General Dentistry San Antonio, TX

Good oral habits are vital for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Without proper oral care, bacteria can multiply in your mouth and cause serious oral infections. Fortunately, we can help you address issues, like tooth decay and gum disease, at our San Antonio dental office.

Don’t just wait until you have issues or notice signs of problems to consult with your dentist. Prevention is better than cure, so visit your dentist every six months to maintain the best oral health.

At Advanced Dental Associates, our experienced dentists help treat and prevent oral complications with general dentistry treatments. We also offer comprehensive dental services to patients in San Antonio, and the greater Bexar County area.

General Dentist in San Antonio, TX

The Importance of Preventative Dentistry

Preventative dental care is the foundation of your oral health. You can’t just take care of your mouth at home and avoid dental visits or vice versa. You must to be proactive about your oral health in both arenas.

At home, you should brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss your teeth at least once daily. Regular brushing and flossing removes food particles and bacteria, preventing buildup that leads to plaque and tartar. Using fluoride toothpaste strengthens your tooth enamel, while an antibacterial mouthwash controls the harmful bacteria inside your mouth.

But you can’t only take care of your teeth at home. Even if you brush and floss diligently, there are areas where your toothbrush can’t reach. Our office has specialized dental tools that fit into the hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. You could be doing everything right for your teeth at home, but still be at high risk for developing tooth decay and infections.

Cleanings aren’t the only reason for regular office visits. We also perform a thorough dental exam. Patients have a hard time noticing the early warning signs of certain oral health conditions. For example, many adults have early stages of gum disease without even knowing because symptoms aren’t painful.

However, our trained dentists know what to look for. We also use modern dental technology to spot and diagnose issues that aren’t visible to the naked eye. Preventative care is cheaper than dealing with intensive procedures in the future.

Intensive procedures are costly and take long hours in the dental chair. Keeping your mouth healthy is also vital to your overall health and wellbeing. Poor oral health can actually cause various systemic health conditions. So routine dental care helps your entire body.

Diet and Oral Health

Your diet plays a large role in how healthy your mouth is and can be. Your body requires certain nutrients to keep your mouth healthy, while other things are detrimental to your mouth.

What Your Mouth Needs

Nutrients like calcium, Vitamin D, and phosphorus are essential to keep your teeth healthy. Calcium keeps your tooth enamel strong, while phosphorus assists in remineralizing the teeth. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium and phosphorus adequately. You can find these nutrients in food like dairy and leafy greens, while sunlight is the main source of Vitamin D.

Vitamin C and antioxidants are essential for gum health. Vitamin C assists in the collagen process and ensures the gum tissue is strong and healthy. It helps boost immunity and fight against disease-causing bacteria. You can find Vitamin C in citrus fruits, strawberries, and bell peppers.

Antioxidants are anti-inflammatories that protect against the inflammation component of gum disease. You can find antioxidants in foods like broccoli, carrots, and potatoes.

Fresh, fibrous fruits and vegetables can act like natural toothbrushes when you chew them. They get around the teeth and clear away bacteria and food particles. Since they take so much time to chew and break down, it increases saliva production.

Saliva is extremely important for your oral health. It neutralizes acids in your mouth and washes away bacteria and food particles. This is why hydrating with water is also important.

Things to Avoid

The two biggest things to avoid for your teeth are sugars and acids. Sugars are the main ingredient that harmful oral bacteria want to eat. When they eat sugars, they emit an acidic byproduct that eats away at your tooth enamel.

While it’s easy to think that only sweet foods are an issue, salty snacks are too. Carbohydrates and starches break down into sugars. Snacks like chips and pretzels meet this criteria.

Acids also eat through your tooth enamel, making it more vulnerable to bacteria. Things like citrus fruits, vinegar-based foods, and tomatoes are all acidic. Usually, we recommend brushing your teeth right after eating so food doesn’t stay on your teeth.

General Dentistry in San Antonio, TX

Learn about the general dental treatments that we provide patients in our dental office. Our dental professionals provide custom mouthguards, root canal treatments, tooth extractions and more.

Custom Mouthguard

If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, or play contact sports, your teeth may break, chip, or crack. Custom sports mouthguards or sports guards cushion the impact on your face as you play sports. Our custom mouthguards minimize the chance of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, face, tongue, and sometimes jaw.

Family Dentistry

Our family dentistry services will benefit the whole family, including young children. The earlier children start having regular dental checkups, the better oral health they can enjoy. Some issues can result in pain, difficulty concentrating, and other medical issues. This is why routine checkups are so important and help prevent cavities and gum disease.

Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry is a popular treatment for tooth decay, gum disease, lesion removal, and teeth whitening. As technology advances, laser treatments are becoming more prevalent in the dentist’s office. Here at Advanced Dental Associates, we provide laser dentistry to ensure our patients have the best care provided.

The Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) Protocol is a substitute for traditional periodontitis or gum disease surgery. It involves less pain and easier recovery. It also facilitates gum tissue revival, reattachment, and growth of new bone.

Root Canal Procedures

Root canal procedures are a last-ditch effort to save a tooth from extraction. We will recommend a root canal treatment when an infection spreads to the pulp center of the tooth. The inner tooth pulp contains nerve endings and other connective tissues. An infection in the root canal causes pain that you can’t get rid of at home.

Once our dentist removes the infection, we fill the canals with a rubber-like compound we call gutta-percha. The final step is to place a dental crown over the tooth to protect and strengthen it.

Sedation Dentistry

Dental sedation ensures your comfort and relaxation during dental procedures. Sedation can also benefit patients with dental anxiety or a fear of dental treatments and the dental office. We practice safe sedation methods so that you can get the treatments you need without worry.

Tooth Extraction

Tooth extractions are common and nothing to fear. We perform a simple extraction on already erupted teeth above the gumline. We perform a surgical extraction to remove an impacted tooth or a tooth that has yet to erupt, such as wisdom teeth. Extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection and other complications.

Dental Fillings

A vast majority of patients will need at least one filling during their lifetime. Cavities can still happen even if you take good care of your teeth. Moreover, when a cavity does develop, it’s best to seek treatment as soon as possible. Our dental practice provides dental fillings for patients of all ages.

Why Do I Need a Filling?

A cavity occurs when decay destroys a part of your tooth. Without treatment, bacteria can get stuck inside the cavity. This can lead to toothaches, sensitivity, and more decay that causes the cavity to grow larger. The cavity will eventually compromise the tooth, leaving it susceptible to breaking or an infection.

Unfortunately, the cavity does not heal itself after the dentist removes the decay from the tooth. This hole can cause many new problems. However, a filling will repair the cavity and strengthen the tooth. The filling restores the tooth’s function and protect it as well as the health of your mouth.

What Types of Fillings Are There?

The most common types of fillings are amalgam and composite resin. Amalgam is the most affordable and one of the strongest. Amalgam fillings consist of a mixture of different metals and is best for treating cavities in back teeth. You may know amalgam fillings as silver fillings because of their color.

While strong, the color can cause aesthetic concerns. Composite resin fillings are metal-free and match the color of your teeth. Using a color guide, we can choose the right composite shade to perfectly match your natural tooth color. These fillings are not nearly as strong as amalgam, but they are ideal for front teeth.

Some fillings can consist of gold, ceramic, and glass ionomer. These fillings, like amalgam, are incredibly strong. However, they can be more expensive. Ceramic fillings are tooth-colored and stronger than composite.

Glass ionomer fillings are a good option for children. They do not last long, which is fine for baby teeth because they eventually and quickly fall out. In addition to treating a cavity, these fillings release fluoride, which helps protect the tooth from new decay.

Are Dental Fillings Permanent?

Dental fillings should last a long time, but are not necessarily permanent treatments. Over time, your filling could begin to wear out. When this happens, you will need to replace it or risk new tooth damage.

If you notice cracking or wear around your filling, schedule an appointment as soon as possible. If you don’t promptly address a worn-out filling, it could lead to severe issues, including new decay and infections.

Is There an Alternative to a Filling?

Dental fillings are the most common treatment for cavities, and are effective in numerous cases. However, there are some situations in which they may not be the best option. Inlays and onlays provide an indirect alternative for certain types of fillings. In cases of significant decay, a dental crown may be necessary.

Maintain your oral health has never been easier at our dental office. Call Advanced Dental Associates for treatment at 210-361-6847. You can also request a dental appointment with us on our website.