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COSMETIC DENTISTRY IN
SAN ANTONIO, TX

If you’re constantly feeling conscious of your teeth, you can rely on our clinic’s cosmetic dentistry services. It benefits people who have undergone oral or dental operations as well as those who want to let their smiles shine. But before deciding if cosmetic dentistry is for you, here are the basic things you need to know:

Cosmetic dentistry refers to procedures designed to improve the appearance of your teeth. The popular types of cosmetic dentistry work include:

Teeth Whitening - One of the most popular and affordable forms of cosmetic dentistry
Dental Bonding – A more expensive tooth-whitening process that uses resin-like materials
Dental Veneers – Custom-made porcelain shells that cover the front of your teeth; More expensive than dental bonding
Inlays and Onlays – Indirect fillings for mild or moderate tooth decay
Tooth Reshaping - Also known as dental contouring; A procedure that modifies enamel to change the appearance of the teeth
Dental Implants - Artificial roots that are used to replace the teeth after they fall out or get extracted
Dental Crowns - Acrylic or porcelain; Custom-made caps made to fit over a chipped, broken, or decaying tooth
Crown Lengthening - A procedure that alters the gum line to expose more of the tooth crown; Often used for people with more gum tissue than teeth
Orthodontic Treatment - Cosmetic surgery for buck teeth, crooked teeth, or poorly shaped teeth

Cosmetic dentistry can be used by anyone depending on the type of procedure they want. But since cosmetic dentistry is usually not covered by insurance, you will want to review the details of what the dentist recommends and ask for other options to ensure your procedure fits into your budget.

There are two primary situations when dentists recommend cosmetic dentistry. The first one is personal preference or when you want to improve your smile. A cosmetic dentist will assess your teeth and mouth and provide procedure recommendations.

The second one is for unfortunate circumstances such as accidents, tooth decay, or gum disease since cosmetic dentistry can help restore and reshape your teeth. A cosmetic dentist will give you a variety of procedure options depending on your oral condition.

Cosmetic dentistry’s primary benefit is delivering a beautiful smile. This can translate to improved self-confidence, heightened awareness, better self-esteem, improved social life, and overall a fuller life, which makes cosmetic dentistry an investment worth considering.

If you want to improve your smile or you have a dental matter that you always want to hide, talk to our dentists today. Our experienced cosmetic dentists at Tran Dental P.C. can provide you with different solutions to your specific dental concerns so you can choose which one suits you best.

DENTAL BRIDGES IN
SAN ANTONIO, TX

Dental bridges can correct any number of issues that a missing tooth can cause. From speech disorders to alignment nightmares, filling in the gap with a bridge can help improve your oral health.

A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth through a procedure that uses your existing teeth on either side as anchors. Unlike dental implants, a bridge will rely on the strength of the surrounding teeth rather than inserting a metal post into the gums, making it more cost-effective and less invasive.

A dental bridge can restore your mouth, making it easier to talk, chew, or smile. It also reduces the odds of losing the adjacent teeth as it acts as a buffer between them, takes some pressure off the surrounding teeth, and makes dental hygiene much more effective. A dental bridge can also preserve your appearance by preventing your jaw shape to change.

  • Cantilever - If there isn’t a tooth on both sides of the gap
  • Maryland - Uses a metal frame to reinforce the bridge and include artificial gums
  • Traditional - Secures a false tooth by attaching crowns to either side of the teeth

A dental bridge procedure relies on your oral health. That’s why if your teeth are in good condition, you can complete the process in just two visits. Our procedure starts by addressing the damaged areas by reshaping or reconstructing your teeth before taking an impression.

Then, you’ll be given a temporary bridge to wear while the impression is being sent to the lab so they can create a mold. After that, we’ll fit the custom mold to your teeth and make any necessary adjustments. Our dental bridges vary by cost and quality, ranging from $250 – $2,500 per tooth and lasting anywhere from 8 to 15 years.

DENTAL CROWNS IN
SAN ANTONIO, TX

Depending on the type of treatment you received for your dental problem, you might need your treated tooth to be:

  • Restored to its original size and shape

  • Supplied with additional physical support

  • Receive a makeover

Sometimes referred to as caps, dental crowns completely cover every visible part of the tooth. A part of your tooth still remains, but it’s essentially rebuilt to resemble its original exterior.

Porcelain crowns easily improve the look of any tooth. But it’s only recommended in conjunction with prior tooth repair and not for cosmetic purposes.

TOOTH FILLING IN
SAN ANTONIO, TX

When it comes to tooth filling, there are newer and better options available than the usual metal tooth filling. Here are the tooth filling options we offer:

Because of its natural tooth color, durable quality, and cosmetically appealing look, most dentists today use composite resin filling. Here at Tran Dental P.C., it’s the most popular and safest way to fix decaying teeth.

Composite fillings are made of tooth-colored glass and plastic mixture. These materials closely match the color and texture of natural teeth.

Before the composite material is applied, a dentist will remove the decayed part of the tooth first. Then after applying the material in layers, the dentist will use specialized light to harden the filling. After this, the composite resin will be shaped to fit your tooth’s look and texture and will be polished to prevent staining and maintain durability.

Aside from repairing decayed teeth, composite resin can also be used for cosmetic dental improvements. By bonding the material to a tooth’s surface, composite resin can reshape teeth, fill gaps, repair cracks, match the color of the surrounding teeth, and strengthen the original tooth.

DENTAL IMPLANTS IN
SAN ANTONIO, TX

Getting dental implants is a common practice among people across the United States. So if you are thinking of improving your smile and mouth function, here are things to know about dental implants:

Dental implants are fixtures made to replace the roots of the teeth. Similar to a screw, implants are used to fuse with your jaw’s natural bone and act as a base to support artificial teeth or crowns. Dental implants are also usually a three-piece system since it gets attached to a crown via an abutment.

Dental implants have been used for more than 30 years. But, patients usually get dental implants for the following number of reasons:

Missing teeth. Dental implants are a good way to address missing teeth and to make sure no other teeth are in danger of falling out.

Loose denture. Permanently replacing your teeth via dental implants can prevent you from having loose dentures that feel uncomfortable.

Loose bridge. Dental implants can help you permanently fix loose bridges.

Decaying teeth. You can address decaying teeth by having them extracted and by getting crowns via dental implants.

Broken or cracked tooth. No matter what the reason is, dental implants can help you fix a broken or cracked tooth by replacing them with crowns.

Not wanting to deal with denture adhesive. Getting dental implants can prevent the discomfort caused by dental adhesive by permanently replacing your teeth.

There are two main types of dental implants. These are:

Endosteal – Most commonly used dental implants that are directly employed in the jawbone

Subperiosteal - Dental implants that are inserted above or on the jawbone; Used when the patient’s jawbone is not healthy enough to support endosteal implants or when the patient doesn’t want a bone augmentation procedure.

Dental implants provide direct and indirect advantages. The benefits it offers are:

  • Improved jawbone strength
  • Convenience
  • Better oral health
  • Improved comfort
  • Better chewing
  • Better smile
  • Overall improved self-esteem.

Dental implants are an integral part of replacing teeth, improving your oral health, and giving you confidence. Our dentists at Tran Dental P.C. can provide you with dental implant options for your need.

GENERAL DENTISTRY IN
SAN ANTONIO, TX

At Tran Dental P.C., we offer a full range of general dentistry services to ensure you have access to the oral care you require. Whether you need dental x-rays, comprehensive exams, fillings, or extractions, we only offer you the best care using the latest technology and methods.

Our goal with our comprehensive dental exams is to help you maintain your oral health by making sure you have no major issues. We offer state-of-the-art radiographic imaging to look for changes in the formation of your teeth and jawbone and full visual exams with our dentists so they can address the problems any problems along the way.

DENTURES IN
SAN ANTONIO, TX

Contrary to the jokes you’ve heard on television, dentures are not a laughing matter. They provide real value to people who need them. In fact, thousands of older adults use dentures across the United States. But if you’re planning on getting dentures, here are a few things you need to know:

Dentures are custom-made and cosmetically appealing devices that mimic natural teeth and gums. They are usually made with porcelain, plastic, or hard resin. Dentures are also more fragile than natural teeth; but if treated properly, dentures can last up to five years.

Dentures are typically used by people who have multiple missing teeth and the integrity of their mouth is at risk. Aside from that, here are common reasons why people need dentures:

Chronic toothaches – Considered as an indication of tooth decay that is affecting the nerves in the center of each tooth

Red, swollen, tender, and/or bleeding gums - Can be an indication of gum diseases such as gingivitis or periodontal disease

Pain while eating food - Can be an indication that a tooth may be cracked, gum disease has commenced, teeth are decaying, and/or cavities exist

Indigestion – Can be a result of not being able to eat food properly because of the above conditions

We offer two basic types of dentures. These are:
 

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are necessary when all of a person’s teeth are missing or must be
removed. These dentures are categorized as:
 
Conventional– Not placed in the mouth until 8 to 12 weeks after all teeth are removed,
giving the gums proper time to heal
 
Immediate– Placed directly after all the teeth are removed; healing of the gums occurs
while the dentures are in place; a short-term fix so patients can eat properly while they
wait for their gums to heal before getting conventional dentures
 

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are for people who still have a few remaining natural teeth.

Dentures offer many benefits to people who use them. It can help you feel less insecure by filling in gaps of missing tooth in your mouth, making you more confident. It can also help improve your overall health by strengthening the structure of your mouth, providing support to your cheeks, and enabling you to chew your food properly.

INVISALIGN IN
SAN ANTONIO, TX

With the advancement of orthodontic technology, you now have the option to use Invisalign clear aligners instead of the traditional metal braces. Invisalign is translucent and blends in with your natural teeth, allowing you to straighten your teeth without the awkward in-between look of braces.

Invisalign clear aligners offer many benefits compared to the traditional method of metal braces. These clear aligners are more convenient since they are removable so you don’t have to worry about them getting in the way of your activities, injuring your lip, or having the wires and brackets break.

Since Invisalign aligners are thin and transparent, people can still see your natural teeth rather than metal straightener. These aligners also work much faster than braces and can adjust the teeth in a matter of months. Invisalign slowly and gently adjusts your teeth in a comfortable and elegant way.

Invisalign clean aligners help solve many mild to severe orthodontic and cosmetic concerns. Whether you want to straighten the teeth that are out of place, correct the placement of crowded teeth, or close the space between a front tooth gap, you can customize your Invisalign based on your particular dental goal.

If you are interested in getting Invisalign, you can consult with us to determine if Invisalign is the right choice for you. Our process starts with a 3D digital scan to get a map of your mouth so we can create a custom treatment plan to achieve your dental goals. Then, we’ll provide a preview of the final result so you can imagine what your smile will look like.

After that, you can come back to our office to get your Invisalign that fits your mouth and gum line perfectly, learn about the aligner process, and ask us any questions you may have. Then, you can take your Invisalign home, wear it up to two weeks for 20 to 22 hours per day. As your aligners progress, your teeth will slowly move into a new placement, giving you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you’re interested in Invisalign clear aligners in San Antonio, TX, feel free to reach out to us. You can set up an appointment with our dentists by calling us at (210) 674-3700.

ORTHODONTICS IN
SAN ANTONIO, TX

We Are Orthodontic Specialists

For special dental services, turn to Tran Dental P.C., a full-service orthodontic clinic that provides specialized treatments that correct dental malformations due to genetics or trauma. And although orthodontic treatments are more invasive than normal dental cleaning, you can trust our expertise to ensure you get dramatic and satisfactory results.

Our orthodontists at Tran Dental P.C. provide a wide variety of orthodontic services to help your smile look its best. We can help you address major cosmetic issues such as crooked, tilted, turned, crowded, or gapped teeth which are difficult to clean and can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.

Every person with crooked teeth has individual needs when it comes to straightening their teeth. At Tran Dental P.C., we do our best to understand your concerns by offering teeth and bite consultation, examination, and evaluation to determine the right orthodontic care approach you might need.

SAN ANTONIO ORTHODONTIST

Traditional Braces

Metal wire and bracket braces are still widely used to straighten teeth. The wires create tension that pulls on the brackets, which are cemented to the teeth. The tension gradually pulls the crowns of the teeth towards their optimal position in the mouth. The process typically takes about 24 months and requires several trips to the orthodontist’s office.

Traditional braces tend to be unattractive and uncomfortable. But with our orthodontic services, we can offer you more options to straighten your teeth and achieve your optimal smile.

ROOT CANAL IN
SAN ANTONIO, TX

Specializing in endodontic care, our team at Tran Dental P.C. can help you save your tooth through a root canal procedure. We only use the latest technology and practices so you can expect nothing less than professional dental care and support.

A root canal is the precise removal of infected tissues deep inside the pulp of the tooth. And since the pulp contains all the nerves and blood vessels, irritations tend to be quite painful. This discomfort can be eliminated by removing the infected tissues which can take several visits to the dentist’s office, depending on the severity of the problem.

With our root canal services, our team will make sure your root canal is as comfortable as possible. At the end of the procedure, our dentist will fill the empty cavity with medication and schedule you for a crown appointment to protect and strengthen your tooth’s structure, preventing future issues.

The most common signs you may need a root canal is when you feel intense sensitivity to hot and cold food, experience pain while chewing, develop sores and swelling along your gumline, and notice large cavities or cracks in your tooth. When you need a root canal, the pain tends to get worse until you seek treatment. Waiting it out will only allow the infection to spread to your jaw and beyond, so it’s important to seek care right away.

If you are experiencing signs that you may need a root canal, book an appointment at our clinic today. We’ll start with a thorough examination and x-rays to accurately determine if you need to undergo root canal.

If you decide to move forward, we’ll give you numbing medications, open up the tooth, and remove the infected tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. Then, we’ll flush out the tooth, apply medication to the area and seal up your tooth with a temporary or permanent filling.

Right after the procedure, the tooth may feel sore or irritated after the numbness wears off, but not as bad as when you came in. Then after the procedure, you can go back to our clinic for a follow-up appointment to fully restore your tooth with a crown.

TOOTH EXTRACTION IN SAN ANTONIO, TX

At Tran Dental, we try our best to e do our best to save ailing teeth from being pulled. But sometimes, tooth extraction is the only way to solve a variety of oral health concerns that are beyond repair.

If a tooth is broken, cracked, or extensively decayed, it might be time to remove it. Likewise, a tooth that is poorly positioned, non-functional, or associated with advanced stages of periodontal disease should be extracted.

Should tooth extraction become necessary for you, Tran Dental P.S. will provide you with a variety of treatment options before you make the decision to remove your tooth. We will also make sure to keep you comfortable throughout the entire procedure.

TEETH CLEANING IN SAN ANTONIO, TX

Teeth cleaning is more than just freshening up your breath and removing excess plaque and tartar. It’s also a way to preserve your general well-being since poor oral health can lead to cavities that can result in serious medical conditions like diabetes or stroke. Regular teeth cleaning can also stop developing infections, find small fractures, and asses gum recession before it impacts your jaw.

Since even the most rigorous oral routines can’t tackle every leftover food, our teeth cleaning services can remove any buildup on the teeth and gums that have accumulated over time. This is a routine procedure that can last anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. Additionally, our cleaning is pain-free unless your gums are not used to the procedure.

With our skills and experiences, we know how to help clients from all backgrounds to get the oral care they need. You can turn to us any time if you want to take a step for your oral health.

Our professional dentists can help you customize a plan for even the most complex dental issues. Whether you need a bridge, crown, or teeth whitening, you can rest easy knowing our team is on the case.

And since we aim for your complete satisfaction, we only use cutting-edge technology and equipment, whether you’re in for a simple cleaning or multiple services. Reach out to us today.

TEETH WHITENING IN SAN ANTONIO, TX

Our clinic offers teeth whitening services in San Antonio, TX. With our clinic’s treatment, we can make your teeth eight shades lighter in just 45 minutes while you watch TV or listen to music.

THE TREATMENT

Our teeth bleaching treatment is broken into identical 15-minute segments. These are:

  1. In-office same-day whitening gel is applied to your teeth
  2. A slightly heated lamp is shone into your mouth for 15 minutes
  3. The light activates the ingredients in the gel, penetrating the teeth and bleaching the discoloration without harming your teeth’s structure
  4. After 15 minutes, rinse!

VENEERS IN SAN ANTONIO, TX

Our team believes that the appearance of your teeth does matter. Stains, damage, chips, and discolorations in your teeth can make you feel embarrassed to smile, interact, or talk to other people. So if you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, dental veneers can be the solution.

Here at Tran Dental P.C., we can help patients who want to beautify their smiles by providing composite and porcelain veneers. We can also help you determine whether dental veneers are the right choice for you.

Dental veneers are false-fronts that are glued to the front teeth to make it appear white, straight, and healthy. Unlike crowns that encase the entire tooth, veneers look and act like teeth but are only applied to the surface. For the right person, a dental veneer is an excellent way to restore their smile.

 

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are popular since they match the shine and texture of natural teeth.
They’re also durable, highly stain-resistant, and can last up to 15 years, but must be replaced once they get chipped.

 

Composite Veneers

Unlike porcelain veneers, composite veneers are made with white resin that is customized to the correct color but cannot match the shine of natural teeth. It also only lasts for five to seven years and can be easily stained. But since composite veneers are lightweight, many patients can easily adjust to it once installed.

Veneers offer a quick solution to cosmetic problems that usually take years to fix through cosmetic dentistry. The process of veneer installation depends on the type of veneer, the patient’s needs, the condition of the teeth, and more. But veneer installation usually goes something like this:

Clean the teeth to remove plaque
Grind or rough up the surface of the teeth to prepare them, depending on the type of veneer
Apply dental cement
Install the veneers
Some veneers like the porcelain ones are created in a lab from impressions taken of the patient’s teeth during their first visit to the dentist’s office. This process may take a few weeks to complete. But our composite veneers at Tran Dental P.C. are formed directly on the patient’s teeth in our clinic. We use a resin that starts as a fluid and is hardened and cured with a special UV light.

Since veneers are only designed to fit over the front part of the tooth, they are a good option for people with functional teeth that suffer from cosmetic problems. So if you want to have confidence in your smile, your dentist can help you decide whether you are a good candidate for veneers. During your examination, your dentist will look for:

  • Stains
  • Misshapen Teeth
  • Crooked Teeth
  • Discolorations
  • Chips

Which is best: porcelain or composite veneers?

Porcelain and composite veneers have very different properties. Consult your dentist to decide whether composite or porcelain veneers are right for you.

What are the ways that veneers become damaged?

Veneers are strong but can be damaged by biting things that are too hard, like a pen, an almond, or your nail. If you have any of these habits, talk to your dentist before installing veneers to help you avoid problems.

Does insurance cover veneer installation?

Veneer installation coverage depends on your insurance policy. Call your dental insurer before the procedure begins to find out.

Does veneer installation hurt?

Veneer installation procedure should not be painful, but you may feel some discomfort during the process. Your dentist can prescribe pain medication to help with the pain.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in any of our dental services, get in touch with us today. We will be more than happy to serve you.