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Long ago dental work could be painful and stressful—often for both patient and practitioner. Thankfully, that time is long past: today, most procedures are painless in large part due to local anesthesia.
Local anesthetics are numbing substances applied to specific areas of the body like the teeth and gums to temporarily block pain during a procedure. And because they only affect a localized area of the body, you remain conscious and alert throughout the procedure.
To achieve the level of numbing necessary for dental work, we often need to deaden the gums using a needle to deliver the anesthetic. But then this poses a secondary pain concern—the needle stick itself.
Again, topical anesthesia comes to the rescue in the form of a swab, patch or spray applying an anesthetic directly to the top layer of the gums at the injection site. This numbs the area and prevents you from feeling the needle stick. It's highly probable, therefore, that from start to finish you won't feel any discomfort during your dental work except perhaps for a little pressure.
Local anesthesia truly is a game changer for dental care—and not just for the patient. A dentist who's concerned about their patient's comfort level may work hurriedly to complete a procedure. But if their patient is relaxed, the dentist can work calmly and methodically. The result is better, more focused care.
For all its improvements in the patient experience, though, there has been one consistent complaint—the numbness that often lingers for a while after the procedure is over. But there have been advances in recent years that have helped reduce this irritation: new anesthetic agents (even some that can reverse the anesthetic effect) and fine-tuned dosages can help keep residual numbing to a minimum.
Not all procedures like routine teeth cleanings or enamel shaping require anesthesia. But when it's appropriate, local anesthesia can make your next dental visit much more pleasant.
If you would like more information on how anesthesia benefits your dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Local Anesthesia for Pain-Free Dentistry.”
When you smile, you should feel relaxed and confident about how your teeth look. After all, a great smile can open doors professionally, socially, and personally. Read on to learn how cosmetic dentistry services can help improve your smile, and contact Your Family Dentist, PC for treatment. We are located in Peoria, AZ, and serve patients in the Glendale and Phoenix area.
About Cosmetic Dentistry
Dentists who specialize in cosmetic dentistry are concerned with giving you the best-looking smile possible while also helping to ensure that your teeth work together optimally for chewing and speaking. The concepts behind cosmetic dentistry have been around since ancient times, when early humans tried to use shells and stones to beautify their smiles. Modern treatments range from braces to straighten teeth, to whole makeovers using veneers.
How Cosmetic Treatments Can Improve Your Smile
Having a cosmetic treatment at your Glendale and Peoria, AZ, dentist’s office is an investment in your future. Many treatments last for five to 10 years or longer. These are some of the ways that cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile:
- A restorative treatment, like dental crowns, can strengthen teeth that have become weak or unattractive due to neglect, injury, or aging.
- Covering the teeth with veneers or adding ceramic bonding material can make the teeth look whiter and fuller.
- Wearing Invisalign braces helps close small gaps and tame errant teeth.
The quality, whiteness, spacing, and general appearance of your smile matters in more ways than you might realize. A survey sponsored by the American Dental Association found that most people believe a nice smile outranks all other physical features. It makes you more poised and self-assured when you find yourself in close company with other people. Also, the better your smile looks, the more likely you will be to do everything you can to keep it looking great and healthy.
Feel Good About Your Smile Again
If it’s been a while since you’ve been happy about how your smile looks, explore your cosmetic dentistry options with a dentist at our Glendale and Phoenix area office. Call (623) 878-3300 today to schedule an initial visit with Dr. Yati Yadav.
Durable as well as life-like, dental implants are by far the preferred method for replacing missing teeth. But they can be costly and, although not as much, so can traditional bridgework. Is there an effective but more affordable means to replace a few missing teeth?
There is: a removable partial denture (RPD). In fact, RPDs have always been the less expensive alternative to bridgework and implants. Today's RPDs are usually made of vitallium, a strong but lightweight metal alloy. Because of the metal's characteristics, we can create an appliance that precisely matches the contours of your gums, is thin and hardly noticeable. We anchor prosthetic (false) teeth made of porcelain, resins or plastics in acrylic or nylon that resembles gum tissue.
The most important aspect of an RPD is to design it to produce the least amount of movement in your mouth as you eat or speak. A good design will minimize pressure on both the underlying bone (which can accelerate bone loss) and on the remaining teeth that support the RPD. Although a little more costly, it may be advantageous to use a dental implant to stabilize a lower partial denture when no end tooth is available for support.
To get the most out of your RPD — and to prevent dental disease — it's important for you to practice diligent daily hygiene. RPD attachments can make remaining teeth more susceptible to plaque accumulation, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that can cause tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. To avoid this you should remove the RPD and thoroughly brush and floss your remaining teeth. You should clean the RPD every day with recommended cleansers. You should also take it out at night while you sleep to discourage further bacterial or fungal growth.
Besides daily care for your RPD and natural teeth, be sure to visit us for cleanings and checkups at least twice a year. Taking care of both your appliance and your mouth will help ensure your RPD serves you for many years to come.
If you would like more information on removable partial dentures or other restoration options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Removable Partial Dentures: Still a Viable Tooth-Replacement Alternative.”
Modern dental care wouldn’t be the same without x-rays. Since dentists began capturing x-ray images a century ago to detect beginning tooth decay, billions of teeth have been preserved.
“Catching it early” is the key to staying ahead of this aggressive bacterial infection. Once it breaks through the protective defenses of tooth enamel, it can advance toward the center of the tooth, the pulp, damaging dentin as it goes. While we can effectively stop it at this point with a root canal treatment, it’s better for the tooth’s long-term health to detect and treat any decay early on with a less-invasive filling or other treatment method.
X-ray imaging helps make that possible, revealing decay much easier than we can see with the unaided eye. And while we can often detect decay in front teeth by visual examination or by using very bright lighting, that’s not as easy with the less accessible back teeth. For those teeth we use a special x-ray technique known as the bitewing.
The name comes from the small frame used to hold the film. It’s held in place in the mouth by the patient biting down on small tabs or “wings” extending from the frame. The x-ray beam travels through the outer cheek and teeth to the film being held in the frame on the back side of the teeth. When exposed, we’ll be able to view the interior of these back teeth: a set of four bitewings gives us a full view of all the upper and lower molars and pre-molars on each side of the jaws.
Like other forms of radiation energy, too much or too frequent exposures to x-rays can lead to serious health problems. But bitewing x-rays carry little risk to health. That’s because they fit well with the ALARA principle, meaning “As Low As Reasonably Achievable,” which helps guide our use of x-rays. Patients receive a fraction of the radiation exposure from routine bitewing x-rays than they receive annually from the natural environment.
Without bitewing x-rays and other diagnostic methods, the chances are high that tooth decay or other dental problems can go undetected in their early stages. Using this important tool can help us head off major damage before it occurs.
If you would like more information on the role of x-rays in dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bitewing X-Rays: A Routine Part of Your Dental Exam.”
Learn more about this popular tooth loss treatment.
Our Glendale, AZ, dentist Dr. Yati Yadav offers many options for helping you get your smile back on the right track after tooth loss. Replacing your missing tooth or teeth shouldn’t be a challenge. If you are missing one or more permanent teeth then it’s time to find out how dental implants could help you.
A dental implant is made up of three parts,
- The small metal post (the implant): this is placed within the jawbone
- An abutment: this connects the crown to the implant
- A porcelain crown: a tooth-shaped cap that fits over the implant
A dental implant functions a bit differently from other tooth replacement options because its purpose is to replace your missing tooth roots. In order to do this, our Peoria and Glendale, family dentist will need to drill a small hole into the jawbone where your missing tooth used to be. From there, we will place the implant into the hole.
Over the course of several weeks, the jawbone will fuse together permanently with the implant. Once this happens, your dental implant is now a long-term structure within your mouth. This is one reason many patients choose to get dental implants. After all, you want a restoration that will last, so why not turn to dental implants?
While a dental implant is designed to replace a single missing tooth, multiple implants can be placed throughout the jawbone to support partial or full dentures.
Are you interested in getting dental implants? Want to find out more about this restoration and how it could benefit your smiles? If so, call Your Family Dentist in Peoria, AZ, and serving the Glendale, AZ area, today to schedule a consultation.