Dental Crowns Protect Your Smile

young pretty latin woman smiling and looking friendly, showing number three or third with hand forward, counting down against purple wallBy now you are probably familiar with the notion that your smile endures significant wear and tear over the years. In fact, it is only natural that your appearance may dull in shine, or you may accumulate a number of blemishes. Still, these are only minor concerns compared to the structural and functional complications that arise from infections, decay, physical damage, and more. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX dentist wants to take a look at the way restorative dentistry helps to restore your function. Specifically, we will look at the way dental crowns offer versatility when protecting your grin.

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How Long Does It Take To Improve A Smile?

Are you a go-go-go person who is looking for a smile pick-me-up? Maybe you are more the “let’s not be hasty” type, who considers a decision for months, before deciding to collect more information and move forward. When it comes to cosmetic improvements to a smile in Houston, TX, there are timelines that may take just an hour or so, or several appointments, when making more extensive improvements. At your cosmetic consultation, we can help you determine the best process, and the timeline, to improve your smile. (more…)

Your Daytime Fatigue Might Be The Result Of A Sleep Disorder

Young woman yawning on a pink backgroundIt is true that preventive dentistry is the name of the game when it comes to keeping up with your oral health, and ensuring you have an involved preventive routine is necessary to accomplish this feat. Sometimes, however, the biggest threat to one’s health does not involve the damage caused by harmful oral bacteria, but instead by a sleep disorder that can impact physical health as well. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX dentist will look at the phenomenon known as sleep apnea and how a custom oral appliance might be able to help.

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How Long Has It Been Since Your Last Oral Cancer Screening?

A girl and a dentist in a dental clinic.A smile’s health should be a top priority for a number of individuals, especially if a lifelong grin is a major goal on their list. Indeed, great focus is put into how your smile appears, but bear in mind that its function is of major importance as well. In fact, part of excellent preventive care is acknowledging just how much goes into taking care of your smile, and it extends past the notion of healthy teeth. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX dentist will take a look at what really goes on during your routine checkup, specifically focusing on your oral cancer screening.

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A Natural Appearance With Inlays and Onlays

Inlay ceramic crown fixation over tooth. Medically accurate 3D illustration of human teeth treatmentIt goes without saying that decay caused by oral bacteria is often the biggest threat to an individual’s smile. What’s more, many people do not seek help in an efficient manner, often allowing these bacteria to wreak havoc on their oral structures and overall oral health before realizing that there is a significant problem. What’s more, appearance means a lot to a number of people, and there is a certain fear that accompanies dental treatment that lead individuals to believe their restorations will be extremely noticeable, tarnishing their vibrant grin. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX dentist will address the spread of decay and how inlays and onlays can help.

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When A Tooth Needs Replacing

Healthy white teeth and implant are smiling and the tooth is sick with caries sad on pink background. Dentist tools mirror, hookMany individuals believe that their biggest oral health concerns – decay and infection – can be put to rest by brushing their teeth routinely. While preventive care at home does play a factor, it really only represents a fraction of the standard routine. In fact, a normal dental regimen consists of brushing and flossing at home, attending routine exams and cleanings, and paying close attention to the types of foods and beverages consumed. If any one of these steps is not addressed properly, it could result in serious concerns such as decay, infection, and even tooth loss. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX dentist will address the negative effects of losing a structure and why it is necessary to have it replaced in a timely manner.

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When Chronic Teeth Grinding Goes Unchecked

Tooth Pain And Dentistry. Beautiful Young Woman Suffering From Terrible Strong Teeth Pain, Touching Cheek With Hand. Female Feeling Painful Toothache. Dental Care And Health Concept. High ResolutionMany adults understand that excellent oral health care requires a healthy combination of preventive care at home, attending 6-month dental visits, and paying mind to the types of foods and beverages you consume. While you could be on top of every one of these factors, accidents and physical injury can still happen, affecting a tooth’s appearance and strength. While minor chips can be fixed with cosmetic dentistry, bigger concerns may warrant restorative measures. Sometimes, however, injury can occur without a clear understanding of where or why, causing problems such as an aching jaw or sensitive teeth. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX dentist will look at the negative effects that arise if you experience bruxism, and how our team can help.

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Three Ways Cosmetic Dentistry Can Enhance Your Smile

Beautiful womanIt goes without saying that the health of your grin is your top concern, but having a healthy smile that you are also confident in revealing is the ultimate goal. Indeed, many individuals commonly associate their level of confidence with the appearance of their grins, and seeing that it is often the first asset that many notice, having a vibrant appearance says a lot. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX dentist will look at the number of ways that cosmetic dental procedures can enhance your grin without the need for extensive, tooth-altering treatment.

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Providing a Deep Clean with Scaling and Root Planing

Oral hygiene: Scaling and root planing (conventional periodontal therapy). Medically accurate 3D illustration of human teeth treatmentWhen you attend your routine checkup and cleaning, your dentist will inform you of any potential harm or abnormalities such as a cavity in order to make you aware of the situation and create a custom plan to help address it. Sometimes these solutions consist of simpler treatments such as a tooth-colored filling, while other times, the structure can be so severely diseased it requires extraction. If the circumstances can vary that widely for a cosmetic or surface-level issue, what does that mean for problems occurring within the tooth itself? Fortunately, your Houston, TX dentist at Sue Ellen Richardson, DDS can help you prevent tooth loss or infection that occurs as a result of bacteria below the surface through the process of scaling and root planing.

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How Your Smile Benefits from Tooth-Colored Fillings

Decayed tooth restoration with composite filling. Medically accurate tooth 3D illustration.With the holidays at hand, it can become difficult at times to remember to keep your oral health and hygiene at the forefront of your mind. This means not only brushing and flossing regularly, but also keeping in mind the types of foods that can cause damage to your smile. The holidays typically signify time for rest or relaxation, however, ensuring you are attending your regularly scheduled examinations and cleanings is paramount. While you may be taking every step you can to ensure the health of your grin, cavities may still develop, and it is crucial you visit your Houston, TX dentist at Sue Ellen Richardson, DDS for a tooth-colored filling.

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