Frequently Asked Dental Questions – San Antonio, TX
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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 he 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 recommendations by our patients to their family and friends! We do appreciate that new patients complete a patient evaluation form prior to their first visit. We also ask to receive all current records and X-rays ahead of time if possible.
What different payment options do you accept?
We accept cash, personal checks, and all major credit cards. For more complex procedures, we also recommend using a financing option such as CareCredit, 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 changes 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 the current color and the causes of any discoloration. If you opt for the in-office treatment, we use Zoom2. Typically, your teeth may lighten up to 8 shades as seen on our shade chart. Our at-home program, on the other hand, requires short, daily sessions for a few weeks, resulting in about a 4-6 shade improvement.
I want my front teeth to look better, but I don't want to wear braces. What can you do to help?
Dr. Holland can enhance the appearance of crooked or worn front teeth in a number of ways that don’t involve metal braces. He can place veneers to improve the shape, size, and color of the enamel, and if there is an alignment issue, he can correct it using discreet and comfortable Invisalign.
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, so we recommend you set up an evaluation appointment with Dr. Holland. We can help patients 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 Dental office's forms ahead of my first visit?
For your convenience, we have made our New Patient forms available online.