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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.

Straight teeth not only improve the appearance of your smile, but they can provide an array of other benefits too.  By straightening your teeth, it can lead to improved dental function, easier cleaning and reduced teeth grinding. Healthy, straight teeth help you to avoid costly dental procedures later in life. Let’s find out more about the benefits of straight teeth.

They’re easy to clean. Crowded or crooked teeth can be extremely difficult to clean properly. Your toothbrush will not be able to reach the entire surface of your teeth and teeth that are too close together cannot be flossed. This can lead to a buildup of plaque and tooth or gum disease. Being able to properly brush and floss your teeth is essential to maintaining your oral health. If your teeth are too crowded, even your dentist will not be able to properly clean certain areas. If you develop a problem with one of your teeth, it will be very difficult for your dentist to perform an effective restoration. Crowns, bridges and veneers are all much easier to perform on teeth that are straight.

You’ll have a better bite. In addition to the aesthetic benefits of a straighter smile, orthodontic treatment also fixes your bite and balances the force of your bite throughout your teeth. When teeth are crooked and misaligned, the force of your bite can be focused on just a few of your teeth. Over time, this can cause problems with these teeth. Abnormal wear patterns, headaches and jaw pain can all result from this. In addition, this can lead to grinding of the teeth, a habit that is very damaging. Chewing and talking are also much easier with straight teeth.

You can smile with confidence. While the functional benefits of straight teeth are very important, it would be remiss to not mention the benefits to your self-confidence. Having crooked teeth can be a source of shame and embarrassment, especially to younger people. For many, the moment they get their braces off signifies a turning point in their lives. A bright smile has been shown to lead to better social and career success for adults. If you get your teeth straightened, other people will have a better perception of how intelligent and likeable you are.

If you are thinking about straighter teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sara in North Scottsdale at Pinnacle Peak Family Dental. Together you can determine the best treatment options available to you.

Teeth typically become discolored through extrinsic factors like coffee, wine, or smoking—or through intrinsic factors like medications, or excessive fluoride use. Although some people experience discoloration simply due to aging.

How does teeth whitening work?

With so many teeth whitening options available in North Scottsdale—both over-the-counter and professional—it can be difficult to determine which option is best for your teeth. While take-home tray whitening systems are effective, patients typically prefer in-office teeth whitening with Dr. Sara, our North Scottsdale, AZ dentist. That’s because professional whitening involves careful preparation and the use of high-quality products that yield results almost immediately.

Before your whitening procedure begins, Dr. Sara will complete initial prep work, including a thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums. Next, he will apply the whitening solution onto any exposed surfaces. Depending on the whitening system being utilized, a light source may be used to enhance the whitening gel.

The most common in-office professional teeth whitening procedure is Opalescence® Boost . Using high-concentrated peroxide gel, this whitening technique offers brighter, whiter teeth in less than an hour. This in-office procedure is great for patients that that don’t want the hassle of whitening at home. The other teeth whitening option is Opalescence® PF, which is offered as a great option for whitening in the comfort of your own home! We custom make trays to fit your teeth, and send you home with whitening gel.

Through the different types of teeth whitening in North Scottsdale, you can find the best solution to brightening your teeth.

Are you a candidate for whitening? Typically anyone who wants a whiter smile is a candidate for teeth whitening in North Scottsdale, AZ. The process starts with a dental examination along with a clinical history as to causes of tooth staining. Things like foods we eat, personal habits such as smoking, previous traumas to teeth, and certain medications taken when teeth were forming can cause stains. This information is used to determine the best method of treatment for teeth whitening.

How long does whitening last? Regardless of the type of teeth whitening used, you and your lifestyle primarily determine the length of the results. There are also certain foods (coffee, wine), habits (smoking), and medications that can cause staining to occur after your teeth have been whitened. If you are concerned about teeth whitening fading we also do touch ups as necessary to maintain the results.

There are a few different options available to help you to get the 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. As well as 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. Here are three common cosmetic dental procedures that might help.

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.

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.

Call Dr. Sara at Pinnacle Peak Family dentistry in North Scottsdale to discuss your cosmetic dental inquiry.

To improve the appearance of your smile we can turn to cosmetic dentistry. One option is dental bonding, which is a cosmetic dental procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is applied and bonded to existing teeth. Bonding is most often used for cosmetic purposes, but it can also be used to:

 

  • Close spaces between teeth.
  • Make teeth look longer.
  • Change the shape or color of teeth.

Dental bonding in North Scottsdale, AZ can even be used as an alternative to metal fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed because of gum recession.

How does dental bonding work?

Typically, the dental bonding procedure will take between 30 minutes and one hour to complete. First, Dr. Sara, our dentist in North Scottsdale, will match the resin to your original tooth color so it appears completely natural. Then, using microabrasion technology, she will lightly scuff the surface of the tooth.

This is done so the bonding material will adhere to the enamel. After molding the bonding material onto the tooth and securing it in place, Dr. Sara will gently clean and shine the area to ensure a natural finish. With proper upkeep, such as brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and maintaining a healthy diet, dental bonding can last for many years.

Contact Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry in North Scottsdale for more information on dental bonding and how this procedure can improve your smile.

 

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