Dental Checkups

Can I schedule a dental checkup if I'm experiencing pain or discomfort?

Absolutely. If you're experiencing any pain or discomfort, we encourage you to schedule a checkup as soon as possible. We offer emergency appointments to address urgent concerns.

What if I haven't been to the dentist in a long time?

It's never too late to start taking care of your oral health. At Cresta Bella Dental & Braces, we provide judgment-free care, regardless of how long it's been since your last visit. We're here to help you get back on track with your dental health.

Will my insurance cover a dental checkup?

Most dental insurance plans cover routine checkups and cleanings. We recommend checking with your provider for specific coverage details. Our office accepts a wide range of insurance plans for your convenience.

How long does a dental checkup take?

A typical dental checkup at Cresta Bella Dental & Braces takes about an hour. This includes time for cleaning, examination, and discussing any concerns or questions you might have.

Why are regular dental checkups important?

Regular dental checkups are important because they:

  • Help catch dental problems early when they're easier to treat.
  • Prevent the development of cavities and gum disease.
  • Keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong.
  • Contribute to your overall well-being.

Is a dental checkup painful?

Most patients find dental checkups to be pain-free. Our skilled team uses gentle techniques to ensure your comfort, and we can discuss sedation options if you have dental anxiety or sensitivity.

How often should I have a dental checkup?

It's generally recommended to have a dental checkup every six months. However, some patients may need more frequent visits depending on their oral health needs.

What can I expect during a dental checkup?

During a dental checkup, our team will:

  • Examine your teeth and gums for any signs of decay, gum disease, or other oral health issues.
  • Perform a professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar build-up.
  • Provide an oral cancer screening as part of the routine check.
  • Discuss your oral hygiene habits and offer advice on improving your at-home care.


Is a dental crown covered by insurance?

Dental crown coverage varies depending on your insurance plan. We recommend checking with your provider for specific details. Our office is happy to assist with any insurance inquiries.

How many visits does it take to get a crown?

Typically, getting a dental crown requires two visits. The first visit involves preparing the tooth and taking impressions, while the second visit is for placing the permanent crown.

Will my dental crown look natural?

Absolutely! We use the latest technology and high-quality materials to ensure that your crown matches the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth for a seamless and aesthetic appearance.

Can a crowned tooth get a cavity?

Yes, a tooth with a crown can still get a cavity at the gum line or beneath the crown. It's crucial to maintain good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly to prevent decay.

How do I take care of my dental crown?

Caring for a dental crown involves the same good oral hygiene practices as your natural teeth. This includes regular brushing and flossing, avoiding hard foods that can damage the crown, and visiting the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.

Does getting a crown hurt?

No, getting a crown is generally not painful. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, so the area around the tooth is numb. You might experience some sensitivity or discomfort after the procedure, but this is usually temporary.

How long does a dental crown last?

With proper care and maintenance, a dental crown can last between 5 to 15 years or even longer. The lifespan depends on the material used and your oral hygiene practices.

What is a dental crown and why do I need one?

A dental crown is a custom-made cap placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. Crowns are needed for various reasons, such as protecting a weak tooth from breaking, restoring a broken tooth, covering a tooth with a large filling, or enhancing cosmetic appearance.


Why choose Cresta Bella Dental & Braces for Invisalign®?

Our dentists are among the top 1% of Invisalign® providers in the U.S., and we are committed to delivering personalized, high-quality care. We provide a friendly, judgment-free environment, making your journey to a perfect smile as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

How much does Invisalign® cost?

The cost of Invisalign® varies depending on the complexity of your case and the length of treatment. We offer flexible payment plans to make Invisalign® affordable for everyone. Contact us for a consultation and a personalized quote.

How often do I need to wear my Invisalign® aligners?

For optimal results, Invisalign® aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day. They should only be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.

Will Invisalign® affect my speech?

Some people may notice a slight lisp when they first start wearing Invisalign® aligners. However, this is typically temporary and fades as you become accustomed to the aligners.

How do I care for my Invisalign® aligners?

Caring for your Invisalign® aligners involves rinsing them in lukewarm water and cleaning them with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Avoid using hot water as it can warp the plastic.

Can I eat and drink with Invisalign® aligners?

One of the great benefits of Invisalign® is that the aligners are removable. You should remove them while eating and drinking anything other than water to prevent staining and damage to the aligners.

Is Invisalign® treatment painful?

Invisalign® aligners are generally more comfortable than traditional braces. You may experience some pressure and mild discomfort when you start wearing a new set of aligners, but this typically subsides quickly.

How long does Invisalign® treatment take?

The duration of Invisalign® treatment varies depending on the complexity of the case. On average, treatment can take anywhere from 12 to 18 months. We can provide a more accurate timeline during your initial consultation.

Who is a good candidate for Invisalign®?

Most people seeking teeth straightening are good candidates for Invisalign®. It's effective for treating a variety of dental issues including gaps, overcrowding, and bite problems. However, the best way to determine your suitability is through a consultation with our Invisalign® specialists.

What is Invisalign® and how does it work?

Invisalign® is a modern teeth-straightening method using a series of custom-made, clear plastic aligners. These aligners are designed to gradually shift your teeth into their desired position. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks before moving on to the next set in the series.


Will my insurance cover veneers?

Dental insurance typically does not cover cosmetic procedures like veneers. However, we recommend checking with your insurance provider for specific details. Our office can also provide guidance on financing options.

How much do veneers cost?

The cost of porcelain veneers varies based on several factors, including the number of veneers and specific treatment details. At Cresta Bella Dental & Braces, we discuss all costs upfront and offer financing options to make the treatment more accessible.

Can veneers fix crooked teeth?

Veneers can be used to mask minor misalignments, gaps, or unevenness in your teeth, giving the appearance of a straighter smile. However, they are not a substitute for orthodontic treatment in cases of significant misalignment.

How do I care for my veneers?

Caring for veneers is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups are essential. It's also important to avoid habits that can damage the veneers, such as biting nails or chewing on hard objects.

Is the procedure for getting veneers painful?

The process of getting veneers is generally not painful. Local anesthesia can be used during the preparation phase to ensure comfort. Most patients experience little to no discomfort during and after the procedure.

Do veneers look like natural teeth?

Absolutely! One of the key benefits of porcelain veneers is their ability to closely mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel, both in color and texture. This ensures that your veneers blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.

Are veneers permanent?

Yes, veneers are considered a permanent cosmetic procedure. This is because a small amount of enamel is removed from your natural teeth to fit the veneers properly.

How long do veneers last?

With proper care, porcelain veneers can last for 10 to 15 years, or even longer. The longevity of veneers depends on good oral hygiene practices and avoiding habits that could damage them, like biting on hard objects or teeth grinding.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth. They are used to improve the appearance of your smile by altering the color, shape, size, or length of the teeth.

Dental Implants

Are dental implants covered by insurance?

Dental implant coverage depends on your specific insurance plan. Some plans may cover a portion of the treatment, while others may not. Our office can assist you in understanding your insurance benefits.

Will dental implants look and feel like my natural teeth?

Yes, dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like natural teeth. They provide a strong and stable foundation for replacement teeth, enhancing both the aesthetics and functionality of your smile.

How long does the dental implant process take?

The dental implant process involves several steps, including implant placement, healing, and restoration. The total time can vary from a few months to over a year, depending on individual healing and treatment plans.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants varies depending on several factors, including the number of implants and the complexity of the case. At Cresta Bella Dental & Braces, we offer flexible financing options to make dental implants more accessible.

Can anyone get dental implants?

Most people who are healthy enough to undergo routine dental extractions or oral surgery can be considered for dental implants. However, certain medical conditions and lifestyle factors may affect eligibility. A thorough evaluation is necessary to determine if implants are right for you.

How do I take care of my dental implants?

Caring for dental implants is similar to caring for natural teeth. This includes regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental checkups and cleanings. Good oral hygiene is essential to ensure the longevity of your implants.

Are dental implants painful?

The procedure for placing dental implants is typically performed under local anesthesia and sedation, making it comfortable and painless. Post-surgical discomfort is usually mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. They are a long-term solution designed to integrate with your jawbone, providing durability and stability.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small, titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as a stable foundation for replacement teeth. They are designed to mimic the root of a natural tooth and can support crowns, bridges, or dentures.

Teeth Whitening

How much does professional teeth whitening cost?

The cost of professional teeth whitening varies based on the specific treatment and the number of sessions needed. We provide a detailed cost breakdown during your consultation and offer financing options to accommodate your budget.

How long does the teeth whitening procedure take?

The length of the whitening procedure can vary depending on the method used and the extent of discoloration. Typically, an in-office whitening session at Cresta Bella Dental & Braces takes about an hour.

Does teeth whitening cause sensitivity?

Some people may experience temporary tooth sensitivity following a whitening treatment. We use techniques and products to minimize sensitivity and ensure your comfort throughout the process.

Will teeth whitening work on all types of stains?

Teeth whitening is most effective on extrinsic stains (those on the surface of the teeth) caused by food, drinks, and tobacco. Intrinsic stains (within the tooth structure) may require other cosmetic treatments for improvement.

How long do teeth whitening results last?

The duration of teeth whitening results can vary depending on lifestyle factors such as diet, oral hygiene, and tobacco use. Generally, the effects can last from several months to a few years. Touch-up treatments can help maintain the brightness.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, when performed by a dental professional, teeth whitening is a safe procedure. At Cresta Bella Dental & Braces, we take great care to ensure your oral health is not compromised during the whitening process.

How is professional whitening different from over-the-counter products?

Professional teeth whitening offers stronger bleaching agents and a more controlled and safe application compared to over-the-counter products. This leads to more noticeable and longer-lasting results. Additionally, professional whitening takes into account your individual dental health, ensuring the treatment is suitable for you.

What is professional teeth whitening?

Professional teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that involves the use of high-quality bleaching agents to remove stains and discoloration from the teeth. It is performed under the supervision of a dental professional, ensuring safety and effectiveness.

Emergency Dentistry

How can I prepare for a dental emergency?

Being prepared for a dental emergency involves:

  • Knowing our contact information.
  • Keeping a small dental first aid kit handy.
  • Regular dental visits for checkups to identify potential issues early.

How can I manage pain before reaching the dentist?

Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage discomfort until you reach our office. Avoid applying aspirin directly to the gums or the aching tooth, as this can cause tissue damage.

What are my options if I don't have dental insurance?

No insurance? No worries. We offer affordable payment options and our in-house Membership Savings Plan, Cresta Bella Advantage, to ensure you receive the care you need without financial stress.

Will my insurance cover emergency dental treatment?

Coverage for emergency dental treatment varies depending on your dental insurance plan. Our office staff can help you understand your benefits and provide information on our affordable payment options.

What if I have a dental emergency after hours?

For after-hours dental emergencies, call our office at (210) 465-3711. We have arrangements to assist you and provide the necessary guidance.

Do you offer same-day appointments for emergencies?

Yes, at Cresta Bella Dental & Braces, we offer same-day appointments for dental emergencies to address your urgent needs promptly.

Can I avoid dental emergencies?

While not all dental emergencies can be prevented, regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene can significantly reduce the risk. Wearing mouthguards during sports and avoiding chewing hard objects can also prevent traumatic dental injuries.

How quickly should I seek treatment for a dental emergency?

Seek treatment as soon as possible. For certain emergencies, like a knocked-out tooth, receiving care within an hour can make the difference in saving the tooth.

What should I do if I have a knocked-out tooth?

If you have a knocked-out tooth, time is of the essence:

  • Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root.
  • If dirty, gently rinse the tooth with water.
  • Try to reinsert it in the socket. If that’s not possible, keep it moist in milk or saliva.
  • Call us immediately at (210) 465-3711 for urgent care.

What constitutes a dental emergency?

A dental emergency includes any situation that requires immediate dental care to save a tooth, stop ongoing tissue bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or treat a serious infection. Common dental emergencies include severe toothaches, knocked-out teeth, broken or lost restorations, and injuries to the gums or lips.

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