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Cosmetic dentistry is becoming widely popular with the new innovated technology available today, and we at Rolling Oaks Dental are eager to help you achieve your ultimate smile! With new technology and more affordable techniques, we are seeing more and more adults taking advantage of these popular options.

There was a time when cosmetic dentistry was regarded as an exclusive service only celebrities or wealthy professionals could afford. Many dentists did not even offer the services because their client base could not afford them. Dr. Dougherty and his staff are delighted to assure you, we offer a wide array of easy, affordable services to help you achieve that fantastic smile you’ve always dreamed of! We also offer many financing options including Care Credit.

New patients, please call us at 210-981-3425

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Cosmetic DentistryEveryone wants to look good; it helps you to feel good, too!  The impact that even a small change can make on your smile can be amazing. Whether it is teeth whitening, bonding, white-colored fillings, or all-ceramic crowns and veneers, our cosmetic dentists have many options available to make your smile the best that it can be.

Cosmetic dentistry is any dental work that changes or repairs the appearance of your teeth, gums or bite. As the term cosmetic suggests, this type of dentistry focuses on aesthetic changes to your teeth. It’s perfect for adults and teens that are concerned with the color, position, or shape of their teeth. Cosmetic dentistry not only changes the look of your teeth but can also enhance your overall appearance, for a more youthful smile and facial structure. Older patients are often amazed at what some cosmetic procedures can do to eliminate facial wrinkles and fill in your lip line.

Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry:

  • Better Oral Health: Not only does a fresh and beautiful smile look great, but the practices to maintain your smile promote better oral health. Maintaining good oral hygiene directly affects your overall health, and can actually extend your life! 
  • Increased self-esteem: How often have you felt embarrassed because of your smile? Crooked, stained, cracked, or missing teeth can make you avoid social situations, or cover your mouth when laughing or speaking. Wouldn’t it be great to feel good about smiling and laughing again?! 
  • Renewed Professional Confidence: In professional life, your appearance matters a lot. First impressions are lasting impressions, so you want to put your best smile on when seeking a job, or embarking on a new career choice. It is also true that cosmetic dentistry helps students boost their confidence when they interview for big and prestigious companies.

Restoring your smile is important, not just for aesthetic reasons and to improve confidence, but also to: 

  • Restore your ability to chew properly
  • Restore speech and pronunciation
  • Maintain or enhance the shape of your face
  • Readjust your bite if needed to properly distribute force when you chew
  • Prevent teeth from moving out of their correct position 

There are many cosmetic dentistry options for you to choose from depending on what you would like to have done. Rolling Oaks Dental can address any of the following issues and more: 

  • Stained or discolored teeth — The enamel that covers the teeth can get stained. The underlying tooth structure (the dentin) also can get yellow over time. Professional, in-office teeth whitening is an option to remove stains and whiten your teeth. Bleaching can also be done at home using molds made by the dentist to fit your mouth.
  • Chips or rough spots — These can be filled with a tooth-colored material called composite resin. This material can be chosen to match the color of your teeth. Once it’s smoothed and polished, it will look virtually the same as the surrounding area.
  • Cavities or cracks — Traditional amalgam fillings may be okay in the back of the mouth. However, most people don’t want to reveal a “metal mouth” when they smile. Also, silver amalgam contains mercury, which can be toxic to the nervous system. An alternative is to use tooth-colored fillings. These fillings are made of a resin material similar to that used to repair chips or cracks. Some white fillings (direct composites) are pressed into the cavity and cured (hardened) with a special high-intensity blue light. Others are made in a laboratory and then cemented in place. These include special composites and porcelain fillings called inlays and Onlays. They cover a larger surface area of the tooth.
  • Uneven teeth — It’s not uncommon for a tooth to be slightly longer or have a different shape than its neighbors. With a procedure called recontouring, we can reshape the tooth so that it’s a better match.
  • Gaps between the teeth — Small gaps can be closed by applying composite material between the teeth. This makes each tooth a little wider than before. For large gaps or other surface flaws, our dentists may recommend veneers. Veneers are permanently bonded to the fronts of the teeth. This gives them an entirely new appearance. Veneers are made from ultra-thin shells of porcelain that are matched to your exact tooth color.
  • Broken or crooked teeth — If a tooth has been badly broken or is structurally weak, you may need a crown. Today, crowns on front teeth are made of tooth-colored porcelain and appear very natural. The crown may be all-porcelain, or, more typically, porcelain with metal inside that fits over the tooth. Both types of crowns offer excellent results. Your choice depends on your bite and what you prefer.
  • Tooth Bonding – The resin comes in a wide variety of shades to match your tooth color. First, your dentist applies and shapes the plastic filling material. Then it is exposed to a special high-intensity blue light. It hardens almost instantly. The resin can be sanded, smoothed, and polished until it closely matches the natural shade and shape of your tooth.

Other Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures Include: 

Dental Bridges: A dental bridge is essentially a device that holds a replacement tooth called a dental crown in place over the gap where your natural tooth once rested. The bridge grasps onto teeth that neighbor the gap, becoming a natural anchor while suspending the dental crown, in place.

Dental Implants:  Dental implants are an option to replace missing teeth. An implant is a small titanium cylinder that is placed in the jawbone. Oral surgery is required to place the cylinder in the jaw. The implant will then fuse with the jawbone and form an “artificial root” which will provide structural support as a natural tooth would. Once the implant has fused with the bone, a dental crown is placed over the implant so that it looks exactly like a natural tooth. A dental implant is the only method of dental restoration that not only preserves the natural bone but also stimulates bone growth.

All on 4 Implants: When you are placing a full arch of teeth, you do not need a dental implant for each of the missing teeth. All you need is four strategically placed implants on the top of your mouth, and four on the bottom, to restore your full smile. That’s what is so optimum about the All On 4 technology.

Dentures: A prosthetic device used to replace missing teeth. They are removable for cleaning and usually not worn during sleeping hours. We offer two different types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are designed to replace your top and bottom teeth. The top denture is held against the top of your mouth by suction and an adhesive, while the bottom one is horseshoe-shaped and sits over your gums. A partial denture or implant may be used if you are just missing a few teeth.

Digital Smile Design

Digital Smile Design (DSD) is a wonderful new treatment planning protocol, that will allow us to show you what your smile could look like BEFORE you start your restoration process. Imagine, taking the guesswork out of what your preferred smile will look like in just moments!

Insurance & Financing

Our dental clinic accepts cash, checks, debit cards and most major credit cards. We also offer in-house financing and payment plans through CareCredit® for patients who qualify. We understand that low monthly payments can make it easier to fit quality dental care into your budget.

our dental clinic accepts most credit cards

Rolling Oaks Dental is an in-network provider for many dental insurance plans and will be happy to help you maximize your benefits.

Please bring your card and insurance information with you to each visit so that we can make sure our records stay current. As a courtesy to you, we will file and track all claims and provide postage for special claims. Please remember that your insurance policy is a contract between your employer, your insurance company, and you and that you are responsible for the payment of all professional fees regardless of the extent of insurance coverage.

We look forward to your visit!

New patients, please call us at 210-981-3425

Or fill out the form below and we will contact you!

 

It’s hard to believe that 2020 is almost over, and what a year it’s been! Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by the pandemic. It’s been a tough year for all of us.

In an abundance of caution, and due to government guidelines, we temporarily closed our office (except for dental emergencies) back when COVID-19 began. We have since reopened and are offering all dental services for our patients. It is understandable to have some trepidation about returning to the dentist for your health care needs, but we want to reassure all of our patients that we take your health very seriously, and are going to extreme measures to keep everyone safe.

Because of the pandemic, many of our patients have not come in for their regular routine maintenance throughout the year, or have even let more pressing dental matters wait until things calm down. We also know that a lot of you have not utilized all of your dental insurance benefits which are about to expire at the end of the month.

Regardless of your circumstances, we want you to feel confident in trusting us with your dental needs, and we have implemented the following safety protocols to keep our patients and staff safe as the pandemic continues:

  • We are stringently following all guidelines set forth by the ADA and CDC.
  • We provide a phone screening prior to your appointment date to confirm that our patients are not experiencing any symptoms of illness, and that they haven’t knowingly been exposed to anyone else that is sick.
  • When you arrive for your appointment, we ask that you call us from your vehicle, and someone from our office will come out and screen you again to confirm that you are not exhibiting any symptoms of illness.
  • We will take your temperature and measure your oxygen saturation levels before allowing you to enter the building.
  • We are having all patients complete their paperwork online so that patients don’t come into contact with each other at the front desk area.
  • We require everyone entering the clinic to wear a mask at all times, except during procedures. If you don’t have a mask, we will provide one to you.
  • We are limiting the number of people allowed in the building at any given time to maintain social distancing guidelines.
  • We will take you directly to your treatment room once you enter the office so there is no one in the waiting room.
  • For parents, if you are bringing your child in, we kindly ask that you do not bring any other adults or children with you.
  • Treatment rooms and operatory doors remain closed at all times except for entering or exiting the room.
  • Our providers and staff utilize N95 masks and face shields which are changed out between patients.
  • We have installed plexiglass shields at our front office area to help keep patients and staff safe.
  • In the event that you are required to sign any paperwork, we give you a new pen and allow you to keep it, so that patients aren’t touching the same pen.
  • We provide and ask that you use hand sanitizer as soon as you enter the clinic.
  • We have all patients having dental work completed to rinse their mouths with Peroxyl prior to treatment.

While we realize that these extra precautions can be a hassle, we hope that you realize that we are following these guidelines so that we can continue to service our patients’ dental health needs in an environment that doesn’t put anyone at extra risk.

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Maintaining Your Dental Health is Vital to Your Oral and Overall Health

When you don’t come in for your regular maintenance visits, small issues such as minor cavities or gingivitis can quickly escalate into worsening health issues that are both more expensive and more time consuming to handle. The old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” certainly applies to dental care!

Poor oral health can lead to a compromised immune system, and especially in the midst of a pandemic, this is the last thing you want to happen since this can make you more susceptible to infections of all types.

Bacteria can cause plaque to form, and if not removed on a daily basis, it can harden and turn into tarter. This is a much harder substance and can’t be removed by a toothbrush or floss; it requires a professional cleaning to eliminate. What makes tartar particularly dangerous is that it creates a sort of shield over the bacteria, causing it to further inflame and damage the teeth and gums.

Additionally, you may not realize that in addition to good oral health being important for the health of your teeth and gums, it also significantly impacts your overall wellness. If your teeth and gums are unhealthy, the bacteria living in your mouth can travel through your bloodstream to other parts of your body. This can contribute to and even accelerate other types of diseases.

People who are diabetics or have compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable to exacerbations of health issues when oral health is not properly maintained.

We are Open for ALL of Your Dental Care Needs which include the following services:

  • General Dentistry
  • Routine x-rays and cleanings.
  • Cavities and fillings.
  • Deep cleanings.
  • Extractions.
  • Crowns
  • Veneers
  • Dentures
  • Bridges
  • Dental Implants
  • Four-on-four dental implants.
  • Root canals.
  • Oral surgeries.
  • Invisalign.

We encourage you to maintain your oral health, and address any issues that may pop up. We are here to help keep you healthy! Additionally, we don’t want you to lose any insurance benefits that will be expiring at the end of the month since that is basically money down the drain.

As always, your experience at Rolling Oaks Dental is designed to be effortless and painless from the moment you walk into our clinic until the moment you leave. Our team is friendly, welcoming, and ready to make your visit pleasant.

We are Kid Friendly!

Many children feel scared or uneasy about dental visits, which is why we always treat our younger patients with extra sensitivity and care.

Our friendly and gentle manner will help your child feel at ease with us. Positive dental experiences during childhood can encourage a lifetime of healthy smiles, so we strive to make your child’s visits easy, effective and fun. Our San Antonio Dental Clinic offers a calm and caring environment for your child to get comfortable with his or her early dental treatments. 

Insurance & Financing

Our dental clinic accepts cash, checks, debit cards and most major credit cards. We also offer in-house financing and payment plans through CareCredit® for patients who qualify. We understand that low monthly payments can make it easier to fit quality dental care into your budget.

our dental clinic accepts most credit cards

Rolling Oaks Dental is an in-network provider for many dental insurance plans and will be happy to help you maximize your benefits.

Please bring your card and insurance information with you to each visit so that we can make sure our records stay current. As a courtesy to you, we will file and track all claims and provide postage for special claims. Please remember that your insurance policy is a contract between your employer, your insurance company, and you, and that you are responsible for the payment of all professional fees regardless of the extent of insurance coverage.

We look forward to your visit!

New patients, please call us at 210-981-3425

Or fill out the form below and we will contact you!

San Antonio Dentist

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.