Oral Cancer Screening
Oral Surgery / Extractions
CT Scan (3D Cone Beam)
The secret to a bright, healthy smile is actually no secret at all: brush, floss and get a professional dental exam at least once every six months. Professional dental exams are all about prevention – preventing existing problems from getting worse and preventing dental problems from developing in the future. Regular dental exams make it possible to identify and treat a problem in its earliest stage – which is not only good for your oral health but also good for your budget!
There's nothing to fear with a dental exam. Your teeth will be visually examined for signs of plaque, tartar and tooth decay. Your gums will also be examined for puffiness or discoloration, which are signs of gum disease. A full set of dental X-rays may also be taken during your dental exam, to enable your dentist to see below the surfaces of your teeth. Dental exams typically end with a dental cleaning, to remove surface stains and buildup
Digital Dental X-Ray
Dental X-rays have come a long way. Today's dental X-rays are safer, faster,
more comfortable and more informative than the X-rays of years past.
Digital X-rays, one of the latest and most advanced dental technologies,
produce high-quality images
of your teeth that can be viewed instantly by you and your dentist on a LCD monitor.
Digital X-rays reduce radiation by up to 90% and provide exceptional diagnostic
information to ensure that potential problems are caught in their earliest stages.
Intra-oral photography is another alternative to traditional dental X-rays.
With intraoral photography, problems such as cavities, fractures and discolorations in the teeth are captured through clear and sharp photographic images that are takenwith a 35mm or digital camera.
No matter how often you brush and floss, plaque and tartar deposits can still build up on your teeth. A professional teeth cleaning is the single most effective way to remove these deposits and prevent them from causing more serious problems in the future. While a traditional teeth cleaning involves manually scraping away these deposits with special dental tools, advances in dental technologies now give you more options for teeth cleanings.
A laser teeth cleaning, also known as an ultrasonic cleaning, is a popular alternative to traditional teeth cleanings. With a laser teeth cleaning, an ultrasonic scaler (rather than a manual probe) is used to remove deposits, kill harmful microbes and eliminate bacteria around the teeth and gums through high-frequency sound waves. Many patients find laser teeth cleanings more comfortable than traditional teeth cleanings because they are quicker, quieter and pain-free.
A deep cleaning may be recommended if excessive plaque and tartar deposits have developed below the gum line. Deep cleanings, also known as scaling and root planing, involve a two-part process: first, the stubborn deposits are removed, and then the root surfaces are smoothened. A deep cleaning helps prevent periodontal disease and restores gum tissues to a healthy state.
Oral Cancer Screening
When oral cancer is identified in the earliest stages, the 5-year survival rate is nearly 82%. Unffortunatly, the survival rate of oral cancer has not improved greatly over the last 30 years due to late stage detection. Early detection is the key to survival.
Oral cancer affects nearly 35,000 Americans every year. The keys to surviving oral cancer are early detection and early treatment. This starts with a regular oral cancer screening – at least once every six months. An oral cancer screening takes just minutes, is pain-free and can be performed during regular dental exams. If you are male, a regular oral cancer screening is especially critical: Oral cancer is more than twice as common in men as it is in women. Other people at high risk of oral cancer include people over the age of 60, tobacco smokers and heavy drinkers.
Our Dentists at We Are Smiles recommends all patients receive an annual, potentially life-saving screening exam for oral abnormalities even if no known risk factors exist. Typical oral cancer risk factors may include tobacco use and alcohol consumption; however, recent studies show that the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV 16/18) may play a role in more than 25% of oral cancer cases.
HPV is a common, sexually transmitted virus that has a casual link to oral cancer in an increasingly younger patient population. Few people are aware they have acquired the infection. Don't be part of these statistics. Stack your odds by having a ViziLite exam today.
The concept of a “filling” is replacing and restoring your tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or fracture with a material. We will replace old, broken-down amalgam/metal fillings that contain traces of mercury with white fillings (composites) to restore your smile and teeth to a more natural look and feel.
With today’s advancements, no longer will you have to suffer the embarrassment of unsightly and unhealthy silver/mercury fillings or metal margins of the past. Eliminate the dark, black appearance in your teeth with new-age, state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin or porcelain materials.
Comparing White Fillings versus Silver Amalgam Fillings:
• White fillings bond to the tooth; they strengthen the tooth by restoring most of its original shape. Silver amalgams, on the other hand, weaken the teeth and make them more susceptible to breaking. Broken teeth can be very expensive to replace; white fillings can actually save time and money in the long run.
• White filling composites are preferred by most patients. This is due to the natural color, strength and overall appearance and feel. Composites are naturally more comfortable.
• Hot and cold sensitivity is greatly reduced with composite material compared to the silver/mercury amalgams.
• Restorations with composites require less removal of tooth, less structure to place than those with amalgams and especially with new cavities. Dramatically smaller holes are needed with a composite.
• White fillings are healthier because no traces of mercury are used, unlike silver amalgams.
CEREC crowns are one of most innovative dental technologies to ever emerge. With CEREC crowns, you don't have to worry about messy impressions, temporary dental crowns, or multiple dental visits. CEREC crowns are made right in the dentist's office and are placed in just one visit. CEREC crowns look great, too. Made of pure porcelain and no metal, CEREC crowns look and feel like your real teeth. The convenience, comfort and beauty of CEREC crowns are unbeatable!
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Dental bridges have been used for centuries to replace missing teeth. Today, dental bridges are still considered one of the most durable, conservative and cost-effective options for bridging the gap between a missing tooth and surrounding teeth. Comprised of two anchoring teeth and a replacement tooth, dental bridges help prevent surrounding teeth from drifting out of position, improve chewing and speaking, and help keep your natural face shape in tact.
There are three types of dental bridges: 1) traditional dental bridges, 2) cantilever dental bridges, and 3) Maryland bridges. Traditional bridges have either dental crowns or dental implants on either side of the missing tooth, plus a replacement tooth, which is held in place by a post-like structure called a dental abutment. Cantilever dental bridges are used in cases where there are surrounding teeth only on one side of the missing tooth. Maryland bridges are made of a specialized resin that is cemented to a metal framework and cemented to the enamel of surrounding teeth.
Dental bridges typically take 2-3 weeks to complete and are less invasive than other options, such as dental implants. With good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, dental bridges can last up to 30 years.
Using dentures to replace missing teeth is not only great for your oral health; it's a great way to look and feel younger! Today, there are a variety of natural-looking and comfortable dentures for patients who need to replace missing teeth. Made of a gum-colored plastic resin or acrylic base and either resin or porcelain replacement teeth, dentures are custom designed to fit your mouth. If you have several teeth or all teeth missing on the upper or lower jaw, full dentures may be your best option. Partial dentures, which can be either fixed or removable, are great for patients who have several missing teeth scattered along the upper or lower jaw.
The process of getting dentures may take a few months and several dental visits. In some cases, however, same-day dentures are also possible. With same-day dentures, the dentures are created right in the dentist's office instead of at an offsite laboratory. Same-day dentures aren't for everyone, though. If your dentures require a lot of customization, same-day dentures may not be right for you.
Just as with your natural teeth, dentures require daily maintenance. With regular wear and tear, your dentures can last 5-7 years. During that time, you may need periodic denture relines to accommodate changes in the contours of your mouth. Regular denture relines involve resurfacing the base to ensure that your dentures fit and function perfectly. If you break your dentures, it's critical to bring them to your dentist for professional denture repair. Home denture repair kits can cause more damage and be even more costly to fix.
In the case of needing this type of treatment, our hygienist Tera will thoroughly explain and treat each patient to their needs.
Periodontal simply means “the tissue around the teeth.” Periodontists specialize in the treatment and surgery of this area, which is often characterized by gum disease. Plaque is the most common element causing gum disease.
Unfortunately, periodontal-related problems are often discovered after they have persisted for an extended period of time. Proper oral hygiene, daily dental care and regular dental checkups will minimize the risk of gum disease. Gum disease ranges from mild (gingivitis) to moderate (periodontitis) to the severe (periodontitis). Treatments are available for every case of gum disease.
Common problems associated with gum disease:
• “Long” teeth (receding gum lines expose the root portions of your teeth)
• Discolored or deteriorating tooth structure
• Gum depressions (holes in between the teeth in the gum tissue)
• Infected gum line (discoloration or inflammation of the gum tissue)
• Tooth loss or tooth movement
The effects of gum disease can be damaging to your dental health. However, through proper preventive care and oral hygiene, you can avoid problems associated with gum disease.
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During a Root Canal treatment , Dentist at We Are Smiles will extract decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshape the canal and replace it with strengthening filler. A cavity is the result of superficial decay of the enamel of the tooth. Left long enough, this decay can burrow into the deeper reaches of the tooth, causing extensive damage to tooth structure. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, Dentist can perform a Root Canal (Endodontic Treatment), preserving the tooth and retaining its original integrity; thereby, saving a tooth that in the past would have to have been pulled.
• The patient undergoes anesthesia.
• A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth.
• The tooth is opened to allow for removal of infected or dead dental pulp.
• The tooth is comprehensively cleaned, including any cracks and canals.
• With special tools, Dentists at We Are Smiles reshapes the Root Canals.
• The tooth is filled again with cutting edge biocompatible filling material.
• A temporary covering is used to cover the access opening.
• Patients MUST see Dentist quickly for a permanent restoration of the tooth.
Oral Surgery / Extractions
Oral Surgery and extractions is a common procedure at We Are Smiles in our office in Phoenix, AZ.
Should you have your wisdom teeth removed?
We Are Smiles offers free wisdom teeth consultations now for a limited lime offer! In this exam a specific type of x-ray will be taken so that Dentist at We Are Smiles can diagnose the type of extractions needed, and to verify if indeed the patient needs their wisdom teeth removed. When the wisdom teeth erupt aligned properly and the gum tissue is healthy sometimes they do not have to be removed, however, that’s not the case many times. Some are prevented from erupting within the mouth due to the position they are in. Some may grow sideways, partially emerged from the gum, or may even be trapped beneath the gum and bone. The impacted teeth can many times be in various positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.
The reason why you would need to extract teeth is due to the position of the teeth. If the tooth is partially erupted the opening around the teeth will allow bacteria to grow causing infection. The infection will cause swelling, pain and illness. The pressure from the erupting teeth many times moves the remaining teeth and disrupts the alignment of teeth. Other problems may occur, that is why removal of wisdom is highly suggested to avoid future problems and to decrease surgical risk.
Each patient is different, along with the type of extraction needed varies with each individual. Once you visit our office our Dentist's will go over the specific treatment of any extractions and your specific needs. If infection is present, the surgery will be delayed until infection is reduced. Antibiotics will be prescribed to reduce infection and proceed with further treatment. Wisdom or any type of extraction post-operative pain varies from person to person, depending on the pain threshold. It can vary anywhere from mild, moderate to moderate dull discomfort to, if a more complicated extraction, 3 to 7 days of moderate pain.
Our Dentists at We Are Smiles course of action is that each patient walks out with minimal to no pain! We strive to give each patient the best services possible to make you feel at ease.