Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
At our Phoenix, AZ dental office, we hear a lot of the same questions. Here are some of the most common ones and some answers to go along with them.
- Why does my jaw sometimes make noise?
- Is it vain to want cosmetic dentistry?
- Can a dentist help me stop snoring?
- Besides brushing and flossing, how can I keep my teeth clean?
- What is the best toothpaste to use?
- Will I need metal braces as an adult?
- Why does my jaw hurt every morning?
- What do I do during a medical emergency?
- What’s the difference between a bridge and an implant?
- What is the difference between dental bonding and porcelain veneers?
- What are the advantages of Invisalign and ClearCorrect?
- How soon can you see me in an emergency?
- What’s the difference between a simple and surgical extraction?
- How long does it take to get an implant?
- What are the advantages of dental implants?
- Why do implants cost more than other replacement options?
- Will my root canal hurt?
- Why is a root canal called that?
- What kind of after-care is needed following a root canal?
- Do You Accept Patients from Scottsdale, AZ?
Why does my jaw sometimes make noise?
If you hear a popping, clicking, or similar noise when you move your jaw, you may be experiencing the symptoms of temporomandibular disorder (TMD).
What is TMJ and TMD?
This condition happens when the jaw joint, or TMJ, gets sore or has suffered an injury. These joints do a lot of work since you depend on them to talk, eat, and drink. When you have TMD, even these simple daily actions become difficult or even painful.
How Do I Fix My TMJ?
At our office, Dr. Matthew Cavendish may be able to relieve your discomfort with an easy, non-invasive treatment. An occlusal splint is a customized oral device that fits over your teeth and is designed to take the pressure off your TMJ to allow the joints to rest and heal. Some patients also benefit from medications that help those joints relax as well as relaxation techniques like meditation, which helps relax your entire body, including your jaw joints.
If you notice soreness in your jaw or you wake up with headaches or neck pain, you may have a malfunction of the TMJ. Please call our Phoenix, AZ dental office to arrange a consultation and exam with Dr. Cavendish so we can provide you with the relief you need and protect your general oral health.
Is it vain to want cosmetic dentistry?
We hear this question a lot at our Phoenix dental office! The simple answer is no; wanting to improve your smile and look your best is not vanity. In fact, it indicates that you have set a standard for your appearance and, for whatever reason, your smile isn’t meeting it.
Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
The most apparent benefit of cosmetic dentistry is, of course, the dramatic improvement these esthetic treatments can make to your smile. That means your confidence and self-esteem will improve. You can get a lot farther in life and feel happier when you have a better opinion of yourself.
Plus, there are some esthetic problems like crooked or crowded teeth that also threaten your oral health. If you can’t get the brush or floss between teeth, they aren’t getting clean and are at higher risk for cavities. Correcting alignment with orthodontics improves your smile and your oral health.
At the office of Matthew J. Cavendish, DDS, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dental treatments. Dr. Cavendish and our team will work with you to choose the ones that will best help you achieve your smile goals.
Please call us today so we can hear your concerns and show you the possibilities for your smile.
Can a dentist help me stop snoring?
Chronic snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, a severe condition that robs you of a good night’s rest. Sleep apnea is a disorder where you stop breathing repeatedly throughout the night while you try to sleep.
We can help.
Why Do People Snore?
Your body and brain need sleep to function efficiently. When you are sleep deprived because of sleep apnea, you face immediate problems like irritability, fatigue, inattention, mood swings, proneness to mistakes, and even an increased risk of car accidents.
When you always feel fatigued, your work and social life will soon start to suffer. And without sufficient rest, your body doesn’t heal as well. Sleep apnea is also linked to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke.
How We Can Help
But there’s no need to live with sleep apnea and its dangerous effects. Dr. Cavendish can get you set up with a home sleep test to help diagnose the problem. The data is then sent to a neurologist who can confirm whether you have sleep apnea.
A CPAP mask is a typical first-line treatment for severe sleep apnea. But, depending on the findings, Dr. Cavendish may be able to provide you with a dental appliance to help shift your jaw and keep your airway open while you sleep.
If your partner complains of your excessive snoring or you wake up feeling fatigued every day, please call us to learn more about conservative sleep apnea treatment in Phoenix, AZ.
Besides brushing and flossing, how can I keep my teeth clean?
Brushing is essential for removing bacteria-filled plaque from the surfaces of your teeth, and flossing completes the job by removing food particles from between your teeth and around your gums. Ideally, you will also be visiting your dental hygienist every six months for professional cleanings.
The main problem people seem to have with this routine is flossing efficiently. Many people feel like they don’t have the time to devote to it or may not know how to do it correctly, so they skip the routine altogether.
Waterpic Flossers for Further Cleaning
To ensure your teeth and gums are getting really clean and simplify your life in the process, Dr. Cavendish recommends trying a Waterpik water flosser device. We still recommend using floss, but the safe, yet powerful, stream of water used by Waterpik devices can help get rid of tiny food particles stuck between your teeth. Waterpik is fast, easy to use, and effective at getting rid of particles in hard-to-reach areas of your smile.
Whether it’s time for your next dental exam or you would like us to explain additional steps you can take to maintain a healthy smile, please call our Phoenix dental office. We will be happy to arrange an appointment for you at your convenience.
What is the best toothpaste to use?
When you go out to pick up a tube of toothpaste, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer number of brands available. They all claim to keep your smile healthy and bright, but which is best for your family? Most of the brands that contain fluoride will do the job; otherwise, they would not be approved by the ADA.
The Dentist’s Recommendation
However, the old saying “you get what you pay for” sometimes applies, and this is the case with the toothpaste brand you choose. After much research and study, Dr. Matt Cavendish recommends Oral-B and Colgate as the best choices to help keep your teeth clean.
Also, be careful about teeth whitening toothpastes. Many contain harmful abrasives to scrub away stains. Anything strong enough to do that can also scrub away some of your enamel.
Will I need metal braces as an adult?
Most adults who are interested in straightening their teeth don’t want to be burdened with wearing conspicuous metal braces that require a lot of upkeep.
Invisalign and ClearCorrect Options
The good news is that, in most cases, adult alignment issues can be corrected comfortably and quickly with invisible braces like Invisalign or ClearCorrect. Both use clear plastic aligners that fit over the teeth like mouth guards, but smaller and lighter.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Cavendish will talk to you about your concerns and explain how clear aligners can help. He takes impressions, digital images, and photos of your mouth and then loads them into a software program that plans out your treatment, step by step.
How Invisible Braces Work
You will receive several sets of aligners with instructions to wear them for at least 22 hours per day. Invisible braces are light and comfortable and can be removed for your comfort while eating and to brush and floss thoroughly.
Over time, the aligners reposition your teeth like braces — but without any metal or wires. In fact, they’re almost invisible when worn. If you would like to learn more about Invisalign or ClearCorrect in Phoenix, AZ, please call our office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Cavendish.
Why does my jaw hurt every morning?
Do you experience jaw pain when you wake up? This could be an indication that you suffer from TMD, a disorder that affects your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Your TMJ is the joint that connects your upper and lower jaw and allows them to open and close and move from side to side.
As such, this joint suffers a lot of wear and tear, so sometimes it gets overworked and causes pain in your jaw. Without treatment, a TMJ disorder can lead to problems such as migraines, muscle pain, and even a locked jaw.
Thankfully, there is a conservative approach to treating the uncomfortable symptoms associated with TMJ disorders. Dr. Matt Cavendish is highly trained at TMJ treatments to help stop those from happening. He may recommend a device called an occlusal splint that prevents your teeth from grinding and clenching while you sleep. This gives your TMJ a chance to rest and provides relief from jaw pain. He also uses dental lasers to stimulate the healing of muscle and tissue around the joint.
If you experience tension or pain in your jaw, please call our Phoenix dental office to arrange a consultation. Dr. Cavendish will be happy to evaluate your situation and see if one of our conservative solutions is right for you.
What do I do during a medical emergency?
There are all types of dental emergencies; some are just uncomfortable or inconvenient while others, like severe pain, demand immediate attention.Jaw Pain | Phoenix AZ
Whatever your emergency, your priority is to get the help you need and get it fast. This is the time when you need to turn to an experienced dentist like Dr. Matt Cavendish who can help you get through your emergency.
Steps to Take for a Dental Emergency
The first step is to call our office to arrange an emergency appointment. The course of action we recommend depends on the emergency, and when you call us, we can provide you with tips for keeping yourself comfortable until you get to our office.
Some emergencies, like a lost filling, are more of a nuisance than anything else, so you may not need to drop everything to come see us. At the other end of the spectrum is a knocked-out tooth where we have about a two-hour window in which to try to replace the tooth successfully.
If you need an emergency dentist in Phoenix, AZ, please call the office of Matthew J. Cavendish, DDS, at 602-482-2785. We’ll provide you with helpful instructions and make arrangements to see you as quickly as possible, often the same day.
What’s the difference between a bridge and an implant?
Missing teeth can be unfortunate, but there are great options for replacing missing teeth, and completing your smile. At our Phoenix AZ office, we recommend either dental bridges or dental implants for tooth replacement options. Both will give you the appearance of a full smile, but each have their differences.
In the case of a bridge, teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are used to anchor a replacement tooth. Bridges are helpful when the bone isn’t strong enough to support an implant, and the purpose is to simply fill the gap where the missing tooth is.
An implant, on the other hand, is placed directly into the bone where the missing tooth was to provide support to a new replacement tooth. Implants can provide stability and support to protect the jaw and can provide a tooth replacement that will stay in place.
If you would like to discuss tooth replacement options at our Phoenix, AZ dental office, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Cavendish and his team. We can set up a consultation and find the best option for you.
What is the difference between dental bonding and porcelain veneers?
Cosmetic Dentistry is a great way to improve the look of your smile and can even help you gain confidence. Two types of cosmetic dentistry, dental bonding, can both be used to enhance the tooth. But what is the Difference?
Dental Bonding Vs. Porcelain Veneers
- Dental bonding is a composite material that can be placed by the dentist in the office in 1 visit. It can be used to enhance the appearance (size, shape, and color) of teeth. They tend to be more uniform in color and less polishable with lower strength than Porcelian Veneers.
- Porcelain veneers can also be used to enhance the appearance of teeth, but are made out of much stronger, much more life-like looking material. The dentist will prepare the teeth for veneers, and then have a lab fabricate the final restoration.
Contact our Phoenix, AZ Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Matthew Cavendish in order to schedule a consultation for dental bonding or veneers.
What are the advantages of Invisalign and ClearCorrect?
Many people want to straighten their smile, but they don’t want the look or appearance of traditional metal braces. Luckily there is an answer for this, and that is with clear braces such as Invisalign or ClearCorrect.
Why are Invisible Braces Better?
Invisalign and/or ClearCorrect are great ways to move teeth orthodontically without the unsightly metal brackets and wires most people think of when they think of ortho. Both are a series of clear, removable plastic aligners that fit over the teeth to create orthodontic movement. As they are removable, it is much easier to eat and speak with these options.
If you think invisible braces might be the option for you, give us a call at our Phoenix, AZ dental office and we can set up a consultation for you, and start straightening your smile!
How soon can you see me in an emergency?
We know that dental emergencies happen, and when they do it can be urgent. Whether you have a cracked tooth, a tooth that was knocked out, or sudden tooth pain, contact our Phoenix AZ dental office as soon as possible!
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What’s the difference between a simple and surgical extraction?
Hopefully, a dental extraction is not necessary and we can work to save your tooth. If however, a dental extraction is necessary there are two types of extractions that we can perform. A simple extraction and s surgical extraction.
What are the Differences in Extractions?
- A simple extraction generally only requires putting appropriate pressure on a tooth to loosen it and then remove it in one piece. Some teeth are too broken down for a simple extraction.
- A surgical extraction requires the dentist to remove a tooth in multiple pieces, often having to move the gums slightly to access the tooth and then place stitches to allow for proper healing.
If you believe you are in need of a dental extraction, contact our Phoenix AZ dentist office and we can work with you to determine the best option.
How long does it take to get an implant?
Generally, an implant can be placed immediately. However, it will take approximately 3-4 months for the implant to heal before a crown can be placed on it.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Implants are one of the most successful procedures in dentistry. Since they are made of titanium, they will not break, and they will never get a cavity. Also, placing an implant preserves the surrounding bone, which is great for the long term health of the jaw. An additional benefit is that the teeth adjacent to the implant do not have to be treated, which is the case when placing a bridge.
Dental Implants in Phoenix, AZ
If you think dental implants might be right for you, contact our office and we will schedule a consultation to discuss your path to a complete smile.
Why do implants cost more than other replacement options?
Over the years, the cost associated with implants has come down so that they are very similar to the typical bridge replacement. Dental implants are an excellent choice for tooth replacement, as it can complete your smile, and provide structure for your jaw.
Dental Implants in Paradise Valley
Dr. Cavendish can help you replace missing teeth that look great. Call our Paradise Valley dental office to learn more or to schedule an appointment for dental implants.
Will my root canal hurt?
Every case is different, however, with the advances in technology and technique, root canals have become a routine, painless procedure.
Painless Root Canals in Scottsdale, AZ
If you are dealing with tooth pain or severe infection, contact our dental office, and Dr. Cavendish can provide a quick and painless root canal treatment procedure.
Why is a root canal called that?
A root canal is a procedure where the nerve needs to be removed from the tooth because it is infected, or not acting properly. Every tooth has 1, or multiple roots to anchor it to the jaw. These nerves live inside a hollow area in the root called the canal. So when a root canal is performed, that nerve is removed from that canal, leaving the root intact to continue to anchor the tooth.
Book Your Root Canal Treatment
If you are suffering from decay or pain, contact our office and we can schedule an appointment for a root canal treatment. Call us today!
What kind of after-care is needed following a root canal?
Generally speaking, one would want to avoid chewing on the area for about a week. As if you sprained your ankle, you just want to use it less while it’s healing.
Root Canals in Paradise Valley, AZ
Dr. Cavendish is experienced in treating root canals, and making the experience as comfortable as possible. Don’t hesitate to contact our dental office to schedule an appointment.
Do You Accept Patients from Scottsdale, AZ?
We do! We are only a 25-minute drive north from the center of Scottsdale and have several patients from the surrounding neighborhoods, including Arcadia, Paradise Valley, and Scottsdale North. Feel free to give us a call to schedule a dental appointment at our dental office.
To get to our office from Scottsdale, take N Scottsdale Rd north for 6 miles, and turn right on E Shea Blvd. Drive 2 miles and turn right onto 56th for 3 miles and then left on Greenway Rd and you will find Matthew J Cavendish, DDS, PLCC on the right after 1.2 miles.