By Conroe Family Dentistry
February 19, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Are your dental contours less than satisfactory? Do some teeth have chips or deep stains? Here at Conroe Family Dentistry in Conroe, TX, your cosmetic dentists, Dr. Logan Wood and Dr. Radley Robins, fix these smile imperfections with the help of porcelain veneers. Thin shells of high-grade porcelain, veneers disguise aesthetic flaws so that you can smile with confidence.

A chipped tooth

It's no big deal—unless you're the person who has one right in the front of your mouth. Defects such as chips, small gaps, stains, pits, and mild overcrowding may not affect your oral health, but they sure do hurt your self-confidence.

We suggest you come to our Conroe office for a review of your cosmetic dentistry options. Dr. Wood or Dr. Robins will examine your gums and teeth, take an X-ray screening, and ask you how you want to improve your smile.

Next, you and your cosmetic dentist will discuss the best way to fix your smile. Next to professional teeth whitening, porcelain veneers—also called dental laminates—are today's most popular aesthetic service.

How veneers work

Dental laminates are custom-made according to your oral impressions and any instructions that your dentist gives the dental lab. Each restoration is sculpted individually and colored to blend in with the rest of your smile.

To make sure, that each veneer fits over the front side of your teeth properly, your dentist gently removes a portion of enamel—about 1/2 millimeter. Next, he installs temporary veneers so that your smile looks natural while your permanent laminates are made.

Once the veneers come back from the lab, your dentist takes off the temporary laminates and tries on the permanent ones. To finalize the treatment, a tooth-colored cement is used to bonds the new veneers in place, leaving you with a brand-new smile!

Are you ready to change your smile?

The team at Conroe Family Dentistry is ready to help. Please contact the office today to arrange a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Wood or Dr. Robins: (936) 539-2211.

By Conroe Family Dentistry
October 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Find out how our Conroe cosmetic dentist can enhance your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry has become a very popular way to achieve your dream smile when genetics or other problems have left you with a less-Whiteningthan-perfect set of teeth. Of course, there are so many options out there these days that choosing the right one can be a bit daunting. Read on to learn about the different techniques and treatments that our Conroe, TX, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Logan Wood and Dr. Radley Robins, use to transform patients' smiles.

 

Teeth Shaping

Teeth shaping or contouring refers to a non-invasive technique in which our Conroe, TX, dentist will remove a bit of tooth enamel to alter the shape and size of one or more teeth. This treatment is completely painless, and it can be performed during your next dental visit in order to create immediate results. This is a great option for someone who might be dealing with an excessively sharp or pointy tooth or a tooth that stands out from the rest because it’s a bit unevenly shaped.

 

Professional Teeth Whitening

Getting a whiter smile is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available here at our Conroe office. In as little as one hour, our dental team can remove those yellow stains and brighten your smile by several shades. If you are looking for fast, dramatic results, then chairside whitening will be the best option. This bleaching system can remove stubborn external stains caused by aging, smoking, and diet.

 

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers can provide widespread changes and improvements to the overall shape, size, color, and even alignment of your teeth. If you are dealing with the teeth that are oddly shaped, deeply discolored, or just a bit out of alignment, then bonding these thin porcelain shells to the front of your teeth can be your way to achieve a more perfect smile.

 

Interested? Give Us a Call

If you are ready to design your perfect smile, call Conroe Family Dentistry in Conroe, TX, today at (936) 539-2211 to schedule a consultation with one of your cosmetic dentists.

By Conroe Family Dentistry
June 13, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  
ImproveYourDentalHealthbyMasteringYourBrushingSkills

You're not just a patient to your dentist—you're also a partner for achieving your best oral health possible. And it takes what both of you do to achieve it.

No doubt your dentist always strives to bring their "A Game" when providing you care. You should carry the same attitude into your personal oral hygiene—to truly master the skill of brushing.

Like its equally important counterpart flossing, brushing isn't mechanically complicated—you need only a minimum of dexterity to perform it. But there are nuances to brushing that could mean the difference between just adequate and super effective.

The goal of both brushing and flossing is to clean the teeth of dental plaque, a built-up film of bacteria and food particles most responsible for dental diseases like tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Brushing removes plaque from the broad front and back surfaces of teeth, while flossing removes it from between teeth where a toothbrush can't reach.

While a lot of cleaning tasks require bearing down with a little "elbow grease," that's unnecessary with brushing—in fact, you may increase your risk of gum recession if you brush too vigorously or too often. All you need is to apply a gentle, circular motion along all tooth surfaces from the gum line to the top of the tooth—a thorough brushing usually takes about two minutes, once or twice a day.

Your equipment is also important. Be sure your toothbrush is soft-bristled, multi-tufted and with a head small enough to maneuver comfortably inside your mouth. Because the bristles wear and eventually lose their effectiveness, change your brush about every three months. And be sure your toothpaste contains fluoride to help strengthen your enamel.

One last tip: while it may sound counterintuitive, don't brush immediately after a meal. Eating increases the mouth's acidity, which can temporarily soften the minerals in tooth enamel. If you brush right away you might slough off tiny bits of softened enamel. Instead, wait an hour before brushing to give your saliva time to neutralize the acid and help re-mineralize your enamel.

Unlike your dentist partner, your role in caring for your teeth doesn't require years of training. But a little extra effort to improve your brushing proficiency could increase your chances for a healthy mouth.

If you would like more information on best practices for personal oral hygiene, 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 “10 Tips for Daily Oral Care at Home.”

By Conroe Family Dentistry
June 03, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
NotSoFastReplacingThatTooth-ConsiderSavingitFirst

Dental implants have soared in popularity thanks to their life-likeness, functionality and durability. But these prized qualities have also created an ironic downside—people are much more likely to replace a tooth with an implant rather than go through the time and effort to preserve it.

We say downside because even though an implant is as close to a real tooth as we can now achieve in dentistry, it still can't rival the real thing. It's usually in your long-term health interest to save a tooth if reasonably possible. And, there are effective ways to do so.

Most dental problems arise from two common oral diseases. One is tooth decay, caused by contact with acid produced by bacteria living in dental plaque. We can often minimize the damage by treating the early cavities decay can create. But if we don't treat it in time, the decay can advance into the tooth's pulp chamber, putting the tooth in danger of loss.

We can intervene, though, using root canal therapy, in which we drill into the tooth to access its interior. We clean out the decayed tooth structure, remove the diseased pulp tissue and fill the empty chamber and root canals to seal the tooth and later crown it to further protect it from re-infection.

Periodontal (gum) disease also begins with bacteria, but in this case the infection is in the gum tissues. Over time the ensuing inflammation locks into battle with the plaque-fueled infection. This stalemate ultimately weakens gum attachment, the roots and supporting bone that can also increases risk for tooth loss.

We can stop a gum infection through a variety of techniques, all following a similar principle—completely removing any accumulated plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. This stops the infection and starts the process of gum and bone healing.

You should be under no illusions that either of these approaches will be easy. Advanced tooth decay can be complex and often require the skills of an endodontist (a specialist in root canals). Likewise, gum disease may require surgical intervention. But even with these difficulties, it's usually worth it to your dental health to consider saving your tooth first before you replace it with an implant.

If you would like more information on how best to treat a problem tooth, 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 “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?

By Conroe Family Dentistry
May 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Fillings  

Untreated tooth decay affects over a quarter of adults aged 20 to 64 according to statistics published by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. In its earliest form, tooth decay is a dental cavity that can be treated by your Conroe, TX, cosmetic dentist with conservative measures. Know what happens when you are diagnosed with a cavity, how it can be repaired, and the types of fillings that will work best for your smile.

What Are Dental Fillings?
Your teeth, particularly the back molars, have fissures and pits that can be especially susceptible to tiny holes called cavities. Film filled with bad bacteria, sugar, and other eroding substance cause cavities to develop after a while, if the teeth aren’t properly brushed. Dental fillings are used to close up those holes to prevent further decay.

How Cosmetic Fillings Save Your Smile
Dental filling material is applied in layers over the surface of the tooth after a cavity is cleaned. The material fills in the hole and hardens, giving you long-lasting protection. Bad bacteria no longer has an entry point into the tooth, allowing it time to heal. A cosmetic or white filling is particularly useful as it matches the color your tooth so that it’s undetectable to others. Your Conroe, TX, cosmetic dentist is the only person who can determine if you’ve had a filling placed.

Maintaining Your Fillings and Good Dental Health
Once you’ve had a cavity filled with a cosmetic filling, more regular brushing and less consumption of sugary foods is required if you want the filling to last. Every time you brush, whether in the morning or after meals, you remove potentially damaging film from your tooth surfaces. Rinsing with a dentist-recommended mouthwash will also help keep reduce the chance of tooth decay. Eating more calcium-rich foods will strengthen your teeth as well.

Schedule a Tooth Examination
Your cosmetic dentist will let you know if you need a cavity filled when you come in for your next checkup, so make it soon. Call (936) 539-2211 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Logan Wood or Dr. Radley Robins at their office in Conroe, TX.





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