Common Dental Questions

Many of our patients have a desire to get a better understanding of dental issues and the aspects of their oral health. Dr. Estrada and his team are truly passionate about dental care and are dedicated to helping their patients in every way possible. Our team has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about dentistry and oral health to help our patients become better informed.

One More Reason Why Hygiene Exams Are So Important

Did you know that we do more than clean your teeth and check for tooth decay during a hygiene examination? We also inspect for gum disease and oral cancer. Oral cancer screenings are extremely important and take only moments to complete. These screenings can make a world of difference if it leads to cancer being detected early. Continue reading to learn if you are at risk for developing oral cancer.

A Root Canal Can Save The Day And Your Tooth

We always stress the importance of maintaining proper oral hygiene and visiting our office regularly. Even if you are diligent with your oral care, decay can begin to creep in. Unfortunately, tooth decay is not something that improves on its own and only worsens over time. When tooth decay is not properly treated in a timely fashion, it can spread, leading to further problems. As a last resort, to save your tooth, we often suggest a root canal.

How To Handle A Dental Emergency When You’re Far From Home

Summer is just around the corner, and we don’t know about you, but we are excited! We are looking forward to relaxing summer days, spending time with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, and taking a much-needed vacation. Last summer, many of us had to cancel summer travel plans, but this year, travel seems to be a possibility once more. While it’s never something fun to think about, there is always the potential for a dental emergency while traveling this summer. We want to give you some tips to help ensure that you are prepared should an emergency arise. Read on to learn more.

Are You Affected By Gum Disease?

We recommend that our patients visit our office every six months for a routine hygiene examination. You might be surprised to learn that during your exam we do more than clean and check your teeth for tooth decay. In fact, tooth decay is not the number one oral health issue that affects a large percentage of American adults—it is gum disease. Approximately half of American adults are affected by gum disease in some way. Gum disease is a serious gum infection, accompanied by inflammation, caused by bacterial growth along the gumline and around the base of the tooth. Gum disease is extremely serious due to its quiet but destructive nature. Unlike tooth decay, gum disease does not cause discomfort and, at times, does not present itself until immediate treatment is needed.

Our Solution For Dental Anxiety

We believe that all of our patients deserve to be heard and cared for in the way that is best for their overall health and oral needs. We know that it can be difficult for some of our patients to visit our office due to their anxiety and nervous feelings about the dentist and dental treatments. We don’t want our patients to avoid hygiene examinations and dental treatments out of fear and potentially put themselves at risk for illnesses that extend beyond the mouth. Continue reading to learn about options to help you and your loved ones feel comfortable when in our office.

Dental Crowns 101

Did you know that your tooth enamel is the strongest substance in your body? Even though tooth enamel is stronger than bone, it is not immune to becoming worn down or incurring damage and decay over time if not cared for properly. There is one dental treatment that can be used not only to treat these issues, but also to restore the function and appearance of your natural teeth—dental crowns.

Learn Why Dental Care is Important Even in Hard Times

The past year in Texas has been anything but easy. Between living through a pandemic and extreme weather conditions, we have all had to adjust our typical way of life. Even now, many Texans in our area are still dealing with effects on their homes from the snow and ice conditions experienced just a month ago. This upheaval in our lives has left many of our patients cancelling their dental examinations and treatments. While we understand that these are uncertain times for some, we want to stress the importance of maintaining your dental health appointments even when experiencing hardships. Continue reading to learn why dental treatment should never be delayed.

A Wonderful Way to Improve Your Smile

Are you unhappy with the appearance of your teeth? If you are displeased with your teeth when you smile or look at yourself in family photos, it might be time to make a change to a smile you love to look at. With porcelain veneers, it is possible to transform the look of your teeth and get the smile you have always wanted. Unlike other options, porcelain veneers are strictly cosmetic and can fix multiple problems at once to give you a permanent, healthy, natural-looking, and bright smile.