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At Advanced Dental Associates, we believe in providing quality dental care combined with patient education. This helps us not only treat problems but also makes sure that you are in tune with your teeth – home care is important to a healthy mouth!

We love answering questions for our patients, and there are some that we get more frequently. We’ve gathered some of those here in the hopes that we can help you more easily and quickly!

If you still have a question after reviewing our FAQ page, don’t hesitate to call us at 210-819-5233, or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you have the healthiest teeth you can have!

Help! I’m Having A Dental Emergency! What Should I Do? (FAQ)

We know a dental emergency can be scary. Whether you’ve broken or lost a tooth or are suddenly experiencing pain in your mouth, try to stay calm. At Advanced Dental Associates, we are here for you and we can help.

During business hours, you can call (210) 819-5233 and we will do our best to see you the same day. If you have a procedure done with us, you will be given your dentist’s personal cell phone number so you can reach us anytime something pops up.

What is the best toothbrush to use?

When selecting a toothbrush, always go for those with soft bristles. Many patients choose hard bristled brushes only to damage their gums from brushing too hard. Brushes with small heads are also preferred, as they can reach areas that can be difficult to clean with large brushes. Finding the right toothbrush combined with proper brushing techniques is important to preserving the health of your teeth and gums!

Pairing a soft bristled brush with a proper brushing technique and daily flossing can keep your teeth clean between professional cleanings. It isn’t hard to do, so build some good habits to ensure you stay healthy!

  • Place your brush at a 45 degree angle to your gumline.
  • Brush using a back and forth motion with strokes about as wide as a single tooth.
  • Brush all the surfaces of your teeth – front, back, and chewing!
  • Take your time – you should brush for approximately two minutes.

You should also replace your toothbrush when wear begins to show, or approximately every three months. Brushing with an old, worn out brush can be almost completely useless!

I’m scared of the dentist – can you really help me get the care I need?

Being scared of the dentist can often lead to years of missed care. If you’re too frightened to make appointments for regular cleanings and routine care, you can end up with problems that only make you more anxious and worried – we can stop that cycle!

At Advanced Dental Associates, we have several sedation options to help you better manage your anxiety and fear about care. Dental sedation is perfectly safe and is becoming increasingly common. We have three levels of sedation you can chose from:

  • Nitrous oxide: “laughing gas” is a great sedative for short procedures or patients who have mild fears. Quick to take effect, nitrous oxide will ease your fears while still allowing you to remain awake and in control.
  • Oral sedation: delivered in pill form, this level of sedation will put you into a deeper state of relaxation. You’ll still be awake, but your fears will be gone! If you want to try oral sedation, we will ask you to bring a friend who can drive you home.
  • IV sedation: our highest level of sedation, this will put you into a “twilight” state that is almost like sleep. You’ll be responsive, but you probably won’t remember your appointment at all. It’s like getting dentistry in your sleep!

We work hard to make every patient’s dental care experience a good one. Don’t hesitate to call us at 210-819-5233 with any sedation or fear-related questions you have!

I’m tired of my dentures – what can I do to make them more secure?

If you have been wearing dentures for a long time, you might start noticing that they don’t fit as well as they used to. You may be using more denture paste, you may have irritated gums, or you could be nervous about your dentures failing in a social situation – all of which can be resolved with implant-supported dentures!

Using a series of dental implants, we can modify your existing dentures to attach to the implants using bars and clasps or balls and sockets! Your dentures will still be removable for cleaning and sleep, but they’ll be held firmly in place while being worn! You won’t experience any more irritation, gross denture cream, or the inconveniences of traditional dentures.

If you want a system that’s even more secure, we can permanently attach a full-mouth bridge using implants as well! These amazing all-on-four teeth are just like the real thing! These are not dentures but are permanent restorations that are super secure and strong!

I have TMD, but I don’t want to wear a mouthguard. What can I do?

For people suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, wearing a mouthguard can be inconvenient. If it has to be worn during the day, it can be even worse! We’re proud to offer an amazing alternative for treating your TMD: the TMJ Next Generation!

This unique system works by placing a custom-made device into your ears. It’s small, has an opening so you can hear, and is clear as well – no one will even notice it! By reinforcing the stability of your ear canal, the TMJ Next Generation has produced amazing results!

The ear canal is the closest point to your temporomandibular joint, and the results from patients using the Next Generation show that stabilizing that area works wonders! Patients have reported lessened or eliminated pain and reductions in other symptoms as well!

People tell me I snore really loudly. What can I do to manage this?

If you’re hearing from family that you snore so loud you rattle the windows, you could be suffering from sleep apnea. While this condition can be dangerous, it can also be treated simply using mouthguards and oral appliances!

We offer several different options for patients suffering from sleep apnea, each of which can help you breathe easily at night and maybe even be rid of a CPAP machine! We can partner with a physician to help arrange a sleep study, and with the results, we can plan treatment for you that will help you and your family sleep easily!

The mouthguards we prescribe will keep your jaw in the perfect position, allowing a free flow of oxygen throughout the night. Blockage and snoring will be a thing of the past!