Keeping Smiles Beautiful & Healthy
At Berchelmann Family Dental in San Antonio, TX, we proudly offer a wide range of general dentistry services, ensuring that every member of your family maintains a healthy and happy smile. General dentistry includes the diagnosis, treatment, and management of overall oral health care needs. Dr. Berchelmann and our entire dental team always make sure to give you and your family the best dental care possible.
Our general dentistry services can fix a variety of dental issues and get your oral health back on track. Learn how Dr. Berchelmann can help your smile stay beautiful.
Your Regular Dental Appointment
Teeth Cleanings & Exams
Maintaining regular biannual dental appointments is a key component of your oral health. It’s easy to miss areas of your teeth when you’re brushing and flossing. At your dental cleaning, our dental hygienists will clean those hard-to-reach areas, as well as clear any built-up plaque and tartar from your teeth.
We’ll also examine your teeth to make sure you haven’t developed any areas of decay or cavities. If we do find any issues, we’ll recommend treatment options. Attending your regular six-month appointments ensures these issues won’t become too severe before they’re detected – meaning less invasive treatments are needed.
Oral Cancer Detection
During your regular dental appointments, Dr. Berchelmann will perform an oral cancer exam. The exam is a simple visual and physical check of your mouth, face, and neck to determine if there are any reasons for concern. If we do find a potential issue, we can collect a sample to send to a laboratory for testing.
This disease can be life-threatening, even though treatment in its early stages is simple. If you’re visiting us at Berchelmann Family Dental regularly, we can help give you peace of mind about oral cancer by making sure you’re clear.
Browse Our General Dentistry Services
If we detect a cavity on one of your teeth, Dr. Berchelmann will recommend a dental filling. A cavity forms when bacteria eat through the enamel of your tooth, resulting in a hole. The bacteria will continue deepening the hole in your tooth unless they’re stopped in their tracks.
Dr. Berchelmann will clean out the infected part of your tooth and remove any affected tooth materials. From there, he can fill in the hole with a tooth-colored filling that’ll protect your tooth from further infection and keep your smile looking natural.
Dental sealants are thin layers of protective coating for teeth. They’re made from safe, BPA-free plastic that’s unnoticeable, but seals bacteria out. Sealants are great for keeping vulnerable teeth safe from cavities. While sealants are typically recommended for children, adults can also benefit from dental sealants.
Cavities are a common dental issue, so they may not seem like such a big deal. But leaving a cavity untreated can lead to a deeper infection. The longer you leave a cavity, the more the bacteria will continue through the layers of your tooth until they reach the center. In the center of your tooth, important and sensitive nerves and tissues are stored. They can become severely painful when affected by bacteria and the infection threatens your entire tooth.
Learn more about how Dr. Berchelmann can utilize root canal therapy to save your tooth.
If root canal therapy isn’t an option or doesn’t work for your tooth, it may have to be extracted. Dr. Berchelmann will do everything he can to save your natural tooth but in some cases, it’s more beneficial for your oral health to have the tooth extracted.
Dealing with tooth extraction can be difficult, but Dr. Berchelmann can help you recover. He offers beautiful restoration options, such as dental implants, that can fully restore your smile.
At Berchelmann Family Dental, we offer a variety of restorative options to replace missing teeth while also restoring the functionality of your smile. We offer the following restoration options for your convenience:
A mouthguard, also known as a bite guard or sports guard, is a great way to protect your teeth from injury or damage. It’s a custom-created protective appliance that fits over your teeth, allowing you to stay safe while enjoying an active lifestyle. Mouthguards can also be worn at night to protect your teeth from the effects of bruxism, or teeth grinding.
Visit Berchelmann Family Dental
At Berchelmann Family Dental, we care about your oral health and always put patient care first. Our general dentistry services are aimed at giving you and your entire family a long-lasting smile that stays vibrant and healthy. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Berchelmann, call our San Antonio office at (210) 336-8478 or fill out our convenient online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental X-rays provide detailed images of your teeth, mouth, and jaw. It’s a diagnostic tool that’s used to show certain issues that can’t be seen with the naked eye. Some of which include cavities, impacted teeth, tooth decay, and bone loss. X-rays give off a low level of radiation to capture the images of your mouth.
Some patients are unaware that they suffer from gum disease until it advances to a more serious stage, commonly known as periodontitis. There are several symptoms that may indicate that you have gum disease, such as:
- Red or swollen gums
- Gums that bleed
- Painful gums or teeth
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
Before the procedure, Dr. Berchelmann will numb your tooth and surrounding area to ensure you won’t feel a thing. You may experience some sensitivity and discomfort following root canal therapy. However, this should subside within a few days and can be managed by taking an over-the-counter pain medication and applying a cold compress.
To maintain good oral hygiene, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste when brushing your teeth at least twice a day. We also recommend that you floss daily and rinse with mouthwash in between meals. It’s also important to schedule dental check-ups and professional teeth cleanings every six months, or twice a year. This allows us to help maintain healthy teeth and gums for years to come.