Here at Agave Dentistry we believe that all of our service should begin and end with a smile. We believe that dentistry should be mixed with personal attention and concern. That’s why we provide our patients with gentle, personalized care. We listen to their concerns, explain their treatment options and answer their questions. This can greatly benefit patients who have fears about seeing the dentist or who are unfamiliar with some dental treatment.
Listed below are just a few of our services. Please give us a call at (520) 876-9955 if you require more information regarding any of our services.
Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal therapy is one of the most common procedures performed by the dentist in order to save a diseased, painful tooth. When the inside of the tooth, otherwise called the pulp of the tooth, becomes diseased or injured, a root canal may be needed in order to save the tooth. Root canal therapy is a series of treatments for the pulp of the tooth which ultimately removes the diseased portion, cleans and disinfects, then seals the inside of the tooth.
Why do I need a root canal? Typically, the need for a root canal is due to a large cavity that got too close to the inside of the tooth, i.e. the pulp. Cavities or the removal of the cavity could cause the normally healthy part of the tooth to become unhealthy and infected. In addition, in some cases, the normally healthy part of the tooth suffers as a result of trauma, like that of a blunt force or heat from repeated dental procedures. Either way, when the inside of the tooth becomes infected the resultant tooth ache that follows is very painful.
Root canal therapy will ultimately remove the infection and other irritants as well as clean and disinfect the tooth. Following the cleaning and shaping, the canals of the tooth are filled and sealed to prevent further bacterial invasion. The root canal the tooth is then protected with a crown.
Dental Cleaning and Prevention
Dental cleaning, otherwise known as dental prophylaxis or preventive dentistry, is a set of procedures performed for the sole purpose of reducing the risks of tooth decay and periodontal disease. The purpose of dental cleanings are to remove plaque and/or calculus that forms on the surface of teeth. Dental plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that accumulates on teeth after anything and everything we eat. If it is not removed through proper brushing and flossing, it builds up and becomes calculus. Calculus is a much harder material and cannot be removed by a toothbrush.
Regular dental visits are crucial for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. Professional teeth cleaning is recommended every six months to remove dental plaque, calculus, and stains. A professional cleaning can thoroughly clean the teeth and remove the hardened plaque. In addition to regular dental cleanings, it is essential to have regular checkups where the dentist can find early signs of decay or gum disease and treat any other oral health problems that may be found. Oral cancer screenings are done with the regular dental checkup to check for signs of abnormal tissues. As a general rule, the earlier a problem is found, the more manageable it is. Regular dental checkups should be conducted at least two times every year and more frequently if there is a higher risk for oral diseases.
What is a dental crown, and why do I need one?
A dental crown is a full coverage restoration that completely covers or encircles a tooth or dental implant. For many years dental crowns have also been referred to as caps. A crown is needed when a tooth has a large decay or cavity that compromises the function of the tooth or if the tooth has a large restoration that has a cavity under it. Another reason for the need of a crown is if the tooth has fractured or broke but is still restorable. Whichever the need, a crown is used to restore the tooth both functionally and aesthetically. A dental crown can restore the tooth back to its original size, shape, and color. Further, a crown surrounds the tooth and makes it strong again. Badly broken or decayed teeth can be strengthened with dental crowns. In addition to restoring the tooth, dental crowns can be used to change the shape, size, and color of an existing tooth or close a space or spaces between teeth and correct minor rotation and positions of existing teeth for a better functional or aesthetic appearance. Dental crowns can improve the general appearance, adding to the patient’s self-confidence and desire to freely smile.
Dental crowns come in many different types of materials. Depending on a patient’s needs, desires, habits and functions there is a specific material that will best suit. Upon consulting with the dentist a proper material will be selected.
A veneer is a thin layer of material placed over a tooth, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect the tooth’s surface from damage. There are two main types of material used in the fabrication of a veneer: dental composite and porcelain. A dentist may use one veneer to restore a single tooth that may have been fractured or discolored, or multiple veneers to create an aesthetic smile makeover. Veneers can be used for a number of different reasons, but for the most part veneers are used for: Stains on the surface of teeth or yellow teeth that won’t whiten, defects in the outer surface of the tooth, closing the gap between teeth or below the contacts of two adjacent teeth or malpositioned teeth that appear crooked.
Overall, veneers can provide a uniform color, shape and natural symmetry to a majority of different smiles.
When a tooth is lost and a space is present, a dental bridge may be a good choice to fix the gap. A dental bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis used to replace one or several missing teeth by bridging the gap between two adjacent teeth or two dental implants. A dental bridge can be used in both the front and back of the mouth.
A traditional bridge is supported by two or more natural teeth that have been prepared to support and retain multiple crowns. The gap or gaps that are spanned between the teeth are filled in with artificial teeth or false crowns that are joined together as one unit. When chewing with a dental bridge, is it natural and comfortable since a dental bridge is supported by teeth to look and act like natural teeth. Dental bridges can be an excellent treatment option for the right person and in the right situation. Ask your dentist if a dental bridge is right for you.
When there are multiple gaps, possible teeth that are deemed non-restorable or the absence of all teeth, treatment options that may be considered are a complete denture or a removable partial denture. Removable partial dentures replace one or more teeth, while a complete denture replaces all the teeth in a jaw.
When there are multiple missing teeth but enough teeth that are in good condition a viable option could be a removable partial denture to replace the missing teeth. A removable partial denture consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base typically connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place by hooking onto strong, stable teeth. A removable partial denture can be removed from the mouth by the patient as opposed to a fixed bridge that is cemented and non-removable.
Losing a tooth can be an emotional experience for anyone, especially if the tooth is a front tooth. Fortunately, a dental implant can replace a missing tooth, often with the same look and feel as a natural tooth.
When a tooth is missing or deemed non-restorable then the dental implant can be the treatment of choice to replace it. A dental implant consists of a minor surgery where a small post made of titanium is inserted in the place where the tooth used to be. Following a period of healing time the titanium post is fused to the surrounding bone through a process called osteointergration. Once this healing has occurred, a healing abutment is placed onto the implant and then a dental crown covers the abutment, in much the same way as a crown on a natural tooth. The complete implant, abutment and crown provide an aesthetic, functional and comfortable prosthesis that closely resembles the patient’s natural looking tooth.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or retain a removable denture. Dental implants can be an excellent treatment option for the right person and in the right situation. Ask your dentist if a dental implant is right for you.
There are a number of ways in which one could improve their smile. One is simply through color. Our teeth pick up a lot of stains through our diet and habits, i.e. smoking, coffee, tea, and even such things as blueberries. In addition, as we age the protective coating on our teeth, known as enamel, begins to wear away and eventually becomes thinner showing the inner yellow color. Bleaching our teeth through proper methods can dramatically aid in the enhancement of ones smile. However, there is more to ones smile than simply color some of these include teeth shape, contacts and teeth position among many others. All of these aid in how we smile and when we smile. Here at Agave Dentistry we look forward to partnering with each and every one of our patients to improve their smile from color to crowns. When our patients come in to our office we sit down and go over as many facets that we can to help improve their smile.