Comprehensive Dentistry in Santa Teresa, NM!

At Santa Teresa Smiles, we proudly offer a full suite of services to provide patients of all ages with high-quality dental care. We take a total-body approach to dentistry to ensure that our patients can attain healthy smiles and bodies. We enjoy treating a variety of dental needs and would love to be your go-to dental home. Our mission is to help patients maintain optimal health!

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Preventive Dentistry

Preventive care is an important part of maintaing your oral and overall health. Preventive dentistry, such as biannual dental visits and proper at-home oral hygiene routines, can keep your smile in tip-top shape and prevent serious dental issues from forming in the future.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, adults and kids should visit the dentist twice a year for cleanings and exams. These checkups allow us to check for any dental issues and thoroughly clean away any plaque and tartar buildup that can occur when patients miss certain hard-to-reach areas in the mouth during their at-home oral hygiene regimen.

There are natural grooves and crevices in the chewing surfaces of teeth that can often become breeding grounds for trapped bacteria and food debris. While these grooves are completely normal, they can lead to cavities. We can brush on long-lasting, clear, plastic coatings over these areas to seal them off. Dental sealants are an important preventive measure when it comes to keeping teeth decay-free.

For patients battling periodontitis (gum disease), it’s not uncommon for deep pockets to form in the gums around the teeth. These pockets are filled with bacteria that can greatly increase the severity of gum disease. After our scaling and root planing treatment (a deep cleaning for patients with gum disease), we place ARESTIN antibiotics into the pockets. ARESTIN helps fight off the bacteria and shrink the pocket size to help reduce bacteria buildup and inflammation.

For patients dealing with more advanced stages of periodontitis, we offer state-of-the-art laser gum therapy. Traditional gum treatments required invasive, painful surgeries. Now, thanks to advances in dentistry, we can provide quick and comfortable laser gum therapy. We use a soft tissue laser to treat the diseased portions of the gumline and promote regrowth. This form of treatment has a quick recovery time and can help reverse the effects of gum disease.

At your checkups, we’ll perform a visual examination of the throat, cheeks, neck, and face to check for any abnormalities that may indicate oral cancer. The earlier cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat. Oral cancer screenings can potentially save lives!

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Restorative Dentistry

Sometimes our teeth need extra care and attention. Our judgment-free team uses biologically friendly materials to repair any damaged or diseased teeth as well as replace missing teeth. Our goal is to help you regain a smile that looks and feels great!

  • Tooth-Colored Fillings
  • Dental Crowns
  • Dental Bridges
  • Dentures
  • Dental Implant Restorations
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Extractions
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Cosmetic Dentistry

If there are certain aspects of your smile you’d like to change, cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile’s appearance in nearly any way that you can imagine. Our advanced cosmetic services can help make your dream smile a reality.

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Take-Home Whitening Kits
  • In-Office Whitening Sessions
  • Invisalign® Clear Aligners
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Custom Oral Appliances

Our custom-designed oral appliances can be used for a wide range of dental needs. From treating sleep apnea and TMD to protecting teeth during contact sports and nighttime teeth grinding, we can help safeguard your smile.

  • Sportsguards
  • Nightguards
  • Sleep Apnea Appliances
  • TMJ/TMD Appliances
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