Welcome to Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry, Scottsdale AZ



We’ve talked about dental implants before, but it is important to understand what this treatment is and if you are a good candidate. While dental implants are an excellent way to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth that are missing, they are not for everyone.

Implants are a permanent alternative to dentures and bridges–depending on the individual patient. When deciding on dental implants for restoration of your smile, Dr. Sara will provide you with proper education while also discussing your options. There are many options for replacing missing teeth, but let’s take a closer look at dental implants.

Why get dental implants? To replace one or more missing teeth to create a natural-looking tooth to take its place. This is done without causing harm to the surrounding teeth and help to restore proper function to your mouth–from chewing to speaking. As a result, your quality of life is also improved and you will prevent further jaw joint issues from an “off bite.”

Full arch replacement is also available for patients who are missing all of their teeth on either of their arches. This treatment is followed by a hybrid denture, or an All-on-4 denture. This functions as a denture, but it is fixed to the denture like a bridge.

Multiple Tooth Replacement. For patients who are missing several teeth, implants are a great way to have a permanent solution that is able to be treated and used as a normal tooth. In these cases, a fixed bridge will attach to the implant.

Single Tooth Replacement. Single tooth replacement for patients is a great alternative to having bridges placed, where adjacent teeth are being destroyed. Single tooth implants have individual porcelain crowns placed on them so the tooth becomes like a natural tooth for that patient in terms of cleaning, and day-to-day functioning.

Contact Dr. Sara in North Scottsdale at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to learn more about dental implants.

At Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry, we are committed to making sure we use the most current materials and technology to meet your needs. We understand that dentistry is constantly changing, but it is our mission to remain on the cutting edge of all dental advancements, which means our patients get the highest quality of work available to dentistry.
And when you are looking for a way to improve the appearance of your smile, we have the best restorative options to help.

Composite fillings. The composite filling is a tooth colored resin that is used to repair teeth that have fallen victim to cavities. Composite fillings are a great alternative to the tooth destroying amalgam (silver fillings). What was not realized when amalgam fillings were being used in dentistry, is that the metal expands and contracts in the tooth, breaking it down and damaging the tooth, leading to fractures, recontamination with cavities, and pain. These types of fillings are also very useful in filling unwanted gaps, and even to cover exposed root surfaces that occur when gum recession is present.

Dental crowns. Dental crowns are custom made for our patients, and are used for teeth that have been broken down too much for a composite filling to be able to help it. A crown is used as a full coverage type of protection for the tooth structure that remains. Crowns are available in porcelain, as to blend in with the patient’s natural tooth color and structure. We use a local lab that has been around for decades, and has always been a great partner in creating the best dental crowns for our patients.

Fixed dental bridges. A dental bridge is typically used to “fill” any gaps created by missing teeth. A dental bridge works by having two anchor crowns and one floating crown that fills in the gap. As opposed to a denture, the bridge is fixed and unable to be removed from the mouth.

Professional cleanings and preventative care. At Pinnacle Peak Family, we believe that preventative care is the best form of care for any patient. With our comprehensive evaluations, we are able to develop a continuing plan of care for our patients, and educate them as to why it is so important. Prophylactic cleanings are completed for patients who have optimal gum and bone health. This means there are no signs of inflammation, bleeding or bone loss that can all be early signs of periodontitis. Once a patient experiences any type of periodontal issues, we are able to help guide them through proper therapy to bring their mouth back to a healthy status!

Please let us know how we can help you gain the smile you deserve and have been looking for. Contact Dr. Sara at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to learn more about restorative options that might work for your teeth.

It’s never too late to straighten your teeth! With Invisalign® you can straighten your teeth without anyone even noticing. Now that sounds great! Invisalign is a clear, virtually invisible and comfortable alternative to braces–it makes it easy to straighten your teeth without bands, brackets or wires.

And because it is invisible and removable, you are able to brush and floss normally during your treatment. There is no need to change your busy lifestyle either. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

The negative effect of misaligned teeth. Teeth that are not properly aligned in your mouth create what we call malocclusion. If left untreated, malocclusion may lead to abnormal amounts of stress on the teeth and jaw. Also, the patient risks suffering from periodontal disease if they are not able to properly clean their teeth at home due to crowding or spaces.

How Invisalign can help. By using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth right before your very eyes. Change them every two weeks and your teeth will move—little by little—toward the smile you have always wanted.

Benefits to having properly aligned teeth

There are so many benefits to having straight teeth. For example, you can get healthier teeth and gums. And when there is proper alignment, you are able to ensure a properly cleaned mouth when brushing and flossing.

A balanced and properly aligned bite also prevents the risk of teeth “rubbing” or hitting each other in ways that can cause premature wear, chipping and breaking of restorations, as well as the health of the tooth in its lifespan. Your overall health is even increased when the mouth is able to remain clean and free of the bacteria from cavities or periodontal disease.

Contact Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to learn more about Invisalign and to find out if you are a candidate for this procedure!

Can you smile with confidence? Are you searching for a better looking smile? Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you, so why not restore it with cosmetic dentistry? At Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry, we know that your smile means a lot to you and we want to help. Our dentists have extensive training in cosmetic dentistry procedures to ensure your smile always looks–and feels–its best! Here are some cosmetic options that can help renew your smile.

Porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are individually created by hand to beautifully cover your tooth or teeth. These “covers” are as strong as your own teeth and can be a great cosmetic choice for most dental problems. Porcelain veneers will not change colors and will resist chipping and cracking. Veneers are a wonderful choice for treating gaps, chips, small or large teeth, stained or discolored teeth, or crooked teeth.

Resin bonding. We also use tooth-colored resin material to repair chipped, broken or discolored teeth. This type of filling is also very useful to fill in gaps and to protect sensitive, exposed root surfaces cause by gum recession.

Teeth whitening. As we age, so do our teeth. You might notice that your teeth are beginning to  darken–it happens. Foods, drinks, smoking and certain medications will also darken teeth. Teeth whitening will help to lighten teeth and aid in maintaining a white and bright smile.

Contact Dr. Sara at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to learn more about your cosmetic dentistry options. We’re happy to help you regain confidence in your smile!

If you have ever had a cavity, you might already be aware of the treatment process that Dr. Sara follows at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry. To treat a cavity, Dr. Sara works to remove the decayed portion of your tooth. Once that happens, she can “fill” in the area of the tooth where the decayed material was removed. Fillings can also be used to repair cracked or broken teeth, as well as teeth that have been worn down from misuse such as from nail-biting or tooth grinding.

While dental fillings are common for cavities and other reasons, Dr. Sara takes a different approach than many dentists. At Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry in North Scottsdale, Dr. Sara uses traditional composite fillings for improved dental health. Here is how it works.

What steps are involved with a filling?

First, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area around the tooth that will be filled. Next, a drill, air abrasion instrument, or laser will be used to remove the decayed area. Dr. Sara will then probe or test the area to determine if all the decay has been removed.

Once the decay has been removed, she will prepare the space for the filling by cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris. If the decay is near the root, a liner made of composite resin will be placed to protect the nerve. Generally, after the filling is in, Dr. Sara will finish and polish it.

What Types of Filling Materials Are Available?

There are several dental filling materials available, including gold, porcelain, silver amalgam (which consists of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper), or tooth-colored, plastic, and materials called composite resin fillings. There is also a material that contains glass particles and is known as glass ionomer. This material is used in ways similar to the use of composite resin fillings.

Tooth-colored Composites

By using composite fillings, Dr. Sara can provide her patients with the following benefits:

  • Aesthetics: the shade/color of the composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. Composites are particularly well suited for use in front teeth or visible parts of teeth.
  • Bonding to tooth structure: composite fillings actually chemically bond to tooth structure, providing further support.
  • Versatility: in addition to use as a filling material for decay, composite fillings can also be used to repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth.
  • Tooth-sparing preparation: sometimes less tooth structure needs to be removed compared with amalgam fillings when removing decay and preparing for the filling.

Contact Dr. Sara at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to learn more about composite fillings and how she can treat your cavity.

Today’s busy dental practices face a serious challenge, which is to maintain or increase productivity while ensuring that patient safety remains a top priority. At times, these may seem like incompatible goals. However, advances in dental processing equipment have empowered practices to develop safer processes while identifying efficiencies and ultimately, saving money.

At Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry, Dr. Sara has moved away from disposable instruments. Instead, she uses a high standard of sterilization to help keep waste down in her office.

Cleaning and sterilization. A cleaning and sterilization process that meets the American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines is vital to an effective infection control program. Streamlining of this process requires an understanding of proper methods, materials, and devices. Many methods of instrument reprocessing are available. Use of a complete system that encompasses and fulfills all elements that are critical maximizes efficiency and minimizes risks.

Difference between disinfection and sterilization. Disinfection destroys most pathogenic and other microorganisms by physical or chemical means. However, sterilization destroys all microorganisms, including substantial numbers of resistant bacterial spores, by heat (steam autoclave, dry heat, and unsaturated chemical vapor) or liquid chemical sterilants. Disinfection does not ensure the degree of safety associated with sterilization processes.

Contact Dr. Sara at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to learn more about her high standard for sterilization and how it improves patient care.

At Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry, Dr. Sara offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry options to help you achieve a beautiful, sparkly smile that you deserve. The availability of cosmetic dentistry has proven to be an important aspect to the dental profession in helping to create healthy, glowing teeth.

In addition to giving you that shiny smile you have always wanted, cosmetic dentistry is also used to repair defects, such as an overbite or crooked teeth, chipped teeth or missing teeth. Here are four common cosmetic dental procedures you might be interested in:

  • 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 change your smile for the better to help 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.

If you have ever found yourself looking in the mirror and thinking, “I wish my teeth were brighter, straighter and just all around better looking,” you’re in luck. Don’t be ashamed if you have been worrying about this–we’ve all been there before. To help you love your smile again, Dr. Sara and her team in North Scottsdale, AZ offer cosmetic dentistry.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry helps us to improve the appearance of your teeth. If you are experiencing any of the following, you might be a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry:

  • Repairing chips and cracks.
  • Treating an injury.
  • Improving a person’s overall appearance.

Regardless of your reason for wanting to transform your smile, cosmetic dentistry in North Scottsdale from Dr. Sara can help you look younger and healthier, and that begins with your teeth.

What Cosmetic Procedures are Available?

With the help of your cosmetic dentist in North Scottsdale, you can improve your smile and repair any dental damage you might have been putting off for years. In as little as just a few appointments you can have a brand new, sparkling smile from the completion of any of the following procedures:

  • Teeth Whitening.
  • Dental Veneers.
  • Bonding.
  • Dental Implants.
  • Bridges and Crowns.
  • Invisalign.

Cosmetic dentistry in North Scottsdale from Dr. Sara allows you to take the next step in achieving an improved smile in only a couple dental visits at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry. From a whiter, brighter smile to the replacement of missing teeth, cosmetic dentistry offers a solution that meets most patients’ needs by allowing you to smile once again.

Now you can turn back the clock to new, bright teeth.  Full mouth reconstruction involves restoring the teeth, bite and muscles to a natural looking, youthful feeling condition, and achieving the cosmetic improvements you have always wanted.  

Full mouth reconstruction refers to the use of one or more restorative dental treatments to improve the function, strength, health, and stability of your gums and teeth.  So if your smile has multiple problems, a full mouth reconstruction can help restore your teeth to their natural glow. This treatment involves restoring all of the teeth in your mouth with the main focus being the improvement of the function of your teeth.  

Any cosmetic benefits resulting from a full mouth reconstruction remain secondary, though correcting dental imperfections and restoring the health of the gums and teeth often provide an instant improvement to the aesthetics of your smile.

Who is a candidate for a full mouth restoration?

If you are experiencing difficulty chewing or speaking, pain when biting down, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues, missing teeth, tooth decay, or other dental issues that are not based solely on improving the aesthetics of your smile, then a full mouth reconstruction may be just for you.  During this procedure, Dr. Sara, our dentist in North Scottsdale, will restore all of your teeth in the upper and lower jaw, and address any issues that may have contributed to the demise of the function and health of your teeth.

Since health and function of your teeth are the primary focus of full mouth reconstruction, virtually everyone is a candidate for this procedure.  Dental issues that can be improved and corrected during full mouth reconstruction, include:

  • Missing teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Teeth with severe tooth erosion
  • Advanced periodontitis
  • Worn teeth, uneven teeth
  • Misalignment
  • TMJ issues, including pain and teeth grinding

This comprehensive restorative procedure can reverse years of aging and neglect.  It can also provide you with the extreme Hollywood smile that you have always dreamed of having!

What is the first step?

Before your full mouth reconstruction can begin, Dr. Sara will complete a comprehensive dental examination, which includes x-rays and impressions of your upper and lower teeth, to determine the best treatments for your full mouth reconstruction.  She will also look for wear, decay, caries, cracks, receding gums, bone loss, loose teeth, missing teeth, TMJ problems, and a multitude of other dental issues during this thorough dental examination.

Every patient is different, which means the only way to determine what treatments will be included in your full mouth reconstruction is to schedule an examination with Dr. Sara. Some of the treatments that may be included in your full mouth reconstruction are:

  • A professional dental cleaning.
  • Dental implants.
  • Crown lengthening.
  • Surgery to reposition the jaw.
  • Gum contouring
  • Preparation for the placement of dental crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays, and veneers.
  • The placement of dental crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays, and veneers.
  • Bone or soft tissue grafting.
  • Scaling and root planing.

To learn more about full mouth reconstruction and the restorative dental treatments involved, contact Dr. Sara, our North Scottsdale dentist at Pinnacle Peak Family Dental.

If you look around your home your walls and mantelpieces are probably covered in photos of your family. In fact, they might just be the most important people in your life. We know just how you feel! We would do anything for our family, and we know you would too. That means ensuring that everyone in your family are healthy and happy. So how do you ensure this?

Easy! You make sure that they see their dentist in North Scottsdale. Visiting the dentist shouldn’t be a hassle. It is beneficial to not only your oral health, but your overall health as well. Here are some reasons why you should visit Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry in North Scottsdale at least twice a year.

For preventive measures

We want your mouth to be as healthy as possible, which means we can pinpoint problem areas before they become a serious concern. X-rays also help us to see whether permanent teeth are coming in properly or whether wisdom teeth will need to come out. These aren’t things that you would be able to figure out on your own–you need the watchful eye of your dentist.

For teeth cleaning

Sure, you brush and floss your teeth twice a day, right? So why should you visit our office twice a year for dental cleanings?  It’s simple; we have special tools that are designed to get into the hard-to-reach spots. We also check the health of your gums to make sure that gum disease isn’t lurking around the corner. To put it simply—we can give you a more thorough cleaning that your teeth truly need.

For education purposes

You might think you’re the king of flossing or that you follow a smile-friendly diet–that’s wonderful. However, it is important to visit Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry in North Scottsdale to learn more about the best foods to eat for a healthy smile and tips to keep you smiling for longer. We can provide you with the much-needed TLC your teeth deserve. From proper brushing techniques to what foods to avoid after teeth whitening, we are ready to help you keep that smile beautiful and healthy.

Contact Dr. Sara in North Scottsdale to learn more about how you can keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime.

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