Dental Implants: Does Your Age Matter?

Dental health Dental Implants Dentures

Dental implants have rightly been called one of the greatest advances in dentistry: titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw to support one or more artificial teeth. Dental implants are available at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

A common concern for many patients is whether they are too old for a dental implant. We’ll give you the good news in one short word: no! No, age is seldom, if ever, a factor in whether someone is a good candidate for an implant.

The most important consideration is your overall health. Chronic conditions like diabetes or cancer can interfere with the healing process following an implant, so patients with these issues may not be good candidates.

Tobacco use may also rule someone out. Whether it’s smoked or chewed, tobacco can slow the healing process.

Bone Density

A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth. It fuses with the bone, and in addition to supporting a tooth, prevents bone recession. This leads to another factor: a patient has to have enough healthy bone to support it.

Even if you don’t, there are options. Bone grafting is a fairly simple procedure that promotes the growth of new bone.

A final consideration: a patient must  have healthy gum tissue. The best implant candidates should be committed to good dental health, including regular dental visits.

If you’re concerned that you are too old to get a dental implant, rest assured: age is not an issue. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we can replace teeth with single and multiple dental implants. They are among our restorative dentistry services. Call our office to schedule an appointnent today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps): 

Connect with us.

Read More

Is Malocclusion Causing Your Headache?

Dental health General Dentistry

Phoenix Headache ReliefDo you suffer from chronic headaches? Have you tried meds, diet adjustments, and chiropractic treatment, all to no avail? Schedule an appointment with us at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

The cause may not be stress-induced tension, food allergies, spine alignment, or eyestrain. Maybe the culprit is right under your nose.

Bite misalignment or malocclusion is a fairly common abnormality yet typically goes undetected.

Nature intended the front teeth to fit slightly forward from the lower teeth. With a perfect bite, the molars fit together like precision gears. When there is bite misalignment, the upper arch may close too far back or the lower teeth may close off-center horizontally.

Malocclusion can cause headaches, tooth loosening, tooth fracture, and in extreme cases, difficulty chewing, speaking, or breathing.

If you haven’t been able to pinpoint the cause of your headaches, talk to us. We treat symptoms of TMJ/TMD, and offer complete general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps): 

Connect with us.

 

ArticleID 1554
Read More

What Is General Dentistry?

Dental health General Dentistry Oral Health

If you explored our website before landing on this blog, you have may noticed the term “general dentistry” on the menu, along with other services. “General dentistry” may sound bland, but it isn’t. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, it’s your assurance that we can diagnose and treat your most essential issues, and ensure your overall dental health.

One of our watchwords is prevention. That’s why we start each of your appointments with an exam by one of our dental hygienists, who cleans and inspects your teeth and gums. Then it’s the dentist’s turn. In this way we make sure that your teeth, and the soft tissues of your mouth, are free of decay or disease.

A Wide Range of Services

If we find any issues, we are equipped to deal with most of them. If there is something beyond the scope of general dentistry we’ll give you an excellent referral. Examples of what we can do include:

  • Repair damaged teeth
  • Dental crowns
  • Root canals
  • Dental implants
  • Oral cancer screenings

Your dental health is closely linked to your overall health. In fact, research has established links between common oral infections and conditions such as cardiovascular disease. That’s one of the best reasons to see us for regular checkups.

Too often, people put off going to the dentist. Some even wait until they suspect there is a problem. Needless to say, we do not recommend this approach. Prevention really is the best medicine!

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we want to see each of our patients for a cleaning and checkup every six months. Remember, your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and with our general dentistry, they can. Our services also include xxx. Schedule your next appointment today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps): 

Connect with us.

Read More

Mouthwash Facts In Phoenix

Dental health General Dentistry Oral Health

Mouthwash Facts In Phoenix

In this post from Harris Dental in Phoenix, we’re going to discuss mouthwash. Many people use mouthwash to freshen their breath and help prevent tooth decay. While some mouthwash has cavity-fighting additives, it should never be used exclusively. Good dental health is centered on regular brushing and flossing.

It is important to know what kind of mouthwash you’re using. Some merely mask bad breath, while others help reduce the bacteria that causes plaque.

If you cope with bad breath, it is important to use a mouthwash with ingredients that also help prevent tooth decay, such as fluoride. Some of the ingredients can be dangerous, even toxic, if not used properly.

Some of the ingredients to watch out for are chlorhexidine gluconate, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, and methyl salicylate. If you experience throat pain, vomiting, headache, or abdominal pain after using mouthwash, seek medical help immediately.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, services include general and restorative dentistry. Call to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps): 

Connect with us.

 

 

ArticleID 4250
Read More

Is A Tooth Implant The Same As A Dental Crown?

Dental Crowns Dental health Dental Implants Dentures

tooth implants and crowns Phoenix

What’s the difference between a dental implant and a crown? The relationship can be confusing. At Harris Dental in Phoenix they can be combined in one procedure. And both can be used with other dental restorations.

Let’s clear up the confusion.

1. A dental implant can act as a foundation for a crown.

A complete implant/crown procedure includes a strong metal post (artificial root), abutment (connecting piece), and crown.

2. A crown can be used to protect a damaged tooth.

Removing decay weakens the tooth. Once the decay is removed, a filling may not be enough to restore necessary strength. Likewise, after a root canal procedure, the remaining tooth may need strengthening. A crown may be used in both of these circumstances. A durable dental crown protects the remaining tooth, allows normal function, and prevents shifting of the surrounding teeth

3. A crown can be attached to a dental bridge.

When a tooth has been taken out, a dental bridge may be used to restore part of it. The reason we say ‘part’ is because a dental bridge does not restore the root of the tooth. A crown can be used with a dental bridge to restore the visible part of the missing tooth. A dental bridge used to replace one tooth requires the removal of tooth structure from adjacent teeth. With a bridge, it warrants three crowns to replace one missing tooth!

When it comes to replacing lost teeth, dental implants from Harris Dental in Phoenix are state-of-the-art. Other services include complete general dentistry. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps): 

Connect with us.

 

ArticleID 8099
Read More