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CEREC® Crowns vs. Lab-Made Crowns

In the past, patients in need of a dental crown would need to schedule two visits with their dentist to complete their final tooth restoration. This allowed for the dentist to work with a lab technician for the fabrication of the new crown. As dental technology has continued to advance over the years, the sophisticated system known as CEREC® has allowed dentists to offer crowns in just a single visit. CEREC is a type of CAD/CAM machine that makes planning […]

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How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Porcelain dental crowns are used to restore the form and function of a tooth that has been damaged, decayed, or weakened in some other way. As such a common tooth restoration, many patients wonder how long they can expect their porcelain crown to last. In most cases, crowns can last for a decade or longer when cared for properly. However, it is not uncommon for the restoration to need to be replaced or recemented after several years of wear and […]

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When Are Porcelain Crowns a Better Option Than Veneers?

Porcelain crowns and veneers are commonly used dental restorations that can improve the appearance of a tooth. Although they both can address concerns like chipped or cracked teeth, each restoration has a distinct purpose. A porcelain crown, for instance, covers the entire affected tooth, restoring its form and function while protecting it from further damage. A porcelain veneer, on the other hand, is a thin shell placed over the front of a tooth, designed to conceal cosmetic imperfections like stains […]

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What Are My Options If I Have Missing Teeth?

A missing tooth certainly impacts the appearance of a person’s smile, but many patients are unaware of the oral health problems a missing tooth can cause. When left unaddressed, the space left behind by a missing tooth can cause the adjacent teeth to shift position, create poor occlusion, and weaken the strength of the bite. Over time, the facial bones may even begin to shift, particularly when there are several missing teeth. Innovations in restorative dentistry have yielded more tooth […]

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Are Porcelain Veneers Right For Me?

Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry option because they can address several tooth imperfections simultaneously. By applying a thin shell of porcelain to the affected tooth or teeth, many common smile concerns can be easily concealed. In addition, dental veneers typically require minimal tooth preparation and can preserve the natural tooth structure. Candidates for porcelain veneers typically have one or more of the following tooth imperfections: Cracks or chips Stains or discoloration Gaps or spaces Worn or “short” teeth […]

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Top 5 Foods That Stain Your Teeth

Most people associate a white smile with health, youth, and vitality. Unfortunately, maintaining a bright smile can often be a challenge, depending upon your diet. For example, acidic foods can soften enamel and create a rougher surface that attracts stains, and tannins in food can cause stains to stick to the teeth. Additionally, chromogens—which are heavily-pigmented compounds found in some foods and beverages—can easily stain tooth enamel. If you are trying to maintain a bright smile, try to consume these […]

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How to Prepare for Teeth Whitening If You Have Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth do not need to prevent you from achieving a whiter, brighter smile. If you are experiencing increased tooth sensitivity when using over-the-counter whitening products or undergoing professional bleaching treatments, our dentists at North Scottsdale Dental Studio have a number of tips that can help minimize this issue and improve your comfort. Prior to beginning any teeth whitening treatment, patients can use toothpastes and mouthwashes that are specifically designed for sensitive teeth. These products can significantly reduce tooth sensitivity, […]

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Dr. Mabry Presented with “Smile Maker Award”

North Scottsdale Dental Studio is thrilled to announce that Dr. Todd Mabry was honored with a “Smile Makeover Award” for the dental care he provided to reformed inmates as part of Smiles Beyond the Bars! Dr. Mabry—who is a board member of Smiles Beyond the Bars—is extremely appreciative of the recognition, and he feels blessed to be in the position to make such a positive difference in the lives of people in need. Smiles Beyond the Bars is a faith-based, […]

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Get to Know Dr. Vaysman

Dr. Anna Vaysman is an integral member of our team here at North Scottsdale Dental Studio, and as such, we wanted to take some time to help any patients who haven’t had the chance to get to know her yet do just that. Below is a Q&A with Dr. Vaysman that can help you get a feel for what makes her so wonderful as both a dentist and a person. Q: Where are you originally from? Dr. Vaysman: I was […]

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Sedation Dentistry: What to Expect

At North Scottsdale Dental Studio, our team offers two sedation dentistry methods that can help keep patients completely relaxed and comfortable throughout the entirety of their treatment—oral conscious sedation and IV sedation. Below, we’ve highlighted what to expect from each. Oral Conscious Sedation Prior to treatment, you will be given oral medication that helps you reach a deep state of relaxation. Since this type of sedation does not put you to sleep, you will be able to talk during treatment, […]

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