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Thursday, January 20, 2022

The Benefits of Crowns

When you have damaged teeth, you may need to consider dental crowns in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. John Graneto and the staff at Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces and help repair your teeth in a warm and professional environment.


What Are Crowns?


Dental crowns are manufactured dental restorations that cover or cap an entire tooth surface. This restoration is typically made of metal, ceramic, or all-porcelain.


What are the Benefits of Crowns?


Crowns can be used for a variety of reasons including:


-Restoring decayed teeth

-Preventing the splitting and cracking of teeth

-Protecting cracked or weakened teeth

-Enhancing misshapen, discolored, or short teeth


When you come to Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces in Phoenix, AZ, we match the crowns to blend in naturally with your surrounding teeth. By getting a crown, you will prevent further tooth decay and protect the remaining healthy part of the tooth. A crown increases the lifespan of the remaining natural teeth and improves their appearance.


How Do I Care For My Crowns?


After we place the dental crown, there are some oral care techniques you can implement to maintain optimal health. Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, and floss before bedtime. It is also best to avoid eating sticky or hard foods such as caramel, nuts, and pretzels because they may become stuck.


Next, it is important to eat a well-balanced diet that includes large quantities of fresh vegetables and fruit. Strive for six to seven servings of fruits and vegetables per day. A good diet plan will provide you with the minerals and vitamins needed to support your teeth and prevent future cavities.


Caring for crowns is critical to maintaining optimal oral health. Even if you brush and floss daily, it is important to visit your dentist in Phoenix, AZ at least once a year to ensure the crowns remain protected and intact.


We have three locations to get crowns in Phoenix, AZ. Call the 2533 N. 75th Ave office at (623) 223-1001. Call the 2046 N. 24th St. office at (480) 666-15984. Call the 524 E. Baseline Rd. office at (480) 405-4714. Dr. Graneto and his staff look forward to seeing you at Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces.


Thursday, January 13, 2022

What to Expect During Your First Tooth Extraction

If your child is in need of a tooth extraction in Phoenix, AZ, Dr. John Graneto and the team at Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces can provide the care and gentle hands they need.

 

Who Needs a Tooth Extraction?


Though it’s preferred that children’s teeth come out on their own, there are times when an extraction is necessary. These include situations such as if:


-A tooth is seriously decayed or damaged

-Some or a few of the teeth do not come out prior to adult teeth coming in, causing overcrowding

-Orthodontic treatment is needed and baby teeth are interfering with it

-Wisdom teeth are impacted

 

Tooth Extraction Process


Tooth extraction in Phoenix, AZ involves the following steps:


-Extraction begins with an X-ray to determine the condition of the roots and bones.

-The area around the tooth will be numbed so that your child doesn’t feel the extraction.

-If necessary, other forms of anesthesia or sedation are given. Nitrous oxide, referred to as “laughing gas,” can be given to help calm them. If that anxiety is severe, sedation is available. Dr. Graneto will discuss any available options that he feels will help.

-In most cases, the tooth can be removed with the use of only forceps. If a tooth is impacted, an incision may be required to help remove gum tissue.

-Once the tooth is out, gauze will be placed at the extraction site to help the blood clot. If an incision is made and the doctor deems it necessary, such as with wisdom tooth extractions, stitches may be required.


In most cases, your child will be ready to go shortly after the extraction. If nitrous oxide or sedation were used, there will be a little recovery time.

 

Aftercare Tips


-Keep the gauze in as long as instructed, replacing it as it gets too wet.

-Avoid rinsing for at least the first 24 hours.

-Stick with soft foods for a few days and avoid chewing near the extraction site.

-Drink water regularly to help clean the mouth and stay hydrated.

-Acetaminophen and ibuprofen can be given for pain.

-Use ice packs to help reduce swelling.

-If pain is intense, there is excessive swelling, or the extraction site looks infected, call Dr. Graneto immediately.


The team at Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces will discuss any additional aftercare instructions with you.

 

Dr. Graneto provides tooth extraction services at three convenient Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces locations in Phoenix, AZ. You can make an appointment at the N. 75th Avenue location by texting (623) 232-0749, N. 24th Street by texting (480) 666-5984, or Baseline Road by texting (480) 405-4714.


Thursday, January 6, 2022

The Importance of Dental Hygiene

From regular brushing and flossing to dental exams and teeth cleaning, Dr. John Graneto of Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces in Phoenix, AZ emphasizes dental hygiene as a powerful tool to maintain a child and adult's overall health and well-being.

 

Why Dental Hygiene is Critical


One of the most important goals of good oral hygiene is to stop plaque from building up on your teeth. Excessive plaque buildup is a leading cause of gum infection and tooth decay. However, good oral hygiene has other benefits for your health. Here are some examples of what good and bad oral hygiene can do to your body.

 

Your Overall Health


Your mouth is actually a door to the inside of your body. If you have a bad door, it can let in unwanted visitors. For example, people who have a greater risk of periodontal disease or have periodontal disease due to poor oral hygiene are at a higher risk of developing diabetes or heart disease, according to research conducted by Harvard. Research also shows bad hygiene puts people at risk for other medical complications such as:

 

-Cancer

-Sepsis

-Bacterial pneumonia

-Infective endocarditis

-Pregnancy complications and low birth weight

 

Tooth Loss Prevention


Bad oral hygiene and tooth loss are a big problem for adults and children. Severe tooth decay from excessive plaque buildup leads to rapid tooth loss and it's often a direct result of poor dental hygiene in Phoenix, AZ. Visit Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces to learn more about the relationship between oral hygiene and tooth loss.

 

Brighter/Whiter Smile


Your smile will shine bright by maintaining a good oral hygiene regimen. If you want to smile with confidence, you'll need to take care of your teeth. Here are some tips for keeping your teeth and gums healthy:


-Avoid sugary snacks

-Avoid tobacco products

-Brush and floss at least twice a day

-Schedule preventative treatment annually at a minimum

-Rinse mouth with water after meals/chew gum with no sugar

 

Learn more about children and adult dental hygiene in Phoenix, AZ by contacting Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces at 623-232-0749 (75th Ave. location), 480-666-5984 (24th Street location) or 480-405-4714 (Baseline Road location). Dr. Graneto and the team are ready to answer your questions.


Saturday, January 1, 2022

What is the Panorex?

Come to Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces, where Dr. John Graneto and his staff in Phoenix, AZ, will use Panorex to get the best detail possible about what is happening with your teeth.

Panorex is a special kind of x-ray that uses a panoramic camera to give us an incredibly detailed view of all the teeth. This special x-ray gives our staff the information we need to plan effective treatment for you, whether that is orthodontics or oral surgery.


What is the Panorex?


A panorex is an X-ray that shows the entire upper or lower jaw in one view. This type of x-ray is usually taken when a patient has braces, especially if they have their permanent teeth straightened. These are also used for people who have lost all or most of their permanent teeth.

When you visit our office in Phoenix, AZ, for a Panorex, there is no radiation exposure to speak of. The film used is only activated with light energy, so there is no danger involved in taking these X-rays. So don't worry when your child or teenager gets an exam using this tool.


The panorex x-ray shows the entire jaw, giving us a better idea of what the teeth are doing and the room that is needed for the placement of dental appliances or implants. This type of x-ray is good for determining how much room you have in your dental arch to place braces, implants, or possibly even expand the width. It also shows possible problems such as impacted wisdom teeth or cysts.


We have three locations to get the Panorex in Phoenix, AZ. Call the 2533 N. 75th Ave office at (623) 223-1001. Call the 2046 N. 24th St. office at (480) 666-15984. Call the 524 E. Baseline Rd. office at (480) 405-4714. For more information, contact Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces at any of the above telephone numbers. We look forward to seeing you.


Thursday, August 5, 2021

Bonding and Fillings

Chipping or breaking a tooth can be very painful. It leaves the tooth misshapen or with a sharpened edge that could hurt the inside of your mouth. Dental bonding and fillings assist in rebuilding the affected tooth with special materials. Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces in Phoenix, AZ, is proud to offer both of these procedures to our patients. Your trusted dentist is committed to helping fix your smile when unexpected chips and breaks occur!

Dental bonding restores the natural shape of your tooth by using composite resin matched to your specific tooth color. In cases of accidental damage or minor decay, it is an inexpensive way to restore the look of the tooth to its normal healthy self. Dental bonding can also be used for protecting the roots of your teeth. Receding gums that expose the tooth root allow bacteria in easily, making them more susceptible to infection.


Dental fillings focus more on restorative efforts rather than cosmetic ones since they are stronger and more durable than dental bonding. This method also has a low cost but is the better option over dental bonding in the long run. Whereas dental bonding fixes the outside of the tooth, dental fillings fix the inside of a tooth that has been damaged from decay or breakage. For back teeth, it’s better to use metal fillings so that it can better withstand the force of chewing. 


Have you chipped or broken a tooth? We will assess the damage and come up with a treatment plan. Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces has three separate offices in the Phoenix, AZ, area for your convenience. For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment, please visit kidzconnextion.com. You can also call 623-232-0749 for our N. 75th St. office, 480-666-5984 for the N. 24th St. office, and 480-405-4714 for the E. Baseline Rd. office.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Root Canals

One of the most notoriously known procedures in endodontics is the root canal. Endodontics focuses on the nerves of the teeth. As you may know, anything that affects a nerve in the body is quite painful. It is vital that steps are taken toward the prevention of ever needing a root canal. Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces in Phoenix, AZ, is committed to educating patients about proper dental hygiene at home and the importance of regular dental cleanings.

When bacteria infect the root canal of a tooth, a root canal procedure is required to eliminate this bacteria, prevent reinfection, and save the natural tooth. When a patient undergoes a root canal, the inflamed pulp caused by the bacteria is removed, then the inside of the tooth is disinfected, filled, and sealed carefully. If the natural tooth is saved with a root canal, there are many advantages for the patient. Benefits include protection from the other teeth getting worn or stained, normal biting force and sensation, natural appearance, and better chewing.


Signs that you might need a root canal include:


-Swollen or tender gums

-A chipped or cracked tooth

-Pimples on your gums

-Pain while chewing or biting

-Darkening of your gums

-Sensitivity to hot or cold, even after the sensation has been physically removed


Are you suffering from a severe toothache? Hurry in for a checkup! We can get you started on a treatment plan. Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces has three separate offices in the Phoenix, AZ, area for your convenience. For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment, please visit kidzconnextion.com. You can also call 623-232-0749 for our N. 75th St. office, 480-666-5984 for the N. 24th St. office, and 480-405-4714 for the E. Baseline Rd. office.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Night Guards

Night guards are placed in the mouth to act as a “cushion” during sleep to prevent someone from grinding or gnashing their teeth together. Some people actually do this during the day as well. Grinding your teeth, also known as bruxism, damages enamel, wears down teeth, causes jaw pain, and irritates gums. If you think you are grinding your teeth, Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces in Phoenix, AZ, can help you.

Severe teeth grinding can lead to tension-type headaches and disorders in the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), where a clicking noise is heard when you open and close your mouth. Teeth grinding has also been seen in quite a few children. According to WebMD, “approximately 15% to 33% of children grind their teeth.” The first step to preventing teeth grinding is to determine what is causing it. Sometimes a night guard or change in lifestyle is all you need to prevent it.


There are several factors that increase the chances of grinding your teeth:


-Stress and anxiety

-Age (though common in children, bruxism goes away by adulthood)

-Aggressive or competitive personality type

-Psychiatric medications

-Smoking tobacco

-Consuming caffeine or alcohol

-Family history of teeth grinding

-Other disorders such as Parkinson's, dementia, gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), epilepsy, night terrors, sleep apnea, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)


Do you think you’re experiencing bruxism and want to try a night guard? We are happy to address any questions or concerns you might have. Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces has three separate offices in the Phoenix, AZ, area for your convenience. For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment, please visit kidzconnextion.com. You can also call 623-232-0749 for our N. 75th St. office, 480-666-5984 for the N. 24th St. office, and 480-405-4714 for the E. Baseline Rd. office.