Your Trusted General Dentist in Phoenix, AZ
OP Dental Care is a dental office serving the entire Phoenix, AZ. area. We offer a full range of general dentistry services from simple fillings to cancer screening, teeth cleaning, sealants, and more! Serving patients of all ages, our friendly and professional team is committed to providing high-quality dental care in a timely manner.
We are a general dentistry Phoenix practice seeking patients from phoenix and surrounding communities. We are a family-oriented practice that offers excellent care for the entire family.
X-rays accomplish a lot. Dr. Prokopets uses them to assess the overall health of your teeth and gums, diagnose oral conditions, devise treatment plans and monitor progress. X-rays detect cavities, infections, abscesses and bone loss early on. Orthodontic solutions, root canals, wisdom teeth extractions and many other treatments depend on up-to-date X-rays. In children, they’re an important tool for monitoring growth and exposing problems like misaligned teeth. A thorough cleaning improves your smile and boosts your confidence. It also exposes minor issues that need attention before they become big, expensive problems.
Even patients who do everything right have trouble reaching every nook and cranny. Our teeth have grooves so narrow that even toothbrush bristles miss food particles and bacteria that get trapped inside them. That’s why many patients have sealants applied as a preventative measure. Children, teenagers, and adults who have managed to avoid fillings are good candidates for sealants. In fact, say the experts, kids ages 6 to 11 who skip sealants have three times more first-molar cavities than kids with sealants.
OP Dental Care offers tooth sealants – a safe, effective way to prevent cavities from forming in your child’s permanent teeth.
Some people put off fillings for as long as possible. That’s a mistake. Cavities are not among those issues that heal on their own time. Instead, they get bigger. They get infected. When the decay extends all the way to the nerves, cavities become extremely painful. Headaches and bad breath are the least of a patient’s worries. Losing teeth is a very real possibility. Dr. Prokopets will explain the process so that you can make an informed decision. The chief goals are to shut out bacteria, maintain the shape of the tooth and ensure peak function.
Bruxism is the fancy name for teeth grinding. Anywhere from 8% to 34% of adults are affected. The actual number is hard to pin down; teeth grinding often occurs during sleep. Jaw pain, headaches, tooth damage and poor quality of sleep are all symptoms of bruxism. Since many patients aren’t aware that they grind their teeth, it’s often a dentist who discovers dental damage and breaks the bad news. Not surprisingly, many caregivers have reported a spike in cases of teeth grinding and jaw clenching since COVID-19 swept the globe. Pandemics are stressful.
Team contact sports, tennis, boxing, biking, cheerleading and skateboarding are just a few activities that also put your mouth at risk.
Checking for signs of mouth cancer or precancerous conditions is one of our most valuable services. Oral cancer has a high cure rate — around 90% — if it’s caught and treated early.
Our screening includes checking for discolorations or sores that aren’t healing as you would expect. We’ll also physically inspect your mouth tissue, neck and throat for lumps, tender spots or other abnormalities. We might use additional tests, but there are limits to what we can detect and diagnose. We can’t determine with any certainty that a trouble spot is cancerous. If cells or conditions in your mouth are worrisome, we’ll typically recommend next steps such as seeing your doctor or a specialist.
If you’re looking for an oral cancer screening dentist in Phoenix, call OP Dental Care for a dental exam today!