Our entire team of dental professionals in San Antonio has a passion for providing our patients with an excellent experience at every dental office visit. Our team is united around the same vision, goals, and purpose: to improve the lives of the people we meet whether in San Antonio or Abroad. From periodic checkups and cleanings to the most advanced smile makeover, our team strives to meet and exceed your expectations, to make your visit as enjoyable as possible, and to create a smile which will last your entire life.
The most effective way to live a healthy life is to stay healthy through prevention. The best way to prevent dental problems is to visit our office for routine dental check ups, professional cleanings, and fluoride application to prevent cavities and gum disease.
The 3 most common diseases we treat day in and day out are cavities, gum disease, occlusal disease.
- Cavities: A Cavity is ultimately a bacterial infection of the hard structures of the mouth – the tooth structure is destroyed by acid, which is created by the bacteria living on and inside the tooth. Cavities can lead to the pain of toothaches, which may require root canals to clean out the infection.In today’s age, we have many ways to treat Cavities and keep your smile healthy and strong. We can reduce the bad bacteria in the mouth using medications such as antibacterial rinses and xylitol. We can also remove the infected tooth structure and replace it with a filling or porcelain restoration. Whether you’re preventing cavities, have one small one, or are looking for a whole mouth solution, our team will be with you and is committed to worry and pain free dental care so that you can get healthy again in comfort.
- Gum Disease: Gum Disease is bacterial infection of the soft structures of the mouth. Unlike cavities, which are infections of the hard tooth structures, gum disease occurs when the gums and bone surrounding the teeth are infected. As our bodies try to clean out the bacteria, the immune system goes into overdrive to fight the bacteria and toxins entering the body through the gum infection. This battle between the immune system and the invading bacteria destroys any surrounding gums and bone. Typically you can spot gum disease by looking for reddened or puffy gums, bleeding gums, and pain. Today we can treat gum disease using many high-tech solutions that range from deep cleaning gum therapy with anesthesia to surgery, depending on how deep the infection has gone. One key component of every gum disease therapy is home care. Our hygienist offers personalized home care instructions for each gum disease patient so that they can maintain the healthy results gained through professional dental intervention.
- Occlusal disease: Occlusal disease? Many people have never heard of it and it is one of the least understood dental diseases in our times. However, once you understand what it is, you’ll begin spotting it in mouths all around you. Occlusal disease is the tooth destruction that is caused by grinding and/or clenching and abnormal tooth-to-tooth relationships (unhealthy bite relationship). Many times patients with occlusal disease come in with a toothache, thinking they have an infection and need a root canal. While dentists widely believed for nearly a half century that these conditions were simply the product of the “bad” bite, the most recent medical research coming out of the Sleep Medicine subspecialty points to obstructed night time breathing as a major factor contributing to the behaviors that cause occlusal disease. Other causes have also been well established including certain medications and PTSD. Occlusal disease is resolved first and foremost by identifying the key factors in each patient’s case and collaborating with their physicians to insure a successful long-term solution. The best solutions can include adjusting the teeth surfaces to improve the bite relationship, creating a totally new bite with new teeth or a temporary covering over the teeth such as a bite guard (commonly referred to as a nightguard), treating the TMJ symptoms which are oftentimes also present, and most importantly collaborating with a sleep physician to diagnose and successfully treat the underlying sleep apnea condition. Unfortunately, when patients allow their sleep apnea condition to continue untreated, our dental treatment provides only partial results.
In addition to cavities, gum disease, and occlusal disease, other dental conditions we routinely treat in our clinic are restoring teeth destroyed by acid erosion, worn by uncontrolled grinding habits, or destroyed by blunt trauma to the face or by foreign objects. Treatment solutions vary and are specific to each patient we see.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ― Benjamin Franklin.
In other words, it is wiser to prevent major problems rather than to treat major dental problems. Dental concerns, such as cavities or early stages of gum disease, identified and treated early result in a greater success and lower cost. If saving teeth, time and money is not at the top of you priority list, then we can understand why you would wait until you become aware of the problem.
One of the purposes of regular dental cleanings is to ultimately prevent gum infections destroying your jaw bone and your health. If you have not had regular cleanings you haven’t had a solid prevention program in place and you should expect a higher probability of dental diseases.
Yes, there is. Ask our office about our safe sedation techniques.
We understand your predicament; due to our training and expertise, our office sees many of patients with significant dental concerns. Dental Insurance sure helps to cover some of the costs of treatment and we encourage our patients to take full advantage of every option they have. Our treatment coordinator(s) are trained to assist our patients with difficult financial decisions. Since each person has unique circumstances, we encourage you to discuss your concerns with our staff so that we can help you create a plan that addresses all your treatment and financial concerns.
Great Question! Gum disease can be prevented by home oral hygiene and periodic professional cleanings (removal of the plaque, calculus and bacteria causing gum infections). On the other hand, cavities only take place where the following 4 things are present simultaneously: Teeth, Time, Bacteria, and Sugar. You can prevent cavities by eliminating any of these 4 factors. Our team of professionals help our patients create a custom plan for reducing the incidence of these disease in the future.
Dr. Bec and his team are by far the best dentist office ever. Every visit is a pleasant experience (for both myself and my son) and I never dread my appointments like I have with previous dentists. So thankful to have them as one of my healthcare providers!