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By The Smile Designer
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Your Spring, TX cosmetic dentist, Dr. Maisa Idriss at The Smile Designer, recommends root canal therapy for teeth seriously compromisedroot canal by decay, injury, or abscess. Here are the signs that you may need this tooth-sparing procedure and the steps it involves.

What is root canal therapy?

The term "root canal" refers to both the interior portion of your tooth roots and to the restorative dental treatment dentists use to save ailing teeth. Also called endodontic therapy, a root canal is undeservedly one of the most feared dental procedures, but in reality, it is safe, comfortable, and reliable.

During a typical endodontic treatment, Dr. Idriss accesses the root canals with a high-speed drill and uses tiny metal files to clean out the diseased pulp. Typically, interior pulp becomes inflamed or infected when a tooth is cracked, deeply decayed or is infiltrated with bacteria through a failed filling or crown.

After the canals are disinfected and sealed, your Spring cosmetic dentist puts rubbery gutta-percha in the tooth and covers it with a temporary crown or filling. After a period of healing (a week to ten days), the dentist removes the temporary restoration and replaces it with a custom-made porcelain crown.

Do you need a root canal?

Only your dentist can tell you after she has examined your tooth and X-rayed it to understand its condition. Typical signs that you need this procedure are:

  1. You have a severe toothache and/or a swollen jaw.
  2. Your tooth hurts when you bite down on it.
  3. You are missing a substantial amount of tooth structure.
  4. Your tooth is sensitive to heat or cold.
  5. Your tooth is discolored.
  6. There is a sore, red pimple on the gum tissue by your tooth.

After your procedure...

You'll find that you recover very quickly because the source of your pain and infection has been treated. With good at-home and in-office hygiene (and check-ups), you and your restored tooth should do just fine. Many teeth preserved by root canal treatments last for decades. That's much better than a tooth extraction, isn't it?

Learn more

If you think you may have a sick tooth or experience an oral injury, please contact The Smile Designer for a consultation with Dr. Idriss. Her technical expertise is second to none, and she loves seeing her patients leave the office smiling. Call her office team in Spring, TX for an appointment: (281) 257-8815.

By The Smile Designer
February 27, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Want a more beautiful smile like those you admire? The dentist at The Smile Designer in Spring, TX, understand the importance of a firstcosmetic dentistry impression, which is why she offers cosmetic dentistry.


Veneers are used to resurface an individual's teeth, especially helpful if they're damaged. The dentist removes some enamel -  an irreversible process, and places the veneer, made out of thin porcelain or plastic, on the surface of the tooth.

Here are some of the conditions where veneers can really help :

  • Stained or discolored teeth, teeth decayed due to poor hygiene, stained teeth due to coffee, tea, or soda,  stained teeth caused by smoking or chewing tobacco.
  • Mis-shapened teeth: crooked, worn or chipped teeth and irregularly shaped teeth.       

Dental implants:

Implants are typically made using a titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace your missing tooth root. It creates stability, strength and prevents the weakening and shrinkage of your jawbone. The dentist then seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to occur. Your Dr. Idriss then re-opens the area above the titanium post, inserts a screw, places an abutment above the screw and secures a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.

Advantages of dental implants include:

  • Restoring one tooth, a few teeth or all of your teeth.
  • Restoring your bite and chewing function.
  • Unlike dentures, dental implants are fixed in place and don't fall out of place.
  • The dental implants can last a lifetime.       

Tooth Contouring and Reshaping:

Contouring and reshaping your teeth is a simple, cosmetic procedure that will save you time and money, and can give you a more confident smile. Contouring and reshaping can help with a variety of problems:

  • crooked teeth
  • chipped teeth
  • cracked or fractured teeth
  • overlapping or crowded teeth
  • pits and/or grooves in enamel on the teeth       

Cosmetic dentistry is vital for improving the appearance and function of your teeth. If you would like to restore the beauty of your teeth and smile just call your Spring, TX, dentist – Dr. Maisa Idriss at The Smile Designer. 281-257-8815.

By The Smile Designer
December 19, 2017
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

How dental implants from your dentist in Spring, TX can save your smiledental implants

Living with an incomplete smile due to lost teeth can be frustrating and embarrassing. You may be afraid to smile, and you may have trouble eating. The good news is you can restore your smile with tooth replacement that is the closest alternative to natural teeth available today. It’s time to learn how to complete your smile with dental implants! Dr. Maisa M. Idriss at The Smile Designer in Spring, TX wants to share the facts about revolutionary dental implants and how they can save your smile.

So, let’s start with why you should choose dental implants instead of partials, dentures, or bridgework. Dental implants offer benefits which can’t be matched by other tooth replacement methods. Dental implants are:

  • Natural-looking, because they are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth, unlike dental appliances and bridgework
  • Stable, because they are locked in place by bone; they won’t move around like dental appliances can
  • Healthy, because you can brush and floss your implants just like natural teeth, unlike dental appliances
  • Permanent, because you never take them out, unlike dental appliances

Now that you know why you should choose dental implants, let’s discuss HOW dental implants are placed. First, the titanium dental implant screw is placed in your jaw during a simple in-office procedure. Because of the unique characteristics of titanium, bone will grow around the implant, embedding it in place. After the area has healed, Dr. Idriss will cap the dental implant screw with a dazzling dental implant crown. You now have a new tooth to complete your smile!

Before you think about replacing teeth with an unnatural-looking dental bridge, or a less-than-perfect partial or denture, think about dental implants. Thanks to dental implants, you can enjoy a highly successful method of tooth replacement that boasts a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

To find out more about revolutionary dental implants and other restorative and cosmetic dental services call Dr. Maisa M. Idriss at The Smile Designer in Spring, TX. Start completing your smile by calling today!

By The Smile Designer
November 09, 2017
Tags: snoring  

Are you snoring consistently and loudly? While you may not even know you're so noisy, certainly your family does, but there's an even snoringgreater cause for concern. Snoring often accompanies a serious health issue called Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA. People with OSA actually stop breathing several times a night. Your dentist in Spring, Dr. Maisa Idriss, at The Smile Designer in Spring, TX offers solutions to stop snoring so you sleep, stay healthy and keep your household happy, too.

How OSA happens

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is more common than you may think. The National Sleep Foundation says it affects about 20 million Americans. While most of these sufferers are males over 40, OSA happens to a wide range of people--even children.

Predisposing factors are obesity, alcohol abuse, snoring, big tonsils and large neck circumference. Unfortunately, this sleep disorder is linked to systemic health problems such as diabetes, stroke, hypertension dementia and heart disease. So, in short, it's no joke.

The mechanism for OSA is pretty straightforward. As a person sleeps, his or her throat relaxes. The soft tissues--tonsils, tongue, and so on--relax, covering the throat, causing the vibration we know as snoring. Also, the lack of oxygen makes the individual startle awake, gasping for air. These apneic episodes may occur up to 100 times a night. The next day, the individual is tired, sleepy, irritable and may have trouble concentrating and remembering things.

How Dr. Idriss can help

If these symptoms sound familiar, don't despair. Dr. Indriss can help. She offers oral appliance therapy, custom-made night splints which hold the jaw and tongue in a more forward position, thus opening the airway and holding it open. These comfortable appliances work well for mild to moderate sleep apnea and may be an excellent alternative to more intrusive therapies such as bedside CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines. CPAP machines deliver a steady stream of air through a nasal mask and keep the airway open. However, people often dislike their noise and feeling of claustrophobia.

Additionally, Dr. Idriss performs in-office oral surgeries to modify excess tissue at the back of the throat. These procedures are comfortably accomplished with the Fontono Lightwalker laser. The tissue reduction procedure--also called NightLase--activates collagen in the uvula, soft palate and tonsils, effectively decreasing their size and creating more room for air to pass.

Take snoring seriously

To stop your snoring, why not contact The Smile Designer in Spring today? You can rest better and feel better with Dr. Indriss's innovative sleep apnea solutions. Call (281) 257-8815.

By The Smile Designer
August 23, 2017
Tags: Sleep Apnea   NightLase  

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines aren't the only way to treat sleep apnea symptoms. Many people find CPAPNight Lase machines and dental devices uncomfortable and resign themselves to living with the condition. Unfortunately, failing to treat the condition can raise your risk of several serious health problems, including strokes, heart disease, and diabetes. With the help of our Spring, TX, dentist, Dr. Maisa Idriss, NightLase, an innovative laser treatment, can reduce or eliminate your sleep apnea symptoms in just three treatments.

Tightening throat tissue reduces sleep apnea symptoms

Excess tissue in your throat can interfere with airflow to your lungs, causing snoring and frequent breathing pauses. Sleep apnea doesn't just affect the quality of your sleep but also causes daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, morning headaches, irritability and other symptoms.

The NightLase procedure, available in our Spring office, opens up your airway by tightening and shrinking throat tissue and lifting your upper palate. Tightening occurs when the heat generated by Fontano Lightwalker laser spurs the formation of new collagen. As the collagen forms, your tissues gradually become tauter and no longer interfere with breathing. The laser has a beneficial effect on tissues in the throat, tonsils, soft palate and uvula.

Treatments are painless and effective

Pain is a common and understandable concern of patients undergoing NightLase treatment. Although your throat may feel a little warm during your treatment, pain won't be an issue. Most people need three Nightlase treatments spaced several weeks apart. You may begin to notice positive changes after your first treatment, but it will probably take up to six months to experience the full effects of NightLase.

Although Nightlase is very effective, it's not a permanent solution to sleep apnea and snoring. The effects generally last six months to one year. Luckily, you can repeat your treatments periodically to ensure that your symptoms don't return.

NightLase treatments help you avoid the serious consequences of sleep apnea and reduce snoring and other related apnea symptoms. Are you interested in learning if you're a good candidate for the treatment? Call our Spring, TX, dentist, Dr. Idriss, at (281) 257-8815 to schedule an appointment.

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