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

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

Dentist | General Practice

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1785 W State Rte 89A #2D Sedona Arizona, 86336
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About

Dr. William Smith is a Dentist practicing in Sedona, Arizona. Patients are referred to Dr. Smith to diagnosis and treat sleep disorders and disorders of the jaw joints (temporomandibular joints).Common symptoms patients present are: Migraines, Headaches, Difficult to go to sleep, Difficult to stay asleep, Snoring, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, GERD (Heart Burn), Clicking/popping jaw joints, Painful chewing, Neck pain/tension, Fibromyalgia, Movement disorder, Fatigue, Depression, Anxiety.Dr. Smith accepts all ages of patients with any of the above symptoms.Dr. Smith enjoys working with patients with any of the above symptoms, who also have Autism, Parkinson's, Early dementia.

Education and Training

University of Missouri at Kansas City, School of Dentistry D.D.S. 1965

Provider Details

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Dr. William P. Smith D.D.S.
Dr. William P. Smith D.D.S.'s Expert Contributions
  • If I have mild tooth pain, should I be going to the dentist?

    Teeth are different than many other tissues in the body. It is unable to heal when it has an infection (cavity). The blood supply to the tooth enters through a microscopic size hole in the end of the root. When the nerve of the tooth is inflamed, it swells and cuts off the blood supply. The nerve then dies and causes all sorts of problems. In other words, get to a dentist as soon as you can. READ MORE

  • Is gum disease hereditary?

    A short straight answer is that it is possible. A more complete answer is that it is not probable. There are more factors involved than family history. Do you chew tobacco? If not, you have a decreased risk. 360 degree cleaning around every tooth at least once a day is the best prevention. Passing floss between teeth and cleaning with an up and down motion of the floss is of the upmost importance. Think of rubbing each tooth with the floss like rubbing a dish with a wash cloth. Of course, you will clean the outside of each tooth with a toothbrush as well. You can find much more about tooth cleaning techniques in my book: GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC While regular professional visits and “cleanings” are very important for a total prevention program, a daily 360 degree cleaning is the most important. READ MORE

  • I wear dentures. My gums are aching! What can I do?

    You state your dentures make your gums red and swollen by the end of the day. I assume in the morning your gums are okay. I assume your gums are red and swollen in general, not in just one place. The most common reason for general redness and swelling is clenching or grinding the teeth. This excessive pressure on the gums produces this problem. The ideal mouth posture is lips together and teeth apart. The only time your teeth should touch is when you are swallowing for a second or two, and when you are chewing food. I hope this helps with your problem. READ MORE

  • Is root canal the only way to treat a tooth cavity?

    A cavity is nothing more than an infection of the tooth. Normally, the dentist can remove the infected part of the tooth and fill in the resulting void. When the infection extends all the way into the root canal area, the infection must be cleaned from the root canal to prevent the infection from spreading into the tissues beyond the tooth. READ MORE

  • How do I reduce plaque buildup?

    Plaque is soft and easy to remove. Whatever instrument is used to remove the plaque must contact it. It must then rub against it to loosen it. Just passing floss between the teeth is not enough. The floss must be rubbed up and down on the side of each tooth like rubbing a dish cloth on a plate. The toothbrush must contact the plaque to remove it. Oftentimes some plaque is missed and not removed. It is also possible you have a frequent source of sugar. This can cause rapid growth of plaque. One frequent source of sugar is sipping on a sugar containing drink over a long time. This subject is very well explained in the book GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC. READ MORE

  • How long does one need dental bridges?

    A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. One reason to replace missing teeth would be for appearance reasons.In this case you would need the bridge as long as the appearance of the missing teeth is a concern to you. Another reason to replace missing teeth is for chewing food. You would need the bridge as long as this in a concern. A third reason would be to prevent movement of teeth near the missing teeth, or the teeth biting against the missing teeth.These teeth can move and cause problems which can lead to loss to one or more of these other teeth.You will need your dental bridge as long as you want to preserve these other teeth. READ MORE

Areas of expertise and specialization

Sleep Disorders, Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD, TMJ)Author of: GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC

Professional Memberships

  • Diplomate Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines
  • American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • Charter Member American Association of Functional Orthodontics
  • American Dental Association
  • Arizona Dental Association

Residency

  • La Co-Usc Med Ctr

Professional Society Memberships

  • Arizona Dental Association, American Dental Association, Oklahoma Dental Associations, Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines, Arizona Sleep Society, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and the International Association for Orthodontics

Articles and Publications

  • Published a book 'Growing a Healthy Child-Secretes from a Wise Old Doc'. Past editor for the American Dental Association. Is currently working on a research article.

What do you attribute your success to?

  • His spirituality. Dentistry is his calling and his passion.

Philanthropic Initiatives

  • Worked for the US Public Health Service for 2 years taking care of military personnel.

Hobbies / Sports

  • Home Repairs and Maintenance, Family Time, Licensed Pilot, Enjoys Flying, Anything Outdoors: Water Skiing, Boating, Snow Skiing, Hiking

Dr. William P. Smith D.D.S.'s Practice location

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1785 W State Rte 89A -
Sedona, Arizona 86336
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