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By Waterfront Dentistry LLC
May 18, 2016
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Dental Implants  

Have you lost a tooth and hate the way your smile looks? Dental implants can replace that missing tooth and improve your smile. Waterfront Dentistry and Refresh Dentistry explain how implants can help you. Dr. Sutton and Dr. Shawn Monahan offer implants to residents of the entire Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix, AZ areas.Dental Implants

What are implants?

A dental implant looks like a tiny screw. Your dentist makes a small opening in your jawbone and places the implant inside. During the next three to six months, the titanium implant will begin to bond with the bone in your jaw. The process usually takes about three to six months, although it does vary. When bonding is complete, your Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix dentist will place a crown on top of the implant, allowing you to chew and speak normally. In some cases, you may receive a crown on the same day you receive your implant.

Why is it so important to replace a lost tooth?

Tooth replacement offers several benefits including:Dental Implants

  • Better ability to chew and bite: When you lose a tooth, particularly if that tooth is a molar, it may be difficult to thoroughly chew food. Failing to adequately chew your food can result in stomach upset.
  • Improved health for surrounding teeth: The surrounding teeth begin to drift toward the gap in your smile after you lose a tooth. When this occurs, your teeth begin to overlap, making it difficult to remove cavity-causing plaque from the overlapping sections. Your new implant prevents drifting from occurring and helps keep all of your teeth straight and healthy.
  • Better bone health: Your teeth roots provide constant stimulation to your jawbone. Without that stimulation, your jawbone can begin to weaken and recede. Since implants replace your tooth roots, they provide the stimulation that the bone needs to remain strong.
  • Improved self-confidence: It's hard to feel like smiling when there's a gap in your smile. Once your implant and crown is in place, you'll feel more confident in social and professional settings.

Would you like to find out if a dental implant is the ideal option for you? Call Waterfront Dentistry and Refresh Dentistry in Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix, AZ and schedule an appointment. With a little help from Dr. Sutton and Dr. Monahan, your smile will be complete again!

By Waterfront Dentistry LLC
May 18, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Are bleeding gums something you should be concerned about? Dear Doctor magazine recently posed that question to Dr. Travis Stork, an emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors. He answered with two questions of his own: “If you started bleeding from your eyeball, would you seek medical attention?” Needless to say, most everyone would. “So,” he asked, “why is it that when we bleed all the time when we floss that we think it’s no big deal?” As it turns out, that’s an excellent question — and one that’s often misunderstood.

First of all, let’s clarify what we mean by “bleeding all the time.” As many as 90 percent of people occasionally experience bleeding gums when they clean their teeth — particularly if they don’t do it often, or are just starting a flossing routine. But if your gums bleed regularly when you brush or floss, it almost certainly means there’s a problem. Many think bleeding gums is a sign they are brushing too hard; this is possible, but unlikely. It’s much more probable that irritated and bleeding gums are a sign of periodontal (gum) disease.

How common is this malady? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all  Americans over age 30 have mild, moderate or severe gum disease — and that number increases to 70.1 percent for those over 65! Periodontal disease can occur when a bacteria-rich biofilm in the mouth (also called plaque) is allowed to build up on tooth and gum surfaces. Plaque causes the gums to become inflamed, as the immune system responds to the bacteria. Eventually, this can cause gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, forming bacteria-filled “pockets” under the gum surface. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious infection, and even tooth loss.

What should you do if your gums bleed regularly when brushing or flossing? The first step is to come in for a thorough examination. In combination with a regular oral exam (and possibly x-rays or other diagnostic tests), a simple (and painless) instrument called a periodontal probe can be used to determine how far any periodontal disease may have progressed. Armed with this information, we can determine the most effective way to fight the battle against gum disease.

Above all, don’t wait too long to come in for an exam! As Dr. Stork notes, bleeding gums are “a sign that things aren’t quite right.”  If you would like more information about bleeding gums, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bleeding Gums.” You can read the entire interview with Dr. Travis Stork in Dear Doctor magazine.


When designing your new smile, we have a lot of options for changing how individual teeth look: from whitening discolored teeth to replacing missing teeth with life-like dental implants. But the problem may not be how your teeth look — in fact, individually they may look perfect. If they’re not straight, though, your smile won’t be as attractive as it could be.

We can address a poor bite (malocclusion) through the dental specialty of orthodontics. By moving misaligned teeth we may be able to transform your smile without any other dental work, or it could serve as a more solid foundation for other cosmetic enhancements. To find out if orthodontics can make a difference for you, you should begin with an initial visit to your general dentist. A thorough dental examination will enable them to tell you if correcting your bite could be a good option for you. If it is, they’ll most likely refer you to an orthodontist, a specialist in treating malocclusions.

The orthodontist will also perform an evaluation and get as complete a picture as possible of your particular bite problems. This examination will also include checking jaw growth and development in younger patients, how the affected teeth align with other teeth, and if your current bite is having any effect on the jaw joints. This will provide a good overview of not only the malocclusion but how it affects the rest of your mouth.

With this detailed analysis, they can then advise you on the best course of treatment. Most malocclusions can be corrected with braces or, increasingly, clear aligner trays. In certain situations, though, more specialized approaches may be needed, such as isolating only certain teeth for movement.

While orthodontic treatment takes time and can be expensive, the end result can be amazing: an improved bite that not only enhances your appearance but improves function and long-term health. Along with other cosmetic enhancements to your teeth and gums, orthodontics can give you a new sense of confidence in your smile.

If you would like more information on improving your smile with orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

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