Cosmetic Dentistry to Improve Your Smile

cosmetic dentistry to improve your smile

At Robison Dental Group we offer a full range of dental services including restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Sometimes procedures that have similar results can be confused with each other. A good example of this is crowns and veneers. Though both can be made of porcelain and both can improve your smile, there really is a big difference between the two. Veneers are a cosmetic procedure, while crowns provide both improved appearance and complete restoration of a damaged or decaying tooth.

improving smile with cosmetic dentistry

Veneers

Porcelain veneers can correct cosmetic problems with the front teeth and dramatically improve your smile. The thin shell-like veneers are placed on the surface of the teeth after some preparation is done to enable your natural tooth surface to hold the veneers. Once you get porcelain veneers, there is no going back. With proper care, porcelain veneers can last a long time, but if they should chip, they will have to be replaced.

The most exciting thing about smile transformation with porcelain veneers is that this miraculous thin material can correct just about anything that is wrong with the appearance of your front teeth while looking completely natural. As long as your front teeth are healthy and properly aligned, veneers can change the shape of individual teeth, conceal small spaces between teeth, change the color of the front teeth or conceal dark spots or craze lines (thin lines that are not harmful and sometimes appear on your teeth when you get older.) And best of all, porcelain is the most realistic-looking material used in dentistry. The reason for this is that porcelain reflects light in the same way that natural tooth enamel does. Because of this, it is virtually impossible for anyone to be able to tell the difference between natural teeth and teeth that have porcelain veneers.

Crowns

Dental crowns, which can be made of porcelain but are more often made of ceramic materials, are sometimes used for cosmetic purposes, but they can actually restore badly damaged teeth to full function and health. The ceramic resin used in most crowns is sturdy and economical. This material is used in wide range of restorative and cosmetic dental procedures including white fillings and cosmetic bonding. But a crown is a treatment for a tooth that is suffering from decay or is cracked or broken. Crowns are also used as necessary after a root canal, to restore the tooth after being cut open to allow the entry of dental instruments.

Unlike veneers, crowns go all the way around the tooth. Crowns are used on teeth that have healthy roots and are stable (not loose.) Traditionally, getting a dental crown is a process that involves a few steps and a few trips to a cosmetic dentist Mesa Az, but now same-day crowns are available thanks to CEREC technology. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restorations Esthetic Ceramic. With the aid of computer technology, Dr. Robison can design and place a CEREC dental crown all in one visit.

Which is Right for You?

Sometimes it might be confusing trying to decide if you need crowns or veneers. Remember that porcelain veneers are strictly cosmetic because they are too thin to restore damaged teeth. Crowns are a restoration. The word “crown” also actually means a natural tooth itself or the part that shows above the gum; the other part of a tooth being the root.

Dental crowns vs veneers

If you would like to learn more about crowns and veneers or set up an appointment, you can call us anytime. At Robison Dental Group, Dr. Gary Robison and his staff strive to make sure each visit you make to our office exceeds your expectations. Call us now.

Two Little Words Can Make Most Adults Cringe: Root Canal

Two Little Words Can Make Most Adults Cringe: Root Canal

Misinformation concerning root canal treatment has led to many misconceptions about the procedure. In part, a root canal sounds both a little vague and complicated to the uninformed. However, root canal treatment or therapy, is an extremely well understood, predictable, safe, and highly successful treatment that is used as an alternative to tooth extraction. A root canal procedure is a common treatment performed by Dr. Gary Robison DDS.

 
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the center of a tooth the root canal system. The cleaning and filling of an infected root canal is root canal treatment. A root canal treatment is performed to save a tooth when there is an infection that is affecting the nerve in its root. If you imagine a system of tributaries feeding a larger river you can understand the root system inside a tooth. There may be small accessory canals present feeding the larger root. Dr. Gary Robison removes any tooth decay and makes an opening through the natural crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber. After cleaning the canals, the Dr. Robison will fill and seal the canals and place a temporary filling in the tooth. Root canal treatment from an experienced Mesa Family Dentist greatly increases the chances that the full length of the canal will be treated and that complications will be reduced.

 
The reality is the pain associated with not having a root canal performed is far worse than having root canal therapy. When one experiences tooth pain or has a deep cavity, Dr. Gary Robison may determine that a root canal procedure is necessary. You may have to wait a few weeks, or even months, before the pulp canal is filled. Dentists usually prescribe antibiotics prior to getting the root canal done, as well as an anti-inflammatory. Post root canal pain normally only lasts a few days, and then settles down. The dental procedure for a root canal is performed on one to three office visits.

 
If you’re suffering from severe tooth pain but fear those two little words, contact your local general dental office, Robison Dental Group in Mesa, AZ @ 480-924-2300 before a more serious problem develops.

2015 Summer Vacation Top 4 Oral Hygiene Traveling Essentials

Mesa Dentist Gives Top 4 Oral Hygiene Traveling Essential Tips

Summer is here! For most of us, summer is the ideal time for vacations! But just because you’re taking a break doesn’t mean you should leave proper dental care at home. Travel can divert us from our healthy dental routine, which can take its toll on our teeth and our breath. Dealing with your teeth is as essential as everything else you will do during your travels. So, what can you do

to keep your teeth looking and feeling their best while away? It’s easy! You just need the right game plan and these four essential items:
1. A Water Bottle
Always travel with a water bottle. Having a dry mouth can increase the measure of cavity-causing bacteria in our mouths. Flush with water after drinking soda or juice. This will help dispose of any remaining sugar and acid in your mouth. It is also a good idea to rinse your mouth well after each snack or meal. In addition to diluting any sugars and acids in your mouths, rinsing your mouth will help prevent bad breath! This tip is beneficial for both, your oral and social health.
2. Tooth-Friendly Snacks
Road trips also include lots of delicious foods, and you deserve to indulge a little – it is a vacation after all. Just be smart. Another issue during travel is dry, stale mouth caused by long travel times without eating. Skipping meals and inserting long stretches of time between eating decreases healthy saliva stimulation. Carry healthy, tooth scrubbing snacks like apples, celery, and carrots. These foods will help your mouth clean itself, resist plaque, and stimulate saliva production.
3. Sugarless Chewing Gum
Once we have embarked on our adventure, whether business or pleasure, making a stop to brush our teeth simply isn’t on the agenda. It just isn’t always feasible to brush after every meal. Fortunately, chewing sugarless gum will freshen your breath and rinse away food particles. Keeping you fit for travel.
4. Oral Care Basics
As you’re packing your suitcase, remember your oral health basics: floss, toothpaste, and a toothbrush. Toothbrush caps are great for protecting brush bristles from germs and damage in your luggage. But you also need to make sure your brush stays dry – a brush that stays wet breeds bacteria. If you can, take your toothbrush out of its travel case when you reach your destination.
Whether your summer arrangements include travel or not, great oral cleanliness is an essential part of staying healthy. If travel is in your near future, keep in mind the best insurance is to have your teeth at their best before you leave.
We hope these tips will come in handy the next time you travel. Do you have any travel tips YOU would like to share? We would love to hear your ideas!
Thanks for being brilliant patients and friends!
Robison Dental Group

Mesa Dentist Dental Phone Apps

 

 

One App to Keep You and Your Dentist Happy!
Develop and maintain good oral hygiene habits simply by using your smartphone! Plaque is soft, but it is a master of hide and seek, which is why is so important to devote a full two minutes every time you brush your teeth. Here are a couple of free dental apps for Android and Apple smartphones to make brushing teeth easier, educational, and fun!
An App to Help with Your Brushing Routine.

 
Developed by Dentist Ben Underwood, Brush DJ is a NHS approved app that helps you to brush your teeth for the complete two minutes to a random musical composition from your playlist. While you brush, Brush DJ is entertaining you with your favorite jams. The app additionally functions as a reminders to brush twice a day, floss, mouth rinse, and visit your Mesa Dentist, Dr. Gary Robison for your scheduled appointments.

 
An App to Teach You about Your Teeth.
Dental Expert is a patient’s guide to understanding dentistry procedures by offering a wealth of easy to navigate dental information. This app answers your most frequent questions about dentistry and includes tips on several dental-related topics, including what to do in a dental emergency, how to prevent bad breath, distinguish the myths from the fun facts, and how to care for your child’s teeth.

 
Apps are an ideal tool to raise awareness of most current dental advice and give non-threatening motivation to brush twice a day for the appropriate amount of time; however, with all this awesome assistance right at your fingertips, keep in mind that your smartphone can’t provide the same oral care that our professional Robison Dental Group team does! Apps provide support and motivation, but nothing compares to the critical one-on-one time with Mesa dentist, Dr. Gary Robison.

 
If you’ve used a dental app before, let us know about your experience! Take care of your healthy smile, and remember Dr. Gary Robison is always happy to help! Give us a call today at 480-924-2300

Mesa Dentist Treats Sensitive Teeth

Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?

 
You would like to enjoy your hot coffee or that bite of frozen yogurt but the pain is sudden and sharp, and shoots deep into the nerve endings of your teeth. For some, even inhaling a breath of fresh air is enough to cause excruciating pain. If this sounds like you, you may have sensitive or hypersensitive teeth.

 
Reasons for Sensitive Teeth

 
From chipped or cracked teeth, worn tooth enamel, or gum disease, there are many reasons people develop sensitive teeth. Typically, sensitive teeth are the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. The outer layer of your teeth is made up of enamel, a hard, porous, mineralized tissue. A strong layer of enamel covers the visible portion of your teeth, while the roots are protected by cementum, a layer that is not quite as hard as enamel. The underlying layer of the tooth, called the dentine, is a porous layer with many tiny channels running through it to the nerve in the center. When the dentine loses its protective covering, teeth are at even greater risk of exposure to extreme temperatures, acids and sugar.

 
Treating Sensitive Teeth

 
The best way to avoid dental problems is by taking care of your teeth regularly. However, if you already have sensitive teeth you still have options. You can use special toothpaste designed to block sensation to the nerves or Dr. Gary Robison DDS can apply a fluoride gel that can also block sensation to the nerves with the added benefit of strengthening enamel. Depending on the reason for your sensitive teeth, Dr. Gary Robison DDS may be required to use more invasive solutions like performing a root canal, gum graft, or providing you with a restoration (inlay, crown).
You can keep your teeth from developing major problems when you develop a regular dental care routine that includes proper oral hygiene habits and routine appointments with Mesa Dentist Dr. Gary Robison DDS.

 
If you’re not sure about the best way to protect your teeth, or if you have sensitive teeth, contact Mesa Dentist, Dr. Gary Robison DDS of Robison Dental Group @ 480-924-2300 or General Dental Services for a consultation.

Soft Drinks and Your Teeth; What You Should Know

Most people know that soft drinks contain a lot of sugar. Prior studies have linked consumption of regular pop and its high levels of sugar with multiple risk factors for heart disease. Ten percent of teenage boys drink seven or more cans of soda daily and 10 % of teenage girls drink five or more cans of soda daily. This means the average teenage girl and boy will consume roughly 10-15 teaspoons of refined sugar daily, respectively.
While you know that high consumption of sugars is bad for your overall health, you may not know sugar in soft drinks isn’t the immediate threat to your teeth. It’s the acid. Most soft drinks contain the following three types of acid:
1. Citric- Found in citrus fruits, this acid is used largely to give soft drinks flavor.
2. Phosphoric-Another acid used for adding a “tangy” taste to soft drinks. Also widely used for rust removal.
3. Carbonic-This acid gives soft drinks their fizz.
When exploring the pH (potential Hydrogen) levels in soft drinks, it becomes painfully obvious soft drinks are very acidic. The pH scale starts at 0-extremely acidic to 14-alkaline. Clean, filtered water has a pH balance of 7 which is neutral. Anything from 0 through, and including 6, is considered acidic. To put the acidity level of soft drinks into perspective consider this; battery acid has a pH level of zero. Soft drinks can range from a high 2 up to 4. A pH lower than 3 has been linked to giving people brain damage.

How Does This Level of Acidity Threaten My Teeth?

Your teeth are robbed of vital calcium when you drink soft drinks. In order for your body to neutralize the acid it’s consuming, it turns bone calcium into alkaline. The calcium that creates the enamel on your teeth becomes weakened, eventually eroding leaving your teeth vulnerable to continued attacks which cause cavities and worse. If you’re a regular drinker of soft drinks you will also be more prone to fracturing or breaking bones in addition to osteoporosis.
How Can I Protect my Teeth if I Drink Soft Drinks?
Remember, brushing, flossing, and swishing are part of a good oral hygiene routine. This is especially true if you drink soft drinks. Try the following preventative care tips to protect your teeth against the harmful effects of soft drinks:
• Brush your teeth a minimum of twice a day. If you get the chance, brush right after drinking a soft drink.
• If you’re not able to brush your teeth after consuming a soft drink, try rinsing your mouth with water to remove as much acid and sugar from your teeth as possible.
• Keep Fluorinated. Use a mouth wash and toothpaste containing fluoride. Fluoride helps to strengthen tooth enamel.
• Drinking more water and milk will improve more than just your oral health. Drinking the recommended 8-12 glasses of water a day has shown to improve energy levels. Drinking the suggested amount of milk (3-4 glasses for adults) not only strengthens bones but can assist in weight reduction. If you can’t drink milk, salmon is another great source of calcium.
• If you’re a parent or teacher, lead by example. Keep healthier options available at home or consume healthy choices in front of impressionable students. Encourage healthier choices early and often.
By making healthier choices like reducing or quitting soft drink consumption, together with proper dental care, you will greatly improve your chances of combating cavities and having a healthy mouth.
Robison Dental Group, provides unsurpassed dental service in Mesa, AZ. We are a family-oriented, private dental practice with a soothing atmosphere. Convenient hours and location, catering to all ages! Call 480-924-2300 or visit our website @ http://www.drrobison.com/general-dental-services/ for an appointment today!

Tooth-Colored Restorations

We have placed tooth-colored restorations, also known as “white fillings”, in your teeth. They are a metal-free option for tooth restoration. We use only the finest and most up-to-date materials available today. The resin material used is a composite with small “filler” particles of glass-like material- that bonds to the tooth and helps prevent fracturing of the tooth which can occur with typical amalgam “silver fillings”. Your restorations can serve you well for several years as long as you adhere to the following…
Chewing: Avoid chewing excessively hard foods on the restored teeth (hard candy, ice, raw carrots, shelled nuts, etc.) because extreme force can cause the resin material to be broken from the tooth- just as it can on a natural tooth. In the event that a breakage does occur, contact Dr. Gary A. Robison, for an easy replacement.
Recalls: Often, problems that develop around the restorations can be detected at an early stage and repaired easily. Waiting longer than the recommended six-months between exams may require redoing the entire restoration and may void our warranty. Visit us at regular six-month examination periods to avoid unnecessary dental work.
Preventative
Procedures: To avoid future dental decay and provide the optimal permanency for your restorations, please adhere to the following preventative procedures:
• Routinely brush and floss after eating and before bedtime.
• Use a recommended fluoride rinse daily and swish vigorously for a minimum of 30 seconds.
• Use the fluoride gel that was prescribed by our office.
• Use the Sonicare toothbrush as recommended by us.
We assure you, we’ve done our best to provide you with the finest, high-quality tooth-colored restoration available. With your continued care and concern, you can assure a successful, long-term restoration. Please call us @ 480-924-2300, if you notice any change with your restoration, or if you have any questions.

Mesa Family Dentist Serving the City of Mesa For over 30 Years

The Robison Dental Group is proud to serve the diverse population of Mesa. Following Phoenix and Tucson, Mesa is the third largest city in Arizona and the 38th largest city in the US with over 450,000 people. Mesa Community College, Northern Arizona University Mesa Campus, Wilkes University, Benedictine University at Mesa, Albright College , Upper Iowa University, and the Polytechnic campus of Arizona State University also call Mesa home.

 
Whether catering to students or staff of the many colleges and universities, large employers like Banner Health Systems and The Boeing Company, new or long-time residents, Robison Dental Group offers new patient discounts, and time sensitive appointment scheduling to fit around your active lifestyle. After all, Mesa provides the advantages of a thriving metropolis by offering many recreational, business, and educational opportunities. Enjoying the very best amenities, residents can make the most of a variety of sports facilities, a multitude of parks within walking distance, top-rated golf links designed by PGA pros, Chicago Cubs spring training baseball, and an assortment of special events and community festivals all while enjoying the feel of a comfortable suburb.

 
Mesa is among the fastest-growing cities in the United States, in large part because of the excellent climate and strong local economy, which boasts several of the country’s top manufacturers. No matter where you work or what you do for fun, Robison Dental Group has you covered. We currently accept the following dental insurance providers: Aetna, Banner Health Indemnity Plans, City of Mesa, Cigna, all indemnity plans, Boeing Washington Dental Service, and Delta Dental Premier Plan.

 
Remember, good dental care should be included into your busy Mesa lifestyle. Good self-care, which includes brushing with fluoride toothpaste, daily flossing, and professional treatment, is key to good oral health. Robison Dental Group can help by providing dental checkups, cleanings, x-rays, tooth colored fillings, 24-hour emergency dental care, dental bonding, and dental implants.

 
As you can see, Mesa, AZ is a great place to work and play and Robison Dental Group is the right place for your oral healthcare needs. For additional information about Robison Dental Group, please visit our site. To learn more about the great city of Mesa.