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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.

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.


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.

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