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
Minimal gum irritation
No denture adhesive needed

    For more information about dental implants, call 480-800-8078 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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    Posted in Restorative Dentistry

    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 480-800-8078!

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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 480-800-8078 or visit us online at 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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    Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

    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 480-800-8078.

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    Posted in Family Dentistry

    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.

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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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    Posted in Dental Implants

    3 Ways To Keep Your Mouth Happy!

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    A happy mouth is not only a healthy mouth, but also a mouth that can enjoy the flavors of all types of foods. And it turns out that many of the habits that will keep your taste buds sensitive are those that will also be good for your teeth and gums. So here are a few tips to help you better enjoy the flavor of your food.

    1) Treat dry mouth. Dry mouth can create a loss of taste sensitivity, so it should be treated quickly. Plus, optimal levels of saliva are important to avoid cavities and keep gums healthy.

    2) Avoid processed foods with fake flavors and too much sugar and salt. They will quickly desensitize you to more subtle, healthy flavors.

    3) Don’t smoke! Cigarettes are responsible for so many horrible health issues, but many people don’t realize that their sense of taste is dulled while they smoke and the olfactory nerves can even be damaged permanently.

    Thank you so much for visiting our blog. Along with dental health and a keen sense of taste, we want our patients to have the beautiful smile they have always desired. So, if you have any questions regarding cosmetic dentistry such as smile makeovers, dental implants or teeth whitening, please contact us. We are located at 5940 W Union Hills Dr, Ste F-110. You can reach us for an appointment at 480-800-8078.

    Call a member of our convenient staff today!


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    Posted in Oral Health

    Is Your Low-Carb Diet Giving You Dragon Breath?

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    Many people mistakenly believe that all bad breath is linked to insufficient brushing. The truth is that there are myriad causes of halitosis. Your dentist can help you identify the cause of your problem and discuss how to cure bad breath.

    Your diet significantly impacts your breath. Because foods begin to be digested the second they enter your mouth, and because they are absorbed and distributed throughout the body, you probably will be able to smell strong foods like onions and garlic long after you’ve eaten them.

    Therefore, using a mouthwash will only mask the smell. Constantly sucking on breath mints is also not a good idea. This may bring additional oral issues – especially if the mints have sugar. If you want real relief, you may need to avoid the strong foods altogether.

    Additionally, many dieters find that their regimen is making it harder to keep their mouth fresh and clean. Low-carb and no-carb diets promote fat burning, but the side effect of bad breath can be caused by the chemicals released during this process. Increasing water intake can help alleviate this.

    Lastly, flossing regularly is often the key to truly fresh breath. Many folks don’t realize how much food can be stuck between their teeth, and this food can cause halitosis if it isn’t removed. More importantly, the food particles turn into plaque which can cause dental caries and gum disease.

    Our practice provides general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to residents in the Glendale area. We’re devoted to prime oral health for all of our patients, and that includes fresh breath. We also want them to love their smile, so if you have any questions about cosmetic dental smile makeovers or other cosmetic dental procedures, give us a call at 480-800-8078.

    “Quality Dentistry with Urgent Care Hours.”



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    Posted in General Dentistry

    6 Ways To Prepare For Your Dental Procedure

    Glendale lowest price teeth bleachingSome people find dental procedures scary. Let On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry offer 6 ways to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally and physically before your big dental day.

    First, remember we’re trained to provide the best care and comfort possible.

    Second, take some time to relax and think about your anxieties. Take deep breaths in and slowly let them out as you weigh the reasons for and against taking these steps to a better you. Remember that many folks have been in your shoes and everything worked out fine. This includes all of our visitors who came in for same-day dentistry, our most popular service.

    Third, know your medical history. You may be asked to fill out a medical history and medications form, so be sure you know what medications and supplements you are currently taking and review past hospitalizations and illnesses.

    Fourth, have a dental plan. Come in for a thorough consultation. If we know all the dental work or cosmetic dentistry you want to get done, then we’ll know if combining any of it can save you time and money. We offer tooth extractions, emergency dental care, restorative dentistry, dental implants, and family dentistry, and more.

    Fifth, trust the outstanding staff at On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry to guide you through the process. We’ve been doing this since 2014.

    Sixth, our final and most important suggestion! Ask all the questions you have before the dental tools and gloved hands are in your mouth!


    Contact On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry: 480-800-8078

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    5940 W Union Hills Dr, Ste F-110
    Glendale, Arizona


    Posted in Family Dentistry

    Quirky Dental Facts That May Surprise You

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    In today’s On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry post, we share some fun facts about dentistry. Enjoy!

    • Before the existence of formal dental training and licensing, barbers often performed dental procedures. Did you know that blacksmiths also moonlighted as dentists?1 How would you like your dental visit to involve tools used to hammer hot metal?
    • Nylon toothbrush bristles weren’t introduced until 1938. Prior to that, pig hair was a common bristle material.3
    • The Mayans were accomplished cosmetic dentists. Some even bejeweled teeth – a procedure that involved the drilling of holes to embed precious gems.
    • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill up two swimming pools.2
    • A popular toothache treatment in medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey.3 No one ever proved that it worked. It is unknown if the same remedy was used by donkeys
    • In medieval Japan, black teeth were considered appealing. Style-conscious women used roots to stain their teeth.3

    At On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry, you won’t find pig hair, donkeys, or anvils. You will find unmatched dental care and our convenient team of dental professionals. Our menu of services includes: tooth extractions, emergency dental care, and restorative dentistry. Contact On Call Urgent Dental Care – Emergency Dentistry today at 480-800-8078 to schedule an informative consultation.


    1Gregory Myers,”10 Weird Facts About Teeth,” ListVerse, January 27, 2014,, accessed on November 14, 2014
    2Mouth Matters,”, August 28, 2012,, accessed on November 14, 2014
    3Chew on This, Fun Tooth Facts for a Healthy Mouth,” Delta Dental,, accessed on November 12, 2014
    4“New oral features can be considered unique as a fingerprint,” DentistryiQ,, accessed on November 14, 2014

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