General Dentist in Tucson, AZ
As a general dentist, Dr. Fuller serves as your first line of defense against oral health problems. Although general dentists provide primarily preventative care and restorative therapy, Dr. Fuller also offers laser dentistry and treatment for TMJ issues.
During your first dental examination with Dr. Fuller, he will use instruments, tests, digital x-rays and clinical expertise to diagnose potential or existent problems. Our staff with create an individualized plan to prevent or treat oral health issues.
Laser dentistry is the latest advancement in dental technology, enabling Dr. Fuller to treat a wide range of dental and cosmetic problems. The lasers we use in laser dentistry at Dr. Fuller’s office are an alternative to hand-held scalpels, drills, or other more invasive dental equipment. Dental lasers can be used during a restorative procedure to remove tooth decay. They can also be an adjunct to some periodontal procedures and treat some forms of TMJ.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of laser dentistry is minimizing or eliminating pain with most dental procedures. Clinical studies show that the majority of patients require no anesthesia when lasers are being used during dental treatments. Dental lasers have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are safe for both adults and children.
Soft Tissue Dental Laser
Soft tissue lasers are used to safely clean or debride soft tissue, thus reducing harmful bacteria, preventing infection and allowing the tissue to return to a healthy state.
Hard Tissue Dental Laser
Hard tissue lasers are used to remove old fillings, repair cavities, and prepare teeth for restorations. As with soft tissue lasers, hard tissue dental lasers allow Dr. Fuller to treat your teeth with minimal discomfort.
THOR Dental Laser
The THOR dental laser is a low level light laser used to heal and treat lesions in the mouth, including canker sores and fever blisters. It’s important to contact our office as soon as you feel any type of lesion appearing in the mouth or on the lips. Early treatment can reduce healing time and prevent them from spreading. We are one of the only offices in the Tucson area using the Thor dental laser to treat TMJ, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Oral Mucositis from Chemotherapy, Aphthous Stomatitis and other herpetic lesions.
When diagnosing TMJ, Dr. Fuller finds that many people suffer from the condition without knowing that they have it. Symptoms include:
- Headaches, facial pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Trouble or soreness in opening and closing the mouth
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Pain in the jaw muscles
- Difficulty chewing or biting down
- Cracks or wearing of the teeth
If you are experiencing these symptoms, we are confident we can help.
Mouth Guard / Night Guard
Occlusal Guards are removable devices that fit over the teeth and are used to help prevent the wearing down of teeth during sleep due to night time grinding and clenching. The purpose of the occlusal guard is to prevent further tooth damage due to clenching and grinding of the teeth. It also helps to prevent more wear on the surface of the teeth. The guards help relax the jaws which in the process lessen teeth grinding and clenching and therefore protects the jaw from joint problems that could eventually occur.
A snore guard is a dental appliance to treat snoring and in some cases Sleep Apnea, a dangerous condition that affects breathing during sleep. This is a custom-made appliance created specifically to fit your mouth by taking an impression of your teeth. This anti-snoring device aligns your jaw in a comfortable forward position keeping your airway open and clear. Improve the quality of your sleep and the sleep of your loved ones with a snore guard.