Monday, December 23, 2013

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is one option, which can repair a cracked or damaged tooth. Crowns can be used when a filling alone will not correct the problem. A crown will look just like your own teeth and also restore function.
Cadena Dentistry is happy to offer our patients a variety of dental care including crowns. The process of getting a crown starts by repairing the damaged tooth, which involves removing decay. The tooth is then prepared and shaped in order for the crown to fit. An impression is taken and sent to a laboratory for the crown to be made. While you wait for your permanent crown, you will be fitted for a temporary crown.
Dental crowns are usually made of materials including porcelain and ceramic. The color is matched to your other teeth. A crown is usually indistinguishable from your other teeth in appearance. It also functions the same as your natural teeth. Crowns are durable and made to last. With proper care, a crown can last for 15 years or more.
At Cadena Dentistry, we offer a variety of dental services including cosmetic, preventative and restorative services. Our staff strives to provide you with the best possible dental care in a comfortable environment.
For more information on crowns or any of our other services, please call our office at (830) 775-3322.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


If you have missing teeth, you know how it can interfere with your speech and chewing. Having missing teeth can also cause the structure of your face to change. In addition to physical issues caused by missing teeth, it can lead to decreased self-esteem or self-consciousness.
At Cadena Dentistry, we offer solutions for replacing missing teeth including dentures. Conventional dentures involve having the teeth extracted and giving the gums time to heal. After healing takes place, dentures are placed.
In addition to conventional dentures, we also offer immediate dentures. This option involves placing the dentures immediately after the teeth are extracted. One benefit of immediate dentures is you don’t have to wait for your dentures to be placed. The dentists at Cadena Dentistry will evaluate your situation and determine if immediate dentures are right for you. If you still have some remaining teeth, which don’t need to be extracted, partial dentures may also be a good option.
Dentures may take a little time to get used to. In most cases, dentures are a comfortable option for replacing missing teeth. It’s also important patients take proper care of their dentures. Maintaining good oral hygiene is still essential if you have dentures.
Our dentists and staff at Cadena Dentistry are experienced in various areas of dentistry including cosmetic, preventative and restorative services. For more information on dentures or any of our services, please call Cadena Dentistry at (830) 775-3322.

Friday, December 13, 2013


We understand no one enjoys having a tooth extracted, but sometimes it is the best treatment option to correct a dental problem. For example, wisdom teeth often lead to problems, such as overcrowding or impaction.
Our dentists at Cadena Dentistry have a great deal of experience at performing extractions. In some cases, wisdom teeth don’t fit in the mouth as they should. This causes overcrowding, which can lead to misalignments. Prior to having orthodontic work done, the wisdom teeth may need to be extracted.
In addition to overcrowding, wisdom teeth may become impacted, which can also lead to dental problems. As the tooth is trying to break through the gum tissue, it may not be able to fully emerge. This can cause pain and problems cleaning around the tooth, which can lead to an infection.
If you do need an extraction, our dentists will educate you on the process and explain your options. Some people choose to go under general anesthesia, which means they are asleep for the procedure. Using only local anesthesia is also an option.
After the extraction, our staff and dentists will ensure you understand your post-operative instructions in order to reduce the chances of complications and promote healing. It’s natural to have questions if you are having a tooth extracted. We would be happy to walk you through the process and make it as easy as possible.
For more information on extractions or any of our services, please call Cadena Dentistry at (830) 775-3322.

Friday, November 22, 2013


Dental veneers are thin ceramic shells that cover the tooth structure and create a more brilliant, beautiful smile. Many of our patients at Cadena Dentistry choose to have veneers placed on their teeth for a variety of reasons. They might cover teeth that are stained or misshapen or opt for veneers because they have gaps in their teeth or have teeth that are slightly misaligned.
Veneers are bonded securely over the teeth and match the other natural teeth, so they don’t appear obvious to anyone else. After the veneers have been bonded to your teeth, Dr. Louis Cadena recommends following these post-op instructions:
  • Eat soft foods for the first few days.
  • Don’t chew extremely hard foods like raw carrots, ice or candy, as the porcelain can start breaking away.
  • Brush and floss the teeth with the veneers, just like your other natural teeth.
  • Visit us at Cadena Dentistry every six months for a routine check-up and professional cleaning.
Veneers can last a long time if patients follow these important instructions. If the gum begins to recede, they should return to our dental office in Del Rio, TX for replacement veneers. This doesn’t usually happen for many years and is simply part of the aging process. To find out more about veneers, contact us today.

Thursday, November 14, 2013


Good oral hygiene is the first step to protecting your teeth and having less tooth decay, but sometimes it isn’t enough to have healthy teeth. Along with brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting our dental office every six months, we also provide dental sealants. They are especially useful for children who have their molars, which come in between 5 and 7 years of age, and again between 11 and 14 years of age.
Dental sealants protect the molars from cavities and tooth decay. The molars are most susceptible to cavities because they are chewed on most often, and decay because they are harder to reach with a toothbrush and dental floss. Dr. Louis Cadena can put a liquid sealant on these teeth that hardens and further protects to teeth from excessive decay. It can last about 10 years before needing to be applied again.
Patients of all ages visit us here at Cadena Dentistry in Del Rio, TX for dental sealants. It reduces the amount of work that needs to be done on the teeth over time and gives patients a healthy looking smile. Visit our website today to learn more about sealants or give us a call at 830-775-3322.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

ZOOM! Whitening

One of the best ways to boost your confidence is with a brighter, whiter smile.  Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments chosen by patients throughout the country.  At Cadena Dentistry, we want to make sure that our patients have access to the best professional whitening services available.  One of the in-office whitening services we offer is known as Zoom Whitening.  This dramatic whitening procedure brightens your smile up to ten shades.  The results are long lasting and are easily maintained with excellent oral health habits.
Zoom whitening is an excellent option for patients who want to improve their smile in just a single visit.  If you want to learn more about Zoom whitening and the other whitening services available at our office, visit our website or call us to arrange your appointment.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

NV Microlaser

At Cadena Dentistry, we know that state-of-the-art dental technologies can make all the difference in caring for your oral health.  We offer a number of advanced dental technologies at our practice, including the NV Microlaser.  This soft tissue laser technology is no bigger than a pen, but is a powerful tool in dental care.  The NV Microlaser naturally sterilizes and seals nerve endings during the procedure, reducing your risk of infection and post-operative pain. 
If you are in need of a dental procedure, we invite you to visit our practice.  With technologies like the NV Microlaser, your dental care is always safe, accurate, and precise.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Dental Implants

Do you have a missing, extracted or damaged tooth?  This common dental problem is more than a cosmetic issue.  Smile gaps can affect your oral health, too.  Fortunately, we offer a number of restorative dental solutions at our practice, including dental implants
Dental implants provide patients with a sturdy, secure and natural looking prosthetic tooth.  Since they are placed directly into the jawbone, they offer the same stability you would expect from a natural tooth.  At our practice, each dental implant is custom designed to blend in with your smile.  Many of our patients have found that dental implants restore their smile confidence. 
If you are in need of a tooth replacement, visit our office and learn more about the benefits of dental implants.  We are happy to work with patients to determine the best restorative option for your smile needs.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Bonding and White Filling

When accidental damage affects your smile, you want to opt for the most cosmetically appealing dental solution.  Whether you are looking to correct a chipped tooth or you need to fill a cavity, we offer cosmetically appealing restorative services at our practice.  Bonding and white fillings have helped many of our patients restore the health and beauty of their smiles.
Bonding is used to restore structural damage like chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth.  It can even correct gaps created by teeth that are too narrow or short.  This affordable, beautiful solution fixes damaged teeth for a realistic look. 
White fillings have replaced traditional metal amalgam fillings at our practice. Unlike dark, metal fillings, white fillings blend in with your natural tooth color.  You can improve your oral health and correct tooth decay without affecting the aesthetic appearance of your smile.
If you are ready to fix your damaged tooth and restore the beauty of your smile, contact our practice and learn about how our bonding and white filling services can help.

Thursday, September 12, 2013


We offer complete orthodontic services that can address a range of smile alignment concerns.  One of the most popular alignment solutions is Invisalign.  This treatment can be used by teens and adults seeking a discreet and flexible alternative to cosmetic braces.  Invisalign is custom fabricated to gradually and incrementally adjust your teeth into an ideal position. When you wear Invisalign, you can remove them to enjoy a snack or meal, brush and floss your teeth, complete dental exams, and for special occasions and photos.  Our patients love the flexibility and freedom, as well as their Invisalign results. 

To find out if Invisalign or any of our other orthodontic treatments are right for you, call us at 830-775-3322.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

KoR Whitening

Here at Cadena Dentistry, we offer a number of professional whitening services that—as many of our patients can tell you—boost confidence, help you make a great impression, and inspire you to showoff and take excellent care of your smile.  One of the professional teeth whitening services we offer is KoR Whitening. KoR Whitening could be called an intensive teeth whitening process that corrects stains and discoloration on a molecular level. It’s extremely easy to utilize thanks to comfortable and long lasting custom fitted whitening trays. In addition to being convenient and easy to manage on your schedule, KoR Whitening provides dramatic results—up to a sixteen share improvement.
To determine if KoR Whitening is right for you, call us at 830-775-3322.   

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Smile Reminder

We are pleased to announce that we have recently partnered with Smile Reminder to provide you with more personalized and prompt overall service experience.  Smile Reminder is a powerful software application that allows us to stay in touch with you, remind you of appointments, keep you posted on special orders, and make it easier to stay diligent in protecting your oral health. We are working to get Smile Reminder fully implemented very soon, so stay posted with us to learn more about how this technology can help you.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Our 3M True Definition Scanner for Beautiful Restorations

We’ve talked about the 3M True Definition Scanner previously here on our blog, and now we’re pleased to announce that we’ve fully implemented this capability here at Cadena Dentistry. This innovative new tool eliminates the need to create impressions with often messy, uncomfortable and unreliable casting materials. Now with the 3M True Definition Scanner, we can efficiently scan and produce a precise digital capture of your treatment site. The digital scan of your tooth or teeth can then be used to create perfectly accurate and totally natural looking restoratives including bridges and crowns, and in less time than traditional methods.  Since the digital scan is ultra-powerful, it allows for securely placed prosthetics that remain functional and reliable for many years.  To learn more about how our new capability can enhance your dental experience and create more beautiful restoratives for your smile, contact us directly at 830-775-3322.  You can also learn more about the possibilities of the 3M True Definition Scanner on 3M’s website.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Xylitol – The Good Sugar

Are you familiar with xylitol? It’s the one sweetener that’s actually benefit for teeth.  Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is found in the fibers of certain plants, including fruits, vegetables and grains. If you want to know why some gums, mints and sweetener alternative are labeled as “Dentists Approved”, it’s because Xylitol is beneficial in the fight against tooth decay.  It’s also naturally lower in calories than ordinarily table sugar.
Xylitol benefits extend beyond the smile. Studies are continuing to explore how Xylitol can help individuals suffering metabolic syndromes, hypertension and other serious health issues. Xylitol may also interfere with bacteria’s ability to cause infection in the body, including the ear and the respiratory tract.
Next time you’re in the super market, or you’re searching for an alternative sweetener when baking and cooking, keep an eye out for Xylitol.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Zirconia Based No Preparation Veneers

Veneers are beautiful and effective solution for a smile makeover, but they do require some modification of your existing teeth and a prep process that takes time. At Cadena Dentistry, we offer our patients all the beautifying benefits of veneers without the prep and wait time. Zirconia based no preparation veneersare specially made to be bonded to the teeth with minimal to no modification of the tooth’s enamel.  Since these veneers are made from zirconia, they both reflect and hold light just like a natural tooth.
If you’ve been seeking a smile makeover and you want a solution that is both convenient and effective, contact us here at Cadena Dentistry and we’ll determine if zirconia based no preparation veneers are right for you.   

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sleep Apnea, Snoring and Systemic Health Risks

Sleep apnea and nightly snoring is more than just an annoyance for your sleep partner, it could amount to a number of serious system health risk.  Since sleep apnea occurs as a result of a reoccurring respiratory obstruction, it means there is a lack of oxygen entering the body and subsequently feeding into the circulatory system.
When this happens, a number of serious health conditions can occur or worsen, including:
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Stroke
  • Daily Fatigue and Drowsiness
  • Liver Problems
If you suspect you or someone you care about may have sleep apnea, please contact us here at Cadena Dentistry for more information on how to protect your health.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Systemic Effects of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease can mean a number of serious issues for your oral health, including gum recession, tooth loss, hard and soft tissue damage, and more. If these weren’t enough reasons to get periodontal disease under control, this condition can also have a serious impact on your overall health.  As more and more studies are showing, that’s because the bacteria that cause periodontal disease and plaque buildup in the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause the blood vessels to thicken and narrow with the same plaque buildup.
High blood pressure, heart attacks, heart disease, stroke and other serious system health issues can all be affected by periodontal disease. Besides being critically important, preventing and managing periodontal disease is very straight forward. Brushing, flossing, proper dietary choices, abstaining from tobacco and regular dental checkups are typically all it takes to maintain a disease free mouth.  We also offer a number of services for patients who may be affected by gum disease, enabling them to get it under control.
To learn more about what you can do to protect your periodontal and overall health, please contact us directly here at Cadena Dentistry.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

3M True Definition Scanner

We are always seeking new ways to improve our capabilities and provide you with a more effective dental experience. The True Definition Scanner from 3M is one of the latest diagnostic innovations that we plan to incorporate into Cadena Dentistry.
The 3M True Definition Scanner captures your oral cavity in amazing detail. With this capability, we’ll be able to examine your teeth, gums and mouth with precision accuracy and efficiency.  We’ll then be able to diagnose and plan procedures with greater certainty and in less time. The 3M True Definition Scanner will also allow us to create restoratives and prosthetics that are as close to perfect as you can get.  

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Zirconia-Based Crowns at Cadena Dentistry

Crowns can be made from a variety of materials that provide different advantages in appearance, strength and longevity. Here at Cadena Dentistry, we give patients the option of zirconia based crowns. Similar to other ceramics, zirconia-based crowns provides a natural look and feel, and are easily fabricated for highly customized fit and form. They can be used after endodontic procedures, for tooth restoration and to top implant abutments.  Zirconia-based crowns are especially sleek and strong, and many of our patients who have chosen this option have been thrilled with the results.
If you are in need of a restoration, contact us directly to learn how zirconia-based crowns can benefit you.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Spectra Vision Caries Detector

One way we plan to grow our diagnostic technology here at Cadena Dentistry is the Spectra Vision Caries Detector. This device emits a special blue-violet light that easily identifies cavities, even if they’re very small or obscured.  Cavities that could have been easily missed during a manual exam are defined and clear under the light of the Spectra Vision Caries Detector.  This means less poking and prodding during a checkup, and more comprehensive, proactive care.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Shofu Beautifill Fluoride Releasing Resin Here at Cadena Dentistry

We here at Cadena Dentistry are pleased to announce that we now offer Shofu Beautifill fluoride releasing resin.  This innovative material can be used for a number of restoration needs. Not only does it look natural and beautiful, it helps protect your oral health by releasing fluoride that protects against tooth decay.  Shofu Beautifill resin is favorable for patients who are especially susceptible to cavities.
We invite you to contact us directly to learn more about Shofu Beautifill fluoride releasing resin and how it can benefit you.   

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Dental bridges are a very good option in order to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A bridge involves using a crown to replace the missing tooth. The crown is attached to the existing teeth on the adjacent sides of the bridge. The existing teeth act as an anchor and hold the bridge in place.
Our dentists at Cadena Dentistry are experienced in all areas of restorative dentistry including dental bridges. Bridges are usually made of metal, alloys or porcelain, which ensures the bridge is both durable and strong. A bridge is also matched to the color of your natural teeth.
The process of getting a bridge involves a few steps. First, the dentist will extract the damaged tooth. The teeth on adjacent sides are prepared, which involves creating abutments in order to attach the crown. A mold is taken, and sent to a lab to create a bridge. While you are waiting for the bridge to be made, you will be fitted for a temporary crown. With proper care, bridges can last for many years.
At Cadena Dentistry, we believe in providing quality dental services in a comfortable, modern facility. We utilize the most advanced technology in order to provide you with the best care possible.
For more information on dental bridges or in order to schedule an appointment, please call Cadena Dentistry at (830) 775-3322.