Chris Riedel, DDS
Horizon Dental General & Family Dentistry of Southeast Texas

16453 Highway 62 South • Orange, Texas
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Horizon Dental understands the importance of an attractive smile. We also know the value of healthy gums and teeth. We make it our goal each day to provide the necessary tools, care and precision to help you and yours achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.

Patient Education is an important aspect of our practice. We invite any questions that can help you gain a better understanding of procedures, results, and more. Click here for a dental video series to help you learn a quick overview on a number of topics with Get My Smile.

What Patients Are Saying...

:: "Anybody with dentures should get implants. It is by far the way to go.
They feel just like my original teeth." - Robert, Vidor

:: "I wish that I had found them years ago!" - Sue, Bridge City


We offer a variety of family dental care, including the following services:

  • PORCELAIN VENEERS
  • CROWNS (CAPS)
  • BRIDGES
  • ROOT CANAL THERAPY
  • EXTRACTIONS (TOOTH REMOVAL)
  • PORCELAIN INLAYS/ONLAYS
  • TEETH CLEANINGS (PROPHYLAXIS)
  • PERIODONTAL SCALINGS
  • DENTAL IMPLANT RESTORATIONS
  • BLEACHING
  • BONDINGS
  • COMPOSITES (TOOTH COLORED FILLINGS)
  • DENTURES
  • MOUTHGUARDS
  • TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDER TREATMENT
  • SEALANTS


  • PORCELAIN VENEERS

    Veneers are porcelain wafers that are laboratory fabricated and are bonded onto the tooth. They are highly esthetic and lifelike. They are designed to correct colors, sizes, shapes, spaces and alignments of teeth. They are stronger and more durable than composites.

    CROWNS (CAPS)
    Procedure whereby a tooth is covered to strengthen a damaged tooth. The tooth may have been damaged by decay, or have a previous restoration that has fractured. Root canaled teeth are also crowned if sufficient tooth is missing or if the dentist feels that the tooth will last longer by protecting it with the crown.

    There are several types of crowns. The dentist and patient will make the decision as to which one is best for patient. This involves several phases. One in which the dentist prepares the tooth and a temporary is fabricated and used to temporize the tooth while the crown is being processed in a dental laboratory. The second step is inserting the permanent crown.

    Failing to return to have the permanent crown placed can cause damage to the underlying tooth due to weakness and poor fit of the temporary crown.

    BRIDGES
    A dental bridge is an appliance used to replace one or more missing teeth. These appliances are cemented into place and cannot be removed by the patient. As the name of this appliance implies, the bridge is made out of three pieces that fit into the open space in the mouth, "bridging" the gap.

    Most bridges are made of a pontic tooth (or false tooth), held together by two crowns (a "cap" that covers the tooth, approximating its normal size and shape). This trio is then attached (cemented) to the abutment teeth (the surrounding teeth of each side of the gap).

    ROOT CANAL THERAPY
    A root canal is needed when the pulp or nerve of a tooth gets affected by decay or trauma. The blood flow within the tooth rushes to the site of inflammation in order to aid the tooth, but what occurs as a result is a pressure on the nerve endings which generates the pain response. Pain usually occurs at night or when lying down, can be triggered by hot or cold and can be occasional or continuous.

    What occurs is a slow progression whereby decay may invade the pulp space and travel through the canal and settle at the end of the root. What occurs is an abscess or swelling at this site. Other causes of nerve pain can be fractures of teeth, large fillings that are not tolerated by the pulp or constant trauma to the tooth. Occasionally, it is difficult to diagnose which tooth may be the culprit until localization occurs.

    Treatment involves cleaning the canal space by removing the infected or affected nerve, washing the space and filling the space with an inert, rubber-like material that helps seal the space. Bio-compatible cements are used with this material to seal any smaller openings.

    As with any procedure, success or failure of a procedure depends on the circumstances, infection and patient. These can be discussed with the dentist. After endodontic therapy, the patient will usually need a crown to properly restore the tooth.