Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, many patients come in with a toothache. In some cases, the toothache is a secondary symptom of a sinus condition. Let’s discuss the relationship.

Your maxillary sinuses are very close upstairs neighbors of your top teeth. In some areas, only a sliver of tissue separates the upper tooth roots from the bottom of the sinus cavity. It’s no wonder that when there is pain in that general area, the particular location can be hard to identify.

Allergies, infections, and the common cold can irritate sinus tissues. When sinus tissues become inflamed and infected, it can affect the teeth.

In severe cases, swollen sinus tissues can actually move the teeth slightly, changing the bite. The reverse scenario can also occur. The infection surrounding an abscessed tooth can easily travel to the sinus cavity.

An abscess is an infected pocket of pus in a tooth and/or the surrounding bone and tissue. The most common type of oral abscess originates in the pulp of the tooth and is commonly caused by tooth decay.

When an abscess is small, it may go unnoticed but it will eventually bring about pain.

An abscess can cause total tooth loss and the infection can also destroy jawbone.

If an abscess damages the tooth until it is beyond saving and requires extraction, a dental implant is one replacement option – but only if there is enough bone to anchor the implant.

How can you tell an abscessed tooth from a sinus infection?
Sinus pain generally manifests itself as a dull, continuous pain while the pain from an abscessed tooth increases in intensity. If you tap on an abscessed tooth, you will most likely feel a sharp shock of pain.

At The Yuma Dentist the common treatment for an abscessed tooth is a root canal. Patients from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton have been relieved to know that root canals don’t cause pain, they remove it! Our services include complete general dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today!

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11231 E Commercial Centre Loop Ste 105
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Is A Tooth Implant The Same As A Dental Crown?

tooth implants and crowns YumaWhat’s the difference between a dental implant and a crown? The relationship can be confusing. They can be combined in one procedure. And both can be used with other dental restorations. In this post from The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we’ll clear up the confusion.

1. A dental implant can work as a foundation for a crown.

A complete dental implant/crown procedure includes a strong metal post (the actual implant), abutment (connecting piece), and a crown.

2. A crown can be used to protect a broken tooth.

Removing tooth decay weakens the tooth. Once the decay is removed, a filling may not be enough to restore necessary strength. Likewise, after a root canal procedure, the remaining tooth may need strengthening. A crown may be used in both of these scenarios. A strong, natural looking crown protects the remaining tooth and functions like a natural tooth

3. A crown can be attached to a dental bridge.

When a tooth has been taken out, a dental bridge may be used to restore part of it. The reason we say ‘part’ is because a dental bridge does not restore the root of the tooth. A crown can be used with a dental bridge to restore the visible part of the missing tooth. A dental bridge used to replace one tooth requires the removal of tooth structure from adjacent teeth. With a bridge, it commands three crowns to replace one missing tooth!

Do you think there can be problems with this type of restoration? You are correct. A dental implant from The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ makes much more sense for most patients. Patients from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton also come to us for complete general dentistry. We have a second office in Fortuna Foothills. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Posted in Dental Crowns, Dental Implants, General Dentistry

Restore Or Replace: New Life For Your Damaged Tooth

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“Restorative dentistry” is a term dentists use to describe the way damaged or missing teeth can be fixed or replaced. At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, our goal is always to maintain or restore your dental health.

Restorative dentistry covers everything from filling cavities to dental implants. Filling a cavity can stop tooth decay in its tracks. And replacing a lost tooth with an implant prevents bone loss and facial sag, keeps remaining teeth from moving around, and restores chewing power and smiles.

Other restorative dentistry procedures include:

  • Dental crowns. These are tooth-shaped caps that are used to strengthen and improve the structure of a tooth.
  • Bridges. A dental bridge is a tooth replacement procedure in which an artificial tooth is anchored on either side of a gap, to “bridge” the area where there are missing teeth.

Before we wrap up this short article, we’d like to offer a word on categories. Some practices will call dental implants restorative dentistry. Some will call them cosmetic dentistry. Others still will put them in a category all their own. As Shakespeare said, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, our services include restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Patients come to us from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton for our comprehensive dental care. We have offices in Yuma and Fortuna Foothills. Give us a call today to schedule your next checkup!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Posted in Dental health, Oral health, Restorative dentistry

The Yuma Dentist Can Make Your Whites Whiter

The Yuma Dentist Can Make Your Whites Whiter

One of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures we perform at The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ is teeth whitening.

Everyone, it seems, would like to have a brighter smile. The good news is that it has never been easier to achieve. All you need to do is take a look at all the whitening products that are available in any grocery store and you’ll see what we mean.

While most of the commercially available products do an adequate job whitening your teeth, they cannot compare to professional teeth whitening. And who wants to settle for adequate, anyway?

At The Yuma Dentist we offer Glo Whitening. This is a light-activated process that delivers excellent results.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, people come from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton for teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures. We also have an offixcew in Fortuna Foothills. Schedule an appointment to find out what we can do for your smile!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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How Does Your Overall Health Affect Your Smile?

Educating Yuma Dental Patients About Little-Known Risks

Good dental health means having healthy teeth and gums. Maintaining it is something that you have to work at every day. It can be a real balancing act: using the right oral care products, your personal oral care habits, and seeing us at The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ twice a year.

Did you know your dental health can be impacted by your general health? There are many common medical conditions that pose a risk to oral health. Just a few examples:

Diabetes patients with high blood glucose often have a higher risk of dental issues.

A persistent dry mouth due to an inadequate amount of saliva can accelerate tooth decay, cause or contribute to gum disease, and trigger chronic bad breath. Many common medications can cause dry mouth.

Acid reflux in children and adults is associated with a host of dental problems such as decay and periodontal disease.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ we help our patients prevent problems associated with medical conditions that may seem unrelated to dental health. People from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton call us for general and restorative dentistry, and much more. We also have an office in Fortuna Foothills. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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How To Choose A Dentist

Choosing A Dentist In Yuma

When you’re looking for a new dentist, you don’t want to pick one simply because their office is near where you live. You shouldn’t rule one out for that reason, either. What are thing things you should consider? The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ has some tips for you to consider.

  • Emergency care. Does a practice you’re considering provide it? This is definitely something you’ll want to know before you need it.
  • Insurance. Does a practice take your insurance? What about payment options, like credit or debit cards? Remember too that costs can vary by practice. Ask for estimates about common procedures like fillings.
  • Family and friends. The people you know are an excellent resource for finding a new dentist. They can tell you about the practice they go to: does the dentist answer all your questions and explain treatment options? Do they keep you waiting on appointment day? How far in advance to you have to schedule an appointment?
  • Your current dentist. If you’re moving to a new town, ask your current dentist whether they have a recommendation for where you’re moving to.
  • Location. Like we said, you don’t want to pick a new dentist just because their office is close by. Yet that is something to consider. Not only that, is the office easily accessible with plenty of parking?
  • Online reviews. You can’t be too careful. If you get some recommendations, be sure to check them out on Google Reviews and Yelp.

Choosing a new dentist is something you want to do carefully. At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ we’re proud of our track record of satisfied patients and online reviews. People from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton choose us for our second office in Fortuna Foothills, and for general and restorative dentistry. Call to schedule a checkup with us today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Let Us Ease Your Dental Anxiety

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If you tense up just thinking about going to the dentist, you may benefit from sedation dentistry offered by The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ.

Millions of Americans stress out when they have to see the dentist. It is referred to as dental anxiety. There is a more severe form, too, called dental phobia. In both, some people would rather skip the dentist altogether than sit down for a checkup. The problem with that, of course, is it puts their dental health at risk.

There are lots of reasons why people develop anxiety or phobia over dental care. It often stems from a bad experience they had with a dentist as a kid. Fear of pain may be involved, as well as a fear of anesthesics and possible side effects.

Whatever the cause, sedation dentistry has helped millions of people get through their appointments.

We offer two types:

  • Nitrous Oxide. You also know this as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for more than a century and is highly effective.
  • Oral conscious sedation. You take a sedative an hour or so before the appointment. You won’t sleep, but will be in a deeply relaxed state. When the appointment is over, someone will have to drive you home.

Whatever your issue is, it is essential that you do not compromise your dental health by skipping the dentist. Sedation dentistry from The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ may be just for you. Patients come to our office from Foothills, Winter Haven, CA, and Somerton for general dentistry and other services. We also have an office in Fortuna Foothills. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Posted in Dental health, General Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry

A Noteworthy Dental Experience

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At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we make every checkup a noteworthy experience with our attention to detail, and committment to each patient’s dental health.

Good dental health means having healthy teeth and gums. Maintaining it is something that you have to work at every day. It can be a real balancing act: using the right oral care products, your personal oral care habits, and regular checkups.

Your dental health strategy should include:

  • Daily brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss twice a day. Just before bedtime is especially important, because it cleans out the germs and plaque that build up during the course of the day.
  • Proper brushing. It’s important not only to brush, but to brush properly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion along the gum line. Take your time; a minimum of two minutes is recommended. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
  • Using fluoridated toothpaste. There is a myriad of choices when it comes to toothpaste. Whether you prefer mint flavored or bubble gum, fluoride is the most important consideration. It is your best defense against cavities.
  • Limiting sugary and acidic foods. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee contributes to enamel erosion. Sugar converts into acid when it’s in your mouth. You don’t have to avoid these foods entirely, but choose carefully and minimize.
  • Seeing us twice a year. You saw this one coming, right? Your daily dental health care habits are essential, but so is the attention and care of a dentist. A professional teeth cleaning alone is worth the trip, but we can also identify issues before they become serious, and treat them.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we want every checkup to be a noteworthy experience, and for all our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. People from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton come to our office for general and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Posted in Dental health, General Dentistry

Need An Implant? Let’s Do A Checkup And Talk About It.

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When is the last time you had a dental check-up? At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we recommend one every six months. If you are considering a dental implant, we can roll your checkup into an assessment of your viability as an implant patient.

Dental implants are an ideal replacement for a missing tooth. The implant itself is a metal post, usually made of titanium. It’s inserted into your jaw, where it fuses. Once that occurs (it usually takes a few months) implants can support one or more replacement teeth.

The really great thing about implants is that they look and function like natural teeth.

Most people are able to get a dental implant. It’s important that you’re in good health overall. The most critical factor, though, is that you have enough healthy bone in your jaw. Even if you don’t, bone grafting can promote the growth of new bone.

dental implant from The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ can restore your biting and chewing ability. Patients come to us from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton, and we also have an office in Fortuna Foothills. Additional services include general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Posted in Dental health, Dental Implants, Implant dentures

Are Floss Picks As Good As Regular Dental Floss?

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Are floss picks as good as regular floss? While it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to note that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we recommend traditional floss or tape. Here’s why:

A floss pick holds just a small piece of floss stretched in a straight line. But teeth are rounded, with occasional irregularities. A straight segment of floss just won’t conform to the contours of the tooth as well as traditional, string floss.

By wrapping string floss completely around a tooth, you can clean off plaque far more effectively. We have seen patients who are dutiful floss pick users who developed decay due to a small crack the floss pick missed day after day.

Flossing, The Right Way

Here is a guide to proper flossing:

  • Cut a segment of floss about 18 inches long and securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  • Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with. Thread the floss between two teeth.
  • Hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s critical to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  • Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface—especially those that your brush can’t reach. You can use a “shoeshine” method if you like. With 18 inches, you should have enough to furnish a clean segment for each tooth.
  • Some people find it simpler to start on one end of the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side, and then repeat for the lower arch.

If you don’t usually floss, your gums might bleed the first few times. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding typically stops within a week or two.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we want all our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. That means daily flossing and brushing, and a checkup in our office every six months. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Posted in Dental health, General Dentistry, Oral health
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