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Tempe, AZ 85284

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General Dentistry

general dentistry tempe arizonaServing the Tempe, Arizona, area for over three decades, Beautiful Dentistry provides all-inclusive dental care, including thorough bi-annual checkups, oral cancer screenings, preventive services, and tooth extractions. Our team focuses on preserving oral structures and oral function with restorative and preventive treatments, so that residents of our community can enjoy a lifetime of good oral health. Dr. Heap and our caring staff are dedicated to the prevention and management of oral disease –including dental caries, gum disease, oral cancer, abscesses and tooth loss.

Checkups and Cleanings

For optimal protection against common oral conditions, we strongly encourage patients to visit us twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings. Checkups provide a comprehensive examination of the entire oral cavity; and because Dr. Heap uses advanced diagnostic technology, we can detect conditions before they produce noticeable symptoms.

Our goal is early detection of potential problems so that we can provide conservative treatment. During checkups, we will evaluate the health of all soft oral tissues, teeth, bones, and the tongue. In addition to looking for signs of periodontal disease and tooth decay, Dr. Heap will provide an oral cancer screening. Oral cancer can develop anywhere in the oral cavity including along all soft tissues and the tongue. When oral cancer is detected and treated early, patients can secure a more favorable prognosis.

Cleanings are important, too. A professional cleaning involves removing substances like plaque and tartar and polishing teeth for an impeccable clean feeling. Receiving cleanings can ward off gum disease by removing irritants like tartar, which builds up along the gum line and cannot be removed by flossing or brushing at home.

Dental Sealants

Treatments for protecting teeth against cavities, dental sealants are applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. The plastic compound protects the tops of teeth – especially molars – from developing caries. Receiving a sealant is a non-invasive way to safeguard your smile. Painted on in liquid form and then cured with a hardening light, sealants are not detectable to others but add an extra level of protection.

Gentle Tooth Extractions

Sometimes teeth must be extracted to preserve a patient’s overall wellbeing. When an extraction is necessary, it normally means that restorative and endodontic therapy cannot save a badly injured or diseased tooth. Beautiful Smiles offers gentle tooth extractions for infected, unsalvageable teeth or for wisdom teeth, which typically contribute to oral health problems if retained. When performing extractions, our team places patient comfort at a very high priority.

To experience the wide-ranging services we provide in a caring and serene atmosphere, call Beautiful Smiles today to reserve an appointment with Dr. Heap.

Common Questions

Visiting the dentist on a regular basis is a great way to preserve your oral health. By committing to regular checkups, you give our staff an opportunity to catch potential problems and diseases as early as possible. Early detection is important for keeping our patients’ costs as low as possible because treatment is typically less invasive and time consuming. For instance, a small cavity can be addressed with a small filling, which is a fraction of the cost of a dental crown that might be needed for late-stage tooth decay.

An oral checkup is very comprehensive. In addition to looking for common oral ailments including gum disease and tooth decay, we monitor the health of facial bones, jawbones, and all soft oral tissue. Checkups also include an oral cancer screening. Detecting oral cancer early can literally save a person’s life.

Next to receiving regular checkups and cleanings, brushing and flossing are essential for protecting your teeth and gums from disease. Oral hygiene helps control oral bacteria and the buildup of plaque and tartar. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and one of those brushings should occur shortly before bedtime. Flossing must be done once every day to thoroughly clean between teeth where a brush can’t reach.

Dental cleanings are important for the prevention of gum disease and tooth loss. Patients should have biannual cleanings scheduled every six months. During a professional cleaning, we use special dental instruments to remove substances that can’t be removed at home. A dental cleaning is a very effective and affordable method for preventing oral disease. Sometimes, patients with periodontal disease may require more frequent cleanings to control their conditions.

When performing a tooth extraction, our team takes all necessary measures to make our guests as comfortable as possible. Most of our patients do not report discomfort during their procedures because we use local anesthetics and if necessary, sedation such as nitrous oxide or prescription medicine.

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