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Cambridge Dental
Dr. Mark A. Gaona

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

We pride ourselves on building strong relationships through honesty and respect, and open communication is essential. That is why we always welcome and encourage your questions, no matter how small. We're pleased that you're engaged with your oral health needs, and we are happy to help find the answer you need.

Some questions we commonly hear are listed below. If you don't see what you're looking for, please email us or call us at at (623) 486-4700.

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We are in-network with Aetna, Cigna, Delta Dental, MetLife, and United Healthcare but will file all PPO insurance claims as a courtesy to our patients.

If you don't see your provider listed here or have other questions about your plan, please call our Glendale, AZ dental office for assistance.

No Insurance? No Problem!

If you’re uninsured, we offer our Cambridge Dental Plan (CDP), an annual reduced-fee savings plan for families and individuals that provides quality dental services at greatly reduced prices.

With our dental savings plan, you can avoid all the typical hassles of dental insurance. There are no deductibles, no yearly maximums, and no waiting periods to begin treatment. 

With our plan, you will receive two dental exams, two teeth cleanings, and necessary x-rays over a 12-month period. You’ll also enjoy discounts on all our other services, including short-term orthodontics. You can find all the details here on our financial page.

We’ll Help You Get the Dental Care You Need

Dr. Gaona doesn’t want anyone his patients to have to choose between quality dentistry and their budget. We will do whatever we can to make sure your dental care is accessible. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call our Glendale, AZ dental office so we can work with your needs.

Dental Implants

Dental implants and bridges are both excellent options to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are generally the better choice because of the benefits they provide; however, bridges are a time-tested solution that may be the best option in your case.

Pros and Cons of Implants and Bridges

A dental implant is a titanium replacement root. It’s placed surgically in your jawbone, and as it heals, it becomes one with the bone and tissue around it. The presence of the artificial root stimulates the jawbone to keep regenerating, keeping the bone stable and intact.

A dental bridge consists of an artificial tooth secured to adjacent teeth with crowns, which support it. Since it’s a prosthetic that sits on top of your gums, a bridge doesn’t help with bone loss that occurs after tooth loss.

However, there are pros and cons to each. Getting a dental implant takes 4-8 months from start to finish, while a bridge can be completed in about three weeks. Also, some people don’t have enough healthy bone in their jaw to place an implant.

Is a Dental Implant or Bridge Right for You?

The bottom line is that the right tooth replacement for you is the one that best meets all your needs. If you would like more information about our tooth replacement options, including dental implants, bridges, and dentures, please call us at (623) 486-4700 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gaona.

Emergency Dental Services

Dental emergencies are all too common, and we don’t want you to suffer from a toothache or any other urgent dental problem. At Cambridge Dental, we always leave openings in our daily schedule for our patients who need emergency dental treatment. Call us at (623) 486-4700 and let us know what’s happening so we can arrange to see you as soon as possible.

Dental Emergencies We Treat

We offer emergency dental treatment in Glendale, AZ for a wide range of needs:

  • Toothache
  • Broken tooth
  • Lost dental crown or filling
  • Bleeding or swollen gums
  • Infected teeth
  • Jaw pain or swelling
  • Broken dentures
  • Dental trauma

If you have a severe toothache or jaw pain, we will usually see you the same day. Both indicate a serious problem like a tooth infection or dental abscess that requires prompt attention. While we may not have time to complete treatment that day, we’ll take steps to relieve your pain and schedule another appointment as soon as possible.

Your Emergency Dentist in Glendale, AZ

Your comfort and well-being are of the utmost importance to us, and we don’t want any of our patients to suffer needlessly. Call us at (623) 486-4700, and speak with a helpful member of our dental team who will ask about your symptoms and schedule you for our earliest appointment.

General Dentistry

Bleeding gums are a common symptom of periodontal disease, an infection that affects the gums and supporting structures that hold your teeth in place. The most common cause of gum disease is poor brushing and flossing habits that lead to a buildup of bacteria-filled plaque and tartar on the teeth. 

Prompt treatment for gum disease with Dr. Gaona can prevent the effects of gum disease—swollen, inflamed, and bleeding gums, loose teeth, and even tooth loss—from damaging your long-term oral health.

How We Treat Gum Disease

There are different types of periodontal disease treatment depending on how severe the case is. The first stage, called gingivitis, is typically easy to treat by a skilled dental hygienist.

Treatment for gingivitis involves a thorough cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Tartar is hardened plaque that you can’t brush away at home; it can only be removed by a trained hygienist using specialized instruments. This cleaning, along with improved at-home oral hygiene, is usually all it takes to reverse gingivitis.

If gingivitis advances, you can develop periodontitis. This is advanced gum disease and requires a special type of deep teeth cleaning called scaling and root planing. With this procedure, the hygienist ‘scales’ the teeth to remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline, then ‘planes’ the roots to smooth rough surfaces.

Following the deep cleaning, it will be necessary to schedule more frequent teeth cleanings so your dentist and hygienist can prevent a reoccurrence.

Call for Gum Disease Treatment in Glendale, AZ

Do you have bleeding, swollen, or inflamed gums? Dr. Gaona and his professional team provide treatment for gingivitis and advanced gum disease, so call us to schedule an appointment.

We look forward to helping restore your healthy smile.

Six Month Smiles

With Six Month Smiles in Glendale, AZ, you can complete orthodontic treatment in months not years! Average treatment times with Six Month Smiles are 4-9 months, and the length depends on the extent of your tooth misalignment.

How Six Month Smiles Braces Work

Six Month Smiles uses the same basic principle as conventional braces to move your teeth. However, six-month braces deliver faster results because they target only a certain number of teeth that show when you smile. Also, the pressure is more dedicated because they focus on only aligning specific teeth. Instead of a process that takes years, you’ll see a straighter smile in about 4-9 months. 

You don’t have to wait for years to see results, and you don’t have to worry about heavy metal brackets and wires on your teeth. Six Month Smile uses clear ceramic brackets and tooth-colored wires that blend better with your teeth. And since you only wear them for months, you don’t have to worry about a long-term impact on your smile’s appearance.

Six Month Smiles Braces in Glendale, AZ

If you would like straighter teeth but don’t want a long-term commitment, call us to schedule an appointment to learn more about Six Month Smiles braces.

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