General and Family Dentistry in Phoenix

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When you do an Internet search for a dentist, you may comes across the terms “family dentist” and “general dentist.” You mean there’s a difference? At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, we’re going to explain.

There is indeed a difference, but it’s a subtle one. The main differenced is in the age of patients. A family dentist, as the term makes plain, can treat everyone in your family, from children to parents, and on through their parents.

General and family dentists are both concerned with the dental health of their patients. That means treating issues involving the teeth and gums. There is a strong emphasis on good oral hygiene.

A family dental practice is a one-stop practice. That saves parents from having to take your ten-year-old to one dentist, and your sixteen-year old – and yourself – to another.

Above all, family dentists are able to focus on the unique dental needs of children. Not only does a family dentist understand how young teeth change as children grow. They also understand and respect the fact that a lot of kids are afraid of going to the dentist, so they take that into account in regards to their approach and the atmosphere of the office.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, we specialize in general dentistry, which, at our practice, encompasses both terms. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa also come to us for cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. Contact 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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What Are Possible Dental Implant Complications?

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Dental implants from Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ are state-of-the-art, with a success rate in the area of ninety-eight percent. That number is a testament to implant technology.

But like any medical or dental procedure, there are certain risks involved. In this post, we will consider possible complications of a dental implant.

  • Infection: Any surgical procedure poses an infection risk. That’s why we often prescribe an antibiotic beforehand. Beginning the second day post-surgery, the implant site should also be rinsed with a salt water solution.
  • Slow Healing: A patient is more likely to experience slow healing if they have another medical condition. Possible conditions include gum disease, diabetes, cancer, alcoholism, or poor circulation due to smoking. We take preexisting conditions into account.
  • Sinus Problems: Upper implants are placed very close to the floor of the sinus. Because of this proximity, an implant can perforate the floor of the sinus cavity. This is rare.
  • Implant Failure: If an implant fails to integrate with the surrounding bone, it is usually due to insufficient blood supply. Teeth grinding, smoking, and the medical conditions discussed previously can impair blood circulation.
  • Nerve Damage: Nerve damage occurs in a very small percentage of implant procedures. Patients may have pain, tingling or numbness at the implant site.

An informed patient makes the best decisions, and at Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, we make sure every dental implant patient knows exactly what is involved. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa trust us with implants and other restorative dentistry procedures. Contact 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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Smile Necessities And Possibilities

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At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, we create beautiful smiles with cosmetic dentistry, almost every day.

A cosmetic dental smile makeover doesn’t just make your smile more attractive. It also builds self-confidence. You will be more comfortable in your professional and personal interactions.

Smile enhancement with cosmetic dentistry can have positive changes on your life. The smallest improvement can boost your self-confidence. We have many techniques we can use, depending on the state of your smile: we can correct teeth that are discolored, chipped, misshapen, and even missing.

Traditional dentistry addresses the health of your teeth and gums, and that certainly has its place in what we do. Cosmetic dentistry aims to complement the overall general and dental health of each patient. We consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth, as well as the facial shape and skin tone of each patient. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment.

Your teeth endure a lot of wear and tear. Cosmetic dentistry from Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ can restore your smile to its youthful appearance. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for porcelain veneers and Invisalign® clear braces. Contact 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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Are All Carbs Created Equal?

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Diet Changes For Healthier Teeth In Phoenix

Most people know that the sugar in candy, cookies, juices and sodas can harm your teeth, but some people don’t realize that all carbohydrates can cause cavities. As we will describe in this post from Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, a handful of pretzels or a piece of pumpernickel bread can have the same effect on your teeth as a fudge brownie.

All carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which are converted into plaque, which can then cause cavities and gum disease. Carbs are naturally sticky and adhere to your teeth. Eating carbs with meals is healthier than eating them as snacks because more saliva is generated at mealtime. Saliva helps prevent food particles from sticking to teeth.

Another way people can improve their oral health is to get plenty of calcium: 800mg a day for men and 1,000mg for women under 50. Calcium helps strengthen your jaw and secure your teeth firmly in the jaw bone.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, we want all our patients to enjoy clean teeth and healthy smiles. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa also come to us for cosmetic options. Contact 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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Five Facts About Enamel Erosion

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This post from Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ is about your tooth enamel, and how you can best protect it.

Our teeth work hard and are constantly under assault. It’s no wonder that nature encases them with an armor of enamel; the hardest substance in the body. Sadly, enamel erosion is extremely common, though largely preventable.

Enamel’s chief enemies are acidic foods and beverages. Other factors that can weaken enamel or wear it away are certain medications, teeth grinding, acid reflux, gastrointestinal ailments, chewing ice or other hard substances, and eating disorders.

Here are five quick facts about enamel erosion:

  1. Enamel is unlike many other tissues in the body; once it is gone, it can’t be regenerated.
  2. According to the NIH, 41% of youth already have enamel erosion.
  3. Brushing too hard can damage enamel.
  4. Diet sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks are just as dangerous as sugared sodas.
  5. Dry mouth can weaken enamel because it results in less saliva, which helps keep enamel healthy and strong.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, your dental health is always our biggest concern. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Contact 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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