Last updated 5 months ago
If you’re missing a tooth, you’ll find that a dental implant can be an excellent dental solution. A missing tooth can make it difficult to talk or chew. Also, your facial structure can begin to change, making you appear older than you actually are. Fortunately, a dental implant can eliminate these common problems. A dentist can replace a missing tooth with a titanium implant, allowing you to restore your smile. Read on to learn more about dental implants:
Dental implant surgery is usually an outpatient procedure performed in several stages. In order to be adequately prepared, ask your cosmetic dentist about specific pre-operative instructions he would like you to follow. Your dentist may ask you to rinse your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash or take antibiotics in the days leading up to surgery. You will also need to have someone available to take you home after the procedure if you will be taking an oral sedative or having IV sedation administered.
At the beginning of the dental implant procedure, the remains of your damaged tooth are removed. Next, your jawbone is prepared for surgery – a process that may involve bone grafting. After the jawbone is properly healed and prepared, the implant is put in place. The dentist uses a numbing agent so you won’t feel any pain as he makes an incision in your gums. A special drill then creates a space where the implant can be screwed into place. The gums are closed and the bone is given time to fuse to the implant. Once healed, your oral surgeon will place the new artificial tooth or crown on top of the implant.
As with all surgical procedures, there may be some lingering discomfort, but it can generally be treated with over-the-counter pain medications. Your dentist will ask you to schedule regular follow-up appointments to ensure that the implant is in good shape.
You don’t have to live with a gap in your smile. All Smiles Dental Care offers a full range of cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic services in Arcadia. Call (602) 840-2330 to schedule your appointment today.
Last updated 6 months ago
Crooked or misaligned teeth can be more than just an aesthetic issue. Crooked teeth can make patients vulnerable to periodontal disease, cause uneven wear, and create abnormal amounts of stress on the teeth and gums. If left untreated, crooked teeth can impact one’s ability to eat or speak, and can eventually lead to pain in the jaw, headaches, and tooth loss. In most cases, crooked teeth can be corrected. Protect your dental health by having crooked teeth inspected and treated by a cosmetic dentist. For more information on crooked teeth, watch this short video.
If you need assistance straightening your teeth, or are interested in a consultation regarding other cosmetic dentistry services, contact All Smiles Dental Care. Call (602) 840-2330 or visit our website to learn more about our full range of services.
Last updated 6 months ago
Tooth sensitivity—or pain in the teeth triggered by hot, cold, sweet, or sour foods or beverages—can range from a minor inconvenience to a painful irritation. At its worst, tooth sensitivity can send sharp, shooting pain into tooth nerve endings. With the help of a cosmetic dentist, tooth sensitivity can be managed or minimized in most cases. Read on to discover tips for easing tooth sensitivity.
Select Special Toothbrush and Toothpaste
A key element of managing tooth pain is picking the correct tools with which to clean your teeth. Always select a gentle toothbrush with soft bristles. When choosing toothpaste, select one specifically designed for sensitive teeth. Desensitizing toothpastes help prevent pain by blocking the tubules in the dentin.
Use the Right Brushing Technique
Brushing too vigorously or using a toothbrush with hard bristles can wear down the tooth enamel and cause the dentin to be exposed, resulting in further sensitivity. That’s why dentists recommend gentle and regular brushing. Daily use of a fluoridated mouth rinse can also help decrease sensitivity.
Adjust Your Diet
Avoid acidic foods and beverages, such as wine, pop, juice, fruit, and pickles. These types of foods can place your teeth enamel under attack and further increase sensitivity. Limit these types of foods and beverages, and try to brush about twenty minutes after consumption.
Try Fluoride Gel Treatment
Depending on the severity of your tooth sensitivity, your dentist might recommend a fluoride gel treatment. This in-office procedure can strengthen the tooth enamel, reducing sensitivity. While they wear off over time, desensitizing treatments can last for anywhere from a few months to a couple of years, depending on the material used.
Contact All Smiles Dental Care for the best in orthodontic care. Serving the Phoenix area, our experienced and professional staff can offer a wide range of services, including cosmetic dentistry, veneers, dental implants, crowns, teeth whitening, extractions, and more. Call us today at (602) 840-2330 to learn more.
Last updated 6 months ago
Though eating too many sweets is certainly one of the reasons why children get cavities, the consumption of sugary or starchy foods is hardly restricted to young children and adolescents. Kids are not inherently more vulnerable to tooth decay—a condition that deteriorates tooth enamel and causes cavities. Adults also get cavities if they do not practice good oral hygiene habits and eat teeth-friendly foods. Bacteria in the mouth thrive on sugar, and together they create acids that attack the tooth surface. It doesn’t matter if sugar is introduced through the consumption of candy, cake, or sweetened soft drinks—it can cause severe oral problems over time. Family dentists caution adults to be vigilant about protecting their teeth. In order to prevent cavities, limit your intake of sugary foods and brush your teeth as recommended.
All Smiles Dental Care wants you to have a healthy and cavity-free smile. If it has been more than six months since your last checkup, call our family dentistry office today at (602) 840-2330 for an appointment. Our comprehensive services include both general and cosmetic dentistry options for Phoenix area patients.
Last updated 6 months ago
Dental anxiety is more common than you might guess. For some people, feelings of fear can cause them to delay or miss their dental checkups. For others, the condition can develop into a full-fledged dental phobia, which can lead to the complete evasion of all dental care until an oral health problem becomes so advanced that professional treatment is the only option.
Dental anxiety or phobia can manifest itself in many ways. Some individuals may realize that their fears are more extreme than is warranted, yet they may still become frightened, saddened, or sickened by the prospect of having to see a dentist. As a result, their oral health suffers. Should they finally make an appointment for a checkup or treatment, many dental anxiety or phobia sufferers are extremely agitated or uncomfortable for the duration of their visit.
Being fearful of the dentist may be a product of past dental experiences. Some individuals might avoid going to the dentist because they aren’t sure what will happen once they’re in the dentist’s chair. The sights, sounds, and sensations that may occur during their checkup are fearsome enough to prevent them from seeing a dentist. Dental anxiety or phobia may also develop if a person has an overwhelming fear of pain or discomfort, regardless of the circumstances in which it may occur.
Central to overcoming your dental anxiety and enjoying healthy teeth and gums is establishing an open line of communication with your dentist. Modern family dentists have at their disposal a range of techniques that can easily and quickly address your dental issues with minimal to no discomfort. Various sedation dentistry options can further relax anxious patients so that they can undergo treatment without pain or discomfort.
All Smiles Dental Care provides a comfortable and compassionate environment for patients with dental anxiety or phobia. We strive to give each patient a pleasant experience at our Phoenix family dentistry practice. To speak with an associate about your dental needs, call (602) 840-2330.