Dental Blog

Dental Implants: Your Solution to Tooth Loss

Laura Heckart - Sunday, November 13, 2016


There are a variety options for dental solutions if you weren’t born with a perfect smile, or are just among the millions of people that don’t have the best oral health. However, we are in an age today where we have the option to customize a dental solution that best suits our lifestyle. Among the top choices is, dental implants, and there isn’t a better place to find out what is right for you than the dentists at The Woodlands Dental Group. With combined knowledge and expertise, the doctors at The Woodlands Dental Group work together to achieve the optimum oral health and aesthetics for each patient. Awarded the top dentists in The Woodlands, TX, this practice offers comprehensive oral health programs to give you the best smile possible.


Dental Implants offer the patient a permanent solution to oral health issues.


Why Dental Implants?


There are some prerequisites for being considered for a dental implant candidate. Because dental implants are affixed into the jaw bone, a potential patient must have strong oral bone structure. If the patient’s jaw bone is not in good health, the embedded rod that holds the implant may cause further bone damage, in addition, the surrounding bone may erode or crack. This would cause the implant to become loose and cause complications to the patient’s oral health.


A patient should have healthy gums, free from periodontal disease. With healthy gums, the gums are able to grasp closely around the dental implant for support and lowering the risk of bacteria and plaque becoming trapped between the tooth/implant, and the gums. If the gum tissue is not in good health, the implant would have difficulty staying implanted in the mouth.


In some cases, a person may not be a candidate for dental implants if they have uncontrolled diabetes, if there is not enough bone density in the jaw, if they are a smoker, and the patient has immune deficiencies. All these factors and more may affect the ability to have a healthy and successful dental implant. Your dentist can best advise you on your candidacy for dental implants (Colgate-Palmolive Company, 2016).


Being a candidate for dental implants is not just about your current oral health condition, it is about the chance of success of the implants after the procedure. Do the implants have a high success probability with your lifestyle? All these things can be addressed in consultation with your dentist. Having dental implants is a comprehensive team-oriented process. Traditionally, an oral surgeon/dentist will perform the surgery of implanting the dental implants. In most cases, there are other members of the team that help realize the final product of the procedure whether it is crowns, dentures, or bridges (Colgate-Palmolive Company, 2016).


Dental Implants are a permanent solution to problematic oral health issues, improving functionality and of course, the way you look. However, it is essential to practice good oral hygiene post-op to maintain that beautiful, new smile of yours. Flossing must be a part of your daily routine to keep the dental implants in good health. Among the conventional practices for good oral health, it is important if you are a smoker to quit smoking, not just for your overall health benefits, but also because smoking can weaken your bones in which the dental implants are affixed to. Smoking also slows recovery and healing as it makes it difficult to impossible for your mouth to heal properly. This could jeopardize your bone structure and cause implant failure (Colgate-Palmolive Company, 2016).


At The Woodlands Dental Group, we work together to help each patient realize their oral health goals. Working together as a team, the skilled professionals and doctors at The Woodlands Dental Group create treatment programs that are tailored for the individual, allowing the patient to achieve the best possible smile. Isn’t it time you take your smile seriously? There are solutions. Do not let fear or finances deter you any longer from making a choice in bettering your quality of life. Schedule a consult today, and discover what the doctors at The Woodlands Dental Group have to offer you.


The Woodlands Dental Group

1001 Medical Plaza Drive Suite 300

The Woodlands, TX 77380

Phone: (281) 406-3379


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Orthodontics: We Offer Invisalign and Braces!

Laura Heckart - Thursday, October 20, 2016


The Woodlands Orthodontist, Dr. Wade Williams heads up orthodontics for The Woodlands Dental Group with innovative techniques and comprehensive programs for an overall more efficient treatment plan. The days of pain-filled treatment plans for a straight, balanced smile, lasting for years before you see the desired results are gone. At The Woodlands Dental Group, Dr. Wade Williams offers Invisalign as well as the innovative Damon Braces System.





Invisalign braces are one of the most sought after treatment programs in seeking a perfect smile. Less invasive, and affordable with great payment plans, patients are able to see results in less time than traditional metal braces. Temporary, Invisalign braces can be removed at night or to brush and floss your teeth making it more convenient for patients. There are fewer food restrictions with Invisaligns which is usually a big deciding factor for candidates. Best of all, they are invisible. So, no more hiding your smile or only grinning for those photo-op moments. Your friends won’t even know you’re wearing braces. Invisalign allows your lifestyle to be free of disruptive issues that come with traditional metal braces. They are comfortable, smooth to the inside of your mouth and gums, and can get you results in less time. It is no wonder people of all ages are finally doing something about their smile.



Damon Braces


Dr. Wade Williams uses the new innovative Damon Braces system. Not all patients are candidates for Invisalign. The Damon Braces system however, is also virtually invisible. They also can allow patients the same beautiful results in less doctor visits for the patient’s convenience. Boosting your confidence, the Damon Braces System is approximately 70% less uncomfortable than traditional braces, and that factor is just one of the reasons this treatment program is highly requested among patients today. Less doctor’s visits, more effective treatment than conventional braces, the Damon Smile is focused on making a wider and fuller smile. This changes the aesthetics of your face, giving you more facial balance overall. Your jawline controls much of how your face appears. Improving functionality while restoring a beautiful smile, this system helps reduce stress and headaches, in addition to being responsible for an overall boost in your happiness. With a bigger and straighter smile, you find yourself smiling more.



Whether you are more of a candidate for Invisalign or the Damon Braces System, it is important to schedule a consult with your doctor to discuss what your desires are, where your current dental health functionality is, and what your goals are for the future. Your doctor can help you set reachable goals in addition to choosing the best route for you to get there effectively and in the most optimum time. Dr. Wade Williams of The Woodlands Dental Group works with a great team, and will employ a comprehensive treatment plan to get the patient the best results possible. A straighter smile will improve your self-esteem, boosting your confidence in addition to improving your overall quality of life. A balanced jawline lowers stress, and gives you balanced symmetry of your facial features. A straight smile also lowers your risk of plaque buildup and cavities, improving your overall oral health. It is challenging to have superb oral hygiene when you cannot get your toothbrush to all surfaces of each tooth. This causes a greater expense in dental care until rectified. Why not make the change today toward a happier, healthier new beautiful you? While flossing is essential to your oral health by ways of removing foods caught along the gum line, when your teeth are overcrowded, it is difficult for the gums to fit securely around the tooth. Unfortunately, this causes the patient to be at higher risk for periodontal diseases when the gum line is compromised. Having a dental treatment program in place to deliver a straight, healthy smile is about much more than the aesthetics of a beautiful smile; it is about improving your quality of life and oral health. Orthodontics can do that for you. Don’t you think it’s time to take that step toward the new you? Don’t be sitting here next year at this time wishing you had taken the first step today. Schedule a consult today!


The Woodlands Dental Group

1001 Medical Plaza Drive Suite 300

The Woodlands, TX 77380

Phone: (281) 406-3379

Orthodontics- Wade Williams, D.D.S., M.S.

Tel: (281) 367-1617

Suite 350

What is Sedation Dentistry and What Form is Best for Me?

Laura Heckart - Friday, September 02, 2016


What is Sedation Dentistry and What Form is Best for Me?



What is Sedation Dentistry?



Look no further for a dentist in The Woodlands, Texas, here at The Woodlands Dental Group, we are certified in Sedation Dentistry. So what exactly is Sedation Dentistry? It is a life-saver for parents with children that are afraid of going to the dentist in the first place. Sedation can be used to calm patients with anxiety to rendering a patient unaware of the entire procedure itself. Of course, what form you and your doctor agree upon is best for your situation is dependent upon a patient’s health status and what procedure is needed for the health of your smile.


Sedation Dentistry has allowed Dentists and Orthodontists to perform procedures in less time; having more control during the procedure itself. It can be used in combination with numbing agents for a painless and smooth cleaning and filling of cavities to extractions and surgery. So from general dentistry to cosmetic dentistry, sedation can be used. So what kinds of sedation do they offer today? There are four forms in which sedation can be administrated. Each form has a purpose and level in which it serves. Research them to see what you feel most confident in choosing with the help of your doctor.



Four Types of Sedation for Dentistry


Intravenously/ IV- This type of sedation is done by a needle feeding the patient intravenously for their procedure. Understanding the difference in the types of sedations used is essential. Depending on the procedure, the intensity, the duration, and of course, the individual patient’s needs and health are all factors determining what route to take. Always consult your physician about which would best serve you. At The Woodlands Dental Group, Doctors and staff are more than happy to sit down with you and your loved ones to discuss what the best choice is for you. You will feel confident about the procedure knowing you will be as comfortable as possible before and during your visit. IV Sedation is used for calming the patient and leaves the patient feeling unbothered by what is going on. This is also commonly referred to as “sleep dentistry” (Dental Fear Central, 2014). The average cost of the IV Sedation can range from a low $200 to a high of $700. This, of course, depends on the location and the duration of the procedure (Costhelper Inc., 2016).



Oral- In the form of a pill, your dentist can administer a pill or liquid that is an antianxiety sedation. Mild and much more affordable than the IV sedation, the range of cost is from a low of $150 up to $500. Though generally, it runs on the lower end of that range, solely dependent on length of the procedure and doctor of course. Now this is often used in combination with inhalants for sedation as well. It’s not uncommon for a dentist to use this in combination with topical numbing or even numbing agents administered via a syringe and needle.


Gas Inhalants- Better known as Laughing Gas, Nitrous Oxide allows the patient to be aware throughout the procedure but remain very calm and relaxed (Dental Fear Central, 2014). This is often used with routine procedures in combination with topical numbing for pain and anxiety. It can be used with oral sedation as well. Again, all dependent on the patient’s needs. The range of cost for this form is by far traditionally the most affordable and can range from a low $25 up to $125. The most common consumer reported fee for inhalants used for sedation is around $75 (Costhelper Inc., 2016). Most patients will receive a combination of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen throughout the procedure while they remain completely at ease. The gas wears off rather quickly leaving the patient feeling normal but perhaps “sleepy”.


General Anesthesia- The most expensive and commonly used for in-depth dental surgeries, general anesthesia runs close to $600 per an hour. In cases like this, the patient would be completely at ease and unaware of the procedure for the duration (Dental Fear Central, 2014). General Anesthesia and IV sedation render the patient fully to the dentist and their expertise. Doctors must be certified to perform these forms of sedation (Costhelper Inc., 2016).


Something to Remember


The cost of whichever sedation you and your doctor choose is best for you; is added to the cost of the procedure. While each of these forms is safe, there are varied risks per each, consult with you doctor for more information.



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Afraid of the Dentist? Not to Worry! We are Certified in Sedation Dentistry

Laura Heckart - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Afraid of The Dentist? Not to Worry! We are Certified in Sedation Dentistry


Afraid of the Dentist?



If hearing the word Dentist makes the hair on your arms stand up, you are not alone! Fear; it’s not just for kids anymore. The fact of the matter is that there is a large percentage of people, small children, teens, and adults that are incredibly afraid of going to the dentist. Back in the old days, going to the dentist painted a picture of hours of pain as the sound of drills made your ears ring to being in an uncomfortable position with your mouth gaping open with metal tools prying your mouth open as the fluorescent lighting blinded you into day-dreaming of being on a beach somewhere playing ball, or in some cases sipping on a margarita.

Those days are long gone as today, Dentistry has innovated taking a once dreaded procedure and made it virtually painless from the physical experience to the cost of general dentistry. What is even better is that dentists can do these procedures from the simplest to the most intricate in just a fraction of the time that it used to take. So then, there is just the topic of you or your loved one’s fear of going right? Put your worries to rest. Even if you’re not looking for a dentist in The Woodlands, Texas, today over 40 percent of Dentists perform sedation dentistry; a growing industry (PennWell Corporation, 2015).



Why Use Sedation Dentistry?



Firstly, let’s just say that Sedation Dentistry is a life-saver for me and my family. Just recently I took my son in for some routine dental work. Though it was routine work, my son had not been to see the dentist for a few years. It is essential to get regular maintenance cleanings done to prevent build-up of plaque and avoid cavities. There are just some spots we cannot get to no matter how efficient we try to be. (See video on tooth decay at Then there is the case of how well our children are actually accomplishing the task. Even if teeth are looking and feeling clean, there is plenty that goes on beyond your eyes’ reach. My teenager had his teeth cleaning and cavities addressed in two separate sessions, (yes there were that many cavities). Normally my son would be terrified, hence the long stretch in between visits. However, this time the dental staff explained to us the extent and effectiveness of using sedation. Here at The Woodlands Dental Group, we are certified in Sedation Dentistry. It’s time to put your fears to rest. Sedation Dentistry is used to treat anxiety about your visit and procedures. The level of sedation is determined by the length of the procedure as some procedures will require the patient to be in the chair a couple of hours and on. The different forms and doses of sedation can also determine just how aware a patient is.



Possible Side Effects?



An obvious side effect would be relaxation, lack of concern for what is currently going on to complete memory loss of the entire procedure. There are four different kinds of sedation used in dentistry: Nitrous Oxide, IV, General Anesthesia, and Oral (Liquid or Pill).

Depending on the type and dosage, sedation can leave a patient feeling sleepy afterward. Some small doses of Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) can wear off in a matter of minutes. In which many cases, the dental assistant will be giving oxygen to accompany the gas. They usually taper off the gas and continue the distribution oxygen so that the patient becomes more aware at a gradual pace. This enables the patient to get out the chair easily within minutes following the procedure. It is advised that all patients receiving sedation wait an allotted amount of time before operating a moving vehicle or have a ride home.

There are always risks with sedation, so it is essential that you be completely honest with your doctor about your current health conditions and fully disclose any allergies or issues. Some sedation forms are known to cause dry mouth, headaches, sleepiness, and nausea. Be fully aware before your decision and consult with your doctor.

Sedation has taken the fear out of going to dentist and taking care of your dental health; now that is something to smile about!!



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Invisalign: CLEARLY an Excellent Choice

Laura Heckart - Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Invisalign Aligners Versus Braces

   Things have come a long way since my days of school and braces. Just twenty-five years ago the most efficient and practically only way to get straight teeth if you were not lucky enough to have them naturally was the traditional shiny silver and dreadfully painful metal braces. They would tear up the insides of your mouth and let us not forget the oh-so embarrassing opportunity to repeatedly get food stuck in your teeth. Because what is worse than the peer pressure you already had to endure, why not add metal braces into the mix, right? Ugh...Then they came out with colors! Sapphire blue, magenta, and of course white. This definitely helped with the eye sore of traditional metal braces, but the fact of the matter is food still gets trapped in the braces. What is even more painful than all that as a teenager? Well having to go through it as an adult. (Insert rolling eyes here.)


   Today adolescents have it made with Invisalign treatments! Not to mention as an adult, I myself would go through the treatments for the results. Invisalign treatments are less invasive in my opinion. In addition, food doesn’t get stuck in them, and you can brush and floss your teeth as you normally would. It’s an innovative corrective treatment that is affordable (average cost is roughly $99 a month, with some insurance policies covering up to $3500 toward the total treatment.) They are removable and naturally treatments vary according to each patient’s needs. Some people may only need them for months compared to other cases that need them longer. Using Invisalign trained professionals is an important part that plays a role in the longevity of your treatments as well, so definitely do your research for your location (Invisalign, 2016). Here in the Woodlands, orthodontist Dr. Wade Williams is a qualified professional experienced with Invisalign treatments.



Deciding Factors:

     You may already be sold on the idea of using Invisalign treatments for yourself or a loved one. The bottom line is your smile is the first thing people notice about you; why not make it a beautiful one? And while many of us were not given a perfect smile naturally, we have the opportunity to achieve one. Why not make the process as comfortable as possible? Invisalign treatments are convenient, comfortable, and give the patient a confidence that otherwise may have been compromised by choosing other treatments. Most places have affordable payment plans to make it even more convenient, and definitely check with your insurance agent about your policy coverage! Your life is virtually uninterrupted as Invisalign treatments don’t have any food restrictions (big winner in my book!). They are practically unable to be seen, which for me is what takes the cake. That alone would make me consider this route (Invisalign, 2016).

If you are considering Invisalign for your child whether a middle schooler or teenager, remember the challenges you faced at that age. Using aligners instead of braces just made your child’s life that much easier. From interacting with their peers to packing their lunches! With permanent results to straighten your teeth and improve your smile, to minimal intrusion on your lifestyle, the moment to act would be sooner rather than later. That said however, there are a large percentage of adults with Invisalign patients. The dramatic results I have seen are incredible. A person’s smile really does make a difference in one’s overall appearance. What a beautiful smile can do for one’s confidence and self-esteem is an obvious difference.



What is the Cost?

    So while the actual cost can vary according to where you choose to get Invisalign treatments, you can have some control over the installment amounts. Check with your insurance policy first to find out how much of the treatment it covers; many people only need six months of treatment. Once you have a total that you are responsible for toward the cost, speak with the professional office you have decided to receive your treatments at. You could easily put a down payment toward the treatments to lower your monthly installment. The point is that you have options, and it is affordable. The sooner you gather this information, the sooner you can be on your way to changing you or your loved one’s smile (Invisalign, 2016).



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TMJ: Symptoms and Causes

Laura Heckart - Sunday, June 12, 2016


What exactly is TMJ?

Firstly, understand that the temporomandibular joint is a disk covered in cartilage that connects the jawbone to your skull. With anything in your body with cartilage, there is a risk of deterioration over time. There are various disorders with TMJ ranging from extreme circumstances of permanent damage and ranging in severity. Severe cases usually can be corrected with surgery. More common cases however, are much less severe, and in many cases can be treated without surgery (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 2016).


What Are Some of the Symptoms of TMJ?

Believe it or not, if you wake up with a sore jaw from grinding your teeth in your sleep, you could very well have TMJ. Headaches and soreness can often be caused by TMJ disorders. Doctors say that so many of the TMJ symptoms are commonly misread and difficult to identify as TMJ because they overlap with other common symptoms. If you hear a clicking or grinding sound when you open and close your mouth it is very possible you have damaged your temporomandibular joint. Something as common as an ear ache can be a symptom of TMJ, so it is best to get with a professional if you have recurring symptoms (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 2016).


Some do not realize that the results of TMJ can cause more damage than discomfort. Grinding your teeth can have a long-term effects on your teeth including but not limited to the breaking down of the enamel and structure of teeth themselves. Lock jaw and long-term facial pain as well as complications with chewing are also symptoms of TMJ gearing toward life-changing effects. If you have been experiencing these symptoms, it is suggested that you have yourself checked out by a professional and starting with a dental professional is a great start (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 2016).

Finding a place with trusted professionals in your area requires research, definitely read reviews and ask if the doctors there are experienced in treatments for TMJ patients. The Woodlands Online awarded The Woodlands Dental Group as the Best for 2016 if you are looking for a qualified dentist The Woodlands, TX. What is even better is you don’t have to go to a separate office for an orthodontist in The Woodlands Spring, TX, because they offer general and cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics under one roof.


What Are Some Causes for TMJ?

Any place in your body where you have cartilage, arthritis is a possibility and the same goes for the temporomandibular joint. Trauma to the disk itself like a blunt force can cause TMJ. According to Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (2016), "some of the most common contributing factors are an imbalanced or misaligned bite, arthritis, overuse, and teeth grinding or clenching.” (TMJ Disorders). That was an eye opener for me as someone that suffers from symptoms of TMJ because to think I could have prevented the development of it by getting braces when I was younger is shocking. And while there are numerous treatments whether preventative or corrective, having good dental health is essential to your quality of life. There are temporary ways to relieve the discomfort like facial massages, but let’s face it, the cost of that can add up and the problem still exists. I would much rather correct the issue with dental treatments and resolve the issue. No more discomfort; no more grinding and aching is appealing to me.

Apparently, people suffering from TMJ is much more common than someone might think. Millions of people are affected and it is very common for the symptoms to start off mild and progress to a more severe one over time, at the same time your teeth are being damaged (Health & Medicine Week, 2015: 4749).

If you are suffering from any of the above-mentioned symptoms repeatedly, do yourself a favor and have your dentist check you out. It is best to address the issue before it escalates or does further damage.



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What is the Difference Between a Crown and A Bridge?

Laura Heckart - Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Ever gone to the dentist and felt overwhelmed? We know sometimes it’s hard not get caught up in the “dental lingo.” How can you make the best decision for yourself if you don’t know your options? Sure, dentists in the Woodlands, TX have your best interests at heart, but it’s good to know just what you’re paying for instead of blindly following a dentists’ lead. After all, it’s your mouth. For those of you who didn’t go to school for this stuff, here’s a thorough breakdown of what a “crown” is and what a “bridge” is, and the difference between the two.


Put simply, a crown covers your tooth. It “caps” it off to allow your tooth to restore shape, size, and improve overall appearance. They’re usually tooth colored and shaped and cemented in place right above the gum line. There are many reasons you could need a crown, but some of them are:

  1. 1. To cover for aesthetic purposes i.e. misshapen or severely discolored tooth.
  2. 2. To cover a dental implant
  3. 3. To restore a broken tooth
  4. 4. To protect a weak tooth from decay
  5. 5. To hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  6. 6. To hold a dental bridge steady

When we think about crowns, we usually associate them with adults only. However, contrary to popular belief, children often receive crowns as well. If your child is at high risk for tooth decay of struggles to brush his/her teeth regularly, you might consider putting a crown on a currently rotting tooth. Yes, we know it’s a baby tooth, but baby teeth provide pivotal developmental benefits to your child’s mouth, so you’ll want to preserve it. Baby teeth hold spaces for adult teeth to emerge, so if the baby teeth are missing, your child runs more risk of having his/her adult teeth emerge crooked. Baby teeth also help children eat well and develop proper speaking habits.


Some types of crowns are stainless steel, metals, and porcelain-fused-to-metal. Stainless steel crowns are generally temporary, so these are the type of crowns you’ll be looking at if your child needs one. They generally only require one visit to put on the tooth and are thought to be more cost-effective. Additionally, some dentists use metal crowns. These include metals like gold alloy, chromium, or nickel. Because they look so metallic, we generally use these for molars. The upside to these is that they’re a lot stronger than the stainless steel, so you won’t have to worry about chips or breaks. Lastly, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns give your teeth a natural appearance. The porcelain is, however, susceptible to chips or cracks.


Other types of crowns include all-ceramic, all-porcelain, or all-resin. These crowns are less durable and easy to wear down.


Dental bridges, on the other hand, replace a missing tooth. If you have gaps in your mouth where teeth should be, your other teeth might shift over into that space. This can lead to joint disorders, poor bite or gum disease. So chances are, you’ll want to get that gap filled with a bridge. Usually, bridges are made by making crowns on both sides of the space, and placing a sort of “false tooth” in that space. There are, however, other types of bridges, such as a Maryland bonded bridge: a bridge with a metal framework with wing-like sides. These sides are put on the back of existing teeth to hold it in place.


A typical crown lasts between five and fifteen years, and a bridge lasts around five and seven years. Now that you know the lingo, you can walk into any office finally feeling like you know what you’re talking about. Doesn’t that feel nice?


The Benefits of Laser Dentistry in Pediatric Dentistry

Laura Heckart - Tuesday, April 26, 2016
  1. Laser Dentistry has been used in dentistry since 1990. Lasers are used in surgical procedures in order to reshape the gum with laser treatment. The laser acts as a cutting tool and provides minimally invasive treatments to the gum and teeth. In whitening procedures, the laser acts as a heat source, helping the teeth bleach effectively.


These traditional methods could benefit your children’s dentist experience greatly. Gone are the days of drills and power tools that haunt your child’s dreams when they think about the dentist. Laser dentistry usually requires little or no anesthetic, providing the most comfortable experience for your child. These lasers are safe, effective, and reduce complicated traditional surgery recovery time. The laser is quiet, contradictory to the loud tools of the traditional surgery methods. Now, you and your child can relax in the dentist chair, patiently awaiting your new and improved smile.


Laser dentistry can address a variety of gum and tooth complications. This includes but is not limited to:

  1. -Correct ankyloglossia (tongue-tied)
  • -Remove tissues that are overgrown
  • -Treat root canal infections
  • -Reshape gum tissue
  • -Reduce cold sore and canker sore discomfort
  • -Aid in teeth whitening


Your child’s dental experience now becomes simplified with the use of laser treatments, especially with pediatric dentists in The Woodlands. Find a dentist in The Woodlands, TX to give your child a sinsational smile. The Woodlands Dental Group will give you the care and relaxed treatment that you and child need. With the newest laser technology, find your best dental care in The Woodlands.

During each laser procedure, your child will be asked to wear a set of sunglasses to protect from the laser. Lasers are as safe as other dental instruments if used properly and correctly. Dentists must have received training from the Academy of Laser Dentistry in order to operate lasers.

Lasers can be used in “Hard Tissue” procedures, as well as “Soft Tissue” procedures. Hard Tissue lasers cut into bone very precisely. Their wavelength is strong and precise. Soft Tissue lasers produce wavelengths that are highly absorbable by water. Therefore, these lasers seal nerve endings while reducing bacteria.

In hard tissue procedures, lasers can detect cavities, kill bacteria in a tooth filling, and reduce tooth sensitivity by sealing “tubules” at the bottom of a tooth.

In soft tissue procedures, lasers can lengthen a crown to provide a stronger base for restoring teeth. Additionally, lasers can free tongue movement and reshape the gum for dentures or a better looking “gummy” smile.

These procedures ensure reduced anxiety and a smooth, medical experience for your child.

The future of lasers is unknown, but promising. The laser could completely replace the drill. Place your child at a dentist immersed in laser dentistry; this means their future dentist experience will only get better and better. As the technology of lasers begins to improve and become more prominent, laser dentistry becomes even less expensive than any surgical procedure seen before. For the little ears in your family, make sure your pediatric dentistry will not traumatize, but uplift your child with laser dentistry.

Preventative Care is Our Priority: How to Brush and Floss Properly

Laura Heckart - Sunday, March 27, 2016

We know—sometimes it really is easy to rely on your dentist. Here at the Woodlands Dental Group, we are committed to perfecting your best asset—your smile. But a key element in perfecting that asset is preventative care. Unfortunately, you can’t bring a dentist in The Woodlands, TX, home with you every day to teach you the correct way to brush and floss. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have it all figured out—we know you didn’t go to school for general dentistry. You can, however, pay special attention to the experts and learn the most effective way to brush and floss.


First, take your toothbrush and place it at a 45-degree angle to your teeth. Make sure your brush contacts your teeth, but also your gums. Like most people, you probably use a back and forth motion to saw the toothbrush across your teeth until they feel minty fresh. In reality, you need to make sure that the toothbrush is interacting with the small crevices between your teeth, so the task becomes a little more meticulous than a mindless sawing motion.

The sawing motion, if too abrasive, does two things. For one, it can often cause damage to or completely strip off your enamel, causing your teeth to become much more sensitive. The second is simple: It just doesn’t clean as effectively.


We suggest a rolling motion. Take your brush and roll it from the top of your gum downward to the chewing surface. Then move your brush to your next set of three or four teeth, and repeat. This enables the bristles of your brush to infiltrate the tiny spaces in between your teeth, remove food particles and plaque, and in the end prevent gum disease. Remember to keep your brush at a 45-degree angle. It’s okay to gently brush back and forth as long as you are consistently rolling your brush as well in order to eradicate plaque.


Then, you’ll want to tip your brush vertically behind your teeth and gently brush up and down. Following that, place your brush on the top of the chewing surface of your teeth and gently brush up and down. To eliminate odor-producing bacteria, you’ll want to go ahead and brush your tongue as well. Time may vary, but you should be brushing your teeth for at least two minutes. While this feat may seem impossible, using the correct method will in the end keep your best asset looking good and disease-free.


Sometimes no matter how well you follow the correct steps, a toothbrush just can’t get everything out of your teeth. That’s why we floss. Flossing helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease, but not if you’re flossing incorrectly.


When you floss, you’ll want to start with a good 18 inches of floss. This way, you can comfortable wrap the floss around your middle finger and leave about one or two inches to work with. Once you’ve held the floss with your index finger and thumb, gently slide the floss in between each tooth. The trick to flossing, however, is to curve the floss around the base of each tooth, really making sure to eradicate plaque that might be stuck in the crevices. Be sure to use a gentle hand—if you force the floss, you might cause bruising or damage to your gum tissue. As you move to each tooth, make sure you’re using a clean part of the floss so all of your hard work doesn’t go to waste.


You might be brushing and flossing, but performing these actions consistently the wrong way. Why do all of that work for nothing? We know you can’t take a dentist home with you to correct you every day, but to your kids—they already view you as the expert. Do them a favor and protect the little gums by being educated on the correct ways to prevent cavities and gum disease.

Welcome To The Woodlands Dental Group

Laura Heckart - Monday, February 29, 2016


At Woodlands Dental group, we know that your smile is your most important asset. That’s why we make it easy to perfect. With the experience and expertise to get the job done right, our team of skilled professionals uses only the most state of the art instruments, materials, and technology. We provide a caring, comfortable atmosphere, providing the service you expect from renown pediatric dentists in The Woodlands. When you need a dental team you can trust, our team of experience professionals can help. By utilizing the latest materials available, we can give your teeth their natural strength and beauty, in ways you’ve never thought possible. Our advanced treatment options combine artistry and skill, for our comprehensive family and cosmetic dentistry, as well as pediatric and orthodontics. Woodlands Dental Group offers access to some of the top dentists in The Woodlands, TX, in a friendly and comfortable environment. We are dedicated to your safety, comfort, and happiness, providing you an your family with the smiles you’ve always dreamed. By scheduling a consultation with us today, we can answer any and all questions you may have about your dental health, and set you on the path for great dental health for life! Don’t let tooth decay, pain, or embarrassment stop your from living your life. Your gorgeous, healthy, pearly whites are only a phone call away.


Get To Know Our Team:



  • Dr. Ragsdale earned a dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental Branch at Houston in 1984, and a certificate in pediatric dentistry from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1986. She is an active member in good standing of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Texas Dental Association, and the Greater Houston Dental Society. She achieved Diplomate Status from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 1993.
  • Dr. David Epstein grew up in The Woodlands, and while studying Neuroscience at Vanderbilt University, decided to observe his family dentist at the Woodlands Dental Group, Dr. Ryder. He enrolled in dental school at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and later return to Texas to with Dr. Ryder for three years. In 2012 Dr. Ryder retired, passing down the practice for Dr. Epstein to continue providing excellent care.
  • Dr. Mike Freeman has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years. He received a D.D.S from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston, and attended the prestigious Pankey Institute, Dawson Center for Comprehensive Dental Studies, and the Misch Implant Institute. He has also completed numerous continuing educations courses over the years.
  • Dr. Dernick’s excellence in pre- Dental studies allowed him early acceptance into the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston in 1979 with a DDS degree. Dr. Dernick was one of the pioneers to The Woodlands opening his first practice in 1980, with a wide range of skills including Cosmetic Dentistry, which has allowed him and his partners more years of Cosmetic experience than any other Dentists in the area. Since 1979 he has attended a long list of postgraduate courses, which keeps his office current with cutting edge technology.
  • Dr. Jotez earned his D.D.S. in 1966 from The University of Texas Dental Branch. He has attended numerous post-graduate courses in all areas of general and cosmetic dentistry, including training at the Dawson Center for Advanced Clinical Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. After graduating dental school, he entered the US Air Force, and later returned to the Houston area to maintain a solo dental practice for sixteen years before becoming a founder at the Woodlands Dental Group.
  • Dr Reed earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery from from Louisiana State University, and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at LSU. Dr. Reed regularly attends dental continuing education classes on topics such as dental implants, laser dentistry, Porcelain Veneers, Durathins, Lumineers, as well as best practices for safety and sterilization. She has also studied at the prestigious Dawson Center for Comprehensive Dental Studies.
  • Dr. Wade Williams is a specialist in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. He is an active member of the Texas Dental Association, American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Williams earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Loma Linda University, and completed a twenty-seven month residency where he earned his Master of Science degree and a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics from Loma Linda University.
  • Dr. Blackburn went to Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in New York and received a Doctorate of Dental Surgery and a Master of Science and Dental Education in 2012. She completed the final leg of her education at Yale University, receiving a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry in 2014.



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