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What Candy Does Your Dentist Give Out on Halloween?

October 16, 2017

Two kids trick or treatingYou may think that dentists are completely anti-candy. You’d be wrong, though! We all know the end of the year holiday season is filled with delicious treats, and your dentist doesn’t think you should completely miss out on the celebration. Instead, consuming candy in moderation and avoiding some of the more damage-causing treats will leave you with a beautiful smile and a satisfied sweet tooth. Most importantly, keep up your at home hygiene routine and visit your family dentist for checkups and professional teeth cleanings.
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Tired of Hiding Your Smile? Porcelain Veneers in River Oaks Can Help!

September 23, 2017

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A woman hiding her smile.Your partner is looking forward to introducing you to their family and all you can feel is trepidation. It’s not meeting people that you’re worried about, but rather what they’ll think of your teeth. You’ve lived with stains for as long as you can remember and that’s kept you from going to the dentist, which caused some additional chipping. You can’t remember the last time you smiled with confidence, and you wonder what you can do about your teeth. Porcelain veneers in River Oaks might just be the solution you’re looking for, and here’s how they can help.

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How All on 4 In River Oaks Can Upgrade Your Dentures

September 3, 2017

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mature man biting appleYou’re having dinner with your family tonight, and you are not looking forward to it. It has nothing to do with the company, but rather, your dentures. Lately, they’ve been slipping out of place quite often, especially when you’re trying to eat, and as a result, you’ve had to limit your diet to soft, bland, and easy to chew foods. You’re worried that your dentures may accidentally slip out in front of everyone, or they’ll wonder why you’re just ordering soup. Isn’t there something you can do about this?

In fact, with a little help from your dentist, you can. With All on 4 in River Oaks, they can give you a set of teeth that will stay in place and enable you to eat and smile confidently again. How does it work? Read on to learn more. (more…)

Why Am I So Tired All The Time? Your Dentist in Houston Explains

August 30, 2017

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A woman with a headache or fatigue.Chronic fatigue can be very debilitating. You may find yourself ready for bed by the afternoon. You may have difficulties concentrating and focusing at work. You may wonder why you are tired all the time? Maybe you never thought to ask your dentist about fatigue but believe it or not, your dentist in Houston has an explanation and a solution for you!

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Transform Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

August 23, 2017

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Young woman smilingDo you ever visit your local grocery store or pharmacy and stare at the covers of the celebrity magazines? The smiles you see in magazines may look as flawlessly airbrushed as the famous people sharing them, but actually, you can have a smile to rival any celebrity. Cosmetic dentistry transformations are possible for any patient. You can create a personalized smile makeover plan that allows you to achieve your desired results within any schedule or budget.

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Are You Looking for a New Dentist in River Oaks?

August 22, 2017

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Have you considered visitng Dr. Krell, your dentist in River Oaks?Are you ready to find a new dentist that can serve your whole family’s needs? If so, you’re in luck! Dr. John H. Krell, your dentist in River Oaks, is accepting new patients and would love to serve you as well as your loved ones with the dental services you need. Once you visit us once, we would be happy to make you a regular patient with us.

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Your Dentist in Houston Explains Options For Replacing Missing Teeth

July 25, 2017

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An elderly couple smiling.Your missing tooth has impacted your life for long enough! Are you ready to stop hiding your teeth when you smile? Are you ready to feel confident about eating again? Your dentist in Houston has great options to replace one or more missing teeth, and here is your guide to choosing which treatment is best for you.

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Are there risks with Dental Implants? – John Krell, DDS – Houston, TX

March 20, 2017

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Dental implant placement and restoration is a highly successful procedure, one that grants many patients the opportunity to have a full smile again. This treatment does come with some risks, which are minimized in the hands of an experienced dentist. In any case, patients looking for tooth replacement options should know how dental implants could benefit their oral health, and how your dentist reduces risk.

Recover Daily Function

When you lose teeth, the way you speak and eat are impacted. If the lost teeth are not replaced, or are restored by a prosthesis or a bridge, you often have to adjust your bite to enjoy food normally or smile comfortably. Adults and seniors with dentures and partials are forced to make adjustments for appliances as over time, they can fall out or lose their tight fit. Dental implant posts, on the other hand, permanently fuse to the jaw bone, providing strength and structure to bone that has been lost. With porcelain crowns or dentures attached to these implants, patients receive the benefits of a full set of teeth; chewing can return to normal, and patients can speak with confidence.

What are the Risks?

Before the placement treatment, patients receive a thorough examination and planning to make sure the treatment is best for their smile. Jaw bone health and strength plays a large role in determining the success of dental implants and provides the greatest source of risk. Patients with too little bone tissue may not be able to receive implants at all, and those with poor oral health may receive implants but infection makes the tissues unable to heal.

Bone grafting and sinus augmentation make up for bone loss, providing ample support for implant placement. These procedures can use your own tissue, as well as donor tissue, to restore the lost bone structure. Individuals with weak oral health, or those who have extensive dental problems, may require more restorative treatments before implants can be placed. Antibiotics, root planing and scaling, and deep cleanings are a few of the possible treatments that will help the smile avoid risks during implant treatment.

Dental Implants in Houston

John Krell, DDS, provides dental implant treatment for people who want a full smile again. With comprehensive services and a gentle touch, our team will make sure patients are ready for implant placement and restoration. Call us today!

How Does CEREC Work?

May 26, 2016

CEREC, the Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, is a significant advancement in dentistry. The digital CAD/CAM system has led to increased reliability, efficiency and accuracy in the fields of restoration, orthodontics and implantology.

CEREC replaces the need for traditional methods of creating impressions, molds, and dental appliances. It is a computerized design unit that also is fitted with state of the art software, and a precise computer-guided milling machine. The system allows dental professionals to create inlays, onlays, crowns and veneers in a single appointment, saving patients time and money.

What Does CEREC Do?

Traditionally, restorations involve two stages of treatment. First, the examination and diagnostics stage, which usually involved goopy impressions. A couple of weeks later, the fitting of the final crown or veneer would take place. By using the CEREC technology system, the dentist is able to take a 3D image of the tooth, which is used to accurately design and mill a new ceramic restoration, and fit it precisely into the exact location, all within a single visit.

What to Expect

The 3D image is taken using a special camera, which then gets uploaded to the design unit to be used to create an accurate and detailed 3D model of the new tooth. This is used as a blueprint by the milling machine, which mills the new tooth from a block of high quality ceramic. The dentist selects from different types of ceramic and custom stains in order to closely match the patients’ remaining teeth.

At the start of treatment, any local anesthetic or sedation is applied to help the patient relax and enjoy a painless and comfortable procedure. Once the impression of the tooth is taken, the tooth is prepped for the restoration – such as reshaping a tooth before a crown is fitted, or removing enamel to place a veneer.

When both the patient and the dentist are happy with the results, the dentist will use a cement bond to firmly secure the restoration. From start to finish, it is possible for a CEREC CAD/CAM based treatment to be completed under two hours.

Benefits of Same Day Crowns

The primary benefit is convenience because the CEREC system removes the need for the two-week wait, the unpredictability of temporaries and the need for a second visit. The dentist is in complete control of the process and can accurately customize the new prosthetic tooth in a way that most benefits the patient.

Contact our Houston dental office to schedule your appointment today. Whether you have decay or it has been over six months since your last professional cleaning. We look forward to helping you attain your best smile!

Is Nitrous the Answer for Me?

May 16, 2016

Sedation dentistry utilizes different levels of sedation to help dental patients relax, and to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and discomfort during complex dental treatments. Dental anxiety and fear prevents a large percentage of the population from seeking dental care, attending regular dental visits, and ultimately can severely impact oral health and wellbeing.

With the use of gentle sedation, such as nitrous oxide and oxygen – also known as laughing gas – patients are able to overcome their initial anxiety. The benefits of nitrous oxide are wide-ranging. They include:

  • Efficacy – Nitrous works well for patients who suffer from mild to moderate dental anxiety.
  • Rapid Onset – It is almost immediately effective and patients quickly enter a relaxed state.
  • Flexibility – Nitrous sedation can be used for all kinds of treatments, regardless of the length of time it takes to complete the appointment. It is also easy for dental professionals to control the level of sedation, which can be adjusted moment to moment, according to the patient’s needs.
  • Recovery – Patients using nitrous will recover quickly enough to drive themselves home from their appointment. Pure oxygen is used to flush nitrous out of the patient’s system and they may return to normal activities almost immediately, including drive themselves home from the appointment.

Benefits of Nitrous Sedation

Nitrous sedation removes the barrier of fear that prevents patients from getting much needed preventative dental care. Patients who, through the use of nitrous, can attend regular dental treatments are more likely to avoid dental issues, such as gum disease and tooth decay.

Disease and bacteria from the mouth can spread to other parts of the body, or progress aggressively causing damage to the mouth and mouth structure, as well as unnecessary trauma and discomfort. This means regular preventative dental cleanings and establishing good dental hygiene habits are vital to oral wellness and overall health.

Dental problems such as gum disease and tooth decay have been linked to such health conditions as diabetes, stroke and heart failure, and when people avoid dental treatment due to anxiety, they leave themselves open to other health complications. With the help of sedation dentistry, including nitrous, patients receive the necessary dental care to optimize their oral and overall health.

However, nitrous sedation is not for everyone – patients with severe anxiety, for example, may need a deeper level of sedation. Dentists also advise patients with respiratory issues, or who suffer from claustrophobia, to look at alternative solutions.

Contact Dr. Krell to find out more about your sedation options. Schedule an appointment to achieve your best smile in a comfortable and relaxing dental experience at our Houston dental office.

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