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Chipped Tooth? No Need To Panic

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There are basically two ways to handle a chipped tooth:
1. Panic.
2. Visit Harris Dental right away and get on with life.

At Harris Dental, we can fix a chipped tooth in a jiffy by determining the right solution and expertly preforming the procedure. Decay, missing teeth, braces, even crowns can impact the course of treatment.

Time is often an important factor when it comes to tooth repair so don’t wait, call 480-428-0040 to schedule an appointment. We have four locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale. We’ve been around since 1979 – serving your neighbors and improving their smiles.

When residents need cosmetic dentistry, we’ve successfully managed their treatment. When patients have needed general dentistry, we’ve watched happy, smiling patients leave our office.

Perhaps your teeth and gums are healthy but you wish your smile was more attractive. We can help you there also with a smile redesign. Porcelain veneers, CEREC same-day crowns, dental implants, and orthodontics are all available to solve any cosmetic troubles you wish to have fixed.

Trust Harris Dental to deliver exceptional results. No panic. No mistakes. No worries. Relax.


Posted in Restorative Dentistry

How Can You Improve Your Smile Quickly?

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 has four locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale. We provide skilled dental care for patients in the greater Phoenix area. Our phone number is 480-428-0040 Porcelain veneers, CEREC same-day crowns, dental implants, and orthodontics are all available to solve any cosmetic troubles you wish to have fixed.

Smile – sunshine is good for your teeth!




Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Tooth Knocked Out? Call 480-428-0040 ASAP!

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It may sound like a catastrophe to many people, but having a tooth knocked out doesn’t always mean you’ll need cosmetic dentistry to correct your smile. If you can keep a cool head and remember a few simple instructions, chances are your tooth can be salvaged.

The vital thing for dental patients to do if they’ve had a tooth knocked out is to find the tooth, handle it carefully, and keep it in the best condition possible so their dentist can reinsert it properly.

Do not handle the tooth by the root, be careful to only touch the crown. It’s okay to gently rinse the tooth in water, but don’t scrub it or remove any tissue fragments from the tooth.

If it is possible, the prime place for the tooth to be held is back in the socket (placed there gently, of course). Holding the tooth between the lip and gum or under the tongue is good too, just be careful not to swallow. If neither of these is an option, place the tooth in a cup of milk.

Next, you’ll want to get to your dentist ASAP. Most teeth that can be reinserted by a dentist within an hour can be saved.

If you are looking for trusted dental care, give Harris Dental a call at 480-428-0040 . Perhaps your teeth and gums are healthy but you wish your smile was more attractive. We can help you there also with a smile redesign. Porcelain veneers, CEREC same-day crowns, dental implants, and orthodontics are all available to solve any cosmetic troubles you wish to have fixed.

Call us at 480-428-0040 immediately if you have a dental emergency!


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Posted in Emergency Dentistry

5 Smile Makeover Questions For Phoenix Smiles

How Much Does A Smile Makeover Cost In Phoenix

If you are considering a multi-procedure smile makeover or extensive restorative dental work, here are four considerations:

All At Once Or Over Time?
At Harris Dental, our Phoenix smile makeover patients can often receive several (or all) procedures in one visit. It all depends on the specific procedures necessary to achieve your perfect smile. At Harris Dental, we develop a unique treatment plan for each patient after an extensive consultation and examination.

Oral Sedation?
Many Queen Creek and Scottsdale cosmetic dental patients benefit from sedation or ‘sleep’ dentistry. Conscious sedation is especially helpful for procedures such as multiple wisdom teeth extractions and dental implant placement.

We know that cosmetic dentistry is a substantial investment for most dental patients. Some procedures are covered by dental plans, so if you have dental insurance, be sure to find out exactly what is covered. Many Phoenix residents use flex spending accounts for dental work and reap the tax advantages. Call us at 480-428-0040 to discuss dental financing options.

Healing Time?
With the latest materials and cosmetic dental techniques, healing times are often minimal. However, some treatments such as bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, root canals, and dental implants often require a short healing period. Consider how the timing of your dental visits and the necessary healing periods will affect your job and family responsibilities.

Aesthetic Results?
At Harris Dental in Phoenix our patients experience terrific results when doing smile transformations in phases, however, porcelain restorations are best fabricated in the same “batch” for the most precise color matching.

Call Harris Dental today at 480-428-0040 to schedule a no-pressure cosmetic dental consultation. We can help you there also with a smile redesign. Porcelain veneers, CEREC same-day crowns, dental implants, and orthodontics are all available to solve any cosmetic troubles you wish to have fixed.



Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Cost of a Dental Crown In Phoenix

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Preparing to pay for critical dental work can be a daunting undertaking. The good news is that the cost may be far less than you anticipate. Knowing your needs is crucial to planning your budget for dental work.

Trying to Compare
Comparing the price of a dental crown for molars versus the price of a dental crown for smaller teeth or versus a root canal or double root canal can be difficult to extract from many dental facilities in and around Phoenix. Get the current pricing and understand the role insurance will play in the out-of-pocket-expense for your dental visit by calling Harris Dental at 480-428-0040 at your convenience. Our knowledgeable staff can explain pricing and schedule initial consultation appointments.

Identify Affordable Quality

Harris Dental has been here at four locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale in the Phoenix area since 1979. While procedure fees can fluctuate up and down depending on the price of supplies, equipment, and staffing overhead, we work hard to maintain affordable, quality care for our unique community in three ways:

  1. Through state-of-the-art training and up-to-date education for key staff members.
  2. Through precision work and personal dental care for each and every patient.
  3. Through business management best practices to keep costs down.

The Responsible Investment
Take the responsible step for your comfort, health and confidence. Don’t be afraid to schedule work for porcelain veneers, CEREC same-day crowns, dental implants, and orthodontics. We want you to be confident that affordable, quality dental care is uncomplicated and accessible. We want you to understand the importance of immediate care rather than putting it off until it gets worse.We want you to be confident in our office’s commitment to you.


Posted in Dental Crowns

Two Hints For When You’re Too Tired To Brush

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Too tired to touch a toothbrush? We’ve all been there.

Harris Dental is committed to helping patients maintain balanced hygiene and to correct imperfections that can lead to inhibited confidence and self-assurance.

In our blog today we are offering two fabulously smart ideas for overcoming exhaustion in favor of brushing and flossing late at night.

Idea #1 Drag Tongue Along Teeth
After a long thankless day as you are lying there in bed and realize you forgot to brush, drag your tongue over your teeth a few times while mentally reviewing how plaque and tartar form. Within 48 hours they can start the dirty work of eating away at the teeth. Then jump up and give your mouth just 2 minutes of gentle, thorough cleaning. It’s that easy.

Idea #2 Scrutinize the Food You Eat
Another convenient and simple approach is to pay attention to what’s going into your mouth throughout the day. The higher the sugar content the sooner the teeth will need a brushing to avoid harm. Swish with water after coffee, tea or soda if brushing isn’t going to happen soon. Chewing sticky candy leaves debris all over in the mouth as does bread and crackers. Keep this in mind and commit to take care of the particles as soon as possible.

Shredded meat can remain lodged between teeth for days if you don’t pull it out with floss. Plan to floss or brush after eating if possible. With each particular type of food, learn to assess the effect it could have on your smile. Make the decision to brush before you are tired. By simply visualizing and committing, you reduce the likelihood of hemming and hawing later when you’re yawning and fading and have to choose between settling into bed and spending 2 minutes cleaning your teeth.

We know a long day of work or play can yield a worn out body. Likewise, we know consistent brushing will cut down buildup and help prevent decay and gum disease. And we know that sometimes cavities need filling, chipped teeth need fixing, crooked teeth need straightening, and wisdom teeth need extraction.

Perhaps your teeth and gums are healthy but you wish your smile was more attractive. We can help you there also with a smile redesign. Porcelain veneers, CEREC same-day crowns, dental implants, and orthodontics are all available to solve any cosmetic troubles you wish to have fixed.

Cosmetic dentistry enhances a smile in several ways – straightness, coloration, conformity, and natural feel. Cosmetic dentistry helps our valued patients talk clearly, smile freely, and eat comfortably. A consultation with us can open your eyes to the unique possibilities for your brilliant smile. Contact us at 480-428-0040 for an appointment.

If we each do our part to keep your smile healthy and beautiful, then all of us can sleep at night.


Posted in General Dentistry

Phoenix Dental News: Poor Oral Health And Heart Disease

Top Phoenix Family Dentists Attention Phoenix dental patients: Brushing twice daily may help lower your risk of heart disease. Scientists, dentists, and cardiologists have known for many years that there is a link between inflammation in the mouth (gum disease) and heart problems. However, a recent study analyzed oral health habits and heart disease risk. Science Daily reported on the study which was published in the British Medical Journal.

This is from the Science Daily article:

“The authors, led by Professor Richard Watt from University College London, analyzed data from over 11,000 adults who took part in a Scottish Health Survey. The research team analyzed data about lifestyle behaviors such as smoking, physical activity, and oral health routines.”

“Once the data was adjusted for established cardio risk factors, the researchers found that participants who reported less frequent toothbrushing had a 70 percent extra risk of heart disease compared to individuals who brushed their teeth twice a day.”

The Scottish survey is one of many that confirms the link between oral health and overall stamina. Simply put: You aren’t healthy unless your gums and teeth are healthy.

It doesn’t matter if you are a lean distance runner with a pulse of fifteen beats a minute and a blood pressure of 100 over 60. It doesn’t matter if you are a vegan who has eaten a nutritionally balanced, lowfat diet for the past five years. If you have inflamed gums and tooth decay, you are at risk for detrimental problems in other areas of the body.

The phone number for Harris Dental is 480-428-0040 . If you have concerns about your oral health, we invite you to schedule an examination today.

Perhaps your teeth and gums are healthy but you wish your smile was more attractive. We can help you there also with a smile redesign. Porcelain veneers, CEREC same-day crowns, dental implants, and orthodontics are all available to solve any cosmetic troubles you wish to have fixed.

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Call us at 480-428-0040 for more details.


Posted in Oral Health

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.

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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!


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