Dental Care for the Entire Family
Dr. Carlos Lopez provides comprehensive dentistry for patients of every age. As a SPEAR-trained dentist, his goal is to help you prevent future problems by finding out what is contributing to them in the first place. Together, you and he will work together to create a care plan that revolves around your unique smile needs.
Exams and Preventive Cleanings
We aim to assess your dental health as it relates to your overall wellness. That means discussing underlying health conditions, past concerns, and even medication that you’re on. Dr. Lopez will use all of this information as he:
- Assesses your teeth and existing dental restorations
- Screens for cancer throughout the mouth, neck, face, and lymph nodes
- Performs an exam of your TMJ
- Prescribes appropriate digital x-rays
- Guides you through a tour of your smile, with high resolution images
- Implements SPECTRA cavity screening technology
If your smile is free of gum disease, we will also recommend a preventive cleaning to remove any bacterial deposits and stain. Most healthy people benefit from a prophylactic visit every six months.
Did you know that gum disease is the #1 cause of adult tooth loss? Our hygienists carefully screen for symptoms of periodontal infections at each checkup, so that we can provide therapies like deep cleanings or gingival laser treatments to halt bone loss and tooth mobility. If you require locally-placed antibiotics such as Arestin, we may even be able to file the procedure toward your medical insurance!
Early dental care helps your child develop a healthy outlook on oral care and a comfortable relationship with his or her dentist. We recommend that parents bring their child in for a checkup starting at age 1, so that we can begin screening for risk factors before problems start to develop later on down the road.
Endodontic treatments are used to preserve a tooth that has suffered from nerve damage. In most cases, treatment is recommended prior to any symptoms of pain. It’s not uncommon for people to feel nervous about getting a root canal, but newer technology makes the procedure faster and more efficient than ever before.
Extractions and Wisdom Tooth Removal
In some cases, it is best to remove a tooth before it can harm the ones around it – especially when severe decay or disease are at play. We offer gentle extractions and wisdom tooth removal here within our practice. Nitrous oxide and oral sedation are available for your comfort.
Laser Gum Treatments
Dr. Lopez uses a diode laser instead of surgical techniques for gum recontouring, frenectomies, gingivectomies, and crown lengthening procedures. Lasers provide great results without unnecessary discomfort.
Custom Oral Appliances
Do you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, or do you exhibit signs of TMJ disorder? It could be due to stress or sleep apnea. We can help you find out what’s causing it and provide you with a professionally fitted device to lessen the strain to both your teeth and jaw muscles.
What About Sedation?
Looking for a new dentist in Chandler? Call Riggs Family Dental today. We’re open early and on Saturdays. Se habla español.