Complete Smile Restoration in Flagstaff
At True North Dentistry, we use advanced technology to give you a perfect smile. If you have missing or damaged teeth, it can have a significant impact on your self-esteem. Dr. David Yang and our team use skill, compassion, and great attention to detail to give you excellent results.
By utilizing advanced imaging technology, we perform dental restorations with unmatched precision. Our team proudly serves the Flagstaff community and all surrounding neighborhoods. Always ready to go the extra mile to serve your dental needs and help you achieve your dream smile. Call today and schedule your consultation.
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What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an effective way to replace missing teeth. They are surgically placed in the jaw to restore a tooth from root to crown. The implant post is made of titanium and connected to a crown using a small connector called an abutment. We use advanced technology to diagnose, plan, and place your dental implant.
Do I Qualify for Dental Implants?
Anyone with good oral and overall health can have a dental implant. While conducting the oral exam, Dr. Yang will go over your medical history and examine your jawbone density. Some medical conditions may require further evaluation. These conditions include diabetes, heart disease, cancer, compromised immune system, and untreated gum disease. If you need a gum graft, bone graft, or sinus lift to achieve successful implant treatment, we can help. Our team has the skill and experience to help you get the best results possible.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants improve your facial appearance by stimulating bone growth and preventing other teeth from shifting out of alignment. They also restore the functionality of your teeth, improving chewing and speech. These versatile solutions are durable and can last for decades with proper care. They protect your oral health by closing gaps between your teeth and prevent bacteria buildup due to trapped food particles.
The Dental Implant Process
The dental implant procedure involves the following steps:
Planning: This phase involves determining your eligibility, and performing any pretreatments such as bone grafts and sinus lifts.
Placement: After anesthesia, our specialist makes an incision in the gum to insert the implant post.
Resting: After your procedure, you'll need three to six months of rest to allow the implant to fuse perfectly with the bone. Dr. David Yang will place a temporary restoration to give you some functionality and a natural appearance.
Completion: Once the fusing process takes place, we will schedule another appointment to complete the procedure. Our specialist will place an abutment on the implant, which connects to your new replacement tooth.
All-On-4 Implant System
These implants are suitable if you have significant decay or tooth loss. It replaces an entire set of upper or lower teeth in a single visit without extensive bone grafting. It derives its name from the fact that four strategically placed dental implants support the entire restoration. This prosthodontic procedure replaces your missing teeth with permanent dentures. The most significant benefit of All-on-4 treatment is the immediate results you get.
They also improve functionality by allowing you to chew efficiently and speak clearly. Other benefits include providing you with a youthful appearance, a beautiful smile, and a comfortable daily oral care routine. Our team uses advanced 3D CT scans to determine whether you're eligible for the procedure. We prepare a customized treatment plan and make sure your implant restorations function and fit perfectly.
Types of Implant-Supported Restorations
We customize your restorations so they look and feel like natural teeth. This makes it hard for people to tell you've had a dental procedure. The implant-supported restorations we offer include:
Crowns: They're suitable if you're only missing one tooth. It replaces the entire tooth, from root to crown. The top crown is usually composed of porcelain, ceramic, or composite resin.
Bridges: Instead of relying on adjacent natural teeth for support, these bridges use implants. They allow you to have high-quality restorations without the need to alter your existing teeth.
Dentures: Unlike traditional removable dentures, implant-supported dentures are fixed in place. These restorations are convenient and allow you to use them as you would natural teeth.
Partials: These dentures are suitable for replacing several missing teeth along a single arch. Depending on the exact number of replacements, we'll use one or more implants to support your custom partial denture.
Advanced Dental Technology to Perfect Your Smile
Our dental restorative services aim to restore your dental structure's functionality and give you a perfect smile. We use state of the art technology to plan, diagnose, and create accurate treatment plans. Since standard X-rays may not show the full extent of damage, we utilize a 3D CT scanner (CBCT). This scanner rotates around your head in seconds to provide an extremely detailed overview of your dental structure.
Using the latest imaging technology helps us capture the state of your jaws, sinuses, airways, and tissues allowing us to build precise treatment plans. Our team uses a high powered CEREC machine to design and create porcelain crowns. Without the need to create molds, just using digital imaging, you can have your crown made and placed in one visit.
Restoring Gum Health
Gum tissue forms a protective layer over your bones and helps keep your teeth in place. Flossing, brushing your teeth, and other oral health practices prevent the formation of plaque. If left unchecked, plaque causes bad breath, discoloration, gingivitis, and a host of issues. Proper gum health can help reduce the risk of aggravating cardiovascular disease and respiratory illnesses. At True North Dentistry, we take an individualized approach to gum treatment.
Scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning, is one of the best preventive procedures for healthy gums. Scaling allows us to clean your teeth and remove disease-causing plaque and tartar thoroughly. After scaling, root planing smooths the roots of your teeth to help the gums reattach correctly. This process may require more than one visit. Other gum health solutions we offer include Arestin periodontitis treatment, Solea laser, and periodontal surgery if necessary. In the rare instance that your condition is more complex for our services, we’ll recommend a qualified specialist.
Other gum health solutions may also include the use of the Solea laser, a computer-aided dental technology. It's a fast, accurate, and noise-free solution for tissue-related problems.
TMD Treatment and Appliances
Temporomandibular joint disorders arise from problems with your jaw muscles or the joint itself. Other causes are clenching or grinding your teeth, facial tightening from stress, and arthritis in the affected joint. TMD symptoms include pain or tenderness around the jaws, popping or clicking sounds, locked jaws, swelling, and trouble chewing or opening your mouth wide. Some of the treatments we offer for TMD include:
Mouthguards and oral splints: These appliances help reduce pain caused by misaligned teeth, grinding, clenching, and other types of friction.
Physical therapy: We work with a chiropractor to reduces or eliminates joint pain. Other options include stretching and ice treatments.
Botox injections: These can also provide pain relief for TMD and has cosmetic benefits.
Effective Treatments for Sleep Apnea
This disorder interrupts breathing during sleep. It's categorized into obstructive, central, and complex sleep apnea. Sleep apnea symptoms include snoring, breathing difficulties during sleep, insomnia, daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, and irritability.
After you receive a diagnosis from a qualified physician or sleep doctor, we can help with treatment. One of the solutions to improve your sleep is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask. This treatment keeps your airway open as you sleep by gently blowing air into it.
If you don't like the CPAP machine, we can provide oral appliances. These devices hold your jaw and tongue in place so that your airway stays clear.
Other effective ways of treating sleep apnea include lifestyle changes such as weight loss, avoiding alcohol, smoking, and switching your sleeping position.
Effective Restorations for the Flagstaff community
At True North Dentistry, your health comes first. Our team, led by the highly skilled Dr. David Yang, excels at performing cosmetic and restorative dental procedures. Our professionalism, respect, empathy, and compassion provide a strong foundation of trust. Contact us today and schedule your visit.
CALL US: (928) 214-0772 REQUEST APPOINTMENT