Julie Folger, DDS
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Sherman, TX 75092
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Sherman, TX 75092

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.

By Julie Folger, D.D.S.
May 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental technology has evolved and kept pace with modern developments across the medical and health fields, and dentures are no denturesexception. In the past, dentures were something of a last result for older adults suffering from age-related periodontal disease and tooth loss. Although gum disease can be prevented and managed so that more people can keep most if not all of their natural teeth for most of their lives, periodontal disease and some degree of tooth loss remains a problem for Americans over the age of 30, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The good news is that dentures remain a standard solution for tooth loss for adults of all ages. Dr. Julie Folger, your Sherman, TX dentist, offers several denture options designed to restore both the cosmetic appearance and function of your teeth.

Give Your Smile (and Health) a Second Chance with Dentures in Sherman, TX

There are two main categories of dentures depending on the extent of tooth loss: complete (also known as full) and partial. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing on either the upper or lower jaw; partial dentures are used to fill in the gaps when there are still a few remaining natural teeth. There are also immediate dentures, a temporary set that can be worn immediately after tooth loss or extractions until the permanent set is ready (typically within a month, depending on the situation). Implant-supported overdentures are a type of partial denture that are held in place by implants, offering more security and stability than the traditional fit.

Find a Dentist in Sherman, TX

The best way to prevent gum disease and avoid tooth loss is by practicing good oral hygiene and getting regular dental checkups and cleanings. If and when tooth loss happens, dentures are an affordable and convenient solution. For more information on the different types of dentures and the best option for you, call 903-893-2540 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Folger today.

By Julie Folger, D.D.S.
February 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Would you like to perfect your smile? Thanks to a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments, improving your smile is easier than ever. cosmetic dentistrySherman, TX, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Julie Folger, discusses a few common treatment options.

Cosmetic contouring

During cosmetic contouring, a small amount of tooth enamel is removed to change the shape or length of teeth. The treatment is a good option if two teeth overlap slightly, one tooth is a little longer than others or you want to get rid of a point at the end of a tooth.

Dental bonding

During a bonding treatment in her Sherman office, Dr. Folger applies a small amount of a flexible material called composite resin to your teeth. Composite resin can be used to repair damage, lengthen teeth, hide discolorations, cover gaps and conceal imperfections. The resin is hardened with a special curing light then polished. Since composite resin is available in several tooth-colored shades, the bonded areas are indistinguishable from natural tooth enamel.

Teeth whitening

Have your teeth become duller over the years? Aging plays a part in a yellow smile, but the problem can also be caused by eating or drinking foods and beverages that stain teeth or by smoking. Professional teeth whitening removes extrinsic stains that affect your tooth enamel. After a single treatment, you can expect to see a three- to eight-shade improvement in your smile.

Porcelain veneers

If your teeth still aren't white enough after teeth whitening, porcelain veneers offer another option. Since veneers are available in any shade of white imaginable, you can choose the precise shade of your teeth. The thin porcelain shells are applied to the fronts of your teeth only, making them an ideal choice if you want to conceal discolorations, chips, gaps or other small flaws.

Dental implants

Dental implants offer a long-lasting way to replace missing teeth. Implants replace tooth roots and are placed in your jawbone where they soon bond to the bone. Once bonding is complete, a lifelike crown is attached to the top of the implant. Implants feel very much like the tooth you lost and help prevent bone loss in your jaw.

Ready to improve your smile? Call Sherman, TX, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Julie Folger, at (903) 893-2540 to find out which treatment is best for your dental problem.

By Julie Folger, D.D.S.
January 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Put down that whitening toothpaste and at-home whitening kit. We have a faster solution!

There is a reason so many people are choosing to get a whiter smile. After all, since a white smile clearly screams a more youthful teeth whiteningappearance over a stained, discolored smile it isn’t too surprising that people are turning to a simple yet effective treatment to improve their appearance without invasive procedures. Brightening your smile also brightens the face, and those with whiter smiles often smile more. If you want to start smiling more then it’s time to consider getting teeth whitening from our Sherman, TX, cosmetic dentist Dr. Julie Folger.

Getting professional teeth whitening in Sherman, TX, is one of an ideal way to get a whiter smile. Why? Because you don’t have to wait weeks to finally see results. Our professional chairside whitening system uses the strongest bleaching agents available so that patients are able to get a significantly whiter and more vibrant smile in just one session.

Is it safe?

Professional teeth whitening is completely safe. Before we apply the bleaching gel we apply a special gel over your teeth that is designed to protect enamel from damage. Of course, if you use at-home whitening products and don’t follow the instructions you may suffer from issues like increased tooth sensitivity. But if you turn to our Sherman, TX, dentist, you will get a safe whitening treatment every time.

How does in-office teeth whitening work?

We will apply the protective gel over your teeth and then apply the whitening gel. To speed up the whitening process we will also turn on a special light, which will activate the ingredients within the bleaching agent to expedite the whitening effects.

In about one hour, a single whitening visit could brighten your smile up to 8 shades. If you are dealing with dental stains caused by the foods and drinks you consume, smoking or even aging, then it’s time to talk to us about whether our professional in-office whitening system is right for you.

Here at our Sherman, TX, dental office, Dr. Folger prides herself on being able to provide her patients with beautiful smiles, whether they want teeth whitening, dental veneers or even implants. Schedule your cosmetic consultation with us today!

By Julie Folger, D.D.S.
November 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

There is more than only one kind of denture to choose from in Sherman, TX.

If you have severe tooth loss then you may just think that you get one type of dentures and then your treatment is done. Contrary to what denturesyou might think, when you turn to our Sherman, TX, dentist, Dr. Julie Folger, you have options. That’s right! There are different kinds of dentures, depending on your needs and lifestyle. Here are the different kinds of dentures available:

Removable Partial Dentures

These can be a great option for those who are missing teeth but still have some natural teeth present. This removable prosthetic will replace the missing teeth in your mouth and clasps from the dentures will be used to hold it in place. These clasps, which can be made from plastic or metal, often attach around natural teeth that are strong enough to support your false teeth. Clasps make it easy for your artificial teeth to stay put while in your mouth, but still be able to easily remove them every night.

Removable Complete Dentures

If you have complete tooth loss then getting a full set of dentures can help. These dentures are also removable and can be used to replace your upper and/or lower teeth. Conventional complete dentures will only be placed once any tooth extraction that is needed has been performed and once your mouth has healed. These dentures are designed to fit closely with the gums and bone tissue to help seal it in place. Of course, some patients also choose to use denture adhesives to keep them from moving around.

Immediate Dentures

If you’ve needed to get a tooth extraction your mouth will need time to heal before complete or partial dentures are placed. In the meantime, you will be given immediate dentures to wear. These tend to be worn for about 8 weeks while the gums heal from the extractions. These dentures are placed the same day as your extraction so you are never without teeth. Of course, they will need to be to adjusted in a couple of months, especially since the gum tissue will change after your extraction.

Implant-supported dentures

Small metal posts known as dental implants are placed into the jawbone where they fuse together to become a permanent, durable foundation from which to hold a restoration. While most people assume that dental implants can only support a dental crown, placing several implants into the jawbone can help support even a full set of dentures.

Do you have questions about getting dentures? Want to find out if they are the right restoration to replace your missing teeth? Then it’s time you called Dr. Folger today to schedule a consultation in Sherman, TX. Don’t let tooth loss get you down!

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