irritated, the teeth are still firmly planted in their sockets. No irreversible bone or other tissue damage has occurred at this stage.
When gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis. During this advanced stage of Periodontitis, the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth and form small spaces called pockets. These pockets between teeth and gums collect debris and can become infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line.