7 Ways To Fix A Tooth

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In a perfect world, each of your priceless teeth would stay healthy, strong, and brilliantly white throughout your life. The truth is, however, that most of us will need to restore a tooth at some point.

Here are 7 different options for repairing a damaged tooth:

Dental Bonding
Bonding is used to repair minor cosmetic issues – small chips, cracks, discoloration, and spaces between teeth.

Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin tooth-shaped fronts that are permanently bonded to your natural teeth.

Fillings
Modern white fillings are strong and inconspicuous. A minimally invasive filling leaves you with more of nature’s optimal dental material — your own enamel and dentin.

Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are commonly called indirect fillings. A less invasive inlay or onlay may be used instead of a traditional filling or, in some cases, a crown.

Crowns
A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, stability, and function.

Soft Tissue Grafts
Gum recession puts teeth and underlying bone at risk. Soft tissue grafting can cover the exposed root of a tooth to avoid further damage. Gum surgery is also completed for cosmetic reasons such as reshaping a gumline to eliminate a “gummy” smile.

Dental Implants
A dental implant is a titanium post inserted into the jaw. One implant can support one artificial tooth, while several can support a dental bridge or arch.

For more information about any of these procedures, call Harris Dental in Phoenix. We offer general and restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

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Look As Young As You Feel By Replacing Missing Teeth

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They say that everyone wants a long life, but no one wants to get old. How true. Yet it happens. At Harris Dental in Phoenix we believe teeth can be healthy at any age.

Gaps In Your Smile?

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we restore missing teeth with dental implants. Dental implants help active seniors look as young as they feel. They are strong, beautiful, and function like real teeth. Restore the youthful smile you once enjoyed with permanent tooth implants.

Dental implants, if you haven’t heard, are titanium posts inserted into the jaw. One implant can support one artificial tooth, while several can support a bridge or even a dental arch.

Avoid denture drawbacks: embarrassing slipping, limited taste, and gum irritation. Dental implants are not just for youthful smiles, they keep your facial shape intact by preserving jawbone structure.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix we offer dental implants, and a full range of restorative dentistry services. Schedule an appointment with us today!

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Bridging The Gap

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Do you have a missing tooth that is detracting from your otherwise pleasing smile? Let Harris Dental in Phoenix fill the gap for you with a dental bridge, to help you get your smile back!

A traditional bridge consists of one or more fake teeth (called pontics) that are held in place by dental crowns. Known as abutments, the crowns are cemented to the the teeth on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth or teeth.

The teeth on either side of the gap must be prepared before they can support the bridge. This is accomplished by removing the enamel so there is enough room for the crowns to be cemented into place. These teeth will always need to be covered with a crown moving forward, even if you change the bridge later on.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, dental bridges are one of our restorative dentistry services. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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Change Your Life In 4 Steps

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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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Crowning Achievements In Dentistry

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Today’s post looks at one of the miracles of modern dentistry: the dental restoration.

Let’s pretend you are a biomedical engineer working in the field of dentistry before the inception of dental restorations. The men and women of your generation who have missing or damaged teeth want to repair or replace them with a man-made substitute. You have been hired to find or create a material that can be used to construct fillings, crowns, and dental bridges.

Consider the physical and chemical requirements of this incredible substance. It must tolerate forces of 162 pounds per square inch, hundreds of times a day – day after day, year after year. It must be resistant to cracking and chipping. But there’s a catch regarding its strength; it must not hurt the enamel on opposing teeth. This material must also maintain its size and shape and be resistant to shrinking.

It must be bondable to living tooth structure as well as other materials required for specific appliances. It must be biocompatible with the soft tissues in the mouth as well as tooth enamel, dentin, and bone. It can’t trigger allergic reactions in the wearers. It must be corrosion-resistant to the chemicals in saliva, foods, and beverages. It must resist infection regardless of ever-present bacteria in the mouth. And it can’t contain toxic chemicals that could be absorbed into the bloodstream.

And we haven’t even discussed the artistic properties yet. Ideally, this wondrous material would look identical to actual teeth in color, opacity, and translucence.

Of course, we know that such an item exists because dental restorations have been around for a long time. At this time, there are numerous materials used alone or in combination including porcelain, ceramic, and metals such as gold and silver amalgam. Though the metals are exceptionally strong and malleable, they don’t meet some patient’s esthetic requirements and are used mainly for back teeth.

It is interesting to note that porcelain, one of the perfect materials used in modern restorations, was created over 2000 years ago in China.

Harris Dental offers CEREC same-day crowns, cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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