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Your dental needs are a very personal thing, and you deserve to have all the information you need to make sound decisions about certain treatments or procedures. We don't just tell you what we think is best for you. Our doctors take the time to explain what the procedure is, why it's necessary, and how it will benefit you in the long-term. So we welcome and encourage your questions, because it's the best way for us to know what's on your mind.
Here are a few of the questions we hear most often, but you may have others that you don't see here. Please don't ever hesitate to contact our office if you're looking for more information.
When your tooth is compromised by decay, infection, or dental trauma, we need to take steps to repair it. In many cases a silver or composite filling is sufficient to restore the tooth.
When a dental filling just doesn't cut it
However, if the tooth is so damaged that we need to remove a significant amount of structure, a crown is a better solution than a filling. A crown fully encases the damaged tooth to restore it to its natural shape and size, provide adequate strength, and allow the tooth to function normally again.
Placing a dental crown usually requires two visits. With proper oral hygiene and routine dental visits, a crown can last as long as 15 years.
We may choose crowns in a number of situations:
- Restore a tooth that’s too damaged to support a large filling
- Restore fractured teeth or prevent a weakened tooth from fracturing
- Use as anchors on neighboring teeth to support bridges
- Conceal a discolored or badly shaped tooth
- Restore a dental implant
Dental Crowns Can Help
If you think you may need a dental crown, please call Dental Care at Moon Valley. We’ll be happy to arrange a convenient appointment to discuss your needs and decide if a crown is the most appropriate solution for you. You can also read more about our crowns and tooth-colored fillings here.
Dental implants are a popular choice today for tooth replacement, and with good reason. Implants consist of a titanium post that is implanted into the jawbone. After the post implant has healed completely, a full dental crown is placed on top of the post, and the tooth can be used like a natural tooth. Dental implants are durable, they look and feel great, and they are long lasting. But many patients ask exactly how long-lasting are they?
The life of a dental implant
The length that an implant will last is largely based on the care and upkeep that the patient keeps up with. For example, if you are cleaning your teeth properly and effectively at home, and visiting the dentist regularly for those checkups and cleanings, your implant can last a lifetime.
The dental crown, on the other hand, may need to be replaced every 10-15 years after it has been placed due to normal wear and tear on the crown itself. With excellent oral hygiene, sometimes crowns can last closer to 20 years.
The other main factor in how long an implant can last is where in the mouth it is located. Teeth in the back of the mouth take on more pressure from eating, and are more likely to be neglected when it comes to at-home cleaning, which means it's more likely for an implant in the back of your mouth to have a shorter life. However, in any case, the largest factor here is how well the implant is cared for, so keeping up with those dental appointments is vital.
If you have any questions about dental implants, or if you think you may be interested in getting an implant, don't hesitate to contact our office for more information! We are always able to answer any questions possible over the phone, and we can schedule a consultation to get more information right away. We look forward to helping you achieve a happy, healthy smile!
Dental implants in Phoenix, AZ are one of the most common tooth replacement options in dentistry.
The strength of a dental implant
Dental implants are thin but sturdy posts implanted in your jawbone. The dental crowns that fit over your implant posts can never get cavities. And if they do chip or crack in the future, these crowns can be easily replaced without disturbing your implant posts.
One of the most beneficial aspects of dental implants is how they help preserve your oral health. Because they are secured to your jawbone, they stimulate the bone to remain viable and not shrink away—a common problem associated with tooth loss. Dental implants also prevent your teeth from shifting toward smile gaps.
Since implants cannot be removed, you never have to worry about them slipping or falling out of your mouth. Given their strength, you can also eat your favorite hard or chewy foods again.
With proper care and maintenance, your dental implants can last a lifetime.
If you are missing a tooth, a dental implant is the best long-term tooth replacement option available today.
Give our dental office a call today
Contact a member of our team if you would like more information about dental implants, or if you would like to schedule an exam and smile-goal chat with one of our top Phoenix, AZ dentists.
If you are considering dental implants in Phoenix, AZ, Dr. Chad Hines will explain in detail how the process works and answer all your questions. He will walk you through all the steps, so you know what is involved and what to expect.
This is how dental implants work
- Dr. Hines uses technology to obtain a 3-D image of your jaw so he can plan the precise placement of your implant.
- He surgically places the implant in your jaw during a procedure at our office. We typically perform placement under local anesthesia, and patients report little if any discomfort.
- Over a period of several months, the implant post heals and fuses with the bone and tissues in your jaw.
- We attach a connector piece to the post called an abutment.
- A restoration like a crown, bridge, or denture will be secured to the abutment.
Dental Implants Recovery
The healing period is the longest and most crucial part of the process and can take anywhere from three to six months. This may seem like a long time, but our patients who have had implants placed all agree that the wait is well worth it!
If you are thinking about implants and have questions, please call Dental Care at Moon Valley to arrange a consultation with Dr. Hines. He will be glad to evaluate your needs and help you decide if implants are the best tooth replacement for you.
Full & Partial Dentures
Losing even one tooth can lead to a series of events that can seriously compromise your overall oral health. Surrounding teeth will gradually shift into the space left by the missing tooth.
Finding a permanent tooth replacement option
Replacing missing teeth is important, and dental implants offer a very effective solution. Dental implants are embedded in your jaw bone and act as a replacement root for the missing tooth. The implant works as an anchor that provides permanent support for the dental restoration attached to it. The restoration may be a crown, bridge, or full or partial dentures. Dental implants are secure and durable and should be cleaned and cared for in the same way as your natural teeth.
Dental implants require placement of a titanium replacement root into your jaw. Every case is different, but once the implant has been secured in the jaw bone, healing usually takes several months. We’ll be able to give you a better estimate once we’re familiar with your specific case. Once the bone has healed, we anchor a replacement tooth to the implant.
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Dental implants have changed the way we look at tooth replacement. There’s a lot to consider when thinking about having a dental implant placed. We encourage you to contact our Phoenix dental office, and we’ll be happy to arrange a convenient consultation with one of our skilled doctors.
We agree with the recommendation of the American Dental Association (ADA) to schedule semi-annual dental visits to maintain good oral health.
Visiting your dentist in Phoenix AZ
Preventive dental visits are crucial if you want a healthy smile. Spacing visits six months apart allows us to stay current with your dental needs and address problems when they are small and easy to treat.
Routine appointments consist of a dental exam and a thorough professional cleaning with one of our hygienists. Your dentist will perform a visual exam and may take x-rays if needed. During your cleaning, your hygienist will check for signs of gum disease and gently remove plaque and tartar that collects on your teeth.
We understand that the idea of dental visits can be challenging for some people. But the result of missed appointments is always poorer oral health and the need for more complicated and costly dental work in the future.
Schedule your dental appointment with us today
If you are a patient in the 85022 area who is looking for a dentist to handle all your needs, please call Dental Care at Moon Valley. Whether it’s time for your routine appointment or you have fallen a little behind with your dental care, we can make sure that your smile is as healthy as it can be.
Periodontal disease (also referred to as gingivitis) is the number one cause of tooth loss today. Gum disease causes tooth loss because it’s an infection that attacks your gums and the bones that hold your teeth in place.
What to do if you have periodontal disease
If you have gum disease, one of the first things you’ll probably notice that your gums bleed when brushing, flossing, or eating hard foods. Some other symptoms to look for are:
- Puffy or inflamed gums that are tender to the touch
- Chronic bad breath that remains even after brushing or using mouthwash
- Teeth that feel like they’re coming loose
Gum Disease and Routine Exams
One of the reasons that gum disease is so prevalent is that it can progress to severe stages without presenting any symptoms at all. This is why routine exams and cleanings are crucial – they’re the best way to catch gum disease in its early stages before too much damage has been done.
If you do have advanced gum disease, don’t worry – we offer effective treatment that can eliminate the infection and get your oral health back on track. Please call our Phoenix office to arrange your next cleaning so we can make sure your mouth is healthy and free of disease.
If you’re bothered by a smile that doesn’t enhance your appearance, porcelain veneers are definitely an option we’d like to help you explore. You’ll be amazed to see the dramatic effect that veneers can have on your self-confidence – looking great helps you feel great.
Porcelain veneers are super-thin slices of dental porcelain that are bonded to the surface of your natural tooth. Porcelain veneers offer an esthetic solution for patients of many ages. Veneers can be used to correct a variety of common cosmetic problems, such as:
What veneers can do for you
- Small imperfections like chipped or cracked dental enamel
- Discolored, stained, or dull teeth
- Uneven spaces and gaps between teeth
- Poorly proportioned teeth
- Minor misalignment of teeth
We start the veneers process by shaving off a very small amount of surface tooth enamel. The amount removed is about the same thickness as the veneer, leaving just enough space for the veneer to fit precisely and look natural. Next, we’ll take an impression that we send to the dental lab where your veneers are custom-crafted. When finished, we’ll fit the veneers and bond them securely to the surface of your teeth.
Customized Cosmetic Dentistry
Veneers are an excellent solution for many esthetic problems, but we also offer other options that may be more appropriate. Please contact Dental Care at Moon Valley for more information.
Snoring & Sleep Apnea
If you or your partner snore excessively or wake up feeling fatigued and then drag through the rest of your day, you may have sleep apnea.
The first line of treatment for severe sleep apnea is a CPAP machine that helps keep the airway open while you sleep. But many patients don’t use the CPAP as prescribed because they find it bulky, noisy, and uncomfortable to wear.
However, sleep apnea treatment at our Phoenix dental office is a non-invasive approach that is appropriate for patients with mild sleep apnea or those who can’t tolerate the CPAP.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep-related breathing disorder. When you fall asleep, your tongue naturally falls back toward your throat. Sometimes this movement blocks your airway to the point that you can’t breathe freely.
Since you can’t breathe, your body is deprived of oxygen, and the result is a loud gasping snort as you finally catch a breath. For some patients, this can occur hundreds of times a night, with each episode lasting ten seconds or longer.
To provide relief, Dr. Chad Hines can create a customized device that is similar to a mouth guard but is designed to move your lower jaw slightly forward during sleep. This opens up your airway so you can breathe comfortably and get a good night’s sleep.
Contact our office if you think you have sleep apnea
If you are looking for a solution for your sleep apnea, please call Dental Care at Moon Valley to arrange a convenient consultation.
Teeth whitening is a popular treatment for yellowed or discolored teeth because it’s a cost-effective, proven way to brighten your smile. If you’re considering teeth whitening in Phoenix, AZ, you may wonder if you should see a dentist. While drugstore kits are available, there are significant benefits to putting a professional in charge of your smile.
Advantages of teeth whitening
- Predictable, safe results. Dentists use a professional-grade bleaching gel that is customizable for each patient’s needs. The solution lifts stains at safe concentrations.
- Customized to your teeth sensitivity. Along with whitening different types of stains, the professional teeth whitening process can be adjusted for more sensitive teeth.
- High-quality materials. You can continue touch-ups at home with high-quality bleaching trays and gel that you purchase from your dentist.
- Precision-fit bleaching trays. Your bleaching trays are custom-made using impressions of your mouth. As a result, you’ll get a more uniform whitening and keep the gel away from your gums.
- Choice of at-home or in-office teeth whitening. If you’re not comfortable applying the bleaching gel yourself or if you have tough stains, your dentist can perform the teeth whitening for you in about an hour. Likewise, if you prefer the independence of doing it yourself, you can purchase the same high-quality materials and custom-fit trays for home use.
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At Dental Care at Moon Valley, we always look for the most conservative and affordable solutions for our patients. Dental bonding can be used in a number of ways to solve several esthetic problems.
What dental bonding can do for you
- Create fillings that closely match the look of your natural teeth
- Fill in chips and build up broken teeth
- Close uneven spaces and gaps between your teeth
- Refine the shape of irregular teeth
- Correct the appearance of severely stained teeth
There is little or no preparation required for bonding. Once the composite is applied to your teeth, one of our skilled doctors will expertly shape and polish the tooth so that it blends perfectly with your natural tooth enamel. Dental bonding is so efficient that we can often fix several minor problems during a single visit.
The technique used to bond the composite material to your tooth results in a repair that looks and acts like the surrounding natural tooth. In many cases, the procedure doesn’t require the use of an anesthetic because it’s relatively quick to apply. Dental bonding provides immediate results, and is an excellent cost-effective alternative to porcelain veneers.
Call us today if dental bonding will benefit your smile
If you’re bothered by minor cosmetic imperfections, please call our Phoenix dental office. We’ll be happy to arrange a convenient appointment to discuss your options.
Dentists have used inexpensive silver amalgam to fill and seal teeth for decades. The problem with these fillings is that they don’t bond securely to the surface of the natural tooth. In order to keep the filling in the tooth, we need to create a chamber that undercuts the exterior of the tooth.
Placing a silver amalgam filling may make the tooth usable again, but it can also weaken it because of the larger space needed to accommodate the filling.
Recent advances in dental material and technology now provide us with composite filling material, an alternative to silver fillings that is stronger, safer, and more natural looking. The advantage to using composite fillings is that, unlike silver fillings, they do bond to the tooth, providing more protection from fracturing. The tooth-colored composite filling material is layered into the tooth and cured (hardened) with a special curing light.
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After the filling has been placed, the surface will be carefully shaped to match your natural tooth, then finished with a polishing. The material and the process used to place the filling make the repair virtually invisible to the naked eye. With natural-looking composite fillings, you no longer have to worry about dark spots in your smile caused by metal fillings.
Call our dental office if you would like to replace your silver fillings!
Your excellent oral health is important, but you also need to feel confident about your appearance. At Dental Care at Moon Valley, we place only esthetic tooth-colored fillings that we match to the shade of your teeth for a virtually invisible filling.
So, what exactly are tooth-colored fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are a composite (mixture) of plastic and glass particles that closely mimic the translucent appearance of dental enamel. We start by removing the decayed portion of your tooth. Next, a bonding agent is applied to the prepared area. This allows the filling material that will be added to bond directly to the tooth’s surface. The result is a repair that preserves tooth structure and blends seamlessly with your smile.
In fact, composite fillings are so natural-looking that we can use them for a cosmetic procedure called dental bonding. Using the material, Dr. Chad Hines builds up portions of a tooth to fix chipped or cracked teeth, even out the spacing between teeth, or completely alter the shape of a tooth to improve its appearance.
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Nearly all the services we offer not only improve your oral health, but also enhance your appearance. If you would like to learn more about the advantage of choosing tooth-colored fillings at our Phoenix dental office, please call us today!