Humble Dentistry
80 Wilson Road, Suite C
Humble, TX 77338

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): General Dentistry

How can we help you?

We know you have many choices when it comes to finding a dentist in the Humble, TX area and that finding the practice that is right for you is a big decision.

If you have questions, take a moment to read through our most common ones below. If your question is not listed here, you are welcome to give us a call or email us to get the answers you need.

We are honored that you are considering Humble Dentistry for your family's dental needs. Dr. Appel and our entire team look forward to welcoming you.

 

General Dentistry

Your dentist in Humble, TX looks forward to seeing you!

dentist appointment in humble tx | humble dentistrySometimes there are changes to your insurance plan or your dental benefits. Other times, especially if you have not been to the dentist in a while, we may need to update your information electronically. You may also have questions for the dentist. Additionally, if the dentist or hygienist finishes the appointment before yours early, you may be able to start your dental treatment ahead of schedule. This gives you more time for your day. You can also download forms from our website to save yourself even more time.

We do request you arrive 10-15 minutes early to your appointment for these reasons. This is especially important for new patients. At Humble Dentistry, your Humble, TX dentist likes us to take a full history. We want to know about your medical history, as well.

Additionally, we like to take the time to catch up with our patients and learn what’s new with you! At Humble Dentistry, we treat our patients like family.

Schedule Your Dentist Appointment in Humble, TX Today

If you have not scheduled an appointment in a while, or if you have any questions, we encourage you to contact your dentist in Humble, TX today. We look forward to serving all your dental needs.

a dental x-ray | dental x-rays humble txWe use both photos and x-rays to assist with diagnosing and presenting treatment to our patients. By using visual aids, we can ensure that our patients fully understand their conditions and oral health. It also provides patients with a “real life” view of what their teeth look like. 

Our patients often ask us, “Do my teeth really look like that?”

Yes! But if there is something you would like to change about the appearance of your teeth, we create beautiful cosmetic dentistry transformations to help you achieve your goals for your smile.

What We Do

As a new patient, we will take intraoral and extraoral images that show the front, side, and profile view of teeth. The pictures we take inside your mouth show cracks, damaged restorations, and tartar that has collected on teeth.

We will also take x-rays periodically to identify areas of decay. We typically take bitewing x-rays yearly and full mouth x-rays every 3 to 5 years, depending on your dental history.

Having a realistic view of your oral health will help you understand how to make the best decisions possible for the future of your smile. We will go over these images with you and answer any questions you have. So if you've got questions about dental x-rays or imaging, please give our Humble, TX dental office a call

 

a woman smiles | cosmetic dentist humble txPart of having good oral health is feeling confident in the appearance of your teeth. If there is something that you would like to change, whether that's teeth that need to be replaced or you want to improve the shade, shape, or spacing of your teeth, we offer the full scope of modern cosmetic dentistry to help patients achieve a smile they feel proud of.

Some of the cosmetic treatments we offer include:

Tooth-colored restorations – The need for metal-based restorations has declined due to advancements in materials available that match your natural teeth. We offer tooth-colored fillings, bonding, crowns, veneers, bridges, and dental implants that enhance the beauty of your smile.

Teeth whitening – Professional teeth whitening bleaches away years of stains to give you a brighter and more youthful appearance. Humble Dentistry offers both in-office and take-home whitening options.

Full smile makeovers – For damaged or severely worn teeth, combining cosmetic dentistry options gives patients a whole new look that enhances their oral health and their appearance.

Porcelain veneers – Veneers completely cover the front of your teeth and correct a number of esthetic concerns such as gaps, wear, chips, color, and irregularly shaped teeth. 

Give Us A Call

Today’s cosmetic dentistry options provide solutions for every smile and budget. Contact us for a consultation with Dr. Robert Appel and discover the possibilities for your own smile. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

denture on white backdrop | dentures humble txAt Humble Dentistry, we offer the full scope of teeth replacement options because we believe it is important to have choices when it comes to your oral health. Dentures provide reliable teeth replacement for many of our patients. We offer different types of dentures based on your needs.

Complete (full) dentures – Replace all missing teeth on the upper and lower arch. Today’s denture options give patients excellent comfort and esthetics. 

Partial dentures – Replace some missing teeth and use your remaining natural teeth as an anchor to hold your partial in place. We offer a number of partial denture options depending on your preferences and needs:

  • Acrylic base – lightweight pink base with artificial denture teeth
  • Metal base – durable and reliable with metal components for added reliability
  • Flexible base – a bendable, lightweight partial for improved comfort

Implant-supported dentures – Placing several dental implants on the upper or lower arch allows dentures to lock in place for additional security and stability. Dental implants eliminate slipping and falling, even when eating crunchy or chewy foods.

Reach Out To Our Humble Dental Office

To learn more about how to replace your missing teeth or find out if dentures are right for you, contact our Humble, TX dental office. Our team is standing by to help you find a solution to complete your smile.

 

Protect Your Teeth

Sealants are a thin protective layer for the grooves in the chewing surface of teeth. They act like a hard hat and protect the grooves from food, acid, and harmful bacteria that may lead to cavities. The can work well for both children and adults on permanent teeth that do not already have fillings, crowns, or cavities. 

Change Your Toothbrush Every 3 Months

Contrary to popular belief, you should not wait until your next 6 month dental checkup to change your toothbrush.

We recommend changing your toothbrush every 3 months or when you notice the bristles fraying. Many toothbrush manufacturers design the bristles to change color when it is time for a new brush or electric brush head. You may notice the blue or green color start to change to white on the tips of many Oral-B brushes. 

Our Recommendation

We recommend that everyone brush their teeth for at least 2 minutes twice per day. Some patients may benefit from more frequent brushing especially if they currently have braces. 

arms hold a clock in the air | dentist humble txTreatment times vary depending on the procedure you are having. Of course, not every aspect of treatment is predictable, but we will give you an estimate of what you can expect when we diagnose your condition and arrange your appointment.

In general, one can expect the following times:

Give Us A Call

We request that you update any insurance changes, medical history, or medications when you arrive in our office. This will allow us to provide you with the best care possible and to ensure your safety while we treat you.

You are also welcome to arrange a consultation with Dr. Appel to discuss your goals for your smile. We can make this a separate appointment, or you can discuss it at your next exam. Our team is always available to discuss treatment or answer questions so that you feel more confident in your care.

We strive to remain on time so that you can fit dentistry into your schedule without any complications.

Give us a call if you have a question about your treatment times or what to expect with your procedure.

 

A night guard is a custom oral appliance designed to protect the teeth and minimize the chances of damaging your teeth due to clenching or grinding while sleeping. It is something that is removable and is primarily worn at night. We make several different types of night guards and we work with each patient to determine the best option for them. Night guards can be worn on a few teeth or all the teeth and can be made for the upper jaw, the lower jaw, or both jaws together. 

 

Worried about clenching or grinding your teeth? Give us a Call Today and find out if a night guard is right for you!

Dr. Appel and our team pride ourselves on being very thorough, so during your cosmetic consultation we will complete the following: 

 

  • A review of your goals for cosmetic dental treatment
  • A review of your medical history to rule out any concerns with regards to dental care
  • Obtain any necessary x-rays
  • A full set of photographs
  • An oral cancer screening
  • An evaluation of your bite, gums, and teeth
  • A set of study models (if needed)

 

After gathering any necessary information, Dr. Appel will review his findings with you and how we can help you achieve your goals for a dazzling smile. 

a mom brushes her daughter's teeth | dentist humble txIn general, our healthiest patients with the best oral hygiene are those that use an electric toothbrush. Good oral hygiene depends on the removal of plaque from the teeth. Plaque is the sticky yellow film that harbors bacteria and contributes to inflammation, gum disease, and tooth decay.

An electric toothbrush can be especially helpful for those with braces or other oral appliances, those who struggle with manual dexterity, or those that have very hard to reach places. We would love it if all of our patients used an electric toothbrush, which is why we have both Sonicare and Oral-B toothbrushes available in the office.

What Research Says

Don’t just take our word for it though, our recommendation is based on the best available research. In 2014, the Cochrane Group conducted a systematic review comparing manual and powered toothbrushes. They found that using an electric toothbrush resulted in a 21% reduction in plaque after 3 months of use. It also resulted in an 11% reduction in gingivitis after three months as well. That may not sound like a lot, but better removal of plaque will contribute to a healthier mouth and lower the risk for developing gum disease and tooth decay.

For more information, give our Humble, TX dental office a call today. Our staff would be happy to answer your questions.

 


a man stands with his arms folded, looking up and to the side | general dentist Humble TXDr. Appel and our entire dental team believe that helping patients enjoy comfortable dental treatment is one of the most important parts of the care we provide. 

Pain Free Dentistry

Even complex procedures such as extractions, root canals, and dental implant placement are more comfortable than ever thanks to the latest information regarding anesthetic techniques, improved medications, and information about how different people react when anesthetized. Every patient is different, and we will ensure you get the proper amount of anesthetic.

Special products like topical anesthetic and reversal medications like OraVerse make your experience more comfortable and convenient. Injections are easier than ever because we now have the capability to numb the area before the injection, so you can expect minimal discomfort.

Reversing the effects of anesthetic is an added convenience we offer. Every patient metabolizes anesthetic differently and staying completely numb for hours after your procedure can be annoying and inconvenient – especially if you are hungry! By reversing the effects of your anesthetic, you can feel like yourself again faster.
You are always in control of your own appointment here at Humble Dentistry. If you ever feel uncomfortable during a procedure, let us know and we will take action right away. We want you to relax and enjoy worry-free dentistry while you are with us.

 

Teeth Whitening is Safe for Your Smile

We frequently get this question and the answer is no, tooth whitening will not damage your teeth. As with many of the treatments we offer, we work hard to stay up to date with the most relevant research to guide our recommendations.

A 2008 study from the Journal of Dental Materials looked at the effect of strips, trays, and in-office bleaching products on the enamel surface of teeth. The product tested was Opalaescence by Ultradent, which is the same product we offer to our patients. The results found that all versions tested improved the whiteness of the teeth without impacting the hardness of the enamel, nor did they impact the surface roughness.

Contact Us

Interested in whiter teeth? Call today to find out more!

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