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Whiter Smile with Prescott Dental

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 Dental 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 Dental today to help with your cosmetic dentistry needs.

 

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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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Ancient Dentistry

Anyone know how old dentistry is? Anyone? Bueller? According to seeker.com, recent evidence suggests that dentistry started back at least 14,000 years ago! That is a lot of legacy to live up to. But how was dentistry back then? Did they even have Biomimetic Dentistry Prescott, Arizona? Surely, dentistry was not as enjoyable as it is today? Without further adieu, here are some things you might not have known about the ancient art of dentistry!

The first “dentist” we know of lived around 2,600 B.C. This is according to the American Dental Association which states that his name was Hesy-Re, an Egyptian. We know he was a dental practitioner by the engravings on his tomb which reads, “the greatest of those who deal with teeth, and of physicians.” You go Hesy!

You might have wondered how it was possible for society to function before the wonderful combination of the toothbrush and toothpaste was invented. The earliest “toothbrush” we know of dates back to around 3,000 B.C. according to bessdds.com. Unfortunately for society at large, no toothpaste accompanied it until around 2,000 years ago as far as we know. Early toothpaste from the Romans was made out of… can you guess it? Human urine. And yes there was a mouthwash made out of it, too. “Upper-class Roman women paid dearly for Portuguese urine, the most highly prized, since it was alleged to be the strongest on the continent.” It’s important to remember history folks! Okay, okay time to move on.

Grills might have seemed like the hot, new thing when they were growing in popularity but it turns out they are actually more of an old fashion. National Geographic states that Mayans started the bling thing around 2,500 B.C. Grills were so five millenniums ago!

There are likely a lot of intriguing facts about ancient dentistry that we have not yet discovered–some of them might be better left that way as we all know today. Now you have to ask yourself, if you lived all the way back then without the modern cleaning products, could you use that era’s toothpaste and mouthwash? Could you survive never cleaning your teeth!? There was certainly no Biomimetic Dentistry Prescott, Arizona. Happy brushing!

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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Biomimetic Science News: From Teeth to Tires

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The doctors and team at Prescott Dentistry are very proud to be on the cutting edge of dental offices who take advantage of biomimetic science in the form of biomimetic dentistry. On our blog, we like to take time to do a little research and find out what other exciting advancements in the field are taking place. The fascinating thing about the field of Biomimetics is that it can encapsulate such a wide array of subject matter–from biologically active titanium surfaces to snake scale body armor and chameleon inspired color changing material. Now even tires may fall under the same umbrella as dentistry in the world of biomimetics!

Inspired by the nanoscale threads that give geckos the ability to scale smooth walls and hang upside down, a team from Lehigh along with the Michelin Corporation and the National Science Foundation have started researching materials that mimic the surface architectures of nature to improve the reliability and safety of tires. The team is working on creating bio-inspired film-terminated structures with new, unique characteristics that could have applications with tires and other industrial areas.

The results so far have been quite promising. There is a classic performance conundrum when it comes to tires, and that is the balance between traction, fuel efficiency and tire life. To improve one almost always means degrading another. However, this new material that mimics smooth pad surfaces found on the feet of frogs or grasshoppers may have solved the conundrum.  By using a film of rubber-like material consisting of evenly spaced parallel ridges covered by a thin topcoat, the new material increased grip while not negatively affecting rolling resistance. Read more about the details of the study here.

Are you interested in how Dr. Montes and Dr. Thompson utilize biomimetic science in the world of dentistry? Contact Prescott Dentistry today to learn about this new, exciting and less invasive form of dentistry.

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