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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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Amalgam Fillings

Disadvantages of Silver Fillings

For 200 years, silver amalgams have established a solid track record in durability and cost effectiveness. Almost every person has had at least one or two mercury fillings. An amalgam filling is a mixture of silver, tin, zinc, copper and mercury, where mercury is nearly 50% of the mixture. Mercury is used to bind metals together and makes it possible for the mixture to be easily manipulated to fill a tooth cavity.

Many dentists still prefer working with them because they’re easiest to work with compared to other alternatives. However, they have many drawbacks. Silver amalgam fillings are easily noticeable and less attractive than tooth colored composite resin fillings, even though most of the time they’re placed at the back of the mouth. Over time, their color can tarnish and cause discoloration of the amalgam tooth where the amalgam meets the tooth. Many people have reported increased sensitivity after an amalgam filling placement due to the metal expanding and contracting according to temperature changes. This can cause micro fractures and cracks within the tooth. Placing a silver amalgam also requires the removal of a healthy part of the tooth, which ultimately makes it weaker and fragile.

Even though there were numerous findings about the harmful effect of mercury amalgams, only recently, in the 80s and the 90s, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark have banned the use of mercury amalgams. Starting July 1, 2018, amalgam use will be banned for children under 15 and for pregnant or nursing women in all countries of the European Union. Canada already has established guidelines for dentists discouraging the use of mercury amalgams on women and children.

CV Dental Care is a mercury-free practice. Not only do we care about your smile, but also about the role your mouth plays in your overall health. There are many choices of dental materials, treatments, and alternatives to traditional dentistry we offer to our patients, as we believe that everyone deserves a high quality of dental care.

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 Fillings

What is a filling? Even though most people still associate this word with pain and fear, in today’s modern dentistry, geared toward patient’s comfort, a tooth filling is a common restorative procedure that helps repair and save teeth damaged by decay.

Dental fillings are not new. There are scientific discoveries suggesting that the oldest known dental filling may be dating to 13,000 years ago, made from a tar-like material. Another discovery of a 6,500 year old fossilized jawbone reveals that a crack on the canine tooth was stuffed with beeswax.

In the 19th century restorative dentistry starts using metals, such as gold, silver, tin, etc. that were softened to fill teeth. In 1819, a mercury based dental amalgam filling is created by the English chemist, Bell. In 1830, the mercury amalgam starts being used in the United States, and soon many harmful effects were reported. In 1859, what is today known as the American Dental Association is formed, a pro-mercury proponent.

Even though there were numerous findings about the harmful effect of mercury amalgams, only recently, in the 80s and the 90s, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark have banned the use of mercury amalgams. Starting July 1, 2018, amalgam use will be banned for children under 15 and for pregnant or nursing women in all countries of the European Union. Canada already has established guidelines for dentists discouraging the use of mercury amalgams on women and children.

During your dental exam, if any tooth decay is discovered by your dentist, he or she may recommend a filling. This is a procedure in which your dentist will remove the decayed portion of your tooth and fill the area with a tooth colored substrate. There are different filling compounds used for the procedure, for example: ceramics, glass ionomer, cast gold, composite resin, and silver. Silver/mercury fillings, which are easily noticeable when you open your mouth, tend to become darker with time. In the United States, although the FDA has determined that the level of mercury in the filling is safe for people over the age of six, most people prefer not to have a mercury/silver fillings done, given the variety of other options.

CV Dental Care is a mercury-free practice. Not only do we care about your smile, but also about the role your mouth plays in your overall health. There are many choices of dental materials, treatments, and alternatives to traditional dentistry we offer to our patients, as we believe that everyone deserves a high quality of dental care.

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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Teeth Cleaning

Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Prophylaxis is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of gum disease. The benefits include:

  • Plaque removal. Tartar (also referred to as calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can result in serious periodontal problems. Unfortunately, even with a proper home brushing and flossing routine, it can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria and deposits from gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch potentially damaging buildup.
  • A healthier looking smile. Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the esthetics of a smile. Prophylaxis is an effective treatment in ridding the teeth of these unsightly stains.
  • Fresher breath. Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line) and potential gangrene stemming from gum infection, results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.

Prophylaxis can be performed at our office. We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for periodontitis sufferers. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but prophylaxis is one of the tools our doctors can use to effectively halt its progression.

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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