Restoration & Treatment

  • Tooth Colored Fillings | A healthy alternative for natural looking restorations. We know that safe, natural looking restorations are important to our patients. That is why our office specializes in metal-free white composite fillings. Tooth colored composite fillings offer many healthy advantages over the traditional silver amalgam tooth fillings. Since these fillings are bonded to the affected tooth, they not only restore the natural appearance of the tooth, but restore most of the original strength of the tooth, as well. Additionally, composite fillings require less removal of tooth structure, are mercury free, and generally make your restored tooth less sensitive to hot and cold than a tooth restored using the silver amalgam tooth fillings of the past. Explore some frequently asked questions about tooth colored fillings.
  • Bridges | Filling in the gaps. When you lose one or more teeth, the surrounding teeth will shift into the open space, resulting in a number of problems including misalignments of the teeth and bite, additional bite strain, and even speech impediments. The space resulting from the loss of a tooth can lead to periodontal disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, as well as a negative social and psychological impact on the patient. Bridges fill in the gaps left by missing teeth and offer an excellent solution to these problems. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants which surround the gap. These teeth serve as the anchors for the new bridge and are crowned in order to add additional strength to the restoration. As with crowns, our office offers you the choice of materials for your new bridge. As part of your treatment process, Dr. McCargar will discuss dental bridge risks, and will help you decide the best material to use based on the location of the missing teeth, functionality, cost and aesthetic considerations. Scottsdale Dental Arts also provides dental bridge repair and treatment for dental bridge problems. Find answers to your questions about dental bridges.
  • Teeth Bonding | The art of correcting minor defects. Composite bonding is an easy and effective way to correct small tooth defects including minor chips, cracks, spots, discolorations, or gaps between teeth. This simple procedure uses a custom-made, tooth-colored material to mechanically attach restorations such as composite fillings or porcelain veneers to the affected tooth. Once completed, the tooth structure is not only reinforced, but the treated tooth will look virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth.
  • Dentures | Regain your smile. When tooth decay, periodontal disease, or injury cause you to lose all of your natural teeth, dentures provide an excellent solution. Scottsdale Dental Arts offers both full and partial dentures. During your consultation, Dr. McCargar will discuss with you the pros and cons of dentures, the average cost for dentures, and the question of dentures versus implants. Together, you will then decide on the best treatment for your individual situation.
  • Periodontal Disease Treatment | Rebuilding healthy gums and bone. At Scottsdale Dental Arts, we believe that a healthy smile begins with healthy gums. Periodontal disease is a serious problem that can not only causes bad breath and swollen, bleeding gums, but can lead to tooth loss and a variety of other health problems. As part of your routine oral care, we strive to detect and treat gum disease in its earliest stages. As part of your periodontal (gum) health, our office offers deep root cleaning (scaling and root planing) which removes plaque and bacteria that is below the gum line. This is then followed up by a periodontal maintenance program where your teeth and gums are cleaned and checked every three to four months.
  • TMJ Treatment | Stop the clenching, grinding, and headaches. TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder occurs when the joint where the jawbone and skull are misaligned. This hinge is a remarkably complex joint that works in conjunction with muscles and ligaments to move the jaw from side-to-side and back and forth. People who suffer from TMJ Disorder often present with symptoms including headaches, ear aches, pain when yawning or chewing, locking at the joint, and clicking or popping sounds when opening or closing their mouth. TMJ can be diagnosed with an oral exam that includes your medical and dental history, a clinical examination, and x-rays. Our office provides a number of treatment options for TMJ, including custom fit nightguards designed to relieve the discomfort of TMJ by preventing nighttime clenching and grinding.