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We want to invite you and your family to one of our dental clinics. We have taken extra precautionary measures to ensure that you and your family are safe and protected. After each patient visit, our staff works hard to thoroughly sanitize and disinfect each area. Every staff member undergoes continuous COVID-19 screening, practices social distancing and wears Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

We ask that you wear a mask when coming in for your visit. We will ask you a some COVID-19 screening questions.

All visits will be schedule by appointment.

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Comparing how teeth with cavities look once our houston dentist has repaired the cavities with composite tooth colored filling

Effective Cavity Treatment At Our Houston Kids Dentist

Let’s talk about cavities. They can go unnoticed until it’s rather late when they can become extremely painful and uncomfortable. Try as you might to keep your child’s dental health in check, some kids are just more prone to cavities. Whether your child has cavities because of genetics or because they don’t floss correctly, we have a great solution: tooth-colored cavity fillings. In this article, our Houston pediatric dentist will break down what you need to know about these types of fillings.

What Are Tooth-Colored Cavity Fillings?

The technical name for “tooth-colored fillings” is actually “composite" filling. This type of filling is made with a blend of plastic resins and silica. When these are combined, they form a color similar to that of human teeth.

Before Composite Fillings, There Were Amalgam Fillings

You may associate the imagery of a cavity filling with the imagery of an amalgam filling. A traditional amalgam filling is silvery in color and has been used for over 100 years due to its low cost and effectiveness. However, we don’t offer amalgam fillings simply because they are very obvious when a patient is laughing or speaking, and, as a practice that also offers cosmetic dentistry, we don’t want our patients to feel insecure in their smile.

Why We Prefer Composite Cavity Fillings

As mentioned before, we want our patients to feel confident in their smiles. By treating cavities with composite, the location of the cavity will be practically invisible.

Further, unlike with amalgam, we don’t have to remove any of the healthy parts of the tooth. Composite enables us to preserve your natural tooth and strengthen it, which is why composite fillings tend to last longer. However, adequate dental hygiene is key to making these fillings last as long as they can and also prevent future cavities.

Long-Lasting Cavity Fillings At Our Houston Kids Dentist Offices

Cavities are extremely damaging (and may lead to a root canal) and can be uncomfortable, which is why we recommend your child visits our Houston pediatric dentist every 6 months. Not only do we perform regular cleanings, but we also perform x-rays about once a year. Both of these services help us spot cavities early on so damage and discomfort are minimal and we can quickly intervene with composite fillings. If your child is experiencing a toothache, then please book an appointment so we can conduct a dental exam. If we find a cavity, we will be more than happy to treat it with composite, tooth-colored fillings.

Diagram demonstrating how a wisdom tooth tries to emerge, which requires removal by our houston cosmetic dentist

Risks Associated With Wisdom Teeth After Dental Braces

Tooth extractions may sound intimidating, but this is a procedure we successfully complete on a regular basis with ease. Our Houston dentist patients commonly undergo tooth extraction if we diagnose them with impacted wisdom teeth. In this article, we will explain what wisdom teeth are and what risks are associated with them if you’ve had dental braces before.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Here’s some background: a wisdom tooth is also referred to as a third molar. These days, some humans may have anywhere from 1-4 wisdom teeth, or none at all. As humans, we once needed those extra molars to eat properly, but these days, they are unnecessary and can, instead, compromise your dental health.

Wisdom teeth typically appear between the ages of 17 and 21, but in some cases, wisdom teeth appear in our Houston pediatric dentist patients when they're 13 or 14 years old. If wisdom teeth have not yet appeared by 25, chances are they never will.

Why Does Our Houston Cosmetic Dentist Extract Wisdom Teeth?

The main reason why we recommend extracting impacted wisdom teeth is that they can easily cause damage to the neighboring teeth by:

  • Causing cysts: impacted wisdom teeth are trapped beneath the gums and make an attempt to emerge. Because of this, it is possible for a patient to develop painful cysts. 
  • Crooked teeth: impacted wisdom teeth tend to make adjacent teeth crooked as they try to make room in your mouth to fully emerge, which causes a chain reaction that results in a complete shift/crookedness in your teeth. If you’ve completed your metal braces or Invisalign treatment, crooked teeth are the LAST thing we want for you.
  • Tooth decay: it’s no secret that crooked/crowding teeth are hard to keep clean because it becomes more difficult to brush and floss between all teeth, and it’s no secret that poorly cleaned teeth make you more vulnerable to cavities and gum disease

Wisdom Tooth Extraction At Our Houston Cosmetic Dentist Offices

We are proud to offer exemplary dental care to Houston from our offices in Gulfton, Briarforest, and Greater Inwood. If you are experiencing pain in the back of your jaw, this could be a sign that your impacted wisdom teeth are emerging, so please book an appointment with our Houston cosmetic dentist so we can take some x-rays and develop a plan of action. 

Houston cosmetic dentist patient before and after in office teeth whitening

Are There Drawbacks Of Houston Teeth Whitening?

It’s no secret that teeth whitening is a quick and easy way to upgrade your smile and give you a huge boost in confidence. However, when determining whether cosmetic teeth whitening is for you, you may wonder if there are any drawbacks relating to teeth whitening. In this article, we will discuss how our Houston cosmetic dentist reduces these drawbacks to give you a winning smile.

Concerns Patients May Have About Teeth Whitening

Although teeth whitening is a fairly simple procedure, not all teeth whitening products or methods are created equal, so we understand why patients may worry about some side effects or consequences of getting their teeth whitened, such as:

Results That Don’t Last

Many patients who consider getting their teeth whitened worry that in-office whitening won’t last as long. This is understandable, but it typically stems from the well-known ineffectiveness of over-the-counter teeth whitening kits. Our Houston cosmetic dentist, however, offers professional-grade in-office teeth whitening that is designed to last not just 2-3 weeks, but several months.

Sudden Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is a common side effect of teeth whitening, but it is far more likely with store-bought teeth whitening kits. When you entrust Victory Smiles Houston Cosmetic Dentist with your teeth whitening needs, we will examine your teeth beforehand to determine what prior dental work and/or tooth sensitivity you may already have. This way we can work with you to determine how much whiter your teeth can be without exacerbating any tooth sensitivity you might have. In-office teeth whitening requires powerful chemicals to achieve the right shade of white, so some sensitivity might still occur. If it does, though, it will be mild and won’t last long.

High-Quality Customized Teeth Whitening With Our Houston Cosmetic Dentist

If you’re interested in whitening your teeth so you can feel confident with a new, beaming smile, then please book an appointment with our Houston cosmetic dentist so we can evaluate the current state and health of your teeth. Many dental patients may have concerns about teeth whitening,–and we understand why–but rest assured that at Victory Smiles, we aim to alleviate those concerns with compassion and knowledge that enables us to provide fully customized teeth whitening.

Young lady getting her teeth cleaned at our Houston dentist before her dental benefits expire

Why You Need A Houston Dental Cleaning This Month

Not everyone seems to understand the importance of getting their teeth cleaned professionally at our Houston dentist office. In this article, we will discuss the importance of dental cleanings and why now is the best time to get one.

Our Houston Dentist Needs To Regularly Check The Health Of Your Teeth

As a top-rated Houston dentist with offices in Gulfton, Briarforest, and Greater Inwood, we offer a multitude of services, including cosmetic dentistry and pediatric dentistry treatments. Among our several treatments is a dental cleaning, which we recommend everyone gets twice a year. Our cleaning not only polishes your teeth and cleans them much more thoroughly than you possibly could at home yourself, but it also allows our dentists to take a closer look at your teeth when they’re in their cleanest state. 

Dental Check-Ups Are Effective Preventative Care

Once our hygienists clean and floss your teeth for you, our Houston dentist performs a dental health exam. In our exam, we check your bite to determine if you might need dental braces or Invisalign and take a closer look at the soft tissues in your mouth in order to spot any subtle signs of health issues. Illnesses such as diabetes, gum disease, some cancers, and even cardiovascular disease may actually exhibit their earliest signs in the mouth and, like most illnesses, the earlier the issue is found, the easier the illness is to treat and correct. 

Get A Teeth Cleaning While Your Insurance Still Offers Coverage For It

If you don’t already know, your dental insurance benefits will reset at the end of the month, so if you haven’t taken advantage of the benefits that come with your monthly premium, now is the time to get the most out of them by scheduling your outstanding dental treatments for the month of December. Cleanings are typically covered by most dental insurance plans, so take advantage of the coverage while you can.

Victory Smiles Houston Dentist Is Here To Help You Achieve A Winning Smile!

If you have yet to get your semi-annual dental cleaning, then please book an appointment for December with our Houston dentist. We’ll gladly help you go into the new year with a healthy smile you’re proud to show off!

Older man smiling with his new dental implant at our Houston cosmetic dentist office

Getting A Dental Implant? Here's What You Need To Know

If you’re missing any teeth in your smile, then a dental implant might be for you. Dental implants are a common dental treatment our Houston cosmetic dentist offers as a solution to fill in any gaps in your smile. Our Houston cosmetic dental implants are comfortable when you eat and talk and also improve the structure of your jaw. 

What Are Cosmetic Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a dental restoration that replaces a tooth and acts as a tooth. It looks and feels more similar to a natural tooth as opposed to dentures, for example. Although dentures look natural, they may not feel as natural as dental implants do.

At our Houston cosmetic dentist office, our dental implants are made of:

  • A metal post
  • An abutment
  • A crown or bridge

What is a Dental Implant Procedure Like at Victory Smiles?

Getting a dental implant at our Houston dentist office is divided into three phases.

Phase One: Post Placement

This phase takes the longest. First, you will undergo appropriate dental sedation. Post placement is a major surgery in which we will implant the metal post into your jaw bone. This metal post–what we refer to as an implant–acts as your tooth root.

Because this is a major surgery, the following months will be spent recovering and your gums and implant will go through a process known as osseointegration in which the jaw and the gums accept the implant so it fuses to your jaw.

You may experience some pain and discomfort for about 7-10 days after the surgery, but we will prescribe pain medication to manage it. This period may be uncomfortable, but it is absolutely necessary because, over the next several months, the osseointegration will create a strong bond for the rest of the implant to hold up comfortably for years and years to come.

Phase Two: Abutment Placement

Once the implant fully bonds to your jaw, we will attach the abutment to it, which is simply a connector piece, just above the gum line. This connects your new tooth to your metal post implant in order to ensure a perfect fit.

Phase Three: Dental Crown/Dental Bridge

Finally, once your gums heal, we will take impressions of your mouth in order to proceed with making your artificial tooth. We often create a dental crown, but we may instead create a dental bridge, depending on your personal case.

After impressions are taken, sent to our dental lab, and we get your crown or dental bridge, we will make sure it sits comfortably and check on your bite before the fit is finalized.

Book A Dental Implant Appointment At Our Houston Cosmetic Dentist

As with any procedure, it is imperative that you first book an appointment for a consultation/evaluation. At your evaluation, we will examine your teeth and determine whether a dental implant is the best solution for you.