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Can You Handle A Dental Emergency?

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At Harris Dental, we hope you never experience a serious dental emergency. It’s important, however, to know what to do in such a situation. Here is a quiz on both dental emergencies and less urgent oral issues.

1. One of the wires on your braces breaks. What do you do?

a. Cut off the loose piece.
b. Put a piece of orthodontic wax on the end if it is irritating your tongue or gums. Schedule an appointment with your orthodontist to have it fixed.
c. If the wire has cut your gums, rinse with a solution of salt and water.

Both b and c are correct. If you don’t have a piece of orthodontic wax, you can use a cotton ball to cover the sharp end. If you cut off the loose end of the wire, you risk swallowing it.

2. Your five year-old falls off his bike, hits his face on the sidewalk, and knocks out one of his front teeth. What do you do before driving immediately to the nearest Phoenix dental office or Mesa ER?

a. Put the tooth back in the socket.
b. If the tooth is dirty, scrub it with a brush.
c. Put the tooth in milk.

The answer depends on whether it is a permanent tooth or a baby tooth. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, it may be successfully re-implanted if done quickly. Make sure you only hold the tooth by the crown; never touch the root. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently with water, being cautious not to brush off any tissue attached. It is best to reinsert the tooth into the socket. This may not be possible with younger children.

Because it is essential to keep the tooth from drying out on your way to your Mesa dentist or nearest Phoenix area emergency room, you can put the tooth in a cup of milk. Baby teeth should not be reinserted because it can potentially damage the emerging tooth.

3. You lose a filling and the tooth starts hurting. After
scheduling an appointment with your Phoenix dentist, what do you do in the meantime?

a. Save the filling.
b. Take an OTC pain reliever.
c. Put an aspirin on the tooth.

Both a and b are correct. Though your Phoenix dentist probably can’t use the same filling to repair the problem, it may reveal important information about the cause of the separation. Never put an aspirin on a tooth because the acid in it could irritate your gums.

4. One of your teeth suddenly darkens. What are the possible causes?

a. The nerve inside the tooth is damaged.
b. It is side effect of a medication you are taking.
c. Gum disease.
d. An infection.

The answer is all of the above.

For any dental emergency or other oral condition, call an urgent dental care office or Harris Dental in Phoenix. We have been providing quality dental care for Phoenix, Mesa, and Queen Creek residents since 1979. If you add our address and phone number (480-428-0040) to your phone contacts right now, you won’t have to search for it in the case of an emergency.

Harris Dental
Phoenix Location:

4444 N 32 St, Ste 208
Phoenix, AZ 85018
http://www.harrisdental.com/phoenix/

Posted in Emergency Dentistry

Teeth: What Have They Done For You Lately?

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Welcome to the Phoenix dental blog! Today we are going to explore the secret life of our teeth.

The shape of each tooth gives a clue to what it does. The incisors, or your front teeth, are sharp. They need to be because their job is to cut food and their curvature helps move food inside the mouth.

Behind the incisors, you find the canine teeth. Their roots go far into the jaw bone because they are designed to hold onto food and tear through it.

Premolars, found just behind the canines, are flat on the surface. This allows them to crush your food as you chew. And, finally, in the very back are the molars. They are large and have nice, flat chewing surfaces that help them to grind food down into smaller, more digestible pieces.

I’m Dr. Harris, a
patient-oriented Phoenix dentist. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little more about the different teeth in your mouth.

If you are in the Queen Creek, Scottsdale, or Mesa area and would like to make an appointment at my practice, Harris Dental, please give us a call at 480-428-0040 . We can schedule an appointment and tell you about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as porcelain veneers and teeth whitening.

If you’ve ever been interested in a smile makeover, we would love to discuss the possibilities. I want my Phoenix dental patients to have healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. At Harris Dental, we offer comprehensive dental services including: dental implants, Invisalign clear braces, and sedation dentistry.

Where People Mean Everything

 

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale
Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona

 

Posted in General Dentistry

Does Your Dentist Conjure Up Cavities?

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Cavities can be filled, but it is better to prevent cavities in the first place. If your dentist seems to conjure up cavities at every visit, then it’s up to you to break the cycle. But we are here to help you. Let’s work together.

How can you lift the cavity curse? Schedule a preventative dental consultation and examination at Harris Dental by calling 480-428-0040 . You will be served by several members of our friendly team. One of our experienced dental hygienists will give your teeth and gums the best cleaning they have ever received. He or she will review proper oral hygiene and discuss ways to incorporate these critical habits into your lifestyle.

One of our expert dentists will perform a thorough examination and discuss your dental conditions and goals. We welcome questions about brushing, flossing, diet, medical issues, and lifestyle choices. These are all factors that affect your dental health.

Here at Harris Dental, as much as we love to see our patients, we would prefer they all enjoyed healthy smiles and only had to visit a couple times a year for cleanings and checkups. Use preventative dental visits to improve your oral care techniques and break the cavity curse.

Dr. Joe Harris is an experienced dental professional who promotes preventative dentistry. Harris Dental was launched in 1979 to provide the residents with the highest standard of personalized dental care.

Harris Dental offers a comprehensive menu of dental services including emergency dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants, dental crowns, and laser dentistry.

Find us nearby at our Mesa location: 4540 E Baseline Rd, St 101 in Mesa, Arizona; call 480-428-0040 or visit http://www.harrisdental.com/dr-joseph-harris/. We also have locations in Mesa, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Phoenix.

We look forward to working with you to break the cavity curse.

Posted in General Dentistry

Not Happy with Your Queen Creek Dentist?

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Hello Arizona friends! Welcome to Harris Dental. At Harris Dental, we provide general dentistry, restorative dentistry, and revolutionary cosmetic dentistry for the whole family. We offer:

Teeth whitening
Sedation dentistry
Dentures
Dental crowns
Immediate care for dental emergencies
Strong, natural looking restorations
A clean, comfortable, and friendly dental atmosphere to make your experience as pleasant as possible

I am Dr. Joe Harris. Our Queen Creek office is located at 20261 E Ocotillo Rd, Ste 120. I have been practicing advanced dentistry at Harris Dental since 1979 and am a member of Crown Council. By working with an experienced dentist, anyone can have a smile they want to show off.

Perhaps your smile is stunning and you only need a cleaning. Our talented Harris Dental dental hygienists perform thorough deep cleanings to remove plaque and tartar and keep your teeth and gums healthy.

If you don’t currently have a dentist, or if you are not happy with your current dentist, we invite you to visit our Harris Dental for an informative consultation and examination.
Harris Dental
20261 E Ocotillo Rd, Ste 120
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
http://www.harrisdental.com/services/

Posted in General Dentistry

What’s Your Dental Plan in Phoenix, AZ?

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To achieve the utmost in oral health and a beautiful smile, you need a strategy. If you’re in Phoenix, Arizona, looking for a smile makeover and need family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, or any number of dental restoration procedures done, your strategy should be: “Contact my professional neighborhood dental practice.” Harris Dental is at your service.

Harris Dental – Phoenix Office
4444 N 32 St, Ste 208
Phoenix, AZ 85018
480-428-0040

Dr. Joe Harris and his extraordinary team of dentists have been serving the Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, and Queen Creek communities since 1979. Our highly regarded patients will tell you they can’t get over the way Joe Harris and staff fixed and transformed their most essential feature into a unforgettable smile. We would love the chance to exceed your expectations, as well.

If you’re worried about how expensive the work you need could be, don’t worry, you might be pleasantly surprised about the bottom line. Especially if, like many of our nearby Chandler and Mesa patients with dental coverage, your insurance picks up a significant portion. But even without insurance, the procedures can be affordable.

We have competitive pricing and work to keep the costs reasonable when it comes to porcelain veneers, emergency dental care, and teeth whitening. And, before you ask, dental crowns and sedation dentistry are included in that list. Let us transform your smile into one that will light up the world.

Here’s the strategy you need: Harris Dental!

During your consultation, we will discuss all of the procedures we offer – from braces to crowns to veneers to bridges. Knowledge is power.

 

Posted in General Dentistry

Live Better In Phoenix With Dental Implants

Phoenix Implant Dentistry Ill-fitting dentures can cause more problems for denture wearers than they solve. If you live with loose dentures, you probably regard them as a necessary evil. Though they certainly look better than a toothless mouth, in practical terms they leave much to be desired because they affect two essential activities: eating and talking.

Unfortunately, many frustrated denture wearers have quit dining in restaurants or engaging in social activities because they are afraid their dentures will slip.

Implant dental procedures are allowing former denture wearers to re-engage in life.

Consider the advantages of implant anchored dentures:

  • They are stable because the implant is anchored in the bone.
  • Your denture is fixed, it will not move around in your mouth.
  • They prevent bone loss that can occur when teeth are removed.
  • They eliminate the necessity of regular denture relines.
  • They do not irritate gums.
  • No denture adhesive is required.

Patients who have replaced their traditional dentures with implant overdentures enthusiastically say that the dental implant cost was more than worth it.

Do you want to eat normally again? What is the value of maintaining your facial shape? Can you put a price on confidence?

If you want more information about dental implants, call 480-428-0040 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Harris. Harris Dental is located at 4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale. We have been providing advanced Phoenix dental care since 1979.

Where People Mean Everything

 

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale
AZ

 

Posted in Dental Implants, Dentures

See Harris Dental For A Smile Impossible To Ignore

Harris Dental For A Smile Impossible To Ignore

Many people consider the myriad options available to stop the aging clock. Whether it is a surgical procedure, Botox, hair implants, or a chemical peel, Arizona residents have countless choices to help them look more youthful. I am Dr. Harris and I am exited to tell you about a simple and affordable procedure we offer at Harris Dental that can create a younger looking you.

Porcelain veneers will produce a smile that will have people asking you if you have lost weight or started going to the gym because the effect is stunning.

Haven’t you noticed that when you talk with someone who has sparkling, straight white teeth, their smile catches your eye? An engaging smile draws attention away from wrinkles or a flabby belly because a dazzling smile is the first impression others have of you – and it is impossible to ignore!

At Harris Dental, our porcelain veneers will improve the color of your teeth, cover chips, cracks, or misshapen teeth. Veneers can lengthen teeth that look too short, fill in gaps between teeth and cover any irregularity your teeth may have. Porcelain veneers reflect light the same way natural teeth do making them a great choice for a smile makeover.

If you are a middle-aged (or older) Phoenix resident pondering ways to improve your appearance, Harris Dental can help you turn back the clock by creating a youthful smile. Harris Dental has been serving patients in Phoenix since 1979. We offer affordable, professional services including dental implants, Invisalign clear braces, and cosmetic dentistry.

The smiles in the Arizona zip code area can rival those of Beverly Hills 90210 thanks to porcelain veneers. Contact Harris Dental today for a younger you!

 

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale
AZ

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Porcelain Veneers

Super Smiles Have Strong Enamel

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Did you know that enamel is the hardest substance in the body? It’s true! This substance, found on the outer surface of your teeth, truly should last a lifetime. But just because it’s super strong doesn’t mean you don’t have to work to take care of it.

Here are some beneficial tips for keeping enamel healthy.

1. Pick the right foods for enamel health. It’s no secret that soft drinks hurt your teeth, and don’t think that diet sodas are harmless – the artificial sweeteners can also erode enamel over time. There are also other culinary culprits that can do a lot of harm. Sticky, chewy candies should be avoided. Chewing ice is a no-no. And don’t use your teeth as tools. Take a minute to grab some scissors before you rip open that package with your incisors.

On the flip side, foods with calcium can neutralize acid in your mouth and guard your enamel. So, enjoy your dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt!

2. Avoid vigorous brushing and use a soft brush. Also, it’s best to brush about an hour after eating, because foods, especially acidic ones, can soften the enamel, thus making it more prone to damage from brushing. If your teeth are discolored or yellowish, you may feel you need to brush harder. Instead, think about teeth whitening and talk to your dentist.

3. Keep stomach acids in check. If you have a problem with severe heartburn, the stomach acid could be traveling up your esophagus and into your mouth. This acid can erode enamel, so it is important to communicate with your Phoenix doctor about treatment.

4. Talk to your dentist about dry mouth and tooth grinding. Lack of saliva is a major issue for tooth enamel, and it’s no surprise that teeth grinding can also wear it down. Make sure your dentist is aware if you observe either of these issues.

Hi, my name is Dr. Harris Dental. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible, and enamel health is a key component. Harris Dental has been serving patients in Phoenix since 1979. We offer affordable, professional services including dental implants, Invisalign clear braces, and cosmetic dentistry.

My practice, Harris Dental, is currently accepting new patients. Give us a call at 480-428-0040 to make an appointment!

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-2/tooth-enamel-damage, accessed on September 18, 2013

 

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale
AZ

 

Posted in General Dentistry, Oral Health

Smile Makeovers: It’s Not Just About Your Teeth

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I have been creating spectacular smiles at my cosmetic dental practice since 1979. Each one of my smile makeover patients values their new smile almost as much as I value their trust.

My loyal patients, along with my dedicated dental team, have made my professional career particularly rewarding.

Working as a dentist is more than just a job. Likewise, a smile makeover is more than straight, white, beautiful teeth – though that’s a big deal in itself!

My cosmetic dentistry patients report that their new smile affects many areas of their life. Some have noticed increased effectiveness in their profession. Others enjoy a richer social life because they are now able to smile, laugh, and eat without self-consciousness.

One of my patients who had been embarrassed by his damaged teeth for years says his new youthful smile has given him greater confidence and ambition.

Hello, I’m Dr. Harris of Harris Dental. At Harris Dental, we expertly perform the most advanced cosmetic dental procedures available including teeth whitening, dental crowns and bridges, porcelain veneers, and dental bonding. We also fill cavities with tooth-colored fillings that blend perfectly with your natural teeth.

Only need a cleaning? Come in for a general dentist exam. Our hygienists perform the most thorough deep cleanings for our patients whose healthy smiles need nothing else.

If you don’t currently have a dentist, we invite you to visit our cosmetic dentistry practice and discuss your dental goals. To schedule an exam, cleaning, or consultation, contact us today at 480-428-0040 .

Contact Harris Dental: 480-428-0040

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

A Fresh Start After Losing A Tooth

Phoenix Permanent Tooth Replacement Are you one of the many men and women who has had a tooth extracted? If the tooth had been bothering you, it may have been a relief. Unless, of course, the tooth was in the front of your mouth and now the gaping hole shows every time you smile. Ignoring it is impossible because your tongue can’t leave it alone.

Once the tooth has been pulled, you have many essential decisions to make. Is a dental bridge affordable? Do I want to damage two healthy teeth to anchor the bridge? Should I opt for a partial denture? What about bone loss?

What if you could have a fresh start? What if you could have a permanent, natural looking tooth replacement that would restore your smile and retain the healthy bone and gum tissue around the tooth root? If you opt for a dental implant, you can.

A dental implant is a permanent replacement for all parts of the tooth. It consists of three parts: the titanium post, the abutment, and the restoration.

The Titanium Post
—Inserted directly into the jaw bone
—Extremely strong
—Titanium is unique in that it bonds with living bone tissue (also used in knee and hip replacement surgery)

The Abutment
—Can be made of gold, porcelain or titanium
—Permanently attached to the post (it will not slip and slide like dentures)

The Restoration (Crown)
—Usually made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy (PFM)
—Is made to match the color of surrounding teeth
—Will look as good or better than the tooth it replaced

Dental implant surgery is not an experimental treatment. The cutting-edge materials and techniques have been tested and refined for several decades. Moreover, it has been performed by dentists and prosthodontists for over twenty-five years. To schedule a dental implant consultation, call 480-428-0040 .

Contact Harris Dental: 480-428-0040

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