Stop tooth decay and gum disease in their tracks.
Dr. Alice Lam can help you halt the progression of tooth decay and gum disease with one or more of our general dentistry services described below. Schedule an appointment with us to learn more.
Dental Crowns and Bridges
A dental crown or bridge, whether made from porcelain or metal, covers a structurally damaged tooth to restore integrity and function. Deep cavities, chips or cracks may require a crown. In most cases, we will place an all-porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal crown on your teeth so that your smile remains white and natural-looking. However, back teeth often endure extreme pressure, so occasionally only a gold crown can withstand the biting force.
How we can help: You should expect two visits for a full crown procedure. At the first appointment, Dr. Lam will prepare the damaged tooth, take an impression, and place a temporary crown. Our preferred dental lab will then fabricate a custom crown according to the impression and Dr. Lam’s custom instructions. At your follow-up visit, the temporary crown will be removed and the permanent crown secured.
Tooth Colored Fillings
A small cavity, left untreated, can grow to destroy an entire tooth. Unlike our skin, teeth don’t heal naturally. Only professional dental care can correct your cavities and return you to optimal oral health. A dental filling, made from white composite resin or porcelain inlay, can fill a prepared cavity and reinforce a tooth’s structure.
How we can help: To place a filling, we will first prepare your tooth by removing decay and bacteria. Surface cavities often don’t require anesthesia, but Dr. Lam will make sure you’re comfortable during treatment. We offer several options to assist you with a pain free, relaxing experience. After the tooth is prepared, we will insert a small bit of tooth colored composite resin into the cleaned cavity and, once the material hardens, will sculpt and polish the filling. Porcelain inlays or fillings may be fabricated in a lab or in the office and are more durable than a composite filling.
Keeping “All” our teeth is the ultimate goal. However; in some cases, extracting a tooth is the best treatment option.
How we can help: If needed, a pre- op antibiotic is administered to rid the body of infection. A “pain free” anesthetic is administered to keep you comfortable throughout your procedure and will then carefully remove all parts of the tooth or teeth scheduled for extraction. Many times, a bone filling material will need to be placed in the extraction site to promote proper healing. Afterwards, be sure to follow postoperative instructions closely so that your gums will heal promptly.
Smile Source West Houston- Alice Lam, DDS wants to help you maintain a healthy smile. For more information about our general dentistry services, please schedule an appointment with us.