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A patient in the dental chair smiling after being treated at New Heights Dental & Braces Your oral health can drastically affect your overall health. In fact, certain oral health complications like periodontal disease have been linked to larger systemic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and pulmonary disease. Comprehensive general dentistry can help prevent oral and overall health problems. At New Heights Dental & Braces, our comprehensive general dentistry involves cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques. If you want to maintain pristine oral health and a beautiful smile, we can help!

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Professional Cleanings and Routine Exams

A big part of comprehensive general dentistry is preventive treatment, such as professional cleanings and routine exams. During your professional cleaning, our dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar buildup up from the surfaces of your teeth and roots. Plaque and tartar are largely responsible for tooth decay and gum disease.

Plaque is a biofilm that contains harmful bacteria that feed on the sugars and other simple carbohydrates we consume every day. As the bacteria feed, they produce acids that eat away at the enamel and cause tooth decay. In response to the bacteria, your immune system produces toxins that damage the gum tissues (gum disease). Professional cleaning is the only way to remove certain instances of plaque and tartar.

During your routine exam, Dr. Daniel A. Riley will check for tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health complications. A routine exam allows us to catch problems early and prevent them from becoming larger issues. If we notice any issues, we may recommend restorative treatment to improve your oral health.

Restorative Treatment

Restorative treatment can involve a number of procedures, some of which include:
•  Dental Fillings. Fillings are used to restore teeth with minor to moderate instances of decay. These days, fillings can be made with resin composite, a putty-like material that resembles the color and texture of natural enamel.
•  Dental Crowns. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over the visible portion of a tooth. They are primarily used to fix the appearance and function of a badly damaged tooth.
•  Dental Bridges. A dental bridge consists of two dental crowns that are linked together by a pontic or false tooth. Bridges are used to fill the space created by a missing tooth.
•  Root Canals. A root canal is a process of removing an infection from the pulpy material within the tooth. This procedure can save a tooth from extraction.
•  Dental Implants. A dental implant is the best way to replace a missing tooth. Consisting of a titanium screw, an abutment (support structure), and a restoration, dental implants look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth.

Periodontal Treatment

If we notice any signs of gum (periodontal) disease, we may recommend a treatment known as scaling and root planing. Using an ultrasonic scaler, our dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar deposits, while destroying the harmful bacteria. Once your teeth have been properly scaled, we will plane the roots of the teeth to smooth out rough areas. By smoothing out rough areas, we prevent plaque, tartar, and bacteria from re-adhering to the surfaces below the gumline. At New Heights Dental & Braces we also use a specialized laser therapy to precisely remove infected tissue from the tooth’s root. One of the dental specialists at New Heights Dental & Braces will then scrape plaque and calculus around the root.

Schedule Your Appointment

If you are in need of comprehensive general dentistry, call (210) 828-5300, and schedule your appointment today!
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New Heights Dental & Braces

7700 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209-3232

Convenient parking is available directly in front of our office.

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We look forward to seeing you smile!
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