Uptown Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry owner, Dr. Roberto Velasco, wants to thank you for visiting our website. He is proud to offer Houstonians leading edge cosmetic and dental implant treatment. Dr. Velasco has been helping Texans get the smiles of their dreams for decades.
Uptown Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, located in Houston, Texas, is proud to offer our patients two highly educated prosthodontists with over 50 years of experience combined. At Uptown Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry you will find a dental team committed to the highest quality dental care.
Uptown is a leader in providing patients with a full range of services from basic restorations to cosmetic makeovers and full mouth reconstructions. Our team of specialists is known for their exceptional dental implant treatment. We treat Houstonians suffering with missing and failing teeth. Whether you need a single dental implant, multiple implants or a full mouth restoration, our team can give you that beautiful smile you deserve, in most cases, in just one day.
We use leading edge technology to guarantee you’ll get the results you want. Uptown Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is one of the only dental implant centers in the Houston area with its own on-site zirconia lab. Zirconia is an advanced treatment option that looks exactly like natural teeth with the advantage that it is extremely strong and doesn’t stain.
To assist more patients to achieve optimal oral health, 0ur office is conveniently located in Houston's prominent Uptown-Galleria Area.
We look forward to providing you with unparalleled, full-service dental care.
At Uptown, we do cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry is the branch of dentistry that deals with improving the aesthetics or appearance as well as the function of teeth. Using various tools and techniques, the dentists at Uptown can improve teeth color, shape, alignment and many other factors that affect the overall appearance of a smile. Common procedures include teeth whitening, bonding, crowns, veneers, contouring, and implants.
Cosmetic dentists are significantly different than general dentists. General dentists tend to focus a lot more on the function of your teeth rather than the appearance. On the other hand, cosmetic dentists are artists when it comes to teeth and are very much concerned with the appearance of your teeth. When you get a dental prosthetic (teeth replacement), it should closely resemble natural teeth. Due to various factors, getting a tooth replacement to match a natural tooth is an involved process that requires a large amount of skill.
Teeth are not a single color; they vary in color across the structure. They also both reflect and allow light to pass through. These unique properties must be replicated when fabricating dental prosthetics. Our cosmetic dentists and lab technicians use a variety of techniques and materials to ensure that your dental prosthetics will appear indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Looking for Veneers?
If you aren’t happy with your smile, veneers are the cosmetic dental solution you are looking for. Veneers are thin, yet durable porcelain shells that attach to the front surface of your teeth to conceal cosmetic flaws. They are an effective solution for teeth that are discolored, chipped, poorly shaped, or have gap issues. In the process, an impression of your tooth is taken and then a portion of your enamel is removed to make room for the veneer. A veneer that has been fabricated in our on-site lab is then attached to the tooth using a special plastic resin. Veneers are commonly used to achieve celebrity-like smiles.
Veneers can be made out of plastic resin or porcelain. Because of our commitment to high-quality, we only use porcelain veneers at Uptown. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin and more closely resemble natural teeth.
If you have failing or missing teeth, the answer is yes! Dental implants are the best teeth replacement option. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. They are constructed of titanium or titanium alloys and are used to replace the root of a tooth. Once placed by a dental surgeon, the implants fuse to the jawbone through the process of osseointegration. A durable, zirconia crown that looks, feels and functions just like a natural tooth is then secured to the implant through a device called an abutment. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even a full upper or lower jaw.Why Should I Get Teeth Whitening?
The outer layer of your teeth, enamel, can become discolored by drinking coffee, tea, soda, and other dark drinks. Enamel contains pores that essentially trap the colors from what you eat and drink; this is what causes stains on teeth. These stains significantly take away from the appearance of your smile.
If you want a bright, white smile, teeth whitening helps to remove the stains on your enamel. Whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve the look of your smile. At Uptown, we use a combination of in-office bleaching sessions and at-home treatments to help restore the white color of your teeth.
Before the teeth whitening procedure is performed, patients must take care of any cavities as the whitening solution can pass through the decayed areas and into the inner part of the tooth. Next, patients will have their teeth cleaned by a hygienist to remove the substances that build up and contribute to staining. In the teeth whitening procedure, a powerful gel is applied to the teeth and a specialized light is used to activate the gel and speed up the bleaching process.
Teeth play an important role in how you eat, speak, and look. If you are missing all of your teeth (edentulous), you are familiar with the difficulty missing teeth can cause. The All-On-4 Teeth-in-a-Day procedure can completely restore your missing teeth. You will feel like you have all of your natural teeth again. In the procedure, a custom denture, crafted in our on-site lab, is secured to four implants that are inserted into the jawbone. Because the implants fuse to the jawbone, your prosthetic teeth will not slip like traditional dentures. Patients will be able to enjoy replacement teeth that look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.
Unlike traditional dentures, the All-On-4 also helps to preserve the jawbone. Without stimulation from teeth roots, the jawbone slowly deteriorates. The implants used in the All-On-4 procedure function as teeth roots in that they provide stimulation for the jawbone. The All-On-4 not only restores your smile but also preserves your jawbone and facial structure.
The All-On-4 procedure utilizes special surgical methodologies that reduce treatment time. Before surgery, diagnostic imaging is used to create a 3D model that allows the dentist to plan precisely where each dental implant will be placed into the jawbone. This allows the dentist to safely administer the treatment as well as avoid time-consuming bone grafting surgery.
Uptown Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry offers more value than any other cosmetic dentistry practice in Houston. No other dental practice in the area boasts an on-site lab as well as two expert prosthodontists.
By housing a lab on-site, Uptown is able to cut down costs for our patients as well as decrease treatment times. Many other dental practices have to order bridges, dentures, and other dental devices used in cosmetic procedures from an off-site lab. This results in a decrease in quality control and an increase in wait time. Since our lab is on-site, we are able to ensure that each dental apparatus is fabricated to the highest standards and will be a perfect fit for our patients in a timely manner.
If you are only having a single tooth replaced, it’s important that the crown matches the color of your natural teeth. We perform tests in natural light and in a custom shade room to ensure that our patients receive dental restorations that beautifully compliment their natural teeth.
Our lab is fully staffed with experienced technicians who expertly craft veneers, dentures, bridges, and crowns that are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. The only difference is that these replacement teeth are not discolored, misshapen, chipped, decayed or aesthetically unappealing in any way. Our lab is also equipped to manufacture zirconia dental prosthetics. Zirconia is a durable material that looks exactly like natural teeth, but unlike natural teeth, it does not stain.
While it’s possible to get basic cosmetic procedures performed by a general dentist, you may not get the results you want. On the other hand, Dr. Velasco and Dr. Gemp are prosthodontists who specialize in cosmetic and restorative dentistry.
Dr. Velasco was a general dentist for seven years before going on to study esthetic and implant dentistry. He continued his education further by entering into a prosthodontist program in Florida. After completing the program, Dr. Velasco taught courses on implant dentistry, dental bio-materials, and occlusion. He ran a cutting-edge dental practice in Austin for several years before establishing Uptown Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Houston, where he has now performed thousands of successful cosmetic dental procedures.
Dr. Gemp is a specialist in prosthodontics. After receiving his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Gemp went on to receive his certification in prosthodontics from the Houston Veterans Administration Medical Center. Since then, he has lectured and taught dental professionals worldwide about the techniques and mechanics of dental implants. Dr. Gemp is also well-versed in treating patients battling cancer.
When you choose Uptown, you are trusting the appearance of your smile and your oral health to dentists who have in-depth knowledge, specialized training, and extensive experience.
Prosthodontics is the area of dentistry that focuses on dental prostheses, artificial replacements used to restore intraoral defects such as missing teeth. There are less than 4,000 prosthodontists practicing in the United States compared to well over 100,000 general dentists. Prosthodontists are few and far between, and two of them call Uptown Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry home.
Prosthodontists must undergo three additional years of specialized training in an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited graduate education program. This specialized training enables them to manage complex dental restorations ranging from single-tooth replacement to traumatic injury rehabilitation.
If you are seeking a cosmetic or reconstructive dental procedure, it’s best to consult a prosthodontist who can ensure that you get the smile that you’ve always wanted. Dr. Velasco and Dr. Gemp are the leading prosthodontists in Houston, TX. Reach out to us at Uptown Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry and let us know how we can help make you smile today.