Monday
Oct152012

What is a General Dentist, Featuring Dr. Ted Byers of Flagstaff Dental in Flagstaff and Sedona, Arizona

A general dentist is where someone will go if they have a toothache or need to get their teeth cleaned.  Dr. Ted Byers of Flagstaff Dental in Flagstaff and Sedona, Arizona says that a general dentist is like a "quarterback of all the seven specialties of dentistry and is the first point of contact."

Usually, a dentist will have a dental hygienist to clean a patient's teeth but will do fillings, oral surgery, root canals and crown and bridge work.  Dr. Byers says that general dentists typically like a variety of work and that is why he chose general dentistry.  He enjoys oral surgery and implants the most, being somewhat of a "computer geek," and gets to use the cad cam technology in his office when making implants for his patients.

To find a general dentist that's right for you, Dr. Byers says it is best to ask for a referral from someone else who has had positive experience, such as if the office was clean and if the staff was friendly.  As patients really don't have an idea of what good dentistry is, Dr. Byers says they judge dentistry not necessarily on things that are dental-related.

Dr. Ted Byers is a dentist in Flagstaff and Sedona, Arizona with Flagstaff Dental.  He is also a leading dental expert with the Arizona Dental Directory, part of the Dentist News Network.

Monday
Oct152012

Maintaining a Healthy Smile, with Dr. Ted Byers, Dentist in Flagstaff and Sedona, Arizona

To maintain your smile for a lifetime, Dr. Ted Byers, who sees patients in Flagstaff and Sedona, Arizona, says you need to visit your dentist on a regular basis.  In his own practice, at Flagstaff Dental, he often sees big time lapses in between visits for patients.  These patients can end up with a whole new series of problems that could have been prevented had they seen their dentist on a more regular basis.

Dr. Byers suggests asking your own dentist for their recommendation on frequency of visits.  He says that the best maintained smiles are the ones monitored by a dental team as well as the patient at home.  If something pops us at home, don't feel guilty or ashamed if you haven't been seen in a while.  "A good dentist will be happy to see you and get you back on track," he says.

Dr. Ted Byers is a dentist in Flagstaff and Sedona, Arizona with Flagstaff Dental.  He is also a leading dental expert with the Arizona Dental Directory, part of the Dentist News Network.

Monday
Aug202012

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
May182012

Implant Treatments After Root Canal Featuring Dr. Glen Doyon, Endodontist in Scottsdale, Arizona

Root Canal/Implant Treatments Scottsdale Arizona Endodontist Dr. Glen Doyon from Sequence Media on Vimeo.

Dr. Glen Doyon, of the Center for Microsurgical Endodontics in Scottsdale, Arizona talks about how far dentistry has come by the advent of teeth implants. When a patient undergoes root canal, sometimes saving a tooth is not an option, as either the tooth has been knocked out or is too badly damaged from trauma or decay. There is now a fallback position of a dental implant when a tooth needs to be removed. While each patient differs, a crown can be placed the same day and time of the root canal or because of the bone quality, time must be spent letting the bone heal and then a crown is placed some time thereafter. Dentistry has come a long way in that dental implants can restore a smile and replace a tooth, almost as good as new.

Dr. Doyon is a leading expert and a member of the Arizona Dental Directory. Visit Dr. Doyon’s website for more information at www.cmsendo.com and www.dentistnewsnetwork.com.

Friday
May182012

What is the Purpose of Root Canal Treatment - Featuring Dr. Glen Doyon, Endodontist in Scottsdale Arizona 

What is the Purpose of Root Canal Treatment? Scottsdale Arizona Endodontist Dr. Glen Doyon from Sequence Media on Vimeo.

Center for Microsurgical Endodontics Scottsdale Arizona Dr Glen Doyon from Sequence Media on Vimeo.

 

Dr. Glen Doyon, of the Center for Microsurgical Endodontics in Scottsdale, Arizona describes the root canal procedure as the first treatment option for a damaged tooth. As blood vessels and nerves have no function after a tooth is made, there are times when this does cause a problem and when it does, the inside of the tooth needs to be cleaned out of damaged tissue. Root canal is the preferred treatment, as saving the tooth is always best. Sometimes, however, a tooth implant is a better option when the tooth cannot be saved. Dr. Doyon performs both procedures and in doing so, confidently makes the appropriate determination as to course of treatment for the patient.

Dr. Doyon is a leading expert and a member of the Arizona Dental Directory. Visit his website for more information at www.cmsendo.com and www.dentistnewsnetwork.com.