(520) 575-8800

1288 W. Orange Grove Rd. 

Tucson, Arizona 85704

Our Services

General Treatments

Fillings

A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal functioning shape. Materials used for fillings include gold, composite resin, amalgam.

Amalgam vs. composite fillings:
The major difference between composite and amalgam fillings is the material used. Dental amalgam is a blend of several metals, including mercury and silver. Resin composites are made from ceramic and plastic compounds. (Many people prefer this type of filling because it does not contain mercury. Also, because it is tooth-colored.) Resin fillings generally will cost more than amalgam, which can make the cost of the service higher than for a comparable amalgam filling.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. A dental implant is a surgical post/component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skill to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor. We work along with Periodontists and Oral Surgeons for the placement of implant restorations.

Crowns

A crown can help strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling. Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken. It’s also used to cover a dental implant. A crown usually requires at least two visits to our office. Initially, we will remove decay, shape the tooth, and fit the tooth with a temporary crown. The next visit we will remove the temporary crown, and then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will cement the crown into place and you will have a new beautiful functional tooth.

Bridges

Bridges are used to replace missing teeth and can be permanently attached to natural teeth. Your dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. A bridge will replace missing teeth by attaching to adjacent natural teeth. Bridges can help support your lips and cheeks and prevent sagging and hollow cheeks. At Dental Excellence bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, porcelain, ceramic, or a combination of these materials. Your doctor will discuss what material is best for your dental health.

Tooth Extractions

Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, but most importantly to remove teeth which have become un-restorable through tooth decay, periodontal disease or dental trauma. Usually only a local anesthetic is needed. Some teeth can be more difficult to remove for a variety of reasons, and it may be necessary to refer you to an oral surgeon.

Non-Surgical Root Canals

This relatively simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges. Root canals are sometimes needed because the inside pulp tissue becomes infected. The most common causes of pulp inflammation or infection are a cracked or chipped tooth, a deep cavity or filling, or other serious injury to the tooth. All of these conditions can allow bacteria to enter the pulp. If left untreated the tissues around the root of the tooth can become infected, and pain and swelling can occur. Without treatment, the tooth may have to be removed. Root canals are common procedures and can help save your tooth from extraction.

Laser Therapy

Diode lasers provide quick, precise soft-tissue therapy with minimal or no bleeding, swelling, or post-operative pain. They have a broad range of applications, which are used in restorative dental procedures, and periodontal therapy. Its use enhances placement of contemporary dental materials and enables soft-tissue corrections both for restorations and natural dentition.

Dentures & Partials

A partial denture is a removable appliance to take the place of missing teeth in the presence of some natural teeth. We offer a variety of types of partials. The most common are flexible (Valplast) partials, traditional partials (metal), and precision attachment partials. Flexible partial dentures have the advantage of not using metal. The clasps are made out of a material comparable to pink nylon. We also make traditional partials with metal. This type of partial is sometimes adaptable if dental conditions change. We also make precision attachment partials. The Doctors at Dental Excellence can discuss the best options for you.

Removable Implant Appliances vs. Fixed Implant Supported Dentures

Dental Excellence also offers a variety of full dentures that may or may not be supported by implants. The removable implant appliance has the advantage of easy cleaning. The fixed implant supported full denture is much more difficult to clean, but has the advantage of staying in the mouth 24/7. For full dentures, whenever possible, we like to use a little cutter bar that is called a VO posterior. This makes for a very efficient chewing apparatus. This is a top-of-the-line option that is used by permission of the patient.

Sealants

Sealants are a thin plastic coating that is applied on the chewing surfaces of teeth that are most susceptible to decay. We do sealants on six year and twelve year molars. This allows an individual to make it into the adult years with teeth that have not required restoration resulting in a stronger and longer lasting tooth.

Cosmetic Treatments

Teeth Whitening

Dental Excellence can help you determine which method of whitening is best for your situation. Whitening is safe, quick and most are inexpensive. Dental Whitening can be used to correct tooth discoloration. Discolorations can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in whitening tech­nology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful brilliant smile. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or veneers may be the only choice, but because of the low cost of whitening treatments, whitening is nearly always worth a solid try.

Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. Veneers are usually porcelain or ceramic. When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable from a normal tooth. At Dental Excellence we will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the latest technology and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.

Dental Bonding

Bonding is an alternative to veneers and can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, or discolored. Bonding can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. But the plastic resin used is weaker than your natural tooth enamel, and it is more likely to stain, chip or break. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before needing repair.

Dental Health

Professional Adult Cleanings

All of our dental hygienists are highly trained in periodontal care including laser assisted periodontal therapy and bacterial reduction therapy to provide you with thorough, gentle cleanings. We offer a range of periodontal treatments, including antimicrobial agents and scaling and root planing in which the infected surface of the root is cleaned. However, anesthesia and Nitrous oxide are available for your comfort. A clean, healthy mouth is vital in promoting your overall health, and we help you manage your dental health through routine exams and cleanings.

ARESTIN

ARESTIN® is an effective time released antibiotic treatment that comes in powder form. This powder is placed inside an infected periodontal pocket directly to the affected area. It provides a much more localized form of treating bacteria. Anyone suffering from periodontal disease who is not allergic to this type of antibiotic may be a good candidate for Arestin treatments.

Child Dentistry

The first “regular” dental visit should be just after your child’s third birthday. First, we will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. Digital X-rays may be taken to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums. Also, we may clean your child’s teeth on the same day as the initial exam, and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.

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