Whether you need a professional teeth cleaning or suspect you may need a dental procedure such as a crown or root canal, patients deserve a reputable Houston dentist with experience that is both compassionate and expertly skilled. At Dorothy Paul DDS, our staff is dedicated to providing personalized, high-quality care to help patients achieve optimal oral health.
In many cases, oral health can be a barometer for a person’s overall health. For this reason, dentists should be an important part of an individual’s health team. We seek to provide patients with the best oral care possible, which is why we offer a wide range of dental services including:
1. General Dentistry: Whether it is at a teeth cleaning or an unexpected discovery in between visits, patients may need the service of a dental professional to assist with fillings for painful cavities and crowns for cracked or worn down teeth. X-rays are also done periodically for a more in depth look at tooth structure.
2. Teeth Cleaning: The American Dental Association recommends regular dental visits for patients to obtain optimal oral health. We recommend getting a general teeth cleaning at least every six months to properly clear away stubborn plaque, evaluate gum health, and scan the teeth and gums for problem areas.
3. Crowns and Veneers: Individuals suffering from a decayed or damaged tooth may require a dental crown to assist with everyday activities such as chewing. Veneers are often recommended for teeth that are badly stained. We offer porcelain crowns and anterior teeth veneers for a strong, healthy, and natural looking smile.
4. Composite Veneers: Patients with discolored, chipped, or teeth with old, smaller restorations may be candidates for composite veneers. This type of veneer is typically made from composite resin which is also often used for natural looking tooth fillings.
5. Dental Bridges: For patients that are missing one or more teeth in between permanent teeth, a dental bridge may be needed. Without a bridge, teeth could shift into the empty space which can negatively affect tooth health and jaw joints, as well as put an individual at risk for gum disease. Dental bridges should be custom designed for proper comfort and fit.
6. Dental Implants: Patients that are missing a tooth may be uncomfortable with their appearance and simple tasks such as eating. To achieve more confidence and have a more natural look, dental implants may be recommended. These implants function like the patient’s natural teeth and help preserve a tooth’s supporting bone.
7. Cosmetic Dentistry: For those with damaged and discolored teeth or another type of troubling oral distress, our goal is to treat the issue while keeping a patient’s smile natural looking. Some of the cosmetic dentistry services we provide include teeth whitening, implants, veneers, crowns, and gingivectomy to name just a few.
8. Teeth Whitening: Dental patients frequently request a safe and effective teeth whitening procedure to better brighten their smiles. A tooth’s enamel can be slowly stained if a patient indulges in caffeine or tobacco. We offer in-office boost whitening which includes a one-and-a-half-hour session and take home bleaching trays to be used for maintenance. We also have an at-home only bleaching option at a smaller cost.
9. Dentures: Regardless of if a person is missing only a few teeth or most of their teeth, partial or full dentures may be the best course of action. In addition to their facilitation of eating, dentures are an aesthetic feature that self-conscious patients often appreciate. Our patients can choose from removable dentures made with or without metal.
10. Night Guards: For a night guard to be more effective, it is imperative that it be individually customized. To provide comfort and superior protection against grinding and clenching of the teeth, a dental professional will make an impression of an individual’s teeth that is used to create a mold for the night guard. Although we do not treat Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ), some patients find that wearing a night guard may help provide some relief from TMJ or teeth grinding.
11. Root Canals: This procedure can be used to help treat an infected or severely decayed tooth. During a root canal, a tooth’s interior nerve and pulp are removed before the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Extreme tooth pain can be a sign that a root canal is needed, but without treatment the pain can further intensify and result in a serious infection and abscess. Some patients or teeth will require a visit to an endodontist specialist.
Take charge of your health today and consider contacting Dorothy Paul, DDS to help you maintain optimal oral health and a fabulous smile.