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By Dr. Stephen J. Conrad
May 02, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Invisalign: The Clear Choice for a Straight Smile 

Is your smile not as perfect as you want it to be, but don’t want bulky braces? You’re in luck. Now there is a new and innovative option called Invisalign – clear, custom-made, removable aligners that gradually shift your teeth to your desired smile.  Since Invisalign is virtually invisible, no one will even notice you are straightening your teeth! 
With advanced 3-D computer technology, our dentist in Phoenix can create a series of clear aligners that will best fit your individual dental needs and goals.  Together, you and our experienced Invisalign dentist in Phoenix, AZ can determine the proper treatment plan to get the smile you never thought you could. Invisalign


The Invisalign Treatment

Each custom-designed aligner is worn for approximately two weeks throughout the treatment process. As you replace your aligners with your new set, your teeth will gradually move little by little until they reach the final position; your desired smile. Additionally, the flexibility of removable Invisalign allows you to take out your aligners when you eat, drink, brush, and floss.
While the treatment time varies for each individual, most patients complete their Invisalign treatment in a year, making Invisalign a faster option than traditional braces. From crowded teeth to large gaps, you’ll have a reason to smile at the end of your Invisalign treatment in Phoenix. 


Why Invisalign Can Work for You 

As opposed to the traditional wire braces that may poke your mouth, making your gums and cheeks sore, Invisalign is gentle on your oral tissues.  With Invisalign, the aligners are crafted of soft and smooth plastic so they won’t irritate or cut your mouth.  Invisalign lets you live your life without the visibility of traditional wire braces. It gives you the flexibility you need to live your life with its clarity and its ability to be removed when needed.  This is your life and your smile, so make sure you take advantage of what Invisalign has to offer. 
If you are ready to take the next step to getting a straighter smile, speak with our Phoenix, AZ dentist and find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign.  You will see the results faster and less painfully than with traditional braces.  Plus, no one will even notice you are receiving treatment.  We can help you achieve the smile you desire in Phoenix with Invisalign aligners.
By Dr. Stephen J. Conrad
January 08, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Phoenix   TMJ  
TMJ Phoenix DentistFor those who have a poorly aligned bite or missing teeth, health related problems such as frequent headaches or jaw pain can become more pronounced.  This can occur because the jaw muscles are working harder to bring the teeth together, which strains the surrounding jaw muscles. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from TMJ disorder, a painful condition that is often mistaken for those recurring headaches and jaw pain. 

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder

The temporomandibular joints are the points at which the lower jaw attaches to the skull, and are among the most complex joints in the human body.  If your jaw clicks or pops, this could be a sign of TMJ disorder.  Joint sound is one of the most recognized signs of TMJ disorders.  TMJ symptoms include:
  • Clicking and/or difficulty when opening and closing your mouth
  • Frequent headaches
  • Neck and/or shoulder pain
  • Sensitive teeth when no dental problems can be found
  • Jaw pain or stiff jaw when chewing, biting, eating or yawning
  • Earaches without an infection
Between five and ten percent of Americans suffer from TMJ symptoms that require some form of treatment. 

Patients in Phoenix with TMJ Problems Must Eat Properly

We live in a fast-paced world in which many of us are eating in a hurry, taking giant bites of food, just so we can hurry onto the next task.  According to the Academy of General Dentistry, taking bites that are too big to chew properly could be bad for your jaw and teeth.
Those with temporomandibular joint disorder are at particular risk because it can restrict the range of an acceptable bite size.  Taking too large of bites of food can aggravate their condition.  You should always avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and opening nuts with your teeth, as it can lead to the chipping and breakage of natural teeth and other dental restorations. 

Stress May be Causing You Pain

Do you have too many things on your “to-do” list and not enough time to do it?  It is important to take a deep breath and stay calm when performing stressful tasks.  According to the Academy of General Dentistry, when a situation causes stress, many people grind or clench their teeth, which can eventually lead to temporomandibular joint disorder.
When you experience many stressful situations, you may exhibit symptoms such as tightened jaw muscles without realizing it.  Over short periods of time, this habit is not detrimental, but long periods of time will prove to be problematic.  Prolonged grinding or clenching of your teeth while stressed can cause soreness of the jaw, as well as partial or full locking of the jaw.  In addition you may exhibit clicking in the jaw area, earaches that are not caused by infections and pain surrounding your temples. 
At the end of the day, if your jaw hurts or your head is still pounding, you may be exhibiting TMJ symptoms.  Talk to your physician and call Dr. Stephen Conrad, your Phoenix dentist, to ensure that there is no serious problem if your pain continues for several days. 
By Dr. Stephen J. Conrad
December 02, 2013
Category: Dental Implants
Tags: Phoenix  
Cosmetic Dentist Phoenix AZ Dental ImplantsLosing a tooth can be a stressful event in your life. Thanks to modern dental techniques and technology, however, you do not need to worry about how your smile will look. As an experience dentist in Phoenix, AZ, Dr. Stephen Conrad can use affordable dental implants to install a replacement tooth that will last a very long time. A dental implant is a replacement tooth root that is directly installed into the bone socket of your missing tooth. It acts as an anchor and is attached to your jawbone to ensure stability of the replacement crown. If you are in need of a tooth replacement procedure, make sure to talk to your dentist in Phoenix about dental implants.

How Implants Are Installed

The first thing you need to do if you are interested in receiving affordable dental implant is to have a conversation with Dr. Stephen Conrad, your dentist in Phoenix, about dental implants and to go over your options to make sure you are a candidate for affordable implants.
To get an implant installed, you will need to have enough gum and tooth material to effectively support the implant. Dr. Conrad will also be able to go over cost and insurance information with you. Once you and Dr. Conrad have decided that implants are the right option for you, he will begin the process by anesthetizing your tooth and inserting the implant directly into the bone socket of your missing tooth. The implant will be securely fastened to your jawbone. After this, you will need to wait between 6 and 12 weeks for your gums to heal around the implant. As this occurs, the implant will be further secured in place.
Once your gums have healed, Dr. Stephen Conrad, a Phoenix dentist, will attach a small connector post to your implant. After this, he or she will take impressions of your teeth in order to create a replacement crown that will fit perfectly with your other teeth. Once your crown arrives from the dental lab, your dentist will do a final check to make sure the coloring and fit are correct. If they are, he or she will attach it to the connector post and the process will be completed. You will then be free to leave your dentist’s office and start fully enjoying your new and improved smile.

Why Implants?

The most significant benefit of dental implants is that they offer you the most permanent solution to a missing tooth. Once the implant is installed, it literally becomes a part of your mouth. With the proper care, it is not unusual for an implant to last as long as 25 years or in some cases an entire lifetime.
It is also much easier to clean and maintain your dental implant than it is for other options such as dentures. To maintain your implant, you only need to regularly brush and floss and see your dentist for regular checkups. This contrasts with the requirements of having to wear dentures, where you have to clean them every night.
As a patient in Phoenix, dental implants are affordable and are readily available by Dr. Stephen Conrad to successfully replace your missing teeth.  Visit our website or call our office at 602-955-8760 to schedule an appointment today.
By Dr. Stephen J. Conrad
September 19, 2013
Category: Teeth Whitening
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

New Patients Receive Discounted Teeth Whitening in Phoenix 

I am excited to offer new patients to my Phoenix practice with a very special offer.  With each new patient appointment scheduled, that patient will receive our special teeth whitening in Phoenix.  We want our patients to smile bigger and brighter after every visit, and our new patient teeth whitening special helps us do just that. 
Teeth Whitening Phoenix AZ
We are pleased to welcome our new patients through our Phoenix teeth whitening special and encourage patients to continue to schedule appointments online or by calling my office at (602) 955-8760. The results from this teeth whitening special have been amazing for both our patients and the practice!
Teeth whitening is available in our office as a special for new patients, but it also available for our current patients, as well.  I encourage each one of you to visit my office to learn more about teeth whitening in Phoenix and what your options are for a sparkling white smile.
Currently we have in-office whitening specials for our patients.  For an in-office Boost whitening it is $99, while it is $299 for Zoom! Whitening at the time of an exam, cleaning, and X-rays!
Does your smile need that extra boost of confidence with whitening?  Schedule an appointment today, and I would be more than happy to help you find the treatment plan that best fits your needs.
By Dr. Stephen J. Conrad
December 15, 2011
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Dental ImplantsDentures and dental implants are the two most common restorations for missing teeth. However, there are differences to consider between the 2 options, including comfort level, confidence level, cost and durability:

Comfort Level – Most denture wearers experience discomfort at one point or another because over time gum tissues tend to shrink leaving the denture with a loose fit. This instability can cause gum irritation and mouth sores. Adjustments are usually needed over the life of the denture due to gum and jaw bone shrinkage. To achieve the best fit, denture wearers must use messy dental adhesive. Upper dentures also have a tendency to affect the taste of foods because the palate is covered. On the other hand, dental implants are permanent, natural looking and very functional. Implants also offer the same force for biting as natural teeth and do not interfere with the taste of food.

Confidence Level – Dentures tend to slip, restricting the wearers ability to talk and eat. For a person with dental implants, he or she never has to fear these kinds of embarrassing moments. Properly placed implants are stable and function just like natural tooth roots.

Cost – Dentures can be fabricated quickly, are durable and cost much less than implants. However, the wearer’s gums tend to shrink over time, and additional trips to the dentist are necessary for periodic adjustments and denture replacements. Dental implants can be a major investment as they cost more initially, but implants require no further adjustments, replacements or further trips to the dental office.

Durability – Although dentures are strong enough to last a lifetime, dentures do nothing to prevent the shrinkage of bone and gum mass, often resulting in the need for refitting or replacements. Gum and bone shrinkage also causes a change in the bite, and wear and tear of the denture chewing surface. Dental implants actually help preserve the patient’s gum and bone mass. Implants are permanent, dependable and are a lifelong solution to missing teeth. 


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