Recognizing that each mouth is as unique as an encrypted snowflake, the oral-health experts at Rivercrest Family Dental and Sonrisa Dental design their treatment plans accordingly. A duo of skilled dentists leads the way: Dr. Justin Barber—who served as a dentist in the US Air Force and helms Sonrisa as well as seeing patients at Rivercrest Family Dental—and Dr. William T. Lee Jr., who lavishes chompers with an expertise that comes from four decades of experience. The pair of dental experts treats gnashers of all ages and stripes, catering to mouths with everything from basic exams and cleanings to root canals. They also practice cosmetic dentistry, handling veneers and offering whitening treatments for patients seeking smiles bright enough to forgo helmet lights when spelunking.
Doctors Jose I. Alamo, Jr. and Luis Alfredo Gonzalez––Dr. A. and Dr. G., for short––have been colleagues for more than a decade. They both attended Boston University’s acclaimed Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine before deciding to return to Texas. Today, they join forces at Neo Dentistry, providing kids, teens, and adults with restorative and cosmetic dental services. In doing so, they conduct root canals, install porcelain veneers, snap digital x-rays, and sculpt custom mouth guards for playing sports and sleeping. But they also take care of the routine stuff, including regular dental check-ups, which are recommended every six months or 500 miles of carrots chewed.
Tooth Time Family Dentistry's expert dentists and hygienists rejuvenate damaged and stained chompers with meticulous cleaning and whitening treatments. The one-hour sprucing up begins with an initial oral exam that scours pearly whites and gums for ailments caused by invading bacteria. Four x-rays delve deeper to discover hidden cavities or untapped fossil-fuel deposits. A hygienist then scrubs away plaque and bacteria using high-tech dental gadgetry. The tooth technicians also brighten smiles with custom teeth-whitening trays. Bleach-based whitening serum dismantles stains and brightens smiles. Tooth Time Family Dentistry also employs bilingual staff members to assist native Spanish or pig Latin speakers.
Dr. Al Burns and his family-friendly staff safeguard the bright smiles of children 18 and younger from tooth decay within a colorful, kid-centric office. During the approximately 40-minute visit, Dr. Burns scours young, impressionable teeth for troublesome potholes and plaque graffiti with the thoroughness of a pig Latin translator (a $60 value). While child chompers receive a meticulous prophylaxis cleaning (a $46–$70 value) and fluoride application (a $20 value), kids can watch cartoons on the televisions situated above each exam chair. A duo of bitewing x-rays (a $35 value) allows Dr. Burns to gaze deeper into teeth to find cavities, signs of decay, or misplaced Legos that may require additional services. At the end of the appointment, sprouts are sent home with a hygiene kit containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, brushing timer, and floss.
At Helotes Family Dentistry, Dr. José Brigman wants to keep patients comfortable during treatments. When patients need a stronger distraction than the flat-screen TVs that are in every room, the staff provides electronic movie glasses and headphones during cleanings, fillings, and teeth-whitening treatments. The team also offers conscious sedation to especially anxious patients, which lets them stay alert and responsive while easing pretreatment jitters.
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.