Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Digital X-Rays Are More Safe and More Effective

Being able to accurately identify and treat our patients is an extremely important process. This is why we choose to use the most advanced technology in our Del Rio, TX dental practice, Cadena Dentistry. Using digital x-ray allows us to do so much more than what was possible in the past.

Instead of taking the x-rays and having them developed in a dark room, the images are instantly displayed on our monitors. This allows us to instantly have a look at the condition of your mouth. This image is also able to be greatly enlarged on the computer screen. Since these images are digital, we can save them, print them, or email them if a second opinion is needed. Software on our computer can also help us detect changes in the x-ray that the naked eye may not be able to catch.

The safety of our patients is also extremely important to us. By choosing the digital x-ray, our patients are subjected to much less radiation than with a standard x-ray.

If you are due for your dental examination and are curious about the safety and what type of x-ray and other equipment we use here at Cadena Dentistry in Del Rio, TX, feel free to contact us. For more information, call (830) 775-3322 or visit our website,  

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Extraction Preservation for Healthy and Good Looking Teeth

Extracting teeth is often a necessary procedure to save oral health and to avoid spreading infection. But having a missing tooth is something that must be solved for various oral health reasons. Here at Cadena Dentistry in Del Rio, TX, we offer several solutions for preserving the site of an extracted tooth.

Traditional implants, mini implants, and dental bridges are all options to replace a missing tooth. Traditional implants are a solution that can last a lifetime. It is a single tooth replacement, so no other teeth are altered in the process. This process takes course over a few months. Mini implants are great for smaller spaces and for creating more stable dentures. They also can usually be placed in one day. Dental bridges are an option where the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are used to create a “bridge”. The two teeth on either side are reshaped to fit crowns, and the replacement tooth is connected in the middle of them.

Choosing not to replace a missing tooth could result in damage to your jaw and facial structure. The jawbone will start to degenerate and change shape. This can cause your teeth to shift. Not only are shifted teeth an aesthetic problem, but it can create problems with biting, chewing, and speaking.

If you are missing a tooth and want to learn more about your options, contact Cadena Dentistry in Del Rio, TX. To schedule an appointment, call (830) 775-3322 or visit our website,

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Invisalign for an Invisable Transition

Straight teeth are a quality many desire, but extremely noticeable and uncomfortable metal braces deter many from achieving the smile they long for. At Cadena Dentistry in Del Rio, TX, we offer another option with Invisalign.

Invisalign is a series of nearly invisible trays that gradually straighten your teeth. First, your doctor will take pictures, x-rays, and an impression of your teeth. Using this, an individual treatment plan is created specifically for you. The clear plastic aligners are then created. They are BPA-free, so there is no need to worry about plastic toxins. Not only are these aligner trays nearly invisible, but they do not irritate and callous your cheeks and gums like metal braces do. These aligners are to be worn throughout the day and night, except when eating and brushing your teeth.

Invisalign can improve a variety of cases, including overcrowding, gapped teeth, overbite, underbite, open bite, and crossbite. The length of the treatment plan will depend on each individual case. For adults, a typical treatment time is about a year. For teens, typical treatment time is about two years.

If you have been thinking about straightening your teeth and improving both the aesthetic look of your teeth and your oral health, consider Invisalign. Schedule an appointment with Cadena Dentistry located in Del Rio, TX today to find out if you are a candidate. Call (830) 775-3322 or visit our website,

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Implants to Last a Lifetime

Missing teeth means you bite and chew differently, and maybe even talk differently. There are replacement options, but often they won’t last a lifetime. Wouldn’t a permanent solution be ideal? At Cadena Dentistry in Del Rio, TX, we offer dental implants to replace our patients’ missing teeth that can last a lifetime.

Implants are permanently placed in your mouth. The titanium implant post is placed into the bone socket, where it will bond with the jawbone. This healing process can take between three and six months, so while it is healing, Dr. Cadenas will fit you with temporary crowns. When the permanent and customized crown is ready, an abutment is attached to the implant post. The permanent crown is then cemented into place.

Dental implants are a great option because they don’t require healthy teeth to be reduced in order to place them. Being a single tooth replacement, brushing and flossing is made easier, so oral health is maintained with regular care. With a good oral hygiene routine, implants can last a lifetime.

If you are missing teeth and are interested in finding out more about this permanent solution, schedule an appointment at Cadena Dentistry here in Del Rio, TX. Find out how you can restore a smile and restore your oral health. Call (830) 775-3322 or visit our website,