Aspen Dental Locations & Hours Near Corpus Christi, TX -
By: chikababy
Vela Dental Southside
If you need an implant, I highly recommend Vela Dental! I had my implant placed in May of 2013. The placing of the titanium screw (implant) was quick (less than 10 minutes) and PAINLESS. I was skeptical that the painkiller shorts were going to be enough (because I am slightly resistant to them), but I didn't feel anything but a bit of pressure while the implant was drilled in. Dr. Ben Vela not only gave me plenty of the anesthetic injections, but waited till they fully kicked in (he didn't rush).Afterwards, they checked me in 2 weeks time. By that time, my gum felt completely healed.A few weeks later, they just switched out one of my healing caps (the part that fits over the implants for protection until the permanent crown is placed.) No injectable anesthetic was needed,but there was a slight pinching pain as the new screw was tightened against the gum. If you are squeamish or high anxiety, I recommend asking for the injection. :)After another 4 weeks, they took some molds of my upper and lower teeth to send to the lab to make my implant. (It takes about a month for the lab to make and send your crown back to the dentist).The last part, placing the crown, was as short and sweet as when he drilled in the implant during phase 1. Just a little shaving off of the crown and the tooth that touched the crown (one of the upper molar in my case) was all that was required.------There is a 5 year warranty with the crown, as long as you come in for a cleaning every 6 months. In addition, Vela Dental uses a cool CT scan machine prior to the implant process to make sure the placement is just right. This gives him a 3D picture of your teeth.Don't worry about the pain. I am a big baby, but only needed the codein-containing pain pills he gave me for the first evening. After that, I merely took Motrin 800 for a few days to control the swelling. I am so glad to have my awesome implant!Sincerely,SSM
By: aliciasoto
Ashley Anna C DDS PA
I've been seeing Dr Ashley for about 3 years now. I didn't have the money or insurance to see a dentist while in college, so unfortunately my teeth needed a lot of work. When I finally got a job with good health benefits, I was SUPER nervous about going to the dentist. I was really embarrassed about the condition of my teeth. So, I started asking my friends if they had a dentist they liked. One friend recommend Dr. Ashley. My friend explained how she had been in the same situation as me. Hadn't seen a dentist in years, felt embarrassed, etc."Alicia, you should try seeing Dr Ashley. She and everyone in her office is so nice. They really do all they can to make you feel comfortable."I am SO happy that I listened to my friend. I love talking to Dr Ashely and everyone that works there. They are all so kind and Dr Ashley has a great sense of humor. There I am in the dentist chair right in the middle of a root canal....and the only thing I'm concerned with is trying to hold in my laughter at a funny story that Dr Ashley and Liza are telling me while they work. When my root canal was done, i was in disbelief. That's it? That wasn't that bad! Why did I wait so long!I'm actually a little sad that they fixed my teeth so well that I don't have to see them as often! haha! I look forward to my dentist appointments rather than dreading them. I love that the office calls to remind me of upcoming appointments. Sometimes when someone cancels their appointment, they call and ask if i want to come in earlier than planned. That system has worked really well for me. Another plus is that I found out that Dr Ashley and I are both passionate about volunteering and helping the homeless cat and dogs in Corpus Christi. She even donated some things to the shelter I volunteer at. Her dedication to the animals is just another example of the kind and compassionate person she is.
By: Eloisa C.
Lovett Dental
My first visit to Lovett Dental proved to be a very good experience. Though I did have to wait close to an hour after my appointment time, the treatment I received made the wait seem insignificant. Dr. Tammy Lycos was both professional and friendly. She explained my problem in detail along with the treatment I needed. Rachael, dental hygienist who treated me was also professional and friendly and ensured that I experienced the least possible amount of pain during my treatment. I am that person who is afraid to go to the dentist, even at my age. After my experience at Lovett Dental, I am happy to say I am no longer "that person!" The front desk staff, as well as the techs I saw were all friendly and courteous and ensured that I was comfortable during my visit. While I waited for Dr. Lycos in the exam room, someone would come in (for whatever reason) and while there, would ask if I was comfortable and if I needed anything. Kudos to Lovett Dental's whole staff!
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By: Teresa W.
Derek J Chang DDS PLLC
I have to say, I've always been a little terrified about visiting the dentist, but visiting Dr. Chang's Dental office has really put me at ease! At my first appointment, I was blown away with the kind, knowledgeable, and overwhelmingly sincere staff! The dental assistant immediately made me feel comfortable and the dental work I had done by Dr. Chang not only looks great, but was done so skillfully that I am no longer having sensitivity when I bite. If I could have given Dr. Chang's Family Dentistry more stars, I definitely would have!! I recently visited Dr. Chang's office for the second time and I have to say that Dr. Chang and his office staff use the latest technology, they are absolutely professional and they were willing to work around my schedule and accommodate my needs. If you are looking for a dentist, Dr. Chang is the one to visit! To be honest, I wish I would have switched to him sooner.
By: rjf1961
Ferrell Ronald D DDS
When I was a kid, had a bad dental experience and have been putting off taking care of my teeth for years. I didn't think I'd ever be ok with going to a dentist. Dr. Ferrell and his staff put me at ease and were kind, caring, through and very fairly priced. Even though they were not on the list from my insurance plan, they DID take my dental insurance and I didn't have to deal with any paperwork. His wife runs the office so it's a locally owned family business with only one dentist so we know who we'll be seeing every time. He even gave me his cell phone # in case my tooth he worked on gave me trouble over the weekend. Taking the entire family there now. He's great with old people and kids too. Almost no time in the waiting room. Caring, excellent dentist!
By: thomas.oliver.374
Anthony Wayne Flores DDS
Dr. Flores is a superb dentist. He and his staff are very welcoming and have the ability to calm down even hyper people like myself. They are very confident and cordial and they take the time to make you feel comfortable. The staff go out of their way to schedule the appointments to meet your needs. They are open on Saturdays which is unheard of in this day and age. I had some serious dental issues and the procedures were painless. I strongly recommend Dr. Flores to anyone who is looking for a new dental experience. Easy parking and a very relaxed atmosphere. No waiting or unnecessary procedures. Dr. Flores does it all not referrals to dental surgeons etc. A real dentist who can take care of all your dental needs.
By: lisa.chavarria
Pediatrix Dental
The only reason we switched dentist was because my previous on stopped taking my insurance. This place greets you with a smile and they personable with kids, but there is only one dentists that I have seen for the days workload. That being said, it took about 2.5 hours from the time we walked in to get into the procedure room. My child has still not been seen by the dentist. For all I know the medication they have him at 9 am has worn off. Very, very disappointed. I had to ask someone how much longer it would be. While I understand things can happen that may cause delays, I feel the dentist should schedule time for such events.
By: debora.penland
Anthony Wayne Flores DDS
Dr. Flores and his staff are an exceptional team in dentistry! The office is clean, friendly and professional with an enormous dose of caring and careful procedure. I received two required crowns at the same time and within two days, I could hardly tell that I had had dental work done. I was completely fixed with almost no pain or sensitivity. Within a week, all aspects of any dental work was gone! I have two other crowns prior to my new ones and both required follow up visits to adjust them. No need to do that with my new ones. Today, they are the best teeth in my possession. Dru
By: stephanieh0123
Sciantarelli, Daniel B
I have had the most amazing experiences at Dr. Sciantarelli's office! The staff is wonderful and caring, the office is clean and modern and Dr. Sciantarelli is quick, efflicent and professional. I went in as a new patient who had to have my first cavity filled. With a lifelong huge fear of needles. I was apprehensive to say the least. I honestly never felt the injection! Dr. Sciantarelli made my vision of a new smile happen. It was a painless and quick set of procedures and I can proudly say I look AMAZING and natural. I would happily recommend Dr. Sciantarelli to anyone!
By: Brandalyn D.
Henry F Casillas, Other
Okay normally I would give Dr. cindy 5 stars, I've been going there forver!!! Literally but I have been trying to get a hold to make an appointment (that they cancelled and were suppose to reschedule). That happened about 3 weeks ago, still no call back. NOW my wisdoms teeth are coming in, I need a referral to get them removed and get a cleaning and I've been calling more than twice a day for the past 4 days! No call backs. Not to mention a piece of my tooth just chipped off about an hour ago. Ain't nobody got time for this. Think I'll be looking for a new dentist.
Tips & Advices
This depends on the prosthetic.
  • Dental implants, when cared for properly, can last a lifetime.
  • Crowns typically last between 10-15 years.
  • Resin-bonded bridges typically last between seven  and 10 years. Tooth-supported fixed bridges generally wear out faster than this.
  • Removable partial dentures typically last around 15 years.
  • Complete dentures typically last between five and six years.
The entire process for adding dental implants could take as long as eight months. There are three phases:
  • Phase 1: Grafting. This may take between three and six  months.
  • Phase 2: Artificial root placement. This may take one to two  hours to complete and will take between three and six  months to heal.
  • Phase 3: Crown placement. This is usually done over the course of two visits, two weeks apart.
One dental implant typically costs $1,000-$3,000. However, the abutment (a connector added onto the top of a dental implant) and crown can add $500-$3,000. Multiple dental implants may cost $3,000-$30,000. A full set of implant dentures may cost as much as $90,000, though the average is around $34,000.
A dental implant is a titanium post shaped like a natural tooth's root that is surgically inserted into the jawbone beneath the gums. These posts allow dentists to secure a replacement tooth or bridge in the correct position.
Maxillofacial prosthesis is a subspecialty of prosthodontics. A maxillofacial prosthesis is meant to rehabilitate patients who have defects or disabilities due to trauma, disease, or those that a patient is has from birth. The prosthesis is designed to replace parts of the bone or tissue that are missing, or to help restore functions of the mouth, such as swallowing, chewing, or speaking. Other prostheses are created to protect the face during radiation therapy. Dentists that work with maxillofacial prostheses often collaborate closely with ear, nose, and throat doctors.

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