At South Friendswood Dental Associates, we offer a range of comprehensive dental services to patients of all ages. Dr. Mahabir and Dr. Gandhi have the skills and knowledge necessary to provide every patient with the care they need. With a warm and welcoming environment, our patients feel comfortable and can ask any questions they may have about their dental treatments.
It is suggested that patients should be seen for a dental cleaning and routine exam every 6 months or as recommended by Dr. Gandhi and Dr. Mahabir. During the cleaning, plaque and calculus will be removed from your teeth leaving behind a bright and polished smile.
Occasionally, diagnostic radiographs (x-rays) need to be taken to help detect possible cavities in between teeth that cannot be seen by the naked eye. In addition, we will educate you on how to maintain your smile and therefore your oral health, in between visits.
Though your mouth may feel healthy and you may not have any symptoms, periodontal disease can progress without a patient knowing. If left untreated, periodontal disease can destroy the supporting bones in your mouth. Statistics show that 80-90% of teenagers have some amount of gingivitis and around 75% of adults over the age of 35 have suffered from tooth loss because of periodontal disease. This is why early treatment and prevention is so important! The team at South Friendswood Dental Associates will make sure you are receiving the highest quality of care that will assist in preventing periodontal disease from developing.
At South Friendswood Dental Associates, we offer a range of cosmetic dentistry services that allow our patients to achieve the smile they have always dreamed about. We are able to reshape your teeth in a variety of ways; including the use of veneers or bonding, natural-looking tooth-colored fillings, and teeth whitening.
Soon after starting treatment at our office for teeth whitening using the 1 hour Zoom! System, you will start to see a whiter and brighter smile! We also offer patients custom fitted bleaching trays and take-home bleaching kit. With our whitening services the effects of coffee, smoking, tea, and other causes for tooth discoloration, will slowly disappear leaving a beautiful white smile. Schedule an appointment for a consultation with either Dr. Gandhi or Dr. Mahabir to see if you're a candidate for teeth whitening.
If you dislike the look that old silver restorations give your mouth, white fillings are the perfect solution! Your old silver restorations will be replaced with tooth colored fillings, resulting in a smile you can be proud to show off. White fillings are also bonded to the natural tooth structure increasing the overall strength of the tooth, unlike silver (amalgam) fillings that have no bonding properties.
These services are provided by Kristi Elliott, MSN, RN, FNP-C. Kristi is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner with nearly 20 years medical experience. She has over 5 years experience doing advanced Botox and dermal filler injections for 2 world renowned plastic surgeons. Her experience combined with an artistic eye can help you turn back the clock. Come in for a free consultation and let us show you how! Appointments are available on Tuesdays from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Crowns are necessary when a tooth is severely damaged or has suffered from advanced decay and cannot be fixed with bonded filling material. Crowns cover the remaining tooth and restore its function, strength, and esthetics. Several crown material options are available and our dentists will discuss these on an individual basis depending on the area of the mouth that needs to be restored.
Bridges can be utilized when tooth loss occurs due to gum disease, decay, or injury. The loss of the tooth can create greater problems for your dental health if it is not corrected. The teeth next to the missing tooth (or teeth) can begin to move and result in pain, discomfort, and can look unsightly. With bridges, Dr. Mahabir and Dr. Gandhi will close any gaps in your mouth. The bridge looks and acts just like natural teeth, is permanently cemented, and helps to maintain the position of the rest of your teeth.
If you happen to be missing one or more teeth, dental implants could be the perfect solution for you! Dental implants are natural-looking and are permanently anchored into the patient's jawbone and, unlike traditional bridges, no preparation of adjacent teeth is required.
It is important to replace missing teeth, because if left with spaces, your teeth can shift and cause a variety of other dental problems. Our dentists have extensive experience in treatment planning and designing implant solutions that are custom tailored for each individual patient. When your dental implants are placed, your jaw will bond and attach to the implant making them very strong and functional.
No matter your age, if you're looking to achieve a straighter, esthetically pleasing smile, our orthodontic services can help. Whether you suffer from crowded or crooked teeth, spaces between your teeth, or misaligned teeth/jaw, the use of one of our orthodontic systems can fix these issues. Dr. Mahabir offers complimentary orthodontic exams for all ages as part of their oral examination.
The Invisalign® system consists of a series of custom created aligning trays. The trays will be changed every several weeks by your dentist to fit your new tooth configuration. Since the trays are clear they are almost completely unnoticeable, and they can be temporarily removed for important occasions - meaning that treatment duration is patient-controlled. This also means the patient can continue to maintain proper oral care through brushing and flossing.
Root canal therapy is needed when a cavity has reached the pulp of a tooth causing an infection of the nerve, or when severe trauma has affected the tooth. Regular checkups with your dentist helps to avoid and prevent the need for endodontic therapy. But once the pulp has become infected, it must be treated to avoid further issues since it cannot heal by itself. Some signs that a pulp is infected include sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids, pain, swelling, or even a bad taste in the mouth. For some patients no symptoms are obvious and they are unaware a problem even exists until they are seen by their dentist for an exam.
When endodontic therapy is performed, your dentist will clean out the infected pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Once the area has been disinfected, the canals of the tooth will be filled with a special material to prevent from further infections, and help the tooth to heal. Sometimes a core build-up, bonded post, and crown are necessary for restoring a tooth to function.
For patients who become anxious during a visit to the dentist, South Friendswood Dental Associates offers sedation dentistry as a solution to help every patient receive the dental care they need. We offer a range of sedative techniques that include oral, IV sedation, and nitrous oxide sedation. When the procedure is completed the patient will wake up feeling comfortable and at ease with their dental work completed. Sedation dentistry is perfect for those with high anxiety about receiving dental work, or even those with diminished mental capacity. The dentist is able to do the work needed, and the patient doesn't feel any anxiety and leaves with a beautiful smile.
Dental emergencies can be very frightening and often painful. Prompt treatment is generally required to alleviate pain and ensure the patient's oral and overall health. If you're dealing with a dental emergency, call us immediately at 281-482-7731 and we will schedule you in as soon as possible. Should you call during after hours, our voicemail message will instruct you on how to contact us.
For more information about any of our services, feel free to contact us today. We look forward to the opportunity to help you with all of your dental needs.