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By Your Family Dentist, PC
January 22, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Fluoride Treatment  

When you don't practice good oral care, you run the risk of developing tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that accumulates on your teeth and gums. This type of bacteria is called plaque, and it can destroy your tooth enamel. It can also lead to gum disease. Getting fluoride treatments at your Peoria, AZ, dentist helps fight against tooth decay. Dr. Yati Yadav and his experienced staff can provide you with a wide array of dentistry services to prevent cavities. Read on to learn more about fluoride treatments at the dentist's office.

What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens your teeth and helps to prevent cavities. Your dentist can apply it to your teeth at the dentist's office. Some dentists may apply it topically, meaning the dentist applies it directly to your teeth. Other dentists may apply fluoride systemically. In other words, the dentist provides you with a fluoride treatment that you swallow.

How Often Should You Get a Fluoride Treatment?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you receive a fluoride treatment every three, six, or twelve months. Your dentist will consider your oral health before deciding what is best for your specific situation.

What are the Benefits of Fluoride Treatments?

Receiving a regular fluoride treatment provides a host of benefits. Typical benefits include the following:

  • It decreases the risk of developing cavities.
  • It reduces the risk of undergoing expensive dental procedures relating to tooth decay and gum disease.
  • It slows down the progression of cavities.
  • It protects baby teeth.

Schedule Your Appointment

If you want strong, healthy teeth, visit your dentist at least twice a year. A Peoria, AZ, dentist can help you maintain excellent oral health by providing fluoride treatments as well as other kinds of preventative care. Dr. Yati Yadav and his staff provide the oral care you need to protect your teeth. Schedule your appointment today by calling (623) 878-3300.

By Your Family Dentist, PC
October 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Brushing and flossing your teeth each day is a simple routine for beautiful teeth, but sometimes due to injury or sickness, the health of a smile suffers. Staining and decay can mar an otherwise great grin. An exam will show if you require a root canal and anything else that needs improvement. At our practice, Dr. Yati Yadav of Your Family Dentist, PC in Peoria, AZ and serving the Glendale and Phoenix, AZ area, can help.

What can a root canal fix?

Root canals fix teeth that are badly decayed at the root, fostering infections beneath the tooth. These infections can present as a small bump on the gums. Pain is usually present in the surrounding tissue.

Darkened Teeth

This procedure also adjusts very decayed teeth that appear darker in color. This discoloration is due to decay or where the enamel has weakened. While root canals do not add coverings to the teeth, they do stop the progression of the infection.

Tooth Sensitivity

Root canals also address discomfort when the patient consumes food or when pressure is applied to the area. Sensitivity and tooth pain that continues after hot and/or cold foods or are no longer near or on the teeth.

Patients that experience pain in their gums that increases during the day and then recedes in the evening may need a root canal. Should you notice tender, inflamed tissue near the area of the tooth irritation, a root canal from your dentist may be able to fix this.

Cracked teeth

When the teeth are cracked, they become more susceptible to infection and other challenges. According to the American Association of Endodontists, root canals can fix deeply cracked teeth and restore them before the infection gets worse.

Maybe you have noticed changes in your dentition that signal the need for a root canal. Dr. Yadav is happy to examine your teeth and meet your dental needs. Contact Your Family Dentist, PC in Peoria, AZ and serving the Glendale and Phoenix, AZ area at (623) 878-3300 to schedule a consultation.

PlanAheadtoMakeYourSmiletheBestitcanbeforYourBigDay

The big day you've waited for all your life is just around the corner — your wedding day! And to make that day as special as possible you've been working on making yourself more attractive.

In all your preparations, don't forget your smile. There are many ways to make it shine, some requiring little time or effort. A professional dental cleaning and polishing, for example, can do wonders for brightening your smile. If you have above normal staining, you can also undergo professional whitening to remove stains and enhance your teeth's natural color.

Some problems, though, like chipped, slightly misaligned or heavily stained teeth may require more than a cleaning or whitening session. In these cases, you might consider covering these less attractive teeth with porcelain veneers to transform their appearance. As the name implies, veneers are a thin layer of tooth-colored, translucent porcelain custom designed for you and bonded permanently to the visible tooth.

While veneers can significantly change your smile, it can't fix every appearance problem. Some teeth require more extensive dental work, like a porcelain crown that completely covers a tooth, or dental implants to replace missing teeth. In more complex situations you may want to look at orthodontics to repair an unattractive bite, or plastic surgery to change the look of a gummy smile.

Keep in mind, though, many of such treatments take time: installing dental implants can take months and some orthodontic treatments, years. As soon as you can, you should discuss your smile appearance with your dentist and what can be done to enhance it in the time you have.

With the help of your dentist, orthodontist or other specialist, you can change your smile. And that, along with all your other preparations, will help make that once in a lifetime day even more special.

If you would like more information on undergoing a smile makeover, 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 “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”

By Your Family Dentist, PC
August 22, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implant  
3BenefitsofDentalImplantstoReplaceMissingTeeth

Here's the bad news on the overall state of dental health in the United States: Over 120 million people have one or more missing teeth—roughly one American in three. But there's also good news: We can replace missing teeth with a number of effective restorative methods. At the top of the list are dental implants, highly regarded by dentists and patients alike as the most lifelike and functional tooth replacement system available.

Dental implants have been growing in popularity since their introduction in the 1980s. Their structural design and construction have continued to improve, giving patients even more options for implant-based tooth replacement.

To bring greater attention to the benefits of this popular restoration, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) designated August as Dental Implant Month in 2016. In recognition, here are 3 of those benefits you might gain from choosing dental implants to replace your missing teeth.

Durability. Unlike other restorations such as conventional dentures or bridges, implants replace the entire root structure of the tooth. To be more precise, implants are a tooth root replacement in the form of a post imbedded securely in the jawbone. As the bone grows around and attaches to the implant, it develops a durable and highly functional hold that can last for decades.

Adaptability. Many people assume dental implants are used only to replace individual teeth, but implants can also support multi-tooth restorations. A few strategically placed implants can securely attach a partial or total bridge to the jaw, or provide added support for a removable denture.

Affordability. At first glance, an implant's initial cost places it at the high end of the scale for tooth replacement options. But because of their long-term durability and high success rate (greater than 95% still in place after ten years), implants may cost less in the long run than lower-priced restorations that may require repair or replacement sooner.

Although they have a wide range of applications, implants aren't suited for some dental situations. Because implants require a minimum amount of bone present in the jaw, for example, extensive bone loss might nullify them as a current option. Even in this case, though, grafting therapy to rebuild the bone could make it possible to place dental implants at some point in the future.

If you've recently lost a tooth or you have an older restoration you'd like to replace, dental implants might be a great option for you. Your first step is an initial exam and consultation to find out if this premier dental restoration is right for you.

If you would like more information about dental implants, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants: Your Third Set of Teeth.”

TeensMayNeedaTemporaryRestorationforMissingTeeth

While not as prevalent as adults, teenagers can have missing teeth, usually from injury or from never having been formed. Fortunately, life-like dental implants can replace missing teeth. But unfortunately for teens, implants aren't usually a good option—yet.

That's because a teenager's jaws are still growing, and will continue until early adulthood. Dental implants don't adjust to this growth like natural teeth and will eventually look out of place. It's best, then, to consider a temporary restoration for a teenager. And, there are two excellent options: one removable and one fixed.

The first is a removable partial denture (RPD). Like a full denture, an RPD has an acrylic base that resembles gum tissue, to which prosthetic (false) teeth are attached to match the positions of the missing teeth. It's usually held in place with metal or nylon clips that slide under part of the natural teeth at the gum line.

RPDs are versatile and durable. But they're not designed to be worn indefinitely, so they can be damaged if subjected to excessive biting forces like biting into something hard. And, peer-pressured teens may also feel self-consciousness about wearing a “denture.”

The other option is a bonded bridge. It's similar to a traditional bridge, except how it's supported in the mouth. A traditional bridge gains its support from the crowns on each end attached to natural teeth, which must be permanently altered for them. By contrast, a bonded bridge has strips of dental material extending from both sides of its back that are bonded to the back of the adjacent natural teeth.

With the bonding material behind the bridge, it can't be seen—and the natural teeth won't require permanent alteration. But a bonded bridge is usually more costly than an RPD and less secure than a traditional bridge. And not every teen is a viable candidate for one: issues like how the teeth fit together and if the teen has a tooth grinding habit could be strikes against this fixed option.

Your dentist can help you sort out the best of these options for your teen. If cared for and maintained properly, either restoration can buy you time until your teen is ready for dental implants.

If you would like more information on restoring a teenager's smile, 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 “Temporary Tooth Replacement for Teens: What Are the Options?