CLEANINGS & PREVENTION
At Catalina Dental, we provide a wide range of oral health care services to patients, from routine checkups and cleanings to treating oral disease.
All first-time patients (other than those needing emergency care) will receive an initial evaluation of oral health. It’s a complete dental exam that gives us full details of your current dental situation.
Most dental exams consist of:
- Diagnostic x-rays that help detect problems including severe to moderate decay, tumors, cysts and bone loss. Dental x-rays are a crucial piece of information. X-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe.
- We will also do an oral cancer screening of your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat and gums.
- Your Doctor will check for signs of periodontal disease and tooth decay as well as problems with any fillings or crowns.
One of our Registered Dental Hygienists will perform your dental cleaning to remove tartar and plaque.
And finally your teeth will be polished to remove stains and any additional plaque.
Home care is very important to maintain a healthy smile.
We highly recommend you consider your diet and set a goal to eat a more balanced diet.
We would ask that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, especially before bed.
At our office, we suggest patients invest in an electric toothbrush. They do a better job of removing plaque while being less abrasive than normal toothbrushes. Spend at least 2 full minutes brushing along the gumline and across each tooth including chewing areas.
We would also ask that you floss daily to clean between the teeth and under the gumline.
In the past decade there have been major advances in cosmetic dentistry. Patients want a healthy, gorgeous smile which gives them more confidence. Now at Catalina Dental, we are able to offer the most advanced treatment options for patients at a reasonable price.
Cosmetic Dentistry Offers the Ability to:
- Change the size, shape, and alignment of certain teeth.
- Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth.
- Improve or correct bites.
- Lighten or brighten the color of teeth.
- Repair decayed, broken, cracked, or chipped teeth.
- Replace missing teeth.
- Replace old, unattractive dental treatments.
Dentists no longer need to rely on unsightly metals to replace tooth structure lost to decay but use high density, state-of-the-art plastic (composite resins) and porcelain materials instead. These materials more naturally mimic the look, feel, and function of natural teeth and actually bond directly to the remaining enamel and dentin.
A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
The main advantage to composite fillings is aesthetics. We can blend shades to create a color nearly identical to that of the actual tooth. Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes.
Your smile is one of the first things people notice when they see you. That’s why we want to help you have a smile that’s as bright as possible.
We have options in teeth whitening that can give you that beautiful white smile that will leave an impression.
At our office, we offer several teeth whitening solutions, including take-home whitening and in-office whitening. Both methods have proven extremely effective in producing dramatically whiter smiles.
There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening products available, but none will compare to the results you’ll experience under the supervision of one of our dentists. Many teeth whitening products found in stores can actually damage teeth or cause real problems with sensitivity. And quite often, people don’t reach the level of whitening they hoped for. With our teeth whitening solutions, you can count on a safe, predictable teeth whitening experience.
We are passionate about giving our patients healthy, beautiful smiles they can be proud to show off!
A mild form of gum disease with inflammation of the gum is called gingivitis. Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease. Gingivitis is usually very mild and some people don’t even know they have it. Gingivitis should be treated, because it can progress into serious gum disease.
If a person’s gums are red instead of pink, inflamed, swollen and bleed when they brush their teeth, they most likely have gingivitis. Gingivitis is mainly caused by inadequate oral hygiene–not brushing your teeth enough or properly, and not flossing. Plaque, a sticky substance made up of bacteria, builds up in the teeth. The bacteria release toxins that irritate the gums.
Most of us will have a mild case of gingivitis at some time during our lives. If the plaque and tartar remain in the teeth, the gingiva (the gum) will become more irritated and inflamed. Eventually, the gums will be swollen and more likely to bleed. If tartar build-up continues the condition can then lead to periodontitis.
The following are known risk factors for gum disease:
- A weakened immune system
- Hormonal changes
- Older age
- Some medications
- Some viral and fungal infections
- Substance abuse
Normal gums should be firm and pinkish, and should not bleed when you brush your teeth normally. Healthy gums keep our teeth anchored in place securely. Gingivitis primarily affects the gums. Symptoms would be painful or swollen gums, gums that are red not pink, and gums that bleed after flossing.
Gum disease is not something to ignore. The complications can lead to tooth loss. People with periodontal disease are more likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes. It can also lead to premature birth. A pregnant woman with periodontitis has a significantly higher risk of giving birth prematurely, compared to other women.
A crown, also called a cap, can make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance.
A crown can help strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling. Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. It’s also used to cover a dental implant.
The chewing of the tooth can be improved because it can be reshaped to more efficiently match the opposing teeth. A crown can improve cosmetics by the use of modern ceramic processes that produce translucency and color that is more natural than has ever been possible.
At Catalina Dental we use Zirconia for our crowns.
Zirconium crowns have quickly become the preferred material for dental crowns. Zirconium is a very strong substance that can endure wear and tear of everyday use. When looking at Zirconium crowns from an aesthetic point, it is clear and very similar to a natural tooth and reflects light the same way. This may be important if your new crowns are on the front of your mouth and it is particularly relevant in cases where the crown will be seen next to the natural teeth.
We have a zirconia lab on-site to custom fabricate your crowns.
ROOT CANAL THERAPY
Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased. During root canal treatment, your our specialist removes the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your tooth may have to be removed.
Causes of pulp problems include:
- A deep cavity
- Repeated dental procedures
- A cracked or broken tooth
- Injury to the tooth
If you continue to care for your teeth and gums, your restored tooth could last a lifetime. However, regular checkups are necessary. Keep in mind, a tooth without its nerve can still develop cavities or gum disease. Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort.
Dental Implants are the most revolutionary advancement in dentistry today.
Unlike dentures, dental implants are fixed in place in your mouth. Because your new restoration is permanently anchored in your mouth, you can enjoy speaking, eating, and socializing without worrying about your teeth. They look and feel the most natural. Catalina Dental is pleased to provide complete dental implant treatment from Tucson’s premier Dental Implant Center, Catalina Dental Implant Center. At Catalina, the focus is dental implant treatment and restoring smiles in just one day.
For complete details about dental implant options visit Catalina Dental Implant Center’s website.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side.
The typical bridge comprises one or more artificial teeth, known as pontics, which are held in place by two dental crowns, or abutments.
To place a traditional bridge, we secure the crowns to the teeth on either side of a gap, anchoring the pontic or pontics so that they fill the space. The result is a smile that is fully restored in terms of function and appearance.
Bridges can also be attached to dental implants, which do not rely on natural teeth for support. For this type of restoration, we place titanium implants into the jawbone. Dental implants are the only dental restorations that mimic the entire structure of missing teeth, including the roots, making them the strongest, most stable method of securing bridges available.
Please refer back to the dental implant tab on this page for more information.
When a person is missing teeth, he or she may experience a variety of problems. The person may become less confident in their smile and have difficulty speaking and eating certain foods.
Dentures are appliances that are custom made to replace a person’s missing teeth and restore the appearance and oral functions that were lost. The denture can be either a full denture or a partial denture. A full denture is used when all of the person’s teeth are missing and a partial denture is used when only some of the teeth are missing.
Dentures are an affordable solution for people suffering with missing or failing teeth.
Although your natural teeth can last a lifetime, teeth that have become damaged or decayed may need to be removed or extracted.
Extractions are a very common procedure. Our team of Doctors has special training to perform surgery.
There are several reasons for extracting a tooth:
- Severe Tooth Damage/Trauma: Some teeth have such extensive decay and damage (broken or cracked) that repair is not possible.
- Malpositioned/Nonfunctioning Teeth: We may recommend removing teeth that are essentially useless.
- Orthodontic Treatment: Orthodontic treatment, such as braces, may require tooth extraction to make needed space for improved teeth alignment.
- Extra Teeth: Extra teeth may block other teeth from erupting.
- Radiation: Head and neck radiation therapy may require the extraction of teeth.
- Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy weakens the immune system, increasing the risk of tooth infections, heightening the risk of extraction.
- Organ Transplant: Immunosuppressive medications prescribed after organ transplantation can increase the likelihood of tooth infection.
- Wisdom teeth removal is one of the more common categories of tooth extraction.