The biggest concern many people have about their dental care is whether or not they will be able to afford it. Costs can quickly accumulate, so it’s best to know what to expect before you walk into the office. You see many dental practices talk about being “in network” with certain insurance providers, but what does that even mean? How will it affect your ability to pay? Why would you go to an in network dentist in San Antonio? Today, we’re going to break down what this actually means and how it can affect your next visit to New Image Dentistry. (more…)
January 23, 2017
December 6, 2016
You’re going through the grocery store and casually walk through the produce section…for the third time. You always make sure to pass the apples and linger a bit. You can’t remember the last time you were actually able to eat one. Your missing teeth have made it difficult to chew a lot of things, and it was a sad day when it became too much of a task to eat an apple. On this particular day, you decide it’s finally time to do something about it. The only question is, what should you use to replace your missing teeth in San Antonio? There are a few options out there, but which one is best for you? The doctors at New Image Dentistry are going to tell you a little more about crowns, bridges, dentures, and dental implants. (more…)
August 28, 2016
Dental emergencies are never convenient, and they can be frightening and stressful if you don’t know how to handle them. Dr. Christopher Holland, Dr. Chrysalis Heinkel and Dr. Jade Wylie are the emergency dentists San Antonio trusts, and for a limited time you can receive an emergency examination and x-rays from New Image Dentistry for only $29. Help is just a phone call away, so the first thing to remember is not to panic. Here’s more information on what to do if you need emergency dentistry in San Antonio.
June 24, 2016
Finding the right dental practitioner to work with can be challenging, especially if you’re looking for the entire family. Wouldn’t it be nice to find a provider who could meet everyone’s needs in one place, rather than having to take your children all over town to other appointments? Good news! Dr. Christopher Holland and Dr. Chrysalis Heinkel are your premiere Alamo Heights dentists, and they can take care of all of your family’s needs here at New Image Dentistry, even your smallest patients’ needs. Here are some of the advanced services you can expect to find at New Image Dentistry.
February 15, 2016
Heart pounding, you begin to sweat as the anxiety sets in. Whether you’re doing a group presentation, or meeting with a new client, the reaction is always the same, and it’s because of your teeth. Why do your teeth cause such a strong reaction? Because they are crooked and overlap, and you feel embarrassed about them whenever you have to talk with a new client or group. Did you know that Invisalign in San Antonio can discreetly give you a new smile?
Dr. Christopher J. Holland, at New Image Dentistry located in San Antonio, can help you straighten your teeth, achieve the smile that you desire, and the best part is that no one will ever know you’re having orthodontic treatment done. This is achieved through Invisalign, and it may just be the solution that changes your life!
December 11, 2015
I started drinking coffee about twenty years ago. Doing some quick math, that makes about… 14,600 cups since I started my morning caffeine habit. And you know what? I don’t regret a single sip — but it sure hasn’t done the shade of my teeth any favors. We can’t do anything to prevent teeth from darkening with age, but thankfully, dentists like Drs. Christopher Holland and Chrysalis Heinkel can help to take the years off a smile with safe, effective teeth whitening in San Antonio. Keep reading to learn more about the amazing in-office brightening treatment you can find at New Image Dentistry: the Zoom 2! professional whitening system.
November 12, 2015
Choosing a dentist isn’t easy — here are some tips you can keep in mind to make choosing your San Antonio dentist simple this fall.
November 3, 2015
It’s the day of your dental appointment, and your heart beat is elevated, hands are sweating, and suddenly there is a laundry list of things you need to do instead. Dental anxiety affects a surprising number of patients every year, and is the second most cited reason for avoiding oral health care. At New Image Dentistry, we pride ourselves on offering patients gentle, expert dental services in a comfortable and inviting environment, but for some patients, even the most relaxing environment isn’t enough to reduce stress or anxiety. For those patients, we offer a variety of sedation dentistry options, so even the most anxious patient can relax and receive the dental care they deserve.
September 15, 2015
Flipping through the radio on my way to work the other morning, I heard something important that I wanted to share with you all. It was about how our sleep can affect our heart health — and they concluded that poor sleep habits, even at a young age, can put you at a higher risk for heart disease later on. Good sleep habits, on the other hand, can help develop a healthy heart. You may be wondering why you’re reading about sleep and heart health on your favorite dentists’ blog, but I want you to know that the connection between sleep, the mouth and your heart health are all closely intertwined. It’s estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep apnea — a condition which can cause severely interrupted sleep — and the problem, perhaps surprisingly, actually lies within the mouth. Read on to learn more about the condition from your San Antonio sleep apnea dentist.
June 26, 2014
Periodontal Disease and Diabetes
If you have diabetes, you know the disease can harm your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other important systems in the body. Did you know it can also cause problems in your mouth? More than 9% of the adult population has diabetes, and the incidence and prevalence is increasing each year. The relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease has been extensively researched for more than 50 years. The most recent evidence based findings suggest that diabetics have a higher than normal risk of developing periodontal or gum disease. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum and bone that hold the teeth in place. In advanced stages, it can lead to painful chewing problems and tooth loss. Like any infection, gum disease can make it harder to keep your blood sugar under control.
Patients with diabetes and periodontal disease have two chronic conditions that affect each other requiring more frequent dental evaluations and consistent monitoring. Thickening of blood vessels is a complication of diabetes that may increase risk for gum disease. Blood vessels deliver oxygen and nourishment to body tissues, including the mouth, and carry away the tissues’ waste products. Diabetes causes blood vessels to thicken, which slows the flow of nutrients and the removal of harmful wastes. This can weaken the resistance of gum and bone tissue to infection.
Studies show that controlling blood sugar levels lowers the risk of some complications of diabetes, such as eye and heart disease and nerve damage. Scientists believe many complications, including gum disease, can be prevented with good diabetic glycemic control. Poor brushing and flossing habits allow dental plaque — a sticky film of germs — to build up on teeth. The gums can become red and swollen and may bleed during tooth brushing or flossing. This is called gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease. Gingivitis can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing and regular cleanings by your hygienist. If it is not stopped, gingivitis could lead to the more serious type of gum disease called periodontitis.
At New Image Dentistry we strive to provide you the best evidence based dental care. If you are a diabetic patient we recommend taking a yearly panoramic radiograph to check the bone level surrounding your teeth and more frequent hygiene visits every 3 to 4 months.