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Gap-Tooth Smiles Aren’t Quite As Adorable Anymore

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Have you lost teeth? It’s a lot different than when you lost your baby teeth way back in the day. Unfortunately, these don’t grow back. (And a gap-toothed smile doesn’t look as cute as it did when you were in kindergarten.)

If you have had teeth extracted or if your teeth are compromised by staining, decay, chipping, or brittle aging, then it’s time to visit with Dr. Harris at Harris Dental. Since 1979, Dr. Harris has built a practice teeming with experience, filled with kindness, flowing with a gentle touch, and carrying all the wisdom of skilled professionals.

When it comes to the prospect of losing your adult teeth, the preference is always to retain your natural teeth. If this is not feasible, we offer several ways to maintain your ability to eat, drink, speak, laugh, and smile in selfies.

Dental Veneers
If you still have your teeth, but are not content with them, these might be your answer. Stunning porcelain veneers offer a reasonably-priced approach to cosmetic adjustments – uneven color, size, or shape. These are very thin shells bonded to the front of the teeth. They brighten unsightly, but structurally sound teeth.

Dental Bridge
A dental bridge is used where a tooth is missing. It “bridges” a gap between teeth. It is a restoration with a false tooth (or teeth) attached to the surrounding teeth. Dental bridges have been used with success for generations of dental patients who have lost teeth for various reasons.

Dental Implant
A dental implant is a more extensive replacement for a missing tooth. An implant consists of an artificial tooth PLUS an artificial root (usually biocompatible titanium). With local anesthesia, the artificial root is actually inserted into the jaw bone where it integrates with the bone tissue. There are three parts to a dental implant: the artificial root, the connecting abutment, and the final crown or denture. An implant is often the optimal restoration as it offers beauty, strength, natural function, and protection from bone recession that often transpires at the site of a missing tooth.

Dentures
Most Phoenix residents have heard of dentures: a plate holding artificial teeth that can be removed by the wearer. These are customized and can contain varying numbers of teeth. Sometimes the entire set of upper and lower teeth have to be pulled and a denture created. Modern dentistry offers a myriad of custom dental implant-denture combinations to restore missing teeth.

Don’t worry about losing your grip on the adult teeth you’ve been enjoying all these years. We have experience and training in many essential services to meet your dental needs including sedation dentistry, dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, and Invisalign clear braces.

Schedule your initial consultation at 480-428-0040 to visit us at 4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale in Phoenix, Arizona. We are perfectly situated for our neighbors throughout the Phoenix area.

Your consultation will include a customized treatment plan for restoring teeth, an outline of the cost of desired procedures and a schedule for completing the work. Come with questions and leave with answers.

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3 Point Checklist Before Your Dental Consultation

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Looking for a dentist in Phoenix because you’re losing the battle with plaque build-up, chipped teeth, tooth pain, stains, or tooth decay? I’m Dr. Harris with Harris Dental.

Today’s post offers 3 steps to take before you arrive at our office for a consultation.

The state of your mouth is critical to your health both emotionally and physically. Everyone wants to make a winning impression when they smile or speak. We understand that.

The look, the odor, the feel, the functionality of your biting surfaces are so important to your everyday experience that we recognize our critical role in finding answers to these issues.

Of course, your very first step is making contact. Please call 480-428-0040 or visit us at 4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale Phoenix or online at http://www.harrisdental.com/dr-joseph-harris/.

After you schedule a consultation with our patient-oriented team members here at Harris Dental, please take a moment to review the following checklist for a productive appointment experience:
1. Understand your hygiene routine and gaps in technique or consistency.
When do you brush your teeth? Do you floss? How often? If not, why? We can review your habits and determine what is holding you back, if anything.
2. Identify pain or problem areas throughout your mouth.
Persistent or intermittent? Sharp or dull? Triggered by hot or cold? Living with pain is unnecessary with the technology and expertise available these days. Sometimes there are easy solutions to seemingly big pains. Let us address all your aches.
3. What do you want your smile to look like?
If you can describe your prime smile, we can examine how to obtain it. There are numerous possibilities for a wonderful cosmetic dental smile makeover as well as dental maintenance procedures. Cosmetic dentistry runs the gamut from teeth whitening to veneers to dental implants.

We anticipate you’ll have questions about the cost of porcelain veneers, cost and time commitment for dental implants, possibility of invisible braces, the price of filling a cavity or placing a crown. We will have answers for you. We are equipped and trained in procedures perfect for your concerns and needs.

When it comes to looking for a dentist in Phoenix or the neighboring Mesa, Queen Creek, or Scottsdale communities please know that you will be in capable hands with me, Dr. Harris, and my patient-oriented team.

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How Can You Improve Your Smile Quickly?

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Porcelain Veneers With porcelain veneers, you can revamp your smile without significant restorative dental work.

Porcelain veneers are glass-like, wafer-thin covers that are attached to the front of your teeth. Porcelain has been used in dentistry for many years because no other restorative material is such an excellent match for natural tooth enamel. Porcelain is translucent and can be matched to the color of any tooth. It is stronger than enamel and resists stains.

Dental ceramists who fabricate porcelain veneers are both artists and technicians. They create beautiful paper-thin wafers that adhere to teeth, correcting chips and stains. Porcelain veneers can also straighten crooked teeth for patients who don’t need orthodontic work.

Patients who receive porcelain veneers appreciate the less-invasive process of enhancing their smile. Newer techniques require no removal of healthy tooth enamel.

We would be happy to show you what veneers can do for your smile.

Harris Dental is located at 4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale in Phoenix. We provide skilled dental care for patients in the greater Phoenix area. Our phone number is 480-428-0040 . You can visit http://www.harrisdental.com/dr-joseph-harris/ for information about our practice and our patient-oriented team.

Smile – sunshine is good for your teeth!

 

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When Style And Oral Health Collide

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When Style And Oral Health Collide in Phoenix

Oral piercing is a popular form of body-art in Phoenix, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. I’m Dr. Harris, a dentist serving the Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa areas. When my patients ask me about the safety of oral piercings, I make sure they look at the possible harmful consequences.

First, Phoenix patients should know that infection is always a major concern with any piercing, but because the mouth is the perfect environment for breeding bacteria, oral piercings are especially problematic. Your power to chew, swallow, and speak can also be impaired by an oral piercing.

Oral piercings can lead to an increase in saliva flow and, possibly, excessive drooling, something my dental patients generally want to avoid. (I don’t know anyone who thinks drooling is attractive.) It’s also vital to know that chipped or cracked teeth, damage to dental fillings, and metal sensitivity are other possible problems.

Another serious risk associated with piercings that should concern people is nerve damage. Many people experience temporary numbness after a piercing, but for some, the damage is acute and sensations never return. An injured nerve can also affect facial movements as well as your sense of taste.

Do you really want to risk looking like a stroke victim for the rest of your life?

If you’ve read through this and still want to elect a tongue bar or lip piercing, please talk to your Phoenix area dentist so you can examine the safest decision possible for your dental health.

If you are looking for an experienced dentist in the Phoenix area to count on for accurate information and the highest quality care, we welcome you to Harris Dental. Call 480-428-0040 today to schedule an appointment. We offer Invisalign clear braces, sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and more!

We may even convince you that safe, effective cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, veneers, or bonding would be a smarter and safer way to express your personality and boost your confidence. Give us a call today!

 

 

 

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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/

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