Facts on Periodontal Disease | My Scottsdale Dentist

Facts on Periodontal Disease | My Scottsdale Dentist

What is Periodontal Disease? 

Periodontal Disease is the more advanced stages of gingivitis or gum disease.

Gingivitis is caused by bacteria in plaque build-up. The bacterium causes the gums to become inflamed and bleed during tooth brushing. During this phase, the gums may bleed but the teeth themselves are not affected and no serious irreversible bone damage has been done.

If left untreated, gingivitis will progress into periodontal disease. When the disease get's to this point, the inner layers of the gum and bones begin to separate from the connective tissue that secures the teeth in place leaving small pockets. These small spaces collect debris and become infected. The body will fight the infection as the plaque spreads below the gum line.

Toxins or poisons -- produced by the bacteria in plaque as well as the body's "good" enzymes involved in fighting infections -- start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. When this happens, teeth are no longer anchored in place, they become loose, and tooth loss occurs. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

Plaque is the primary cause of periodontal disease. However, other factors can contribute to periodontal disease. These include:

  • Hormonal changes, such as those occurring during pregnancy, puberty, menopause, and monthly menstruation, make gums more sensitive, which makes it easier for gingivitis to develop.
  • Illnesses may affect the condition of your gums. This includes diseases such as cancer or HIV that interfere with the immune system. Because diabetes affects the body's ability to use blood sugar, patients with this disease are at higher risk of developing infections, including periodontal disease and cavities.
  • Medications can affect oral health, because some lessen the flow of saliva, which has a protective effect on teeth and gums. Some drugs, such as the anticonvulsant medication Dilantin and the anti-angina drug Procardia and Adalat, can cause abnormal growth of gum tissue.
  • Bad habits such as smoking make it harder for gum tissue to repair itself.
  • Poor oral hygiene habits such as not brushing and flossing on a daily basis, make it easier for gingivitis to develop.
  • Family history of dental disease can be a contributing factor for the development of gingivitis.

What Are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?

Gum disease may progress painlessly, producing few obvious signs, even in the late stages of the disease. Although the symptoms of periodontal disease often are subtle, the condition is not entirely without warning signs. Certain symptoms may point to some form of the disease. The symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Changes in the way teeth fit together upon biting down, or in the fit of partial dentures.

Even if you don't notice any symptoms, you may still have some degree of gum disease. In some people, gum disease may affect only certain teeth, such as the molars. Dr. Steve Poulos of My Scottsdale Family Dentist can recognize and determine the progression of gum disease.

How Does My Scottsdale Dentist Diagnose Gum Disease?

During a dental exam, Dr. Steve Poulos typically checks for these things:

  • Gum bleeding, swelling, firmness, and pocket depth (the space between the gum and tooth; the larger and deeper the pocket, the more severe the disease)
  • Teeth movement and sensitivity and proper teeth alignment
  • Your jawbone, to help detect the breakdown of bone surrounding your teeth

How Is Periodontal Disease Treated? 

The goals of gum disease treatment are to promote reattachment of healthy gums to teeth; reduce swelling, the depth of pockets, and the risk of infection; and to stop disease progression. Treatment options depend on the stage of disease, how you may have responded to earlier treatments, and your overall health. Options range from nonsurgical therapies that control bacterial growth to surgery to restore supportive tissues. A full description of the various treatment options is provided in Gum Disease Treatments.

How Can Periodontal Disease Be Prevented?

Gum disease can be reversed in nearly all cases when proper plaque control is practiced. Proper plaque control consists of professional cleanings at least twice a year and daily brushing and flossing. Brushing eliminates plaque from the surfaces of the teeth that can be reached; flossing removes food particles and plaque from in between the teeth and under the gum line. Antibacterial mouth rinses can reduce bacteria that cause plaque and gum disease, according to the American Dental Association.

Other health and lifestyle changes that will decrease the risk, severity, and speed of gum disease development include:

  • Stop smoking. Tobacco use is a significant risk factor for development of periodontitis. Smokers are seven times more likely to get gum disease than nonsmokers, and smoking can lower the chances of success of some treatments.
  • Reduce stress . Stress may make it difficult for your body's immune system to fight off infection.
  • Maintain a well-balanced diet. Proper nutrition helps your immune system fight infection. Eating foods with antioxidant properties -- for example, those containing vitamin E (vegetable oils, nuts, green leafy vegetables) and vitamin C (citrus fruits, broccoli, potatoes) -- can help your body repair damaged tissue.
  • Avoid clenching and grinding your teeth. These actions may put excess force on the supporting tissues of the teeth and could increase the rate at which these tissues are destroyed.

Despite following good oral hygiene practices and making other healthy lifestyle choices, the American Academy of Periodontology says that up to 30% of Americans may be genetically susceptible to gum disease. And those who are genetically predisposed may be up to six times more likely to develop some form of gum disease. If anyone in your family has gum disease, it may mean that you are at greater risk, as well. If you are more susceptible to gum disease, Dr. Steve Poulos of My Scottsdale Dentist may recommend more frequent check-ups, cleanings, and treatments to better manage the condition.

Post Date: January 20, 2014

Deciding on Veneers Scottsdale

What are Veneers Scottsdale (h2) Sometimes when a person in Scottsdale has teeth are chipped and/or damaged, a dentist has options to help make that smile whole again. The same applies if you have small, unsightly gaps between your teeth, or if your teeth are severely stained or discolored. These options include veneers Scottsdale. Many people have decided on this option with much satisfaction. My Scottsdale Dentist and Dr. Steve Poulos are experts at cosmetic dentistry including the use of veneers. Dental veneers Scottsdale are actually caps or covers that fit over your regular teeth. Some are made of dental porcelain and others are made from natural colored composite material. They are thin and can be fitted over broken or damaged teeth to recreate a beautiful smile. They are put in place with a very strong glue-like resin. They look and act like regular teeth. Veneers Scottsdale can help rectify many different issues that people have with their smiles. Not only can they help restore the look of broken and chipped teeth, they can also help with unsightly gaps between teeth. This can eliminate the need for orthodontic treatment. In addition, getting veneers can help you if you have severe discoloration of your teeth. In most cases, teeth bleaching may be recommended. However, in severe cases of discoloration, veneers may be your better option. Sometimes there are other options available to you besides veneers. Crowns are often placed over teeth to help restore the tooth to its natural state. However, crowns are most often used to repair damage incurred due to dental fillings and root canals. Veneers are a more popular choice when it comes to repairing multiple front teeth. While veneers Scottsdale are a great solution to many different dental problems, they have to be cared for as diligently as your regular teeth. If veneers break or chip, they can be quickly repaired or replaced by your dentist. He will tell you how long you can expect your veneers to last. Contact My Scottsdale Dentist today at 480-614-1122 to schedule a consultation to learn if Veneers are a good option for you. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Post Date: January 24, 2013

Emergency Dentist Scottsdale

Emergency Dentist Scottsdale

Dental emergencies are not something most people think about until they actually happen. When they do, finding an Emergency Dentist Scottsdale is extremely important in getting the best treatment.

My Scottsdale Dentist and Dr. Steve Poulos are one of the best Emergency Dentist Scottsdale. They have been providing emergency dental care to families in the Scottsdale area for over 20 years.

Dental emergencies can strike at anytime. They include everything from damage to teeth from an accident to root canal pain and infection.

Damaged Teeth

When a tooth or teeth are damaged, knocked out or cracked, it's important to seek treatment as soon as possible for make sure you have the best chance at saving the tooth. When trauma like this happens, there are a few steps you can take to help increase your chances of keeping the natural tooth.

1.Handle the tooth very carefully so that you don't further damage the tooth. The goal is to attempt to re-implant the tooth so it must be protected. Only touch the crown of the tooth and avoid the roots.

2.If needed, rinse the tooth gentle to remove dirt and debris only if necessary. Don't scrub the tooth or use alcohol.

3.Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean out any debris.

4.Reinsert the tooth into its original socket if possible and then bite down on a gauze pad to hold it in place.

5.If you cannot reinsert the tooth or you have tooth fragments, store them in milk to keep them from drying out.

6.Control bleeding with a gauze pad and use a cold compress to treat swelling.

7.Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain.

It's important to seek treatment as soon as possible when you have a damaged tooth. You can call My Scottsdale Dentist at 480-614-1122 for all dental emergencies.

Emergency dental care is not just for damaged teeth. Dental pain can be difficult to deal with. It usually stems from a variety of issues including:

Particles of food stuck in a cavity

A lose a filling or a crown

Debris lodged under the gum.

Infected tooth or gums (abbess)

When dealing with dental pain, contact My Scottsdale Dentist as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

Post Date: December 14, 2012

Dental Implants Scottsdale, AZ

Dental Implants Scottsdale, AZ

One of the greatest advances in dentistry today is the development of dental implants Scottsdale, AZ.They provide a permanent solution to tooth loss that goes beyond the advantages dentures can offer.

Along with all the advantages of dental implants Scottsdale, AZ, there are some major disadvantages that need to be considered when talking about dental implants.

Dental implants Scottsdale, AZ failure is the biggest issue. There is not a single cause for dental implant failure. When an implant does fail, it can be extremely difficult for the patient.  To avoid failure, it's important to understand the common causes of dental implants Scottsdale, AZ failure and to choose a highly experienced dentist like Dr. Steve Poulus at My Scottsdale Dentist in Scottsdale, AZ to do your procedure.

Here is a list of the most common causes for Scottsdale, AZ dental implant failure:

1. Poorly diagnosed Jawbone & Improper Positioning of the Socket

In order to ensure that the dental implant does not fail, the patient needs to have proper bone depth and mass. A patient with a thin jaw bone is not a good candidate for dental implants Scottsdale, AZ. A thin jaw lacks the strength and mass to allow the implant to be placed properly. It is not able to hold the implant in place for any length of time.

To properly diagnose the jawbone's status, Dr. Steve Poulos does a series of x-rays and scans to allow him to judge the bone mass, the depth at which the implant can be placed and the correct position to make the socket. If the dental implants Scottsdale, AZ is placed too close to neighboring teeth or is placed in a manner that affects the nearby nerves and blood vessels, it can cause major issues.

2. Failure of the Osseointegration Process

Osseointegration is the process of attachment of the implant to the jawbone. Once the dental implant Scottsdale, AZ is placed, the bone begins to build new bone around the implant. When this process is disrupted or does not happen correctly, a gap can develop between the bone and the implant.  Some of the reasons that this bone development process can be altered in an negative way are: improper or loose positioning of the implant that creates a gap between the implant and the surrounding bone, the use of insufficient amount of bone grafting substance and pressure (due to lateral loading, immediate loading, overloading, uneven loading, biting and chewing).

3. Poor Quality of the Jaw Bone

For a patient to be a good candidate for dental implants in Scottsdale, AZ, they should have a strong jawbone with good mass. If the jawbone does not meet these qualifications, it will take longer to heal or it can fail completely. The weak jawbone takes much longer to develop new bone around the implant and when it is developed, it is often times much too weak to hold the implant.

4. Infection of the Implanted Area

Infection is the enemy of all procedures and especially for dental implants Scottsdale, AZ. If any portion of the implanted area of the jaw becomes infected, the implant will loosen. An infection will prevent the formation of new bone which is critical in securing the new dental implant in place. An infection will lead to implant failure in most cases if it is not controlled immediately. An infection can develop due to the bacteria which live in the mouth especially between the teeth and at the gum. It can also come from an implant that was not properly sterilized or if the bone is not disinfected before placement. An infection of the implant can also damage the inferior alveolar nerve and blood vessels that lie below the implant.

5. Poor Quality of the Implant

There is a difference in dental implants Scottsdale, AZ.  In this instance you get what you pay for. Be wary of inexpensive dental implants. A poor quality dental implant can come with many risks including breaking and fragment into pieces. When an implant breaks it must be removed immediately or it can lead to an infection.

6. The Health Factors

The overall health of a dental patient considering dental implants Scottsdale, AZ must be taken seriously as it can affect the outcome of the procedure.  Patients should not have a history of diabetes, vitamin deficiency which weakens the bones. They should also be free from infections of the gums. Patients should also grind their teeth, or smoke as smoking effects the healing process.

While these are the main causes of dental implants Scottsdale, AZ failure, there are others. It's important to choose a dentist that is experienced in this procedure like Dr. Steve Poulos of My Scottsdale Dentist.You can call the office at 480-614-1122 if you are interested in learning more about dental implants.

Post Date: December 13, 2012

Sedation Dentist Scottsdale

Sedation Dentist Scottsdale

One of the most frightening thing to kids and adults alike is a trip to the dentist but dentistry is not what it used to be. If you suffer from dental fears, you should look for a sedation dentist Scottsdale.

Dr. Steve Poulos of My Scottsdale Dentist sees patients on a daily basis with a wide array of fears. Some go way back from childhood and include memories of bad dental treatments.

It's estimated that upwards of 15% of the US population suffer from dental fears of some kind and for many that fall into this category, their fear is so intense that they just don't go the dentist ever.

Patients who avoid dental treatments all together due to anxiety and fear end up with serious dental health issues. Finding a sedation dentist Scottsdale, like Dr. Steve Poulos at My Scottsdale Dentist is the key to overcoming dental fears and restoring dental health.

A sedation dentist Scottsdale is trained in the various ways to use sedatives and other medical ways to ease a patient's emotional discomfort. Some of the options include:

Oral Sedatives:

A sedation dentist Scottsdale will use a variety of sedation medications such as tranquillizers, depressants, anti-anxiety medications, laughing gas, etc. This has become the most commonly used form of sedation for patient s with sever dental phobias.

Oral sedation relaxes the patent allowing them to be more comfortable yet still awake and aware during the dental procedures. They take the edge of the patient making the overall experience less stressful.

IV Sedation:

In some extremely severe cases, a sedation dentist Scottsdale will use IV sedation.This type of sedation is not only safe but also very effective but it must be administered by a trained medical professional. IV sedation puts the dental patient into a state of deep relaxation.IV sedation produces either partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for the period of time that the patient is under.

For patients suffering from dental phobias, finding a sedation dentist Scottsdale is a life changing experience. My Scottsdale Dentist offers complete sedation dentistry services.

If you have been avoiding a trip to the dentist out of fear, give My Scottsdale Dentist a call and schedule a consultation to discuss how a sedation dentist Scottsdale can help you regain your dental health.

Post Date: December 11, 2012

Emergency Dental Care Scottsdale

Emergency Dental Care Scottsdale

It may take months or years neglecting your dental health for cavities and gum disease to develop but there are times when pain or sensitivity in your teeth can come on suddenly requiring immediate emergency dental care in Scottsdale.

Most people are unsure when a dental problem is an emergency and what action to take. In fact, most Americans are unprepared to handle a dental health emergency, according to a survey of 1,000 participants.

Do you need Emergency Dental Care Scottsdale?

This article offers some great information on what to do when you need emergency dental care in Scottsdale.

Lip or tongue bite with excessive bleeding. If you accidentally bite your lip, tongue, or other soft tissue in your mouth, clean the area and apply a cold compress to decrease swelling. If the bleeding is severe, or will not stop, go to the emergency room.

Broken or cracked tooth. In the case of a broken or cracked tooth, call My Scottsdale Dentist and Dr. Steve Poulos immediately. Until you can get My Scottsdale Dentist, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress outside the affected area. A cracked or broken tooth can be series and requires emergency dental care in Scottsdale.

Damaged braces. If your braces become damaged, call My Scottsdale Dentist right away. Some instances of damaged braces need to be fixed immediately; others can wait until your next appointment.

Injury to your jaw. This sort of injury requires emergency dental care in Scottsdale. If you suspect you may have broken your jaw, apply a cold compress to the area and immediately go call My Scottsdale Dentist. They will advise you whether to come to the office or go to the emergency room.

Loose tooth. You will definitely need emergency dental care in Scottsdale if one of your teeth is partially dislodged. Call Dr. Steve Poulos at My Scottsdale Dentist right away. There is a chance that your tooth can be saved so time is of the essence here. Until you can get to My Scottsdale Dentist, take an over-the-counter pain reliever and apply a cold compress to the affected area to relieve pain.

Tooth that has been knocked out. Without a doubt, this sort of injury will require emergency dental care in Scottsdale. Grasp your lost tooth by the crown and rinse its root if it is dirty, avoiding scrubbing the tooth or removing pieces of tissue that may be attached. You can attempt to reinsert the tooth into its socket in your mouth, but if that doesn't work, you'll need to see see Dr. Steve Poulos of My Scottsdale Dentist in Scottsdale.. The American Dental Association recommends placing the tooth in milk, which acts as a preservative until you can get to a professional.

Lost filling or crown. When one of your fillings or crowns falls out, put the filling or crown in a safe place and call My Scottsdale Dentist to make an appointment. Applying clove oil to the sensitive areas in your mouth and dental cement from the drug store on your tooth's surface can help decrease sensitivity, but check with your dentist before doing these things.

Object lodged between your teeth. If something gets stuck between your teeth, try to gently remove it with dental floss. If the object still won't come out, call My Scottsdale Dentsit. Depending on the situation, Dr. Poulos may want to see you right away.

Painful swelling. Call My Scottsdale Dentist for emergency dental care in Scottsdale and schedule an appointment if you have painful swelling in your mouth, as you may have an abscess, an infected pocket of pus that can lead to a serious systemic infection. Until you can see Dr. Poulos, try rinsing your mouth with saltwater to relieve the pain and pressure.

Pericoronitis. This is an infection that occurs when your wisdom teeth don't come into your mouth properly. If you experience symptoms of pericoronitis, which may include swollen and irritated gums, a bad taste in your mouth, or bad breath, or you are not able to fully open your mouth, see Dr. Steve Poulos as soon as you can.

Sudden or severe toothache. If your tooth is aching, rinse out your mouth with warm water and gently floss around the tooth to make sure there is nothing lodged between your teeth. Call you are my Scottsdale Dentist if your toothache does not go away.

Some dental emergencies in Scottsdale can lead to life-threatening infections or permanent damage if not treated rapidly, so if you're in doubt, always call you are My Scottsdale Dentist at 480-614-1122. The earlier you seek treatment for a dental problem, the better your chances are for a full recovery and continued dental health.

Post Date: November 7, 2012

Invisalign not your mothers braces!

Invisalign is the modern way to achieve straight teeth and this nifty little tool is only getting better! In the old days if you wanted your teeth straightened, you went to your orthodontist and had something that looked like a mid-evil torture device placed on your teeth.  You then had to return to the Orthodontist regularly to get your wire braced tightened every so often (again like a mid-evil torture device!!!) until your teeth moved into the correct position.

Welcome the dawn of the golden age of orthodontics!

Invisalign has been around since 1999 and has grown in to a cutting edge dental treatment with multiple options to meet the needs of orthodontic patients ever where. My Scottsdale Dentist and Dr. Steven Poulos have been using Invisalign as a treatment option for quite some time.  Dr. Poulos finds that more often than not, a patient in need of orthodontic treatment can be treated effectively with Invisalign.

Invisalign Options 

My Scottsdale Dentist in Scottsdale, AZ uses the full range of Invisalign treatments: Invisalign Full the foundation of the Invisalign protocol, straightens teeth with a series of removable, invisible aligners that support a wide variety of treatment options. Invisalign Teen a treatment that provides all the features of Invisalign Full, plus additional features that target the unique needs of non-adult orthodontic patients. Invisalign Assist a turn-key option that provides Dentists with additional clinical support throughout the treatment process including case selection and treatment planning assistance. Invisalign Express 10 and Invisalign Lite is a less expensive option for less complicated cases such as minor crowding, spacing and as a pre-treatment to more complex cosmetic treatments. Invisalign Express 5 is another less expensive option for very minor crowding and spacing. Vivera Retainers clear plastic retainers used for post-treatment retention. My Scottsdale Dentist and Dr. Steve Poulos are experts at treating orthodontic cases using Invisalign as the gold standard of treatment. Dr. Poulos feels that almost every case can be successfully treated using these more advanced cutting edge braces. My Scottsdale Dentist in Scottsdale, AZ looks forward to a day when no one has to wear those mid-evil metal dental appliances to achieve a beautiful straight smile! To find out how you can get started with your Invisalign treatment, contact us today at 480-614-1122 or visit our website at www.myscottsdaledentist.com.

Post Date: October 24, 2012

Dental Tips for Halloween from My Scottsdale Dentist

It's almost Halloween! Costume stores are springing up, yards are decorated with ghoulish décor, and our day of sweet indulgence without guilt is almost here. Everywhere you look, there's your favorite candy or chocolate wrapped in scary yet appealing packaging. What! It's Halloween. Well, to all the sweet tooth Halloween lovers -both adults and kids- here are some practical tips from My Scottsdale Dentist who shares your love for all things sweet.
  1. Sort the candy. When you are raiding your five-year-old's candy bag at 2 in the morning, separate the stack into two parts. Place the taffy, the caramels, the gummy bears, anything that is sticky, chewy or sour into the first pile. All of the other candy goes into the second pile.
  2. Avoid the first pile. Dental cavities have a proven cause-and-effect relationship with extended exposure to sugary or sour substances. Oral bacteria thrives in this environment and converts these substances to acid that can, in turn, lead to cavities.
  3. Watch your family's consumption of these sweet treats during this season. A great tip is to leave the candy wrappers in a visible area so that you remember how many of these ghoulish confections you've eaten.
  4. Chew sugar-free gum to help you ration your sweet intake. Ingredients like Xylitol and Sorbitol, low calorie sweeteners found in some gum, can actually be beneficial to your oral health. Research has shown that these sweeteners starve destructive bacteria, allowing your mouth to replenish minerals to your teeth. Get advice from your Dentist on the frequency and amount recommended.
  5. Dr. Steve Poulos recommends talking to your kids about oral health. This is a great time to reinforce the twice-a-day brushing routine and the daily 'oh-so-dreaded flossing' regime. Always remember, children will mostly do as they see. The most ideal scenario would be to brush after the consumption of candy. If that's not possible, then encourage your child to eat the candy within a few minutes instead of snacking throughout the day, and then wash away some of the sugar by drinking a glass of water. And remember, Halloween is a great time to call My Scottsdale Dentist at 480-614-1122 and get the family scheduled for a check-up!
In the words of Robert Louis Stevenson, "There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner; that in the dinner, the sweets come last." Enjoy the sweets in moderation and have fun this Halloween!

Post Date: October 15, 2012


One of the easiest ways to improve the look of your smile is through veneers. My Scottsdale Dentist specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry using veneers as a way to correct minor flaws in your teeth including the shape and color. A veneer is an ultra thin piece of porcelain that is created from a mold of your teeth and are an excellent alternative to crowns in many situations. They provide a much more conservative approach to changing a tooth's color, size or shape. Veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline and damage due to an injury or as a result of a root-canal procedure. They are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider veneers. Generally, veneers will last for many years, and the technique has shown remarkable longevity when properly performed. What happens during the procedure? Patients may need up to three appointments for the entire procedure: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation and bonding. It's critical that you take an active role in the smile design. Spend time in the planning of your new smile with Dr. Poulos of My Scottsdale Dentist. Understand the corrective limitations of the procedure. To prepare the teeth for the veneers, Dr. Poulos will lightly buff your teeth to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. Composite resin veneers are generally done in one appointment. After the tooth is prepared, the dentist carefully bonds and sculpts the composite material onto your teeth. For ceramic veneers, a mold is taken of the teeth, which is sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers. This may take several days. If the teeth are too unsightly, a temporary veneer can be placed, at an additional cost. When your ceramic veneers are ready, Dr. Poulos of My Scottsdale Dentist will  place each veneer on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, view the results, and pay particular attention to the color. At this point, the color of the veneers can still be adjusted with the shade of the cement to be used. The color cannot be altered after veneers are cemented. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a light beam hardens the cement. For about a week or two, you will go through a period of adjustment as you get used to your "new" teeth that have changed in size and shape. Brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, Dr. Poulos will ask you to return for a follow-up appointment. For more information and to get started with your new smile, call us today at My Scottsdale Dentist at 480-614-1122.

Post Date: October 12, 2012