Covid - 19 Update

     

Davis Dentistry will resume practice operations in compliance with relevant Executive Orders on Monday May 4th. We will continue to employ the enhanced cleaning and infection control protocols we implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We want to provide our patients and team members with the safest possible healthcare environment.

Our practice will be screening all patients and visitors to our offices. At Davis Dentistry team member will ask each patient/visitor a few travel-related and health screening questions, both prior to their appointment and upon arrival in our office; patients’ and visitors’ temperatures will be checked with a temporal thermometer. We are asking all patients to arrive 5 min. prior to their scheduled appointment. Patients who are at high risk for COVID-19, as determined by our office, will likely have their visit rescheduled. If you’re not feeling well, please contact us to reschedule, whenever possible, in advance of your visit.

All team members will be surveyed daily to ensure adherence with social distancing standards and status of their health. All team members will be in masks (or scarves for non-clinical team members). Importantly, all personnel in our offices will complete COVID-19 testing with the IGG antibody test as soon as we receive our supply of test kits (within 2 weeks).  The IGG test determines both the acute presence of the virus and whether our team members were exposed to COVID-19 previously.

Additionally, to reduce the risk of transmission to our patients and team members, as well as their families, the office has installed 4 very powerful HEPA h13 air filters.  These filters will remove all bacteria, viruses and VOCS down to the .3 microns keeping our working environment safe!

We appreciate your support of these infection control measures.  Your oral health is vital to your overall wellness and your ability to resist the impact of COVID-19, so we encourage you, if healthy, to maintain your regularly scheduled hygiene appointments with Dr. Davis and our practice. 

In good health,


Dr. Davis and Team

Types of Dentures: Partial and Full Arch Restorations By Mark Davis on March 02, 2018

Different types of denturesIf you’re missing most or all of your teeth, dentures are an excellent option to consider. Thanks to a properly fitting pair of dentures, you’ll be able to bite, chew, and smile as if you had your normal teeth in place.

The team at our Scottsdale, AZ cosmetic and restorative dentistry center would like to consider the different kinds of dentures that patients can choose from. Whatever dengue type that’s right for you, rest assured that the appliance is custom crafted for optimal fit and comfort.

Traditional Dentures

Traditional dentures refer to removable dental appliances that are held in place by bracing onto the jawbone and gum tissue of the dental arch. These dentures are custom-molded and fit to the dental arch of the patient.

These kinds of dentures are the ones best known to most people, and have been used for centuries as a means of addressing tooth loss.

Conventional Full Dentures

Full dentures are appliances that are used to replace all of the teeth along the dental arch. In these cases, the denture fits along the entire dental arch, and the stability of the denture can be supplement with a dental adhesive. When people are missing both their top and bottom teeth, dentists can craft full dentures for the entire mouth.

Conventional Partial Dentures

Some patients may be missing many teeth but not all of their teeth. When a dental bridge is a poor option to replace the missing teeth, a partial denture will be used instead. This is a denture designed to replace the teeth in just part of the dental arch. Like full dentures, dental adhesive creams can be used to help increase the stability of the appliance.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures refer to dentures that are anchored in place using dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into the jawbone and gum tissue. The living tissues of the mouth grow around these implants, a process that is known as osseointegration. When osseointegration has occurred, the dental implants effectively function just like natural tooth roots would.

A full or partial denture can be supported by dental implants. These appliances snap into place on the implant posts. This leads to a level of denture stability that is unmatched by even the strongest of dental adhesives. The implants also help prevent bone loss and gum recession, two issues common among people who have lost their teeth.

Qualifying for Dental Implants

In order to get implant-supported dentures, patients must be candidates for dental implants. Candidacy for dental implants includes:

  • Sufficient bone density
  • Proper gum tissue density
  • Good general health for oral surgery
  • Knowledge of the risks and benefits
  • Understanding of the cost of the procedure
  • Comfort with the months-long recovery time
  • Realistic expectations about treatment

If you lack bone or gum tissue density, there are grafting surgeries that can build the bone or soft tissue of the mouth. These surgeries will add to the cost of treatment, and will also increase the overall treatment time by several months.

Which Kind of Denture Is Right for Me?

The best way to find out which type of denture is best for you is to come by the practice for a consultation. We will be more than happy to discuss all denture options with you in greater detail and provide an honest assessment of an ideal treatment option given your goals and needs.

Learn More About Dentures

For more information about dentures and how they can help you bite, chew, and smile with confidence again, be sure to contact the team at Davis Dentistry. We’re here to go over your options and help you make the right dental health decision for your needs.

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