General Dentist in Leander
Comprehensive Dental Care
Need a routine teeth cleaning and check-up? Or maybe you’re not quite happy with your smile and are looking for a solution? At Apple Springs Family Dentistry, we provide family-friendly dentistry that covers a wide array of needs so you’ll be able to find the treatment that’s right for you.
We want you to think of us as your dental home where you can count on our team of caring professionals to guide you through your dental care and help you make informed decisions. We always work hand-in-hand with you to create a plan that meets your goals, and we never compromise on quality.
If you require emergency dental care, please call our office as soon as possible at 512-212-9711. Urgent cases include painful toothaches; broken, chipped, or cracked teeth; and knocked-out teeth. We set aside time in our schedule just in case one of our patients needs to be seen immediately, and we can also guide you through the steps you need to take in order to save your tooth and find relief.
Apple Springs Family Dentistry Services
We treat patients of all ages, and our line-up of services ranges from regular cleanings and routine check-ups to check for potential teeth, gum, and mouth issues to restorative and cosmetic treatments to give you back a healthy, beautiful smile.
Routine Dental Cleanings & Exams
We strongly recommend regular professional dental cleanings to strengthen your smile. The advantages of getting regular dental cleanings include:
- A bright, clean smile
- Prevention of gum disease
- Protection against harmful bacteria
- Defense against halitosis (bad breath)
- Restore and strengthen tooth enamel
- Prevent future tooth decay
- Prevent bacteria from getting stuck in grooves of teeth
- Protect teeth against decay and future cavities
- Last for years
- Are Safe for children
Mouthguards & Nightguards
- Protect against sports injuries by shielding teeth, tongue, jaw, gums, and mouth
- Limit damage and pain from nighttime grinding or clenching
- Are custom-fitted for maximum comfort
- Put an end to embarrassing bad breath
- Discover dietary and medical issues that might be causing halitosis
- Are personalized based on the root cause
Oral Cancer Screenings
- Can lead to early detection of oral cancer, increasing the chances of beating this highly curable form of cancer
- Involve thoroughly inspecting the mouth and throat for signs of oral cancer, including swelling, lumps, or bumps
Tooth-colored (composite) dental fillings are made of a mixture of either quartz or glass filler in a resin medium. The resin is placed within the tooth, and then a special visible blue light sets and hardens the material. Once it’s set, the filling can then be shaped and polished for a perfect fit and natural, almost undetectable look. These strong, durable fillings are bonded to teeth instead of mechanically held in place, allowing for a more conservative process that leaves more natural tooth structure behind.
Crowns & Bridges
Commonly referred to as “caps”, crowns are used to cover teeth and restore them to proper shape and size following large fillings, fractures, or weakening forces like intense grinding. Crowns also provide additional support and are strongly recommended when there is more filling material than tooth structure. Other restorative uses for crowns include attaching fixed dental bridges, covering dental implants, restoring misshapen or seriously discolored teeth, and even protecting teeth in danger of breaking. There is a variety of materials that crowns can be made of, such as all-porcelain (ceramic), porcelain fused to metal, and gold alloys (high noble). Each option presents its own advantages and disadvantages, but the current popular option is porcelain because they provide the most natural look.
Root Canal Therapy
Inside teeth, there is soft tissue, nerves, and blood vessels that run from the root to the crown. Damage like cracks, deep cavities, or injury can cause damage to the nerve, sometimes even disease, which allows bacteria to enter and kill the tissue. When left untreated, the infection can cause pain, abscesses, swelling, loss of the tooth, and eventually even damage to surrounding bone. Through endodontic treatment, commonly known as root canal therapy, we are able to remove the diseased tissue and nerve, gently clean the inside of the tooth, and seal the inside to protect it against additional bacteria. After the treatment, a crown is placed over the tooth to restore it and give it additional strength.
Complete and Partial Dentures
Using modern techniques and materials, we offer a comfortable solution to missing teeth. With natural-looking and better-functioning dentures or partial dentures, you’ll be eating and speaking with ease and returning to a full, beautiful smile in no time.
PERIODONTAL (GUM) CARE
Signs and Symptoms
Gum disease is the most common cause of the tooth loss in adults. About 80% of the adult population has some form of gum disease. Gum disease is a silent killer as it very rarely causes pain, and can go undiagnosed or untreated. However, there are some signs and symptoms which include:
- Bad breath
- Metallic taste
- Puffy, red, and/or swollen gums
- Bleeding gums during normal brushing and flossing
Stages of Gum Disease
Gum disease ranges from minor gingivitis to increasingly severe forms of periodontitis. The chances of developing gum disease increase with age due to the wearing down and increasing sensitivity of teeth and the natural recession of gums. Gum disease begins as gingivitis, the inflammation of gum tissue. When left untreated, gingivitis can progress to the more advanced periodontitis. Additionally, bacteria from the plaque on teeth can eat away at the bone structure and lead to bone loss, which can then lead to tooth loss since bone is what keeps the teeth in our mouth. Without a strong foundation like healthy bone and gums, we cannot have healthy teeth.
At Apple Springs Family Dentistry, we can help you to achieve your best overall dental health. We routinely check and measure the health of your gums. Should any issues appear, we will be sure to inform you about the best periodontal treatment options available. As a start, most gum disease can be treated with a “deep cleaning,” commonly referred to as scaling and root planing, along with home care improvement. Patients who have gum disease are strongly encouraged to seek out more routine care, including have cleanings every 3-4 months.
Ready to make over your smile? We offer a variety of cosmetic options for making you have a smile you have always wanted. It can range as simple whitening treatments to more involved treatments.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells of ceramic material that cover the front of the teeth. They are an excellent alternative to crowns, because they involve removing less natural tooth structure.
- Bonded to tooth’s surface
- Ideal for masking discoloration of the teeth caused by fillings, defects, or injuries
- Mimic the look of natural teeth
- A great option for those with gaps between front teeth
We offer the following options for whitening your teeth. Please note that whitening is only offered in the absence of gum disease and no decay is present on any teeth.
- Custom Trays — Our personalized whitening trays are custom fitted to your teeth and allow you to apply prescription-strength whitening gel more precisely than one-size trays.
- One-Size Trays — Pre-made trays filled with whitening gel let you get a more radiant smile on your schedule.
- One-Visit Whitening — Need a white smile ASAP? We offer a one-visit treatment that will give you bright results the same day.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that typically come in when you are between 16 and 21 years old. Many people don’t have enough room for these teeth in their mouth, which is why they often become impacted or cause crowding. Whenever wisdom teeth are left untreated, it can result in lasting damage to your teeth, gums, and jawbone.
These are some situations where we recommend getting your wisdom teeth removed:
- There is no room in your mouth for the teeth to come in properly.
- The teeth are coming in at the wrong angle (which can lead to infection).
- They are swelling or causing you pain.
- You are unable to keep them clean because of how far back they are, increasing your chances of cavities and periodontal disease.
- Food is getting stuck in the teeth, causing you to have bad breath.
At Apple Springs Family Dentistry, we strive to save every tooth whenever possible so you can enjoy a healthy, attractive, and natural smile. If there is a way for us to help save your tooth, we’ll try it! That being said, there are some serious oral conditions where the tooth can’t restored and it requires a tooth extraction.
These are some conditions that require an extraction:
- You have tooth decay that reaches the bone.
- You have a tooth fraction that goes into the root.
- Your tooth has a serious pain/infection.
- You have lost most of the supporting bone around a tooth.