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The Health And Beauty Consequences Of Missing Teeth

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Hello. Thanks for visiting our blog. Today’s post focuses on missing teeth and bone health.

Our teeth have many important functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to shrink. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse.

We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, below the seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes – kind of like a sponge. In the interior bone tissue, the bone is continually regenerating itself. This vital process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movements of the teeth stimulate this process of rebuilding. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.

People with missing teeth not only have an unsightly gap in their smile, they begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging.  It is not simply an issue of attractiveness – it poses serious health dangers. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get adequate nutrition. Mental health can also be affected when patients with missing teeth loses confidence in themselves or withdraw from social situations because they are self-conscious about their smile.

Modern Phoenix dentistry to the rescue. Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For patients missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with an implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.

What if your bone has shrunken so much that there is not enough to support an implant? You may be a candidate for bone augmentation or bone grafting. This procedure is routinely handled with success in the Phoenix area and can be done with your own bone, synthetic bone material or bone from a cadaver.

If you are missing teeth, don’t resign yourself to dentures. Tooth implants can provide a remarkable smile! Schedule a consultation by calling 480-428-0040 .

 

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental Questions? We Have Answers.

Mesa cosmetic dental and tooth implants

Hello! If you have questions about oral health, cosmetic dentistry, preventative dentistry, children’s dental sealants, tooth implants, oral sedation, safe teeth whitening, or invisible braces, come to Harris Dental for answers.

My patient-oriented staff has helped me create an atmosphere of active listening. We enjoy getting to know our patients and determining each patient’s unique needs. We want to understand your dental goals and challenges and help you understand the hows and whys of recommended treatment.

We are currently accepting new patients. If you are seeking a friendly children’s dentist or cosmetic dentist, we invite you to come in and meet our patient-oriented team.

Many of our new dental patients ask us about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, smile makeovers and dental implants. We would love to meet with you about these procedures as well as our other dental services.

If you have small children, it is important for you to make decisions about protective sealants and fluoride supplements. If you have older children, it is helpful to discuss braces, sports mouthguards, and dental caries prevention. If you are not happy with your smile, we would like to introduce you to the latest in cosmetic dentistry. If you are missing teeth, dental implants may be the ideal solution. If you have a family member with a chronic illness, we can counsel you about the impact their condition has on oral health. Oral cancer screenings are critical for patients of all ages.

Thank you for visiting our dental blog and taking the time to learn more about Harris Dental. Call today to schedule a consultation.

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Posted in General Dentistry

Harris Dental Patients Have A Choice In Dental Fillings

Phoenix Dental Patients Want A Choice In Dental Fillings

With all the talk of multi-procedure smile makeovers involving veneers, porcelain crowns, bridges, teeth whitening, dental implants, and invisible braces, sometimes the traditional dental filling is overlooked.

If a cavity progresses no further than a filling, Arizona cosmetic dental patients can avoid more extensive and invasive treatments. Today, let’s talk about dental fillings.

Most dental patients have a few fillings in their mouth. When a tooth has been damaged through decay, a dental filling is the most common way family dentists restore the tooth to its previous, intact condition.

Dental fillings have been used for over a hundred years, and they’ve come a long way from the silvery amalgam fillings many of us in the Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa areas remember.

Cosmetic dentists and dental labs have been working to formulate filling materials that are more cosmetically pleasing to their patients.

Today, the filling material of choice is a composite of plastic resin with glass or quartz filler. Referred to as composite fillings, dental patients love the fact that they can be matched to their natural tooth color, making them practically invisible. This is particularly important when the filling needs to be in a conspicuous part of the mouth, such as the front teeth.

Despite the popularity of tooth-colored fillings, many dentists still find amalgam fillings appropriate in some cases. Dental amalgam is made from a metal alloy, which gives it the ability to hold strong even when the chewing load is great.

At Harris Dental, we work hard to make sure each patient feels comfortable during their dental visit. I am Dr. Harris, and I have practiced dentistry since 1979, and I find it especially rewarding when Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa residents experience renewed confidence after a smile makeover.

Whether you are interested in replacing metal fillings with composites, or if you want to discuss tooth whitening and veneers, our staff would be happy to answer any questions you have.

Call 480-428-0040 today to schedule an appointment with Harris Dental!

 

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

Posted in General Dentistry

Tooth Restoration: Dental Implants And Dental Bridges

dental implants in PhoenixWhen our patients ask us about tooth restoration, we usually tell them about fixed (or ‘traditional’) dental bridges or tooth implants. A dental bridge is an artificial tooth that replaces a missing tooth. The false tooth (called a ‘pontic’) is fused to porcelain crowns on either side of the missing tooth.

Tooth replacement has been a highly requested procedure at our dental practice. Patients from the Scottsdale area and Mesa area have expressed concern about tooth replacement for many years. Most questions have to do with the strength of the tooth replacement and durability.

Dental implants are also popular in Phoenix. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.

After it has bonded with the bone (it usually takes three to six months), a smaller post is attached. This post extends above the gum line. The artificial tooth (crown) is then attached. The entire process takes several months, but consistently yields terrific results for tooth restoration patients.

Both smile restoration options preserve or restore facial contour and allow you to talk and eat normally. Tooth replacements prevent adjoining teeth from gradually shifting and can help correct bite problems, also.

Tooth implants and dental bridges can replace one or more missing teeth. Many Phoenix area dental patients have been treated successfully with these tooth restoration alternatives.

Call Harris Dental and ask to schedule an evaluation for tooth restoration. You can schedule your tooth restoration by calling us at 480-428-0040 .

Posted in Dental Implants

Comprehensive Esthetic Dentistry At Harris Dental

Comprehensive Esthetic Dentistry At Harris Dental

If you want a movie star smile, at Harris Dental we can explain cosmetic dental options for achieving the beautiful smile you have always desired. To book a private consultation for a smile makeover, call 480-428-0040 today.

Our doctors have helped many people in the Phoenix, AZ, area achieve the smile they have always wanted.

Whether you have damaged teeth, aging enamel, or teeth that need aligning or whitening, Harris Dental can address your problem areas, provide you with an overall esthetic assessment, and discuss your specific concerns.

A smile makeover in Phoenix typically involves two or more procedures, which may include: dental veneers, tooth implants, sculpting of gums, and teeth whitening or teeth bleaching.

Sometimes the initial examination reveals dental treatments that are necessary to correct other problems involving bite alignment or bone structure issues that, when treated, provide added satisfaction and a natural look to cosmetic procedures.

When the doctors at Harris Dental redesign a smile, the teeth are treated as an integral element of the patient’s face. The lips, gums, mouth, facial structure, patient’s age, and coloring are all taken into consideration. This unified approach to cosmetic dentistry has helped us establish and maintain a stellar reputation in the local professional dental community.

The team at Harris Dental has experience in Invisalign clear braces and dental implants, helping patients leave our office with more confidence and a smile they are proud to show off.

 

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

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

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

How Oral Inflammation Affects Your Health

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Swollen and painful gums are symptoms of periodontal disease, an inflammatory gum disease. Swelling occurs from an auto-immune response of the body reacting to an infection. Infections are noticeable through pain, redness, and warmth. If the infection is left untreated, it can impact the bone near the teeth. The body’s immune system wants to rid the bone of the dangerous material the bacteria is creating. Over time, bone loss will ensue.

Inflammation in the gums also is associated with atherosclerosis, the occurrence of fatty deposits inside of the body’s arteries. Inflammation coincides with an increase of the blood protein CRP (C-reactive protein), which is produced by the liver. The more inflammation there is, the more the liver produces CRP. The more CRP present, the more likely cardiovascular disease is present, along with related troubles. CRP production is also related to arthritis, auto-immune disorders, and intestinal issues.

Scientists are currently looking into the relationship between periodontal inflammation and CRP level and the effects outside of the oral cavity. Links have already been discovered between periodontal disease and pancreatic cancer, heart disease, and stroke.

If inflammation is left untreated, gums can develop pockets that provide the perfect breeding ground for infection. The longer the infection persists, the more likely bone loss will develop, eventually causing tooth loss.

It is essential to practice preventive dental care daily at home and have regular visits to the dentist. Dental appointments should include an exam, cleaning, and full mouth x-rays (as scheduled), along with the knowledge and instruction on how to properly care for teeth and gums at home. It is also important to see your dentist immediately if a tooth suddenly becomes sensitive or you see any other changes.

Thanks for visiting our blog. For more information about inflammation or periodontal disease, give us a call at 480-428-0040 .

 

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480-428-0040

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

 

Posted in General Dentistry

Why Aren’t You Smiling?

Phoenix Dentistry Hello, and welcome to the Harris Dental blog. I am Dr. Harris. We are located at 4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale, and you can reach us by calling 480-428-0040.

You can probably imagine why I look at smiles everywhere I go in the Phoenix area. Whether I am working with a dental patient, having dinner at my favorite Queen Creek restaurant, or attending a sporting event, I notice whether the people around me smile. Whenever I encounter someone with obvious tooth problems, I want to tell them about the procedures that can completely transform their frown into a healthy and beautiful smile.

Are you one of those people who don’t want to show their teeth? I would love to talk to you about a smile makeover. Whatever your excuse is for not seeking dental treatment, I can discuss all of your concerns with you during a free consultation.

Perhaps you are afraid of dental work. Have you ever considered oral conscious sedation? With sedation dentistry, even extensive treatment is virtually pain free. Sedation will calm your mind as well as the nerves in your mouth.

Perhaps the cost of Phoenix cosmetic dentistry is holding you back. My patient-oriented staff will be happy to talk to you about financing plans. It is important to remember that if your teeth are decayed, postponing treatment will cost more money in the long run. Filling a cavity is far more affordable dentistry than a root canal procedure or, in the case of an extracted tooth, a dental implant.

You can contact my office at 480-428-0040 or online at http://www.harrisdental.com/. I can transform your smile into one that you will want to show all the time!

 

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Can I Objectively Evaluate My Smile?

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It is no secret that a beautiful, pleasing, healthy smile can be your most esteemed physical attribute. After all, people notice your smile first thing. How do you know if your smile is detracting from your appearance?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; if you look at your smile in the mirror and believe it is unattractive, it doesn’t really matter what anybody else thinks. But what if you are not sure?

There are many troubles that are generally considered to detract from dazzling smiles. Missing teeth is a biggie. People who are missing teeth in the back of the mouth may mistakenly believe that the gap doesn’t show. They are usually wrong. When smiling, talking, laughing, or eating, a missing tooth definitely shows – even if the missing tooth is the very last molar.

Yellow or gray teeth diminish the appeal of a smile – even one that is perfectly healthy and aligned – and crooked teeth are ordinarily considered unattractive.

There are a few unique smile characteristics that some people proudly show off and others wish to change. For instance, a gap between the two front teeth can become your trademark. True Blood star Anna Paquin, actor Woody Harrelson, and singer Seal have retained their spaces. Perhaps the most famous gap-toothed smile belongs to seventy year-old model Lauren Hutton who has proudly flashed it throughout her fifty-year career. Other celebrities such as Zac Efron, Tom Cruise, and Keith Urban weren’t happy with gaps so they transformed their smiles with revolutionary cosmetic dentistry.

If you want an objective aesthetic evaluation of your smile, how can you do this? You can’t see your smile from every angle when you look in the mirror. If you want an expert opinion on the attractiveness of your smile, talk to a cosmetic dentist. There are a surprising number of design principals that are used in smile makeovers. These include size, shape, alignment, proportion, color, and translucency. Additionally, cosmetic dentists also consider the characteristics of the gums, lips, and facial features.

When you have a cosmetic dental consultation, you will be able to see how the essential elements work together to create a natural-looking, compelling smile. Bottom line? If you want to change your smile, you can! Schedule a consultation today by calling 480-428-0040 .

 

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

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

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

What Does A Beautiful Smile Say About You?

What a Beautiful Arizona Smile Says About You It’s not just about looks. According to a recent study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), a healthy and attractive smile makes you appear more intelligent, successful, friendly and interesting. (See http://www.aacd.com for complete survey results.)

Our smile makeover patients who have undergone restorative and cosmetic dentistry at Harris Dental in Phoenix have experienced this phenomenon firsthand. They have expressed that they not only feel great about their looks, they are more confident in professional and social situations. Another benefit: They also feel more appealing to the opposite gender.

Here are Harris Dental in Phoenix, we enjoy using our years of training and experience to provide premium cosmetic dentistry for our patients in the Queen Creek and Scottsdale area. We are passionate about developing a custom treatment plan for each dental patient. Some of our Mesa patients had lived with misaligned or crooked teeth for years. Others had been self-conscious about missing or stained teeth.

There has never been a better time to upgrade your smile. There are solutions for every kind of dental problem. If you are not familiar with the latest teeth whitening, crown restoration and tooth replacement procedures, it is time to find out. Call 480-428-0040 to schedule a consultation. Come in to our office on 4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale and see photos of our happy Phoenix dental makeover patients who are enjoying their beautiful smiles every day!

Give us a call at 480-428-0040 or find us on the Web at: http://www.harrisdental.com/

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Whiter Teeth For Phoenix Smiles

Whiter Teeth for Chandler Teeth whitening has become a very popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in Phoenix, AZ, because it is such an easy way to change your smile with little effort and no pain. Harris Dental can help you understand your options for teeth whitening and the results you may expect from various teeth whitening options.

Over-the-counter whitening systems can give varied results, with many users not entirely happy with the results.

Your Phoneix, AZ, cosmetic dentist can help you whiten your teeth effectively and achieve professional results. If you are ready to try a teeth whitening product, please give us a call at 480-428-0040 to schedule a teeth whitening consultation.

Our patient-oriented staff would love to answer any questions you have about general, cosmetic, restorative, or pediatric dental treatment. Here are some of our services:

dental implants
Invisalign clear braces
sedation dentistry
cosmetic dentistry
CEREC same-day crowns

If you are searching for quality, friendly dental care in the Phoenix area, call us here at Harris Dental. We are located in Phoenix and have been serving the greater Phoenix area since 1979. We are currently accepting new patients at our comfortable, state-of-the-art dental office. At Harris Dental, we are committed to providing superior dental care to our valued patients.

 

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

 

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