Lukin Family Dentistry Blog

Posts for: May, 2015

For most people who visit Lukin Family Dentistry in Sugar Land for cosmetic dentistry, their tooth problems didn't happen overnight. They didn't just suddenly wake up one morning to a poor smile; their smile slowly shifted, discolored or decayed over years.

This is especially true for patients who come in to see Stephen P. Lukin, DDS and Mark Lukin, DDS for teeth whitening. After years of gradual Teeth Whiteningdiscoloration, they are finally ready to reverse the process and get the beautiful smile they have always wanted.

What Causes Tooth Discoloration?

Tooth discoloration can be caused by a number of factors. A lifetime of poor oral hygiene can lead to yellowing, as can a lifetime of eating the wrong types of foods. Certain habits, such as smoking, drinking coffee and chewing tobacco, can lead to staining. Certain dental procedures, if not performed properly, can lead to staining as well.

Reverse Your Tooth Discoloration in As Little as One Hour

Thankfully, no matter what has caused your tooth discoloration or how long it has been forming, you can have the beautiful, picture-perfect smile you've always wanted in as little as one hour when you visit Lukin Family Dentistry in Sugar Land. One of our fastest cosmetic dentistry procedures, teeth whitening is remarkably quick and effective. Don't wait days or even months to reverse your lifetime's worth of discoloration; you can have it gone today!

The Results Will Surprise You

You might think that with only an hour to work, Drs. Lukin and Lukin wouldn't have enough time to produce any kind of lasting results. Thankfully, we think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Not only is our whitening safe, quick and long lasting, but you can see results of up to several shades lighter than you had before - all in just one hour.

If you are embarrassed by your discolored or dingy smile, there is no need to live with the embarrassment any longer. Call Lukin Family Dentistry in Sugar Land and set up your cosmetic dentistry appointment today. We'll have your smile looking amazing in no time at all!


Installing dental implants involves more than the mechanics of placing them into the jawbone. Ultimate success — a natural and beautiful smile — requires painstaking attention to detail and artistry.

Here are a few of the factors we must consider to achieve a smile with dental implants you’ll be proud to display.

The amount of available bone. For the permanent crown to appear natural, it’s crucial to position the implant precisely. To achieve this precision requires an adequate amount of bone to be present. Unfortunately, bone loss is quite common after tooth loss; to minimize this we place bone grafts in the empty socket if at all possible after extraction to encourage bone growth. It’s also possible in some cases to perform bone grafting surgery before implants to build up bone volume.

Your genetic gum tissue type. There are basically two types of gum tissue people are born with: thin or thick. Thin tissues are more subject to wear, difficult to work with during surgery and can make it difficult to hide the metal components of an implant. Thicker tissues are easier to work with, but can have a tendency to overgrow.

Achieving a natural “emergence profile.” To look natural, the implant crown must appear to seamlessly emerge from the surrounding gum tissue. To achieve this, we must carefully plan and place the implant in the precise location in the bone, taking into account the implant shape and how far it should be placed within the bone to match the position and height of adjacent teeth and gum tissues.

Blending color shades with adjacent natural teeth. When it comes to color, everyone has subtle differences in tooth shades and hues. In fact, there are slight color variations within individual teeth, from the root to the tip of the crown. To make sure the implant blends in with adjacent teeth, it’s important to match the color incorporated into the porcelain crown with the natural crowns beside them.

These and other factors require both technical expertise and a sense of artistry. Carefully considering all of them will help ensure your dental implants result in the smile you want.

If you would like more information on smile transformations with dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Matching Teeth & Implants.”

By Mark Lukin
May 10, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tmd   tmj   tmj disorders  

Have you noticed a clicking, popping, or grating sound when you open or close your jaw? As many as 36 million U.S. adults experience this phenomenon in one or both of the joints that connect the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull.

While the sounds may be disconcerting, there’s generally no cause for concern in the absence of other symptoms. They’re most likely caused by a harmless shift in the position of the disk inside each temporomandibular (jaw) joint, and it can diminish or disappear entirely over time. But, if you’re also experiencing persistent discomfort, severe pain, or limited function in your jaw (which can include getting it “stuck” in an opened or closed position), then you may be suffering from a temporomandibular joint disorder — part of a complex set of conditions affecting one or both jaw joints, muscles and/or other surrounding tissues. (You may have heard the condition called TMJ, which is actually the abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint itself. Health care professionals prefer TMJD or TMD.)

Depending on the severity, TMD can interfere with your ability to speak, chew and even make facial expressions. The cause is unclear, but genes, gender, environment, stress and behavior are believed to play a role. It can also be symptomatic of a larger medical problem, such as fibromyalgia, which can produce pain all over the body.

Management Options for TMD

TMD traditionally was viewed as a bite problem (malocclusion) requiring mechanical correction — e.g., through orthodontic braces or surgery. But the current therapeutic model approaches TMD as an orthopedic problem (joint inflammation, muscle soreness, strained tendons and ligaments, and disk damage) and favors a sequence of conservative, reversible procedures — hot or cold compresses in the jaw area, soft foods, physical therapy/massage, medication, and/or a bite guard to decrease pressure on jaw joints from tooth clenching and grinding — prior to more aggressive, irreversible treatment alternatives.

If you would like more information about TMD, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Seeking Relief from TMD” and “Chronic Jaw Pain and Associated Conditions.”