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San Antonio Dentists at the TAGD Dentist of the Year Gala

Attending the 2014 TAGD Dentist of the Year Gala in Austin, TX.  Had a great time that weekend!

Continuing education in dentistry is something that Dr. Ferraz-Dougherty and I are very passionate about. The great thing about being San Antonio dentists is that there are so many opportunities available to us here. Some people have to travel to other cities to get excellent continuing education experiences, and we are thankful that we don’t have to travel so much. This allows us to spend more time in our practice and more time with our dog, Emma! Ever since we graduated from dental school, we’ve always wanted to know more so that we can provide better service to our patients and get the most out of our career. The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners requires that dentists in Texas take 20 hours per year to maintain a license. We typically earn three to five times that in any given year depending on opportunities that arise. Here’s a few examples of where we spend our time furthering our dental education.

Texas Academy of General Dentistry Being involved in TAGD has really motivated me to achieve and learn as much as I can. TAGD provides top notch courses. I’m typically attending an evening course after hours about once a month. This past year we’ve had a lot of basic courses going over fundamental principles in dentistry. The first time I heard a lecture on how to prepare a tooth for a crown in dental school, I’d never prepared a crown in my life. A year or so after that, I’d prepared a few crowns so I felt like I understood the basics a little better. Now, several years later, when I hear a basic lecture on crown preparation, I understand the basics on a much deeper level and can reflect deeply on whatever I’m currently doing. Constantly revisiting the basics is essential!

Seattle Study Club -It’s a real privledge to be a member of a local Seattle Study Club with many of my colleagues that I truly look up to. I’m kind of short, so I look up to a lot of people, but that’s beside the point! In our study club, we have world class lecturers come in from all over the US to speak to a small group of usually around 25 of us. This intimate setting allows us to dig deep into the details of complex cases and have off the cuff conversations that you can’t normally get when you hear someone speak in front of a large group. The speakers are only a small part of the equation, though. Having a trusted network of colleagues that are some of the best practicitoners in San Antonio has helped me to develop as a professional.

San Antonio District Dental Society -Being involved with the dental society was Ana and I’s first exposure to organized dentistry and continuing education in Texas when we moved to San Antonio. We meet once every other month and have a continuing education class with dinner. These dinners are where I’ve met so many of my friends in dentistry in San Antonio and many of the specialists that I trust with the care of Rolling Oaks Dental’s patients. If we ever refer a patient to a specialty practice, you can rest assured it is a colleague of ours that we trust and communicate with on a regular basis.

Texas Meeting -I’ve served as a speaker host volunteer and had some great continuing education experiences at the Texas Meeting here in San Antonio every year since I moved here. It’s truly a great meeting. Once a year, some of the world’s best speakers in dentistry come to San Antonio and lecture at the convention center downtown. I try to make the most of the meeting every year and learn as much as I can. I especially like hands on courses where I can have another doctor actually show me how to do something instead of just hearing about it in a lecture or reading about it. I find this to be my favorite way to learn.

Lunch and Learns -Lastly, we’re very fortunate that many of the specialists and vendors that we work with come to our office frequently during the year and provide continuing education for our team and for us. That way our whole team can stay current with trends in dentistry and ways that we can serve our patients better without having to leave the office.

These are all of the different avenues that we use to seek out educational opportunities throughout the year. Lunch, dinner, weekends -wow, continuing education is a big part of our lives and our career! The satisfaction that comes with doing great work and doing your absolute best makes the time and effort all worth it.

DDS Ana Doughert at her practice

Am I too old for braces? Yeah, of course you’re too old for braces. You’re 30/40/50/60/70/80 and any age in between. Just put you out to pasture right now,  you’re too old for anything! Fewer things get patients contemplating their mortality more than a discussion about orthodontics. People start contemplating how much longer they think they will live and if it’s worth spending the money.  Even people in their thirties.  It’s insane! Anyone past the age of 20 automatically considers themselves too old for orthodontics. After some education and quality one-on-one time focused on their needs, most patients change their minds.

I’m happy to say that we currently have patients at Rolling Oaks Dental in their teens and in their seventies in the middle of orthodontic care, and all of the decades in between.

When adult new patients at Rolling Oaks Dental are presented with comprehensive dental care options, orthodontics is often a part of the discussion. Many adult patients have crowding of their teeth that has gone untreated for years and has gotten worse and worse. Sometimes, patients lose a tooth and do not have it immediately replaced. This can result in teeth shifting and rotating near the space. Before treatment such as a dental implant can be considered, restoring the space for adequate function and hygiene purposes must be considered. Patients that have an excessive overbite, open bite, or cross bite must often consider orthodontics as part of a comprehensive dental treatment.

After disease, infection, and dental decay is addressed, orthodontics is frequently the second phase in restoring a patient’s natural dentition back to optimal health. You might think that cost is the number one concern for adults when it comes to whether or not they will consider orthodontics. Interestingly, it’s probably the second or third thing most adults are worried about, tied with concerns about how long the treatment will take.

So what’s the number one reason most adults hesitate to get the orthodontic treatment they need?

How they will look/be perceived!

Most adults don’t want to consider orthodontic care because they think it will make them look like a teenager. They think that no one will take them seriously if they have braces. It transports them back to a time in adolescence where they might have been mocked or ridiculed for something or other, and they somehow construct the idea in their minds that getting braces will take them back there again.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Here’s why.

First of all, advances in technology have made orthodontics come a long way from where it was when you were a child. Procedures that can cut treatment time dramatically are available. Clear braces make orthodontics a little less metal mouth and a bit more stylish. If Invisalign is an option for you, you may be able to get the orthodontic treatment you want without ever having to wear braces.

The second reason is the most important one. Your perception of what an adult with braces represents to others is totally wrong.

When you see someone of a track or path, jogging and listening to their favorite tune, do you automatically think something negative about that person? What if you see someone eating a healthy meal? What about if you see someone that just got a nice haircut or a great new outfit? Do you think poorly of them? No, you don’t. As a matter of fact, you think the opposite. If you see someone taking care of their health, you automatically think positive thoughts about that person. Have you ever seen someone in their eighties riding a bicycle? It’s awesome! If you see someone of any age wearing some nice clothes and sporting a fresh new haircut, you automatically think, “man, I like the way that person presents themselves, very professional, it shows how much they care,”.  People that take care of themselves and that are actively improving themselves are attractive.  They care about themselves.  They want to be better today than they were yesterday.

So now let’s talk about you. With braces. Without excuses. Taking care of your health. Taking care of your appearance. Making an investment in yourself and in your body, your most valuable asset that you have on this planet. People don’t perceive you as a wannabe teenager with some kind of problem. People see you as a confident adult, doing your thing to take care of yourself. Self improvement is not a dirty word. It’s something that the best strive for every day. Improving your smile. Improving your dental health so that you can keep your real teeth for your entire life. These aren’t things that people frown upon. Quite the opposite. People will admire you for your commitment to your health. It’s a beautiful thing!

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I Can’t Afford Quality Dentistry, Can I?

One of the biggest reasons patients don’t come into our San Antonio dental clinic and get the dentistry they need is because they think they  can’t afford it. Fear of high costs prevents a lot of patients from ever setting foot in a dental office, but it shouldn’t be this way.

Let’s start with a few things we know to be true:
1. Delaying necessary dental care always results in the eventual costs of care being higher.
2. There are financing options available for dental patients on almost any budget.

Maybe it happens in Beverly Hills, but here in my San Antonio dental clinic not many patients can walk through the door and drop a few thousand dollars in cash on the table and pay for a treatment plan up front. That’s almost unheard of, actually. Here are three ways that the average patient can pay for quality dental care.

1. CareCredit/3rd Party Financing. Many patients in our practice use CareCredit. It’s basically a health care credit card. In some cases, no interest financing can be set up. It’s also possible to finance a plan for 24 months. We have had a lot of patients apply that think they have bad credit or have recently been denied for a regular credit card qualify for CareCredit. It’s a great tool for patients to receive the care that they want and need. When it’s used responsibly, it can ease the burden of costs. Let’s say that you and your family have dental treatment needs and the out of pocket cost is $2000. If you get approved for CareCredit, that’s only $167 a month for one year, which is much easier to handle than $2000 right up front. Let’s say you have $2000, but hey, $2000 is still $2000 and you’re going to feel it a little bit. You’ve got good credit, so why not just get CareCredit and set up auto-draft on your bank account for the monthly bill. So many patients do this; it is quite common.

2. In-House Financing. Some patients just don’t want to get a new credit card. They might have good credit or bad credit or whatever, they just don’t want to get a new credit card. With all of the different credit cards and reward cards and debit cards, it’s understandable if you don’t want to have one more thing in your wallet or one more company to deal with. That’s where in house financing comes in to play. Most dental clinics have billing software that allows them to set this up for patients so that they can pay for the care that they need. A lot of times we’ll ask patients “What’s a monthly amount that you could contribute to invest in your dental health?”. Once that amount is determined, patients can start making payment toward their care, and it is auto-debited from their bank account or charged on their credit card. Once the ball is rolling, patients typically finish all of their care.

Whether you realize it or not or want to admit it or not, there is a psychological advantage for patients when payments are broken up into digestible pieces and when the entire process is automated.

Think about your smart phone bill. Let’s say you pay $120 for service. What if the phone company came up to you every January asking for $1440. You would probably try to get by without a smart phone for a few months/weeks/days until you finally ponied up the money because you need the phone. $120 each month is digestible, so it doesn’t seem like a big deal. How many people have their cell phone bill come right off their credit card or right out of their bank account? I know it’s not everyone, but it’s probably most people. Since the system is automated, doesn’t that make it easier to accept the expense? If you had to get a pen and paper out and write a check every month, it may wear you out psychologically. You might constantly second guess your decision to have the phone even though you know you can’t be without it, completely wasting your time and your thoughts.

As if it wasn’t obvious, I brought all that up to illustrate that paying for dentistry is the same way. The options and psychology of the whole thing are exactly the same. When payments are broken up and automated, we are much more able to put matters in perspective. I would imagine that if we asked 100 people what they valued more, money or health, most people would say health, if not all people. Is this how people really act? No. Many people only worry about their health when it’s too late. That is especially true with dental health. Here’s my argument, disagree if you want: financing options allow patients to take actions that match up with how they really feel.

3. Borrowing Money/Finding a Way. The uneducated patient with a neglected dentition walks around with compromised dental function, ashamed of their appearance and smile, and never does anything about it. They never seek a comprehensive examination from a dentist they trust and they never find out the true cost of the treatment they want to have. They worry that the cost will be too high to achieve what they want and they will never have any way of paying for it. Perhaps they are even embarrassed that they can’t afford what is needed. I truly feel bad for this patient. You don’t know what you don’t know! Dental phobias are another big factor that can get in the way, as well as lack of time, but those are different blog posts.

I’ve noticed something interesting over the years. Patients come in to my dental clinc needing care and the cost is more than they can handle. We offer financing options, but nothing seems to work out. Some of them disappear and never come back, which is sad.  Others, however, disappear and they come back with money and get the dental treatment that they’ve always wanted. they want. When someone really wants something and they value it, they always find a way.

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We are proud to work in a privately owned dental clinic. Corporate health care and corporate dentistry is becoming a bigger and bigger part of the health care industry every year. It’s a trend that is projected to continue. While it is difficult for me to understand, there are many people out there that simply don’t care one way or another if the dental office they go to is owned by a dentist or owned by a group of investors and the dentist is an employee. Who cares, right? As long as they take my insurance, it doesn’t matter. I have a message for the people that think that way: it matters. Here are a few reasons why.

1. Turnover. Sugary drinks and cigarettes and not flossing are all bad for your teeth, but so is changing dentists all of the time. Every dentist has a slightly different philosophy of treatment, and patients and dentists seem to be happier when they both agree on the approach to a patient’s care. If you’re meeting a new dentist every year and establishing a whole new relationship and philosophy each time you step in to the office, it can be frustrating and inconsistent. Corporate offices not owned by the dentist tend to have dentists passing through, coming and going all of the time. That’s not good for patients looking for consistency and quality in their dental care.

2. Decision Making. When a dentist is an employee at a corporately owned shop, there’s usually a manager or two telling them what to do. This is a terrible situation. A dentist typically has 8 years of higher education and training to deliver quality care to human beings in an ethical manner. For a dentist, there’s really not much worse than being told by a middle manager to be more agressive with a patient’s dental care so that some corporate bonus can be met. It’s an incredible conflict of interest that not only negatively impacts patients care, but it also negatively impacts their attitude toward the profession as a whole. A dentist may be aware of a better way to handle a case or treat a patient, but in a corporate setting it might not be the decision of the doctor and patient. It might be someone else’s decision how care is delivered.

3. Quality materials. All businesses are in business to make money, but health care has traditionally been held to a higher standard than a convenience store or a fast food place. Only a dentist truly understands how important it is on every level to use quality materials for the restorations and prosthetics that go in a patient’s mouth. The materials and labs are expensive and represent a significant portion of the monthly bills in our San Antonio dental clinic. If you don’t work with these materials in your hands every day, you just don’t know. For a manager in a corporate chain trying to figure out ways to cut costs and make more money, the dental lab bill is no different than the toilet paper bill. It’s just another place to cut costs, and they do it. The dentist suffers by having to work with less than ideal resources, and patients suffer with compromised care for absolutely no reason.

When I tell people that I own a San Antonio dental clinic, they ask me when I’m going to open up my second location. The answer is I’m not. Our purpose is to deliver high quality dental care to a few thousand patients in the community we serve. The corporate chains can do what they want to do, but that doesn’t have any effect on our purpose and goals. We firmly believe that there are people out there that believe in quality care and a quality relationship with their health care provider, and that’s why we opened our doors.

It doesn’t seem like corporate health care and corporate dentistry is going anywhere. Our mission is to serve those that want a level of care beyond that, and that’s what motivates us every day. We’re not a corporate chain, and we’re proud of it.

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Get ready for Fiesta 2015, San Antonio!

For the second year in a row, Rolling Oaks Dental is participating in the Fiesta medal tradition of San Antonio.

This year, we’ve made the companion piece to last year’s medal, a female sugar skull. The design was so popular last year that we wanted to do another take on it. We’ve been selling them for a few weeks and people are coming from all over town to get them!

It’s creating quite a buzz on Facebook, too, check out the post here.

We are asking for a $5 donation for each medal. All proceeds go to the San Antonio Humane Society. In case you didn’t know, Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty is a spokesperson for the San Antonio Humane Society. We are really passionate about animal rescue and we ask that you help us support this worthy cause.

If you would like to include our 2014 Fiesta medal in your purchase, it’s only an extra $3. If you want to see what it looks like, click here.

Medals can be purchased at our office during regular business hours. If you would like one shipped to you, please include an extra $6 S&H and we will ship them to you anywhere in the US. Simply call our office during regular business hours and tell one of our team members you’re calling about Fiesta medals.  We can take your address, quantity of medals, and credit card information over the phone.

We’re happy to participate in the tradition of Fiesta in the city we call home, San Antonio.  It’s been a lot of fun for our business and our team.  It brings a lot of excitement to our office each year!  We definitely encourage other small businesses to get into it.

Thank you once again to Monarch Trophy Studio for their excellent work and help with the design.  We’re very satisfied and Fiesta medal fans are, too!

Viva Fiesta, San Antonio!

3 Signs You Should Invest in a New Denture

Dentures don’t last forever. They break. They wear down. They get stains you can’t clean out. They get loose as your jaw shrinks over time. Here are three signs that it is time to invest in a new denture.

1. Your Current Denture Requires Adhesive, or It Won’t Stay In. If your denture requires adhesive to stay in, it’s probably time for a new one. Only dentures that don’t fit properly require adhesive. If a denture fits properly, no adhesive is necessary. If a denture doesn’t fit properly, adhesive may provide a temporary solution, but it is by no means a long term solution. Consider seeing a dentist as soon as possible that makes dentures a part of their practice.

As with many rules, there is always an exception. The exception in this case is that a properly fitting denture can not be fabricated because a patient has insufficient bone to retain even the best made denture. In this case, a consultation for dental implants is indicated.  Many patients think they aren’t candidates for dental implants for their dentures because they have been told they don’t have enough bone or that their bone is weak.  This is only true in extremely rare cases.  The latest technology in implant dentistry makes almost anyone a candidate for implant retained dentures.  If you haven’t consulted with a dentist on this matter in a few years, it’s time for a fresh perspective on things.

2. You Don’t Like the Way Your Smile Looks. A colleague of mine pointed out this interesting fact to me a few years ago. He said that dentures and dentistry in general is the most demanding area of human prosthetics because the work we do must be functional as well as good looking. Think about it. Have you ever seen a prosthetic arm? It might be able to do a lot of cool things that seem unbelievable, but it doesn’t look like a real arm. What about a prosthetic eye? I’ve seen some that look very real, but patients can’t see out of them. False teeth have to work AND look good. A well made denture involves the selection of just the right color and shape teeth for a person’s face. I see many patients where the time and attention to detail necessary to achieve a denture with a beautiful result was not taken. These steps are so critical and make a huge difference.  It all gets down to the person wearing the denture.  If the patient doesn’t like what they see in the mirror, then the job isn’t done.

3. Your Current Denture is Preventing You From Living Your Life the Way You Want To. If you don’t smile or are afraid to eat out with family and friends because of your denture, it’s time to start thinking about making some changes. Life is too short to not smile and enjoy time with the ones you love. If a new denture or investing in implant options for your denture is all it will take to make those two activities a part of your life again, it will be the best investment you ever make.

I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Gary Tackas, and a point came up in an interview that I thought was so wonderful I’ve been sharing it with patients ever since. I’m paraphrasing a bit here: Patients don’t regret investments in implant dentistry. This is so true. We make so many purchases in our life that we regret: houses, cars, items of clothing, food, etc. Implant dentistry and implant dentures never seem to fall into this category. Patients never walk in the door after getting implants saying “I liked it better when I was missing a tooth” or “These dentures were more comfortable when they were flopping around in my mouth”. I’ve never heard a patient say either of those things or even insinuate anything like it. It’s as sure of a regret free investment as there is.

In the spirit of three, I have three secrets that help me to deliver extremely high quality dentures to my patients. The first is that I use a great dental lab and we make no compromises. We do what it takes to get it right. The second is experience. When I was in dental school I completed more than three times the requirements for removable prosthodontics. The faculty is this department were my favorite to work with in the clinic, so I kept finding ways to get over to that department to soak up their wisdom. Not many dental students liked doing dentures, so I would gladly take them off the hands of my classmates that didn’t want to do them and get them done. When I got out of dental school, I always took the denture cases in the practices I was in, because I loved making them and getting them just right. Seeking out denture cases accelerated my experience and understanding of the procedure, and as I found success with them, I loved making them even more. That’s my third secret: love. If you put love into what you’re doing, it shows.

Many patients want cosmetic dentistry, but there are many barriers to making it happen.  Here are just a few.

  1. Skill of the Doctor –Is this doctor good enough to trust with how I look? This is a completely fair question. Cosmetic dentistry isn’t a recognized specialty in the field of dentistry.  There’s really no great way to find out if a dentist is prepared enough and skilled enough to handle a cosmetic case to a patient’s particular satisfaction.  If a dentist puts “cosmetic dentistry” on their sign or website, it doesn’t tell you much.  Trust and not knowing what your dentist is capable of are major barriers to a patient seeking cosmetic treatment.
  2. Cost –From a money perspective and a time perspective, cosmetic dentistry is often quite a commitment, especially when it is done well. Especially when a patient’s cosmetic concerns are complex, the journey is often longer than most patients anticipate.  Oftentimes, a “quick fix” with many compromises doesn’t satisfy the patient or the doctor.
  3. Fear –Certainly there are patients that are afraid of anesthesia or even just sitting in the dental chair, but fear of the unknown is a big barrier in cosmetic dentistry. What will this look like in the end?  Will it be worth it?

Historically in dentistry, dentists like myself that have proposed cosmetic dental treatment plans to patients have relied on a few techniques.

  1. Showing Photos –When I’m discussing cosmetic dental options with patients, I often show patients photos of a case that I have done that is similar to what they are looking for. I’ve accumulated a large photo collection of cosmetic cases that I have done myself, and I feel like it builds trust and confidence when I show patients my work that is something similar to what they are looking for.  Let’s face it, though: that’s ok, but it certainly isn’t great.
  2. Wax Up – Making models of a patient’s teeth and then adding wax to the models is called a “wax up”. This is one of the first things dentists learn how to do, so naturally dentists find it to be a great go to method to show patients what their teeth will look like if they pursue cosmetic dentistry.  Dentists love it!  Patients might like it, but still, it’s just ok.  There’s a huge disconnect with these techniques.  Dentists can envision the final result, because we live in this world, but patients can’t.  A wax up might look good sitting on the counter top, but what will those pretty teeth look like in my face?!

Digital Smile Design is the technology that can break down all of these barriers.  One of the many benefits of this technology is that it allows patients to see what cosmetic dentistry will look like in their mouth and with their face before they commit to anything.  There’s no imagination necessary, the final result can be simulated before anything is started!

Here’s how it works.  Models and photos are taken of a patient that is interested in cosmetic dentistry.  These records are sent to a special laboratory that creates your new smile in a computer program.  From that computer design, a computer mills an “overlay”, which is basically a prototype of how your smile could look.  This overlay is tried in and photos are taken.  The patient can view these photos and from there decide if they are ready to commit to cosmetic dentistry.

With the end result in mind, patients feel more confident in their decision and doctors have the perfect road map.  The patient, the lab technician, the dentist, and any dental specialists involved in the case can all speak the same language and refer to the final result during the entire course of treatment.

There are so many benefits to incorporating Digital Smile Design into the cosmetic dentistry planning, it truly breaks down so many barriers.  When the patient and doctor agree on the plan and how to get there, time and money can be saved.  The financial commitment for large cosmetic cases can still be high, but patients feel better about making an investment in their dental health and appearance when they truly know what they are getting.  Knowing what the end result will look like sure alleviates a lot of fear, too!

If you’re in San Antonio and have more questions about Digital Smile Design, stop by and we can chat more about it!

all on four dental implants

Dental implants can make a huge difference for some dental patients with complex needs have tried everything, and nothing seems to work.  No matter what they do and no matter how hard they try to maintain their dental treatment, all of it seems to fail. For patients who suffer from severe tooth decay, severe bruxism, chronically abscessed teeth, several missing teeth, etc. the options can often be expensive and time consuming. Some patients have what I call “dental burnout”.  They’ve already spent so much time and money on their teeth they don’t know what to do any more. They quit coming to the dentist regularly because it always seems to be bad news.

Dentures

Conventional removable dentures are sometimes a quick fix for these patients, but constant adjustment and maintenance is often necessary.  Most current denture patients will tell you that you just can’t function with the same confidence you once had when your teeth are removable. You can’t eat the foods you once enjoyed.  Even if you can eat something, it doesn’t taste the same! You can’t sing or speak with the confidence you once had. It’s just simply not a great solution.  

There is a solution for patients with extensive dental needs, and it’s called All on Four Dental Implants.

All On Four – Dental Implants

The revolutionary All on Four treatment concept is a new, exciting alternative for patients considering dentures or who have extensive dental problems that would require years to fix.  The All on Four treatment approach uses four dental implant anchors in the jaw to support a fixed, non-removable prosthesis.  Only your dentist can take it out, which is fantastic!  All of the diseased teeth in your mouth can be replaced with a beautiful prosthetic set, and the implants not only lock it in, they help to keep the bone in your jaw intact. 

Once the final prosthesis is attached, you become a regular dental patient.  Stop by to be examined once or twice a year to make sure everything is looking great.  Throw away your denture adhesives and cup you put your dentures in on the nightstand or bathroom sink.  Smile and eat with confidence that nothing is going to fall out.

One of the best things about the All on Four treatment is how fast everything can be done.  Tradition treatment plans involving dental implants can take up to eighteen months to complete.  After a few consultations and record taking appointments, an All on Four treatment can be scheduled and delivered in just a matter of weeks. You may have seen some advertisement or heard the phrase “teeth in a day”.  This is a popular term that is sometimes being used to describe this procedure.  While this terminology does oversimplify things just a little bit, a patient can literally be transformed on the day of delivery.

For those familiar with All on Four/”Teeth in Day”, there are a lot of misconceptions out there. One misconception regarding the All on Four with dental implants treatment is that it can only be performed by the big corporate chains that advertise this treatment option exclusively.  This is not true.  Your general dentist works with a surgeon and a dental lab that are able to perform this great service for you at the same cost as the big chains.  The benefit to having the procedure done with your dentist is you will continue to receive the care, attention to detail, service, and follow up that you’re used to.  The chains in San Antonio that offer this service don’t offer hygiene services and oral cancer screenings that are still imperative to your dental health.  Your general dentist offers these services.

If you think you’re a candidate for the procedure, or you just want to learn more about it to help someone you know, contact your general dentist to see if it is something they offer.  It is truly  a life changing treatment option. If you are in San Antonio, our dentists would be happy to help you!