5700 W. Slaughter Ln., Ste. 200
Austin, TX 78749
Fax: (512) 637-7336
Dr. Lakshmi Chittajallu
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Family Dentistry South Austin - Southwest Smiles

Our Dental Services

At Southwest Smiles, we appreciate that you have many demands on your time. We’ve worked hard to build a dental office in Austin that will allow you and your family to receive the care you need, when you need it. We offer a wide range of dental services for patients of all ages. Why spend time driving all over Austin when you can receive all your care right here?

Preventive Care

It’s no secret that those who regularly visit the dentist for cleanings and exams generally enjoy better oral health and spend less money on costly treatments. Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is certainly true when it comes to the health of your teeth and gums. At Southwest Smiles, we practice conservative dentistry. This means we help our patients avoid the pain and cost of serious dental problems later by focusing now on prevention.

General Treatments

Many of our patients simply need routine exams and cleanings. Others require minor corrective treatments like fillings for cavities. We offer a wide range of general dentistry treatments that involve the diagnosis, treatment, and maintenance of general dental conditions. Gum care is also a fundamental part of general dentistry, as is diagnosing and treating problems before they grow to be painful and expensive. Keeping up with your oral health is vital to your overall health, and doing so can significantly reduce the amount of money that you’ll need to spend on dental treatment later in life.

We work with each of our patients to develop a comprehensive treatment plan geared toward their optimal, individual oral health.

General Dental Treatments

Individual Consultations & Dental Exams

According to the American Dental Association, you should have a dental exam twice a year. During your exam, we'll scan for any dental issues as well as go over any concerns you may have regarding your dental health. The exam also consists of dental X-rays, which allow us to check for any dental problems that can't be seen by the naked eye. Dr. Chittajallu will also check to see if you're in need of a fluoride treatment or a dental sealant to keep cavities at bay. Last but not least, we'll run an oral cancer screening as a preventive measure to assess for any abnormalities that could indicate cancer. This step is crucial because catching signs of cancer early on is beneficial!

Dental Cleanings

Our dental cleanings consist of removing any built up plaque and tartar from your teeth and polishing them. We use specialty tools to access those "hard to reach" spots in your mouth to thoroughly clean any places you may frequently miss when you brush and floss at home. If necessary, we may also give your teeth a fluoride treatment to help safeguard against cavities and decay.

Maintaining great oral health involves much more than just brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily. We recommend that you visit our office every six months so we can professionally clean your teeth and perform a routine exam. Get in touch with our office to schedule your next dental cleaning!

Digital X-rays & Panoramic X-rays

Digital X-rays play a large role in the diagnosis of dental problems. By using digital X-ray technology, Dr. Chittajallu is able to view a detailed image of your entire mouth on the computer screen in a matter of seconds. Not only are digital X-rays faster and more comfortable than traditional X-rays, but they are also safer and cut your exposure time by as much as 90 percent!

Digital X-rays are needed to reveal:

  • Deep cavities
  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Deep gum disease
  • Infections in the jaw bones
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
  • Small areas of decay between teeth or below existing restorations

Dental Sealants & Fluoride Treatments

Your toothbrush cannot always reach down into the deep crevices of your teeth. Dental sealants can help with this. Dental sealants are made with a resin material that bonds into the grooves of your teeth. This can create a barrier against things such as plaque, food particles, and acidic foods and drinks.

Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening your teeth so that they can block acid and resist cavity-forming bacteria. Call Dr. Chittajallu today to find out more about how fluoride can help your teeth.

Drug-Free Headache Prevention & TMJ Treatment

If you frequently have migraines or severe headaches, you may be grinding or clenching your teeth while sleeping. We can create what’s called an NTI device that will prevent you from clenching and grinding your teeth at night. This custom but simple device is comfortable so you won’t lose out on sleep! Imagine solving your headache and migraine problems without costly drugs and unwanted side effects! Call us today to learn more about headache prevention.

Sleep Apnea Relief and Treatment for Snoring

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Do you suffer from snoring, and you’ve already ruled out allergies, sinus infections, and colds as the cause? If so, your snoring could be an indication of a serious condition that affects millions of people. This condition is called sleep apnea or obstructive sleep apnea. During sleep, the muscles in the mouth, jaw, and throat relax. When they become too relaxed, the airway can become obstructed, making breathing difficult. The result is sudden and repeated awakenings multiple times each night.

Sleep apnea isn’t just about a bad night’s sleep. It can pose considerable health risks. Sleep apnea has been linked to many maladies, including an increased risk of stroke, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

Dr. Chittajallu can help determine whether or not you have sleep apnea. If you are suffering from sleep apnea, she can create a comfortable and effective mouthpiece that will open your airway, allowing you to breathe freely while sleeting.

We look forward to treating you!

Restorative Dentistry

Couple in need of restorative family dental services

With a healthy mouth, it’s easy to take simple things like eating, talking, smiling, and laughing for granted. Many of our patients have oral conditions that require more than regular cleanings and exams to restore a healthy smile. If your teeth or gums are damaged, you can benefit from our restorative dental treatments. Dr. Chittajallu and our team at Southwest Smiles can determine the best of several restorative dental treatment options available to patients whose smiles need a second chance, from natural-looking fillings and porcelain crowns to dental implant restorations and dentures. Also, dental implants are effective in stabilizing dentures to fit better, feel better, look better, and chew better. We can even combine multiple restorative procedures to fit your individual oral health needs and desires for your smile.

Restorative Dental Treatments

Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings

Tooth fillings are most commonly used to treat cavities. Once the decay is removed, we use a composite resin to "fill" in the space left behind. Unlike noticeable silver amalgam fillings, our fillings are tooth colored, so we can match it to the shade of your teeth. This allows the filling to be virtually unnoticeable!

Porcelain Crowns & Fixed Bridges

If you suffer from decayed or missing teeth, Dr. Chittajallu can help restore your smile with porcelain crowns. Crowns improve the appearance of your smile, restore damaged and decayed teeth, and protect your teeth for years to come. Best of all is that they look and feel completely natural!

A dental bridge is a dental restoration that literally “bridges” the gap where one or more teeth used to be. Dental bridges can be supported by natural teeth with crowns on top, or by implant-supported crowns.

ONE-VISIT Crowns with CEREC® Technology

Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy)

Dental Implant Restorations

Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically positioned in the jaw bone, then topped with a natural-looking restoration to permanently replace one or multiple missing teeth. Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth and even allow you to eat all of the foods that you love, from chewing gum to apples! Call Southwest Smiles today to see how dental implants can improve your smile.

Dentures & Removable Partial Dentures

Schedule an appointment with Southwest Smiles today!

Cosmetic Dentistry

Are you looking to enhance the beauty of your smile? Learn more about our Cosmetic Treatments.

Periodontal Health (Gum Health)

Periodontal (Gum) Health

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, three out of four Americans suffer from some form of gum disease, ranging from gingivitis to serious periodontal disease. The prevalence of gum disease increases with age, because as we age, our teeth wear down, our gums naturally recede, and teeth can become more sensitive. If your gums feel tender or sore, or if they look red and swollen, you may have gum disease. Other signs include bleeding and/or receding gums, pain or sensitivity in your teeth (and even loose teeth, caused by weakening gum fibers or bone loss), and persistent bad breath. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss as well as various other health problems. More and more life-threatening illnesses are being linked to the presence of gum disease, so please call us today so we can help protect your health.

Treatment for Gum Disease

Your first step in treating gum disease is to meet with Dr. Chittajallu for an exam and consultation. If you have any degree of periodontal disease, she can help you. In the past, gum disease almost always required surgery. While surgery is still an option, many cases today can be treated with less invasive techniques first, such as deep dental cleanings, local antibiotics, and special mouth rinses. A healthy body needs a healthy mouth, and a healthy mouth needs healthy gums!

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral Cancer Screening Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is one of the most curable cancers, but only when it is caught in the early stages. Dr. Chittajallu uses the sophisticated oral screening system OralID in addition to using Digital Panoramic X-rays for the purpose.

We look forward to treating you!

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