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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, non-profit organization whose mission is to change the lives of formerly incarcerated women and men by improving the appearance of their smiles. Most of the reformed inmates need extensive dental work such as dental implants or full arch restorations due to tooth loss caused by poverty, drugs, or prison life. Performed by top oral care professionals in the community, the smile makeovers former inmates receive help them to gain the confidence they need to successfully transition back into productive members of society.

“It takes a great dental team to help these patients get back into society and be able to smile,” Dr. Mabry says of his experience. “I am so lucky to be able to impact and improve someone’s life so they have a chance to succeed. My dental team and I benefit from being able to meet these patients and see not only the transformation in their smiles, but also the transformation in their personal confidence.”
To learn more about Dr. Mabry’s work with Smiles Beyond the Bars, or if you are interested in scheduling an appointment at our practice, please contact North Scottsdale Dental Studio today.

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 born in Minsk, Belarus—part of the former USSR—but I moved to San Francisco at the age of four.

Q: Tell us a bit about your educational background.

Dr. Vaysman: I went to the University of California, Berkeley for undergrad, during which time I did a lot of tutoring and worked for the student learning center. I was actually awarded “Exemplary Tutor” in 2007/2008 while there. In addition, I worked for a lab studying stomatopods and octopuses with Dr. Roy Caldwell.

After graduating from UC Berkeley, I went on to obtain my Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at Midwestern University, where I stayed to earn my Doctor of Dental Medicine as well. Throughout dental school, I did a lot of volunteering for various clubs and philanthropies, and I was the only student to remain on class counsel for all four years.

Q: Why did you decide to become a dentist and practice in Scottsdale?

Dr. Vaysman: I always knew I was going to be in the healthcare industry. I was pre-med in undergrad and worked for an ophthalmologist as her surgical technician. While assisting with LASIK surgery, I discovered I had good manual dexterity, and I decided to pursue dentistry. As far as ending up in Scottsdale, I just fell in love with it—the great food, peacefulness, and friendly people.

Q: What do you enjoy most about being a dentist?

Dr. Vaysman: I love changing people’s perspective of dentists in a positive way, as well as witnessing the end result of a large cosmetic or restorative case. Seeing people be able to smile or chew again is the greatest part of being a dentist.

Q: In a nutshell, what is you patient care philosophy?

Dr. Vaysman: For each and every individual, I aim to provide comprehensive and thorough dental care with a focus on optimizing functional and cosmetic results. My goal is to do everything I can to make my patients happy following their treatment.

Q: What are a few reasons a patient would enjoy coming to see you?

Dr. Vaysman: I try to be as gentle as I can with every patient and their unique dental needs. I also try to make the visit more bearable for those who don’t particularly like visiting the dentist. At the very least, I think I’m a little funny sometimes…hopefully my patients think so, too.

Q: What are you favorite procedures and/or areas of interest in dentistry?

Dr. Vaysman: Cosmetic dentistry is probably my favorite, including the ability to deliver a full mouth of cosmetic restorations and have the patient love their new smile. I also enjoy performing root canals in anterior teeth as well as full mouth extractions / denture delivery for periodontal patients.

Q: What is your favorite piece of dental technology to use?

Dr. Vaysman: CEREC® is my favorite due to the ability to provide dental crowns in one day. It also offers less discomfort and less hassle with temporary restorations, and there is a reduced chance of needing root canals with CEREC®–crowned teeth.

Q: In your opinion, what are some of the most significant breakthroughs in dentistry today?

Dr. Vaysman: Salivary testing, VELscope® oral cancer screening, ceramics with crowns, better aesthetics, and dental implants. It is amazing to be able to target decay at the source by figuring out that some people’s saliva is just more prone to causing decay than others’. Being able to screen for oral cancer thoroughly and efficiently with VELscope® technology has also been a huge breakthrough, and the constant advances in dental cosmetics and implants is incredible.

Q: Are you involved in any community services or events?

Dr. Vaysman: I participate in both “Super Sealant Saturday” and “Give Kids a Smile.”

Q: What do you enjoy most about working at North Scottsdale Dental Studio?

Dr. Vaysman: I love how fluidly the team works together. Everyone wants to do the best job they can to make the dental experience as smooth and comfortable as possible for the patient. Sometimes, I feel like everyone I work with can read my mind, and it’s amazing how much each person tries to cater to making patients happy. I love that patient care is #1! Our specialists are incredible, and I would not change them for anyone. They stand by their work and do an amazing job.

To learn more about Dr. Vaysman, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with her, please do not hesitate to contact North Scottsdale Dental Studio today.

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, though you will feel so at ease and calm that you might not have any recollection of the care being provided once your procedure is complete.

Following treatment, it may take several hours for the effects of oral conscious sedation to fully wear off. As a result, it is critical that you have someone available to transport you to and from our office. Our dentists also recommend that you refrain from operating any type of vehicle heavy machinery for the rest of the day, as it may not be safe to do so.

IV Sedation
Leading up to treatment, a certified anesthesiologist will use an IV to safely and carefully deliver the sedative solution directly into your bloodstream. Once you are in a complete state of relaxation, your dentist will conduct your treatment or procedure while your blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing are all closely monitored by the anesthesiologist. Throughout your care, the level of sedation can be adjusted as needed.

Once the treatment is finished, you will be escorted to a separate room in which you can rest peacefully as the effects of sedation begin to wear off. Once our team determines you are fit to leave, you can return home under the care and supervision of a friend or loved one who will need to stay with you until the sedative effects have fully dissipated. You should be able to resume all normal daily activities and routines the next day, but this may vary based on the specific dental care you received.

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For more information about what you can expect from sedation dentistry, or if you would like to schedule a consultation at our practice, please contact North Scottsdale Dental Studio today.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

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It’s well-known that one of the top reasons people neglect to receive the oral care they need and/or desire is due to feelings of unease or even fear associated with visiting the dentist. At North Scottsdale Dental Studio, our team recognizes how bothersome dental anxiety can be, which is why our dentists offer sedation dentistry to help significantly diminish—or even eliminate—any concerns patients might have about their dental appointment or treatment.

Also referred to as “sleep dentistry,” sedation dentistry is an advanced technique that allows our dentists to optimize the comfort and efficiency of an individual’s time at our office, regardless of whether it’s for a routine oral exam and cleaning or an intricate dental implant procedure. Based on the severity of your dental phobia and/or the complexity of treatment, our team can identify and employ the type of sedation—oral conscious sedation or IV sedation—that would be best for you. By administering the ideal sedation method, you can expect to remain completely relaxed and free of pain or discomfort throughout your treatment, enabling our dentists and hygienists to deliver an optimal quality of care.

If you or someone you know is neglecting professional oral care due to dental anxiety, or if you simply want to enhance the comfort and/or efficiency of a particular treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact North Scottsdale Dental Studio to benefit from sedation dentistry today.

Link Between Periodontal Disease and Systemic Health

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The initial symptoms of periodontal disease can be inconvenient and uncomfortable: red, swollen, sore gums; gums that bleed easily; and bad breath. However, several recent studies have demonstrated that gum disease may impact more than just our oral health. When the wellness of our mouth is compromised, more serious—and even life threatening—health conditions may arise.

The American Academy of Periodontology has shown that conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and cancer all have probable links to gum disease. For example, inflamed and bleeding gums can allow harmful bacteria to enter the bloodstream and ultimately impede proper blood flow to the heart. Harmful bacteria festering at the gum line—the leading cause of gum disease—can also be aspirated into the lungs, causing respiratory problems. One study has even shown a correlation between males with gum disease and males with certain types of cancer (pancreatic, kidney, and blood cancer).

While these systemic health issues are not inextricably linked to gum disease, there does seem to be strong evidence of a connection between them. By maintaining good oral hygiene and scheduling twice-yearly oral exams, you may significantly reduce your likelihood of developing gum disease—and also reduce your risk for these more serious overall health conditions.

For more information, or if you are interested in gum disease treatment, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Todd Mabry or Dr. Anna Vaysman.

What Causes Gum Disease?

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A gradual buildup of plaque and harmful bacteria at the gum line is typically the main cause of periodontal disease (more commonly known as gum disease). While poor oral hygiene is often the main culprit for plaque and bacterial accumulation, there are additional risk factors that can increase your chances for developing gum disease, such as:

  • Smoking: Smoking (and/or other tobacco product use) can reduce the gum tissue’s ability to repair itself, making the gums more susceptible to harmful bacteria.
  • Hormonal changes: Puberty, monthly menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause alter the body’s level of hormones and can cause increased gum sensitivity, which may also increase the likelihood of developing gum disease.
  • Certain medical conditions: Patients who have an illness that compromises the immune system, such as cancer or HIV, can have weakened defenses against the harmful bacteria that cause periodontal disease. In addition, diabetes has been known to increase the risk of periodontal issues due to the fact that individuals with this medical condition are more prone to developing infections.
  • Medication that decreases saliva: Saliva acts to protect the gums and teeth against harmful bacteria. When saliva production is slowed, the risk for developing gum disease can increase.

While brushing and flossing twice daily and scheduling routine oral exams are the best ways to prevent gum disease, understanding these additional risk factors can help you better protect yourself against periodontal complications. To learn more information about how you can minimize your risk for gum disease, or to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists, please contact us today.

What Are My Treatment Options for TMJ Disorder?

shutterstock_398802274Are you experiencing chronic headaches, persistent jaw pain, popping sensations when opening and closing your mouth, or any other symptoms associated with TMJ disorder? There’s no reason to suffer any longer! Thanks to advancements made in neuromuscular dentistry, individuals bothered by TMJ disorder – also known as TMD – have a number of effective treatment options that can help significantly reduce, or even eliminate, the pain and discomfort caused by this common condition. Here at North Scottsdale Dental Studio, our experienced dentists, Dr. Todd Mabry and Dr. Jeff Styskal, offer the following solutions for TMD patients:

  • Prescription medication
  • Custom-designed oral appliances (night guards)
  • Bite-realignment and jaw therapy
  • Restorative dentistry

When you come in for an appointment at our office, Dr. Mabry or Dr. Styskal will sit down with you to comprehensively discuss the symptoms you are experiencing. After evaluating your specific needs, they will then recommend the particular technique they believe will most effectively address your concerns. Should you choose to proceed, your treatment will be custom-tailored to provide the best results possible, ultimately helping to resolve your TMJ pain and alleviate its associated issues.

How Do I Know If I Have TMJ Disorder?

shutterstock_324033263 %282%29The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located in the area where the jaw meets the base of the skull and is responsible for all movements of the lower jaw. When functioning properly, this important joint enables us to seamlessly open and close our mouths to speak, chew, and yawn without any discomfort or complications. However, when not functioning properly, the temporomandibular joint can be the source of significant orofacial pain and numerous other concerns that may not initially seem related. This is known as TMD and/or TMJ disorder.

TMD can occur as a result of several different issues, including trauma to the jaw, over-tightening of jaw muscles, excessive clenching, arthritis, and more. Primary symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Chronic headaches and/or earaches
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Persistent pain in the jaw, neck, shoulders, and/or back
  • Popping or clicking sensations in the jaw
  • An inability to properly open and close the mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness in extremities such as the arms and fingers

If you are experiencing any of these concerns, we recommend consulting with a qualified dentist who is skilled in treating TMJ disorder, such as Dr. Todd Mabry or Dr. Jeff Styskal. From medication and bite-realignment to jaw therapy and customized oral appliances, our dentists offer a number of options available to help you considerably reduce – or even eliminate – the unwanted symptoms of TMD. By receiving treatment individually tailored to address your unique needs, you can be on your way to living a life free of TMJ pain and its associated symptoms.

How Long Do Teeth Whitening Results Last?

shutterstock_59584579Following Venus White® Max in-office teeth whitening here at North Scottsdale Dental Studio, patients can usually expect their results to last anywhere from six to twelve months. This timeframe can often be extended or shortened, however, depending on one’s unique personal habits. For instance, individuals who eat a lot of high-staining foods (such as berries, ketchup, beets, etc.) or frequently drink high-staining beverages (such as coffee, wine, and tea) may begin to notice staining and/or discoloration of their teeth a bit sooner than people who don’t consume these items on a regular basis. Furthermore, the use of tobacco products may cause stains to manifest faster than normal. As a result, it can be extremely beneficial to pay close attention to what you eat and drink – as well as maintain proper oral hygiene – to help lengthen the results of your teeth whitening treatment.

An additional factor that can affect the longevity of your whitening results is regular care and maintenance with at-home whitening techniques. To help with this, our dentists offer customizable take-home trays that can be used to help preserve the specific shade you desire for your teeth from the convenience of your own home.

Ultimately, the length of time teeth whitening results last will vary from person to person, but the best recommendation for extending the outcome of treatment is to be cognizant of the foods and beverages you consume, brush and floss on a daily basis, and follow the specific instructions your dentist provides for at-home care and maintenance.

Over-the-Counter vs. Professional Teeth Whitening

shutterstock_96720667With the number of teeth whitening options available today, it can be hard to decide whether you should pursue an over-the-counter technique or professional treatment at a dental office to achieve the brilliant smile you desire. While both choices have proved to diminish stains and brighten teeth for the right individuals, there are a few key differences between over-the-counter and professional-grade methods that can help you determine which option may be more appropriate for your unique needs and goals. According to Dr. Todd Mabry and Dr. Jeff Styskal – our experienced cosmetic dentists – the following advantages are typically uniquely afforded by in-office treatments:

  • A stronger whitening formula for faster, more effective outcomes
  • Custom treatment uniquely tailored to the individual’s wants and needs
  • Reduced gum irritation due to a more controlled process and special components within the whitening gel
  • The expert care and supervision of a qualified dental professional for more efficient treatment and successful results

Ultimately, none of this is to say over-the-counter whitening techniques can’t help people lighten the shade of their teeth. Depending on the extent of staining and/or discoloration, several of these available treatments certainly can for some individuals. That said, in order to help ensure an optimal whitening result is achieved in the safest, most effective way possible, a professional teeth whitening treatment performed by a qualified dental care provider is generally the best option.