Family dentist Dr. Tom Watkins, who received his advanced training in dentistry while serving in the US Air Force, divides his time between fostering greater grins and teaching at the University of Texas Dental School. Dr. Alejandro Cavazos, previously a science teacher, employs his extensive experience in implants and oral surgery to provide a high level of care for his patients. Together, they helm W Dental Group, realigning teeth with ClearCorrect orthodontics and replenishing smiles by implanting dental prostheses or pieces of corn soldered in gold.
During exams, W Dental Group's staff snaps candid shots of teeth with x-rays to better assess overall dental health and identify any existing issues, then stores the photos in an electronic database, alongside clinical photographs and impressions, for future visits. They also assuage anxiety with sedation dentistry, helping patients to relax with nitrous oxide, IV sedation, or stories about a very calm whale learning to read.
The office makes time for philanthropic pursuits—the team recently participated in San Antonio's Smiles for Hope, an annual event for families unable to afford dental care or insurance, and Dr. Watkins regularly travels to Central and South America to deliver dental care to those without access to it.
A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the Leon Springs Business Association dedicates itself to promoting the growth and mutual support of the Leon Springs community. Along with hosting events such as the annual Leon Springs Night, the society provides a variety of charitable services, from annual toy drives to benefit Methodist Children’s Hospital of South Texas to $1,000 scholarships for students to see four-year universities’ massive libraries filled with frisbees for themselves.
The life of David Lewis overlaps a great deal with that of his father, Robert. After graduating from dental school, both men joined the US Army Dental Corps, where they served soldiers with their knowledge of oral care. Robert established his practice in 1963 and then watched as his son followed his career path and eventually joined him in San Antonio. Today, they work together, bringing 70 years of combined experience to their cosmetic and dental treatments.
Though their pasts indicate a regard for tradition, both David and Robert continually update their education and techniques. The dental duo converts metal fillings into tooth-colored ones, brightens smiles with porcelain veneers, and often advocates for clear Invisalign aligners instead of wire braces or tiny etiquette coaches that tell teeth to stand up straight. Their proficiency in endodontic procedures such as root canals can save patients the trouble of finding a specialist, and they reward those who consistently schedule six-month checkups with free whitening kits.
Drs. James Bonner and John Huriega join forces to perfect smiles with a slew of general, cosmetic, and restorative dental services. They can do everything from straighten up crooked chompers with Invisalign clear retainers to create eye-grabbing smiles with veneers or dental implants. They are also well-versed in treating sleep apnea with a number of oral appliances that help clear airways for uninterrupted breathing at night. To provide a more comfortable experience beyond their welcoming office atmosphere, the team works to accommodate patient schedules with convenient appointment times, and offers sedation services for those who's anxiety levels skyrocket whenever they visit the dentist or hear a Kenny G song.
Dr. Azad and Associates, strive to accommodate families at Familia Dental, with time slots for working parents on evenings and Saturdays and an indoor play area for youngsters at this preventive and cosmetic practice. Its orthodontics, whitening services, and traditional dentistry finesse the smiles of both kids and adults using technology such as a digital x-ray machine, which releases 80% less radiation than its analog counterparts and 90% less radiation than Spiderman’s big toe.
Prior to working in private practice, periodontist Dr. Kent Hamilton practiced dentistry in the U.S. Air Force. He also taught the art of dentistry at the university level, helping countless proteges learn how to make teeth feel comfortable in the dentist's office. Today his patients come to him with a range of dental needs, needing him to repairs smiles with simple procedures or with implants, grafting techniques, or tissue regeneration.