Oral Health

Mouth Guards

Custom-fit mouth guards are prescribed and created by a dental professional from thermoplastic material and are based on a detailed mold taken of your mouth and teeth. They can be made for either sports or for nighttime teeth grinding and are created differently depending on the intended use. They're highly personalized, as your dentist can adjust the thickness of the mouthguard, and they're designed to fit perfectly in your mouth with no adjustments needed. 

First, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth. This is generally done using a dental putty that forms to all the crevices of each tooth and creates an exact mold of your smile. The mold is then sent to the lab, where the actual mouthguard is created. The structure is made by layering superheated plastic to precise specifications and is then cooled to create an extremely durable piece of dental wear.

Because custom mouth guards are so precisely made, they are able to provide you with optimal safety and comfort. The level of protection afforded by custom-fitted mouthguards is unrivalled by any other mouthguard, and their durability is enhanced by the snug shape, which hugs each tooth closely, eliminating unwanted movement.

For more information on customized mouth guards, please call Santa Cruz River Dental at 520-547-2328 today.

Night Guards

If you're experiencing chronic headaches and migraines because of involuntary night-time teeth clenching, let Santa Cruz River Dental help you with a night guard. A night guard is a thin, transparent device that is worn over the biting surface of your teeth while you sleep to prevent contact between the upper and lower teeth.  Night guards have also proven to be an effective remedy for patients who are suffering from the effects of grinding and clenching their teeth while sleeping.

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Oral Cancer Screening

Did you know that oral cancer is the sixth deadliest cancer in the world with roughly 30,000 new cases diagnosed each year? It's a growing problem among people age 40 and older, especially among smokers, smokeless tobacco users and drinkers. When detected and treated early, however, oral cancer is 83% curable.

Early detection of abnormalities that develop in the tissues of your lips, mouth, and throat is essential in preventing possibly severe health issues from developing, such as oral cancer and other oral diseases. To further our goal of protecting your health, your Santa Cruz River Dental dentist is now utilizing the innovative VELscope system to best assess your overall oral health. This system is quick, non-invasive and extremely helpful in detecting oral abnormalities.

The VELscope is a wireless, handheld scope that uses natural tissue fluorescence to enhance the way clinicians visualize abnormalities that might not be apparent or even visible to the naked eye. It is used in conjunction with the traditional intra- and extra-oral head and neck exam and does not require any dyes or prolonged testing procedures. In fact, a VELscope exam can be performed in the dentist's office during a routine exam in about two minutes. Its use in everyday practice can provide timely information to dentists and hygienists to enable enhanced visualization of abnormal tissue.

Oral cancer screening with VELscope is used at Santa Cruz River Dental as part of a comprehensive exam. Call us at 520-547-2328 to schedule an appointment.