Q: What kinds of cosmetic dental services do you offer?
A: Two of our most popular cosmetic dentistry services include porcelain veneers and teeth whitening (both in-office and take-home options). Other services have both a cosmetic and restorative dimension. These include dentures, bridges, and dental implants.
Q: What's the difference between a "crown" and a "cap"?
A: The terms are interchangeable. Crowns are used to “cap” a severely broken or decayed, becoming the tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including gold, stainless steel, and composite material, but today’s crowns are more commonly made of porcelain.
Q: What's the difference between a "bridge" and a "partial denture"?
A: Both are designed to help patients replace multiple missing teeth. Bridges are permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. Meanwhile, partial dentures are held in place by clasps or brackets and can be easily taken out for cleaning. Patients are often more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.
Q: What about "silver" fillings versus "white" fillings?
A: Most dentists today, including Dr. Gibson, offer “white” fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings. These fillings are made of composite resin and blend in with teeth for discreet results. What’s more, tooth-colored fillings bond with teeth in a way metal fillings don’t, and they’re not sensitive to changes in temperature either.
Q: What does a good brushing and flossing routine look like?
A: Flossing once a day and brushing at least twice will prevent cavities from forming on teeth and will protect the gums from gum disease. We also recommend adding an antibacterial or fluoride-based mouthwash to your routine to give your smile a little extra protection. And don’t forget to visit us twice a year of checkups and cleanings.
Do you have more questions? Contact the office of Dr. Gibson. We’re happy to answer the questions of patients from The Woodlands, Houston, Humble, Spring, Conroe, and other areas.