Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry

Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At On Call Urgent Dental Care - Emergency DentistryHello, dental blog visitors, welcome to the On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry blog.

A close friend of mine recently expressed fears about her upcoming root canal. She was anxious about the pain she might experience and worried about getting work off for the multiple office visits to complete the procedure. I assured her that painful root canal procedures are a thing of the past with modern dentistry.

With the latest technology and anesthetics, a root canal (endodontic treatment) is no more painful than receiving a filling. Most root canals can be completed in one or two office visits.

If you have been neglecting your teeth because of fears or concerns about a particular procedure and have not been to your dentist recently, I encourage you to schedule an exam, cleaning, and consultation today.

We are accepting new patients and would love to serve you. At On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry, we offer tooth extractions, dental implants, and family dentistry.

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Can You Name 9 Dental Specialties?

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Most people probably know how a pediatric dentist differs from an orthodontist. Some dental patients may even know the unique focus of endodontists. But few probably know that the American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties. Today’s post looks at the specific disciplines within the fascinating world of dentistry and the years in which they were formally recognized by the ADA. (If you want a challenge, see if you can name all nine before you continue reading this post.)

Endodontics (1983): This area focuses on “the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues.”1 If you need a root canal in Glendale, you may require the services of an endodontist.

Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (2003): If you want to straighten your teeth, you need an orthodontist. Dentofacial orthopedic specialists correct facial deformities using many of the same types of appliances used in teeth straightening therapy.

Pediatric Dentistry (1995): Pediatric dentists provide dental care for infants, children and teenagers.

Periodontics (1992): “Periodontics is that specialty of dentistry which encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes.”1 Periodontal specialists perform crown lengthening, pocket reduction, and soft tissue (gum) grafts.

Prosthodontics (2003): Prosthodontists provide restorative dental procedures including dental implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures. They also perform cosmetic dental treatments including porcelain veneers, crowns, dental bonding, invisible fillings, and teeth bleaching.

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (1991): This specialty concerns “the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. It is a science that investigates the causes, processes, and effects of these diseases. The practice of oral pathology includes research and diagnosis of diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic, biochemical, or other examinations.”1

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
(2001): Oral and maxillofacial radiologists analyze radiographic images (x-rays) for issues of the maxillofacial area.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (1990): Oral surgeons perform surgery on the teeth, jaw, face, and gums. These include facial reconstruction, cleft lip and palate correction, bone grafting, dental implants, and impacted teeth.

Dental Public Health (1976): This discipline focuses on “preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts.”1

General and cosmetic dentists are trained in a wide variety of dental procedures. However, sometimes your general dentist will refer you to a local specialist, or include a specialist as part of your treatment team.

1Specialty Definitions, The American Dental Association, http://www.ada.org/495.aspx, accessed May 22, 2013

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7 Ways To Fix A Tooth

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In a perfect world, each of your prized teeth would stay healthy, strong, and brilliantly white throughout your life. The truth is, however, that most Arizona men and women will need to restore a tooth at some point.

A tooth can be compromised by cavities, enamel erosion, a chip or crack, gum disease, or injury. Sometimes old restorations break and need to be replaced or root canals performed decades ago develop an abscess.

Here are 7 different options for repairing a damaged tooth:

Dental Bonding
Bonding, officially called direct composite veneers, is used to fix minor cosmetic troubles – small chips, cracks, discoloration, and spaces between teeth. A skilled cosmetic dentist applies moldable tooth-colored composite resin and shapes as desired. The resin is then cured with a special light to harden and adhere tightly to the tooth. Composite bonding is usually the most economical option for improving healthy teeth with minor cosmetic issues.

Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin tooth-shaped fronts that are permanently bonded to your natural teeth. They are used when the underlying tooth is structurally sound and free of cavities. A beautiful veneer can cover a chip or crack or fix the alignment of a tooth that appears slightly off kilter as compared to surrounding teeth.

Fillings
Modern white fillings are strong and inconspicuous. A minimally invasive filling at On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry leaves you with more of nature’s prime dental material — your own enamel and dentin. We can also replace old amalgam fillings with white fillings. This makes your teeth look a lot better every time you open your mouth. Get rid of all that metal!

Inlays and Onlays
A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Because inlays and onlays are constructed in a dental lab, they are frequently called indirect fillings. A less invasive inlay or onlay may be used instead of a traditional filling or, in some cases, a crown. Inlays are applied to just the center of the biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point) and are commonly smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.

Crowns
A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, strength, and function. A crown is often required for a tooth that has had a root canal, a tooth with extreme decay, or as the replacement tooth in a dental bridge. Attaching a crown to the abutment is the final step of a tooth implant procedure. Crowns can be made of all metal (such as gold), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all ceramic, or all resin.

Soft Tissue Grafts
Gum recession puts teeth and underlying bone at risk. Soft tissue grafting can cover the exposed root of a tooth to prohibit further damage. Gum surgery is also carried out for cosmetic reasons such reshaping a gumline to eliminate a “gummy” smile.

Dental Implants
What if a tooth has to be extracted because it is beyond saving? For many On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry patients, a dental implant anchored into the bone is the optimal solution. A tooth implant consist of a strong metal post (artificial root), abutment (connecting piece), and beautiful crown. A dental implant had many advantages over a dental bridge. They are stronger, provide virtually natural function, inhibit bone recession, and do not affect the surrounding teeth. For patients with numerous missing teeth, customized implant-anchored dentures can be designed in any configuration necessary.

For more information about any of these procedures, call us at 480-525-8120. Thanks for visiting the On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry blog. We appreciate your interest in our Glendale dental practice.

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Toothbrush Tantrums: When Your Child Won’t Brush

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Your child’s primary teeth, or baby teeth, are just as critical to their health, speech development, and self-esteem as their permanent teeth. Some parents we meet at On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry hold the misconception that the care of primary teeth is secondary to adult teeth, since they will eventually fall out.

The truth is that the twenty primary teeth lay the foundation for the health of adult teeth and a beautiful smile. Taking care of these teeth is very important!

A dislike for brushing is understandable. A parent takes a pokey bristly thing, smears some minty paste on it, puts it in their mouth and scrubs their teeth with it. No wonder it doesn’t appeal to some toddlers and children. Sometimes the battle grows to the point that parents want to give up the struggle until their child is older. Don’t!

If it is difficult to get your child to brush willingly, we have several suggestions.

If the toothpaste is the trouble, brush with a smaller amount or even without it, at first. The goal is to remove food particles that will lead to plaque and bacteria, eventually causing cavities. Toothpaste is not needed for removing food particles. Fluoride is important, however. If your water is not fluoridated, talk to Dr. Dental about fluoride supplements.

Take your child to the store and have him or her elect a new, soft-bristled toothbrush. Maybe buy two, so your child has some control in picking which toothbrush to use each time he or she brushes.

Let your child do the brushing, then inspect and brush the areas that might have been missed. Have your child with you when you and your spouse are brushing your teeth. Let your son or daughter know that everyone needs to brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day. Invite your child to look in the mirror and brush at the same time.

To develop the habit, keep the time short and slowly lengthen the sessions. Brush heads are hard with bristles that poke. Toothpaste may seem “hot” to some youth. Teaching your child that brushing is non-negotiable is the important first step. After it has become part of the routine, add time by singing songs or brushing your teeth at the same time. Some Arizona parents have had success with setting a timer.

Compliment your child on their terrific effort in taking care of themselves. Be sure to keep a positive attitude. Let your child know that you love their attractive smile and want it to always be shiny white. Positive reinforcement and establishing a routine are vital parts of childhood dental brushing. We want children to be committed to a habit that will influence their health throughout their life.

If your child continues to struggle with brushing, you may look at sealants. Sealants are useful protective barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. A sealant aids in preventing food particles from lodging in difficult places to brush – usually in the pits and grooves in the molars in the back of the mouth.

Call 480-525-8120 to schedule an appointment to meet with Dr.OnCall Dental about your child’s oral hygiene or any other concern.

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Tooth Replacement For The 21st Century

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Not everything was better back in the “good old days.” Take dentures, for instance. Dentures have been around for generations and have certainly improved the lives of thousands of people who have lost many or all of their teeth.

However, Grandpa’s traditional false teeth are not the ideal tooth replacement. Traditional dentures can impede many critical oral functions: chewing, tasting, swallowing, talking, and smiling.

You may know denture wearers who have stopped attending social activities because they are embarrassed by dentures that are far from inconspicuous. Some have even stopped eating their favorite foods because their dentures curtail their ability to taste and/or chew.

I have incredible news for dental patients with missing teeth: Dentures have evolved!

Implant-anchored or implant-supported dentures are far superior than traditional dentures for many patients. So much better, in fact, that there really should be another term for this industry-leading tooth replacement system–a term that doesn’t include the word “denture.” (If you can think of a good name, let us know.)

There are two types of implant anchored dentures; removable and permanent. No adhesive is necessary for either system. With the permanent type, screw retentions are anchored in the jaw to serve as attachment points for the denture. Permanent implant-supported dentures are very stable. In addition, they are usually less expensive than replacing each missing tooth with an implant. (The cost varies depending on the number of implants necessary and other factors.)

Screw retentions require enough bone thickness to allow the implant to securely mesh with the existing bone. Unfortunately, some patients who have been missing teeth for a long period of time have experienced bone recession. For patients who lack the necessary amount of bone, mini-implants may be an alternative.

Removable implant anchored dentures have a locator attachment which allows the wearer to snap the appliance in place. Some people prefer this type because they can remove them at night for cleaning. Countless patients who have traded in their traditional dentures report that their implant anchored dentures have significantly improved their life.

Here are some of the benefits of implant-supported dentures

Increased comfort
Natural appearance
Normal tooth function
Improved strength
Better bone retention
Denture relines not
needed
Minimal gum irritation
No denture adhesive needed

    For more information about dental implants, call 480-525-8120 to schedule a consultation with OnCall Dental. On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry is located at 5940 W Union Hills Dr, Ste F-110 in Glendale. We have been providing quality care and personal attention since 2014.

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    When It’s Better Not To Brush

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    Though thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body and has the vital job of preserving teeth from constant use and the continual assault of chemicals in food and drink. Enamel also protects tooth nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. That’s why enamel loss often causes tooth sensitivity.

    Cuts heal. Bruises fade. Broken bones mend. The body’s ability to heal itself is truly extraordinary. But tooth enamel is different. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

    The team at On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry encourages our patients to protect their tooth enamel for a lifetime of dental health.

    This may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes it is better NOT to brush immediately after eating, especially after eating acidic items. The acid weakens the enamel which can be further weakened by brushing. Waiting 60 minutes will allow the acid to dilute. Rinsing immediately after eating acidic foods is useful, however, because it washes away some food particles and speeds up the dilution of the acid.

    Some people don’t realize that dry mouth can cause or exacerbate enamel erosion. The calcium and phosphate in saliva protects your enamel. When there is little saliva, the enamel is left unguarded. Chewing stimulates saliva production but constant snacking is not the solution for dry mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum and sipping water periodically can stimulate saliva production between meals without increasing the risk of or upping your calorie intake.

    Furthermore, tooth grinding wears enamel away. If you are one of the many Glendale residents who grinds their teeth at night, it’s important to get a mouthguard promptly. People who grind their teeth are at a high risk for enamel erosion and the dental caries that can follow. Athletes should also guard their teeth on the playing field with a mouthguard. For more specifics, meet with us about custom mouthguards.

    If you sip soda, tea, or coffee all day, we suggest you switch to water to halt any enamel erosion that has already developed.

    Using teeth as tools can also wear down your enamel. Take a moment to fetch scissors before tearing a package or ripping duct tape with your teeth. Do you really want to take a chance on chipping a tooth just to open a package of lunch meat?

    Chewing ice and hard candy can also hurt enamel. If you simply must have sugar, soft candy is best as long as it is not left to sit on teeth for long period of time. If your molars are packed with gummy candy, it can lead to cavities which erode enamel just as surely as chipping it with hard candy. Many of the old-school hard candies we enjoyed as kids now come in soft versions. Enjoy them sparingly because constant sugar is bad for teeth. Period.

    If you have already experienced enamel erosion or other dental problems, we can help you safeguard what is left. To schedule a comprehensive examination, contact On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry in Glendale at 480-525-8120!

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    A Proud Dental Practice In Glendale, Arizona

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    On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry is proud to serve not only Glendale but the greater Glendale area. Our staff constitutes proud members of the community we serve. It’s worth the trip for the change it will make in your life.

    Are you proud of your smile? You should be. Your smile is unique. It can express friendliness and confidence. Why not make it the best it can be? Cosmetic dentistry offers answers to chipped teeth, missing teeth, crooked teeth and discolored teeth.

    We offer many services above and beyond straightforward cleaning and oral care instruction and guidance. While oral hygiene is important, sometimes advanced dentistry is required for a true smile makeover. Come see our office for emergency dentistry. Find out if you’re a candidate for same-day dentistry. Ask about the benefits of root canals. Your smile is our priority. We want your personality to shine.

    Call 480-525-8120 or visit us online at http://www.oncalldentalurgentcare.com/locations/. We’re happy to make you an appointment for any of the following services: restorative dentistry, family dentistry, tooth extractions, dental implants, or emergency dental care. Ask us about Invisalign braces, porcelain veneers, and tooth implants. We have been passionate about improving lives with dental expertise since we opened our doors in 2014.

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    Helping Teeth Survive Adolescence

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    If you are the parent of a teen, you may already have some concerns about your child’s diet and dental health. As young men and women progress toward complete independence, some make questionable choices.

    You may know teens who skip meals and others that eat ramen noodles for lunch and dinner. Some spend more hours on Instagram than sleeping. Braces can hinder proper brushing. Eating disorders such as bulimia can quickly erode enamel and damage a smile.

    These habits can have a lasting impact on your teen’s dental health. Let’s discuss some essential dental issues for adolescents.

    Wisdom Teeth
    The third molars usually appear between late adolescence and the mid-twenties. Common wisdom teeth problems include bite misalignment, tooth decay, gum disease, and damage to the nearby teeth. It is vital to monitor wisdom teeth and follow the guidance of your dentist.

    Eating Disorders
    Parents who notice their young adult abnormally preoccupied with body image and weight loss should be on the lookout for bulimia and anorexia. These serious 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.

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

    Sugar-Heavy Diet
    If you visit any Arizona high school during lunch hour, you will see that sugar-laden soda, juice, and energy drinks are becoming a beverage staple. (Perhaps we adults are setting a bad example.) While juice is definitely the healthiest choice of the three, heavy juice consumption can impair enamel just as effectively as a can of Coke. Water is the best drink for teeth as well as calcium-rich milk, which leads us to our next section.

    Inadequate Calcium Intake
    Some youth 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 indispensable for youth as it is for younger children. For strong teeth and bones, encourage your teen to enjoy low-fat dairy products daily.

    Sports Injuries
    Athletics benefit youth 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.

    We encourage parents to be vigilant about twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings for their teens. Many oral issues arise unnoticed. To schedule a comprehensive examination and cleaning, call On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry at 480-525-8120.

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    Straight Teeth For Young Smiles And Not-So-Young Smiles

    Can't afford braces? There are few technological wonders of our era that are more appreciated than modern braces. Teeth straightening hardware of past generations had many drawbacks. It ordinarily involved a whole orthodontic tool kit – full metal bands, headgear, elastics, spacers, and wires poking every which way. If you played an instrument that required the use of your mouth, well, it wasn’t pretty.

    Some orthodontic patients found their old-school braces uncomfortable, bulky, and downright ugly. They also created many hidden nooks and crannies for bacteria to quietly drill into your enamel.

    If you are too young to remember old school braces, you can’t truly appreciate the state-of-the-art ceramic braces, clear braces and Invisalign aligners available today. Even traditional metal braces are now smaller, less noticeable, and more comfortable.

    The advancements in Glendale orthodontic treatments and reduced treatment times is one reason many Glendale adults have chosen to have their teeth corrected if they were unable as a teenager.

    Does that mean you don’t need to have your child seen by your Glendale orthodontist if you suspect tooth alignment problems? Absolutely not! If facial attractiveness and increased self-esteem are not essential reasons to straighten your child’s crooked teeth, consider the fact that crooked teeth and bite misalignment can influence speech development and make it hard for your child to eat a healthy diet. Crowded teeth also make proper brushing problematic, increasing the risk of tooth decay.

    The American Association of Orthodontics counsels parents to have their child evaluated by an orthodontist when they are young. Itis critical to identify problems with teeth and jaw development early. Your orthodontist or pediatric dentist will know the proper age to begin treatment if necessary.

    We provide many cosmetic dental procedures at On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry in Glendale. Did you know that porcelain veneers can solve some less-extreme tooth alignment issues? If your teeth are fairly straight but your smile is compromised by a couple of damaged or chipped teeth, economical porcelain veneers may be your one-visit solution.

    Contact On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry:

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    Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

    How Dental Implants Are Changing Dentures

    How Dental Implants are Changing Dentures in Glendale If you are one of the many dental patients who wear dentures, you know that they are not the ideal solution for missing teeth.

    Problems with dentures include slipping, gum irritation, trouble eating and talking, bone loss, and inability to taste food due to a covered palate. Dentures do not feel and function like natural teeth.

    Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups help you avoid the need for dentures later in your life, but other factors can make dental replacements an inevitability.

    The good news? Modern dental implant technology offers a better tooth restoration solution. If you currently wear traditional dentures and are not happy with them, implant anchored dentures may dramatically change your life. You’ll be able to eat hard foods again and chew like you used to.

    How about a thick T-bone at your favorite steakhouse? In addition to being able to enjoy your meal, you will avoid the embarrassment of having your dentures rattle around in your mouth in public.

    Before you pay for another denture reline, ask your Glendale dentist about the possibility of dental implants.

    Attention Glendale denture-wearers: there is life after dentures with tooth implants!

    Come see us at On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry at 5940 W Union Hills Dr, Ste F-110 in Glendale, 85308.

     

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