Healthy Teeth and Beautiful Smiles Found Here.

Listening to You.

Personalizing Care.

 

Whether your dental needs are a complete exam and cleaning, a full-mouth restoration, or anything in between, we promise to listen to your concerns while provide you with exceptional care.

Below are just some of the many procedures and services we regularly provide to our patients – with a gentle touch, and trusting results.  Your comfort is our first priority, and your health of greatest importance.

 

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.  We look forward to providing you with the personal care you deserve.

Cleaning and Prevention

 

A preventive approach is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.

 

Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet.  It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist and dental team to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.

Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth.

 

Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to achieving a lifetime of optimal health and well being.

Periodontal Disease

 

The word periodontal means “around the tooth”.  Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth.  Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva.  If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar).  When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone.  Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

 

Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it!  Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.

Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy.  Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease affects these systemic diseases and conditions.  Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.

 

Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.

Signs and Symptoms

of Periodontal Disease:

 

  • Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
  • Loose teeth – Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
  • New spacing between teeth – Caused by bone loss.
  • Persistent bad breath – Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
  • Pus around the teeth and gums – Sign that there is an infection present.
  • Receding gums – Loss of gum around a tooth.
  • Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen.
  • Tenderness or Discomfort – Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.

Restorations

 

It’s great news that the incidence of tooth decay has significantly diminished over the years due to the use of fluorides and an increase in patient awareness.  However, teeth are still susceptible to decay, infection, and breakage and sometimes need to be restored back to health.  Through improved techniques and modern technology, we are now able to offer more options for restoring a tooth back to its normal shape, appearance and function.

 

Should your teeth ever require a restorative treatment, you can rest assured knowing we will always discuss with you the available options, and recommend what we believe to be the most comfortable and least invasive treatment.  Providing you with excellent care is our number one priority when creating your beautiful smile.

 

     Reasons for restorative dentistry:

  • Relieve dental pain.
  • Repair damaged and decayed teeth.
  • Restore normal eating and chewing.
  • Prevent the loss of a tooth.
  • Replace missing teeth.
  • Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth.
  • Replace old, unattractive dental treatments.
  • Enhance your smile.
  • Improve or correct an improper bite.

Cosmetic Dentistry

 

In the past decade there has been a dramatic interest in cosmetic dentistry.  We all realize that having a healthy, bright, beautiful smile enhances our appearance and allows us to smile with confidence.  Thanks to the advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, we are able to improve our teeth and smiles with efficient, painless and affordable options.

 

     Cosmetic dental treatments can:

  • Change the size, shape, and alignment of certain teeth.
  • Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth.
  • Improve or correct bites.
  • Repair decayed, broken, cracked, or chipped teeth.
  • Replace missing teeth.
  • Replace old, unattractive dental treatments.
  • Lighten or brighten the color of teeth.

How can one overcome dental anxiety?

 

Dental anxiety and fear can become completely overwhelming.  It is estimated that as many as 35 million people do not visit the dental office at all because they are too afraid.  Receiving regular dental check ups and cleanings is incredibly important. Having regular routine check ups is the easiest way to maintain excellent oral hygiene and reduce the need for more complex procedures.

 

Some tips to help reduce dental fear and anxiety:

 

Talk to the dentist – The dentist is not a mind reader.  Though it can be hard to talk about your fears the dentist can take extra precautions during visits if fears and anxiety are communicated.

 

Immersive Entertainment - What if you could lay in the chair binging on your favorite show and listening to it through Blue-tooth over-the-ear headphones - completely immersed in your private brand of entertainment while the doctor takes care of the rest. It can be done here, simply request that your procedure take place in operatory two. We've tested the idea in one room, first, and it has become wildly successful ...of course. We plan to expand the idea to the remaining rooms within the year.

 

Bring a portable music player – Music acts as a relaxant and also drowns out any fear-producing noises.  Listening to calming music throughout the appointment will help to reduce anxiety.

 

Agree on a signal – Many people are afraid that the dentist will not know they are in significant pain during the appointment, and will carry on the procedure regardless.  The best way to solve this problem is to agree on a “stop” hand signal with the dentist.  Both parties can easily understand signals like raising the hand or tapping on the chair.

 

Spray the throat – Throat sprays (for example, Vicks® Chloraseptic® Throat Spray) can actually control the gag reflex.  Two or three sprays will usually keep the reflex under control for about an hour.

 

Sedation – Sedation offers an excellent option for many people.  There are several types of sedation, but the general premise behind them is the same: the patient regains their faculties after treatment is complete.  Please ask about your options.

 

If you have questions or concerns about how the dentist can help you overcome anxiety and fear, please contact the office.

 

Dental Anxiety and Fear

 

The overwhelming fear of dental appointments can be a common cause of anxiety.  Many people visualize fearful events in the dental office that cause pain and anxiety. The reality, however, is very different.  The comfort, relaxation and happiness of the patient is embedded deep at the heart of our dental practice.  The staff at the practice will do their best to reduce anxiety, allay fears and provide painless treatments.

 

 

Here is a list of some of the most common dental fears:

  • Fear of embarrassment about the condition of teeth.
  • Fear of gagging.
  • Fear of injections.
  • Fear of loss of control.
  • Fear of not becoming numb when injected with Novocain.
  • Fear of pain.
  • Fear of the dentist as a person.
  • Fear of the hand piece (or the drill).

If you have a dental emergency, call us immediately – even if it’s after hours. We will place you in contact with our doctor.

 

Sims Dentistry, PLLC  is privately owned dental services offered to the Huntsville and Conroe, Texas areas. For those located near us that are looking for affordable dentistry and skilled dental treatment, there’s no need to look further to find a dental office that is more concerned with your health and self-confidence. Proper teeth cleaning, restoration (crowns, fillings...) and cosmetics (teeth whitening, straightening...) are just a few of the skills our staff has spent years developing into an expertise. Please feel free to contact us with any questions concerning possible treatments or financial concerns.

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