From The Office Of Dr Andrew Kim

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21/Jan/2022

Ever wondered what goes on in your mouth? Well, EVERY DAY INSIDE YOUR MOUTH, there is an epic battle of good vs bad being waged over the ultimate prize: your teeth! And guess what… only YOU can protect them from the destructive forces (a.k.a harmful bacteria, plaque) that seek to harm them.

The Good Guys

Because tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body (it is made up of mostly minerals), we automatically think of it as a tough shield that nothing can get through. In reality, tooth enamel is porous!

When tooth enamel loses minerals, teeth are weakened and more susceptible to decay–we call this demineralization. If tooth enamel is demineralized enough, a cavity will form. But here’s the good news! The enamel can also be strengthened by receiving nutrients and minerals in a process we call remineralization. This constant dynamic of tooth enamel losing and gaining minerals is the battle that goes on inside your mouth every day!

The Bad Guys : Plaque

So, who are the bad guys? Although there are a lot of good bacteria in our mouths, there’s also the cavity-causing bacteria found in plaque. They feed on sugar and other carbohydrates and produce harmful acids in the process. These acid attacks demineralize, or break down tooth enamel, and if left unchecked, can lead to tooth decay.

Check out the video below to learn a little more about plaque:

But all is not lost! You have a secret weapon in your ammunition… and that’s saliva! Not only does saliva wash out food debris and neutralize harmful acids, but minerals in saliva like fluoride, calcium and phosphate can be deposited back into tooth enamel, strengthening and defending it against bad bacteria. That’s why we call saliva the unsung hero of oral health–it works around the clock to protect our smiles and keep our teeth healthy and strong!

Whose Side Are You On?

This “battle”of good vs bad bacteria isn’t something that just goes on in your mouth without you having any say in it. You can promote tooth enamel remineralization and help your saliva fight off harmful bacteria by practicing mouth-healthy habits. In the end, you are the ultimate protector of your teeth!

The first thing you can do to defend your teeth from cavity-causing bacteria is eat a nutritious diet. Sugary drinks and treats, crackers, bread and processed foods are just what these bad bacteria love and eating these types of foods can lead to tooth enamel demineralization. On the other hand, foods like cheese, eggs, apples, celery, carrots, dark leafy greens and wild-caught fish promote enamel remineralization. So the next time you open up the fridge or pantry, make the mouth-healthy choice!

Another way to prevent demineralization is to brush with fluoride toothpaste! Where plaque breaks down the tooth, fluoride builds it up. This cavity-fighting mineral protects teeth from bacteria by remineralizing tooth enamel and reducing plaque bacteria’s ability to even produce acid in the first place!

You Are Responsible For Your Oral Health

As you’ll come to realize, maintaining oral health isn’t always easy. But… The battle to keep teeth strong and healthy depends on you! By eating a well-balanced diet and maintaining good oral hygiene, you can have a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Also, keep up your teeth brushing and flossing schedules, and remember to visit your neighborhood friendly dentist in Spring!

 

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.


21/Jan/2022

Teeth are resilient and aren’t damaged easily but sometimes they can develop cracks and the edges may get chipped.  The damage can compromise the beauty of your smile as well as the integrity of your teeth. At Dentalopolis, we can restore your tooth’s appearance by placing a dental crown over it, so you can smile freely once again.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are caps made of porcelain or ceramic. They’re placed on the natural tooth and help restore its appearance.  The entire tooth doesn’t have to be removed; only the damaged portion would have to be replaced. These caps are permanent and will last for several years if you maintain them well.

When Do You Need Dental Crowns?

  • Large Filling – Large fillings weaken the structure of the tooth and make it more vulnerable to damage. In such cases, the best way to protect the natural tooth is to place a dental crown over it. The crown will protect the tooth from further damage and help maintain the integrity of the socket and root.
  • Root Canal – Like a large filling, the root canal also weakens the structure of the tooth. Dentists will remove the top portion of your tooth to access the nerve underneath and remove it. They will apply a dental crown over the exposed root to protect it and rebuild its structure.
  • Cracked or Chipped Teeth – Cracked or chipped teeth are weak and more vulnerable to decay and infections. They also look unsightly and can compromise the beauty of your smile. Dental crowns are the best way to protect your teeth and restore its appearance.
  • Broken Teeth – If the cusp and root is intact, you don’t need to extract the tooth and add implants. You can simply place a dental crown over the root and the remainder of the tooth.
  • Excessive Wear – If you are in the habit of grinding your teeth, consuming acidic food items, or have health problems like GERD and bulimia, your teeth will face a considerable amount of wear and tear. These problems can remove the enamel on your teeth and make them more vulnerable to decay. Dental crowns will protect worn down teeth and minimize the damage.
  • Cosmetic – Dental crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes. These caps can add structure and mass to uneven or short teeth and improve the appearance of your smile.

If your teeth have sustained damage or if you have considerable tooth decay, we encourage you to call us today. At Dentalopolis, we provide a combination of excellent care in a comfortable and luxurious environment. You will feel relaxed and receive the best dental treatment possible.


21/Jan/2022

Some people are blessed with perfectly-aligned teeth that look beautiful and white. Their teeth aren’t stained or chipped, and are uniform in size and shape. However, most people need some professional assistance to ensure their teeth look naturally beautiful. Modern cosmetic dentistry is the perfect solution for people who want to improve the appearance of their teeth and smile.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a combination of a number of dental procedures that restore the health and appearance of your teeth. Through this process, we correct all imperfections, damage, and misalignment to ensure your teeth look good. At Dentalopolis, we combine the latest in technology with expert dental artistry to create smiles that suit you and look natural.

How Does It Work?

Based on the condition of their teeth, different people require different procedures. For example, if your teeth are only stained and there is no misalignment, you will just require a small whitening procedure that lasts for an hour. If your teeth are cracked or chipped, you will have to come in for several sessions to get the problem fixed. Cosmetic dentistry includes procedures including:

  • Teeth whitening to remove stains and discoloration.
  • Porcelain veneers to hide stains, chips, and damaged teeth.
  • Dental crowns to cover misshapen or cracked teeth.
  • Cosmetic dentures to replace missing teeth.
  • Dental bonding to cover chipped, gapped, stained, or discolored teeth with the help of dental composite resin.
  • And 6-Month Smiles that will correct misalignment in your front teeth.

Our dentist will assess your teeth and create a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses all your dental concerns. You can discuss the plan with him and decide which procedures you want to undergo.


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3779 Riley Fuzzel Rd Suite 400
Spring TX 77386
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Just like our family, we treat all patients with dignity and provide premium quality dental care. If you are looking for a dentist who will treat you with respect and compassion, Dentalopolis is here for you!

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