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Dr. Brent D. Pulley, D.M.D., LTD

Dentist

Dr. Brent D Pulley D.M.D., LTD is a top Dentist in Phoenix, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Brent D Pulley D.M.D., LTD is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Brent D Pulley D.M.D., LTD is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Brent D Pulley D.M.D., LTD is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Phoenix, AZ, Dr. Brent D Pulley D.M.D., LTD is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Dr. Brent D. Pulley, D.M.D., LTD
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Accepting new patients

Do cavities ever need to be refilled?

Cavities may need to be refilled for a variety of reasons. It could be from poor home care (not flossing) causing the cavity to return, it could be that the filling was not properly READ MORE
Cavities may need to be refilled for a variety of reasons. It could be from poor home care (not flossing) causing the cavity to return, it could be that the filling was not properly prepared, or it could be that the filling has cracked. It is impossible to tell without having it looked at. The symptoms you are describing are more consistent with nerve pain in the tooth and it is possible that you may need Root Canal Therapy. You should see your dentist as soon as possible to make sure.

My son cracked his tooth and won't get if fixed. Are there any risks?

Lets just say you will be vindicated at some point! The tooth will eventually die and he will need to have root canal therapy or an extraction. It may take months or even years READ MORE
Lets just say you will be vindicated at some point! The tooth will eventually die and he will need to have root canal therapy or an extraction. It may take months or even years for this to happen. It will be a rude awakening when it does because it will probably hurt a lot when it does. Don't worry, your son will come around when the pain hits. Hopefully it will not be to late to save the tooth when it does.

Can my silver fillings be replaced with white fillings?

The answer to this is yes. However you shouldn't get them replaced until they need to be. Silver filling can last a long time if your are doing good home care and regular visits READ MORE
The answer to this is yes. However you shouldn't get them replaced until they need to be. Silver filling can last a long time if your are doing good home care and regular visits to the dentist. Some last as long as 25 years and beyond. The key is to remove them as soon as they begin to break down. Do not wait until they break. Usually it is the tooth structure that breaks before the filling does. Visit your dentist every six months and really take to heart when they tell you it is time to change them out.

How often can I use a mouthwash in a day?

Generally, you should use mouth wash every time you brush and floss which should be at the very least, once a day and preferably after every meal. There is no downside to using READ MORE
Generally, you should use mouth wash every time you brush and floss which should be at the very least, once a day and preferably after every meal. There is no downside to using mouth wash as often as you like as long as it is not alcohol based. The alcohol will tend to dry out your mouth and kill a lot of the good bacteria that is essential to the health of your mouth. You may have a more serious issue if you use mouth wash all day long and still have bad breath. You may have periodontal disease or an active infection if you constantly have bad breath. Mouth wash is no substitute for brushing and flossing. Have your dentist check it out if the bad breath is constant.

How can I help my child's fear of the dentist?

The best thing to do in this situation is to have the child go with you to your Cleaning appointment as an observer. Tell her that you are going to the dentist and that she needs READ MORE
The best thing to do in this situation is to have the child go with you to your Cleaning appointment as an observer. Tell her that you are going to the dentist and that she needs to go with you just to watch. Knowing that she will not be the subject may make it easier for her to go. Talk to your dentist ahead of time to make sure the whole staff is on board.

How often do you need your teeth cleaned?

You should get your teeth professionally cleaned every six months. There are many places in the mouth that people miss, even if they are very diligent. Chances are you probably READ MORE
You should get your teeth professionally cleaned every six months. There are many places in the mouth that people miss, even if they are very diligent. Chances are you probably have gingivitis if you are very lucky and probably early stages of periodontal disease. Get to your dentist as soon as possible!

Are my medications staining my teeth?

Generally, medications will not stain your teeth. Most likely, the dyes in your medications are staining the plaque or hardened tarter on your teeth. Go see your Dental Hygienist READ MORE
Generally, medications will not stain your teeth. Most likely, the dyes in your medications are staining the plaque or hardened tarter on your teeth. Go see your Dental Hygienist and get your teeth cleaned at least twice a year.

What are the early signs for gum disease?

Hello! Gum disease is characterized by swollen, red, and puffy gums. The gums may bleed when brushing and often from flossing infrequently. The cause is usually from a build-up READ MORE
Hello!

Gum disease is characterized by swollen, red, and puffy gums. The gums may bleed when brushing and often from flossing infrequently. The cause is usually from a build-up of plaque on the teeth that hardens over time and attracts bacteria that attacks the gums. The best way to get rid of it is to have your teeth professionally cleaned and then brushing and flossing at least twice a day after the cleaning. The white spots may be a sign of gum disease if they are accompanied by the red swollen gums. The white spots may be normal if they are on pink healthy gum tissue. It is impossible to know for sure without an examination from your dentist. Bottom line, if your gums hurt and bleed whenever you decide to floss, you probably have gingivitis. The first and only reversible stage of gum disease. Get your teeth cleaned as soon as possible if it has been over 6 months.