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Dental Bridges

When we have gaps in our lives, we want a way to bridge them. One way to do that for the gaps in our oral health, is through dental bridges. Dental bridges are a way to replace missing teeth, improve daily functioning and increase the ability to eat and speak. Bridges also improve the appearance of your smile. Prescott Dentistry, located in Prescott Arizona are experts in quality bridge-work. We believe in providing the best dental health services possible and partnering with you as the client to achieve the desired outcome.

Basics of a Dental Bridge

Everyday activities of eating or speaking are affected negatively when teeth are missing and can even create concern for the long-term function of your mouth. What a dental bridge does is use your existing teeth to provide support to replace missing teeth in your mouth. Support is created on both sides of the gap, usually consisting of crowns on your natural teeth, with a replacement tooth (pontic) in the middle. This literally bridges the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are used to restore the gaps that are left by missing teeth. The main benefits of dental bridges are:

  • Improved daily functioning for eating and speaking.
  • Restored appearance of your smile.  
  • Prevents other teeth from collapsing into the gap, causing issues with the jawbone and surrounding teeth.

Whether you are wanting to address the painful issues caused by missing teeth, or to improve the aesthetics of your smile, we are here to help!

Procedure

The process for getting dental bridgework done is usually accomplished within two visits to your friendly dentist at Prescott Dentistry. In those visits, custom fit molds for crowns are created, and your mouth is prepared for the bridge. Following the procedure, you will have a natural feeling restored mouth with a smile and function.

Contact us today to hear more specifics on dental bridges and if this is the right fit for you!

 

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Bonding For Your Teeth

When we think of bonding, we think of connections; sticking closely to someone or something. There are many types of bonds in life such as with loved ones, friends, communities, hobbies, etc. Another type of bond is material bonding such as to teeth. Tooth bonding numerous benefits. One common one is to improve the appearance of your smile. Prescott Dentistry, located in Prescott, Arizona, provides excellent cosmetic dentistry services to get you the smile you’ve always hoped for, including tooth bonding!

What is Dental Bonding?

Cosmetic Dental bonding is a technique that utilizes tooth colored porcelain composite to change or restore the shape, size, or color of your teeth. Bonding utilizes adhesive technology to maintain or restore the strength and function of your teeth, naturally and aesthetically. The adhesive nature of bonding makes for a very minimally-invasive procedure, as it can be applied to the tooth without the need to drill down healthy enamel. All this is done in a single visit and is less costly than crowns or caps!

Some conditions that Cosmetic Bonding can treat include:

  • Cracked or Chipped Teeth
  • Tooth Discoloration
  • Misshaped Teeth
  • Decayed Teeth
  • Gaps between your teeth

Cosmetic Dental Bonding can provide many benefits including less shots and drilling and it is very cost effective. To see how Cosmetic Dental bonding can help you, connect with your local dentist at Prescott Dentistry. We would be glad to help determine the best fit for your general and cosmetic dentistry needs.

 

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Early Intervention Tooth Decay

We have all heard about the best ways to care for our health. Exercise, eat a balanced diet, get the right amount of sleep, and reduce stress. These all help prevent heart disease, infections, and a multitude of other illnesses. How often do we think about preventing tooth decay or other dental disease? The doctors at Prescott Dentistry, located in Prescott Arizona, are here to assist in your journey for dental health. Their team can assist you in preventing dental disease.

What is Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is damage to your teeth caused by bacteria and the acids they produce. When these bacteria are allowed to build up on the enamel of your teeth, they feed on sugars you eat and produce acids which can eat away the enamel your teeth. This results in holes in the enamel called cavities. Pain, infection, and eventual tooth loss will result if this is not addressed.

Causes of Tooth Decay

When considering our preventative routine, the Prescott Dentistry team understands the importance of attacking ALL factors that contribute to decay. We know what it is that we are protecting against. We use natural antibacterial treatments together with good home care to combat the bacteria. There are special toothpastes and mouthwashes and dietary changes that we can recommend to reduce the acidity in your mouth. There are products like toothpastes and powders can provide minerals that will help strengthen the enamel.

Just as there are things we can do to keep our body healthy, there are things that we can do to prevent dental disease.

Ask your trusted Dentist at Prescott Dentistry how they can help customize your preventative routine for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

 

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Southwest Charm

The United States is made up of people from all cultures, backgrounds, and lifestyles. These can vary based on states, cities, towns, and even neighborhoods. The Southwest has a culture of its own with great people who have a charm about them. Many see the Southwest as a place filled with people who are kind, enjoy turquoise, full of cowboy-type people, and where the elderly come for the winter. While some of that may be true, there are different lifestyles and cultures in Arizona, as well. We here at Prescott Dentistry understand not only the depths of cosmetic and general dentistry services but also the Southwest charm. We highly value both great oral health services and great interpersonal communication in which we get to know our each of our clients and what is unique about them.

History of Southwest

The history of Arizona comes with rich culture, a value for the land, working the land, and connection with those you love. Three Native American cultures claimed the area as home before most people settled here. These three included the Anasazi, who built cliff dwellings; the Hohokam, who created complex irrigation systems; and the Mogollon who hunted and farmed along the rivers. These tribes lived peaceably until the Spanish invaded in 1600’s. While other Native cultures located south in Mexico were wiped out by the Spanish, these tribes in Arizona were not only able to survive but were also positively impacted. They adopted tools, plants, sheep, and horses from the Spanish influence. Over the next thousand years, other tribes came into the area consisting of farmers, villagers, and nomadic lifestyles. These tribes included the Yuma, Pima, Pueblo, Zuni, Hopi, Mojave, Yaqui, Navajo, and Apache.

With the Native tribes overcoming the Spanish invasion, battles between tribes, and even the Europeans landing, there was a level of strength that was sown into the people of Arizona. The core of the population was able to overcome immense trials, while valuing the land they lived in as well as holding onto the value for family and connection.

How Culture Affects Your Dentist

Arizona is rich with culture, different lifestyles, and an ability to embrace people for their differences. Prescott Dentistry is proud of who we are and the Arizona we grew up in. We love what Arizona has to offer through the people that make it up, the rich history, and the various, beautiful types of scenery you can embrace. We have a genuine value for who people are, where they come from, and how we, as their friendly dental office, can help provide the most beautiful smile.

We are a family-run dental office that values people, not just services. Arizona is rich in connection between people and overcoming trials and we believe in making the best possible outcomes out of not-so-fun dental issues that may arise. We are here to help you overcome various dental trials and feel triumphant following our services. Contact us today for an appointment!

 

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Correct That Chip

Having confidence in your smile is important. However, this can be hindered when you have a chipped tooth. With a chip, it can create insecurities in showing your teeth and limit you from embracing the beautiful smile you have. Here at Prescott Dentistry we understand your cosmetic dentistry needs, and want to help you embrace the smile you were meant to have by correcting your chip.

How a Chip Occurs

Several people throughout their lives have to deal with a chipped tooth at some point. This is caused by the enamel wearing down. The enamel can be worn down from acidic foods and drinks that decrease the strength of the enamel. Biting into something hard, falling or having an accident can cause the weakened enamel to break and create chips in your teeth. Whatever the reason, there are a few options for how to fix it.

Dental Bonding

The process for correcting a chipped tooth will depend on the severity of the chip. If the chip is smaller on the front teeth, it can be corrected through dental bonding. This is a quick and more simple procedure, where anesthesia is not necessary. The tooth will be roughened to ensure the material will adhere to it. A putty will be applied to the tooth, which will be shaped and smoothed. Once the shaping is done, the material is hardened by an ultraviolet light and the process is complete.

Veneers

For a more complete and stronger option that could last up to 30 years, porcelain veneers may be the way to go. Veneers are a cover for your teeth and bonded to the front of your teeth. This is a longer process than bonding. Your dentist will make an impression of your teeth, where this will be sent to a lab to make the veneers. The veneers can be for one tooth or multiple for a complete smile restoration. The first appointment will be to prepare your teeth for the veneers, set a temporary veneer, where the second appointment will then set the custom veneers in place.

Crowns

If the chip on your tooth is severe or you have significant pain when eating/drinking, a crown may be what you need. This is a bit more invasive than the other options, but most common and long lasting. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers your tooth to protect and improve the appearance of your tooth. This process includes anesthesia or sedation to ensure comfortability. The teeth need to be prepared for the crown, and then take an impression to have a mold made. A temporary crown will be used until the final impression comes in and can be bonded to the teeth in the second appointment.

 

Overall, whether your chip concerns are small to severe, there are several options to help. Prescott Dentistry wants to ensure that your cosmetic needs are addressed and the cracked chip gets fixed for you to embrace your true smile!

 

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Dental Services in Prescott Arizona

Get to Know Our Doctors

Prescott Dentistry is one of the leading providers of dental services in Prescott, Arizona. As a family-owned business, we understand the importance of excellent dental hygiene, and oral care. We are committed to providing patients the best care possible in a fun, pleasant environment. Prescott Dentistry invites you to get to know our doctors who have been taking care of our dental family for years.
 
Dr. Montes
 
Dr. Sergio Montes was raised in Arizona and earned his degree in Molecular and Cell biology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. As a research scientist at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, he published several articles on cardiac disease before leaving medicine to pursue his career in dental health.
 
Dr. Montes graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. While he and his wife loved the Midwest, they knew that Arizona was the place for them. Dr. Montes has been practicing dentistry in Prescott since 2006.
 
Dr. Montes maintains a focus in his practice on non-invasive approaches to treating teeth and caring customer service. He has invested thousands of hours of advanced dental education with a specific focus on bonding techniques that are a more natural, healthy solution for broken down teeth.
 
Dr. Thompson
 
Dr. Nathan Thompson came to Prescott Dentistry in the summer of 2012 after having served honorably for five years in the US Army as both an officer (captain) and dentist. During his time in the service, he was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, and also served overseas in both Iraq (Baghdad – Camp Liberty of the Victory Base Complex) and in Germany (Ansbach, Bavaria).
 
While in Germany, Dr. Thompson received extensive orthodontic training during a one-year internship and has completed hundreds of orthodontic cases (both traditional bracket/wire and Invisalign). As an Invisalign “Preferred Provider” Dr. Thompson has provided Invisalign treatment to many in our community including a few of our staff members at Prescott Dentistry!
 
Prior to his military service, Dr. Thompson received his dental training at USC where he trained 1-on-1 with the best BIOMIMETIC dental instructors in the country. Dr. Thompson’s training focus was in advanced bonded composites, porcelains and minimally-invasive restorative procedures. He is also a proud NAU (Northern Arizona University) Lumberjack, where he received his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry (focusing on Organic Chemistry and teaching in the “O-Chem” lab as a Teaching Assistant for three years). On his down time, Dr. Thompson volunteers with the youth of his church, serves as a Venture Crew leader for the Boy Scouts of America and spends as much quality time as possible with his beautiful wife and five children.