Monthly Archives: May 2017

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Warning Signs of Impacted Teeth

We all have had those moments when a tinge of pain in our body interrupts our day, and one of the oral health pains that can occur is through an impacted tooth. This pain can come out of nowhere and cause a major wrench in your day. An impacted tooth is when the tooth is unable to break through the gums or has only been able to partially break through, due to limited amount of space in the bone or crowding of other teeth. It is important to be aware of the signs that can signify an impacted tooth. Here is what we at Prescott Dentistry want you to be aware of.

Sign #1-Pain in the back of your mouth

When your teeth are impacted, specifically your wisdom teeth, it can cause throbbing pain in the back of your mouth that doesn’t go away. As the teeth go untreated, the pain can increase, radiating to other teeth around it.

Sign #2-Headaches or Jaw Ache

With the wisdom teeth wreaking havoc on your bone, the pain can radiate elsewhere. The bones in your jaw connect to your head and skull which would result in the added pressure extending throughout your head. The jaw bone may become increasingly tender as the wisdom teeth attempt to break through, and can cause regular headaches.

Sign #3-Swelling

Your body will try to compensate for the pain and impacted tooth through swelling of the tissue. Swelling and redness can begin in the gums around the impacted tooth and can cause swelling in your jaw itself. There is also a possibility for infection to develop, causing swelling in the lymph nodes and glands of the neck as well.

Don’t let pain interrupt or steal the energy from your day. Pay attention to what your body is saying and contact your local dentist If you feel that you are having these symptoms. Prescott Dentistry is here for all your oral health, cosmetic dentistry and biomimetic dentistry needs in Arizona.

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What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

When you get a twinge of pain eating cold foods, or pain when you brush, you may suffer from teeth sensitivity. This common condition occurs when the protective layer around your teeth, enamel, is broken down or when gums recede causing the dentin and nerve endings of your tooth to be exposed. The exposure of the nerve endings of your teeth causes heightened sensitivity to hot, cold, sweets, and even cold air. This can result from:

-Brushing or flossing too aggressively which causes the gums to recede and loss of enamel on your teeth. With receding of the gums, more of the roots and dentin of your teeth are exposed.
-Acidic foods and beverages such as soda pop, coffee etc. are proven to erode away your enamel.
-Grinding your teeth can overtime wear down the enamel on your teeth. There may be stress related to tooth grinding that if relieved can decrease the grinding. Until then, getting a dentist to help with cosmetic dentistry for a mouth guard may be beneficial.
-Worn or loose fillings.
-Gums receding exposing the nerve endings.
-Excessive plaque that has built up due to lack of brushing or cleaning.
-Dental procedures can cause brief sensitivity following the procedure.

The best way to understand what is causing your specific tooth sensitivity is to get it checked by your friendly dentist who understands biomemtic dentistry. This way you will have a tailored understanding of your teeth and how to best treat them. Treatment can be anywhere from new toothpaste to a new filling.

Don’t live with the pain of sensitivity. Embrace the feeling of a pain free life. Your teeth matter. Let Prescott Dentistry help with your dental needs in Arizona.

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Biomimetic Dentistry

Non-Toxic Amalgam Removal

Biomimetic Dentistry restores your teeth to their natural strength, function, and appearance, but what about the process of dealing with the old fillings that need to be removed? To minimize exposure to the mercury and heavy metals released during this process, the doctors at Prescott Dentistry follow a very specific protocol when removing old mercury-amalgam restorations. This is especially important to individuals that have chemical sensitivity, metal toxicities, or other environmental intolerances. Based on the individual’s needs and overall health goals, these precautions may vary somewhat. Below are some of the steps we may take:

  1. Protective eyewear
  2. Protective face/nose mask to minimize skin absorption of any mercury particles
  3. Tooth isolation system or dam that provides active air evacuation from the oral cavity. This minimizes exposure to particles, aerosols, and vapors released.
  4. Proper removal technique involving cutting out amalgam fillings in “chunks” where possible rather than pulverizing the amalgam.
  5. Breathing clean oxygen through nose mask to comfortable non-mouth breathing during the procedure
  6. Use of copious rinsing and cooling of the filling during removal.
  7. Chlorella herbal rinse and discussion of supplements to help detoxify following amalgam removal
  8. Several IV therapies such as chelation and supplements may be considered as well.

Individual circumstances will determine which precautions are needed or used. To have all your questions answered, contact us for a consultation with our dentist about non-toxic amalgam removal and biomimetic dentistry. You can also watch this informative episode from the Dr. Oz Show.

Free Custom Whitening Trays for Prescott Law Enforcement!

Free Custom Whitening Trays for Prescott Law Enforcement!

PRESCOTT DENTISTRY OFFERS FREE CUSTOM WHITENING TRAYS FOR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS

Each year our Nation loses between 140-160 Law Enforcement Officers in the line of duty. In 1962, President Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week.

This year, during National Police Week the team at Prescott Dentistry would like to celebrate and honor local officers for their service and sacrifice by “Giving a Smile Back” to them. They are offering free custom whitening trays to brighten their smiles. “We are so appreciative of our local officers – we recognize the efforts they put forth in our community. Not only do they serve and protect but we see them volunteering at school functions, coaching little league teams, supporting non-profits, the list is endless.” said Whitney Lee, Team Leader. “For our team to be able to give them something back, to reach out and say we see you and we thank you, may even be a bigger gift to us than it is to them.”

If you are a local law enforcement officer with Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Prescott Police Department or Prescott Valley Police Department stop by Prescott Dentistry during National Police Week (May 15th thru 19th) so that they can thank you in person. With the purchase of a $10 tube of whitening gel they will gift you a complimentary set of custom whitening trays and 3 tubes of whitening gel. “The process is easy” Lee said, “Stop by our office at 350 Whipple Street, purchase the whitening gel and allow us to take impressions of your smile. We will call you to come pick up your trays when they are ready (in about a week).” If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment rather than stop by, please call our team at 445-1660. For complete details, look for flyers around YCSO headquarters or the Prescott Police Department and Prescott Valley Police Department briefing rooms.

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Biomimetic Dentistry

The literal meaning of biomimetic is “mimic nature”. The way we restore teeth focuses on emulating the perfect undamaged tooth that nature gave us to start with. Our dentists in Prescott, AZ re-create the biomechanics of this ideal by using advanced bonding techniques and bio-compatible materials. Teeth look great and we avoid invasive crowns and root canals with strong and nearly invisible onlays and fillings. You will feel confident knowing that we can restore your tooth to its natural strength and feel. Sensitivity after a filling is a thing of the past!!

The Two Principles of Biomimetic Success

Nature created our teeth to be able to withstand some pretty harsh conditions. The combination of hard, rigid outer enamel, and “shock-absorbing” inner dentin provide a protective complex that absorbs extreme forces and distributes them evenly through the teeth and jaws.

When decay or even a traditional filling is present, the protective complex of the tooth is lost and dentistry fails. Biomimetic bonding prevents the stresses caused by shrinking and expanding fillings as well as stresses from biting and restores natural strength to the tooth. The two foundational principles of this approach are:

 

  • Treat Teeth Early
  • Use Proper Techniques

 

Treating weakened teeth earlier, allows us to preserve the healthy enamel, thus providing a better foundation for the Biomimetic bonding. Early intervention is key to less-invasive treatment!

Proper Biomimetic bonding techniques save your tooth by:

 

  • Removing old bacteria and infection
  • Sealing out new infection & bacteria.
  • Eliminating sensitivity.
  • Restoring natural strength and function.

 

The doctors of Prescott Dentistry, your dentist in Prescott, AZ, are the only fully trained biomimetic dentists in Arizona. Come see us for a consultation to see how our alternative approach can benefit YOUR health.