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 from cavities to gum disease to teeth whitening. 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 bonding procedure or to remove tooth decay. They can also replace scaling, perform periodontal surgery, enhance tooth whitening 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 approximately 96% of all 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 remove soft tissue, such as excess gum tissue. The soft tissue laser can also be employed to destroy bacteria in gum pockets, preventing infection and allowing the tissue to return to a healthy state. The soft tissue laser enables the dentist to treat our patients with extreme accuracy and eliminates the need for most stitches.
THOR Dental Laser
The THOR dental laser is a soft tissue 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 sort of lesion appearing in the mouth or on the lips. Early treatment can cut down the length of time of the breakout and help you get back to normal life. We are one of the only offices in the Tucson area using dental lasers to treat TMJ, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Oral Mucositis from Chemotherapy, Aphthous Stomatitis and other herpetic lesions.
Hard Tissue Dental Laser
Hard tissue lasers are used to remove old fillings, repair cavities, and prepare teeth for bonding. As with soft tissue lasers, they dramatically minimize discomfort and allow the dentist to treat teeth with more precision.
TMJ develops when there is a problem with the joints that connect the jawbone to the skull, or the muscles responsible for chewing. As a TMJ dentist, Dr. Fuller finds that many people suffer from the condition without knowing that they have it. Symptoms include:
- Headaches, facial 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
During your first appointment, we will conduct a gentle examination and ask questions in order to understand the full extent of your symptoms and how they are impacting you on a daily basis. It is critical that you see a dentist that appreciates the nature of TMJ and the need for caution during dental care.
Mouth Guard / Night Guard
Treatment options for TMJ may include a mouth guard, also known as a night guard. A night guard is a custom fit plastic mouthpiece worn at nighttime to reduce TMJ issues. This mouth guard is created from a mold of your teeth and helps with TMJ pain, while preventing grinding and clenching. Dental guards are crucial for some patients to prevent damage from bruxism.
Dr. Fuller also uses dental lasers to treat TMJ in some cases, which decreases inflammation and stimulates healing. This cutting edge therapy for TMJ issues produces nearly immediate pain relief. Ask Dr. Fuller if a night guard or laser therapy can help reduce your TMJ problems today!
A snore guard is a dental appliance to treat sleep disorders, dangerous conditions that affect breathing during sleep. This is an appliance that is also custom fit, made 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.