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General Dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ

General dentists are primary care providers responsible for preventing, diagnosing, and treating dental issues for patients of all ages. They focus on prevention and minor restorative care but can also perform various dental procedures, including some cosmetic treatments.

Embark on the Path to a Stunning Smile

The ADA advises seeing your general dentist every six months for oral health check-ups and preventive care. These regular visits help prevent costly and extensive dental issues. General dentists are well-trained and offer a range of services for you and your family, including:

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth, typically consisting of a titanium screw that integrates with the jawbone, a post, and a false tooth. It functions just like a natural tooth.


Fluoride is a dental treatment that helps prevent tooth decay and strengthen tooth enamel. It's a safe and effective way to protect your teeth from cavities and maintain good oral health. Our dental practice offers fluoride treatments to patients of all ages, ensuring their smiles stay healthy and bright.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that results in frequent nighttime breathing interruptions due to airway blockages, leading to fragmented sleep. It affects many Americans, often going untreated.

My Teeth Feel Fine. Do I Still Need a Checkup?

Ideally, your teeth will feel fine throughout your lifetime. The chances of avoiding unpleasant, painful dental problems are much better when you maintain six-month recall visits regardless of how your teeth feel. The truth is, you can have the beginnings of a cavity or gum disease without any pain, and with very subtle indications. Staying up-to-date with dental exams and cleanings gives you the opportunity to catch these problems before they become symptomatic. In doing that, the degree of reparative care you may need could be much less than it would be if you let pain guide your motivation to see the dentist.

How Can I Know if I have Gum Disease?

The best way to learn more about gum disease is by receiving preventive care from Dr. Wiitala! Why wait until you’ve got significant, noticeable signs of severe gum infection when you can avoid symptoms altogether? Gum disease is a progressive condition that begins with inflammation in the gum tissue directly around a tooth or teeth. With proper intervention, you can halt the infection process and the consequences that come with it.

Schedule a visit with Dr. Wiitala if you notice any of the following signs that gum disease may be starting:

  • Persistent bad breath even with brushing and flossing
  • Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
  • Red, swollen, irritated gums
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Receding gums (one or more teeth look longer)
  • A sense of a tooth feeling loose

What are the Benefits of Porcelain Fillings?

Dental fillings represent the most commonly performed restorative dental treatment. Historically, dentists have used dental amalgam to fortify teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay. You may know amalgam fillings as “silver fillings.” As research has indicated the pitfalls of dental amalgam and the presence of mercury in them, more people have begun seeking alternatives. Dr. Wiitala proudly offers porcelain dental fillings not only because they look completely natural but because they offer more benefits than composite resin tooth-colored fillings. These include:

  • Superior strength as compared to composite resin fillings.
  • Similar “wear rate” to natural enamel.
    Lifelike appearance (no one will be able to tell you have fillings).
  • Stain resistance.
  • Conservative repair with minimal removal of natural tooth structure.
  • Durability for larger repairs, such as cavities in molars, where bite force is stronger.
  • Similar success rate to gold fillings at a fraction of the cost.
  • Similar “movement” to natural enamel, so no risk of tooth fractures.

Why is Fluoride Important for Healthy Teeth?

Teeth are protected by the hard outer shell of enamel. This layer of your teeth is made up of various minerals that help to maintain its hardness. The foods that you eat and the presence of bacteria in the mouth can wear down the mineral content of tooth enamel. This is referred to as demineralization. Fluoride creates a chemical reaction within the enamel in which the hydroxyl molecule of the enamel’s hydroxyapatite is restored. This maintains optimal enamel hardness, making it more difficult for cavities to occur. Dr. Wiitala performs fluoride treatments here in our comfortable office. With just a few minutes added to your regular appointment, your teeth can get a boost of strength!

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