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Dr. David A. Little, DDS, San Antonio, TX

Professionals in Dentistry
6961 U.S. Highway 87 East
San Antonio, TX 78263

Email:dlittledds@professionalsindentistry.com

Phone: 210.648.4411
Fax: 210.648.6498

As a small child I loved working with my hands in my father's custom boot company. This love, coupled with an inherited desire to help others, led me to pursue a doctorate degree in dentistry. I graduated in 1984 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. Since that time, I've devoted a significant amount of time to refining my craft through continuing dental education.

In 1998, I began sharing my extensive experience and passion for advanced dental techniques with my professional colleagues. I've had the privilege of educating thousands of dentists around the world on advanced dental procedures and techniques through dental education workshops and clinical seminars.

When I am not practicing dentistry, I enjoy family time with my wife,Lee Ann, my daughter Morgan and my son Zachary. If I can sneak some 'alone' time, I love to play golf and follow my Spurs.

Thank you for placing your trust and confidence in our practice.

Friday
Apr042014

Sedation Options for Dental Patients, With Dr. David Little, San Antonio, Texas

Nobody loves coming to the dentist and Dr. David Little understands that.  A dentist in San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Little offers many options to his patients to make the dental experience as pleasant as possible.

Dr. Little uses the NuCalm system, which is a non-narcotic relaxation technique involving four different things.  The patient takes a dietary supplement that makes them feel relaxed, they wear noise-blocking headphones that also play acoustic music to make them relax, they wear dark glasses to block out the light and lastly, they wear electrostimulators behind the ears.  This whole process put together really makes the patient feel relaxed, like they're having a spa-like experience, Dr. Little says.  "It's a really good, non-narcotic solution for patients," he adds.

For those patients wanting a little more, he can combine the NuCalm with nitrous oxide, or laughing gas.  For those who "don't even want to know they were there," IV sedation can be used or oral sedation, both of which would require someone else to drive them home.  Both of those options are safe and closely monitored.

Dr. David Little is a dentist in San Antonio, Texas.  For more information on his practice, click here.  He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Thursday
Apr032014

CBCT, Cone Beam Technology, With Dr. David Little, San Antonio, Texas

CBCT imaging is cone beam technology, which is a 3D picture of the jaw and allows dentists to do a scan, similar to that of a CT scan but with minimal radiation.  One of the best things about CBCT is that it gives dentists better information and with better information, a better diagnosis can be made, says Dr. David Little, a dentist in San Antonio, Texas.

One of the biggest things CBCT is used is for implant planning, as it allows dentists to see exactly where the bone is and they can use software and manipulate and virtually place the implant or crown so they can see exactly what the final result looks like before they start, Dr. Little says.

Another way CBCT is used is for example, if you're having orthodontics done and you have an impacted tooth, a CBCT allows dentists to know the exact position of the tooth so they can better treat and plan the final orthodontic plan.

CBCT is also great for endodontics, Dr. Little says, so that if a patient needs a root canal, it can show the exact position of the tooth so the condition can be treated better.

Once the information is received, it can be shared with other specialists and even patients, so communication is a big part of CBCT, says Dr. Little.

Dr. David Little is a dentist in San Antonio, Texas.  For more information on his practice, click here.  He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

 

Thursday
Apr032014

Dental Crowns, With Dr. David Little, San Antonio, Texas

Dental crowns are one of the best restorations dentists can do for a tooth, says Dr. David Little, a dentist in San Antonio, Texas.  A crown would benefit a patient if they have a crack in the tooth to add support or if there is a large old restoration that begins to break down.

Gold crowns of the past have evolved to having porcelain laid on top to make it look tooth-colored.  Dr. Little has gotten into aesthetic restorations, where there's no metal, so it's very natural, bio-compatible and strong.  "It's the best of both worlds," aesthetics and strength, Dr. Little says.

The process has gotten even better, where Dr. Little uses scanning technology with a computer instead of dental impressions, so it's easier and more accurate and it cuts down on the time the patient spends in the chair.

Dr. David Little is a dentist in San Antonio, Texas.  For more information on his practice, click here.  He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Thursday
Apr032014

Denture Implants, With Dr. David Little, San Antonio, Texas

By putting implants in for denture wearers to let them function again is very rewarding for Dr. David Little, a dentist in San Antonio, Texas.  He will start by doing a cone beam CT scan to evaluate the bone so he can put the implant in the right place.

Dr. Little asks his patients whether they want to eat what they want to eat or eat what they can eat and that's what implants can do.  He can place as few as two implants and have it attached with an attachment that can be taken off by the patient to be cleaned but while in, it will allow for full function.  Because the implant stimulates bone, it keeps the bone there, which is good for the long-term.

The next step is that he can put in enough implants where he can screw it in place and it doesn't come out.  The patient has the satisfaction of never having to take their teeth out again and emotionally, it puts patients back whole again and allows them to eat what they want instead of what they can eat.

Dr. Little says there is over 35 years of data reflecting success rates of implants in the high 90%, so it's one of the most successful procedures done in dentistry.

Dr. David Little is a dentist in San Antonio, Texas.  For more information on his practice, click here.  He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Thursday
Apr032014

Dental Implants, With Dr. David Little, San Antonio, Texas

When considering a patient for dental implants, Dr. David Little, a dentist in San Antonio, Texas, will start with a clinical exam, then take photos and models to study the teeth and then use cone beam technology, which is a low-radiation CT of the mouth.  This allows him to use planning software to virtually go in and plan the case and know exactly what he's going to do before he starts any surgery.  "We can see the end before we start," Dr. Little says.

Dr. Little will use surgical guides that allows him to put implants into position to give the patient the best restorative result.  Taking that team approach and involving the surgeon, restorative dentist and the patient allows him to get the best results possible for the patient.

The average life of a bridge is 7-10 years, compared to an implant which will be there for a long time.  Dr. Little considers this long-term investment a better one, as it also holds the bone, which keeps the other teeth healthy as well.

Bone grafting is an option for patients with no bone on which to place the implant.  When you lose a tooth, the bone reabsorbs and implants are great because they stimulate bone.  If there is no bone to put the implant on, Dr. Little says there is technology now to graft bone back and then restore it in proper position.

Dr. David Little is a dentist in San Antonio, Texas.  For more information on his practice, click here.  He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.