Feel Good. Look Good. Because Dentistry Isn't Just A Science, It’s An Art.
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Steven Fife DDS, PC
2240 Grande Blvd SE Suite 101
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
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"Thank you for all your consideration and time to help our son. Even when the hospital messed up his prescription, you came through for us and faxed a copy! We sure appreciate all of your efforts!"

- The B. Family
"I appreciate you taking me back as a patient. You do top notch work and everyone is extremely helpful. Making the drive across town is difficult but worth it. Thanks again!"

- Kim A.
"Thank you so very much for giving back my self confidence and my true smile. You are such a great dentist and a wonderful person. From the bottom of my heart, your service is highly appreciated!"

- Jocelyn
"I just wanted to say thank you and let you know how much I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule. You were such a sweet heart about the
whole thing."

- Gina
"This is just a small token of appreciation for all you have done for us and our little family. We can't thank you enough for the care and compassion you have shown all of us! You have always gone above and beyond for us and we are truly grateful. Thanks for everything!"

- Kenton and Marina
"Thank you for giving me a gorgeous smile. It has really boosted my confidence and helped me to feel better about my smile! You're amazing and your staff is so wonderful. The results are just fabulous.
Thank you and Bless you!"

- Katrina L.

"I always have a great visit at Fife! Marla and Dr. Fife are so awesome and welcoming! Marla is definitely the warmest and friendliest dental hygienist I’ve ever had! You can definitely tell they care about their patients. I definitely recommend them!"

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Periodontal Therapy

Fife Dental Care provides general dentistry services to the Rio Rancho and Albuquerque area, offering dental cleanings, tooth restorations, cosmetic dentistry and more. We have a focus on preventative care, offering dental services that will protect your teeth and gums and ensure good oral health.

One common teeth cleaning procedure offered to our patients is non-surgical periodontal therapy, a process that removes stubborn tartar build-up from the surface of teeth and their roots. If regular dental cleanings (prophy) are not enough, periodontal therapy can prevent the spread of infection and gum disease.

Why is Periodontal Therapy Important?

Throughout the day, your teeth acquire a film of dental plaque, a soft substance made up of bacteria and other organic materials. This plaque is removed by tooth brushing and flossing. However, plaque can become calcified by absorbing minerals from saliva, creating tartar.

Tartar cannot be removed with regular brushing; tartar removal requires a visit to the dentist’s office. Additionally, plaque can tend to develop along the gum line or behind the gum pockets, areas that are difficult to reach at home. Dental scaling and root planing allow the dentist or hygienist to clean these hard-to-reach areas.

Is Periodontal Therapy Different From Tooth Cleaning?

The difference between dental prophylaxis (cleaning) and periodontal therapy is that periodontal therapy is more intensive, like a deep-cleaning of the mouth. As the name suggests, dental prophylaxis is a preventative measure for keeping a mouth clean and healthy. Periodontal therapy procedures such as dental scaling and root planing are treatments to prevent infection from spreading.

If you’d like to know more, or need to schedule an appointment for periodontal care, contact us today!

Call 505.994.1700 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fife.