Dental Services Peoria, AZ
Complete Oral Health Exam, X-rays, and Teeth Whitening
Free Teeth Whitening with Complete Oral Health Exam
Peoria Healthy Smiles Dental Services
Peoria Healthy Smiles uses advanced techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to help us create beautiful, long-lasting smiles. We believe that the best way to provide compassionate dental care for our patients is to listen to their concerns. We encourage patients to ask questions and voice their concerns so that they can be directly involved in their dental health.
Teeth whitening is ideal for people with healthy unrestored teeth and healthy gums. Peoria Healthy Smiles offers a teeth whitening system that includes custom fit teeth whitening trays along with prescription strength teeth whitening gel. We take an impression of your teeth and make a custom mouthpiece that fits around your teeth perfectly. The custom fit trays allow the prescription strength teeth whitening gel to only make contact with your teeth and not your gums. You can wear your teeth whitening trays in the comfort of your own home for minimal amounts of time. We also offer in-office teeth whitening that can dramatically whiten your teeth in about an hour.
Oral Surgery (Wisdom Teeth Extraction)
Your orthodontist may request one or more teeth to be extracted to align your remaining teeth properly. If a tooth is unrestorable it will need to be extracted. Oftentimes wisdom teeth can become infected and need to be extracted as well. The dentist will anesthetize the tooth or teeth before being extracted. Wisdom teeth extraction is the most common type of oral surgery. The general dentist refers mouth surgeries and removal of cysts or tumors to an oral surgeon. Peoria Healthy Smiles has one of the best oral surgeons in the State of Arizona. Dr. Peter Bassett has been practicing oral surgery for over 47 years.
Root Canal Therapy (Endodontics)
Endodontic therapy, otherwise known as root canal therapy, may be necessary under the following conditions:
- A severely broken or cracked tooth.
- A decayed tooth where the cavity has gone into the pulp.
- An injured tooth, or a tooth that had a large old filling with cracks and decay present.
- An abscessed tooth.
The diseased pulp (inner material of the tooth) is removed and disinfected. A material is used to fill the canals of the root and the tooth is restored with a crown.
Root canals are a common dental procedure, and the dentist will advise if a root canal is necessary to save your tooth.
Fillings (Composite resin fillings)
Tooth colored fillings are necessary to fill a tooth that has a cavity or extreme wear. If decay is present, the dentist will anesthetize the tooth and remove the decay or the cracked area. A tooth-colored filling is then bonded to your tooth. The dentist will match the shade of your teeth, so the filling is not visible. The dentist will examine the health of your bone and gums prior to placing the filling. After the filling is completed, the dentist will adjust your bite and polish the filling. Tooth colored fillings expand and contract like your natural teeth and can last on average 5 years depending on your bite and oral hygiene.
Veneers can help you have the smile you always wanted with no shots, no drilling, and no pain. Veneers are not just pretty to look at they are also proven to last for many years.
A porcelain veneer is a cosmetic procedure that can change the shape of your teeth along with making them whiter. Dental veneers can close gaps in your teeth and while helping them align to create a perfect smile. Veneers cover the front surface of teeth with a thin layer of porcelain custom made for your teeth. Dental veneers can be used for discolored or chipped teeth. Veneers are bonded to your teeth after a thin layer of enamel is removed by the dentist. You must have healthy gums and bone in order to be a candidate for this procedure.
Oral Hygiene and Gum Therapy
The health of your mouth is directly related to the health of your body. Therefore, treating gum disease is very important in maintaining your heart and total body health.
Your hygienist at Peoria Healthy Smiles will evaluate your gum health and consult with the dentist to determine the best type of cleaning that is necessary for you. We will teach you proper brushing techniques and show you several options for cleaning between the teeth. Measurements are taken around each tooth to determine the health of your gums. 1-3mm is healthy. Anything above 3mm may require gum therapy. Gum therapy can be scaling and root planning, where the hygienist removes the plaque below the gum line that is causing periodontal disease. Often laser treatment and antibiotics placed in the deeper pockets will be recommended as an additional therapy. The doctor and hygienist will determine the best treatment plan for you. A re-care plan of 3-, 4- or 6-month intervals will be recommended specifically for you.
Oral Cancer Screening Technology
In health care, it is a well-known fact that the dreaded disease of cancer is much more treatable if it’s caught early. To this end, there are a number of screening tests that have become accepted by the public as routine to catch some of the more common cancers that we confront. Pap smears for cervical cancer, mammograms for breast cancer, PSA tests for prostate cancer, and colonoscopies for colon cancer are all part of our common experience.
The incidence of oral cancer and throat cancer in the United States is 34,000 new cases per year, with an average of 8,000 deaths per year. This is close to three times the rate of cervical cancer in this country. Oral cancer has one of the highest death rates of any cancer since it is often caught only after is has metastasized to the lymph nodes.
Typically, smoking and alcohol use have greatly increased the risk of oral cancer, but it is becoming much more common to find cancer in people without these risk factors.
Now we have a new technology call Oral-ID. This uses a process called Fluorescence Visualization Technology to allow us to see early changes in your oral tissues under a special hand-held light. We are incorporating the use of the Oral-ID Cancer Screening into our standard oral exam by our dental hygienists.
They have always been doing and will continue to do a standard visual and manual screening, but the Oral-ID Cancer Screening gives us an entirely new level of detection. If we do detect any questionable areas with the Oral-ID, we will document the area and decide whether to monitor it, brush biopsy it, or refer to an oral surgeon for a more definitive evaluation and possible biopsy.
Dexis Low Radiation Digital X-rays
Lower Radiation = Safer, Faster, and Better
Here at Peoria Healthy Smiles we keep your health and safety at the forefront of all our dental procedures. This is why we have chosen to use only the latest in Low Radiation Digital X-rays in our office.
Are you concerned about the potential health risks of X-rays, does radiation make you nervous? Don’t worry, you are not alone!
In Dentistry we need to X-ray jaw bones and tooth structures to provide necessary information to the dentist during your examination. With the use of a lead vest and digital X-rays, radiation from a standard film-based X-ray can be reduced by 80-90%. Not only do Digital X-rays reduce the radiation required for imaging, their developing time is immediate. This means you do not have to wait 20-30 minutes for the films to be developed and several more minutes for the doctor to review the images.