Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Diabetes and Dental Health

Maintaining proper oral hygiene is important for anyone who wants to prevent gum disease. However, people with diabetes need to be especially diligent. According to the American Diabetes Association, people with diabetes are at an increased risk of gum disease.

Our staff at Cadena Dentistry offers a full array of dental services including dental hygiene and periodontal health services in order to help you maintain good oral health. Gum disease and diabetes appear to be connected in a few ways. Fluctuating blood glucose levels are believed to make problems with the gums more likely. In addition, research has indicated gum disease may affect blood sugar levels and even contribute to the progression of diabetes.

At Cadena Dentistry, our experienced staff will help you learn ways to reduce your risk of gum disease. We offer services including periodontal cleanings and individualized treatment plans. Gum disease is a preventable complication of diabetes. For those who already have signs of periodontal disease, the condition is treatable and further progression can be prevented.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Root Canals

Root canals are performed when there is an infection deep within the nerves and root of a tooth. Our dentists Dr. Louis Cadena and Dr. Valerie Cadena Vargas will start by numbing the area with a local anesthetic, and then drills a hole into the tooth to reach the canal. Your doctor will then clean out the infection and infected tissue, and fills up the hole with a material called gutta percha. It is not a difficult or long procedure, but one that is necessary to get rid of the infection and save the tooth.

The root canal procedure is over in about an hour, after which Dr. Cadena recommends the following aftercare instructions:

1) The patient should avoid eating on the tooth for several days as it can be sensitive.

2) After one week, the patient should return to our office to get an impression of the tooth for a permanent crown. We will fit them with a temporary crown.

3) In 1-2 weeks, the patient should return to our office a final time to get the permanent crown bonded to their tooth.

4) Patients must reach us immediately if they notice excessive bleeding, severe pain or a high fever.

5) Patients should take all prescribed medications, including any antibiotics.

To find out more about root canals and how they are performed, call us here Cadena Dentistry at 830-775-3322 to schedule your appointment!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Full Mouth Rehabilitation

Here at Cadena Dentistry in Del Rio, TX, we keep our patients’ needs in mind when deciding what treatments and dental services we provide. This includes full mouth rehabilitation, as many of our patients have not one, but multiple problems with their dental health.

With full mouth reconstruction, patients choose from a variety of procedures performed in succession — ranging from dentures or implants to crowns and inlays — to give them a brand new smile.

Some of the common procedures our patients choose for their full mouth reconstruction include:

1. Dental fillings

2. Inlays and onlays

3. Dental bridges

4. Dental crowns

5. Dental implants

6. Dentures and partials

7. Root canals

8. Treatment for gum disease

9. Treatment for TMJ disorders

There are many reasons someone might choose a full mouth reconstruction. Examples include having had a trauma that caused loss or damage to several teeth, having severe decay or gum disease, or experiencing loss of tooth structure from extensive clenching and grinding of the teeth.

After consultation with our dentist Dr. Louis Cadena, patients choose what procedures to receive for full mouth rehabilitation and reconstruction. Call 830-775-3322 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Louis Cadena. You can also visit to learn more about your full mouth rehabilitation options!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Periodontics: Caring for your gums

Caring for your teeth is an essential part of maintaining good oral health, but your gums also play an important role in your health, and proper care is crucial. Gum disease can be a serious detriment to your oral health and overall wellness, and Dr. Louis H. Cadena of Cadena Dentistry provides the regular periodontal and checkups you need to maintain peak periodontal health and prevent gum disease.

With periodontal disease responsible for 75 percent of all adult tooth loss cases in the United States, it is critical to check for and treat periodontal issues when they first arise. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums that starts when a build-up of plaque on your teeth hardens into tartar. As the tartar accumulates, bacteria collect and attack the soft tissue in the surrounding gums. In its early stages, this gum disease is gingivitis, but if it is left untreated, it becomes periodontis. Periodontis can destroy your gum tissue and lead to tooth loss. Periodontis can even result in a loss of bone mass in your jaw bone, and heart disease, diabetes and stroke have also been linked to poor periodontal health.

The state of your gums affects the health of your entire body, so come to our office for periodontal cleanings and treatment. We will make sure your gums are well cared for. Call 830-775-3322 to schedule an appointment. For more information about our practice, visit