Improve Your Smile. Enhance Your Health.
One of the other benefits of seeing Dr. Flanagan and her team is that we’ve got your back — your front, all of you from head to toe. We don’t bring patients to our dental office in Houston to sit quietly while we fix your smile. You become a part of an extended dental family that cares about your oral health and your total well-being. It’s been in the news, but it’s certainly not old news to us that there’s a significant link between what’s happening in your mouth and elsewhere in your body. While research continues to unearth new findings as science progresses, we’re sure this biological relationship will become even more powerful in the future.
Preventative & Restorative
This is why it’s essential to fix your oral health issues early so that it doesn’t turn into something more significant in the future. Our conservative style of restorative dentistry in Clear Lake can help eliminate and eradicate all of the unwanted and unhealthy parts of your smile. We work with you and your body to repair teeth that are:
Your teeth are treated and repaired with the least amount of discomfort or interruption to your life, only to yield the most dramatic, attractive results possible. From simple solutions such as filling a cavity to a more in-depth treatment such as oral surgery, our Bay Area dental office is more than equipped with stellar dental technology and staff. If you or someone in your family needs restorative dentistry in Clear Lake, talk to us today.
Explore Our Restorative Dentistry Services:
You can’t discuss restorative dentistry in Clear Lake without saying a little something about fillings. They are one of the most widely used and widely recognized restorative dental treatments that we can provide for patients of every age.
At Cindy T. Flanagan, DDS, we use composite or tooth-colored fillings compared to metal or amalgam fillings of the past. These durable restorations are used to help repair a decaying, cracked, or fractured tooth. We use our specialized tools and training to clean out the affected areas of your tooth and then add the composite filling. When your treatment is complete, you’ll have a tooth that’s whole and healthy, that blends seamlessly with the rest of your smile as far as color and texture. Composite fillings work very well in teeth that are more highly visible than others.
Dr. Flanagan may see the need for a filling for your smile for various reasons, including:
- Spacing between two teeth
- Decaying or deteriorating teeth
- Worn-down teeth
Depending on your individual needs, we can generally place your filling in one easy office visit. After the composite filling material is set, it will be carefully polished to return your tooth to its natural form and function.
Two of the lesser-known solutions that we might recommend for restorative dentistry in Clear Lake are known as porcelain inlays and onlays.
Porcelain inlays – Their job is similar to a filling, except they are more customized to fit your smile. We see patients opt for porcelain inlays because they don’t interfere with your smile’s natural esthetic. They look and feel exactly like your natural teeth. Our inlays are carefully constructed in a dental laboratory before Dr. Flanagan permanently adheres them to your teeth. Inlays are another restorative option you can consider compared to composite fillings. Inlays are less invasive than dental crowns, too, as we don’t have to remove as much of your natural tooth before placement.
Porcelain onlays – If an inlay is more like a filling, think of an onlay as being similar to a partial crown. Like inlays, porcelain onlays are custom created for your smile so that they’re a perfectly natural match for your teeth. An onlay is also created by our trusted laboratory and sent to us for placement. Like a dental crown, onlays fit over the cusps of your teeth compared to inlays that fit inside the cusps more like a filling. Dr. Flanagan might recommend an inlay or onlay for you due to:
- Teeth that are broken or fractured
- Teeth that are decaying rapidly
- Fillings that are loose or falling out
- Fillings that are very large
- A cosmetic enhancement for your teeth
Ask us to learn more about these restorative solutions today!
Dental crowns in Clear Lake are another popular restorative solution we offer for patients who come to us with a damaged tooth or teeth. Sometimes, no matter how much you brush or how often you see the dentist, problems with our teeth occur, and they need help being restored to their natural state and function. This is where crowns and bridges can be a real “tooth saver.”
What is a dental crown? – All crowns are designed as a custom prosthetic covering or “cap” that we can place over a tooth that’s damaged or decaying. Your crown should mimic the shape and size of your original tooth, while also replacing the top, damaged part of the tooth. The final result is a smile that’s whole again, with a more normal appearance and a noticeable boost in how your smile functions. We offer metal-free restorations or porcelain-fused-to-metal, depending on individual needs for a case.
What is a dental bridge? – As their name suggests, bridges are meant to “bridge a gap” that’s left behind when you have one or more teeth missing. Bridges are often porcelain-fused-to-metal with two crowns and a false tooth to replace your missing tooth. This all comes together as a single restorative piece. Like crowns, bridges give you the ability to eat better and smile more fully. They also help to keep your remaining teeth (next to where you lost your tooth) from deteriorating at a more rapid pace to make up for your missing tooth.
Forget everything you think you know about the partials of the past. Today, we have the tools and technology to create personalized partials designed for comfort and esthetics. There’s a good chance that if you’re missing a few teeth, you might be:
- Struggling to properly chew healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, and nuts
- Having trouble speaking clearly and succinctly
- Experiencing low self-esteem because you constantly try to hide your smile
- Setting yourself up for unwanted jawbone deterioration
You’re too busy with life to deal with these issues and poor oral health. At Cindy T. Flanagan, DDS, we believe that everyone deserves a healthy smile they can be proud of. Thanks to life-changing restorative dentistry in Clear Lake, we show you how different your life will be with a new set of partial dentures. Partials are ideal for filling in your smile gaps and giving you back your sense of self-confidence.
Partials are made up of specially-crafted teeth attached to a base that mimics the color and shape of your natural gums. Partial teeth are strategically placed on the base to fill in the missing spaces in your existing teeth. Partials are removable for cleaning, etc. and are usually secured with metal clips or brackets. Are you interested in getting to know more about partials? Schedule a consultation today!
Faced with the thought of having dentures makes some people feel like it’s the end of the world. However, there’s so much more to restorative dentistry in Clear Lake than you think. Forget about the “false teeth” myths you may have heard. Today’s dentures are more comfortable and more reliable than ever.
Our state-of-the-art dentures are artificial teeth and gums that are precisely formed to custom fit your mouth. Dr. Flanagan can help make your smile whole again by creating dentures that replace all or part of your teeth. You can have dentures for both your upper and lower teeth. The advanced materials we use today for denture teeth are more durable, but they still require special care and attention to keep them from chipping or cracking. Generally speaking, you might need to replace your dentures about every five years to keep them looking fresh and your smile looking fantastic.
Dentures are also an excellent way to keep your mouth and jaw stimulated to avoid a “sunken in” appearance in your face. You can also chew better with dentures, compared to having broken teeth or none at all. Having dentures you love, fitted just for you, means you’ll never have to worry about breaking teeth or nagging tooth pain ever again.
Dental implants are revolutionizing how we repair your smile after you’ve lost a tooth or teeth. Thanks to our advanced technology and treatments, getting a dental implant is easy and stress-free. Patients like you looking for trustworthy restorative dentistry in Clear Lake are relying on dental implants now more than ever. Implants are designed to look like your natural teeth and with a durability that’s meant to last. (We can even talk to you about implant retained dentures, where you’ll never have to worry about your teeth slipping or falling out again.)
To best understand how a dental implant works, you have to think about how one of your natural teeth work. They’re designed to mimic one another. Dental implants consist of a post that acts as your “tooth roots” and a cap or crown that looks exactly like your other teeth. You can eat the foods you love, smile with confidence, and feel great about yourself — all thanks to one innovative implant.
Dr. Flanagan is backed by extensive experience and training with the restoration of dental implants. If you’re a viable candidate, we’ll conduct a comprehensive clinical examination with:
- Full digital and panoramic x-rays
- A discussion of your treatment options
- A Q & A session where you learn everything you need to know
Along with the help of an oral surgeon, we can get your dental implant treatment completed without any hiccups or hassles. Dr. Flanagan is even able to coordinate with the surgeon for immediate temporaries when possible.
At Cindy T. Flanagan, DDS, please know that if we recommend oral surgery, it’s because you need it. We don’t want to see anyone undergo unnecessary treatments — ever. We are here to help! If you need something such as a minor tooth extraction, we can take care of that for you in our office. Sometimes our smiles require a more in-depth surgical solution, especially if you have issues with your wisdom teeth or a bony impacted tooth that has yet to push through the surface. For instances like these, we’ll coordinate your treatment with a trusted oral surgeon.
Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to a whole host of other problems for your teeth and gums. They can also cause you a lot of:
- Unwanted infections
- Unnecessary pain
- Unhealthy damage to nearby teeth and bone
Usually appearing in your late teens or early twenties, wisdom teeth can even throw your entire smile out of alignment leading to orthodontic issues. This is why so many dentists and patients opt to have wisdom teeth removed. Today, the wisdom teeth removal process is so advanced and streamlined so that you’ll experience less downtime. If you have questions about wisdom teeth or oral surgery, please speak with someone on our team today.