At AZ Dentist we take your health and our role as your healthcare provider seriously. As dentists, we are an important part of your healthcare team, which means that full body wellness comes first. We understand that life is precious, and health can sometimes be a delicate balance. Our dentists also know that your mouth is a mirror that shows us your overall health. In many cases, our highly-trained staff can see signs of diseases of more than just the teeth in your mouth.
Holistic dentistry is our focus
The founder of AZ Dentist, Janne Lynch, DDS believes strongly that we must be concerned about the entire health and well-being of our patients. First and foremost, the mouth is a part of the body. It is our goal to keep the person healthy, not just the mouth.
At AZ Dentist we start from an allopathic base of knowledge and use the most current health knowledge and information to refine that base. To that end, we offer patients the care we want for ourselves, both as dentists and health-conscious individuals.
Part of that care includes cosmetic dentistry. AZ Dentist was born in Scottsdale, Arizona. In Scottsdale we like to flash not only a healthy smile, but a beautiful one.
You can always trust that:
- Our dentists have had the most up-to-date training in cosmetic dentistry
- Our training is ongoing
- The AZ Dentist staff is skilled in helping you reach your cosmetic dentistry goals, whether that includes whitening treatments (tooth bleaching), orthodontics (braces), or porcelain veneers
Our approach at AZ Dentist
The basic thing that a dentist does is restore form and function to your teeth and mouth. At AZ Dentist, we are committed to using the most inert materials possible to restore your smile.
For example, everyone knows that dental amalgams contain mercury. A lesser-known fact is that the white composite material that dentists use to make tooth-colored fillings can also give off chemicals. The mouth is a wet environment, so the chemicals that come off of these composite materials are dissolved into your saliva. These are called eluents.
These eluents from composite materials can act like estrogen in the body. It is unknown at this time what their health effects are; however, we practice caution before introducing these eluents into your mouth. Worse, the larger the filling, the more estrogen-like eluent that comes off of it.
To avoid this effect, if you need a filling, we will offer you a dental inlay or onlay at AZ Dentist. A dental inlay or onlay is a piece of inert and non-reactive porcelain that can be cemented into your tooth like a puzzle piece. It is custom-made for your tooth at a lab by our exclusive ceramists. All dental cements will wash out over time, and chemicals will be put into your system. However, the cement we use has the fewest eluents possible. Plus, it is only microns thick, so a very tiny amount is used as compared to a composite filling.
If you need a crown, we will use a metal-free crown, a full porcelain crown, or a zirconia and porcelain crown. The cement used for a crown is also only microns thick. Through small practices like this, we reduce the impact of dental procedures for patients.
A long-standing partnership with master ceramists
In addition to our focus of holistic dentistry, we know the importance of working with the best professionals in their craft. We have an exclusive partnership with two master ceramists, who are both artist and artisan. Their workmanship is extraordinary.
Every dental restoration that is sent to our lab is custom-made by one of these masters. For dental work on front teeth, we will often send our patients to meet with the master ceramists directly at the lab. There, the master ceramists will match your existing teeth to get custom shades for the ceramic restorations that they make. This is especially important if we are matching a new restoration to old restorations.
We simply don’t take any chances with our health at AZ Dentist, and we don’t take any chances with our looks, either.
Our two master ceramists have been making custom dental restorations in Scottsdale for over twenty years each. Their keen eyes for detail and ability to detect and reproduce subtle shade variations make them experts at cosmetic work. They are very important parts of the AZ Dentist team.
Custom-designed sleep apnea devices
Because holistic dentistry is important to us at AZ Dentist, we have partnered with the medical community in the detection and treatment of the most common form of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Sleep apnea isn’t only a minor nighttime annoyance. Over 18 million people suffer from this condition. It can raise your risk for daytime fatigue and confusion, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
When your jaw is thrust forward repeatedly, it leaves very specific grind patterns in your teeth different than if your jaw is grinding from side to side. When you thrust your jaw forward, it is your nervous system’s attempt to get your tongue out of the back of your throat. This is a telltale sign that you may be suffering from sleep apnea!
When we see this pattern at AZ Dentist, we will alert you to this significant condition.
The very best treatments for obstructive sleep apnea are a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) or Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) machine. These work excellently for many people. However, some people with OSA cannot tolerate these treatments, and become non-complaint with the CPAP or BiPAP treatment after a short honeymoon period.
When this happens, we can craft something worn inside your mouth to reduce sleep apnea issues. These sleep apnea devices pull your mandible into a forward position and keep the base of your tongue from blocking your airway. This helps you breathe more effectively and comfortably at night. These devices are durable medical equipment that are custom-made for each individual.
Committed to periodontal disease treatment
When we speak of holistic dentistry, we must also talk about periodontal disease. At AZ Dentist, we are committed to the most up-to-date and aggressive treatment of periodontal disease for our patients. The reason for this is two-fold.
First, periodontal disease is a progressive destruction of the bone that holds your teeth in your mouth.
The ultimate end of periodontal disease is your teeth getting loose and falling out. The bone around your teeth cannot be regained once it is lost. When you have periodontal disease, we will partner with you to stop this bone destruction and loss, so you can keep your teeth.
Second, periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease and sometimes miscarriage and stillbirth.
The bacteria that cause periodontal disease may migrate through your system, somehow participating in the process of heart disease. Those bacteria also are attracted to the placenta, and can end up hurting your unborn baby.
Whether you are pregnant or not, if you have periodontal disease you have bigger problems than losing all of your teeth. People all around the world live with dentures, but people cannot live without a heart.
We fight periodontal disease aggressively to cut down on the bacterial load that your body carries from this harmful bacteria. In doing that, we see better outcomes for heart disease patients, and babies of people who suffer from periodontal disease while pregnant. While we encourage everyone to floss, if you have periodontal disease, the health of your heart may depend on it.
AZ Dentist – Your Weekend Dentist
Dr. Janne Lynch sees patients here in beautiful Scottsdale, AZ and has been busy doing what she loves – Making beautiful smiles!
While talking to her patients we realized that many people just can’t make it to the dentist Monday-Thursday during business hours which are pretty typical hours for all the best dentists in town. In order to meet the demand of the community, Janne launched her second practice, AZ Dentist, which is open on the weekends! We are here from 7am-7pm every Friday and Saturday for those of you that have to work during the week but still want to look fabulous when showing off your beautiful smiles! We think the idea is going to catch on.
Find the help you need
If you’re ready to change your smile, it’s time to give us a call at AZ Dentist. You can either contact us by phone at 480-418-4969 or make an appointment by clicking the button below.