2030 Gessner Rd. Suite A, Houston, Texas 77080
At Apex Dental, we practice dentistry for the whole family. Preventive dentistry is the area of dentistry concerned with preventing dental problems before they become costly, painful or both. A large part of preventive dentistry is patient education. This includes learning the proper at-home dental care, nutrition, etc. Another aspect of preventive dentistry is oral hygiene through regular dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, mouthguards & more.
In the last decade, dental implants have become an increasingly popular method to replace teeth among dental professionals and patients alike. This is because dental implants are very lifelike and durable. In fact, the dental implant’s metal post can last for decades, if not a patient’s lifetime.
After the titanium implant is embedded into the jaw, patients will visit our practice for the placement of their prosthetic, which may be a dental crown or bridge. Dental implants are ideal because they support all oral health structures including adjacent biological teeth and bone mass. Unlike traditional prosthetics such as dentures, implants help prevent bone atrophy. Our team works with experienced and talented dental technicians to create the custom restorations that are attached to the posts of dental implants.
Early dental visits also teach children about proper oral hygiene from a young age and foster good dental habits.
We see a ton of kids and all of our staff have a lot of experience working with children. We also offer Nitrous Oxide sedation which tends to help children relax well while the dentistry is being completed.
Just as pediatricians specialize in health care for children, pediatric dentistry refers to children’s dental care. Kids who learn early that dental visits are neither painful nor unpleasant generally grow into adults who feel comfortable with regular dental upkeep.
Not so long ago, patients had very few choices in correcting their imperfect smiles. Orthodontic treatment could correct crooked teeth, but not much could be done about teeth that were chipped, oddly shaped or discolored other than covering them with crowns, a procedure that requires a significant reduction of healthy tooth structure. Today, there are several effective, fast and minimally invasive options for improving the appearance of teeth.
White Restorations and Porcelain Enhancements
Obvious dental work such as amalgam fillings and metal crowns can have a negative effect on the aesthetics of a smile. At Apex Dental, we offer discreet, tooth-colored restorations and cosmetic enhancements including white fillings, porcelain crowns, and porcelain veneers. These restorations and cosmetic enhancements will look incredibly natural and blend in with the biological structures of teeth.
Receiving a professional teeth whitening treatment is a great way to improve your appearance and confidence. Our practice offers effective at-home whitening systems that can lighten even the deepest permanent stains. With proper use, professional whitening can brighten your smile about eight shades whiter. Moreover, since our whitening treatments are done at home, patients enjoy the convenience of improving their appearance when it works for their schedules.
Losing teeth greatly affects the cosmetic value of a smile and sometimes, obvious and ill-fitting prosthetics like dentures draw more attention to missing teeth than they should. Fortunately, we offer dental implants as a permanent tooth replacement option. Dental implants are fully biocompatible replacement teeth that restore both a tooth’s crown and its lost roots. If patients choose white materials for their prosthetic tooth, a dental implant will closely resemble the appearance of a biological tooth. Dental implants are not removed and instead, they are cleaned and cared for just like natural teeth. This means that patients can enjoy a restored, beautiful smile that is easy to care for.
A root canal, also called endodontic therapy, treats teeth that have become severely damaged, allowing the nerves and soft inner pulp of the tooth to become infected. Your dentist may also recommend a root canal if a tooth has become so damaged or decayed that future infection appears inevitable. Root canals have a reputation for being painful, but modern endodontic techniques and anesthetics make the procedure no more uncomfortable than having a tooth filled. After completing the root canal, the tooth will also need a crown or filling to complete the restoration.
Because it spares at least part of the natural tooth, root canals are often the preferred way of handling significant damage. An extraction followed by bridgework or an implant is an alternative, but any replacement of a tooth may need maintenance after a number of years. A root canal procedure can ensure that the affected tooth lasts a lifetime.
While many people will have no trouble with their wisdom teeth, these teeth are often removed to prevent more serious issues like an abscess. These teeth generally begin to surface in the late teens to early 20s, and many times, they become impacted as they develop, growing sideways into the other teeth or angled forward. Wisdom teeth may erupt from the gum line or may still be set in the jaw. Teeth that are only partially erupted may present other issues as these teeth are difficult to clean and care for. Extractions are typically handled by an oral and maxillo facial surgeon on an outpatient basis. Most extractions are done as a preventative measure to safeguard against changes in the alignment of the teeth during orthodontics or more serious complications.
When patients require dentures, our practice works closely with dental technicians to develop custom-made dentures that are crafted from high-quality materials. Whether full or partial dentures are necessary, the people we serve will enjoy prosthetic teeth that perfectly complement the shape of their mouths and comfortably fit over the gums. Full dentures are used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth whereas partial dentures replace a few consecutive or non-consecutive teeth. Partial dentures employ metal clasps, which attach to neighboring, natural teeth, while full dentures rely on the curved shape of the gums and jawbone to stay in place.
Once our dentist has determined the specifications for dentures, impressions will be sent to a dental laboratory to start the construction process. Technicians use very lifelike materials like porcelain to mimic the appearance of biological teeth and pink-tinted acrylic to resemble the appearance of gums so that our patients enjoy beautiful and durable replacement teeth.
Patients have more options than ever before when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Achieving a straight smile does not necessarily have to involve uncomfortable and conspicuous metal and wire braces. In fact, with Invisalign, patients can straighten their teeth comfortably and discreetly. We offer Invisalign for adults and teenagers who desire a more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable form of treatment.
Invisalign is a great alternative to traditional braces. This system utilizes clear, plastic oral appliances instead of fixed metal orthodontia. Two Stanford University graduate students developed this revolutionary orthodontic system in the late 1990s. Ever since its inception, Invisalign has become wildly popular throughout the United States and abroad. Especially favored among working professionals, this discreet teeth-straightening method can correct spacing issues such as crowded and gapped teeth as well as bite issues.
How Invisalign Works
Like other orthodontic systems, Invisalign straightens teeth by applying consistent pressure over time to slowly move teeth to straighter, healthier positions. The course of treatment varies from person to person but normally lasts at least six to nine months. Those receiving Invisalign will come to our office so that our dental team can take impressions of the teeth. These impressions will be used to create custom aligners. Each set of custom aligners is worn for two weeks and then swapped out for a tighter set until the end of treatment.