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Artistic Smiles
Angela Gonzalez, D.D.S.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Dr. Angela Gonzalez knows that informed patients tend to experience fewer oral health problems. When you understand the benefits of dentistry and the consequences of putting off needed dental treatment, you'll be more motivated to be proactive with your oral health.

That is why the team at Artistic Smiles, always welcomes and encourages your questions. We will thoroughly explain why you need dental treatment, and we use technology like digital x-rays and intraoral cameras so you can clearly see the problem for yourself. If anything isn't clear to you, just let us know, and we'll take the time to explain it in detail until you feel confident about making a treatment decision.

Many of the questions we hear most frequently at our Nassau Bay, TX dental office are listed below. If you don't see the information you need, please call us at (281) 316-8900, and we'll be happy to assist you.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry involves procedures that enhance or improve the appearance of your smile by concealing flaws and strengthening teeth. Common procedures that are considered cosmetic in nature include professional teeth whitening, white restorations like dental crowns and fillings, and porcelain veneers. 

Porcelain veneers at our Nassau Bay dental office are cosmetic enhancements that conceal all types of imperfections. Razor thin slices of high-quality porcelain are customized to sit on the front surfaces of your teeth. We choose dental porcelain for its light-reflecting properties and because it is available in various hues of white, just like natural teeth.

When bonded to the front of your teeth, veneers hide flaws like stains, chips, spacing issues, and jagged edges. By placing dental veneers on several teeth, we can create the illusion of a healthy, flawless smile.

Dr. Gonzalez uses cosmetic treatments like veneers, dental bonding, teeth whitening, and dental crowns to address a single smile flaw or create a total smile makeover. If you’re thinking about a cosmetic change, you owe it to yourself to call Artistic Smiles. Dr. Gonzalez would love to meet with you to explain how you can improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry at our Nassau Bay dental office.

If you have sensitive teeth, we strongly encourage you to avoid using over-the-counter whitening toothpaste, strips, and rinses. The formulation of these products might be unstable or might contain strong abrasives. Unstable whitening formulas and abrasives can exacerbate tooth sensitivity and even cause permanent damage.

Professional teeth whitening is the safest option for those with sensitive teeth because the formulas will not contribute to long-term tooth discomfort. Prescription whitening products contain stable and effective ingredients that do not require abrasives to remove stains.

Please call Artistic Smiles at (281) 316-8900 to arrange a teeth whitening appointment to get started.

Dental Implants

The cost of dental implants will vary depending on the specifics of your unique case. Factors that may influence the cost of dental implants include imaging, such as digital x-rays, implant design, and crafting of the restoration. For patients who need a preliminary bone graft in order to be good candidates for dental implants, the cost of the treatment will reflect this additional procedure, as well.

At Artistic Smiles, we accept many forms of payments, and our office staff will work diligently to help you fit this valuable treatment into your budget.

A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that is surgically inserted into your jaw to replace the root of a missing tooth. Titanium is biocompatible, so in the months following dental implant, a process called osseointegration takes place. Surrounding bone forms a strong bond with the dental implant, and, as a result, the implant becomes a permanent fixture in your jaw.

At Artistic Smiles, we use dental implants at our Nassau Bay, TX dental office to support various prosthetics, including a single dental crown, dental bridge, or entire denture. Since dental implants are a complete replacement tooth, they function better and last longer than appliances that don’t have a root-like structure to support them.

Candidates for Dental Implants

To be a good candidate and get the maximum benefit from dental implants, you must have adequate bone to support osseointegration at the implant site. If you have been missing a tooth for a long time, or have congenital bone defects in your jaw, there may not be enough bone available to support the implant.

Fortunately, there is a procedure called bone grafting that adds bone material at the implant site. While this is an additional step in the dental implant process, it increases your chances of positive treatment outcomes.

Call Us to Get Started

If you would like to learn more about dental implants at our Nassau Bay, TX dental office, please call Artistic Smiles to schedule a dental appointment.

General Dentistry

Receiving regular dental checkups is an integral part of maintaining or establishing good oral health. Dentists are trained to look for early signs of a number of oral health conditions and other issues that may affect your general wellness.

What Your Dental Exam Involves

Many people are surprised to learn that oral checkups are incredibly thorough. Our Nassau Bay, TX dentist will look for signs of everything from untimely tooth wear (which can indicate stress and bruxism) to oral cancer.

Regular visits to the dentist can also save you time and money. For instance, visiting Artistic Smiles twice a year gives our team an opportunity to detect cavities (caries) in their earliest stages. Early detection means that we can provide you with very conservative and cost-effective restorations. Waiting too late to fill a cavity allows the decay to deepen, affect more of the tooth, and require a larger restoration such as a dental crown to fix.

Routine Teeth Cleanings Are Important

In addition to having routine checkups and committing to a thorough oral hygiene routine, teeth cleanings are necessary to control plaque and tartar buildup. A dental cleaning is the only way to remove tartar accumulation. You should schedule two cleanings per year, every six months. Having regular cleanings also helps prevent periodontal disease.

Please call our Nassau Bay, TX dental office to arrange your next dental exam and teeth cleaning.

Periodontal Disease Treatment

Preventing periodontal (gum) disease begins by taking your oral health seriously. Do not neglect your teeth and gums by forgetting to brush and floss. Brushing and flossing is your first line of defense against this destructive, common condition. You should also receive regular checkups so that we can catch periodontal disease in its earliest stages along with preventing tartar buildup with twice-a-year teeth cleanings.

Please call our Nassau Bay, TX dental office to arrange your next appointment.

Periodontal disease involves the irritation, inflammation, and infection of gingival tissue. When left untreated, periodontal disease can advance to an incurable stage that erodes and destroys oral tissue. In fact, periodontal (gum) disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adulthood.

How Gum Disease Starts

The leading cause of gum disease is Inadequate oral hygiene. When we neglect our oral hygiene, substances like tartar develop. Tartar is full of bacteria, and when it builds up around the gum line, it inflames gum tissue. Since you can’t eliminate tartar buildup with brushing and flossing, it must be removed by one of our dental hygienists, or it will lead to gum disease. Other factors that contribute to gum disease are hormonal fluctuations, smoking, and genetics.

Stages of Gum Disease

Gingivitis is the treatable, milder form of gum disease. When detected early on, gingivitis is reversible and curable. Most of the time, improved oral hygiene and specialized teeth cleanings called “scaling and root planing” is enough to stop the condition from advancing.

Those with more advanced cases of gum disease called periodontitis may require surgery, medication, and tissue grafts. If you have advanced gum disease, the goal of treatment is to control the condition so that it doesn’t destroy your oral health.

Please Call for an Appointment

Scheduling routine dental exams and teeth cleanings at our Nassau Bay dental practice is essential if you want to avoid gum disease. Please call Artistic Smiles to schedule an appointment.

Restorative Dentistry

Dr. Angela Gonzalez is a restorative dentist in Nassau Bay, TX who can address damaged teeth and cosmetic flaws using a wide array of leading-edge dental treatments. Every tooth restoration we provide takes your unique needs into account, and we will customize your treatment accordingly.

Some dental restorations will be quite small, as in the case of standard fillings for cavities or dental bonding to repair a small chip or crack. Dr. Gonzalez can place these restorations in a single appointment that takes about an hour. Similarly, inlays and onlays are minor approaches to replacing old fillings.

Other restorative treatments will be more involved; for example, a tooth with a large area of decay will need more protection than a dental filling can provide. In this case, Dr. Gonzalez would recommend a dental crown, which is a tooth-shaped cap that we place on top of the damaged tooth. We can use either dental bridges, dentures, or dental implants to replace missing teeth. The extent and type of treatment that we recommend will depend on your unique needs and smile goals.

If you are unhappy with the look of your smile because your teeth are worn, broken down, or missing, call Artistic Smiles to arrange a dental appointment. Dr. Gonzalez will meet with you to evaluate your needs and recommend the appropriate treatment to help you meet your smile goals.

The cost of restorative dental treatments such as crowns, bridges, dentures, and dental implants vary depending on the specific restoration we use as well as characteristics unique to your case. We can give you more details about anticipated costs of your treatment at your initial consultation.

Dental insurance typically does not cover the entire cost of restorative dental treatments, but we will work to maximize any benefits that you do have. We accept multiple payment options so that you can pay out-of-pocket costs in a way that works for you.

Please call our Artistic Smiles at (281) 316-8900, and we'll be happy to answer your questions and schedule an appointment with Dr. Gonzalez.

Root Canals

Many people believe that root canals are tremendously painful, but that perception is incorrect. In fact, a root canal procedure typically relieves a condition that is causing significant discomfort for our patients.

Most patients report that having a root canal at our Nassau Bay dental office is no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled, and any discomfort that does occur usually responds to over-the-counter painkillers.

The cost of a root canal will differ from patient to patient depending on which tooth is infected and how complex the issue is. Our dental staff will work to maximize any insurance benefits that you may have, and we accept a variety of payment options for your convenience.

Please call Artistic Smiles, and we will be happy to answer your questions.

A root canal is a procedure that can save a tooth that is so decayed that infection has reached the tooth’s innermost core. Dr. Gonzalez may also perform a root canal if a tooth is severely damaged by injury and creates the potential for bacteria to infiltrate the tooth’s pulp.

The Root Canal Procedure

During this procedure, Dr. Gonzalez will create a small hole in the tooth to access the root canal chamber. Then she removes the infected pulp material, cleans and fills the empty chamber,  and fills it with a rubber-like substance to prevent the bacteria from re-entering the space. Dr. Gonzalez usually recommends placing a dental crown on the treated tooth to strengthen it and minimize the risk of breakage. 

After Your Root Canal

In the few days following your root canal at our Nassau Bay, TX dental office, you will notice that the treated tooth feels different. You may experience some mild tenderness or discomfort during this time, but our dental team will give you instructions on how to manage that symptom, should it occur. You also will need to avoid chewing on the treated tooth until after we have restored it with a dental crown. Dr. Gonzalez and our dental team will also give you instructions on post-root canal care and any symptoms that might warrant immediate follow-up.

If you need a root canal and are in pain, you won't find a more caring or gentle dentist than Dr. Angela Gonzalez. Please call Artistic Smiles to arrange a dental appointment so we can relieve your discomfort and save your tooth.

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