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Desert Pearl Dentistry is a preferred provider for many dental PPO plans and we honor UFCW fees.
We offer the following services:
New Patient Exams
This is the first appointment where we get acquainted with you as well as your present oral health needs. We will take necessary X-Rays, examine your teeth, gums, and other soft tissue in your mouth, and record our findings. Together, we create a dental treatment plan that will help to improve or maintain your gum health and restore missing or decayed teeth (if needed) with the goal of preventing future treatment needs.
Continuing Care Exams
This exam is one of a series of continual follow-up exams (usually 1-2 times annually) to monitor your oral health. At your CC exam, we want to catch any new problems early to prevent pain or the need for future costly treatment when a problem gets too advanced. We sometimes will need to take X-Rays during this exam.
If you have a sudden concern, pain, or swelling in your mouth, we make every effort to “work” you in to our schedule the same day you call. Urgent care is typically a short appointment where we examine a specific problem tooth or area in the mouth and provide temporary relief through medication such as antibiotics or pain medication until we can schedule you back for more definitive treatment.
This is your typical “cleaning” visit where we scale and polish your teeth to prevent decay and help keep your gums healthy. This appointment is often combined with either your New Patient Exam or Continuing Care Exam.
Sometimes, a prophy is not enough to keep your gums healthy because of chronic inflammation which leads to tissue attachment loss and bone resorption. This can lead to tooth loss if left unchecked. Periodontal Therapy is a procedure usually divided by quadrants in the mouth whereby we scale or debride the root surface of your teeth to remove hard mineral deposits and bacterial debris. This reduces inflammation and allows the bone and gum support to improve with proper follow-up and home care.
Fillings (Amalgam or Composite)
This is necessary when your tooth becomes decayed. Amalgam is a traditional “silver” filling material that can still be used in certain situations. More frequently, we use composite (bonded) resins to fill teeth. After local anesthetic is given, we remove the decay, prepare the tooth cavity for bonding, then place the composite material in the cavity. Then we “cure” the material with a special light so that it hardens and can be polished to a smooth finish.
Crowns or Implant Crowns
A crown is needed when a tooth is fractured, cracked, broken or has significant decay. A provisional or temporary crown is made of resin. A permanent crown can be entirely made of gold, a combination of metal with porcelain baked onto it, or all porcelain. After local anesthetic is given, we shape the tooth so that it has a circumferential ledge at the gum line. Then we make an impression of the tooth to send to the lab and make a temporary crown until the permanent crown is lab-fabricated. We can also make crowns to fit on dental implants.
A bridge is needed when a tooth is missing. The adjacent teeth can be shaped for crowns (see Crown or Implant Crown) but the final restoration has the two crowns joined together by a pontic or “floating” crown between them to fill the space of the missing tooth. A bridge is always an option for restoring missing teeth, but, we usually recommend dental implants to restore missing teeth when possible.
Dentures and Removable Partial Dentures
When many or all of your teeth are missing or need to be removed due to decay, infections, or periodontal disease, a denture or removable partial denture can be made to replace your missing teeth. These “dental prosthetics” are designed to give you confidence in your smile and functional chewing ability.
Root Canal Treatments
A tooth has its own blood and nerve supply which runs through the length of the root. This channel is called the root canal and when it becomes infected from deep decay or exposed from tooth fractures, the sensitive nerve tissue must be removed and replaced with an inert filling material. After most root canal treatments, the tooth will need a crown. A tooth that has a root canal treatment is “nonvital” but functions and looks the same.
If your tooth becomes deeply decayed or broken beyond repair or if you have an infection (abscess) or significant periodontal disease compromising the long term prognosis for the tooth, then we can remove (extract) the tooth using local anesthetic. After the extraction site(s) heals, a prosthetic (implant and crown, bridge, or denture) can be made to replace the missing tooth or teeth.
Specialist Referrals (When Necessary)
Sometimes you might have a treatment need that requires the attention of a specialist who has received additional training and expertise. Examples of treatment needs that may require a specialist referral are tissue biopsies, tooth extractions, and root canal treatments. We have many local specialists whom we trust to care for you if needed. We will inform you and help schedule your referral when it is needed so that we can communicate clearly with our specialists and you during your treatment.
Desert Pearl Dentistry uses referDDS, a web-based referral system, to avoid paper-waste and to give our patients