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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Is Your Smile In A World Of Hurt?

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Do you have severe tooth damage, bone loss, or few or no teeth still intact? Restorative dentistry from Harris Dental may be just for you. This post is for Phoenix area residents whose mouths are in a world of hurt.

First off, we feel for you. We understand how severe dental problems impact you every day of your life.

Whatever the cause of the condition – chemotherapy, recreational drug use, eating disorder, extreme mouth injury, disability, inadequate oral hygiene, or simply poor overall health – there is hope.

Full mouth reconstruction can restore your previously healthy, beautiful smile or give you the dazzling smile you never had. Patients who undergo full mouth reconstruction regain their confidence to smile, eat, and speak normally. How would that impact your life?

Replacing missing teeth and adding bone through grafting restores underlying facial structure, improving or preventing that “sunk-in” look that arises when teeth are gone and the jawbone recedes.

Full mouth reconstruction (sometimes called full mouth restoration) is a term which refers to a combination of dental procedures that restore a smile for people with multiple damaged or missing teeth. Treatment may include any combination of the following procedures: crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, white filling replacement, tooth implants, porcelain veneers, implant-anchored dentures, gum contouring, soft tissue grafts, bone grafts, and tooth whitening.

Dental implants are generally the best tooth replacement for Harris Dental patients with missing teeth. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. If there is not enough bone to anchor an implant, bone grafting may be carried out to augment existing bone. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation for the abutment and beautiful crown. Dental implants are indistinguishable from former teeth in both form and function.

If you currently have dentures, speak with us about implant-anchored full or partial dentures. Significant improvements can be made even if you only get two or three tooth implants.

Crowns (sometimes called caps) are used when there is enough viable tooth structure that the tooth doesn’t need to be extracted. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured. A crown can fix a bite misalignment and is usually needed after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

Harris Dental offers a full menu of restorative dentistry services. We also provide general dentistry. Restoring a healthy smile may be the best investment you ever make.

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Restorative Dentistry in Phoenix: New Life For Damaged Teeth

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Hello friends of Harris Dental! As the saying goes, there is more than one way to skin a cat. And with restorative dentistry in Phoenix, there is more than one way to fix a tooth.

If you are the lucky owner of a set of perfectly healthy teeth, you may never need any of these procedures. But if you’re like most Arizona residents, you’ll probably need to restore a tooth someday. This post looks at restorative dentistry procedures that are used routinely to repair damaged teeth:

Porcelain Veneers
Wafer-thin porcelain veneers can hide a chip or crack, or repair the alignment of a tooth that is slightly crooked.

Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are called that because they literally bridge the gap created when one or more of a patient’s teeth are missing. Two crowns anchor the bridge, one on each side of the gap. These two crowns anchor a false tooth, known as a pontic, which fills the gap.

Dental Crowns
A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, durability, and function. Dental crowns are used for teeth that have had a root canal, teeth with severe decay, the replacement tooth in a dental bridge, and the visible portion of a dental implant. Crowns can be made of all metal (such as gold), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all ceramic, or all resin.

Dental Implants
Many dentists consider a dental implant to be the ultimate restoration because it restores the entire tooth – both root and crown. Most dental implant recipients report that the implant is indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Another boon is the fact that an implant can prevent bone recession which is common at an extraction site. Dental implants are used in a variety of applications such as anchoring dentures and dental bridges.

For more specifics about any of these procedures, call Harris Dental.

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480-428-0040

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Four Locations: Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale
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Chipped Tooth? No Need To Panic

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There are basically two ways to handle a chipped tooth:
1. Panic.
2. See Dr. Harris Dental right away and get on with life.

Dr. Harris Dental at Harris Dental can fix a chipped tooth in a jiffy by determining the right solution and expertly preforming the procedure. Decay, missing teeth, braces, even crowns can impact the course of treatment.

Time is often an important factor when it comes to tooth repair so don’t wait, call 480-428-0040 to schedule an appointment. Our address is:
4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale
Phoenix, Arizona Arizona

We’ve been around since 1979 – serving your neighbors in Phoenix  and improving smiles for Queen Creek patients.

When Phoenix residents need cosmetic dentistry, we’ve successfully managed their treatment. When Mesa patients have needed general dentistry, we’ve watched happy, smiling patients leave our office. And when you need CEREC same-day crowns, we are happy about the opportunity to make a true believer out of you!

We offer sedation dentistry, CEREC same-day crowns, dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. Trust Dr. Dental to deliver exceptional results. No panic. No mistakes. No worries.

Relax.

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

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4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale
Phoenix, Arizona
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Are Dentures Inevitable?

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Implant Anchored Dentures in Chandler Are you one of the fortunate people with healthy teeth? Would you like to keep them healthy for the rest of your life? Some Phoenix residents believe that keeping their teeth healthy into the golden years is unlikely if not impossible.

At Harris Dental, we are happy to assure you that this is a myth. With proper dental hygiene, regular dental exams and cleanings, and a healthy lifestyle, your teeth can serve you throughout your life.

At Harris Dental, we help patients of all ages, including those in their seventies and eighties, maintain their beautiful smiles. Dentures are not inevitable. Even if you already wear dentures, don’t give up.

You can improve your smile and your life with new implant anchored dentures.

These new fixed dentures won’t slip and slide in your mouth, so you can start eating confidently again.

Our office is friendly and relaxed. You don’t need to worry about being embarrassed if your teeth have not seen a dentist or hygienist for a while. We can treat your dental problems with expertise and put you on the path for better oral health in the future.

Remember, without dental health, you are never truly healthy. Call 480-428-0040 .

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