Julie Folger, DDS
3333 Hwy 1417 N.
Sherman, TX 75092
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By Julie Folger, D.D.S.
March 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Failing teeth, missing teeth--they are a recipe for a smile that just doesn't look good or work well. How can you fix your smile? Consult Dr. dental crownsJulie Folger and Dr. Ralf Poineal, your crown and bridge experts in Sherman, TX. Their combined expertise gives patients the edge in restorative dentistry techniques so anyone can optimize their smile aesthetics and oral function.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown, or cap, is a permanent restoration which protects a tooth damaged by a blow to the mouth, multiple fillings, odd congenital shape or deep decay. Made of beautiful, natural-looking, and durable porcelain, crowns also restore dental implants when tooth replacement becomes necessary, and crowns anchor fixed bridgework to fill smile gaps of one, two or more adjoining teeth.

To determine if your oral health situation warrants a dental crown, Dr. Folger or Dr. Poineal will perform a complete oral examination. Visual inspection and digital X-rays tell if a tooth is viable and can accept a crown. If it is, the Sherman dentist will remove the decayed areas and old filling material, shaping it for best fit with the restoration.

Also, the doctor will take oral impressions to send to a trusted dental lab. At the lab, a skilled technician will use the impressions and your dentist's detailed instructions to fabricate a crown that is a perfect match for shape, color, and bite.

Dental crowns may last up to 15 years, say researchers at the Cleveland Clinic. Simple brushing and flossing keeps them clean and bright, and Dr. Poineal and Dr. Folger recommend wearing a customized bite guard if you clench or grind your teeth.

What is fixed bridgework?

Bridgework replaces adjoining missing teeth. Conventional bridgework is made of lifelike acrylic and is anchored to natural teeth with dental crowns on opposite ends of the prosthetic. In some cases, bridgework may be cantilevered--that is, attached natural teeth only on one end of the bridge.

In addition, some fixed bridgework is secured directly to the jawbone with dental implants. These titanium devices adhere to the bone, providing superior security and longevity. With routine at-home hygiene and in-office cleanings and check-ups, most bridgework lasts for years.

A complete smile

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that a beautiful smile is a personal and professional asset. Additionally, you'll avoid impaired oral function that comes from smile gaps and deteriorating teeth. Find out more by paying a visit to Dr. Folger or Dr. Poineal. Call the office in Sherman today to arrange your crown and bridge consultation: (903) 893-2540.

By Julie Folger, D.D.S.
January 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as the old saying goes, and that is certainly true when it comes to a person's smile. Healthy and Teeth whiteningattractive teeth come in all shapes and sizes, and in many cases, minor imperfections are what can make a smile standout. However cosmetic imperfections like stains and discolorations can make a bad impression and negatively affect confidence, self-esteem, and even a person's overall quality of life. If you are unhappy with how your teeth look due to stains or discolorations caused by lifestyle habits like diet, smoking, or the natural effects of age, or you would simply like to brighten your smile, a professional teeth whitening treatment can do the trick. Dr. Julie Folger and Dr. Ralf Poineal offer professional teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry services in Sherman, TX.

Get a Whole New Smile with Teeth Whitening in Sherman, TX

Despite the fact that there are a number of over the counter teeth whitening products available, from toothpaste to whitening gels and strips, they are not as effective as professional treatments, and may contain abrasive agents which can be harmful to tooth enamel, actually making your teeth more susceptible to staining and discolorations in the future. Using a whitening toothpaste can definitely help, especially if you drink coffee, tea, or red wine on a regular basis or use tobacco, but only a professional whitening treatment from a dentist can offer significant and long-lasting results.

Some dental stains develop at the dentin layer below the enamel and may require porcelain veneers or cosmetic bonding for the best results.

Find a Dentist in Sherman, TX

Sometimes minor changes can have a major impact on your smile and overall confidence. For more information on teeth whitening and other cosmetic dental treatments, contact our office by calling (903) 893-2540 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Folger or Dr. Poineal today.

By Julie Folger, D.D.S.
October 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

Most of us have a mental "prototype" of what our ideal smile would look like. Maybe it's your favorite celebrity's, or a co-worker or family cosmetic dentistrymember. Or maybe you are fairly happy with your own smile, but just wish your teeth were whiter, or a different shape. Studies have shown that a majority of people would change something about their smile if given the chance, and many of the people walking around with "perfect" teeth have had a little help from cosmetic dentistry. Sherman, TX, based dentists Dr. Julie Folger and Dr. Ralf Poineal recommend dental veneers to repair some of the most common cosmetic imperfections and issues.

Get a Smile Makeover with Dental Veneers in Sherman, TX

Veneers are one of the most common and versatile cosmetic dental restorations available because they can change the color, size, and shape of a tooth and deliver natural looking, long lasting results. They are also used in restorative dentistry to seal and reinforce a tooth after it has been treated with root canal therapy.

Made of a thin layer of porcelain or composite resin (a combination of plastic and glass and other materials designed to match the sheen and texture of tooth enamel), veneers are bonded onto the surface of the damaged tooth. Some of the uses for dental veneers include:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Mild to moderate spacing issues (larger spaces and gaps may require orthodontic treatment)
  • Permanent dental stains and discolorations
  • Uneven or misshaped teeth

Find a Dentist in Sherman, TX

Whether you need to fix a specific problem like a chipped tooth, or would just like to make some cosmetic improvements to your smile, dental veneers are one of the fastest and most affordable ways to transform your entire smile. For more information, contact our office today by calling (903) 893-2540 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Folger or Dr. Poineal.

By Julie Folger, D.D.S.
August 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Do you need cosmetic dental procedures to enhance your smile? You do if you wish to repair congenital defects in your tooth shape or bite cosmetic dentistryor if you have suffered an injury to your mouth. Perhaps you just dislike the color of your teeth or how metal fillings show when you smile. Whatever the case, your Sherman cosmetic dentist, Dr. Julie Folger or Dr. Ralf Poineal can help.

What does cosmetic dentistry involve?

Nowadays, cosmetic dentistry is extremely popular because people really strive to look their best. In fact, studies conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry indicate that an attractive smile helps people feel their best and that great smiles project their true personality to friends and to the professional world.

Growing in scope over the past 30 years, cosmetic dentistry presents many ways to improve smile aesthetics and Drs. Folger and Poineal offer a wide range of treatments in their Sherman office. Chances are they can accomplish your unique smile goals. To determine how to improve the look of your teeth and gums, they recommend a smile analysis which includes an oral examination, X-rays and a discussion of changes you'd like to make. Together, you and your Sherman cosmetic dentist can craft a healthy smile that looks like you only better!

Offered aesthetic treatments

Tooth color is one of the easiest cosmetic components to change, and it's cost-sparing, too. To undergo professional teeth whitening, a patient must have healthy teeth and gums with no decay or periodontal problems. The dentist uses a concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel swabbed directly on tooth surfaces. After allowing it to seep in for a prescribed amount of time, the gel is rinsed off, leaving tooth enamel brighter by several shades of color. At-home versions also safely lift out typical stains from smoking, coffee and darkly colored foods.

To disguise deeper stains, your dentist may advise porcelain veneers. Thin, translucent shells of high-grade dental porcelain, veneers cover the front of teeth with other defects, too, such as cracks, chips and gaps. To place veneers, Dr. Folger or Dr. Poineal must remove a thin slice of enamel from each tooth. This reduction allows veneers to adhere well.

Composite resin bonding and tooth contouring reshape teeth marred by small flaws. Uneven length, fine cracks and mild overcrowding respond well to sculpting with acrylic and glass resin and/or mild sanding. These treatments often put the finishing touches on a complete smile makeover.

Finally, if you have failing tooth structure or dislike the metal fillings you have, porcelain crowns or tooth-colored fillings may be just what you need. These beautiful restorations repair and strengthen your teeth and improve their appearance, too.

What can we do for you?

Dr. Folger and Dr. Poineal love crafting dazzling smiles for people of all ages. Why not contact their office today to schedule your smile analysis? Call (903) 893-2540.

By Julie Folger, D.D.S.
July 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Don't like the way silver fillings look? You may be interested in tooth-colored fillings. Our Sherman, TX, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Julie Folger, fillingsshares some advantages of the fillings.

What are tooth-colored fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings don't use a metal mixture to fill the cavity in your tooth, but instead, seal the space with composite resin. Composite resin is composed of plastic and glass powder and is also used to bond teeth. The flexible composite resin is applied to your tooth layer by layer, then each layer is hardened with a curing light in our Sherman office.

What are the benefits of composite resin fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings offer these benefits:

  • More Natural Appearance: If you would like to keep your dental history between you and your dentist, you may want to consider a tooth-colored filling. Composite resin is produced in the most common tooth shades to ensure that the filling doesn't stand out.
  • No Expansion and Contraction: Every time you eat or drink something hot or cold, the metals in a silver amalgam filling expand or contract. Eventually, the effects of expansion and contraction may crack your tooth. Cracked teeth are at increased risk of breaking if they're not protected with a dental crown. Tooth-colored fillings don't expand or contract, which reduces your risk of a tooth fracture.
  • A Stronger Tooth: Composite resin bonds to your tooth, which keeps it strong and helps protect if from breaking. When you choose a tooth-colored filling, a smaller area of healthy tooth structure will need to be removed to place the filling. Keeping as much of your healthy tooth structure intact as possible also helps protect your teeth from breaking.
  • A Mercury-Free Option: Silver amalgam fillings contain several metals, including mercury. Several years ago, researchers were concerned that mercury in fillings might be toxic. Despite assurances from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that mercury fillings are safe when used in people who are older than six, some people prefer to avoid amalgam fillings and opt for tooth-colored fillings instead.

Tooth-colored fillings enhance your smile and help keep your teeth strong. If you're concerned about a toothache, or it's been six months since your last visit, call Sherman, TX, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Folger, at (903) 893-2540 to schedule an appointment.





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