Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Digital Panorex X-Rays

We work hard to provide our patients with the most technologically advanced treatment options available. One of the best tools we utilize is the Digital Panorex system that takes incredible 360 degree images of your teeth, head, sinuses and bones. Our Del Rio, TX area patients are enjoying the benefits from having their periodontal issues caught earlier rather than later. By catching small issues before they become big problems, we are able to provide the best care possible.
With this technology, we are able to view the full structure of your head. This is great because we are now able to see any potential problems more clearly. We will also be able to see whether or not your mouth and jaw is functioning correctly. The Panorex is capable of viewing specific structural problems, infections and asymmetry any asymmetry in the area. 
If you haven’t had a Panorex X-Ray before, you’re going to be surprised how simple and safe it is. We’ll give you a lead apron to protect from the radiation (digital X-rays emit up to 80% less radiation than traditional systems), but you’ll be standing rather than sitting. A camera will rotate in a half circle around your head, starting at one side of the jaw and ending at the other. The imaging only takes a couple of seconds and the images are available immediately. Our staff does not need to wait for the images to print anymore, saving you time and also saving the environment.
If you’re looking for a thorough exam and cleaning in the Del Rio, TX area, you can make an appointment with one of our dentists by calling 830-775-3322. Their dental expertise and commitment to proper patient care has given our team a great reputation amongst their peers, and the community.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is a type of cancer that often goes unnoticed because it has very few signs and symptoms. Thanks to advances in dental technology,  we are able perform oral cancer screenings during your routine visits at Cadena Dentistry.
Patients who use tobacco and drink alcohol regularly are at a greatly increased risk for oral cancer. While drinking and tobacco use are most often associated with oral cancer, there is a new demographic developing in the field; oral cancer is now being connected to human papillomavirus, also known as HPV. Oral cancer can appear anywhere in the oral cavity but it is most often found:
  • On the lips
  • On or under the tongue
  • On the roof of the mouth
  • Back of the throat
  • The inside of the cheek
It is very important for everyone to have an oral cancer screening at least once a year. Our skilled dental team is now able to incorporate oral cancer screenings into regular check-ups and cleanings. During this quick procedure, the doctor will inspect your nose, mouth and throat. He will also examine the skin on the head and neck regions, feeling for lumps in the neck area as well.
The ability to detect oral cancer early is a great tool for our team of doctors. They are able to identify and pinpoint the start of a potential problem much earlier in its evolution. Individuals who have regular cleanings at least twice a year are much more likely to have potential problems detected early as their oral condition is documented with each visit. If you haven’t had an oral cancer screening recently, or ever, contact us at 830-775-3322 to schedule an appointment for this important preventative screening. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Orthodontic Options

Thanks to advances in orthodontic technology, patients no longer have to feel embarrassed or self-conscious because they wear braces. Patients also don’t have to wear braces for over a year to get the best results. We offer our patients many orthodontic options when it comes to straightening teeth.
While traditional braces are the most commonly used, there are other treatment options available.
One of the most effective options available is clear braces. These braces are made from ceramic and provide a certain degree of transparency in order to mimic the color of your natural teeth, this makes them less visible. They are as effective as traditional braces and function the same way. Clear braces are also designed so that they will not stain or discolor the teeth over the period of their use.
Invisalign is considered the most technologically advanced orthodontic option for aligning teeth. This technology uses a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners that gradually straighten teeth. Invisalign is worn a minimum of 22 hours per days, patients will take them out to eat, brush and floss. Not only does Invisalign allow patients to have a great look while straightening their teeth, it also allows for a great smile after. Because the aligners are removable, patients are able to brush and floss just as they would if they had no braces at all.
We also offer traditional braces for patients looking to correct bite problems while straightening their teeth. These braces are made of strong metal alloys and are considered the smallest and most comfortable option. While they do take the longest of all the orthodontic options made available by Dr. Cadena, they are the most effective when it comes to aligning teeth and correcting bite problems.
We offer all these different options for you. We want to make sure you’ve got the smile you’ve always wanted, so call us today if you’re interested in aligning your smile quickly and effectively!