What General Dentistry services are available at Aztec Family Dental?

Dr. James Durfey of Aztec Family Dental in Aztec, New Mexico, is a general dentist who provides advanced general and preventative dentistry solutions for new and current patients of all ages. Below are just some of the general dentistry services offered:

General Dentistry

Fact or myth? If you have a cavity, you will know it. Myth, Mild tooth decay has no symptoms. Sensitivity begins to occur when the tooth decay is already causing damage to the nerve. Today’s dentistry prevents tooth decay with sealants and other conservative methods. Fact or myth? Sugar is the prime cause of cavities. A fact and also a myth. Acid is the main trigger in producing the bacteria that causes cavities. The bacteria is then fueled by the consumption of carbohydrates. Sugar is a trigger in cavities, but carbs as a whole are the main cause. Fact or myth? Cavities are the prime reason for root canals. Myth. Root canals are a result of nerve damage. And untreated cavity could lead to nerve damage, but root canals are on set by number of different factors. Facts on myth? Brushing and flossing are the best way to prevent cavities. Fact. Fact or myth? Expensive toothpastes are always better than cheaper ones. Myth. Different toothpastes are better for different teeth in situations. Sometimes moderately priced toothpaste can be more effective. Ask the dentist about what might be best for your teeth. And always look for the ADA seal of approval. Fact or myth? If a tooth is white, it must be healthy. Myth. Under the surface there may be cavities, problems with the root or other abnormalities. Fact or Myth? Teeth whitening is harmful because it damages enamel. Myth. There are many modern teeth whitening processes that have minimal harmful effects. Teeth whitening isn’t for every mouth or person though. Consult the dentist before you proceed with whitening treatments. Fact or myth? Dentists should be feared. Myth. With today’s advancements in technology and safety practices there is nothing to worry about. Procedures are as quick and painless as ever. Fact or myth? You should visit your dentists at least twice a year. FACT.

  • Composite fillings – Using a composite resin material, Dr. Durfey and his team can treat areas of decay to keep them from becoming deeper, larger, and more damaging to the natural tooth structure. This material is tooth-colored, ensuring an aesthetic repair to the natural tooth as well.
  • Dental crowns – Dental crowns, or caps, are commonly placed in general dental offices, and there are only two dental offices providing treatment for patients throughout Aztec, New Mexico. These restorations cover the exposed portion of a tooth to protect and strengthen the natural tooth structure that might be compromised from tooth decay or trauma.
  • Dental bridges – Bridges are one of many ways for patients to replace missing teeth. Dental bridges are typically made of a porcelain or ceramic material and include crowns fused to false teeth called pontics. Dental bridges are explicitly designed to “bridge the gap” that develops between teeth where tooth extraction or loss has occurred.
  • Cleanings and evaluations – When you visit our office regularly for cleanings and evaluations, you are proactive about maintaining your oral health and wellness. We encourage patients to see the dentist at least twice a year for these recall visits.
  • Dental bonding – Dental bondings are used to fix a broken tooth or disguise a gap between teeth, especially anterior teeth, the teeth in the front of the smile. This material is placed, cured, and polished in the same appointment to improve the appearance and function of one or more teeth.

Schedule time to talk to Dr. James Durfey of Aztec Family Dental to discuss general dentistry services

If you are seeking a dental provider who offers advanced general and preventative dentistry services to achieve and maintain healthy smiles, call our team at Aztec Family Dental today at (505) 390-1117 to request an appointment. We are conveniently located at 503 South Main Avenue in Aztec, NM, and serve patients in and around Bloomfield, Farmington, Gallup, and Flora Vista, NM.