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Dr. William P. Smith, D.D.S.

Dentist

Dr. William P. Smith D.D.S. is a top Dentist in Sedona, AZ. With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. William P. Smith D.D.S. is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. William P. Smith D.D.S. is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. William P. Smith D.D.S. is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Sedona, AZ, Dr. William P. Smith D.D.S. is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
59 years Experience
Dr. William P. Smith, D.D.S.
  • Sedona, Arizona
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City, School of Dentistry
  • Accepting new patients

How do you treat pus in the gums?

This is a very important question. I am glad you are concerned and want improvement. Pus is the result of advanced infection of the gums. This could set the stage for loss of the READ MORE
This is a very important question. I am glad you are concerned and want improvement. Pus is the result of advanced infection of the gums. This could set the stage for loss of the teeth if ignored. The infection is caused by bacteria. Cleaning off all bacteria every day will result in improvement. This cleaning needs to be 360 degrees around every tooth. That means flossing and brushing every tooth. A fair amount of bleeding and discomfort will result from a 360-degree cleaning. They must be cleaned in spite of the bleeding and pain. You will need to do this every day. With time, the gums will begin to heal from the infection. All plaque and bacteria need to be removed. That is the cause of the infection. You have another option: Have your dentist clean your teeth really well. He may be able to use anesthetic for the procedure and make it more comfortable for you. Another option is taking a regimen of penicillin. This will kill the bacteria causing the infection. The gums will improve. However, as soon as the effect of the penicillin wears off, the infection will come right back. To prevent that, clean 360 degrees around every tooth every day. The best complete instructions about cleaning the teeth 360 degrees around every tooth are found in the book GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC.
Good luck on your journey to better gum health.

How do you tell if a tooth crown is not fitted properly?

You ask a great question. Hopefully, you have wonderful confidence in your dentist, and this question is not necessary. However, here we are. The only other way is to have an expert READ MORE
You ask a great question. Hopefully, you have wonderful confidence in your dentist, and this question is not necessary. However, here we are. The only other way is to have an expert examine it. I assume you have questions about it that you did not mention. Therefore, it is not possible for me to give you a specific answer. There must have been a decay issue of some sort, or you would not have had the crown placed. For the best information about how to never have any decay again, read the book:
GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE ONLD DOC.

Can tartar buildup on dentures?

The same minerals that precipitate out of saliva onto teeth can do the same onto dentures. Some refer to it as tarter, other call it calculus. It is the same thing. It is a risk READ MORE
The same minerals that precipitate out of saliva onto teeth can do the same onto dentures. Some refer to it as tarter, other call it calculus. It is the same thing. It is a risk factor for gum disease when it is on natural teeth. When removing it from hard natural teeth, scraping type instruments are often used. It is a cosmetic concern when it is on dentures. Dentures are softer than teeth and can be scratched if it is cleaned off by scraping. On some dentures the tarter can be softened using vinegar. It can then be rubbed off with no damage. Ask your dentist if yours can be cleaned in this manner. It is also okay to clean some dentures in an ultrasonic cleaner. Your dentist can let you know if yours could be cleaned in this manner.
Thank you for your question.

How do you brush your teeth with your jaw wired shut?

Hopefully, you received that information from your provider. In addition, I would recommend use of a stannous fluoride gel 3 times a day. Instructions are on the product. This READ MORE
Hopefully, you received that information from your provider. In addition, I would recommend use of a stannous fluoride gel 3 times a day. Instructions are on the product. This helps increase resistance to decay, makes it harder for bacteria to stick to your teeth, and reduces the risk of gingivitis. The book GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC has the most complete information about oral hygiene.

Does saltwater help sensitive teeth?

Thank for your interesting question. I have never seen a study directed to that question. My dental knowledge tells me that saltwater is unlikely to have any effect either way. READ MORE
Thank for your interesting question. I have never seen a study directed to that question. My dental knowledge tells me that saltwater is unlikely to have any effect either way. Over the years, my patients have had success reducing sensitivity using stannous fluoride gel 3-4 times a day for a few weeks. Then tapering it off.

Stannous fluoride gel was developed to reduce decay in patients with greatly reduced saliva. It was found to also be effective in reducing sensitivity, and has been used for that purpose as well. It also reduces the ability of bacteria to stick to the teeth and causes a decrease in dental plaque and can decrease gingivitis. Stannous fluoride gel is discussed in greater detail in the book: GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC. You would find many subjects in the book helpful at your age. It is available online. I am glad you are interested in your dental health.

Can I wait a month to fill a cavity?

Thank you for your question. There will always be a reason for delay. One month can become one year and more. If you literally mean one month, then the answer is—yes. The problem READ MORE
Thank you for your question.
There will always be a reason for delay. One month can become one year and more. If you literally mean one month, then the answer is—yes.

The problem is the cavity never stops growing until it is treated. The bigger the cavity, the smaller and weaker the remaining tooth will be. Let’s look at the life time picture for a cavity with a larger filling. Things wear out and need replacement. A larger filling now means an even larger filling when it wears out. Then a crown, then a root canal, then an extraction and implant.

The smaller the first filling, the less chance the above chain of events will occur.

Of course never having a cavity, means no filling and no chain of events ever. That is the best.

If you want NO NEW CAVITIES, study the book “GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC”. It has the best information available about how to have zero new cavities and therefore zero new fillings!!
I wish you the best on your journey.

How do I keep my teeth bonding white?

You asked how to keep your teeth bonding white. A short, direct answer is not putting anything in your mouth that might stain them. This would include wine, grapes, tomatoes, coffee, READ MORE
You asked how to keep your teeth bonding white. A short, direct answer is not putting anything in your mouth that might stain them. This would include wine, grapes, tomatoes, coffee, tea, meat, beets, peas, etc., etc. Water would be okay. Apple juice could stain. There are different kinds of bonding. One is not necessarily better than another. With some, it is best to use very mild toothpaste. Abrasive toothpastes can damage them. The answer you are wanting is to use bleach in bleaching trays from time to time as needed to maintain your whiteness. Your dentist can advise which is best for your circumstances. There is history of people using bleaching this way every day for over a year to treat severe staining. They have done this with no apparent damage to the teeth. You must be very interested in keeping healthy teeth. That would include no new cavities. The best information about having NO new cavities can be found in the book GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC.

How much pain is normal after dental bone graft?

An acceptable to minimal amount. The benefit far outweighs the small amount of discomfort it any. Did you have a naturally missing tooth? If so, I am glad you want to fill that READ MORE
An acceptable to minimal amount. The benefit far outweighs the small amount of discomfort it any. Did you have a naturally missing tooth? If so, I am glad you want to fill that space. Did you lose a tooth due to decay? If so, study the book GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC for the best information about never having another cavity. Perhaps you need the graft for some other reason?

Is it OK to rinse with salt water every day?

I am glad you want to care for your mouth. Yes, it is okay to rinse with salt water every day. Empty it from your mouth when finished. We do not want you to have excess salt in READ MORE
I am glad you want to care for your mouth. Yes, it is okay to rinse with salt water every day. Empty it from your mouth when finished. We do not want you to have excess salt in your diet. The best information on caring for your mouth is found in the book: GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC.
Thank you for your question.

Can using a hard toothbrush damage gums?

Thank you for your question. I recommend a softer brush. The bristles can flex easier to reach the areas between the teeth. If you want to clean these areas with a harder brush, READ MORE
Thank you for your question. I recommend a softer brush. The bristles can flex easier to reach the areas between the teeth. If you want to clean these areas with a harder brush, excess force is needed to flex the bristles. This excess force can cause the gums to recede in time. It is unlikely a hard toothbrush will cause healthy gums to bleed. If bleeding gums is your concern, please see a dentist for an evaluation of your gum health. The best information on tooth brushing can be found in the book GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC. It describes different techniques for each age group, for various handicaps, and more.

Can you floss between implants?

I am glad you are interested in your oral health. You are correct, it is very important to clean in-between all teeth and/or implants. The question is not whether, but how. This READ MORE
I am glad you are interested in your oral health. You are correct, it is very important to clean in-between all teeth and/or implants. The question is not whether, but how. This can vary from case to case. When each implant has an individual crown, it is flossed just like every other situation. When the space between teeth is closed to span a gap from a missing tooth, it is necessary to thread the floss under the space in order to floss that space. The best information on the details of normal flossing can be found in the book: GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC. If the need for an implant was due to decay, you can also learn from the above book how to never have another cavity ever.
Best to you, and continue to clean 360 degrees around every tooth or implant.

Which is better dentures or dental implants?

You ask an important question. The answer is not simple. There are a number of factors to consider. How much bone is present to support implants? What is the quality of the bone? READ MORE
You ask an important question. The answer is not simple. There are a number of factors to consider. How much bone is present to support implants? What is the quality of the bone? Are you a heavy smoker? Do you have diabetes?

There are a number of options to give great results, but consideration is to be given to each of the above during treatment planning. Your question suggests you have no natural teeth remaining. If that is the case, you will have dentures. The question is will they be supported entirely by the gum tissue, partly by implants, or entirely by implants? When implants are possible, a greater support for the dentures is possible.
My best to you on this most important journey.

Do you a need bone graft for an implant?

Your dentist will measure the bone present in the site of your new implant. If there is enough bone present to support an implant, then no bone graft is needed. You did not state READ MORE
Your dentist will measure the bone present in the site of your new implant. If there is enough bone present to support an implant, then no bone graft is needed. You did not state why a tooth was lost. If it was lost from decay, you will want to learn how to never have another cavity ever. The book, GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC, gives easy to understand information how to be decay free. The steps are easy and anyone can follow them.
Thank you for your excellent question.

Should I take pain medication before a root canal?

Thank you for asking this important question. The best answer would come from your dentist. Normally, the answer would be no. It would be interesting to know why you need this READ MORE
Thank you for asking this important question.

The best answer would come from your dentist. Normally, the answer would be no. It would be interesting to know why you need this treatment. If it is the result of decay you would want to read the book: GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC.
It guides you step by step how to never have another cavity. If you have never had a cavity, congratulations! This book could help you stay that way. Relax; the biggest problem from root canal treatment is fear of the treatment. The more relaxed you are, the easier it will be. Do not pre-medicate yourself, however.

What are the side effects of cavities?

This is a great question. A cavity is an infection of a tooth. Unlike a sore throat, an infection in a tooth can never heal. It will only become worse. Several things can then READ MORE
This is a great question. A cavity is an infection of a tooth. Unlike a sore throat, an infection in a tooth can never heal. It will only become worse. Several things can then become a side effect:

1. The infection can spread to other teeth, infecting them.
2. The infection can spread to your children and/or other family members.
3. The infection will get into the blood stream as it enlarges into the pulp.
4. Infections in the blood stream can result in bad things to your heart, joints, etc.
5. Serious infections can occur in the tissues around the end of the root.
6. In a worst case situation, death can be the result.
7. Eventually, you will have no teeth.
8. Lower quality of health results from the infections and lack of teeth.
9. It has been stated that people with healthy teeth live 10 years longer.

For the best health, and for no new cavities, study the book: GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC
It will tell you in easy steps how to never have another cavity. Lots have done it successfully. It they can, you can also.
I wish for you excellent health and no new cavities. You can, can do it. Follow the easy directions in the book for no new cavities. Go for it. If not for you, do it so you do not spread cavities to your family members.
Thank you for your interest.

Do interdental brushes cause black triangles?

You are correct. It is important to keep the surfaces in between your teeth clean. At your age, it is likely the spaces between your teeth are totally filled with gum tissue. This READ MORE
You are correct. It is important to keep the surfaces in between your teeth clean. At your age, it is likely the spaces between your teeth are totally filled with gum tissue. This would leave no room for an interdental brush to fit. Forcing this brush between your teeth on a regular basis could damage your gum on a long-term basis. Flossing your teeth at least once a day would be a better solution at your age. Compare flossing to rubbing a dirty dish with a dish cloth. The floss is rubbed up and down to clean each tooth surface. The best information on this subject, and on how to never have a cavity or gum disease is found in the book:

GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC

Thank you for asking.

How long after dental bonding can I eat?

If your bonding was cured with a curing light, it is fully cured by the light. It will be ready for function immediately. If your bonding is necessary due to dental decay, and READ MORE
If your bonding was cured with a curing light, it is fully cured by the light. It will be ready for function immediately. If your bonding is necessary due to dental decay, and if you want zero cavities for the rest of your life, do this. Purchase and study the book:
GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC.
Do what you learn and you will never have another cavity.
Thank you for your question.

What causes pockets around teeth?

I am glad you are interested in your gum health. Increases in pocket depth are usually caused by infection of the gums. Sometimes with treatment, the depth can be lowered some. READ MORE
I am glad you are interested in your gum health. Increases in pocket depth are usually caused by infection of the gums. Sometimes with treatment, the depth can be lowered some. Other times treatment can be used to prevent an increase of pocket depth. An important factor you have direct control over is daily, through cleaning between your teeth to treat and/or stop your gum infection. Sawing the floss between the teeth and then cleaning each side with an up and down motion is best. Think of rubbing a dirty dish with a dish cloth. Daily use of stannous fluoride gel, or a rinse prescribed by your dentist can help as well. With strict attention to these items, the bacteria in your mouth will gradually change. The new bacteria are less apt to cause gum damage. The same factors that affect your resistance to infection, can affect your resistance to gum infection. For instance, smoking greatly elevates your risk of increased pocket depth. Additional excellent information on keeping your teeth and gums healthy can be found in the book: GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC. If you do not want to floss all your teeth, at least keep the areas between the teeth you want to keep very clean.

Should I get a dental implant before or after braces?

A dental implant cannot be moved with braces. An implant is usually placed to fit the teeth when they are lined up where you want them.