By Today's Dental
May 26, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth loss  

Tooth loss is a common issue that affects many people. If you are missing any teeth, you may have already noticed its negative impact on your usual oral functions.

Fortunately, there are many solutions that can help you resolve this problem, including dentures, bridges, and dental implants. Here at Today’s Dental in Houston, TX, you can consult with one of our dentists, either Dr. Tiberiu Oancea or Dr. Jeromy Thornton, to discuss the tooth replacement option that will best fit your needs.

The Consequences of Missing Teeth

The loss of one or more teeth could affect you in numerous ways. Aside from the fact that it can affect the quality of your smile and self-confidence, it can likewise lead to other serious dental complications such as the following:

  • Shifting Teeth: The loss of a tooth could cause your teeth to shift in your mouth. This happens as your remaining teeth try to make up for the missing tooth and try to reduce the gap. Moreover, more oral complications can occur since the gap can cause food to become caught in between the teeth, leading to tooth decay.
  • Structural Collapse: You may not notice this early on, but when you lose more teeth and bone density, your bite will gradually start to weaken and sink. This leads to the collapse of your facial structure, making the lower part of your face appear to be sunken in on itself.
  • Bone Loss: The relationship between our teeth and jawbone is often overlooked by many. However, it’s vital to note that the health of your jawbone relies on the stimulation from the teeth and their roots. If some of your teeth are lost, about 25% of the density of your jawbone will decrease in just the first year. In addition, a decrease in bone density makes your teeth more susceptible to falling off.

Possible Solutions for Tooth Loss

  • Dental Implants

You may be eligible for dental implants whether you need to replace one tooth or if you’re missing multiple teeth in different areas in your mouth. A permanent base is offered by implants for a replacement tooth. Dental implants look like your natural teeth and could last decades or more with proper oral hygiene and routine checkups with your Houston, TX, dentist.

  • Removable Partial Dentures

When you need to replace only some of your teeth, getting removable partial dentures might be practical for you. This option involves a base that matches the color of your gums where your replacement teeth are attached.

  • Fixed Dental Bridge

This option may suit you if you have single or multiple teeth that are missing in the same region. Basically, a dental bridge uses an artificial tooth or dental prosthetic to fix the gap caused by a missing tooth.

Call Us

Call (281) 580-0770 to reach Today’s Dental here in Houston, TX, and arrange an assessment with one of our dentists, Dr. Tiberiu Oancea or Dr. Jeromy Thornton.


If you're a parent, raising kids can be a great adventure. It can also rev up your stress meter in a heartbeat. One area in particular can give you heartburn: your child's lack of enthusiasm for visiting the dentist.

Dental anxiety in varying degrees in children isn't uncommon. At times, it can be difficult for everyone involved for a child to receive the dental care they need if they're in an upset or agitated state. Fortunately, though, there are things you can do to minimize your child's dental anxiety.

First, start regular dental visits as early as possible, usually around their first birthday. Children who begin seeing the dentist earlier rather than later are more apt to find the sights, sounds and other experiences of a dental office a routine part of life.

You might also consider using a pediatric dentist for your child. Pediatric dentists specialize in child dental care, and have specific training and experience interacting with children. Pediatric dental offices are also usually “kid friendly” with toys, videos, books and interior decorations that children find appealing.

Your attitude and demeanor during a dental visit can also have an effect on your child. Children in general take their cues for how to feel from their caregivers. If you're nervous and tense while with them at the dentist, they may take that as a sign they should feel the same way. In contrast, if you're calm and relaxed, it may help them to be calm and relaxed.

Along the same lines, your attitude and level of commitment to dental care, both at home and at the dentist, will rub off on them. The best way to do that is by setting the example: not only as you brush and floss every day, but during your own dental visits. Take them with you: If they see you're not anxious about your care, it may improve their own feelings about their care.

The main goal is to try to make your child's overall dental experience as positive and pleasant as possible. The benefits of this can extend far beyond the present moment into their adult lives.

If you would like more information on your child's dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Taking the Stress Out of Dentistry for Kids.”


We all need a good night's sleep, both in quantity and quality. That's why the Better Sleep Council promotes Better Sleep Month every May with helpful tips on making sure you're not only getting enough sleep, but that it's also restful and therapeutic. The latter is crucial, especially if you have one problem that can diminish sleep quality: nocturnal teeth grinding.

Teeth grinding is the involuntary movement of the jaws outside of normal functioning like eating or speaking. You unconsciously grind teeth against teeth, increasing the pressure of biting forces beyond their normal range. It can occur while awake, but it is more common during sleep.

The habit is fairly widespread in children, thought to result from an immature chewing mechanism. Children normally outgrow the habit, and most healthcare providers don't consider it a major concern.

But teeth grinding can also carry over or arise in adulthood, fueled in large part by stress. It then becomes concerning: Chronic teeth grinding can accelerate normal age-related tooth wear and weaken or damage teeth or dental work. It may also contribute to jaw joint pain and dysfunction related to temporomandibular disorders (TMD).

If you notice frequent jaw tenderness or pain, or a family member says they've heard you grind your teeth at night, you should see us for a full examination. If you are diagnosed with teeth grinding, we can consider different means to bring it under control, depending on your case's severity and underlying causes.

Here are some things you can do:

Alter lifestyle habits. Alcohol and tobacco use have been associated with teeth grinding. To reduce episodes of nighttime teeth grinding, consider modifying (or, as with tobacco, stopping) your use of these and related substances. Altering your lifestyle in this way will likely also improve your overall health.

Manage stress. Teeth grinding can be a way the body “lets off steam” from the accumulated stress of difficult life situations. You may be able to reduce it through better stress management. Learn and practice stress reduction techniques like meditation or other forms of relaxation. You may also find counseling, biofeedback or group therapy beneficial.

Seek dental solutions. In severe cases, there are possible dental solutions to reducing the biting forces generated by teeth grinding. One way is to adjust the bite by removing some of the structure from teeth that may be more prominent than others. We may also be able to create a bite guard to wear at night that prevents teeth from making solid contact with each other.

These and other techniques can be used individually or together to create a customized treatment plan just for you. Minimizing teeth grinding will help ensure you're getting the most out of your sleep time, while protecting your dental health too.

If you would like more information about treatment for teeth grinding, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Grinding.”


Porcelain veneers have been used for several decades to enhance a dental patient's smile. These thin wafers of color-matched dental porcelain are bonded to the visible surface of teeth to mask chips, disfigurements, discoloring or slight misalignments and gaps. Thanks to the artistry of dentists and dental lab technicians, the average observer often can't distinguish a veneered tooth from a natural one.

Veneers are great—but they're even more life-like and versatile thanks to recent technological advances. Here are a few of these high tech means that can help make your veneers as attractive as possible.

Digital photography. There's a lot that goes into making sure an individual's veneers seamlessly blend in with other teeth. Photographs in digital form that can be transferred electronically to dental labs are invaluable, especially for accurate color matching. A high resolution photograph can also relay an enormous amount of information about a patient's existing teeth including shape, size, length and position.

Computer imaging. We want you to be satisfied with your final veneer appearance. The best way to ensure that—and to relax any jitters you may have over the process—is to enable you to “see” your new smile before your veneers are even made. We can do that with computer imaging software that modifies a current photo of your smile to look as it will be with veneers. It's also a great tool for making changes to the veneer plan based on what you see in the model.

Tryout veneers. We can even take it a step further, by letting you see how your proposed veneers will look like on your own teeth. We do this by creating provisional veneers made of composite materials that we temporarily bond to your teeth. You can try them out for a while (and get others' impressions) until your permanent veneers are ready. And as with computer imaging, tryout veneers can guide updates to your veneer schematics before they're made.

Using these and other advanced techniques can help fine-tune the design of your new veneers to make sure they're the best they can be. They're great tools in achieving our ultimate goal with your veneers—a beautiful smile that everyone thinks is natural.

If you would like more information on the smile-transforming power of dental veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: Your Smile—Better Than Ever.”

By Today's Dental
April 23, 2020
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Preventive Care  

Brushing your teeth is a normal part of the day, a habit you've practiced your whole life. Of course, while brushing is an important part of keeping your teeth and body healthy, it is crucial to practice other forms of preventative care to keep cavities, decay, and plaque at bay, as well.

At Today's Dental in Houston, TX, our dentists are dedicated to setting you up for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Follow our tips for preventative care and you'll be flashing your dazzling smile for years to come.

Frequent, thorough brushing

Brushing your teeth is the most important thing you can do for your smile. Twice a day, or after meals, use a soft-bristled brush to reach every surface of your teeth, as well as along the gum line, to remove any bits of food or residue that can develop into plaque and tartar. Brushing is also a key way of keeping cavities from developing.


While brushing is an effective way of keeping your teeth clean, to remove every stray particle or trapped bit of food, you need to incorporate flossing into your routine as well. Make sure to floss between every tooth, inducing the back ones, to prevent bacteria from growing.

Eating well

Nutritious foods are important for the health of both your body and your teeth. Fresh produce and a balanced diet of grains, proteins, and fats are essential parts of a good diet. Furthermore, sugary foods and beverages should be limited as they can lead to decay and cavities.

Deep cleanings and examinations

You should have regular cleanings and exams with your dentist at our Houston office to make sure your teeth are strong and healthy. During a professional cleaning, your dentist uses special tools that remove stubborn tartar and buildup. Your dentist will also check for and treat any cavities that you may have, and occasionally take x-rays for a more thorough look at your oral health.

With preventative care and visits to your dentist at Today's Dental in Houston, you can have your best and healthiest smile. Call us at 281-580-0770.

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