Why You Shouldn’t Dread Going To The Dentist

Dental health General Dentistry Sedation Dentistry

Queen Creek gentle dentist

Countless people see their stress levels rise as they anticipate an upcoming dental appointment. It’s so common, in fact, there’s a term for it: dental anxiety. But sedation dentistry from Harris Dental in Phoenix can help even severe cases get the dental care they deserve.

Some people get so concerned at the thought of a dental checkup that they’ll put it off for months, even years. In severe cases, they’ll avoid the dentist completely, and trust to daily flossing and brushing to keep their teeth and gums in good shape. We’ll never discourage regular flossing and brushing, but skipping the dentist is never a good idea.

No matter how good a job you do with dental hygiene, even if it’s brushing after every meal and right before bed, it is no substitute for a dental checkup. But we understand how difficult it is, for whatever reason, for some people to get themselves to our office. Sedation dentistry has helped millions of people get through their appointments.

We offer two kinds of sedation:

  • Nitrous Oxide. Better known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for more than a century and is highly effective at relaxing you.
  • Oral conscious sedation. You take a prescribed sedative an hour or so before the appointment. It won’t make you sleep, but will put you in a deeply relaxed state. You’ll need someone to drive you to and from our office.

Don’t dread the dentist, and never put your dental health at risk by skipping checkups. Sedation dentistry from Harris Dental in Phoenix can get you through your appointment. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa rely on us for dental health care, and come here for complete general dentistry and much more. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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Wear A Crown In Phoenix

Dental Crowns Restorative Dentistry

Wear A Crown In Phoenix

Dental crowns are among the restorative procedures we use most at Harris Dental in Phoenix. Crowns restore and protect a tooth that has been damaged, or had dental work. Each crown is custom-made to fit the tooth it is for.

This type of crown is sometimes called a “cap” because of the way they fit over the tooth. The purpose of the crown is to restore the tooth’s shape and size, and also its functionality. Once the crown is cemented into place it completely covers the visible portion of the tooth.

Some of the reasons we place a crown over a tooth:

  • It may have been badly chipped or broken
  • There may be a cavity too big to fill
  • A restoration after a root canal
  • Discoloration, or a similar cosmetic reason

When a crown is used as a restoration there is usually a temporary one before the final one. The temporary is used to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is made in a dental lab. A temporary crown is, of course, not as strong as a permanent crown, and patients need to be aware of that.

Once a dental crown is in place it should last for years to come, providing normal biting and chewing ability. Patients come to Harris Dental in Phoenix from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa for crowns and other restorative dentistry, and much more. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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Test Your Cosmetic Dentistry IQ

Beautiful smile Cosmetic Dentistry

Porcelain veneers Phoenix

Are you up on the latest cosmetic dentistry procedures offered at Harris Dental in Phoenix? Take our quiz and find out!

1. This popular treatment uses a dental composite that resembles enamel. This composite is applied to the surface of the teeth, sculpted, and then hardened and polished.

A. Veneers
B. Flossing
C. Defanging
D. Bonding

The correct answer is D, bonding.

2. This procedure is very common and its main purpose it to lighten the color of one’s teeth.

A. Teeth Bleaching
B. Teeth Whitening
C. Inlays and Onlays
D. Buffing the Ol’ Pearly Whites

The correct answer is B, teeth whitening.

3. These thin, porcelain coverings are custom-made for each tooth and are usually used to close gaps or cover discolored teeth.

A. Wax lips
B. Bleaching trays
C. Veneers
D. Tooth socks

The correct answer is C, veneers (although tooth socks do sound cozy!

4. Which dentist serving the area can skillfully perform state-of-the-science cosmetic dentistry procedures to give you a celebrity-caliber smile?

A. Dr. Harris

B. Dr. Bertha Bicuspid
C. Dr. Leo Spaceman
D. Dr. Whitey Toothson

The correct answer is A, Dr. Harris.

We hope you aced our quiz! Cosmetic dentistry from Harris Dental in Phoenix can transform your smile. We’ve improved the smiles of people throughout Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa, who also come to our practice for dental implants and much, much more. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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The Future Of Tooth Decay In Phoenix

Dental health General Dentistry

The Future Of Tooth Decay In Phoenix

Tooth decay is the single most common dental issue there is. Unlike a cut on your finger, a cavity will not heal itself. In a worst case scenario, an untreated cavity can lead to future problems, up to and including tooth loss. That’s why we stress regular brushing and flossing to all of our patients, at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

Cavities form when acids in the mouth attack the enamel and dentin of the teeth. The acid is produced by bacteria in plaque, that sticky film that forms on the surfaces of teeth. When sugar is introduced it interacts with the bacteria in the plaque, and makes the acids, which attack the teeth and cause cavities.

That’s why it is so important to choose food and drink wisely. But it isn’t easy, is it? Sugar seems to be in just about everything. Health experts say the average person in the United States consumes about 19.5 teaspoons of sugar every single day! That’s twice as much as is recommended by the American Heart Association.

Knowing how much sugar is in the food that you buy is vital: not just to your teeth, but to your overall health. Reading ingredient labels on processed foods is essential.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. So cut back on sugar, brush and floss your teeth, and see us for a cleaning and checkup every six months. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for general and cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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For A Healthier Smile, Stop Doing This

Dental health General Dentistry

Phoenix friendly family dentist

Your teeth can last a lifetime. With a few daily precautions and regular checkups at Harris Dental in Phoenix, you’ll go a long way toward making sure they do.

If you do any of the following, we recommend that you stop:

  • Chewing sugared gum all day. Cavities, a sore jaw, or compromised bridgework may result. If you must chew, select gum with Xylitol.
  • Drinking soda and energy drinks. These sugary, acidic beverages are immensely efficient at eroding enamel.
  • Chewing ice or hard candy. Your enamel is quite hard. But so are ice and hard candy, and head-to-head, occasionally they win, resulting in a cracked tooth.
  • Skipping flossing. Maybe you think brushing is enough. Following brushing with a careful flossing job cleans away fragments of food and plaque between teeth.
  • Using a firm bristled toothbrush. A soft bristled brush is the best tool for the job. Save your firm brush for cleaning the grout around your bathtub.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix our general dentistry will help keep your teeth and gums in excellent condition. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for regular checkups and for cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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