Restorative Dentistry

Woodlands Restorative Dentistry

Getting Strong – Feeling Beautiful

Who needs restorative dentistry when you take good care of your teeth? Almost everyone! No matter how well you care for your teeth, no matter how diligent you are about keeping up with your professional preventive dentistry, no matter how careful you have been about eating tooth-healthy foods, things can go wrong with your smile. Seriously, no one is immune to unexpected dental disasters.

Even if you know that your great grandmother never lost a single tooth and kept smiling all her life perfectly, you might find that your smile-genes come from another, less fortunate direction. Or you could be innocently enjoying a bowl of popcorn, when, crack! You hit a kernel, and there goes a piece of molar. But don’t worry! The smile team at Alisa M. Reed DDS has been helping Woodlands patients restore even the most broken or damaged teeth and bring their smiles back to youthful strength and beauty.

Pampering You Back to Health

We realize how upsetting it can be for our Woodlands patients to discover that something has broken in their smiles. We know the distress and pain that comes with oral infections and abscesses. And we really do understand that, sometimes, going to the dentists feels so overwhelming that avoiding visits can finally result in tooth loss or decay. But no matter why you are facing the discomfort of dental damage, Dr. Reed and her team are at the ready to listen with compassion to your needs, talk to you openly about your options, create a plan that is comfortable and doable for you, and achieve your goals in the most soothing, and enjoyable way possible.

No more fear about dental visits from now on! From tooth fillings to oral surgery, we make sure you are always at ease, pain-free, and relaxed. Now isn’t that the way dentistry should have been all along?

Fillings

Almost everyone has had to have a filling at one time or another, but the truth is, not all dental fillings are the same. The old-fashioned fillings you probably had placed as a child were dark and made of a metal amalgam that usually contained a combination of metals including Mercury. These metals were not only unattractive, but they could also shift with the changing temperatures that so often occur as you drink and eat hot or cold beverages and foods. Ouch! And when that shifting happened, it exposed the inside of your tooth to bacteria, which is why we so often find more decay under old fillings.

Here at Alisa M. Reed DDS, we never place metal fillings in our Woodlands patients’ teeth. Instead, we repair cavities with modern, mercury-free, tooth-colored fillings made of healthier composite materials – the same strong and beautiful material we use for cosmetic composite bonding! They won’t shift or crack, and best of all, these restorations blend beautifully in your smile!

Porcelain Inlays/Porcelain Onlays

If you need a filling or other repair too large to be taken care of with dental composite bonding, but not quite severe enough to warrant an entire dental crown, porcelain inlays or onlays from Dr. Alisa Reed are the perfect solution to beautifully repair your smile. Porcelain inlays and onlays are similar to dental crowns in that they are created by taking an impression of your tooth and sending it to our world-class lab where a gorgeous and lifelike porcelain restoration is created just for you.

Inlays are perfect for repairs inside the cusps (or points) of your tooth when teeth need a little more support than composite alone can offer. Onlays cover a little more tooth, including one or more tooth points and offer structure and augmentation as well as repair. Both options are absolutely beautiful and blend naturally into your smile while offering unsurpassed strength and function.

Crowns/Bridges

When the worst happens, and you face severe damage, lose a tooth, or need a root canal, metal-free crowns and bridges from the Woodland’s own award-winning cosmetic dentist, Dr. Alisa Reed comes to the rescue. Not only are crowns and bridges from Dr. Reed so beautiful and natural-looking no one will ever see them in your smile, but Dr. Reed’s 20 years of experience and dedication to excellence along with her investment in technology also ensures that you experience and outcome with these superb restorations will be unsurpassed.

If you need a major repair with a dental crown, we make sure you are as absolutely comfortable as possible as possible from beginning to end. That comfort begins with our digital impressions: No more gooey impression material to bite down or gag on. Instead, we use a CAD/CAM digital scanner wand about the size of a pencil to take your ultra-accurate impressions. Then, instead of mailing bulky impressions to the lab, we simply email them, markedly speeding up the processes. What’s more, because our dental crowns are metal-free, you will never have an unnatural-looking dark line at your gum line.

Crowns can also be used to top a dental implant post or hold a bridge in place. When used to secure a bridge, we simply cement custom-created porcelain dental crowns to the teeth surrounding the area that needs to be filled, and securely holding your prosthetic tooth in place. You will leave with a smile you can show off – day or night!

Implants

Losing teeth – whether it is one or all of them – is one of the most disconcerting and upsetting things that could ever happen to a person. Not only can it fill you with a feeling of self-consciousness (Does everyone notice? What do they think? Do I look strange, sound strange?), missing teeth can affect your health in more ways than one. You probably already know that tooth loss leads to bone loss: Every tooth you lose means the loss of its roots, the roots that keep your bone stimulated and alive. Without those roots, your bone begins to resorb, and that leads to TMJ issues, increased risk of periodontal disease, shifting or loosening of remaining teeth, and facial collapse.

What’s more missing teeth can make eating and speaking difficult, even when teeth are replaced by traditional dentures and partials. That’s why we recommend dental implants for all of our qualifying patients. Dental implants replace both your tooth and its roots, keeping your bone stimulated – and your teeth firmly in place without the need for gooey and unpleasant adhesives! It really is a life-changer for our Woodlands patients!

Our dental implant options include:

  • Mini-Implants
  • Implant-Retained Dentures
  • All-on-4

Dr. Reed will work with one of our trusted dental surgeons for the placement of the titanium posts. Once the posts are healed, the beautiful crowns, denture, or partial you and Dr. Reed designed together will be placed so you can get started on your new life of eating whatever you want, laughing with abandon, speaking with total confidence, and enjoying life day in and day out – no adhesives, no pinching, no slipping, and no embarrassment necessary!

Dentures & Partials

Some of our patients have medical conditions that lead to bone deterioration or brittleness, have already been wearing dentures and partials for decades, or have been dealing with edentulousness for so long that there is too much bone loss to allow proper integration between our dental implants and the bone. Though it is disappointing to discover that dental implants are not an option for you, we have good news – our dentures and partials are different! Unlike denture-mill dentures and partials, our dental prosthetics replace your teeth with beautiful, face-supporting structures that are custom-designed to fit you more comfortably and look more like your own teeth.

Full dentures are used when all the upper or lower teeth have been removed or lost. Partial dentures are the choice for those who have one or more of their own teeth remaining. Both full and partial dentures are held in place with dental adhesives and must be removed for cleaning. If you are missing teeth, don’t qualify for dental implants or implant-retained dentures, or are dissatisfied with your current tooth-replacement options, please talk to your cosmetic tooth-replacement team at Alisa M. Reed DDS right here in the Woodlands. We can help you find a new smile that will feel, look, and function better than you ever thought possible – and make you feel so pampered you might just forget you are visiting the dentist!

Endodontics

Oh, no! You were just told you need a root canal and now you are completely freaking out. Well, stop that! Root canals have a bad reputation, but both the Woodlands patients and the team here at Alisa M. Reed DDS would like to set the record straight: Root canals stop the pain. They don’t cause it. What’s more, root canals are often the last line of defense for saving a badly infected and painful tooth. And since we perform laser-assisted endodontics, our root canals have a great track record of success and comfort. Just ask our root canal patients!

In root canals, we gently open your tooth, the way we would when preparing to treat a cavity, clear away all that painfully infected pulp and nerve tissue– all the way to your tooth roots, fill it with stabilizing material, and seal it all with an attractive and durable crown. Your tooth will feel as good as new!

We have invested in Fotona’s TwinLight® Endodontic Treatment (TET) and PIPS™ (Photon Induced Photoacoustic Streaming) Laser Endo techniques. Combining ER:YAG photoacoustic shock waves and Nd:YAG laser wavelength high peak-pulse power to eliminate bacteria allows us to clean and debride the root canals with minimal invasiveness, unprecedented effectiveness, and long-term success while keeping you completely comfortable. It may sound like science fiction, but in the end, it just means a happier, healthier you!

Oral Surgery

Oral surgery doesn’t have to be a scary proposition when you rely on the caring and compassionate dental team at Alisa M. Reed DDS. Dr. Reed has decades of experience and training in all kinds of oral surgeries including:

  • Laser biopsies
  • Bone grafts
  • Minor dental extractions
  • Wisdom teeth extractions including bony impactions

We will always take plenty of time with you to talk over your options before you make any decisions and come up with a plan of action that you are most comfortable with. On the day of your surgery, we will get you all settled in and comfortable with a scented neck pillow and a blanket. Let our aromatherapy soothe your senses while you choose some music to listen to on our noise canceling headphones. And, of course, you can decide whether you prefer Nitrous oxide or oral sedation to help you drift off into a blissful state of relaxation while we take care of you. In no time, your oral surgery procedure will be completed, and you will be on the mend. If your oral surgery needs are complex or advanced, we prefer to refer you to one of our outstanding colleagues who specialize in oral surgery.