overview

Overview

TECHNOLOGY

Caries Detection – A major detection in caries diagnosis is the Diagnodent Instrument! A pen-like probe emits a harmless laser light that reaches where your brush or our exploring instrument cannot, the bottom of the grooves on the chewing surfaces of your teeth. The Diagnodent can tell us if there is hidden decay at these depths. We now can detect and treat dental disease early and with the least expense to you!

Radiographs / X rays – We use innovative, high quality dental images to diagnose disease early and accurately! The Dexis System is a highly awarded digital radiographic technology. More importantly, our patients benefit from minimal radiation exposure, less discomfort during treatment, shorter appointments, and better understanding of treatment recommendations.

DEXIS RADIOGRAPHIC SYSTEM

Dental Photography - You can now see what the doctor sees! Our IntraOral Camera, DexCam, allows us to take color pictures of specific areas in your mouth, up close and in detail. This is a great aid in helping patients understand the need for treatment and give them an opportunity to ask questions.

PATIENT COMFORT

Nitrous Oxide – You are not alone if you suffer from dental anxiety. We endeavor to aid our patients to be at ease and offer this well-established form of sedation. This anesthetic is in the form of a gas that is breathed in through the nose using a mask that fits snugly over the nose. Nitrogen and oxygen are mixed in a certain ratio to relax the patient and raise their pain threshold. The patient is still able to communicate with us during the procedure. We will monitor you throughout the procedure making sure that physical signs indicate normal reaction to the sedative.

Noise Control - Never liked the sound of the dental drill? We offer our patients music with headphones that are available for use during your appointment. We have a range of music to suit most musical tastes or bring your own. We allow you to wear your own ear buds attached to the electronic device of your choice.

Temperature Control – A dental office is usually comfortable for most patients. But sometimes it may feel cold, especially for the elderly. Blankets are available to help warm you up and make you feel more comfortable during treatment. These are sanitized between patients. So tell us if you are cold and we will take care of you!

DENTAL APPLIANCES

Custom Biteguard/ Mouthguard – Superior to stock mouthguards that you'll find at a sporting goods store or online. Our custom guards are more comfortable. They will stay in place, last longer, and fit better. Counteract the affects of stress on your teeth! Grinding and clenching teeth is very common today. Without preventive treatment like this, 80% of Americans suffer the consequences in the way of enamel loss, cracks, injury or death to tooth nerves, and damage to jaw joints. A quick 15 minute appointment for impression(s) and return in a few days for your custom guard! This is an easy way to protect your teeth and save the expense of further treatment. We also offer PLAYSAFE MOUTHGUARDS for sports protection! They give up to 5 layers of plastic protection and come in a wide range of colors. Great for team sports players!

Snore Prevention Appliance – Husbands and/or wives, take heart! When you've tried everything from losing weight to using nasal strips and still snore, a Snore Prevention Appliance may be the answer for you! Silent Nite is a device found to be 85% effective at eliminating snoring. The device is comprised of 2 plastic trays; one covers the upper jaw, and one covers the lower jaw. Attached by special connectors that gently position your lower jaw slightly forward, they keep your airway open and prevent soft tissue vibrations which cause snoring. A questionnaire aids in customizing your appliance. Two appointments, one week apart, and a better night's rest is yours!

SMOKING CESSATION REFERRAL PROGRAM

Have you or a loved one tried unsuccessfully to quit smoking or chewing tobacco? Don't be discouraged, you are not alone…

IT TAKES MOST SUCCESSFUL QUITTERS UP TO 7 ATTEMPTS.

But there is help…. through TOBACCO FREEWAYS!

SEE WHERE YOUR TOBACCO TAXES GO! THIS PROGRAM BY THE PIMA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS HELPED MANY PATIENTS QUIT SMOKING AND MOVE ON TO HEALTHIER LIVES.

This program offers smoking cessation classes in locations throughout Tucson. A Doctor's referral is needed. Call us and take advantage of this service. We can help you meet your goals!

Classes are available in Spanish.

FIRST AID FOR INJURIES INVOLVING THE MOUTH OR FACE

Accidents happen. Here are some first aid tips you can turn to immediately for help before you go to the dentist:

Knocked-out tooth: Handle the tooth by the crown-The large end that you see when you smile-and not the pointy end, which is the toot. Rinse, do not scrub, the root under cool running water. If it is an adult tooth, gently try to reinsert the root into the socket (do not try to reinsert a baby tooth). If it cannot be reinserted, put the tooth in a container with milk, salvia, or cool salt water. Emergency tooth preservation kits also can be used. Take the tooth and go to the dentist as soon as possible.

Broken or cracked tooth: Put any pieces of the tooth in wet gauze or a wet towel. Place a cold pack or cloth over the injured area if there is bleeding or swelling. Go to the dentist, bringing any broken pieces of tooth with you.

Bitten tongue or lip:Clean the area gently with a wet cloth. Hold something cold, like an ice pack, against it to keep the swelling down. See your dentist or go to the emergency department if the bleeding will not stop or is severe.

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