Mission Texas General Dentist Dr. Noel Garza has over 20 years of extensive experience in General & Preventive Dentistry. He performs these procedures with extreme patient comfort in mind using the best professional care possible.
Regular dental cleanings and periodic oral exams are important in the prevention of gum disease, tooth decay and other oral disorders. In addition to brushing and flossing thoroughly every day, it is recommended to have a professional dental cleaning done every few months. Routine cleanings removes stains and tartar, preventing gum disease and helps in maintaining optimum oral health.
Regular dental cleanings are routinely performed by our registered dental hygienist. Any external deposits on the teeth like tartar or stains are removed with the help of manual scalars or the ultrasonic machines. These ultrasonic machines use sound waves to loosen the hard deposits without causing any harm to the tooth. The teeth are polished following a thorough cleaning to make it difficult for plaque to adhere to.
We provide topical fluoride applications to reduce the chance of tooth decay. Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen tooth enamel, resists tooth decay and promotes remineralization of tooth areas affected by early decay.
Topical fluorides such as gels and varnishes are applied professionally, usually during the cleaning appointment. It is recommended for children and adolescents, for patients with extensive dental restorations and for patients with receded gums who are at a high risk of root decay.
Patients who are at a much higher risk of dental decay may need home-fluoride therapy, which is normally dispensed through our office.
Sealant is a plastic material that is usually applied on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth like the premolars and molars to reduce tooth decay. It acts as a protective coating preventing the penetration of decay causing bacteria. During your examination at our office, Dr. Noel Garza will determine if your teeth will benefit from sealants and will recommend them if needed.
It is prudent to have sealants, a preventive and painless procedure, instead of allowing the tooth to be damaged by decay and going through the restorative procedure.
Periodontal Therapy (Gum Disease)
Periodontal disease or gum disease is primarily caused by bacterial plaque, although factors like genetics, smoking and spit tobacco and certain medical conditions like diabetes and AIDS are also known to be the causes. Gum disease is usually painless and can go undetected until it is too late. The initial symptoms are bleeding gums and bad breath.
Mission Texas Gum Specialist, Dr. Noel Garza performs periodontal therapy on patients diagnosed with early periodontal disease. This is performed by removing deep tartar by a procedure called scaling and root planning. Laser periodontal therapy is now widely used in the treatment of periodontal disease to help increase the healing of diseased gums and regeneration of healthy tissues. Periodic maintenance appointments are scheduled until optimum periodontal health is achieved. We also educate our patients about home oral hygiene care to enable them in achieving this optimum level.
Root Canal Therapy
Many of us have heard the comparisons of painful things to a root canal procedure. It’s not that bad. There are tiny canals within your tooth that may become infected. These infected canals are thoroughly cleaned out by gentle filing and rinsing out the tooth. The cleaned out hollow area is then filled with a bio compatible filling material to complete the root canal treatment. Crowns are placed to add strength to the tooth itself. It is recommended to place a filling and a crown on a root canal treated tooth as soon as possible. The entire root canal treatment can take multiple visits.
In the past, it used to be that such a tooth had to be removed. However, majority of these teeth can now be treated successfully. Mission root canal dentist, Dr. Noel Garza believes in saving teeth and will make every effort to save yours with the utmost comfort. We want to help you preserve your natural teeth for a lifetime.
Teeth that are severely fractured or decayed and cannot be restored may need an extraction. In most cases, we may recommend extraction of some wisdom teeth. Also, we give our patients every relaxing technique available during this procedure. Following the procedure, we make the patient understand a few simple post-treatment instructions to help promote healing, prevent complications and to make them comfortable.