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Are you looking for a way to straighten your teeth without anyone noticing? Well, you’re in luck because Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry offers Invisalign®, which is invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners. Through the use of these clear aligners, you can get those beautiful, straight teeth you’ve always wanted. And best of all, no one can tell you’re wearing them. Invisalign is great for adults and teenagers.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a set of clear aligners that are designed to straighten your teeth discretely. It is important to wear the aligners for the designated amount of time for the best results. Dr. Sara, your dentist in North Scottsdale, will work with you to create the best treatment plan with Invisalign.

In less than a year with Invisalign, you can smile better knowing your teeth are straighter and healthier looking. Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces and has been proven effective in clinical research and in orthodontic practices nationwide. Take a step back from metal wires and brackets.

How Does Invisalign Work?

With Invisalign, you will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move little-by-little, week-by-week until they have straightened to the their final position. You’ll visit Dr. Sara at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry in North Scottsdale about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. The total treatment time for Invisalign averages 9 – 15 months and the average number of aligners during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case-to-case.

What are the Benefits of Invisalign?

If you want a straighter smile without everyone noticing you are undergoing treatment, visit Dr. Sara at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry in North Scottsdale, AZ for more information on Invisalign. With Invisalign, treatment is virtually undetectable, so no one will even know you are receiving teeth straightening care.

Invisalign is also removable, so you can conveniently take out your trays to brush your teeth, floss, eat dinner, or even to enjoy a special occasion. As long as you wear your aligners for the required amount of time each day, you can freely remove your trays as needed.

Additionally, Invisalign in Scottsdale is comfortable. Unlike braces, Invisalign doesn’t have broken wires, lost braces, or cause cuts and abrasions to the mouth. With smooth trays, Invisialign is gentle on your gums, so you won’t have to deal with irritation.

Take the next step toward straighter teeth without everyone noticing, and visit our office in North Scottsdale for Invisalign. If you are a good candidate for Invisalign, Dr. Sara will work with you to help you take the next steps toward a straighter smile you can be proud of.

At Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry in North Scottsdale, Dr. Sara offers a variety of cosmetic options to help you get the beautiful, straight, sparkly smile that you deserve. Cosmetic dentistry has proven to be an important aspect to the dental profession in helping to improve the appearance of your teeth.

In addition to giving you a shiny smile, cosmetic dentistry is also used to repair a defective mouth such as an overbite or crooked teeth, chipped teeth or missing teeth. Below you will find four common cosmetic dental procedures and how they can improve the appearance of your teeth:

  • Teeth Whitening – One of the most popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry. It is a simple and effective technique to obtain a whiter smile.
  • Dental Bonding – Tooth colored composite is placed to “fill in the blanks.” It is commonly used to fill in the gap between front teeth.
  • Contouring – The process of shaping your natural teeth to improve their appearance.
  • Dental Veneers – Porcelain facings that are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth. Veneers can be used to whiten teeth, close spaces, straighten teeth, or repair chipped or worn teeth.

While these options are the most popular, there are many other procedures that can be done to perfect your smile. Click on the services link on our website to see all of the services that we provide.

You deserve a dazzling smile. We can change your smile for the better that will make you feel more confident. Having a dentist that you can trust to be friendly and personal is what we strive for. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sara today to discuss your cosmetic dental inquiry.

When multiple teeth are missing, what are your options? There are numerous procedures available to choose from and while some might 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. In this case, dental bridges in North Scottsdale from Dr. Sara might be the best option for restoring the appearance of 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 in Scottsdale at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry, we can not only restore your smile by replacing 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.

Caring for Your Dental Bridge

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 Dr. Sara, our North Scottsdale dentist, for proper care and cleanings.

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

Are you in search of a stunning smile that will impress others, including yourself?  Special thin laminates, called veneers, can often be used to correct discolored, worn down, cracked and chipped teeth.  Veneers can also be used to close those unsightly gaps between teeth.  Porcelain veneers are designed to last longer than other types of veneers because of the bond created with the tooth and the veneer.

All About Veneers

Veneers are custom-designed shells consisting of a tooth-like ceramic material.  When applied over the surface of your tooth, worn enamel and uneven tooth alignment can be covered.  Additionally, other appearance deformities can be easily altered.  Today, most veneers are made of porcelain because it resists stains better than any other material and has a light reflecting element that is similar to your natural teeth.

The availability of veneers in North Scottsdale from Dr. Sara can commonly fix the following problems:

  • Worn Enamel
  • Wear and Tear
  • Uneven Teeth
  • Accidental Damage
  • Discolored teeth

Patients often choose dental veneers in Scottsdale for more severe cases of dullness, wear, discoloration, mild chipping, cracking, spacing, or uneven teeth. If you are looking for less dramatic dental changes, then teeth whitening or bonding may be better options for your smile.

What is the Veneer Process?

Three dental visits are typically needed to complete the dental veneer process with Dr. Sara. The veneer process involves diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding.  To prepare your teeth for veneers, Dr. Sara, our dentist here in North Scottsdale, AZ, will lightly buff your teeth to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer—about half a millimeter of your tooth will be removed.

An impression of your teeth is taken and sent to a dental lab where your veneers are custom fabricated.  At your next dental visit, Dr. Sara will attach the veneers to your teeth with a special adhesive to keep them in place permanently.  During a two-week period of adjustment that follows your procedure, you may notice a slight change in the size and shape of your teeth.

Veneers are not for everyone and require a proper consultation with Dr. Sara, our North Scottsdale, AZ dentist.  Upon review and diagnosis, Dr. Sara will assess and develop a proper treatment plan for enhancing the appearance of your smile.

The loss of teeth can have a significant impact on your life and self-esteem due to aesthetic implications.  Missing teeth can also cause bite problems and difficulties with eating.  Previously, the only solution for replacing missing teeth was fixed bridges or dentures.

However, more recently, dental implants have become a more comfortable, effective and permanent solution.  Dental implants will look, function and feel like your own natural teeth.  Let’s take a closer look at dental implants in Scottsdale and how Dr. Sara can help restore your smile.

The Negative Effect of Missing Teeth

The effects of missing teeth can be detrimental to your long-term oral and medical health.  Replacing missing teeth can dramatically improve your smile and the shape of your face.  Gaps in your teeth often affect the way that your jaw closes, which causes the remaining teeth to begin to tilt and move into the gaps. Not only can your teeth begin to shift, but food can become trapped in the gaps as well, which increases your risk for developing gum disease and tooth decay.

How Dental Implants Work

Before dental implants can be placed, your bone density will be assessed to ensure that you have sufficient quality and quantity of bone tissue available where the implant will be placed. If there is insufficient bone or significant bone loss has occurred, then you may need bone grafting before the implant can be placed.

Implants are typically placed in one sitting, but require a period of osseointegration, which is the process in which direct anchorage of the dental implant root and the bone of the jaw occur. Dental implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support, and are permanent, making this procedure a good solution to tooth loss.

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Not only do dental implants replace missing teeth, but they can provide you with a variety of other benefits. Some added advantages of dental implants include:

  • Improved appearance
  • Improved speech
  • Improved comfort
  • Easier eating
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Durability
  • Improved oral health
  • Convenience

A tooth should be replaced as soon as it is lost in order to maintain your oral health and further prevent bone loss, as well as to avoid excess decay.  If you have missing teeth it is important to visit Dr. Sara, our dentist here in North Scottsdale, AZ to schedule a proper consultation to create a treatment plan.

At Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry, Dr. Sara, our dentist here in North Scottsdale, offers different options for a beautiful, sparkly smile that you deserve. Cosmetic dentistry has proven to be an important aspect to the dental profession in helping to make your mouth gorgeous. In addition to giving you a shiny smile, cosmetic dentistry is also used to repair an imperfect mouth such as an overbite or crooked teeth, chipped teeth or missing teeth.

Cosmetic Dentistry Services in Scottsdale

We want to help you gain a healthy, glowing smile that lasts a lifetime. To help to achieve your glowing smile, we have listed four common cosmetic dental procedures below:

  • Whitening – One of the most popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry. It is a simple and effective technique to obtain a whiter smile.
  • Bonding – Tooth colored composite is placed to “fill in the blanks.” It is commonly used to fill in the gap between front teeth.
  • Contouring – The process of shaping your natural teeth to improve their appearance.
  • Veneers – Porcelain facings that are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth. Veneers can be used to whiten teeth, close spaces, straighten teeth, or repair chipped or worn teeth.

While these options are the most popular, there are many other procedures that can be done to perfect your smile. We can help change your smile for the better that will make you feel more confident. Having a dentist that you can trust to be friendly and personal is what we strive for. Call Dr. Sara today to discuss your cosmetic dental inquiry in North Scottsdale, AZ.

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 wellbeing, 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

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

Dental Crown Aftercare

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 even longer. 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. In doing so, the adhesion of the crown can be compromised or damaged.

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

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a common condition, but not many people are aware they suffer from this condition. An estimated 10 million to 35 million Americans currently suffer from TMD, with women being impacted more often than men. Now that is a lot of people! And to think, not many even realize they suffer from this painful condition. If you suffer from TMD, it is important to visit Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry (PPFD) to gain a better understanding of what treatment options are available to help eliminate your pain.

What is Oral Appliance Therapy for TMD?

While TMD cannot be completely cured, it can be treated to eliminate and manage pain. The first goal of treatment is to relieve the muscle spasm and pain, in addition to establishing normal range of motion of the lower jaw. At Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry, we will work with you to determine the best oral appliance therapy option for your individual symptoms.

Oral appliances, or TMD orthotics, resemble mouth guards—they easily form to the teeth for optimal protection and treatment. While one appliance option might work for one patient, it may not work for another patient. This is why we create custom oral appliances to meet each individual’s needs for TMD treatment in North Scottsdale, AZ.

Through TMD oral appliances, you can receive pain relief from TMD. Take charge of your health today by contacting us at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry in North Scottsdale, AZ. We look forward to being your partner in improved health and reduction of TMD pain.

Diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) can often be difficult. Why? Because of a less than clear understanding of the causes and exact symptoms affecting TMD and the surrounding muscles—many healthcare professionals are hesitant. Fortunately, many dentists who have completed continuing education courses are able to properly diagnose TMD. And they’re not afraid to look deeper into the condition.

The Characteristics of TMD

Symptoms of TMD are characteristic of a number of other conditions, which is why diagnosis can be extremely difficult. Some symptoms that might mimic the characteristics of TMD include:

  • Toothache
  • Sinus infection
  • Ear infection
  • Facial neuralgias
  • Myofascial pain
  • Headaches

If pain in the jaw area is being experienced, tests will be recommended to rule out or confirm the presence of any conditions, including TMD.

The TMD Diagnosis

When conducting an examination of a patient experiencing pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) region, a detailed health history will be taken to look for any injuries, traumas, procedures or conditions that may be contributing to the apparent symptoms. Your TMJ will also be examined, along with the bones and muscles of the jaw, mouth, face, neck and head to note the following:

  • Pain and tenderness
  • Limited motion
  • Locking of the jaw when opening, closing, or moving the jaw side-to-side

While there is no standard, widely accepted test used to diagnose TMD, there are several tests that might aid in the diagnostic process:

  • X-rays of the face, joint and teeth
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Computed tomography (CT)

A majority of TMD cases cannot be cured, but there are treatment options available to help prevent the worsening of your condition, as well as pain. The underlying cause of TMD does not need to be known to provide quality care for someone diagnosed with TMD.

Contact us at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to learn more about TMD and how we can help combat your pain. Reach out today—there’s no sense in just “dealing with” pain.

Do you know what sleep apnea is? Well, how about the causes of sleep apnea? We are here to help you gain a better understanding of what causes sleep apnea so you can be alert and aware of this condition. By understanding the causes of sleep apnea, you can take the right steps toward improved health and sleep—we know how important that is.

A Recap of Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea, (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea. It is caused by a blockage of the breathing passage or a collapsed airway. With a blocked airway, it is difficult to breathe—keeping air from traveling freely.

When you’re awake, throat muscles help keep your airway stiff and open so air can flow into your lungs. However, when you are sleeping, these muscles relax, which narrows your throat. Normally, this narrowing of your throat doesn’t prevent air from flowing into and out of your lungs, but when you’re asleep you can’t control the airflow.

The Causes of Sleep Apnea

If you have sleep apnea, your airway can become partially or fully blocked because of the following reasons:

  • Your throat muscles and tongue relax more than normal.
  • Your tongue and tonsils are large compared to the opening into your windpipe.
  • You’re overweight.
  • The shape of your head and neck may cause a smaller airway size in the mouth and throat area.
  • The aging process limits your brain signals’ ability to keep your throat muscles stiff during sleep.

As a result, not enough air flows into your lungs if your airway is partially or fully blocked during sleep. In the end, you or your loved one will experience loud snoring and a drop in your blood oxygen level.

Contact Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to learn more about sleep apnea and the causes. Through a better understanding of sleep apnea’s causes, you can get a better night’s sleep.

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