Dental Care
Cosmetic Dentistry
Do your teeth have imperfections that make you embarrassed to smile? Is your smile marred by discolored, chipped, or worn down teeth? Do you dream of a brighter, whiter smile? Ask Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera about cosmetic dentistry in Tucson, Arizona! Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dental care focused on improving and restoring the appearance of your smile. Dr. Jennifer Spera offers several cosmetic dental services to correct a number of dental flaws. If you have any of the following smile flaws, our dentist may recommend cosmetic dentistry:

• Irregularly shaped teeth
• Crooked or crowded teeth
• Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
• Discolored teeth
• Worn teeth
• Teeth that appear too long, too short, or too pointed
• One or more missing teeth
• Gaps and spaces between teeth

To help you start your journey to a more radiant, attractive smile, our dentist will have a cosmetic consultation with you. You will discuss your smile goals with our dentist and he will evaluate the current state of your smile. Then Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera will recommend one or more cosmetic dental treatments to help you achieve the desired result.

Contact our office today to learn more and to schedule an appointment. We are excited to serve you and your smile!

Dental Implants
Do you have gaps or missing teeth in your smile? Do you wear uncomfortable dentures? Are you uncomfortable with having tooth structure removed to make a dental bridge? Do you dream of a smile you can be confident about? Ask Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera about dental implants in Tucson, Arizona! Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw. They serve as replacement roots and anchor replacement teeth. Dental implants have many advantages, including:

• Improved appearance because they look like natural teeth
• They fuse with your jawbone and become permanent
• They allow you to speak more easily than with slipping dentures
• They function like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat more easily than with dentures
• They are more comfortable than dentures because implants become part of your smile
• Improved self-esteem
• Improved oral health because no teeth need to be reduced
• They are durable and will last many years, maybe even a lifetime
• They are more convenient than dentures because they do not need to be removed to be cleaned

Contact Dr. Jennifer Spera today to learn more about dental implants and to schedule an appointment with our dentist!

Veneers
Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve their shape, size, color, or length. They are made from porcelain or from resin composite materials, both of which are tooth colored. If you have any of the following dental flaws, Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera may recommend dental veneers in Tucson, Arizona:

• Discolored teeth
• Worn down teeth
• Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
• Crooked or uneven teeth
• Irregularly shaped teeth
• Gaps and spaces between teeth

When preparing a tooth for a veneer, our dentist removes a small amount of enamel. This allows room for the veneer in your mouth. Our dentist will make an impression of the tooth so a veneer can be constructed. When the veneer is ready, Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera will place it in your mouth to check the fit and color. After any needed adjustments are made, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and roughened to allow for a strong bonding process. Then our dentist will use a special cement and light to bond the veneer to your tooth. Lastly, Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera will remove excess cement, check your bite, and make any needed final adjustments.

Contact Dr. Jennifer Spera today to learn more and to schedule a consultation!

Teeth Whitening
Are your teeth discolored or yellowed? Do you want a brighter, more radiant smile? Ask our dentist about teeth whitening in Tucson, Arizona! Teeth whitening does not correct all types of discoloration. Yellowed teeth bleach well and brown-hued teeth bleach moderately well, but gray-hued teeth may not bleach well at all. Dr. Jennifer Spera offers two teeth whitening options: in-office ZOOM!® whitening and at-home whitening kits.

With ZOOM!® whitening, Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera designs a bleaching plan specifically for your smile’s needs. In-office bleaching is the quickest way to whiten your teeth. Our dentist applies the ZOOM! whitening product directly to your tooth, and a special light is used to enhance the results, which are seen after just one 45-minute visit. However, more than one appointment may be required to reach the desired results.

Our at-home whitening kits consist of a mouth guard-like tray and a gel whitening product. The tray will be custom fitted to your mouth by our dentist. Simply wear the tray, filled with the gel whitening solution, as prescribed by Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera. Usually, the tray is worn for several hours a day or during the night for up to four weeks.

We encourage you to contact Dr. Jennifer Spera today to learn more and to schedule a consultation!

General & Family Dentistry
Our team at Dr. Jennifer Spera is happy to serve patients of all ages. We are committed to providing you and your family with the gentle dental care you need to achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera is proud to provide comprehensive general and family dentistry in Tucson, Arizona. General and family dentistry includes a number of dental services whose purpose is to help you and your family achieve and maintain ideal oral health. From dental exams and cleanings to root canal therapy, our team is committed to meeting all of your family’s dental needs. Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera and our dental team work hard to guarantee that your dental visits are comfortable and relaxed.

We urge you to contact our office to schedule an appointment as soon as possible if you experience any dental pain or a dental emergency. The following are reasons to schedule an appointment:

• Tender, red, or swollen gums
• Gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing
• Swelling in the gums, face, or neck
• The loss of one or more teeth
• Loose teeth
• Toothache
• Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
• Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
• Objects caught between teeth
• Lost filling or crown
• Soft-tissue injuries

We invite you to contact Dr. Jennifer Spera today to learn more about our dental services and to schedule an appointment with our dentist!

Dental Cleanings & Exams
Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera recommends that you schedule a dental exam and teeth cleaning in Tucson, Arizona, every six months. This appointment consists of a professional cleaning and a thorough exam. During your appointment, our dental hygienist will clean your teeth using a small metal tool. Then our hygienist will floss your teeth, polish them, and apply fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay by making your teeth stronger and more resistant to decay. Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera will then examine every tooth and your gums for signs of decay, gingivitis, and other issues. Our dentist may decide to take X-rays to get a closer look at your smile. If any problems are found, he will discuss treatment options with you.

Please contact Dr. Jennifer Spera to schedule an appointment as soon as possible if you experience any dental pain or have a dental emergency. The following problems require immediate attention:

• Toothaches
• Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
• Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
• The loss of one or more teeth
• Loose teeth
• Objects caught between teeth
• Lost filling
• Lost crown
• Pimple-like swelling on the gums
• Soft-tissue injuries

We encourage you to contact Dr. Jennifer Spera with any questions and to schedule an appointment!

Dental X-Rays
Dental X-rays are images of your teeth and the bones and soft tissues that support them. X-rays help Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera find problems like cavities, hidden dental structures, and bone loss in your smile. Our dentist may use a dental X-ray in Tucson, Arizona, as part of your dental checkup. Dental X-rays are used to:

• Find tooth decay, damage to the bones supporting the teeth, and dental injuries
• Find problems early, before symptoms are present
• Find teeth that are in the wrong place
• Find teeth that are impacted (cannot properly break through the gums)
• Find cysts, tumors, or abscesses
• Check the location of permanent teeth growing in the jaw of patients who still have primary teeth
• Plan treatment for large cavities, root canal therapy, placement of dental implants, and tooth extractions
• Plan orthodontic treatment

When taking an X-ray, a heavy lead apron will be placed over you to shield you from radiation. Our dental technician will have you bite down on a small piece of plastic or cardboard that holds the X-ray film. Several X-rays may be taken to get images of all of your teeth. Some X-ray machines have a camera that circles your head while it takes X-rays. If you have any questions about your X-rays, please feel free to ask our helpful team.

Contact Dr. Jennifer Spera today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment!

Fluoride Treatment
Fluoride is a decay-fighting mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Fluoride is also found in most public water supplies, toothpaste, and many other dental supplies. At your next dental checkup, our dentist may treat your teeth with fluoride in Tucson, Arizona. Patients with the following dental conditions may be at increased risk of tooth decay and would benefit from fluoride treatment:

• Dry mouth conditions—the lack of saliva makes it more difficult for food particles to be washed away and acids to be neutralized
• Gum disease—this can cause the gums to recede, exposing more of your tooth and roots and increasing the risk of cavities
• Presence of crowns, bridges, or braces—the point where the crown meets the underlying tooth structure or the area around brackets are at risk of decay
• History of frequent cavities

Fluoride makes teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that cause cavities. Fluoride also helps repair the early stages of decay, even before the problem can be seen. Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera can apply fluoride to your teeth in varnish, foam, or gel form. Varnishes are painted on the teeth, foams are put into a mouth guard and applied to the teeth, and gels can be painted on or applied using a mouth guard.

We welcome you to contact Dr. Jennifer Spera today to learn more and to schedule your next visit!

Crowns
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering that is placed over your tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. Crowns are custom made and can match the color of your existing teeth. Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera may recommend a dental crown in Tucson, Arizona, for the following purposes:

• To protect a weak tooth from breaking
• To hold together parts of a cracked tooth
• To restore a broken or worn down tooth
• To support a tooth with a large filling
• To anchor a dental bridge
• To cover irregularly shaped or discolored teeth
• To cover a dental implant
• To make a cosmetic improvement

To prepare a tooth for a crown, our dentist will remove a small amount of enamel. This allows room for the crown in your smile. An impression will be made of the tooth and those above and below so a crown can be constructed. The crown is usually ready in two or three weeks. A temporary crown will be placed to protect your tooth during that time. When the crown is ready, our dentist will check the fit, make any necessary adjustments, and cement the crown permanently in place.

We encourage you to contact Dr. Jennifer Spera to learn more and to schedule an appointment!

Bridges
Are there spaces or gaps in your smile? Have you lost one or more permanent teeth? Do want to restore your smile? Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera may recommend a dental bridge in Tucson, Arizona! Dental bridges are used to close gaps made by missing teeth. They consist of crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap with a false tooth/teeth in between. Dental bridges can be supported by natural teeth, also called abutment teeth, or dental implants. Dental implants can do the following for you and your smile:

• Restore your smile
• Restore the ability to chew and speak properly
• Maintain the shape of your face
• Properly distribute your bite
• Prevent teeth from drifting

When placing a dental bridge, our dentist prepares the abutment teeth by removing a small amount of enamel. This allows room for the crowns to be placed over them. Impressions are made of your teeth, and those above or below, so the bridge can be constructed. Our dentist may place a temporary bridge to protect your teeth and gums while the permanent one is being constructed. When the dental bridge is ready, our dentist removes the temporary bridge and checks the fit of the permanent bridge. Any needed adjustments are made and the bridge is permanently cemented into place.

We invite you to contact Dr. Jennifer Spera today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.

Composite Fillings
Dental fillings are used to treat cavities. Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera removes the decayed area of the tooth and then fills the tooth where the material was removed. Composite fillings, or white fillings, are also used to repair cracked, broken, or worn teeth. If your tooth has a cavity or is in need of repair, Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera may recommend a composite (white) dental filling in Tucson, Arizona. Composite fillings have many advantages. They are designed to closely match the color of your existing teeth. Because of this, composites are particularly advantageous for use in the front teeth. Our dentist chemically bonds composite fillings to tooth structure, making them very strong. White fillings are versatile; they can also be used to repair cracked or chipped teeth. At times, composites require less tooth structure removal than other filling materials do.

When placing a filling, our dentist uses a drill, air abrasion instrument, or laser to remove the decayed area of your tooth. Then the area is cleaned of bacteria and debris. Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera applies the tooth-colored filling material in layers, using a special light to cure and harden each layer. Our dentist then shapes the composite material, trims off any access, and polishes the final restoration.

Contact Dr. Jennifer Spera today to learn more and to schedule an appointment!

Full & Partial Dentures
Have you lost many or all of your teeth? Do you dream of restoring your radiant smile? Ask Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera about dentures in Tucson, Arizona! Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth and the surrounding tissues. Dentures can restore your ability to eat and speak properly, as well as help you maintain the shape of your face.

The two main types or dentures are complete or partial. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing. They are either conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are made after your remaining teeth are removed and your gum tissue has begun to heal. The healing process takes about eight to twelve weeks. With immediate dentures, the impressions and measurements of your jaw are made on a previous visit. Because of this, the denture is ready to be placed as soon as your teeth are removed. Bones and gums shrink during the healing process, so immediate dentures require more adjustments than conventional dentures.

Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain. Partial dentures are replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored base. A metal framework holds the denture in place. A fixed bridge can be used for the same purpose. Crowns are placed on the abutment teeth with false teeth in between. This bridge is cemented permanently into place.

We welcome you to contact Dr. Jennifer Spera today to learn more and to schedule an appointment with our friendly dentist.

Root Canal Therapy
Pulp is the soft tissue inside your teeth that contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. If the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, root canal therapy is necessary. If you have any of the following symptoms, Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera may recommend a root canal in Tucson, Arizona:

• Toothache
• Tooth discoloration or darkening
• Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
• Swelling and tenderness in the gums
• A persistent pimple on the gums

Before performing root canal therapy, our dentist will take an X-ray to see the shape of your root canals and to check for any signs of infection in the surrounding bone. Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera will drill an access hole into the tooth. Through this hole, he will remove the pulp, bacteria, decayed nerve tissue, and related debris from the tooth. A sealer paste and rubber compound are used to fill the root canal. A filling is used to close the access hole, and depending on your individual case, a dental crown may be placed to support the tooth. In most cases, our dentist can complete your root canal treatment in just one or two treatments at our office.

We invite you to contact Dr. Jennifer Spera today to learn more and to schedule an appointment!

Tooth Extractions
Tooth extraction means having a tooth removed. There are a number of reasons why Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera may recommend a tooth extraction in Tucson, Arizona. If your mouth is crowded, our dentist may pull a tooth in order to properly align your teeth. A tooth may also be pulled if it cannot break through the gums because there is not enough room in your mouth. If your tooth’s pulp is too infected to be treated with root canal therapy, extraction may be necessary. Some patients have compromised immune systems because of medical treatments like chemotherapy and organ transplants. In those cases, even the risk of infection in a tooth is reason enough for extraction. If gum disease has caused a tooth to become loose, our dentist may recommend extraction.

After having a tooth extracted, we encourage you to follow these guidelines below to make recovery easier:

• Take painkillers as prescribed by our dentist
• Bite gently on a gauze pad, changing it out as necessary, for three to four hours
• Apply an ice bag to the area to control swelling
• Relax for at least 24 hours
• Do not rinse your mouth vigorously for 24 hours
• Do not drink through a straw for 24 hours
• Do not smoke, as it can inhibit healing
• Eat soft foods like soup, pudding, and yogurt
• Prop your head up when you lie down
• Continue to brush and floss, but avoid the extraction site

Please contact Dr. Jennifer Spera today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.

TMJ/TMD Appliances
The temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, located in front of each ear. This joint makes it possible for you to move your jaw up and down and side to side, allowing you to chew, talk, and yawn. Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD), sometimes referred to simply as TMJ, are problems with your jaw and the muscles that control it. Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera is pleased to diagnose and treat TMJ in Tucson, Arizona! Schedule an appointment with our dentist if you notice any of the following symptoms:

• Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint, neck and shoulders, or in and around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide
• Issues when you try to open your mouth wide
• Jaws that lock in the opened or closed position
• Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when you open or close your mouth
• A tired feeling in the face
• Trouble chewing
• A sudden uncomfortable bite
• Swelling on the side of the face
• Toothache
• Headache
• Dizziness
• Earache
• Ringing in the air
• Hearing problems

TMD can be caused by grinding and clenching your teeth, movement of the disc between the ball and socket of the joint, arthritis in the joint, or an injury to your jaw, joint, or head and neck muscles. We encourage you to contact Dr. Jennifer Spera today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.

Custom Night Guards
One of the causes of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) is teeth grinding, or bruxism. Most teeth grinding is unconscious and occurs during sleep. Teeth grinding can be caused by stress, anxiety, an abnormal bite, missing teeth, or crooked teeth. Most people are unaware that they grind their teeth. In many cases, a loved one is the first to notice because they hear the teeth grinding at night. If you notice a constant headache or a sore jaw, you may be grinding your teeth. Talk to Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera and he can examine your mouth and jaws for signs of bruxism. If left untreated, bruxism can cause:

• Fractured teeth
• Loosening of teeth
• Tooth loss
• Tooth wear—in some cases, the teeth are worn down to stumps
• TMD
• Hearing loss

If Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera determines that you grind your teeth, he may recommend a night guard. To construct your night guard, our dentist will make an impression of your teeth, and the night guard is molded over the model. This custom-made night guard will fit your mouth comfortably and protect your teeth from the effects of tooth grinding.

We encourage you to contact Dr. Jennifer Spera today to learn more about teeth grinding in Tucson, Arizona, and to schedule an appointment with our dentist.

Sleep Apnea Appliances
Sleep apnea occurs when your breathing stops during sleep. This problem varies in severity, based on how often your breathing stops. This can happen from five to more than fifty times every hour. Sleep apnea often causes loud snoring and disrupts sleep, so it often causes tiredness during the day. If sleep apnea goes untreated, it can cause several serious health problems, including hypertension, stroke, and heart failure. If you experience the signs of sleep apnea, we encourage you to ask Dr. Dr. Jennifer Spera about how we treat sleep apnea in Tucson, Arizona!

Oral devices can be used to treat obstructive sleep apnea. They push the jaw and tongue forward, making the airway larger and improving airflow. Oral devices also make it less likely that tissue will collapse, narrowing your airway when you breathe in. Our dentist will fit the oral device to your mouth so it is comfortable and fully effective. You must wear the device every night to prevent breathing problems. Oral breathing devices are considered for people who:

• Have mild to moderate sleep apnea
• Prefer not to use CPAP treatment
• Have failed CPAP treatment
• Had surgery that did not solve the problem
• Tried behavioral changes that did not work
• Are at a healthy weight

Contact Dr. Jennifer Spera today to learn more and to schedule an appointment!