Olympic Dental of Sugar Land offers a wide range of services to help you achieve and maintain a bright and healthy smile. General dentistry focuses on the health and function of your teeth with services aimed at preventing disease, fixing cavities and replacing missing teeth. We understand there are a wide range of needs and desires for each patient as well as a multitude of treatment options available today. This is why Dr. Gor takes great care in listening to each patient’s desires along with presenting different treatment options. That way both you and Dr. Gor can determine a plan that is right for you.
• Adults and Children
• Comprehensive Dentistry
• Regular Check-ups
Dr. Gor and his staff believe having healthy gums is the first key to optimal oral health; therefore, our periodontal (gum & bone) care is of utmost priority. We customize cleanings to properly care for your specific periodontal needs.
Periodontal or gum health is classified in different levels and determines the type of cleaning needed.
Having Healthy gums is characterized by:
- Gums that are light pink in color
- Non-tender gums
- Gums do not bleed easily when you brush and/or floss
You can maintain this optimal state of health with regular routine cleanings at your dental office and with proper flossing and brushing at home.
Gingivitis is the early stage of periodontal disease and characterized by:
- Gums that are dark red (especially the edges of your gums)
- Swollen gums
- Gums that bleed easily during tooth brushing and/or flossing
The Good news is that this early stage of periodontal disease is reversible. Usually all that is needed is a regular routine professional dental cleaning and improving your daily oral hygiene routine.
Chronic Periodontitis (Gum Disease)
If gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to chronic periodontitis. In this stage of periodontal disease, the bacterial infection from plaque and tarter causes the breakdown of gum tissue so that it pulls away from the teeth forming pockets around the teeth and loss of surrounding bone support.
Chronic Periodontitis is classified in different levels of severity. Mild and moderate levels can be treated in our office with a procedure called scaling and root planing to remove the bacterial deposits from under the gums. More advanced levels of this condition are best treated at one of our recommended specialists called a Periodontist.
During your first visit with Olympic Dental, we will perform a periodontal evaluation in order to determine the type of dental cleaning that best suites your needs.
Tooth-Colored Composite FillingsTo treat a cavity Dr. Gor will remove the decayed portion of the tooth then “fill” the area on the tooth where the decayed material once lived.
There are several advantages to this type of filling vs. amalgam (silver) fillings.
Aesthetics – the shade/color of the composites can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth; is particularly well suited for use in front teeth or visible parts of teeth.
Bonding to tooth structure – composite fillings actually chemically bond to tooth structure, providing further support to the tooth.
Versatility in uses – in addition to use as a filling material for decay, composite fillings can also be used to repair chipped, broken or worn teeth.
Tooth-sparing preparation – sometimes less tooth structure needs to be removed with composite fillings when removing decay and preparing for the filling.
Inlays and OnlaysMore conservative than a crown, inlays and onlays are two methods of restoring normal tooth structure after decay or other damage. Inlays and onlays are known as indirect fillings because unlike a standard filling that is done in a dentist’s office, both are made in a laboratory and cemented or bonded to the surface of the tooth during a second visit to the dentist. And unlike standard fillings, inlays and onlays do not weaken the tooth structure, but actually strengthens it. After the procedure the tooth can bear up to 50 to 75% more chewing force. An inlay is done when the tooth structure replaced is within the cusp tips of the tooth. If the damage is more extensive and the new structure covers the entire chewing surface including one or more tooth cusps, the procedure is called an onlay.
Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Years ago, diseased or injured teeth were often pulled. But today, even if the pulp (the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves) of your teeth is injured or infected, the tooth often can be saved through root canal treatment.
If the pulp is diseased or injured and unable to repair itself, it dies. The most common causes of pulp death are a deep cavity, a cracked tooth, a problem with large fillings, or serious injury to the tooth. All of these can allow bacteria to enter the pulp.
If the problem pulp is not removed, you can often have pain and swelling. Even if there is no pain, bacteria can damage the surrounding bone and often result in what is commonly known as a tooth abscess. Without treatment, the tooth may have to be pulled.
When a tooth is pulled and not replaced, the teeth around it may shift from their normal position. Shifting teeth may make biting and chewing difficult along with allowing spaces to form between your teeth. This can make it harder to clean your teeth and therefore increase the possibility of developing gum disease.
Root canal treatment has traditionally been labeled as a very painful procedure. However, we have found this to be a lesser degree. Advancements in equipment and treatment techniques allow us to perform root canals much more comfortably today.
During a root canal treatment, your tooth is first numbed for your comfort. Dr. Gor will then remove decay and the diseased pulp tissue. The canals where the pulp tissue used to reside are then cleaned and shaped with special instruments. Once cleaned, the canals are filled with a rubber-like material. The final step is to restore your tooth with a crown restoration that in most cases is tooth colored. This can all be accomplished in 2-3 appointments.
For severely decayed or damaged teeth, root canal treatment can be the best option because it allows you to save your natural tooth that would otherwise have to be pulled.
A crown is a dental restoration that covers or “caps” a tooth to restore it to its normal shape, size and function. Its purpose is to strengthen or improve the appearance of a tooth.
A crown can:
- Restore a tooth when there isn’t enough healthy tooth remaining to provide support for a filling
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Cover a badly shaped or discolored tooth
- Attach a bridge to replace the missing teeth
- Cover a dental implant
Crowns are made from several types of materials. Metal alloys, ceramics, porcelains, or combinations of these materials.
Dr. Gor considers several factors when deciding what type of crown is most suitable for you.
- If the crown is visible when you smile or talk
- Whether or not you clench your teeth
- Whether or not you have signs of severe tooth wear
- The color or shade of the tooth
- The function of the tooth
With advancements in today’s ceramics and porcelains, most of the time crowns look and appear like natural teeth. Dr. Gor will take every effort in making sure that your crown will be esthetically pleasing to you.
A bridge is a non-removable dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. The bridge restores your bite and helps keep the natural shape of your face. A bridge is held in by crowns that are cemented on the teeth on either side of the gap. Bridges can also be supported by dental implants, especially if the space of missing teeth is very long (usually when there is a row of several missing teeth).
Like crowns, bridges are made from metals, ceramics or a combination. Dr. Gor considers the location and function of the bridge when determining what material to use in making your bridge. He can talk to you about which type is best for you.
Special care of your bridge is needed in ensure longevity and many years of use. Daily flossing underneath the replacement teeth is needed to help avoid developing gum disease and/or cavities on the anchor teeth or implants that support your bridge.
Implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. The development and use of implants has been one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years.
Many patients choose implants to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or to support a full set of dentures. A dental implant is a small titanium screw that acts as an artificial tooth root, and provides a stable foundation or anchor for replacement teeth.
Unlike a bridge or partial denture, implants help preserve healthy adjacent teeth by eliminating the need to grind them down. They also help to preserve the bone after teeth are lost or extracted. As a result, dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth and allow you to eat, speak and smile with confidence.
The treatment time for dental implants can be longer and the cost higher when compared to replacing teeth with a bridge or removable partial denture. However, they are a good value because unlike the other options, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
- You may want to consider dental implants if you:
- Are self-conscious because you have missing teeth
- Do not want to grind down teeth to have a bridge placed
- Wear dentures that are uncomfortable for you
- Are unsatisfied with your removable partial dentures
If you are considering dental implants, Dr. Gor can discuss any other concerns with you. Once you have decided that an implant best suites your needs, we will refer you to one of our highly qualified specialist, such as a Periodontist or Oral Surgeon. He or she will place the implant at their office along with follow up visits. Three to four months after placement, Dr. Gor will fit you for the tooth (crown) or teeth (bridge or denture) at our office.
Mini Dental Implants
Like regular dental implants, mini implants are made of metal alloys that are well tolerated by the body. Mini implants are more slender than those of regular dental implants and are mostly used to improve the retention and stability of removable dentures. The base of the denture will engage the slender implants and also rest on the gums. Mini implants can greatly improve your ability to eat and speak with a denture especially when used with a denture on the lower jaw.
When used to support a removable denture, four to six mini dental implant posts are placed in the jaw without making a surgical incision. Your existing denture is adjusted and made to “snap” down onto the implants. Unlike conventional dental implants, which often require a longer healing period and multiple visits, a mini dental implant-supported denture often can be placed in one visit. You can leave the office with a solid denture and generally can begin eating the same day. Mini dental implants also cost significantly less than regular implants.
If you have dentures that are too hard to eat or talk with, ask us how mini implants can transform the fit of your existing dentures.
With the introduction of implants, denture therapy is becoming less widely used but continues to be a real solution for many patients who have lost all or some of their teeth due to gum disease, decay or trauma.
Dentures may be implant-supported or tissue-supported. While an implant-supported denture will be the most stable appliance, conventional (tissue-supported) dentures, when fitted properly, will also improve your quality of life by enabling you to once again feel confident to smile and enjoy eating.
Removable Partial Dentures
Unlike complete dentures, a removable partial denture (RPD) replaces only the teeth you are missing and attaches to your remaining teeth for support and retention. RPDs usually have replacement teeth fixed to a plastic base that closely matches the color of your gums. A metal framework connects the teeth and the base and also has metal clasps that attach to your natural teeth. In some cases removable partial dentures can be made completely with flexible plastic. This eliminates the use of a shiny metal framework and clasps, allowing a more esthetic appliance.