Are you looking for a reliable dentist in the Mesa, AZ area? Dr. Hatch is an experienced dentist who values his patients and is dedicated to providing them with the highest level of care.
When a patient has healthy teeth and gums, they’re likely to feel better and happier than people who have an unhealthy mouth. Studies have found that bad dental health can lead to a higher risk of a heart attack or stroke. A healthy smile looks better as well, which helps boost confidence and happiness in our patients. Dr. Hatch offers a variety of services to ensure his patients maintain healthy teeth and live happy lives.
Oral Hygiene & Dental Cleaning Appointments
Visiting the dentist is a great way to maintain proper oral health and prevent tooth decay and diseases. While you may feel you can clean your teeth thoroughly at home, we suggest coming into our office biannually to have your teeth professionally cleaned.
During these oral hygiene appointments, Dr. Hatch will polish and floss your teeth in order to completely remove plaque. He’ll also assess your teeth and gums using x-rays to ensure there are no signs of decay or gum disease. If you have any concerns about your oral health or you’re curious about our other services, this would be a good time to talk to Dr. Hatch about these things.
Preventive care is the most important part for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, which is why Dr. Hatch offers dental sealants. During this preventive service, Dr. Hatch places a thin plastic coating, otherwise called sealants, onto your teeth to protect them from bacteria. Sealants are primarily placed on your back molars due to the fact that these teeth are used most frequently to chew food.
Both adults and children can receive sealants, and it’s recommended that children receive sealants as early as six years old in order to protect their teeth from cavities. Sealants prevent decay and save money down the road.
TMJ/TMD Treatment with Botox
If you experience jaw pain, earaches, or stiff jaw muscles, you may be suffering from TMJ disorder. The TMJ, temporomandibular joint, can be injured from teeth grinding, alignment issues, or arthritis which can cause pain and lead to temporomandibular disorder (TMD).
TMD is a painful condition that requires professional treatment, and Dr. Hatch is ready to help. Here at Arizona Dental heights, we offer BOTOX as an effective way to treat TMD. BOTOX, a neurotoxic protein produced by Clostridium botulinum, eliminates the pain caused by this condition and can even correct negative jaw movement.
Root Canal Therapy
When teeth aren’t properly cared for, bacteria can build up and cause decay. If the tooth decay becomes severe, the pulp or root of the tooth can be affected. Once this happens, Dr. Hatch may recommend root canal therapy.
During a root canal procedure, your tooth will be numbed to ensure you don’t feel any pain. Once numbed, Dr. Hatch removes the infected nerve and pulp from the tooth. In order to protect the tooth from further decay, it’s filled with a sealant and covered with a dental crown.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you really need to see the dentist every six months?
Regular dental visits are recommended to ensure your gums and teeth are healthy and free of disease. There are two parts to your biannual exam. First is the oral examination and second is the professional cleaning.
During the exam, Dr. Hatch will assess your face, neck, and mouth to check for any signs of oral cancer. The exam will also include an x-ray of your teeth to check for cavities. Dr. Hatch will also look at your gums to ensure they’re free of gum disease, also known as gingivitis.
Next, your teeth will be cleaned with special tools that can remove plaque and tartar, a procedure called scaling. When plaque hardens, it becomes tartar and it’s nearly impossible to remove on your own. After your teeth are cleaned, they’ll be polished to remove any surface stains.
If Dr. Hatch notices anything during the exam that requires additional treatment, he’ll let you know during your checkup. Between appointments you’ll want to continue a regular oral hygiene routine of brushing twice a day, flossing every day, and rinsing between meals with water or mouthwash.
How long do dental sealants last?
With proper oral hygiene care and regular visits to see Dr. Hatch, sealants can protect your teeth from decay for up to 10 years. During your check-up, Dr. Hatch will assess your sealants for any signs of chipping or cracking and replace them if it’s necessary.
What foods should be avoided with sealants?
After receiving a dental sealant, try to avoid chewy and sticky foods because they can stick to the sealants and pull them off. Steer clear of snacks such as gummy candy, caramel, and toffee to improve the longevity of your sealants.
In addition to avoiding certain foods, seeing Dr. Hatch bi-annually will ensure your sealants are intact and your teeth are free of decay.
How long does a root canal therapy take?
Root canal therapy typically takes one to two appointments, lasting about 90 minutes each. This is determined on a case by case basis. If you think you’re in need of a root canal, give us a call at (480) 525-6000 or fill out a contact form to schedule a consultation. Dr. Hatch will provide a customized treatment plan with a detailed time frame for your root canal.
What are the benefits of root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment puts an end to pain and stops the spread of infection, restoring the health of your teeth and gums. Getting a root canal can also eliminate tooth decay and prevent further damage which can save your tooth from extraction. It can also improve your bite, placing less strain on your surrounding teeth.