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May 12, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Stains  

Is your smile as bright as it once was? If you're like many people, the answer is no. You drink coffee daily and enjoy several dark fruits and veggies. Now you're tired of your dental stains. At Lukin Family Dentistry, our dentists offer effective teeth whitening in their Sugar Land, TX, office. Dr. Stephen Lukin and Dr. Mark Lukin understand how a sparkling smile improves self-confidence.

Stains happen

While heredity is responsible for your basic tooth color, says LiveScience, extrinsic stains simply accumulate on tooth surfaces due to:

  • Cigarette smoke or chewing tobacco
  • Coffee, tea, wine (both red and white), sports drinks, cola
  • Plaque and tartar build-up
  • Dark foods, such as curry and soy sauce
  • Highly acidic foods, such as tomato sauce and chili

In fact, LiveScience explains that anything which can discolor your T-shirt can stain your teeth. Of course, improving your brushing and flossing at home helps to a degree. For many people, however, better oral hygiene habits don't suffice.

We will help your smile

Bring those disappointing stains to our Sugar Land office. Dr. Lukin will examine your teeth and gums, and if they are healthy (no active gum disease or decay), he can recommend teeth whitening.

You can choose from two options: in-office treatments or at-home whitening trays. Each employs a powerful form of hydrogen peroxide. Applied as a gel, the peroxide targets the organic stains, pulling them out of tooth enamel.

In the office, your dentist puts the gel on all tooth surfaces, lets it penetrate and rinses it away. This process takes about an hour.

If you decide on take-home whitening, you'll apply the gel with acrylic trays, wearing them for a specific amount of time daily for a week as Dr. Lukin instructs. When you're done, your teeth and gums will feel good and your smile whiter and brighter by up to eight shades of color.

Maintain that smile!

Continue your consistent at-home brushing and flossing. See your friends at Lukin Family Dentistry for a professional dental exam and hygienic cleaning every six months as the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends for all children, teens, and adults.

Also, consider:

  • Whitening touch-ups as needed
  • Using a whitening toothpaste or rinse as your dentist advises
  • Stopping all tobacco
  • Drinking your tea, coffee or cola with a straw
  • Drinking a lot of water
  • Limiting how often you consume dark foods, such as blueberries and dishes with soy sauce

Feel energized

A drab smile is a downer. Talk to us about ways to whiten your teeth and keep them bright. For more information, contact Dr. Mark Lukin or Dr. Stephen Lukin at Lukin Family Dentistry in Sugar Land, TX. Teeth whitening is one of our most popular cosmetic dentistry services. Phone today: (281) 265-9000.

By Mark Lukin
January 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are today's premier tooth replacement method. Placed into the jaw where natural teeth previously resided, implants are rock-solid, natural-looking, and bite/chew just like the real thing. Here at Lukin Family Dentistry in Sugar Land, TX, Dr. Stephen Lukin, and Dr. Mark Lukin are the dental implant experts who can show you the many benefits of these wonderful prosthetics.

The amazing dental implant

It changes everything for the patient who has lost one or more teeth to gum disease, injury, infection, or decay. A single implant has three parts: a titanium screw or cylinder, a metal alloy abutment, and a porcelain crown. Dr. Lukin places the screw into the jaw bone during a one-hour dental implant surgery in his Sugar Land office. As the site heals, the implant and bone meld together through osseointegration.

Are you a candidate for implants?

You are if you are in good oral/systemic health and have sufficient bone in your jaw to accept and integrate the device. To determine this, Dr. Lukin will examine your teeth and gums as well as perform a special three-dimensional scan to determine the health and density of your bone structure.

If all is well, you will receive your implant. Following the period of osseointegration, you will return to Lukin Family Dentistry for attachment of the abutment and crown. That's it! Your new tooth is ready to use.

Benefits of dental implants

  1. They are versatile, for they can fill both small and large smile gaps and are customized to accommodate your bite, personal appearance, and more.
  2. You take care of them with simple brushing, flossing and in-office cleanings at Lukin Family Dentistry.
  3. Implants rarely fail. In fact, the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness says your implant should last 40 to 50 years.
  4. Dental implants keep your jaw bone and gums strong and healthy.
  5. With dental implants, you need no denture adhesives.
  6. You can feel confident that your smile looks as good and stable as it feels.

Are you ready for a consultation?

To learn more about dental implants, please call Lukin Family Dentistry in Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Stephen Lukin or Dr. Mark Lukin will explain everything you need to do. Call us at (281) 265-9000.

There has never been a better time to take control of your oral health and invest in the smile you want. From minor imperfections like small chips and cracks to full or partial tooth loss, there are a number of treatments and options available to help you get your smile back on track and looking better than ever. The dentists at Lukin Family Dentistry offer a number of cosmetic and general dentistry services in Sugar Land, TX.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Sugar Land, TX

Cosmetic dentistry services can range from purely aesthetic treatments like teeth whitening, to restorative treatments like dental crowns and implants, which improve the function and appearance of your smile.

Some of the cosmetic dentistry options available to you at Lukin Family Dentistry include:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Cosmetic contouring/bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental implants

Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment

The first step towards a healthier and more beautiful smile is a check up and consultation, especially if you haven't been keeping up with your preventive care (the American Dental Association recommends a check up and professional cleaning every six months for most people). If you have any outstanding oral health issues or problems like tooth decay or gum disease, the dentist will likely recommend treating them first.

At your consultation, the dentist will recommend the best cosmetic dentistry option for you. If you have minor to moderate aesthetic imperfections like chips, cracks, gaps, uneven teeth, or stains and discolorations that can't be removed with surface whitening treatments, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers.

Sometimes all it takes is a professional teeth whitening treatment, which can remove years of wear and tear due to food and beverages, and the aging process itself.

If you're in good health and suffering from full or partial tooth loss, dental implants may be right for you.

Find a Cosmetic Dentist in Sugar Land, TX

For more information about the cosmetic dentistry options available to you, contact Lukin Family Dentistry today by calling (281) 265-9000 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists.