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November 2017

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Something you should know about permanent tooth replacement

by The Editor for Health

The staff at Gentle Family Dentistry

Charles Clausen D.D.S., P.C. is the owner of Gentle Family Dentistry in Avondale, Arizona. He has served patients in the West Valley for over twenty years. We have a warm environment with an excellent staff that is committed to providing you with personalized care. We provide a variety of services including crowns, root canals, dentures, dental implants and “All on four” teeth in a day.

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Treatment options will be provided and discussed based on your individual desires. Patients frequently want to know what is the best method to permanently replace missing teeth. The correct answer varies, based on age and health. I provide our patients with options and recommendations so that they can make the best choice. The two most popular options for permanent tooth replacement are a fixed dental bridge or a dental implant and porcelain crown.

A fixed dental bridge utilizes the teeth next to the missing tooth area to support the bridge which is permanently cemented in place. Fixed bridges work wonderfully but it is essential that the teeth supporting the bridge have good gum health with solid bone structure. If this condition is met then the tooth structure itself must be evaluated for support of the fixed bridge. Often times the teeth that will be used to support the bridge have fillings that are breaking due to the increased chewing load they are providing because of the missing tooth. The old restorations are removed and the teeth are built up and strengthened during the bridge preparation. The final bridge design is a series of crowns splinted together producing an extremely durable chewing area. Conversely, if the adjacent teeth to the missing tooth are free of decay or fillings then an implant may be a better choice to consider. The first step in placing a dental implant is to take a CT scan so the anatomy of the bone can be seen in three dimensions and the exact placement of the implant can be planned. Bone grafting needs are also determined and vital structures are identified. Modern imaging has made dental implant placement very precise and that is why today they have a success rate that exceeds 96%.

The surgical placement of the implant or even multiple implants is done in office with local anesthesia. Sometimes mild sedation is used if a patient desires and the procedure produces generally low post-operative discomfort. The dental implant or implants are then used to retain crowns, bridges, or even implant retained dentures if an entire arch of teeth is missing. Whether you have a question about missing teeth or just require routine dental hygiene visits we invite you to become a part of our dental family.

You can visit us online to learn more about or any dental topic of your choice at

Charles Clausen, DDS; Gentle Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, 13055 W. McDowell Road, Suite G103, Avondale, Arizona 85392; phone 623-848-0100.

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Chandler Dentist – Free Dentistry for the Needy Event

by The Editor for Health

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Aquila Dental Provides Free Dental Care to the Chandler Community at Dentistry From The Heart Event on 10/24/2015

This October Dr. Higgs will be giving back to the Chandler community by offering free smiles to anyone who needs to see a dentist but might not have the means to do so.

Aquila Dental’s Dentistry From the Heart event will take place on Saturday October 24 th, at Aquila Dental in Chandler, Az office. Starting at 8:00 a.m., Dr. Higgs and his team will treat as many patients as they can by 4:00 p.m. All patients will be seen on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to participate in Dr. Higgs’ DFTH event as a volunteer or make a donation, please call the office at (480) 812-2800.
For up to date information and pictures please join our Facebook event.

I know there are people out there who need dental services, but have no means to afford dentistry; whether they’re out of a job, or just don’t have dental insurance. This Dentistry From The Heart event is my way of giving back to the community, and being there for the people who are in need of dental work.
– Dr. Higgs.

Time: October 24, 2015 – 8am -4pm

Location :  Aquila Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
3175 S Price Rd #140, Chandler, AZ 85248 USA


Phone: (480) 812-2800

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Geriatric Dentistry

by The Editor for Features, Health

Geriatric Dentistry

Americans are living longer and continuing to enjoy the lifestyles they have grown accustomed to, in large part, thanks to advances in modern medicine and dentistry. No longer are seniors housebound, forced to live out their senior years watching television in the recesses of an isolated dark living room.

Advances in dentistry have created not only the opportunity, but the expectation of continued oral health throughout a lifetime. People expect to enjoy active lifestyles which include the enjoyment of fine dining and the youthful look a full dentition provides by supporting facial structures and thus retaining a youthful appearance. Medicine has shown time and time again that nutrition is one of the key factors in maintaining health, requiring a healthy dentin to perform this function. The oral-systemic relationship is proven; chronic inflammation or infection in the mouth affects the whole body. Periodontal disease, a chronic inflammation, has been proven to increase the likelihood of stroke, heart attack, diabetes and other maladies. Infection in the mouth increases the rate of prosthetic joint failure and rejection.
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Free 90-minute introduction – Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

by The Editor for Health

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute is offering a  free 90-minute introduction for caregivers that will give knowledge on disease progression, treatment and practical tips to live successfully. The COMPASS class (Caregivers of Memory-Impaired People Acquiring Successful Strategies) is a free educational class but requires registration. Participants can learn:

•     The progression and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease

•     Improved communication skills to avoid arguments and behavior upsets

•     Tips to enhance everyday living

•     Where to begin to find help

WHAT:     COMPASS Caregiver’s Class

WHERE:     United Methodist Church

Education Building, Room 4

9248 E. Riggs Road, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248

WHEN:                       Wednesday, October 26,  1:00- 2:30pm

FEE:                            Free, registration required

RESERVATIONS:  (602) 839-6850

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Implant Retained Dentures can Change Your Life

by The Editor for Health

Dentures and dental implants can change your life.  Loose fitting dentures can make eating very difficult.  They can also be an embarrassment and an impediment to proper speech as loose-fitting dentures move and can even pop out of the mouth while talking.  Paste and powders often create a gooey mess which is needed to glue dentures in to provide a bit of stability. Over time denture wearers can lose up to 90% of their chewing efficiency.
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