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By Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry
January 06, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

A root canal could just end up saving your smile.

You woke up in the middle of the night with a throbbing, aching pain in your teeth. What’s going on? Our family dentist Dr. Matthew Roper understands just how stressful these moments can be, which is why our dental team offers immediate dentistry to those dealing with toothaches and serious dental matters. In this case, you may just need to get a root canal from our San Tan Valley, AZ, dental team.

What does a root canal do?

This commonly performed endodontic procedure will be performed if our San Tan Valley, AZ, family dentist finds that you have an infected dental pulp (a soft-tissue structure that lies within the tooth). The removal of the pulp will not affect the health or integrity of the tooth, but it is the only way to stop the spread of infection once bacteria has entered the inside of the tooth.

By performing a root canal when you need it, we can prevent the bacteria from spreading further into the tooth, as well as into neighboring bone and teeth. A root canal can also prevent permanent damage from befalling one of your teeth. In essence, this simple procedure preserves natural teeth whenever possible, which also saves you time and money.

What are the warning signs of an infected dental pulp?

Some people with an infected or inflamed dental pulp could have it and not even know it. This is just one of the reasons why it’s a good idea to visit your dentist twice a year for checkups, as our dental team can catch these problems that you could easily miss. Of course, an infected dental pulp can also cause these telltale symptoms,

  • A sudden and severe toothache
  • A throbbing, aching or sharp toothache that gets worse when putting pressure on the tooth
  • Increased or sudden lingering sensitivity
  • Tender, swollen or painful gums around the tooth
  • Sudden tooth darkening or discoloration (signs of tissue death within the tooth)

Our San Tan Valley, AZ, dental team prides itself on providing root canals and other dentistry with a gentle touch. If you are dealing with a toothache or other dental symptoms that have you concerned, call Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry right away at (480) 457-1977.

By Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry
November 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: CEREC Crowns  

Wondering whether CEREC crowns are right for you?

Our Queen Creek, AZ, dentist Dr. Matthew Roper is making it easier to get the dental crown you need without taking significant time out of your schedule. If you’ve never heard about CEREC crowns before, it’s the perfect time to learn more about this restoration and how it could benefit your smile. Here are the top questions we get asked about these high-tech restorations,

What are CEREC crowns?

CEREC stands for chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics, and this method involves designing and making a dental crown right here in our office. With traditional crowns, we had to take impressions of your mouth and then have a dental lab make your crown, but with CEREC technology we can now create your restoration right here in our office.

How long will it take to get my CEREC crowns?

Another nickname for CEREC crowns is “same day crowns” because you can get your restoration crafted and placed in just one dental visit. Since we can do everything right here in-house you don’t have to come in for multiple appointments (like you would have with traditional crowns). Since it can take up to 45 minutes to create your crown, it’s a good idea to bring a book or something with you during the downtime.

What makes CEREC crowns different from traditional crowns?

These crowns look the same and are often made from the same material, the only difference is how they are made. CEREC technology streamlines the restoration process, making it possible for our Queen Creek, AZ, dental team to make your CEREC crown right here in the office without having to turn to a dental lab. This also means that you don’t have to spend weeks wearing a temporary crown. You’ll get your new restoration the very same day with CEREC.

When are CEREC crowns used?

In just about every situation in which a ceramic crown is used, a CEREC crown can also be placed. After all, a crown is used to cover and protect a tooth that has significant damage in order to protect what’s left of the tooth’s structure, and a CEREC crown can do just this!

How long will my same-day crowns last?

We use only the highest quality ceramic to make your crown, so you never have to worry about the strength or durability of your new tooth. With the proper care, your crown can last many years and can easily be replaced when the time is right.

Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry provides CEREC restorations to patients living in Queen Creek and San Tan Valley, AZ. If you want to discuss same-day crowns with our dentist, call our office today at (480) 457-1977.

By Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry
July 20, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Services   Treatments  

Learn more about cosmetic dentistry and how it can help you feel more confident.

Who doesn’t want a beautiful smile that makes them feel and look their best? If you are dealing with stains, chips and other dental problems, you may find yourself hiding your smile or feeling as if your smile ages you. That’s where our San Tan Valley, AZ, cosmetic dentist Dr. Matthew Roper can help you. We specialize in a variety of cosmetic dental treatments that can fix the issues you’re dealing with while boosting your confidence.

Here’s what you should know about the top three cosmetic dentistry treatments we offer,

Teeth Whitening

This is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments our dentist offers here in San Tan Valley, AZ. That’s because our professional whitening system offers immediate and significant results that you won’t find with over-the-counter whitening treatments and toothpaste. We can get your smile several shades whiter in just one hour, and professional whitening can be customized to your needs.

Good candidates for teeth whitening: any healthy individual who maintains good oral hygiene who is dealing with yellowing or external dental stains caused by aging, diet or smoking.

Dental Veneers

Wondering how everyone in Hollywood seems to have such perfect teeth? Chances are good that many of them have dental veneers. These thin porcelain shells are adhered to the front of your teeth to whiten, reshape, and improve the overall appearance of your smile. If you are looking to make more major changes to your teeth without having to undergo serious dental procedures, then veneers may be right for you.

Good candidates for dental veneers: any individual with strong, healthy teeth that can support veneers; anyone dealing with widespread cosmetic flaws such as crookedness, misshapen teeth, chips and stains.

Dental Bonding

Have a single chipped tooth or a small gap between your front teeth? If so, then this simple cosmetic treatment may be all you need for a new, improved smile. Bonding is a non-invasive and conservative technique in which our cosmetic dentist will apply a tooth-colored resin to the area to help reshape it and improve its appearance.

Good candidates for dental bonding: anyone who wants to make slight changes and improvements to one tooth or just a couple of teeth quickly and efficiently.

If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist in San Tan Valley, AZ, that can help you get the beautiful smile you deserve, then call Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry at (480) 457-1977 to schedule a cosmetic consultation.

By Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry
April 13, 2020
Category: Oral Hygiene
Tags: Dental Emergency  

If you’re dealing with a true dental emergency, our team offers same-day care.

If you are looking for emergency dental services in San Tan Valley, AZ, our dentist Dr. Matt Roper and his dental team is here to help. Of course, it’s important to recognize what constitutes getting immediate, same-day dentistry and when you can simply schedule an appointment for the coming days.

How urgent is your dental problem? You will most likely require same-day care if you are dealing with,

  • A knocked-out tooth (the tooth can be saved if treated within one hour of the injury)
  • Severe dental pain (could be a sign of a cavity or infection inside the tooth)
  • An abscess, which is a bacterial infection that causes swelling and pain in the area
  • A severe tooth fracture that causes pain
  • A restoration that has fallen off completely or is broken, resulting in pain and sensitivity

Right now, our goal is to protect the health and wellbeing of our patients. With Covid-19, we want to focus our attention on providing patients with the emergency dental services they need in San Tan Valley, AZ, when these problems arise. You shouldn’t have to be worried about where to turn to get immediate dental care.

The problems above require immediate treatment. Of course, there are steps that you can also take before coming into our office,

  • If you are in significant pain you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen, which can temporarily alleviate pain and swelling.
  • Apply a towel-wrapped ice pack to the side of the face to reduce pain and swelling.
  • If the tooth has been cracked or chipped, make sure to collect the pieces and bring them into the office.
  • If your tooth has been knocked out, rinse off the tooth and then gently try to place it back into the socket. If you can’t get it into the socket (don’t force it!) then place the tooth in a container of milk.

Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry is here for you, providing everything from emergency dental care to cosmetic dentistry services for patients of all ages living here in San Tan Valley, AZ. If you are dealing with a dental emergency know that our team is here to help. Call us at (480) 457-1977.

By Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry
February 20, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Implants  

Would you like to fill a smile gap with the perfect tooth replacement? Then, come to Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry in San Tan Valley, AZ, for a dental implant consultation. Your Queen Creek area dentist is Dr. Matthew Roper, and he surgically places titanium implants to support realistic dental crowns, bridgework and dentures. Have a great smile and excellent oral health, too.

What is a dental implant?

It's titanium metal cylinder or screw surgically placed into the jaw bone where a natural tooth once stood. The implant integrates with the alveolar ridge over subsequent weeks to months, forming a solid base for the addition of a post and porcelain crown.

This bonding action between the bone and the implant is called osseointegration. Other tooth replacements don't feature it or have the stability, balance and longevity of dental implants.

In effect, the in-office implant treatment recreates a natural tooth in looks, function and durability. The Institute for Dental Implant Awareness (IDIA) says dental implants last the rest of a patient's life given good in-office and at-home oral hygiene practices.

The dental implant treatment

Dr. Roper fully evaluates prospective implant patients with a review of medical history, a complete oral examination and specialized three-dimensional X-rays. Good bone health, size and density are essential to dental implant success and long-term retention.

If you have larger smile gaps or are missing all your teeth, Dr. Roper may advise implant-supported bridgework or full/partial dentures. Usually, these implants are placed in multiples--from two to six depending on your unique needs.

Your new smile

If you are conscientious about brushing and flossing and see your dentist in his Sun Valley, AZ, office twice a year for an exam and cleaning, you can keep your implants for life. If you smoke, now is the time to stop because tobacco undermines the health of supporting jaw bone and gum tissue. See your primary care physician about a smoking cessation program.

Consult with us

At Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry, Dr. Roper and his team provide the finest dental care in the Queen Creek area. Phone us for a one-on-one consultation, and learn if dental implants could complete your smile. Phone our San Tan Valley, AZ, office at (480) 457-1977.

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