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By Larson Dental
April 25, 2018
Category: Oral Health

What your dentists in Prescott Valley want you to knowdental implants

Have you lost the beauty of your smile due to missing teeth? Are you unable to chew well because you are missing teeth? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you need to discover the many benefits of dental implants. Dr. Kelly Larson and Dr. Seth Larson at Larson Dental in Prescott Valley, AZ, want to share how dental implants can help you and your smile.

Revolutionary dental implants are as close to natural teeth as you can imagine. They are strong, supportive, stable, and beautiful, just like your natural teeth. People love dental implants because they are:

  • Natural-looking, because the implant crown is made of light-reflective, high-grade dental ceramic that looks just like natural tooth enamel
  • Healthy, because you brush and floss your dental implants right along with your natural teeth, to keep your smile healthy
  • Stable, because dental implants are fully embedded in bone, so they won’t ever move around when you eat or speak
  • Convenient, because they are a permanent addition to your smile and you never take them out

Your dental implants may also help you look younger! That’s because unlike dental appliances, dental implants help conserve the bone in your jaws. More bone means a firm jawline and more youthful, defined facial contours. You don’t have to worry about a slack jawline and sagging face!

Dental implants are also the most highly successful surgical implant, boasting a success rate of over 95 percent! You can choose to replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth with dental implants. Dental implants can also provide a strong foundation to support a denture, called an overdenture.

For more detailed information about dental implants and to view a short video, please visit the Dental Implants page on the Larson Dental website at

If you want to discover the benefits of dental implants for yourself, just pick up the phone and call Dr. Kelly Larson and Dr. Seth Larson at Larson Dental in Prescott Valley, AZ. Call now and start on your best smile!

By Larson Dental
April 02, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Whether your child squirms at the thought of having dental tools in their mouth or you get anxious knowing that you’re going to have to sit sedation dentistryin the dentist’s chair for an in-depth treatment, there are many scenarios that can leave someone feeling anxious about visiting the dentist. Luckily, our Prescott Valley, AZ, dentists Dr. Kelly Larson and Dr. Seth Larson understand that office visits aren’t always a walk in the park for everyone. This is why we are happy to offer sedation dentistry.

Can sedation dentistry help you? If you feel anxious around dental treatments, if you find yourself cancelling even routine dental cleanings because of your anxiety, if you hate the sound of dental tools or you have a sensitive gag reflex, then sedation dentistry may be able to help soothe your anxieties and make your next dental trip easier.

Sedation dentistry should not be confused with sleep dentistry. You will not be put to sleep while you undergo any dental procedures. Sedation dentistry just offers a way to take the edge off and to help you feel more relaxed and calm while undergoing a dental procedure or even a routine dental cleaning. It’s even safe for children!

What types of sedation dentistry are available?

The two most common forms of sedation are oral and inhalation. Oral sedation comes in the form of a prescription anti-anxiety medication. It will be taken up to one hour prior to your treatment, and you will still be completely aware of what’s going on around you but you will just feel more relaxed throughout your procedure. Of course, some patients do actually feel groggy and fall asleep.

Inhalation sedation, better known as nitrous oxide or “laughing gas”, is administered right immediately before your procedure. The nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and a steady stream is administered through a facemask to immediately ease your anxiety. Nitrous oxide may be a great option for you if even a standard dental cleaning makes you nervous.

What should I expect when I get sedation?

Before you get sedation dentistry, our Prescott Valley, AZ, general dentist will want to make sure that this is the right option for you. We will go through your medical history to determine that you are healthy enough for sedation. From there, we will also decide the best type of sedation. While it will take a bit longer for oral sedation to kick in the effects also last longer, which means that you will need someone to pick you up and drive you home after your procedure. With inhalation sedation, you won’t need someone to accompany you since the effects wear off almost instantly.

Don’t let crippling dental fears keep you from getting the care your smile needs. Our dental team is here to make your next visit easier for you. Call Larson Dental in Prescott Valley, AZ, and ask us about sedation dentistry.

By Larson Dental
December 19, 2017
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

While repairing your smile may seem like a long shot if you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants may benefit you more than dental implantsyou think. These important dental restorations can replace your missing tooth or teeth and restore your smile into that of your youth. Can dental implants close the gaps in your smile? Find out with Dr. Kelly Larson and Dr. Seth Larson at Larson Dentistry in Prescott Valley, AZ.

How does a dental implant work? 
An implant begins with the implant’s fixture, which your dentist implants directly into the jawbone in your mouth. Over time, the bone heals around the fixture, securing it into place permanently. The implant’s prosthetic fits over the fixture and replaces the tooth itself. An abutment holds the two main pieces together, allowing your dentist to maintain or replace the prosthetic. While the prosthetic may require replacement, your implant fixture will last a lifetime with proper care.

I want dental implants. Now what? 
If you think you could benefit from dental implants, you should consult with your dentist to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. Patients should have a strong dental care routine that can keep both their natural teeth and their implants healthy to avoid complications like teeth decay or gum disease. A good candidate has minimal bone atrophy at the potential site of their implants and strong bone that can adequately support the implant’s structure. If you think this is the best plan for you, ask your dentist about dental implants.

Dental Implants in Prescott Valley, AZ
Dental implants are safe, effective, and have a very low rejection rate. However, they require the proper care to remain healthy and avoid rejection. Brush twice a day and floss at least one, as suggested by the American Dental Association. Additionally, see your dentist at least twice a year for regular preventative examinations and professional cleanings with your hygienist.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Kelly Larson and Dr. Seth Larson at Larson Dentistry in Prescott Valley, AZ. Call (928) 772-8128 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Larson Dental
November 03, 2017
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

There's nothing wrong with wanting whiter teeth! It's hard to imagine anything other than a dazzling smile for your selfies and family photos. Ifteeth whitening you would like those pearly whites, then you should contact your Prescott Valley, AZ, dentists about teeth whitening.

Cause of discolored teeth:

Part of the reason teeth become discolored is because of age but that's not the only reason. Here are some other reasons:

  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Drinking coffee and/or tea
  • Eating certain foods, such a blueberries

Teeth whitening:

Teeth whitening may sometimes be essential for a person's self-esteem. The over-the-counter kits are not effective though, which is why your doctor uses professional high-concentration bleaching gels that cannot be found over the counter and can give you quick results.

Professional Whitening Methods:

  • In-Office Whitening: Your Prescott Valley dentist will cover your gums and tooth-root surface then a plastic retractor will be used to keep your lips and cheeks away from the surface of your teeth. The dentist will apply hydrogen-peroxide that's extra strength and intended to be used by only professionals. The hydrogen-peroxide is left on your teeth for an hour. After this hour, your teeth will be ready.
  • Take-Home Whitening: This method is more convenient for people but won't necessarily give you the results you want. Your doctor will give you a custom-made plastic mouth tray, one for the top jaw and the other for the bottom jaw. A gel, also provided by your doctor, will be put into the trays and then placed over your teeth. You will need to leave the tray on for about an hour and won't necessarily get the results you want the first time around, so you will need to repeat the process until you are satisfied with your smile.

If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, then give Dr. Kelly Larson and Dr. Seth Larson a call today! Your Prescott, AZ, doctors can help you.

By Larson Dental
August 25, 2017
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Although it may seem like everyone from your favorite celebrities have been magically blessed with perfect, flawless teeth, the truth is that cosmetic dentistrymore often than not, "perfect" teeth are the result of some good old cosmetic dentistry. From professional teeth whitening to porcelain veneers, it has never been easier or more affordable to fix common dental problems that would otherwise tarnish your smile. The dentists at Larson Dental in Prescott Valley, AZ, Dr. Kelly Larson and Dr. Seth Larson offer a number of modern treatment options for a range of dental problems.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Prescott Valley, AZ

Even if you practice meticulous oral hygiene and schedule yearly visits to the dentist for a check up and professional dental cleaning, your teeth are still likely to develop stains and discolorations from your diet, lifestyle factors like smoking, or even from trauma or as a side effect of certain medications. And speaking of trauma, anything from a sports injury or fall to biting down into a hard piece of candy can result in a cracked or broken tooth. Cosmetic dentistry treatments are designed to restore and improve both the aesthetics and function of damaged teeth. Some of the most common cosmetic dental treatments and procedures include:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Cosmetic bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Crowns and bridgework
  • Composite (tooth colored) dental fillings
  • Dental implants

Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic treatments available and can be used to change the color, shape, and size of damaged teeth, or to close small to moderate spaces and gaps between teeth (large gaps and significant alignment problems may require orthodontic treatment).

Cosmetic Dentistry in Prescott Valley, AZ

Cosmetic damage and dental wear and tear may be unavoidable, but living with a less than perfect smile is optional. For more information about the cosmetic dentistry procedure that is best for you, contact Larson Dental in Prescott, AZ, by calling (928) 772-8128

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