Dr. Bradley Briggs, Scottsdale, Arizona Dentist

Phone: 480-948-7670

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Website: http://www.briggsfamilydentistry.com

Continuing the family tradition, Dr. Bradley Briggs, joined his father in 2004 following graduation as a Doctor of Dentistry from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Experienced in his own right, Dr. Briggs provides you with the highest quality family and cosmetic dentistry. Actively pursuing training in the newest dental innovations, Dr. Briggs is continually learning new techniques and technology ensuring you a comfortable, relaxing, and pain-free dental experience.

Community Service

Giving back to the community is an important part of Dr. Briggs’ commitment to community. Loma Linda University awarded him the International Service Award for his humanitarian efforts. The American Dental Association honored Dr. Briggs with an Award for Meritorious Service based on his work in Nicaragua and Mexico. He was part of a medical relief team in Oradea, Romanian. Dr. Briggs is delighted to be able to practice in Scottsdale, and is an active member of the community. For more on Dr. Briggs Click Here

Thursday
Jul182013

Non-Invasive Dental Procedure For Tongue Tied and Lip Tied Children, With Brad Briggs, Briggs Family Dentistry, Scottsdale, AZ

Tongue tie or lip tie is when the developing tongue or lip remains attached to other oral structures.  This can be diagnosed by a healthcare provider that is qualified or trained in tongue tied assessment.

Amey Clark, a board certified lactation consultant with Baby Moon Inn, says that many babies go undiagnosed, as this is not part of the newborn assessment at this point in time.  She says that it can be missed in the hospital, as it's not always seen, because a provider needs to look at the function of the tongue, not just the appearance.

Dr. Brad Briggs, dentist with Briggs Family Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona, says that while many children go undiagnosed, the benefits of getting diagnosed and doing a simple procedure to free the tongue or lip is very beneficial to patients, as so many thigns are affected in development beyond the nutritional component.  The palate is formed by the tongue and if the tongue is tied to the floor of the mouth, things like sleep apnea can occur later or teeth don't come in straight, says Dr. Briggs.

Clark says that the symptoms are with the newborn having difficulty breast feeding, the mom will report pain with breast feeding, the mom will feel a chomping or chewing sensation because the baby can't get the tongue out past the lip, milk leakage when the baby is feeding, the baby comes on and off because they can't keep a latch, which leads to a gassy and fussy baby.

If treatment is not sought out, this can lead to problems in adulthood, such as snoring and head and neck tension.  The treatment of choice for Dr. Briggs is a simple laser procedure, that results in little tissue damage.  Dr. Briggs says the treatment is so beneficial to both children and adults.

Dr. Briggs is a dentist with Briggs Family Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Amey Clark is a board certified lactation consultant with Baby Moon Inn.  Dr. Briggs and Amey Clark spoke with Dentist News Newtork, providing online, on-demand dental video content.

Sunday
Aug052012

Teeth Whitening, Featuring Dr. Bradley Briggs of Briggs Family Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona

Almost on a daily basis, Dr. Briggs's patients ask how they can get their teeth whiter, no matter what procedure they come into his office for.  As a dentist at Briggs Family Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dr. Briggs offers professional teeth whitening, which is the same product that's offered in stores.  The difference is in the higher percentage of bleaching products that a dentist can use, which is up to 37%, compared to about 20% for over the counter products.Source: en.wikipedia.org
Dr. Briggs says that for years, dentists were using lights to enhance the bleaching process, as lights and heat activated the product but had found this was causing increased teeth sensitivity.  The newer bleaching products have a chemical mix, so that no light or heat on the teeth are needed and dentists are getting very good results.  Teeth are getting white with less sensitivity because they're adding some buffers into the teeth so they're getting as sensitive afterwards.
Teeth bleaching is internally removing stains from the enamel of the teeth.  Dr. Briggs says that there's a lot of research showing that there is no damage to the enamel from teeth bleaching.  People at home can do bleaching with trays as much as they'd like without hurting their teeth.  Some patients even have their gums turn white with at-home bleaching and that's not damaging.  In fact, it can kill bacteria which can be helpful.
Dr. Briggs says that there is no precise answer as to how long a patient's teeth will remain white from bleaching, as everyone's teeth are different and everyone's diet is different.  Red wine and coffee can stain teeth and the density of everyone's teeth is different.  When a patient comes into his office, Dr. Briggs will do a one hour procedure using a high percentage of bleach and a patient will be sent home with trays and tubes of bleach for touch-ups.  Patients will do touch-ups at different periods to keep their teeth white and even weekly touch-ups are okay as it won't damage the enamel.
The advantage to having a dentist do the teeth bleaching is because they can use a higher percentage of bleach so the process happens faster.  With in-office bleaching, within one hour patients will get results that could take up to a week with over the counter products, Dr. Briggs says.
According to Dr. Briggs, bleaching does not work on materials used to restore teeth so if a patient has crowns, bridges or porcelain, the color cannot be changed.  He adds that patients often come in with whtie fillings or bonding composite materials and while that won't bleach, it is easy to replace.
Teeth bleaching is safe with kids in that it won't damage the enamel but as kids have larger pulp space, where the nerves and blood vessels are, they tend to have more sensitivity.  Dr. Briggs does not do teeth bleaching on baby teeth as those teeth are already lighter than the adult teeth that come in but on teenagers, there is increased sensitivity than adults because the pulp space hasn't fully formed.
Tetracycline staining is something inside the tooth and not a surface enamel defect.  Teeth whitening will lighten them, Briggs says, but the teeth will still have shades of gray or lines in the teeth that are internal and cannot be changed.
Dr. Briggs says a good time for teeth whitening is when you're already having something else done, like Invisalign, where you already have the trays that you're wearing for 24 hours a day.  The take home bleach is added to the tray, so as you're straightening you're teeth, you can lighten them at the same time.
Dr. Briggs feels the whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes are just a way of marketing the product, saying it can remove surface stains.  He adds that there is a difference in a product that actually bleaches the tooth or enamel, not just whitens.
Dr. Bradley Briggs is a family and cosmetic dentist with Briggs Family Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona and is a dental expert with Dentist News Network.
Friday
Aug192011

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) Can Be Treated: Dr. Bradley Briggs Scottsdale Arizona

Bruxism is the term that refers to an incessant grinding and clenching of the teeth, unintentionally, and at inappropriate times. Bruxers (persons with bruxism) are often unaware that they have developed this habit, and often do not know that treatment is available until damage to the mouth and teeth has been done. Damage caused by bruxism often includes the following symptoms. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • abraded teeth
  • facial pain
  • oversensitive teeth
  • tense facial and jaw muscles
  • headaches
  • dislocation of the jaw
  • damage to the tooth enamel, exposing the inside of the tooth (dentin)
  • a popping or clicking in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
  • tongue indentations
  • damage to the inside of the cheek
  • sleep apnea

The symptoms of bruxism may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Consult a dentist or your physician for a diagnosis.

Source: OSU Medical Center

 

Dr Bradley Briggs in Scottsdale Arizona says that bruxism is difficult to cure. However...a simple oral device can protect teeth and alleviate many symptoms.



Thursday
Jun232011

Scottsdale, Arizona Dentist Bradley Briggs on Painless Dentistry

The term “painless dentistry” is used often. Is it really painless? Dr. Bradley Briggs discusses different sedation options for patients.

Thursday
Jun232011

Scottsdale, Arizona Dentist Bradley Briggs on Nicaragua Dental Mission 

Dr Bradley Briggs and staff treat Nicaraguan coffee plantation workers and their families.

Nicaragua is second only to Haiti as one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. It is the least densely populated yet physically the largest in Central America. In the Americas only the Brazil Amazon rainforest is larger than Nicaragua’s rain forest; one-fifth of Nicaragua remains protected in national parks or biological reserves. The population, largely mestizo, is youthful with 40% of Nicaraguans under the age of 18.