11/30/2018 7:00:00 AM | windcrest cosmetic & general dentistry

Even though a brilliant, healthy smile is something often highly desired, most individuals tend to think about physical well-being rather than the importance of a strong oral health environment. We often take our most memorable feature for granted by neglecting at-home oral hygiene.

The fact is, oral and overall wellness is closely linked and can significantly impact one another. The state of your teeth and gums can influence harmful occurrences throughout the body when not properly cared for.

Gum Health’s Relationship with Systemic Health 

Although patient awareness about the importance of optimal oral health is on the rise, many people throughout the U.S. still experience some form of gum disease with the most common cause for developing the condition being negletive of proper oral health care. Without a proactive daily oral health regime, such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily and mouthwash use, bacteria will overpopulate, accumulating build-up on teeth and along the gums. If not addressed properly, this plaque will harden, forming into tartar which cannot be removed with routine at-home care. The calculus inflames and irritates the gum tissues in a process known as the earliest stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis.

When detected by your dental care professional early, gingivitis is reversible and further infection is preventable. However, if left to progress, gum disease will continue to worsen, developing into its more advanced stage, periodontitis. At this stage it’s possible for oral bacteria to access deep gum tissue and enter the bloodstream. The bacteria can then travel to other parts of the body, where it may wreak havoc on overall health.

Gum Disease and Cardiovascular Issues

One of the most common parts of the body that periodontal infection can hinder is the arteries. Because these toxins encourage inflammation, the arteries can also become inflamed, causing restricted flow and cardiovascular plaque to build up. This contributes greatly to increased chances of heart attack or stroke.

Diabetes and Periodontal Disease

Gum disease also influences blood sugar levels. Diabetics who also have periodontal issues tend to have a harder time managing their blood sugar levels. The problem lies in the fact that diabetes can slow down the rate in which tissue heals, meaning that it becomes harder and takes longer to recover from gum disease when you are diabetic.

Premature Birth and Oral Infection 

The toxins associated with periodontal disease can also contribute to low birth weight in infants as these harmful microbes find their way into the placenta. Enzymes similar to those produced during labor can lead to premature delivery resulting in low birth weight.

At Windcrest Cosmetic and General Dentistry, Dr. Craig Wright and his team believe that long-lasting, beautiful smiles begin with optimal oral health. to schedule your gentle yet thorough oral health examination, contact us today!

10/26/2018 7:00:00 AM | windcrest cosmetic & general dentistry

When teeth are lost or missing within a smile due to trauma, injury, or decay, oral and overall health will both eventually be negatively impacted. The repercussions of missing teeth involve more than just the possible embarrassment of having gaps in your smile. Every day functions such as chewing, and speaking can be exceedingly difficult. Natural facial aesthetics are also altered due to the underlying jaw bone structure withering and receding.

With all these dire affects, dental implants are a highly successful and reliable tooth replacement solution that can completely replace your original tooth’s structure and serve as a strong foundation for dental prosthetics that rejuvenate your appearance. 

Below we will discuss the many ways dental implants can greatly improve the long-lasting health, function, and beauty of your smile.

Replacing Teeth from Root to Crown

Part of the reliable success of dental implants is their ability to serve as artificial tooth roots, restoring essential stimulation to the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. When teeth and their vital roots are missing, there is nothing to encourage proper function to your jawbone, causing weakening and gum-tissue recession as your body begins to recognize it being unused.

Osseointegration involves the bio compatible titanium that make up dental implant posts to naturally fuse with living tissue and bone as the titanium material is accepted by the body.  Once healed, your dental care professional will affix your custom-crafted dental prosthetic, allowing for beauty, form, and function to be fully restored.

Helping You Smile with Confidence

A smile compromised by missing or lost teeth can not only have a negative impact on your oral and overall health, the adverse effects can also hinder your self-confidence. It is difficult to enjoy even the smallest of activities when you’re self-conscious about your appearance and feel the need to hide your smile. With the reliable and secure foundation dental implants provide, prosthetics can be affixed to your implants, allowing you to smile normally with full-confidence. When properly cared for, dental implants can last for a lifetime.

To find out if you or a loved one are viable candidates for dental implant treatment, we encourage you to contact Dr. Craig Wright of Windcrest Cosmetic and General Dentistry today!

9/28/2018 7:00:00 AM | windcrest cosmetic & general dentistry

Your oral health depends on several key components. Brushing and flossing daily, combined with a healthy lifestyle and routine visits to the dentist can go a long way in keeping teeth and gums in optimal condition. If any one of these key ingredients is missing from your oral healthcare, you could be at risk for serious dental conditions and in need of complex dental treatments.

Routine brushing twice a day, in the morning and evening go a long way in preserving your dental health. Brushing for two minutes removes harmful bacteria so you avoid cavities. Also, brush gently with a toothbrush that has soft bristles, so you do not cause harm to tooth enamel or soft tissues.

While brushing, use a toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association.  Fluorinated toothpaste re-mineralizes tooth enamel, so it is less vulnerable to decay. Many toothpastes also contain whitening agents that can remove stains and keep your smile shining brightly.

Periodontal Care is Essential to Oral Health

Gum health is vital to the longevity of your teeth, and flossing is one way to remove bacteria from under the gum line. Make sure to use a fresh piece of string for each tooth so there is no re-contamination. Water irrigation systems are also an excellent way to clean between teeth, especially for those undergoing orthodontic treatment.

There are a few other items that help you maintain oral health:

  • Antiseptic mouthwash: Rinses away bacteria and helps prevent bad breath.
  • Portable and Disposable Toothbrushes: Allow for cleaning teeth between meals. 
  • Tongue Scrapers: Remove bacteria from the tongue, eliminating bad breath. 

Routine Dental Visits are Vital to Oral health 

Next to a vigorous at-home cleaning regimen, routine visits to the dentist are important to maintain oral health. Despite a person’s best efforts, bacteria accumulate in the nooks and crannies of teeth, and only the special tools of a dental professional can remove them. Dental exams also prevent minor oral health issues from escalating into major problems.

Try to Avoid Tobacco Products

Finally, avoiding tobacco products protects the longevity of your smile. People who smoke are twice as likely to develop gum disease and experience tooth loss. Tobacco decreases oxygen levels in the gums, which makes them vulnerable to infection and gum disease. Tobacco also stains teeth and dries out the mouth. Bacteria multiply in a dry mouth, which leads to tooth decay.

Contact Windcrest Cosmetic and General Dentistry in San Antonio for Outstanding Dental Care

To learn more about techniques in keeping your oral health optimal and receiving vital professional dental care, contact Windcrest Cosmetic and General Dentistry in San Antonio. Dr. Craig Wright and Dr. Andy De la Garza provide outstanding preventive dental care to keep your smile healthy and bright for a lifetime.

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

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