What Services Are Available at Lovett Houston Heights Dental Office?
General dentistry is the health care you receive most often. It’s ideal to stick to the twice-yearly dental visit schedule needed for your best oral health. Your general dentist provides essential services for the prevention of oral disease, including tooth decay. When you suffer dental problems, they help you get your oral health back on track to prevent disease progression, pain, higher treatment costs, and inconvenience.
At our office, your general dentist also works as a gateway to a wide range of other specialized dental care. Through a multidisciplinary approach to dentistry at Lovett Dental Heights, you gain easy access to specialists like cosmetic dentists, oral surgeons, endodontists, orthodontists, periodontists, and pediatric dentists at one location. Your general dentist refers you to these specialists when needed.
When you visit the our office office in Texas for an appointment, your dentist will give you some indication of risks that you may be facing in your dental health. We can then recommend the right type of treatment for them using preventative dentistry.
Some of the preventative dentistry services we offer include the following:
- Dental Sealants: These are designed to seal off the tooth’s surface that’s very much at risk for bacteria. When bacteria get into this area, it invades the soft tissues causing cavities and pain. Sealants help to block this out. They are ideal for those who have had cavities, fillings, and root canals before. They can be used in both adults and children.
- Dental Cleanings: Cleanings are a big component of routine preventive dental care. However, your dentist may recommend more advanced cleanings. These deep cleanings help to remove more of the plaque and buildup that occurs under the surface of the gums and along the edges of the tooth. If you have gingivitis, deep cleanings like this may help to prevent the onset of periodontal disease.
- Fluoride Treatments: Many of our clients benefit from the addition of fluoride. This mineral is vital to ensure the strength of the tooth. Yet, sometimes people do not get enough in their diet or toothpaste, creating areas of weakness. Our goal is to get rid of any tooth decay with these treatments.
Our restorative dentistry team is always using the most up to date methods to improve your smile. We encourage you to explore all of the dental restoration work we do at our office in Texas to see just how transformative these services can be.
Some of the services we may recommend to you include the following:
- Dental Implants: These are the gold standard when it comes to artificial teeth. They are anchored into the jawbone to create a solid root. Then, a crown is added to the top. This creates a very natural look, and it gives you a strong ability to bite and chew. Implants like this can last for decades and feel very natural.
- Crowns: The use of dental crowns is also common and very effective. The crown is the part of the tooth that you see. It can be used as the top to a dental implant, and it can also be anchored into place using a bridge. Sometimes, we can fit crowns over the top of damaged teeth to protect those teeth from further damage.
- Bridges: A dental bridge helps to minimize the movement of a crown once in place. It connects the two teeth on either side of a missing tooth gap to create a structure that allows you to chew with ease. Bridges are a prevalent type of dental appliance.
- Dentures: Implant-supported or traditional dentures are another type of restorative dentistry solution. If you have multiple missing teeth, we may recommend the use of dentures. Today’s products are much more comfortable, are easy to use, and also look very natural.
Emergency Dental Services
If a filling or crown is knocked out or otherwise lost, you can relieve pain caused by air in contact with the exposed part of your tooth by using clove oil (available over the counter in pharmacies and supermarkets). Just dip a cotton swab in clove oil and apply it to the exposed part of your tooth.
Putting an ice pack on your face over the area that hurts also may relieve the pain. Schedule an appointment with your dentist.
Clean out your mouth by rinsing thoroughly with warm water. Gently floss around the tooth to remove any food particles that may be trapped between your teeth or just under your gum line. If your tooth continues to hurt, see your dentist as soon as possible.
Anxiety & Sleep Dentistry
Fortunately, there are several types of sedation we use at Lovett Dental Heights. In this way, each patient stands a better chance of finding an effective form for themselves. We offer several key sedation options available to fit the type of experience you’ll have. This includes:
- Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to reduce discomfort
- Oral sedation in pill form is beneficial to those with dental anxiety and phobias
- IV sedation is done in our dentist’s office before your procedure if there’s the anticipation of pain or discomfort
- We aim to provide you with access to the best level of care. Keep in mind that your dentist can talk to you about any type of procedure and the best level of protection for you.
The pulp is a collection of blood vessels and nerves that helps to build the surrounding tooth. When the pulp is damaged, either through trauma to the tooth, decay, or chips and cracks, bacteria multiply within the pulp chamber. The bacteria can cause an infection or abscessed tooth. In addition to an abscess, an infection of the root canal of the tooth can cause:
- Swelling of the face, neck, and head
- Bone loss
- Drainage into the gums and cheek
- Systemic inflammation
- Loss of the affected tooth
- Having a treatment as soon as possible can help prevent these complications.
A significant part of the fear around dentists comes from the fact that they’re strange adults who are going to put their hands into your child’s mouth. Children who aren’t familiar with dentists typically find this idea terrifying, an impression that can be difficult to break. This dental anxiety is even more understandable when the only experience someone has with dentists is a few minutes a year of uncomfortable cleaning and X-rays.
To change this perception, the family dentists at our office encourage you to get to know them before a cleaning. Many dentists will be willing to talk with you and your child before a first visit to get more acquainted and ease fears. By doing this, you’re helping your child see their dentist as a helping person rather than a faceless stranger. A trained dentist knows how to build a relationship with a child quickly to ease their fears.
Cosmetic dentistry is any dental procedure that improves the appearance of your teeth, bite, or gums. Many cosmetic dentistry procedures provide multiple benefits at once. Some also offer restorative benefits, too.
Even something as easy as regular teeth cleaning can have an impact on your appearance. Additionally, simple procedures like having your amalgam metal fillings replaced with composite resin ones provide cosmetic benefits. When you smile, laugh, talk, or eat, these newer types of fillings match your natural tooth surfaces. No one but you and your dental team needs to know you have had cavities restored.
Dental bonding is a specific application that allows us to treatment cracks and small damage to teeth. If you are not happy with the way your teeth look, we may be able to make changes to them using this process. For instance, we use a composite resin material that is color-matched to your teeth. It is applied to the area of damage to hide it. The process is very simple:
- After an examination, we’ll provide general teeth cleaning.
- We abrade the surface of the tooth to make it just slightly rough. This lets the material stick to it.
- We apply the bonding material matching your tooth color.
- We mold and manipulate the material to create a smooth, natural look.
- To complete the process, we polish the surface of the tooth.
When applicable, the use of dental bonding is very effective at hiding many problems for our patients. For example, it can help with cracks, chipped teeth, some areas of misalignment, and staining.
Professional teeth whitening services provide up to eight times whiter teeth in a short period of time. Your dentist can perform this type of teeth whitening and successfully brightens your teeth, even when over-the-counter methods do not seem to work. With professional teeth whitening from our office through cosmetic dentistry, you also do not experience the inconvenience or sensitivity of at-home methods. Alongside general dentistry services at our Houston-area dentist office, teeth whitening gives you confidence in the look and function of your smile.
Implants & Smile Makeover
Dental implants start with the loss or extraction of your teeth. At that time, your dentists will work with you to determine your next steps for implants or other teeth replacement. Through natural-looking teeth replacement options, you continue confidently smiling, talking, laughing, eating, and interacting with others. Implants provide worry-free tooth replacement, where dentures once made people feel self-conscious.
Dental implants require enough bone to support them in your jaw, so you need healthy gums.
You may need bone grafting or other treatment at the time of your tooth extraction to prepare for your implants. After surgery for extraction and bone grafting, you must allow time for your bone and gums to heal.
Considered to be a cosmetic dentistry service, dental veneers are used to cover your teeth. They’re a possible solution for common issues such as teeth that are misshapen or a chipped tooth. In addition, veneers can fill in larger gaps between teeth.
Doctors sometimes call dental veneers dental porcelain laminates or simply porcelain veneers. Professionals often call veneers these names because they are typically made out of porcelain. However, they could also be made out of resin composite materials. Because they are very thin and fit exactly the patient’s mouth, dental veneers look and feel like natural teeth.
Dentures are synthetic teeth that replace real teeth that may be damaged or missing. They’re attached to a plate that fits easily inside your mouth, and they may hold one tooth, several teeth, or full sets of teeth for your upper and lower gums. Today’s versions are cast from porcelain or resin. Both have advantages and disadvantages:
- Breakable if dropped
- More closely resemble natural teeth
- Easier to adjust
- Resin teeth adhere better to plate
- Lightweight and durable
Regardless of which type you choose, you’re going to love the way they look, feel, and function.
A general dentist is not your only choice for your children’s dental care. Our office offers some of the most qualified pediatric dentists for your child’s changing oral health needs. With so many stages between birth and adulthood, a pediatric dentist through a family dental practice knows more about oral growth and development than other types of dental providers.
According to the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, over 6,000 member pediatric dentists practice in the United States. Some of those care for patients at Lovett Dental Heights.
When you become a Lovett Dental Heights patient, you enjoy the benefit of having specialist services always available when you need them. Our Lovett Dental Heights office combines multiple specialty dental services under one roof. Whenever you need general dentistry or orthodontic services, you enjoy the convenience of finding it at the practice which knows you best.
You know the importance of taking care of your teeth. At Lovett Dental Heights, our specialty dental services always include regular, biannual cleanings. At the same time, we provide help with orthodontic services as well. Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that focuses on alignment issues related to the teeth. You need to make sure that your teeth and jaw are properly aligned because this makes it easier for you to brush, floss, speak, and chew. Take a moment to learn more about how an orthodontist can help you with your alignment problems.
Implants & Smile Makeover
Dental implants start with the loss or extraction of your teeth. At that time, your Lovett Dental Heights dentists will work with you to determine your next steps for implants or other teeth replacement. Through natural-looking teeth replacement options, you continue confidently smiling, talking, laughing, eating, and interacting with others. Implants provide worry-free tooth replacement, where dentures once made people feel self-conscious.
Dental implants require enough bone to support them in your jaw, so you need healthy gums.
Gum disease that advances become periodontal disease. This condition is worrisome. You may know that it can cause damage to the gum itself, the jawbone, and, ultimately, the loss of the tooth. Yet, it can do much more. There’s a link between periodontal disease and other forms of the disease, including heart disease. We also know that the bacteria from this condition can travel to your heart or your brain. Thus, coming in to see our team for periodontics when you notice signs of gum disease is important.
There are many situations in which getting periodont treatment becomes valuable. Look for advanced signs of gum disease or come in when your general dentist in Texas has told you that you need more advanced care. This may include:
- Bleeding gums
- Painful, inflamed gums
- Loose teeth
- Teeth that may be about to fall out
- Exposed tooth roots
- Constant bad breath
Patients who have a moderate or worse level of gum disease should come in to see a periodontist. This can ensure the best level of care and treatment of this aggressive disease.
The first step is to speak to your general dentistry provider in our office for a formal consultation and exam. From there, we’ll talk to you about the options available for treating your dental needs. This could include treatment that is less invasive in some cases. If you need oral surgery, we can schedule that for you right away.
You may need oral surgery for conditions such as:
- Wisdom tooth extraction
- Impacted tooth extraction
- Dental implant placement
- Bone grafting procedures
- Pre-prosthetic surgeries
- Tongue-tie and diastemas
If you have been told you need surgery for these or other conditions, we recommend speaking to our team today. We have extensive experience covering all these areas. Also, we can guide you through the process of answering your questions and addressing your concerns. What we strive for are your comfort and health.
“Amazing visit. I am typically skeptical about going to the dentist; however, The Lovett Dental team in Humble were welcoming and put me at ease immediately. The dental assistants were gentle with my mouth and teeth. The dentist was informative and was optimistic for my treatment plan. I would definitely recommend this office and staff to all. Don’t delay … this is the place to have your dental needs handled with care and optimum treatment.”
— Tammika P.