Preventive Dentistry that Strengthens Smiles
Keep Your Smile Strong & Protected in Spring, TX
When it comes to maintaining great oral health and beautiful, strong teeth for life, quality preventive care is key. Dr. Simmons makes every effort to catch potential problems in their earliest stages through routine examinations, cleanings, and other protective services, saving patients from a much greater loss of dental structure, time, and money down the road. Our team wants you to feel confident about your smile’s future here in Spring, TX. Contact us today if you have any questions, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment for yourself or a family member. We also serve The Woodlands, TX and surrounding areas.
Checkups & Cleanings
There are a wide variety of dental services out there, but none that are quite as essential as routine checkups and cleanings. Even patients who work hard to brush and floss diligently each and every day can fall victim to problems that aren’t easily noticed by an untrained eye. That’s where Dr. Simmons comes in to assess your oral health needs and offer personalized solutions.
Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is a common oral health condition that can result in a severe, lifelong bacterial infection and even tooth loss if left untreated. Symptoms include:
- Gums that bleed, especially during brushing and flossing.
- Gum tissue that seems overly swollen, red, or tender to the touch.
- A shift in the way your teeth fit together/teeth that seem to loosen over time.
- Excessive bad breath that isn’t alleviated with diligent oral hygiene.
Here at Dr. Simmons’ office, our talented hygienist is highly trained in conservative periodontal treatment, and she can offer effective care that’s personalized to match the severity of your condition. In particular, scaling and root planing is a service that cleans away plaque from under the gumline and smooths away rough root surfaces that are often magnets for bacteria, helping patients avoid the need for more involved surgical care.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Bruxism (more commonly known as “teeth grinding”) can cause significant damage to teeth, not to mention facial pain, headaches, sore neck and jaw muscles, and other unpleasant symptoms. Many patients aren’t even aware they suffer from the condition because of its tendency to occur at night during sleep. Thankfully, our Spring team offers a solution in the form of a customized nightguard that can protect your healthy smile as you dream peacefully.
When younger patients are first learning to properly brush and floss their teeth, they can easily miss the deep pits and grooves of their back teeth, leaving dangerous food particles and bacteria to accumulate and cause cavities. Thankfully, dental sealants from our Spring team can provide valuable protection. The application process is simple and comfortable – we’ll cover the chewing surfaces of affected teeth with these thin barriers, effectively blocking out the culprits that can lead to tooth decay. With the help of proper oral hygiene, dental sealants can guard healthy teeth for several years.
Fluoride is a mineral that can often be found in water supplies. In fact, several studies have shown strong links between the presence of fluoridated water and stronger, healthier teeth, as well as reduced chances of developing decay. If our team determines that you or your children could benefit from additional fluoride, we can provide professional applications as a part of your regular appointments.
The comfort of our patients is important to us here in Spring, TX. If you’re in need of a little extra help to feel genuinely at ease during your dental treatment, ask Dr. Simmons or one of our team members about receiving complimentary nitrous oxide. Also known as “laughing gas,” we administer nitrous oxide through a nasal mask, and within minutes, patients should begin to experience feelings of calmness and relaxation. The effects wear off quickly after the mask is removed, which means you can return to work or errands with virtually no downtime.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Loud, chronic snoring can be more than just a bad habit – it can actually be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a dangerous condition that occurs as a result of a blocked airway during rest. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea by a general physician or a sleep specialist, Dr. Simmons may be able to help provide relief with oral appliance therapy. Instead of traditional CPAP treatment, many patients prefer wearing an appliance to reposition their jaw during sleep because of the added comfort and convenience.