Lomax Dental
Services at  Lomax Dental
5514 Atascocita Road Suite 170, Humble, TX 77346
Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday
                              8:00am - 5:00pm
Tooth Restorations
Tooth restorations are the various ways your dentist can replace or restore missing teeth or missing
parts of the tooth structure. Tooth structure can be missing due to decay, deterioration of a
previously placed restoration, or fracture of a tooth. Examples of restorations include the following:

Fillings are the most common type of dental restoration. Teeth can be filled with gold, silver
amalgam, or tooth-colored, plastic and glass materials called composite resin fillings.

Crowns are a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size,
strength, appearance, to hold a bridge in place or cover a dental implant.

Bridges are false teeth that are designed to "bridge" the gap created by one or more missing
teeth. Bridges can be anchored on either side by crowns and cemented permanently into place.
Implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants are actually a small post made of metal that are
placed into the bone socket where teeth are missing. The implant is covered with a replacement
tooth called a crown.

Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-
thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to
improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color,
shape, size, or length.

Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers
resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural
teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement.
You will need to discuss the best choice of veneer material for you with your dentist.

root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes
infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the
tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become
infected and abscesses may form.

Before removing your tooth, the dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the
tooth will be removed.

After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. You can gently bite down on a cotton gauze pad
placed over the wound to help stop the bleeding. The removed tooth can be replaced with an
implant, a denture, or a bridge. A bridge is a replacement for one or more (but not all) of the teeth
and may be permanent or removable.

Dental Implants
A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth as a
result of injury, periodontal disease, or any other reason.  A dental implant is a titanium post that a
periodontist or oral surgeon surgically positions into the jaw.  Once in place and bone surrounding
the implant has had time to heal, a replacement tooth is attached to the post.  While implants are
typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they provide superior benefits.  
Implants are stronger than natural teeth and generally last much longer than conventional bridges
and partial dentures.  They are also a more favorable approach than bridgework since they do not
depend on neighboring teeth for support.

To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant.  
You must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits as these are critical
to the long-term success of dental implants.

Nightguards and Mouthguards
Custom designed mouthguards and nightguards are made of flexible plastic and molded to fit the
shape of your teeth. Mouthguards are recommended to protect the jaw and teeth during physical
activity and sports such as boxing, football, basketball, or other activities where your mouth may be
hit.  Guards also protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining.  Nightguards are
recommended for patients who clench or grind their teeth at night as a way to protect their teeth
and bite.

If you have decided a guard is right for you, we will take an impression of your teeth which will then
be sent to a lab to make a custom fit guard.  In most cases you can choose from a variety of colors
and styles. On average, guards last between 3 and 10 years.

Teeth Whitening
We offer a choice of two excellent products when it comes to teeth whitening. In-House custom
made bleaching trays or Zoom™ pens for quick on the go use.

Digital X-Rays
The following types of dental X-rays are commonly used. The X-rays use small amounts of radiation.

Bitewing X-rays show the upper and lower back teeth and how the teeth touch each other in a
single view. These X-rays are used to check for decay between the teeth and to show how well the
upper and lower teeth line up. They also show bone loss when severe gum disease or a dental
infection is present.

Periapical X-rays show the entire tooth, from the exposed crown to the end of the root and the
bones that support the tooth. These X-rays are used to find dental problems below the gum line or
in the jaw, such as impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts, tumors, and bone changes linked to some

Occlusal X-rays show the roof or floor of the mouth and are used to find extra teeth, teeth that have
not yet broken through the gums, jaw fractures, a cleft in the roof of the mouth (cleft palate), cysts,
abscesses, or growths. Occlusal X-rays may also be used to find a foreign object.

Panoramic X-rays show a broad view of the jaws, teeth, sinuses, nasal area, and
temporomandibular (jaw) joints. These X-rays do not find cavities. These X-rays do show problems
such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, cysts, solid growths (tumors), infections, and fractures.