What’s The Difference Between An Inlay And An Onlay?

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This post from Harris Dental in Phoenix describes the difference between two common restorations, the inlay and the onlay.

If you have tooth sensitivity or pain when you chew, the surfaces of your molars may be damaged. One option for restoration is the use of an inlay or onlay.

Inlays are very strong and shaped to precisely fit a hole in a damaged tooth. The choice of an inlay or onlay depends on how much decay and tooth loss has taken place.

An inlay resembles a filling and fills a small part of the tooth, while an onlay covers one or more of the cusps on the top of the tooth. Both are made of metal, composite resin, or porcelain.

Inlays and onlays safeguard the tooth from further damage, provide natural function, and are durable and inconspicuous.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix we provide complete restorative dentistry. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa also come to our office to improve their smiles with cosmetic dentistry. Call us 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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Tooth Implants: What is All-on-4?

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The All-on-4 dental implant treatment is sold by Nobel Biocare. It’s a brand name of both the actual posts and the implantation technique. All-on-4 implant-supported dentures are avialable at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

How is the All-on-4 system different than conventional implants?

With All-on-4 dentures, four implants are placed in the jaw. Ordinary implant dentures use more: generally, eight to ten per arch. To replace all of your teeth (upper and lower) you would need 16-20 implants.

The way the All-on-4 posts are set in the jaw bone is different as well. With this procedure, the rear posts are surgically implanted at an angle.

What are the advantages of All-on-4?

All-on-4 is more economical than a full set of dental implants.

All-on-4 can often be placed in one day. Because of this, they are also called “smile in a day” or “same day teeth.”

Who is a good candidate for All-on-4?

Success with any tooth restoration procedure depends on many considerations. A key consideration is whether the patient has enough healthy bone to support the implant. Patients with jaw bone recession in the back of the mouth may only be able to have this type of dental implant procedure.

What are the potential drawbacks of All-on-4?

Not all Phoenix dentists offer this treatment. There are various reasons. Some believe four implants don’t provide enough strength. It stands to reason that more implants provide more support. Another concern is that if an implant fails in the All-on-4 configuration, it may require that all dental implant procedures be replaced.

All-on-4 implant dentures are available at Harris Dental in Phoenix. We have placed them in patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa, who also come to us for complete general dentistry services. 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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Can Replacing a Missing Tooth Improve My Life?

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If you have one or more missing teeth, you are probably self-conscious about it. A smile is one of the first things people notice. At Harris Dental in Phoenix we use dental implants to restore smiles.

The Teeth Surrounding The Missing Tooth

When a gap is left by a missing tooth, the surrounding teeth tend to shift. This can cause the other teeth to become crooked, and new gaps may appear. Teeth that are displaced are more vulnerable to gum disease, tooth decay, and TMJ pain.

Difficulty Biting and Chewing

Missing teeth also affect the way you bite a chew. Teeth should work together as a unit. Properly aligned teeth come together harmoniously when you bite and chew. When a tooth is missing more stress is placed on the others.

Speech Problems

Missing teeth, especially front teeth, can affect the way you speak. It may become hard to pronounce certain words. You may even develop a lisp. These speech problems may cause you to abstain from social situations.

What is the best solution for missing teeth?

A dental implant is a permanent anchor (post) that is inserted into the jawbone at the site of an extracted tooth. In the months after implantation, it integrates with the jawbone. One or more implants can provide a sturdy base for a crown, bridge, or denture.

A dental implant from Harris Dental in Phoenix can restore your smile and improve your life. We’ve placed them in people throughout Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa. We also offer complete general dentistry. Call to 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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What Are CEREC Same Day Dental Crowns?

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CEREC is a type of dental crown that eliminates what has always been a lengthy turnaround time, and they are available at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

CEREC stand for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. We use CEREC technology to create and place a crown in one day.

How Are CEREC Crowns Made?

CEREC same day dental crowns use Computer Aided Design/ Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology and 3D imaging to create a crown that fits your tooth perfectly. A CEREC crown maintains your natural bite and gumline contours.

After taking a 3D image of your tooth with an intraoral scanner, the image is converted to a digital model with the CEREC CAD/CAM software. The digital model is delivered to the milling machine.

The crown is milled from a ceramic block, and after matching its color to your teeth, is bonded to the damaged tooth.

What Are The Benefits of CEREC Dental Crowns?

  • Restores tooth function in one dental appointment
  • Only requires one dental visit
  • Prevents potential problems with temporary crowns
  • Retains more of your existing tooth structure
  • CEREC may be more affordable than a traditional crown
  • Fit better than standard crowns

CEREC dental crowns from Harris Dental are state-of-the-art. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to our office for them, and for other restorative dentistry. Call for 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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You Have Nothing To Lose Except Loose Dentures

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Dental implants like those available at Harris Dental in Phoenix have solved the problem of loose-fitting dentures.

Instead of relying on dental adhesive to keep ordinary dentures in place, dental implants can anchor full or partial dentures. They are secure enough to allow the wearer to eat an apple, chew a thick sandwich, or share a hearty laugh with certainty.

Implants can anchor either removable or fixed dentures. They fit better than traditional dentures, and are comfortable, functional, and pleasing.

Dental implants can also help prevent bone recession that often occurs after teeth have been extracted.

At Harris Dental we have restored countless smiles with dental implants. Patients throughout Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Mesa, and greater Phoenix have come to us for implants and other restorative dentistry. Call for 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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