There are lots of dentists working in the Houston area, but every practice is different. Dr. Roberto Velasco and Dr. Camilla Barrilleaux are two of the best prosthodontists in Houston. By combining their skills at Uptown Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, they have made it the go-to dental practice in the Houston area. Here are just some of the reasons Uptown has such a great reputation!
Full Mouth Reconstructions Are Available
Full mouth reconstruction is used to replace or restore every tooth in the mouth for a healthy and beautiful smile. A full mouth reconstruction can sound scary for patients who are unfamiliar with the term. While the surgery only takes a few hours, the impact is long-lasting.
What Is A Full Mouth Reconstruction?
A full mouth reconstruction is also known as a full mouth makeover. This is done to rebuild or replace both the upper and lower teeth. Patients with multiple missing teeth may need this procedure to help with eating and talking.
Dr. Camilla Barrilleaux is a highly respected prosthodontist who has multiple years of experience treating complex dental issues. For specialized dentists, full mouth reconstruction is a familiar procedure that can preserve the overall health of the patient and is often life-changing.
Prosthodontists are specifically trained to perform this surgery. Many patients who believe they need a full mouth reconstruction may benefit from a basic reconstruction. Dr. Barrilleaux and Dr. Velasco can help diagnose the issue for proper treatment.
Multiple Dental Implant Options
Losing a tooth can be embarrassing as an adult. While it may seem like a unique situation, it’s quite common for people between the ages of 35 and 44. Gum disease, tooth decay, and accidents are all common causes of adult tooth loss.
Just two decades ago, the treatment for tooth loss consisted of either a fixed bridge or a removable denture. Unfortunately, both of these options are known to cause issues with speaking and overall comfort.
Dental implants are a popular choice because of their permanence and natural feel. By replacing the root of a tooth, patients can easily chew and speak. Implants look completely natural and are easy to care for.
Depending on the material, some implants last longer than others. Titanium and porcelain are both secure and safe. They are the most commonly used implants for cosmetic dentistry. Uptown provides single tooth replacement options as well as full mouth reconstruction.
The All-On-4 Treatment
The All-On-4 Treatment is considered one of the most technologically advanced options for implants and mouth reconstruction. Dr. Velasco is highly experienced in this treatment and can help those who may have failing or missing teeth to replace all of them in one procedure.
Bone grafting is not used because the posterior implants are tilted using bone that is already present.
At Uptown, patients can have a new and functional smile without requiring multiple procedures. The All-On-4 procedure can be completed in one day and is offered at a lower cost than traditional dental implants.
The results are permanent. Annual prosthesis treatment and vertical bone augmentation are not required.
Customizable Veneers Restore a Beautiful Smile
At Uptown Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, our skilled dentists offer customizable veneers for a beautiful smile. Customizable porcelain veneers are much stronger than composite veneers. To avoid cracks and chipping, porcelain helps keep all teeth strong and functional.
Porcelain does not stain as easily as a composite material. Veneers that use a thin cap of porcelain look natural and are matched to the existing teeth. The entire mouth can be covered or just a few teeth, depending on the patient’s needs.
If the teeth are worn down, this can be a helpful treatment to brighten as well as strengthen a patient’s smile. Customized porcelain veneers can be used to reduce wide gaps between teeth, cover cracks, reduce stains, and align oddly-shaped teeth.
Stains are a common issue for people of all ages. They typically do not occur from poor dental hygiene and have more to do with genetics and lifestyle. Smoking can cause tar buildup that may produce brown stains over time. This can also happen due to drinking coffee or red wine.
Teeth frequently discolor with age. After age 50, teeth may become yellow regardless of brushing or flossing habits. Professional whitening treatments are available, but this is not always the right solution. Porcelain veneers are one way to achieve a whiter smile due to natural discoloration.
There are a few different reasons people choose veneers. If there is a noticeable space between the teeth, veneers can help. Even if the space does not cause functional problems, it can easily alter a person’s smile.
Misaligned teeth are not always corrected with braces or a retainer. By using a veneer, the space is essentially filled. Depending on how wide the gap is, a customizable veneer can be formed to fit perfectly inside the mouth.
The size of a veneer needs to be proportional to all the other teeth. There is no size-fits-all when it comes to teeth and depending on genetics, some people have wider or pointier teeth than others. A veneer must be able to fit into the gum line without causing discomfort. If a veneer is a proper length, it will balance out the proportions of any smile.
If a tooth is too short or there has been a significant infection, veneers may not work. Even customizable veneers will not be able to correct a sizable injury. This does not mean a smile cannot be fixed, however. Porcelain crowns are also available!
A routine checkup and cleaning are one of the quickest treatments available. Preventative cleanings will help prevent gum disease while strengthening the teeth.
Our office offers fluoride varnish. This is usually used for those who are at high risk for tooth decay. The extra fluoride is not permanent, but it does help protect teeth against cavities. Sealant is another service that can be provided in under an hour.
Sealant adds a coating to the teeth. This is designed to strengthen the enamel and protect the molars from future damage. Although flossing and brushing are still necessary, fluoride and a sealant will provide extra protection against decay.
The Ultra Cleaning Option
Since the pandemic, many patients have chosen to forgo their routine dental visits. Even those who brush consistently and use floss daily will eventually suffer without a professional cleaning. Luckily, Uptown does provide an ultra-cleaning method that works for patients who have skipped dental appointments.
What Is Debridement?
Periodontal debridement is used to remove subgingival (under the gum) calculus and its byproducts to preserve the tooth’s surface. By using tools such as an ultrasonic scalar, tartar and plaque can be successfully removed. The ultrasonic vibrations can easily get rid of food debris and particle buildup.
Dental debridement is not a painful procedure. It is necessary if a dentist cannot easily assess the gums, teeth, and bone. This is considered part of preventative care and is used to diagnose any signs of gum disease.
During this treatment, Dr. Velasco can also see if a patient has any loose teeth from bruxism or cavities.
If you have not had a recent dental appointment, our dentists will understand and help you get your oral care back on track. There is no judgment and all patients are treated with the respect they deserve. All patients are given undivided attention whether they receive debridement or not.
Free Consultations and Payment Plans
Uptown Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry offers free consultations. When there is an issue inside the mouth, a patient’s perspective may be skewed. The size and direction of the problem can be both maximized or minimized without a professional opinion. This is one reason to talk to a specialized dentist.
A consultation can help patients understand the services and treatment offered. An accurate quote is provided at the end of the visit after the exam.
Depending on the situation, different financing options are also available. This is especially true for those who need dental implants.
The doctors at Uptown do not want to see patients neglect their oral health due to their finances. Going without treatment can lead to additional problems that may end up costing even more. Dental implants can prevent other teeth from falling out or becoming loose. They also have an impact on chewing, speaking, and confidence.
Dr. Barrilleaux and Dr. Roberto Velasco treat patients with care before, during, and after a procedure. Patients who are fearful of dentistry find their approach much more relaxing. This is, in part, due to their ability to listen and answer any questions a patient may have. Both doctors can explain the dental process in a way that everyone can understand.
To schedule an appointment, please contact the office of Uptown Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry. Comfort and care are top priorities for all patients.