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Irene Blaess, DDS

drdezavala_croppedDr. Blaess became a dentist because she wanted to show people that it is possible to have pain free dental experiences. As a child, she had a very traumatic dental episode and it took years to be able to stop being sedated for dental work. Her goal is to ensure children never feel the terror she experienced and have a pain-free dental visit. Her gentle touch and caring manor is what makes her one of the best dentists in Texas. She has won numerous awards for being one of the best dentists in San Antonio, including Top 10 dentists of the year, Top Women Dentists of San Antonio and Best San Antonio Dentist by the express news.

She is a platinum Invisalign provider with over 1000 cases under her belt, and is skilled in doing regular braces too. Dr. Blaess believes it is vitally important to commit time to keep learning. She attends many hours of continuing education courses every year, far beyond the necessary amount required to maintain licensure. The office undergoes constant improvements in equipment, materials, and techniques. She has extensive training in many aspects of General family dentistry including Laser dentistry, Orthodontics, Dentures and partials, Veneers, Root canals, Dental Implants, Full mouth Makeovers and restorations, Snoring and Dental Sleep Appliances, and Kor Tooth Bleaching. She is the right dental choice whether you are looking for an emergency dentist or a five star dentist for your entire family.

Dr. Blaess grew up in Houston from the age of eight, graduating from Sharpstown High School. Upon graduation, she attended the University of Texas in Austin. She is a Longhorn but treats everyones with the same caring touch. Upon receiving her dental degree in 1997 from the UT Health San Antonio she opened DeZavala Dental (the original) and 2003 Northwoods Dental Spa became a reality.
She is mother of two boys, Michael Blaess and Brian Levin. Michael is a local realtor and Brian is at San Antonio Boys Academy. They love to travel, spend time together and with friends and they scuba dive whenever possible.

Wendy Taylor DDS

drdezavala_croppedDr. Wendy Taylor has been part of De Zavala Dental since 2020. She is one of the best dentists in San Antonio. She graduated as a Dentist for the first time in 2005 from UANL, Monterrey, Mexico; and second time in 2017 from UTHealth San Antonio from the International Dentist Education Program. She was awarded with the Comprehensive Dentistry Award, Best Hand Skills and Esthetics Dentistry award from UTHSCSA the same year. She became a faculty member in 2018 where she helped educate our future dentists; she was awarded Professor of the Year in 2022. She was one of the best dentists in San Antonio by San Antonio Magazine Dr. Taylor was born and raised in a small town in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. She is currently established in San Antonio with her husband and two kids; she believes Continuing and Open Education is essential to keep growing as a professional; and is the reason why she adopts principles from different doctrines in Dentistry like Biomimmetic, Biological and Digital Dentistry.

Mission Statement: “Compassionate, tailored and educational dentistry should be provided to every patient; one size Dentistry does not fit everyone”.

Skills and Expertise: She enjoys doing Comprehensive Dentistry, but her passion relies on Esthetic Dentistry (Veneers, Crowns, Natural Layered Composite).

Interests and Hobbies:Dr. Taylor also enjoys NOT being a Dentist, yes, she’s someone’s wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, granddaughter and friend and loves spending time with all of her love ones. She enjoys drawing, reading, learn about different cultures and listening to personal stories.

No matter how big or small your concern might be, she is here to help you and guide your decisions. Whether you are having a dental emergency and need urgent care or you are looking to transform your smile she is the most caring dentist for your family.

Craig A Long DDS

drdezavala_croppedDr. Craig A. Long is a graduate of the University Of Missouri Kansas City School Of Dentistry, 1979. He received BA – Zoology and BA – in Biochemistry in 1975. Dr. Long and had a thriving private general practice for 30 years in Vandalia, MO. He raised three children Christine, Brian, and Megan.  He currently practices and lives in San Antonio, TX with his wife Tish and step children Madison, Davis and Riley Olson.

Dr. Long is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and the American Academy of Cranio-Facial Pain, American Orthodontic Society, Academy of General Dentistry, and Fellowship status in the International Congress of Oral Implantology.  He published articles on LANAP in Dentistry Today and the Missouri Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Long began instructing in 2003 for the Institute of Advanced Laser Dentistry. He is educating dentists on the low invasive Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP).  He treats and trains dentists on the healing art of treating gum disease utilizing a laser that reassures no bleeding, no stitches and minimal pain. The LANAP procedure enables patients with gum disease to regenerate healthy gingiva and bone.

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