Dentist in Gilbert AZ Uses the Latest Technologies in Dentistry to Improve Your Smile
We use the latest innovations in dentistry to increase accuracy and decrease discomfort. These technologies include dental imaging, streamlined procedures, and drills that are quieter and less painful than old-fashioned tools.
Lucely has been in the dental field for over 14 years and enjoys building a rapport with her patients. She loves being able to educate and provide them with the information needed to maintain a healthy smile.
Dental implants are high-tech replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. A titanium implant is placed into the jawbone to serve as a tooth root, which integrates with the bone over time. A connector, called an abutment, is then attached to the top of the implant. Finally, a crown, which is custom fabricated to match your natural teeth, is placed on the abutment.
Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants can last a lifetime if properly cared for. They also stimulate the bone, preventing it from resorbing or deteriorating in the empty space. This provides added support for a bridge or denture, and can improve chewing function and speech clarity.
With proper care and maintenance, implants have a survival rate comparable to that of natural teeth, and can provide the patient with a healthy, confident smile. However, not all patients are candidates for implants. They must have adequate bone structure, healthy gums, and a commitment to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers or those with uncontrolled chronic disorders may have a reduced success rate, and should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Dr. David Spring, DDS is a Dentist in Gilbert AZ with a 3.9/5 rating from Healthgrades. He has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Partial and Complete Dentures
A full set of teeth restores the contours of your face and lets you eat, speak, and smile comfortably. It also helps prevent further health problems, such as bone loss and other oral complications. If you have one or more missing teeth, we offer both partial and complete dentures to replace them and improve your smile.
Partial dentures are removable appliances that help fill in the gaps left by missing teeth. They rest comfortably on your gums and are held in place by clasps that attach to existing natural teeth.
Complete dentures, which are also known as traditional or conventional dentures, replace all the teeth in your upper and lower jaw. They are either traditional, which is made after all the teeth have been removed and your gums heal, or immediate, which is created in advance and placed into your mouth immediately after the teeth are extracted. Both types may require periodic adjustments as the gum tissues shrink and heal.
Our Dentist in Gilbert AZ can recommend a variety of different denture options that will fit the way you live, look, and feel. We will explain the pros and cons of each option, and you can choose the one that’s best for your needs and budget. We’ll even show you how to take care of your new dentures at home, and how to brush and soak them to keep them clean and healthy.
If a tooth is damaged through decay, fracture, or wear, it is important to repair it early. Otherwise, the damage can worsen and result in additional or alternative dental treatments. A filling can also help strengthen a tooth by reinforcing its structure. Dental fillings are available in different materials to accommodate individual needs and preferences.
A tooth-colored composite resin is a popular choice because it blends seamlessly with natural teeth and is less visible. It is also less costly than metal options such as amalgam. However, it may not be as durable as other types of fillings and is susceptible to cracking or chipping under heavy chewing pressure.
Amalgam is a silver-colored filling that has been around for more than 150 years and remains a reliable option. However, it is not as durable or attractive as composite resin and can sometimes leak, requiring replacement.
We offer both inlay and onlay porcelain restorations that are designed to cover large cavities or chips on the chewing surface of a tooth. These are created in a laboratory and cemented onto the tooth for added strength and longevity. Inlays are positioned inside the cusp tips of the teeth and onlays cover the top chewing surface. Our dentists can advise you on which option is best for your situation and goals. Regardless of the type of filling you choose, it is essential to maintain good oral hygiene and regular dental visits to extend the life of your fillings.
Using a toothpaste with fluoride can help prevent tooth decay. Your dentist can also prescribe or recommend a mouth rinse or gel that contains the mineral. Fluoride can strengthen the enamel of your teeth to make them resistant to acid attacks from bacteria. In addition, it can reverse the early signs of tooth decay such as pitting and shallow caries lesions.
The mineral fluoride occurs naturally in some foods and water. About 200 million Americans use community water systems that adjust fluoride levels. It is added to toothpaste, mouth rinses, and other dental products. Water fluoridation is done at the local level, but you can also get it in other foods, drinks, and through professionally applied topical fluoride treatments such as foams or gels.
Fluoride can strengthen your teeth so they resist acid attacks from bacteria that break down sugars in the mouth, which lead to tooth decay. Fluoride can also help rebuild damaged tooth enamel by depositing minerals such as calcium and phosphorous. This process is called remineralization, and it is essential for keeping your teeth healthy. Those with weak enamel are particularly susceptible to cavities. Getting regular fluoride treatment is recommended for both children and adults. In fact, children who receive it before the age of 16 are 43 percent less likely to develop cavities than those not treated with it.