SAN ANTONIO DENTAL HEALTH
Cosmetic Dental Care
Do you worry about what your smile looks like? Our doctors and staff want you to look and feel your best, so we provide a wide range of cosmetic dental care such as: teeth whitening, Invisalign, veneers, bonding, or replacing fillings. Sometimes you may just want to improve the esthetics of your smile. And sometimes improving the health of your smile has the added benefit of improving the looks of it too!
Come talk to us over coffee about your concerns, and we can make a plan together about your care.
We want you to leave our office feeling confident, educated and satisfied with your smile.
Explore this page to find out more about the cosmetic dentistry services that we offer.
Do you wish you had whiter teeth?
If you do, you’re not alone. Teeth whitening is one of the quickest and least expensive…
Invisalign: For Straighter Teeth and a Beautiful Smile
Crowding and gaps, angled and leaning teeth, too short and too long…
Say Goodbye to the Smile You’ve Never Liked
Your teeth are healthy enough. They just don’t make a great impression.
What if you could have a new smile today?
All of us have something we don’t like about our smiles.
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.