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Glendale, AZ 85308

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Dental FAQ


Below is a list of some of the questions our patients most frequently ask. If you have a question that isn't answered below, feel free to give us a call and our team at Arrowhead Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery will be happy to assist you.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease
What is periodontal (gum) disease?
What are the signs of periodontal disease?
How can I prevent periodontal disease?

Teeth Whitening
Why do our teeth turn yellow?
What are the different types of teeth whitening options?
How long does teeth whitening last?

All About Dental Implants
Are implants the right decision for me?
Are implants or bridges a better choice?
Can implants be used to restore multiple teeth?
Are implants expensive?
How long do implants last?
What if I do not have enough bone in my jaw for implants?
When an implant is surgically placed, how long until I get my new tooth?
How can I get a full set of teeth in one day?

Porcelain Veneers
What are veneers?
How much of my tooth is removed with veneers?
Will my veneers change color?
How long does it take to get a set of veneers, or even just one?
How many veneers do I need?
How long do veneers last?

Other Common Questions
What can I do about bad breath?
What is cosmetic dentistry?
What is the easiest way to improve my smile?
What are composite fillings?
Should I get my mercury fillings removed?
What are the options for mercury replacement?
Is the mercury dangerous to remove?

Answers to FAQ
How often should I visit the dentist?
We always recommend that our patients come to see us at least once every six months. By coming in to see us twice a year, we can catch early signs and symptoms of tooth decay and disease that would otherwise go untreated for untold amounts of time. When we catch oral health issues early, we are much more successful in our treatment of the problem.

How often should I brush and floss my teeth?
Always brush at least twice a day, and always try to floss after a meal, not before.

What is the proper way to brush my teeth?
The following guidelines are important to brushing correctly:
•  Soft bristles are always preferable to medium and hard bristles.
•  Place the head of the brush at a 45-degree angle to your gum line. Remember that your teeth and gums need to be brushed.
•  Brush using small, circular movements. The size of the movement should be roughly equal to the size of the tooth.
•  Brush with light pressure. A gentle hand while brushing is important because you can scratch the enamel of your teeth if you use too firm of pressure.
•  Remember to brush ever surface of every tooth.
•  Brush for a minimum of two minutes per session.

What is the proper way to floss?
The following guidelines are important to flossing correctly:
•  Take a length of floss and wrap it around each of your middle fingers. Floss your teeth until the floss become dirty. Adjust the floss on your fingers by winding and unwinding as needed.
•  Gently floss the inner surfaces of each tooth with light pressure. Be careful not to press or snap the floss down onto the gums.
•  Clean the gum line carefully.
•  Repeat this process for all of your teeth

What is plaque?
Plaque is what we call the bacteria that live in your mouth. When plaque builds up on the surface of your teeth, they might feel mossy. Brushing and flossing functions to remove plaque from your mouth. This bacteria is what is responsible for causing tooth decay and gum disease. Sugary and acidic foods are what plaque enjoys the most, so staying away from these foods can help to control plaque levels.

What is periodontal (gum) disease?
Periodontal disease, AKA gum disease. Is an infection of your gums by plaque and tartar. Many people do not realize that the same things that infect your teeth with cavities can likewise infect your gums. Poor oral hygiene habits are usually the top reason patients end up having gum disease. If you are coming in once every six months, we should be able to detect the signs of gums disease early, when it is still reversible.

What are the signs of periodontal disease?
The following are signs of periodontal (gum) disease, and you should contact your dentist if you experience any of these:
•  Gums that bleed while brushing
•  Red, swollen or tender gums
•  Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
•  Bad breath that doesn't go away
•  Pus between your teeth and gums
•  Loose teeth
•  A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
•  A change in the fit of partial dentures

How can I prevent periodontal disease?
To avoid periodontal disease, brush and floss twice a day and avoid sugary and acidic foods whenever possible. Make sure to schedule regular cleanings and examinations with us every six months by calling (623) 738-2564.

Why do our teeth turn yellow?
Our teeth do much work for us and tend to wear down over time. The enamel on our teeth is what makes them appear white, and given many years; the enamel will wear down to expose a yellowish tint. The core of our teeth (dentin) is yellowish and may end up showing through the enamel.

What are the different types of teeth whitening options?
Below are the three most popular teeth whitening options available today:
In-office Teeth Whitening
This is the fastest and most effective teeth whitening solution that we have available today. We can usually have you in and out of our office in about an hour. We apply a high-concentration peroxide gel on your teeth while protecting them with a special tray.

Professionally Dispensed Take-home Whitening Kits
At-home professional whitening kits can be purchased from us on request. The strength of the active ingredient in these kits is lower than the in-office teeth whitening solutions to avoid presenting a danger to the patient. These trays are usually worn for a few hours during the day or night, for a few weeks at a time.

Over the Counter Whitening
Over the counter teeth, whitening kits are the least effective form of teeth whitening that is still somewhat reliable or effective. The strength of the active ingredient in these kits is the lowest of any of these options, and as a result, it can take plenty of time to see results. These trays are not custom-fit to your teeth.

How long does teeth whitening last?
Teeth whitening can last from one to three years depending on a variety of factors, including, how well you take care of your teeth, what you eat and drink, and how often you have “touch-up” appointments.

Are implants the right decision for me?
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement options that allow you to eat and speak as you did before you experienced tooth loss. They can be used to support single tooth or multiple tooth restorations. Benefits include:
•  They integrate into the jaw bone, allowing you to use them to eat any food you desire.
•  They will never decay.
•  Dental implants look, feel, and act just like real teeth, allowing you to get on with life!

Are implants or bridges a better choice?
There was a time when dental bridges were the best that dentistry had to offer regarding permanent tooth replacement. The problem with traditional dental bridges is that it required sacrificing two healthy teeth to support a bridge. Now we can support dental bridges with dental implants, allowing you to keep your natural teeth healthy and happy!

Can implants be used to restore multiple teeth?
Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or even a full arch of missing teeth with a permanent denture. Implants act to keep the structures of your mouth healthy for the rest of your life.

Are implants expensive?
The cost of a single dental implant that is meant to replace a single tooth is usually less costly than the alternatives. The cost rises with the complexity of the case.

How long do implants last?
Implants have a very high success rate, roughly 98%, which is a higher success rate than almost any other dental procedure. With proper care from our staff, we can give you dental implants that will last a lifetime.

What if I do not have enough bone in my jaw for implants?
We can bring the levels of healthy bone in your jaw back to where they need to be to support a dental implant with the help of bone grafting procedures.

When an implant is surgically placed, how long until I get my new tooth?
Front teeth are usually placed the same day as the dental implants in a temporary form. Molars and bicuspids are usually left to heal for a period of one to two months before we place a tooth replacement on top of the implant. In cases where we feel that there is some risk that the bone might not be able to support an implant completely, we may wait seven to ten months to place restorations on an implant.

How can I get a full set of teeth in one day?
We use CAT scan planning to help us make your dental implant placement fast and effective. Planning can take a while for us to accomplish but once the planning is done we can often execute the procedure in one day!

What are veneers?
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is made to sit on top of your natural, healthy teeth and give them a new aesthetic. We can use veneers to change the color, size, and shape of your teeth. We are even able to make crooked teeth appear straight!

How much of my tooth is removed with veneers?
Compared to crowns and bridges, very little enamel is removed from your natural teeth to place veneers. We invest our time and effort into planning your procedure of time so that you end up keeping as much of your natural teeth as possible.

Will my veneers change color?
Porcelain is extremely stain resistant, much more so than your natural teeth. As a result, veneers stay the same shade for the duration of their time on your teeth.

How long does it take to get a set of veneers, or even just one?
It is important that we take the time to ensure that your procedure is done correctly. Veneers are a long-lasting dental procedure that requires skill and expertise to do right. We will always work according to your wishes, but we ask for patience where it can be given.

How many veneers do I need?
When you take a look at your smile, how many teeth do you count that you are not happy with? There are usually between eight and ten teeth on the upper arch that can be helped by veneers. The lower arch usually benefits less from veneers because they sit behind the upper teeth and are therefore less prominent in the smile.

How long do veneers last?
It is important that you take precautions to keep your veneers in good shape. This means avoiding using your teeth as tools to help open packaging and avoid chewing on hard substances like ice. We stand by our work unconditionally for two years.

What can I do about bad breath?
Bad breath can be caused by a wide range of issues, from the foods you eat to the oral hygiene you keep. Contact us and ask about what may be causing your bad breath and we will do our best to help end the problem once and for all!

Good oral hygiene and regular trips to our office will always work against the bad breath that you experience Food particles that get stuck in your teeth can cause a lot of different odors to come from your mouth. Brushing and flossing work to wash away the causes of these foul odors. Brushing and flossing also work against things like gum disease and cavities. If you wear dentures, soaking them in a denture solution overnight can often do wonders to fight bad odors.

What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is the practice of offering our patients with procedures that can bring positive aesthetic changes to their mouth. We offer a wide range of cosmetic dental options from teeth whitening to porcelain veneers to crowns and even Clear Correct orthodontics preceding your care. Essentially, anything to improve your smile could be considered in this field, however, Dr. Michael Allard has studied extensively and committed a large part of his practice to offering exceptional smile transformations, from the most subtle nuanced changes to extreme makeovers televised on the networks and in magazines.

What is the easiest way to improve my smile?
Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure because of how easy and fast it is. Whitening your teeth makes a big difference in the beauty of your smile.

What are composite fillings?
Composite is a tooth colored filling material that we can use to create tooth colored fillings, or to alter your teeth aesthetically with a procedure known as dental bonding. Dental bonds, also called resin veneers offer our patients a fast and cost-effective alternative to porcelain veneers. While composite dental resin is not as long-lasting as porcelain, it works well.

Should I get my mercury fillings removed?
Our position on mercury based "amalgam" fillings is that their potential for toxicity, poor appearance and inability to bond to tooth structure makes them obsolete for most of our patients. The statistics from Harvard dental school list a 90% rate of decay under mercury fillings. Most have existed long after their designed lifetime. In our office, we offer replacement options for every mercury filling we encounter.

What are the options for mercury replacement?
There is no single answer to this question, just a couple of different option of what will work best in each scenario. There are a lot of high-quality and long-lasting materials that we can use to strengthen teeth that have been made weak by large, amalgam fillings. Some great replacement options include porcelain, ceramic, and gold.

Is the mercury dangerous to remove?
For those concerned about the metal debris, we are prepared to use special measures to protect you. Removal is not considered a health risk by the ADA.

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Dr. Michael Allard
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Glendale, AZ 85308
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Dr. Michael Allard has been delivering outstanding care in oral and maxillofacial surgery here in Arizona since 2000. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Glendale, AZ, Dr. Allard manages a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions.
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