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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.

By Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry
July 02, 2018
Category: procedures
Tags: root canal  

Root canal treatment is used to repair teeth that are infected and badly decayed. During the procedure, the pulp is removed, and the tooth root canalis cleaned and sealed. Dr. Matthew Roper, Dr. Nathan McLaws, and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn at Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry in San Tan Valley, AZ, offers a full range of dental services. Here are five signs you may need a root canal. 

1. You have a toothache.
Severe tooth pain upon chewing or application of pressure is a sign that you may need root canal treatment. A root canal is done to eliminate that pain. Root canals are nothing to fear. Your San Tan Valley dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding area. Local anesthesia is a type of anesthetic used to prevent pain during treatment. Many people have reported that root canal treatment is no more painful than getting a dental filling. 

2. Cold and hot bother you.
Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages is a sign you may need root canal therapy. Tooth sensitivity causes pain when the tooth is exposed to cold and hot temperatures through beverages and foods. Your tooth will no longer be sensitive to cold and hot foods and beverages after the procedure. 

3. Your gums are swollen.
If you have swollen gums, you may need a root canal. The inflammation can range from being slight to pronounced. In severe cases, the inflammation may extend into your face and/or neck. Gum inflammation is often associated with infection, but it doesn’t always mean an infection is present.

4. You have a bump on your gum.
If you have a pimple-like bump or swollen area on your gum you may need a root canal. The bump may disappear and then come back. This bump is an accumulation of pus, which is associated with infection. Your dentist will treat this by performing a root canal. The bump will not disappear until your dentist repairs your tooth. 

5. You have a discolored tooth.
One discolored tooth is also a sign that a root canal is needed. When the roots of the tooth that requires a root canal have died, the tooth may turn brown, dark yellow, gray, or black. Tooth discoloration can also be caused by injury or damaged dental filling, so visiting a dentist for a checkup is recommended if you have a darkened tooth. 

If you need a root canal, why wait? We can help you today! Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry at 480-457-1977 today to schedule a dental appointment in San Tan Valley, AZ. If you need a root canal, don't wait. Delaying a root canal will only lead to prolonged pain, suffering, and tooth loss. 

By Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry
April 04, 2018
Category: procedures

If you have smile gaps, you can fill them with tooth replacements that are superior to conventional bridges and dentures. Called dental dental implantsimplants, these completely artificial teeth bite, chew, feel and look like real teeth. In fact, they even have prosthetic roots made of titanium, a metal which adheres right to the jaw. Do implants sound interesting? Then, learn the details from your professional team at Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry in San Tan Valley, AZ.

Why dental implants?

Dr. Matthew Roper, Dr. Nathan McLaws and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn offer dental implants to replace one, two or more missing teeth--even an entire arch. It's important to fill gaps caused by oral trauma, decay, and abscess because tooth loss affects how you:

  • Appear
  • Speak
  • Eat
  • Feel about yourself

Yes, tooth loss impacts self-image because gaps make you look older as bite height decreases, facial wrinkles increase and jaw bone and gum tissue shrink in size and density. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry says that these artificial teeth definitely preserve your facial structure.

How does a dental implant do all that? The benefits come from a process called osseointegration. When your dentist places a dental implant in your jaw, the bone immediately starts to bond to it. Over the several weeks after the in-office placement surgery at Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry, osseointegration continues. When the site is sufficiently healed, the dentist bonds on a metal alloy extension post and custom-crafted porcelain crown.

Other uses for implants

Besides single-tooth implants, your dentist uses these amazing devices to support bridgework (filling gaps of two or more adjoining teeth) and partial or full dentures. A complete oral examination, and X-rays tell your dentist in San Tan Valley if you have enough healthy jaw bone to receive dental implants.

Caring for dental implants

Don't worry. It's straightforward. Brush twice a day, just as the American Dental Association recommends for everyone--implants or not. Floss carefully each day, too, because plaque and tartar are the biggest threats to implant retention. Also, if you smoke, work toward stopping, and enlist the help of your primary care physician in that important goal. Finally, see your dentist at Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry semi-annually for your check-up and hygienic cleaning.

Find out more

Yes, you should consider dental implants. Why not call Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry today to set-up a personal implant consultation with one of our knowledgeable dentists? Phone (480) 457-1977.





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