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Thanks to innovations in dental technology, it's easier than ever to improve or protect your smile. Dr. Brent Browning in Northwest Houston, TX, discusses several dental services that may benefit you.
Fillings are one of the most common dental treatments and also one of the most beneficial. The filling process prevents tooth decay from progressing and restores your tooth. Composite fillings are made of composite resin, a tooth-colored substance that makes fillings virtually undetectable.
Root canal therapy
Root canal therapy can help you avoid extraction of an infected or inflamed tooth by removing the pulp. Pulp, located in the center of a tooth, is comprised of tissue, nerves and blood vessels. Fortunately, your tooth can continue to function even if the pulp is removed. After the pulp is removed, the tooth and the root canals are cleaned and shaped and a rubber-based filling material is added to the tooth to seal and restore it. In many cases, a crown will also be needed to protect the tooth.
The Invisalign system offers a new approach to orthodontic treatment. The system relies on a series of clear, plastic aligner trays to realign and straighten teeth. Metal braces remain in your mouth during your entire treatment period, but Invisalign aligners are removable. You'll take them out when you eat and brush your teeth. The aligners are replaced with a new set every two weeks and must be worn approximately 22 hours per day. When you choose the Invisalign system, you'll visit our Northwest Houston office every six weeks for follow-up appointments.
Porcelain veneers improve your smile quickly and easily. Because the thin shells are only added to the fronts of your teeth, they don't require a lengthy preparation process. Veneers are custom-made to fit your teeth and are an excellent choice if you want to whiten your teeth, hide a single discolored tooth, conceal small flaws, change the shape or length of a tooth or cover small gaps.
Are you concerned about a dental issue. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Browning in Northwest Houston, TX, by calling (281) 370-4300.
Patients who work and have demanding schedules often forego important dental procedures, like crowns, due to lack of time. A solution called CEREC now allows patients to avoid multiple visits to the dentist. It is a procedure available at Browning Smile Design, a Northwest Houston, TX, cosmetic dentistry office. Learn more about CEREC and how this revolutionary treatment can improve your smile without imposing on your schedule.
The CEREC Solution
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. As the name suggests, your dentist can provide you with a custom-made dental restoration as you sit in the chair. A machine uses digital images from your mouth to create the new tooth covering in a matter of minutes. You can then skip the follow-up visit that is usually required when you get a crown or veneers.
The obvious benefit of CEREC is the fact that you only have to visit your Northwest Houston cosmetic dentist's office once for your treatment. There are a few other advantages to consider:
- The CEREC machine provides your dentist with a very accurate and natural-looking restoration that doesn't require much adjusting.
- You don’t have to wear a temporary crown, which can be uncomfortable.
- Patients who have a severe gag reflex don’t have to go through the process of taking a messy, wet alginate impression.
The "While You Wait" Dental Treatment
CEREC is now used in a number of dentist offices across the country. Patients appreciate the convenience of having a “while you wait” option. In addition to crowns and veneers, the machine can create inlays, onlays and even bridges in some cases. Your dentist can use this technology to correct damage urgently or to give you a better-looking smile in time for an important upcoming event.
Set Your Appointment Today
You can have the crown or restoration you need installed at one simple visit thanks to CEREC technology. Call Browning Smile Design at (281) 370-4300 today to make an appointment with Dr. Brent Browning, a Northwest Houston, TX, cosmetic dentist who is committed to offering his patients the latest dental innovations.