Are You At Risk For Bone Recession?

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We all know that a healthy smile requires decay-free teeth and healthy gums, but how often do we appreciate our jaw bone? Our teeth need a strong firm foundation to remain healthy and beautiful.

Today’s post looks at bone recession. Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other troubles. However, it is typically the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth because the blood supply and stimulus required for maintaining healthy bone is taken away.

Let’s look at the most common causes of jaw bone recession:

Extracted Teeth
Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy and retain its size and density. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy. When a tooth is extracted, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed. A dental implant provides stimulation similar to the natural tooth and can prevent bone recession.

Gum Infection
A gum infection can result when gum inflammation goes untreated and progresses to periodontitis. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth creating pockets which provide the perfect breeding ground for the harmful infection.

Gum infections can advance undetected, though there are usually warning signs. Swollen, painful gums, loose teeth, and gums that bleed when brushed are symptoms of periodontitis. The infection dissolves bone as the gums pull away from the tooth. Inadequate oral hygiene increase the risk of gum disease but other factors can compromise gum health. These include smoking (no surprise here), hormone levels, diseases that lower immune system effectiveness, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic predisposition.

Abscessed Tooth
An abscess is a pus-filled pocket of infection that occurs in the nerve and roots of a tooth. As the infection attacks the tooth and bone tissue it creates a space that fills with pus. There are several treatments for a tooth abscess including antibiotics to kill the infection, a root canal, or extraction, if necessary.

If you would like to replace a missing tooth with an implant, but don’t have enough bone at the implant site, you might be a candidate for bone grafting. Bone grafting may sound like major oral surgery but it is really a routine procedure performed in a dental office.

I am Dr. David C. Montz of David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Pearland. If you have experienced bone recession due to gum disease, an abscess, an extracted tooth, or any other reason, let’s review your options. You may benefit from a dental implant, soft tissue grafts, or bone grafts. Dental implants can significantly improve your quality of life and prevent further recession. Call 832-895-5120 to make an appointment for an informative exam and consult.

I pride myself in the personal attention and premium dental care I provide to each of my patients. I understand that visiting a dentist can cause anxiety for some people. I promise you that you will feel comfortable in my care and leave the appointment with accurate information and an individualized treatment plan.

 

Contact David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

832-895-5120

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2443 S Galveston Ave
Pearland, Texas
77581

 


Getting Ready For A Dental Implant In Pearland, Texas

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Dr. David C. Montz at David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Pearland, Texas believes every patient deserves a celebrity-caliber smile whether it takes porcelain veneers, family dentistry, or sedation dentistry.

Today’s post will address the preparation needed for dental implants. Consider calling 832-895-5120 today for your own personal consultation and to receive one-on-one information specific to your needs.

Getting ready for a tooth implant includes understanding what it is, whether you are a candidate, how to prepare for the surgery, precautions to take throughout the healing process and what to expect once the implant is complete.

What is a dental implant?
Simply stated, a dental implant is a permanent post fused to the jawbone with attached abutment and artificial tooth. A tooth implant can also support a dental bridge or denture.

Who can benefit from dental implants?
Ideal candidates for dental implants include patients with missing teeth, dentures, or bridges who have healthy oral tissue, adequate bone structure, and proper health for bone healing. Our patients in Houston, Manvel, Friendswood, and Alvin come from all backgrounds and have a wide range of dental troubles. For many, dental implants are a phenomenal solution.

What preparation is needed?

An initial visit with Dr. Montz at David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry 2443 S Galveston Ave


Save Money With Dental Implants at David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

Houston Tooth ImplantsQ: When is the least expensive tooth replacement method really the most expensive?
A: When it ends up costing far more in the long run.

Many dentistry patients who lose a tooth do not understand the importance of replacing it with a dental implant. They wrongly believe that one missing tooth is not a significant problem. In fact, some Alvin people who have an abscessed tooth extracted are so glad the pain is gone that they forget that the extraction is not the solution. When a tooth is lost, the risk of losing the adjacent teeth increases dramatically.

Dr. David Scharf, a Board Certified Periodontist and Dental Implant Surgeon and a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University College of Dentistry says:

“Many times consumers will choose to replace a missing tooth with a removable partial denture because it is the least expensive option. In the long run however, removable partial dentures may be more costly due the loss of adjacent teeth and the need for future replacements. Many people opt to replace teeth with dental implants because they do not compromise the survival of the adjacent teeth.”

Dr. Scharf notes…

“With the price of gasoline and food soaring people try to cut back wherever they can. Unfortunately choosing the least expensive options for tooth replacement can have some very costly ramifications down the road.”

If you are missing a tooth, you may still be able to save the adjacent teeth if receive an implant soon. An implant bonds with the jaw bone and helps maintain its stability.

To schedule a dental implant consultation, call David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Pearland at 832-895-5120. In addition to cosmetic dentistry, we provide comprehensive general dentistry for families in the Pearland, TX area.


Save Money With Dental Implants at David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

Houston Tooth ImplantsQ: For Houston residents: When is the least expensive tooth replacement method really the most expensive?
A: When it ends up costing far more in the long run.

Many Pearland dentistry patients who lose a tooth do not understand the importance of replacing it with a dental implant. They wrongly believe that one missing tooth is not a significant problem. In fact, some Alvin people who have an abscessed tooth extracted are so glad the pain is gone that they forget that the extraction is not the solution. When a tooth is lost, the risk of losing the adjacent teeth increases dramatically.

Dr. David Scharf, a Board Certified Periodontist and Dental Implant Surgeon and a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University College of Dentistry says:

“Many times consumers will choose to replace a missing tooth with a removable partial denture because it is the least expensive option. In the long run however, removable partial dentures may be more costly due the loss of adjacent teeth and the need for future replacements. Many people opt to replace teeth with dental implants because they do not compromise the survival of the adjacent teeth.”

Dr. Scharf notes…

“With the price of gasoline and food soaring people try to cut back wherever they can. Unfortunately choosing the least expensive options for tooth replacement can have some very costly ramifications down the road.”

If you are missing a tooth, you may still be able to save the adjacent teeth if receive an implant soon. An implant bonds with the jaw bone and helps maintain its stability.

To schedule a dental implant consultation, call David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Pearland at 832-895-5120. In addition to cosmetic dentistry, we provide comprehensive general dentistry for families in the Pearland, Texas area.


Implants Make Life Better For Pearland Denture Wearers

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The condition of your teeth has a significant impact on your quality of life. Houston denture wearers understand this all too well. The path from healthy teeth to a toothless mouth is downhill. Tooth decay and gum disease are painful. Treatments such as fillings and root canals are costly and inconvenient. If the teeth can’t be saved, tooth extraction brings more physical and psychological pain. Extraction is usually followed by bone recession.

While dentures are certainly preferable to having no teeth at all, they certainly come with a host of problems. They can irritate gums and make breathing, eating, tasting food, talking and laughing difficult. And dentures are not a once-and-your-done solution for missing teeth. As the jaw shrinks, they require relines.

But there is hope! Dental implant technology can significantly improve the quality of life for Houston people who have been wearing traditional dentures. To a certain extent, implants halt the downhill progression of declining oral health due to tooth loss.

Dental implants can be used to replace several teeth and/or anchor over dentures. Mini dental implants (also called denture-stabilization implants) allow your dentist to securely attach an appliance so that it won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts are implanted into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, creating a stable base for an over denture.

Did you know that some Pearland denture wearers retain only ten percent of their chewing ability? Implant-supported dentures can stop bone recession and restore near-normal chewing ability. Improved chewing function with implants can result in better nutrition and overall physical health. The psychological benefits are equally valuable. When David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry patients are free of embarrassing denture-slipping, they are happier, more confident, and socialize more often.

Before you spend money on another denture reline, talk to your Pearland dentist about denture-stabilization implants.

David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry provides unprecedented dentistry including porcelain veneers, sedation dentistry, and CEREC dental crowns. Our knowledgeable team is committed to improving the lives of our valued patients.

Call 832-895-5120 to schedule a consultation with Dr. David C. Montz. David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry provides technologically-advanced general and cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, sedation dentistry, and CEREC dental crowns. Our understanding team is devoted to oral health and dazzling smiles.


Houston Wants Silver Screen Smiles

Houston Wants Silver Screen Smiles

With the constant media coverage of celebrities, many Pearland dental patients are interested in having a smile like the stars. With an experienced dentist and the right smile makeover procedures, anyone can have a smile they want to show off.

Many smile makeovers include teeth whitening. There are a variety of ways this can be done. Most Friendswood, Alvin, and Manvel drugstores sell over-the-counter whitening strips and gels. Your Houston dentist can recommend an effective one, or he or she may offer in-office bleaching. This is a quick way to see whiter teeth in less than an hour.

For missing teeth, most Houston cosmetic dentists will recommend a dental implant. Because a dental implant is anchored into the jawbone, it looks and feels just like a natural tooth. A dental implant prevents jawbone recession and the shifting of adjacent teeth.

Veneers are especially popular in the Houston area. They cover the front of the teeth and are custom-made for each individual patient. These are useful for Pearland patients who have broken or chipped teeth, stained teeth, or gaps between teeth that they would like to hide.

Enamel shaping, bonding, braces, and gum contouring are other successful treatments that can be used to help your teeth look their best.

I’m Dr. David C. Montz, a trusted and experienced Pearland dentist. If you are looking for quality dental care in the Friendswood, Alvin, or Manvel area, I hope you’ll give us a call at 832-895-5120 to schedule a consultation.

We offer sedation dentistry, CEREC dental crowns, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening.


Dental Implants In Houston

Cosmetic Dentistry The best permanent tooth replacement treatment available to Pearland people who are missing teeth are cutting-edge dental implants.

A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root. The crown and supporting structure are securely and permanently attached to the rod. Titanium is amazingly strong and extremely well tolerated by the human body. There are very few instances of rejection. In fact, many Houston implant dentists are not familiar with any such cases.

Tooth implants offer a long-term solution to tooth loss. Are you a good candidate for tooth implant surgery?

Because the metal rod is anchored into the jaw bone, it is important that you have enough healthy bone at the implant site. Dr. David C. Montz can determine if you do. Age is rarely a factor. Dental implants have proved to be successful for Alvin people of all ages.

There are a few medical issues that may affect your eligibility for implants. These include diabetes, osteoporosis, radiation therapy for cancer, parathyroid disorders, bone disorders and leukemia. The presence of one or more of these conditions does not necessarily mean an implant cannot work for you; discuss any health problems with David C. Montz during your implant consultation.

David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is located at 2443 S Galveston Ave


Are Dental Implants Worth It For Pearland?

Are Pearland Dental Implants Worth It? Are dental implants worth the investment? Absolutely!

A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement that looks, feels and works like a natural tooth.

The actual dental implant material is usually titanium. A post is surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation. This is important because the root replacement post helps prevent jaw bone deterioration that ordinarily occurs after a tooth has been lost.

When the implant has integrated securely with the bone (it can take three to six months), a smaller post is attached. This post extends above the gum line. The artificial tooth (crown) is then attached.

The unprecedented dental implants available in the Pearland and Friendswood area are extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of configurations. One dental implant can replace one missing tooth. A series of implants can replace more than one tooth or anchor a dental bridge. Pearland denture wearers should know that tooth implants can also act as a sturdy base for partial or full dentures.

When calculating the cost of dental implants in Houston, it’s vital to compare them to other restorative options such as a dental bridge.

Call 832-895-5120 to schedule a visit to discuss your dental goals and the possibility of affordable dental implants. If you are missing one or more teeth, you owe it to yourself to get dental implants information.

David C. Montz
David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry
2443 S Galveston Ave
Pearland, Texas 77581
832-895-5120
http://www.pearlandsmiles.com/about-us.html


Are Dentures Inevitable?

Implant Anchored Dentures in Pearland Are you one of the fortunate Houston people with healthy teeth? Would you like to keep them healthy for the rest of your life? Some Pearland residents believe that keeping their teeth healthy into the golden years is unlikely if not impossible.

At David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we are happy to assure you that this is a myth. With proper dental hygiene, regular dental exams and cleanings, and a healthy lifestyle, your teeth can serve you throughout your life.

At David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we help patients of all ages, including those in their seventies and eighties, maintain their beautiful smiles. Dentures are not inevitable. Even if you already wear dentures, don’t give up.

You can improve your smile and your life with new implant anchored dentures.

These new fixed dentures won’t slip and slide in your mouth, so you can start eating confidently again.

Our office is friendly and relaxed. You don’t need to worry about being embarrassed if your teeth have not seen a dentist or hygienist for a while. We can treat your dental problems with expertise and put you on the path for better oral health in the future.

Remember, without dental health, you are never truly healthy. Call 832-895-5120.


Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry!

Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry!

Hi, Pearland, We’re David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry! David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry has been providing quality dental care to patients in the Friendswood, Alvin, and Manvel areas since 1997. We are passionate about the oral health of our patients and we are currently accepting new patients. Our top services include:

 

sedation dentistry
CEREC dental crowns
porcelain veneers
teeth whitening
family dentistry

My name is David C. Montz, and I am the Dr. at David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry. The friendly staff here would be happy to answer any questions you have about important dental topics such as cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, veneers, gum contouring, and much, much more.

We also strive to help our Houston patients develop the oral health habits that will keep their mouths as healthy as possible and their smiles clean and bright.

Please give us a call at 832-895-5120 so we can schedule an appointment for you. We are conveniently located at 2443 S Galveston Ave, Pearland, TX.