general-dentistry-san-antonio-txIt’s important to keep your smile in tip-top shape with brushing and flossing at home, as well as preventive care from Aesthetic Dental Partners. General dentist Dr. Huriega stresses prevention of dental problems. He can help you stop issues before they start and minimize the damage caused by existing problems.

Make Your Smile Last a Lifetime

Six-month checkups and cleanings are your first line of defense against tooth decay, gum disease, and other problems that can wreak havoc with oral health. We will examine your smile and use our non-invasive DIAGNOdent laser to check for existing cavities and ones that are just beginning to form. Our hygienist will remove plaque and hardened particles from your teeth to eliminate the conditions in which gum disease flourishes.

With routine examinations and cleanings, Dr. Huriega and his staff can detect potential problems early on thus preventing more invasive and costly procedures in the future. When dental checkups and cleanings are skipped for a long period of time, untreated conditions such tooth decay and gum disease (that may not produce noticeable symptoms at their onset) will ultimately require extensive treatments such as root canal therapy or deep, periodontal cleanings.

Complete Dental Care

For example, enamel loss and the early stages of decay are undetectable to the untrained and naked eye. However, during examinations Dr. Huriega will use diagnostic technology to reveal certain conditions long before they produce noticeable symptoms. When enamel loss and tooth decay are treated in their early stages, Dr. Huriega may administer simple, cost-effective treatments such as fluoride supplements to strengthen teeth and fillings to stop the spread of decay and restore the tooth’s shape and size. Using a filling is less invasive and costly than other restorative procedures such as placing dental crowns.

As a full-service dental office, Aesthetic Dental Partners provides comprehensive care for smiles of all ages. We offer custom-made athletic mouthguards, nightguards to prevent teeth grinding, and non-invasive oral appliance therapy to combat the debilitating effects of TMJ disorder. If you snore, we can help with that, too. A small, comfortable mouthguard keeps airways open to prevent snoring and the sleep apnea that often accompanies it.

Gum Disease Prevention

Gum disease has been linked to several whole-body health complications, including low-birth weight, heart disease, and osteoporosis, so it’s vitally important to keep this destructive disease at bay. Dr. Bonner and Dr. Huriega treat gum disease with non-surgical treatments that renew gum health.

Some oral health conditions such as periodontal (gum) disease can severely impact a patient’s wellbeing when left undiagnosed and untreated. When periodontal disease goes untreated, the infection can spread throughout the entire oral cavity and ultimately attack teeth and bone. As the primary cause of tooth loss in adulthood, chronic gum disease must be managed with professional treatments such as root planing and scaling. Fortunately, with proper oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings, patients can greatly reduce their risks for periodontal infection.

During dental cleanings, our hygienists use special tools to remove tartar buildup around teeth and along the gum line. Tartar deposits are a major contributor to gum disease because this substance irritates and inflames gum tissue. Since tartar cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone, bi-annual cleanings are an effective and budget-friendly method for preserving oral health and preventing chronic gum disease,

To learn more about preventive dentistry or to schedule your appointment with our family dentists, Drs. Bonner and Huriega, contact our office today.

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