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Globe Arizona Cosmetic Dentist and Dental Implants

At Mountain View Dentistry, we perform a wide variety of services to help you get the smile you deserve. By leveraging today’s advanced techniques and technology, Dr. James Smith and Dr. Marshall Griggs can restore your beautiful smile to help you maintain your youthful appearance. Whether you need to get a tooth filled, have crooked teeth, or need a complete smile makeover, we can offer a treatment plan that’s right for you. Read below to learn more about some of the procedures we offer.

PREVENTIVE CARE – Dental Cleanings

Routine dental cleanings are important to maintaining good oral hygiene. Professional cleaning by a hygienist can remove mineralized plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. A cleaning is recommended once every 6 months.

What to Expect

You can expect your dental cleaning to last between 30 minutes and an hour. A licensed dental hygienist will do the cleaning, and one of our doctors will come in for an exam at the end. Most people find that dental cleanings are painless, and do not cause any discomfort.

There are two important steps to a dental cleaning. The first step is scaling the teeth. This is where the hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from tooth surfaces. This can be performed by hand or with electric scalers depending on the hygienist’s preference.

The second step includes polishing to remove any final plaque and buff the teeth. Polishers generally have several different sized heads to clean hard to reach places.

PREVENTIVE CARE – Dental Exams and X-rays

Routine dental exams are important in order to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Additionally, they can help you avoid the financial costs associated with large treatment plans later on. The Academy of General Dentistry recommends two yearly checkups for people of all ages. At this frequency, most problems can be caught while they remain in an early stage.

What to Expect

We will first examines your mouth visually, using dental equipment such as mouth mirrors, dental picks, and high intensity lights. They will look for cracked and decayed teeth, as well as review other important items such as:

  • Medical history review: We will assess how any new medical conditions or illnesses may affect your dental health
  • Examination of tooth decay: Your mouth will be checked for cracked or decayed teeth
  • Oral cancer screening: The face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums will be checked for any signs of oral cancer
  • Gum disease evaluation: Your gums and bone around the teeth will be checked for any evidence of periodontal disease
  • Examination of existing restorations: Current fillings, crowns, and other restorations are made sure to be in good order

Additionally, diagnostic x-rays are taken to reveal any other hidden problems, especially in the areas below the gums. Bitewing x-rays are typically taken every 12 months and a panographic x-ray, which revolves around the head, is taken every 3-5 years.

PREVENTIVE CARE – Oral Cancer Screening

What is oral cancer?

Oral cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in the oral cavity. This may include the lips, tongue, mouth and throat. There are two types of oral cancer: the type that develops in the mouth, called oral cavity cancer; and the type that develops in the back of the mouth at the top of the throat in an area referred to as the oropharynx, called oropharyngeal cancer.

How common is oral cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society, oral cancer affects more than 35,000 people in the U.S. each year.

What are the risk factors for oral cancer?

Tobacco use, such as cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco, and heavy drinking are the most significant risk factors for developing oral cancer. Prior occurrence, family history of oral cancer and being over the ago of 40 also increase your risk for developing oral cancer. Infection with the human papillomavirus, the virus responsible for cervical cancer in women known as HPV, may also increase a person’s risk for oral cancer.Twenty five percent of oral cancer patients have no risk factors for oral cancer.

What is the survival rate of oral cancer?

Although other cancers present more frequently than oral cancer, the survival rate for this disease is discouraging. It causes 7,500 deaths each year and only slightly more than half of oral cancer patients survive five years.

What are the treatment options for oral cancer?

Early detection can significantly change what treatment options a doctor may decide to pursue. Treatment for early-stage oral cancer usually involves a surgical resection of the diseased tissue. If the cancerous tissue is large, surgery to remove the diseased tissue may involve removing a large portion of the tongue, lower jaw or throat. When the disease metastasizes, or spreads, to other areas of the body, your doctor may require chemotherapy or radiation in addition to surgical removal of the diseased tissue.

What can people do to reduce their risk of developing oral cancer?

The single most important way to reduce the risk of developing oral cancer is to reduce the risk factors, stop using tobacco and evaluate drinking habits. If a person uses tobacco or is a heavy drinker and is over the age of 40 their dentist should evaluate the oral cavity annually with a visual examination, including the use of an adjunctive screening device to increase the visibility of potentially cancerous tissue. If a person has one of the additional risk factors for oral cancer, they should speak with their dentist about concerns for developing oral cancer.

*Information courtesy of Zila, for more information please see www.zila.com

COSMETIC DENTISTRY – Dental Implants

What is a dental implant?

If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants provide a great solution rather than having removable dentures. Dental implants also provide great stability and esthetic quality. The purpose of the implant is to serve as an artificial root and crown of the tooth. Made of titanium, it is surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw. The teeth (crowns) attached to implants have a natural look and often enhance a patient’s smile.

As far as stability is concerned, implants are very strong and durable because they integrate into the natural bone of your jaw. They usually last many years, but on occasion will need to be re-tightened or replace due to normal wear.

What are reasons to get dental implants?

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting nearby teeth
  • Resolve joint pain due to movement of adjacent teeth
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile
  • Restore normal functions of the mouth, i.e. chewing, speech, digestion
  • Restore or enhance facial tissue
  • Support a bridge or denture

What should I expect?

The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months. X-rays and impressions are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine the amount of bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for the implant. After the area has been numbed, the implant will be placed into the bone and allowed to heal in order to integrate itself onto the bone, usually for a period of 6 months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the cap (crown) in place. With other implants, the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.

After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings are sometimes required, this step may take a couple months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient. Our office will provide you with all necessary instructions when your treatment is complete. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your implant.

COSMETIC DENTISTRY – Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are thin custom made shells that cover the front surface of your tooth to improve their appearance. They are made of tooth colored materials and can be used to improve the color of teeth that have been worn down or stained. Alternatively, they can be used to improve the shape or size of the tooth.

When should you consider dental veneers?

A consultation about dental veneers is appropriate if:

  • Your teeth are stained or discolored teeth
  • Your teeth are crooked or misshaped teeth
  • Your teeth have spaces between them
  • Your teeth are broken or chipped

How Veneers are Placed

Two visits to our office are typically required for porcelain veneers. At the first visit, three important steps are completed. Firstly, the your teeth are prepared to be fitted with a veneer, which will involve trimming a portion of the tooth so the veneer can be bonded on top. Secondly, an impression is taken of your tooth which will be sent to a laboratory to prepare the veneer. Finally, you may receive a temporary veneer depending on how much of your tooth structure was removed. This temporary veneer will protect your tooth while the permanent veneer is prepared at the laboratory.

At the second visit, the temporary veneer, if you received one, will be removed. Then, the new veneer received from the laboratory will be checked to ensure it fits well. It’s best not to adjust porcelain veneers after they have been bonded to your teeth, so any adjustments will be made beforehand. Once you and the doctor are satisfied with the look and feel of the veneer, it will be bonded to your tooth.

COSMETIC DENTISTRY – Porcelain Crowns

Compared to fillings which just cover a small portion of a tooth, a crown (or cap) encases the entire visible portion of a tooth. In effect, the crown acts as the tooth’s new outer surface. A dental crown is used when a tooth is broken or decayed to such an extent that fillings aren’t able to repair the problem. The crown is able to provide a protective shell around the damaged or decayed tooth to strengthen it, as well as to improve the appearance of the tooth. They can also help restore a tooth to it’s original shape, and are commonly used for teeth that have been broken. While crowns come in different materials, our crowns consist of porcelain to give them a look and feel similar to a natural tooth.

What to Expect

The first visit involves reshaping the tooth and taking impressions to create the crown. Typically a portion of your tooth will have to be removed for the crown to fit properly. After your tooth is reshaped, a special material is used to create an impression of it. This impression will be sent our dental laboratory to be made into a permanent crown. Before sending you home, we will provide you with a temporary crown to cover your tooth in between visits.

When you return to have the permanent crown seated, we will remove the temporary crown and fit the new permanent one. Before cementing the permanent crown in place, we will ensure that it fits comfortably and matches the color of your teeth.

COSMETIC DENTISTRY – Composite Fillings

When treating a cavity, the decayed portion of your tooth is removed and filled with a composite restoration. While there are multiple options for the material to be used in fillings, here at Mountain View Dentistry, we almost always use composite fillings.

A composite filling is also known as a tooth colored filling, since the material used in the filling closely matches the natural color of your teeth. Composite fillings provide excellent durability for small to medium cavities, and the procedure typically involves removing less of a tooth than you would during an amalgam filling. They are also particularly well suited for treating front or highly visible teeth because of their natural look.

When can a composite filling be used?

  • Decayed tooth (i.e. cavity)
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Decreasing the gap between teeth

What to Expect

After the doctor numbs the area where the filling is to be placed, he will remove any decayed portions. A restoration material is then applied to help open up the pores of your teeth for a stronger bond. A special light is used to harden and cure the material. Once this is complete, the filling is applied in thin layers to slowly form the complete filling. After the composite has hardened, the filling will be adjusted polished to be comfortable and fit your bite.

COSMETIC DENTISTRY – Teeth Whitening

Our natural teeth can discolor through the years as our enamel wears down. The wearing down of enamel allows dentin, a yellow colored substance that makes the core of our teeth, to show through. This is what gives our teeth a yellowish tint. Teeth whitening helps restore teeth to a shiny white color through the use of bleach.

Teeth whitening methods

Teeth whitening involves the use of take home whitening kits. These whitening kits can be purchased at our office for use at home. The strength of the gel used in these kits is lower than that used for in-office bleaching, and thus the gel can be applied for longer periods of time. Usually the trays are worn a couple hours a day or overnight for a few days or weeks depending on the product.

COSMETIC DENTISTRY – Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a false tooth that is used to fill the gap created by missing tooth or teeth. A gap between your teeth can be potentially dangerous to your dental health, as it can cause your teeth to shift resulting in a change in your bite that could be painful. Dental bridges help alleviate this problem by using the two surrounding teeth as anchors to hold a false tooth in the place where the gap is. Typically, porcelain crowns are placed over the surrounding teeth, and the false tooth, known as a pontic, is fused between them.

Types of dental bridges

There are three types of dental bridges that are commonly used:

  1. Traditional Fixed Bridge – This is the most common type of dental bridge, in which porcelain crowns are placed over the two surrounding teeth and used as anchors to hold the fale tooth in place. The false tooth is usually made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics
  2. Cantilever Bridge – A cantilever bridge is used when teeth are present on only one side of the gap. These are used typically in areas of your mouth that doesn’t experience an intense chewing load, such as your front teeth
  3. Resin-bonded Bridge – In a resin-bonded bridge, metal bands are bonded to the surrounding teeth with resin and used to hold a plastic false tooth in place. This type of bridge is typically used in areas of the mouth that undergo less stress, such as the front teeth

How it’s done

A minimum of two visits are required for placing a dental bridge. At the first visit, three important steps are completed. Firstly, the surrounding teeth are prepared to be fitted with crowns. This may include filing down the tooth so that the crown can fit over it. Secondly, an impression is taken of your teeth which will be sent to a laboratory to prepare the bridge and crown. Finally, the doctor fits your teeth with a temporary bridge to protect them while the bridge is prepared at the laboratory.

During the second visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the new bridge received from the laboratory is fitted and adjusted. Multiple visits may be necessary to check and adjust the fit.

COSMETIC DENTISTRY – Inlays and Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are a more conservative approach to tooth restoration than full crowns. The are used to repair rear teeth that have mild to moderate tooth decay, or for cracked teeth where the damage does not warrant a dental crown. Porcelain, composite resin and sometimes gold are used to create inlays and onlays. Inlays refer to those procedures where the bonded material is limited to the center of the tooth, while onlays refer to those procedures where the bonded material can extend further to one or more cusps of the tooth.

What are the benefits of inlays and onlays?

  • Natural look: Inlays and onlays have a natural tooth color that makes them virtually invisible compared to amalgam fillings
  • Great fit: Inlays and onlays will not expand or contract based on temperature like metal fillings
  • Longevity: Inlays and onlays can last up to thirty years, longer than any other type of filling
  • Minimal tooth structure removed: Inlays and onlays require the minimal removal of a tooth’s surface, helping to preserve the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure while restoring decayed or damaged areas

How it’s done

Typically, two visits are required for the placements of inlays and onlays. In the first visit, your dentist will take an impression of your tooth, which will be sent to a lab to create the permanent inlay or onlay. Before you leave, he will fit your tooth with a temporary inlay/onlay to keep the tooth protected between visits. During your second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary protective material and fit your tooth with the permanent inlay or onlay received from the lab.

GENERAL DENTISTRY – Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is treatment used to repair and save a tooth that has been infected due to a deep cavity or cracked tooth. The treatment involves removing the pulp and the nerves of the tooth, and cleaning the infected area. A tooth’s pulp and nerve is not important to a tooth’s health and function after the tooth has fully emerged from the gums. If the treatment is not performed, pus will build up at the root tip and the infection of the pulp can spread to the surrounding bone. This results in pain and swelling, and your tooth will likely have to be removed.

What are the symptoms that a root canal is needed?

  • Severe tooth pain while chewing
  • Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
  • Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold, with the sensitivity lingering for some time.
  • Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
  • Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth

What does the treatment involve?

First, an opening is made into the pulp chamber through the crown of the tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the root canal is thoroughly cleaned. If we decide to complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth. When you return, we will remove the temporary filling, re-clean the root canal and pulp chamber, and place a permanent filling and/or crown over the tooth.

Root canal therapy has a high rate of success, and many teeth which undergo necessary therapy will often last a lifetime. Additionally, the crown or filling placed at the completion of the procedure blends naturally with your other teeth, this makes it difficult for others to notice you had treatment done.

GENERAL DENTISTRY – Tooth Extraction

A dental extraction is the procedure to remove a tooth from your mouth. A dental extraction is most commonly required if one of your teeth is damaged beyond practical repair. The most common reasons for tooth extractions include:

  • Severe tooth decay or infection may make it impossible or too costly to repair a tooth
  • Advanced gum disease may require a tooth to be pulled so it doesn’t affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of your mouth
  • A tooth may be extracted if it is blocking other teeth from coming in
  • During orthodontic work, teeth may need to be extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place
  • Wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they come in

What to expect

Your dentist will first administer anesthetic to numb the area and reduce discomfort. During the extraction, you will feel the pressure of the tooth being removed, but will not feel any pain. Typically, the dentist is able to remove your tooth within a matter of minutes.

Immediately after the tooth extraction, a small amount of bleeding is normal and a patch of gauze will be placed in the affected area. The area may bleed minimally for the next 24 hours or so and taper off after that. Follow the doctor’s instructions on how often to change the gauze, as well as post-operative procedures which will be given to you after the extraction. If you happen to misplace the instructions, a link is provided below.

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