Family dentistry allows the whole family to be treated by one dentist. The family dentist serves the same function as a general dentist. Children who are brought to the family dentist for regular check-ups and to watch while other family members are treated are freer to form a warm relationship with the members of the dental team.
For these young patients, teaching them to brush properly, to floss regularly and to eat healthy meals can help prevent the need for more serious treatment in the future. Older members of the family can build healthy habits, schedule regular teeth cleaning as well as check-ups to detect any problems with tooth decay or gum disease.
Comprehensive Dental Care at Parkview Dentistry means complete dental care and guidance from early childhood to elder tooth care. Dr. Verne Willard and his team teach younger patients about taking care of their new teeth with good brushing and flossing habits, flouride treatments, and healthy eating habits. Early cavity detection and correction is a primary part of early childhood and adolescent dental services.
If orthodontic work is needed, Dr Willard can refer his patient to an Orthodontic specialist for treatment, while making sure that other dental needs are still being taken care of. Professional teeth cleaning is necessary every six months for healthy teeth of all ages.
Dental veneers are custom-designed shells of tooth-like ceramic material that, can be applied to cover worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing and chips or cracks. Dental veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they create a bright, white smile with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth. Even better, the translucent ceramic quality of today’s veneers provides a more natural look than what’s been available in the past.
Regardless of what causes unattractive teeth, dental veneers may solve most or even all of your cosmetic dental issues, including:
- Worn enamel
- Wear and tear
- Uneven Teeth
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign (sometimes misspelled as Invisaline) clear tooth aligners are one of the more popular alternatives for those who find the idea of a mouthful of metal braces and brackets – though effective – too unattractive to commit to. If you are a candidate for Invisalign or other “invisible braces,” you don’t have to sacrifice your smile while straightening your teeth.
Introduced in 1999 by Align Technologies, Invisalign incorporates a series of invisible (clear) plastic aligners that fit comfortably over your teeth and are designed to move your teeth gradually into the desired position.
Today, Invisalign is a leading brand of orthodontic appliance, primarily because the removable aligners (less than one millimeter thick) are designed to be more esthetically pleasing than conventional wire-and-bracket dental braces for treating certain types of minor misaligned tooth problems.
In Fountain Hills, one of the most popular treatments in cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening. Whiter, brighter teeth look healthy and make you look healthy and happy! Universally valued by men and women alike, whitening treatments are available to satisfy every budget, time frame and temperament.
Whether in the form of one-hour whitening” sessions at your dentist’s office, or home-use “bleaching” kits purchased at your local drugstore, teeth whitening solutions abound. Yet only 15 percent of the population has tried the cosmetic procedure, and the general public is often misinformed about the procedure.
Emergency Dental Care
Emergency Dentistry covers a wide range of unexpected dental mishaps. Parkview Dentistry is happy to offer 24 hour emergency dental care.
Have you ever been on vacation and bit into a piece of bone or shell, chipping your tooth? Or perhaps, unfortunately, falling or having an accident that caused damage to your teeth or gums? Maybe one of your teeth just decided that this was the day to scream for care, causing your mouth to erupt in pain?
Maybe your child lost footing on a skateboard? Dental care cannot always be scheduled months in advance. When you need a dentist fast – Call Parkview Dentistry.
What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown, a cap for the tooth which is made of porcelain or metal, covers the tooth to improve its shape, size, strength, or to improve its appearance. If left on its own, the tooth usually is at some risk, with considerable damage that needs to be stopped to keep the tooth strong.
However, sometimes a healthy tooth needs to be crowned in order to adapt a dental appliance to it for stability. This is the case with partial dental plates and to replace missing single teeth by attaching a replacement tooth to the adjoining teeth. Crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies above the gum line.
Dental Restorations refers to a wide range of dental services starting with the simple filling. When a cavity is detected, either by the patient or during a routine examination by the dentist, several options are available for the filling, once the damaged part of the tooth is removed.
If the tooth is readily visible when the patient smiles or speaks, a tooth colored material is more desirable because it will blend with the rest of the tooth and with the neighboring teeth.
Direct restorations are fillings placed immediately into a prepared cavity in a single visit. They are composed of tooth colored glass ionomers, resin ionomers or some resin composite fillings. Dr. Willard prepares the tooth, places the filling and adjusts it during a single appointment.
Indirect dental restorations generally require two or more visits. They include inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns and bridges fabricated with gold, base metal alloys, ceramics or composites.
Full Mouth Restorations
Full mouth reconstruction, full mouth rehabilitation and full mouth restoration are terms often used interchangeably to describe the process of rebuilding or simultaneously restoring all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws.
Full mouth reconstruction typically involves general or restorative dentists (performing procedures like crowns, bridges and veneers), and can incorporate dental specialists like periodontists (specializing in the gums), oral surgeons, orthodontists (specializing in tooth movements and positions) and endodontists (specializing in the tooth pulp).
The need for full mouth reconstruction may result from:
- Teeth that have been lost due to decay or trauma.
- Teeth that have been injured or fractured.
- Teeth that have become severely worn as a result of long-term acid erosion (foods, beverages, acid reflux) or tooth grinding.
- Ongoing complaints of jaw, muscle and headache pain requiring adjustments to the bite (occlusion).
What is Neuromuscular Dentistry?
Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on the correction of jaw misalignment to determine the optimal position of the jaw in order to correct misalignment and adjust how the upper and lower teeth come together (occlusion).
By realigning the jaw joint through the use of cosmetic dental restorations, tooth recontouring (equilibration) or orthodontics, stress can be relieved from the jaw muscles and can eliminate painful symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD).
What differentiates neuromuscular dentistry from other theories of occlusion that may guide dental treatment is its emphasis on gravity as determining the bite, as well as where the jaw muscles are most relaxed.