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Technology is so important for us at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry. By using technology in our office, we can ensure the best care for your oral health care needs. For this reason we offer cone-beam 3D imaging in the comfort of our office in North Scottsdale.

What is the cone beam 3D?

Cone beam 3D imaging is a recent development that helps dentists see clear, detailed, three dimensional images of your teeth. It also helps us to see the bones and soft tissues that surround them. 

The reason it is called a cone-beam is because the x-ray beam is shaped like a cone. This is compared to traditional CT scans that use fan shaped x-ray beams instead. Because of the cone-shaped beam, it takes nearly 600 “slices” of information about your mouth. From there, special software assembles all of this into 3D views. 

How does the cone beam work?

These images are more helpful than traditional x-rays because they can be moved around to see your tooth and bone structures from every angle. This is particularly helpful for seeing how close wisdom teeth are to the nerves and arteries in your jaw. It can also help to see precisely how much bone is present to support an implant. 

Dr. Sara might take a 3D image of your teeth and tissues for the following reasons:

  • Placement of implants.
  • Determining if a root canal is your best treatment option.
  • Planning for extractions, especially for impacted teeth.
  • Evaluation of your sinuses.
  • Identifying sleep apnea. 
  • Fractures.
  • Diagnosing TMJ issues.
  • Understanding undiagnosed pain.

Not everyone will need a Cone Beam 3D image because they are not a substitution for traditional x-rays. These are only used when a diagnostic tool is medically necessary. 

Talk to Dr. Sara at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to learn more about cone-beam 3D imagery and how it might help improve your diagnosis.

When looking to map out the mouth in preparation for improvements in the bite and smile, Dr. Sara might use the iTero® scanner. This device helps to find the exact position and location of the teeth and gums, and will typically be done by making impressions of the teeth. Without these impressions, it is not possible to create a proper treatment plan. 

How does the iTero scanner work?

The iTero scanner works by using digital technology to come up with a 3D diagram of the mouth. Using hundreds of focal points to come up with measurements in nearly every way imaginable, this becomes the blueprint by which the orthodontic product will be made. The scan is much more precise than traditional impressions. 

All information needed to develop the map of the mouth can be gathered in just a few minutes. This means you will spend less time in the chair than you would with more traditional methods, such as using liquid plaster for making a mold of the teeth and gums. 

Where is the information saved?

By using the scanner, the information that is gathered will be saved as a digital file on a computer. It will also be electronically sent to the lab that will make the products. Since the transmission can be taken instantly, time will be saved for everyone involved. The images are much more precise than what is achievable otherwise, which benefits the patient because the end product fits much better. 

Contact Dr. Sara at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to learn more about the iTero scanner and how it can improve your treatment.

Did you know that women are more likely to develop temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders (TMD) than any other individual?  As a woman, you might be more prone to developing this disorder, but there are ways for you to prevent it from occurring. Let’s take a closer look.

Women and TMD

Pain affects everyone differently—headaches and facial pain are commonly caused by problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), affecting more women than men.  Women who have facial pain, migraines and neck pain due to their TMJ problems may spend years seeking a diagnosis, but never getting the right one. Dr. Sara, our dentist in Scottsdale, AZ, works with her patients to find the cause of your pain and provides the best treatment available for TMJ problems.

Seek TMD treatment now

If you experience frequent headaches, feel pain in your jaw, neck or upper back, hear a clicking noise in your jaw or your ears feel stuffy, you may be suffering from TMJ disorders (TMD). Appropriate treatment from Dr. Sara can help to relieve your pain without a lifetime of pills.  While women tend to experience TMJ pain more often than men, many men still suffer from TMD, but will often ignore their symptoms. TMJ pain is real and it can be debilitating.  

By scheduling a consultation with Dr. Sara at AZ Sleep & TMJ Solutions in Scottsdale, you can take the next steps toward a pain free life.

Many of us carry a lot of stress on our shoulders, and a lot of times it means extreme anxiety toward a variety of things. No matter the cause, the stress or anxiety is always a constant, every day factor. Many people think that being tired during the day is a normal part of being stressed, but it isn’t. If you ever feel sleepy throughout the day, it is important to get tested and treated for sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea affects people while they’re sleeping, which can be particularly jarring. Some people have to wear special masks connected to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines to ensure that they breathe normally throughout the night and the threat of breathing problems can cause severe anxiety. In turn, this anxiety may make sleep problems worse and sleep deprivation will continue to contribute to both depression and anxiety. Let’s learn more…

The Sleep Apnea and Anxiety Connection 

For people already under tons of stress, you’re missing out on restorative sleep that slows the aging process and improves cognitive function—this just compounds the stress you face during the day. A huge source of anxiety during the day is actually from a feeling of breathlessness they experience at night. If you suffer from sleep apnea, you’re panicked all night long as you gasp for air — unconscious and unaware the entire time, but still paying the emotional price in the form of anxiety during the day.

To get ahead of stress, it is important to wake up feeling positive and optimistic in order to handle the next day’s events. If you are feeling any symptoms of anxiety or are waking up exhausted, it is important to visit a dentist to take the next steps toward diagnosis and proper treatment planning. 

Contact Dr. Sara at AZ Sleep & TMJ Solutions in Scottsdale, AZ to learn more about anxiety and sleep apnea. There continues to be a connection we need to pay close attention to and there are solutions that can help you get the rest you need to feel less stress.

When multiple teeth are missing, what are your options? While there might be numerous procedures available, and some that cost more than you’re willing to pay, it is important to understand your best options for restoring your smile after multiple teeth are missing. And, in this case, it a dental bridge from Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry might be just what you need to restore your smile.

What are Dental Bridges? Dental Bridges are natural-looking appliances that can fill in the gap caused by missing teeth. Simply put, Bridges are natural-looking, custom-made, and barely noticeable. By utilizing dental bridges, we can not only restore your smile by relaxin missing teeth, but we will also be providing a more natural appearance, as well as an improved proper bite relationship between your upper and lower teeth.

Care for your bridges. Proper care of your dental bridges will allow your new dental restoration to last for 10 years or longer. This means brushing and flossing daily like you would with your natural teeth. In addition to daily care, it is important to maintain regular visits to our digicity dentist for proper care and cleanings.

If you are missing multiple teeth and are looking for a restoration solution, dental bridges from Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry might be your best option. Contact our office to schedule an appointment for further consideration.

It is important to get a good night’s sleep every night. In doing so, your body is restored and your mind is enlivened. And, when it comes to sleep, dental health care is often one area you might have overlooked.

More than 18 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which means they need a good night’s sleep in order to save their lives. By visiting your dentist, you can find proper treatment options to help relieve your symptoms.

What is the dentist’s role?

Dentists are often the first line of defense against sleep apnea, and are the first to notice symptoms because they are in contact with their patients more frequently than the family doctor. Dr. Sara can notice and detect the less evident symptoms of sleep apnea through asking questions and talking with you, along with an exam.

She might suspect you suffer from sleep apnea if you have complaints of lethargy, morning headaches, or dry mouth. When signs and symptoms are first noticed, dentists will send patients to sleep medicine specialists who can properly diagnose sleep apnea. If diagnosed with a sleep breathing disorder, the specialist might then refer you back to our office for treatment with oral appliance therapy.

What treatment options are available?

Treatment options for sleep apnea will vary depending on the severity of the disorder. If you are suffering from mild sleep apnea, simple behavioral changes such as losing weight might make all the difference.

Those suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea can also be treated with oral appliance therapy. Similar to a mouth guard, an oral appliance helps to reposition the jaw and tongue to improve airflow. As with any appliance, they will require some adjusting and commitment but are easy to wear and use.

To learn more about treatment of sleep apnea, please contact Dr. Sara at our office today!

Has your love of coffee taken its toll on your smile? Maybe you’ve been dealing with crooked teeth your entire life and you’re dying to have a straighter smile. Whatever the reason, you might find yourself weighting your treatment options. The idea of wearing braces for years might turn you off and teeth whitening might just not seem like enough.

So maybe you’ve been contemplating getting dental veneers but don’t know if it’s the best option. If you’re tired of stained, chipped or improperly spaced teeth, you might have just found the solution you’ve been looking for. However, here are some handy tips to see whether porcelain veneers are the best obtaining that perfect smile.

Check your overall health. Do people marvel at how healthy you stay? Does Popeye have nothing on you? If you think you are in tip-top shape, you might just be the perfect candidate for veneers. However, don’t just take your word for it. See your general practitioner to make sure that you’re in good overall health. A strong body will make any recovery and healing time a breeze.

Look at the health of your gums. Sure you might be in the best shape of your life, but how’s your mouth? If you’re currently battling gum disease or tooth decay, dental veneers might not be the best option for you at the moment. However, don’t feel defeated so quickly. Once you’re able to maintain good oral health, there’s no reason you can’t reconsider getting porcelain veneers. It’s just important that your current dental health is the best it can be before taking on any procedures.

The daily grind. Has your dentist ever told you that you grind your teeth or clench your jaw? Perhaps you do it in your sleep and you don’t even notice. This is a nasty habit that can quickly wear down your gorgeous veneers. No one wants that! However, if you don’t have these problems, you’re in luck! Dental veneers might just be a great treatment option.

Still not sure if you’re the ideal candidate for veneers? Don’t worry! We can answer any other questions you might have before deciding whether you’re ready to take the plunge. In the meantime, we urge you to look in the mirror and really assess how you feel about your smile.

If you’re ready to get veneers and you live in Scottsdale, Arizona, contact Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to take take the next step to a more dazzling you.

We need our teeth to eat properly, so when one is damaged it can take a toll on your day-to-day life. In order to continue to protect your teeth and overall well-being, it is important to repair damaged teeth. At Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry, dental crowns are utilized to perform the following:

  • Attach bridges.
  • Cover implants.
  • Prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse.
  • Restore an existing filling in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated.

Looking for an improved aesthetic appearance? When applied to discolored or stained teeth needing restoration, dental crowns provide a natural appearance.

Caring for your dental crowns

Once your dental crown is in place, it is important to maintain proper care of your teeth. While a crown has provided a newly restored tooth, it doesn’t mean the tooth is indestructible. And, what’s even better is that with proper care, a good quality crown can last up to eight or more years. Remember to brush and floss the area of the crown daily to avoid excess plaque buildup or collection of debris around the restoration.

It is also important to pay attention to other behaviors that might damage the dental crown. These behaviors often include jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding). Try to avoid eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy, as well. In doing so, the adhesion of the crown can be compromised or damaged.

Contact us at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona about dental crowns and how this restoration procedure might be able to restore the appearance and functionality of your smile.

Losing a few hours of sleep won’t do any harm, right? Wrong. The truth is that you can’t afford to lose sleep. Just as we need to eat, we also need to sleep. We might not be thinking about sleep all day, but we do acknowledge that we need it at some point. By getting a proper amount of sleep each night, we feel more alert, more energetic, happier, and we can even function better. And, by going without sleep, you will begin feeling worse.

What happens when you lose sleep?

Losing a night of sleep can cause you to feel irritable during the next day. It can even cause you to slow down and become tired easily. However, if you lose two nights of sleep, your symptoms can worsen:

  • Concentration will be difficult.
  • Attention span will fall by the wayside.
  • Mistakes will increase.

Because of this, your day-to-day life will become more difficult to complete. The more sleep you lose, the more your body will begin to shut down.

After the third day of no sleep, you might begin to hallucinate, which can cause clear thinking to diminish. Even if you get just a few hours of sleep per night, you can still experience many of the same problems over time. As the sleep deprivation increases, the more your symptoms will worsen.  In time, a lack of sleep would prove to be fatal.

This is the power of sleep

While many of us try to sleep as little as possible, it is important to pay attention to why just a few more hours of sleep can make all the difference. Just as exercise and nutrition are essential for optimal health and happiness, so is sleep.  

Quality sleep every night can directly affect your life in an array of areas, including:

  • Mental sharpness.
  • Productivity.
  • Emotional balance.
  • Creativity.
  • Physical vitality.
  • Weight.

When you sleep, it isn’t a time for your brain and body to shut down, it is a way for your brain to continue to work.  Your brain oversees a variety of biological maintenance in order to keep your body running and to prepare you for the next day.  However, without enough hours of restorative sleep, you won’t be able to work, create, learn, or communicate at your highest potential.

Contact our office today to learn more about sleep and how we can help you overcome your sleep condition.

The last thing you want to deal with is missing teeth. We understand that it can be a difficult situation to go through. However, if you are missing any teeth, we have a solution that might work great for you: All-on-4 dental implants.

What are All-on-4 implants?

The term All-on-4 refers to all teeth being supported on four dental implants. It is a surgical prosthodontics procedure for total rehabilitation if you are missing teeth or have broken or decayed teeth. The four implants support a fixed prosthesis with 10 to 14 teeth and is placed immediately–typically within 24 hours of surgery.

All-on-4 is a treatment technique that has evolved over time and has the following features:

  • Four dental implants to support a full fixed bridge.
  • Angulated implants in the back to overcome bony deficiencies or anatomical structures.
  • Immediate loading.

What are the benefits of All-on-4?

When All-on-4 dental implants are used to restore your smile, there are several benefits you can experience. Some of the benefits of All-on-4 dental implants include:

  • Full-arch restoration.
  • Shorter installation times than other implants.
  • Prevents further bone loss.
  • Decreases the need for a bone graft.

Please contact Dr. Sara at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry in north Scottsdale, Arizona to schedule your consultation and learn more about how you can improve your smile.

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