Monthly Archives: July 2013

Same Day Dental Crowns

If you have a fractured or broken tooth, are experiencing pain when chewing or exposed to hot or cold temperatures, or want to eliminate unsightly metal fillings or crowns, then dental crowns might be a good option for you. Dental Crowns cover the visible surface of the affected tooth, adding durability and stability to it.

Same-day dental crowns are an option that we offer on a case by case basis to patients who would benefit from the procedure. They allow patients to come to our office and leave within a couple hours with their final dental crown in place that same day. This eliminates the need to have a temporary crown placed and then another appointment scheduled for the placement of the final.

Our Same-Day Crowns are made with our Cerec machine that scans the mouth to get the appropriate measurements of your tooth and surrounding teeth, and then makes your crown right there in the office. These restorations are very strong and durable and made out of the highest quality porcelain available. In some cases, a gold crown might be recommended for your posterior teeth (back teeth) if you grind or clench your teeth a lot.

Gold crowns are different from porcelain crowns, and the cost differ between the two and you may want to talk about your budget as well with the dentist. Your dentist will discuss with you the types of crowns available and give you a recommendation based on your particular situation.

Call us to schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation at 713-783-1733. We look forward to meeting you.

What to Know About a Root Canal

If you’ve got a dental issue that will require a root canal, there is some basic information to know before undergoing the procedure. Usually when a patient needs this procedure done, some part of the tooth has become inflamed and perhaps infected and there is pain, especially when chewing. Sometimes the tooth will ache regardless of chewing or not. A dental surgeon will need to address this before an infection spreads to a greater area of the mouth or jaw region, causing an abscess or worse.

If you are nervous about the root canal procedure, don’t hesitate to contact us. Dr. Jeff Lewis has been performing root canals for over 20 years and is skilled at performing the procedure comfortably, quickly and completely to ensure a successful outcome. If you are extremely anxious, we offer various levels of sedation to help ease your anxiety.

During root canal therapy, the dentist will drill down into the tooth to the inflamed area to remove tissue. This involves using a small drill that can extend all the way down the length of the tooth into the protruding roots. Once the canals of your roots have been exposed, the dentist can then gently file out the infected tissue from inside the tooth. After this is complete, a sealant will be placed inside the tooth to prevent further decay. Depending on the state of the tooth, the dentist may also decide to place a filling or cap over the remaining part of the tooth.

Though the procedure has developed a reputation for being very painful, modern dental techniques can minimize this pain. Typically, the dental surgeon will inject some local numbing agent around the base of the tooth. This can prevent much of the pain that you might otherwise experience. In fact, most patients say they don’t feel the procedure at all.

Of course, it is best to avoid this procedure if possible, by brushing and flossing your teeth daily and visiting your dentist for your regularly appointed checkups. But, in the event of pain in your tooth or jaw, please contact us right away at 713-783-1733.

Avoiding Periodontal (Gum) Disease

You only get two sets of teeth in your life and if you’re older than about eight, you’re already on your second set. Your adult teeth are a valuable part of your mouth and the loss of one or more can affect your appearance and self confidence.

One of the main causes of tooth loss in adults is the pesky periodontal disease. Periodontal disease affects the periodontal ligament, gingiva and cementum in your mouth. Inflammatory lesions caused by plaque make up the vast majority of periodontal disease and Halitosis (bad breath) is associated with periodontal disease.

There are two major types of this disease of the mouth, gingivitis or periodontitis. When left untreated, gingivitis progresses into periodontitis which can lead to the loss of teeth. Your local Houston dentist, Jeff Lewis, DDS can treat these tooth threatening diseases by scraping hard, ugly tartar from the surface of the teeth. The process is quick and painless and may help to save your most prominent facial feature, your smile.

Periodontal Disease has also been linked to other health issues such as Heart Disease, Diabetes and others. Please get checked and treated for Periodontal Disease to improve your health and potentially save your life. Call us at 713-783-1733.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer is commonly caused by cigarette smoking, alcohol, or HPV (human papillomavirus). The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be roughly 36,000 new cases in 2013. Many more will be diagnosed with dysplasia (otherwise known as pre-cancer). Survival rates are significantly higher if the cancer is caught early, so it is important that you have regular oral cancer screenings.

You should have thorough dental check ups at least every six months. Basic oral cancer screenings are painless and are quick and easy. Ensure that your dentist does a thorough examination and talk through any concerns or questions you may have.

In addition, it is also advisable to use a small dental mirror to monitor any changes inside your mouth. If you see any lumps or other abnormalities visit your dental practitioner at the earliest opportunity. Other symptoms include sore throats that do not go away, difficulty swallowing and pain or tenderness in the mouth or lips.

Protecting Your Smile With Dental Veneers

Your smile is one of your most important assets and a damaged tooth can negatively affect your self confidence. If a damaged, stained, or misaligned tooth is hampering your smile, dental veneers may be the solution. Veneers are thin layers of either composite or dental porcelain placed over the tooth. The veneer may be made by a technician and bonded to the teeth with resin cement.

When California dentist Charles Pincus originally invented dental veneers, he used dental adhesive to bond them to teeth. This was convenient for Hollywood Stars looking to temporarily alter the appearance of an actor for a role. The private sector was less impressed by early veneers because of course, they fell off very quickly.

Today, veneers are bonded to the teeth for as long as thirty years, changing the patient’s appearance for a prolonged period of time. If a broken or rotten tooth is ruining your beautiful smile, contact local Houston dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, DDS, and discuss your options. Call us at 713-783-1733. We look forward to hearing from you.

Dental Sedation Options And Their Benefits

Dental sedation is offered by most dentists as a solution to fear of dental procedures. However, the type of sedation dentistry to be administered depends on the level of fear and anxiety. Several types of dental sedation allow mild to deep sedation in order for patients to undergo necessary procedures without the paralyzing fear for dental treatments and dentists

Types of dental sedation

  1. Inhaled Sedation – Laughing Gas
  2. This mainly relies on the use of nitrous oxide (laughing gas). This gas helps patients to relax and dentists have control over the level of sedation. Though it wears off quickly, the patient relaxes enough for common procedures and regular checkups.

  3. Oral Sedation
  4. This type of dental sedation makes the patient a little drowsy allowing for minimal or moderate sedation depending on the patient’s needs. Patients remain awake during the entire procedure.

  5. Moderate IV sedation
  6. It mainly involves delivery of a fast acting sedative intravenously. The dentist adjusts the level of sedation accordingly in order to maintain a moderate level of sedation.

  7. General anesthesia
  8. This type of sedation provides the deepest sedation levels making the patient totally unconscious during dental procedure. General anesthesia is mainly used during advanced dental procedures or on patients who have severe dental phobia.

Dental phobias and anxiety are common barriers when it comes to maintaining good dental health. Extreme anxiety makes most patients avoid regular checkups and necessary dental procedures which has a negative impact on their dental hygiene. Therefore, doctors and dentists recommend psychological and pharmacological alternatives for coping with dental phobia.

Key Facts About Cosmetic Dentistry

There are many ways to improve the overall appearance of your teeth utilizing the options that cosmetic dentistry has to offer. This branch of dentistry has evolved from replacing and restoring the appearance of damaged teeth to covering an extensive scope of dental procedures. For instance, it includes bonding, tooth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental implants, orthodontics, tooth-colored restorations, and several others.

Those who feel self-conscious about their teeth may consult cosmetic dentist Dr. Jeff Lewis, DDS for the best possible dental procedure that will address their concerns. In some cases several dental procedures may be appropriate to get the smile that you want, but Dr. Lewis is well known by patients for his knowledge of dentistry, skill, the comfortable nature of his procedures, staff and office.

If you are concerned about the appearance of your teeth, then make sure you consult the best cosmetic dentist who can recommend a suitable procedure for your specific needs. Call our dental office at 713-783-1733 to schedule your cosmetic dental consultation. We serve patients from Houston and surrounding areas, and even have patients who come from out of state just to come to our office for their dental work. We are located in the 77057 zip code. We look forward to meeting you!