What Is Necessary For A Dental Crown in Yuma?

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Dental crowns have been available in Yuma for a long, long time. But would you believe the procedure itself has been around for a thousand years or more?

Ancient dentists used ivory, bone, and seashells to make crowns for teeth. Evidence of gold crowns dates from 200 A.D. Porcelain crowns appeared in the 1800s. With the advancement of metal casting processes in the 1900s, crown technology took a big leap forward.

A dental crown procedure consists of several steps:

Tooth Preparation
First, the tooth is anesthetized and then prepared. All decay is removed and the tooth is shaped. Usually, the dentist files off tooth structure to reduce the size and create the proper shape.

Sometimes, the tooth is too small to begin with. In that case, the dentist builds up its core with filling material to design a durable base for the crown. All-metal crowns—as opposed to porcelain crowns—have thinner sides, requiring less removal of tooth structure.

Creating a Good Impression
The dentist will use a putty-like substance to create an impression of the tooth and surrounding teeth. An impression will also be made of the teeth that oppose the crown. This ensures that the crown does not negatively affect the bite.

The Temporary Crown
A temporary crown is used to safeguard the tooth and be certain it doesn’t move in the mouth while the permanent crown is being created. Patients need to be careful with their temporary crown. It is not as strong as the permanent crown and is attached only with temporary cement. Avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods. Be aware that the tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold.

Choosing a Color
If the new crown will be constructed with porcelain, you and your dentist will use a shade guide to select a shade for the restoration. Most patients don’t have teeth that are exactly the same color. You will need to ascertain the most appropriate shade to blend in with the surrounding teeth.

The Lab Team Works Its Magic
The dentist or a laboratory technician uses the model to build the crown. Some dentists have the equipment needed to manufacture crowns right in their office. Same day restorations are created with a machine that mills a crown from a small block of ceramic in the correct shade.

Your Crown Is Put In Place

When the new crown is ready, your dentist places it in your mouth and makes any needed modification to attain a great fit. This process shouldn’t be rushed. Sometimes less than a millimeter of drilling can make the difference between an ill-fitting crown that makes irregular contact with the opposing teeth and a crown that is accurately fitted.

The Yuma Dentist provides dental crowns and implants, along with other cosmetic and general dentistry. Call our office today for a consultation or an appointment.

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-257-1392

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Keep Your Mouth Happy! Oral Hygiene in Yuma

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At the Yuma Family Dentist, we encourage all our patients patients to keep up with their oral hygiene so maintain optimum oral health. A happy mouth is not only a healthy mouth but one that can enjoy the flavors of all types of foods.

Healthy oral habits benefit our taste buds as well as our smiles. Here are some recommendations to help you better enjoy all the flavors and textures that can make each meal a delight.

1) Treat dry mouth. Dry mouth can create a loss of taste sensitivity, so it should be treated quickly. Adequate saliva is also necessary for avoiding cavities and gum disease.

2) Steer clear of processed food with artificial flavors. They’re high in fat and salt, and will quickly desensitize you to subtle, healthy flavors.

3) Don’t smoke! Cigarettes are bad for a lot of reasons. One that gets overlooked sometimes is that smoking dulls your taste buds. Olfactory nerves can even be damaged permanently from smoking.

In addition to healthy teeth and keen taste buds, we want our patients to have the beautiful smile they have always desired. If you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, veneers, or dental implants, please contact The Yuma Dentist.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-257-1392

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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What Works Best? Teeth Whitening in Yuma

Dazzling White Teeth in YumaWhitening your teeth is as simple as visiting The Yuma Dentist for professional teeth whitening. We use the Glo whitening system that uses LED lights to whiten your teeth.

There are many over-the-counter products that promise to whiten your teeth, and they can be effective – up to a point. Toothpastes, whitening strips, and whitening pens can lighten your smile by several shades.

Professional whitening, on the other hand, can whiten your teeth up to seven shades. These treatments penetrate your teeth to remove deep and surface stains.

Your teeth get dull from years of what most of us normally eat and drink. Coffee, tea, and soft drinks are among the substances that stain teeth the most. So once you have had your teeth professionally whitened, it’s best to be careful with what you consume, so your teeth don’t get discolored again.

At The Yuma Dentist, we offer safe and effective teeth bleaching. Our cosmetic dentistry patients can’t believe how great their teeth look once all the stains are gone. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call our office today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-257-1392

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Helping Teen Teeth: Tips from the Yuma Dentist

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If you are the parent of a teen, you may have some concerns about his or her well-being. Teens don’t always make good choices when it comes to dental health, from consuming too much junk food to resisting trips to the Yuma dentist.

Many eat ramen noodles instead of a square meal. Others seem to spend more hours on Instagram than sleeping (let alone doing homework). Braces can hinder proper brushing. Eating disorders such as bulimia can quickly erode enamel and impair a smile.

Dental problems manifesting in the adolescent years can influence teeth for life. Let’s review some vital dental issues for adolescents.

Oral Health and Orthodontia
Braces can make proper brushing challenging. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help adolescents with braces clean their teeth and gums.

Clear braces provide an even better solution for brushing, since they are removable.

Wisdom Teeth
The third molars usually erupt between late adolescence and the mid-twenties. Common wisdom teeth troubles include bite misalignment, dental caries, gum disease, and damage to the nearby teeth. It is critical to monitor wisdom teeth and follow the counsel of your dentist.

Eating Disorders
Parents who notice their daughter or son abnormally preoccupied with body image and weight loss should be on the lookout for bulimia and anorexia. These serious eating disorders should not be ignored. Parents are advised to seek treatment immediately if they discover that their teen is binging and purging, or intentionally restricting food.

Sugar-Heavy Diet
If you visit any Yuma high school during lunch hour, you will see that sugar-laden soda, juice, and energy drinks are becoming a beverage staple. While juice is definitely the healthiest choice of the three, even that can damage enamel just as effectively as a can of Coke, if you drink a lot of it. Water is the best drink for teeth.

Inadequate Calcium Intake
Some teenagers who drank milk daily as kids curtail their consumption when they start eating meals away from home. This is unfortunate, because calcium is just as essential for adolescents as it is for younger children. For strong teeth and bones, encourage your teen to enjoy low-fat dairy products daily. An alternative is calcium supplements.

Sports Injuries
Athletics benefit adolescents in a number of ways but, unfortunately, also pose a threat to teeth. Make sure your teen wears a protective custom mouthguard when participating in any activity where a mouth injury can occur.

The Yuma Dentist encourages parents to be vigilant about twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings for their teens, and to get them orthodontics if necessary. Too many oral problems develop unnoticed. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and we are a holistic practice.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-257-1392

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Need a Dental Implant? Yuma Dentistry Can Help

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Getting a tooth knocked out may sound like a catastrophe, but doesn’t always mean you’ll need to call Yuma Dentistry for an implant. If you can keep a cool head and remember a few simple instructions, chances are good your tooth can be saved.

If a tooth gets knocked out, the main things to remember are to find it as quickly as you can, and handle it with care. Be careful to touch it only by the crown – that is, its biting surface.

Next, make a beeline to the nearest dentist.

It’s okay to gently rinse the tooth in water, but don’t scrub it or remove any tissue fragments from the tooth. The best thing to do with it is to hold it back in its socket, but that isn’t always possible.
Holding the tooth between the lip and gum or under the tongue is good too, but be careful not to swallow. If neither of these is an option, place the tooth in a cup of milk.

Time is of the essence. If you can get to a dentist within thirty minutes, great! Most teeth that can be reinserted by a dentist within half an hour can be saved. Chances of saving the tooth are still good if you get there in about an hour. Once you get beyond that time frame, however, chances go down.

If the worst happens, and the tooth cannot be saved, your options include getting a dental implant. This is one of the services provided by Yuma Dentistry. Once rare, dental implants today are considered part of mainstream dentistry.

There are good reasons to  replace a missing tooth with an implant. An implant is a titanium post inserted directly into the jawbone, so it can actually benefit the bone’s health. Cosmetically speaking, they are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.

In addition to dental implants, Yuma Dentistry provides general and cosmetic dentistry, all with the latest in dental technology. Call us today to set up an appointment.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-257-1392

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentist, Dental Implants, Dental Technology, General Dentistry

Voted Yuma’s Best Dentist for 2017!

The Yuma Dentist was voted Yuma's Best Dentist for 2017

Thank you for all those who voted for us to be named Yuma’s Best Dentist for 2017. Without you we could not have done it and we truly appreciate your support.

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– The whole team at The Yuma Dentist

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3 Cavity Fighters For Yuma Kids

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Most parents know children’s oral health basics: brush regularly, reduce sugar intake, limit snacking, and get adequate amounts of calcium and Vitamin D. Yuma Family Dentist recommends three additional tools for preventing cavities in toddlers and children.

  • Sealants
  • Fluoride supplements
  • Oral rinses

Resin dental sealants are applied by your dentist. The material bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, protecting the pits and fissures from decay. Some AZ dental insurance providers cover dental sealants, so check with your provider if you are considering them.

Fluoride supplements help strengthen still-forming teeth prior to eruption. You can get a prescription from your pediatrician or talk to us. There is one caveat, however: if you have fluoridated water, your pediatrician may advise against taking additional fluoride in supplement form.

If your child is taking fluoride supplements, is an oral rinse redundant? Actually, no. Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but a fluoride rinse helps teeth that have already come in. Oral rinses containing fluoride can be purchased at any Foothills, Winter Haven, CA, or Somerton grocery store. Make sure you buy one specifically formulated for children. Products labeled as a mouthwash are usually intended only for breath-freshening and may not contain fluoride.

I recommend children use an oral rinse after they brush and floss at night. Rinses are most effective when they are the last substance on teeth before kids go to bed.

At Yuma Family Dentist, we believe that with proper preventative dentistry, Yuma area kids can enjoy healthy teeth for life
.

 

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:928-257-1392

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Water Fluoridation Prevents Tooth Decay

Water Fluoridation In AZ Prevents Tooth Decay

Hello! Welcome to our dentistry blog. Today’s essential message from Yuma Family Dentist concerns fluoride and children’s dental health. I’m Franklin Hulme and I have been practicing dentistry in Yuma since 2012.

When I examine a new patient for the first time, I can usually tell whether the person drank fluoride-adjusted municipal water while growing up. Generally, their teeth are healthier than people who had lower fluoride levels in their tap water.

Ideally, adequate fluoride intake combined with proper oral hygiene, good nutrition, and regular dental visits keep teeth healthy and safeguards teeth from cavities.

However, this mighty element also helps teeth remineralize if acids have already compromised the essential enamel. For decay prevention and teeth strengthening, enough fluoride is indispensable.

If you have children and your AZ municipal water supply does not have the recommended level of fluoride, you may want to consider giving your kids a fluoride supplement. The fluoride will strengthen the primary teeth that have already erupted and also the adult teeth that are forming.

The American Dental Association supports water fluoridation:

‘More than 65 years ago, on January 25, 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan became the world’s first city to adjust the level of fluoride in its water supply. Since that time, fluoridation has dramatically improved the oral health of tens of millions of Americans. Community water fluoridation is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay’ (http://www.ada.org/fluoride.aspx).

At Yuma Family Dentist, we provide unmatched dental care for all members of the family including general and cosmetic dentistry.

If you are interested in children’s fluoride supplements, call Yuma Family Dentist at 928-257-1392 to schedule a pediatric dental evaluation.

 

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-257-1392

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Super Smiles For Life

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Your child should be naturally proud of his or her smile. It expresses joy, laughter, and fun! To make sure your child has a healthy and attractive smile, start early. Really early.

Dentist Franklin Hulme recommends that you bring your child in for their first dental visit soon after their first birthday. An early check is the first step in preventing issues and setting the stage for lifelong dental health. Dentist Hulme will keep the visit short, but complete a thorough visual examination to make sure there are no concerns.

Dentist Hulme will advise you on good dental procedures at home, such as correct brushing and flossing. You will also be guided regarding healthy eating choices and the consequences of poor choices. It is especially important to keep your toddler from eating sticky or hard candies that lodge in molars and spaces between teeth. It is also important to monitor the amount of juice they drink and keep it in a cup instead of a bottle.

Any time sugary foods or drinks are in contact with teeth, the enamel is weakened from the acid those substances contain. Prolonged exposure begins to wear the enamel away, setting the stage for cavities. Unlike broken bones that regenerate, once enamel is gone, it’s essentially gone, though fluoride can remineralize weakened enamel to a small degree.

Promoting a healthy, low sugar diet is always prime for your toddler’s teeth. If your baby or toddler needs a bottle to calm down and go to sleep, make sure that the bottle contains only water.

Other vital habits are to brush and floss your teeth in front of your child. (If you have never been regular flossing – it’s time to start!) Let them see that it is a priority and a comfortable habit in your life. Brush their teeth with a soft bristled brush and a small amount of toothpaste. Let them try it, but always go over their teeth afterward, making sure each tooth is brushed. When finished, give them a cup of water to help rinse the toothpaste out.

Before coming to Yuma Family Dentist, speak with your child about the upcoming appointment and let them know that their teeth are going to be checked. Dr. Hulme will help your child feel proud of their effort and help them have a favorable visit, the first of many to come.

Call Dr. Hulme at 928-257-1392 to schedule an appointment. Remember also to call any time between scheduled visits with any questions or concerns that might arise. We are devoted to your child’s lifelong dental health.

Dr. Hulme serves many families in the Yuma area with ability and compassion. Some of our patients come from Foothills, Winter Haven, CA, and Somerton. At Yuma Family Dentist, we love working with children and will help your child have a favorable experience learning to care for their teeth.

At Yuma Family Dentist, each member of our friendly team is committed to making our youngest patients feel safe and comfortable. Our patients enjoy the friendly atmosphere while benefiting from our state-of-the-art technology.

Some of our most popular services include cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and sedation dentistry. We are located at 1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104 in Yuma.

A dental office you can’t wait to tell your friends about.

 

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-257-1392

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Don’t Put Off Your Dental Exam

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Hi kids, adults, and golden-agers in Yuma. No matter what age you are, as long as you have teeth, dental exams are an important practice for keeping your smile healthy and beautiful! (If you don’t have any teeth, speak with us about dentures and dental implants.)

At Yuma Family Dentist, we have an excellent office and friendly team of professionals to make your exams something you’ll look forward to.

Knowledge is Power
Dental exams are often put off because they can be seen as unnecessary. But exams are truly one of the best methods for preventative care. At each check up, our experienced and well trained hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth. Once they are polished sparkling clean, your teeth will receive an intensive analysis. They will be inspected for any dental caries, gum recession, excessive wear, or other risks. Catching these types of threats early is indispensable so you can be certain that they don’t turn into larger problems.

Scheduling twice-yearly exams with Franklin Hulme at Yuma Family Dentist will ensure you avoid acute dental issues.

Innovative Dental Technology
Technology is moving rapidly, so it’s essential to find a dental office that has the latest instruments to ensure your check up is detailed and comprehensive. At Yuma Family Dentist, we have state-of-the-art technology that is used for your exams. With technology like our advanced dental x-rays, nothing will get past dentist Hulme. If is detected, an appropriate, individualized treatment plan will be created.

Peace of Mind
After your entire mouth has been examined, dentist Hulme will detail what is necessary moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as braces, we will be sure that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful!

 

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-257-1392

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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