Surprise Smiles Logo
Request an Appointment Button
Facebook Button Google Read Reviews Button
CALL (602) 842-4864


Surprise Smiles has created this informative blog to assist in the education of the community.

If you like an article or the blog in general, please use the "share it" button to post to Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.

Click an icon below to share our blog.

Latest Posts:

Common Causes of Pain in the Jaw
Posted on 5/23/2018 by Andrew Zeiger
Do you normally struggle with pain in your jaw? If so, then you may be wondering what causes that pain. Some types of pain are easy to diagnose, such as pain following direct trauma to the jaw itself. However, those times are usually relatively rare. It normally takes a little testing to figure out what the root cause of your jaw pain is. Here are a couple places we can start looking to figure out the cause. Maybe one of them will be the cause of what ails you. Reasons Your Jaw May Hurt If your TMJ makes noise when you open and close your mouth, you could struggle with TMD. Your TMJ is the joint between your bottom jaw and your skull. If this joint gets inflamed, it leads to TMD, which is a temporomandibular disorder. These are treatable, but it may take a little time to figure out what the best course of treatment is for you. If you wake up with a sore jaw, your cause could be bruxism. This is when you clench your teeth together or grind them together. Typically, people do this in their sleep and do not even realize that they do it. It takes them waking up with a sore jaw pretty regularly for them to realize that they do it often enough to get seen for it. Do you want to figure out the root cause of your pain? If so, we can help. Call our office and schedule a consultation. Let us know that you have jaw pain and about how often you have it. Keep track of anything you believe could be connected to your jaw pain from now until your appointment. That way, you can talk to us about it when you are here....

Are You Going to Need an Oral Biopsy?
Posted on 5/13/2018 by Andrew Zeiger
A lot of people are at risk for things like oral cancer, but do not even realize it. There are many things that can cause problems where an oral biopsy would be part of the diagnosis process. If you notice lumps, bumps, skin differences, or lesions in your mouth, you are showing signs that something is wrong with your mouth. If after an examination, we see something that does not look quite right, we will sometimes request an oral biopsy to be done. That way, we know what is going on and can treat it appropriately. Risk Factors for Oral Cancer The people who are most likely going to need an oral biopsy are those who have the highest risk factors for oral cancer. Those who top this list include smokers and drinkers. Smoking, or any type of tobacco use, is quite dangerous to the mouth. It increases your chances of developing oral cancer exponentially. Drinking dries out the mouth, which means your mouth is less protected from the benefits of your saliva. Your saliva is one of the best protectors of your mouth. By drying it out, you increase your chances of developing nearly every oral ailment there is. You also could have an increased risk of oral cancer if you spend extended periods of time in the sun, have the HPV virus, or have poor oral hygiene. If you want to decrease the risk of oral cancer you currently have, the best thing to do is avoid these issues. Make sure you don't smoke, drink, or spend too much time in the sun. You can also make sure to keep your mouth incredibly clean at all times. For more information on oral biopsies or your risks for oral cancer, give us a call today!...

How Does a Pulpotomy Differ From a Pulpectomy?
Posted on 4/20/2018 by Surprise Smiles Office
If you are experiencing an extreme pain in your tooth, but you do not know or see any signs of cavities or decay, then it might be a pulp injury or a pulp infection. This kind of situation leads to excruciating pain, tooth sensitivity and swelling of your gums. This dental problem focuses on the pulp of your tooth, which is located at the root or the center of your tooth that is made up of nerves, tissues, and blood vessels. This is why a pulp problem is so painful. There are two dental procedures that can help save your tooth, which are the pulpotomy and pulpectomy, but, what is the difference? Pulpotomy vs. Pulpectomy Both of these dental procedures are forms of pulp therapy, but there is a slight difference. Pulpotomy is a form of pulp therapy that is administered by dentists if the problem remains isolated on a particular part of pulp alone. This means that there are no decays and severe injuries present on the pulp root and other areas of the teeth. Pulpotomy includes the removal of the affected pulp, which aims to treat and restore the affected tooth. To do this, a gap inside the tooth will be the result and this will be filled with a therapeutic material that will block any infection. So, what is pulpectomy? The process is still the same. Drill, remove, and fill. However, a pulpectomy is required if the entire tooth pulp is already affected. Severe tooth decay and tooth injuries will not be restored and treated by the pulpotomy, which means that pulpectomy is already needed. Which One Do You Need? To determine what type of dental procedure you need, we will run some series of X rays to determine if the infection, injury, and decay is severe or mild. Once the problem is determined, the right pulp therapy will be given. Still confused? No worries, we got your back. Save your teeth and save your smile! Contact us today!...

All Posts:

Common Causes of Pain in the Jaw
Are You Going to Need an Oral Biopsy?
How Does a Pulpotomy Differ From a Pulpectomy?
How a Root Canal Can Save Your Tooth
Types of Bone Grafting Materials
Treating a Jaw That Grew Unevenly
Questions to Ask Your Oral Surgeon Before Getting Oral Surgery
Piercings Can Easily Get Infected - What Signs to Watch Out For
Signs You Need to Speak with an Oral Surgeon for TMD
Checking for Oral Cancer Between Visits to the Oral Surgeon
How to Spot Signs of Bruxism in Yourself
How to Maintain Oral Health Following Oral Surgery
Things You May Do that Cause Your Own TMJ Pain
The Connection Between Unhealthy Teeth and Ringing in Your Ears
Do You Have an Infection After Oral Surgery?
Do Overbites Require Repair or Can They be Left?
Dealing with a Broken Tooth Until You Can Be Seen
Managing Mouth Pain at Home Before Getting to Your Dentist
Benefits of Not Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted
Are Lumps Inside Your Mouth Normal?
Mouth Guards Reduce Potential Damage for Those Suffering from Bruxism
Is Eating a Soft Diet for Too Long After Oral Surgery a Problem?
How an Oral Biopsy is Performed
Do You Have TMJ Issues That Need Treatment?
What Should You Do if You Have an Overbite?
What are the Signs That You Have an Impacted Tooth?
Is a Custom Mouth Guard in Your Future?
How Yogurt Can Help You Recover from Oral Surgery
Should You Opt for Teeth in a Day?
How to Handle Graft Pain
Why You May Want to Keep Your Wisdom Teeth
When You Need Surgery for a Tooth Abscess
What to Know Before Oral Surgery
Healing After Implant Surgery - What to Know
Reducing Swelling Following a Tooth Extraction
Recovering from an Oral Cancer Biopsy
How Common is Dental Implant Rejection?
Can Your Oral Surgeon Treat Your Apnea?
Can Your Broken Tooth Be Surgically Repaired?
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Fixing an Underbite
Defining Impacted Teeth
Jaw Pain After a Car Accident, This Might Be the Cause
How to Recover Immediately Following Oral Surgery
What is Orthognathic Surgery?

Our Family Cares for Everyone in Your Family

Get the Smile You've Always Wanted!

Surprise Smiles
15128 W Bell Rd, Suite 12,
Surprise, AZ 85374

Call us today at (602) 842-4864

Copyright © 2015-2018 Surprise Smiles. All rights reserved.  Sitemap | Links