Dr. Noble has been practicing dentistry in Tempe for over 30 year. His professional and excellent staff have combined for nearly 70 years of dental experience. They have literally seen and done it all. Their top goal and the moment that gives them the most satisfaction at the end of the day is seeing their patients leave with a more beautiful smile than when they walked in. Improving people’s lives though high quality dental care is Dr. Noble and his staff’s first and only priority.
As longtime members of the community, Dr. Noble’s dental office has serviced thousands of neighbors in the East Valley. To many of them Dr. Noble and his staff would consider as their own family. For that reason, we welcome all members of the family to receive the highest level of service and experience during their visits.
The staff will go to great lengths to ensure your dental appointments are seamless and delightful. They understand many people may have reservations for one reason or another about visiting the dentist. Dr. Noble offers a full line of services using the most advanced and proven techniques in the dental industry from dental implants, sedation dentistry and all our other dental services. You are sure to leave his office smiling brighter and happier than ever before.
Cleanings & Maintenance
What are dental cleanings (scale and polish) and why have them? Dental cleanings involve removing plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar (calculus) deposits that have built up on the teeth over time. Your teeth are continually bathed in saliva which contains calcium and other substances which help strengthen and protect the teeth. While this is a good thing, it also means that we tend to get a build-up of calcium deposits on the teeth. This chalky substance will eventually build up over time, like limescale in a pipe or kettle. Usually it is tooth colored and can easily be mistaken as part of the teeth, but it also can vary from brown to black in color.
If the calculus is allowed to accumulate on the teeth it will unfortunately provide the right conditions for bacteria to thrive next to the gums. The purpose of the cleaning and polishing is basically to leave the surfaces of the teeth clean and smooth so that bacteria are unable to stick to them and you have a better chance of keeping the teeth clean during your regular home care.
The professional cleaning of teeth is sometimes referred to as prophylaxis (or prophy for short). It’s a Greek word which means “to prevent beforehand” – in this case, it helps prevent gum disease.
How are dental cleanings done?
The dental hygienist or dentist uses specialized instruments to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. The instruments which may be used during your cleaning, and what they feel like, are described below.
• Ultrasonic Instrument
Commonly used first is an ultrasonic instrument which uses vibrations to knock larger pieces of tartar loose. It also sprays a cooling mist of water while it works to wash away debris and keep the area at a proper temperature.
The ultrasonic instrument tips are curved and rounded and are always kept in motion around the teeth. They are by no means sharp since their purpose is to knock tartar loose and not to cut into the teeth. It is best to inform the operator if the sensations are too strong or ticklish so that they can adjust the setting appropriately on the device or modify the pressure applied.
With larger deposits that have hardened on, it can take some time to remove these, just like trying to remove baked-on grime on a stove that has been left over a long time. So your cleaning may take longer than future cleanings. Imagine not cleaning a house for six months versus cleaning it every week. The six-month job is going to take longer than doing smaller weekly jobs.
• Fine Hand Tools
Once the larger pieces of tartar are gone, the dental worker will switch to finer hand tools to remove smaller deposits and smooth the tooth surfaces. These tools are curved and shaped to match the curves of the teeth. They allow smaller tartar deposits to be removed by carefully scraping them off with a gentle to moderate amount of pressure. Just like taking a scrubbing brush to a soiled pot, the dental worker has to get the areas clean and smooth.
Once all the surfaces are smooth, the dental worker may polish your teeth. Polishing is done using a slow speed handpiece with a soft rubber cup that spins on the end. Prophylaxis (short for prophy) paste – a special gritty toothpaste-like material – is scooped up like ice cream into the cup and spun around on the teeth to make them shiny smooth.
Your dentist may also apply fluoride. This is the final, and my favorite part of the dental cleaning!
Fluoride foam or gel is then placed into small, flexible foam trays and placed over the teeth for 30 seconds. Afterwards the patient is directed to spit as much out as possible into a saliva ejector. The fluoride helps to strengthen the teeth since the acids from bacteria in dental tartar and plaque will have weakened the surfaces. It is best not to eat, drink or rinse for 30 minutes after the fluoride has been applied.
Is it going to be painful?
Most people find that cleanings are painless, and find the sensations described above – tickling vibrations, the cooling mist of water, and the feeling of pressure during “scraping” – do not cause discomfort. A lot of people even report that they enjoy cleanings and the lovely smooth feel of their teeth afterwards! There may be odd zingy sensations, but many people don’t mind as they only last a nanosecond.
Be sure to let your dentist/hygienist know if you find things are getting too uncomfortable for your liking. They can recommend various options to make the cleaning more enjoyable.
Tooth Colored Fillings
As a longtime dentist in Tempe, Dr. Noble has literally performed tens of thousands of cavity fillings over the past 30 years. He knows that fillings can be somewhat stressful to a lot of people, so he and his staff go to great lengths to ensure their patients’ experience is pleasant and friendly.
Dr. Noble has treated residents from all over the East Valley and Phoenix over the years. A dental filling is the most common procedure used to remedy a variety of imperfections, including teeth that are chipped, broken, decayed or worn down.
The #1 priority of Dr. Noble and his staff is to welcome you into their office as their most important patient, and to make sure you leave at the end of your appointment completely satisfied knowing you have received the highest quality dental care. His office in Tempe can provide you with a solution to every dental concern you have.