Hygiene – Cleaning & Maintenance
Our Doctor’s strongly suggests visiting regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams. The ADA recommends brushing your teeth twice a day and replacing your toothbrush every three or four months. Clean between teeth daily with floss or an inter-dentally cleaner. Decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach, this helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line. Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
For more information please visit the ADA Cleaning Guidelines. http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/b/brushing-your-teeth
Composite fillings (tooth colored) – which is a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium that produces a tooth-colored filling. They provide excellent durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less tooth structure is removed to prepare the tooth, and this may result in a smaller filling.
Amalgam (silver fillings)- is a stable alloy made by combining elemental mercury, silver, tin, copper and possibly other metallic elements. Although dental amalgam continues to be safe, some concern has been raised because of its mercury content. However, the mercury in amalgam combines with other metals to render it stable and safe for use in filling teeth. Because amalgam fillings can withstand very high chewing loads, they are particularly useful for restoring molars in the back of the mouth where chewing load is greatest. The silver-colored filling is not as natural looking like one that is tooth-colored, especially when the restoration is near the front of the mouth, and may show. To prepare the tooth, the dentist may need to remove more tooth structure to accommodate an amalgam filling than for composite fillings.
Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. Periodontal diseases are classified according to the severity of the disease. The two major stages are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a milder and reversible form of periodontal disease that only affects the gums. Gingivitis may lead to more serious, destructive forms of periodontal disease called periodontitis.
At Family Dentistry we use a scaling technique to remove calculus and plaque that is causing the infection of the gums.
More information provided about the periodontal disease at the ADA Periodontal Disease Information. http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/g/gum-disease
Once upon a time, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you’d probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called a root canal therapy you may save that tooth. Inside each tooth is the pulp which provides nutrients and nerves to the tooth, it runs like a thread down through the root. When the pulp is diseased or injured, the pulp tissue dies. If you don’t remove it, your tooth gets infected and you could lose it. After our Doctor removes the pulp, the root canal is cleaned and sealed off to protect it. Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to two visits.
A dental crown is a tooth shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength and improve its appearance. The crown, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
A crown can help strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling. Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. It’s also used to cover a dental implant and cover a tooth that has had a root canal.
Milled crowns are digitally constructed in an office with software and hardware to produce them. Here at Family Dentistry and Denture Center we have the software and hardware to produce a crown in one visit with no need for a temporary. On occasion, some crowns will need to be sent to a lab – these crowns will need to have two appointments for completion.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking. There are options to help restore your smile. Bridges help maintain the shape of your face, as well as alleviating the stress in your bite by replacing missing teeth. Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Unlike a removable appliance, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist. Information http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/b/bridges
Dentures and Partials
Our Dentists are here to service you if you are in need of a full set of Dentures or Partial Dentures. Let our dentists determine if dentures are right for you. If so, you can be sure that you will receive the best dental service possible. Our team of dental professionals will ensure that your new Dentures or Partial Dentures will provide you with the proper fit and the beautiful smile you deserve. We have our laboratory here on site, so we can custom make your dentures or partial dentures to fit you and your smile.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth with a titanium screw which acts as a root that is placed into your jaw to hold the replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. There are implant patients of literally all ages.
Mini Denture Implants
Mini Denture Implants use four titanium screws which act as anchors for denture stabilization. Mini Implants are often used for traditional loose fitting lower dentures. These implants are particularly optimum for those who are tired of the day to day complications and inconveniences associated with traditional dentures. By consulting with us we can decide whether you are a good candidate for implants based on a consultation and evaluation of your dental history. Next time you visit us be sure to ask questions about mini dental implant costs and information.
We appreciate the patients at our dental office and care deeply about your oral health. To show our appreciation and encourage ongoing dental care, we now offer teeth whitening to all patients who are up to date with recommended dental care.
Here are the details:
- You will get custom whitening trays made and (5) syringes of professional teeth whitening gel -to be completed at your leisure, at home.
- Additional teeth whitening gel can be purchased
• Hygiene Appointment must be done before whitening.
• You are 18 years old or have parent’s permission.
Please let us know before your next dentist appointment if you want to whiten we can make accommodations in our schedule.
Night Guard/Snore Guard
Bruxism is a condition of grinding your teeth or clenching your jaws. This often happens as we sleep, caused not just by stress and anxiety but by sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or teeth that are missing or crooked. Symptoms include a dull headache, a sore jaw, and sensitive teeth. You could have teeth that are painful or loose from severe grinding. This can lead to fractures in your teeth. Our Doctor’s can fit you with a mouthguard to protect your teeth during sleep.
ADA Grinding Information: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/t/teeth-grinding
Snoring can be a real problem, not only for the person who snores but for the partner and other family members who live with the snorer. There is a dentist solution for a more restful night’s sleep a snore guard. An affordable device for our patients and it exhibits success in mitigating or even preventing the disruptive, unhealthy effects of snoring and sleep apnea.