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5/1/2015 12:41:00 PM | windcrest cosmetic & general dentistry

It not unusual for a patient to receive a bone graft before beginning their dental implant procedure. Particularly for those who have been wearing dentures for a long period of time, the jawbone will have lost a significant amount of density due to its lack of supporting teeth and may need a bone graft to improve the quality of the bone. Although bone grafting may seem scary, modern practices have created procedures that are routine, predictable, and practically painless.

What is a Bone Graft?
Within the field of dentistry, bone grafting creates a more solid and strong jawbone for the placement of dental implants. There are many bone grafting techniques available, but at Windcrest Cosmetic Dentistry, we utilize:

Sinus augmentation: This procedure develops and forms the jawbone by raising the sinus floor. An incision is made in the bone and a small hole is cut out that is lifted into the sinus cavity. Afterward, the incision is closed and a healing process will take place for about four to twelve months. This will give the bone plenty of time to develop before receiving dental implants.

Ridge modification: This procedure lifts the gum away from the bone and exposes the area that has a defect. The defect is then filled with bone or a bone substitute that builds up the area in question. A healing period of four to twelve month will take place, which allows the jawbone to regenerate any lost bone and tissue.

If you are interested in receiving dental implants, but need bone grafting in order to proceed, Dr. Craig Wright can discuss your options for grafting and determine the best treatment for your individual needs. Bone grafting has proven to improve appearance and increase the chances of a successful dental implants procedure.

Contact Us in San Antonio for More Information!

At Windcrest Cosmetic Dentistry, we place and restore dental implants as well as offer bone grafting procedures for the durability of the jawbone. If you would like more information about dental implants or bone grafting, please feel free to contact our San Antonio dental office today!



4/17/2015 3:05:00 PM | windcrest cosmetic & general dentistry

There are many choices available when it comes to getting a filling, which has created a debate between the best material choices. Amalgam and composite fillings are among the most popular filling types, but which one do you choose for your dental cavity?

Amalgam fillings or silver fillings consist of a mercury, silver, tin, and copper mixture that bond together to create a durable filling. Amalgam fillings are cost effective, long-lasting, and efficient but fall short on their appearance.

Now there has been a shift toward composite resin fillings, which are made up of a ceramic and plastic mixture that mimics the color and structure of natural teeth. Tooth colored fillings are rising in popularity due to their cosmetically appealing qualities, but may not be as long-lasting as their silver counterparts.

So Which Do You Choose?
The filling you receive will depend on the size and location of the cavity, as well as your cosmetic concerns. Technology has greatly improved the longevity of composite fillings, allowing them to last many years and maintain the overall appearance of the teeth. Many patients are also concerned about the mercury content of amalgam fillings, although the ADA has noted mercury levels in amalgam fillings are completely safe.

The best way to determine which type of filling is right for you is to consult with your local dentist. Your dentist will be able to consider you overall dentition, medical history, and cavity location and decide upon best way to restore your tooth.

Call Us Today!

At Windcrest Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide composite fillings for patients experiencing a dental cavity. If you would like more information about the services we provide, or to schedule a consultation with us in San Antonio, please contact us today!



4/7/2015 1:45:00 PM | windcrest cosmetic & general dentistry

Between the ages of 17 and 25, your wisdom teeth may begin to emerge, even if there is insufficient space in the jaw. Your wisdom teeth could be impacted, stuck, growing in at the wrong angle, or causing discomfort – all leading to the rest of your teeth becoming misaligned and causing oral health concerns. To prevent any damage to your dentition, your dentist may recommend the removal of your wisdom teeth.

Here are some signs that your wisdom teeth need to be removed.

Jaw stiffness: If your jaw is feeling more tense than usual, this could be a sign that your wisdom teeth are emerging, but are impacted – meaning that they are unable to break through the surface of the gums.

Pain or irritation: It’s possible for your wisdom teeth to come in at an awkward angle, which can cause pain in your cheeks, tongue, and other areas of the mouth.

Infection or swelling: When wisdom teeth become partially impacted, the gums will form a flap of tissue to accommodate the tooth. However, the space left from the gap can become infected and begin to swell.

Teeth crowding: If you notice that your teeth are shifting in alignment, this may be a sign that your wisdom teeth are coming in and disrupting the rest of your teeth.

Decay or gum disease: If your teeth become overcrowded due to the emergence of wisdom teeth, your teeth will become more difficult to clean, possibly leading to dental health concerns such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Call Us Today!
If you are experiencing any of these sings, it is important to contact your local dentist for a proper diagnosis. If you would like more information about wisdom teeth extractions, contact Dr. Craig Wright and Dr. Andy De la Garza at Windcrest Cosmetic Dentistry in San Antonio today!




3/18/2015 2:29:00 PM | windcrest cosmetic & general dentistry

An attractive smile has many benefits that can help you feel better about the way you look. If you have issues with your smile, a cosmetic procedure may be able to help. Although many think of cosmetic procedures as narcissistic treatments, there are many other benefits to receiving cosmeticdentistry services that you may not know.

Cosmetic dentistry makes you look and feel better: A smile with cosmetic issues can take a toll on your self-confidence and keep you from interacting with others. With a cosmetic procedure, you can feel comfortable showing off your teeth and thus feel better about how you look overall.

Cosmetic dentistry can eliminate pain: Many dental issues come with jaw pain or TMJ issues. Cosmetic treatments such as braces or other TMJ remedies can improve the look of your smile while also eliminating any pain associated with crooked teeth or a misaligned bite.

Cosmetic dentistry improves your oral health: A straight and white smile is a healthy smile. By straightening teeth, food debris is less likely to harbor in gaps between teeth and cause cavities. Likewise, ridding teeth of the decay and infections that dull teeth can enhance the brightness of a smile.

Cosmetic dentistry can give you more confidence: Along with an enhanced appearance, cosmetic dentistry can help boost confidence and make you feel better about the way you look. Those who have enhanced their teeth with cosmetic dentistry no longer shy away from smiling or laughing; they know that they look their absolute best!

Cosmetic dentistry creates better first impressions: Many people believe that a healthy-looking smile is an important asset when it comes to interacting with others. If you have white and straight teeth, you are more likely to be associated with good oral hygiene and a healthy lifestyle. Cosmetic dentistry can improve the way you come across to others and improve your appearance!

Call Us Today!

At Windcrest Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer a variety of cosmetic procedures that can improve the appearance and health of your smile. For more information about our cosmetic dentistry services or to schedule an appointment with us in San Antonio, contact us today!



3/10/2015 8:12:00 AM | windcrest cosmetic & general dentistry

Accidents happen, but sometimes they can have harmful effects on your teeth. Car accidents, sports injuries, falls, and hard foods can all lead to a tooth being knocked out or broken. When a tooth is avulsed, it is important to see your dentist right away as this is considered a dental emergency. But as your make your way to the dentist’s office, there are a few steps you can take to preserve the avulsed tooth and tend to your mouth.

Only touch the crown of the tooth
If your entire tooth falls out, it is important not to handle the roots of the tooth and only touch the crown portion. Touching the roots of a tooth can lead to possible nerve damage and make the tooth less likely to be salvaged.

Store the tooth
To lessen the chance of contaminating the avulsed tooth, place it either in your mouth – between your lips and gums or back in its socket – or place the tooth in a storage container with a bit of milk.

Do not try to clean the tooth
Trying to remove any debris or cleaning the tooth with liquid solutions risks damaging the tooth and its roots. Once the tooth is knocked out, store it in a container and deliver it, as is, to your dentist’s office. Your dentist will have a better chance of fixing your avulsed tooth if it is free of any contamination.

Apply a cold compress
It is normal to experience pain when your tooth breaks or comes loose. To alleviate any discomfort, apply a cold compress to your mouth or gums as needed.

Use gauze
Take a generous amount of gauze and apply it to the tooth socket. This will help control any bleeding until you can receive proper care at your dentist’s office.

Call your dentists in San Antonio!
If your tooth has been broken or knocked out, or if you are experiencing another type of dental emergency, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Craig Wright and Dr. Andy De la Garza at Windcrest Cosmetic Dentistry!




2/24/2015 10:56:00 AM | windcrest cosmetic & general dentistry

Your smile says a lot about you, and now more than ever people are beginning to recognize the importance of a bright smile. Your dentist can provide you with many teeth whitening options, but before you make an appointment, read up on some of the at-home remedies available that can help you gain that white smile you’ve been looking for.

Brush, Floss, and Rinse
The key to a bright smile is good oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing teeth regularly will help keep staining bacteria at bay. You can also use a whitening mouthwash, which will sweep out any bacteria leftover after brushing and flossing. Each plays a part in the whiteness of your smile.

Snack on Fruits and Veggies
Chewing on natural foods like fruits and vegetables will help produce more saliva, which cleanses your teeth of any bacteria. Eating these foods throughout the day will keep plaque from sticking to teeth and contribute to a whiter smile.

Eliminate Staining Liquids
If you are trying to achieve a brighter smile, you should considering eliminating liquids like coffee, black tea, and red wine. Tobacco use can also lead to a dull or yellow smile, so try kicking the habit if you can. If you must have that morning cup of coffee or a glass of red wine, consider drinking it through a straw so that the liquid doesn’t touch your front teeth.

Try an Over-the-Counter Whitening Kit
Although they cannot whiten in the same capacity as a professional whitening procedure, an over-the-counter whitening kit can give you the quick fix you’re looking for. You can target front-facing teeth with whitening strips and achieve a whiter smile.

Schedule a Teeth Whitening Appointment with Your Dentist
The most effective way to whiten teeth is to schedule an appointment with your local dentist. A professional whitening procedure targets each tooth and can lighten teeth more than any other whitening treatment available. Patients can either opt for take-home whitening kits or chairside procedures and can expect quick results.

Call Today!

If you are interested in a teeth whitening procedure or any of our other cosmetic dentistry services, contact San Antonio dentists, Dr. Craig Wright and Dr. Andy De la Garza, today. We would be happy to discuss the teeth whitening options available. Call us and schedule a consultation!



2/24/2015 10:43:00 AM | windcrest cosmetic & general dentistry

We're excited to announce the official launch of our Windcrest Cosmetic Dentistry blog.

We'll be posting helpful dental tips, news from the dental industry, news from our practice, and more about the latest in dentistry.

We built our practice on the notion that we're there for our patients when they need us and we want our online presence to be a reflection of that principle. We hope this blog provides an extra level of service to our current and future patients.

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Here's to your best oral health ever!




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