Dentistry is a popular avenue for the cosmetics industry, especially treatment for dental veneers. Porcelain dental veneers are dental crowns that “cap” existing teeth and fix:
uneven spaces or gaps
Though dental veneers may seem costly, a professional dentist ensures that your treatment lasts you several years and is safely completed. You may have seen advertisements for “Instant Veneers” or “Snap on Smiles” that are claiming to give an instant perfect smile over your existing teeth without the need to go to the dentist. On Amazon, Snap on Smiles cost only $11.99 and are “one size fits all.” This seems like an astounding savings, however, you may cost the health of your existing teeth when wearing a snap on veneer product.
If you read the reviews, you can quickly learn that products like these have very mixed reviews. For example, this product on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Snap-Smile-Whitening-Alternative-Drilling/dp/B07NCYF8P8) appears on the first google search. This product in particular earned several 1 star reviews, involving the idea that these teeth do not fit to the user’s smile, and look like “horse teeth.” These types of problems are definitely a concern to someone trying to improve their look in a natural looking, seamless way.
Like other avenues in the cosmetic industry, dental veneers need to be carefully chosen to make you look your best. A professional dentist consult is the best option for dental veneers as your dream smile can be individualized to you, thoughtfully executed with proper technique and technology, and last a lifetime with great home care and checkups.
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Lasers are changing dentistry forever, giving patients easier and better experiences when visiting the dentist. Also, dental technology is making dentistry more fun for everyone! There are new technologies that make dentistry less messy, time consuming, and more fun when you visit your dentist!
Panoramic 3D machines and CT scans are used to see your entire smile and all of its parts in one image! With a panoramic image, your dentist can use less X-Rays overall to diagnose and treat you, exposing you to less radiation.
Have you ever had an impression taken at your dental office? Was it messy and gooey? Now, dental offices are ditching the goop and using 3D scanning technology! With new digital scanning devices, dentists quickly “scan” your mouth to make crowns, bridges, night guards, and more. Best of all, if your dentist has a lab in house, they can 3D print your crown, bridge, or night guard right quicker!
Dental professionals are working hard to make your experience as painless, quick, and comfortable as possible. New technology, such as 3D scanning, satisfies patients, helping you enjoy your visit! Check out our website to see what other technology we offer to you: https://www.serenityhavasu.com/our-technology/!
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Dental X-Rays help precisely diagnose your dental problems. Additionally, with procedures such as “crown seats” or “root canals,” X-Rays ensure that your treatment was completed successfully. With the technology available today, X-rays are the safest they have ever been. Four X-Rays use about the same amount of radiation that is in your banana.
Though small amounts of radiation pass through dental X-rays, offices still follow ALARA: “As Low As Reasonable Achievable” when performing any treatment.
There are a few different types of X-Rays that you’ll receive in a dental office, depending on your treatment.
Panoramic X-Rays: A 3D “panoramic” capture of your entire mouth, jaws, sinus cavities, and neck.
Bitewings: X-Rays that focus on the crowns (visible parts) of your teeth, to help diagnose cavities and deep pockets around the gums.
PA’s: Single X-Ray films that focus on a specified area of the mouth, such as where a toothache is.
Modernized dentists are using a technology called Nomad X-ray technology. Unlike your typical, bulky X-ray heads, they are handheld and expose you to even less radiation than before.
Dental professionals take every precaution to limit your exposure to radiation. Every patient receives a lead vest for each X-Ray.
It is important to let your dentist, hygienist, and assistant know of all of your medical changes, such as pregnancy. When pregnant, it is important to limit radiation as much as possible or get permission from an OBYGN. Pregnant patients can still receive X-Rays for treatment, with a thyroid and body lead vest to protect both the patient and fetus.
Choosing the best dental practice for you can be daunting with so many offices to choose from. It is essential to keep in mind the factors that are important to you when trusting a dentist and staff with your dental treatment.
Know their values.
All dental offices have a mission statement towards how they run their practice. On the main page of a dental office’s website, key information to define themselves to you will be available. Also look for videos or blogs from the doctor and staff!
Check for social media and websites.
What does your future dental office do besides dentistry? Are they known and active within your community? Are they friendly? Social media represents the actual culture of a practice and it is posted for the public to see! A great dental office frequently posts about their dentistry AND the livelihood of their practice. If you interact with these posts, a great dental practice will reach out to you!
Check for insurance coverage.
If insurance is a determining factor in your choice, you may call and ask the front office staff if your insurance is covered. Some offices bill all insurances, so keep this in mind if you prefer an office that isn’t “in network.” You may still receive benefits towards your treatment!
Check the reviews.
Reviews are the easiest way to read honest opinions about your dental office. Communities’ word-of-mouth referrals help you better understand the practice you’re looking into from real people! If a dental office has high-star reviews from multiple people – it’s safe to say that the office prides itself in it’s mission.
Learn about the dentist(s).
Learning about your dentist is just as essential as learning about the office they practice in. On the dental office’s website, you can read biographies made by the dentist(s). Dentists should include credentialing, a bit of their personality, and their mission as a provider in their biography so you can get to know them before the first appointment.
Research what services they offer.
Before choosing a dental office, it is important to know that they offer everything you’re looking for. Do you suffer with a pesky gag reflex or from anxiety of the dentist? If so, make sure that the office is well equipped to comfort you through oral or IV sedation. Also not all dental offices are able to perform full mouth rehab/transformations and types of procedures, like implants. Double check by calling or checking out their website that the office can fulfill your dental needs.
Search for ads.
If you are self pay, look in the local ad papers to see if they have new patient specials or specials on procedures you may need done. Advertisements also give you a look into how they stage the practice to look to the public. Is it the type of practice you want to be a patient in?
Make an appointment.
If you have confidence in one or two dental offices after researching them, schedule a comprehensive (first) appointment! A comprehensive appointment is a full mouth check-up by the dentist so that they can diagnose any problems and meet you personally. This is your chance to see your dentist and dental office in action for your first treatment with them. First impressions COUNT, so pay close attention.
During the process of finding your dental office, don’t be afraid to call and ask questions, as well as ask questions during your first appointment. A great dental office will happily gain you as a new patient. Also, your dentist should thoroughly answer any of your questions!
Use these tips to find the best dental office you’ve visited. It is essential to find an office that cares about your customer service experience, treatment experience, and overall satisfaction!
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We all try to make the best choices to look young and feel our best. There are excellent choices you can make today for your oral health that will keep your smile looking its best and lasting the test of time with consistency. This blog will go over key tips to making those excellent choices for your oral health.
Brush your teeth at least twice daily.
Brushing your teeth is essential for maintaining good oral health. Morning and evening brushing are the most recommended times for brushing. Brushing after meals or sugary drinks ensures that your teeth have less exposure to bacteria, food, and sugar!
Use a straw for drinks.
Drinking your beverages through a straw helps avoid the surfaces of your teeth. Preventing contact of these drinks to your teeth helps prevent sugar from coating and sticking to your teeth. Doing this also lowers the likelihood of staining your teeth with beverages like coffee and wine.
Scheduling biannual visits with your dentist will keep your smile in check.
Avoid using teeth as tools.
Using your teeth as tools causes damage. With the wrong job, you may chip or fracture your tooth! Take the time to use the right tools for the job, such as opening bottle caps and lids, it will save your smile.
Avoid clenching and grinding.
Clenching and grinding cause irreversible damage over time. Clenching may cause teeth to crack, fracture, and chip. Also, your jaw may hurt over time due to the stress. Grinding wears down your teeth over time, actually shortening them! People clench and grind in their sleep, so it’s important to talk to your dentist about a night guard to prevent further damage. Read our blog about night guards and more on our blog: https://www.serenityhavasu.com/uncategorized/night-guards-for-teeth-grinding/
Maintain a good routine!
With anything, consistency is KEY to having a healthy smile!
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Implants are the most popular dental restorations that offer a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. Compared to others treatments, such as fillings, crowns, and root canals, implants last the longest. Below are FACTS about dental implants.
Our implants are titanium
Our Serenity Dental implants are titanium, which binds to your bone through a process called “osseointegration.” Titanium is the best material for dental implants and is a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth or securing loose dentures.
Implants stimulate your bone
Stimulating your jaw bones prevents noticeable aging effects more than other products and services. Dental implants keep your bone stimulated so it does not die or decrease with missing teeth or as you age. Looks of a “sunken face,” or smaller jawline appear because of lack of bone to fill the face. You can learn more about facial aging at https://www.livescience.com/35332-face-bones-aging-110104.html.
Implants are delivered to you in 3 unique components:
If you already have dentures or have treatment pending for dentures, implants placed on both the upper and lower arches of your mouth to secure them in place! Also, implant-retained dentures improve the taste delicious foods because the roof of your mouth is exposed.
Over 3 million people have dental implants in the US
Implants are the closest restoration to a natural tooth
Implants stimulate bone just like your natural tooth root does – implants feel like the closest match to a natural tooth.Prepping and planning is necessary with your implant procedure. Your dentist will require a medical background and a CT scan of your jawbones to ensure that implants are possible for you.
Dentures and implants are excellent solutions for restoring a confident smile. Full dentures are removable upper and lower arch appliances that fit around your jaw bones. Negative pressure from breath stabilizes your dentures. Also, patients with full dentures can also use dental glue to keep their dentures in place. Full dentures are an easy way to restore your smile.
Partial dentures restore smaller areas of the mouth that full dentures. They flawlessly replace missing teeth around your natural teeth.
Implants give you a permanent solution to restoring or replacing a missing tooth. Through their design, our titanium implants bind to your available jaw bone, just like the root of a natural tooth. Implants are placed in a specific sequence:
the implant placement
the healing abutment (button) placement
final crown placement
One missing tooth is replaceable by one implant. If you have full dentures, 2-4 implants can be placed on your upper and lower arch to secure them in place.
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If you have sensitive teeth, there are a variety of treatments for sensitivity. Sensitive teeth may reroute your daily lifestyle due to the temporary shooting pain that’s experienced. Certain sensations, like “sourness” from candy, or temperatures, like hot tea, cause discomfort. Anyone can experience teeth sensitivity, regardless of their dental health.
Some factors of your oral health may contribute to sensitivity, including:
teeth chips or cracks
clenching and grinding
acidic foods or drinks
aggressive brushing or hard bristles on your toothbrush
teeth whitening treatments
Improve the symptoms of sensitive teeth by choosing a variety of treatment options. A proper diagnosis from a dentist will help guide you to the right treatment. Treatment of sensitive teeth varies with each patient, from changing your toothbrush to a softer head, to receiving a deep cleaning.
Treatment for sensitivity includes:
a custom night guard from your dentist
using a soft bristled toothbrush
switching to “sensitive” or “desensitizing” toothpaste
a dental cleaning from your hygienist
adding fluoride mouthwash to your daily routine
a fluoride treatment from your dentist or hygienist
Tooth sensitivity can cause you to avoid hot and cold foods and beverages because of the overwhelming sensation. Sometimes, simply brushing teeth can be painful! Tooth sensitivity occurs when dentin becomes exposed in your teeth. Dentin is beneath the enamel (hard, outermost layer of your tooth). Increased exposure of dentin can cause more serious problems to your teeth, such as tooth decay!
Tooth sensitivity is the most common type of “toothache.” The pain that is experienced with sensitive teeth can be described as sharp and shooting.
Gum disease, grinding, harsh brushing, post-whitening treatment, and diet are all leading contributors to the experience of tooth sensitivity.
Sweet, acidic, and hot/cold food and drinks are major causes of tooth sensitivity if they are able to sit on the surface of your teeth for long periods of time.
Read more of our blogs on how to prevent and treat tooth sensitivity. If you’re in pain, please contact us at Serenity Dental so we can help relieve you and help you enjoy your smile.
In adults, gum disease is a leading cause for dental problems and losing teeth! It may be hard to tell if you have gum disease because it typically painless. Your dentist, hygienists, and assistants are all knowledgeable in the signs and symptoms of gum disease. With regular check ups, you can avoid and potentially reverse gum disease.
Some problems can signal the presence of gum disease, including:
gums that bleed easily
tender, inflamed, and/or red gums
bad breath or taste
loose permanent teeth
change in bite
change in the way partial dentures fit
The risk of developing gum disease can increase with some factors:
poor or inconsistent oral hygiene
tobacco products and smoking
diabetes or other health conditions
crooked teeth that are hard to clean effectively
Early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which includes symptoms of red, swollen, and bleeding gums. Luckily, gingivitis is reversible in most cases! Receiving a deep cleaning from your dental hygienist can help you regain a healthy mouth, followed by good daily oral hygiene.
Periodontitis is advanced gum disease. Over 45% of adults in the United States suffer with chronic periodontitis! Consequently, tissue and bone in the mouth are both affected over time. Aggressive periodontitis causes rapid loss of both bone and tissues and could occur in the entire mouth.
Researchers and doctors are starting to link the onset of systemic diseases (such as heart disease) to periodontal disease. it is important to schedule regular dental check ups and cleanings. Outside of the dental office, great oral hygiene helps maintain your smile for a lifetime to come!