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    Are Dental Veneers Reversible?

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    When individuals seek cosmetic dentistry to improve their smile, porcelain veneers are a successful option. Unlike a crown that completely covers the tooth, a veneer is a super thin layer of a very strong porcelain, composite bonding, or ceramic. When bonded to a tooth, the veneer creates a natural, translucent, and new surface. It improves the appearance of the visible portion of your tooth instantly.

    To begin, you will need a consultation with your dentist, who should have know-how in cosmetic procedures. You should think about what you do not like about your smile and determine how you want it improved. Veneers may not be prime for you. Other cosmetic dental procedures are available that may be a better fit for the characteristics you wish to change.

    Porcelain veneers can repair many minor to moderate troubles, including the size, shape, and color of your teeth. Gaps between teeth can be filled, as well as the lengthening or shortening of teeth to complete your pleasing smile.

    Your dentist will also discuss both types of veneers: traditional veneers and prepless veneers. Before a traditional veneer is put on the tooth, the dentist first removes a very thin layer of enamel. Enamel cannot be replaced, which is one reason this method is irreversible.

    The second process is called ‘no-prep’ or ‘prepless.’ With this type, enamel removal is ordinarily not required. When no enamel is removed, the treatment can be reversible. However, this treatment plan has specific criteria.

    Additionally, it is possible to use both types of veneers for multiple teeth, depending on the condition of each tooth.

    Your dentist will help you analyze your unique needs and advise you on how to reach your goals. Once you and your dentist have created a dental plan, your dentist will work with a laboratory and dental team to assure everything is carried out as discussed.

    If you do not have a dentist, we invite you to visit our exceptional practice at 2443 S Galveston Ave  in Pearland. David C. Montz is a celebrated smile makeover artist. Experience is a critical consideration. Call 832-895-5120 today to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

     

    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

     


    What’s The Difference Between An Inlay And An Onlay?

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    If you have tooth sensitivity or pain when you chew with your back teeth, the surfaces may be damaged. One option for restoration is the use of an inlay or onlay made of metal, composite resin, or porcelain.

    Inlays are very strong and shaped to precisely fit a hole in a damaged tooth. The choice of an inlay or onlay depends on how much decay and tooth loss has taken place.

    An inlay resembles a filling and fills a small part of the tooth, while an onlay covers one or more of the cusps on the top of the tooth. In other words, an inlay fills a hole without changing the shape of the tooth, while an onlay builds up the tooth surface to restore its initial dimension.

    The procedure begins with a thorough evaluation, oral x-ray, and an impression. The damaged area will be removed and then the inlay or onlay will be formed to exactly fit your tooth and bite. While it is being made, your tooth will have a temporary restoration piece to cover and safeguard the vulnerable area.

    Finally, the inlay or onlay will be placed and permanently bonded to the tooth. Since the procedure requires removal of damaged tooth material, restoration fabrication at the lab, and the placement on the tooth, it will take a few appointments to perform the process.

    Inlays and onlays safeguard the tooth from further weakening, provide natural function, and are durable and inconspicuous.

    Dr. David C. Montz has been restoring teeth since 1997 for patients of all ages. David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is located in Pearland though we treat patients from the surrounding communities of Friendswood, Alvin, and Manvel. Our dental services include cosmetic dentistry, and Invisalign. Make your appointment today!

     

    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

     


    Cosmetic Dentistry vs. General Dentistry

    Pearland Cosmetic Dentistry Hello, I’m Dr. David C. Montz. Welcome to my Pearland cosmetic dentistry blog. Today’s article focuses on the difference between general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.

    General dentists in Pearland are dedicated to preventing and treating oral disease such as cavities and gum disease. When a problem is diagnosed, let’s say, a cavity between two teeth, a general dentist will assess the best way to restore the tooth involved.

    Pearland cosmetic dentists perform elective dental procedures that make a smile more attractive. Cosmetic dentistry procedures available at David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Pearland include teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings, dental bonding, veneers, inlays, onlays, and dental crowns.

    Some Pearland dentists, like myself, offer both general and cosmetic dentistry procedures. In some cases, there is a cosmetic component to restorative procedures. For example, if a Pearland dental patient comes in after receiving an injury that chipped a front tooth, the tooth needs to be restored to prevent decay. The tooth is also less structurally sound, so it is vulnerable to further damage. In addition, the tooth affects the overall appearance of the smile. Depending on the specifics of the damage, there are several restorative options. Dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and crowns are all used to repair a damaged tooth.

    As you can see, there is not always a definitive line between general and cosmetic dentistry. At David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, my friendly team provides a full spectrum of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental procedures. We treat Houston area patients of all ages: from toddlers just beginning to get their baby teeth to mature patients who remember the days when many people were afraid of dentists and their whiny drills. (Some of our wonderful elderly Pearland patients have crowns that are twice as old as our hygienists.)

    Experienced Pearland dental professionals who perform family, general, orthodontic, and cosmetic dental procedures can meet all of your family’s dental needs.

    If you are looking for a full-service dental practice in the Houston area, I invite you to come into David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Pearland, We are located at 2443 S Galveston Ave . To schedule an oral examination or smile makeover consultation, call 832-895-5120.

     

    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

     


    The Future Of Tooth Decay In Pearland

    The Future Of Tooth Decay In Pearland

    Dental patients may wonder what would happen if they didn’t seek quality dental care on a regular basis. The answer isn’t pretty.

    A common result of untreated cavities are abscesses. A tooth abscess is an infection near the root of the tooth or between the gum and the tooth. This collection of pus can be very uncomfortable, either causing a shooting pain or a dull throbbing pain. You may also experience bad breath, fever, swollen neck glands, and feelings of general discomfort associated with the infection.

    Tooth abscesses can also be caused by a chip or a crack in the tooth that allows bacteria to enter.

    To avoid unpleasant dental problems like abscesses, have regular visits with your dentist. With daily brushing and flossing and regular check-ups and cleanings, you can keep your mouth in peak health.

    If you are looking for quality dental care in the Pearland area, come visit us here at David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry. Dr. David C. Montz has been a dentist in Pearland since 1997.

    We can also answer any questions you have about smile makeover procedures such as dental crowns, veneers, teeth whitening, dental bonding, gum countouring, and dental implants.

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

    sedation dentistry
    CEREC dental crowns
    porcelain veneers
    teeth whitening

    Call 832-895-5120 to schedule an appointment!

     

    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

     


    A Fresh Start After Losing A Tooth

    Pearland Permanent Tooth Replacement Are you one of many who has had a tooth extracted? If the tooth had been bothering you, it may have been a relief. Unless, of course, the tooth was in the front of your mouth and now the gaping hole shows every time you smile. Ignoring it is impossible because your tongue can’t leave it alone.

    Once the tooth has been pulled, you have many essential decisions to make. Is a dental bridge affordable? Do I want to damage two healthy teeth to anchor the bridge? Should I pick a partial denture? What about bone loss?

    What if you could have a fresh start? What if you could have a permanent, natural looking tooth replacement that would restore your smile and retain the healthy bone and gum tissue around the tooth root? If you settle upon a dental implant, you can.

    A dental implant is a permanent replacement for all parts of the tooth. It consists of three parts: the titanium post, the abutment, and the restoration.

    The Titanium Post
    —Inserted directly into the jaw bone
    —Extremely strong
    —Titanium is unique in that it bonds with living bone tissue (also used in knee and hip replacement surgery)

    The Abutment
    —Can be made of gold, porcelain or titanium
    —Permanently attached to the post (it will not slip and slide like dentures)

    The Restoration (Crown)
    —Usually made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy (PFM)
    —Is made to match the color of surrounding teeth
    —Will look as good or better than the tooth it replaced

    Dental implant surgery is not an experimental treatment. The state-of-the art materials and techniques have been tested and refined for several decades. In addition, it has been performed by dentists and prosthodontists for over twenty-five years. To schedule a dental implant consultation, call 832-895-5120.

     

    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

     


    Your Perfect Smile Is Only A Few Dental Visits Away

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    What does it take to really change the way you look? Hours upon hours at the gym? Expensive trips to the most cutting-edge salon in the Houston area? What about a routine trip to your dentist?

    You may not love going to the dentist, but you will love the results when they help you find the best way to whiten your teeth. Teeth whitening is a simple cosmetic dentistry procedure, but the dramatic results never cease to impress.

    Your dentist can work with you to develop a teeth whitening regimen that will be most effective. This may include any of the following three methods:

    1. Bleaching done in-office. Sometimes called chairside bleaching, a special light is used while a bleaching agent is applied to the teeth. A rubber shield or protective gel is used to keep your tender gums safe from the whitening agent.

    2. Bleaching at home. Even though this is done at home, the peroxide-containing whiteners used do have potential side effects, so it’s a good idea to discuss this with your dentist. Also, there are many at-home whiteners available in Pearland, Texas drug stores, and your dentist can direct you to the best ones.

    3. Toothpastes with whitening properties. When a toothpaste carries the ADA Seal of Acceptance, it means that it contains special chemical or polishing agents. These will provide additional stain removal which complements the surface stain removal offered by all toothpastes.

    My name is Dr. David C. Montz of David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Pearland. Helping my dental patients establish good habits is important to me, as is helping them achieve the smile they want using cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening, bonding, and complete smile makeovers.

    My practice, David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, is currently accepting new patients, so give us a call at 832-895-5120 to make an appointment!

    We hope to hear from you soon!

    The following website was used as source material for this blog:
    http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/whitening, accessed on September 4, 2013

     

    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

     


    Gap-Tooth Smiles Aren’t Quite As Adorable Anymore

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    Have you lost teeth? It’s a lot different than when you lost your baby teeth way back in the day. Unfortunately, these don’t grow back. (And a gap-toothed smile doesn’t look as cute as it did when you were in kindergarten.)

    If you have had teeth extracted or if your teeth are compromised by staining, decay, chipping, or brittle aging, then it’s time to visit with Dr. David C. Montz at David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry. Since 1997, Dr. Montz has built a practice teeming with experience, filled with kindness, flowing with a gentle touch, and carrying all the wisdom of savvy professionals.

    When it comes to the prospect of losing your adult teeth, the preference is always to save your natural teeth. If this is not feasible, we offer several ways to maintain your ability to eat, drink, speak, laugh, and smile in selfies.

    Dental Veneers
    If you still have your teeth, but are not happy with them, these might be your solution. Stunning porcelain veneers offer an economical approach to cosmetic adjustments – uneven color, size, or shape. These are very thin shells bonded to the front of the teeth. They brighten unsightly, but structurally sound teeth.

    Dental Bridge
    A dental bridge is used where a tooth is missing. It “bridges” a gap between teeth. It is a restoration with a false tooth (or teeth) attached to the surrounding teeth. Dental bridges have been used with success for generations of dental patients who have lost teeth for various reasons.

    Dental Implant
    A dental implant is a more extensive replacement for a missing tooth. An implant consists of an artificial tooth PLUS an artificial root (usually biocompatible titanium). With local anesthesia, the artificial root is actually inserted into the jaw bone where it integrates with the bone tissue. There are three parts to a dental implant: the artificial root, the connecting abutment, and the final crown or denture. An implant is often the optimal restoration as it offers beauty, strength, natural function, and protection from bone recession that often occurs at the site of a missing tooth.

    Dentures
    Most people have heard of dentures: a plate holding artificial teeth that can be removed by the wearer. These are customized and can contain varying numbers of teeth. Sometimes the entire set of upper and lower teeth have to be pulled and a denture created. Modern dentistry offers a myriad of custom dental implant-denture combinations to restore missing teeth.

    Don’t worry about losing your grip on the adult teeth you’ve been enjoying all these years. We have experience and training in many essential services to meet your dental needs including porcelain veneers, sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, and CEREC dental crowns.

    Schedule your initial consultation at 832-895-5120 to visit us at 2443 S Galveston Ave  in Pearland, Texas. We are perfectly situated for our neighbors throughout the Houston area.

    Your consultation will include a customized treatment plan for restoring teeth, an outline of the cost of desired procedures and a schedule for completing the work. Come with questions and leave with answers.

     

    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

     


    Tooth Whitening: In-Office Or At Home?

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    If you are planning to whiten your teeth, the essential first step is to select a whitening method. It may seem like there are a multitude of options, but it’s important to remember that they all employ a peroxide-based whitening solution. The difference lies in the strength of the bleaching solution and method of delivery. In-office whitening procedures generally use a solution with a relatively higher concentration of peroxide. In other words, it is stronger.

    Let’s look at the pros and cons of DIY and in-office teeth whitening.

    At-Home Teeth Whitening Advantages
    Generally less expensive
    Doesn’t require a trip to your dentist
    May cause less tooth sensitive and pain
    At-Home Teeth Whitening Disadvantages
    Takes longer to achieve desired level of lightening
    Whitening appliances don’t protect gum tissue
    Solution must be applied many times over a period of weeks

    In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening Advantages
    Pros
    Same day results
    Administered by a dental professional
    Gum tissue is protected

    In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening Disadvantages
    More expensive

    Did you know that in order to maintain the brightness achieved from an in-office teeth whitening treatment, a patient must follow up with at-home touch-ups? Therefore, a combination of in-office and DIY methods is often the most effective solution.

    David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry advises patients to meet with with their dentist before starting any tooth bleaching regimen. An oral examination will help your dentist know if tooth whitening will deliver the results you are seeking. This is especially essential when you have tetracycline stains or multiple restorations.

    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

     


    Trust Dr. Montz For Accurate Dental Info

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    Dental patients are more informed than ever before and it’s not surprising that much of their knowledge about oral health and dental treatment is gleaned from online sources. Proactive self-education can be beneficial for you and your family, especially if it helps with living a healthy lifestyle. We caution our friends and neighbors in the Houston area, however, not to count on online dental information until their dentist verifies its accuracy.

    Misconceptions about medical treatment in general and dentistry in particular began circulating long before personal computers became ubiquitous but the web has exponentially accelerated the speed and distance they can travel.

    Some of the most common dental myths are focused on the safety of x-rays, the risk of root canals, the facts about fluoride, and the effectiveness of alternative practices such as oil pulling.

    In worst-case scenarios, patients delay or avoid needed dental treatment because of something they encounter online. We encourage our patients to discuss all areas of concern with Dr. Montz. You can depend on us for accurate information and quality care.

    At David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we are dedicated to keeping your smile healthy and beautiful for life. Our motives are straightforward and transparent. You can’t always determine who operates and funds online dental sites, so be careful out there!

    Since 1997, we have provided extraordinary general and cosmetic dental services including porcelain veneers, sleep apnea, sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, and CEREC dental crowns.

     

    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

     


    What Can David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry Do For You?

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    Hello, and welcome to the Houston dental health blog. My name is Dr. David C. Montz and I want to tell you about our practice, David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry. We work hard to keep our patients satisfied. Our most popular services are:

    sedation dentistry
    CEREC dental crowns
    porcelain veneers
    teeth whitening
    sleep apnea

    We serve residents in the Friendswood, Alvin, and Manvel area from ages 5 to 95. Our friendly staff is there to help you get the healthiest teeth possible.

    Along with healthy teeth, many of our patients want to know more about popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. These include teeth whitening, veneers, dental implants, gum contouring, and more!

    A combination of cosmetic dental treatments can remedy every problem to achieve your brilliant smile!

    If you live in the Houston area and would like to see what David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry has to offer, give us a call at 832-895-5120. We are currently accepting new dental patients!

    We are located at 2443 S Galveston Ave  in Pearland, Texas and we have been serving the area since 1997. We can’t wait to make you our next satisfied patient.

    Contact us today!

     

    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

     


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