Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedative and anesthetic agents prior to invasive dental treatments or surgeries to effectively reduce pain. There are a number of procedures that cannot be performed without the administration of numbing agents due to their invasive nature that can cause pain and discomfort to the patient. Most dental treatments such as extractions, root canal therapies and crown preparations can be performed by injecting local anesthesia at the site, however, deep sedation and general anesthesia may be considered if a patient requires multiple impacted teeth extractions or removal of cancerous tissues surgically. Dentists choose the form of sedation required based on the nature of procedure being performed; there are three main degrees of sedation namely mild, moderate, and deep sedation. The most common methods of administering sedative agents include inhalation, and intravenous injections. However, some numbing agents can also be applied topically especially in pediatric dentistry to soothe children. Administration of sedative agents in dentistry is beneficial because:
- It helps patients calm down and effectively reduces any stress and anxiety associated with clinic visits
- Ensures a painless, comfortable experience for patients
- Ideal for children having a ‘phobia’ of dental treatments, professionals and clinics
- Helps dental professionals perform the necessary treatment/surgery without any disturbances or delays
- Calculated amounts of anesthetic agents do not pose any threat to health and well being of patients
- Anesthetic agents effectively control bleeding and help in hemostasis
- New tools have been introduced for the rapid, painless administration of anesthetic agents that entirely eliminate the pain of injections
A number of sedative agents are currently being used around the world; the type and amount of agent to be administered depends upon the previous medical history of the patient and the type of procedure to be performed.
Dental Implants in Scottsdale AZ
What is Implant Dentistry and how does it help in tooth replacement?
Implant dentistry, or dental implantology is a branch of dentistry that deals with the permanent replacement of missing teeth in the upper or lower arches with the help of a ‘screw’ that is embedded into the jaw bone and covered with a porcelain crown
. Dental implants can effectively replace one tooth, or multiple missing teeth in the oral cavity. They can also be used to support complete dental prosthesis, or complete upper/lower dentures offering better strength and stability.
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How are dental implants better than dental bridges?
There are a number of advantages associated with opting for dental implants over dental bridges to replace missing teeth. The most important and prominent difference is that dental implants prevent degeneration or resorption of the surrounding bone by integrating with it and thus, strengthening it. Dental bridges only replace the tooth superficially and do not contribute in preserving the jaw bone surrounding the empty socket. Implants
offer better aesthetic value as they look and feel natural, and are 100% bio-compatible. They also offer outstanding strength and do not fracture under the load of masticatory forces, whereas certain bridges may fracture. Dental implants do not require support of adjacent teeth, such as in case of bridges, for stability. There is a chance of dislodgement or de-bonding of the bridge it which case it has to be re-cemented onto the natural teeth.
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Back Tooth Single Replacement
Back Teeth Multiple Replacement
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What happens during the dental implant procedure?
The dental implant procedure is an invasive, surgical procedure generally only performed by specialized professionals in the field. Because of the invasive nature of the treatment, local anesthesia is first administered to eliminate any chances of discomfort or pain. The implant is then surgically embedded into the jaw bone after exposing the jaw bone. This implant is then allowed to integrate with the surrounding bone, a process known as ‘osseo-integration’ which is essential for the success and stability of the implant. The implant is then fitted with an abutment and a porcelain crown that matches the exact shade of the natural teeth in the oral cavity. The time frame for the procedure varies; some implant surgeries can be performed in a single day whereas others may take up to 2-3 visits in case of inadequate bone height or excessive resorption of the ridge.
Is implant surgery expensive?
Dental implants generally cost more than dental bridges, but with the numerous benefits that they offer, implants guarantee better results and 100% patient satisfaction in terms of effective tooth replacement, and restoration of function as well as aesthetics. Dr David Moyer is one of the leading names in dental implants in Scottsdale
, Arizona. With extensive experience in the field, Dr Moyer has transformed countless smiles with the help of top-notch dental implants and the most effective surgical techniques. To book an appointment for dental implants in Scottsdale, simply call on (480)991 6922 today and we’ll take care of the aesthetic as well as the functional aspect of your smile better than anyone else in town!
Oral Cancer Screening Oral Screening refers to a professional checkup for the detection and diagnosis of any suspicious lesions which may have cancerous potential. The early detection of such lesions plays a critical role in the timely treatment and management of the patient, and to prevent malignancy, or the spread of the lesion. Pre-cancerous lesions may be present in the form of red or white patches, abnormal growth, lumps or masses on the oral soft tissues or uneven/severed margins in the mouth.
X-Rays The first step of a thorough, comprehensive dental check up is an xray. Xrays may be advised to evaluate the condition of the alveolar bone, cavities, size and shape of the roots, abscesses, effects of a periodontal disease, location of teeth underneath the gums and many other conditions that cannot be properly checked or seen with the eye, or by using dental instruments. It is essential to take radio-graphs to diagnose issues before they progress and damage the soft or hard tissues of the mouth.
Diagnosis At times, when a lesion is big or prominent enough, it can easily be detected using a number of diagnostic dental instruments including probes, explorers and dental mirrors. However, when the caries is present at the root level, or has directly affected the pulp or dentin portions of the teeth without affecting the tooth superficially, X-rays or newer dental technologies including diagnodent are required to make a definite diagnosis or the site, size and spread of the decay/infection.
Composites (Tooth Colored Fillings)
Composite is a specialized dental material that has successfully replaced conventional filling materials such as amalgam in majority of the dental practices across the world owing to its remarkable properties. Amalgam or silver fillings were previously being used for the restoration of teeth affected by wear or decay. The material was known for its strength and structural integrity but it has a number of disadvantages most prominently, mercury, a toxic substance being an important constituent of the filling material, and no aesthetic value owing to its distinct metallic color. There are countless advantages of opting for dental composites for restoration or replacement of old silver fillings. The most prominent properties of the material include:
Inlays and Onlays
- Impeccable aesthetics; the material can be selected based on the exact shade of the natural teeth in the mouth Can easily be manipulated to achieve the right tooth morphology and contour, after
- which they either cure themselves or can be set with the help of a blue light.
- Do not contain any toxic substances and are therefore 100% biocompatible, non-irritant and non-toxic No chances of material leakage or marginal shrinkage
- Owing to their outstanding strength, composites can be used to restore both, posterior teeth as well and anterior teeth most conveniently without any chances of fracture.
- The material is very versatile and can be used for the restoration of chipped teeth,decayed teeth, abraded teeth, fractures teeth and can even be used as a direct adhesive to mask dental gaps etc.
- Ultra durable and long lasting
- Multiple teeth can be restored using composites during the same sitting.
Inlays and Onlays are also tooth colored restorations that offer much more than just the aesthetic benefits. These restorations differ from direct conventional fillings in a manner that they are fabricated in a dental laboratory and are then bonded onto the tooth where needed. Onlays can be used to restore decay that has affected the cusps of the tooth and is therefore generally the larger restoration of the two, whereas inlays can be used to replace damaged tooth structure within the margins of the cusps. An impression is taken to record the details and dimensions of the compromised structure that requires replacement. The restoration is prepared in a laboratory and then it is bonded onto the tooth surface using adhesives or cements. Today, with the help if the CEREC and CAD/CAM technologies, it is possible to prepare the tooth, fabricate the onlay/inlay and bond it within the same sitting. The restoration offers impeccable strength to withstand forces of occlusion and matches the shade and contour of natural teeth in the dental arches.
Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Exam
The TMJ exam is performed for the following symptoms:
- Localized or radiating pain in or around the ear
- Jaw muscle tenderness
- Abnormal clicking sounds upon opening or closing of the mouth
- Limited mouth opening or difficulty in opening the mouth
- Pain on chewing, yawning or opening the mouth wide.
The exam is also done for various headaches as well as neck-aches.
Brusing and Flossing your Teeth
By investing each day only a few minutes you can drastically improve the health of your gums and teeth. It is common to experience bleeding gums, pain or swelling after the first few times you floss especially if you haven't flossed for some time. This typically stops after a few days as your gums become more healthy and used to flossing. If it doesnt stop see the dentist as bleeding gums sometimes indicates gum disease. To reduce plaque buildup and remove bits of food between the teeth it is important to brush twice a day this will prevent the buildup of bacteria which can cause decay. While toothbrush is effective it is difficult for the brush to do an adequate job removing these particles and fully cleaning the teeth which is why it is so important to use Dental floss as an inter dental cleaner reducing the chance for tooth decay and keeping the surface of the teeth much cleaner. Floss which displays American Dental Association;s Seal is typically your best choice, this indicates that the floss has met the strict criteria imposed by the ADA and is effective and safe for you to use on a daily basis. At David Moyer DDS in Scottsdale Arizona
we have dental cleaning products and recommendations we can make to help you.
The illustration below shows the proper way to floss your teeth.
Cosmetic Dentist in Scottsdale AZ
Cosmetic dentist specialize in the field of restoring dental and facial aesthetics using dental materials or surgical intervention. All treatments and procedures that fall under cosmetic dentistry are basically aimed at improving the smile and making it beautiful, more aesthetically pleasing. In most private dental practices, cosmetic dental procedures are rather expensive but undoubtedly very rewarding in terms of complete smile and facial makeovers.
The team of aesthetic specialists at the Dr Moyer DDS clinic comprises of highly qualified, skilled professionals with extensive experience in the field of cosmetic dentistry. All our treatments are based on tested, most effective researches and techniques that guarantee outstanding results. Regardless of how complex a case may be, we offer all our patients multiple treatment options and help them choose the one must suitable for their case. All patients are entitled to a complimentary consultation session with Dr Moyer during which they can have their concerns, questions and queries promptly addressed by Dr Moyer and his staff of professionals.
We believe in maintaining international standards in hygiene, uncompromising quality and reliability to guarantee complete patient satisfaction. All our procedures are performed using utmost care, precision and highly effective techniques. Our clinic remains spotless, disinfected and pristine round the clock with routine cleaning after every patient check-up. Our instruments are sterilized in state of the art, latest autoclaving equipment to ensure 100% safety. The dental operatory is equipped with the latest tools, materials and machinery that guarantee success of the treatment, rapid recovery and an overall pleasant, comfortable experience for the patient. Together, the best cosmetic dentist in Scottsdale strive to make sure all patients leave the clinic with a perfect smile on their face.
At Moyer DDS, we offer an extensive range of treatments encompassing all aspects of general and cosmetic dentistry. This includes regular restoration, tooth replacement, surgical, periodontal and cleaning procedures along with complete smile makeovers using specialized, aesthetic techniques and materials. Whether you are looking to get a professional scaling done, or wish to have your unsightly inter-dental gaps closed without having to wear braces, we have all the solutions under one roof. We guarantee durability of our treatments and schedule routinely follow-up visits for our patients to evaluate their post-operative oral health.
We educate patients on effective ways to maintain good oral hygiene, and demonstrate correct brushing techniques to prevent caries or tooth decay. We firmly believe that prevention is better than cure, and help patients maintain their oral health in a way that does not allow the development of any infections or tooth decay.
Welcome to Moyers DDS, a state of the art dental operatory where you can find all oral healthcare solutions under one roof. To get in touch with the finest, most experienced dental experts in Scottsdale, simply call on (480) 991 6922 today for appointment bookings and professional dental advice whenever you need it!
Teeth Whitening in Scottsdale AZ What is Zoom Teeth Whitening!?
Zoom! Whitening System is one of the most effective, and trusted names in excellent chair side bleaching/teeth whitening. It offers outstandingly fast results and is 100% safe and non irritant to the oral tissues. For people who seek immediate whitening and a pearly white, dazzling smile, Zoom! is the perfect solution. The System is currently being used by countless leading dentists across the globe. Duration and Procedure of Zoom! Teeth Whitening
In a little less than an hour, the Zoom! Whitening System can transform the look of a pale, discolored smile. The procedure is relatively simple and quick. The Zoom! gel is applied to the teeth, the active ingredients of which are then activated using a specialized light. The dentist first makes a few preparations to protect the lips and soft tissues of the oral cavity. The gel, when activated by light, breaks up the discoloration and stains into smaller fragments and particles which are then easily removed from the surface of the tooth. A whitening session comprises of three application of gel for roughly 15 minutes each. If the patient maintains proper oral hygiene, the results can remain the same for years at a stretch.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What causes discoloration of the teeth?
There are a number of causes that can lead to the discoloration of the teeth. The most common causes include frequent, excessive consumption of staining food and beverages such as coffee, tea, tobacco and wine, etc. Consumption of tetracycline during the developmental stages of the tooth formation, antibiotic usage or excessive fluoride consumption by supplements, water or in diet may also lead to the discoloration of teeth.
Who can benefit from Zoom tooth whitening?
A: Anyone can opt for Teeth Whitening with Zoom! However, treatment results may vary with different individual cases. An oral exam and shade assessment of the teeth can help a professional determine the results prior to the procedure.
How safe is teeth whitening?
Yes, teeth whitening or bleaching is 100% safe. Clinical studies and research have proved that under professional supervision, teeth whitening procedures at dentists’ clinics are completely safe. Certain dentists also agree that dental whitening is one of the safest, simplest of all treatments in dentistry. However, the procedure is not recommended for young children below 13 years of age, or even lactating mothers.
How long can the results of the procedure last?
A: If a patient follows the post operative instructions given by the dentist, and maintains good oral hygiene on daily basis, the results of the procedure can last for a long time. A good oral hygiene regime comprises of brushing twice a day, using mouthwashes and dental floss regularly.
What do patients experience during the procedure?
The Zoom teeth whitening experience is a safe, comfortable one for all patients. However, patients with frequent gag reflex problems may experience difficulty during the procedure; it is essential for patients to explain their condition to the dentist prior to the procedure.
Are there any side effects of Zoom teeth whitening?
Generally, there are no side effects of the procedure, but some patients may experience slight sensitivity after the treatment. Patients with sensitive gums or teeth may also experience minimal discomfort when the light is shone on to the gel. Discomfort and sensitivity are temporary and usually subside a short while after the procedure. Note of Assurance
The active ingredient of Zoom! Teeth Whitening system is Hydrogen Peroxide, which has been safely used in dentistry for many years. Whitening is effective on most kinds of discoloration and staining. Darker stains or stains resulting from intrinsic causes are relatively difficult to remove. The results vary from patient to patient, depending upon the extent and type staining that was initially present on the teeth.
Full Mouth Restorations refer to procedures aimed at restoring the functionality and aesthetics of all or most teeth in the oral cavity. All procedures categorized as Full Mouth Restorations are generally indicated for the complete rehabilitation of teeth compromised in terms of structure, function or aesthetics. These include: - Dental porcelain crowns: These are fixed prostheses used for restoring teeth with compromised structure following a root canal, deep filling, fracture, permanent discoloration, chipped margins or tooth wear. These can be made using metal, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal; however, 100% Porcelain crowns are recommended for excellent restoration of function as well as aesthetics. - Dental bridges: Bridges are fixed prostheses used for the replacement of missing teeth in the mouth. These restorations are quite versatile and can either be used to replace a single tooth, or multiple missing teeth in the same arch. They restore aesthetics as well as the ability to chew properly – they also prevent adjacent teeth from gradually drifting into the empty spaces after extraction. - Dental implants: Implants are believed to be the best form of replacement for missing teeth. Unlike bridges that only replace the crown portion of the missing tooth, dental implants also replace the root portion thus strengthening the jaw bone and preventing it from degenerating over time. Implants are surgically embedded into the jaw bone and are covered with a porcelain crown towards the end of the procedure. - Orthodontic braces: Orthodontic braces are used for the effective correction of many different types of mal-occlusions, dental mal-alignments and problems associated with jaw growth. They help in relieving excess crowding or spacing to give patients a complete makeover with straighter, aligned teeth that ensure a perfect bite. - Porcelain veneers: Porcelain veneers are recommended for patients looking for a complete smile transformation purely for aesthetic purposes. These porcelain shells mask and conceal a number of dental imperfections such as permanent discoloration, chipped margins, unsightly gaps, prominent/visible restorations and size discrepancies. Bonded onto the facial surfaces of the teeth, veneers only ‘hide’ dental flaws and do not correct them. - Inlays and onlays: Inlays and onlays are both pre-fabricated dental restorations that can be bonded on to the teeth to replace damaged areas. They offer better strength and aesthetics as compared to conventional direct fillings. - Dentures and implant retained dentures: Dentures are prosthetic teeth that are fabricated for patients having multiple missing teeth in both arches, or an oral cavity devoid of teeth. However, there are a number of disadvantages associated with denture wearing such as inconvenience, stability issues, use of adhesives, displacement and maintenance. However, Implant Retained Dentures have eliminated most of these issues effectively; they involve the fixation of conventional denture on to the upper and lower arches with the help of dental implants for better stability.