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Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening may seem like a modern-day procedure, but scientific discoveries show that it may actually have begun 4,000 years ago in ancient Egypt. The first known whitening paste was made from ground pumice stone mixed in wine vinegar. Throughout the ages, having white teeth has always been a sign of beauty and status.

Today, teeth whitening is one of the most popular, if not the #1 cosmetic dental procedure. It’s easier than ever to get white and shiny teeth and enjoy improved appearance and self-confidence. It works on people of any age and it is proven safe under the supervision of a dentist.

Even people born with naturally white teeth will get stains and discoloration over time. This is due to the staining effect of certain beverages, like red wine, coffee, tea, and cola. Certain staining foods and spices, tobacco use, taking prescription drugs, and the natural ageing process also can cause yellowing and graying.
Are you considering a teeth whitening procedure? At CV Dental Care our advanced bleaching techniques offer speed, convenience, and outstanding results in achieving a bright and perfect smile. Whether you want to lighten up only your upper teeth or both upper and lower, we will work with you and help you achieve your goal.

Get the Whitest Smile with EZ White Pro™ In as Little as 30 Minutes

If you want to whiten your teeth in as little as 30 minutes or less, our in-office EZ White Pro™ Whitening System offers immediate results. It is fast, gentle and effective, and patients can achieve smiles up to 8 shades whiter. It can be scheduled even during the same visit.

How does EZ White Pro™ work?

EZ White Pro™ patented technology uses a whitening gel with FDA approved ingredients hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide to whiten the teeth naturally. It is applied only to the surface of the teeth after which it is activated with a dental curing light. As the gel begins to deep clean stains below the surface of the teeth, it changes color from orange to white to indicate to your dental professional that it has been activated. The innovative light-activated bleaching process has been proven safe through extensive research and there is very little or no sensitivity to the teeth.

What Kind of Results Can I Expect?

Results of up to 8 shades whiter have been reported by many patients, and your dentist will help you set your realistic expectations during the consultation.

Depending upon a variety of factors, such as tooth structure, personal habits and oral hygiene, results will vary from patient to patient.

How Long Will Results Last?

Because EZ White™ Pro works deeper beneath just the surface stains on the enamel of the tooth, results will last much longer than results with a non-professional treatment. However, proper dental hygiene and limiting staining agents such as red wine and coffee can help maintain your results.

 

At CV Dental Care, professional tooth whitening is a thorough, safe, and effective procedure that has long lasting results, unlike the store bought-whitening treatments. Our top-rated dental care providers will customize your treatment and help you achieve your dream smile.

Call us today or simply let us know at any appointment if you would like to whiten your teeth.

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TMJ Disorders

According to statistics from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, over 10 million people nationwide are affected by TMD (temporomandibular disorders) wrongly called TMJ, with women being more affected than men. The symptoms can vary from mild discomfort to severe pain and involve not only the jaw joint but also the surrounding tissues, muscles and ligaments. As there are different causes for experiencing pain in the jaws, your dentist will help make a correct diagnosis and get to the source of the issue.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorders

One of the most common symptoms of the TMJ related disorders is a clicking sound when opening or closing the mouth, usually accompanied by pain. This sound can sometimes be loud and is caused by shifting of the disc inside the joint. The disk is small and fibrous and acts as a cushion and shock absorber between the ball and the socket. The temporomandibular joint connects the mandible (or the lower jaw) to the temporal bone, which is at the side of the head. The flexibility of these 2 joints allows the jaw to move up and down and side to side, which plays an important role in chewing and speaking. The joint can be easily located by placing fingers just in front of the ears and then opening the mouth. Although the temporomandibular joint is a “ball and socket” joint, because of its complex movement and unique anatomy it is one of the most complicated joints in the body. TMJ disorders are a group of conditions of the jaw joint and chewing muscles with pain being the most common symptom.

Other symptoms may be present:

-locking of the jaw or very limited movement
-muscle pain in the cheeks, temples, or in front of the ear, especially while eating, speaking and yawning
-earaches
-muscle stiffness in the jaw
-jaw becomes or feels stuck
-radiating pain in the jaw, face and the neck
-change in how the teeth fit together
-sharp pain from the joint

Causes of TMD

The exact causes of TMD are not clearly defined, and people may experience symptoms without obvious reasons. Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw without pain being present are common in most people and usually they are not an indicator for TMD. Contrary to the popular belief that bad bite or orthodontic braces can trigger TMDs, research shows that this is not the case. Some of the causes of TMD may include:

-dislocated or eroded disk
-injury related trauma to the jaw
– trauma to the jaw as a result of bruxism (clenching or grinding of teeth)
-rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis of the jaw joint, which can damage the cartilage
– teeth that are not lined up right, or misaligned bite
-stress

When to See Your Dentist

If you are experiencing chronic or long term TMD symptoms, call your dental specialist at CV Dental Care for a professional evaluation. Often people may have other health conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia that may be affecting the temporomandibular joint. Your dentist will look at your detailed dental and medical history, examine the way your jaw moves, your teeth and bite for signs of grinding or clenching, and may take x-rays or a panoramic x-ray to get a clear picture of the temporomandibular joint.

In most cases, your dentist may recommend a conservative treatment that may include:

-physical therapy
-temporary soft food diet
-stress reduction and relaxation therapies, massage
-pain relievers
-anti-inflammatory drugs
-muscle relaxant drugs
-steroid injections into the TMJs and tendons
-reshaping teeth to make them fit right
-hot or cold compresses on the jaw

Irreversible treatments for changing and correcting the bite may include orthodontics, crown and bridge work, implants to replace missing teeth and using an occlusal guard to stop teeth from clenching and grinding.

In serious cases with structural problems in the TMJ, your doctor may have to intervene surgically to correct or replace the joint.

TMJ disorders can have a debilitating effect on daily activities. If you’re experiencing any of the TMD symptoms accompanied by pain, give us a call. At CV Dental Care, our TMD specialists will work closely with you to prescribe the best possible treatment that best fits your lifestyle and beliefs.

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Dental Costs and Prices

CV Dental Care also offers Senior and Military Discounts

teeth cleaning
Adult Cleaning
Recommended twice annually. Fees for dental cleanings typically range from $53-$91, and with some Insurances the cleaning is a covered (Free) benefit.
$53.00 /starting
dental x-ray
X-Rays Full Mouth X-Ray
First time patients need them for our records
$60.00 /starting
dental exams
Dental Exam
Family and kids exams can be done on the same appointment
$35.00 /starting
3D CT scans
CT Scan
Advanced 3D CT Scans better quality and no radiation
$150. /starting

tooth fillings
Fillings
Cavities are permanently damaged areas in teeth that develop into tiny holes
$90.00 /starting
TMJ treatment
TMJ
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
$350. /starting
Dentures
Dentures
There are many types of dentures check with us to see what will be best for you. Pricing depends on the materials and durability of the denture
$750. /starting
Dental Crowns
Crowns
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth
$700. /starting

traditional braces
Braces Traditional
Silver-colored metal braces are the most common type of dental braces used in orthodontic therapy.
$3500 /starting
Invisalign braces
Braces Invisalign
Pricing depends on laboratory fees based on dificulty of the case Invisalign aligners are the clear alternative to metal braces for adults and teens. These clear aligners are the virtually invisible way to improve your smile.
$2100 /starting
dental implant
Single Implant
If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root.
$3500 /starting
all on four dental implants pricing
ALL on 4
All-on four: One full arch of teeth, four dental implants. An implant is a small titanium screw that fits inside your jawbone and replaces the root-part of a missing tooth.
$20K /starting

Prices May Vary Depending On Insurance Coverage And Your Treatment Needs

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Braces for Kids and Adults

An orthodontist prevents and treats mouth, teeth, and jaw problems. Using braces, retainers, and other devices, an orthodontist helps straighten a person’s teeth and correct the way the jaws line up.

Orthodontists treat kids for many problems, including having crowded or overlapping teeth or having problems with jaw growth and tooth development. These tooth and jaw problems may be caused by tooth decay, losing baby teeth too soon, accidents, or habits like thumb sucking. These problems can also be genetic or inherited.

So why would you go to the orthodontist?

Your dentist or one of your parents might recommend it because they see a problem with your teeth or jaws. Or a kid who doesn’t like the way his or her teeth look might ask to see an orthodontist.

Schedule an appointment with a CV Dental Care provider by filling out this contact form or call us at 480-467-3618.

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Cosmetic Treatments

Using advanced cosmetic dental treatments and materials, our cosmetic dentists can make a real difference. The skill, experience, and commitment of our practice — using a unique combination of science and artistry — can literally redesign your smile.

Even a subtle change in your smile helps you to project an image of self-confidence and high personal esteem. When you feel good about yourself, it shows in your appearance.

Cosmetic Treatments

With in a 10 mile Radius
SERVING Mesa, Gilbert and Apache Junction

With in a 15 mile Radius
SERVING Chandler, Tempe, Queen Creek and Fountain Hills

With in a 20 mile Radius
SERVING Phoenix, and Scottsdale

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Dental Sealants

Dental sealant is a thin protective coating that is placed on the permanent back teeth and helps protect them from bacteria and plaque—the two main causes of tooth decay. Painted on the chewing surface of the teeth, the sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves, acting as a protective layer and shield over the enamel of each tooth.

Statistics show that approximately 80% of tooth decay in school children occurs in molars’ pits and fissures (or grooves)—areas that are often difficult to clean thoroughly. Applying a sealant as early as the permanent molars come in is a very effective and proven way of preventing tooth decay. When dental sealant bonds into the groove of the tooth, it makes the tooth surface smoother and easier to brush, thus more resistant to the formation of decay.

In addition to the premolars and molars—the back teeth which have the deepest grooves—any type of tooth with irregular surface that allows for accumulation of debris may be sealed. The best candidates for dental sealants are children and teenagers, however adults with a minimal tooth decay can also greatly benefit from the procedure.

Applying sealant is a painless and simple procedure and may be covered by some insurance providers. Sealants can protect teeth from decay for up to 10 years, but they need to be checked for chipping or wearing at regular dental check-ups. How long a sealant lasts depends on the temperature, the type of food a child eats and how they chew. Your dentist can replace sealants as necessary.

Removing dental sealants is not necessary as they wear away over time, and then new sealants can be applied. What kind of dental sealant material is used? The majority of dental sealants are made with liquid resin and the ADA confirms that they are safe. There has been concern, however, that most dental sealants contribute to a very low BPA (bisphenol) exposure for a few hours after the dental sealant procedure. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry compiled the following list of BPA-free dental sealants and the manufacturer, and parents can request Bisphenol-A (BPA)-free dental sealant material when taking their child to the dentist or check with their dental provider.

BPA-free dental sealants (manufacturer):
Aegis (Bosworth)
Clinpro (3M ESPE)
Conseal F (Southern Dental Industries)
Conseal Sealant (Southern Dental Industries)
Delton Light Cure (Dentsply Professional)
Delton (Dentsply Professional)
Ecuseal (Zenith)
Embrace Wet Bond (Pulpdent Corporation)
Fluroshield (Dentsply Caulk)
Fuji Triage Glass Ionomer (GC America, Inc.)
Guardian Seal (Kerr Corp.)
Helioseal F (Vivadent)
Helioseal (Ivoclar Vivadent)
LC (Dentonics)
Natural Elegance (Henry Schein Inc.)
Pit & Fissure Sealant Kit (Carlisle)
Prisma-Shield (Dentsply)
Riva Protect Glass Ionomer (Southern Dental Industries) Sealant (Bisco)
Seal-Rite (Pulpdent)
UltraSeal XT plus (Ultradent Products, Inc.).

Schedule an appointment with a CV Dental Care provider by filling out this contact form or call us at 480-467-3618.

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Tooth Extractions

At CV Dental Care, we are dedicated to helping you preserve as many of your natural teeth as possible. Protecting and improving the health of your smile is our first priority. There are times, however, when removing an impacted tooth is unavoidable. If one of your teeth is severely damaged, it may be necessary to extract the tooth to prevent any further complications.

A dental extraction is most commonly required if:

  • A tooth is deeply decayed or in the advanced stages of gum disease
  • A tooth does not respond to a root canal therapy
  • A tooth has extensive bone loss
  • A tooth has a fractured root
  • A tooth is broken beyond repair
  • A tooth is poorly positioned, such as an impacted or problematic wisdom tooth
  • Erupting wisdom teeth interfere with the orthodontic alignment of teeth

We understand that replacing missing teeth or whether to do so at all may be a challenging decision for many patients. There is a number of negative consequences patients can suffer over time, if they decide against tooth replacement: shifting teeth that affect the bite and cause difficulty chewing, an empty space noticeable in a smile, or even further damage to the adjoining teeth. We strongly advise replacing the missing tooth or teeth with an implant, fixed bridge, or denture as soon as possible.

Тhe Extraction Process

Before removing your tooth, your dentist will numb the area—jawbone and gums– where the tooth will be removed, using a local anesthetic. If several or all of your teeth need to be removed, a stronger, general anesthetic may be used. Your dentist will insert special tools between the tooth and gum surrounding the tooth, moving it back and forth within the socket (the bone that encases the tooth’s root) until it separates from the ligament that holds the tooth in place. You’ll feel a lot of pressure during this process without feeling pain. This is because the anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected. The whole procedure should take minutes to complete. Let your dentist know if you do feel pain at any time during the extraction.

After the extraction, you need to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes to allow for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding. You may need to place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes, if the bleeding still persists. You may have to do this several times to restrain the flow of blood. Avoid rinsing vigorously, sucking on straws, smoking, drinking alcohol, or brushing teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. As there may be some pain and swelling after the extraction, an ice pack applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use the prescribed pain medication as directed. Call our office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours, including brushing and flossing at least once a day. This will speed healing process and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

Call our office immediately if you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication.

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Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a type of partial denture, a solid restorative structure that “bridges a gap” between two teeth. Bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants and are an excellent way to replace missing teeth. They can be either permanently attached or are removable.

Fixed bridges do not come out. They are not removable, although they may need to be re-cemented or replaced. Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth, or by resin bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. They help preserve facial shape, restore chewing and smiling, and prevent the neighboring teeth from drifting.

A removable bridge (removable partial denture) is made of artificial teeth with small precision attachments on either side that anchor them to the neighboring teeth. Removable bridges are easier to clean than the fixed bridges, but slightly less retentive.

Why do I need a bridge?

Any patient who has lost a tooth or multiple teeth but still has some natural teeth and is in decent oral health can benefit from a bridge. Bridges are naturally and realistically looking, and often help improve the patient’s facial structure and smile. One of the most important reasons for a bridge is maintaining good dental health. When a tooth or several teeth are missing, chewing is difficult and puts unusual stress on the remaining teeth and gum tissues, which can cause a number of potentially harmful disorders, including bone loss. A bridge can minimize the development of gum disease—a side effect due to missing teeth.

How is a bridge attached?

It usually takes two to three appointments to complete the procedure.

  • During the first appointment, your dentist will reshape the abutment teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin from the tooth surface and reducing their size. A local anesthetic is injected to the teeth to make the procedure more comfortable.
  • Impressions of the teeth are taken to ensure correct bite and match the opposing teeth. The impressions are then sent to the lab where the custom-fit bridge will be crafted.
  • The finished bridge is adjusted to insure proper fitting and then permanently cemented to the natural teeth with crowns covering the abutment teeth, and the missing tooth is replaced by a pontic (false tooth.) The prosthetic structure is solid and keeps the surrounding teeth from shifting.

What materials are used?

Dental bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either precious or non-precious metal.

How do I take care of my bridge?

Dental bridges require a good oral health care, as teeth covered by crowns are also susceptible to tooth decay. Additionally, cleaning under the pontic (missing tooth) is also very important. Regular brushing and flossing is critical, as plaque can accumulate and lead to gingivitis and gum disease. Good daily home care and regular dental checkups can help minimize or prevent oral health problems.

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Dental Implants

Adults can loose teeth for a number of reasons: trauma, tooth grinding, poor nutrition, gum disease, and serious illness, such as diabetes or autoimmune disease. Missing teeth can impair the ability to chew and digest food properly and has serious emotional and psychological consequences for one’s self esteem and quality of life.

Dental implants replace missing tooth roots, help preserve the bone and facial structure, and provide the strength and stability that is required to chew virtually any food without struggling. A dental implant procedure is considered the best solution for people missing one tooth or an entire mouthful of teeth. Dental implants can last much longer than any other dental restorative work, even a lifetime, if properly taken care of.

A dental implant is a titanium pin–an artificial tooth root implanted into the jawbone through a painless and simple procedure. Implants are customized based on your particular oral situation. They are strong, fully functional, and prevent further tooth decay. Strategically placed in the jawbone where the teeth are missing, they osseointegrate, or fuse with it to form a strong and long-lasting foundation for your replacement teeth. Dental implants can enhance your natural smile and help preserve your facial structure from bone deterioration.

Dental implants offer the health and aesthetic benefits of permanent, naturally functioning tooth replacements. Whether you are missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth, CV Dental Care offers a reliable tooth replacement option.

Evaluation for Dental Implants

If getting dental implants is your preferred choice for restoring your natural smile, at CV Dental Care, as part of your evaluation, we ask that you undergo a comprehensive medical history, dental and radiographic examination. We do this to make sure we have a full understanding of your overall medical and dental health, and to determine what is required to make dental implants a success for you. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either one of our highly skilled doctors or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon referred by our practice.

Dental Implant Procedure

The placement of dental implants usually requires two surgical procedures. First, the dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone. For two to six months following the surgery, the implants are below the surface of the gums and gradually integrating with the jawbone. A temporary prosthesis (dentures) may be recommended so you can eat soft foods.

After the implants have bonded to the bone, your surgeon will remove the gum tissue over the implants and place a small healing collar. After the gum tissue has healed for two weeks, your dentist is ready to start making your new teeth. A post or abutment will be attached to the implant for the replacement tooth to sit on. The dentist will take an impression to have the replacement tooth fabricated. The entire procedure for the implant placement to the final replacement tooth can take up to six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.

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Tooth Colored Restorations

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations

There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Resin onlays are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.

Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!

The result is a beautiful smile!

Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth Colored Restoration

You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations (onlays). This process requires two appointments.

Your First Appointment:

The old filling is removed along with any additional decay.
An impression is made of your teeth. A model of your teeth is made and sent to the lab.
A temporary onlay is placed on the tooth.
At the Lab: A resin is carefully placed into the model of your teeth. It is then designed to look natural.

Your Second Appointment:

  • The temporary onlay is removed.
  • A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new onlay.
  • Bonding cement is placed on the tooth and a high intensity light bonds the resin to the tooth.
  • The tooth is then polished.

Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!

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