Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Dental Hygiene

Proper dental hygiene is important for overall health, oral preventative care, and to decrease the amount of cleanings and procedures dentists need to perform during bi-annual check-ups. At Cadena Dentistry, we make sure our patients understand the importance of maintaining dental hygiene and its effects on their oral health.
Dental hygiene always starts at home, by gently brushing and flossing the teeth twice a day. This keeps the teeth clean, removes tartar buildup that can lead to cavities or infection, and keeps the teeth looking white. It also helps freshen the breath and reduce the risk of gum disease. Remember to replace your toothbrush every three months, or when the bristles become frayed. Good oral hygiene also includes limiting your intake of sugary foods and beverages that can prove harmful to your teeth.
Dr. Louis Cadena recommends dental check-ups every six months to keep the teeth clean. While dental hygiene requires regular brushing and flossing, a professional cleaning twice a year will provide even more preventative measures. This also gives us a chance to look for any potential problems, like finding a cavity that needs filled or seeing an erupting wisdom tooth that might need an extraction. Visit our dental practice today in Del Rio, TX, to learn more about proper dental hygiene.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Intraoral Camera

Correct patient diagnosis and treatment is the most important function of an effective, state-of-the-art dental practice. The intraoral camera is the latest in a long line of technologically advanced equipment that has been introduced to the dental field in recent years. It delivers incredibly sharp, clear images that enhance our dentists ability to properly diagnose and treat patients. We are now using this technology at Cadena Dentistry in Del Rio, TX in order to properly diagnose and treat our patients.
The innovative imaging software that accompanies the intraoral camera is perfect for viewing the nooks and crannies missed by X-rays. While the camera snaps crystal-clear images throughout the mouth, the software allows the doctors to manipulate the image to see different angles and zoom in on an otherwise static image. The camera also takes videos that can be streamed to a bedside monitor. Patients are able to view their procedure in real-time. Our dentists are able to clearly explain what the problem is and how they can best treat it together.
We have decided to adopt this technology in order to better diagnose and treat our patients. When our doctors use the intraoral camera, they are able to reach places that an X-ray cannot. While X-rays are extremely effective for locating cavities and decay, the doctors are able to see things they would never be able to see through the use of the intraoral camera. Although a traditional visual inspection of the teeth may have sufficed in the past, technology has made it possible for dentists and patients to reap many more benefits from each health exam.
To take advantage of this innovative imaging tool, visit our or call 830-775-3322 to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dentists!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a very serious condition that affects many Americans. This disease has many repercussions, from tooth loss all the way to heart health; periodontal disease can cause patients a lot of harm in many different ways. There are ways to prevent or stop periodontal disease and we provide options for patients who are suffering from this condition.
Untreated gingivitis leads to periodontitis. At this stage, plaque will spread and grow below the gum line. Toxins produced by the bacteria will irritate the gums, causing an inflammatory response. This inflammation leads to the breakdown of tissues and bone that support the teeth. Periodontitis also causes the gums to separate from the teeth, forming pockets that become infected. As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. Eventually the teeth become loose and have to be removed.
Through a number of procedures, our dentists are able to treat periodontal disease. We perform the following procedures to treat periodontal disease:
  • Arestin
  • Gingival/Gum Grafting
  • Scaling & Root Planning
  • Soft Tissue Graft
  • Occlusal Adjustment
  • Periodontal Splinting
  • Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
These procedures are performed once the disease has advanced past gingivitis. Gingivitis is treatable during regular cleanings and checkups. Aside from regular brushing and flossing, regular cleanings are the best preventative measure that can be taken. Catching gingivitis before it becomes periodontitis could be the difference in getting your teeth cleaned or undergoing an invasive procedure.
If you are looking for a treatment options for your periodontal disease, call us at 830-775-3322 to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dentists at Cadena Dentistry in Del Rio, TX.