Services We ProvideHeights Dental Smiles offers a full array of dental services to help you maintain healthy teeth. You can read more on this page about specific services.
Dental Cleaning & Examinations Practicing good dental hygiene can lead to more than just healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. It does a lot for your general health, too, even helping you avoid such problems as stroke, heart disease and diabetes!
Therefore, we recommend that you visit our office at least twice a year for a professional dental cleaning and examination, one that will remove the plaque and tartar that build up no matter how good your oral hygiene practices are at home.
And between visits, you should be brushing your teeth twice a day with an American Dental Association-accepted fluoride toothpaste and flossing between your teeth at least once a day to get rid of the food particles and bacteria your brush can't reach. During your visit, we'll be glad to show you the proper way to brush and floss your teeth to keep them as healthy as possible for as long as possible.
Dental Sealants Proper brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from the smooth surfaces of your teeth, but they often can't reach into the small pits and depressions on the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, allowing food particles and plaque to build up there. In these cases, we can provide a thorough cleaning and then apply dental sealants that will bond into the depressions, acting as a barrier to protect the enamel from plaque and other unwanted substances. This problem often begins early in life, so children and teenagers are especially good candidates for dental sealants, but adults can benefit from them as well.
Six Month Smiles Our dental office offers Six Month Smiles to adult patients in Houston who want their teeth straightened quickly and without metal brackets. Six Month Smiles is a revolutionary technology that can correct misaligned teeth in just a few months using clear braces and tooth colored wires. The clear braces are nearly invisible and the wires are very thin and tooth-colored, which means you can smile confidently during your orthodontic treatment. But that's not all. The continual low force pressure exerted by the wires repositions misaligned teeth with maximum speed and minimal discomfort. Typically, Six Month smiles provides teeth straightening in just 4-9 months. And because your orthodontic treatment will take just a fraction of the time of conventional metal braces and wires, the cost is generally less.
X-Rays The dental x-rays we take in our offices are an important part of evaluating your overall oral health. We take and develop them during your visit, so your dentist can immediately see what is happening under the surface of your teeth and gums during treatment.
How often we take them depends on your general oral health, your age, your risk for disease and any signs or symptoms we may see during your exam. Children require x-rays more often than adults because their teeth and jaws are still developing and their teeth are more likely to be affected by tooth decay. If you are a new patient, we may recommend a dental x-ray to see how you're doing now and to help identify changes that may occur later.
Dental x-rays can help us identify problems that otherwise would not be seen. Finding and treating those problems early can save you time, money and unnecessary discomfort later on.
Bonding is a popular method to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. Bonding can be used to correct cracks or gaps in teeth, as a filling after a cavity has been removed, or to cover up stains or discolored teeth.
A composite resin is used on the affected tooth or teeth. It is molded and sculpted over an adhesive gel that is placed on the tooth. After the resin has been applied an ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin, which is then polished to give you a fresh, new smile.
Bonding is an obvious improvement over unsightly silver amalgam fillings. With the advancements in dental technology, bonding usually lasts for over 10 years. It is a safe, affordable, and attractive solution for many dental problems.
Dental Crowns If you have a problem with a tooth that a simple filling can't fix, a dental crown is an excellent option. It can cover the tooth and restore it to its normal shape and size, while also making it both stronger and more functional.
Dental Crowns can:
* Cover a tooth with a large filling when there isn't enough natural tooth left.
* Protect a weak tooth from breaking or replace one that's already broken.
* Cover teeth that are off-color or crooked.
* Cover and restore a dental implant.
There are several kinds of dental crown materials, from metal to tooth-colored.
Dental Bridges If you're missing one or more teeth, besides the problems it can cause with your appearance, you can also have real trouble chewing, eating and sometimes even speaking clearly. And that's where a dental bridge can be a great help, both cosmetically and from a comfort and health standpoint.
By replacing the missing teeth with a dental bridge of artificial teeth, you'll not only look better and feel more confident about your appearance, you'll also find you're chewing your food easier and more comfortably. You may even be relieving stress.
A bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials, and we bond it onto your surrounding healthy teeth for support.
Veneers Veneers are an excellent way to redesign and reshape your entire mouth. Veneers are a very thin ceramic shell that covers your existing tooth structure. In placing these new veneers on your teeth, you are able to fix the look of issues such as staining, cracked teeth, spaces, misaligned teeth, chipped teeth and many other issues.
Root Canals In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, it would usually have to be pulled. However, with the development of the root canal procedure, in most cases, especially those caught early enough, all or part of that tooth can now be saved.
To explain the procedure further, inside each tooth is the pulp, which runs like a thread down through the tooth, providing the nutrients and nerves the tooth needs to stay healthy. However, when the pulp is diseased or injured, it dies. And if you don't remove it, the tooth can get infected and eventually it, too, will die. So once the problem is identified, we'll perform a root canal, which involves removing the pulp, and then cleaning out and sealing the canal to protect the remaining tooth material. Following this, your dentist will either put a filling in the space, or if too much of the tooth is gone, a crown will be needed.
Gum Disease Treatments Periodontitis, a form of periodontal disease (or gum disease), is an inflammation that affects the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Left untreated, it can eventually cause a loss of bone around the teeth, causing them to loosen and die.
This can be treated with cleaning below the gumline with a procedure called scaling and root planning.
However, people with periodontitis must realize that it is a chronic inflammatory disease and a lifelong regimen of good oral hygiene, including proper brushing and professional care from a dentist/hygienist or periodontist is necessary to keep the problem in check over the long term.
Tooth Extraction Though nobody enjoys the thought of having teeth pulled, occasionally a tooth can crack, break or become so decayed, diseased or crooked that the only solution left is a tooth extraction.
We consider pulling teeth a last resort, but if it is required, we employ the very latest techniques to keep patients comfortable and make the procedure virtually painless.
A reminder: having a toothache can indicate a problem, and though it doesn't necessarily lead to tooth extraction, you should have it looked at as soon as possible.
Dentures Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on each individual patient case, they may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. There are two types of full dentures.
* Conventional Full Dentures - This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
* Immediate Full Dentures - Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow up visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heels. The dentures will need to be tightened after the jaw bone has healed.
Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth. Night Guards
Many people are afflicted with bruxism, or teeth grinding. Some people may do this consciously during the day, but it is a larger problem at night while you are asleep. Grinding your teeth can damage enamel, wear down teeth, cause jaw pain, or irritate your gums. The noise from teeth grinding can also disturb your spouse's sleep if loud enough.
If you grind your teeth you should consider a night guard. The night guard, which is very similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes, provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep therefore preventing further damage to your teeth and your jaw joint.
Whitening Keeping our teeth their whitest is a lot harder than it sounds. With all the coffee, wine, smoking and other foods that have the ability to stain our teeth on a daily basis, even proper maintenance sometimes leaves them a little lackluster. Teeth whitening is an excellent way to restore the natural color of your teeth or even make them whiter than your natural color if you would like.
To accomplish the whitening of your teeth, we utilize a tray whitening system. This tray whitening system is completed in 2 steps. The first step is to make an impression of your teeth. With this impression, we'll craft you custom whitening trays that you can use over and over. Finally, you will take the whitening gel and put it in the gel for a short period of time over a period of a few days. This often results in a whiter smile of 4 - 8 shades!