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Teeth in a Day in Phoenix

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Tooth decay, congenital dental problems, or even facial trauma can leave people with damaged teeth and disfigured smiles, putting patients in a precarious situation. Oftentimes, patients wonder if they should opt for traditional dentures or partial bridges, or if they should invest in dental implants, a procedure that can take months to complete. Fortunately, modern dental technology has offered a solution: teeth in a day, which we offer to patients all over Phoenix.

What Are Teeth In A Day?

As a certified periodontist, Dr. Trujillo has years of experience caring for patients with the most extreme dental issues. In addition to restoring their smiles by removing decay and stopping gum disease in its tracks, Dr. Trujillo has also placed thousands of dental implants over the years and helped his patients to achieve the smile of their dreams. However, unlike traditional dental implants, which are typically placed in the space where a tooth has been missing, teeth in a day is a procedure that involves removing damaged, discolored, or crooked teeth and then placing the implant into the socket immediately.

After a careful medical exam that includes 3D images of your teeth, gums, and underlying bone tissue, Dr. Trujillo will talk with you about your candidacy for the teeth in a day procedure. If you are a candidate, the procedure will be scheduled. To create your new smile, Dr. Trujillo will use the renderings of your teeth and molds taken of your mouth to send to the dental lab where your teeth will be fabricated. When your final crowns and implants are ready, you will be able to come in for the procedure. During the surgery, your entire mouth will be completely numbed using a powerful local anesthetic. Dr. Trujillo is also certified to offer other forms of sedation during your procedure to keep you comfortable.

Benefits of Teeth In A Day

The teeth in a day procedure has multiple benefits, but the biggest reason most patients opt for the procedure is to avoid the months of waiting that are typically required during normal dental implant placement. Although the procedure still takes two visits to plan and then to place the implants, patients won’t be faced with living for weeks with posts and healing caps.

The dental implants used in the teeth in a day procedure are also incredibly realistic, mimicking the natural color and opacity of your existing teeth. Dental implants also prevent further bone loss, help to restore chewing function, and are easier to care for than dentures.  

If you are interested in the Teeth in a Day procedure and want to learn more please contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Trujillo. We can’t wait to talk to you and help you gain a brighter healthy smile!

Are Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gum Disease Related?

Have you been dealing with rheumatoid arthritis or gum disease? Recent studies show a direct correlation between rheumatoid arthritis and gum disease. Proper oral hygiene will aid in preventing gum disease and has an impact on other areas of your body. Rheumatoid arthritis causes chronic inflammation, destroys joints, and leads to other autoimmune diseases. Gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis are closely linked as they are both characterized by chronic inflammation in soft-tissues adjacent to the bones. Both conditions lead to pain, swelling, and tenderness, which starts leading to bone loss without proper treatment.

Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gum Disease

University of Louisville School of Dentistry in Kentucky released a study involving the two conditions and identified bacterium that causes gum disease is also present in the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis. The connection identifying the two conditions shows that individuals with rheumatoid arthritis could have oral health conditions that progress rapidly.

What Can I Expect?

When an individual has gum disease, the bacteria causes a reaction between some proteins in the body. When this attack occurs, the body will respond in a standard immune attack way, which means it starts fighting the reaction with inflammation. Prolonged inflammation can destroy cartilage. The destruction of cartilage leads to bone loss, which can cause the teeth to become loose. Loose teeth are vulnerable to decay, and can even fall out with minimal pressure during chewing.

Common Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gum Disease

Rheumatoid arthritis normally starts with gradual stiffness and aches before it becomes widespread pain throughout the body. Joint pain begins in the jaw and swelling of the teeth and gums. There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, but the right dental treatments can aid in helping to reduce pain and inflammation of the gums. It is important to understand that both conditions require long-term treatments to maintain a healthy body. Research shows improvement in common rheumatoid arthritis symptoms following successful periodontal treatment.

How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?

To reduce the risk of gum disease it is important to focus on regular brushing and flossing. Visit a Phoenix periodontist for proper treatment. Healthy eating habits can aid in reducing the likelihood of other oral health issues that can lead to advanced oral health issues.

Arizona Periodontal Group provides effective treatments for patients dealing with gum disease and other serious oral health concerns. Contact our Arizona dental office to schedule an appointment to discuss your condition and find the best treatment method for your condition. We focus on treating people, not just cavities and gum disease!

Oral Health Awareness Month

Did you know over 48,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with oral cancer yearly? Oral cancer is an aggressive form of cancer. Proper diagnosis early on allows a patient plenty of treatment methods to correctly treat oral cancer. April is oral health awareness month and it’s the perfect time to visit Arizona Periodontal Group for your oral cancer screening. Early detection of oral cancer can be life-saving. Here are some important things you need to know about oral cancer.

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

Heavy alcohol consumption, tobacco use, and infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) increase the risk of oral cancer. Reducing the consumption of alcohol and tobacco can aid in decreasing the risk of oral cancer and other health issues. If you are concerned about oral cancer, it is important to contact your dentist right away. Here are some of the common symptoms that indicate oral cancer:

  • Bleeding sores in the mouth or sores that do not heal
  • Hard spots or lumps in the mouth
  • Crusted or roughened areas
  • Pain, tenderness, and numbness in the mouth
  • Alignment changes

Early Detection Increases Survival Rates

When dental patients undergo early screenings for oral cancer, survival rates increase from 80 to 90 percent. The American Dental Association recommends dental patients receive two routine dental examinations yearly to aid in the prevention of oral cancer. Routine dental cleanings and examinations are the first line of defense in identifying warning signs of oral cancer.  

What to Expect During an Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is typically diagnosed during a dental examination. A visual inspection of the mouth, head, and neck are performed by the dentist. The dentist will feel for lumps and can use technology to search for suspicious cells. Once diagnosed with oral cancer, patients will need proper treatment for their condition. Some patients will need surgery while others will need radiation or a combination of both. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential to increase survival rates.

Preventing Oral Cancer

Visiting your dentist twice a year for cleanings and examinations can go a long way in the prevention of oral cancer. Dental patients can help to prevent oral cancer by doing periodic self-examinations of the neck, face, cheeks, and jaw to look for problems. If your health history shows a risk of cancer, it is important to contact your dentist immediately to schedule an examination. To learn more about oral cancer and to schedule your examination with Dr Trujillo, call our office today.

Sensitive Teeth Treatment In Phoenix, AZ

 

Teeth sensitivity is found in 12% of American adults typically between the ages of 18 and 40. This sensitivity can be brief or intense and is caused when dentin, or the internal part of a tooth, is exposed to hot, cold, acidic, tactile, or sweet substances.  In recent years, there has been an increase in teeth sensitivity among younger patients due to excessive consumption of sugary drinks and frequent unsupervised use of teeth whitening products.

Young woman suffering from toothache

Tooth sensitivity can signal the beginning stages of gum disease if left untreated. There are several options to decreasing tooth sensitivity depending on the cause, which include using desensitizing toothpaste, surgical gum graft, a root canal, or dental bonding. Here we’ll focus on a popular option: fluoride treatments.

If you use desensitizing toothpaste and it does not relieve teeth sensitivity, an in office topical fluoride treatment may be a better option to consider. If it is major tooth sensitivity, Dr. Trujillo, would opt for a fluoride varnish, which is a highly concentrated form of fluoride that is gently rubbed on the surface of the tooth. It may be applied to the tooth enamel, dentin, or cementum to help prevent decay. It also helps to remineralize the tooth surface and treats teeth sensitivity.

Fluoride varnish can be applied quickly and easily. It has a sticky consistency, allowing it to adhere to the tooth’s surface for several hours. It is officially recognized by the Food and Drug Administration as a desensitizing treatment. Keep in mind though, that due to the color of fluoride varnishes, it might cause temporary discoloration. As the varnish wears away with eating and brushing, the tint will fade.

Another option is fluoride gel or foam that is professionally applied by Dr. Trujillo. With this option, the foam or gel is put in a mouth tray. You will then sit with the tray in your mouth for 3-5 minutes to allow your teeth to be immersed in a high concentration of fluoride. This brief treatment will strengthen dentin and tooth enamel, thus diminishing tooth sensitivity.

Remember that there are several at home measures you can take to stop tooth sensitivity from the start. First, use a very soft bristled toothbrush and a low abrasive toothpaste. There are toothpastes specifically formulated to help soothe nerve endings in teeth. Be sure to brush a full 2 minutes, but do not over brush or push too hard. Also, your dentist may provide you with a special toothpaste that contains a high concentration of fluoride that will assist with diminishing tooth sensitivity.

If you have very sensitive teeth, and need to get treatment done then schedule an appointment with AZ Perio Group in Phoenix. If you are experiencing slight or severe tooth sensitivity, don’t hesitate to call and schedule a consultation. Let Dr. Trujillo help you relive your teeth sensitivity and smile back to normal! 

Arizona Periodontal Group Offers the Pinhole Surgical Technique!

If you are an aggressive brusher or have suffered injuries to your mouth, you might be living with gum recession, a sometimes painful, annoying issue that can eventually affect the stability of your teeth. Gum recession has a wide range of causes, like what was mentioned above, along with genetics and taking certain medications. However, no matter what the cause the result is the same: extreme discomfort and an unattractive smile. Fortunately, modern dental techniques are incredibly effective at treating gum recession.

Arizona Periodontal Group Offers the Pinhole Surgical Technique!

Pinhole Surgical Technique Phoenix, Before and After

Older procedures for treating gum recession included gum grafting, where the graft is harvested from elsewhere in the mouth and sewn into place to cover where the gum recession is. Unfortunately, this procedure can be incredibly time intensive and difficult to recover from, which is why Dr. Trujillo, a phoenix periodontists, prefers the Pinhole Surgical technique, invented by Dr. John Chao, DDS, MADG.

Pinhole surgery involves moving the gum tissue down from the inside through a very small incision about the size of a pinhole. Using proprietary tools, periodontists push the gum tissue downwards to cover root exposure, and then place tiny strips of collagen into the tunnel to hold the repair in place. Dr. Trujillo has received advanced training to offer pinhole surgery to his patients, helping his patients have a healthier smile from the benefits of this treatment.

The Powerful Benefits of Pinhole Surgery

Faster Treatment, Fewer Visits

The pinhole surgical technique can be used to treat as many as 12 teeth at a time, speeding treatment and eliminating the need for multiple visits to treat gum recession.

No Stitches

The incision made during pinhole surgery is so small that it doesn’t require stitches, which makes recovery a lot easier. Also, since Dr. Trujillo won’t have to remove tissue from elsewhere in the mouth to perform a gum graft, patients won’t have to take care of multiple healing sites.

Simple Recovery

Pinhole surgery is so minimally invasive that most people can return to normal eating, drinking, and activities that day after treatment.

Instant, Long Lasting Results

Pinhole surgery is so effective that the cosmetic results are immediate, and they last for years. Patients enjoy teeth that are framed with healthy, smooth gum tissue and can enjoy a more comfortable smile right away.

Is Pinhole Surgery Right for You?

If you suffer with gum recession, schedule an appointment with Dr. Trujillo to see if the pinhole surgical technique is right for you. This innovative periodontal treatment has helped millions of people to enjoy a beautiful, pain-free smile, and it can help you too.

Start your day with a beautiful smile.

When you visit our office, your oral health is our top priority. Dr. Trujillo and his entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve.