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Family Dentistry

Family Dentistry

Serving East Valley Families Since 2000

General Dentistry- Dental Health and Wellness

Your smile tells the world so much about you, even before you have a chance to introduce yourself. A healthy smile tells your friends and family that you are taking care of your health. And a healthy smile tells your business associates that you are responsible and trustworthy.

We believe in comprehensive care here at Whiting Dental and provide a great standard of oral health. We offer regular hygiene appointments as well as a wide range of general dentistry services to help keep your oral health on track to prevent more invasive and costly treatment.

Family Dentistry Services Include:

Oral Hygiene Visits-
Patients receive a thorough examination including an oral cancer screening, a TMJ exam and a complete examination of the teeth and gums. We use an intraoral video camera and digital x-rays to evaluate your dental needs. We also discuss your dental hygiene and diet to provide suggestions for healthier teeth and gums.

Gum Disease Treatment-
Periodontal disease is an infection in the gums surrounding the teeth caused by a buildup of plaque, and is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults. Patients with this condition may experience red, swollen gums, bleeding, receding gums and bad breath, although many times there are no noticeable symptoms.

Periodontal disease is an infection in the gums surrounding the teeth caused by a buildup of plaque, and is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults. Patients with this condition may experience red, swollen gums, bleeding, receding gums and bad breath, although many times there are no noticeable symptoms.

The most effective treatment option varies depending on the severity of each patient’s individual condition. For tooth loss caused by periodontal disease, many patients choose dental implants to restore the appearance and function of their smile.

Emergency Dentistry-
A dental emergency can get in the way of your whole day, and that is the time you can’t afford to waste. You don’t realize how much you use your mouth until it aches. When you call Whiting Dental, we will fit you in as quickly as possible so you can get out of our chair and back on your feet.

Tooth Colored Fillings-
It’s important to visit us at Whiting Dental for your checkups so you can maintain a healthy smile! We know things like cavities can happen. It’s a good idea to have a cavity treated as quickly as possible since tooth decay can progress quickly creating more needed and possibly costly dental treatment. You can trust Whiting Dental for you dental fillings.

You may be unhappy with the appearance of the silver-mercury fillings in your mouth. Over time, old filings lead leading to cavities forming underneath them. This can cause serious damage to the structure of your teeth, leading to cracked teeth and/or the need for root canal treatment.

We offer the highest quality, metal-free restorations, including tooth colored composite resin fillings, porcelain crowns, and bridges. Today’s advanced materials enable us to give your smile natural-looking and long-lasting results. By bonding the new restorations to your teeth, we can create a stronger, healthier smile.

Porcelain Crowns-
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap used to replace damaged or missing teeth to restore the appearance of the smile and help protect against further damage and conditions such as gum disease. CEREC is a state-of-the-art system that allows dentists to create custom-fit ceramic restorations in a single appointment. No more temporaries! First, the dentist examines your tooth. Next, the decay and damaged part of the tooth is removed and a digital impression (photograph) is taken. The computer converts this data into a three-dimensional virtual image that allows the dentist to design the restoration that is right for you. The machine then mills and shapes the porcelain block to create the restoration in 10-20 minutes. Finally, the restoration is fit into your mouth, polished and bonded to your tooth.

Unlike metals and alloys, porcelain is similar to the natural tooth, so cracking is minimized. Other benefits of CEREC treatment include fewer injections, less drilling, less material removed from the damaged tooth, and minimal time commitment.

Teeth Whitening-
The foods and beverages we all consume every day add stains to our teeth that are not all brushed away with our daily oral health routines. Some stains are more persistent, going deeper under the surface of the enamel. Teeth whitening procedures restore your teeth to their naturally healthy shade. We offer a variety of whitening options. We will let you know what option is best for you.

Root Canals-
Treatment for root canals is intended to save the tooth that is infected or decayed. A root canal is a viable option when a filling, crown or on-lay, are not sufficient. Root canals can prevent increased pain and further infection.

Dentures-
Patients who have lost their natural teeth due to decay, periodontal disease or injury can suffer from related problems including further decay, difficulty eating and speaking, and drooping of facial muscles. Full and partial dentures replace the missing teeth both aesthetically and functionally, providing support and restoring the smile. Full (complete) dentures are used when all of the natural teeth have been lost, while partial dentures fill in the gaps between natural teeth. The gums, dentures and any remaining natural teeth will need to be cleaned regularly to prevent staining, sores and plaque build-up.

Partial Dentures-
Partial dentures are used to replace one or more missing or diseased teeth in the upper or lower jaw to restore the appearance and function of the teeth, as well as reduce the patient’s risk of gum disease. This type of replacement is often used when one or more healthy natural teeth remain in the area to support the device. Patients will be able to eat, speak and smile without difficulty once dentures are in place.

These devices may be fixed or removable, depending on the preference and oral health of the patient. Partial dentures require the same oral care as regular teeth, including brushing twice a day and receiving regular cleanings to prevent decay and gum disease.

Sealants-
Children’s new permanent teeth are not as resistant to decay as adult teeth are. The hard enamel coating that protects the teeth changes as it ages to become stronger. Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem: dental sealants.

Dental sealants are invisible plastic resin coating that smooth out the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, helping to make them resistant to decay. A sealed tooth is far less likely to develop a cavity, require more expensive dental treatment later on, or, most importantly, cause your child pain.

Bonding-
Bonding is used to repair small to moderate sized chips, spaces, discolorations or other defects in teeth lending to your smile’s healthy appearance.

Extractions-
Extractions are necessary for many different reasons. The most common reasons are: abscess, infection, fracture, decay, periodontal disease and impaction.

When a tooth is extracted it may be done in one of several different ways. We place local anesthetic to numb the area or if you are a little more concerned about the surgery and decide to have conscious sedation we have an oral surgeon who is here on specific days of the month to care for our patients needing sedation. The extractions may take anywhere from fifteen minutes to an hour.

Aligning/Orthodontics-
A nice clean row of evenly spaced teeth of even lengths compliments the healthy appearance of your smile. Aligners such as Invisalign are often used with new teeth still developing in the mouths of young adults and can also be used for older adults whose teeth have shifted over time. Sometimes traditional orthodontics is the best option. We will do a complete exam to determine the best option for you.

Sleep Apnea/Snoring-

Sleep apnea occurs when a person stops breathing while sleeping. This can occur hundreds of times a night and for long periods of time. Untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease (stroke), memory problems, weight gain, impotency, heartburn, depression and headaches. Moreover, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes (According to the American Sleep Apnea Association)

How do you know if you have Sleep Apnea?

You should talk to your physician about sleep apnea and discuss your symptoms. Your physician may then recommend a sleep study, in which a team will monitor your sleep cyles and look for signs of apnea such as the amount of oxygen in your blood and periods where you stop breathing. You can then decide whether an oral appliance or CPAP is right for you.