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Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Lasting Solution for Chronic Headaches

Do you suffer from chronic, debilitating headaches? Do you find yourself taking pain medications on a regular basis, but only finding temporary relief? Do you fear these medications may be doing more harm than good? Are you ready for a lasting solution that won’t cause damage to your liver, stomach, and other organs?
If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, it may be time to discuss your headaches with Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young.
TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) is one of the leading causes of chronic headaches and facial pain. It is also one of the most commonly overlooked. Unfortunately, when TMJ is not diagnosed, many people seek treatments that alleviate pain but do not correct the underlying problem. These temporary solutions are band-aids at best and entirely incapable of providing lasting relief.
Neuromuscular dentistry treatments address the cause of TMJ headaches, correcting the root problem to prevent future pain. Dr. Young offers a range of neuromuscular treatments that can restore alignment to the jaw, eliminate pain, and provide lasting relief from frequent headaches.
If you suffer from chronic headaches in Houston, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry to schedule a TMJ evaluation with Dr. Young. We provide customized treatments for people living in Houston, the Woodlands, Kingwood, Spring, and surrounding areas of Texas.

posted by Admin at 3:32 PM

Monday, August 25, 2014

What Happens When a Tooth is Missing?

If you are missing a tooth, chances are you notice the aesthetic impact. Depending on where the tooth was located, its absence may detract from the appearance of your smile. However, it is what’s happening unseen that is most worrisome.
As soon as a tooth is missing, bite tension is altered. Functions once performed by the now missing tooth are transferred to adjacent teeth, resulting in uneven tooth wear and, bite abnormalities that can increase your risk for TMJ, interfere with speaking, and making daily tasks more difficult. At this point, adjacent teeth may begin to slip into the space left by the missing tooth, further altering bite strength and function.
Worse still, when a tooth is missing, so too is its root. When the root is missing, the minerals that comprise the jaw in that particular area are reabsorbed by the body. This results in a sunken or collapsed look and permanently alters facial appearance.
The only way to prevent this and other problems associated with missing teeth is to have them replaced with dental implants. Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young would be happy to discuss the benefits of implants in particular and tooth replacement in general during your next appointment.
To schedule your appointment with Dr. Young, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today. Dr. Young serves Houston and surrounding areas from our conveniently located Woodlands office.

posted by Admin at 12:05 PM

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Can Stains Underneath the Enamel be Whitened?

Stains underneath the enamel of teeth are generally caused by fluoridation in water or medications such as tetracycline. Also known as intrinsic tooth discoloration, these stains do not commonly respond well to topical treatments.

Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young offers advanced tooth whitening services both in-office and as take-home kits, but these are best for surface stains. While even severe discoloration may be significantly reduced with our professional whitening options, those stains that lie underneath the enamel will typically only become more apparent as surrounding enamel is lightened. This makes it best to consider other cosmetic dentistry options for this particular problem.

Porcelain Veneers and Dental Bonding
Dr. Young often recommends porcelain veneers for teeth with intrinsic staining. Because they are placed over the front of teeth, porcelain veneers are able to completely cover staining, producing a bright and beautiful appearance for years to come.

Options such as dental bonding may also be capable of reducing the visibility of deeper stains. This, along with other potentially beneficial cosmetic dentistry solutions can be discussed in greater detail during your initial consultation.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, please contact the Woodlands Premier Dentistry to schedule a cosmetic evaluation today.

posted by Admin at 2:21 PM

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Is my Mouthwash Staining my Teeth?

If you use mouthwash, chances are you’re wanting to improve the freshness of your breath and health of your teeth. Sadly, some mouthwashes may actually contribute to tooth staining and detract from the overall appearance of your smile.

Mouthwashes that contain chlorhexidine gluconate (CG) are often marketed for the treatment of gum disease. This claim is true – CG is incredibly effective at treating active gum disease, even in over-the-counter mouthwashes. However, CG is also incredibly effective at staining teeth and simple at-home solutions are most likely not enough to eliminate this side-effect.

If your teeth have been stained by mouthwash, Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young can provide any number of teeth whitening solutions to restore luster and beauty to your smile. Which option is ideal for your needs will be dependent on a variety of factors and is best determined during your cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Young.

If you suffer from gum disease, it is important that you continue to use a medicated mouthwash. Dr. Young can discuss options for treatment after optimal oral health has been attained during your next visit to our office.

To schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today.

posted by Admin at 12:40 PM

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fixing Chipped and Broken Teeth

Chipped or broken teeth can present both functional and aesthetic issues. To prevent serious problems including tooth loss following trauma, these issues will need to be dealt with swiftly. Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young is pleased to offer a number of options that can fix chipped and broken teeth, help prevent future problems, and restore strength and beauty to your smile.
Depending on the extent and location of damage, Dr. Young may recommend solutions including:
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental crowns
  • Tooth bonding
These options bridge the gap between restorative and cosmetic dentistry, allowing Dr. Young to produce end results that look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.

Why Choose Dr. Young
Dr. Young is an LVI-trained dentist who takes great pride in helping men and women throughout the Houston area achieve healthy and attractive smiles. Utilizing the most advanced technology and taking time to personalize every treatment, Dr. Young is able to address issues such as chipped or broken teeth with solutions that produce long-lasting results.
During your consultation, Dr. Young will discuss all of your options to help you better understand your choices and select the treatment best suited to perfect your smile.

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Young, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today.

posted by Admin at 8:27 AM

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ancient Cavity Prevention Techniques

In Houston, we know purple nutsedge as a noxious weed. If you garden, it’s possible this sedge has caused significant frustration and proven resistant to nearly all control methods. If you have encountered purple nutsedge, you are probably not very fond of it.

However, for millennia, in cultures throughout the world, the purple nutsedge has been used as both a food source and medicine. Nutsedge has traditionally been used as an anti-inflammatory, a muscle relaxant, and a fever reducer, but a new analysis of 2,000 year old skeletons from a burial site in Central Sudan show it may help prevent cavities as well.

Researchers at the burial site noticed that less than one percent of the remains were impacted by signs of tooth decay. They now attribute this to bacterial inhibiting compounds found in the tubers of the purple nutsedge – food for thought the next time you’re battling this weed in your own yard.

We don’t recommend eating the tubers of purple nutsedge – they are infamously bitter and unpleasant. Instead, we suggest you brush after every meal and snack, floss at least once a day, and visit Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young every six months for professional cleanings and examinations. While not the culinary adventure of ancient cavity prevention techniques, modern dentistry offers a more comfortable, pleasant, and effective approach to keeping teeth healthy and strong for a lifetime.

To schedule you appointment with Dr. Young, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today. 

posted by Admin at 9:25 AM

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How Long Should I Wait to Brush After Eating?

Brushing your teeth after every meal and snack is one of the best ways to guard against tooth decay. However, brushing too soon can actually do more harm than good.

Certain foods, particularly acidic and sugary foods, can temporarily soften tooth enamel. If teeth are brushed immediately after easting these foods, enamel can easily be removed, making the teeth more vulnerable to decay. Waiting to brush your teeth for 30 minutes after you eat will help prevent this issue and still protect your teeth against plaque, decay, and discoloration.

Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young recommends brushing after every meal and flossing at least once a day to maintain optimal dental hygiene. This daily routine should be combined with twice yearly visits to our office for professional cleanings and examinations. If enamel has been removed or teeth have been compromised by decay, Dr. Young can provide restorative procedures that guard against further issues and help restore optimal comfort, function, and beauty to your smile.

To schedule your next appointment with our experienced Houston area dentist, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today. Dr. Young serves patients in Houston, The Woodlands, and surrounding Texas communities.

posted by Admin at 7:35 AM