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BracesYes! In fact, it’s even more important for patients receiving orthodontic treatment to visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up and can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.
Dental ImplantsPeople are living longer than ever, and while regular brushing, flossing, and checkups allow many of us to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes our teeth just can't keep up. If you've lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to injury or disease, dental implants can rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health.
Dental BondingBonding is a conservative way to repair slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. During dental bonding, a white filling is placed onto your tooth to improve its appearance. The filling "bonds" with your tooth, and because it comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades, it closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth.
FillingsTooth bonding also can be used for tooth fillings instead of amalgam fillings. Many patients prefer bonded fillings because the white color is much less noticeable than the silver amalgam fillings. Bonding fillings can be used on front and back teeth depending on the location and extent of tooth decay.
Resin CompositeTraditional dental restoratives, or fillings, may include gold, porcelain, and composite. Newer dental fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are typically used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important. There are two different kinds of fillings: direct and indirect. Direct fillings are fillings placed directly into a prepared cavity in a single visit. Indirect fillings generally require two or more visits. These fillings include inlays, and veneers fabricated with ceramics or composites.
VeneersYou no longer need to hide your smile because of gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth. With veneers, you can easily correct your teeth’s imperfections to help you have a more confident, beautiful smile. Veneers are natural in appearance, and they are a perfect alternative for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile.
CrownsCrowns are a cosmetic restoration used to improve your tooth’s shape or to strengthen a tooth. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or have portions destroyed by tooth decay.
Root Canal Treatment"I had a lot of pain on one tooth and a friend referred me to Dr. John Leland. I was amazed that I got an appointment the very next day and after X-rays, it was determined I needed a root canal. They had an opening the next day and I had the root canal done. Dr. Leland and his entire staff made me feel comfortable and at ease and I am a big coward when it comes to going to the dentist! I would absolutely recommend him to anyone who is looking for a professional, personable dentist. Thank you Dr. Leland and your entire staff."
DenturesDentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that are removable. There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have been removed. Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed. Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be cared for. Use a gentle cleanser to brush your dentures, always keep them moist when they’re not in use, and be sure to keep your tongue and gums clean as well.
Tooth WhiteningThere are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a whiter smile, and with so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the method that is right for you. The best way to begin any teeth whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment and talk to your doctor about the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening.
Cosmetic DentistryLet us help you achieve your smile goals! Cosmetic dentistry is different from general dental care; it is both an art and science, and by providing cosmetic dental care, your dentist is able to offer smile enhancement, restoration, and maintenance treatments for optimal dental health. Using cutting-edge techniques and advanced materials, our office proudly offers you a beautiful, natural smile and all the benefits that come with it.
General DentistryDr. Leland is proud to be recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, (F.A.G.D.). Fellowship in the AGD is an award given to a small percentage of dentists who have demonstrated a commitment to continuing education. Dr. Leland achieved this award over 25 years ago and has completed numerous forms of ongoing continuing education ever since graduation from dental school.
Teeth CleaningYour regular exam will take about 45 minutes. Each regular exam includes a detailed teeth cleaning, in which we will clean, polish, and rinse your teeth to remove any tartar and plaque that has built up on the tooth's surface.
Fluoride TreatmentFluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay and in preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface. A fluoride treatment in your dentist’s office takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, patients may be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your oral health or your doctor’s recommendation, you may be required to have a fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months.
Dental SealantsAsk your dentist about dental sealants, a protective plastic coating that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay often starts.
Oral Cancer ScreeningOur office is not only dedicated to your smile, we’re also dedicated to your overall wellness. We take a holistic approach to your dental care, which includes an oral cancer screening as a part of your regular exam. Like any kind of cancer, oral cancer can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. You are the most important factor in the early diagnosis of oral cancer through routine screenings through our office.
Dental ExaminationRegular checkups include a thorough cleaning, polishing, and an oral exam by the doctor. During the oral exam, your doctor will check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue, and will check your existing fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral SurgeryDr. Leland and I have been married for 37 years. Our family is my passion! Our son, Jeremy Leland, D.D.S., M.D. has finished his oral surgery residency and is an oral surgeon in Austin. He is married to a wonderful woman, Sarah. Our daughter, Jessica Cantu, M.D. is in a Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship and is married to a wonderful man, Marcus. We have two beautiful granddaughters and one charming grandson between them. They are the joys of my life! When I am not totally spoiling Emma, Sophia and Eli, I enjoy accompanying John to El Salvador to assist with his charity work there. At home I enjoy reading and caring for all of our animals.
Jaw SurgeryCorrective jaw, or orthognathic, surgery is performed in which the upper jaw, lower jaw, and chin may be repositioned to correct minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities including the misalignment of jaws and teeth, which can improve chewing, speaking, and breathing. Difficulty chewing or biting food, excessive wear of teeth, a receding chin, a protruding jaw, or sleep apnea may indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery.
Maxillofacial SurgeryOral and maxillofacial surgery is surgery to correct a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries, and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. It is a recognized international surgical specialty and it is one of the nine specialties of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association.
Tooth Extractions"When one has extensive dental surgery (teeth extractions, implants, and dentures), Dr. Leland's skills are what is needed. Dr. Leland and his team of associates are very knowledgeable and professional in every procedure that they perform. Both my husband and I have been patients at the Bandera office for more than 25 years. This team is the best in the dental profession."
Bone GraftingAutogenous Bone Grafting Occasionally, areas where dental implants are to ideally be placed do not have sufficient bone quantity to predictably place the dental implants. In these cases, it is often necessary to "borrow" bone from another area of your mouth to graft into the deficient area. Often the area of choice is from the chin or in the back of the jaw where your wisdom teeth used to be.
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