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Ronald K Shelley DMD MAGD
Jeffrey E Feller DDS
 
Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry
20265 N 59th Ave Suite B5
Glendale AZ 85308
623-362-9616
aldentistry@gmail.com

 

Dr. Ronald Shelley was born and raised in Southern Califorina. He graduated with honors from Brigham Young University in 1976. His dental education came from Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine), with honors, in 1979. His education continued in a General Practice Residency while serving in the United States Army. Click Here for more on Dr. Ronald Shelley

Dr. Jeffrey Fellner grew up in Southern California. He received his undergraduate education at UCLA and the University of San Diego. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biology (and doing alot of surfing), he sought his dental training at Creighton University’s Boyne School of Dental Science. He received his DDS in 1993 and moved to Arizona. Click Here for more on Dr. Jeffrey Fellner

Thursday
Nov082012

Dentures Using Digital Technology, With Dr. Jeffrey Fellner, of Glendale, Arizona

Dentures carry an emotional component as well as physical challenges to patients and no digital procedure will ever eliminate that, says Dr. Jeffrey Fellner, dentist in Glendale, Arizona, with Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry.  What digital dentures can do, however, is improve the speed and accuracy with how it can be done, adds Fellner.

Many of Dr. Fellner's patients who have had dentures in the past know how many appointments it takes to make them.  Digital dentures limit the initial phase of dentures to one appointment, where an impression is taken, records are taken and a shade is chose.  During the second appointment, the dentures are delivered to the patient.

A unique outcome of digital dentures for Dr. Fellner's patients is that they're too accurate and he often has to make adjustments so they're not so tight-fitting.  He strongly reminds his patients not to use any adhesive because they will not be able to get the dentures out.

A benefit to using mini-implants with dentures is that the mini-implants help retain the lower dentures and keep them stable enough to provide better comfort, says Dr. Fellner.

Dr. Jeffrey Fellner is a leading sleep expert at sleepbetter.tv and more information can be found about his dental practice at www.arrowheadlakesdentistry.com. 

Thursday
Nov082012

Conebeam Technology, With Dr. Jeffrey Fellner of Glendale, Arizona

Conebeam is an enhanced form of x-ray evaluation which allows dentists to see 3D structures, says Dr. Jeffrey Fellner, of Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona.  A normal x-ray, he adds, is a flat sheet which doesn't give any depth or clarity as to what the true thickness of things are.

Dr. Fellner says that the cone beam gives him a 3D image without distortion, so it's an accurate presentation of the patient.  Implants can be placed virtually on a 3D image and he can go with complete confidence without mystery or guess work to the patient.

Dr. Jeffrey Fellner is a leading sleep expert at sleepbetter.tv and more information can be found about his dental practice at www.arrowheadlakesdentistry.com. 

 

Monday
Nov052012

The Use of the VELscope in Dental Exams, With Dr. Jeffrey Fellner of Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona

When dentists perform an oral exam, they are not just looking at teeth.  They are also looking at the soft tissues, tongue, back of the throat and tonsils, to make sure everything is healthy, says Dr. Fellner, dentist in Glendale, Arizona.

Soft tissue abnormalities are not normally known by the patient, as there's no pain associated with it, says Dr. Fellner, adding that whatever dentists can use to help better evaluate the tissues, the better.  Dr. Fellner, as his Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry dental practice in Glendale, Arizona, uses a VELscope, which allows him to see abnormalities at a very early stage and much earlier than with regular light.

VELscope is a filtered light that illuminates pathologies in the mouth.  All tissues absorb light but cancerous tissues absorb light differently, says Dr. Fellner.  Oral cancers have a 50-60% five year survival rate but if found early and treated early, it jumps up to an 80-90% 5 year survival rate and the use of the VELscope helps find abnormalities much earlier.

Dr. Jeffrey Fellner is a leading sleep expert at sleepbetter.tv and more information can be found about his dental practice at www.arrowheadlakesdentistry.com. 

Monday
Nov052012

How Digital Dentistry Has Revolutionized Dental Industry, With Dr. Jeffrey Fellner, Dentist in Glendale, AZ

Digital dentistry has a lot to do with computers and digital technologies, which we have all around us but it's gotten into dentistry so much so that it's "revolutionized the industry completely," says Dr. Jeffrey Fellner, of Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona.  With digital dentistry, Dr. Fellner says that dentists can do things faster, more accurately and with better outcomes by virtue of having more up to date technology available to them.

The field of endodontics has seen a real impact with digital dentistry with regards to root canal procedures.  Years ago, it took so many x-rays to accomplish one goal but didn't eliminate all of the guesswork, says Dr. Fellner, and now, with digital dentistry, the procedure is more accurate with using no x-rays or just one.  Better outcomes come as a result of the accuracy with digital technology and when things go smoothly, Dr. Fellner finds that his patients find the procedure much more tolerable and comfortable.

Dr. Fellner uses electronic charting in his office.  He has complete charts digitized at his fingertips, which makes for more accurate and easier record keeping and tracking.  He also takes digital x-rays so he can now show the patient what he's looking at and by doing so, he says he is bringing the patient "into treatment instead of keeping them separate."

Dentures are now done digitally and can be done in as little as two appointments with an excellent fit.  Dr. Fellner is also able to do porcelain crowns and fillings in the office while the patient is there, due to the advent of digital technology.  In an emergency situation, Dr. Fellner can do something permanent right away without temporaries.  Another way digital technology has helped in dentistry is with diagnosing and treating TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems, which can now be done more accurately.

Dr. Jeffrey Fellner is a leading sleep expert at sleepbetter.tv and more information can be found about his dental practice at www.arrowheadlakesdentistry.com.

Monday
Nov052012

Veneers and Lumineers, Featuring Dr. Jeffrey Fellner of Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry in Glendale, AZ

Veneers are thin, porcelain coverings over the tooth and with a veneer, a dentist can now mimic a healthy, natural tooth without adjusting the tooth excessively, says Dr. Jeffrey Fellner, dentist in Glendale, Arizona.  For the most part, he adds, veneers are cosmetic procedures that don't cause a lot of destruction to the tooth.

Lumineers are exciting, says Dr. Fellner, because they are a special type of porcelain that allows the manufacturing of the veneer to be extremely thin and with that thinness, they can be very strong.  Thin veneers are prone to breaking, according to Dr. Fellner and he hasn't seen a lumineer break yet.

Dr. Fellner says the beauty of lumineers is that he doesn't have to remove a lot of tooth structure and and because there is no adjusting of teeth, no anesthetic is required.  There are also no temporaries because there is no adjusting of teeth.  The first visit is nothing more than taking an impression and during the second appointment, the veneers are bonded to the teeth.

The bonding technique with lumineers is more conservative because there is no cutting of the tooth structure.  Dr. Fellner says the prep work involved is just cleaning the tooth with a cleaning agent that provides a stronger bond than traditional veneers.

Most of Dr. Fellner's adult patients at his Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry practice don't want to go through orthodontics and just want to have a nice smile.  With lumineers, Dr. Fellner says that if the patient really doesn't like them, they can be removed because nothing has been done to the structure of the tooth.

Dr. Jeffrey Fellner is a leading sleep expert at sleepbetter.tv and more information can be found about his dental practice at www.arrowheadlakesdentistry.com.