Is Your Smile In A World Of Hurt?

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Do you have extreme tooth damage, bone loss, or few or no teeth still intact? This post from The Yuma Dentist is for those whose mouths are in a world of hurt.

Whatever the cause of the condition – chemotherapy, recreational drug use, eating disorder, acute mouth injury, disability, inadequate oral hygiene, or simply poor overall health – there is hope.

Full mouth reconstruction can restore your previously healthy, pleasing smile or give you the remarkable smile you never had. Patients who undergo full mouth reconstruction regain their confidence to smile, eat, and speak normally. How would that affect your life?

Replacing missing teeth and adding bone through grafting restores underlying facial structure, improving or preventing that “sunk-in” look that arises when teeth are gone and the jawbone recedes.

Full mouth reconstruction (sometimes called full mouth restoration) is a term which refers to a combination of dental procedures that restore a smile for people with numerous damaged or missing teeth. Treatment may include any combination of the following procedures: crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, white filling replacement, tooth implants, porcelain veneers, implant-anchored dentures, gum contouring, soft tissue grafts, bone grafts, and tooth whitening.

Dental implants are typically the best tooth replacement for those with missing teeth. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. If there is not enough bone to anchor an implant, bone grafting may be handled to augment existing bone. The post integrates with the bone to provide a sturdy foundation for the abutment and beautiful crown. Dental implants are indistinguishable from previous teeth in both form and function.

If you currently have dentures, talk to us about implant-anchored full or partial dentures. Significant improvements can be made even if you only get two or three tooth implants.

Crowns (sometimes called caps) are used when there is enough viable tooth structure that the tooth doesn’t need to be extracted. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured. A crown can fix a bite misalignment and is usually required after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

At The Yuma Dentist, services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Tooth Sensitivity Treatment At Yuma Family Dentist

Have you ever been eating ice cream cone and suffered a sudden jolt of pain in one of your teeth? It’s a sign of tooth sensitivity. If you’ve got sensitive teeth, be sure to talk to us about it at The Yuma Dentist.

Tooth sensitivity can be an alert that something is amiss. It may be caused by a cavity, periodontal disease, gum recession, or bacteria build-up in a crack in a tooth.

A number of circumstances can cause gum recession including consuming acidic foods and drinks, teeth grinding, or cracked teeth. Surprisingly, one cause of gum recession is brushing too hard. That’s right; it is possible to brush too hard!

If your teeth are sensitive following a professional teeth whitening such as the ones we do here at Yuma Family Dentist, the sensitivity will probably be gone in a few days.

There are several treatments for tooth sensitivity including desensitizing toothpaste. Most brands of toothpaste have a sensitive teeth version.

At The Yuma Dentist, with offices in Fortuna Hills and Yuma AZ, we not only treat tooth sensitivity, we also carry out entire smile makeovers for our patients. Our services include general dentistry and dental implants. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Developing Good Dental Habits

Developing Good Dental Habits In Foothills

Benjamin Franklin said that it’s easier to prevent bad habits than to break them. At The Yuma Dentist, we think this holds true for almost everything, including dental care.

For parents, teaching your children good oral hygiene techniques while they’re young will benefit their smile throughout their life.

If you wait too long to teach your child how to brush and floss, or if you don’t make sure they are doing it enough, you’re setting yourself up for a lot of work down the road.

It’s very hard to convince an older child that they should be spending two or three times longer brushing their teeth each morning and night. But if they’ve done it for as long as they can remember, then their habits should be sufficient to avoid excessive dental decay.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Keeping You Comfortable

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At The Yuma Dentist, we make a conscious effort to help our patients feel comfortable. Though our chairs are cushy as can be, we are not only talking about physical comfort here. We are talking about emotional comfort. In other words, peace of mind.

Here are four ways we are committed to your peace of mind at Yuma Family Dentist in Yuma:

1. We don’t judge you. The dental team at Yuma Family Dentist is here to help you, regardless of the state of your teeth. We have treated patients with severe tooth neglect, advanced gum disease, enamel erosion caused by eating disorders, tooth damage caused by illegal drug use, baby bottle tooth decay, tobacco-stained teeth: basically, every imaginable dental issue. We don’t live in a bubble. We understand and empathize with our patients.

2. We protect you from pain. From topical analgesics to sedation, we will eliminate pain as best we can.

3. We help you with your dental anxiety. Fear of the dentist is far more common than you might realize and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. Sedation dentistry not only assists in pain management, it puts you in a deeply relaxed state. We offer laughing gas (nitrous oxide) and oral conscious sedation. With the latter, you’ll need a ride to and from our office.

4. We communicate with you.
 Procedures are thoroughly explained and all your questions will be answered prior to treatment. If you are not sure you want to initiate treatment, we are happy to let you think about it for a while. There is no rush.

If you have postponed dental treatment for any reason, we encourage you to give The Yuma Dentist a try. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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When Style And Oral Health Collide

When Style And Oral Health Collide in Yuma

Oral piercing is a popular form of body art, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. When patients at The Yuma Dentist ask about the safety of oral piercings, we make sure they are aware of the possible consequences.

First, patients should know that infection is always a major concern with any piercing, but because the mouth is the perfect environment for breeding bacteria, oral piercings are especially problematic. Your ability to chew, swallow, and speak can also be impaired by an oral piercing.

Oral piercings can lead to an increase in saliva flow and, possibly, excessive drooling, something my dental patients generally want to avoid. It’s also critical to know that chipped or cracked teeth, damage to dental fillings, and metal sensitivity are other possible issues.

Another serious risk associated with piercings that should concern people is nerve damage. Many people experience temporary numbness after a piercing, but for some, the damage is severe and sensations never return. An injured nerve can also impact facial movements as well as your sense of taste.

If you’ve read through this and still want to choose a tongue bar or lip piercing, please talk to us first so you can consider the safest decision possible for your oral health.

The Yuma Dentist, in Yuma AZ, can counsel you on these issues. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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What is Patient-Centered Dental Care?

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What is your perception of the patient-dentist relationship? Would you call it one-sided? Does it seem like the dentist examines your teeth, decides on the course of treatment, and performs the procedure, and you’re practically a bystander? At the Yuma Family Dentist in Yuma AZ, we don’t do things that way.

It Starts With The Atmosphere

You will recognize the difference when you first walk in our doors. You will discover a warm, pleasing atmosphere. We don’t push patients through as if they were on an assembly line.

As a amalgam free dentistry practice, we see you as a whole person, not just a mouth full of teeth. When we meet with you, you will be able to talk about more than just your oral health. You will discuss your lifestyle, your past dental experiences, your goals, and your concerns. We want to create a long-term relationship with you—it benefits you and helps us do our jobs well.

We Listen

When we examine a patient and find a problem, there is rarely only one solution proposed. We take as much time as necessary to explain the options and answer your questions.

By listening carefully, communicating clearly, and asking the right questions, we can fully assess the many critical factors that impact your present and future oral health.

Does This Sound Good to You?

If this sounds like a good approach, call The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ to schedule an appointment. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule a checkup today!

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Looking For A Red Carpet-Caliber Smile?

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When you see pics of your favorite movie stars, do you wonder how these men and women can project such perfection? Can ordinary folks ever achieve such beautiful smiles? Thanks to cosmetic dentistry from The Yuma Dentist, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”

There are many effective cosmetic dentistry procedures available that can produce compelling results. Complete smile transformations combine various procedures to transform your smile. These are the same procedures used by cosmetic dentists that serve the Hollywood A-list.

A common and reasonably priced procedure is teeth whitening. There are a variety of ways this can be done. Many drugstores sell over-the-counter whitening strips and gels. Your cosmetic dental practice can recommend an effective one, or they may offer in-office bleaching. This is the quickest way to whiten your teeth, sometimes in less than an hour.

If you suffer from missing teeth, most Yuma cosmetic dentists will recommend dental implants. A dental implant is placed directly into the jaw bone. This provides strength, natural appearance and function, and comfort. It can also safeguard against the bone recession that is common with a missing tooth.

Veneers, which are custom-made for each patient, are designed to cover the front of the teeth. These are useful for patients who have broken or chipped teeth, stained teeth, or gaps between teeth.

The Yuma Family Dentist provides a full range of cosmetic dentistry services that can leave you with a beautiful smile the movies stars might envy. We also offer general dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Yuma Family Dentist: Calming Root Canal Fears

AZ Dentist Calms Root Canal FearsA dentist’s office is sometimes seen as a painful and scary place. But we discourage that at The Yuma Family Dentist. But try as we might, root canals still have a strong association with pain. It doesn’t need to be that way.

A root canal becomes necessary when a tooth is badly infected or decayed. Ask anyone who’s been there: infected teeth can really hurt. A root canal is going to alleviate that pain.

Root canals are done to clean the inside of the tooth by removing the bacteria, soft tissue (called pulp), decayed nerve tissue, and any debris that may be causing the infection and pain. Once it’s cleaned out, we seal the tooth to prevent further decay and finish by applying a crown or filling. This is the process and purpose of a root canal.

To put it another way, root canals have a bad reputation, and with modern sedation dentistry, it is not deserved. Though a root canal can be intimidating or scary, educating yourself and talking to us can relieve much of your anxiety.

The Yuma Dentist performs root canals, and also offers general dentistry. Never ignore an aching tooth! Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Beware Of Hidden Sugar

preventative dentistry in Winter Haven, CAAt the Yuma Family Dentist in Yuma AZ, we counsel our patients to watch their sugar intake to prevent cavities and other health troubles.

If you are trying to get sugar out of your diet, or at least minimize it, you are probably skipping the usual suspects: candy, soda, and baked treats. But not all sugar is as conspicuous as the frosting on a piece of chocolate cake.

Here are some common foods with a surprisingly high sugar content:

  • Ketchup
  • Low fat versions of snack foods (Manufacturers often replace fat with sugar.)
  • Salad dressing
  • Breads, buns, rolls
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Protein bars
  • Granola
  • Canned soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Yogurt
  • Fast food meals (hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, and salads are often loaded with sugar, not to mention the dessert items.)
  • Antacids
  • Cough drops
  • Fruit smoothies (Even a small serving has a whopping amount of sugar.)

Reading the fine print on labels is a must! The following terms are all types of sugar:

raw sugar, cane sugar, glucose, lactose, galactose, fructose, dextrose, honey, sorghum, molasses, cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, crystallized cane juice, invert sugar, maltodextrin (or dextrin), maple syrup, concentrated fruit juices, evaporated cane juice

Do the math: when shopping at markets or health food stores, carefully assess food labels before you buy. Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. Add up all the grams of every type of sugar listed and divide by four to truly comprehend how much sugar an item contains.

At the Yuma Family Dentist, we have offices in Yuma AZ and Fortuna Foothills, where we offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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To Chew Or Not To Chew

To Chew Or Not To Chew In Yuma

Hello gum chewers, The Yuma Dentist is going to talk about that sticky wad in your mouth. You know that it can freshen your breath, but can it really help protect your smile from cavities?

It really depends on the type of gum. Chewing regular sucrose-based gum can be beneficial in removing bits of food from the surface of teeth, but that benefit is negated by the stream of sugar washing over your teeth as you chew.

However, gum with some alternative sweeteners has an added benefit for your pearly whites. Xylitol is a sweetener that not only has fewer calories than traditional sugars, but also has antimicrobial properties that diminish plaque build-up. This means that xylitol inhibits the growth of bacteria that causes tooth decay.

So if you’re headed out to a restaurant, bring a pack of sugar-free gum with you and pop it in your mouth when your meal is done. Of course, brushing and flossing are the ideal practices for your oral health, but when you can’t brush, opt for a sugarless gum with xylitol.

At The Yuma Dentist, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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