General Dentistry | Leander

It takes four additional years after college or university to complete dental school and obtain your doctorate in dental surgery or medicine.

What is the difference between a DDS and DMD? 

DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry or Doctor of Dental Medicine) are the same degrees. It’s simply up to the universities to determine what degree is awarded, but both degrees use the same curriculum requirements. 

Contrary to popular belief, general dentists are trained to perform all phases of dentistry. Everything from implants, fillings, crowns, braces, surgery, wisdom teeth extractions, dentures, cosmetic procedures, cleanings, exams, Invisalign, teeth whitening. However, many dentists lack the experience to tackle tough cases that often require additional training. These specialty classes include: 

  • Oral Surgery
  • Endodontists – Root Canals
  • Orthodontists – Braces
  • Periodontists – Gum surgery and implants
  • Pediatric Dentists – Children’s dentist 
  • Prosthodontist – Dentures and reconstruction

Here at Crystal Lake Dental in Leander, Dr. Hsu and his team of highly dedicated dentists have expertise in all these phases of dentistry and most importantly, we will treat you like a customer and make sure we do things right. 

Similar to a car, when you don’t maintain your teeth & gums, plaque and calculus  will build around the teeth and under the gums which can lead to dental problems like tooth decay, gingivitis, bone loss, halitosis (bad breath), and eventually, tooth loss. Having your teeth cleaned and examined routinely will keep the bacteria at bay allowing you to enjoy your food for a lifetime!

If you ever wonder why the people you see on TV, Youtube or IG have perfectly symmetrical white teeth. Its probably because they have porcelain veneers. If you are looking to optimum long term esthetic results that you don’t have to maintain, then veneers are the way to go. 

Traditional braces are quickly becoming a relic of the past. Today we can reliably straighten your teeth beautifully by simply wearing clear aligners that you change once a week! Its faster, cleaner and simpler than ever before. 

Teeth Extraction

When all else fails, often times the only remaining option is to remove the tooth. This can be due to infections, cavities, fractures or severe gum disease.

A dental crown is indicated when part of your tooth fractures or the extent of a cavity is too large to bond to a traditional filling.

Years of drinking coffee, tea & wine can stain our teeth deep in the enamel. Our Zoom whitening procedure is easy and non-invasive, and you can remove those stains from your teeth in a single, one-hour treatment.

Toothaches often catch us by surprise! Our team understands that and will do our very best to make sure you are seen and piece of mind can be had!