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By Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry
September 05, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Veneers  

When you love your smile, you’ll find it easier to smile more often and feel confident in social situations. Of course, if you are embarrassed by your smile, everything from giving a presentation in front of colleagues to smiling for a group photo can leave you feeling slightly uneasy. Fortunately, our Queen Creek, AZ, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Matthew Roper, can improve your smile with the help of dental veneers!

What are dental veneers?

Often made from porcelain, veneers are thin shells that are custom-made to cover the front surface of your teeth to improve the overall shape and look of your smile. This treatment is a simple way to give you a completely enhanced and rejuvenated smile without having to undergo extensive tooth preparation.

What problems can dental veneers treat?

Veneers are a very versatile cosmetic restoration that can hide a wide range of issues to enhance your appearance and help you feel more confident in your smile. From minor to more serious aesthetic problems, these simple restorations can mask it all. Here are some of the issues that veneers can treat:

  • Stains and discolorations
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Misshapen or uneven teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Slightly crooked or misaligned teeth

Veneers have the ability to alter the shape, size, or color of your teeth. They can even give you a straighter smile without needing to get braces. Even just getting veneers for one or two teeth that are in need of repair can significantly boost your smile.

What goes into getting dental veneers?

If you are ready to improve your smile through cosmetic dentistry, then the next step is to schedule a consultation with our Queen Creek, AZ, dentist to find out if your teeth are healthy enough for treatment.

After determining that veneers are right for your situation, we will prep your teeth and take oral impressions which we will then send to a dental lab to create your veneers. Since each veneer is based on the size and shape of your teeth, it can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks for your veneers to be made. In the meantime, temporary veneers will be placed on your teeth. Once your final restorations have been created, you’ll come back in for a final fitting where we will bond the veneers to your teeth with a special resin that is hardened into place with a curing light.

Interested? Give us a call!

Whether you have questions about getting dental veneers in Queen Creek, AZ, or you already want to sit down with us and find out if you are an ideal candidate, don’t hesitate to call Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry at (480) 457-1977 to schedule a consultation.

By Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry
July 01, 2019
Category: procedures
Tags: Dental Sealants  

Would you like to lower your child's risk of cavities? If so, Dr. Matthew Roper, your family and cosmetic dentist in Queen Creek, AZ, child smileprovides a simple solution: dental sealants.

 

Sealants protect chewing teeth

Your child's permanent pre-molars and molars, located at the back of the mouth, are used to chew, tear, and crush food. These teeth are particularly susceptible to tooth decay for three reasons:

  1. Pre-molars and molars contain tiny pits and grooves that trap plaque, the colorless substance responsible to cavities. Brushing can remove most of the plaque in your child's mouth, but toothbrush bristles are too small to reach into tiny depressions on the surface of teeth.
  2. Molars and pre-molars are a little weak when they first erupt and are more prone to developing cavities.
  3. Kids aren't always thorough brushers. They may brush in record time or even forget to brush a few teeth.

Dental sealants protect your child's pre-molars and molars by filling in the pits and grooves with plastic resin. Sealants are safe for your son or daughter and completely unnoticeable because they're clear.

 

What happens when my child receives sealants?

The first step in the sealant process involves cleaning your child's teeth to remove any plaque and tartar. After your child's teeth are cleaned, their Queen Creek dentist will apply an etching solution to the teeth in order to help the sealants stick to the teeth. Sealants come in liquid form, so the dentist brushes will brush them on the teeth before hardening them with a curing light.

 

How should my child care for sealants?

There are no special care instructions for sealants. Your child won't be able to feel them and will brush and floss as usual.

Sealants usually last about 10 years but can wear away sooner if your child grinds or clenches his or her teeth at night. Wearing a nightguard can prevent the sealants from wearing away prematurely and help your child avoid tooth damage due to grinding or clenching. Sealants can be easily reapplied if they do happen to wear away.

 

Interested? Call your family and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Matthew Roper, today!

Protect your child's smile with sealants. Call your family and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Matthew Roper of Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry, today at (480) 457-1977 to schedule an appointment at our Queen Creek office.

By Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry
March 27, 2019
Category: procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants offer several advantages as an option for replacing missing teeth. In addition to restoring your smile, dental implants can Implantalso restore the natural shape of your face if drooping or sagging have occurred as a result of tooth loss. Dental implants can also restore natural speech if it has been altered by gaps in your smile. A dentist can help you decide if dental implants are the right choice for you. At Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry, Dr. Matthew Roper is your dentist for dental implants in San Tan Valley, AZ, and serving Queen Creek.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a small metal post that looks similar to a screw. The function of a dental implant is to hold an artificial tooth in place similar to how tooth roots anchor natural teeth. Dental implants are inserted into the jaw bone so there must be an adequate amount of bone to support the implant as the two will permanently fuse together over time. Dr. Roper, your dentist for dental implants serving San Tan Valley and Queen Creek, could determine if you have sufficient bone to support a dental implant.

Dental implants can replace just one tooth or several, depending on your needs. When replacing a single tooth, the dental implant is topped with a dental crown. When several teeth are being replaced along the top or bottom arch, multiple dental implants are inserted into the jaw bone in different places in order to hold a dental bridge or an implant-supported overdenture in place. Dr. Roper can discuss which option is best for you if you need to replace multiple missing teeth.

Advantages

There are several advantages to replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Since the implants are placed in the jaw bone and become permanently fused with it over time, dental implants provide a secure method for anchoring artificial teeth in place without the worry of those teeth slipping out of place. Many other advantages result when replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Other advantages and benefits of dental implants include:

  • Smile Restoration — By anchoring artificial teeth in place, dental implants permanently fill the gaps in your smile.
  • Improved Speech — Gaps in your smile can alter speech by causing the tongue to slip into the gaps. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants corrects tongue placement when speaking and improves speech.
  • Reduced Strain — Missing teeth place additional strain on remaining teeth as they compensate for the missing ones. Dental implants reduce strain by redistributing biting and chewing functions across a full set of teeth.
  • Restored Facial Contours — Without a full set of teeth to support the muscles of the face, the cheeks can droop and sag. Dental implants restore the natural shape of the face by providing support for facial muscles.

Dental implants offer multiple advantages. For dental implants in the San Tan Valley and Queen Creek area, schedule a consultation with Dr. Roper by calling Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry at (480) 457-1977.

By Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry
January 15, 2019
Category: procedures

How your cosmetic dentist in San Tan Valley, Arizona can transform your smile

Cosmetic Dentistry ProceduresIs your smile dull and boring? If so, why not rejuvenate your smile with cosmetic dentistry? Now it’s possible to enhance your smile and make it better than what nature gave you. If your smile is showing your age, you can help both your smile and you look younger with cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Dr. Matthew Roper and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn at Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry in San Tan Valley, Arizona offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry procedures to give you the smile you deserve. These are just a few of the ways you can rejuvenate your smile:

A professional teeth whitening treatment, the go-to solution for a brilliant white smile; professional teeth whitening can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter, and your results can last up to 5 years! That’s far more effective and longer lasting than over-the-counter products. Professional teeth whitening is safe too! It’s been rigorously tested for safety and effectiveness and approved by the American Dental Association.

Cosmetic bonding and tooth-colored fillings, both of these procedures use composite, a liquid resin that can be perfectly color-matched to your teeth and sculpted to match the natural contours of your teeth. Once the liquid resin is placed, it’s hardened with a blue dental light. You now have a strong dental restoration that blends into your smile.

Porcelain veneers if you want to dramatically enhance your smile; veneers are thin laminates that are cemented to the front surfaces of your teeth. They can hide fracture lines, cracks, erosion, discolorations, tooth wear, and other aesthetic issues that are detracting from your smile. Porcelain has a light-reflective quality, just like tooth enamel, so your smile will look beautifully natural.

These are just a few of the many cosmetic dental procedures available to help you rejuvenate and enhance your smile. To get started, call Dr. Matthew Roper and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn at Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry in San Tan Valley, Arizona for a consultation. You deserve a great smile, so call today!

By Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry
September 10, 2018
Category: procedures
Tags: Cavities   Cavity Formation  

Find out what really happens to a tooth when a cavity develops.

Even though a cavity (sometimes referred to as dental caries) is completely preventable, it is still the most common oral disease to affect Dental Cavity Formationboth children and adults. So, what is a cavity exactly and why do they form? How can I prevent a cavity from happening to my child or myself? Our Queen Creek, AZ, cosmetic dentists Dr. Matthew Roper and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn are here to explain.

What is a cavity?

The crown of your tooth is made up of a layer of dentin and an outer layer, known as tooth enamel. While enamel is the strongest substance in the human body, even it can fall victim to damage. Throughout the day the foods we eat mix with the bacteria in our mouths to create a sticky film over teeth known as plaque.

The foods you eat can increase the amount of plaque develops on teeth. Foods that are starchy or high in sugars are more likely to increase plaque buildup. The bacteria then turn these foods into acid, which destroys tooth enamel. Since the acid is contained within the plaque this means that as long as plaque remains on teeth the acid will continue to damage the enamel.

How can I prevent cavities?

The best way to reduce plaque buildup is to be conscientious of what you eat. Stay away from starchy foods such as white breads, pastas and potatoes, as well as sugary foods and drinks (e.g. sodas; sports drinks; desserts).

Besides eating a smile-friendly diet you also want to make sure you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day (once in the morning and again at night right before bed), as well as flossing your teeth. When you do brush, make sure that you are brushing every surface of your teeth and spending at least two full minutes brushing.

While most people do brush their teeth every day, not everyone is as good about flossing as regularly. Without floss, you only get a small percentage of your teeth clean and you won’t remove plaque buildup from the sides of your teeth and along the gumline if you don’t floss regularly.

Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry in San Tan Valley, Arizona and serving Queen Creek, is dedicated to providing you and your family with the comprehensive dental care they need to maintain healthy, cavity-free smiles. No matter whether you want to discuss ways to protect your smile from cavities or you need to schedule a routine cleaning, do not hesitate to call our office.





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