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Glendale Dentist Serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and nearby areas in Arizona

May 06th, 2020
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Porcelain veneers are placed over the front of teeth that have been impacted by cosmetic imperfections. There are several different types of dental veneers, including thin options such as Lumineers® and DuraThin™, allowing the treatment to meet a variety of patient needs. The best way to determine which type of dental veneer is ideal for your needs is through a one-on-one consultation at the Glendale office of Desert Smiles.

Prep vs. No-Prep Veneers

Traditional porcelain veneers are too thick to place without first preparing the teeth. Before these types of veneers can be placed, a small amount of natural tooth enamel must be removed. This allows the veneers to slide seamlessly into the smile, addressing pronounced cosmetic imperfections such as:

  • Gaps and spaces
  • Severe tooth discoloration

Once teeth have been prepared for veneers, they will always have to have something – veneers, bonding, or crowns – placed over them to prevent sensitivity and other issues.

No-prep veneers can be placed without enamel removal. Much thinner than traditional veneers, options like Lumineers and DuraThin can address cosmetic issues such as crooked tooth presentation, chipped or cracked enamel, and irregular tooth sizes just like thicker options. They cannot, however, address more severe cosmetic issues.

Choosing the Best Option

Lumineers and DuraThin veneers can be removed without the need for additional services. Traditional veneers cannot.

Traditional veneers can address severe cosmetic imperfections. No-prep veneers cannot.

The option that is best for you depends entirely on your concerns.

Dr. Nathan Tenney understands that no two smiles are alike and no single cosmetic dentistry treatment is ideal for every need. During your initial consultation, he will listen carefully to your concerns, closely evaluate your teeth and gums, and provide you with information about all of your treatment options.

We Are Open! Call Today

Desert Smiles is open! Please call us at 602-978-1790 to schedule your cosmetic dentistry appointment today. Located in Glendale, we welcome patients from all surrounding areas of Arizona, including Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Peoria.

March 11th, 2020

Infographic: We Provide a Sterile & Clean Dental Experience | Desert SmilesUPDATE 04-30-2020: Desert Smiles will be open on May 4th. Our new hours will be:

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 8am-4:30pm
  • Wednesday 8am-2pm

UPDATE 3-20-2020: In accordance with Governor Ducey’s declaration, Desert Smiles, along with all dental offices in the state, is closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Governor Ducey will revisit the decision every two weeks. We will keep this space updated as we receive information.


UPDATE 3-17-2020: Starting today, we will only be doing emergency and essential dentistry. No hygiene appointments this week. We are figuring out things by the hour and will update any changes as they happen.


At Desert Smiles, we take the health and safety of our patients seriously, regardless of current virus concerns. We are fully committed to maintaining the cleanest environment possible and to meeting or exceeding medical standards.

Our instruments undergo a rigorous sterilization process to ensure cleanliness. Our office, including our lobby, is thoroughly cleaned daily – some rooms several times a day – and our dentist and team hold themselves to the highest of hygienic standards.

In short, year-round, we do everything possible to keep our patients safe from bacterial and viral infections.

Why You Should Keep Your Appointment

Oral health is directly linked to systemic health. Oral health concerns like decay, infection, and gingivitis can occur quickly and, when not addressed in their earliest stages, may result in a compromised immune system and a heightened risk for serious complications from Coronavirus, the flu, or even the common cold.

If you are not sick, it is best to keep your dental appointment. If you feel like you may be coming down with something or if you have been exposed to someone with influenza or Coronavirus, it may be best to reschedule.

When Should I Cancel My Appointment?

Please call to reschedule your appointment if you:

  • Have tested positive for Coronavirus or influenza
  • Have a fever – even a low-grade fever
  • Have a cough or runny nose
  • Are having respiratory issues
  • Have been exposed to a virus

If you are not sick and have not been exposed to anyone who is, maintaining your own health is of the utmost importance. Part of this is taking care of your oral health.

Keep Yourself Healthy

Avoiding exposure is the best way to prevent viral infection. However, there are steps you can take to keep yourself healthy during times of mass illness. The CDC recommends you:

  • Clean and wash your hand often
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick

More suggestions and additional information on COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website.

Old Toothbrush Head?

Now might be a good time to swap out your toothbrush head – even if you’re not sick. Doing this every few months helps ensure the cleanest teeth and may help prevent the spread of infection.

If you have questions about our disinfection and sanitation practices or if you need to make or adjust an appointment, call 602-978-1790 and we will take care of you.

March 03rd, 2020

Tooth discoloration is often a consequence of aging. It may also be the result of consuming dark foods and beverages, tobacco use, and inadequate oral hygiene. Fortunately, whitening teeth that have become yellow is not at all difficult.

Types of Tooth Stains

There are two types of stains that can impact teeth: intrinsic (below enamel) and extrinsic (above enamel). Extrinsic stains can be treated with topical teeth whitening solutions.

At Desert Smiles, we offer in-office whitening with Boost along with professional-strength take-home kits. At-home whitening with our customized kits is safe, easy, effective, and versatile; it can serve as a stand-alone service or be used for maintenance following an in-office treatment.

Intrinsic stains do not always respond well to topical teeth whiteners. These stains, often caused by fluorosis or antibiotics in childhood, may require a more advanced cosmetic dentistry solution. Depending on your needs, your desires, and the extent of your staining, Dr. Tenney may recommend dental veneers or bonding for this purpose.

Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

Tooth sensitivity and soft tissue irritation are common with store-bought tooth whitening kits. Inferior bleaching gel and one-size-fits-all application trays exacerbate this problem. Choosing to have your teeth professionally whitened can reduce your risks.

The in-office tooth bleaching system we use is formulated to help reduce sensitivity. Professional application helps prevent solution seepage, which further reduces risks by keeping gel off of the gums and tongue. Our take-home kits come with customized application trays which serve the same purpose: to keep the solution on the teeth, but off of the gums, while ensuring a consistent shade reduction on every tooth in the mouth.

If you struggle with tooth sensitivity, taking an over-the-counter analgesic like Tylenol® or Advil® can help reduce discomfort following tooth whitening as well. Any discomfort should subside within a few days so long as proper care is taken of the teeth.

Will Brushing Yellow Teeth Make Them White?

Using a mildly abrasive toothpaste can remove some surface stains. Professional cleanings can remove some as well. Optimal tooth whitening may not be possible with toothpaste, though a good toothpaste can certainly help maintain results. During your time in our care, we will provide you with personalized recommendations based on your oral health, number of restorations, and similar factors.

Call Desert Smiles at 602-978-1790 to schedule a consultation at our Glendale office today.

January 22nd, 2020

Woman, afraid of dentist, covering her mouthCosmetic dentistry is a safe and effective way to dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. Modern cosmetic dentistry techniques are able to address issues both minor and pronounced, to produce a lifelike, incredibly strong, and absolutely beautiful smile you will be proud to show the world.

…But Does it Hurt?

There is no conceivable reason your cosmetic dentistry treatment should hurt. While some treatments require enamel removal and other steps that may cause slight discomfort, topical anesthetic and safe sedation options like nitrous oxide can be used in combination to ensure optimal comfort during your procedure. In cases where tooth sensitivity may be increased, proper aftercare can greatly reduce your risks of discomfort following your procedure as well.

Our Commitment to Your Comfort

At Desert Smiles, we are fully committed to the safety and comfort of every patient we see. Dr. Tenney utilizes advanced techniques and technology to help ensure the most pleasing results, and takes time to cover aftercare in a way that empowers our patients to remain comfortable in cases where some healing is required.

Our Glendale office environment is relaxing and welcoming, and we have several amenities to help keep you free of worry during your time in our care. We also provide both nitrous oxide and conscious oral sedation, allowing us to meet the varied needs of each person who walks through our doors.

Our Cosmetic Density Services

Cosmetic dentistry options at our office include:

  • Teeth whitening. We offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening options to remove surface stains and improve the shading of your teeth
  • Dental veneers. We place both traditional and no-prep dental veneers over teeth that are damaged, distracting, or unappealing
  • Dental crowns. We use porcelain crowns to protect teeth impacted by trauma or severe decay. Crowns are also used with dental implants and bridges to replace missing teeth
  • Dental bonding. We provide tooth bonding for minor cosmetic and structural issues such as chips, cracks, and small gaps

We also offer cosmetic gum lift to improve the appearance of a gummy smile, enamel contouring to produce an even and consistent appearance to the teeth, and BOTOX® Cosmetic for the treatment of lines and wrinkles around the mouth.

Even Our General Services are Aesthetically Pleasing

Desert Smiles offers a comprehensive selection of dental treatments and procedures. While cosmetic options are obviously designed to address aesthetic imperfections, we have catered our general dentistry services to meet those same ends.

Options such as tooth-colored fillings and porcelain inlays and onlays allow for the treatment of decay without forcing metal into your teeth. Not only are metal-free treatments less damaging to the teeth, but they may also be safer, longer-lasting, and more reliable than traditional amalgams. We can discuss this with you in greater detail during your time in our care.

To learn more about our general and cosmetic dentistry services, please call Desert Smiles at 602-978-1790 and schedule a consultation today. We serve Glendale and all surrounding communities, including Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Mesa, and Peoria.

January 07th, 2020

Close Up of Woman's Face. Half Smiling.Tooth enamel is harder than bone. It works to protect the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue that comprise the pulp in each tooth’s center. Below the enamel of each tooth are the dentin and cementum layers. Like enamel, these layers are hard and work to protect the soft, non-calcified tissue in the pulp chamber.

Chips and cracks in tooth enamel can allow bacteria, acids, and food particles to enter the inner chamber of the tooth. There, debris can quickly spark an infection, resulting in toothache, abscess, and similar oral health concerns. Worse still, when left untreated, infection in the teeth and gums can enter the bloodstream and travel throughout the body, increasing risks for heart attack and stroke, certain types of cancer, and other potentially deadly illnesses.

How is a Chipped Tooth Treated?

Glendale dentist Dr. Nathan Tenney offers several options for chipped teeth, including:

  • Porcelain veneers. Placed over the front surface of teeth, dental veneers cover chips with a porcelain shell to help prevent further damage.
  • Dental Crowns. Placed over the entire tooth, a dental crown can protect all surface areas from damage. Crowns are typically placed following root canal treatment to remove infection and debris from the pulp chamber of a tooth.
  • Dental Bonding. Applied in layers to teeth that have become damaged or compromised, bonding is strong, protective, and cost-effective.
  • Tooth-Colored Fillings. Filling, inlays, and onlays can all be used to protect compromised teeth. Which of these options is best will depend on the location and extent of the damage.

Treating a chipped tooth is a general dental service, but at Desert Smiles, it is accomplished with an eye towards cosmetic perfection. All of our tooth repair treatments are designed to produce natural-looking results that complement your entire smile. If you have multiple issues detracting from the health and beauty of your teeth, we can discuss additional treatment options during your time in our care.

Will I Have to Have a Root Canal?

Having a chipped tooth does not mean you have to have a root canal. Having an infected tooth does. Addressing chips and cracks as soon as they appear will help prevent infection.

You can further reduce your chances for a root canal, fillings, and other chipped tooth treatment options by protecting your teeth:

  • Avoid chewing on ice and hard candy
  • Don’t bite or chew on non-food items (like plastic)
  • Brush your teeth after every meal and snack
  • Floss morning and night
  • Visit our office for cleanings every six months

Maintaining routine visits every six months helps ensure that problems, including chipped teeth, gum disease, and tooth decay, can be identified and treated early on. When addressed in its earliest stage, damage to tooth enamel can often be treated before discomfort begins and long before more invasive treatment options become necessary.

We are Here to Help

If you have a chipped tooth, call Desert Smiles at 602-978-1790 to schedule a treatment consultation right away. Located in Glendale, Dr. Tenney and our staff welcome patients living throughout the region, including the communities of Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, and Chandler.

December 11th, 2019
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If your smile is less than perfect, dental veneers may be the best solution. These thin, tooth-colored restorations are placed over the front of teeth, enabling them to produce a strong, healthy and beautiful appearance to teeth that have been impacted by:

  • Chipped or cracked enamel
  • Crooked tooth presentation
  • Uneven or irregular tooth shapes and sizes
  • Gaps and spaces between teeth
  • Severe, below the enamel stains

Porcelain is an incredibly durable substance. Resistant to stains and scratches, porcelain also reflects light in the same way as tooth enamel, further enabling veneers to produce a life-like and completely natural-looking, albeit much more attractive, smile.

How Thick are Porcelain Veneers?

Generally speaking, dental veneers are around .5 millimeters in size. This enables the porcelain to maintain its natural translucency and better mimic tooth enamel while also allowing veneers to fit over teeth with very little preparation. However, while very thin, veneers are still too dense to be placed on top of unprepared teeth.

Enamel Removal

To place dental veneers, a small amount of your natural tooth enamel will need to be removed. This gentle contouring of the teeth allows veneers to fit snugly and perfectly into the smile. It will also make the process irreversible.

Tooth enamel does not grow back. It can be fortified, but it cannot be restored. Once the enamel has been removed for the placement of veneers, it will be necessary to keep veneers or another restoration, such as dental bonding, in place at all times. Fortunately, this poses little to no problem for most patients. Veneers, when cared for properly, can last for decades and can be replaced individually as needed to keep the smile flawless without requiring a complete smile makeover.

Are There No-Prep Veneers?

There are dental veneers that do not require tooth preparation. Lumineers®, the brand with the most name recognition, is a no-prep veneer manufactured in China. At around .3mm thick, Lumineers® are suitable for some patients, but not thin enough to place without preparation for all.

We offer Durathin® veneers. Manufactured in Utah, these no-prep veneers are thinner than Lumineers®, making them easier to place without first removing tooth enamel. However, because they are not as thick as the traditional veneers we offer, they are not as effective at addressing pronounced cosmetic imperfections.

We have found that prep-less dental veneers are suitable for around 25% of patients. Call today to schedule a free consultation and learn if you are one of them.

Porcelain Veneer Durability

MAC Veneers are stronger, more durable, and more life-like than many other brands of dental veneer. This is one of the main reasons we have chosen to place this brand. When cared for properly, MAC veneers can last for 20 years or more.

While much thinner, Durathin® veneers are also able to produce results for years at a time. As with traditional porcelain veneers, with proper care, no-prep dental veneers can be expected to produce results for 20 years or more.

How do I Care for My Veneers?

To care for dental veneers, do:

  • Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to brush after every meal and snack
  • Floss in between all teeth before brushing both morning and night
  • Visit our office for biannual cleanings and examinations

To keep your veneers strong and attractive, do not:

  • Bite ice, hard candy, or non-food items
  • Grind your teeth
  • Use an abrasive toothpaste
  • Use a mouthwash with alcohol

Following these simple steps can help keep your veneers strong and attractive for decades at a time. During your routine visits to our office, we will provide you with individual recommendations as well, helping to ensure your smile remains healthy and beautiful for life. 

Contact Desert Smiles to Learn More

To schedule a free cosmetic dentistry consultation at our Glendale office, please call 602-978-1790 today. We welcome patients from Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, and all surrounding areas of Arizona.

November 14th, 2019

Woman with wavy hair smilingOpalescence Boost teeth whitening is a safe, comfortable and effective way to brighten your smile. This in-office tooth whitening treatment takes only one hour to perform and can lighten your teeth several shades in that time. Offering a vastly superior alternative to store-bought teeth whitening kits, Boost whitening is especially useful for men and women who require immediate results.

Dr. Tenney and the staff at Desert Smiles work hard to ensure every patient is provided the most effective treatment for his or her needs. If your smile is stained, discolored, or dingy, we welcome an opportunity to meet with you, listen to your concerns, and help you choose the best solution for your needs.

How is Boost Different?

Boost is different than other chairside tooth whitening treatments in that it does not require a laser or heat to activate. This helps ensure your treatment is more comfortable.

Boost is formulated even further to protect your comfort with the addition of potassium nitrate and fluoride, which work in tandem to prevent tooth sensitivity and strengthen tooth enamel. This unique formulation allows Boost to provide optimal whitening with maximal comfort. It’s even formulated to continue working after application to help prevent shade relapse.

What can Boost Teeth Whitening Treat?

Opalescence Boost can treat a variety of stains and discolorations including those caused by:

  • The aging process
  • Sodas and sports drinks
  • Dark-colored foods and sauces
  • Coffee and tea
  • Red wine
  • Tobacco use

In some cases, in-office teeth whitening may be used to treat deeper stains as well. The best way to determine if the treatment is ideal for your needs is through a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Tenney. Call us today to schedule your free consultation and learn more.

Why Choose Professional Teeth Whitening?

There are certainly a number of take-home options available at the store when it comes to whitening teeth. Most of them are okay. They are not, however, nearly as effective as professional teeth whitening.

Professional teeth whitening is faster, more comfortable, less irritating, and more effective than store-bought options. Professional-strength teeth whitening solution is formulated to be both more effective and more comfortable, and these unique formulations are not available over-the-counter.

In-office whitening is performed by our experienced cosmetic dentist. Our take-home kits come with a custom-made and precisely fitted application tray. With both treatments, risks of uneven results or soft tissue irritation are greatly reduced. During your free teeth whitening consultation, we can discuss these benefits in greater detail and answer any cosmetic dentistry questions that you might have.

Contact Us Today

If you are interested in scheduling a free cosmetic dentistry consultation at our Glendale office, please call 602-978-1790 today. Desert Smiles welcomes patients from Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Peoria, and all surrounding areas of Arizona.

October 01st, 2019

Malocclusion is the misalignment of teeth. It may present as:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Open bite
  • Crossbite
  • Tooth crowding
  • Crooked presentation
  • Gaps and spaces

The most common treatment for malocclusion is braces – often placed during childhood or adolescence to address the problem before the jaw hardens and teeth become more difficult to move.

Malocclusion in Adults

Woman with lips pursed, smiling crookedlyMalocclusion in adults is far from uncommon. In some cases it is largely aesthetic, posing dissatisfaction with appearance, but not necessarily function. However, it is possible for malocclusion in adults to result in more serious issues such as bruxism, problems speaking and chewing, speech irregularities, and increased risks for tooth decay and gum disease.

Treating malocclusion in adults is similar to treating the condition in younger patients and is often accomplished with wire and bracket braces. Treatment with braces is incredibly effective – even in adult mouths – though it can take several years once jawbone is set and may require frequent, painful adjustments over the course of treatment.

Invisalign® for Adults

Invisalign is an alternative to braces for adults who are struggling with minor to moderate malocclusion. Unlike braces, which are affixed to the teeth, Invisalign treatment is completed with a series of clear aligners that work to gradually move teeth into their optimal position. Each set of aligners works to move the teeth slightly more, which is similar to manual adjustment of braces, but often less invasive and painful.

There are several benefits offered by Invisalign including:

  • The clear aligners are nearly invisible, making them more cosmetically appealing
  • The soft plastic of the aligners will not irritate gums or cut soft oral tissue
  • Removing the aligners eliminates dietary restrictions and problems maintaining oral hygiene
  • Treatment is often completed in a fraction of the time required for wire and bracket alternatives

While there are several benefits of Invisalign for adults, there are some considerations that should be made as well:

  • When removed, aligners can be misplaced or lost
  • Aligners must be worn for 22+ hours a day to be effective
  • Attachments that look like clear braces may be necessary for some patients

Invisalign is effective when used as directed. Successful treatment requires self-discipline and commitment, making it good for some patients, but not ideally suited to others.

The best way to learn if Invisalign is a good solution for your needs is through a frank and honest discussion with Dr. Nathan Tenney at the Glendale office of Desert Smiles. During this consultation, Dr. Tenney can assess your level of malocclusion, discuss all of your options, and help you choose the most effective treatment for your needs.

Instant Orthodontics

Some adults are good candidates for instant orthodontics – the treatment of minor malocclusion with dental veneers. With this option, veneers and other treatments can be combined to produce a straight and attractive smile without orthodontic intervention.

Instant orthodontics is primarily cosmetic, but can improve some function and restore comfort to the bite. If this is a suitable option in your case, Dr. Tenney can provide you with more information during your free, one-on-one consultation.

To schedule your complimentary cosmetic dentistry consultation at Desert Smiles, please call 602-978-1790 today. Located in Glendale, we welcome patients from Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, and all surrounding areas of Arizona.

September 04th, 2019

A facelift is a surgical procedure during which incisions are made next to or behind the ears, allowing underlying tissue and muscle to be manipulated and lifted into a firmer and more youthful position. The typical facelift costs around $7,500 and can produce a tighter and more lifted look, but it cannot add volume to areas of the face that have become sunken-in or hollowed due to aging.

While there is no dental equivalent to a surgical facelift, there are a number of cosmetic and restorative procedures that can be combined to address issues brought about by aging, trauma, uncorrected bite issues, and TMJ. By addressing these types of issues, restorative and cosmetic services can help produce a more youthful, lifted, and attractive appearance, acting as an alternative to a more invasive (and riskier) surgical procedure.

Which Areas of the Face can be Restored?

Utilizing advanced cosmetic and restorative options, Dr. Tenney can address issues such as:

  • Sunken lips
  • Loose or hanging lip skin
  • Jowls and turkey neck
  • Sunken and hollow cheeks
  • Recessed chin

Dr. Tenney also offers BOTOX® Cosmetic, a nonsurgical treatment for lines and wrinkles around the lips, next to the eyes, in between the eyebrows, and across the forehead. Combining dental treatments with this cosmetic service can often produce a significantly more youthful appearance while also addressing common dental problems including:

  • Missing teeth
  • Malocclusion
  • Gaps and spaces
  • Jaw misalignment

If you are experiencing any of these issues, contact our Glendale office right away to learn if a dental alternative to facelift surgery would be useful for your needs.

Which Procedures Can be Used to Produce a More Lifted and Youthful Appearance?

To lift sunken areas of the face and produce a more youthful and vibrant appearance, Dr. Tenney may choose from a variety of treatments. Some of the most popular include restorative options such as:

  • Dental implants to replace one or two missing teeth
  • Dental bridges to replace several missing teeth in a row
  • Dentures or partials to replace an entire arch or longer row of missing teeth

Dental implants serve the dual purpose of providing a solid foundation for restorations, including bridges and dentures, while preventing jaw shrinkage and collapse – which helps preserve fullness in the lips and surrounding areas.

In addition to restorative services, cosmetic treatments that can help lift and add volume to and around the lips include:

  • Dental veneers
  • Porcelain crowns
  • Cosmetic enamel contouring
  • Gum reshaping

Cosmetic services may be combined with things like a nightguard to prevent bruxism and help preserve both tooth structure and jaw stability. Various orthodontic options may also be utilized to help correct bite issues for a straight, strong, and beautiful smile. During your free consultation with Dr. Tenney, we can help you determine which procedure or combination of procedures will meet your specific needs and produce the look you most desire.

Contact us to Learn More

If the idea of a more youthful appearance is appealing to you but you’re not certain facelift surgery is the best option, call Desert Smiles at 602-978-1790 to schedule a complimentary consultation and see how we can help. Located in Glendale, Dr. Tenney welcomes patients from all surrounding areas including Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, and Peoria.

July 23rd, 2019

Dental Implant Replacing Tooth RootDental implants offer the strongest, most reliable, and longest-lasting solution for the replacement of missing teeth. Traditional dental implants are inserted directly into the jaw where they undergo a process called osseointegration, during which osteoblasts and connective tissue adhere to tiny holes on the implant's surface and securing it into bone. This process serves two important functions:

  1. It helps to ensure that the implant will not come loose or fall out
  2. It allows the implant to replace the missing tooth’s root, thereby preventing the otherwise unavoidable issue of jaw shrinkage

The roots of teeth serve serval functions, not the least of which is supplying signals to the body that bone is needed in that specific area of the jaw. No root means no signal, which often results in the body reabsorbing minerals around the missing tooth and creating a sunken or collapsed appearance to the jaw. Dental implants are the only type of tooth replacement that addresses this issue.

What Happens When There is Insufficient Bone in the Jaw?

Traditional dental implants are typically four to five millimeters in size. In order for these implants to be effective, your jaw must have sufficient width and depth to support them. When your jaw lacks sufficient density, you may be presented with a few different options: undergo bone grafting surgery to add bulk to the jaw, have mini dental implants placed, or look to a solution like a dental bridge or adhesive-supported dentures.

Dental bridges are certainly a workable option. Strong, reliable, and attractive, a bridge can be secured to porcelain dental crowns placed over adjacent teeth, enabling them to restore both function and aesthetics to the smile. This prevents adjacent tooth slippage while restoring bite tension and strength, and is a fantastic solution for some of our patients. What dental bridges cannot do is prevent further bone loss. This means that, over time, your bridge will have to be adjusted to accommodate your shrinking jaw.

Adhesive-secured dentures are not as reliable, attractive, or strong as dental bridges and are not typically recommended by Dr. Tenney.

Mini Dental Implants

While smaller in diameter, mini dental implants are still inserted directly into your jaw, making them a more secure option than a dental bridge while allowing them to help prevent structural changes to your jaw. If you are not a good candidate for traditional implants and bone grafting is not a suitable option, mini dental implants may be the best treatment available.

Implant Supported Full Dentures

Implant-Supported Dentures 

At our Phoenix-area office, mini dental implants are used to secure dentures for optimal strength and support. As opposed to adhesives, which can become unstuck and allow dentures to slip or fall out, implant-supported dentures stay securely in place.

Dr. Tenney offers different implant-supported denture options including:

  • Bar retained – for full dentures supported by mini implants placed at intervals
  • Ball retained – for partial dentures supported by single implants

As with any restorative service, the option that is best for your needs will be based on several factors unique to your desires and your anatomy. During your initial consultation, Dr. Tenney will carefully assess your teeth and gums, provide you with honest information about all of your options, and help you decide which treatment will produce the best results in your case.

To learn if mini dental implants are right for your smile, call Desert Smiles at 602-978-1790 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Tenney today. Located in Glendale, we welcome patients from all surrounding Arizona communities, including Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Peoria.