A dental implant is essentially a prosthetic root, which we can build a crown or bridge on. The dental implant can either be made of titanium or newer ceramic materials. After a tooth has been extracted, we place the implant into its place and allow it to heal. This implant eventually fuses to the jawbone and provides a solid foundation that a crown, bridge, or even dentures can be painlessly attached to. Most of our clients are finding comfort and convenience in the knowledge that we can now take care of their dental implant needs in our office. Many of the more routine dental implant cases can be done right here at Prescott Dentistry and for a lower cost than the specialists. If you have any questions about this state-of-the-art treatment option and would like to see how this can be done for you, or if you know someone who could benefit from this procedure, we’d love to talk with you more about it.
When a tooth is decayed or cracked, bacteria can get to the pulp. The bacterial by-products irritate and inflame the pulp. When this happens, it's harder for blood to flow to the tissue, and the resulting pressure creates pain inside your tooth. The Doctors at Prescott Dentistry are sympathetic to fears of pain and will do everything necessary to make it a comfortable experience.
Endodontic therapy has three purposes: First, stop the toothache. Second, prevent bacteria and pain from spreading into the jaw. Finally, maintain the integrity of the original tooth and root to prevent tooth loss. There are several steps in the process of endodontic treatment that Dr. Montes or Dr. Thompson will perform to save your tooth. First, a local anesthetic is usually given so that you will be more comfortable. In order to keep your tooth clean and dry the dentist will use some form of isolation. A small opening is made through the biting surface of the tooth to access the tooth "pulp". The pulp is soft tissue inside the tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves. The infected tissue and/or bacteria are then removed carefully from the root canal(s). Each root canal is gently cleaned and shaped to allow it to be filled. Natural antibacterials may be placed in the pulp chamber and root canal(s) to help eliminate bacteria. You may also be prescribed antibiotics if there are signs of infection that has spread beyond the end of the root(s). The root canals(s) are then filled, usually with an inert, natural rubber-like material called gutta-parcha made from various tropical trees. This material is very bio-compatible and seldom causes any reaction. In the final step, the tooth will be restored with a protective onlay or filling to reinforce it and improve its appearance.
Caring for the supporting structures for your teeth is as important as caring for the teeth themselves. Unhealthy bone and gums (periodontal disease) can lead to tooth loss as easily as cavities can. Studies show that 75% of adults have some degree of untreated periodontal disease. Good gum and bone health means keeping your teeth for life and keeping them strong! At Prescott Dentistry we have specialty experience treating these issues. Have you been told you have gum or periodontal disease? Come see us for an evaluation and see how together we can partner to avoid surgical intervention and keep those teeth for life!
The doctors of Prescott Dentistry understand that most of our clients prefer to have necessary surgery procedures performed in the comfort of our own practice rather than being referred out to unfamiliar doctors. For this reason, our doctors perform a wider variety of oral surgery procedures including extractions, biopsies, root surgeries, etc. We use holistic, supportive therapies such as ozone/oxygen therapy (link to the appropriate info) and surgical lasers to maximize healing and make procedures less-invasive.
There are lots of “cosmetic” procedures that can be done to improve the appearance of your smile. Some of them are costly and invasive. Because of our holistic and less-invasive philosophy, the doctors at Prescott Dentistry feel that rather than grinding down teeth unnecessarily, a better option would be to gently move the teeth back into a more healthy and attractive position with Orthodontics or Invisalign.
You might be surprised to know that aside from the cosmetic benefits, and there is beauty in proper alignment and balance, your health can be benefited by having straight teeth. Below are some of the other benefits of orthodontics.
Crowded teeth have a higher likelihood of decay/cavities since they are the hardest to keep clean. Also, when teeth are not properly aligned, bite forces are not distributed and chipping, fracturing and eventual tooth loss are likely to occur from the resulting trauma. This can lead to more dental work down the road - which can be both costly and uncomfortable. Remember, teeth that are properly aligned have less incidence of decay and are far healthier.
When teeth are crowded, the gums can become red, swollen and painful. This condition can lead to bone loss as well. This condition is known as periodontal or gum disease and is a result of buildup of plaque bacteria. The same can be said for teeth that are too far apart - food can get impacted deep in between the teeth and cause damage to your gums. Teeth that are properly aligned give the gums less opportunity for periodontal disease and are healthier.
There is research linking periodontal disease and several other health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or stroke. The mouth is the gateway to the body - it is almost always your first line of defense - your oral health really does matter!
So if you have ever thought about "straightening your teeth", you are doing so much more than just gaining a "better smile" - your teeth will likely need less dental work over the years as they are easier to keep clean and will not suffer trauma from misalignment, your gums will be healthier as they are more easy to maintain, and your health may be benefited as well.
If you would like to know more about what straight teeth can do for your and how your goal for straighter teeth and better health can be achieved, please call our office to schedule a FREE consultation with Dr. Nathan Thompson.
Replace old, worn dentures with new ones that look more natural and are more comfortable. Replace missing teeth with esthetic, removable dentures. This can have the biggest impact of all on the appearance of your smile. Our dentist fabricates natural looking dentures and partial dentures that blend to your skin and remaining teeth. No one will know the difference! Dentures can also be replaced or relined to correct problems with aging jaws so you can chew without pain again.