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
Dr. William P. Smith D.D.S.'s Expert Contributions
Assistance from your dentist will help solve your question. There is a long list of possible causes. Here are some to consider: -Large tonsils with crypts. -Sinus problems. -Plaque between the teeth that needs to be flossed away. (Scrub up and down with floss on each in between surface without harming the gum. Think of scrubbing a dirty plate.) -Calculus (tarter) on the teeth that needs to be cleaned off. (It can be under the gum and not visible to you.) -Dental decay. (It can be in an area you cannot see.) -An infected (abscessed) tooth with or without pain. -A gum pocket between the teeth collecting and holding debris. -A gum pocket behind the back tooth where a wisdom tooth is impacted. -Debris imbedded in the roughness of the top tongue surface. Yes, your tongue needs to be brushed. -A general disease producing odors that are escaping though your lungs. The list could go on. You will find the cause easier with professional help as many of these cannot be determined by you. If no cause can be found, a mouth rinse containing chlorine dioxide may help. Good luck as you work on figuring this out. READ MORE
How many dentists are in your town, your state, your country? Every one of them administers “Novocaine” many times every day, day after day. That is 100,000s every day. If there were any adverse side effects, you would already know about them. The more you relax during the procedure, the easier it will be. However do not “premedicate” yourself with alcohol or such. Go with confidence. READ MORE
Yes. Local anesthesia is used before root canal treatment is started. Please call your dentist to discuss your concerns. Sometimes a sedative is an option. READ MORE
There are many possible answers to this question. Your best answer would be from your dentist after an examination. A few possible answers: That is just the way it is right now, and with time the sensitivity will disappear Clenching and or grinding of the teeth, especially during sleep Using drinks that have a low Ph. (This includes all sodas, sports drinks, many of the bottled water drinks, fruit drinks, fruit juices, and similar.) You have recently had treatment for gum disease You are using a strong bleaching solution to whiten your teeth Other reasons Your best information will come after an examination and consultation with your dentist. READ MORE
You state "often" complains. This is most unusual. Healthy teeth do not "often" cause toothaches. I do not recommend a home remedy for this. Take your son immediately to your dentist for treatment. The toothaches your son is suffering from will only get worse. Do not delay. READ MORE
Teeth need to be cleaned 360 degrees around every tooth at least once a day. Bacteria between teeth can cause dental decay between the teeth, gum disease, bone loss, and foul odor among other things. Do yourself and other around your a favor. Clean 360 degrees around every tooth at least once every day. READ MORE
Some sensitivity is within normal limits. It may go away with time. The best answer to your question will come from your orthodontist. READ MORE
It is not unusal for a removeable oral appliance of any type to develop a mild odor. Every item you wear does this: socks, shoes, shirts, etc. It would be unusal for you to be able to floss the teeth on a removeable denture. You may not be able to 100% prevent it. Usually it can be maintained to an acceptable level by regular soaking. You can obtain a tablet or powder from your pharmacy dental section to add to just enough water to cover your oral appliance. If your appliance is old and worn out, you may need a new one. Have your dentist examine your appliance and offer his suggestions. That is your best source of information. READ MORE
When you say, "How should I get them a year?" it makes me think you are receiving your whitenings at the dental office. Have your dentist construct bleaching trays for you. You can purchase gel to put in them. Some gel is intended to be worn in the trays over your teeth for ten minutes or so. Other gels are for overnight or so. Work with your dentist on which would be best for you.This way you can whiten you teeth as often as you like. There have been people with very severe natural stains from birth that have used mild whitening every night for a year or so with no known harm. The stronger gels can cause some problems used this much. Again, your dentist can help you select what is best for your needs. DO NOT get these trays or gel from a source other than a dental office. READ MORE
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
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
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
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
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
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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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- Why are my Gums Bleeding?
Bleeding gums can result from a number of other health conditions, and can also result from vigorous brushing of the teeth or even wearing dentures that don’t fit correctly.The most common causes of bleeding gums include:...
- Invasive Dental Treatments May Increase the Risk of Heart Disease
Invasive dental treatments, like tooth extractions, may increase the risk of heart disease or stroke, according to a new study published in, Annals of Internal Medicine. The results show the risk as a short-term one, which can return back to normal after six months.Earlier studies have shown a link...
- What Are the Causes and Symptoms of Dry Socket?
One of the most common complications after the removal of a tooth is dry socket. Dry socket is more common with the extraction of wisdom teeth. Although the condition causes great discomfort, it is fully treatable.In most cases, the pain and discomfort experienced following a tooth extraction is...
- Severe Stress and Depression May Cause Gum Disease
According to a review published in the Journal of Periodontology, studies show a strong link between stress and gum disease. About 57% of the studies conducted displayed an accurate association between gum disease and stress-related symptoms, including distress, anxiety, depression, and...
- What Are the Causes of Receding Gums?
As the margin of teeth recede, the roots of the teeth are exposed. Receding gums are a very common oral problem and are of concern as it may be the warning signs of many gum diseases. Gum deterioration occurs gradually with time and creates small pockets or gaps between the tooth and the gum, which...
- Is There a Link Between Gum Disease and Breast Cancer?
Being on top of oral health is important. This is not new information. From childhood, people are taught that brushing at least twice a day and flossing every day is essential.It is also well known now that smoking is a risk factor for cancer. However, what may not be common knowledge is the...
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