Monthly Archives: August 2014

Reminder: Freedom Day USA!

Freedom Day USA

We’re coming up on September 11th. If you hadn’t heard, Prescott Dentistry will be proudly participating in Freedom Day USA to honor that date and what it means to the men and women in the armed forces.

Hand in hand with businesses all across the country, Prescott dentistry will be offering FREE same day appointments to active duty servicemen and women, their immediate families, and veterans on 9/11/2014. This can include cleanings, extractions, fillings, and more. Call (928) 445-1660 for more details and to schedule your FREE appointment!

Visit freedomdayusa.org for more information on this great nationwide event.

Image used under creative commons license – commercial use (08/29/2014) Peter Gordon (Flickr)

State-of-the-Art Dental Services in Prescott, AZ

State-of-the-Art Dental Services in Prescott, AZ

Dental Services in Prescott, AZ

The doctors at Prescott dentistry offer state-of-the-art dental services in Prescott, AZ. Along with the innovative Biomimetic Dentistry techniques, Prescott Dentistry offers numerous technologically impressive and advanced ways to improve your dental experience. Laser Dentistry, Digital Radiographs, same-day crowns and restorations, and intraoral cameras.

Laser dentistry enables the clinicians to circumvent some of the more invasive procedures and minimize discomfort to the patient. This helps improve healing, decreases the time required for periodontal therapy and other soft-tissue surgery, and perhaps most importantly for the fearful dental patient, makes the process more comfortable.

Digital Radiographs help to minimize the exposure to radiation experienced during x-rays. This digital imaging technology also helps the dentists find oral disease earlier and easier.

For more information on same-day crowns and restorations read this informative blog post.

Lastly, Intraoral Cameras are a really interesting advancement. In the past patients would just have to take the dentist’s word for what was going on in their mouths. But with intraoral cameras, high quality images can be taken, blown up, and shown to the patient as well so the dentist can actually point out to the patient exactly what’s going on. Of course this also helps the clinician more precisely identify problems like cracked teeth and failing fillings.

Image used under creative commons license – commercial use (8/22/2014) Dennis van Zuijlekom (Flickr)

Biomimetic Dentistry Defined

Biomimetic

Biomimetic Dentistry

In previous blog posts we’ve delved into the world of Biomimetic Dentistry. We’ve done our best to explain what exactly “Biomimetic Dentistry” means, but sometimes it’s best to dissect the word itself to familiarize ourselves with the concept as a whole.

The first part of “Biomimetic” is pretty obvious. “Bio” of course comes from the Ancient Greek word “bios” which means life. In general this prefix is used in reference to the natural world and all “living” things. So biology is the study of life, bioluminescence is the production of light by living organisms, biography is an account of a person’s life, and so on.

The next part of “Biomimetic” may not be as obvious at first glance. Also from Ancient Greek, “mimesis” translates to imitate or mimic. So when you put these two pieces together you get a word that essentially translates to “Imitating life or nature.”

Biomimetic is not only used in reference to dentistry, it can be applied to any technology, science, or invention that looks to nature to for answers to problems. Examples of this range from imitating arrangements of plant leaves for more efficient solar power collection, aircraft wing design based off of birds and bats, and even the hooked structure of Velcro mimics that of burs.

Contact the doctors at Prescott Dentistry for more information.

Image used under creative commons license – commercial use (8/15/2014) Joyce cory (Flickr)

Cosmetic Dentistry vs. Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic Dentistry in Prescott, AZ

It may seem like Cosmetic Dentistry and Plastic Surgery are cohorts and not necessarily competitors. I believe it would be more accurate to describe them as peers, sometimes competing and sometimes working together.

Before we delve into the pros, cons, and differences, let’s clear the air about something. Many people will dismiss this article offhand due to previously held biases regarding the vanity involved in plastic surgery and some extent cosmetic dentistry. However, not only are people with straight teeth perceived as smarter and more successful, another study also suggests having whiter teeth makes you appear significantly more employable. So the ethics of judging someone on their appearance aside, there are tangible benefits to having nice looking teeth and good looks.

However, to those still holding on to their biases and the stigmas surrounding plastic surgery, many cosmetic dentistry procedures can actually circumvent the need for plastic surgery. A smile makeover “face lift” gives a fuller look to your face, lips, and cheeks by lengthening your back teeth to combat the process of teeth grinding. This eliminates the appearance of a “caved in face.”

If that little tidbit about having whiter teeth making you more employable caught your eye, tooth whitening procedures are another quick and affordable way to improve your smile. These procedures can be completed in 1-2 visits. This is another significant advantage to cosmetic dentistry over plastic surgery, the recovery time and surgical risks are significantly less without the need for general anesthesia and invasive surgery.

If a patient wants a completely revamped appearance plastic surgery may still be necessary, and can work hand in hand cosmetic dentistry perfectly. However, if you’re just looking for that extra twinkle in your smile cosmetic dentistry is a great way to go.

Contact us for more information on cosmetic dentistry in Prescott, AZ.

Image used under creative commons license – commercial use (8/8/2014) Richard foster (Flickr)