Our mouths are a crucial part of every moment of every day whether we’re talking, smiling, eating, laughing…
When our teeth aren’t looking, working or feeling like they should, it impacts our health and wellness in very real ways.
And dental problems don’t heal on their own. Cavities become toothaches. Gum disease causes tooth loss. Missing teeth create Bone loss.
Fortunately, you can restore your teeth and their function and reclaim your healthy, beautiful smile! We are passionate about helping people find their own best solution!
I meet people every day who are looking for real dental answers. So many people feel helpless and I get it. How can they figure out if a major treatment will be worth the money? Do they really have gum disease? What if the dentist is just ripping them off…? Understanding your condition and your options is the KEY to protecting yourself.
Don’t get me wrong. Good information exists. I’ve taken over 1,000 hours of post-doctoral classes and have definitely run into a lot of great teaching and research. BUT… did it use regular, everyday English or crazy medical “Jargon-ish” language? You guessed it – it was full of words non-dentists have no way of knowing.
On the other hand, the internet is chock full of “pop-culture” health information that’s easy to understand but rarely tells the whole story. I’ve had patients hurt by that stuff too. Add to that the fact that many dentists feel like they don’t have time to bother with patient education and you get a mega-sized information gap.
The purpose of this website is to fill that gap. It’s designed to be a resource for everyone trying to find answers to their dental questions and concerns. You’ll find dental health information to help you figure out your condition and to learn about ALL your options. Whether you’re my patient or not, this website was created to help YOU! Information puts the power of choice back in your hands.
Welcome to the dental health control center!
Here’s to Your Health!
Dr. John Bec, D.M.D.
What’s Bothering You?
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With so much information out there, it’s hard to know who to trust. Why should you trust me?
Maybe you’ve already heard something that contradicts what you read on my site? Maybe another dentist told you something different? It happens. Dentists & doctors don’t always agree. If you include everything the internet says, you’ll definitely find different opinions.
Everything that I share comes from what I’ve seen work with my own patients and is grounded in four years of dental school plus nearly 1,000 hours of post-doctoral training and a decade of experience. Many things could be true or possible. I limit this website to what I know is practically true. This doesn’t mean that my explanations or solutions are the only possibilities. It means that I only offer explanations and solutions I can stand behind 100%.
P.S. If something on this site is unclear or confusing, please email me your comments and let me know. It’s my mission to make this website clear and helpful for dental patients everywhere and I can only achieve this goal with your help! Click here to email me your suggestions, comments or questions.
Meet Our Team
I wouldn’t get very far without my fantastic team! They are friendly and fun – I’m sure you’ll love them! When you’re in our part of San Antonio, we welcome you to stop by and say “Hi!” If you have questions about a dental problem that requires an exam, we would love to help you answer your questions! We are passionate about helping people get healthier!
Not Sure If You actually NEED an Dental Extraction?
Hearing you need an dental extraction when you’re not sure why it’s necessary. How can you know if the tooth truly needs to come out or if it could actually be restored? Isn’t it best to keep your own teeth as long as possible?
We meet new patients all the time coming in for a second opinion and feeling frustrated that another dentist wanted to take a tooth out that the patient is pretty sure could be saved. What we’ve discovered is that about 5% of the time, there was a restorative option available that was overlooked. However, about 95% of the time, the tooth needs to be extracted and the diagnosing dentist simply didn’t take the time to adequately explain why.
It’s easy as a dentist who “does teeth” all day long every day, to forget that patients don’t “do teeth” all day long and that they need extra information in order to feel comfortable making decisions, especially about losing teeth. Dentists also have different personal guidelines about what “saving a tooth” means.
Here are my personal guidelines for when teeth should be extracted:
- If the tooth has an untreatable level of infection inside the tooth
- If the tooth has an untreatable level of infection in the surrounding gums
- If the bone around the tooth has dissolved and can’t support the tooth
- If the tooth has broken or decayed to the point that it can’t support a crown
- If the tooth has already been root canaled twice
Why these guidelines? Because I don’t believe that fixing a tooth just to have it break again in a month counts as “saving a tooth.” Every one of these scenarios could be patched, but would explode as a toothache, dangerous infection or deeper trauma within days or weeks, further risking your health. I’m not willing to put my patients’ health at risk for convenience.
If you’re not sure why your tooth “needs an dental extraction” come see me for a second opinion. We’ll take a look and a 3D-CT radiograph give you a clear explanation of what is going on either with that one tooth or in your whole mouth depending on how much you’d like to know.