Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some helpful answers to our most commonly asked questions. If you don't find your topic here, or if you'd rather discuss your question in person, just call our San Antonio, TX dental office or email us at any time.
How does Dr. Holland keep up to date on all of the current techniques and materials?
Dr. Holland subscribes to the latest industry journals to keep tabs on research and development in the dental industry, and attends ongoing continuing education seminars and conferences in various areas of specialty. In his field of primary specialty, he has invested extra time to studying the latest in both reconstructive and elective cosmetic dentistry treatments. Dr. Holland's commitment to long-term education doesn't end with himself: each member of the staff pursues continuing education in their area of expertise as well.
Do you accept referrals?
We’re more than happy to accept referrals from other dental offices as well as from recommendations by our patients to their family and friends! We do appreciate that new patients complete a patient evaluation form prior to the first visit. We also ask to receive all current records and x-rays ahead of time if possible.
What different payment options do you provide?
We accept cash, personal checks, and all major credit cards. For more complex procedures, we also recommend using a financing option such as Care Credit, which you can sign up for online, or at the time of your visit.
How can I safely whiten my teeth?
There are a number of procedures available to help whiten your smile. In many cases, a tailored at-home dentist-supervised teeth whitening program can provide the change desired; in other cases, a 1 hour in-office treatment will be the right choice. Dr. Holland can help evaluate your potential for teeth whitening, based on current color and the causes of any discoloration. If you opt for the in office treatment, we use the Day-White intensive light treatment. Typically your teeth may lighten up to 8 shades as seen on our shade chart. The Night White at-home program, on the other hand, requires short, daily sessions for a few weeks, resulting in about a 4-6 shade improvement. To read more about these treatments, please look in our education section or click here.
I want my front teeth to look better, but I don't want to wear braces, what can you do to help?
Dr. Holland has a number of ways to improve the look of your front teeth without the use of braces. For slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of reshaping and the addition of porcelain veneers or crowns is often sufficient to give them a bright, uniform look. We would be happy to talk with you further about the option that best suits your individual situation.
Can you tell me more about crowns, veneers, onlays, and inlays?
With today's technology, materials, and advanced techniques, we have many options for restoring weak, broken, chipped, discolored, and/or crooked teeth…bringing them back to their original shape and function. For example, we can apply an all-porcelain crown, somewhat like a 'cap', that covers the entire outside of the problem tooth. Crowns are also helpful to cover the tooth after large areas of decay are removed.
For large decayed or damaged surface chewing areas requiring restoration, we can apply a protective covering or onlay made of either precious metal or porcelain material, thereby adding strength and preventing decay. If you need fillings, we can use porcelain inlays instead of silver amalgam… actually strengthening the tooth and protecting it against further fracture.
Similarly, we can restore cracked, discolored, crooked or otherwise unattractive front teeth to pretty, natural shapes and shades by applying paper-thin porcelain veneers to the fronts. If you're interested in finding out more about how these procedures could apply to your teeth, just talk with Dr. Holland at your next visit.
My gums bleed when I brush my teeth. Should I be concerned?
Bleeding gums are never a good sign! However, the condition may or may not require professional attention, depending on the source of the problem. Bleeding gums can be caused by improper, rough, ‘scrubbing’ instead of gentle, circular brushing motions; using a hard-bristled tooth brush instead of a soft one; plaque and/or tartar build-up below the gum line; or gum sensitivity due to gingivitis or periodontal disease.
If your problem persists despite correct brushing and flossing methods, or occurs every time you brush, it's likely to be the result of some level of gum disease and we recommend you set up an evaluation appointment with Dr. Holland. We specialize in helping patients arrest and successfully treat all stages of gum disease through the use of our excellent non-surgical gum care procedures.
I'm a new patient. Can I fill out your office's forms ahead of my first visit?
For your convenience, we have made our New Patient forms available online.