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What are Porcelain Veneers & Can They Help Me?

August 23, 2017

Woman with beautiful smile after porcelain veneersVeneers are thin sheaths of dental grade porcelain used to correct and conceal cosmetic smile flaws. Like any dental treatment, they’re not right for everyone. If you’re looking to transform damaged, flawed teeth into a picture-perfect smile, schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with a dentist to learn more about porcelain veneers and other services that can help you achieve your goals.

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Learn What Foods to Give Up for a Healthy Smile from the Dentist Office Lakewood Dallas Residents Prefer

September 25, 2015

Man eating cake with food on mouth didn't get the facts on food and teeth from the dentist office lakewood dallas prefersIf you had to grade your oral health right now, from 1-10, what would your pearly whites score? A perfect 10? If it’s anywhere below that — and if you’re like most adults, it is — you’ve got some room for improvement. Did you know that one big contributor to poor oral health is, quite simply, the food we eat? Your teeth quickly feel the effects of seemingly small lifestyle changes, like an extra cup of coffee in the morning. Your dentist’s office in Lakewood and Dallas knows a little bit about how our diets affect our mouths, so listen up and treat your teeth (and self!) well this fall.
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Tooth-colored Fillings for White Smiles in East Dallas and Lakewood

February 17, 2015

78768689You brush and floss your teeth twice a day, every day. You see Dr. Drew Vanderbrook or Dr. Joanne Hoppe at Vanderbrook and Hoppe Dentistry in Dallas, TX, every six months for a dental checkup. Yet, despite your and our best efforts, you now have a cavity. Fortunately, our dentists can repair that tooth decay with a tooth-colored filling, so your beautiful white smile will not be compromised.

What are Tooth-colored Fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resin, a silicon dioxide, tooth-colored plastic mixture that can be blended to very closely match the color of your damaged tooth. As such, a tooth-colored filling will not mar your smile the way a traditional silver or amalgam filling would. With a tooth-colored filling, only you and your dentist need to know that you even have a filling.

In addition to having a more pleasing and natural tooth-like appearance, tooth-colored fillings usually require less tooth preparation before your cavity is filled. Thus, you’ll have to endure less drilling—not a bad thing—and more of your tooth’s natural structure will be preserved. Drs. Vanderbrook and Hoppe practice conservative dentistry, meaning that the more natural tooth structure you keep, the healthier teeth you’re likely to have in the future.

And while amalgam fillings have a lengthy track record of durability, composite resins have improved dramatically over the years, and are now just as strong as their longtime predecessors. In fact, if you have amalgam fillings that are marring your smile, we can replace them with tooth-colored fillings that restore your completely white smile.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you’d like to learn more about tooth-colored fillings and how they can repair a tooth and renew your smile, then call the office of Vanderbrook & Hoppe in Dallas, TX. We conveniently serve patients in Lakewood, East Dallas, North Dallas, Richardson, Garland, and Mesquite and throughout the DFW Metroplex.

Natural-looking Dental Crowns in Lakewood and Dallas, TX

January 20, 2015

134124545Are you tired of looking in the mirror and seeing a smile you don’t like because of chipped, fractured, worn or decaying teeth? If the answer to that question is yes, then you may want to consider dental crowns. Also called dental caps, crowns are designed to fully encapsulate a damaged tooth in order to restore appearance and functionality. At the Dallas, TX, office of Vanderbrook and Hoppe Dentistry, Dr. Drew Vanderbrook and Dr. Joanne G. Hoppe create natural-looking dental crowns to give you back your beautiful smile.

Dr. Vanderbrook and Dr. Hoppe use three types of crowns: precious metal, porcelain pressed (or fused) to metal, or all-porcelain, also called all-ceramic crowns. We can help determine which option may be best for you. Moreover, with an exact color matching system, we can blend shades of porcelain until we find the one that is a match to your tooth color.

The Texas Two-Step for Dental Crowns in Lakewood and East Dallas

In most cases, Dr. Vanderbrook or Dr. Hoppe can complete the dental crown procedure in two conveniently scheduled appointments. At the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth to be fitted for a crown and take an impression of that tooth and the adjacent teeth. This mold is then sent to a professional dental lab where the crown is fabricated to our dentists’ exacting specifications. While the permanent crown is made, you’ll wear a temporary. Then in a few weeks, you’ll return to the office for the second appointment when your custom-designed crown will be cemented into place.

To take care of your new dental crown, brush and floss as you do with your natural teeth. Avoid using your crown to bite down on hard objects such as nuts, ice or bones. With proper care, your crown can last for years and years.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you would like to learn more about how a dental crown can repair your smile, then call the office of Vanderbrook and Hoppe Dentistry in Dallas, TX, today. We also serve patients from East Dallas, Lakewood, North Dallas, Richardson, Garland, and Mesquite and throughout the DFW Metroplex.

 

Cosmetic Bonding for the Minor Flaws in Your Smile

December 12, 2014

159289454Is there a little something you’d like to fix about your smile? A chipped or slightly cracked tooth, a couple of teeth that are irregularly spaced or crooked, or teeth that are overly worn. If you see any of these when you smile in the mirror, then cosmetic bonding may be the solution. At the Dallas, TX, office of Vanderbrook and Hoppe Dentistry, Dr. Drew Vanderbrook and Dr. Joanne G. Hoppe, use cosmetic bonding to quickly and effectively create beautiful smiles.

Cosmetic Bonding in a Flash

More often than not, a cosmetic bonding procedure can be completed in just one visit to our office. Dr. Vanderbrook or Dr. Hoppe will use a composite resin and apply it directly to the tooth or your teeth that require repair. But before applying the resin, they use a special color chart to match the composite to your natural tooth color. Using a composite, the dentists can blend colors for a perfect match. In some cases, they may recommend teeth whitening before the cosmetic bonding procedure. Unlike teeth, composite resin cannot be whitened, so you’ll want to make sure that your teeth are the color you desire before the bonding process.

The Cosmetic Bonding Process

Before applying composite resin, the dentist will need to prepare the tooth. Then, the composite resin is applied layer by layer. Each layer is hardened with a special curing light, and finally the dentist artfully molds and sculpts the material to the perfect shape.

Cosmetic bonding can last for years with a bit of tender loving care. Brush and floss daily, schedule regular checkups in our office, and be sure to avoid biting on hard objects such as nuts and bones, because cosmetic bonding materials can chip.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you’d like to learn more about cosmetic bonding and how to improve your smile, call the office of Vanderbrook and Hoppe Dentistry in Dallas, TX. We conveniently serve patients from East Dallas, Lakewood, North Dallas, Richardson, Garland, and Mesquite and throughout the DFW Metroplex.

With Opalescence Teeth Whitening in Dallas, TX, You Can Greet the New Year with a New Smile

November 10, 2014

158554263Believe it or not, 2015 is just around the corner. So what’s your resolution for the new year? How about a whiter and brighter smile? With the Opalescence teeth whitening system from Vanderbrook and Hoppe Dentistry in Dallas, TX, a whiter smile can be one new year’s resolution that’s easy to keep.

 

Teeth become stained for a variety of reasons, including:

 

  • The foods and beverages we consume, such as carrots, tomato sauce, coffee and red wine
  • Tobacco use
  • Certain medications
  • The unavoidable aging process
  • Teeth grinding or injury leading to small cracks that collect stain-causing debris

Opalescence Teeth Whitening to the Rescue!

Dr. Drew Vanderbrook and Dr. Joanne Hoppe use Opalescence Boost for the best in teeth whitening and patient comfort. Opalescence Boost relies on the power of hydrogen peroxide to chemically remove stains and make your teeth several shades whiter. In addition, there is the benefit of a reduced risk of teeth sensitivity associated with teeth whitening, because Opalescence Boost contains potassium nitrate, as well as fluoride to strengthen enamel and help prevent cavities. The entire treatment takes only about one hour. Then, you go home with a whiter smile.

To maintain that white smile or to whiten your teeth in the convenience and comfort of home rather than the dentist’s office, Drs. Vanderbrook and Hoppe recommend Opalescence at-home teeth whitening kit. This contains more of the professional strength formula that’s needed for the best results. You’ll be given custom-fitted trays to use with the whitening gel that the doctors select to match your needs. Just wear them as frequently and for the length of time recommended. Your new year’s resolution will be a cinch to keep this year with Opalescence Teeth Whitening!

Call Our Office Today

If you want to start the new year with a new smile—whether with teeth whitening or any of our other cosmetic dentistry services—then call the office of Vanderbrook and Hoppe Dentistry in Dallas, TX, today. We also conveniently serve patients from East Dallas, Lakewood, North Dallas, Richardson, Garland, and Mesquite and throughout the DFW Metroplex.

Periodontal Disease and Your Future Health: Treating Gum Disease in Dallas, TX

August 26, 2014

178845072Most people know that gum disease can lead to problems like bleeding gums, bad breath, and even tooth loss. Did you know that there are even more serious health complications linked to untreated periodontal disease? At the Dallas, TX dental practice of Dr. Drew Vanderbrook and Dr. Joanne G. Hoppe, we offer an extensive array of general and preventive dentistry solutions, including periodontal therapy.

The Mouth-Body Connection

When bacteria within the gum tissue are attacked by your body’s immune system, disseminated toxins and inflammatory markers spread throughout the blood stream. Over time, these bacteria can begin to wreak havoc on tissues and organs located far from your mouth; this is one of the reasons that periodontal disease is considered a silent killer. Some of the serious health complications associated with advanced gum disease include:

  • Pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs)
  • Respiratory infections, including pneumonia
  • Coronary artery disease and other cardiovascular conditions
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Blood cancer
  • Pregnancy complications, including low birth weight and premature delivery
  • Poor management of diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Fortunately, a diagnosis of gum disease does not necessarily mean that you will affected by any of these conditions in the future. Early and consistent treatment with periodontal disease therapy can drastically reduce the likelihood that the infection will spread to other areas of the body. Our doctors possess the experience, skill, and knowledge necessary to provide our patients with comprehensive treatments that fight and treat gum disease.

Schedule Your Visit Today

Periodontal disease is most successfully treated when detected in its early stages. Because not everyone experiences obvious symptoms of gum issues early on, routine visits to our office (approximately twice per year) are vital to continued oral health. Contact our office today to schedule your visit with Dr. Vanderbrook and Dr. Hoppe. We look forward to serving you and your family! Our practice serves patients from communities throughout the DFW area, including Richardson, Garland, Mesquite, University Park, Lake Highlands, North Dallas, and more.