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Veneers You’ll Cheer For

Who would cheer for straighter, whiter teeth? Oh, everyone? Yes. Those are good things to cheer for! We here at Prescott Dentistry have the inside scoop on veneers to improve all your smile needs. Veneers are a great option to help restore your smile to one that can shine with confidence and brilliance.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are made of porcelain that help restore your smile. They are a wafer thin cover that is custom fit for your teeth. Veneers are tooth colored material that get adhered to the front of your teeth to correct the various issues of shape, color or size.

Reason for Veneers

With the many curve balls life can throw at you, teeth issues are invariably some of them. The issues veneers can help to correct can include:

-Gaps in your teeth causing spacing concerns and crowding.

-Chips in your teeth that cause structural issues.

-Stains that are stubborn and need more than whitening processes.

-Cracked Teeth

-Misshaped Teeth

No matter the tooth issues that arise, veneers may be a good option for correction. Connecting with your local friendly dentists at Prescott Dentistry can help to determine the best for your needs.

Benefits of Veneers

With all the different routes you can go in order to rebuild your smile to what you’re looking for, there are specific benefits to getting veneers. Some advantages of veneers include:

-More conservative approach to change in color, size or shape

-Strengthens your teeth making them more durable, due to the lasting ability of porcelain.

-They are more cost effective than crowns.

-The color is longer lasting and more stain resistant than some other options of teeth

restoration.

-Most natural looking process for teeth restoration.

Veneers have a history of positive results. The process has been around since 1928, allowing decades to continue to tweak them to be the most effective for people. They are regularly used in the film industry to help actors improve their teeth and get the million dollar hollywood smiles. There are a lot of benefits and draw to get veneers for your needs.

Prescott Dentistry is committed to giving the best service for all your cosmetic dentistry needs. We are a family friendly, knowledgeable and experienced dental practice that can help you understand if veneers are the best option for you.  

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Whiter Smile with Prescott Dentistry

No one enjoys smiling at someone knowing there are stains, discoloration or darkening of your teeth. We all want a bright white smile to greet those around us. Prescott Dentistry can help with all your cosmetic dental services, including whitening that brilliant smile of yours.

How Does Whitening Work?

The process is a lot less complicated that it seems. At Prescott Dentistry, our whitening process uses one of two different types of peroxide-based whitening solution; either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. The active oxygen in the peroxide naturally penetrates the pores in our enamel and breaks down stains (caused from substances such as, coffee, soda, tea, wine, blueberries, blackberries, pomegranates, smoking) into smaller particles, bringing back the natural color of your enamel and enhancing the whiteness of your teeth.

How Do They Whiten Teeth at the Dentist?

One important step to help whiten your teeth, is to have a professional cleaning. Our dental office has excellent, skilled dental hygienists who have the training and expertise to polish and remove surface stains from your teeth. This professional cleaning can help to remove the staining that occurs everyday and by itself make your teeth look brighter. After this, you can determine if you would need further whitening treatments.

The teeth whitening process involves taking impressions of your teeth and making custom-fit whitening trays. You then have a consultation with our staff and together evaluate the shade of your teeth and what you want to achieve with the whitening. We instruct you in using the whitening system and together, we get you the smile you want. The trays are convenient and comfortable and often you can’t even tell you are wearing them. Many patients wear the trays while working or while out and about running errands.

After Whitening

During and after teeth whitening, it’s important to know that some sensitivity may be experienced. Avoiding foods that are extremely hot or cold can help. Your dentist will have suggestions that can help alleviate and prevent this sensitivity. Along with whitening toothpaste, limiting smoking, and stain forming foods/drinks will help your white teeth last longer.
There is a bright side to every part of life, including your teeth! Seek out Prescott Dentistry today to help with your cosmetic dentistry needs.

 

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Straighter Smile

Create a Straighter Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

At Prescott Dentistry, we provide cosmetic dentistry services to help create a smile to be proud of. We want to partner with you to increase your confidence in yourself and your smile. Crooked or misaligned teeth can hinder your confidence and create insecurities. The truth is that you are perfect just the way you are, but we want you to feel that at all times. We are here to help.

Types of Needed Cosmetic Needs:

Crooked Teeth

Crooked teeth can be results of various aspects depending on the source. There are varying opinions of how crooked teeth are caused. The varied causes of crooked teeth are hereditary or nutritional issues, but it can also be due to incorrect jaw development, thumb sucking during teeth development, teeth crowding or other persistent gentle pressure. Even consistent tongue pressure on the teeth over a time has been said to cause crooked teeth. Whatever the cause, crooked teeth can be more difficult to clean, and can cause pain or difficulty in eating.

Misaligned Teeth

Misalignment of the teeth can create an overbite or underbite. This is when the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth causing an overbite, or when the bottom teeth overlap the top teeth causing an underbite. Causes of this also vary from losing baby or adult teeth early, having issues with prior dental restoration, gum disease, persistent pressure on the gums or teeth, incorrect jaw development or trauma to the jaw.

Straightening Your Smile

Straightening processes can varying based on the severity of teeth. Options for straightening include braces, invisalign or even surgery. To correct misalignment, once the teeth are straightened and if braces are chosen, then bands can be added to help shift the jaw back into its proper place. Seeing your dentist to gain insight into what your teeth need is best. The dentist can make a mold of your teeth for invisalign, fit you for braces or discuss if a tooth needs to be pulled to help with crowding of the teeth.
The straightening process can be anywhere from six months to two years. This time frame may seem long, but it is nothing compared to many years of feeling confident in smiling and not having fear of your teeth showing. The peace of mind that comes from straighter teeth is priceless.

Having a straight smile is a universally known sign of happiness and health. It communicates a friendliness when shown. To gain straight teeth may be desired for the visual impact it brings, or for more practical reasons of ease of cleaning. Either way, there are a couple ways to get straighter teeth. Your specific need will be best diagnosed by your dentist to ensure you on the right path towards the straighter, impactful smile you’ve been hoping for.

 

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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

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.

Biomimetic Dentistry News: A New Treatment that Regrows Teeth?

Biomimetic Dentistry News: A New Treatment that Regrows Teeth?

As you know, Dr.’s Montes and Thompson at Prescott Dentistry pride themselves in being at the forefront of nature-mimicking biomimetic dentistry that allows for restorative, non-invasive treatments. These alternatives to the old fashioned drill-and-fill techniques of the past are what make Prescott Dentistry so loved by their patients. With that, it is important to stay abreast on all of the new emerging technologies relating to dentistry–whether they ever make it to FDA approval or not! This latest study has a promising start as it is already being trialled for another condition. Can a drug being tested for Alzheimer’s patients regrow your teeth and repair cavities?

The drug is known as Tideglusib. According to a research team out of King’s College London, this fascinating drug can actually stimulate stem cells in your tooth’s pulp allowing the production of new dentine–the structure of your tooth underneath the enamel. Your teeth already have the ability to regenerate naturally, however, that natural regeneration is limited to only a thin layer which isn’t enough to refill the entire cavity that results from tooth decay.

How does the drug work? Well, Tideglusib improves and supercharges the process of regrowth by turning off the enzyme that prevents dentine from forming. The scientists have seen the process work in studies on mice where a tiny biodegradable sponge is soaked with the drug and placed inside the cavity. The process of triggering dentine growth and cavity repair is complete in under 6 weeks and the sponge completely dissolves. This leaves only a repaired tooth remaining!

The idea of stimulating your teeth to repair themselves is certainly on that aligns with the idea of biomimetic dentistry which aims to restore your teeth to their natural form and function. So you can be sure that the team at Prescott Dentistry will be keeping a close eye on this new technology if and when it comes to market! Contact Prescott Dentistry today to schedule your appointment and experience what biomimetic dentistry is like first hand!

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Viruses may Target Males and Females Differently?

Viruses may Target Males and Females Differently?

Whether it’s through biomimetic dentistry procedures, to the latest and greatest laser dentistry or air abrasion techniques, Prescott Dentistry strives to stay up to date with all of the latest information and technology relating to dental and overall holistic health. A new study published in Nature Communications and highlighted on dentistry.co.uk, may have some wide ranging implications relating to viral infections.

According to the study, viruses can evolve to affect women and men differently, becoming more virulent in men. More specifically, if it is a virus that is transmitted to a child by it’s mother, the virus has an evolutionary advantage to affect women less severely because women are worth more to the virus.

It was previously understood that the mortality rate caused by infections diseases is often higher in men than women, but historically this has been attributed to differing immune systems. However, in this study conducted by the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway, the HTLV-1 virus that is known to cause leukemia led to less cases of leukemia in women when there is more mother-to-child transmission.

“Viruses may be evolving to be less dangerous to women, looking to preserve the female population. The reason why these illnesses are less virulent in women is that the virus wants to be passed from mother to child, either through breastfeeding, or just through giving birth,” said Dr. Francisco Úbeda.

Don’t let your health fall by the wayside, men! Your oral and holistic health is just as important as your female counterparts, especially with findings showing that men are more susceptible to viral infections. Contact Prescott Dentistry today to schedule your appointment!

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Prescott Dentistry Smile Makeover Winner Featured in Prescott Woman Magazine!

Prescott Dentistry Smile Makeover Winner

We are proud to share with our patients the inclusion of our smile makeover winner in this month’s issue of Prescott Woman Magazine. Two years ago Nikki Seguin won Prescott Dentistry’s Smile Makeover Contest and according to the article, which you can read here, her life has been positively changed ever since!

Utilizing biomimetic approaches, Dr. Montes and Dr. Thompson were able to completely transform Nikki’s smile which had staining, decay and gum disease–all without losing a single tooth! As we’ve discussed in previous blog posts, biomimetic dentistry is a less-invasive, more natural way of restoring and repairing teeth which allows the body to heal itself.

While Dr. Montes and Dr. Thompson didn’t expect to continue treating Nikki for two years, it just so happened that a little more time and care was needed in this case and Dr. Thompson was brought in to utilize Invisalign to realign Nikki’s teeth for a healthier bite.

Not only has Nikki been the recipient of the utmost care from Prescott Dentistry, she also became involved in Freedom Day through Prescott Dentistry and is now the City coordinator for Freedom Day in Prescott. She was the perfect fit being the Founder and Director with Serving Our Soldiers (SOS), an organization that provides care packages to active duty military and their families.

According to the article, Nikki has overcome the lack of confidence she had with her smile that overshadowed much of her life. She can’t thank the doctors and entire staff at Prescott Dentistry enough.  “Without them, none of this would have been possible,” she said.

“They are my angels.”

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Another Reason to Love Biomimetic Dentistry: Mercury Levels in Body Rise Due to Dental Fillings

Another Reason to Love Biomimetic Dentistry: Mercury Levels in Body Rise Due to Dental Fillings

There have been studies in the past examining the effect dental fillings have on toxic mercury levels in the body, but none as clear cut as the latest study from the University of Georgia. If you needed another reason to avoid traditional amalgam fillings with biomimetic dentistry in Prescott, here it is. According to the study, amalgam fillings consisting of a mixture of silver, tin, mercury and other materials play a significant role  in prolonged mercury levels in the body.

This was no small study. This research analyzed data from almost 15,000 people–a nationally representative population–and was the first of it’s kind to demonstrate a relationship between mercury exposure and dental fillings. While tooth decay is a serious issue and one of the most common chronic diseases, many people do not consider what materials are being used during their dental treatments. Some of which are not bio-compatible, unlike those used by the biomimetic dentists at Prescott Dentistry.

While dental amalgam has been used for over 150 years due to its durability and affordability, nearly half of the compound consists of mercury, which is known to lead to heart, kidney, brain, immune system and lung damage at high levels. Not only that, but recent research suggests that methyl mercury, which is the form of mercury related to dental fillings, may cause damage even at low levels.

The results of the study indicated that those with 8+ dental fillings had 150% more mercury in their blood than those without fillings. A staggering one fourth of Americans of have 11+ filings!

Do you have old amalgam fillings? Are you interested in Prescott Dentistry’s non-toxic amalgam removal? Contact us today to schedule your appointment!

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