Healthy Smiles for Your Family!

Compassionate, gentle care personalized for each person's individual needs.

A general dentist performs a wide variety of procedures to manage the health of your teeth and gums. You can count on your general dentist to identify potential oral health threats and provide the solutions that help keep your smile strong and healthy.

At Yuma Smiles, we believe that a general dentist should also be your trusted friend. We want you to feel comfortable sharing any dental concerns you may have. Above all, our goal is to educate you about your treatment options and guide you in making informed decisions that benefit your long-term dental health.

Treatments Offered in General Dentistry

There is no set list of specific services offered by a general dentist. Quality dental care combines different areas of dentistry that work together to complement each other and provide the comprehensive care you need.

Here are just a few of the services offered at our Yuma dental office:

  • Prevent potential problems with dental cleanings and exams
  • Restore damaged teeth with natural-looking dental crowns
  • Root canal therapy that removes the infection and preserves your tooth
  • Comfortable, extractions performed by caring professionals
  • Dental implants and dentures that replace missing teeth and restore function

Teeth and Gum Cleaning in Yuma AZ

Yuma dentist Dr. Sam Carroll, DMD offers a wide range of services to meet all of your dental needs, but one of the essential services we provide is teeth and gum cleanings. Regular check-ups and cleanings are the most effective way of stopping dental problems before they start!

How Often Do I Need a Dental Cleaning?

You should have a professional cleaning at least once every six months, and most insurance companies cover two cleanings per year. In some cases, we will recommend even more frequent cleanings, such as if you have excessive tartar build-up or have medical conditions such as diabetes that make you more susceptible to infection.

Your children should start having regular cleanings and examinations by the age of two. It’s important to keep even baby teeth healthy, as they serve many functions that are vital to good lifelong oral health. Keeping your child’s teeth free of cavities and tartar will keep their gums healthy and help minimize alignment problems when they get their permanent teeth.

But I Brush My Teeth! Why Do I Need a Cleaning?

Even the most diligent brushing and flossing will inevitably miss spots. Areas such as the back of the mouth around the molars, along with the gumline, and between the teeth are difficult to reach with a toothbrush, no matter how well you brush. Regular professional cleanings allow us to keep the areas you can’t achieve clean and free of decay.

Regular examinations and cleanings also allow us to catch developing problems early, meaningless invasive, less painful, and less expensive treatment. We can also screen for other issues such as oral cancer and gum disease.

Tartar, the yellowish build-up some people get on their teeth, cannot be removed through brushing. Some people are more susceptible to tartar than others. Professional cleaning with our dental hygienist can remove that tartar build-up before it causes other problems. If it has been a while since your last cleaning, we may have to schedule a deeper cleaning, including scaling and planning.

Gingivitis, Periodontitis, and Scaling and essential

If bacteria or tartar are allowed to build up along the line of your gums, it can lead to gum disease. During the earliest stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, your gums may feel sore and inflamed and bleed easily. If the developing gum disease is left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease. In periodontitis, the gums pull away from the tooth, leaving pockets that are susceptible to infection.

Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Treatment may require surgery to repair the damage to your gums. Root scaling and planning is a deep cleaning method that can use as a preventative measure to stop the process of gum disease before it can do severe damage.

During scaling and adequately, your teeth are cleaned down to the root, below the gumline. It allows us to remove any tartar and bacteria build-up beneath the gums. If your gums have started to pull away from your teeth and develop pockets, we may use antibiotics in the pockets to fight off any potential infection.

Keep Your Teeth Healthy With Regular Professional Cleanings

If you are due for a tooth and gum cleaning, contact our Yuma dental office today to schedule an appointment.

Extractions in Yuma, AZ

Getting a tooth pulled is never a fun thought. We all want to keep our teeth healthy, beautiful, and in our mouth. Sometimes, though, a tooth requires extraction. Damage from trauma to the mouth, untreated decay or gum disease, and teeth that don’t quite fit your jaw (including wisdom teeth) may all lead to necessary tooth extraction.

Why Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Pulled?

Most of us will need wisdom tooth extractions at some point. Wisdom teeth frequently become impacted, meaning they never wholly break through the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth can be very painful. Wisdom teeth also tend to grow in at odd angles or only partially erupt, leaving you with swollen and sore gums at the site of the partially exploded tooth.

Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to serious health problems such as damage to other teeth or your jawbone, cysts, and infection if they not extract. Even if the teeth not impacted, we frequently recommend wisdom tooth extraction for patients in their late teens and early twenties because the roots have not yet fully developed and the removal is usually more straightforward and heals quickly. Removing the wisdom teeth now can prevent future problems and pain.
What to Expect From a Tooth Extraction

If you are having a tooth extracted, we will first numb the area so you will feel no pain during the procedure. Yuma dentist Dr. Carroll will make an incision in the gums if the tooth is impacted to gain access to the tooth. It can remove if there is any bone material over the tooth. The tooth is then loosened to make extraction easier.

Once the tooth has been removed, you may require stitches. Our staff will instruct you on how to care for the stitches and whether you will need to return to have them removed. Some stitches made of a particular material that will dissolve on its own over time.

Post-Extraction Care

For the first few hours after the extraction, you will need to keep gauze on the area, changing it as needed. Once the extraction site stops bleeding, the veil is no longer necessary. If your extraction site is still suffering after more than 24 hours, call our Yuma dental office for a follow-up appointment.

You will most likely give a prescription for pain medication. We recommend you begin taking this medication before the anesthetic wears off as it is easier to prevent pain than to treat it. Periodic ice pack treatments on the day of the extraction will also help reduce discomfort and minimize swelling.

After the first day, you should (gently!) rinse your mouth several times a day with a warm saltwater rinse. It is helpful both in minimizing discomfort and keeping the extraction site disinfected. Do not smoke or use a straw for a few days after your extraction. Avoid anything that creates suction in your mouth as this can dislodge the blood clot and lead to dry socket, which is extremely painful. Plan to eat soft foods for the first few days.

And of course, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Call Today to Schedule an Appointment

If you are in need of tooth extraction, including wisdom tooth extractions, please call our office and schedule an appointment today.

Root Canal in Yuma AZ

Most people dread hearing “you need a root canal.” They have a reputation for being painful, lengthy, and unpleasant. But that’s no longer the case!
Advances in dental technology and a skilled dentist make root canal therapy a much more comfortable process. Yuma, AZ dentist Dr. Sam Carroll DMD has the tools, training, and skill to quickly cure the pain of an abscessed tooth with a root canal.

Why Are Root Canals Necessary?

Bacteria can infect a tooth, eating away the enamel and causing decay. When this happens, it’s called a cavity or dental caries. Most holes can be treated with a filling. However, if the rot goes untreated or you have a health condition that weakens the structure of your tooth, the bacteria can make their way deeper into the tooth, all the way to the soft pulp that surrounds the nerves. Once the paste becomes infected, the tooth usually abscesses.

Abscessed teeth can be very painful, and the only options for treating an abscess are extraction of the infected tooth or root canal therapy. We’d rather keep your teeth in your mouth whenever we can, so root canal therapy is the preferred treatment method for most abscesses.

What Is a Root Canal?

During root canal therapy, Dr. Carroll will remove the decayed part of your tooth and open up a path to the pulp. The infected flesh must remove with a series of small files. These files will get all of the infected tissue out and scrub the sides of the root canals clean to prevent a recurrence of infection.

Once the dying nerves and surrounding pulp removed, the area will be disinfected and then filled with a compound called gutta percha. This rubbery substance seals off the now-clean root canals to keep further bacteria out. Most root canals also require a crown restoration, due to extensive loss of your natural tooth material to decay and the procedure.

If you need a crown, we will take an impression of your mouth and cover the new root canal with a temporary crown while the permanent crown is crafted. A post and buildup may also be necessary to support your crown adequately. It will usually do during the same visit before we place the temporary crown.

What to Expect After a Root Canal

There is usually very little pain after root canal therapy. The intense pain of the abscess is relieved by removing the infected nerve, after all! The area may be tender for a few days, but most people find this is easily treated with over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen. If you experience extreme pain or swelling or the pain does not subside after two to three days, call our office for a follow-up visit.

Having a root canal shouldn’t affect your ability to chew much, once the tooth restored. The nerves of your tooth aren’t essential once the tooth is finished growing, and you should experience no change in sensation or function once the area is healed, except possible reduced sensitivity to heat and cold.

Don’t be Afraid to Cure Your Toothache With a Root Canal!

If you are suffering from a toothache and have been avoiding the doctor for fear of a root canal, there’s no reason to delay any longer. Call today to schedule your appointment at 928-504-4531 or Schedule an Appointment

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jazmin avendano
17:42 03 Sep 21
Nothing but great second and attention to detail. I always feel like I am part of the family. I recommend to my family and friends and to everyone who is in need of a caring and professional dental office.
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Bianca Nava
18:44 18 Aug 21
Natalie and Dr. Carroll was awesome. Attentive and took the time to explain in detail. I had a really bad toothache and was in and out of there in about 30 min. Same day appointment! Highly recommend!
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Kimberly Meeks
03:44 09 Jun 21
We love Dr. Carroll and all of his staff! They are so friendly, thorough, and genuinely care about their patients. There is no hard sell for services you don't need.
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Israel Trevino
20:51 04 May 21
Natalie always greets you with a smile. Channel is fast, friendly, and efficient and nobody rocks a pair of jeans like Dr. Sam 🤠
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Wendy Olaiz
16:41 14 Apr 21
Yuma Smiles has the best dental care I have ever experienced! Dr. Carroll, Natalie and Shanell are top notch. Professional, courteous, and friendly made me feel like family… would highly recommend to anyone!!!
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Jayme Post
04:52 31 Mar 21
I'm new to Yuma so I read a lot of reviews before deciding on who to make an initial appointment with. The reviews were on point! Dr. Carroll and Natalie went above and beyond to get me into the office same day. I don't know what they sacrificed in their day for me, but my smile looks amazing. Dr. Carroll's touch is so gentle - I didn't even know he did numbing injections because I didn't feel a thing until I was numb. Their bedside manner is also very pleasant. I will certainly be keeping follow up appointments with them! They're worth it!
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Marcelo Mendoza
20:49 09 Feb 21
The courtesy and professionalism that the staff showed me was phenomenal. Took care of me in a perfect timely manner. Their service have exceeded my expectations. Highly recommend .
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Nancy Stearns
01:14 04 Feb 21
Dr. Sam and Natalie are the best. For my 7 a.m. appointment, they were cheery and so very pleasant. As far as the work I had done, it was great.. I always leave there knowing they did their best for me.
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Ob Saldivar
00:15 03 Feb 21
Words can’t describe how talented this dentist is. Painless experience every single time. My 10 year old was in and out in 10 minutes pain free!
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Randolph Truitt
00:20 14 Jan 21
Excellent care and excellent dental work!
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Nancy Coffeen
01:03 07 Jan 21
Always so impressed with Dr. Carroll and his staff. Best dental practice in Yuma!
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Zack Ellis
22:54 27 Oct 20
Dr Carroll and his excellent staff are friendly, professional, and simply do great work. Look no further in Yuma for top notch dental services.
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Leah Espino
19:53 13 Oct 20
I am terrified of going to the Dentist but after a small accident I needed to get a crown. I found Dr. Carroll through online reviews and went in. Natalie was amazing when I explained my anxiety and fears to her regarding an experience I had in Algadones. Dr. Carroll and Natalie are THE BEST they walked me through and made sure I was ok through the entire process. Now I feel silly for crying 😆 My smile is back and I will even be adding dental insurance at work to keep up with our cleanings. Will definitely be back. I am very happy with my crown, it looks so real!! THANK YOU!
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Dee Pierson
18:30 16 Sep 20
Dr. Carroll did such an amazing job repairing my chipped front tooth and my new crown. Quick and extremely efficient. Dr. Carroll and Natalie were so very kind and friendly yet very professional.
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Dante Estrada
19:51 14 Aug 20
Absolutely fantastic! Natalie went above and beyond to assist me. Dr Carroll and the whole staff made me feel like family and helped me with my apprehension about the procedures I needed. I had no pain. They worked with me to get all I needed with minimal time off from work needed. And they do crowns onsite so everything is done in one visit. Thank you!!!!
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William Lutes
18:17 25 Jun 20
New Crown. Easy, slick and Totally painless.Beverly Hills dentist with Yuma prices.O yes, and an awesome implant.
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23:52 08 Jun 20
After first going to MX and having a mediocre teeth cleaning, plus being told that I had 6 cavities without ever taking xrays, I called Yuma Smiles. They did complete digital full mouth xrays and the BEST teeth cleaning I’ve had in years! State of the art office and CLEAN! Natalie and Shanel are excellent as is Dr Carroll. Highly recommend these people. AND.. it turns out, I actually had NO cavities! Thank you all!
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kristie lynch
19:51 15 Oct 19
NEVER IN MY LIFE HAVE I HAD A BETTER DENTIST!!!! Before I moved to Yuma I was TERRIFIED of the dentist... but after meeting Dr.Carroll and his staff I am no longer afraid. The staff warmly greet you everytime you go in. Dr. Carroll is very gentle and will explain everything he is doing. I told the staff I was scared of needles and before they did anything involving a needle they told me what was going on and talk me through it or put a towel over my eyes to make sure I didnt see it. They are so sweet they called me (after I had 2 teeth pulled) to see how I was feeling. I am very happy with my experience here and will be a patient if his for as long as he is around.
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kristie lynch
19:42 15 Oct 19
Before I moved to Yuma I was TERRIFIED of the dentist... but after meeting Dr.Carroll and his staff I am no longer afraid. The staff warmly greet you everytime you go in. Dr. Carroll is very gentle and will explain everything he is doing. I am very happy with my experience here and will be a patient if his for as long as he is around.
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Afineangelmi Visintainer
19:18 20 Sep 19
I have been seeing Dr. Carroll since Dr. Clark retired. I have found Dr. Carroll to be very knowledgeable , personable and caring for his patients. I love his perfectionlism and his bed side manner. His state of the art equipment is impressive. I had to have my front tooth fixed , matched for whiteness and he went above and beyond to create it and make sure I was satisfied and that he was happy with the result as well , he truly cares. His staff, Claudia, Natalie and Shanell are the best and very professional and knowledgeable.They always treat me with respect and make me very comfortable.It's their personal touch and professionalism that keep me coming back with a smile. I would highly recommend Dr Carroll as a Dentist and his Staff to anybody looking für a new Dentist. My highest recommendation and regards to the entire office. Sincerely and Thank you, MeLa'nie Visintainer
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aryan hooker
18:43 02 Jul 19
I have always had a great visit with Sam. He and the staff always make me feel at home and comfortable. I will always go to them for any dental work! I never had any problems with any work done and highly recommend Sam to anyone that I know! If you’re looking for a great, welcoming and caring dentist this is the place to go!
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Gabriel Plaza
16:12 04 Apr 19
To my family and friends if you ever need dental work Sam Carroll is your Dr awesome staff customer service I highly recommend anybody to go to there office.... I am no fan of the dentist but Sam made it so easy I'll be back to my next appointment.....
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Gabriel Plaza
16:12 04 Apr 19
To my family and friends if you ever need dental work Sam Carroll is your Dr awesome staff customer service I highly recommend anybody to go to there office.... I am no fan of the dentist but Sam made it so easy I'll be back to my next appointment.....
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Allie Pelto
19:25 24 Mar 19
Amazing service! I was scheduled for a Friday (which is typically only an admin day) to be seen for a retainer casting. My schedule at work is restrictive and I let Natalie know that I wouldn't be able to pick the final product up for a couple of months due to my work schedule. She went above and beyond to hand deliver my retainer to me the same day it was casted with no extra charge!! You can't say that about many businesses, thanks so much Yuma Smiles, and a special thanks to Natalie.
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Adrian Elder
01:22 16 Oct 18
Please allow me to give Dr. Carroll and everyone on his staff the highest of number of stars. I’ve never had and issue. If you ask me I think they’re super!!!
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Lora Baker
19:31 09 May 18
" Very pleased with Dr. Carroll and professional staff! They took care of me all winter. I have referred several. The office is top notch; very very helpful. Wish I could bring them all back to Texas with me! I'll miss you guys! "Lora Baker
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Audrianna Daniel
16:55 25 Jan 18
I had such a wonderful experiance at this office! Switching from another local dentist was the best decision I ever made. Shanel, the hygienist, was absolutely amazing and Dr. Carroll was incredibly down to earth and attentive to any questions or concerns. The whole staff is just awesome and I can't recommend this office enough!
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Irene Peters
20:05 09 Dec 17
Dr. Carroll has state-of-the-art equipment and can do it all. I was able to get my new crown replaced on the same day with only the one visit. I've been going there for years and never had to wait past my appointment time. The office staff are all friendly, helpful, efficient, prompt, and make you feel at home and more importantly, comfortable. Dr. Carroll remembers details from prior visits and always follows up on them. A real bonus for me is that he has a way with giving the shots to numb your mouth without it hurting! I'm very grateful for the excellent care I get from Dr. Carroll and his staff.
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Lucinda Fox
03:05 21 Jun 17
I have had an excellent experience with Dr. Carroll over the past -I have been with him since he started practice in Yuma. He and his staff have always treated me professionally and respectfully. I say 'had' because I just moved out of state and now I hope to find a new dentist as skilled as Dr. Carroll. My last visit was a highlight for me. He gave me a brand new, much improved smile by replacing my top front six teeth with crowns made by him on site. The change is amazing and I say "thank you Dr. Carroll!"
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Carla Wolfe
00:59 14 Jun 17
I was terrified of the dentist from past bad experience. My daughter had a traumatic experience at a local dentist as well. We have both started seeing Dr. Carroll and have had the most comfortable, reassuring experience. They are kind, knowledgeable and patient!! Thank you Dr. Carroll and Staff!! Second visit - 2/4/16 - Deep Clean Procedure and a Wisdom tooth extraction - Again, I can't say enough about my visit. The staff from the moment you walk in the door are professional and friendly. My procedure was 99.5% pain free and the extraction was 100% pain free. I was given information every step of the way and was made to feel comfortable at all times. This is an office with compassion, caring and understanding. I highly recommend this practice. I can't say thank you enough for the positive experience and dental work. Thank you!!
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