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cosmetic dental and implants At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we are always reminding our patients to brush and floss their teeth. It’s the best way to ensure healthy teeth and gums. But we know that in spite of everyone’s best efforts, some of our patients are going to lose one or more of their tooth. When that happens, we recommend dental implants as the best solution.

A single implant can support one artificial tooth. Several can support a set of dentures.

Even if you have had dentures for many years, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are an immensely versatile custom substitute for dentures.

Dental implants can be used to replace several teeth and/or anchor over dentures. Mini dental implants (also called denture-stabilization implants) allow your dentist to securely attach an appliance so that it won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts are implanted into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, creating a heavy-duty base for an over denture.

Here is the process:

1. Examination and Assessment
During your first visit, we will take x-rays and analyze your mouth and the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. We will review options with you and together you will create a treatment plan.

2. Implant Placement
A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the actual implant, an abutment, and final restoration. The first step is to insert the titanium alloy implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how fast and easy the procedure is.

3. Integration
Implant surgery would not be successful if your jawbone did not welcome an artificial and non-biological tooth root. Amazingly, in the vast majority of cases, the jawbone fuses with the implant to make a solid foundation for the final restoration.

4. Final Restoration
Whether your final step is a crown, bridge, or denture, we will work with the lab to construct a beautiful and functional restoration. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process. Dental implant restorations are practically indistinguishable from original teeth.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, dental implants are among the restorative dentistry procedures we offer. Make an appointment today.

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Brush Up On Your Cavity Basics

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Brush Up On Your Cavity Basics Phoenix

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we think it’s great that so many of our patients are conscious of their dental health. Having a better understanding of exactly what a cavity is will help them take better care of their pearly whites.

Cavities can also be called caries or tooth decay. When a tooth is permanently damaged in the hard surface, tiny openings occur. These little holes are cavities. Different factors that contribute to tooth decay are:

  • Frequent eating
  • Consuming sugary beverages
  • Oral bacteria
  • Insufficient tooth brushing and flossing

Cavities may get so bad that you will see pits or holes in your teeth, but symptoms may be more subtle, such as sensitivity, pain when biting, or a toothache. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call us right away for an appointment.

If you are in the market for quality dental care in the Phoenix area, give Harris Dental a call. We offer a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. Make an appointment today.

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480-428-0040

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Do I Need A Dental Cleaning If I Brush And Floss At Home?

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This post from Harris Dental in Phoenix focuses on dental cleanings. You might wonder if you need a professional cleaning if you already practice dental hygiene daily at home.

The answer is that both processes are critical, because they work in tandem to maintain oral health.

We encourage our patients to practice preventative dentistry by:

  • Brushing
  • Flossing
  • Healthy diet – fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts
  • Regular dental cleanings
  • Regular checkups

Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of your daily oral care by removing the plaque and tarter that accumulate, regardless of how often your brush and floss. In fact, when plaque hardens, it can only be removed with the special tools used by a hygienist.

The goal is to make your tooth surfaces as smooth as possible, to prevent food particles from lodging in small spaces that are difficult to clean. If you are having an exam during the same visit, we may take dental x-rays. X-rays can reveal cavities while they are small and can be easily filled.

Let us know if your teeth are sensitive so we can make your cleaning as comfortable as possible. After the cleaning, a fluoride treatment may be given to help strengthen your teeth.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we pride ourselves on going that extra mile to ensure y0ur dental health is at its best. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

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480-428-0040

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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

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Looking into how much dental implants cost and getting a straightforward answer can be frustrating. But there is a reason for that, and at Harris Dental in Phoenix, we’d like to explain it.

It can be confusing to research the cost of getting a dental implant and finding nothing solid on the web. There are good reasons why most dental sites don’t publish the cost of tooth implants.

1. The Math Might Come Out Higher Than it Should
The number of teeth being replaced may be more than the number of implants needed to cover that section of the mouth. Tooth implant dentists want to offer accurate pricing rather than scare you away with higher estimates. It takes a simple consultation to review dental history, assess needs and create a treatment plan. This could mean a more efficient surgery with fewer implants.

2. There Might Be Something Better For Your Mouth
While dental implants really are the state of the art in tooth replacement, much better than a bridge or denture, sometimes the procedure won’t be what you thought it was going to be, or maybe you aren’t a good candidate for the process.

3. Supply Costs and Lab Costs Change

A ballpark number might be possible to post on the internet but the changing cost of supplies and lab fees make it impossible to guarantee an exact price for full mouth dental implants. Dentists who offer implants can correctly calculate dental implant surgery rates based on current prices when you come in for a consultation.

Nevertheless, dental implants remain the best way to replace a missing tooth, because they look and function like natural teeth. One implant can support one tooth, and several implants can support a set of dentures. At Harris Dental in Phoenix we also offer general dentistry. Call us for an appointment today.

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A Great Achievement in Dentistry

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Dental implants are one of the greatest advances in the field of dentistry. They are an artificial tooth root that is surgically implanted into the jaw of a patient, to replace a missing root. The implant, in turn, can support an artificial tooth. Dental implants are available from Harris Dental in Phoenix.

Sometimes we have to take a moment and marvel at human ingenuity. The idea of a dental implant actually goes back at least a thousand years. But implants as we know them today date back to the early 1950s. One of their great benefits is that they help to prevent bone loss, which is common in people who have lost one of their natural teeth.

In practical terms, the great thing about implants is that they function like a natural tooth. Implant are typically made of titanium, and they fuse to the patient’s jaw. They integrate so well with the bone that the body does not recognize them as a foreign object, and try to reject them.

Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, or they can be used as anchors for dentures. Dentures may be more affordable, but because they are removable, most patients find that they can be unreliably loose. They can also affect the ability to enjoy food. These are not issues with implant-supported dentures.

Dental implants are one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures available at Harris Dental in Phoenix. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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