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By The Smile Designer
May 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Think about this:  There are a number of factors that can damage a smile over time. Sports injuries, accidents, or trauma from a fall can all crowns and bridgescause chips, cracks, and teeth fractures. On the other hand, there are times when the damage develops gradually and remains undetected until symptoms develop, such as tooth decay, a gum infection, or wear-and-tear caused by aging.  Whatever the case may be, you don't have to live with a damaged or less than perfect,  smile. Dr. Maisa Idriss, a dentist in Spring, TX, offers a range of cosmetic and general dentistry services for you and your entire family.
 
A New and Improved Smile with Crowns and Bridges from our Spring Office
 
Dental crowns are among the most reliable restorations available. Crowns (also known as caps because they cover the remaining portion of a damaged tooth) restore the tooth's surface, cover cosmetic damage, and replace missing teeth -  when used in conjunction with a bridge.
 
When would  Dental Crowns be good for me?

The most common uses for crowns include:

  • The instance when a cavity is too large to be filled by a
  • standard filling
  • After root canal therapy
  • To replace a missing tooth
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To strengthen a fractured or weak tooth


Upon completion of a comprehensive dental exam, Dr. Idriss  will be able to recommend the best restoration and procedure for your circumstances.
 
How Long can I expect Dental Crowns to  Last?

A typical crown is designed to last an average of approximately 15 years, but in many cases they  last  much longer. Like natural teeth, crowns require good oral hygiene and follow up with preventive care from Dr. Idriss  to last as long as possible and ensure you  the best oral health.
 
Call our Spring Office Today!
For more information about your restorative and cosmetic dentistry options, contact The Smile Designer  today by calling 281-257-8815 to  schedule an appointment with Dr. Idriss.

By The Smile Designer
March 14, 2019

For over 25 years, Dr. Maisa Idriss has been helping people achieve optimal oral health and a more attractive appearance. But, did you snoringknow that this Spring, TX, dentist also offers treatment for sleep apnea? If you snore, wake frequently during the night, and are generally fatigued, you may have this sleep disorder, and oral appliance therapy from The Smile Designer can help!

What is sleep apnea?

The National Sleep Foundation reports that about 16 million adult Americans suffer from the sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. Characterized by loud snoring, restless movements, and periodic waking throughout the night, sleep apnea falls into three types:

  • Obstructive, or OSA, caused by the collapse of the soft tissues at the back of the throat
  • Central, or CSA, marked by miscommunication between the brain and the respiratory system
  • Mixed sleep apnea which seems to combine features of both OSA and CSA

Often the chief complaint is excessively loud snoring which sometimes disrupts whole households and affects interpersonal relationships; but there's more! Long-term health effects including the following, can result from sleep apnea:

  • Insomnia
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Dementia
  • Concentration problems
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Type-2 diabetes

Dear Doctor cautions that careful evaluation by a trained sleep physician is essential to pinpointing and treating sleep apnea.

Treating sleep apnea
Sometimes, common sense interventions work well—things such as losing weight, sleeping with a raised head, not eating before bedtime, and cutting down on alcohol consumption. However, sleep physicians often prescribe CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines as well. These bedside machines and their associated face masks introduce a steady stream of oxygen into the airway, keeping it open to prevent snoring and episodes of apnea.

Some people, however, cannot tolerate the noise or the CPAP mask. Others simply don't need such an invasive intervention. That's where oral appliance therapy from our Spring, TX, Dentist's office comes in.

Prescribed and fitted by Dr. Idriss, a customized oral appliance helps patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea stop snoring and breathe well as they sleep. The oral appliance is made from biocompatible acrylic. It moves the lower jaw forward, a position which opens the airway and keeps it open through the night. Patients with OSA report that the treatment is comfortable and produces real results!

Learn more about sleep apnea
Dr. Idriss offers a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services—oral appliance therapy is just one of them! You can count on her expert and compassionate care to help you and your family achieve optimal oral health. Find out more about sleep apnea and oral appliance therapy through a consultation with The Smile Designer in Spring, TX. Call today for an appointment: (281) 257-8815.

By The Smile Designer
January 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

“Your smile will thank you when you choose to replace missing teeth with implants.”  Why?

We know that the smile you were given should last a lifetime; however, we realize that detrimental issues can set in that can lead to tooth dental implantsloss.  Did you know that millions of American adults are missing at least one tooth?  If you are among them, it’s important that you turn to our Spring, TX, cosmetic dentist Dr. Maisa Idriss right away for a consultation to determine how dental implants can benefit you.

If left untreated tooth loss can ultimately lead to the deterioration of the jawbone, which in turn will affect the overall facial structure and lead to sagging and premature wrinkles.  By getting dental implants in Spring, TX, at The Smile Designer you can improve not just your appearance but your overall oral health.  Remember, everyone should feel confident with their smile and dental implants can revive the smile you once had, after tooth loss.

Look at the long-term benefits you’ll enjoy when you get dental implants from Dr. Idriss:

  • Lifelong tooth replacement
  • A durable and resilient restoration made from titanium
  • A boost to your self-esteem and confidence
  • Preservation of the jawbone and prevention of bone loss
  • Support for your natural facial structure
  • Prevent teeth from shifting into gaps that will affect your smile
  • Restored chewing
  • Improvement to your quality of life
  • And, Easy maintenance and care

A dental implant is the only tooth replacement that actually functions like real teeth! The magic lies in the metal implant itself which is made from titanium, a bio-compatible metal that the mouth won’t reject. Once Dr. Idriss surgically places the implant into the jawbone the bone and tissue will heal around the implant.  The result?  A permanent foundation from which to hold a dental crown in place.

If you are missing several teeth or a full row of teeth multiple implants can also be placed along the arches of the jawbone to support dentures. In fact, many denture wearers who aren’t satisfied with how their dentures fit will benefit greatly from getting implants, since they will hold the dentures firmly in place.  Then, the dentures won't move or shift around while speaking or chewing.

If you dreaming of restoring or gaining the smile you've dreamed of, Dental implants may just be the solution you're looking for!  See if you are an ideal candidate for implants by calling The Smile Designer in Spring, TX, today!

By The Smile Designer
December 04, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry services from Dr. Maisa Idriss at The Smile Designer in Spring, TX!  Dr. Idriss takes healthyveneers teeth and enhances their appearance with state-of-the-art treatments and techniques that please both you and the people who see you smile as never before. From simple composite resin bonding to porcelain veneers and complete smile makeovers, Dr. Idriss and her team perform all procedures with skill and attention to patient comfort.
 
How a new smile happens
 
The first essential element is good oral health. An oral exam at The Smile Designer tells the doctor if all is well.  Depending on the results you and Dr. Idriss may want to talk about your vision for a new smile.
For example, you may simply want to brighten your tooth color.  But, what if you're experiencing small defects, such as chips and cracks--do they embarrass you? Do you worry about a misshapen teeth and how strong or weak they are?  You'll be able to discuss all concerns during your complimentary consultation with your Spring cosmetic dentist. You'll receive sensible, realistic answers, and you may learn innovative ways to improve your smile aesthetics more easily than you ever thought possible!
 
Featured treatments
 
Any one of, or a combination of the following services could be included in your unique care plan:

  • Cosmetic bonding: adding a small amount of tooth-colored composite resin to artfully correct flaws such as gaps and chips
  • Enamel and/or gum contouring:  to even tooth length and remove excess soft tissue (gummy smile)
  • Venus take-home teeth whitening, to safely bleach stubborn enamel stains
  • Porcelain veneers:  dental laminates which cover flaws, strengthen enamel and improve tooth shape
  • Snap-on Smile, to cover flawed teeth which reside right in the "smile zone"
  • Invisalign clear aligners:  to move teeth discreetly into healthier and more attractive positions
  • Tooth-colored fillings, to restore decay with a durable and natural-looking resin
  • Dental implants:  for superior tooth replacement and bone rebuilding
  • Complete smile makeover, which transforms a damaged smile and restores oral health and aesthetics to the patient.

Look good and be healthy!

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says research shows when you smile a lot, you'll likely add 7 years to your life. Who wouldn't want that kind of health benefit?

So, call and arrange an appointment at  The Smile Designer in Spring, TX, to learn how enhanced smile aesthetics can be good for your overall well-being. Call the office today for an appointment with Dr. Idriss at (281) 257-8815.

 

Dental ImplantTooth loss affects millions of Americans every year, regardless of age. Tooth loss can affect your oral health and your smile. So we urge you to see The Smile Designer so we can determine if dental implants are a good option for you. Dr. Maisa Idriss, a dentist in Spring, TX, offers cosmetic and general dentistry services for the whole family!  Keep reading to see how she can help you!

Allow us to do a Smile Makeover with Dental Implants in Spring, TX.

Implants are unique among dental restorations in that they restore missing teeth in two stages, addressing both the root and the crown. Although the root may not be visible when we smile, it plays an integral role in oral health. Once a tooth falls out or is extracted, the bone tissue that supports the tooth begins to erode. Bone deterioration is a somewhat overlooked side effect of tooth loss, but it can lead to a number of complications including infections and facial sagging, which can be noticeable. Implants help to preserve bone density and secure the crown in place so that the restoration feels and functions just like a natural tooth.

How Implants Work

The initial step toward getting Dental implants is to determine whether you are a good candidate, or not.  In order to qualify, patients must be adults in good general health and have enough existing bone tissue to support an implant. The implant consists of a small titanium screw, which is surgically implanted in place of the root. Once the implant has fused with the surrounding bone tissue through a process known as osseointegration, the cosmetic crown is attached and your smile – both structurally and aesthetically,  is as good as new.

Implants can replace a single tooth, or support an entire set of dentures with just a few implants. With consistent oral hygiene and follow up dental care, implants have a very high success rate and can improve your oral and general health, not to mention your quality of life.

Find a Dentist in Spring, TX

Dental implants provide a great option that can restore your smile and support oral health after tooth loss. For more information, contact The Smile Designer by calling  (281) 257-8815 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Idriss today.





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