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Sierra Vista AZ Dentist and Tooth Pain

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Sierra Vista AZ Cochise County Dentist

Sierra Vista AZ Dentist Dr. Wolfington of Cochise Caring Dentistry has many patients that come to him with tooth pain and decay of the teeth. Some of the main causes of toothaches include decay, a fracture in the teeth, and cavities.  A crack in the tooth is also a cause, although it can be difficult to diagnose, as cracks will normally appear to be invisible to the naked eye and x-rays.  Cracks can make your tooth feel as if it is exploding, as they expose the dentin and nerves to the air and anything else you put in your mouth.  If you don’t have Sierra Vista AZ Dentist Dr Wolfington fixes these cracks, they will get worse, possibly leading to your tooth or teeth breaking off at the gums.

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If you have an exposed root or nerve, it can also be the cause of your toothache.  This normally happens due to rough brushing, receding the gums and exposing the root.  If the root is exposed, the air or liquid you drink can trigger a toothache.  To prevent this from happening, use care when you brush and never try to tear your gums apart thinking it will get your teeth cleaner.

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If you use tobacco products, you’ll more than likely get toothaches on a frequent basis.  Chewing tobacco is a common contributor to toothaches and tooth pain, as the tobacco will eat away at your teeth until there is nothing left.  It doesn’t take long for it to happen either, especially if you have been chewing for a long time.  Smoking can trigger toothaches as well, as the smoke is bad for your teeth and eats away at them as well.

 

Even though there are many causes to toothaches, there are things you can do to stop and pain and prevent toothaches.  You should always brush your teeth on a daily basis, and go visit Sierra Vista AZ Dentist Dr. Wolfington for your regular checkups.  If you get a toothache you should always go to the dentist and get the tooth fixed.  Dr. Wolfington may be able to catch it early enough to save the tooth – which will prevent you from having to get it pulled and save you a lot of money – and pain in the long run.

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Schedule your routine dental checkup and cleaning with Sierra Vista AZ Dentist Dr. Wolfington today , call 520-458-1989.

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Sierra Vista AZ Dentist Cancer Examinations

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Sierra Vista AZ Dentist

Checking for oral cancer is routine in Sierra Vista AZ Dentist Dr. Wolfington’s dental examinations. Oral cancer appears as a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away. Symptoms include numbness or pain in the face, throat, or neck and can lead to death. Regular checkups are important for early detection. Many symptoms that a Sierra Vista AZ dentist can spot, such as small red or white lesions in the mouth, are not likely noticeable to you in your own bathroom mirror. Be sure to call Cochise Caring Dentistry to schedule your painless routine check up to maintain overall health.

Symptoms of oral cancer may include:

  • Swellings, lumps, rough spots or eroded areas on the lips, gums, or other areas inside the mouth.
  • The development of white, red, or speckled (white and red) patches in the mouth.
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth.
  • Loss of feeling, or pain/tenderness of the face, ears, neck, or mouth.
  • Persistent sores on the face, neck, or mouth that bleed easily and do not heal within 2 weeks.
  • A feeling that something is caught in the back of the throat.
  • Difficulty speaking, chewing or swallowing, or moving the jaw or tongue.
  • Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or change in voice.
  • A change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together.
  • Dramatic weight loss.

Who Gets Oral Cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society, men face twice the risk of developing oral cancer as women. Men over age 50 face the greatest risk. It’s estimated by the Oral Cancer Foundation that 40,000 people will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2012.

Risk factors may include:

  • Family history of cancer
  • Excessive sun exposure, especially at a young age.
  • Cigarette, cigar, or pipe smokers are six times more likely than nonsmokers to develop oral cancers.
  • Smokeless tobacco users. Users of chewing tobacco products are 50 times more likely to develop cancer of the gums, cheeks, and lining of the lips.
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol. Oral cancers are about six times more common in drinkers than nondrinkers.

It is important to note that over 25% of all oral cancers occur in people who do not smoke and who only drink alcohol on occasion.

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Call Sierra Vista AZ Dentist Dr. Wolfington of Cochise Caring Dentistry for your non-comprehensive, painless, visual oral cancer screening. When dealing with cancer detection and diagnosis, sooner is always better. Dial 520-458-1989 to schedule today!

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Sierra Vista AZ Cochise County Offers Dental Bonding

Sierra Vista AZ Cochise County Dentist

Sierra Vista AZ Cochise County Dentist

 

In cosmetic dentistry, dental bonding is also known as composite or tooth bonding. This is the process that fixes cosmetic and structural imperfections in the teeth. While Sierra Vista AZ dentist Dr. Wolfington calls them direct composite veneers, many simply refer to them generically as “dental bonding.”

Dental bonding is used to repair cracked, chipped, and discolored teeth including the replacement of silver fillings. It can also repair misaligned teeth, thereby giving the patient a straighter and more uniform smile. This material can also be directly applied and sculpted to the surfaces of teeth that are prominently displayed during a smile.

The first part is the material selection process. This is where Sierra Vista AZ dentist Dr. Wolfington chooses the right tone of the composite resin (white or natural-looking dental bonding materials) to match the patient’s own natural shade of teeth.

The start of the bonding process is when the Sierra Vista AZ dentist uses a rubber dam to isolate the tooth (or teeth). This is to prevent moisture interference on the tooth.

Next, Sierra Vista AZ dentist Dr. Wolfington roughens the existing tooth for the resin to adhere properly. He will then apply a gentle phosphoric acid solution on the tooth’s surface (which does not hurt) and removes it after 15 seconds.  The resin is then carefully applied to the tooth, is shaped and smoothed to achieve the desired look.

The formed resin material is then hardened with the aid of a high intensity light. Once it is of correct hardness, the bonded tooth is then buffed and polished to match the appearance and shaped of the surrounding teeth.

There are several benefits for patients in the tooth bonding process. For starters, it is quick, affordable, virtually painless, and the result can last long.

Contact Sierra Vista AZ Dentist Dr. Wolfington for more information on dental bonding @ 520-458-1989

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Sierra Vista AZ 85635 Dentist, Is The Right Cosmetic Dentist For You

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Sierra Vista AZ 85635 Dentist

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Choosing the right Sierra Vista AZ 85635 dentist is an important decision to make. You are choosing a professional who will help maintain your dental health and improve your appearance by repositioning and or restoring the look of your teeth ultimately creating a beautiful smile. There are many procedures that Sierra Vista AZ 85635 Dentist Dr. Wolfington provides that can improve you health and appearance.

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Sierra Vista AZ Dentist of Cochise Caring Dentistry provides general dentistry procedures includes but not limited to: routine fillings, Bridges, root canals, tooth extraction, full and partial dentures. In addition to general dentistry Cochise Caring Dentistry Sierra Vista AZ dentist also provides routine dental care e.g. check-ups, cleaning, fluoride treatments and x-rays. Dr. Wolfington offers several other cosmetic dentistry services in addition to general and routine dental care.

During your consultation with your Sierra Vista AZ 85635 dentist Dr. Wolfington, be open and discuss what you like and do not like about your smile. This is an important time for you and your Sierra Vista AZ dentist to establish realistic expectations about your dental treatment.

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Cochise Caring Dentistry Sierra Vista AZ Dentist Dr. Wolfington continually strives to be the most affordable Family Dental and Cosmetic Dentistry Practice in Cochise County. Cochise Caring Dentistry offers all new patients 50% off exams and cleanings to better assist all customers in attaining better Dental Health.

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Sierra Vista AZ Cochise Caring Dentistry

Sierra Vista AZ 85635 Dentist

Sierra Vista AZ 85635 Dentist

Sierra Vista AZ Dentist Dr. Wolfington of Cochise Caring Dentistry is a native Arizonan, who grew up in Mesa. He received his DMD degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine after earning his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University… but feels Sun Devils and Wildcats should get along!

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Sierra Vista AZ Dentist Dr. Wolfington is an active member of several Professional Dental Health Organizations, such as the Southern Arizona Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association.

As a firm believer in charitable service, Sierra Vista AZ Dentist Dr. Wolfington has provided dental care to underserved communities here in the United States, the Dominican Republic and is planning a trip to Peru. He is a firm believer in the life changing qualities of genuine service for both contributor and benefactor.

Dr. Wolfington is currently in his second year as a service leader in the Boy Scouts of America and is an active member of the Sierra Vista Executive Associates (a local motivational business club)

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Dr. Wolfington enjoys getting out and enjoying the beauty of Arizona whether it is family hikes, Grand Canyon expeditions, mountain biking, fishing, etc. Sierra Vista AZ Dentist Dr. Wolfington and his wife, Elizabeth stays busy and enjoys life with the help of three boys (one of which just started High-school) and a new bundle of joy infant girl. Noah, Elijah, Oliver and baby Juniper.

Contact Sierra Vista AZ Dentist Dr. Wolfington today @ 520-458-1989 to schedule your dental appointment.

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