Even though enamel, a mineral form of calcium phosphate, scores 5 on the Mohs hardness scale—harder than steel—it is also brittle, comparable to glass. As a result, chips, fractures, cracks, and significant breaks, like a tooth broken in half, are not uncommon.   If severe enough, broken and chipped teeth can cause severe pain and/or cause… Read More

Have you ever looked at a picture of yourself and thought your gum tissue was out of proportion to your smile? If so, you may be suffering from what’s known as excessive gingival display, or more commonly, gummy smile.  The good news is, the situation is treatable. You can have the movie-star smile you’re looking… Read More

Stem cell research has exploded in the last 20 years, so it should come as no surprise that a major segment of medicine, such as dentistry, would have its fair share of researchers attempting to make new scientific breakthroughs.   Those breakthroughs are, by all accounts, at least several years away from your local dentist’s office,… Read More

Many adults have had fillings, where a dentist fills in a decayed tooth with dental material to prevent further damage. The same type of treatment can be administered to children, too. The goal is to preserve the tooth’s health and function for years to come, even with baby teeth. It can also help to reduce… Read More

Yes, children can definitely wear braces with some baby teeth remaining. Children won’t need braces when they have only baby teeth, but it may be the right course of action in some cases where a child has mixed baby and permanent teeth.  That’s the short answer. The long answer is that nobody can offer you… Read More

Today’s blog comes to us courtesy of one of our patients, Matt. Matt is a 42-year-old marketing executive here in Houston. We recently invited him to Bunker Hill Dentistry to try out our new Itero Element 2 intraoral digital scanner. He was kind enough to share his thoughts on the process with us, with a… Read More

Your child comes running into your home with what seems like a bloody lip. You quickly learn that he or she has a chip missing out of their tooth. What do you do when this happens? Many parents will encounter this from time-to-time.  Accidents happen, but chipped teeth, especially those in a child, can be… Read More

When you are away on vacation, on a business trip, visiting family out of town or on a holiday overseas, the last thing that you want to think about is finding an emergency dentist. But sometimes they happen when you least want them to. The best thing that you can do during a dental emergency… Read More

Millions of Americans experience anxiety about going to the dentist. Much of this can be chalked up to Hollywood sensationalism, but there’s no doubt that not so long ago, dentists were hindered by inadequate tools and techniques that made getting your teeth worked on not much fun. But if you haven’t stepped into a modern… Read More